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Volume 23 No.17 Jacksonville, Florida January 28 February 3,2010
by H.T. Edney
Despite grave concerns that
President Obama's plans for health
care might have been killed by the
election of Republican Scott Brown
to fill the former Senate seat of the
late Ted Kennedy, leading members
of the Congressional Black Caucus
say the bill is still very much alive.
"No it's not dead. It's not dead at
all," says U. S. Rep. Donna
Christensen (D-V.I.) in an interview
with the NNPA News Service.
Christensen, a medical doctor, is
chair of the CBC Health Braintrust
and has been among the leading
Appears Dead, but Health Care Still Alive
voices on health care. and Black organizational leaders ceptable and not sustainable, and
"The House, Senate and White pressed for. Democrats won't give up on
House have been meeting this past House Majority Whip Jim
week and they've come up with Clyburn (D-S.C.), says he
some areas where they've brought too is optimistic that
the two bills together and they've some form of the- "" .
reached an agreement and they're bill will pass,
both in the process of selling it to 1 a r g e 1 y
their membership," she said. because of the
The Senate and House bills, conditions of
which are vastly different, must be health care in
reconciled before a final version is America.
passed by both Houses. That will "Health care reform isn't
likely happen without the inclusion dead," he said in a statement reform-
of the desired "public option" that responding to the question last ing it," Clybum said. "I am confi-
the Congressional Black Caucus week. "Our current system is unac- Continued on page 3
The Jacksonville Public Library
served as the celebration site of the
city's 20th anniversary of the annu-
al Black History Calendar. The
theme, borrowed from the
Association for the Study of
African American Life and History
is "The History of Black Economic
Jax Legal Aid
forced to end
vital housing aid
Due to the flagging economy and a
reduction of funds in all aspects of
public service, Jacksonville Legal
programs are one of the most recent
to reach the chopping block.
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
(JALA) announced this week the
closing of Project House-Hold, a
satellite office of JALA dedicated to
foreclosure defense in zip codes
32209, 32208, 32218, 32206 and
Having seen big success in wake of
the nation's foreclosure crisis, it is
being forced to shut down because
of a lack of funding. Since opening
in October 2008, the two attorneys
who have staffed the office have
fielded more than a thousand phone
calls, helped hundreds of homeown-
ers and have litigated dozens of
cases. 97% of those who sought
assistance received some form of
formal service, either legal represen-
tation, legal advice, foreclosure
counseling or resource linking.
They have also helped clients from
becoming victims of scams.
The center was located at the
Ribault Family Resource Center on
the Northside on Winton Drive.
The honorees and the topics
selected exemplify the entrepre-
neurial spirit and economic growth
of African American citizens of
color in a variety of areas. The cal-
endar highlights trailblazers both
well known and grass roots in a
variety of areas.
Featured history makers are:
DEVELOPMENT Dr. Richard
D. Danford, Jr. and the Jacksonville
Urban League. The National Urban
League will celebrate its 100th
anniversary this year.
TION: Marvin and Ruth Harris,
Owners of M. C. Harris School
March EDUCATION: School
of Success Academy Charter
Middle School and Wayman
Academy of the Arts
April BUSINESS: Isiah "Ike"
Jessee Williams, III, Newspaper
Publisher and Charles Kemp, Sr,
Continued on page 3
Shown above (L-R) are Jacksonville Chapter of Links, Inc members Patricia Bivins, Stephanie Scott, Brenda
Simmons, Geraldine Smith, Terry Scepter, (seated) Claudette Williams and Patricia Mitchell. Cody photo
Jacksonville Links Support UNCF Evening of Stars
Enjoying an evening of culture, celebration and entertainment were members of the Jacksonville Chapter of
Links at the recent United Negro College Fund Evening of Stars viewing. Celebrated locally at the Ritz Theater,
the evening included a cocktail reception and fellowship in support of the nation's historically Black colleges and
universities. Locally, Edward Waters College benefits from UNCF funds. In addition to regularly supporting phil-
anthropic efforts, the institution's president is also a member of the Links chapter.
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Shown above are calendar honorees at the unveiling.
.January 28- February 3, 2010
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Report: Economically, Men Benefit
More from Marriage Than Women
A new report says that men are
now benefiting from marriage more
than women. According to the Pew
Research Center report women
have surpassed men in both educa-
tion and earnings over the last 40
"From an economic perspective,
these trends have contributed to a
gender role reversal in the gains
from marriage," says Richard Fry
and D'Vera Cohn. "In the past,
when relatively few wives worked,
marriage enhanced the economic
status of women more than that of
men. In recent decades, however,
the economic gains associated with
marriage have been greater for
The report states that the growth
in male economic benefits is
derived from tremendous growth in
the number of women in the work-
force. This year is significant since,
for the first time, women will out-
number men in the workplace.
What is also interesting is that
women who choose not have chil-
dren earn pay on par with their male
What is problematic, however, is
that corporate America has still not
fully embraced the idea of support-
ing the growth of families in the
workplace. Most differentials in
pay between men and women occur
when women decide to leave the
workplace for a significant period
of time as a result of child birth.
The fact that our government does
not encourage corporations to pro-
vide paid maternity leave causes
women to lose their professional
standing during any prolonged
One important measure used in
the study was median household
income for married and unmarried
men between 1970 and 2007. For
married men, the amount rose by 60
percent. For unmarried men, there
was only 16 percent growth.
One thing the study did not quan-
tify is whether or not marriage is a
good decision for single people.
Given the high financial and emo-
tional cost of divorce, marriage is
ultimately an investment and with
all investments, there is risk. But
the study does make clear that the
presence of women in the work-
place has been economically bene-
ficial to the American family.
By Dr. Boyce Watkins
At the height of his career,
Evander Holyfield not only kept
busy in the ring, he was also getting
busy in other parts of his life. The
boxer, who has 11 children, recent-
ly filed to have his child support
reduced. In the filing, Holyfield
claimed that his income has been
reduced substantially and that he
cannot afford the child support pay-
ments for at least one of his kids.
But this is not the first time he has
had trouble in child support court,
or in other areas of his financial
Holyfield also had a $10 million
dollar estate that went into foreclo-
sure in 2008, and has been sued by
several companies for not making
payments that were owed to them.
As a result, he is engaged in the sad
and humiliating task of trying to
maintain his boxing career at the
age of 45. When are we going to
learn the lessons of Joe Louis, Mike
Tyson and Muhammad Ali?
