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Controversial Mississippi bill to
merge Historical Black Colleges dies
JACKSON, Miss. A bill to merge three historical Black colleges in
Mississippi has died in the state's legislature. Mississippi Valley State
University was faced with the possibility of merging their campus with
Alcorn State and Jackson State after a bill to that effect was introduced
to the Senate. Tuesday, Feb. 3, was the last day for the committees to
act on the bill, but it did not come up for a vote in the committee.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour had suggested the merger along with the
merger of Mississippi University For Women and Mississippi State in an
effort to save money.
Mississippi Valley State was founded in 1950, Jackson State in 1877,
and Alcorn State, the nation's first state supported higher education insti-
tution for Black students, is reportedly the oldest Black college in the
world, founded in 1871.
Georgia Lawmaker will resurrect
slavery apology for the state
Despite several failed attempts to get Georgia to apologize for slavery,
State Rep. Al Williams says he is reviving the resolution this session
because it is still a cause worth fighting for.
The issue died a in 2007 after legislative leaders were unresponsive.
The proposal has faced an uphill battle from many who feel an apolo-
gy would mean admitting responsibility for the wrongs of others.
Williams said he has started trying to build a consensus for a more favor-
able outcome during February which is Black History Month and that
he is willing to consider changing the language as other states have done
and express "regret" for slavery.
The state, as an institution, owned dozens of slaves who provided a
major source of tax revenue before they were sold in 1834.
Six states have passed resolutions apologizing or expressing regret for
slavery: Florida, Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey and
Virginia. The U.S. House voted in 2008 to apologize for slavery, and
President Barack Obama has said such an apology was appropriate but
not particularly helpful in improving the lives of black Americans.
Magic Johnson/Ebony talks off
After widely circulated information that Magic Johnson was in talks to
buy Ebony Magazine, apparently the talks have been called off. This
week, Johnson issued the following statement on the talks.
"I would like to salute Linda Johnson Rice and the Johnson family for
pioneering the iconic brand of the Johnson Publishing Company, which
we have all come to love and respect. Ebony and Jet have been perma-
nent fixtures on coffee tables in African-American homes for many
years. Recently, an affiliate of Magic Johnson Enterprises and Johnson
Publishing Company were in advanced discussions to do business
together, but unfortunately we were unable to reach a definitive agree-
ment. We will continue to look for opportunities to invest in African-
American media." Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Magic
FBI Believes former Detroit
mayor ran a criminal enterprise
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that a contractor who pleaded guilty
in the corruption probe in Detroit, MI says that he handled over $100,000
dollars in bribes for disgraced Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. This spells
trouble for Kwame Kilpatrick, since it shows that the federal government
now has the help of someone inside Kilpatrick's inner circle.
Investigation details include Kilpatrick's father's phone being tapped, a
year tracking funds in and out of bank accounts, sworn statements and
FBI agents are also stating that Kilpatrick and his associates used the
mayor's office to engage in organized crime and racketeering.
Some of the allegations, however, are disturbing, including no bid con-
tracts, large undeclared monetary deposits by Kilpatrick and pressure by
his father to donate to his political fund.
The FBI now believe that the alleged activities of Kwame Kilpatrick's
office constitute a criminal enterprise. There is indication that they are
trying to make a case under the Federal Racketeer Influence and Corrupt
Organizations Act (RICO). Defendants in RICO trials can face up to 20
years in prison for each count if convicted.
Black Farmers Reach
billion dollar settlement
Obama administration officials said they had settled a priority anti-dis-
crimination case with black farmers, contingent upon a congressional
Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
said in a joint statement last week they had reached a $1.25 billion set-
tlement with African-American farmers who sued the U.S. Department
of Agriculture claiming its loan programs and several other services
In 2008, Congress allowed farmers who filed claims too late to be
included in a 1999 settlement in the Pigford II anti-discrimination suit to
submit claims in federal courts. As such, $100 million of the $1.25 bil-
lion settlement has already been appropriated in the 2008 Farm Bill.
With an agreement in sight, the administration then requested $1.15 bil-
lion in the 2010 budget to complete the appropriations to settle the case.
"I look forward to a swift resolution to this issue, so that the families
affected can move on with their lives," President Obama said.
Volume 23 No.20 Jacksonville, Florida February 25 March 3,2010
White House Releases Proposed Budgetary Impacts on Black Families
by H.T. Edney
With Black unemployment rates
still on the rise, President Barack
Obama through his 2011 budget
proposal is apparently trying to
undergird the African-American
community from other economic
angles until change comes.
A White House document recent-
ly released to board members of the
Black Leadership Forum outlines
allocations in the president's $301
billion fiscal budget that specifical-
ly "give African American families
the tools that they need to succeed."
The document, titled,
"Expanding Opportunities for
African-American Families" con-
cedes that "the economy is back
from the brink and is showing signs
of health, but this positive news has
barely been felt in the labor mar-
kets. While we are no longer hem-
orrhaging jobs at the rate we were
Big Names Headline Gospel
& Heritage Festival at Bethel
Big names in gospel including Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin
Donald Lawrence, Bishop Hezekiah Walker and Shirley Caesar were
in town recently for the annual Gospel HeritagePraise and Worship
Conference. Headquartered at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church,
thousands were entertained and inspired in the spirit through work-
shops, song and praise. Shown above at the event is Gospel Today
Magazine publisher Dr. Teresa Hairston presenting an award to Rev.
Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A. Silver photo.
last year, unemployment is still
The document, issued Feb. 5
from the White House Office of
Public Engagement lists at least 30
specific areas aimed to boost the
economy and quality of life for the
disadvantaged, including African-
Americans who, at 16.5 percent,
have the highest unemployment
rate of major racial groups in
"The President's Budget takes the
steps to help jumpstart job creation,
works to strengthen the economic
security of American families, and
makes the tough choices to put our
Nation back on the path to fiscal
responsibility," the document
states. The following are nutshell
descriptions of short-term programs
and initiatives among the budget
proposals, which have yet to be for-
Continued on page 3
Shown above (L-R) is Dr. Anthony Evans, Imam Omar Shariff and
Professor Griff at the recent symposium.
