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Ebony Fashion Fair Founder
Eunice Johnson Dies
Eunice Johnson, the widow of Ebony magazine
founder John Johnson and a fashion maven who
ran traveling shows aimed at black audiences,
passed last weekend at the age of 93.
SK Eunice Johnson may have lived in the shadows
of her powerful husband, but many familiar with
the publication's history knew that building the
Johnson publishing empire was a joint effort.
Johnson had been the director and producer of
the Ebony Fashion Fair since 1961. The traveling
fashion show raises money for charity and is staged in nearly 200 cities
She was also the secretary-treasurer of Johnson Publishing, which pro-
duces JET and Ebony, two of the longest-running black-oriented maga-
zines in the country. The Johnson empire also included the Fashion Fair
Makeup Line, which Mrs. Johnson created.
John H. Johnson founded both magazines after World War II.Johnson
Publishing is now run by theirdaughter, Linda Johnson Rice.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Suspends Membership Intake
There won't be any new members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. this
year or any time soon in the foreseeable future.
An electronic letter sent to members by the fraternity's general presi-
dent, Herman "Skip" Mason Jr., says future intake processes for new
members are suspended indefinitely, citing "the failure of some of our
members to behave honorably and with care."
His message comes less than a month after suspected hazing by mem-
bers of the fraternity's Fort Valley State University chapter left one mem-
ber seriously injured and another member arrested for apparently causing
One man, 21-year-old Bryson Trumaine Amey, was charged with
felony aggravated battery in connection with an incident that Fort Valley
police say occurred on the evening of Nov. 29. The incident left 19-year-
old Brian Tukes hospitalized. Tukes, a 2008 graduate of Westside High
School in Macon, was diagnosed with acute renal failure and admitted to
the Houston Medical Center on Nov. 30. He was later transferred to The
Medical Center of Central Georgia. He has since been discharged.
Mason said in a statement after the Fort Valley incident that his organi-
zation saw hazing as an act against the entire Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity,
and that the group's reputation would be upheld through legal avenues
South African President Jacob
Zuma Marries Third Wife
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has married third wife, in a Zulu
ceremony attended by his other wives.
Some 2,000 guests saw the 67-year-old South African President marry
Thobeka Mabhija, 36. The ceremony had been postponed from last year
because of his political commitments.
Reports in South Africa suggest he already has another fiancee and his
fourth wife may not be far off.
Under Zulu tradition, Mr Zuma's two current wives had to approve the
wedding and attend the ceremony.
His new fiancee, Gloria Bongi Ngema, took umbondo (wedding gifts)
to the Zuma family last week, reports say.
This week's ceremony is Mr Zuma's fifth wedding he married his first
wife Sizakele Khumalo-Zuma in 1973 and Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma
two years ago. He is also divorced from Home Affairs Minister
When President Zuma was inaugurated as president in May, specula-
tion was rife about who would be the first lady. He has 19 children.
One of his earlier wives, Kate Mantsho-Zuma, died in 2000.
$2.5M Awarded to Family of
Woman Slain by Ohio Police Officer
The family of an unarmed black woman who was shot and killed by a
white police officer during a drug raid has settled a wrongful death law-
suit against the city for $2.5 million.
The death of Tarika Wilson, 26, ignited protests and debate about race
relations in Lima, a northwest Ohio city where one in four residents is
black. Wilson was holding her 1-year-old son in her arms when she died.
The child was also shot and later had a finger amputated.
Police Sgt. Joseph Chavalia, who killed Wilson, was acquitted of crim-
inal charges in her death and has since returned to work, though he is no
longer allowed to patrol the streets.
Chavalia was part of a SWAT team that raided Wilson's home in January
2008 looking for her boyfriend, a suspected drug dealer who later plead-
ed guilty to drug trafficking. Prosecutors said Chavalia recklessly fired
three shots into a bedroom where Wilson and her six children were gath-
ered, even though he could not clearly see her or whether she had a
The settlement, which must be approved by a federal judge, was
announced last week by attorneys representing Wilson's family and the
city. The money will be placed in a fund set aside for Wilson's children,
city Law Director Tony Geiger said.
Volume 23 No.14 Jacksonville, Florida January 7-13, 2010
Fighting Violence Through the Pulpit
Shown above at the podium is Rev. Kelly Brown flanked by Councilman Johnny Gaffney, JSO Officer
Wayne Clark and Roslyn Phillips from the Mayor's Office. FMP Photo
Fifty local pastors have joined a
coalition saying it's time to head
out of church and into challenging
With Jacksonville's urban
Northside community witnessing
the bulk of the city's violent crimes,
they chose the corner of Myrtle
Avenue and Moncrief Road to
make the announcement. That's
why local pastors are stepping out
of the pulpit to take back their
"What we want to do is preach in
a fashion that changes the hearts of
people," says Reverend Kelly
Brown who spearheaded the effort.
Rev. Brown is senior pastor at
Greater Mt. Vernon Missionary
Baptist Church located near
Edward Waters College.
"We have a responsibility to change
hearts and to assist those who need
help." Said Brown.
Though they are still developing
their plan of action, one of them
will be to encourage police officers
to write reports in their parking lots
Continued on page 3
Back at Critics:
"I cannot pass laws
that say I'm just
helping Black folks"
President Obama last week shot
back at a growing chorus ofAfrican
American critics who charge his
administration is not doing enough
to reverse the skyrocketing unem-
ployment rate among African
Americans or otherwise help
Blacks pull themselves out of the
Critics in the Congressional
Black Caucus and among various
civil rights groups have been
demanding more "targeted" aid
specifically designed to benefit the
However, the nation's first
African American president contin-
ued to insist that it would either be
inappropriate or illegal for him to
attempt to push legislation specifi-
cally designed to aid Blacks.
Continued on page 3
Shown above is Rep. Mia Jones with scholarship recipients Leezola Coats (BCU), Markehl West (FAMU),
Jartesha Young (UNF), and Mechelle Webb (EWC). FMP Photo
Black Caucus Delivers Scholarship Funds to Area Students
Four Jacksonville students ushered in the new year with new money for their education courtesy of the Florida
Conference of Black State Legislators Each member was alotted $2000 to award students in their district. On
hand to deliver the funds which amounted to $500 each was District 14 Rep. Mia Jones. The funds can be be
applied toward books, tuition, room and board or other student needs.
New Year "Historically"
At the tender age of eighty-eight, Gwendolyn Leapheart has witnessed
many a new year roll in. And, 2010 was no less another celebration. Joined
by family and friends, Ms. Leapheart celebrated the new decade with a
walk on historic American Beach. Shown above on the "stroll" were (L-R)
Roberta Jones Booker, Gwendolyn Leapheart, Ettamaria Ellis, and Frank
Powell. Despite the chilly temperatures, the walk on what has been dubbed
as secret earth provided the perfect backdrop to reflect and renew the spir-
it on the first day of the new year.
Jewel Johnson, Marsha Oliver and Angie Dixon
Oliver Celebrates 40 and Fabulous
Communications and marketing guru Marsha Oliver, who happens to
share her date of birth with New Year's Eve, celebrated her 40th Birthday
with her own Poker themed party and tournament. Held at the Orange Park
Kennel Club, festivities included a tournament and party favors all with
the "40 and Fabulous" theme. The honoree and hostess personally greet-
ed each of her invited guests and graciously accepted a bounty of gifts. The
evening was highlighted with a bevy of gourmet appetizers, a custom
made poker chip cake and the awarding of trophies to tournament winners.
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Credit Cards and Raising Fees
by M. Hobson, BAW
Since the announcement of the new credit card reform bill, I am finding
my credit card AND bank fees have skyrocketed! Why is this happening?
I thought this reform was supposed to help me.
Since President Obama signed the credit card reform bill into law, many
banks are taking advantage of the lag time from which the law goes into
effect, by increasing credit card and bank fees. With numerous bank and
credit card companies still feeling the sting of the recession, many feel the
pressure to bolster their financial condition by raising fees before restric-
tions go into effect-putting the brakes on how these businesses charge
their customers. Three primary categories of fees which continue to
increase at alarming rates include: bank overdraft fees; ATM fees; and,
credit card late payments. And because these categories are big sources of
revenue, many banks continue to quietly increase fees and change their
processes making it much easier for their customers to trip up causing
them to pay fees. For example, a customer with a debit card and $5 in their
bank account is about to purchase a shirt for $20. Banks will now say, sure
let that transaction go through. You get a t-shirt and the bank gets a hefty
fee! That said, it is more vital then ever to read the fine print and under-
stand the terms of your bank account and credit cards including any fees
associated with each.
Q: Can you tell us exactly how much will these fees go up?
Yes, let's start with overdraft bank fees. These fees account for $39 bil-
lion dollars of collected fees alone. Last year, the fee on average was $25
and has now increased to $27.50. Fees for using out of network ATMs are
up too. Last year, the typical ATM fee was $3.10, it's now $3.50. That may
not sound like much but it adds up if you visit the ATM twice a week like
most people do. In other words that $3.50 turns into $364 a year. Then
there are the late fees assessed when you don't make your credit card pay-
ment on time. Last year that fee amounted to $34. This year, some credit
card companies, including American Express and Bank of American
Platinum Plus Visa are charging as much as $38.
-Q: Okay, how can we avoid having to pay them?
Again, it is vital to pay your credit card bill on time and avoid over-
drawing your bank account. If remembering to pay is the issue, credit card
companies now offer online tools alerting you that your payment is due.
For example Chase, Bank of America and Citibank all offer alerts that can
be sent to you via email in advance of your credit card payment due date
or when your bank account falls below a certain amount. If you don't bank
online, there is an excellent and free website called mint.com that can pro-
vide you with those reminders through email. Mint.com is a personal
money management system that connects securely with more than 7,000
Q: Let's say you have just been charged one of these fees. Is there
any way to get out of paying it?
