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'Nightline: FaceofT' asks: Why Can't a
Successful Black Woman Find a Man?
The next "Nightline: Face-Off' asks: Why can't a successful black
woman find a man? Talk-show host Steve Harvey and Vicki Mabrey of
"Nightline" co-moderate a live debate at the Porter Sanford Performing
Arts Center in Decatur, Ga., April 9 at 7 p.m. and will air that evening.
In the United States, black college-educated women outnumber black
college-educated men 2 to 1. Considering all the factors that could lend
to this disproportion, it's not surprising people wonder why many suc-
cessful black women cannot find a man.
In this "Face-Off,"the seventh in the program's series, Sherri Shepherd,
Emmy award-winning co-host of ABC's "The View," and Jacque Reid,
star of VHI's "Let's Talk About Pep," will debate Hill Harper, "CSI" star
and author of "The Conversation," and Jimi Izrael, author of "The Denzel
Mugabe: No gay rights in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe's president says
Sgay rights will not be protected in a constitution being
drawn up under a power-sharing deal.
State radio on Friday quoted President Robert Mugabe
saying that Western rights groups have called for con-
stitutional reforms to include gay rights. He calls that
Same-sex acts are illegal in Zimbabwe. Mugabe once
described homosexuals as "lower than pigs and dogs."
Condemnation of gays is common in Africa. Ugandan lawmakers have
proposed imposing the death penalty on some gays. A gay couple is on
trial in Malawi, charged with unnatural acts and gross indecency.
In Africa, only South Africa has legalized same-sex marriage.
Laws barring felons said to disenfranchise
millions of African-Americans
The figures are shocking. Because 48 of the 50 states have some type
of law barring persons convicted of felonies from voting, an estimated
four million Americans who have completed their prison terms are
denied the right to vote.
Roughly a third of these disenfranchised Americans are Black.
Currently one of every eight Black men in America (13 percent) is legal-
ly barred from voting.
The above figures were revealed last week at a House Judiciary
Committee hearing which was considering the "Democracy Restoration
Act" a piece of legislation which would prevent states from taking away
the right to vote in federal elections from felons once they have com-
pleted their prison terms.
The Director of the NAACP's Washington Bureau Hilary Shelton told a
subcommittee the Act was "a question of rehabilitation, democracy and
Census Bureau director apologizes for
using the word "Negro" on CSPAN
A C-SPAN caller, upset with the Negro category on the census, elicit-
ed an apology from Census Bueau director Robert Groves on Friday
On a recent edition of C-SPAN's "Washington Journal," Census Bureau
Director Robert Groves apologized to a caller for the "negro" classifica-
tion on the 2010 census form.
"I am black. I did not appreciate the Black, the Afro-American and
Negro. That is back when I used to live in Nashville, Tennessee, when
people were called Negro. I do not like that, that is out of character, and
it really hurt my feelings ... that to me is racist," the caller said before
"First of all, let me apologize to you on behalf of all my colleagues,"
He explained why the Census Bureau chose to keep the word "Negro"
on the forms: "The intent of every word on the race and ethnicity ques-
tions is to be as inclusive as possible so that all of us could see a word
here that rings a bell for us ... it was not to be offensive and again I apol-
ogize on that. My speculation is that in 2020 that word will disappear and
there are gonna be other words that are gonna change."
Black mothers less likely to breastfeed
Breast-feeding rates in the United States have been on the rise for the
last two decades. Yet, in all but two states, new figures show, black
women continue to be less likely than whites and Hispanics to choose
this option, despite the health benefits.
A state-by-state analysis released last week by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention indicates that 54 percent of African-American
women attempt to breast-feed their babies, compared to 80 percent of
Hispanics and 74 percent of whites
Researchers noted that while the gap between blacks and whites in ini-
tiating breast-feeding is smaller than in 1990, there's been no improve-
ment in prevalence of breast-feeding to six months.
Factors that can contribute to lower rates include the mother being
younger, unmarried or less educated and participating in the federal
Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program. But even
among college-educated women, a racial disparity still exists.
Overall, 73 percent of American women try breast-feeding, though less
than half are still doing it after six months, as recommended by the
American Academy of Pediatrics.
Volume 23 No. 26 Jacksonville, Florida April 1-7, 2010
Vicious Cycle: Black and Jobless in America
African American unemployment
is at 16.5 percent unemployed -
almost twice the rate of unemploy-
ment for whites.
The median household income for
blacks stands at $34,218; for
whites, it's $55,530. Less than half
of blacks own a home compared to
three quarters of white families.
Blacks are more than three times as
likely to live in poverty.
In addition, black-owned business-
es represent a paltry 5 percent of
privately owned companies, and the
study says more are needed to help
spur job growth in minority com-
All of these statistics were
revealed in the recently released
State of Black America by the
National Urban League.
The report presents other sobering
statistics on the nation's racial
divide on economics, education,
health, civic engagement and social
The Obama administration, the
study suggests, has taken measures
to improve the gap between whites
and blacks, although it says more is
needed. The report says legislation -
Continued on page 3
Meek seals the deal with petition victory in Jacksonville
Shown above local politicos (L-R) Mayoral hopeful Warren Lee, Cong. Kendrick Meek, Sen. Tony Hill
and Alvin Brown joining Meek during his campaign stop in Jacksonville. FMP Photo
U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick
Meek celebrated the completion of
his campaign's history making drive
to qualify for the ballot by petition
with supporters in Jacksonville this
week. Before arriving in the city,
Meek signed the final petition of
the drive submitting well over the
112,476 petitions needed to qualify
for the ballot.
