Baltimore Mayor agrees to resign
Mayor Sheila Dixon of Baltimore, who was con-
victed of embezzlement last month, has announced
she will step down from her post in early February
as part of a deal negotiated with prosecutors.
Under the agreement, Dixon will not seek a new
trial or run for city or state office before her proba-
tion ends, according to the New York Times.
She agreed to donate $45,000 to charity and will
also plead guilty to certain counts of an outstanding
In return, Dixon will receive four years of unsupervised probation and
keep her $84,000-a-year pension.
Dixon, 56, was convicted on Dec. 1 of misappropriating about $500 in
gift cards donated to the city for needy families when she was City
Council president. She became mayor in 2007 and will be succeeded by
the current City Council president, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
"I believe that it is in the best interest of the city, my family and me to
bring this matter to closure," Dixon said in a written statement.
Taxpayer files suit seeking $3.3M
reimbursement for Jackson's funeral
A man is seeking $3.3 million for the city of Los Angeles from Michael
Jackson's estate to cover the cost of the King of Pop's public memorial,
court filings reveal.
In a creditor's claim filed las tweek, Jose F. Vallejos states he is entitled
to seek reimbursement as a taxpayer.
Cash-strapped Los Angeles shelled out millions of dollars for police
overtime and sanitation costs to cover the July memorial at Staples
Center, which is owned by entertainment giant AEG Live. City leaders
have wrangled for months over how to try to recoup some of the money
from AEG Live, but no resolution has been reached.
There were indications that the city recovered its losses after hosting
the star-studded memorial broadcast around the world. A city report
found the July 7 memorial was a $4 million boon for hotels, restaurants
and other businesses.
V allejos' petition claims the estate benefited from the use of public
resources that amounted to an illegal gift of public funds. The filing states
the money should be returned to the city treasury.
The administrators of Jackson's estate will have to decide on the mer-
its of paying out claims.
US Air sued for discrimination
The NAACP has filed a discrimination lawsuit against US Airways,
claiming it assigns African American employees to less desirable gates
and shifts, and gives work areas dominated by black employees racially
loaded nicknames such as "Compton," "Camden," and "The Ghetto."
Shifts and areas with more white workers are called "Frankford,"
"South Philly," and "King of Prussia," according to the lawsuit, which
was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Former airline employee Tiffany Salters, a customer-service manager,
said she was told that she had to quit her position as secretary of the
Camden County branch of the NAACP or lose her job at US Airways.
She felt she was "harassed" by managers because of her work with the
NAACP, she said, and ultimately was fired in 2007 for a security lapse
she said was not her responsibility.
Managers, Salters said, would refer to individual African American
employees as being "ghetto" or "hood." She said she was praised for her
ability to get along with all sorts of customers. A manager told her she
had the "complexion for the connection."
The suit seeks damages for all African American employees, reinstate-
ment of the employees in the suit, an immediate ban on "racial code
words," and the appointment of a civil-rights monitor over US Airways'
Black, Law School enrollment
declining despite better scores
The number of Black and Mexican-American students attending U.S.
law schools has decreased in the last 15 years, according to a new study,
despite students in both groups improving their grades and LSAT scores.
From 1993 to 2008, the percentage of law school students from both eth-
nic groups declined even though Columbia Law School's Lawyering in
the Digital Age Clinic and the Society of American Law Teachers
(SALT) found that 3,000 more first-year seats were available.
A new report by the organizations revealed a 7.5 percent drop in
African-Americans in the entering class of 2008 compared to 1993, and
during that same time period, an 11.7 percent drop in Mexican-
Also in the past 15 years, Johnson said the number of law schools has
increased from 176 to 200 but enrollment has still not increased among
Blacks or Mexican-Americans.
Using data from the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the
Columbia clinic determined that 61 percent of Black and 46 percent of
Mexican-American applicants were denied acceptance at law schools to
which they applied from 2003 to 2008. White applicants were rejected at
a rate of 34 percent.
"SALT is concerned about the trend because a less diverse body of law
students leads to a number of poor outcomes, including a less diverse
pool of lawyers and judges to serve the public, diminished faith in the
administration of justice and a less productive, creative workforce," said
law professor Conrad Johnson
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THE INAUGURAL YEAR IN REVIEW
Has Obama Kept His
Promises to Black America?
by H.T. Edney
On Nov. 3, 2008, an important
telephone conference was held in
Black America. That was the day
that then candidate Barack Obama,
on the eve of his historic election to
the presidency, promised African-
American leaders and representa-
tives across the nation that if elect-
ed, he would never forget that
Black people are specifically and
desperately hurting from social ills.
"Everyone under the sound of my
voice understands the struggles we
face. Everyone understands the
fierce urgency of now. You all
know what's at stake in this elec-
tion," Obama said on the telecon-
ference, covered by the NNPA
He mentioned crime, civil rights,
education, health and the economy
as just a few of the categories in
which African-Americans are clear-
ly in worse statistical categories
than any other race.
"I mention these issues because
this community, our community,
the African-American community,
during these times, suffers more
than most in this country," he said.
"Double-digit inflation, double
digit unemployment, stagnant
wages, our kids are more likely to
drop out, more likely to be in jail,
more likely to die. We're going to
have to do better. And if we contin-
ue the momentum we've seen
across this country over the last
several weeks, we can do better."
But, one year after his historic
election which has often been
described as the fulfillment of the
"dream" of Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr., has now President Obama kept
his campaign promise to the Black
Political observers pondered this
question in anticipation of the
National King Holiday on Monday
and the Jan. 21 anniversary of the
Continued on page 3
M.W. Gilbert Alumni Celebrate 12th Annual All Class Reunion
Celebrating the legacy of Matthew
Gilbert Senior High School was so
exciting it took two days to get it
done. In festivities that included a
reception and a banquet, over 600
alumni of the historically black
high school which graduated it's
last class in 1970. The event, now
in it's 12th year, brings together
both alumni, teachers and adminis-
trators of the school.
The alumni have a lot to be thank-
Z ---- ful for as 2009 was a rewarding
-.lyear for the class. Not only did their
1958 championship football team
receive long overdue recognition
for their sports achievement, class-
mate Bob Hayes was finally
entered into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Also being celebrated was the
Class of 1960 on their 50th
Due to integration in the city,
Gilbert was closed with its' stu-
dents being fed into Jackson,
.. Raines and Ribault. For complete
At the annual Banquet during the high stepping Roll Call are members of the M.W. Gilbert Class of 1962 photo coverage of the festive event,
making their entrance. Carrying the sign is class leader James Burroughs. FMP Photo see pages 6 and 7.
