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NAACP Promises Battle
in S.C. Over Rebel Flag
COLUMBIA, S.C. The NAACP will make a
stronger push to remove the Confederate flag
from the grounds of the South Carolina
Statehouse, the president of the civil rights
organization said this week.
Benjamin Jealous wouldn't go into details, but
said by the summer the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People would bring more publicity to its
economic boycott of South Carolina. The campaign calls for Blacks to
not vacation in the state and spend as little money as they can within its
Jealous was in South Carolina to speak at a rally by the state's NAACP
chapter honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
While speakers also discussed education and health care, the rally in
South Carolina continues to be entwined with the Confederate flag,
which slowly waved in a slight breeze on a 30-foot pole on the front lawn
of the Capitol.
It was moved from its perch atop the Capitol dome after the NAACP
began holding rallies on the King holiday to protest the flag. For the first
rally in 2000, some 50,000 people jammed Statehouse grounds to
demand the flag be taken down. The flag was moved months later.
For 40 years, the flag had flown below U.S. and state flags. Supporters
said it commemorated the state's valiant fight in the Civil War, while
detractors said it was a thumb in the eye of the civil rights movement.
Supreme Court throws out ruling
favorable to Mumia Abu-Jamal
The Supreme Court threw out a court ruling this week that invalidated
a former Black Panther's death sentence for killing a Philadelphia police
officer in 1981. The move was the latest twist in Mumia Abu-Jamal's
racially tinged case that has drawn international attention.
The justices ordered the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in
Philadelphia to take another look at Abu-Jamal's claim that the jury
weighing his punishment was given flawed instructions.
The high court acted on Pennsylvania's appeal of the 3rd Circuit ruling
following a decision last week in a capital case from Ohio that turned on
a similar issue. The 3rd Circuit could order a federal trial court to con-
sider Abu-Jamal's case anew, including other claims he has raised that
have yet to be decided.
A Philadelphia jury convicted Abu-Jamal of killing white Philadelphia
police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981 after the patrolman pulled over
Abu-Jamal's brother in an overnight traffic stop.
Prosecutors say Faulkner, 25, managed to shoot Abu-Jamal during the
confrontation. A wounded Abu-Jamal, his own gun lying nearby, was still
at the scene when police arrived, and authorities consider the evidence
against him overwhelming.
Since Abu-Jamal's 1982 conviction, activists in the United States and
Europe have rallied in support of his claims that he was the victim of a
racist justice system. Abu-Jamal has kept his case in the spotlight through
books and radio broadcasts.
Tiger Woods donates $3M to Haiti
According to a tweet from a fellow Black mega-millionaire, the world's
No. 1 golf pro poked his head out of hiding long enough to donate $3 mil-
lion to relief efforts in Haiti, where a 7.9-magnitude quake leveled the
Caribbean island nation last week.
The day after the temblor left its deadly mark claiming more than
100,000 lives hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons revealed that Woods
had given the generous gift. The Tiger Woods Foundation, which report-
edly made the donation anonymously, has confirmed the contribution.
For those who believe that Woods only gave to distract attention from
his own woes this is not the first time he has stepped up during a crisis.
In 2004, donated $100,000 to aid tsunami relief efforts in Southeast Asia
and a year later, he gave another $200,000 to help establish an educa-
tional fund for Hurricane Katrina victims.
Worldwide, donations have exceeded $200 million.
National King Memorial
to be done in 20 months
The long-awaited Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in
Washington, D.C., will be open to the public by the early fall of 2011.
Construction on the four-acre, $120 million site began in December, 41
years after the civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis. The
memorial will sit on the National Mall's Tidal Basin, between the
Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.
The fundraising for site was spearheaded by the Alpha Phi Alpha fra-
ternity which created the nonprofit Martin Luther King Jr. National
Memorial Project Foundation. King was a member of the fraternity. To
date, the foundation has raised $108 million of the necessary funds, Ed
Jackson, the executive architect, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Fund-raising is ongoing.
Currently, workers at the site are removing sidewalks and trees in the
area where the granite carving of King and the walls memorializing his
sayings will stand. Infrastructure such as utilities and deep pilings to sup-
port the structures and carving of King will be built will be in place later
this year. When the site is ready, the stonework will be moved into place.
"This is the culmination of 30 years of work and the family is very, very
excited about it," said Isaac Farris, King's nephew and president and
CEO of Atlanta's King Center.
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Volume 23 No.17 Jacksonville, Florida January 21-27,2010
Haitian Eart quake Disaster Grips the Nation
by Pharoah Martin
It's been described as "The world's
Katrina". The 7.0 magnitude earth-
quake that completely devastated
and uprooted the Black island
nation of Haiti, leaving an estimat-
ed 100,000 dead and millions more ,
homeless, injured and in despair. .
Government officials are predicting
that the death toll could eventually
rise to half a million, making it one
of the most destructive natural dis- -----
Already reeling from a string of
recent national setbacks, including .-
political upheavals and an over-
whelming series of hurricanes in
2008, one of the poorest nations in
the Western hemisphere now has to Haitians in an aid camp reach out for water.
deal with this tragedy. human casualties, material casual- Haiti. The 34-year-old married She was still at work when the
"Port-au-Prince is destroyed. We ties, we are dead," said Cassandra mother of two works in the Pout- earthquake struck Jan. 12.
have a lot death, a lot of casualties, Valbrun in a phone interview from au-Prince suburb of P6tionville. Continued on page 5
Shown above cutting the ribbon for the opening of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade are
Honorary Marshalls Johnathan Lee Iverson, the first African American Ringmaster for Ringling Bros.
and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Russel A. Earl, Sr. 33 (d)., Councilman Johnny Gaffney, Parade organizer
Gary Thomas and Councilman Reggie Brown More parade pics on page 9. T Austin photo
Record Breaking MLK Parade Highlights Holiday
The 21st Annual Martin Luther
King, Jr. parade took place on the
annual holiday with close to two-
hundred and fifty organizations par-
ticipating. The parade, which
snaked through downtown
Jacksonville and culminated at
Metropolitan Park, began "a day on
not a day off" for thousands of
Floridians. The park event included
a variety of booths, vendors and
speakers highlighting the life and
philosophies of the late Dr Martin
Luther King, Jr. The parade is pre-
sented by the Martin Luther King,
Jr. Foundation established in 1989
which presents a variety of activi-
ties leading up to the holiday.
by Evan Barnes
It was exactly a year ago this
week that Barack Obama was inau-
gurated as the country's 44th
President--a historic occasion that
many never thought they would see
in their lifetime.