The submission makes Meek the
first statewide candidate in Florida
history to qualify for the ballot by
petition with his 145,000+ signa-
tures. The celebration was held at
the IBEW Local Union 177.
While major party candidates in
Florida have always paid the flat
$10,000 fee to join the primary bal-
lot, Rep. Meek claims to have spent
far more in an effort to expand his
support base by using the unprece-
dented signature campaign. This
allowed a first listen to the unmet
needs of Florida's Republican and
undecided voters, Meek hopes to
significantly challenge his two like-
ly Republican opponents Gov.
Charlie Crist and former State
Speaker of the House Marco Rubio.
Rep. Meek must gain statewide
support as a Democrat while distin-
guishing himself from both Gov.
Crist and State Rep. Rubio, who
have already positioned themselves
as the elder statesman and reformist
challenger as of the last heated
debate. Meek hopes to increase
widespread awareness of his candi-
dacy and Congressional track
record, while focusing on the issues
that have ravaged Florida like on
economic hurricane, such as unem-
ployment and home foreclosures.
Polls are showing that voters are
more aware of Rep. Meek as a
Senate candidate than last year, but
he still lags behind his better-fund-
ed, Republican opponents.
Although he is a leading member
of the Congressional Black Caucus,
and represents Florida's predomi-
nantly black and Latino 17th dis-
trict, Rep. Meek may face tough
competition in the black communi-
ty. Gov. Crist is generally well-
regarded for his stance on civil
rights issues and bipartisan cooper-
ation with the Obama
Administration, and has even been
colloquially referred to as 'Florida's
first black governor'.
Supervisor of Election Jerry
Holland launched his bid to register
6,000 eligible students this week
during the annual 2010 Countywide
Student Voter Registration Drive.
This year's three day drive included
over 60 public and private high
schools, colleges and universities.
The State of Florida has modified
the voter registration law which
allows 16 year olds who have a
valid Florida Driver License or I.D.
card to pre-register. "It is important
for students to engage in the elec-
toral process and registering to vote
is the first step," stated Supervisor
Holland. Students are able to regis-
ter to vote in their social studies
classes, during lunch, and in-
between class periods.
While visiting northside institu-
tions, 225and 200 students respec-
tively were registered at Raines and
Ribault High Schools.
C. Mendez, William Sands andAnthanase J. Jones, Jr.
Knights of Peter Claver
celebrate Mardis Gras
The Knights of Peter Claver held their first annual Mardi Gras affair at
the River City Brewing with over 50 people in attendance. Guests dined
on themed New Orleans style gumbo, chicken and salad while line danc-
ing and celebrating the festivities with the Grand Marshall of Ceremonies
Williams Sands. Guests wored the requested masked attire and enjoyed the
sounds of DJ Shine exposing many first hand attendees to the popular
New Orleans tradition.
Supervisor of Elections rallys
students to register to vote
Santasia Kohn, SeaSia Grant, and Tierra Jenkins from Raines High
School listen as Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland explains the
April 1 7, 2010
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Federal Financial aid available *.1
for special needs children
By Jason Alderman
Raising a family is challenging,
even under the best circumstances.
For those with special needs chil-
dren, however, the emotional and
financial stakes are raised dramat-
ically. Medical bills and specialized
care often far outweigh normal
Fortunately, many government
programs and community resources
are available to help relieve the
financial burden of parenting spe-
cial needs children. But eligibility
criteria can be complicated and the
application process time-consum-
ing. Here are a few helpful
Through the Social Security
Administration, the government
provides two types of disability
coverage: Supplemental Security
Income (SSI) and Social Security
Disability Income (SSDI). Rules
and eligibility requirements differ
between the two programs and
benefits differ for children and
In a nutshell, SSI is a needs-
based, cash-assistance program
(like welfare) for disabled people of
any age in low-income families
with limited resources. Children
under 18 (under 22 if attending
school) qualify for SSI benefits if
their disability meets these criteria:
Physical or mental conditions so
severe they result in marked and
severe functional limitations; and
Can be expected to result in
Has lasted or can be expected to
last for at least 12 continuous
Under age 18, income and
resources for both the child and
other family members living in the
household are considered when
determining SSI eligibility; howev-
er, after age 18 only the child's
resources are considered. Also after
age 18, the adult definition of dis-
ability applies: It must result in the
inability to do any substantial gain-
ful activity, such as work for pay.
SSI payment amounts vary by
state, since some states supplement
federal payments. And, in most
states, children receiving SSI also
qualify for Medicaid to help pay
SSDI is a separate program fund-
ed by payroll deductions (FICA).
Although children sometimes
receive SSDI payments if their par-
ents are disabled, eligibility is
based on their parents' disability
status, not their own. However,
after turning 22, children who were
already disabled may qualify for
SSDI on their own if at least one
Is already receiving Social
Security retirement or disability
Died and worked long enough to
qualify for Social Security (i.e.,
paid into the system during working
years usually at least 10 years).
Eligibility rules and definitions
for SSI and SSDI are very complex.
Call Social Security directly at 1-
800-772-1213, or visit their website
at www.socialsecurity.gov and
search under the Disability tab. One
particularly helpful resource is
Got Debt? How to stop
calls from bill collectors
"Benefits for Children with
Disabilities," Publication No. 05-
10026. To learn more about
Fortunately, most diseases and
genetic disorders have robust sup-
port groups and research organiza-
tions that can help. A good place to
start your search is the Alliance of
Genetic Support Groups at
One last consideration: When
planning for their disabled child's
long-term financial security, many
people leave money directly to their
child or name him or her a benefici-
ary. This sometimes backfires,
since it may disqualify the child
from receiving future government
benefits and services, which often
impose strict personal asset limits.