Hometown Hero Continues Cultivating the Arts Throughout the Decades
In the annual community arts cel-
ebration held at his home, Dr.
Joseph Johnson recently honored
Ruth Conley, noted First Coast
patron of the arts. Johnson,
Director of the Flora
Council/Maxie Johnson Home of
the Performing Arts, said that he
wanted to recognize Conley for her
significant contributions to artistic
development in the Jacksonville
area and for her patronage and sup-
port of African American youth.
"I met Ms. Conley many years
ago as a member of UNF's Music
Board. I remember when she
donated a grand piano to UNF's
Music Department. I've enjoyed
recitals and events that she hosted
to present talented youth from
diverse backgrounds. She has also
provided generous music scholar-
ships to deserving students," he
said. "She has enriched the lives of
many people simply because she
loves music and gets pleasure from
seeing young people develop their
Pictured at the event are (1-r): performing arts students and arts
patrons Nikah Henderson, Kahytia Henderson, Jiliah Henderson,
Performing Arts Director Joseph Johnson, Asia Barlow, honoree Ruth
Conley, Sollie Mitchell, Marguerite Warren, Brian Baham, Brenda
Kelly, Jennifer San Hoa. During the last few decades, Johnson has
taught speech, elocution, African-American history, poetry and more
to approximately one hundred youth in the Jacksonville area. ALatimer
recognized Arts patron
Ruth Conley for her
gifts. She deserves to be lauded for
her outstanding work in this com-
Tameka Howze was one of
Conley's mentees and a former stu-
dent of Johnson's. Conley present-
ed her in a recital for the National
Society of Arts and Letters. Conley
is a past president of the National
Society of Arts and Letters and the
founder of the St. Cecilia Music
In its 7th year, Johnson's winter
celebration of the arts was a tribute
to Conley's life and contributions.
Noted musicians and singers from
across the First Coast performed
both religious and classical music
in honor of Conley's work and love
of the arts. They included: Dr. Gary
Smart, Chairman of the UNF
Continued on page 5
Shown above is T. Peek, Rodney Hurst andAkia Uwanda
Chamber's Annual Breakfast
Kicks OffMLK Celebration Season
The bevy of events that honor and celebrate the life of civil rights
icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., kicked off last week with the
Annual breakfast held in his honor sponsored by the Jacksonville
Chamber of Commerce. Giving homage to our city's past present
and future are three of the events highlights. T. Peek sang the
National Anthem, local award winning author Rodney Hurst
keynoted the event with his personal experience during the civil
rights movement Akia Uwanda and led the audience with the
National Negro Anthem. T Austin photo
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Just in time for Martin Luther
King, Jr. Day, the nation or at least
the media is talking about race rela-
tions because of Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid's comments in
his recently released book.
Reid seems to stay in trouble
over his mouth, but this time it is
not necessarily what he said it is
more so an issue of how he said it.
In his book he praised Barack
Obama as a "light-skinned" African
American "with no Negro dialect,
unless he wanted to have one."
No surprise to most of us black
folk. If we are talking honestly -
most acknowledge that Obama's
skin tone and education are key
factors in his 2009 election victory.
It may sound ludicrous to some,
but skin tone and dialect are impor-
tant when considering the fact that
imagery is a pivotal determining
factor in politics. So what Reid said
certainly has merit, but perhaps
how it was said is the issue.
What's interesting is that African
Americans are not the ones in an
uproar it's Republicans. And why
would the GOP care?
That's an easy one Reid is up
for re-election in Nevada and is
facing a strong Republican chal-
lenger. Need I say more?
On the local front, Republicans
also have targeted a St. Petersburg
Times reporter for a comment he
posted on his Twitter account. Have
I told my good readers how much I
dislike Facebook and Twitter?
Anyway, that's a different story
for a different day. But St. Pete
Times reporter, Adam Smith said
on his Twitter account, "U know
you're at the wrong Rosen hotel for
FL GOP confab, when the lobby is
loaded with African-Ainercns
I actually thought that it was a
funny comment. It seems my GOP
friends pick and choose the "racial"
issues they address.
I could be wrong, ask my wife I
have been wrong once or twice
before, but it seems that
Republicans only use the prover-
bial "race card" when it's beneficial
to the party.
What is even more interesting is
that Black leaders and John Q
Citizens don't seem to be bothered
by either comment. I sometime
think that blacks are a little over
sensitive as it relates to racial issues
at times, but these recent comments
are so irrelevant that neither war-
rant much dialogue at all.
Each occurrence reinforces the
fact that race still does matter in the
United States in 2010.
It was around this time last year
that some were in an uproar over
the U.S. Attorney General's com-
ments during a Black History
In his comments at a Department
of Justice program, the nation's first
black attorney general said that
America is "a nation of cowards."
Sure it may sound bad or awk-
ward on the surface, but you have
to take the entire speech into con-
text. Holder was basically saying
that most Americans don't want to
have an open dialogue about race
and racial differences.
Many Americans would rather
not talk about race at all and prefer
to insist that the past is the past and
racial issues no longer exist. I guess
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reality isn't that important to some
Some would even go as far to say
that we should ignore color all
together. I have said time and time
again that that concept is fruitless.
Why ignore color when we can
simply accept, respect and embrace
our cultural differences?
That's the point that Holder was
making. He said the workplace is
largely integrated but Americans
still self-segregate on the weekends
and in their private lives.
"Though this nation has proudly
thought of itself as an ethnic melt-
ing pot, in things racial we have
always been and I believe continue
to be, in too many ways, essential-
ly a nation of cowards," he said.
Going back to the importance of
embracing differences we cannot
begin to truly deal with race rela-
tions unless we are talking about
I have several white friends, and
I feel that I can talk about racial dif-
ferences with most of them. In fact,
we joke about racial differences all
For example, there's a perception
that black folk are always late to
events or meetings. Well, I typical-
ly am, so I normally reinforce that
stereotype. But a lot of my African
American friends take tardiness
much more serious than I am and
are always on time to events.
But how different races deal with
time is also related to cultural dif-
ferences. When I got married near-
ly 6 years ago, the wedding started
at 4 pm. All of our white friends
where there around 3:30, but black
folk didn't start rolling in until 3:45
In fact, at 4:30 black folk were
still sneaking in the back door.