The inauguration was the fitting
end to one of the most significant
moments in American history--the
first election of a Black man to the
nation's highest office.
It was a moment that all
Americans will remember--espe-
cially Black Americans. Looking
back at the first year of the Obama
administration, there were signifi-
cant accomplishments that were
The main concern starting off,
was his response to the economic
recession plaguing the country
since December 2007. He respond-
ed by signing into law the $787 bil-
lion stimulus package.
He also signed the "Cash for
Clunkers" program last summer
that allowed Americans to trade in-
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Old Timers Continue Tradition in Honor of Ronald "Track" Elps
Community trustee Ronald "Track" Elps, may have left this earth, but the memory and tradition he helped establish will live on. Motivated
by his memory and dedication, friends and colleagues came together and continued the Annual Old Timer 's Football Game in his honor on the
King Holiday. Shown above are some of the event organizers Victor Nelson, Nathaniel Farley, Shortie Robbins of the City of Jacksonville, James
Brown, Jerome Elps, Sr., and Marvin Roach. Ms. Robbins who helped secure trophies and plaques for the events also presented a plaque for
his dedication to the event. For more photo highlights, see page 12. KFP
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Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Just not to your face: Talks about
race change behind closed doors
We're just going to put it out
there: Behind closed doors, whites
talk differently about blacks.
At least that's what two sociolo-
gists found after conducting a study
of college students.
One of the researchers, Joe
Feagin, said that's why it comes as
no surprise to him that a powerful
politician such as Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid would talk about
Barack Obama's skin color and use
the term "Negro dialect" in what he
considered a private conversation.
Speaking not of Reid but of his
conclusions drawn from his
research, Feagin said, "Most whites
have reduced the blatantly racist
stuff they do in public, while they
still do huge amounts in private."
"It's just social correctness in the
front stage. The scale of this is
gigantic on the backstage, which is
why the notion of a post-racial
America is laughable," said Feagin,
a professor at Texas University.
"And I think most whites know it
because they've been to
Thanksgiving dinner with Uncle
Jim and have heard the n-word
Feagin and Leslie Picca of the
University of Dayton compiled
their research in a book called
"Two-Faced Racism" published in
2007. They surveyed 626 white stu-
dents at 28 colleges and universities
across the country. They asked the
students to keep diaries and record
any racial events they came across
during the course of a day.
The students recorded 9,000
accounts, of which 7,500 were "bla-
tantly racist" events ranging from
private jokes and conversations to
violent incidents, Feagin said.
About 100 accounts stood up
against racism, he said.
The majority of racial events
were directed at Blacks, but Latinos
and Asians also came under attack.
Feagin and Picca also surveyed
African-American students, but that
research is still being compiled.
"In these 7,500 blatant accounts,
most of them are accounts of what
we call backstage racism -- that is
they're doing these performances
and skits with friends and rela-
tives," Feagin said.
Does it surprise him that some-
one with such political clout as
Reid would use a term such as
"No," Feagin said, "not after
looking at our student diaries."
He said Reid "felt safe making"
the comment about Obama because
he was in a private setting.
"It's a great teaching moment,"
Feagin said. "It shows the differ-
ence between the front stage and
the backstage. He thought he was
saying that in the backstage, and
now it's been brought out in the
public for all to see and discuss."
The controversy is centered on
remarks published in the book
"Game Change" by Mark Halperin
and John Heilemann. The book
cites Reid as saying privately in
2008 that Obama could succeed as
a black candidate partly because of
his "light-skinned" appearance and
speaking patterns "with no Negro
dialect, unless he wanted to have
Reid, D-Nevada, apologized to
the president after excerpts from the
book were released, and Obama
said he considered the issue closed.
"This is a good man who's always
been on the right side of history,"
Obama said Monday in a sit-down
interview with CNN political con-
tributor Roland Martin. "For him to
have used some inartful language in
trying to praise me, and for people
to try to make hay out of that,
makes absolutely no sense."
Reid has received the support of
the Congressional Black Caucus.
He said numerous prominent
including NAACP Chairman
Julian Bond and Attorney
General Eric Holder, called to
offer their support.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas head
of the GOP's Senate campaign arm,
has called for Reid to give up his
leadership post after the "embar-
rassing and racially insensitive"
remarks. Republican National
Committee Chair Michael Steele
also called for Reid to step down.
Duke University political science
professor Kerry Haynie said he
doesn't dispute that attitudes toward
race may be viewed differently in
private than in public. But he said
he doesn't feel that came into play
with Reid's remarks.
"Many of us who work in areas of
race and politics asked these same
kinds of questions, about whether
Obama is different for whites than
other black politicians," Haynie
said. "I don't think Sen. Reid was
expressing sentiments he would not
have expressed publicly."
Boyce Watkins, an associate pro-
fessor at Syracuse University, said
the country shouldn't let this
"The takeaway is that there is a
teachable moment, but we can't
allow politicians to do all the teach-
ing," Watkins said.
Forty-something's looking for
some young-lovin' better step
aside because there's a new cougar
in town. Apparently, women in
their 30's who like to date younger
men are being called "pumas,"
reports Women's Health
Pumas have gained some solid
ground in their careers and are
looking to younger men for some
"carefree, relaxed" fun, according
to WH. Also, the fact that these
young men would rather date
them than a woman their own age,
gives the 30-something's a little
boost of confidence, the article
It's no wonder that younger
guys are attracted to these slightly
older women. A lot of women tend
to look their best in our thirties.
After their metabolisms drop
around 26 or so, they finally figure
out how to eat right and exercise
frequently. Furthermore, a lot of
women in their 30's have traveled
and been around the block a time
or two. Their worldliness is prob-
ably appealing to these young
guys who are still figuring strug-
gling with their own identities.
Men are drawn to these women
for their "independence, direction
in life and job success," The
Center of Evolutionary Studies at
Rutgers University's Helen Fisher,
Ph.D. told WH. Moreover, Fisher
said it shows a "shift that changed
what many men desire in a part-
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than previously thought
Though many marketers are
focusing on how the 2010 U.S.
Census will show growth in the
Hispanic population, a new study
argues that the African-American
community presents another great
opportunity. The report, commis-
sioned by BET and based on U.S.