Pro. Griff Empowers Jacksonville
Community to "Stop Playing"
Professor Griff of Public Enemy fame was in town at the Masjid Al-
Salaam to deliver a message entitled "Stop Playing" to the Jacksonville
community. The author of "Analytixz" cautioned participants that the time
is now to get serious about life Also on hand was Dr. Anthony Evans who
discussed the fundamentals and differences in Islam. Following the dis-
cussion everyone shared in the customary feast partaking. R Silver photo
A year of stimulus is not enough for ethnic communities
by A. Gletz, NAM But a year later, many Americans ities lie at least in part in the unfair of Transportation have gone to
It's been a year since President are still hurting. And while the and unjust way the stimulus pack- white-owned firms. Meantime, a
Barack Obama signed the $787 Labor Department reports the age has been implemented. new government-backed small
American Recovery and unemployment rate for whites has A series of investigations coordi- business loan program created by
Reinvestment Act, better known as begun to fall (to 8.4 percent in nated by New America Media show the stimulus benefited white-owned
the stimulus package. The largest January), it continues to rise for that over the last year those dollars businesses 91 percent of the time.
public investment in America's ethnic minorities. For African have systematically bypassed com- Continued on page 3
infrastructure since the Great Americans, it is 16.5 percent and munities of color.
Depression, Obama called it "the for Latinos unemployment is 12.6 Consider the following: In the Haiti President
most sweeping economic recovery percent. last year, 98 percent of stimulus
bill in our history." And the reasons for these dispar- contracts from the U.S Department Says Quake Toll
Nearby Klan Rally Draws Supporters and the Curious Could Reach
One of the topics
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Shown above are Klan members addressing the supports the rally.
crowd attheir Rally in Nahunta, Ga.. "I think they're
NAHUNTA, Ga. The small city wonderful. They ought to be in
called in four different law enforce- every town and every city all over
ment agencies to help patrol the the United States."
crowd at a KKK rally last weekend. Although, most in the crowd did
The small southern Georgia town is not agree with Spalding they did
located sixty-three miles away from agree with him that the KKK had a
Jacksonville. constitutional right to assemble.
Several hundred people attended Klan members adorned in white
in curiosity and support at the sheets held their open meeting on
town's courthouse most of whom U.S. 301 with police providing
were Nahunta residents. security from the crowd surround-
"We're just out here, because ing the event.
we're not going to tolerate it. It is a The group told the city council
new day and they're talking about the rally was not about race, but for
1954," said Amber Capps.
prayer in schools. They also stated
that they were against illegal immi-
gration and sex offenders.
At the rally, Imperial Wizard Jeff
Jones also encouraged supporters to
vote for new leaders.
"Get rid of the people running
this country," he said. "They're run-
ning it into the ground."
Just across the street NAACP
members and their supporters held
their own rally.
"We are here, trying in a unity
rally to help this community to
come together, work together, go to
school together and continue to fel-
lowship one with another," says
Rev. Ezekial Holley with the
Many people from Nahunta just
wished they wouldn't have picked
their hometown. "Everybody
should have a chance to say what's
on their mind whether it is right or
not," said Derek Johnson.
The Klans Grand Wizard say they
chose the town, which has a popu-
lation of less than 1,000 because of
it's predominantly white popula-
The president of Haiti said this
week the death toll from his coun-
try's earthquake could reach
300,000 once all the bodies are
recovered from wrecked buildings.
Speaking after arriving in
Mexico for regional meetings that
will include discussion of Haitian
aid needs, Haiti President Rene
Preval gave no indication of how
he reached the figure.
"You have seen the pictures, you
know the numbers, more than
200,000 bodies picked up in the
streets, counting those that are still
underneath the rubble, perhaps we
could arrive at 300,000 deaths,"
Preval said at a meeting between
Mexican officials and the countries
of the Caribbean trade bloc.
Haiti's government has placed
the death toll at between 170,000
and 230,000. It depends on which
official is talking and none have
explained in detail the methodolo-
gy used to arrive at the numbers.
The country's chief epidemiolo-
gist has said he believes the gov-
ernment is making a lot of esti-
February 25 March 3, 2010
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Equal Workplace: Philadelphia Raises City
Goals to 25% for Blacks in Construction
Philadelphia (NNPA) Taking a
first step toward "creating an econ-
omy of inclusion," Mayor Michael
Nutter has unveiled his administra-
tion's long anticipated Economic
Opportunity Strategic Plan.
"Issues of inclusion are now first
and foremost a critical part of our
economic decision-making process
at all levels," he told a group of
city officials and business owners
who packed the mayor's reception
room for the announcement.
"Poverty and unemployment dis-
proportionately impact minorities
in Philadelphia. Therefore, grow-
ing more and larger minority-
owned, women-owned and dis-
abled-owned businesses, which
generate jobs in neighborhoods, is
absolutely critical to our future."
The plan includes new goals for
disadvantaged business participa-
tion in city contracts and a radical
restructuring of the Office of
Economic Opportunity, giving it
greater oversight over the contract-
ing process and eliminating its role
in certifying businesses.
By July 2011, the mayor said, he
would like to see 25 percent of the
city's spending on contracts going
to disadvantaged businesses. That
represents a 7.5 percent increase
over 2009. Included in that goal is
a 15 percent participation goal for
minority-owned businesses -
which breaks down to a range that
hits highs of 14 percent participa-
tion for African-Americans, 6 per-
cent for Hispanics, 4 percent for
Asians and 1 percent for American
Indians 9 percent for women-
owned businesses and 1 percent for
disabled-owned businesses. Those
figures in 2009 were 11.05 percent
for minority -owned businesses,
6.44 percent for women-owned
businesses and zero for disabled-
In terms of dollars, those con-
tracts steered $77 million to minor-
ity-owned businesses and $45 mil-
lion for women-owned businesses
with $14,000 to disabled-owned
businesses, out of a total $699 mil-
lion spent on contracts in 2009.