If you tell a black person that a
party starts at 6 pm. we will proba-
bly try to get there around 6:30 or
perhaps 7 o'clock. If you tell a
white person that the party starts at
six, then they are at your door at
5:45 asking if you need help with
It's just a cultural difference. And
if you think that African Americans
are challenged when it comes to
time. My Nigerian American
friends are much worse. I have
come to the conclusion that African
time is about two hours off from
If one of your African friends
tells you that a party starts at 6
p.m., don't show up until 7:30/8
p.m. because no one will be there at
6. My African friends take social-
izing to a totally different level.
Their parties notoriously last for
hours without end.
I joke about the racial and cultur-
al differences to prove a point. It's
OK to talk about racial differences
without being offensive. And guess
what most black people do like
fried chicken and watermelon. It's
the context and intent in which we
use stereotypes that get people in
Don't be afraid to have honest
conversations about differences
and past experiences. That's the
only way race will stop being a
divisive issue in America.
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College Bowl crowns new
Bid Whist Champions
The annual College Bowl Bid
Whist Competition was hosted by
Dr. Alvin and Mrs. Brenda White
recently to unveil the 2010
Jacksonville Bid Whist Champions.
The event has been played annually
for six decades and the competition
remains fierce among the players.
During the business session con-
ducted by Commissionaer Ray
Brinson, Rodney Hurst & Mathis
Daniel were named the Player of
the Decade by winning 5 out of the
10 years, including 4 consecutive
years 2002-05. The 2009
Champions, James Garvin and
Vernon King (founding member)
were presented the Championship
Trophies for the 2009 event hosted
by Egbert Leonard.
One the formalities ended the
"head hitting" commenced. The
host and 2008 Champions, Alvin
White and his partner Charles
Flowers were the first casualty of
the year. When the dust had settled
New Year's night, Ray Brinson and
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MLK Day and Inaugural Anniversary
historic inauguration. Some say that Obama, who enjoys studying past
presidents for their wisdom and leadership styles; especially Abraham
Lincoln, should learn lessons from some especially Lyndon B. Johnson.
"In so far as he has announced a position of public policy which says that
he is not taking ethnicity into consideration, this belies the approach of
previous presidents like Lyndon Johnson and obviously his relationship to
Dr. King, who actually, I think was won over by Dr. King," says political
scientist Dr. Ron Walters. Johnson ultimately signed the Civil Rights Act
of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
"[Johnson] was playing with race at first. But, I think he came to believe
that he had to do something special for African-Americans. And one sug-
gestion was that it was the pressure that the civil rights movement put on
Walters continues, "If you go all the way back to Abraham Lincoln (who
is credited for freeing Black slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation)
and come all the way forward to Bill Clinton (who established the White
House's first race office), presidents have felt that given the differential
socio-economic status of Black people, that they had to at least consider
doing something special."
Thomas N. Todd agrees. The veteran civil rights lawyer, who was former
president of the Chicago chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference and Operation PUSH, says past presidents have often listened
to civil rights leaders who ultimately infuenced policy.
During World War II civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph put pressure
on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to include Blacks in an executive
order to make sure they got contracts. That was executive order 88-02, he
cited. Dr. King put pressure on President Lyndon Johnson to issue execu-
tive order 11-246 to make sure that Blacks were protected against
"Then, although Lyndon B. Johnson was a friend of the Negro, when Dr.
King disagreed with him on Vietnam, he challenged him. We need to learn
the lessons from history," Todd said. "What Blacks must do now is sepa-
rate the presidency from the person and separate the institution from the
individual. There are only three branches of government and if you con-
cede the presidency without putting pressure on the president, we've lost."
Some prominent Black leaders, including Actor Danny Glover, Ben
Jealous of the NAACP, Marc Morial of the National Urban League, the
Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and the Rev. Al
Sharpton of the National Action Network, have expressed disappointment
at what they view as Obama's lack of attention to issues that are dis-
parately damaging in the Black community especially joblessness.
The latest example happened on Friday, Jan. 8, the same day that the
Bureau of Labor Statics announced its new monthly jobs numbers, show-
ing that the Black unemployment rate had risen from 15.6 percent to 16.2
percent and that the White unemployment rate had fallen from 9.3 percent
to 9.0 percent, still under the average rate of 10 percent.
In a televised speech on jobs and clean energy that day, the president
briefly paused from his focus on the progressing health care bill and his
refocusing on the "war on terror" in order to speak publically about the
jobs situation. But, he again failed to mention the fact that while the aver-
age unemployment rate held at 10 percent, the Black unemployment rate
continued to creep upward to record numbers.
"The jobs numbers that were released by the Labor Department this
morning are a reminder that the road to recovery is never straight, and that
we have to continue to work every single day to get our economy moving
again. For most Americans, and for me, that means jobs. It means whether
we are putting people back to work," he said.
But, Walters says he has reviewed executive orders that President Obama
has promulgated since he's been in the White House and he does in fact
consider race in certain decisions -just not pertaining to Black people.
One executive order mandated that heads of executive agencies consult
with Indian tribal governments. Another mandated the increased participa-
tion of Asians and Pacific Islanders in federal programs. He also told the
Hispanic Caucus that when their unemployment number reached over 10
percent, that was not just a problem for Hispanics, "it was a problem for
Walters argues, "It seems to me that you can't have it both ways. You
can't announce a policy which says in affect that I'm not going to do that
and on the other hand write executive orders that in fact does it, which
means that he's got a problem with us."
One year after the election of
President Barack Obama, black
optimism about America has
surged, while Hispanics have
become more skeptical about race
relations, according to a Pew
Research Center poll.
Thirty-nine percent of blacks say
African-Americans are better off
now than five years ago, according
to the poll. In 2007, just 20 percent
of blacks felt that way.
Fifty-three percent of African-
Americans say the future will be
better for blacks, and 10 percent say
it will be worse. Three years ago, 44
percent of blacks said the future
would be better, and 21 percent said
it would be worse.
Obama's election is the obvious
explanation for this optimism, espe-
cially considering the recent reces-
sion, said Andrew Kohut, president
of the Pew Research Center.
"The poll shows a whole list of
ways in which black attitudes are
more positive than they were prior
to President Obama's election,"
Kohut said. "When you have a big
event like that, and all of the indica-
tors are pointing in one direction, I
think the conclusion is
Even though the median black
household income has declined rel-
ative to whites since 2000, 56 per-
cent of blacks and 65 percent of
whites say the difference in stan-
dard of living between the two
races has narrowed, the poll found.