Both Louis and Ali kept boxing
long after their primes, mainly due
to financial problems. Louis spent
his final years running from the
IRS, and Ali still has significant
brain damage from fighting longer
than he should have. Tyson is the
first to admit that he squandered
over $100 million dollars in earn-
ings on wasteful spending, drugs
and his "odd" relationship with Don
King. I always find it interesting
that Tyson so readily admits that he
screwed up, and then he just does it
again. Either way, here are some
quick teachable moments that we
can all pick tip from watching these
men ruin their financial lives:
1) Even if you are an athlete, you
must get educated. People like Bill
Cosby and Oprah Winfrey don't go
broke because they make sure they
understand where their money is
going. They sign their own checks
most of the time, and they don't
allow money to be handled by peo-
ple they don't trust. There should
also be checks and balances in
place to ensure that people aren't
stealing from you -- such as random
audits by an outside entity. If you
are wealthy and uneducated, some-
one might likely see you as their
financial prey. The more you have,
the more you have to protect.
2) Spend far less than what you
earn. Your life should be making a
profit, just like a business. That
means that your income should
exceed your expenses by at least
20% if possible. If you are fine with
barely scraping by, you are asking
for a financial disaster. One job loss
or a couple of missed paychecks
can lead to financial catastrophe.
3) Think carefully before having
a big pile of kids. Children are a
wonderful blessing. But having too
many kids, especially early in life,
is a great way to keep yourself in
the poor house. Children are expen-
sive, and having children with
someone you are not married to
will create a long list of headaches
for yourself. There is something
called a "condom" that some of us
apparently refuse to use, and this
short-term decision can lead to a
life time of discomfort for both you
and the kids you've created.
Evander's decision to personally re-
populate the earth was probably not
well thought-out, since he is now
unable to provide a sufficient
lifestyle for his 11 children. He was
"the man" in the ring, but I'm sure
he doesn't feel like much of a man
right now. I feel sorry for him, and
hope that Holyfield can patch tip
his financial life.
FHA to provide early relief to struggling homeowners
Homeowners with FHA-insured
mortgage loans who are experienc-
ing financial hardship are now eli-
gible for loss mitigation assistance
before they fall behind on their
mortgage payments. Previously,
these homeowners were not eligi-
ble for such assistance until after
they had missed payments.
The Helping Families Save Their
Home Act of 2009 expanded FHA's
authority to use its loss mitigation
tools to assist FHA borrowers avoid
foreclosure to include those facing
"imminent default" as defined by
Effective immediately, the loss
mitigation options of forbearance
and FHA's Home Affordable
Modification Program (FHA-
HAMP) may be used to assist bor-
rowers facing imminent default.
Fl IA defines an "F1 IA borrower
facing imminent default" to be an
FIIA borrower who is current or
less than 30 days past due on the
mortgage obligation and is experi-
encing a significant reduction in
income or some other hardship that
will prevent him or her from mak-
ing the next required payment on
A forbearance agreement is an
agreement by the loan service to
postpone, reduce or suspend pay-
ments due on a loan for a limited
and specific time period.
FHIA-HAMP allows borrowers to
reduce their mortgage payment to
an affordable level by permanently
reducing the payment through the
use of a partial claim combined
with a loan modification. The par-
tial claim defers the repayment of a
portion of the mortgage principal
through an interest-free subordinate
mortgage not due until the first
mortgage is paid off The remaining
balance is then modified through
re-amortization and in some cases,
an interest rate reduction.
The borrower must be able to
document the cause of the immi-
nent default which may include, but
is not limited to, one or more of the
following types of hardship:
1. A reduction in or loss of
income that was supporting the
mortgage loan or another serious
change in their household status.
Additional information and
guidance can be found on HUD's
Earning higher interest with a checking account
People stash their money in safe
havens such as savings accounts,
Treasury Bills and Certificates of
Deposit for a variety of reasons. It
could be fear of losing money in
the stock market, the security of
knowing their deposits are govern-
ment-insured or, with bank
accounts at least, being able to
quickly withdraw funds when
In return for that convenience
and security, however, interest
earned usually doesn't keep pace
When the economy was cooking
a few years ago, 5 percent interest
rates and higher on long-term CDs
were not uncommon. But when the
recession hit and the inflation rate
began dropping, so did interest
rates. These days, traditional sav-
ings accounts commonly earn just
a fraction of 1 percent interest,
while many CDs and T-Bills aren't
So how can you earn more inter-
est on insured savings these days?
Would you believe a checking
Although checking accounts usu-
ally earn little or no interest, in the
past few years a product called
high-yield reward checking has
gained in popularity. These
accounts often pay much higher
interest rates than regular checking
or savings accounts or even long-
term CDs in the current market.
In addition to paying higher
interest, financial institutions offer-
ing these accounts typically will
refund each month a certain
amount in transaction fees charged
by other banks for using their
ATMs. For smaller institutions, this
helps make up for not having their
own extensive ATM network.
However, high-yield checking
accounts usually come with restric-
tions that may include:
A minimum number of month-
ly debit card purchases.
Direct deposits and/or automatic
electronic statements only.
There may be a cap on account
balances eligible for the high yield
(commonly $25,000 or less); over
that cap, the rest may earn a much
Accounts may be limited to local
customers only, although many are
If you don't meet all require-
ments during a particular month,
the interest rate paid for that month
could drop substantially, but typi-
cally will bounces back once you
again meet all conditions.
Keep in mind a few other factors
when considering a high-yield
-Interest rates are variable, so
watch for notification of changes.
-Compare any fees side by side
with those currently charged.
-Vigilantly track your balance to
ensure it covers all debit card trans-
actions; otherwise, overdraft
charges could erase any interest
Make sure the bank is a member
of the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation so that up to $250,000
per depositor, per institution will be
insured. Search "Bank Find" at
Similar coverage is provided to
credit unions by the National
Credit Union Administration.
Search "Find a Credit Union"
under the "Data and Services" tab
Numerous websites track banks
and credit unions offering high-
yield accounts including
You won't get rich from the
interest earned on these accounts,
but in this economy every extra
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Cora Walton Celebrates 90 Family and friends of Cora Walton gathered recently to
celebrate a milestone 90th birthday. In addition to the customary birthday cake. Everyone celebrated in song and
tribute to the family matriarch. Shown above surrounded by her children are Ms. Walton (seated) and (L-R)
Sharon Edwards, Gerald Walton, Joanne Scott, Clemitiene Walton. and Shirley Jacobs. 'Afl ''hIoto
Health Care bill is still alive
Continued from page 1
confident we will pass some form
of meaningful health care reform."