Census Bureau data, shows that
black Americans are both more
well-off and more suburban than
When the U.S. Census tallies its
2010 numbers, demographers
expect it will show that there are
about 50 million Hispanics in the
U.S. and around 42 million African
Americans. But though there are
fewer African Americans, the popu-
lation is changing in ways that
make such consumers more attrac-
tive to marketers, namely:
-African Americans are nearly six
years younger than all consumers;
47 percent are between 18 and 49
years old, which is considered the
top-spending age demo by mar-
-Black households making
$75,000-plus have increased 47
percent in the last five years-1.5
times faster than the general popu-
If current trends continue, by
2015 more than half of all black
Americans will live in the suburbs.
- Although their population is
smaller, there are more African-
American households in the U.S.
than Hispanic households because
the latter tend to have larger fami-
- Forty-two percent of black adults
have never married compared to 26
percent of all adults. This trend is
increasing among younger age
Jacklynn Topping, a business
strategist and co-author of the
study, acknowledged that there is
some bad news as well. Although
more young black women are going
to college, men of the same age are
not achieving at the same levels, by
and large. She said, "I have not seen
anything that indicates that is
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Rev. John Newman and Elder Robert Dotson are shown at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church with members of the Men's Ministry loading water. FMP'Photo
Several Jacksonville pastor
joined Cong. Corrine Brown in a
aggressive campaign to assist in the
Haiti relief efforts. In just under
three days, three tractor trailers
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their cars and receive a rebate for a
more fuel-efficient model.
It's still too early to tell how much
it helped the majority of the
American public--experts predict it
may take another year to start see-
ing its impact. But as the unem-
ployment rates rose 2 percent in
2009, efforts like these will be
judged closely as failures or success
of the administration.
Obama also made healthcare
reform a priority and encouraged
Congress to pass a bill before the
year ended. They responded with
both the Senate and House of
Representatives passing their ver-
sions of the healthcare bill.
The bill falls short of the
President's wish for a public option
included in its language but as both
Houses come together to create one
bill to be approved for his signature,
this will be something to watch in
In regards to foreign policy, he
lived up to his promise of commit-
ting more troops to Afghanistan.
Last month, he announced an addi-
tional 30,000 troops to the region
with the plan of complete troop
removal starting in the summer of
He is still committed to his plan to
remove combat troops from Iraq in
were filled with water and perish-
able items to be taken to the dis-
tressed country. Downtown land-
mark Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church served as the headquarters
2011 as well, reinforcing his posi-
tion to not build any permanent
bases in the region by signing it into
law in October.
This has been one of the
President's high points as he has
made several speeches and trips
abroad to improve the United
States' relations with its allies and
the Muslim world.
His "New Beginning" speech in
June in Cairo was seen as a signifi-
cant step in opening a dialogue with
the Muslim world and the Middle
East--with relations strained during
President George W. Bush's admin-
Obama's impact abroad culminat-
ed with him being honored with the
Nobel Peace Prize in October--
becoming the third sitting president
and fourth overall to receive the
While there was debate about if he
deserved it so soon--it was a valida-
tion of the hope he inspired during
his candidacy and optimism the
world sees with him as President.
There are due criticisms of his first
year. Some have said that he needs
to do more than issue tough talk to
banks regarding how they have dis-
tributed the bailout money. Others
have said that he has attempted to
tackle too much early on and spread
himself too thin.
While his handling of Afghanistan
and Iraq have been met with mostly
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Pensacola and as
far away as New York and Canada
becoming a nationwide effort.
Cong. Brown who was just in
Haiti two weeks ago stated that she
approval, his approval numbers on
the economy (44 percent) have
dipped to the lowest of his presi-
dency according to a survey
released recently by Opinion
But overall, many observers say
that President Obama's first year
has gotten off to a solid start with
the jury is still out on his accom-
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for the effort.
and his congrega-
tion were Dr.
Dr. John Guns,
Pastor H. B.
and Bishop Tom
started as a local
grass root effort
with local pas-
tors, but has
es and people as
and some of the ministers will be
going to Haiti the end of this month.
"I had just come from Haiti a
week a go and the hotel I stayed in
is no longer there. And, I was con-
fident on my last visit that the coun-
try was making a turn for the better.
So, we need to stay the course and
ensure that this continues to hap-
pen." Brown said.
Every Sunday beginning last
week, the Pastors will urge their
congregations to bring items to
church such as water, baby formula,
dry Ramen Noodles, sardines, pam-
pers, toilet paper, paper towels,
canned milk, first aid kits, crackers,
canned goods (pop tops only), blan-
kets, tents that sleep 4, and sleeping
bags. If you can't afford to bring
any items in the tough economy,
requests were out to volunteer.
"Anyone who can respond to
human need is someone God smiles
upon," Dr. John Allen Newman
said. "Water is the key to life and
right now people are literally dying
in Haiti because there is no water."
For more information, call 904-
813-1670 or 993-9570.
Shown above left are Lolita Smith and little Grayson Lee with
Roszona DeSue and Reginald DeSue at the Circus celebration for
Barack the Elephant. FMP Photo
The circus is back in town The Ringling Brothers Barnum
& Bailey Circus rolled into town this week with its' first stop at the MLK
Day Parade before throwing a very special birthday celebration for area
youth for Barack the Elephant's first birthday. Held at the Jacksonville
Arena, festivities included clowns in action, singing and watching as the
Birthday Boy dived into his over-sized 1st Birthday cake.
The famous circus will present performances throughout the week.
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Every year I write about what Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. meant to
this country. I have moved away
from saying or asking the question
of what he meant to black folk
because his efforts his contribu-
tions to the United States and the
impact he had on the world is so
much bigger than African
Today, King's legacy lives on,
just as Nelson Mandela's will after
his death. His legacy will live on
just as Mother Teresa or Gandhi's
I probably ask this question
every year as well. What does the
King Holiday really mean? I per-
sonally think that holiday's like
MLK day are not just about the
man, but what the man stood for
and the "change" he spawned.
No Dr. King didn't get the Civil
Rights ball rolling. That ball started
its journey decades before King
came into the picture.
It was folks like Frederick
Douglas and Harriet Tubman who
got the ball rolling. Dr. King
became the shepard of a movement
that was bigger than him. It was
that unselfish attitude and resilient
drive that made him a great leader.
It was also his passion and intel-
ligence that allowed him to rise to
the top. And how could I not
acknowledge his outstanding orato-
ry skills. Like most preachers,
especially Southern Baptist preach-
ers, King could articulate a mes-
sage with such strength and unpar-
So that's what made Dr. King so
great. And that's what we should
celebrate on his day not simply
the "who," but also the "why."