"Blacks are saying the income
gap has narrowed, when in fact that
is not the case," Kohut said. "It has
something to do with the perception
and the sense of things as more pos-
A majority of both blacks and
whites say the core values of each
group have grown more alike in the
Still, 81 percent of blacks say
more changes are needed to ensure
equality, compared with 36 percent
of whites and 47 percent of
Hispanics. The groups also contin-
ue to have divergent opinions on
how much discrimination exists.
The poll found that Hispanics,
not blacks, now are seen as the eth-
nic group facing the most discrimi-
nation. 23% of all respondents say
Hispanics are discriminated against
"a lot," compared with 18 percent
for blacks, 10 percent for whites
and 8 percent for Asians.
Hispanics also are less optimistic
than other groups about interracial
relations. When whites and blacks
were asked how well their group
gets along with Hispanics, more
than 70 percent say "very" or "pret-
ty" well. In contrast, only about 50
percent of Hispanics feel the same
There have been a number of
recent attacks on Latinos that advo-
cates say are hate crimes fueled by
"My sense is that racism in this
country seems to be pretty
entrenched," said Carmen Febo-San
Miguel, executive director of the
Latino cultural center Taller
Puertorriqueno in Philadelphia. She
cited the beating death of a
Mexican immigrant in Shenandoah,
Pa., that federal authorities have
called a hate crime.
"We've all witnessed some of the
efforts to combat racism, but at the
same time, we still see ... this
incredible violence, for the sole rea-
son of being from a different race,
against Latinos," she said. "You
really wonder how deep these roots
are buried and how difficult it is
going to be to eradicate."
Hispanics are much more likely
to believe there is significant dis-
crimination if they were born in the
United States. Forty-eight percent
of foreign-born Hispanics say there
is "a lot" or "some" discrimination
against their group; 79 percent of
Hispanics born in America felt that
The poll also delved into how
Americans perceive Obama. A
stratospheric 95 percent of blacks
still view Obama favorably, while
56 percent of whites view him
favorably, down from 76 percent
just before the inauguration.
This could be connected to
blacks' and whites' different views
about the economy, and the idea
that blacks were hit hard by the
recession but had much less to lose.
The percentage of whites who
rate the economy as excellent or
good has fallen from 42 percent to 7
percent since late 2006, the poll
found. Among blacks, that percent-
age only fell from 16 percent to 14
Black political leaders criticized
Obama last month for not doing
enough specifically to help unem-
ployed blacks. In the poll, 80 per-
cent of blacks say he is paying the
right amount of attention to blacks.
Thirteen percent of blacks say he is
paying too little attention, and 1
percent say too much.
Twenty-two percent of whites
and 42 percent of Hispanics say
Obama is not paying enough atten-
tion to their respective groups.
The poll of 2,884 people, includ-
ing 812 blacks and 376 Hispanics,
was conducted by landline and cel-
lular telephone from Oct. 28 to
Nov. 30, 2009. The margin of sam-
pling error was plus or minus 3 per-
centage points for the entire group,
3.5 percentage points for whites,
4.5 percentage points for blacks and
7.5 percentage points for Hispanics.
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12th Annual MLK Day Celebrations
The Baptist Minister's Conference of Duval and adjacent counties will
hold their annual MLK Celebration services and Prayer Breakfast.
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 11th 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.
For more information about the national day of service, please visit
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:
Day with Free Music Lecture
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.
Gospel Cavaliers Anniversary
The Gospel Cavaliers of Jacksonville will celebrate their first anniversary
on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. at the Emanuel Missionary
Baptist Church, 2407 S. L. Badger Jr. Cir. E.
The event will feature Rev. Robert Jackson and Spiritual Travelers, The
Singing Trumpets, Melissa McCarthan, Sunbeam Gospel Singers, New
Creation Gospel Singers, and Mistress of Ceremony, Sister Doris Wilson.
For more information call (904) 356-937.
Quarterly Revival at Holy Tabernacle
The First Holy Revival of Holy Tabernacle Church will be held January
15-17 and the church is extending an invitation to the public to come and
worship with them throughout the event. The speaker will be Prophetess
Carolyn Lark Lathers. The Revival will be held nightly at 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday morning 11:00 a.m. For more information contact Min. Horace Bell
at (904) 708-5331 or the church at (904) 764-3754. The church is located
at 6414 Miriam Street.
City Welcomes Grand Shrine Convention
The Saint Christopher Grand Temple and Kora Grand court of
International Free & Accepted Modem Masons and Order of Eastern Stars
will hold its Annual Grand Shrine Convention in Jacksonville on January
15-17, 2010. The Convention will be held at the Holiday Inn & Convention
Center on Baymeadows Rd. The Shrine Department's goal is to help people
who are in need. The organization continues to go above and beyond the
call f duty in their pursuit of making the lives of others more livable. For
additional information contact Sis Ruth A. Pearson at (904) 765-0175.
Epiphany Baptist Celebrates MLK
The community is invited to Epiphany Baptist Church's Sixth Annual "A
Tribute to A King Celebration. The theme for the event is "Start the Love-
Stop the Violence" and Rev R.L. Gundy, Pastor of Mount Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church will be the keynote speaker.
It will be held on Saturday January 16, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the church
located at 663 South Mc DuffAve. For more information on the free event,
call 384-8129. Rev William L. Robinson, Pastor.
Ex-KKK Leader to Minister in
Historically Black Church Body
A former national leader of the
White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
will be conducting evangelism cam-
paigns and engaging in the ministry
of racial reconciliation as an
ordained minister in the largest
body of black churchgoers in
Johnny Lee Clary, 50, was
ordained last month to serve within
the six-million-member Church of
God in Christ and hopes to educate
people on the destructiveness of
division and inequality.
"When the day comes for me to
make my journey home, I hope to
be remembered not as the former
National Leader Of the Klan, but as
a man who saw wrong and tried to
right it, to build a better world to
leave for our children, both black
and white," Clary says.
Though the historically black
denomination has a few white min-
isters, Bishop George D. McKinney,
who ordained Clary last month, told
the Tulsa World "it's not every day
that we get a former klansman."
"We're making history," added
Clary, who lives in Miami, Okla.
"We're building a bridge of racial
reconciliation, and what better way
to do that than with a former KKK
leader ministering in a black church
that boasts over 6 million mem-
bers?" he told the Oklahoman.
"I hope I can have a great
Clary had joined the KKK at the
age of 14 after his father committed
suicide and his mother abandoned
him. And for 16 years, Clary
advanced in the white supremacist
organization, all the way up to
becoming an imperial wizard.