Always consult an attorney or
estate-planning professional to
ensure that you have set up the
proper legal documents to protect
your child's financial future.
Tips on Tipping
How much should I tip?
15% was the old gold standard at
a restaurant, but a person of
knowledge and culture gives
If you used a coupon or dis-
count, calculate the tip on how
much you would've paid without
it. If there's a tax on your bill,
you should technically calculate
the tip based on the pretax
amount but since the difference
between a tip on the total (includ-
ing tax) or the pretax amount is
insignificant, this is not a recom-
mended squabbling point!
Attendees from last year's Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Conference, hosted by the Small Business
Development Center at the University of North Florida, play "Hot Company," a board game that intro-
duces girls to the advantages and challenges of owning one's own business.
UNF Hosts free Going Places Entrepreneur
Conference for Jacksonville's teen girls
The Small Business
Development Center (SBDC) at the
University of North Florida is host-
ing the 5th annual Girls Going
Conference from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
on Thursday, April 15, at the
University Center on campus for
girls ages 15 to 18 who are enrolled
in high school.
"We are proud to present this
unique program to the students of
this community," said Janice
Donaldson, regional director of the
SBDC at UNF. "Through these con-
ferences, we are confident that the
young entrepreneurs of Florida will
develop the business savvy that will
set the stage for their future."
The free one-day conference is
designed to encourage financial lit-
eracy and help girls learn about
starting businesses and managing
personal finances through interac-
tive games and hands-on activities.
Breakfast, lunch and conference
materials will be provided.
An application and waiver are
required to be filled out and signed
by a parent or guardian. Only the
first 100 applications will be
accepted. Forms can be down-
loaded at www.sbdc.unf.edu. A
copy needs to be sent to the stu-
dent's guidance counselor and to
the SBDC at UNF by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (904)
More than 30 successful local
women business owners and pro-
fessionals will participate as confer-
ence mentors guide the girls
through various activities through-
out the day. Attendees will play
"Hot Company," a board game
that introduces girls to the advan-
tages and challenges of owning
one's own business. They will also
team up for a marketing exercise
called "Product-in-a-Box," where
they will have the opportunity to
design a product and present a mar-
For more information about the
conference, contact Marice Hague,
SBDC, at (904) 620-1071 or by e-
mail at email@example.com.
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On my free financial advice blog,
AskTheMoneyCoach.com, I get a
lot of questions about how to han-
dle debt collection agencies. But
what about you: Have you ever had
an irate bill collector call you and
demand payment on a debt?
If any debt collection firms are
harassing you by constantly call-
ing you all hours of the day or
night, contacting you on the job
when you say you can't get calls
there, or using profane and threat-
ening language -- such harassment
is illegal and you can make them
"Cease Contact" or "Cease
and Desist" Letter
Simply write a brief letter advis-
ing them to cease all contact with
you. The first sentence should say:
"I am unable to pay this bill,
because..." or "I refuse to pay this
debt, because..." and explain your
reason. You might be unable to pay
because you are unemployed, sick,
or going through a divorce. You
might refuse to pay a debt because
it's not your responsibility, you dis-
pute the amount being demanded,
or the statute of limitations has
expired on the debt (meaning the
debt is too old to be legally
You also have the option of not
providing a reason at all. If you pro-
vide no reason, the second sentence
of your letter should state: "I here-
by assert my right, under Section
805-C of the Fair Debt Collection
Practices Act, to request that you
cease any further communication
with me." (In the back of my book,
Zero Debt, you will find a sample
'Cease & Desist Letter.' This basic
language is all you need to commu-
nicate to debt collectors to get them
off your back).
After they receive your 'Cease &
Desist' letter, debt collection firms
can't contact you, except to indicate
that the collection process against
you has stopped, or that they plan to
take, or recommend that your origi-
nal creditor take, legal action
against you, such as taking you to
court. Even then, debt collectors
can't threaten legal action unless
they truly intend to take it. Either
way, the annoying phone calls and
those harassing letters will immedi-
"Usually (collectors) will say
they'll proceed with court action
and it's not true," says former col-
lection agent John Bowe. "They'll
say things like 'Your wages will be
garnished' even if it's not true,
because collectors will walk right
over a person who's ignorant of the
law. Knowing the Fair Debt
Collections Practices Act is the
debtor's best tool against collection
Using the U.S. Post Office
When you send your 'Cease &
Desist' letter, make absolutely sure
that you send it 'Certified Mail,
Return Receipt Requested.' I can't
stress enough the importance of
taking this step. "You definitely
want to send the letter certified
mail," cautions Bowe. "If it's not
sent certified, they'll probably say it
got lost in the mail and contact you
Your certified mail receipt from
the Post office will be your proof of
mailing. And having that return
receipt signed by an employee at
the collection agency will bolster
your claims if you get embroiled in
a legal dispute.
To get proof of delivery, you
must fill out Form 3811 (the return
receipt form) at the Post Office.
That will cost a couple bucks, but
don't fret over these charges. It's
money well spent -- especially if it
helps get those nasty debt collectors
off your back.
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Ferguson receives triple honor
at Florida Coastal School of Law
Educator is first to Reach Full Professor, Tenure, and Professor of the Year
Cleveland Ferguson III was pro-
moted to the rank of full professor
at Florida Coastal School of Law
this year. The Board of Directors
also conferred him with tenure.
This makes him the first African
American to receive both honors. In
addition, last week the students at
Florida Coastal awarded him with
the Florida Coastal School of Law
Faculty Vision Award, making him
the institution's first African
American Professor of the Year.