Clybum continued, hitting on the
core issues of health care: "We can't
allow abused women to continue to
be denied coverage because an
insurance company has deemed
domestic violence to be a pre-exist-
ing condition, or a worker to lose
health coverage because they are
diagnosed with cancer or some
other catastrophic illness. We won't
stand by and allow rising health
care costs to prevent employers
from raising salaries or hiring more
workers. And we won't be bullied
by reform opponents, funded by the
insurance industry, into failing in
our efforts to provide a health care
delivery system that saves lives,
money, jobs and Medicare."
President Obama, set to give his
first State of the Union Address Jan.
27, was expected to bring clarity on
the new negotiations. Despite the
positive outlook the bill appears to
be at an impasse. Last week, House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced
that she could not get enough votes
to pass the Senate version of the bill
which does not have the public
option that House Democrats -
especially CBC members want.
The public option was especially
important to CBC members
because it would have made health
care plans easier and better quality
for the poor.
Complicating matters, the elec-
tion of Republican Scott Brown,
elected to fill the Massachusetts
Senate seat of chief health care pro-
ponent the late Ted Kennedy, has
killed the 60-40 filibuster-proof
majority that the Democrats once
held. Brown defeated Democrat
Martha Coakley Jan. 19.
Christensen, just before speaking
to the Black publishers of the
National Newspaper Publishers
Association at its Mid-Winter
Conference last week, explained
that the Senate bill is just not strong
"We totally reject the Senate bill
because our bill in most places and
in most instances is stronger. It's
stronger in many areas and particu-
larly and directly impacts the
African-American community and
other communities of color, poor
communities and rural communi-
She concedes that the public
option is likely dead for now.
"It does not have the public
option as we envisioned it, no," she
said. "We still hope that at some
point, a public option will be some-
thing that we can see become a real-
ity and we're not going to give up
on that. As things stand now, there
are a lot of things that every side is
going to have to give in on."
Two local young ladies have
been selected to participate in the
upcoming Miss Jr. Pre-Teen
Khaleah Kitchen and Carrisa
lszard will be among contestants
gracing the stage of the Morocco
Shrine Center on February 13th at 4
p.m. The young ladies will be vying
for their share of thousands of dol-
lars in prizes and specialty gifts that
will be distributed to contestants in
four divisions between the ages of 7
- 19. They were selected following
a lengthy application and interview
The competition will include
judging on modeling, personality
and interview. If selected, the
young lady would represent
Jacksonville and the surrounding
communities at the Cities of
America National Competition that
will take place in Orlando, Florida.
Over $60,000.00 in prizes and
Black history calendar
Continued from page 1
Owner, Top Choice Poultry, Inc.
May RESTAURANTS: Ernest
Murphy, Jr., Owner, Murphy's
Short Order Restaurant and Nathan
Nesbit, Sr., Owner, Nesbit
June MEDICAL: Dr. Orrin
Mitchell, Jacksonville Orthodontics
July BANKING & FINANCE:
Anderson, Tucker & Co, DUCOTE
Federal Credit Union, and Century
August COMMUNITY REVI-
awards will be presented at the
National Competition where each
winner also enjoys the all expense
Khaleah, age 7, attends Seacoast
Christian Academy and Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church. She is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
and Rose Jennings.
Paul Tutwiler, (NW
(NJCDC) and the 11th Episcopal
District of the African Methodist
September LABOR & COM-
MERCE: Asa Philip Randolph,
Founder Brotherhood of Sleeping
Car Porters Union; I.L.A. local
1408; and African American
Chamber of Commerce, Inc
NORTH & SOUTH: New Berlin,
Cosmo, Pine Forest, Mandarin, and
Carrisa,, age 8, attends Holy
Rosary Catholic School and
Dayspring Baptist Church. She is
the daughter of Elizabeth Iszard,
and Great Grand-daughter of
Bobbie L. Singleton.
The community is invited to
support these young ladies as they
pursue higher excellence.
HOODS: EAST & WEST:
Eastside/Oakland, Sugar Hill,
LaVilla, Hansontown, Durkeeville,
and College Gardens
December INVESTMENT IN
YOUTH: MaliVai Washington,
Kids Foundation and The First Tee
The free calendars are available at
area Burger King Restaurants,
Jacksonville Public Library branch-
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Florida Telco Credit Union, and
Channel 12 WTLV.
Notice is hereby given that Northwest Behavioral will receive
sealed Bids up until February 11, 2010 at 12:00 noon for a new 4,710
Sq. Ft 4 in 12 pitch standing seam roof over existing shingle roof,
rework of an existing toilet room with new fixtures, a new septic sys-
tem including new tank and drain field, new cameras with monitors
and buzz in security system, and miscellaneous finish work.
A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00 n February
3,2010 at 2392 Edgewood Ave. N. Jacksonville, Fl. 32254. Telephone
contact is Patricia Sampson 781-7797 ext 15.
SENIOR STAFF ACCOUNTANT
FIS is currently seeking a Sr. Staff Accountant for its Jacksonville
location. This position will require two to three years experience
in and accounting environment, Excel proficiency, a thorough
understanding of financial statements and systems, and a bache-
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MACC or MBA are a plus.
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FIS is currently hiring for an SVP of Data and Analytics for its
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three years as a project manager on complex/multiple projects. In
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ence in retail or commercial banking and/or experience with
banking applications and IT is required. Experience with Fidelity
banking applications is a plus.
SENIOR JAVA PROGRAMMER
FIS is currently seeking a Sr. Java Programmer for its Jackson-
ville location. This position requires a bachelor's degree in a re-
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development/architecture, skills in of Java based technologies
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Architecture (SOA), skills in XML technologies, and skills in da-
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Now is the Opportunity to Create a New Haiti
"In the middle of difficulty lies
opportunity," said Albert Einstein.
So in the middle of one of the
worst catastrophes in the modern
era, there may be a small glitter of
light at the end of the tunnel. With
some 150,000 deaths being report-
ed by the Haitian government to
date, that number will certainly
The country's capital city and
towns and cities surrounding it are
basically in ruins. So with such
death and devastation how could
there be any light or hope?
Let's look back at World War II
as a reference. Most of Europe was
destroyed and the United States
dropped two atomic bombs on
Japan that forced the nation to sur-
Following its defeat, Japan was
occupied by US troops. The coun-
try then adopted a democratic form
of government, regained control of
government, and of course became
a strong ally of the United States.
Of course, the United States was
primarily driven by the need to sta-
bilize the world economy, spread
democracy and establish a strong
military presence in the South
But there was a humanitarian
side of the equation. After six
months of intense strategic fire-
bombing of 67 Japanese cities the
U.S. decided to drop atomic bombs
on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Between the firebombing and
atomic weapons, over 200,000
Japanese were killed. After this
type of devastation, the United
States could not turn its back on its
It's hard to truly compare a
wartime situation with a nature dis-
aster, but the devastation and death
toll is very similar. Although the
United and countries around the
globe have no real political, eco-
nomic or military interest in Haiti,
world leaders realize how critical it
is to help the country rebuild from
a humanitarian perspective.