After going through a time of tor-
ment, anger, and disgust, however,
Clary left the KKK and struggled to
make an honest living. He turned to
God after feelings of guilt led him
to depression and on the verge of
He has since become a guest
speaker at numerous schools and
churches across the nation, and lec-
tures on occasion for the FBI and
other law enforcement agencies,
educating officers on the mindset of
white supremacists and how to best
fight against domestic terrorism.
Clary has appeared in several tel-
evision programs, including The
Geraldo Rivera Show, The Montel
Williams Show, Donahue, and The
700 Club, as well the Billy Graham
"Yes I made mistakes in life, and
a person cannot go back in time and
change the past, but he can certain-
ly do something about today in
order to build a better tomorrow,"
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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-
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Department of Music, and his
wife, Marlyn Smart; Monsignor
Dan Logan and Minister of Music
Jim Goodell, both of Our Lady Star
of the Sea Catholic Church; and
Erskeline Favors, Director of
Music, Church of the Crucifixion
More than one hundred other
members of the community also
came to support the annual event.
Dr. Krzysztof Biernacki, Head of
Applied Voice at the UNF
Department of Music and Director
of the UNF Opera Ensemble, pre-
sented Conley with UNF's
Presidential Medallion, the highest
form of nonacademic recognition
awarded by the University. Sandra
Hull Richardson, Division Chief at
the City of Jacksonville, presented
a proclamation from Mayor John
Peyton's Office. Guests also trav-
eled from Georgia and North
Carolina (including Bishop Joseph
Johnson, first cousin to performing
arts director Johnson).
Not surprisingly, several of
Johnson's performing arts students
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
"stole fhe show" with tributes to
Conley. Middle school student
Kahtia Henderson performed "I am
Unique," while her younger sister,
Nikia Henderson, recited the poem,
"I'm Gonna Set This World on
Fire." Other students showcased
their talents, including Brian
Baham, now a college student and
winning orator. "Today's event has
been one of the many great experi-
ences Dr. Johnson has provided for
his students. He has taught us so
many things and has exposed us to
positive people and great opportu-
nities," said Baham. "He's had a
great influence on my life. It was
an honor to be here for him and Ms.
"My mother, Maxie Johnson,
opened her home to young people
in the community. She knew that
their lives would be enriched by
exposure to the arts," said Johnson.
"It has been an honor and a pleasure
to continue her life's work."
Johnson continues to teach students
poetry, history, showmanship, elo-
cution, motivation, and self-confi-
dence. For more information on his
arts program, please call 904-765-
The Doctors Visit: What Blacks Need to Know
- Big butts may lead
t0to healthier lifestyles
Plagues with "God's gift", Black women have
often endured the pleasures and pains of a
hapely buttocks Now. new research is
pointing to daht that it just may be
w cood for\s of,
Ho mg iiiunk in your trunk
o is he:alhier than a spare tire
around the gut, new
research suggests. The
extia padding on the
backside and thighs
could even help to
protect against dis-
The results come
from a review that
studies on the health
effec ts of di fferent fat stores
in the bod', particularly
around the hips and thighs.
"The fact that body fat's distri-
bution is quite important for your health has been known for some time
now," said lead researcher Konstantinos Manolopoulos of the University
of Oxford in England. But this new article summarizes a body of research
showing that such hip and thigh fat can help to reduce the risk of diabetes
and heart disease. The review also suggests a mechanism for conveying
Annual exams. We know, life
happens, and most of us just aren't
crazy about doctor visits anyway.
Plus, there's an additional chal-
lenge: when it comes to yearly
exams, the recommended guide-
lines that African Americans should
follow are rarely discussed (or even
But, health professionals stress
that regular exams are important,
and we, too, need to ensure our
health, especially through the early
detection and prevention of so
many of the conditions and diseases
that plague our community more
than other groups, including dia-
betes, sickle cell anemia, high
blood pressure, even certain types
Culturally, you need to under-
stand the importance of identifying
the exams you need to have, and
when you need to have them.
Remember: if diseases are caught
early, treatments are usually much
The Doctor's Visit: The Basics
Depending on your age, sex, and
family medical history, an annual
checkup with your doctor may
Blood, urine, vision, and hear-
ing tests to evaluate your overall
Assessments of your blood pres-
sure, cholesterol level and weight.
A discussion about your diet and
exercise habits and any tobacco,
drug, and alcohol use
Immunizations and booster
Screenings to assess your risk of
developing certain diseases, includ-
ing diabetes (if you already have
high blood pressure or high choles-
terol) and cancer.
Depending on your age and sex-
ual lifestyle, testing for STDs,
Starting at age 40, or younger if
you have a family history, a screen-
ing test for colorectal cancer.
A discussion about depression
and stress to evaluate your mental
Free Press Bookshelf
Sister Strength: A Collection
of Devotionals for and from
Suzan Johnson Cook, Editor
In response to requests for support from count-
less African-American women, author and editor
Suzan Johnson Cook created her second work,
"Sister Strength," a compilation of poems,
reflections, and short stories written by African-
American women. Cook designed "Sister
Strength" with one goal in mind: to offer healing
and encouragement to women of color. For
many years, Cook traveled the globe as a lectur-
er and representative of the United States gov-
ernment. She encountered women of diverse
backgrounds who would share their personal
experiences to offer wisdom, inspiration and
guidance to others. Consequently, she decided to
write "Sister Strength" to "compile the words of
my sisters so that other sisters may find strength
from women who have experienced the joys and
the pains of life." "Sister Strength" is divided
into nine sections, which range from "A Word of
Encouragement to Sisters" to "Tapping into That
Spiritual Strength" to "Surviving in Corporate
America" and "The Joy of Aging." The text's
authors include an opera singer, pastors, a col-
lege dean, a social worker, CEOs, journalists
and more. While their words and experiences
vary, their messages contain a similar theme
That theme is: the words will empower read-
ers and will make a positive difference in all
aspects of their lives --- faith, family, com-
munity and employment.
After by Marita Golden,
Best-selling author Marita Golden
delves deeply into the beliefs and
behaviors of the African American culture % ith
her fifth novel, "After." "After" is the bitter-
sweet story of protagonist Carson Blake, a black
male who, on the surface, appears to have his life
under control, but is actually a broken, deeply
The Doctor's Visit: Women
For women, in addition to the
above basics, your annual doctor
visit may also include:
A test for cervical cancer, called
a Pap smear (beginning at age 18,
or when sexually active).
A clinical breast exam to check
for any unusual lumps or bumps in
your breasts that may signal breast
cancer (beginning at age 18).
A breast cancer screening with a
mammogram every one to two
years (beginning at age 35, or
younger if there's a strong family
history for breast cancer).