No bank or credit card company in the universe wants to publicly
announce that it will waive any of these fees particularly in this environ-
ment. They don't want to make giving you a second chance an official pol-
icy. The reality is they will waive fees but it is usually on a case-by-case
basis. If you are a customer in good standing who has not missed a pay-
ment until now, absolutely pick up the phone or send an e-mail and ask if
they would consider waiving the fee. Some banks and credit card compa-
nies will waive the fee once, especially if you say you'll take your busi-
On May 22, President Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability,
Responsibility and Disclosure, or Credit CARD, Act of 2009 into law. The
purpose of this legislation is to improve consumer disclosures and end
some unfair practices in the credit card industry but does not contemplate
capping interest rates and fees. Different phases of the law will go into
effect at different times; however, most of the provisions go into effect Feb.
22, 2010, unless otherwise stated.
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by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
During 2009 we saw the end of
the deepest recession, since the
Great Depression of the 1930's. We
witnessed the bankruptcy of GM
and Chrysler, a tumbling stock mar-
ket, record housing foreclosures
and double digit unemployment.
And this was all in the first hall!!
The second half year saw a stabiliz-
ing in all of these areas, with eco-
nomic growth moving into the
black for the first time in two years.
Most forecasts for 2010 are for
2.0% to 3.0% GDP growth, some
easing in unemployment and infla-
tion remaining in check, primarily
because of slack demand.
Unfortunately, the improving econ-
omy is being propped up by federal
government stimulus programs and
a Federal Reserve Bank policy of
low interest rates. Neither of these
policies are sustainable over the
An Economic Yellow Light
The US economic recovery is
still fragile. However, many finan-
cial advisors are somewhat opti-
mistic about the future and would
give the economic recovery a "yel-
low light" meaning to proceed with
caution. The recent financial cri-
sis in Dubai and the alleged terror-
ist on the Northwest flight to
Detroit rattled the markets and have
caused many to look over their
shoulder, waiting for the next "shoe
to drop." Given the uncertainty,
consider the following while work-
ing on your financial plan to 2010.
Debt is a four letter word. If you
have credit card debt, work it down
with the objective of reducing the
total amount of debt, lowering your
interest rates and reducing the num-
ber of creditors. Don't make pur-
chases that add to your unsecured
Build your Emergency Fund- The
objective should be saving the
equivalent of 3-6 months expenses.
Your emergency fund will help
carry your family through short
term financial emergencies such as
medical expenses, home and auto
repairs and even unemployment.
An emergency fund should be
invested in relatively liquid instru-
ments such as money market funds,
saving or credit union accounts and
even short term CD's.
Do the math and check it twice on
any major financial moves that you
make in 2010. Make sure that the
financial move fits within your
overall financial plan. This would
include items such as major pur-
chases, job changes and invest-
Enhance your job security, by
improving your skill set. Raise
your hand to participate on task-
forces, take job related courses at a
local university, volunteer to partic-
ipate with company sponsored
charitable organizations and seek
out mentors for council. Outside of
your company, develop a network
of professionals in related fields
that you can help and that can help
you in the future. Finally, keep
your resume up to date and contin-
uously keep an eye on the market
for jobs in your specialty .
Diversify your investments and
rebalance your accounts at least
annually. If you hold company
stock, it should not be more that 5-
10% of your net worth. If your
company hits a rough spot, you may
not only lose your job, but also your
lifesavings. Diversify the invest-
Few people understand American consumers' finan-
cial woes better than those who work with them on a
daily basis. It is for this reason that the National
Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) asked more
than 100 of their Member Agency CEOs to provide
their best financial tip to consumers for the New Year.
Following are the recommendations of the CEOs:
Have adequate savings. This was overwhelm-
ingly the top tip. Americans might ask themselves how
they paid for their last emergency. If it was with a cred-
it card, that's a red flag. A person who cannot afford an
emergency is not likely to be able to afford the interest,
late charges, and over limit fees that could be associat-
ed with adding to their debt load.
* Track your spending. The only way you can know
where your hard-earned money is going is to write
down every cent you spend. Do this for at least 30
Create a budget. Budget is not a four-letter word.
If it helps, call it a spending plan. The point is to be in
charge of your money, not the other way around. After
you've tracked your spending, you'll be able to assign
dollar amounts to each spending category. This results
in using your money to your best advantage.
ments in your retirement savings
account and other investments.
Keep the Faith
The US economy has been
resilient in the past. It has survived
a Civil War, two World Wars, the
Great Depression, the 911 Terrorist
attacks and the most recent credit
meltdown and deep recession.
Keep the faith, but at the same time
proceed with caution and keep your
eyes on your financial goals.
Michael G. Shinn, CFP, Registered
Representative of and securities and
investment advisory services offered
through Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit
www.shinnfinancial.com for more infor-
mation or to send your comments or ques-
tions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael G. Shinn 2009.
Get your credit report. Review it for accuracy
and address any errors. Why? Your credit score is
based on the contents of your credit report. Further,
frequently reviewing your credit report is a good way
to protect yourself against identity theft. Realize, how-
ever, that there is only one legitimate site, which is
Improve your credit score. Credit is becoming
increasingly harder to obtain, but having a solid credit
score will help you not only get the credit you need, but
at a reasonable rate. The two most important things
you can do to improve your score are to pay your bills
on time, and not utilize more than 30 percent of your
available credit. To help you never pay late, create a
cash-flow calendar listing all paydays and which bills
are due to be paid from those funds.
* Pay down debt. Find the money to dedicate to debt
reduction by learning to live below your means. If
you've created a lifestyle that is not realistic for your
income, it's going to involve some serious adjustments.
Additionally, you may need to take on a second job and
dedicate that paycheck to debt reduction. As burden-
some as that may sound, becoming debt free has
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Shown above is Dr. Charles Simmons with Marcus Evans and Dr.
Angie Lowery at the Honor Roll event.
Simmons Pediatrics lauds excelling students
Simmons Pediatrics saluted their A/B honor roll students for their excel-
lent scholastic achievements in 2009 at Dave & Busters on the first week-
end of the new year. Both parents and children received game cards to play
various games and medals for their hard work.
Nineteen students of all ages participated in the well anticipated event.
"We are very proud of our students," said Simmons. "We also realize that
it is with the help of the parents and God that all things are possible."
PETA in hot
water for using
first lady's image
This image released by People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals
shows a new PETA ad that features
Carrie Underwood, first lady
Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey
and Tyra Banks. All have shunned
wearing fur. The White House says
PETA is using Obama's image
without her permission. The ads are
appearing in Washington's Metro
stations, magazines and PETA's
Obama answers critics
Continued from Page 1
Instead, he told April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, "The
only thing I cannot do is, by law, I cannot pass laws that say 'I'm just help-
ing Black folks.' I am president of the entire United States."
Simultaneously, the president insisted that the health care reform bill
which recently cleared the U.S. Senate "will be hugely important" for
Blacks as will the billions of dollars in aid to states and cities included in
his economic stimulus packages.
Nevertheless, civil rights groups and Black members of Congress are
still pressing demands that Obama do more for Blacks and other minori-
ties citing the billions the president is spending on unpopular and ques-
tionable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Currently, the Black unemployment rate stands at its highest level in
nearly 18 years 15.6 percent. Meanwhile, economic projections from
leading economists suggest the rate will climb even higher even though
there are some indications the economy is beginning to improve.
Asked to comment on the state of Black America, Obama paraphrased
author Charles Dickens saying it continues to be the best of times and the
worst of times. Still, he said he was optimistic about the future. "But it's
going to take work. It was never going to be done just because we elect-
ed me," he said
Mitchell clan hosts fellow FSU Alumni
While Florida State University may still be mourning the loss of their longtime Coach Bobby Bowden, students
and alumni of the school are still celebrating his final victory. Following the legendary coach's final win in the
Gator Bowl, FSU alumni father and daughter Robert Mitchell and Gwendolyn Lane hosted other alums in the sen-
ior Mitchell's spacious Northside home. Shown above at the festivities are Robert Mitchell and lovely hostess
Mrs. Deloris Mitchell, Phillip Sanders, William Muldrow, Lottie Muldrow, Freddie Groomes-McLendon,
Dennis McLendon, Gwendolyn Mitchell-Lane, and Marcia Muldrow-Sanders.
Pastors unite to
continued from front
of churches in high crime areas to
show that they are working togeth-
City Council members and mem-
bers and both the Jacksonville
Sheriffs and Mayor's Office said
they're on board with the pastors'
attempt to reduce crime.
"Perhaps if we can get involved
earlier on in their lives through pre-
vention and intervention, we can
prevent some criminal activity,"
one officer said.
In addition to the pulpit message,
The group plans to provide "safe
havens for those who live on the
streets. The Jacksonville Sheriffs
Office also plans to designate
police officers to visit the churches
in those communities considered
hot areas for crime.
Participating pastors are being
fight violence through the pulpit
asked to focus their sermons on day conference on January 20th
"preaching that changes lives" as a with Pastor Ralph West from
catalyst to the program. Houston, Texas, guiding local min-
Moses preached when he wanted sisters on the crime-fighting chal-
to motivate his people to improve lenge. West was instrumental in
their lives. And so did Jesus, the organizing churches in Houston to
Rev. Kelly Brown said. help make neighborhoods safer.
Future endeavors include a three
AT&T Disconnects Woods
AT&T Inc. announced last week it would no longer sponsor Tiger Woods,
joining Accenture and Gillette in dropping support for the golfer after
numerous allegations of marital "transgressions."