It's clear to me that Haiti will
never be the same for several rea-
sons. Cities will have to slowly be
rebuilt, and the country will
undoubtedly receive more econom-
ic resources than it ever has.
In fact, on Monday of this week,
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton and foreign ministers from
more than a dozen countries met in
Canada to discuss how to rebuild
Haiti after the devastating earth-
The real time frame is most like-
ly extensive. With the such an
extensive need for new or rebuilt
roads, homes, governmental build-
ing, commercial structures and
water and sewer systems it may
take another 20 years for Haiti to
But that proverbial silver lining
in this dark cloud may be the fact
that Haiti will be rebuilt physically,
and perhaps politically and social-
ly. There will need to be programs
put in place to assist citizens and
small businesses to regroup and
After the infusion of internation-
al resources, Haiti will certainly be
forced to change. Prior to the earth-
quake Haiti was considered one of
the most corrupt nations in the
Although the country has been
plagued with problems since it
gained it independence from
France, the nation has a very proud
history. Most may not realize, but
Haiti became the first black repub-
lic to declare independence in
The country's nearly half million
slaves revolted under Toussaint
L'OUVERTURE. After a pro-
longed struggle the French were
driven out and a new country was
Since the country gained it inde-
pendence, political corruption and
poverty have been common prob-
lems. In fact, Haiti is the poorest
nation in the Western hemisphere.
In 2006, Transparency
International, a Berlin-based anti-
corruption watchdog group, ranked
Haiti as the most corrupt country in
the world. The organization basi-
cally conducts surveys related to
perceptions of the degree of corrup-
tion in different countries, as seen
by business people, academics and
Again, in the middle of difficulty
lies opportunity, so if there was
ever going to be massive change
made in Haiti perhaps now is the
Most of us religious folks realize
that the Lord moves in mysterious
ways. Now that the eyes of the
world are on Haiti there will be
unprecedented support well at
least that's what the politicians are
While there has been no concrete
pledges from countries related to
the reconstruction the nations rep-
resented in Canada this week
agreed to hold a donors conference
in March at the UN headquarters in
I certainly don't want to put the
cart before the horse because there
is a lot of work to be done to help
those in immediate need of medical
attention and shelter.
As we mourn the thousands of
deaths, hopefully those individuals'
deaths will not be in vain and Haiti
will come out of this tragedy a
much stronger stable nation.
Signing off from a Haiti Relief
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Caldwell becomes fourth consecutive
African American Super Bowl coach
Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell holds the Lamar Hunt
Trophy after the Colts' 30-17 win over the New York Jets in the AFC
Championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, in
Indianapolis. The Colts advance to the Super Bowl.
When Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith became the first African-American
head coaches to lead National Football League teams the Super Bowl, it
was met with great celebration. Now, three years after that historic
moment, the thought of a black head coach taking a team to the Super
Bowl is not such a novelty anymore.
By contrast, it is becoming a regular occurrence.
Last became, Jim Caldwell became the fourth African-American coach
in four years to take a team to the Super Bowl when his Indianapolis
Colts defeated the New York Jets 30-17 in the AFC championship game.
Caldwell joins Smith, Dungy and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike
Tomlin as the four black head coaches to participate in the Super Bowl.
Last season, Tomlin led the Pittsburgh Steelers to the franchise's sixth
world title with a thrilling victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Tomlin
was also the fourth first-year head coach to lead a team to the Super
Bowl. Caldwell became the fifth rookie head coach to do so last Sunday.
Caldwell had spent the past eight seasons as an assistant coach for the
Colts on Dungy's staff. He was promoted to Associate Head Coach
before the 2008 season and was tabbed the head coach in waiting when-
ever Dungy decided to retire, which was after last season.
In his first season, Caldwell's Colts won their first 14 games of the sea-
son, thus becoming a threat to become the second team in NFL history
to go through the entire season undefeated.
However, Caldwell made the controversial decision to rest many of his
key players for the remaining two games of the season. The decision not
to go for history was met with great criticism after the Colts lost two of
their final three games. Caldwell's decision was vindicated after the
Colts turned back the Baltimore Ravens and Jets to win their second
AFC title in four years.
Ironically, the careers of all four of these coaches are intertwined with
Dungy as the common denominator. Lovie Smith was the linebackers
coach at Tampa Bay when Dungy was the head coach. Tomlin's first job
in the NFL was on Dungy's staff in Tampa Bay as the defensive backs
coach. Caldwell spent the past eight seasons as Dungy's assistant coach
The truth behind the night
that changed Tiger's life
Jazz ABZ: Call
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens is hosting an evening of
music and discussion with guest
musician Tony Steve of
The session will bring to life the
concept behind the exhibition Jazz
ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz
Portraits by Paul Rogers with
poems by Wynton Marsalis and
turn the beat of spoken words into
This event celebrates Jazz ABZ:
An A to Z Collection of Jazz
Portraits by Paul Rogers with
poems by Wynton Marsalis. The
exhibition, on view through August
8, 2010, features 27 paintings of
famous jazz musicians by Rogers.
This exhibition includes selected
poems by Marsalis and highlights
jazz legends from A (Louis
Armstrong) to Z (Dizzy Gillespie)
through art and poetry. The
Cummer is the first museum or
gallery to display this exhibition.
The special session will take place
on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, from
7 to 8 p.m. at the museum located at
829 Riverside Ave. For more infor-
mation, call 355-0630.
Members of Women Weight and Why celebrate their member's birthdays.
Women, Weight and Why Kick Off 2010
The ladies of Women Weight &
Why (WWW) and invited guests
kicked off the New Year giving
back to themselves by celebrating
all birthdays for the entire year.
Held in the Argyle home of
founder Veronica Campbell.
The night of festivities included
fun games, spinning to the oldies,
B-day cupcake decorating contest,
gift exchange and some much need-
ed sisterhood bonding.
President/CEO of the Clara White
Black Men urged to fill out census forms
Putting millions of dollars into
Florida's coffers. All it takes is 10
minutes of your time. That's the
message the U.S. Census Bureau is
pushing. Officials want African
American men especially, to under-
stand how important it is to fill out
and return their 2010 forms.
During forums held around the
city, citizens will be learning how
the census impacts political repre-
sentation in congress and guides the
government as it doles out $400 bil-
lion to communities across the
Traditionally, African American
males have not participated in the
process that is easy and confiden-
2010 census forms should arrive
sometime in March.