A referral for a bone density test
to screen for osteoporosis (begin-
ning at 65, though women with
more than one risk factor for osteo-
porosis may start earlier).
The Doctor's Visit: Men
For men, in addition to the above
basics, your annual doctor visit may
A rectal exam to check for
abnormal bumps in the prostate and
a prostate specific antigen (PSA)
man being. Blake grew up in an
nally void home and in the eco-
nomically disadvantaged and "socially
challenged" community of Prince George's
County, Maryland. In spite of the obstacles,
Blake becomes a highly decorated police officer,
moving quickly up the "law enforcement lad-
der." He also marries the woman of his dreams,
Bunny. Together, Blake and Bunny have three
beautiful children, develop successful
careers, purchase a fabulous
home, and appear to be living the
-nAmerican Dream. Blake's person-
al insecurities and prejudices come
to the surface when he begins to fear
that one of his children may be gay
and %%hen he wrongly shoots an
Lunarmed African-American teen,
%\hom he assumed was "up to no
good "A after" addresses the changes in
this family before and "after" the shooting and
how a senseless tragedy can lead to understand-
ing, healing and hope for a better future.
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blood test to screen for prostate
cancer (beginning at age 40, or
younger if there's a family history).
An abdominal exam to check
for an enlargement in your aorta (a
large blood vessel in your chest and
abdomen), which can be a sign of
an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a
weakness in the lining of the aorta
which can become a life-threaten-
ing problem (beginning at age 65
for men who have ever previously
The Doctor's Visit: Preparation
It's very important for you to play
an active role during your yearly
visit to your doctor. Before your
Review and update your family
Be prepared to ask if you're due
for any general screenings or vacci-
Have questions if you have par-
ticular health concerns.
Don't be shy about getting your
questions answered during the actu-
al doctor visit.
Alzheimer's our new silent killer
While hypertension, HIV, diabetes and obesity are better known and are
more frequently addressed health concerns among blacks, Alzheimer's
disease is poised to overtake those. Already it is one of the top 10 killers
of adults in the United States, surpassing even diabetes-related deaths,
according to the Centers for Disease Control.
With African-Americans facing greater disparity in two risk factors -
overall cardiovascular health and access to quality education this health
crisis stands to loom even larger for them than the general population in
just a matter of years as baby boomers continue to age. The human and
financial costs of this disease that, to date, has largely swelled under the
radar may well push communities to the brink unless a focus shifts to its
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Matthew W. Gilbert Celebrates 12th Annual New
Grace West (retired MWG teacher), Mrs. Doris F Scott, Mr. William "
Scott, Johnny McCray, Mary Daniels, Larry Seabrook and Al Brown.
Mamie Martin, Bettye Douglas,James Douglad, Frances Sneed,
Tunrthy Martin, Cozzie Lester, Rubie Baker, Jordan Baker, and Charles Sneed
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Ladies of the Class of1960: Hattie Camper Collins, Betty West Bradwell, Luvella Spencer Way, Men of the Class of 1960: Charles Sutton, Russell Davis, Hugh Johnson, William Henry Hudson, Roosevelt
VivianEverett McLaughlin, Sarah Jones Hendley,Ruth Cotton Hicks, Alberta Gibson Ford, Corrie Johnson Mavell, John Iverson, Ronald Hall, Johnny McCray, Bobby Grover, Paul Smith, Lee Fayson, Nathaniel
Thompson, Mary Bing Wells, Frances James Watson, DeLouris Fisher Brown, Mary Hodge Sutterfield, Jennings, Carlton Surrency, Eddie Duncan, Albert Jenning, Kenneth Clair, Leonard Pressley, Gerard
Betty Cross and Gloria Anderson Herring. Fleming and Ronald West.
Tommy and Gracie Chandler
Sarah Jones Hendley, Charles, and Frances Jones Watson
Karlyn Robinson and Fred Battle
'62) Leroy Hutchins, Lisa Hutchins, Mary Jories, James Burroughs, LaCornetta Weston, Juliette Fields,
Clarence Fields, Earl Hournoy, Barbara Rosemond and Terrilyn Clark.
Elayne Bennett, Phillip McKinnon, Johanna LaRosa, Alphonso McLendon, Oran McClendon, Gearl
Jackson, Arvina Gillespie, Rockey Brown, Sylvia Brown and Julius Christopher.
Willliam Smith, Mary Mondy, Devell Robinson and Valirie Shuford Members of the first graduating class of 1952
Year Student/Teacher Grand Alumni Reunion
'66 Barbara Jean Lee and Shannon Norman Jackie Gray, Troy Canady and Minnie May Canada Coach Nathaniel Washington does the annual Roll Call.
The last graduating class, 1970 Homer St. Clair, Charles Dailey, Theresa Flagg, Paul Fields, Beverly Clark, Shirley Hendley, Willie Petway, Anthony Green, Gloria Simmons, Aubrey Daniels, Pam Biggins, Gwendolyn
Fields, Russell Earl, and Morris Jackson.
Scholarship winners Philip Johnson, Michael Richardson, and
Scholarship Committee Chair. Dr. Roy Singleton Jr.
Paul Fields Jr, Earl. Norman and Raymond Caldwell
Yvonne Brooks, Andrew Brooks and Mia Brooks
('56) Jewel Grant, Troy Canady, Myra Bailey, Mary Mondy, Marjoria Manning and Vernell Robinson
Clara Nelson, Roosevelt Cross, Eugene Hardy, Effie Sims Joseph and Doretha Pickett
processional of former teachers
who marched in to Mariah Carey's
"Hero" followed by the presenta-
tion and processional of the hon-
ored class, 1960, who was escorted
by Dr. William Scott.
Rev. Landon Williams provided
the invocation followed by
Geraldean Smith Jackson's recep-
tion and a solo by Kendra Cash.
The Gilbert legacy also proved
their festive event is also a celebra-
tion with a purpose. Alumni award-
ed nine scholarships to area stu-
dents with the first place winner,
Michael Richardson, receiving
$1,000 for his collegiate education.
Richardson won for his award win-
ning essay 'Why I Want A College
Degree'. Dr. Roy Singleton was the
judge for the scholarship. They also
awarded Humanitarian and Legend
One of the many highlights of the
evening is the annual Roll Call by
Coach Nathaniel Washington, In
the well anticipated processional,
he Calls the Roll of each graduating
class beginning with the class of
1952 up to 1970.
"This is one of the most fun aspects
of the celebration," said class leader
Ruth Waters. "Every class lines up
and boogies from the back of room
up to the dance floor and provides a
2 3 minute 'strut' to music provid-
ed by a DJ".