Woods' image was not heavily utilized in AT&T advertising, but its logo
appeared on his golf bag, and he was the host of the AT&T National PGA
event. The phone company said it would continue to sponsor the annual
tournament in Bethesda, Md., which will be held in July.
Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer, said last week that it will "downscale"
its use of golfer Tiger Woods' image in its advertising campaigns for the
Since his decline, Wood's image problem is estimated to cost $3 billion.
Here's the real story behind the headlines about Florida Power & Light
Company's request for a rate adjustment, currently pending before the
state's Public Service Commission.
s Our typical bill is the lowest of all 54 utilities in the state of
Florida and below the national average.
s Under our proposal, in January 2010 typical bills for residential
and small business customers would go down, not up.
That's because a base rate increase would be more than offset
by lower fuel prices and gains in fuel efficiency. If you use
1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a month, your bill would
go down about $9.
s Just as importantly, the base rate adjustment will allow us
to continue to make investments to make the electrical
infrastructure stronger, smarter, cleaner and more efficient.
And that will help keep bills low for the long term.
s With approval of our proposal, these investments will also
create thousands of jobs in Florida and generate millions in
new tax revenues for Florida communities at a time when they
need them the most.
Let's stop playing politics with our energy future and stick to the facts.
This advertising is paid for by FPL Group shareholders, not our customers.
at the Ritz
The Ritz Theater will present an
Artist Workshop on Saturday,
January 9, 2010, from 11:00 a.m.
- 1 p.m. The theme will be
"Mixed Media: One Extreme to
Organizers describe the event as
a visual art experience for all
ages presented in conjunction
with the current gallery exhibit,
Through Our Eyes 2009, "Each
One Teach One: The Artist as
Mentor". The special guest will
be artist Laurence Walden who
will provide a lively demonstra-
tion of his unique approach to
creating a metal work sculpture
from used, found and recycled
The New Year is the
perfect time for a fresh start.
These days, most of us are trying to eat healthier and take better care of ourselves. And Winn-Dixie has
everything you need to help you get on track- and stay there- in 2010. That includes the finest, leanest cuts of
beef trimmed to perfection every day by The Beef People". Our 93-7 ground beef has even less fat than ground
turkey! And don't forget vegetables. Doctors recommend that adults eat at least five servings of fruits and
vegetables a day to maintain good health. At Winn-Dixie, we stock our Produce Department with the widest
variety of fresh, in-season produce every day And with our selection of lettuce, hand-cut fruits, prepared raw
veggies and fresh-squeezed juices, getting your five servings is easier than ever. So make a resolution to eat
healthier, and we'll be here to help. Happy New Year from everyone at Winn-Dixie.
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strong leadership is needed. I have Mayor's race always
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Mayor's Race Should be Interesting to Watch
Happy New Year to all. Now that
we are back from a brief holiday
sabbatical, it's time get focused on
a new year.
Every New Year we all basically
have the same recycled resolutions.
Sure we all will commit to losing
weight and get focused on our
health at least for the next month
and a half then reality sets in and
things get back to normal.
The new year also brings new
opportunities and challenges. And
because local government is where
As we enter 2010, campaigning
will heat up for the state's US
Senate seat, governor's race, leg-
islative offices and cabinet seats.
All of those will get a considerable
amount of attention, but again,
local government is where the rub-
ber meets the road.
Talk about challenges, the next
Mayor will certainly have a full
slate of issues to deal with on day
With local elections taking place
and Executive Director of the I.M.
Sulzbacher Center, Audrey Moran
and Attorney and City Councilman,
Kevin Hyde. All three are
There have been rumors of a
hand full of other folks who are
interested in running as well. One
of the biggest questions at hand is
will the Democrats encourage
someone to enter the race.
One school of thought was that
Democrats could use the momen-
tum and organization established
during the presidential elections
and find a candidate that could
compete well for mayor.
Currently, City Councilmember
Glorious Johnson is the most
prominent Democrat in the race,
however she is not necessarily sup-
ported by the party especially
since she was an outspoken
Republican until a year or so ago.
Some Democratic leaders are frus-
trated at the lack of interest being
shown on their side of the isle.
In fact, many Democratic leaders
and fundraisers have already com-
mitted to helping Republican can-
didates for mayor.
The one Democrat who has
talked about running and may have
the experience and fundraising sup-
port to make a real run at the seat is
Alvin Brown. Brown is a former
aide to President Clinton and advi-
sor to Vice President Gore and even
worked on Hilary Clinton's presi-
Brown has said that he can raise
$2 million if he decides to run, but
he has not officially entered the
race. So at some point he will have
to decide if he is going to make the
commitment to run. As the old
philosophers would say talk is
The last major Democratic candi-
date to run for mayor was Sheriff
Nat Glover in 2003. Glover made
the run-off with current Mayor
John Peyton, but eventually lost
garnering 42 percent of the vote.
Back then I was a "Prisoner of
hope," as Comell West would say,
that Glover could actually win and
become the city's first African
Hope has since left the building -
at least for now. Although Duval
County has nearly 50,000 more
Democrats than Republicans, it is a
very conservative city/county. It is
hard for Democrats to win county-
wide seats, but it's darn near impos-
sible for black Democrats.
I am not playing a race card or
putting a label on it, but the facts
are the facts. President Obama had
the closest thing to a victory that
the Democratic Party could hope
for a very close loss.
In fact, Obama's 49 percent was
remarkable considering Duval
County's past voting practices.
McCain only won the county by
roughly 8,000 votes. During that
same election John Crescimbeni
became the first Democrat to win a
countywide municipal election in
nearly 16 years.
All elections are fluid constant-
ly moving and changing so stay
tuned. But the more I think about it
- would you really want to be the
Signing off from City Hall
What's Next--Muslim Only Lines at Airports?
by E. O.
only lines at air-
ports next? The
thought is offensive, disgusting,
and blatantly unconstitutional. But
it's hardly far-fetched. Three years
before suspected Nigerian airline
terrorist Umar Farouk
Abdulmutallab was hauled off a
Northwest airlines flight from
Amsterdam to Detroit with a pow-
der and liquid explosive device
stuffed in his underwear, British
Department of Transportation offi-
cials openly discussed corralling
men of Asian or Middle Eastern
appearance at airports for intense
questioning, checks and searches.
The plan outraged Muslim leaders
and British officials backed off the
systematic profiling of Muslims.
However, single men of Asian and
Middle Eastern appearance were
still subject to intense checks and
searches. Britain was not alone.
France and the Netherlands had
already imposed de facto profiling
of Muslim appearing young men
and families at airports since the
September, 2001 terror attacks.
Polls showed that a substantial
majority of Europeans agreed that
racial profiling was not repugnant
if it made airline travel safer and
thwarted a possible terror attack.
The clamor for a racial crackdown
was first heard in the U.S. follow-
ing the 1996 bombing of the
Federal Building in Oklahoma.
Then President Clinton and
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Attorney General Janet Reno had
the good sense not rush to judg-
ment and scapegoat Muslims. The
swift arrest of Timothy McVeigh
squelched the building mob hyste-
ria against them. But it didn't
squelch public suspicions that all
Muslims were potential terrorists.
The federal building bombing pro-
pelled Clinton's 1996 Antiterrorism
Act through Congress. Civil rights
and civil liberties groups had
waged a protracted battle against
the bill. The law gave the FBI
broad power to infiltrate groups,
quash fundraising by foreigners,
monitor airline travel, and seize
motel and hotel records and trash
due process by permitting the
admission of secret evidence to
expel immigrants. The implication
was that present and future attacks
would likely be launched by those
with an Arab name and face rather
than by men like McVeigh.
President Bush, as Clinton, took
the high ground after the 911
attack. He did not reflexively fin-
ger-point Muslims. The Bush
administration publicly assured
that profiling was reprehensible
and violated legal and constitution-
al principles, and that it would not
be done. But the attack stirred
tremors among Muslims that they
would routinely be targeted, sub-
ject to search and surveillance, and
profiled at airports.
The profiling alarm bells went
off again after a soldier with a
Muslim name shot up the military
base at Ft. Hood back in November.
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The Council on American-Islamic
Relations wasted no time and
issued a loud and vigorous denun-
ciation of the mass killing. The
Council didn't know at that
moment whether Major Nidal
Malik Hasan, the alleged shooter,
was a Muslim by birth, a converted
Muslim, or even a Muslim at all.
The name and the horrific murder
spree was enough to drive the
group to quickly distance itself
from the rampage. Other Muslim
organizations instantly followed
suit and issued their own equally
strong disavowal of Hasan.
This didn't stop the pack of Fox
Network commentators, conserva-
tive radio talk show hosts, writers,
and some officials from again
openly shouting for even tighter
scrutiny of Muslim groups. Terror
suspect Abdulmutallab has simply
raised the decibel level on their call
for transportation officials to open-
ly profile Muslims at airports, train
stations, and even on the open
Some elected officials have even
jumped on the profiling bandwag-
on. Congressman Peter King, rank-
ing Republican on the Homeland
Security Committee, predictably
loudly called for the profiling of
Muslims. Brooklyn Assemblyman
Dov Hikind went further and
announced he'd reintroduce the bill
he first introduced in 2005 to let
police stop and search anyone they
deem to be suspicious. Hikind did-
n't specifically finger Muslims, but
the intent of the bill was unmistak-
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The New York Assembly will
reject Hikind's bill again. But the
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taken immediately after
Abdulmutallab's failed terror
attempt found that a majority of
Americans are ready to turn a blind
eye to law, the constitution and just
plain human decency to target
Muslims, any Muslim, for special
scrutiny. No matter that a potential
terrorist can come in any shape,
size, color, gender, and disguise.
The Leadership Conference on
Civil Rights noted that convicted
terrorists John Walker Lindh were
white, and Richard Reid was
Jamaican and British.