I started my MLK day in down-
town Jacksonville at the annual
MLK Day parade. I must say that I
have been to a bunch of these
parades in my 30 plus years and I
continue to be impressed our local
Not only was the parade well
organized, but also the participa-
tion was outstanding. I didn't see as
many high school bands, but there
were more nonprofit and communi-
ty-based originations than I had
ever seen before.
Why is that significant? Well
because the nonprofits are the ones
who are in the trenches fighting
daily to help our children, seniors,
low-income families, etc.
Most not for profits are grass-
roots organizations that have a mis-
sion to help some segment of our
society. And that's what the holiday
is supposed to be about continu-
ing to help each other and fight to
ensure that people are not only
treated equal, but also have equal
opportunities to be successful.
The fraternities and sororities
were also represented well.
Although I am not Greek, I think
that it's extremely important that
the kids who are watching the
parade see young black men and
women college students and gradu-
ates together and the fraternal spir-
it and brotherhood that these organ-
I know what my editor would say
- parades are nice, a day off of work
for most people is cool, but did Dr.
King die in vain? Has his dream
been realized in America?
Now that's not a simple answer -
yes and no! Yes, his dream has been
realized when you consider the
gains that African Americans have
made in education, Corporate
America, housing, and of course
politics with the election of
So there are clearly visible, tangi-
ble achievements that African
Americans have made. Is equality,
discrimination and bigotry still a
problem in this country? Of course
it is, but is it a major issue like it
That's a great topic for debate -
not if discrimination and racism
exist, but the level in which they
exist. Is race still a major issue in
this country? Hold that thought.
Directly south of Florida lies the
country of Haiti. Last week, a
country, which is considered one of
the poorest in the world, was
rocked with a massive earthquake
that essentially leveled its capital
city. Tens of thousands are now
homeless and thousands are dead.
What would Dr. King do or say
about this tragedy? That's an easy
question and answer.
He would say, "An individual has
not started living until he can rise
above the narrow confines of his
individualistic concerns to the
broader concerns of all humanity."
He would be at the forefront of
helping our brothers and sisters in
Haiti. We all are and continue to
feel the affects of the worse econo-
my since the Great Depression, but
however bad our situation is here -
it's much worse in Haiti.
We are talking about massive
destruction thousands of families
homeless. Thousands of innocent
children without decent shelter,
food and clean water is what
Haitians are currently dealing with.
If King's legacy and the situation
and Haiti don't move you to at least
donate something then you don't
have much of a soul.
I will not get into the politics of
this Haitian disaster, but some have
brought up the fact that Haiti has a
corrupt government as a reason not
to give. That's nonsense if you
give directly to the Red Cross then
that money goes to immediately to
But Dr. King would also have a
message for those folks as well. He
said, "Darkness cannot drive out
darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only
love can do that."
Let's all give something to help
Haiti. If you can't spare a few dol-
lars, maybe you have some cloth-
ing or nonperishable food that you
I leave you with one of my
favorite quotes. "It is the greatest
of all mistakes to do nothing
because you can only do a little.
Do what you can." Sydney Smith
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Help Pouring Out for Haitians as Death Count Grows
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"We need water, medication and
tents because people are sleeping
outside of their house," she said.
"We are sleeping on the street, on
yards, on open fields and it's cold at
night. It's like 21-Celsius degree.
It's cold. I'm sleeping in a neigh-
bor's back yard. We are surviving.
We are on our own with food we've
had at home. We've come together
and we've tried to give some cereal
to the kids. We adults eat once in
the day to make the food last, so we
don't spoil it. And I don't know
how long we will keep doing that."
Howard University international
student Roberte Exantus is also
from the Haitian suburb of
Petionville. The 20-year-old was in
Washington, D.C. when the earth-
quake hit and while she was fortu-
nate enough to hear from her par-
ents she still has heard no news
from other members of her family.
"My father, I recently heard from
him, but my friends, my brother is
still there. But I'm waiting, I'm
hoping and waiting and praying,"
When Exantus spoke to her
father by phone she said that he
seemed to be in a delirious mental
state. He just told her to stay strong.
"He was just saying the dead peo-
ple are everywhere," Exantus said.
"Everyone is on their own right
now. Nothing has gotten there yet.
Food is scarce in Haiti right now so,
I don't know what the deal is how
he's getting food but ... he doesn't
care about food at the moment he
only cares about finding family
The recovery of Haiti in the after-
math of the country's biggest earth-
quake in 200 years is enormous. In
fact, the recovery will involve one
of history's largest international
Americans were just getting over
the perceived donor fatigue tied to
the Gulf Coast recovery after
Hurricane Katrina that hit nearly
five years ago. Nevertheless, based
on reports from relief organizations,
the American public has responded
fervently upon hearing news of
Haiti. President Obama has pledged
$100 million dollars in U. S. aid as
and spared no expense in resources
for relief for the Caribbean nation.
"At this very moment one of the
largest relief efforts in our recent
history is moving towards Haiti,"
the president said. "More American
search and rescue teams are com-
ing. More food. More water.
Doctors, nurses, paramedics. More
of the people, equipment and capa-
bilities that can make the difference
between life and death."
Flanked by former Presidents
George W. Bush and Bill Clinton,
he also announced the formation of
a relief fund under their names,
which can be found at
The Department of State, USAID
and the United States Southern
Command have begun working to
coordinate an assessment on
"This is one of those moments
that calls out for American leader-
ship," Obama said.
Not even a week before the disas-
ter, USAID swore in new adminis-
trator Dr. Rajiv Shah and its mis-
sion director for Haiti, Dr. Careene
Dei, two officials who will likely be
responsible for spearheading the
United States' relief efforts.
According to USAID, the federal
A lone young man stands in the rubble of a seven story supermarket
that collapsed in the massive earthquake that ravaged Port-au-Prince
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government's agency that is respon-
sible for administering civilian for-
eign aid will provide 14,550 tons of
food aid that consists of rice, corn
soy blend and vegetable oil, which
they hold will help feed 1.2 million
people for two weeks.
The U.S. Navy will send more
than a half dozen ships to Haiti and
the Pentagon will be sending thou-
sands of Marines to assist with
relief and security.