The evening concluded with a
memorial prayer given by Elder
Beverly Clark, raffle and prizes and
the singing of the school song.
The failing economy no doubt had
an effect on the event's attendance.
Though up from last year, it was
still pale to the record 900 of 2008.
Planning begins in June of each
year for the upcoming January
event. There is a committed team
of at least thirty alumni, represent-
ing every class that volunteers to
make it happen each year. This
year's event was chaired by James
Daniels ('65) and Ronald Breaker
('61). FM Powell Photos
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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.
The original Chippendales will
present a all male revue at Brothers
Cafe on Saturday, February 16th
Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets for the
show are $20.00 in advance. For
more information call 904-463-
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-
tion workshop to learn how to grow
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.
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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.
There will be a gardening work-
shop on Thursday, January 28th
from 10 a.m. to noon at the Duval
County Extension Office. This will
workshop will teach you how to
start your seedlings from seed. The
cost is $15. You will take home
your own planted seed tray. Pre-
registration is required, call Jeannie
at 387-8850. Please send checks
made payable to DCOHAC to
Duval County Extension Office,
1010 N McDuff Ave. 32246.
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 info call 632-5555.
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
The next PRIDE Book Club meet-
ing will be held on Saturday,
February 6, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. at
the Main Library (Downtown), 303
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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.
JU Annual Black
Jacksonville University will cele-
brate Black History Month on
Monday, February 15th.
Presented by the school's United
Multicultural Association, the 22nd
Annual Gospel Extravaganza will
be filled with praise and worship
inside the Terry Concert Hall at
6:45 p.m. Admission is free and
open to the public. For additional
information, call 256-7150.
Father Daughter Dance
Girls Inc. will present their annu-
al Father Daughter Dance that will
take place on Saturday, February
20th at the Hyatt Hotel. All pro-
ceeds will benefit the programs of
Girls Inc. For more information,
The Jacksonville Public Library
Foundation's annual book festival,
Much Ado About Books will be
held Feb. 26-27, 2010, and events
include a writer's workshop, break-
fast with an author, panel discus-
sions, Children's Chapter and
keynote luncheon. The event is
Jacksonville's largest literary event,
bringing national, regional and
local authors together with book
lovers. To purchase tickets or get
more information about the sched-
ule of events and guest authors,
visit the event site,
March PRIDE Book
The March meeting of the PRIDE
Book Club will be on Friday,
March 12, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the
homeof Marie Carter. The book for
discussion will be ON THE LINE
by Daniel Paisner. For directions or
more information, call 220-4746.
Heart & Soul Concert
There will be a Heart & Soul
Concert April 2nd and 3rd featur-
ing artists Charlie Wilson, Cameo,
Mint Condition, Ohio Players and
Doug E. Fresh. For more informa-
tion visit www.heartandsouljax.com.
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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WILL AND DENZEL IN NEW 'UPTOWN SATURDAY
NIGHT?': Magazine claims pair are interested in \I
updating the Cosby/Poitier hit.
Denzel Washington and Will Smith are reportedly in dis-
cussions to remake the 1974 film "Uptown Saturday
Night," which starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby as
two friends who sneak out of their homes to visit a leg-
endary yet illegal nightclub.
When the place is inevitably held up and their wallets are
stolen, the duo must recover a winning lottery ticket that was sitting in
Humor Mill Magazine reported that Smith bought the rights to the film
in 2002 and has been trying to remake it ever since. Eddie Murphy was
approached early on, but a deal with the superstar was never worked out.
TERRELL OWENS TO COACH SQUAD IN SNOOP
BOWL: Also, TO. loses a bet involving his Bentley.
Snoop Dogg's eighth annual "Snoop Bowl" will take
:*s place in Miami, Florida this year featuring the rapper's
team facing off against a local squad coached by Buffalo
Bills' wide receiver Terrell Owens and Miami Dolphins
linebacker Joey Porter.
Kickoff is Feb. 6th at 1:30 p.m. at Traz Powell Stadium
in Miami. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.ticke-
taltemrnative.com or at the gate.
In other T.O. news, the Bills receiver is accused of failing to follow
through on a bet with a fan involving at $200,000 Bentley.
Before the current NFL season, Owens made a "deal" (through his Twitter
page) to catch 10 TDs this year, or he would fork over the keys to his
prized ride, TMZ.com reported. Now that the season is over and T.O. fell
far short of the reception mark, the fan is trying to collect -- but claims
Owens is completely blowing him off.
T.O.'s rep tells TMZ the whole thing was "all in good nature" and there
was "no reality" to the bet.
J-HUD, LEGEND, SEAL TO PERFORM AT WHITE
HOUSE: Singers part of roster for Obama-hosted concert featuring
music from the civil rights movement.
In honor of Black History Month, the next "In
Performance at the White House" special will celebrate
the music that inspired the struggle for American civil
rights during the 1950s and 60s.
President and Mrs. Obama will host "A Celebration of
Music from the Civil Rights Movement," a concert to be held in the White
House East Room on Feb. 10 for broadcast the following night at 8 p.m.
The hour-long music special will include Jennifer Hudson, John Legend,
Seal, Smokey Robinson and the Blind Boys of Alabama and will air on
PBS. PBS has previously aired the Obama-hosted concerts celebrating
the genres of Latin, country and jazz music.
PRECIOUS IN HARPER'S BAZAAR
Actress Gabourey Sidibe, the Golden Globe- and
SAG-nominated star of "Precious," appears in the
February issue of Harper's Bazaar with a fresh
makeover and comments regarding her larger-than-
life tremendous self-confidence, which she admits
took some time to develop.
"It came late, too late in my life," she recalls of
changing her attitude. "One day I decided that I was
beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl."
These days, Gabourey's fashion choices tend to include bold colors and
glam gowns. Gabourey says she's perfectly content with her size and has
no plans to shed any of it.
"I hate yoga so much. Like if yoga was a person, I'd stab them," she
jokes. "It doesn't make any sense to kill yourself, because who are you try-
ing to be beautiful for? It's a mind game, not a body game."
VH1 TO AIR SOULTRAIN DOCUMENTARY
VH1 Rock Docs series commemorates the 40th Anniversary of "Soul
Train" with a 90 minute documentary set to air next month.
"Soul Train: The Hippest Trip In America," premiering Friday, Feb. 5 at
9 p.m., celebrates the show's impact on culture, music, dance and fashion.