Abdulmutallab is Nigerian, but
from all appearances he could just
as easily be mistaken for a young
African-American hip hop artist.
Broad-based ethnic profiling cre-
ates in turn panic and the false
sense of security that airlines are
actually preventing terrorist
attacks. It also causes law enforce-
ment resources to be squandered
chasing the wrong targets. Worse,
it's a witch-hunt against a group
based solely on their religion and
ethnicity. This fuels even greater
racial division, fear and hysteria.
The public whispers and the right
wing's open talk of Muslim only
airport lines do the same.
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political analyst. His forthcoming book, How
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The Clock's Ticking, Obama
Don't Disappoint Us
Brother, we are trying.
Trying to give you the space you need to do all of the heavy lifting
required for the job you so vigorously sought and so decisively won, against
a world of odds and a long and discouraging history. Ajob fraught with pres-
sure and danger and the highest of stakes.
Trying to be patient while you work at salvaging something from the mess
your predecessor cooked up and fed to the future those sour concoctions
that have left us all sick and drained and frightful. The abandoned war front.
The contrived war. The crumbling economy. The them-that's-got ethic. Such
sickening pots he left simmering on the stove.
We are trying, too, to stay cheerful and hopeful the way we were a year
ago, when it seemed too good to be true and we walked around in happy
shock. Girl, can you believe it? Man, I never thought I'd live to see the day!
Trying, with the giddiness worn off, to still believe that the great expecta-
tions that propelled us to the voting booths many for the first time or the
first in a long time are still justified and viable and that any day now, a
change will come.
Trying not to wince when some earnest young adults, the bread and butter
of your base, concede to an old hand that they aren't the most astute politi-
cal observers, so, "have we missed something?"
"If he doesn't change something, I might change something," said one. It
is a relief to point to the way you liberated science, and stem cell research in
particular. That was bold and decisive, we are happy to report. And the way
you've rescued the country's image and esteem is a welcome new day.
But, after that, the mind pretty much runs dry. Health care reform is an
utter mess, perhaps because you sat back and let the partisan hacks have at
it with your input either being too little or too late.
The Iraq imbroglio continues. You've just announced a surge of new
troops to Afghanistan. You have not whipped big banking or big insurance
or big anything into line. The stimulus plan proceeds are probably doing a
lot more good than they will ever get credit for, but it's hard to think bright-
ly when there are so many ominous clouds still hovering over the economy.
Quietly, maybe even secretly, certainly reluctantly and a little bit shame-
fully, we nurse our disappointment. Call us naive, foolish, overzealous,
impatient, whatever. But, we were hoping you would use history's voucher
to kick in some doors and kick some you-know-what. We knew there would
be plenty of infuriated folks, but, frankly, we thought you might give them
something to be furious about. As it turns out, they're just predestined haters
because you haven't shaken up anything enough to truly be controversial.
It is a comfort to remember that we are less than one year into your term.
There is a learning curve, even at your high station, and we must make
allowances for it. Too, we generally like your deliberative nature, which is a
refreshing departure from that lucky Texan's unreflective, my-way-or-the-
But, the clock is running and, like all participants in a revolution and
your election was revolutionary, sir we want to see the fruit of our gamble
as soon as possible.
We had your back last year. We are trying to stay faithful and to not let you
down. Please return the favor.
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Alvin Brown has said that he can raise spring of
$2 million if he decides to run, but he least for
has not officially entered the race. He now, we
will have to decide if he is going to make electing a
Local foster mother
selected parent of the year
A longtime Jacksonville foster
mother will soon be honored with
an award from the nation's leading
foster care foundation.
Joyce Andrews will receive the
national Ruth Massinga Foster
Parent of the Year Award from
Casey Family Programs in January
In her seven yearsas a foster par-
ent in Jacksonville, Andrews has
cared for close to 100children.
Additionally, she has worked for
the Florida Department of Children
and Families as a Child Protective
Investigator for nearly 24 years.
Andrews was the first foster parent
in the state of Florida who was also
employed as a DCF investigator
after successfully challenging the
state's conflict of interest policy.
"Being a foster parent is the most
satisfying thing I've done, other
than raising a family," said
Andrews. "I've seen teenage boys
who had been involved with the
Department of Juvenile Justice who
had difficulties in finding foster
homes. I stepped up and said that I
would take them in. This is like a
special cause for me...with all of the
crime in our city, 1 feel good to save
children and put them on the right
track. A large majority of the foster
children I've raised have gone on to
Just last year, Andrews received
the state Foster Parent of the Year
Award from The Florida Coalition
for Children. The organization rec-
ognized her for enrolling teens in
private schools, assisting them in
getting the counseling or services
they need, and helping them find
jobs and apartments as they age out
of the foster care system. During
the holidays, Andrews invites many
of her former foster children back
to her home for a specialdinner.
"When I first bring a foster child
into my home, I listen to them talk
about their past struggles, including
how they've suffered from abuse
and neglect," said Andrews.
"These children have also suffered
from an overall lack of direction
from their parents. I treat them as if
they were my own children, and I
make sure that they go to school.
The kitchen in my home never clos-
es. I don't do what I do for the
money, but rather to help children
have better lives. This award
means a lot to me."
Casey Family Programs is the
nation's largest operating founda-
tion entirely focused on foster care.
Civil Rights Hero to Begin
Serving Prison Sentence
Bobby DeLaughter, the prosecu-
tor who secured the conviction in
the infamous Medgar Evers
Mississippi murder case, is himself
now headed to prison.
It was DeLaughter's dogged 1994
prosecution and the subsequent
conviction of Ku Klux Klan mem-
ber Byron De La Beckwith that
helped trigger the reopening of
dozens of civil rights cold cases.
DeLaughter became an instant
hero of the civil rights movement.
Alec Baldwin portrayed him in the
1996 movie, "Ghosts of
Mississippi," and his closing state-
ment was once dubbed one of the
greatest closing arguments in mod-
"Is it ever too late to do the right
thing?" DeLaughter told the jury of
eight blacks and four whites. "For
the sake of justice and the hope of
us as a civilized society, I sincerely
hope and pray that it's not."
DeLaughter would go on to
become a state judge in 2002. His
years in the robe came to an end in
2009, when he pleaded guilty to
obstruction of justice for lying to an
FBI agent in a far-reaching corrup-
tion probe that has rocked
Mississippi's judicial system.
When DeLaughter was sentenced
in November, Byron De La
Beckwith's son sat in the chamber
wearing a Confederate flag pin on
his red blazer. His father had also
worn a Confederate pin during the
DeLaughter is to begin serving
his 18-month prison sentence this
week at a facility in Kentucky.
"The man has now been
destroyed, politically and economi-
cally. It's that serious," said Charles
Evers, the brother of Medgar Evers.
He said he is trying to raise
money to help pay DeLaughter's
expenses while he's in prison.
"What can we do but fight for a
man who fought for us?" he said. "I
want DeLaughter to know I'm
behind him 100 percent."
The story of DeLaughter going
from civil rights hero to convicted
felon is complicated, involving
years of litigation in his courtroom.
At the heart of the case is Dickie
Scruggs, a high-powered lawyer
who made tens of millions of dol-
lars in tobacco and asbestos litiga-
tion. Scruggs is the brother-in-law
of former Sen. Trent Lott and is
now serving seven years in prison
for trying to influence Mississippi
judges, including DeLaughter.
According to prosecutors,
Scruggs wanted to get to
DeLaughter through his mentor,
Peters, to try to influence
DeLaughter's ruling in a high-
stakes case, potentially worth $15
million. Peters received $1 million
in illicit payments as compensation
for his actions, prosecutors say.
Peters was granted immunity in
exchange for his cooperation.
DeLaughter has denied taking
any money in the case or that he
was improperly influenced. In his
guilty plea, he admits to only
obstruction of justice; the more
serious charges of involvement in a
bribery scheme and mail fraud con-
spiracy were dismissed as part of
Kirksey and DeLaughter also
trained under the same attorney
several decades ago; Kirksey
believes DeLaughter turned his
back on everything they learned.
Morris Dees, the co-founder of
the Southern Poverty Law Center,
represented Myrlie Evers, the
widow of Medgar Evers -- the
NAACP leader who was gunned
down in his driveway in 1963.
He says only one man had the
guts to seek prosecution in the case
when two previous trials years
before ended without convictions.
"If Bobby DeLaughter hadn't
been around, it would never have
happened." Dees said. "It was the
first modem-day prosecution of one
of these old civil-rights-era mur-
ders, and it resulted in the prosecu-
tion and convictions of a large num-
DeLaughter's bravery in seeking
justice in the Evers case, Dees said,
makes it tough to swallow his more
recent failings as a judge.
"Certainly, when a judge is put in
prison and pleads guilty," Dees
said, "it certainly tarnishes his legal
and judicial reputation."
Charles Evers said he will contin-
ue fighting for the man who fought
so valiantly for his brother. "We
will do whatever's necessary to help
him get over his dilemma, and I'll
say that over and over again."
Guyton rings in new Springfield tradition Springfield's most gracious hostess, Carlottra Guyton, recently brought in the
New Year with a festive holiday party at her home. Friends traveled from as far as Atlanta, GA to enjoy an evening of great food, music, and, most of
all, fellowship. Guests were asked to bring their favorite desserts, which included homemade fudge, sour cream pound cake, cheesecake, holiday cook-
ies and more. Conversations ranged from Tiger Woods, jazz and blues, artwork, family, to hopes and plans for 2010. Look for Guyton to host her annu-
al Black History Month social the last Saturday of February. Shown above (L-R) are Patricia Thomas, Barbara Young, LaVerne Mc Kinney, Margarite
Warren, Elizabeth Taylor, Beverly Riley, Greg Miller, Ollis and Delphia Williams, Ken Johnson, Joyce Price, Carlottra Guyton, Derya Williams, and
Tonya Weathersbee. Al Latimer photo
Some offended by the word 'Negro' on 2010 census
This week, the U.S. Census
Bureau launched their campaign to
count more than 300 million
American residents. They are rely-
ing on cutting-edge technology and
social media such as Facebook,
Twitter and YouTube to appeal to
African-Americans and heighten
awareness about the 2010 census.