Each percentage point of
increase represents between $50
million and $60 million in spend-
ing. Setting the goals, which were
largely in line with those laid out
by City Council for construction of
the Pennsylvania Convention
Center, was a very small part of
last week's announcement.
Perhaps more important, Nutter
expanded the role of the OEO in
the contracting process and elimi-
nated its role in certifying partici-
He promised that by July 2011
the city would have 25 percent
more certified businesses on its
rolls. "With more companies on
the city registry, city departmental
managers or staff will no longer
have the excuse that they can't find
a qualified company to do the
work," he said.
Effective March 1, the city will
accept certification from a variety
of outside sources and stop issuing
its own certification.
Businesses certified through
another agency will now rely on
that for city business. Those with-
out outside certification will be
able to carry over their certification
at least until the end of next year.
Approximately 130 of 1,325 certi-
fied businesses have only city cer-
tification. Of that total, about 40
are set to expire over the next year.
Freed from certifying business-
es, the OEO will now be able to
take a more active oversight role.
Nutter promised that every con-
tract would be scrutinized with the
aim of hitting the city's participa-
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The Census: Why You Need to Send it Back
by Bill Reed
It's time to be counted. Every
day, the average American gets 1.7
pieces of direct mail, in March they
will get another in the form of the
2010 Census. The 2010 Census is
being mailed to more than 130 mil-
lion households, including
America's 8.5 Black family house-
holds. Fully a third of these house-
holds aren't expected to send their
Rating just below "a come to
Jesus meeting", filling out the 2010
Census should be a high priority
item for African Americans. The
head of National Urban League,
Marc H. Morial,.is a leading voice
urging Black Americans "to fill
them out and mail them back."
Morial says the 2010 Census is
important "because the stakes for
our communities are so high".
Critical as it is, in past censuses,
African Americans have been
undercounted at worse rates than
any other racial or ethnic group.
Eliminating the gap between Black
Americans and other Americans in
the census count is essential to
ensure that our communities
receive their fair share of federal
funds, ensure full political represen-
tation, and provide for effective
enforcement of civil rights laws.
During the 2000 Census millions of
people were not counted includ-
ing disproportionate numbers of
African Americans and other
minorities. As a result of this
undercount these communities lost
political representation and needed
funding for services. Benjamin
Jealous, president of the NAACP,
says the 2000 Census undercounted
African-Americans by nearly 3 per-
In contrast to the times of the
1940s and 50s when African
Americans were "invisible"; during
the last two Census counts, African
American males have diluted Black
power by being exactly that.
According to the Census, as of July
1, 2007, the estimated population of
African-American residents in the
US (including those of more than
one race) was 40.7 million and 13.5
percent of the total population. The
Census Bureau expects the African-
American population to grow by
more than 70 percent between now
and 2050, so an accurate count in
2010 will influence the education of
our children, the health of families,
and the economic and political
power of African-American com-
munities for the next 10 years and
The census is used to distribute
government money to communities
for job training, schools, and hospi-
tals. It's also used by businesses to
decide where to open new shops,
grocery stores, restaurants and fund
infrastructures. And it is used to
determine representation in
Congress, state legislatures, and
local governments. Communities
that are undercounted lose out in all
those areas. The fact is, every per-
son who is not counted cost their
communities more than $14,000 in
funds for schools, health care, and
jobs and diminish African-
American influence at all levels of
government. Getting counted will
bring Black communities more
respect, resources, and political rep-
"We Can't Move Forward until
You Mail it Back" says the U.S.
Census Bureau. The Census
Bureau wants African American
men especially, to understand how
important it is to fill out and return
their 2010 forms. Traditionally,
African American males have not
participated, but this may be the
route to put a good number of them
back to work. Once you get your
form in the mail, fill it in and mail it
back in the postage-paid envelope
provided. The 2010 Census form is
just 10 questions, such as: Name;
Sex; Age, Date of birth; Race;
Household relationship; If you own
or rent. "Some people are skeptical
of answering questions from the
government and have growing con-
cerns about privacy, but the 2010
Census is important, easy and safe,"
The 2010 Census advertising
campaign is calibrated to reach the
average American 42 times with
messages about the importance of
participating in the census. Much
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of the advertising is targeted toward
media primarily for minority and
ethnic audiences. The estimated
cost for the 2010 Census is $13.7 to
$14.5 billion. Mailing it back is a
cost savings for the 2010 Census.
For each percentage point the mail-
back rate increases, the Census
Bureau saves taxpayers $80 to $90
million in costs associated with
having to send census takers to non-
Feb 28 is
Churches across the nation will
host a UNCF SUNDAY on
February 28 to call for contribu-
tions to UNCF- the United Negro
For more information about the
UNCF National Faith Initiative,
and to view UNCF's Honor Roll of
faith partners visit www.uncf.org
and click on churches, or contact
Christal Cherry, UNCF National
Director, Groups, Alumni & Faith
Partnerships, at 404-302-8623. or
via email at
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Southern Area Links to Join First Lady
in Obesity Fight with $300k Grant '
Left to right .. James Butch Rosser, MD, Henrie Treadwell,PhD,
Sandra Moore, MD, Melanie Tervalon, MD, Mrs. Mary Currie,
Delores Bolden Stamps, PhD and Joseph Webster, MD.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation dimensional issues that contribute
recently awarded a $300,000 grant to obesity among children, and
to the Morehouse School of African Americans in particular,
Medicine for its "commitment to through the creation of the
increasing awareness and heighten- Commission on Childhood Obesity
ing understanding about the multi- Prevention (CCOP)," said Barbara
White House Releases
Continued from front
formulated into a bill to be
approved by Congress:
Spur Job Creation: "In addition,
to help those most affected by the
recession, the Budget will extend
emergency assistance to seniors and
families with children,
Unemployment Insurance benefits,
COBRA tax credits, and relief to
states and localities to prevent lay-
Reforming the Job Training
System: "The Budget calls for
reform of the Workforce Investment
Act (WIA), which supports almost
3,000 One-Stop Career Centers
nationwide and a range of other
services. With $6 billion for WIA at
DOL-and an additional $4 billion
in the Department of Education-
the Budget calls for reforms to
Enforcement: "To strengthen civil
rights enforcement against racial,
ethnic, sexual orientation, reli-
gious, and gender discrimination,
the Budget includes an 11 percent
increase in funding to the
Department of Justice's Civil
Rights Division. This investment
will help the Division handle imple-
mentation of a historic new hate
crimes law. The Budget also pro-
vides an $18 million or 5 percent
increase for the Equal Opportunity
Employment Commission (EEOC),
which is responsible for enforcing
federal laws that make it illegal to
discriminate against a job applicant
or an employee. This increased
investment will allow for more staff
to reduce the backlog of private sec-
Support Historically Black
A year of stimulus
Colleges and Universities: "The
Budget proposes $642 million, an
increase of $30 million over the
2010 level, to support Minority
Serving Institutions (MSIs), includ-
ing Historically Black Colleges and
Universities. In addition to this dis-
cretionary funding increase for
MSIs, the Administration supports
legislation passed by the House of
Representatives and pending in the
Senate that would provide $2.55
billion in mandatory funding to
MSIs over 10 years."