The federal government has
granted Temporary Protected Status
(TPS) to Haitian nationals currently
in the U.S. This designation will
provide temporary refuge to Haitian
nationals already in the country for
the 18 months by legally allowing
them to live and work in the U.S.
living and working in the country
for the next 18 months.
St. Augustine home named
historic landmark for King's stay
Janie Price admires the Freedom Trail marker that lists her house as
one of the places the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed before
his arrest in St. Augustine, Fla., in June 1964. Price's street was
renamed M.L. King Avenue in 1985. The Freedom Trail is a series of
historical landmarks in St. Augustine significant to the civil rights
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will forever stand in American history as a symbol of hope, justice and progress.
January 21-27, 2010
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SA New Year, A New You
It was quite the happy holiday, and you rang in that new year 'til it
AP /just couldn't ring anymore: you're stuffed with appetizers and saturat-
ed with alcohol. Now what? Holidays call for celebration, and despite
out best intentions, festive overindulgence is part of what makes the hol-
S days great. But it's a new year, and you probably have new health res-
S. solutions to kick start. It's not too late to start the New Year right by
S//renewing the body and doing a little internal, post-holiday cleaning.
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Dixon, stationed in Jacksonville, Fla., and assigned to Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team, is cheered on as he flips
a 440 lb tire during the Strong Man Competition held on Forward Operating Base Ghazni, Jan 10. The Strong Man Competition was one of several activ-
ities held during the 18th Annual Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, which raised nearly $11,000, to benefit the Children's Oncology Centers in
Can't Sleep? The facts about insomnia
Getting up in the middle of the
night to get a drink of water is nor-
mal but when you return to bed and
not get back to sleep, something is
wrong. If the time staring at the
ceiling or watching television last
for longer than the average 30 min-
utes to get you back to sleep might
What is insomnia?
Insomrnnia is a
( y problem that
7u your qual-
S ity of
r r t troubled
stae ing asleep.
'The\ may wake up
during the night or
wake up too early the next morning.
Your sleep problems may come
and go, or they may be ongoing.
A short-term sleep problem is
often linked to short-term stress.
This short-term insomnia can last
for days to weeks. It often gets bet-
ter in less than a month.
A chronic sleep problem is
ongoing. This is called chronic
insomnia. It is often a symptom of
another health problem, such as
depression or chronic pain. Chronic
insomnia is less common than
short-term sleep problems.
What causes insomnia?
There are many things that can
cause sleep problems. Insomnia
may be caused by:
Stress. Stress can be caused by
fear about a single event, such as
giving a speech. Or you may have
ongoing stress, such as worry about
work or school.
Depression, anxiety, and other
mental or emotional conditions.
Poor sleep habits, such as
watching TV in bed or not having a
regular bedtime schedule. If you
have trouble sleeping, you may
worry about being able to fall
asleep. This can make the problem
Changes in your sleep habits or
surroundings. This includes
changes that happen where you
sleep, such as noise, light, or sleep-
ing in a different bed. It also
includes changes in your sleep pat-
tern, such as having jet lag or work-
ing a late shift.
Other health problems, such as
pain, breathing problems, and rest-
less legs syndrome.
Stimulants, such as tobacco and
caffeine, as well as certain medi-
cines, alcohol, and drugs.
Lack of regular exercise.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of insomnia are
different for each person. People
with insomnia may:
-Have trouble falling asleep. This
can mean lying in bed for up to an
hour or more, tossing and turning,
waiting to fall asleep.
Wake up during the night and
have trouble going back to sleep.
Wake up too early .
Feel tired when they wake up,
like they didn't get enough sleep.
Feel grouchy, sleepy, or anx-
ious, and be unable to get things
done during the daytime.
How is insomnia diagnosed?
Insomnia is not a disease, and no
test can diagnose it. But when you
can't sleep well, it often has to do
with some other cause. Your doctor
will probably assess your current
health and ask about any health
problems you have had and any
medicines you are taking.
Sometimes a doctor will do a
physical exam, blood tests, and, in
some cases, sleep studies to help
find out if you have a health prob-
lem that may be the problem.
Your doctor may also ask about
your sleep history-how well you
sleep, how long you sleep, your
bedtime habits, and any unusual
behaviors you may have. Your doc-
tor may ask you to keep a sleep
diary, which is a record of your
sleep patterns, for a week or two.
He or she may recommend a coun-
selor if your symptoms point to a
mental health problem, such as
depression or anxiety.
How is it treated?
Treatment for insomnia focuses
on the reason why you don't sleep
well. If you have a medical prob-
lem, such as chronic pain, or an
emotional problem, such as stress,
treating that problem may help you
sleep better. You may be able to
sleep better by making some small
changes. It may help to:
-Go to bed at the same time.
-Get up at the same time daily.
-Avoid caffeine and alcohol for
several hours before bedtime.
-Get regular exercise (but make
sure you finish the exercise at least
3 to 4 hours before you go to bed).
Avoid daytime naps.
Some people may need medicine
for a while to help them fall asleep.
Doctors often prescribe medicine
for a short time if other treatment
isn't working. But medicine doesn't
work as well over time as lifestyle
and behavior changes do.2 Sleep
medicine can also become habit-
forming. Medicine works best as a
short-term treatment combined with
lifestyle and behavior changes.
Your doctor may also recommend
counseling, which can help you
learn new habits that may help you
Talk to your doctor about your
sleep problems and any other health
issues you may have. This is impor-
tant, because lack of sleep can lead
to depression, accidents, problems
at work, marital and social prob-
lems, drinking more alcohol than
usual, and poor health. Treatment
may help you avoid these problems
and feel better.
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Proper digestion is one of the
most essential components in living
a long and healthy life. Your diges-
tive function is made up of numer-
ous organs all working together to
break down, absorb, and process all
of the nutrients in the food you eat.
Without healthy digestion, you can
become malnourished and toxins
will build up in your body, leading
to degenerative diseases and rapid
aging down the road.
Indigestion is caused by overeat-
ing especially rich, fatty, spicy,
acidic foods and alcohol. The fol-
lowing remedies will get your
digestion on the right track:
After a large meal, take a 10- to
20-minute stroll. Aside from the
proven benefits to your heart, walk-
ing is the perfect gentle exercise for
promoting digestion and encourag-
ing cleansing of the lymphatic sys-
tem. Walking helps food move
along the digestive tract, improving
digestion and absorption.