Professor Ferguson teaches in the
commercial law, constitutional law,
and international human rights law
areas. His textbook, A Practical
Approach to Florida Constitutional
Law (published by Carolina
Academic Press) will be published
later this year.
Ferguson is active in the commu-
nity. He is in this year's Leadership
Jacksonville class, serves on the
Mayor John Peyton confirmed
the City of Jacksonville's partner-
ship with the U.S. Census Bureau to
achieve a complete and accurate
count of the U.S. population in
2010. The partnership is part of a
effort by the Bureau to increase par-
ticipation in the Census.
"So much is tied in with the
information that is generated from
the Census," said Mayor Peyton.
Cleveland Ferguson, Esquire
Board of Directors of Florida Legal
Services, and chairs the regional
and state the U.S. Military Affairs
Service Academy Nominations
Board Air Force panels for U.S.
Senator Bill Nelson. He is also a
member of the Gamma Beta Boule
of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and
serves as the Chapter President of
the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter of
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Under his leadership, the Chapter
has adopted a school (William M.
Raines High School) adopted a road
(Moncrief Road) and will give
approximately $20,000 in scholar-
ships to high school seniors during
the organization's upcoming Public
Meeting. He also individually
serves as a mentor to several middle
and high school students.
Prior to joining the faculty at
Florida Coastal in 2003 he taught at
other laws schools and practiced
administrative, regulatory and com-
Jacksonville;s Florida Coastal
School of Law is fully accredited
by the American Bar Association.
For more information visit,
Singleton Seniors perform "Don't Let the Devil Ride" The Mary Singleton cen-
ter was the site of the play "Don't Let the Devil Ride." The play was written and produced by Ms. Tina Harris
and performed by local seniors. Tina has been writing and producing plays since 1965. Tina, elaborated, "the play
signifies how easy you can let the devil in your life, but with Jesus you give the devil the ride." The play was
quite colorful with a biblical message utilizing the stirring of cakes to signify the evils of the world, while sugar
was the sweetness of the Lord. After the play Ms. Harris was bombarded with calls to repeat the play at various
churches for fundraisers. Some of the actors participating shown above were: Patricia Richardson (Mother Celie),
Velma Hill (Paula), Emmitt Daniels (Deacon Whitehead) and Wililiam Cure (Minister). KFP Photo
Museum teaches treasures preserve black history
by D. Walker
ATLANTA Like so many black
Americans before him, Marvin
Greer figured slavery and migra-
tion had hopelessly scattered the
heirlooms of his family's past.
He's found some of them, but
he's not sure how to keep them.
The 23-year-old history buff
looked on anxiously recently as a
Smithsonian Institution worker
catalogued and inspected Greer's
trove of portraits and military dis-
charge papers, part of a museum-
led push to help families like his
save their history.
Years after author Alex Haley
started encouraging blacks to
research their roots, many are dig-
ging into attics and garages to find
more of their history in letters,
portraits, beloved dolls and other
And historians are trying to help:
Smithsonian officials hope the
Save Our African-American
Treasures series also will turn up
99-year-old Amelia Boynton-Robinson, center, watches a
Smithsonian Institution worker inspects her wooden, four-legged
sewing kit during the museum's Save our African American
Treasures event in Atlanta, GA. The kit was a gift from the wife of
Booker T. Washington, crafted by students around 1900.
items for a national museum of
black American culture, set to open
on the National Mall by 2015.
A stop in Atlanta was the sixth in
the cross-country, history-gather-
ing trek, which has included events
in Chicago, Los Angeles and parts
of South Carolina.
Continued on page 5
Census forms. Every year, the fed-
eral government distributes more
than $400 billion to state, local and
tribal governments based on census
data. Leaders use this data to guide
planning decisions on where to
build new roads, hospitals, child-
care and senior centers, schools and
more. Data also determines the
number of seats each state will have
in the U.S. House of
To assist in spreading informa-
tion regarding the 2010 Census, the
City of Jacksonville has created the
Census 2010 Complete Count
Committee, chaired by State Rep.
Mia Jones. The committee, consist-
ing of more than 40 community
representatives, will plan and
implement local, targeted efforts
that address Jacksonville's special
characteristics and publicize the
importance of returning Census
To assist in educating the com-
munity about the 2010 Census, the
committee has organized and/or
will be participating in Community
Census events. Upcoming events
"Census Day" Event -
Thursday, April 1 at Hemming
Plaza Downtown from 11 1 p.m.
March to the Mailbox -
Saturday, April 10 at various loca-
tions around the city.
Census forms were delivered or
mailed to households in March
2010. Households should complete
and mail back their forms upon
receipt. Census workers will visit
households that do not return forms
to take a count in person.
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"Locally, this information helps us
to plot the course for our communi-
ty by accounting for our city's
growth and positions us for federal
funding that impacts our residents.
We all have to do our part to make
sure that everyone is counted."
The partnership involves sharing
important information about the
census and encouraging people to
complete and mail back their 2010
Weekend mail delivery could disappear
Rain sleet or snow, the U.S. Postal Service delivers, but in the future,
maybe not on Saturdays.
Facing a 3 billion dollar shortfall last year alone, the U.S. Post Master
General says the cutback is a matter of survival.
"We have to make sure we have a viable post office in 2020 and yes
some adjustments will have to be made," said Post Master General Jack
Under the plan, that is now submitted to the Postal Regulatory
Commission, post offices would remain open Saturdays but there would be
no street delivery or collections.
The switch from six to five days of delivery would begin in the first half
Proponents say it would save more than three billion dollars in the first
year and more than five billion by 2020.