Mission, was one of the invited
guests. Ju'Coby took some time
talking to WWW about the mission
and how our continued partnership
can help those in need for this
Additionally, all ladies on that
evening made personal financial
pledges to support the earthquake
victims of Haiti.
Women Weight & Why is a
Jacksonville based organization
that promotes outreach initiatives in
our local community and around
While drama surrounding Tiger
Woods' affair continues to be
played out in the media, two
sources close to Tiger Woods' wife
are filling in the blanks about what
triggered the Thanksgiving Day
scandal. The Daily Beast's Gerald
Posner reveals that days before the
National Enquirer released a story
claiming Woods had an affair with
Rachel Uchitel, Woods swore to
Elin Nordegren it was completely
false. To further cover up his lies,
Woods convinced Uchitel to talk to
Elin and deny they were having an
affair. The two women spoke by
phone for about half an hour, but
Elin wasn't ready to accept that the
relationship was just platonic and
plotted a "sting operation."
The following day, Elin learned
some of the Enquirer's specifics
about the alleged affair, leading to
another argument. The sources
claim Woods decided to end the
bickering by taking Ambien and
going to sleep. After he fell asleep,
Elin looked through his cellphone
and discovered one text message
sent to Uchitel that said, "You are
the only one I've loved."
Shortly after I a.m. in Florida,
Elin began texting Uchitel, pretend-
ing to be Tiger. Elin wrote, "I miss
you," and asked, "When are we see-
ing each other again?" Uchitel
texted back, seemingly surprised
that Woods was awake. To Elin, the
response indicated that the two of
them spoke earlier that night,
before Tiger took went to bed. At
that point, Elin called Uchitel, who
answered thinking it was Tiger call-
ing. Both sources said that Elin said
something approximating, "I knew
it was you." Uchitel's surprised
reply, according to what Elin told
one source: "Oh A*#." She immedi-
ately hung up.
In a rage, Elin reportedly woke
up Woods, who immediately locked
himself in the bathroom. When he
came out, Elin grabbed his phone
and found a text he sent Uchitel
warning her that Elin had discov-
ered the affair and implying that
divorce was imminent.
"She simply exploded, trying to
hit him on the chest and arms with
her fists, and then finally chasing
him from the house while she
wielded a golf club. Shoeless, he
ran into the car and barreled out of
the driveway before careening off a
fire hydrant and then smashing into
a tree," the Daily Beast reports.
Neither source said they knew the
details of how the rear windows in
the Escalade were knocked out,
though one source says that the
story Tiger told police at the acci-
dent scene about Elin smashing
them in an attempt to free him from
the wreck was a lie designed to pro-
tect his wife so she wouldn't be
guilty of battery charges.
Over the weekend, Elin reported-
ly spent several days with her hus-
band at Gentle Path in Hattiesburg,
Mississippi where she participated
in his treatment program. Elin was
there for five days and hired private
security to keep her from being
photographed by the paparazzi.
"The marriage is not over. They
both want to save it," a source
familiar with the situation told
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Free Gospel Concert
Come join Bishop A.C. Richardson and the NLEC family in the first free
gospel concert of the year. You heard right FREE! Grammy nominated Troy
Sneed with special guests Elisha Parris & Heart's Desire, Vickie Farrie, and
Radar also featuring Saving Grace Dance Ministry, and Prophetic
Expression will perform on Saturdday February 6th starting at 6 p.m. The
concert will be held at the New Life Evangelistic Center located at 8040
Lone Star Road. For More information e-mail
Stanton All Class Reunion
The 4th Annual Stanton Gala for alumni, faculty and staff of Old Stanton,
New Stanton and Stanton Vocational High School will be held May 1, 2010
at the Prime Osborn convention center. This year's event will spotlight for-
mer Stanton Bands and honor, posthumously, Band Director Mr. Kernaa
For more information about this year's Gala and to view previous Galas,
visit www.stantonhighschool.org or call Gala Chairman Kenneth Reddick
at 904-764-8795. Tickets will be available at our next meeting February 8th
at 6:00p.m. at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
Women's Prayer Breakfast
Emmanuel Ministries International Women's Department will present a
Prayer Breakfast January 30, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.. Under the leadership of
Apostle Dr. Edith Moore, the theme for the event is "Standing in the Gap".
The speaker for this occasion is Minister Elaine Walfall of Solid Rock
Church. All women in attendance are asked to bring a newspaper or inter-
net article of something that is happening in the world and their own per-
sonal prayer request. RSVP to Sister Joyce at (904) 472-9925. The church
is located at 6858 Old Kings Rd.
Grand Lodge Black History Program
The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge of Jacksonville invites the
community to their 3rd annual Black History program. It will be held
February 20th at 3:00p.m. Special guests include E.J. Cameron and
Delores Duff. Ms.Cameron has an OES Chapter names after her, has been
a part of the Order for approximately 40+ years and is a past Worthy Matron
and District Deputy. Delores Duff has been a member of the Order for over
40+ years and has held several appointed imperial positions in the order.
Mary Hall Daniels is also one of the honorees. As one of the original sur-
vivors of Rosewood, she will be present to share some of her history
moments. Also honored will be Herman Randolph. He is one of the first
original black members of the Black Paratrooper Unit called, "Triple
Nickels" of WWII. This great service will be held at Greater Israel United
Missionary Baptist Church located at 6901 N. Main Street. For more infor-
mation call 904-759-2838.
Glover to Keynote
at Greater Grant
Nathaniel (Nat) Glover, the living
A- legend who became the first Black
Sheriff of Jacksonville, will be the
keynote speaker for the Lay organiza-
4: tion of Greater Grant Memorial
", A.M.E. Church on Sunday January
31st at the 10:00 a.m. service. Pastor
Tony Hansberry recognized the
importance of honoring our own
black history so that the people will
not forget and know that it is possible
for us to also be a "We can" neighbor-
hood. Please come and be Grants'
Special Guest. For information call
Greater Grant Memorial A.M.E Church 5533 Gilchrist Rd. (904) 764-5992.
Greater Macedonia Celebrating
Pastor's 34th Anniversary
Dr. Landon L. Williams, Sr. of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will
celebrate his 34th Anniversary Worship Service on Sunday February 14th
and Sunday February 2st at 4:00 p.m. The programs are chaired by Sis.