Relieve that feeling of fullness
with herbal teas that target your
digestion: Steep 1 teaspoon each of
mint, rosemary, oregano, cilantro,
sage and/or basil in a cup of hot
water. Drink after each meal to
soothe and prevent bloating.
Peppermint, chamomile, and ginger
tea are other good choices for set-
tling the stomach. Also, look for
Chinese herbal formulas for diges-
tive support and cleansing.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is traditional-
ly used to remedy digestive dis-
tress, support liver detoxification,
normalize digestive juices and
reduce intestinal bloating. Mix 1
tablespoon of organic apple cider
vinegar with 12 ounces of warm
water, and drink in the morning on
empty stomach. Feel free to add a
little honey or maple syrup. Lemon
water will also help.
Eat Right, Eat Light
These meals will help your body
recover from overindulgence:
Breakfast: Eat oat bran cereal,
brown rice, or any other whole
grain cereal (as long as it is
unbleached and does not contain
any added sugar or chemicals). Pair
with unflavored soy milk.
* Lunch/Dinner: Eat any combina-
tion of beans, brown rice, oat bran,
vegetables, organic chicken, turkey
Super Cleanse Broth: Simmer
any combination of the following
ingredients for an hour: collards,
Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens,
cabbage, dandelion, Brussels
sprouts, daikon radish, watercress,
seaweed, shitake mushrooms,
cilantro, garlic, leeks, fennel, anise,
fresh ginger, and turmeric. Drink 8
ounces twice a day.
Umm, water, that is. Though this
is hardly a secret remedy for com-
bating a hangover, it bears repeat-
ing. Alcohol dehydrates your sys-
tem, so drinking plenty of water
will help combat some of your
unpleasant hangover symptoms,
rehydrate your body and flush out
toxins. Drink a few glasses of room
temperature, filtered water after a
night of holiday extravagance.
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What to do fom social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment WNd the civic s
B F.What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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 Lionel Richie
The United Negro College Fund
will sponosr a UNCF Super
Viewing Party featuring a special
tribute to Lionel Richie. It will be
held on Saturday, January 23,
2010 at the Ritz Theater. Showtime
is 6 p.m. For tickets or more infor-
Future of Healthcare in American
The Flager County NAACP will
present a round-table discussion on
"The Future of Health Care in
America". Included will be discus-
sions on hospitals, insurance,
reform, Medicare, and veterans'
health. It will be held at the
African-American Cultural Society,
4422 North U.S. 1 in Palm Coast.
The forum will be held on
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m., and
the discussion from 7:20 p.m. to
8:55 p.m. For more information,
call (386) 446-7822.
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
N. Laura Street. The book for dis-
cussion with the author will be
WRAPPED IN PLEASURE:
Delaney's Desert Sheikh\Seduced
by a Stranger by Brenda Jackson.
For more information call 384-3939
Black Eyed Peas
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Black Eyed Peas will be in concert
Tuesday, February 9th at the
Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets
are currently on sale. For more
information call 745-3000.
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.
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
training will be presented at City
Hall, 117 W. Duval Street in the
Lynwood Roberts Room. The 2010
requirement for facilitators, will
include first registering as a volun-
teer with the City of Jacksonville
and completing two study circle
sessions. For more information on
registering for this training, contact
Lisa Stafslien at 904-630-8073.
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.
Forum on Racial
The Human Rights Commission
will present a forum on "Post-
Racial America: Are You Kidding
Me?": An Evening With Dr.
Andrew Manis. It will be held on
Thursday, Feb. 18th at WJCT
Public Broadcasting Studios, 100
Festival Park Ave starting at 6 p.m.
Reception. To RSVP for the free
event call 630-4620 or email
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's
annual book festival, Much Ado
About Books will be held Feb. 26-
27, 2010, and events include a
writer's workshop, breakfast with
an author, panel discussions,
Children's Chapter and keynote
luncheon. The event is
Jacksonville's largest literary event,
bringing national, regional and
local authors together with book
lovers. For more info including
schedule and guest authors, visit
Fort Mose Flight
Fort Mose Historic State Park will
celebrate the first free black com-
munity in the U.S. to commemorate
Black History Month on February
27. Re-enactors in period clothing
will tell the story of Fort Mose in
"Flight to Freedom" a living history
event. In addition, the St. Augustine
Spanish Garrison will perform
Colonial Spanish military drill, give
demonstrations of musket and can-
non firing. The event will take place
from 10 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. at the park
located at 15 Fort Mose Trail in St.
Augustine, FL. For more informa-
tion call 904-823-2232.
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.
Boyz II Men in Concert
Boyz II Men hailed by the RIAA
as the most commercially success-
ful R&B group of all time return
to center stage at the Florida
Theatre on Thursday, April 8, 2010.
Call 630-4964 for more info.
This year's One Jax Humanitarian
Award Dinner will be held on May
13, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency
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Old Timers Celebrate and Tribute Ronald Elps
Carolyn Williams, Brenda Braswell, Sandra Elps, Ruth Jones,
Debra Tatum, Dennis Baggs, Jeff Brumfield, Stephanie Brumfield
Kim Williams, Debra Hands.
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and James Campbell.
Anthony Hammon, Rose Moore and Orlando Emery.
Cynthia Goodman, Kendal Telfair, Fredericka Green and Ben Wright.
Nathaniel Farley, Carlton Smith, Jonathon Stewart and Arthur
Jada Mitchell, Lachelle Harrris, James Kimbrough (Orlando),
Karen Ross, Janice Jackson and Darshan Porter.
Derrick Pinckney and Miguel Alvarado of Chatman's Academy won
the trophy in the basketball tournament.
Joe Williams, Michael Cooks and Steven Green.
Kaiser Sandels, Mack Jones, Reecie Crews and Kenneth Reddick.
Dorothy Ransome, Gloria Fowler, McDonald Burch and Maurice
McFarland. ** KFP Photos
Family, friends, admirers and oth-
ers came together to celebrate the
memory and life of the late Ronald
"Track" Elps and the Old Timers at
their annual event on the Martin
Luther King Holiday.
Started by Elps over a decade ago
, Old Timers Day brings together
classmates and neighborhoods of
the famed Gilbert and Stanton
rivalry days. It has since blossomed
to one of great proportions some-
times drawing over a thousand peo-
ple to a northside park.
This year's festivities were held at
Boobie Clark Park and included a
youth basketball tournament won
by Chatham Academy. In addition,
there was the traditional old timers
football game which pitted the clas-
sics vs. the new school players. The
City of Jacksonville where Ronald
Elps was also a longtime employee
also presented the family and
organizers a plaque for their dedica-
tion in keeping the event alive.