Jobless in America
Continued from front
needs to focus on minority job
training, tax incentives and exten-
sions for unemployment benefits.
Andrew Grant-Thomas, the
deputy director of the Kirwan
Institute for the Study of Race and
Ethnicity, says he believes the sta-
tistics for unemployed black
Americans is far greater than what's
being reported. The figures don't
include people not actively seeking
employment or people with higher
education degrees forced to take
jobs for which they're overquali-
"The disparities are definitely
huge and that number understates
the size of the disparity," he says.
"You want to take that number and
"This recession is even bigger
than Katrina hitting New Orleans,"
he adds. "Yes, everyone got hit, but
not everyone was hit equally as
hard -- and shouldn't we invest in
those hit the hardest?"
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is proud to present the annual
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Get out your afros and bell bottoms and get ready for one of the most antic-
ipated events of the year as the Bold City Chapter of Links, Inc. transforms
Jacksonville Municpal Stadium into the smooth grooving place to be of yes-
teryear. Tickets are $50 each and proceeds benefit the chapter's community
programs. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
8 p.m. at the Stadium
Contact any member of the Bold City Chapter of Links,
email BoldCityLinks@aol.com or call 634-1993.
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Kendrick Meek set to make history
I learned in January 2008 not to
discount some candidates. I was
the naysayer who said that although
Barack Obama won the Iowa
Caucus, it would be almost impos-
sible for him to win the next few
primaries because Hilary Clinton
had such a lead in the polls.
I guess I don't feel too bad
because I wasn't alone in my asser-
tions. I believed in Obama's ability,
but didn't trust the electorate to
look beyond race and pick a well-
qualified candidate with a great
vision for America who just hap-
pened to be black.
The electorate proved me wrong,
and like hundreds if not thousands
of African Americans, I underesti-
mated the power of change and
having the right candidate deliver
Here I am again two years later
and I certainly will not make the
same assessment. People have been
asking me if Congressman
Kendrick Meek, the likely
Democratic candidate for U.S.
Senate is real. Can he beat
Governor Charlie Crist the obvi-
ous favorite for the Republican pri-
Well, what a difference a few
months makes. Governor Crist has
his hands full with Marco Rubio,
former State Rep who has branded
himself as the true conservative.
Rubio has been able to hurt Crist
badly amongst the GOP base with
his conservative rhetoric.
Crist has been known for being
more of a moderate or populist. He
typically stays right in the middle
of the road, which has always
helped him appeal to independent
voters and some Democrats.
Well, Meek has sent a clear mes-
sage to Rubio, Crist and all
Floridians. His announcement this
week that he could be the first U.S.
Senate candidate in the state's his-
tory to ever qualify by petition is
His fundraising efforts have also
surprised many political insiders.
Much like the Obama Campaign,
Meek is using very organized
grassroots outreach via email, tra-
ditional canvassing and the
He's asking voters to give him
$20.10, which represents a win in
2010. Because most working class
families can't give the big cam-
paign checks many citizens assume
that politicians only want those big
contributions. Well, it doesn't take
a mathematician to know that a
bunch of $5, $10 and $20 contribu-
tions add up.
And if you can only give $5 now,
we will take another $5 from you
next month. I call it low pressure
fundraising. You are giving people
the option to be apart of your cam-
paign without causing them to
make a big financial sacrifice.
It's a very smart way to raise
funds, and not only did it work for
President Obama, but it is working
for Congressman Meek as well.
Not only are people asking me if
Meek can win in November, but
since he is a South Florida
Congressman many folks from
Northeast Florida do not know a lot
His path to the U.S. Senate cam-
paign is pretty interesting. He of
course is the mother of Carrie
Meek a former State Rep and U.S.
Congresswoman from South
Kendrick played football at
FAMU and after graduating went
into law enforcement as a state
trooper. But sometimes it's hard to
avoid the call of politics, and he
eventually resigned from his state
trooper post and ran for State
House of Representatives.
He served there from 1995 to
1998 and in the Florida Senate
from 1999 to 2002 before replacing
his mother in the U.S. Congress.
So Meek has quickly moved up the
political latter, and has built a very
strong reputation around the state
for his hard work.
Congressman Meek is married to
an attorney who is now an adminis-
trative law judge and has two chil-
If you consider the effort it takes
to qualify by petition you begin to
appreciate the accomplishment
even more. It takes an organized
effort and folks with a lot of pas-
sion to collect petitions especially
On Monday, Meek said, "Our
campaign is about putting people
ahead of the powerful, and we
stand today on a mountain of peti-
tions from Floridians who are say-
ing yes to progress and no to the
Meek was in Jacksonville on
Monday night, and also announced
that more than 10,000 of the
145,000 nominating petitions his
team collected came from Duval
Considering the fact that
Jacksonville hasn't been a
Democratic stronghold in a long
time, getting around 7 percent of
your petitions from here is a major
While it may take a week or
more for the Supervisor of
Elections offices around the state to
count and validate the petitions, it's
still a major win for Meek.
Florida law allows candidates for
office to qualify for the ballot in
one of two ways. Candidates can
pay a filling fee of approximately
$10,000 or collect 112,476 valid
petitions from registered Florida
voters, regardless of party affilia-
tion or non-affiliation.
Again, if he pulls it off, Meek
will be the first statewide candidate
to qualify for the ballot by petition
sending a clear message that he has
the organization and ability to win
So in case you thought that the
real race was on the Republican
side, and the general election was
simply a formality while Rubio
and Crist fight it out, Meek is con-
tinuing to build momentum.