Help Families Struggling with
Child Care Costs: "The Budget will
nearly double the Child and
Dependent Care Tax Credit for mid-
dle-class families making under
$85,000 a year by increasing their
credit rate from 20 percent to 35
percent of child care expenses.
Nearly all eligible families making
under $115,000 a year would see a
larger credit. The Budget also pro-
Sabol, program officer for the W.K.
Organized by the Southern Area
of The Links, Incorporated, the
CCOP is a formal panel based at
Morehouse and comprised of many
of the nation's health experts who
meet to determine long-term solu-
tions for addressing childhood obe-
Of all demographic groups clas-
sified by race, studies show that
African-American youth are most
at-risk for childhood obesity and its
associated physical, mental, emo-
tional, and social developmental
issues. The southeastern region of
the United States is referred to as
the "big belt" because of the high
incidences of obesity among chil-
dren and adults. The states with the
highest obesity rates (33.75% and
higher) are AL, LA, MS, NC, SC.
Georgia and Florida have child-
hood obesity rates of 29.5% to
vides critical support for young
children and their families by build-
ing on historic increases provided
in ARRA. The Budget provides an
additional $989 million for Head
Start and Early Head Start to con-
tinue to serve 64,000 additional
children and families funded in
Reform Elementary and
Secondary School Funding: "The
Budget supports the
Administration's new vision for the
Elementary and Secondary
Education Act (ESEA) ... The
Budget provides a $3 billion
increase in funding for K-12 educa-
tion programs authorized in the
ESEA, including $900 million for
School Turnaround Grants, and the
Administration will request up to
$1 billion in additional funding if
Congress successfully completes
Increase Pell Grants: "The
Recovery Act and 2009 appropria-
tions bill increased the maximum
Pell Grant by more than $600 for a
total award of $5,350. The Budget
proposes to make that increase per-
manent and put them on a path to
grow faster than inflation every
year, increasing the maximum grant
by $1,000, expanding eligibility,
and nearly doubling the total
amount of Pell grants since the
President took office."
Help Relieve Student Loan
Debt: "To help graduates overbur-
dened with student
loan debt, the Administration will
strengthen income-based repay-
ment plans for student loans by
reducing monthly payments and
shortening the repayment period so
that overburdened borrowers will
pay only 10 percent of their dis-
cretionary income in loan repay-
ments and can have their remaining
debt forgiven after 20 years. Those
in public service careers will have
their debt forgiven after 10 years.
The Budget also expands low-cost
Perkins student loans."
Prevent Hunger and Improve
Nutrition: "The President's Budget
provides $8.1 billion for discre-
tionary nutrition program supports,
which is a $400 million increase
over the 2010 enacted level.
Funding supports 10 million partic-
ipants in the WIC program, which
is critical to the health of pregnant
women, new mothers, and their
infants. The Budget also supports a
strong Child Nutrition and WIC
reauthorization package that will
ensure that school children have
access to healthy meals and to help
fulfill the President's pledge to end
childhood hunger. The President
continues to support the nutrition
provisions incorporated in the
American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
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These disparities run across
almost every government agency
that received money under the
Recovery Act. Of the 630 grants
given to arts organizations by the
National Endowment for the Arts,
for example, only 12 (less than 2
percent) went to Latino organiza-
In Minnesota, the apportionment
of stimulus dollars has been so
unfair that community leaders have
begun circulating a petition formal-
ly requesting that their state imme-
diately terminate all federally fund-
ed transportation contracts.
Nine projects with estimated
costs at over $91 million are locat-
ed in the Twin Cities' outer subur-
ban ring, while Minnesota's 5th
Congressional District, which has
highest proportion of Blacks and
other people of color, received the
lowest amount of transit work dol-
lars ($3.8 million) among the state's
eight U.S. districts.
There is some reason to hope,
Almost a year to the day
President Barack Obama signed the
stimulus into law, his administra-
tion finally pulled stimulus funds
from an agency for failing to com-
ply with federal civil rights laws.
The case involves BART, Northern
California's commuter rail, which
sought to use $70 million from the
stimulus to build a spur to the
Oakland Airport that would travel
through -- but not stop in -- impov-
erished East Oakland.
In a February 12 letter to local
officials, FTA administration Peter
Rogoff said BART's plan failed to
comply with Title VI of the 1964
Civil Rights Act, which prohibits
agencies that receive federal funds
from using discriminatory prac-
Community leaders cheered the
decision. The Rev. Scott Denman,
the Rector of Oakland's St. John's
Episcopal Church noted that with-
out the president's intervention
scarce transportation dollars would
have been "taken away from those
who have trouble affording bus
tickets and given to those who have
no trouble affording airline tickets."
The money now appears destined
for local bus and streetcar service
where massive service cuts and fair
hikes had been proposed.
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Oz with "Dorothy", the "Tin Man" and a "munchkin". During the intermission of the play's Family Fun Night,
characters from the famous tale met and greeted attendees. There were also word games, costume opportunities
and various photo opportunities. It was held at the Times Union Center of the Arts.