The Old Timers celebration is
open to anyone and participants are
encouraged to bring their grills and
come out for a day of fun. All kids
are able to eat for free. Throughout
it's history, there has never been a
fight or violence despite massive
Fellow organizers have vowed to
continue the tradition.
RaB -t L monian
Ronald Belton, Clarence Belton and Henry Wade.
ILI HIi! i l IlT I
Leroy Harrison, Joseph Jackson, Kenny Glover, Larry Harrison,
Trent Harrison and Earl Green.
Lilton Moore, widow and daughter of the late Ronald Elps Sandra
Elps and Lashundra Stewart and her husband Jonnathan Stewart.
October 8,1945 November 7, 2009
Mere words cannot express how much we really
appreciate what you've done for us in our time of sor-
row. We are uplifted by your prayers, calls, floral trib-
utes, visits, other gifts and expressions of love. But
please accept this heartfelt "Thankyou" and know
that we are grateful for having you in our lives. We'll
always keep you in our prayers.
The Family of Ronald "Track" Elps
.January 21-27, 2010
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Last week, Teddy Pendergrass,
considered by many as the ultimate
male soul singer died in
Philadelphia at the age of 59.
The singer's son, Teddy
passed away at a hospital in subur-
ban Philadelphia. The singer under-
went colon cancer surgery eight
months ago and had "a difficult
recovery," his son said.
"To all his fans who loved his
music, thank you," his son said. "He
Pendergrass suffered a spinal
cord injury and was paralyzed from
the waist down in the 1982 car acci-
dent. He spent six months in a
hospital but returned to
recording the next year
with the album "Love
S Although he is
- best known for
got his start
as a drummer
and in 1969
Melvin and the
S/ Blue Notes.
By 1971 he had
become the face and
voice of the group which
had signed with legendary pro-
ducers Kenny Gamble and Leon
Huff at Philadelphia International
The Blue Notes scored smashes
such as "The Love I Lost,"
"Yesterday I Had the Blues" and
"Wake Up, Everybody."
It was inevitable that Pendergrass
would go solo and did in 1976. And
according to his website (www.ted-
dypendergrass.com) he became the
first black male singer in history to
record five consecutive multi-plat-
After playing to sold-out shows
around the globe, tragedy struck in
1982 when he lost control of his
Rolls-Royce and crashed in
Philadelphia, resulting in severe
spinal chord damage and paralyzing
him from the waist down.
"They don't fill you with hope
after something like this,"
Pendergrass told the Philadelphia
Daily News in 2007.
"They tell you that your life is
going to be shorter, but they don't
know by how much."
The singer spent six months in a
hospital after the accident but
returned to recording the next year
with the album "Love Language,"
In 1985 he released "Working It
Back," which was followed by
"Joy" (1988), "Truly Blessed"
(1990) "A Little More Magic"
(1993) and "You and I" (1997).
Gamble and Huff, in a joint state-
ment, said that Pendergrass was
"one of the greatest artists that the
music industry has ever known, and
there hasn't been another one since.
"We've lost our voice and we've
lost our best friend, but we're thank-
ful for what we had," the statement
read. "It was beautiful. He was one
of the best."
Earlier, Huff reminisced during
an interview aired on WDAS-FM
about Pendergrass' first solo per-
formance, which was at a club in
"That night I saw the coming of
a superstar," Huff said. "When
Teddy walked out on the stage, he
didn't even open his mouth and the
place went crazy with screaming
females. He was just so dynamic,
and when he started singing, he just
blew them away."
Gamble noted what it was about
Pendergrass that drove all those
"He was tall dark and handsome,"
Gamble said. "He had a magnetism
about him. He was injured 28 years
ago and hung in there a long time.
He was strong as a bull."
Teddy Pendergrass is survived by
his wife, his mother, a son, two
daughters and nine grandchildren.
Mo'Nique Just a Little Bit Closer to Oscar Win
Who would have thought that one Golden Globe Awards, Mo'Nique
of the former touring "Queens of has emerged as the solid favorite to
Comedy" would be hanging win the Oscar. And her tearful and
among the Hollywood heartfelt acceptance speech dis-
elite and possibly be in pulled any notion that the
line for one of the'pi- actress didn't much care for
ans most coveted I' loll wood awards.
awards? i Mo'Nique earned the Golden
With her best- Globe for playing Mary Jones, a
s up p o r t i n monstrous, abusive welfare
actress win at the mother with a disarming moment
recent .' of clarity in the movie
"Precious: Based on the
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received a pro-
longed ovation from an audience
composed largely of her acting
"I celebrate this award with all
the Preciouses, with all the Marys,"
said Mo'Nique, dressed in a strap-
less, gold Greek-inspired gown. "I
celebrate this award with every per-
son that's ever been touched. It's
now time to tell."
Mo'Nique's win came over such
Hollywood royalty as Penelope
Cruz and Julianne Moore, both pre-
vious Golden Globe and Oscar
nominees. With a handful of year-
end awards already on her mantel,
including the New York Film
Critics and Critics Choice awards,
Mo'Nique is clearly the one to beat
in this year's supporting actress
Mo'Nique's enthusiasm for such
prizes as the Oscar and Golden
Globes had been questioned in
recent weeks, as she seemed unwill-
ing to campaign for the awards and
failed to show for some of the
movie's festival screenings and pre-
mieres. But after she won the
Critics Choice award her husband,
Sidney Hicks, answered his wife's
"She's the first woman of
African-American descent to ever
have a late-night TV show, she's
also a comedian," Hicks told a press
gathering after the ceremony. "In
conjunction with that, she's a moth-
er, she's also a wife. She hasn't been
at all of them, but she has been at
some. ... She'd rather portray a bad
mother in the movies than actually
be one in real life."
The talented comedian turned
actress didn't hesitate to sher her
"First, let me say, thank you,
God, for this amazing ride,"
Mo'Nique said after taking the stage
at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. She
went on to praise her director, Lee
Daniels ("a brilliant, fearless, amaz-
ing director," she called him) and
co-star Gabourey Sidibe.
"Sister, I am in awe of you," she
Oscar nominations will be
announced Feb. 2 and the awards
are set for March 7.