Signing off from the IBEW
President Obama now looks and acts like FDR
Earl Ofari Hutchinson
The comparison of then
Democratic presidential candidate
Barack Obama to Franklin Delano
Roosevelt at the height of the pres-
idential campaign was hyped,
overblown and made mostly to sell
magazines, puff up TV pundit
sound bites, and by a few carried
away with themselves Democratic
party campaign boosters. Though
undoubtedly flattered by it, candi-
date Obama did not encourage the
comparison to FDR.
This writer as countless others
the first months after inauguration
did more than just hope that
President Obama would inch
toward looking and acting like
FDR. We relentlessly pushed, prod-
ded, and hectored him to lurch in
that direction. There were many
days of bitter frustration and disap-
pointment, punctuated by loud
grumbling of betrayal.
Obama as FDR knew that he was
in a take no prisoners war with his
political enemies-- the GOP, ultra
conservative Democrats, Wall
Street, the big bankers and big
manufacturers. But unlike FDR for
months he soft peddled, coddled,
and placated his opponents even as
they made absolutely no effort to
mask their loath of his policies and
presidency, and made it abundantly
clear they will stop at nothing to
hound him from office. FDR, by
contrast, hit back hard at his ene-
mies as obstructionists and eco-
nomic royalists. He never wavered
from his commitment that workers
and farmers, the "common man"
Now President Obama has done
the same. His in the trenches fight
back started when he admitted what
everyone knew and that's that mak-
ing nice with the GOP and making
futile appeals to them for bi-parti-
sanship sounds good in White
House interviews and speeches but
in the ruthless party eat party world
, it's a surefire prescription for an
ineffectual, moribund, and hapless
presidency, not to mention ridicule
as a president sans spine.
In quick succession he's rammed
through a drastically retooled con-
sumer friendly health care reform
law that looks nothing like the
pharmaceutical and private health
insurer goody laden bill of six
months ago and with the added
FDR touch of beating back the furi-
ous lobbying by banks and private
lenders to keep their profit first in
student lending, and making the
government the lender of first
resort for student loans. He added
millions to back it up, with a nod
toward expanding aid to strapped
historically black colleges.
A tweak of the financial reform
package that takes a strong first
step toward reining in the orgy of
Wall Street freeboot speculation,
trading, swaps, and scams of
investors, borrowers and the gov-
ernment that nearly wrecked the
economy. Though the much needed
independent consumer agency with
full power to oversee and regulate
lending practices in the financial
reform bill didn't happen. The new
agency will not be under the direct
grip of the Fed which would kill
any regulation that was perceived
as Wall Street and Big Bank
unfriendly. Obama has also
endorsed enactment of a modified
version of the Glass-Steagall act.
That's the tough FDR era bank reg-
The watered down and grossly
underfunded Senate jobs bill won't
do much to dent the near double
digit unemployment. But Obama
has strongly signaled that he'll
plough stimulus dollars directly
into government run job training
programs, job banks, and public
works projects. The other FDR
touch is to virtually order the banks
to lend more to distressed home-
owners cut borrowing rates, and
terms, and promise more aggres-
sive government intervention to aid
strapped endangered homeowners.
These are the programs that will do
much to help the working class,
and the minority poor. It makes the
screech that he push a black agenda
seem even more silly, ridiculous
Obama ignored the squeals of the
GOP obstructionists with appoint-
ments to judgeships. And a slew of
recess appointments of top flight
sensitive, moderate, first class
scholars and professionals to diplo-
matic, commerce, and labor regula-
tory board posts.
He drew the ire of Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by
holding firm on his demand to halt
renewed Israeli settler expansion in
East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
On a personal and humane note,
Obama magnificent gesture of
donating every penny of his 1.4
million dollar Nobel Peace Prize
award to solid charities and com-
munity help organizations and
causes. The Big Bank and Wall
Street greed merchants could learn
a lesson from this example: fat
chance of that.
FDR did not substitute rock star
photo op, stagey, high profile
media posturing for tough leader-
ship. When the GOP and the press
wrote the epitaph for him midway
through his second term in 1938 he
continued to swing away. FDR
took to the airwaves and hit the
road to blast the economic royalists
and the obstructionist judges and
those in congress to his reform pro-
In the final stages of the health-
care reform fight and its immediate
aftermath, Obama snatched a page
directly from FDR and mobilized
millions of Americans to fight for
real reform. As long as he contin-
ues to do that he'll continue to look
and act like FDR.
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Masquerade as Teabaggers
By George E. Curry, NNPA Columnist
Despite efforts to depict the so-called tea bag protesters as
part of an independent political movement, new polling data
reveal that approximately three-quarters of them are Republicans or lean
toward the GOP and 77 percent of them voted for John McCain in 2008.
Those are the findings of a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University.
"The Tea Party movement is mostly made up of people who consider
themselves Republicans," Pete A. Brown, assistant director of the universi-
ty's Polling Institute, said in a statement. "They are less educated but more
interested in politics than the average Joe and Jane Six-Pack and are not in
a traditional sense swing voters."
While only 33 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Sarah Palin,
72 percent of tea party members are impressed by McCain's former running
mate. Eighty-eight percent of those polled said if their congressional elec-
tion were held today, they'd vote for the Republican candidate. According to
the poll, 88 percent of the tea baggers are White.
Because GOP leaders and tea bag protesters are joined at the hip,
Republicans can't credibly distance themselves from what New York Times
columnist Frank Rich called a "tsunami of anger" and venom spewed by the
right-wingers. It was during a recent tea party-led protest on Capitol Hill that
African-American congressmen were called the n-word and one, Emanuel
Cleaver II of Kansas City, Mo., was spat on by a protester.