Yet, one of the form's 10 ques-
tions uses what many consider an
outdated and offensive term, and
may lead some African-Americans
to ask just how far the country has
Question No. 9 on the form,
which will be mailed out beginning
March 15, asks: "What is Person l's
The answer choices are: "White;
Black, African-American, or
Negro; American Indian or Alaska
While the term "Negro" has
appeared in previous census forms,
some young or first-time African-
American census participants may
find it offensive, which could pres-
ent a problem for the 2010 census
campaign, which has focused on
Shelly Lowe, a U.S. Census
Bureau spokesperson, agrees that
the use of "Negro" is antiquated,
and says that the bureau was sur-
prised to learn there still are people
who prefer to be called by the term.
Lowe also noted that all of the
census questions are "tested ad nau-
seam," enough so that using the
"Negro" term "outweighed the
The U.S. Office of Management
and Budget (OMB) defines the
racial category of black or African-
American as "a person having ori-
gins in any of the black racial
groups of Africa," and further stipu-
lates that terms such as "Haitian" or
"Negro" can be used in addition to
"black or African-American."
The term was left on the 2010
form after a number of respondents
to the 2000 census opted to write-in
"Negro" when answering the ques-
tion on race, census officials said.
Jeanne R. Stanley, a 78-year-old blacks be called African-Americans
retiree in Richmond, Va., says she is in the late 1980s. The label pretty
not surprised that some blacks, par- much has
ticularly older blacks, prefer to be s t u c k
called a "Negro" as although
opposed to m a n y
black or What is person 1's raco? AAmericans
A fr i c a n ,- '" ^,,.. or No of African
American. ,, tin' < ^u" Ntv d e s c e n t
"Some prefer still pre-
it because of their ,. .f e r
co m p lex io n, e x ,... ... .. "black."
dark," says Stanley, Many younger
who routinely dis- blacks find the term "Negro"
cusses such matters insulting and demeaning.
with colleagues her age. "Others "I find the word 'Negro' to be
still have a slave mentality. There quite offensive when it comes to the
are a lot of people who still have a census and separating and differen-
color complex." tiating among races because of the
The use of "Negro" to describe history of the use of the word," said
people of African descent was pop- Taryn Anthony, a 25-year old grad-
ular up until the 1960s. The civil uate student. "I've yet to hear some-
rights movement during the late one use it in a respectable manner,
1960s and 1970s led to the use of so placing it on a census seems as
"black" or "Afro-American." Jesse yet another way to set back African-
Jackson spearheaded the trend that Americans."
A tribute and celebration for
Ron Elps and the Old Timers
M.L. King Day
Monday, January 18, 2010
Charles "Boobie" Clark Park
8793 Sibbald Road
Keep the dream for family love and neighborhood
unity alive as the old timers continue the tradition!
For information, call Cookie Brown 405-3723 Baldy Jackson 994-2364 or Nathaniel Farley 765-0035
.Tnnuarv 7-13. 2010
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Ages 11 and under and 12-14
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Queens of Gospel Concert
Tickets are on sale now for the Queens of Gospel Explosion featuring
gospel legends Shirley Caesar and Dottie Peoples on January 10, 2010 at
the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in the Moran Theater.
Also in concert on the show will be Stellar awards winners Vickie Winans
and Beverly Crawford. Bishop Rudolph Mckissick will be the emcee of this
event. The show will start at 7 p.m.
This will be the first time Caesar and Peoples have ever performed on the
same show. Both queens are known for putting a high energy shows with
full live bands. Winans will be hosting the 2010 Stellar Awards, which is
gospel's premier awards show.
Baptist Ministers Conference
12th Annual MLK Day Celebrations
The Baptist Minister's Conference of Duval and adjacent counties have
announced the details of their annual MLK Celebration services and Prayer
The Celebration Services will be held on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 7
p.m. at the First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church located at 4835
Soutel Drive. The speaker will be candidate for Mayor Alvin Brown. The
celebration will continue on Monday, January 18th at St. Johns Missionary
Baptist Church located at 135 Brickyard Road in Middleburg, FL. The
speaker will be Rev. Richard Curry of Mt. Ararat of Lake City, FL.
The 1 th Annual Prayer Breakfast will be held on Saturday, January 16th
at 8 a.m. at the Emanuel Multi Purpose Center, 2407 S.L. Badger Jr., Circle
East. The speaker will be Kendrick Meeks, Candidate for U.S. Senate.
For more information call 765-3111.
Volunteers Can Earn Free Disney
Tickets at MLK Day of Service
The public is invited to join in the Jacksonville's MLK Day of Service on
Saturday, January 16, 2010 at St. Clare Evans Academy from 8:30 am -
1:00 p.m. The MLK Day of Service brings together people to honor Dr.
King's legacy. Volunteers will promote and distribute fire prevention and
education materials for residents in zip codes 32208 and 32209. They will
also renovate and restore Peaches N Basket Adult Day Care Center, paint
a mural honoring Dr. King on the Head Start building at Hilltop Village
Apts., park beautification, tree and flower planting, and reading and pro-
viding books about Dr. King to children.
You can sign up at www.handsonjacksonville.org and www.disney-
parks.com as your service can help you qualify for Disney's "Give a Day,
Get a Disney Day" which is free entry to Disney World.
This service project is one of hundreds of activities that states and cities
are organizing to honor the legacy of Dr. King. For more information about
the national day of service, please visit www.mlkday.gov.
Public Library Tributes MLK T.D. Jakes: 2010 Will Be
Day with Free Music Lecture % .0 % . &
Freedom, slavery and the roots of African-Americn music will be the
theme for the day at the Jacksonville Main Library in honor of Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day. Presented by Ray Kamalay, the program will begin
at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 16th in the Hicks Auditorium. The public is
invited to attend the free lecture on the influence of slavery in American
popular music. For more information, email SBucher@coj.net.
Stanton Class of '44 Meeting
The Stanton Class of '44 will meet on Saturday, January 23rd at 10 a.m.
at the Dallas Graham Library. All interested persons should call Eula Mayes
at 355-3730 or Lillie Blue at 764--4829.
Jacksonville Diversity Network Free
Lecture on the Black Diaspora
The Jacksonville Diversity Network will present "Untold Stories of the
African-American Diaspora Part II: From the Harlem Renaissance to
Black Power", a free lecture presented by Cal Jackson, Diversity and
Inclusion Practitione. This presentation begins with the Harlem
Renaissance and defines the 'new Negro' though art and literature.
Participants will review how this populace has become very diverse within
its own culture.
The free event will be held on Thursday, January 28th, from 7 8:30
p.m. at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum 101 W. 1st Street, 32206, on the
corner of 1st and Laura Streets. RSVP to:
Study Circle Facilitator Training
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission will have new facilita-
tor training for the the Study Circle
program on Saturday, February 13th
from 8:30 am 4:30 pm. The train-
ing will be presented at City Hall,
117 W. Duval Street in the Lynwood
Roberts Room. The 2010 require-
ment for facilitators, will include
first registering as a volunteer with
the City of Jacksonville and com-
pleting at least two study circle ses-
sions. If you have attended one
already and would like to partici-
pate in the training, please consider
one of the January sessions. For
more information on registering for
this training, contact Lisa Stafslien
The 2010 Study Circles Kick Off
Event will be held on Thursday,
February 18, 2010, from 6 8:00
p.m. at Metropolitan Park. Andrew
Manis, PhD, will be presenting on
the topic "Post Racism America...
Are You Kidding Me?" Study
Circles offer intimate settings to
help break down racial barriers
among Jacksonville citizens.
a Te1ar oIr uou~Jie ro Ii LI
from the Christian Post
Dallas megachurch pastor and
entrepreneur T.D. Jakes usually
doesn't make declarations or predic-
tions for the new year.
But the year 2010 is different.
In a video message, The Potter's
House pastor said he expects 2010
to be a year of "double portion."
Considering the global economic
slump that many have suffered
through over the past year or so,
Jakes sees light.
"The Bible is not mystical about
loss. It's just the modern day teach-
ers that we have today that led us
down the wrong path to thinking
that there would be no challenges,"
he noted. "The Bible has always
been clear that there would be loss-
es. But He promised to restore the
years [of] cankerworms."
Alluding to a biblical passage in
the Old Testament book of Joel,
Jakes called 2009 a year when
cankerworms, palmerworms and
locusts ate into people's resources,
retirements and homes. But just as
Joel prophesied in the Bible, Jakes
believes God will restore in the new
year what was taken away.
"When you look at 2010, I believe
it is time for us ... to look at the fact
that we have been through enough,
been through enough turmoil that
now we're ready to move to the next
level," he declared in the video mes-
sage, while noting that 20 is "10 car-
ried into a double dimension."
"Whenever God pulls back a bow,
the arrow is going to go further than
it's ever gone before," he said. "I
believe that the turning point is
going to be 2010.
"I believe because we have
crossed this Jordan like Elijah and
Elisha that we are now eligible to
step into a double portion.
Financially, yes. We need it; our
country needs it; our world needs it.
But beyond that, wisdom, inspira-
tion, a new development of faith; I
believe new ministries are going to
burst wide open."
Tens of thousands rang in the new
year with Jakes, who is often identi-
fied as a prosperity gospel preacher.