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February 25 March 3, 2010'
February Perfect Time to Reflect
that Anyone Can Do Anything
by B.B. Robinson, Ph.D.
Black History Month is an ideal time to measure progress. This year is
especially appropriate as we embark on a new decade.
Some indicators of progress are how blacks are catching up with their
white counterparts with regard to income, education and political participa-
tion. In the latter two categories, reports say blacks made marginal progress.
But we have not yet really progressed on equalizing incomes.
Some might argue this income disparity is of overwhelming importance
and must be rectified immediately. They may contend it directly affects edu-
cation and other opportunities.
Our nation's unfortunate history of discrimination has residual effects that
remain today. There are also post-civil rights era problems related to entitle-
ments that breed a reliance on government. We can acknowledge these prob-
lems, but we must not dwell on them.
To keep from spending the next 90 years debating reasons for this income
disparity, let's focus on what can be done to increase black earnings.
Solutions include encouraging more blacks to train in the financial, mathe-
matical and scientific fields. Entrepreneurship is also ideal starting one's
own business to actually become the employer.
Classroom education alone is not sufficient to boost income levels. There
are too many blacks with doctoral degrees who lack jobs or have jobs that
earn less than one might expect. Put simply, their degrees are not in grow-
ing or lucrative fields.
Rather than focusing on great black scholars or heroes this Black History
Month, why not focus more on black Americans who achieved financial suc-
cess and how they did it? Think about BET founder Robert Johnson or the
late venture capitalist Reginald Lewis.
Americans earning the most money do not necessarily have a multitude
of advanced diplomas adorning their walls. Instead, they are thinkers who
bring about new wealth-generating ideas. They are go-getters with the drive
and ambition who are willing to take Again, it's not always educa-
the risks to get ahead. Again, it's not always educa-
This is not to say the most success- tion as much as it is training.
ful people aren't educated. They can Put a young mind that is will-
have such degrees, but their smarts ing to learn in the proper
aren't always obtained in school. position, and that young
Think about how many university
professors are very wealthy. Not mind will master the job.
many. What professors can do suc- We can't be fooled that one
cessfully is impart wisdom upon oth- must first obtain a advanced
ers. They can school someone about degree to be a success.
becoming a doctor or a lawyer or to
understand the world of business. But what then?
It all comes down to how someone applies his talents. Anyone can do vir-
tually anything when given the proper training.
Oprah Winfrey, for example, was a television reporter who used her ambi-
tion and talents to become a media mogul. She did not enter her profession
with a Harvard MBA.
Black Americans must understand that anyone can do almost anything -
from plumbing to nuclear physics. There's little holding most Americans
back if they are given the proper training and have the ambition to succeed.
Again, it's not always education as much as it is training. Put a young
mind that is willing to learn in the proper position, and that young mind will
master the job. We can't be fooled that one must first obtain a advanced
degree to be a success.
Those who know will tell you that, the first day on the job, even the
newly-minted Ph.D. may be told by an experienced supervisor to "forget
everything that you learned at the university."
Black History Month should help to identify wealthy and successful black
Americans. People should learn how they became wealthy and commit
themselves to replicating that model.
If we use self-study, mentoring and commit ourselves by supporting each
other (especially black businesses), then we can certainly produce consider-
ably more wealthy black Americans. In turn, those wealthy blacks can help
other blacks become wealthy because "anyone can do anything.
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St. Thomas Lent Worship Service
The St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church will continue their Lent
Worship Service each Wednesday night through March 31st. The service
will begin at 7:00p.m. nightly. The public is invited to attend. The Church
is located at 5863 Moncrief Rd. Pastor Ernie L. Murray Sr. Pastor. For more
information call the church at (904) 768-8800.
Woodlawn Continues Anniversary
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church will continue their final weekend of
anniversary celebrations with the Anniversary Luncheon which will be held
at the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel on February 27th at 11:30 a.m., The cel-
ebration will conclude on Sunday, February 28th at 11:00 a.m. with the spe-
cial Anniversary Worship featuring guest Minister Rev Ralph Akers of
For more information contact Lee M. Iles at 768-7446.
One Accord Ministries Birthday Bash
Celebration for Bishop Goodman
One Accord Ministries will be having a birthday bash celebration honor-
ing Bishop Jan D. Goodman's 31 years of Ministry and 16 years of
Pastoring. Festivities will begin on Wednesday, March 3rd Friday, March
5th at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
One Accord Ministries International is located at 2971 Waller Street,
32254 on the Westside. There will be a formal banquet on Saturday, March
6th 6:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk. For more informa-
tion, e-mail CohenA@dor.state.fl.us.
Greater Grant Memorial AME to
Celebrate Family and Friends Day
Pastor Tony DeMarco Hansberry and the Church Family of Greater Grant
Memorial AME Church, 5533 Gilchrist Road, invite you, your family and
friends to celebrate "Family and Friends Day" on Sunday, February 28th.
Church School begins at 8:30 a.m. The Lesson is taken from Matthew 26:6-
13, and is entitled "Extravagant Love." Reverend Patricia McGeathy,
Assistant Pastor of St. Stephens AME Church; will deliver the message at
the 10 a.m. Service. The Mass Choir, under the direction of Brother Tony
Bellamy, will inspire all to influence the world for the cause of Christ.
The Chair Family for this event are twin sisters, Vera Chispin Floyd and
Verdie Chispin Bradley. Their parents were pioneers in the history of
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Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
Knights of Peter Claver to Host
District Junior Conference
The Knights of Peter Claver Inc. will host its 2010 Gulf Coast District
Junior Conference at the Jacksonville Marriott, Southpoint, March 5-7,
2010. The conference will bring Catholic youth from across the
Southeastern U. S. to Florida's First Coast. The 2-day conference is geared
towards spiritual enrichment for Catholic youth, ages 7-17. It will include
educational events such as a spelling bee and science fair. There will also
be workshops including a childhood obesity presentation.