The Washington Times quoted Dale Robertson, founder of teaparty.org, as
saying Democrats were "trying to label the tea party, but I've never seen any
racial slurs." Evidently, Robertson can't read his own signs.
He was reportedly kicked out of a tea party event last year when he car-
ried a sign that read, "Congress = Slaveowner, Taxpayer + Niggar."
Clearly, he is proficient in neither reading nor spelling.
But characters such as Robertson have been emboldened by the rhetoric
and actions of GOP leaders whether inside or outside of Congress. As pro-
testers gathered at the foot of the Capitol, some Republican members of
Congress greeted them, holding a "Don't tread on me" banner. Rep. Steve
King, simulated slapping a photograph of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Inside, when disruptive protesters were ejected from Congress by Capitol
police, some Republican members of Congress applauded the visitors.
As Frank Rich pointed out, this is about more than health care reform.
"If Obama's first legislative priority had been immigration or financial
reform or climate change, we would have seen the same trajectory," Rich
explained. "The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the
House -- topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful
gay Congressional committee chairman would sow fears of disenfran-
chisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no
matter what policies were in play. It's not happenstance that [Barney] Frank,
[John] Lewis and [Emanuel] Cleaver none of them major Democratic
players in the health care push -- received a major share of last weekend's
abuse. When you hear demonstrators chant the slogan 'Take our country
back!,' these are the people they want to take the country back from."
This anger has been stoked by conservative radio talk show hosts.
Repeated lies by Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have caused a majority of
Republicans to accept unfounded lies about Obama as facts.
According to a recent Harris poll, most Republicans (67 percent) believe
the president is a socialist, wants to take away the right to own guns (61 per-
cent), is a Muslim (57 percent), wants to turn over the sovereignty of the
U.S. to a one-world government (51 percent) and has done many things
unconstitutional (51 percent).
Sizable minorities also believe Obama was not born in the United States
and therefore ineligible to be president (45 percent), is a racist (42 percent)
and is doing many of the things Hitler did (38 percent).
Even when Obama is doing what other presidents have done, he gets crit-
icized by Republicans.
For example, after Obama made 15 recess appointments placing offi-
cials in federal positions while the Senate, which normally approves such
nominations, was in recess Republicans such as Senator Lindsey Graham
said the move would further chill relations between Obama and the GOP.
Neither the senior senator from South Carolina nor his fellow Republicans
acknowledge that George W. Bush made the same number of recess appoint-
ments at this stage of his presidency. By the time Bush left office, he had
made 171 recess appointments, according to the Congressional Research
But this isn't about telling the truth. It's about trying to regain political
power, even if that means being hypocritical, trading in blatant lies and pre-
tending this is a modern-day tea party revolt.
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Jury awards student $9M in
Wal-Mart discrimination case El u
HOUSTON A Black Houston,
Texas woman who was wrongly
arrested in 2008 at a local Wal Mart
won a $9 million jury verdict last
Nitra Gipson, 2 filed a civil
lawsuit against the retailer after
store employees accused her of try-
ing to exchange counterfeit money
orders for cash. She was arrested
and -pcent two days in jail. The
Harris County District Attorney's
Othice declined to pursue charges
after investigators determined that
Mary Washington was feted with
a retirement soir6e for her thirty-
four years of service to Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Florida. Mary spent
most of her tenure in the Materials
Throughout the festive celebration
held in the Cafe Room of Blue
Cross' Riverside location, guests
stood and spoke on how Mary "has
never changed and always has a
smile on her face." Mary's current
retirement goal is to "do nothing"
. Gifts included cards filled with
money and gift certificates for the
Mrs. Washington is the proud wife
of Clarence Washington and moth-
er of two daughters. Most guests
agreed that Mary is the epitome of
a dedicated friend and employee.
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"There is a continuing, growing
appreciation that the history of
black America is a history that
deserves to be preserved," said
Lonnie Bunch, director of the
Smithsonian's planned National
Museum of African American
History and Culture and organizer
of the museum's Treasures series.
He estimates the series has docu-
mented, and helped families pre-
serve, hundreds of items among
them, a rare Pullman porter's cap,
and agricultural tools believed to
have been used on a rice plantation.
Experts say more people are
seeking ways to preserve items
once thought to be junk, spurred by
increased emphasis on black
Americana and a fuller picture of
the nation's past.
In Atlanta, some came seeking
tips on preserving everything from
the modem a beloved Michael
Jackson album to the old,
including a massive chronicle of
slavery's history dating back to
1859, likely belonging to a Quaker,
according to museum officials.
Amelia Boynton-Robinson, 99,
knew the background of the wood-
en, four-legged sewing kit she toted
from Tuskegee, Ala.: It was a gift
from the wife of Tuskegee
University foun-der and black
scholar Booker T. Washington,
crafted by students around 1900.
"At that time, dress makers were
very important and very popular,
because you didn't have factories,"
Boynton-Robinson explained to a
museum worker as she learned
that despite a missing hinge, the
rustic box only needed some dust-
ing and cleaning to keep it sturdy
for years to come.
Greer was sent away with advice
to use acid-free storage boxes and
heavy plastic covers. "Anything
that's on your hands... (then) on the
document will further deteriora-
tion," said Alice Carver Kubik, a
professional reviewer under con-
tract to Treasures.
None of the Atlanta collectors
struck it rich. Great-grandmother's
dog-eared photos or a handful of
old coins weren't worth millions.
But experts say the real value is to
blacks with a growing interest in
how their ancestors lived.
They point to the influence of
Haley, whose 1976 book "Roots"
both detailed his own painstaking
effort to trace his family back to
Africa, and encouraged blacks
across the country to begin digging
into family history many had
assumed was lost forever.