The charismatic preacher recently
announced a "historic Watch Night"
service that will involve multi-site
technology. Along with a New
Year's Eve service at The Potter's
House worship center in Dallas, the
megachurch also be hosted the serv-
ice in two other locations via satel-
"Open your arms up to God and
receive your blessing," Jakes says in
While optimistic for the new year,
Jakes articulated that the year of
blessing and restoration will come
to those who are prepared and have
a strategy in place and to those who
have been dealt setbacks but refused
"If no strategy is in place to pro-
pel yourself forward ... you won't be
prepared to move forward to the
next dimension," he emphasized. "If
you're planning to use all the strug-
gle of 2009 to propel you for 2010,
I believe you will be blessed."
He noted, "I've been teaching our
church to plan to be blessed. It's not*
accidental; it's not a mistake.
There's a strategy to it. Sow your
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Dealing with Winter Hair
by Pekela Riley
Winter can be very harsh on your hair. The cold, dry weather can cause
your hair to become dry, brittle, and unhealthy. On top of that, the indoor
heating can cause your hair to dry out even more and is worse than any
chemical that you could put on your hair. When your hair becomes dry
and frizzy it gets harder to style.
There are some pros to your hair in cold weather; your style tends to
hold longer because there is little to no humidity in the air. Also, the
times between relaxers can be stretched a bit because the hot Florida sun
is not causing us to sweat.
There are some ways that you can protect your hair in winter from dry-
ing out and becoming unhealthy. Here are a couple of ways to protect
your hair in the winter and come into spring with beautiful, healthy hair.
Moisterize. It's important to keep your hair, scalp, and the rest of your
skin very moisturized during the winter months. Use a hair conditioner
after shampooing your hair to help prevent dryness. Any conditioner
should do the trick, but if you have dry hair to begin with you may want
to look for a hair conditioner that is made for dry hair. Also, invest in a
deep conditioner that you use at least once a week.
Use hair tools, such as ionic hair dryers and ceramic plated straight-
eners that will lock in the moisture in your hair instead of stripping it.
The winter takes enough moisture out of your hair and you don't need
your styling tools to take even more.
One problem that I see more of in the winter is dandruff. In the win-
ter, skin is out of balance and your body wants to get rid of these dead
skin cells, so your scalp will slopping it off, as a way to remove the dead
cells. Its nature's way of getting your body to balance; even if you don't
normally have dandruff, it is not uncommon to experience it during win-
ter months. A common misconception about dandruff is that it conse-
quence of having a dry scalp, but believe it or not oily scalps tend to
have more dandruff. Supplementing your diet with more zinc is an
effective way to treat for dry scalp, but be sure to speak with your doc-
tor if you're on medication and want to introduce vitamins to your reg-
imen. Asmentioned before dandruff can be contagious, so if a family
member is having a bout with dandruff, I strongly suggest getting a sep-
arate set of combs and brushes to make sure it's not spread to others.
When washing your hair, use lukewarm water and not hot. Hot water
will strip your hair of moisture. Make sure to use lukewarm water then
you can turn the water back to hot to wash the rest of you.
Oh and one neat trick I've learned is to rub a dryer sheet on your hair
brushes and combs to help with static electricity during winter. Static
cling is a huge problem in winter, since most people have their heat on
and their house is all closed up. Instead of having to suffer through stat-
ic hair in winter, use this simple trick that will take one minute to do.
Don't go outside in the winter time with wet hair. If you go outside in
the cold weather with wet hair, you risk the possibility of your hair
freezing, which leaves it prone to breaking and getting damaged.
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The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is shown above talking with some 85
ministers from the greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay
areas, asking them and their congregations to urge banks and other
institutions to help people avoid foreclosures, in Los Angeles last
week. Jackson called his campaign Stimulus Part II, noting that
home prices are expected to drop further in 2010, unemployment
will continue to rise, as will the rate of foreclosures.
Last week, single black women
were ushered into the new year by
an ABC News report that suggested
"finding the right man is proving
elusive." The segment, which aired
on 'Nightline,' predictably framed
the issue by asking "are the stan-
dards of black women too high or
are the pickings too slim?" It's not
exactly an original question.
The proposition has been repack-
aged time and time again. It's dam-
aged goods at this point.
Nonetheless, it's tempting to over-
simplify the reasons why so many
black women find themselves liv-
ing the single life well into their
thirties and beyond. It doesn't help
that the chatter detailing their cir-
cumstances, although often misrep-
resented and misguided, stays at a
fever pitch. It's hard to sort between
fact and fiction at times.
In part, popular culture and the
whole "life imitating art" concept
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ics. Real-world relation-
ships, and the pursuit of them,
are multidimensional and far more
nuanced. Therefore, the idea of
reducing the real, heartfelt experi-
ences of black women to the cliche
storylines of the urban romantic
comedy genre is a disservice to
black women. It should also be
noted at this point that some black
women are actually single by
choice, something that 'Nightline'
chose not to acknowledge.
The other culprit casting a long
shadow on the hopes of black
women is the constantly cited set of
statistics on the abundance of eligi-
ble black women contrasted to the
supposed absence of "suitable"
black men. According to its report,
black women in the United States
outnumber black men by 1.8 mil-
lion to begin with. To further aggra-
vate matters, the show claims that
21 percent of black men lack a high
school diploma, 17 percent are
unemployed, and 8 percent of 25- to
34-year-olds are incarcerated, leav-
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ing roughly only 54 percent of the
black male population romantically
acceptable -- and that's before you
separate out the ones who are
already hitched. They didn't even
include the gay/down-low percent-
age. Believe everything you read
and see on television and you can't
help but think what's a black
woman to do?
'Nightline' did, however, conve-
niently fail to mention the unques-
tionable overlap in several of these
categories and, thereby, the figures
are not quite as grim as suggested.
That said, there are definitely some
non-negotiable numbers factoring
into this narrative that account for a
lopsided playing field for single
And black men know this, A
which begs the question that
perhaps should have been
asked in the first place: to
What's up with single black
men and their feelings on all Pi
of this? The assumption
always seems to be that if he's
a "good black man," he'll want to
marry a "good black woman." Isn't
it possible to be a "good black man"
and just not be into the idea of love,
marriage and a baby carriage?
Many single men, even those get-
ting up there in age, are not rela-
tionship ready, let alone ready for
marriage. It's helpful when men are
forthright about it, but unfortunate-
ly that's the not always the case.
Women would be wise to recognize
the signs, which are usually written
on the wall. It would save a lot of
unnecessary angst and agony.
Invariably, it's women -- or their
girlfriends -- who more often than
not convince themselves that he'll
come around. The pep talk is usual-
ly punctuated with something like,
"gurrrl, he better." And let the chase
begin. This is why many sought-
after eligible bachelors are on the
lam; they're relationship fugitives.
They're not ready to turn them-
selves in. They're out there, but it's
a game of cat and mouse, hide and
seek. Single women can't catch up
to them half the time because the
loud tick-tocks of their biological
clocks are a giveaway that a single
woman eager to settle down is
approaching. They might as well
have jingling wedding bells hang-
ing from their shoes.
Conversely, there are a plenty of
eligible successful single black men
who have a desire to settle down at
some point ...with the operative
words being "at some point." For
men, matrimony is rarely a
Ire the standards
of black women
)o high or are the
ickings too slim?
microwavable dish. Think Crock-
Pot. It's a slow simmer, but slow
and steady wins the race. Women,
however, often grow impatient and
understandably so sometimes.
Everyone has their own clock.
The key is finding someone you can
synchronize with, which leads us
back to where we started. This
redundant question that asks are
black women's standards too high
or are the pickings too slim is pre-
posterous. It's neither. The premise
of the question should offend our
intelligence. Furthermore, the
notion that is has to be an either-or
proposition doesn't help; it hurts.
There are a lot of factors to consid-
er that tend to be glossed over in
favor of cheap soundbites and easy
answers that are frequently wrong.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Chamber of Commerce
Annual MLK Breakfast
The Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce will present their 23rd
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
Breakfast on Friday, January 8,
2010 at the the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. The annual
event will begin promptly at 7 a.m.
featuring keynote speaker and
author Rodney Hurst. For tickets or
more information, call 366-6600,
Najee in Concert
Jazz artist Najee will be in concert
on Saturday, January 9th at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $35.00.The concert will
be held at the Ritz Theatre. For
tickets or more information, call
Plus Size Model Search
Dangerous Curves will present
their 6th annual model search on
Saturday, January 9th at the
Wyndham Riverside Hotel, 1515
Prudential Drive. Tryouts will begin
at noon. For more information call
554-9930 or visit www.dangerous-
AbzSolute Fitness 10
Mile Club Meeting
ABzSolute Fitness & Upper Level
Sports invite you to take your fit-
ness to another level or simply
begin with the end in mind. Join the
Team: 10 Mile Club, Upper Level
Sprinters or Upper Level Cyclers.
The first meeting will be Saturday,
January 9th 2010 Ila.m.-lp.m. at
ABzSolute Fitness 5290-4
Norwood Ave or call 765-6002 for
The Duval County School Board's
annual Magnet Mania event will be
January 9th. Parents and students
will be able to learn about magnet
programs and other options avail-
able at schools for the upcoming
school year. It will be held at the
Jacksonville Fairgrounds on Jan. 9
from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. to learn
more, ask questions of teachers and
students, and pick up applications.
Admission and parking are free.
Funny man Rickey Smiley will be
in concert Saturday, January 9th
at the Florida Theatre. Tickets are
now on sale. For more information,
Queens of Gospel
Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr.
will host the Queens of Gospel con-
cert on Sunday, January 10, 2010.