Corrine Stew and Sis. Debbie Gardner. For more information, call 764-
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:
Haitian Christians Gather to
Pray Amid Post-Quake Efforts
People pray during outdoor services at the Sacre Coeur Church in Port-
au-Prince, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010. Haiti's government has declared an
end to searches for living people trapped under debris, and officials are
shifting their focus to caring for the thousands of survivors living in
Churches in Haiti and around the
world prayed Sunday for those
affected by last week's devastating
earthquake, which has claimed as
many as 100,000 victims and left
more than three million in need.
Solid Rock First Haitian
Tabernacle of Grace Church in
Raleigh gathered its mostly Haitian
congregation Sunday for a second
straight evening to pray, sing and
remember those who lost their lives.
The Atlanta Haitian Church of
God, meanwhile, took donations
during their service to help with
relief efforts and reported that the
community's coming together is a
testament to how strong the Haitian
"We are united, we are strong and
resilient, and we will get through
this with faith and God," said Dr.
Robert Bouloute, a pastor at the
church, according to CBS Atlanta.
Though a reliable death toll may
be weeks away, the Pan American
Health Organization estimates
50,000 to 100,000 died in the 7.0-
magnitude quake, which struck at
4:53 p.m., bringing down buildings
great and small and leaving behind
dead bodies throughout the streets.
Aid, doctors and troops have been
flowing into Haiti while those on the
scene struggle to distribute water
and rations to the country's already
There are approximately three
million people in need of help and
the number of homeless people in
Port-au-Prince is at least 300,000.
Up to 50 percent of the buildings in
Haiti were damaged or destroyed in
the earthquake, including eight hos-
pitals and health facilities that were
forced to close as a result.
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(BCDCDc Tjinm: Ain't we lucky we had them
Because I generally have no social
life, I probably watch an unhealthy
amount of television. I usually do
okay until "House of Paynes"
comes on. And although I may have
my face pasted to a laptop or refill-
ing my wine glass, there is almost a
as Tyler Perry's Payne family takes
the stage. It takes only five seconds
of hearing their voices in my sub-
conscious to make me look up and
say, "Where is the remote."
But my occasional, accidental,
mortifying brush with the anachro-
nistic Paynes often makes me think
about how African-American fami-
lies (or families of any race for that
matter) are now represented on tel-
I think I prefer the black television
family of yester-year. It seems
we've been so busy moving forward
that we haven't looked back. We've
forgotten the black characters of the
past who inspired us, worked hard,
set positive examples for the com-
munity and made us proud to be
black. Case in point: Good Times.
During my adolescence and my
hyper-black experience at an
HBCU, Good Times was often
looked down upon and dismissed as
a negative representation of black
popular culture. People said it per-
petuated stereotypes, and everyone
focused on J.J. as the coon. But
recently, I had a chance to lay up all
day one Sunday and watch a 'Good
Times' marathon on TV-One.
At some point over the course of
The EvansftIWiwniI7 h ta bty u IuIa
the day, it struck me: Good Times
actually had it right.
Looking at the show through
es, so many things stood out to me,
especially after watching several
shows in a row.
First, the Evans family probably
had more integrity than any
African-American TV family. Ever.
Now before you jump in with the
Huxtables, I have to say, the
Evanses are far more impressive,
because they actually had real life
problems. The Huxtables, while
they were a meaningful, fantastic
and an entertaining acknowledg-
affluent and An d
had to really struggle like the
Evanses. I mean, the test of a man is
how he performs when he's down
right? Well, the Evanses were down
all the time with constant problems.
And I'm not taking about Huxtable-
esque, "the other kids are calling me
rich girl"/Gordon Gartrelle prob-
lems." Theo Huxtable's girlfriend
was never shooting up heroin in the
bathroom. No one ever burned little
Olivia with an iron.
The Evanses had real life or death,
how-we-gonna-eat problems. They
faced poverty, VD, unemployment,
discrimination, gangs, suicide,
child abuse, drugs, alcohol, teen
pregnancy, hypertension, illiteracy
and the like. I mean, if there was a
social issue, 'Good Times' covered
it. And the family's way of dealing
with these issues always centered
around morality, integrity,
strength and just being
downright decent. What TV
family black or white repre-
sents those values today?
The Evanses had a strong
two-parent home. James was
clearly the leader of the fam-
ily, but he and Florida still
acted as partners. The kids
respected the parents. They
weren't obnoxious smart
asses, and they weren't
either. They were regular
kids. They were us.
Although they were poor,
they were hopeful and eager ..
to learn and jump at oppor- 4-
J.J. was a talented artist.
What an incredible role
model! I mean, as silly as
J.J. was, he was a creative
genius. Where can you find a talent-
ed African-American painter on TV
today? He made black art and paint-
ing accessible to the world. He
showed us a talent and an art form
that many of us would have never
been exposed to otherwise. He
showed poor kids that poverty need
not stifle art or creativity or dreams.
Moreover, the J.J. character
allowed the producers of the show
to incorporate the work of real life
African-American artist Ernie
Barnes (who did all the actual paint-
ings shown). Where can you find
African-American art on TV today?
Do you realize how hot that is?
And Thelma. She was sexy, yet
like all us
growing up, she made some mis-
takes and got in to some sticky situ-
ations. Remember when she was
about to marry that African fool or
when she got felt up by Wilona's
creepy guy friend. I mean that's real
life. She was willing to work after
school or babysit to help support
the family. Not buy the latest
Iphone for herself, but to support
the family. And through it all, she
grew up, stepped up when James
died, always handled herself with
class and grace, and she had a hus-
band before she had a baby. Who
would argue that she isn't a great
role model for young women of any
Ahhhh...and Michael. Little mili-
tant Michael. Michael always kept
racial issues in the forefront, inject-
ing social consciousness in to every
conversation. Michael was a typi-
cal, bright, city kid. He was ambi-
tious, excelled in school; he was
strong but respectful of his parents.
He also got involved with gangs,
got drunk off Vita-Brite and beat up
that fat kid in school that time. He
went through what we all go
through trying to find ourselves in
this world. But he knew that educa-
tion was the key to his success, and
that thread ran throughout the show.
Where can you find that now?
They acknowledged racism, but
never used it as a crutch. They did-
n't give up; they didn't try to get
over. They just knew they had to
The Evans family's drama captivated 70s audiences.
work twice as hard because racism times were tough, James just
stacked the deck against them. If worked harder. Thelma would work
extra hours or they would sell
underwear out of that big cardboard
Florida and James always had a
hopeful outlook. They always
focused on hard work and its rela-
tionship to success. They helped
their neighbors and ate dinner
together (even if they thought it was
cat food). No one obsessed over
entertainers and athletes, bling was
a non-issue and a nuclear family
was the rule, not the exception.
It was a time when kids still wanted
to be doctors and lawyers. And
when they had a chance to get out
of the projects, they were gone.