The opening ceremony will be 7p.m., Friday, March 5th with local and
national officers in attendance. Bishop Victor Galeone will be the principal
celebrant of the Conference Mass at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 6th in the
main ballroom at the Marriott.
The Knights of Peter Claver, is named after St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit
priest from Spain who ministered to African slaves in Cartegena, Colombia
in the 1600s. The faith-based fraternal order was founded in 1909, in
Mobile, Alabama for Black men who were barred from other organizations
in the Catholic Church. The Knights of Peter Claver is a faith-based frater-
nal order with units in over 400 Catholic parishes around the world.
New Hope to hold Annual
Men's Day Celebration
New Hope AME church, 17th & Davis Street, Reverend Mary Francis
Davis, Pastor; will hold their Annual Men's Day Celebration at 10 am.,
Sunday, February 28th. Minister Ricky Lewis of the New Life Evangelism
Center, will be the guest speaker. The Musical Program featuring well
known gospel singers, will be at 4 p.m. The community is invited.
Summerville Missionary Baptist
Church Black History Program
A Black History Service reminiscing on the struggles and sacrifices by
African Americans who changed the world will be presented at 5 p.m.,
Sunday, February 28th at the Summerville Missionary Baptist Church,690
W. 20th Street. Dr. James W. Henry, Pastor, and the Summerville
Congregation invite everyone to attend.
Women's Worship Word & Praise Service
On March 21 at 6 P.m. The CFIGC Refreshing Women of Jacksonville
Will be presenting a "Powerful Worship, Praise and Word Service" with
women from around the city in charge. Included in the event will be Rev.
Mattie W. Freeman, Sister Ema Sims, Dr. Beverly Weed, Sis Pat Gadson
and many more. The public is welcome to come out and help lift the name
of Jesus. It will be held at the New Friend Missionary Baptist Church, 1996
Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, Fl. 32233. Rev. Marvin Nash, Pastor.
Book Look: 'The Gospel Remix:
Reaching the Hip-Hop Generation'
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ing, and the
lingo Lingo An animation script-
Now, hip-hop has progressively
reached another movement-the hip-
hop gospel movement.
Several well-known religious
leaders and scholars chronicle the
combination of gospel and hip-hop
in The Gospel Remix, which is con-
sidered a moving yet sophisticated
approach to reaching the hip-hop
generation through evangelism
The book provides introspective
and diversified accounts of success-
ful tools used by religious scholars
and prominent black Evangelical
pastors who have welcomed hip-
hop into their congregations.
In the Introduction, Evangelist
and scholar Ralph C. Watkins, also
the author of I Ain't Afraid to Speak
My Mind (Unity Council, 2003),
asks pivotal questions that have
weighed heavily on the minds of
several leaders all over the world:
"How do I become an involved par-
ticipant observer in the hip-hop
community? How do I take part in
hip-hop? How do I get in, to sit in to
To gain some understanding of
the culture, Watkins says, "I had to
live these two passages, 1
Corinthians 9:19-23 and Matthew
9:9-13. I had to become hip-hop by
embracing one of the pillars of the
culture. The vehicle to reach people
was through the music, so I had to
become a DJ. The first problem was
that I was not a DJ."
Watkins along with Pastors Jason
A Barr, Jamal-Harrison Bryant,
William Curtis and Otis Moss
chronicle their personal experiences
with the hip-hop generation, while
engaging in a somewhat provoca-
tive dialogue on "how to get in, to
sit in" and be involved in the hip-
The Gospel Remix is a slim book,
just under 150 pages. Yet it is an
insightful read that will open doors
for more conversation on hip-hop
and interfaith dialogue.
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.
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
Pastor Ernie Murray
Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
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Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethel Baptist Insittitutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 am. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Simday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share In Holy Communion on st Sunday at 450 P.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
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The U.S. Office of Refugee
Resettlement, which has 700
refugee children in foster care, has
asked various states in the United
States to prepare to foster more
international refugee children from
various countries, whose parents
either have disappeared or been
killed by war or natural disaster.
This means that states will be
asked to open up their homes for
foster care and ask existing foster
care families to take in refugee chil-
dren during this recession.
The U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services says 14 states
and the District of Columbia partic-
ipate in the federal Unaccompanied
Refugee Minor Program-Arizona,
California, Colorado, Florida,
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Mississippi, New York, North
Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah,
Virginia, and Washington.
The Obama administration
recently said it will allow orphaned
Haitian children to enter the U.S.
temporarily on an individual basis.
The Heartland Alliance in Illinois
helps unaccompanied undocument-
ed children by providing housing
and legal representation.
The U.S. program, developed in
the early 1980s to help thousands of
parentless children in Southeast
Asia, has aided more than 13,000
refugee children fleeing war,
famine and economic turmoil. It
remains the most consistent source
for refugee children in the United
States, with the assistance of the
Mrs. Laura Bridgewater
Laura Vertell Bridgewater, 72,
Jacksonville, Florida passed aw
set for Mrs. Laura Vertell Bridgewater
on Monday February 22, 2010. ing provided many meaningful (Felicia), Pamela Bridgewater
She was predeceased by her par- experiences for her students. In Toure (Kweku). She is also sur-
ents, William and Laura Clifton; addition to teaching, Laura was vived by three siblings: Elizabeth
siblings Mamie Lebby, Carol Ball, very active in her community Davis, Henry Clifton and Eartha
Willie Clifton Jr., Hattie Jones, planning Christian Leadership Larry; seven grandchildren Bryce,
Ruth Johnson, Timothy Clifton, seminars for young women, Keely, Jerome, Madeline, Sara,
Frank Clifton, Lessie Clifton and forums on violence in the black Shaina, Tommy Jr., and Christian.
Bessie Clifton. She is also prede- community and a community She also leaves behind many dear
ceased by one son, Kenneth Fudge. clean-up event with over 200 par- nieces, nephews, relatives and
Laura was born in Denmark, ticipants. Laura took special pleas- friends.