The show will feature gospel music
legends Shirley Caesar, Dottie
Peeples, Vicki Winans and Beverly
Crawford at the Times-Union
Center for the Performing Arts in
the Moran Theater.
JCCI will present a free noon
forum on Surrogate Parents -
Making a Difference in One Child's
Life. It will be held Wednesday,
January 13th from Noon to 1:00
p.m. at JCCI. Participants will join
juvenile court veteran and child lit-
eracy advocate Judge Karen Cole
for an active discussion about a
very special program helping
abused, neglected or abandoned
children with disabilities succeed in
school. Seating is limited. RSVP
First Coast families are invited to
the Mary Lena Gibbs Community
Center to enjoy a dance commemo-
rating the life of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. The celebration will offer
free music, dancing, fellowship and
fun. Parents are encouraged to
attend with their children. Free
refreshments will be available
while they last. It will be held on
Friday, Jan. 15 from 6 9:30 p.m.
The center is located at 6974
For more information on events
and activities hosted by JaxParks,
call (904) 630-CITY or visit
The Harlem Quartet, comprising
First-Place Laureates of the Sphinx
Competition whose mission is to
advance diversity in classical music
to new audiences highlighting
works by minority composers is
coming to Jacksonville. They will
be in concert on Friday, January
15, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. at the Church
of the Good Shepherd. The church
is located at 1100 Stockton Street.
For more info call 387-5691.
Lift Ev'ry Voice
and Sing Concert
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus will present their first First
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" Concert
on Monday, January 18, 2010 at
6:00 p.m.at the Times Union Center
for the Performing Arts. The con-
cert will feature The Jacksonville
Children's Chorus, the UNF
Chorale, JU Concert Choir, the Ritz
Chamber Players, Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts
Chorale, Shiloh Metropolitan
Baptist Church Choir, and Bethel
Institutional Baptist Church Choir.
Tickets may be purchased online
at jaxchildrenschorus.com or by
phone at 904-353-1636.
There will be a free plant propaga-
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plants for less. There will also be a
hands-on activity on how to recycle
newspaper into seed pots. It will be
held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010
from 2-4 p.m. at the Webb
Wesconnett Regional Library, 6887
103rd St. For more information or
to register, call Becky at 387-8850.
Space is limited.
Battle of the Beats
On Saturday, January 23rd, their
will be a Battle of the Beats
Drumline Competition at Raines
High School. The event will feature
drumlines from schools from
around the state. Showtime is at 3
p.m. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call 924-3049 EXT 199.
To Kill a Mockingbird
at Stage Aurora
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
will present the classic theatrical
production To Kill a Mockingbird
weekends, January 29 February
7. The Theater company's perform-
ance hall is located at 5188
Norwood Avenue inside the
Gateway Town Center. For more
information or to purchase tickets,
please call 904- 765-7372 or (904)
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater in
Thursday, February 4, 2010. The
free event will start at 7 p.m.
Spoken word night is held on the
first Thursday of every month
where poets, writers, vocalists and
sometimes musicians gather to
present and hear some of the area's
most powerful and profound lyrical
voices in a casual open-mic setting.
For more information call 632-
Ritz Jazz Jamm
On Saturday, February 6, join
the Ritz Theatre for the Ritz Jazz
Jamm. Admission is $15 at the
door and includes 1 drink of your
choice. It's an experience of relax-
ing music, beverages and a unique
atmosphere. Na'im and the Jazz
Band welcomes you to bring your
instrument or vocals and Jam with
the band. Or just bring your "Ears
on Jazz"! The first Saturday of
every month the Ritz Jazz Band fea-
tures a different jazz artist. This
month is the music of Grover
Washington. Call 632-5555 for
Black Eyed Peas
Grammy Award Winning artist
Black Eyed Peas will be in concert
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena. Tickets are currently on sale.
For more information call 745-
Soweto Gospel Choir
The Soweto Gospel Choir was
formed to celebrate the unique and
inspirational power of African
Gospel music. The 26-strong choir
draws on the best talent from
around Soweto. They will be in
concert on February 10, 2010 at 8
p.m. at the Florida Theatre. For
tickets or more info, call 355-2787.
The Ritz Theater will present jazz
artist Rachelle Ferrell in concert on
February 13th. Showtime is 8
p.m. A must do for your
Valentine's Day sweet! For more
information call 632-5555.
JLOC Open Meeting
The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee for the Millions More
Movement Inc., will have 'Open Meetings' on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday of
each month. The time is 6:00 8:00 p.m, at 916 N.Myrtle Avenue. The meet-
ings are open to the public. If you are concerned and want to see improvement
in the quality of life and living conditions in your community, you are invit-
ed to attend. For more information call 904-240-9133.
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Whats on your shelf? The Best Black Books of 2009 ,
by K. Williams
1. Sugar of the Crop: My
Journey to Find the Children of
by Sana Butler
Who even knew that any children
of slaves were still alive? A debt of
gratitude is owed to Sana Butler for
compiling this bittersweet collec-
tion of revealing interviews with
the offspring of folks freed by the
Emancipation Proclamation well
over a century ago. What makes
this book special is how seamlessly
the author contrasts her aging sub-
jects' fading recollections with her
own expectations of them and her
intimate reflections about being
black and female in present-day
2. Step Out on Nothing: How
Faith and Family Helped Me
Conquer Life's Challenges by
Earlier this year, Byron Pitts
became the heir apparent to Ed
Bradley's coveted spot on 60
Minutes when he was named a con-
tributing correspondent to the long-
running, television newsmagazine.
While many might have deemed
Mr. Pitts' ascension to the plum
position a natural outgrowth of his
Emmy-winning work covering such
major stories for CBS as the 9/11
Attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the
Afghan War, the truth is that this
talented reporter had to overcome a
host of seemingly-insurmountable
childhood challenges en route to
turning himself into a great success
3. Between Good and Ghetto:
African-American Girls and
Inner-City Violence by Nikki
The recent murder of an African-
American honors student brutally
beaten to death right outside of his
Chicago high school by a mob of
fellow teenagers failed to generate
as much outrage as one would
expect. We've become so blase
about violence in this country that
such attacks are taken in stride and
nobody notices that the fastest-
growing sector of the prison popu-
lation are black females.
4. Accountable: Making
America as Good as Its Promise
by Tavis Smiley
In 2008, Tavis Smiley took a lot of
heat over his reluctance to rubber-
stamp Barack Obama's candidacy
simply on the basis of its symbol-
ism as opposed to demanding to
know exactly what the victory
would mean for black America.
Now that Barack Obama has
proven a disappointment as
President, many might look more
favorably on Mr. Smiley's effort to
Madea going back on the road
.Movie producer and actor Tyler Perry says he is taking his sharp-tongued
character "Madea" back on tour.
Perry posted a message on his Web site Saturday that said he had taken
some time off in the past few months "so I could spend my mother's final
days at her side." His mother, Willie Maxine Perry, died Dec. 8 at age 64.
Perry says he will begin touring with his new play, "Madea's Big Happy
Family." Tyler will once again use a wig and padded suit to portray Madea,
the central character of many of his films, including "Tyler Perry's Madea
Goes to Jail."
The actor says he is eager to have Madea on stage for the first time in
five years. The first leg of the tour begins Jan. 4 in El Paso, Texas, then
goes on to Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
hold him accountable to his most
loyal constituency. Each chapter of
the book delineates Obama's cam-
paign promises in terms of such
areas in dire need of attention as
health care, education, justice, the
economy, and so forth. It also
includes checklists to enable the
reader to assess whether or not the
administration is delivering.
5. Brother West: Living and
Loving Out Loud by Cornel West
Everybody knows Cornel West,
the public intellectual, the popular
Princeton University Professor and
best-selling author who has
remained dedicated to the plight of
the poor and underprivileged over
the course of his illustrious career.
Yet few know anything about his
private life, or about what has
inspired him to remain on such a
righteous path and in touch with his
roots over the years. At 56, Dr. West
has decided to share his life story in
this moving memoir comprised of
the candid reflections of an uncom-
promising, compassionate Christian
with a functioning conscience and
an open heart.
6. Go, Tell Michelle: African-
American Women Write to the
New First Lady Edited by
Barbara A. Seals Nevergold
This opus is a collection of letters
of support for Michelle Obama
designed as a way "to send her a
special message, grounded in our
common ancestry and in the belief
that our daughters have not only
been inspired by her accomplish-
ments but empowered by her exam-
ple." The assorted missives amount
to a quite evocative collage of
heartfelt correspondence in poetry
and prose ranging from the intimate
to the light and lyrical.
7. Down Home with the Neelys:
A Southern Family Cookbook by
Patrick and Gina Neely
It's impossible to say what's more
appealing about this opus, the
authors' sweet love story, or their
succulent barbecue recipes. The
back story is that chefs Patrick and
Gina Neely had been high school
sweethearts, but didn't actually
marry until after reuniting in their
native Memphis after attending dif-
ferent colleges out of town.
8. Family Affair: What It Means
to Be African-American Today
Edited by Gil L. Robertson, IV
Although Barack Obama has gen-
erated considerable "hope for
change," Gil Robertson recognized
that most African-American com-
munities still exist "in a state of
almost perpetual crisis...... in terms
of health disparities, political injus-
tices, crime statistics, and a pletho-
ra of social ills." So, the veteran
journalist opted to pose the question
to a host of prominent black lumi-
naries like Cathy Ilughes, Ruby
Dec and Congresswoman Carolyn
Kilpatrick, and their intriguing
responses are the sum and sub-
stance of Family Affair.
9. Why He Hates You! How
Unreconciled Maternal Anger Is
Destroying Black Men and Boys
by Janks Morton
To what do you attribute the
underachievement of young Black
males? Poverty and the host of
woes permeating inner-city ghet-
tos? Absentee fathers and kids
being weaned on hip-hop music
promoting a combination of materi-
alism, misogyny, anti-intellectual-
ism and black-on-black crime?