NBC MAKES HISTORY WITH
BIRACIAL DRAMA LEADS
Much is being made of NBC breaking .
racial barriers on television with the cast-
ing of two biracial leads in a prime time
As previously reported, "Soul Food" star
Boris Kodjoe and British actress Gugu
Mbatha-Raw will play the married couple'
at the heart of the NBC pilot
"Undercovers," a project described as a
mix between "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and
"The Bourne Identity." Their characters
are re-activated as CIA agents after years -
Germany-raised Kodjoe is probably best known for his starring role on
the urban drama "Soul Food." He will next be seen in "Resident Evil:
WOMAN SUES SHAQ FOR HARASSMENT
The woman who lawyered up with Gloria
Allred in preparation of a harassment lawsuit
i/ against Shaquille O'Neal has made good on
S/ her promise, reports TMZ.
Vanessa Lopez filed the lawsuit this week
in Florida, claiming the NBA star is sending
profane texts. Lopez also claims Shaq
hacked into her voice mail and text mes-
sages, using sophisticated software.
In the lawsuit, Lopez -- who claims to have
been in a five-year relationship with Shaq --
says things went south after Lopez missed her period and Shaq alleged-
ly reacted by accusing her of cheating.
Lopez says she ended the relationship, but then Shaq's rather tall fam-
ily got involved, making her fear for her safety. Lopez claims Shaq's 6'6"
and 6'8" sisters made verbal and physical threats against her.
Lopez claims she was especially fearful of Shaq because "O'Neal is
a large, powerful, wealthy man and a professional athlete" who has law
enforcement connections and the right to bear arms.
The woman is suing for unspecified damages.
ARENAS CHARGED WITH
FELONY GUN POSSESSION
NBA star Gilbert Arenas has been
charged with a felony gun violation after
admitting he drew guns in the team
locker room in a highly publicized
December 21 incident.
Arenas was charged with one count of
carrying a pistol without a license, ....
according to a court filed document. A
hearing is scheduled for Friday in
Superior Court in Washington.
As press time, a basketball source
familiar with the investigation said the
Wizards have been informed that Arenas
has reached a plea agreement with pros-
ecutors, CNN reported. The team has been told by Arenas' legal circle
that the agreement does not involve jail time, the source said.
Arenas' indefinite suspension remains in effect until a separate NBA
investigation is complete and Commissioner David Stem reaches a deci-
sion, the source said. The league investigation, which had been on hold
at the request of federal prosecutors, will now resume, the source said.
Jay-z and Beyonce Named Highest Earning Couple 6A
unmarried -- for their combined
$122 million earned last year.
BeyonJay beat the competition
not only via hit songs but also
through endorsement deals with
such companies as Budweiser and
American Express. In this relation-
ship, the wife out-earned the hus-
band, $87 million-$35 million.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett
Smith, meanwhile, placed fourth
with a combined $48 million
In a distant second place, with a
combined $69 million, was
Harrison Ford and girlfriend Calista
Flockhart, most of that coming
courtesy of Ford's $65 million pay-
check for "Indiana Jones and the
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
Partners Brad Pitt and Angelina
Jolie are third with a combined $55
million, thanks to "Wanted," star-
ring Jolie, and "The Curious Case
of Benjamin Button," starring Pitt.
Placing 5 through 7 are David
and Victoria Beckham ($46 mil-
lion); Ellen DeGeneres and her
partner Portia de Rossi ($36 mil-
lion); and Tom Hanks and Rita
Wilson ($35.5 million).
Other couples on the top 15 list at
Forbes.com include Jim Carrey and
Jenny McCarthy, Tom Cruise and
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Martin Luther Ilint IHliday Day 2C1I
Celebrated Around the Ccuntry
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., joins hands with
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, left, and her cousin Isaac Newton Farris Members of the Vocal Praise Ministry carry a Haitian flag as they
as they sing 'We Shall Overcome' during the Martin Luther King Jr walk to their cars in Philadelphia after attending the Greater
commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church Monday, Jan. 18, Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service at Girard College.
2010 in Atlanta.
King's Hometown of Atlanta still keeps
He told the crowd to remember
King's call to help others and not
simply enshrine his legacy in "some
King should be remembered as a
vital person whose powerful mes-
sage was once even considered dan-
gerous by the FBI, West told those
gathered at the church where King
preached from 1960 until his assas-
sination in 1968.
"I don't want to sanitize Martin
Luther King Jr.," said West, who
teaches in Princeton's Center for
African American Studies and is the
\ author of "Race Matters" and 19
He later added, "I don't know
about you, but I don't even mention
uhis name without shivering and
; Speaking days before the
anniversary of Obama's inaugura-
tion, West also told the mostly
black audience to hold Obama's
Dr. Cornel West keynotes Atlanta Celebrationad ainc ou a na
administration accountable even as
Worshippers were urged Monday meals to the needy. they celebrate his historic presiden-
not to "sanitize" the legacy of
Martin Luther King Jr. at the
Atlanta church where he preached,
while others were going to march in
Alabama and President Barack
Obama honored King by serving
Princeton University scholar
Cornel West delivered a passionate
keynote address at Ebenezer Baptist
Church to commemorate King's
81st birthday and mark the 25th
federal observance of the holiday.
"Even with your foot on the
brake, there are too many precious
brothers and sisters under the bus,"
West said of Obama. "Where is the
talk about poverty? We've got to
protect him and respect him, but
we've also got to correct him if the
legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is
going to stay alive."
King's youngest daughter,
Bernice King, presided over the
ceremony with her aunt, Christine
King Farris, the slain civil rights
leader's only living sibling. His
other children, Martin Luther King
III and Dexter King, didn't attend
In Washington, D.C., Obama
honored King's legacy by serving
lunch at a social services organiza-
tion. Later Monday, Obama was
scheduled to discuss the civil rights
movement with a group of black
elders and their grandchildren and
speak at a King Day concert at the
A march is also planned in
Montgomery, Ala., where King
gained renown leading a bus boy-
cott in protest of segregation during
King, the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize
winner, is the only black American
whose birthday is a national holi-
Students from Philip Livingston P.S. 261 carry pictures of Dr. Martin
Luther King and peace posters as they gather for the 3rd Annual
March on Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York.'We are here to cele-
brate his birthday,' said 3rd grader Zachary St. Dic, center, as he held
a sign that read 'freedom' among more than one hundred students.
The event reenacts Dr. King's civil rights protest March on
4Children from the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, partici-
pate in a ceremony honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, in Tallahassee, Fla.
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