They weren't gonna have the next
three generations in subsidized
housing, just because they could.
They wanted to do better. Can you
imagine what a world this would be
if we all embodied the character
traits of the 'Good Times' family? It
would be good times indeed.
Looking at current representations
of African Americans on TV, I can't
believe I ever stuck my nose up at
'Good Times.' I bought in to the the-
ory that we should write it off as
some negative one-dimensional
image of black life. It was a show
that depicted a poor black family, so
it was, ipso facto, bad, an insult, a
stereotype. It was something we
had come too far to look at, an
obsolete show with no value and no
relevance to modern day black peo-
Tell you what, watch 'Good Times'
and then look at our real life fami-
lies now. Take a new look at the
Evanses, and then look at us. Look
at our media images. Too often, our
TV father figures are nothing more
than loud, clueless buffoons who
exist solely for comedic value.
They aren't strong, they aren't lead-
ers, and more often than not, they're
not even there. In the new TV fam-
ily, the kids run the households and
the Moms are too busy to care.
And saddest of all, these depic-
tions are often frighteningly accu-
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Redeemed Christian Church Celebrates
50th Birthday of Pastor Mrs. Kenny Ogunsina
Senior Pastor and Mrs. Kenny Ogunsina
On Saturday, January 24th mem-
bers and special guest from around
the country came together to cele-
brate the 50th birthday of Pastor
Mrs. Kenny Ogunsina of the
Redeemed Christian Church of God
Go Ye Chapel. The event was held
at the Clarion Airport Hotel here in
Jacksonville and also featured spe-
cial guest from as far as Nigeria. A
special Thanksgiving and Family
Lunch service was also held the fol-
lowing day to commemorate the
occasion and celebrate the steady
growth and blessings that the
church and its members have
received since being founded.
Pastor Ogunsina has been in min-
istry for over 25 years and co-pas-
tors Redeemed Christian Church
with her husband and Senior Pastor
Ogunsina. The church has steadily
grown over the past several years in
the Arlington area of town and is
open to all citizens of Jacksonville
and is located at 850 Cesery Blvd.
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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)
The community is invited to
explore First Wednesday Art Walk
in downtown Jacksonville. It will
be held Wednesday, February 3,
2010 from 5 -9 p.m. in downtown
Jacksonville galleries and muse-
ums, as well as cultural venues,
restaurants and businesses.
Everything will be free and open to
the public. For more information,
call 634-0303 ext. 22.
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
Grammy Award Winning artist
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
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
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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.
The Universoul Circus will return
to Jacksonville March 9 14 across
the street from the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. Contact ticket-
master.com for tickets.
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.
San Marco Art Festival
The 13th Annual San Marco Art
Festival on San Marco Blvd. will be
held March 27th-28th from 10
a.m. 5 p.m.
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.
The Annual Gala of alumni, facul-
ty and staff of Old Stanton, New
Stanton and Stanton Vocational
High Schools will be held May 1,
2010 at the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. This year's
event will be held at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center and
will honor Band Director Kernaa
McFarlin. Tickets will be held at the
next meeting at Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church on February
8th at 6 p.m. For more information,
This year's One Jax Humanitarian
Award Dinner will be held on May
13, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront This year's
event will honor Cleve E. Warren
Martha "Marty" Lanahan John J.
"Jack" Diamond. For tickets or
more information, call 354-1529.
B.B. King in Concert
Tickets are now on sale for the leg-
endary bluesman B.B. King who
will be in concert at the Florida
Theater on May 9. For tickets or
more information, call 355-2787.
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Diddystyle: Music mogul gives son a Sweet 16 to remember
Money might not buy lo'c, but it the MTV 'eality show "rVl Super Surprisingly,
will bu a six-fgure Ma bach for Sweet Sixteen," Itatured perftorn- Justin doesn't
1 ers, and the Simmons-founded De
Jam record label had a relea,
called "Maybach Music."
Steve Harvey continues climb as new "Family Feud" host
chief Cecile Frot-Coutaz in making
the announcement. "We're thrilled
to have him join our 'family' and
look forward to him bringing his
one-of-a-kind comedic style and
personality to this beloved and leg-
endary game show format."
Harvey, 52, began his successful
It looks like Steve Harvey is the
becoming Diddy of the comedy
business. He's everywhere, literally.
The straightforward funnyman
continues his full-scale campaign
on becoming the King of All Media
with the new announcement that
he's teamed up with 'American Idol'
producers to host one of the most
legendary games shows on televi-
The best-selling author, 'Good
Morning America' contributor,
Essence magazine columnist, long-
time 'Celebration of Gospel' host,
philanthropist and nationally syndi-
cated radio personality will become
the new host of 'Family Feud' when
the long-running game show begins
its 12th season next Fall.
"With his talent, authenticity and
innate ability to connect with audi-
ences from all walks of life, Steve
exemplifies the spirit and appeal of
'Family Feud,'" said
FremantleMedia North America
stand-up comedy career in the mid-
80s, which led to a long stint as host
of 'It's Showtime at the Apollo,' as
well as TV sitcoms, including 'Me
and The Boys' (ABC), 'The Steve
Harvey Show' (The WB) and 'Steve
Harvey Big Time Challenge' (The
Scary looking Gary SANTAQUIN, Utah Actor
Gary Coleman was arrested in Utah on a warrant for failing to appear in
court, police said.
The 41-year-old former "Diffrent Strokes" actor was booked into the
Utah County Jail Sunday, said Santaquin police officer Shawn Carter.
He said early Monday that he didn't have details on the warrant or know
if Coleman was still being held. He said more information would be
released later in the day.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Utah County Jail records show he
was arrested after police received reports of a disturbance at his Santaquin
The actor was arrested in Utah in 2008 after a man claimed Coleman
tried to run over him in a parking lot when he tried to take a picture with
the child star. The case was reportedly been settled out of court.
"Steve Harvey is one of today's
top comedians and a great addition
to 'Family Feud'," said Ira
Bernstein, co-president of distribu-
tor Debmar-Mercury. "He will be a
great fit, leading this classic game
show well into the future," added
Debmar-Mercury also distributes
'The Wendy Williams Show' and
Tyler Perry's popular sitcoms 'Meet
the Browns' and 'House of Payne.'
'Family Feud' will be taped in
front of a live audience at a location
to be determined. Sources say that
it may be in Orlando, the same city
where Harvey hosts his annual
Dreamers Academy in
TINA TURNER CONSIDERS ---
ANOTHER WORLD TOUR l.'
Following a 2008 world tour that '""
grossed $47 million and was packed with '
fans expressing gratitude for her return, ,.