The author's embrace of intact
nuclear family values might not be
everybody's cup of tea, but there's
no denying he makes a persuasive
case in this timely tome before
offering some sobering lessons in
tough love aimed directly at baby
mamas and their at risk offspring.
10. African American History in
the United States of America: An
Anthology Compiled and Edited
by Tony Rose
The typical public school curricu-
lum devotes precious little attention
to the considerable cultural contri-
butions made by African-
Americans. In fact, most history
books divide U.S. citizens into
blacks and whites before focusing
on whites to the exclusion of blacks
and other minorities.
However, as Tony Rose astutely
observes in his Foreword, "There is
only one race, the Human race...
everything else is culture." And he
has come up with a novel text
teaching U.S. history while dis-
pensing with the terms "black race"
and "white race" altogether.
Well-written and informative
from beginning to end, African
American History in the United
States of America is an engaging
read that's every bit as entertaining
as it is a worthwhile educational
tool. Kudos to editor Rose for creat-
ing an innovative treatise to help
the nation take a significant step
towards his ultimate hope and
dream "that we can all call one
another who we truly are -
MJ Estate Claims Exceed $20Million
The amount of claims levied against the estate of Michael Jackson
totals more than $20 million, according to TMZ.
The tally includes a $5 million claim from a memorabilia collector, a
$1 million claim from someone who wants a cut of the "Thriller" music
video, a $2.3 million claim from Dr. Tohme Tohme and a $1.5 million
claim from a law firm.
"That does not mean -- by any stretch -- the estate will pay all the
claims," the site reported. "We're told some of them are patently bogus
and lawyers for the estate will not pay, unless a judge orders them to ante
Meanwhile, Michael's father Joe has subpoenaed medical and other
records from the UCLA Medical Center in hopes the documents will
reveal evidence of foul play in his son's death.
Diddy goes Twitter Marriage Crazy.
OK, so did Diddy and Kim Porter get mar-
ried on New Year's day morning or not? We're H| ,1
gonna say ... not. It looks like he's playing
games with poor Kim Porter to us. 'I
What he did do was announce on Twitter
that he'd gotten married, then quickly retract-
ed his statement.
Rumors have recently been swirling via the
usual suspect blogs that he is engaged to on-
off again girlfriend Kim Porter and would
marry her New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.
Tabloids announced in 2007 that Diddy and Porter ended their rela-
tionship after having three children together.
But in mid-December of this year, rumors arose that he had dumped
singer Cassie and become engaged to his ex.
Barkley to host SNL
Saturday Night Live" has announced it will
start off the new year with the one-two punch
of Charles Barkley and Alicia Keys.
The sketch comedy series returns on Jan. 9
with the former NBA star as host, and the
SGrammy-winning singer performing in the
musical guest slot. Her new album, "The
Element of Freedom, dropped Dec. 15.
Barkley, currently an NBA analyst on TNT,
has previously hosted the 1993 season pre-
miere of "SNL," with musical guest Nirvana.
Beverly Johnson Sued by Boytoy
Beverly Johnson has been hit with a law-
suit from a man claiming she failed to pay
him their negotiated fee for acting as her
According to TMZ, Mark Burk alleges he
had an oral agreement with the former
model in which they would essentially act
like husband and wife -- and in return Burk -
would get half of whatever Johnson earned
while they were together.
Also in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in
California, Burk claims Johnson agreed t.-.
support him "for the rest of his life in the
same style and manner that was estab-
lished" during their relationship.
Burk's lawsuit states they broke up in December 2008 and Johnson has
yet to pay him a dime. He's is seeking $5 million in damages.
Holyfield to box next week in Uganda
The former heavyweight champi-
on Evander Holyfield, 47, will chal-
lenge Francois Botha, 41, for the
lightly regarded World Boxing
Federation title in Uganda on Jan.
Holyfield (42-10-2) has not
fought since losing a decision to
Nikolai Valuev a year ago, and
before that he lost to Sultan
Ibragimov. Holyfield said he
believed a victory could give him a
shot at a more prestigious title that
would allow him to achieve his goal
of retiring as a heavyweight cham-
The former heavyweight champi-
on Mike Tyson will not have his
probation in a 2007 drug case
revoked in Arizona after Los
Angeles prosecutors decided not to
charge him in a Nov. 11 airport
scuffle with a photographer. Tyson
and the photographer, Tony
Echeverria, were arrested at Los
Angeles International Airport after
an incident in which each claimed
he was struck by the other.
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Nobel Peace Prize honoree
Mother Teresa, legendary actress
Katharine Hepburn, Negro Leagues
Baseball and Cowboys of the Silver
Screen are among the subjects
headlining the 2010 stamp pro-
gram, the U.S. Postal Service
recently announced. Among the
African Americans being honored
O s c a r
The 33rd stamp I
in the Black
Heritage series, to
be issued June 22,
wrote, directed, produced and dis-
tributed more than 40 movies dur-
ing the first half of the 20th century.
An ambitious, larger-than-life fig-
ure, Micheaux thrived at a time
when African-American filmmak-
ers were rare, venues for their work
were scarce, and support from the
industry did not exist. Micheaux's
entrepreneurial spirit and independ-
ent vision continue to inspire new
generations of filmmakers and
Negro Leagues Baseball
The Negro Leagues Baseball
stamps, to be issued in June, pay
tribute to the all-black professional
baseball leagues that operated from
1920 to about 1960. Drawing some
of the most remarkable athletes
ever to play the sport, including
Satchel Page and Josh Gibson, the
Negro leagues galvanized African-
American communities across the
country, challenged racist notions
of athletic superiority, and ultimate-
ly sparked the integration of
The Negro Leagues Baseball
stamps pay tribute to the all-black
professional baseball leagues that
operated from 1920 to about 1960.
The two 44-cent stamps comprise
one scene painted
by Kadir Nelson.
hero of World War
II, Doris Miller
(1919-1943) became an inspiration
to generations of Americans for his
actions at Pearl Harbor on
December 7, 1941.
Although he was only the first of
a number of African Americans to
be recognized for their heroism in
World War II, Miller is singularly
remembered for providing inspira-
Stion to a campaign for equal
recognition and opportunity
for Blacks in the military, a
campaign that bore fruit in
1948 when President Truman
ordered "that there shall be
equality and opportunity for all per-
sons in the armed forces."
Golf trailblazer Bill Powell passes Fl prison guard
fired for KKK
Bill Powell, the first
J The PGA of America Wayne Kcrsclhncr, a corrections
saidcn Powell died at officer ith the Alach la C'oint
Aultmad, own Hospital in Sheifs ()lic. wasr a decorated
gCanton following comp- organization ho panid dues, attendl-
cations from a stroke. The ed out-of-state Klan rallies and
grandson of Alabama blogged regularly on the KKK Web
slaves, Powell created site, The Associated Press reports.
Clearview Golf Club out- Hlis wife was also a member.
a Kerschner described the KKK as
a faith-based group and said that he
after returning home fol- believed in the organization's ideol-
Bill Powell lowing World War II. ogy, according to the AP.
Several new Black stamps to be issued
Statue of ancient Black Pharoah found
The Sphinx of Taharqa in the British Museum.
The granite statue of the warrior pharaoh
Taharqa weighs one ton, according to its dis-
coverer, Dr Caroline Rocheleau of the North
Carolina Museum of Art, who added it was:
More than life-size and weighs over one
The statues of two other Nubian pharaohs
were also discovered. Rocheleau's blog is
quoted on the DNA website describing the
statues as having:
Great muscular bodies with an inscribed
back pillar... and lovely feet on the statue
base, but we are missing their heads and
their lower legs.
Taharqa was ruler of both Egypt and
Nubia (Kush) during the 25th Dynasty,
which was based in Nubia, which had a long
history of pyramid building, apparently
independent of Egypt. His reign is dated
from 690 BC to 664 BC. The pharaoh is
mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Kings
under the name "Tirhakah." 2 Kings 19:9
Now Sennacherib received a report that
Tirhakah, the Cushite king of Egypt,
was marching out to fight against him. So he
again sent messengers to Hezekiah with this
"Kush" refers to areas south of Egypt, includ-
A website dealing with ancient Nubia says it
was the homeland of Africa's earliest indigenous
black culture, reaching back over 5,000 years.
The site has a wealth of information and photos
of this ancient kingdom.
The National Geographic magazine dealt in
depth with Egypt's neglected black pharaohs and
described the majesty of Taharqa's reign and his
success against the mightiest power of the
ancient Middle East at the time, Assyria.
Eventually, King Essrhaddon of Assyria would
defeat Pharaoh Taharqa, who continued to rule in
Nubia, despite his defeat.
The little-known 25th Dynasty produced strik-
ing statues and paintings of its black rulers, as
well as of their restoration of a declining
Modem-day Sudan has more pyramids than
Egypt, a reflection both of the ancient Nubian
culture and the later civilisation of Meroe.
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with traditional offerings around town, several Jacksonville couples and friends joined together in an
impromptu celebration for the New Year. Joining in on the New Year's Eve festivities (shown above) were
Tony and Janice Nelson, Reggie and Kim Ansley, Daryl and Lillie Jackson, Lawrence and Pat Johnson,
Reggie and LaTasha Fullwood, Stephen and Robbin Grayson, and Reginald and Aurelia Williams.
Complete with the traditional countdown and champagne toast, guests dined through the night on crab-
cakes, codfish fritters, white chocolate bread pudding, fried greenbeans and mesquite chicken. They also
played a card game of "Mafia" into the wee hours of the morning between other fun and fellowship.
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