Narrated by Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard with an orig-
inal score by Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson of The Roots, the special will
also feature a rare interview with Don Cornelius in which he reveals exclu-
sive details regarding the launch and early days of the legendary series.
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People carry an injured person after an earthquake in Port-au-
Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. The largest earthquake ever
recorded in the area rocked Haiti on Tuesday. The earthquake had a
preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 miles (15
kilometers) west of Port-au-Prince.
A damaged building is seen after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince,
7.0 Earthquake rips through Haiti
A major earthquake struck south-
ern Haiti on Tuesday of this week,
knocking down buildings and
power lines and inflicting what its
ambassador to the United States
called a catastrophe for the Western
Hemisphere's poorest nation.
Eyewitnesses reported heavy dam-
age and bodies in the streets of the
capital, Port-au-Prince, where con-
crete-block homes line steep hill-
sides. There was no estimate of the
dead and wounded Tuesday
evening, but the U.S. State
Department has been told to expect
"serious loss of life," department
spokesman P.J. Crowley told
reporters in Washington.
The magnitude 7.0 quake -- the
most powerful to hit Haiti in a cen-
tury -- struck shortly before 5 p.m.
and was centered about 10 miles
(15 kilometers) southwest of Port-
au-Prince, the U.S. Geological
Survey reported. It could be felt
strongly in eastern Cuba, more than
200 miles away, witnesses said.
Mike Godfrey, an American con-
tractor working for the U.S. Agency
for International Development, said
"a huge plume of dust and smoke
rose up over the city" within min-
utes of the quake -- "a blanket that
completely covered the city and
obscured it for about 20 minutes."
Witnesses reported damaged
buildings throughout the capital,
including the president's residence
and century-old homes nearby, and
The Associated Press reported that
a hospital collapsed. President Rene
Preval is safe, Joseph said, but there
was no estimate of the dead and
wounded Tuesday evening.
Haiti's government is backed by
a U.N. peacekeeping mission estab-
lished after the ouster of former
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in
2004. The headquarters of the U.N.
peacekeeping mission in Port-au-
The quake took place about 6
miles underground, according to the
USGS -- a depth that can produce
severe shaking. At least 10 after-
shocks followed, including two in
the magnitude 5 range, the USGS
The disaster is the latest to befall
the country of about 9 million peo-
ple, roughly the size of Maryland. It
is the poorest country in the
Western Hemisphere and among
the poorest in the world.
The country has had more than it's
fair share of catastrophes and disas-
Hurricane Gordon killed more
than 1,000 people in 1994, while
Hurricane Georges killed more than
400 and destroyed the majority of
the country's crops in 1998. And in
2004, Hurricane Jeanne killed more
than 3,000 people as it passed north
of Haiti, with most of the deaths in
the northwestern city of Gonaives.
In addition, a Haitian school col-
lapsed in November 2008, killing
more than 90 people and injuring
150 -- a disaster authorities blamed
on poor construction.
Eighty percent of Haiti's popula-
tion lives under the poverty line,
according to the CIA World
More than half of black males
between the ages of 16 and 19 are
unemployed, according to the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. And
that's only counting those seeking
work. Economists say legions of
other young black men have given
Academics believe fewer than 14
in 100 young black men actually
have jobs. Washington, D.C., has the
worst teen employment rate in the
country, according to the Bureau of
Discrimination alone doesn't
explain the entire problem. There
are other reasons, like the fact that
few African-Americans work in hir-
ing offices. Studies show that when
more blacks are in positions to hire
new employees, more blacks get
Also, few networks exist in urban-
communities to assist. Fewer of
their parents, family and friends
have jobs, so fewer connections are
there to help them find work.
Algernon Austin of the Economic
Policy Institute says the job
prospects for white, adult felons are
higher than those for black male
teenagers without any record.
In addition, older workers who
have been laid-off from higher pay-
ing jobs are now taking the entry-
level jobs many black teens apply
for. In fact, more people 55 and
older are working in this recession
than were before.
Among black teens in households
making between $100,000 and
$150,000 a year, only 28 in 100 have
jobs. Of white, non-Hispanic teens
in households making less than
$20,000 a year, 37 out of 100 have
jobs. Generally, as family income
increases, the rate of teen employ-
ment for those households rises. But
even this trend can't erase the linger-
ing disparities in employment for
Studies show working as a teen
leads to higher high school gradua-
tion rates, steadier and higher-pay-
ing employment down the road, and
lower rates of criminal activity.
Louisiana prison offers ministry degrees to inmates
Jerome Derricks says he heard
God's call early. He only wishes he
had answered sooner. By the time
he did, he was serving a life sen-
tence for murder in the Louisiana
State Penitentiary, commonly
known as Angola.
"I ran from my calling all my life,"
said Derricks, 44. "But I like to put
it like this: God finds people wher-
ever they go."
At Angola, God has been finding
men regularly. So far about 150 of
them have earned Bachelor of Arts
degrees from the New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary, and
another 100 are on track to gradu-
ate. Derricks, a member of the first
group of graduates, took his degree
"It was an idea that just grew and
has kept on growing," said Norris
C. Grubbs, the seminary professor
that oversees the Angola program.
"It's not easy. They're taking the
same program our students at the
Shown above are students in the prison class.
seminary take: 126 hours and the
requirements for passing are the
Since starting the program at
Angola, the Baptist seminary has
begun similar ones in the state pris-
ons in Mississippi and Georgia.
Angola and seminary officials
believe they are the only full-time,
college-accredited programs for
ministers in the nation's prisons.
Such programs are not tracked
overall in state prisons. Federal
prisons have nothing comparable, a
About 5,200 men are at Angola, an
18,000-acre (7,285-hectare) former
plantation. About 90 percent will
die there because of the length of
their sentences, and many will be
buried in the bleak Point Lookout
Cemetery on the grounds. It is the
price Louisiana extracts for its most
violent crimes, like murder, rape,
kidnapping and armed robberies.
For years Angola was the bloodi-
est prison in the country. In 1951, to
protest the brutal conditions, 31
prisoners sliced their Achilles ten-
dons to get out of work.
In 1995, the year Burl Cain
became warden, there were 799
reported inmate attacks, and anoth-
er 192 attacks on guards.
"It was bad," Cain said. "We had
murders, we had attacks, we had
suicides, and it was all because of a
lack of hope."
Looking for ways to restore hope
for men who had little to look for-
ward to, Cain instituted a number of
programs and clubs -- art clubs, a
Dale Carnegie self-improvement
program, crafts clubs -- aimed at
helping the prisoners develop skills
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