South Carolina and moved to ure in traveling and football games. Friends and family are invited to
Jacksonville, FL to begin her first She and Richard were often on the a wake and viewing on Thursday
career as a hair stylist on Tyler road their RV clubs or tailgating at February 25th from 5-7 p.m at
Street. After earning post-second- Jacksonville Jaguar football games Peace Missionary Baptist Church
ary and graduate degrees in educa- where they have been season ticket 759 Rowe Avenue Jacksonville, FL
tion from University of North holders since the inaugural season. 32208. Funeral service will be held
Florida, Laura began her long and Laura is survived by her devoted on February 27, 2010, at 10:00
- rewarding career as an educator in and loving husband of 45 years, a.m.at Peace M.B.C. Interment will
the Duval Public School System. Richard Bridgewater and their be at the Jacksonville National
of Teaching was her passion and her three children: James Ruth Cemetery.
ay stem but loving approach to teach- (Michelline), Tommy Bridgewater
Jayson Williams sentenced to
5 years in fatal NJ shooting
NBA star Jayson
Williams was sen-
tenced to five years
in prison this week
for fatally shooting
Williams a hired limo driver
in 2002, ending an eight-year legal
odyssey by tearfully apologizing to
the victim's family. He will be eligi-
ble for parole in 18 months.
Williams, avoiding a retrial on a
reckless manslaughter count that
deadlocked the jury at his 2004
trial, pleaded guilty last month to
aggravated assault in the death of
Costas Christofi on Feb. 14, 2002.
At the same 2004 trial, he was
acquitted of aggravated manslaugh-
ter but convicted on four counts of
covering up the shooting.
The sentences on the assault and
cover-up counts will run concur-
rently. In his plea, he could be
released as early as summer 2011.
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Zeta Tau Alpha
White sorority walks away with
Sprite's 100K top stepping prize
Stepping, which is deeply rooted in the tradition of historically Black
Fraternities, has moved into the mainstream. At the Sprite Step Off, a tra-
ditionally white sorority with all white members, Zeta Tau Alpha of
Arkansas won the $100,000 prize.
This can be considered of another example of how Black culture becomes
mainstream and becomes appropriated by Caucasian people and becomes
a greater part of American culture as a whole.
Participants in the audience readily admitted the girls definitely were
deserving of the top spot which was unprecedented in the stepping arena.
Charles E. Simmons, III, M.D.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
AA Chamber Breakfast
The First Coast African American
Chamber of Commerce will host
their 12th Annual Heritage
Celebration Breakfast, a celebration
of the rich cultural and business
heritage of the region on Thursday,
February 25th at 7:30 a.m. The
theme will be "Building a commu-
nity of practice...where business
opportunities begin". Scheduled
speakers are David Williams and
Dr. Carlton Robinson. The
Breakfast will be held at the Hyatt
Hotel. For more information call
There will be a Community
Debate Banquet sponsored by
Blacksonville.com on Thursday,
February 25th at the Impact
Center, 7422 Atlantic Blvd. The
banquet will consist of a town hall
debate around new solutions to
increase academic achievement in
Duval County Public Schools
between community leaders and a
few of the Duval Urban Debate
League's (DUDL) debaters. On the
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the pros and cons of social services
on education, community, and the
economy. Doors open at 6 p.m. For
more information call 647-6243.
For 84 years, The Harlem
Globetrotters have thrilled audi-
ences around the world. Today, a
new generation of stars carries on
this storied tradition. They will be
in performance on Friday,
February 26th at the Veteran's
Memorial Arena. Showtime is at 7
p.m. For tickets call 353-3309.
1st Annual EWC
Setting of the Stones
The 1st Annual Setting of the
Stones event will honor those who
keep the vision of Edward Waters
College alive. Keynote speaker will
be Ashira Kwesi and will include
performances nu the EWC Choir
and the reggae band Spirit
Government. It will be held on
Friday, February 26th, 2010 in the
EWC Community Sports and
Music Center at 6 p.m. It is free and
open to the public.
Day at MOSH
Come celebrate Black History
Month with MOSH's Black History
Celebration Day on Saturday,
February 27, 2010. The Museum
of Science and History's annual cel-
ebration will feature a variety of
hands-on activities, presentations
and live performances from 1-6
p.m.. For more information call
Black Modern Dance
Performance at UNF
The Mahogany Dance Theatre
and the FAMU Strikers will be in
performance of "By Any Means
Necessary" on Saturday, February
27th at the University of North
Florida's Lazzara Theater. Show
starts at 7 p.m. Call 305-610-7011
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 a
Colonial Spanish military drill. 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 information call 904-
The Genealogy Society will be
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hosting a full day of seminars .on
Saturday, February 27, 2010.
Presented topics include "The
Family History in Your Cell: Using
DNA for Genealogical Research",
"Where is the Book with My
Family In It", "Social Networking
for Genealogical Researchers" and
Beyond Database Programs:
Technology Tools to Help Manage
Your Research. It will be held at
Crown Point Baptist Church, 10153
Old St. Augustine Road. For addi-
tional information call 264-0743.
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater in
Thursday, March 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.
Art After Dark
This year's Art After Dark, an orig-
inal art exhibition and sale event
will be held on Friday, March 5
from 7- 11 p.m. at the Florida
Theatre. The anticipated art confab
will include a silent auction, heavy
appetizers and music. The Theatre
is located at 125 East Forsyth
Street. Call 355-2787 for more
Raines Class of 1981
The Raines Class of 1981 will hold
a 30 year class reunion planning
meeting on March 6, 2010 at the
Highlands Library starting at 3 p.m.
For more information, call Cecilia
Dorsey at 766-8784.
A Day of Gardening
The public is invited to participate
in 'A Day of Gardening' on
Saturday, March 6 from 9 to 2:30
p.m. at the Duval Extension Office
on 1010 N McDuff Avenue. Topics
include Florida-Friendly Yards, The
Frugal Farmer, Organic Vegetable
Gardening, Bee Basics, Attracting
Hummingbirds, Success with
Peppers, Lawn Weed Control,
Hydroponic Vegetable Gardening,
and more. For questions, please
call Becky at 387-8850.