Tina Turner says she hasn't ruled out hit-
ting the road again for another jaunt '.4
around the globe.
"I haven't made a decision yet," she "
said. "I didn't make a plan for a big tour, -
with big stadiums. I'm not saying I won't
do it, get the girls out and do something,
but I haven't decided."
The 70-year-old pop legend says she
certainly felt the love during her last out-
"People wanted to see me, so many were holding signs up saying,
Thank You," she said of her 2008 tour. But if a follow-up is not in the
works, disappointed fans may console themselves with the prospect of a
"Recording is something that's always easier than touring. I wouldn't
mind, but nothing's come my way right now and that's fine," Turner said
with a smile.
"I have dinner parties, I can go to parties, there's more freedom when
you're not working," she said. "I'm just enjoying life."
WINNIE MANDELA UPSET
OVER HUDSON BIOPIC
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is not happy
with the upcoming film about her turbulent
life and marriage to Nelson Mandela, and
| vP ~ has expressed frustration over being left out
of the production process, reports AFP.
Titled "Winnie," the biopic is directed by
South African film-maker Darrell J. Roodt,
whose work includes "Cry, The Beloved
Country" and "Sarafina," and stars Oscar
winner Jennifer Hudson in the title role.
In a letter to South African media,
Madikizela-Mandela's lawyers told the
filmmakers she was "extremely concerned" to hear about the film, say-
ing "she has never been approached for consent or at all," according to
The Star newspaper.
"It is difficult to understand how a production bearing the name of an
individual who has not been consulted at all could ever be appropriate or
tell the full story of that individual's life as media reports suggest this
production is intended to," said the letter from her attorney Bowman
Gilfillan, according to the p
"This is certainly the case here, where our client has not responded to
allegations and comment which have been made about her, precisely
because she has sought to protect her sphere of personal privacy as best
she can in extremely difficult and turbulent times," it added.
The film had already stoked controversy in South Africa when Hudson
was tapped to play the role, sparking outrage among local actors who
complained that South African talent had again been overlooked by
Meanwhile, the Clint Eastwood film "Invictus," about South Africa's
1995 Rugby World Cup victory, stars Morgan Freeman playing Mandela
and has been a hit on local screens.
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L C .-P 41 1 k| Judge's Ruling Reinstates Two SCLC Officials
In a major defeat for five angry
board members, an Atlanta Judge
has ruled that the chairman and
treasurer of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference, the Rev.
Raleigh Trammell and Spiver
Gordon, respectively who are bat-
tling claims that they may have
diverted organizational funds for
personal use must be returned to
their leadership positions.
The ruling was a victory for three
board members, Curtis W. Harris,
Randy Johnson and the Rev.
Wilburt 0. Shanklin, who, late last
month, sued the five Atlanta's
Fulton County Superior Court. The
three contended that their five
opponents violated the SCLC's con-
stitution in replacing Trammell with
the Rev. Sylvia Tucker and Gordon
with Randall Gaines, despite lack-
ing the full board's consent.
The five claim Trammell and
Gordon "may have diverted
$569,000 from SCLC funds into
accounts to which only they had
access," among other charges lev-
eled at the long-time civil rights
leaders. Trammell, denied transfer-
ring "any funds to any bank
accounts." He also said that
"SCLC never had that much money
lying around at any time."
The judge, Alford S. Dempsey,
Jr., who sits in the Fulton County
Superior Court, last week issued a
consent temporary restraining order
that essentially put Trammell and
Gordon back into the posts they'd
been pressured to vacate on Nov.
13, pending an internal investiga-
tion of their use of organizational
funds. That investigation, and
another charge against Trammell, of
sexual harassment, were not com-
pleted before the leaders were
forced to step aside and reportedly
"The structure of the SCLC
organization, including its Officers,
members of its Board of Directors,
Committee Chairs and Committee
Members, shall be as constituted as
of Oct. 29, 2009," Dempsey said in
the fourth of 11 orders stipulated in
In the fifth order, Dempsey told
defendants (Bryon Clay, Acting
Board Chair Sylvia Tucker, Acting
Treasurer Randall Gaines, President
Ronald Woods and General
Counsel Dexter Wimbish) that they
"shall turn over and deliver to
Petitioners all records, books, bank
accounts, keys, seal and other mate-
rials of the organization in order
that Petitioners may carry on the
mission and purposes of the SCLC
We Are The World' to Be Remade for Haiti Relief
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Hell Hath No Fury YaVaughnie Wilkins went nuclear
after she learned that Charles E. Phillips -- president of tech conglomerate
Oracle and a member of Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board --
reconciled with his wife despite his lengthy affair with Wilkins. Wilkins
plastered the country with billboards proclaiming, "You are my soulmate
forever cep." She also invites the curious to go to a Web site
www.charlesphillipsandyavaughniewilkins.com that is a veritable shrine
to Wilkins' ex-love and feature eight years' worth of photos of the pair
canoodling around the world. Phillips earned $19 million last year and is
the father of one. Williams' explosive campaign comes after finding out he
reconciled with his wife.
Obama's immortalized in wax
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1985's "WeAre the World Cast" included blockbusters Cyndi Lauper, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Kenny
Rogers, Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Ray Charles, Bobo, Madonna, Sheila E., Tina Turner and many others.
Elizinel Martinez, 9, of P.S. 192 touches a wax figure of President
Barack Obama during the initial viewing of a wax figure of first lady
Michelle Obama at Madame Tussauds to kick off Black History
month Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 in New York. Students from PS 192 are
among the first to see the wax figure and continue their lesson on
black history by going on Madame Tussaud's Black history tour.
Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie
are corraling as much talent as pos-
sible during Grammy weekend to
record a remake of their 1985 char-
ity single "We Are The World" to
benefit recovery efforts in Haiti.
Hollywood Reporter's Roger
Friedman is reporting that Usher,
Natalie Cole, and John Legend have
been invited to the 25th anniversary
re-recording so far, but more names
will be added in the coming days, as
all Grammy nominees and partici-
pants will be asked to stay an extra
night after the Grammys to record
the single at LA's Nokia Theater.
Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich
will produce the event, which will
then be turned into a video and sin-
gle mimicking 1985, when Ken
Kragen, Richie and Michael
Jackson organized the original "We
Are the World" with Jones to bene-
fit relief in Africa.
Friedman says "Plans are still
sketchy, but in some way, the song's
co-author Michael Jackson will be
invoked. AEG is co-producing this
event. They're also putting together
a 3D tribute to Michael for the
Grammy show. Jackson recorded
"We Are the World" for what
became 'This Is It.' Surely he'll be
included here as well, which will
make the whole project even more
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