Ritz Jazz Jamm
On Saturday, March 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. You are welcome 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 features a different jazz
artist. This month is the music of
Grover Washington. Call 632-5555
for more information.
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.
Ms Full Figured Queen
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Bern Nadette Stanis deals with "Situations"
It's hard to believe it's been 30
years since Bern Nadette Stanis last
suited up as Thelma on "Good
The actress, now 56, says she con-
tinues to act whenever parts come
along, but is also happy to indulge
in her other pastime, writing books.
Stanis is spending these days pro-
moting her second tome,
"Situations 101: Relationships, the
Good, the Bad and the Ugly."
"I did 101 different [relationship]
situations and my responses to each
and every one of them," she
explains, adding that the book is for
both male and female readers.
"I love being an author, I dance,
and you're gonna see, I am a
painter," she also admits. Stanis
Bern Nadette Stanis
says she regularly paints in oils, and
boasts that she's much better than
her fictional older brother, who
admits he can't paint a lick even
though his character JJ was a talent-
"I would say once a month, some
guy comes up and says, 'I'm a
painter, and I was inspired by your
work,'" laughs Walker. "As we all
know, Ernie Barnes did all of our
paintings and he was fabulous.
Unfortunately, Ernie's passed away,
but I can't even do stick figures."
Whether it's painting, writing,
dancing or acting, Stanis says her
main focus is to just go with the
flow. "I just keep doing things that I
feel to do," she says. "Things keep
evolving and I go with it."
For more information on Stanis'
book, visit her Web site:
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50 Cent to lose 65 lbs. for new film
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is expected to drop
about 65 pounds for his new role in "Things -
Fall Apart," a feature film which he is also for
Cheetah Vision Films says Variety.
The story follows a football running back who
suffers a personal tragedy in his final year of
college that makes him question his own mor- .
The five week shoot kicks off in May in
Michigan, reports Variety. Jackson and Brian
Miller co-wrote the script while Randall Emmett will also produce.
Mario Van Peebles will direct and co-stars in the film along with Lynn
Whitfield, comedian Mike P and Steve Eastin.
Chris Brown Impresses Judge at
S Status Hearing
Chris Brown and his lawyer appeared in a
Los Angeles courtroom last week for a sta-
tus hearing in his assault case.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia
Schnegg was presented proof that the singer
S. had performed 32 days of hard labor in
Virginia, and so far has attended 17 out of
Sthe required 52 domestic violence classes.
The judge also read a letter from the Chief
of Richmond, VA stating Brown is doing a good job.
Schnegg cleared the 20-year-old R&B star to travel out of the United
States in May and June for concerts. Brown was sentenced last year to
five years of probation and six months of community labor for the
February 2008 attack on Rihanna. His next hearing will be May 11.
Whoa T.O. !
One of the sexiest men in the NFL
seems to be crying out for more atten-
tion. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell
Owens already stripped down to his
birthday suit to launch his VH1 reality
show last year. Now, he seems to be get-
ting all gussied up for the fashion scene.
On Feb. 17, the Alabama born stud hit
the runway during New York's
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Looking
like a cross between Eddie Murphy as
James Brown (on vintage 'Saturday
Night Live') and Ben Stiller as
'Zoolander' the world's first white
male supermodel, Owens strutted his
stuff at the A*Muse Fashion Show at -...
Oprah Hosting Unique Pre-Oscar Awards Special
Oprah Winfrey will turn the tables and give the interview subjects a
chance to talk with each other before this years Oscars.
The special will feature Winfrey alongside previous Oscar winners like
Halle Berry, Penelope Cruz, Glenn Close, Ben Affieck, Matt Damon
and multiple Oscar winner Michael Douglas. There will also be Avatar
director James Cameron with three of the film's stars, Sam Worthington,
Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver.
'The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special' will air March 3 at 10 p.m. on ABC.
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SNAACP Appoints Youngest Chair Ever to Succeed Bond
Bringing home the gold US gold medalist Shani Davis cele-
brates on the podium during the medal ceremony of the men's 1000m
speedskating final of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver last week.
South African Flag Returing Home
I A South African flag that flew by helicop-
ter during Nelson Mandela's inauguration
has been bought by a philanthropist who
---, a : plans to return it to its homeland.
It was set to be sold by auction in London on March 24.But it said
Thursday that a deal had been reached with a U.K.-based South African
businessman who plans to hand the flag over to the South African gov-
ernment. It is signed by Mandela, his predecessor F.W. De Klerk and
Mandela's successor, Thabo Mbeki.
In keeping up with the ever
changing times and appeal to a
younger broader population, the
NAACP welcomed in a new era
recently with the appointment of its
youngest-ever board chairperson in
the civil rights organization's 101-
Health care executive Roslyn
Brock, 44, was elected by the 64-
person board of directors to succeed
Julian Bond, 70, who has been at
the helm for the past 12 years.
Brock has been vice chairman of
the NAACP since 2001 and a mem-
ber for more than 25 years.
She announced her candidacy last
August after Bond said he planned
The board has voted to entrust the
civil rights movement into the
hands of the next generation,"
Brock said during a press confer-
ence at the New York Hilton, short-
ly after the NAACP board met to
endorse her. "We find ourselves in a
period of political and social
change," Brock said. "The NAACP
must reexamine, reevaluate and
Brock is vice president of advo-
cacy and government relations at
Bon Secours Health Systems in
Members of the 500,000-strong
organization said they hoped her
appointment would bring new vital-
ity to the group, which has been
been accused of being old and out
of touch in recent years.
"This is a moment for the history
books," NAACP President Ben
Jealous said. "Roslyn Brock is
somebody who knows how to build
bridges. She is exactly who we need
Brock also is the first female to
head the board of directors in more
than a decade, and the fourth
woman to hold the position in its
She said she plans to focus on
pushing for policy changes to stamp
out inequality, build relationships
among the various NAACP branch-
es and hold people accountable.
the profile of
tion also will
be a priority.
Brock is a
and has an
health care as
her passion. Newly elected NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock
"The future is speaks during a news conference last weekend.
calling us, and the NAACP will answer," Brock.
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