Nowadays, Smithsonian experts
credit programs like the popular
public broadcasting series
"Antiques Roadshow" with encour-
aging blacks to pursue that interest.
the Walmart money orders were
That meant Gipson had been
falsely accused and falsely arrested.
Company lawyers based in Utah
later sent her a letter alleging that
she owed Wal-Mart money for tak-
ing merchandise. The letter threat-
ened to pursue a shoplifting charge
if she didn't pay $200.
"The jury found that she had been
defamed by being accused of for-
gery, counterfeiting, theft and
shoplifting," said Houston lawyer
Lloyd Kelley, who represented
A Harris County court jury deter-
mined that Wal-Mart Stores Texas
should pay $8.2 million in actual
damages and another $820,000 in
Since the incident, Gipson has
graduated from Texas Southern
University and wants to become a
lawyer, Kelley said. She sold her
car to help raise tuition two years
ago, which is why she had $4,100
in money orders.
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Shown above is Clarence and honoree Mary Washington.
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Summerville Worship Center Easter Sunrise at Mt. Sinai Resurrection Sunday Worship
Good Friday Observance
Ministers of the city will come together at 7 p.m., Good Friday, April 2nd
to speak on the "Seven Last Words of Christ from The Cross" at the
Summerville Worship Center, 690 West 20th Street, Dr. James W. Henry,
Pastor. The community is invited.
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Holds Holy Week Revival
Churches and Pastors will join Pastor Ernie Murray and the congregation
of St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church for Holy Week Revival Services,
Monday, March 29th thru Good Friday, April 2, 2010, at 7 p.m. nightly.
Pastor C. Edward Preston of St. John Missionary Baptist, Middleburg,
FL will be the speaker Monday evening. Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick
Jr. of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church,will be the Tuesday speaker.
The final Lent Worship Service will be held on Wednesday March 31st.
at 7:00p.m The public is invited to attend. The Church is located at 5863
Moncrief Rd. For more information call the church at (904) 768-8800.
St. Philip's to present "The Seven
Last words of Christ"
The Music Ministry of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 321 West Union
Street, will present a Sacred Cantata for Soli and Chorus, by Theodore
Dubois at 7 p.m., Good Friday, April 2, 2010. Henry A. Mack
,Organist/Choir Director; Roger D. Sears, Conductor. The public is invited
Emanuel & Summerville Baptist
to hold Joint Sunrise Service
The Emanuel Baptist and Summerville Baptist Churches will jointly
celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ at 6a.m., Easter Sunday Morning
at the Worship Center, 600 West 20th Street. For directions or informa-
tion:Call (904) 598-0510.
St. Joseph to celebrate 80th Church
and Pastor's 40th Anniversary
The Saint Joseph Missionary Baptist Church Family invites the com-
munity to their "Anniversary Weekend Celebration" April 23-25, 2010.
The Pastor Reverend Dr. H. T. Rhim will be honored for "40 Years of
Leadership" with a Pastor's Reception, followed by a Mega Service at 6
p.m., in the Jacoby Symphony Hall. Dr. James Forbes, Pastor of the
Riverside Church, New York, New York; will be the speaker at the 11 a.m.
Worship Service, Sunday, April 25th, celebrating "80 Years of service in
the Black Bottom Community." The Community is invited.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
The6 d oors.e of. Maa .-edonia ar 3a209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800 |
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.
The church fellow of Mt Sinai Missionary Baptist Church and Christian
Academy of Excellence will be conducting Sunrise Service on Sunday
April 4, 2010 at 6:30 a.m. The church is also offering transportation to any-
one in need. Please call the church at 354-7249 for more information.
Bishop McKinley Young to Deliver
Easter Message at Greater Grant
Persons wishing to have a great start on Easter will be in attendance at
Greater Grant Memorial AME Church to hear the electrifying Bishop
McKinley Young, the presiding prelate of the llth District of the AME
Church, as he delivers the Word at Easter Sunrise Service, Sunday April 4th
at 6:00 a.m. Bishop Young is a highly recognized theologian who excites
and inspires in his sermons. The church is located at 5533 Gilchrist Road at
intersection of Sibbald Avenue and Gilchrist Road; Reverend Tony D.
Hansberry is the pastor. This combined annual service of AME churches
includes Greater Grant Memorial, Historic Mt. Zion, Greater Payne and
AME Church of the Master, pastors Reverends F. D. Richardson Jr., Tan C.
Moss, and Mose Thomas III respectively. The anointed voices from the
choirs will fuel your spirit. For more information, contact the church office
at (904) 764-5992.
One Accord Food and
Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman, Sr. and the One Accord Ministries
International family invite the public to their quarterly Food and Clothes
Give-Away. This event will be taking place on April 10, 2010 on the
grounds of One Accord Ministries International at 2971 Waller Street,
Jacksonville, Florida 32254. For more information please call 904-389-
7373. Thank you and we hope to see you there.
Spring Revival at Central
Metropolitan CME Church
Central on the Pearl invites the community to attend a Spring Revival
themed "Renewing Our Lives," on Thursday, April 1, 2010, at 7:00 pm,
Guest Speaker is Reverend Allan Page, Pastor of Holsey Chapel CME
Church from Columbus, Georgia, and Friday, April 2, at 7:00 pm the guest
speaker is Reverend Curtis West, Pastor of Bethel CME Church from
Macon, Ga. Central Metropolitan CME Church is located at 4611 North
Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL, Rev. Clarence Kelby Heath, is the pastor.
For additional information, call (904) 354-7426.
Service at Bethel Baptist
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church will be celebrating Easter with a vari-
ety of service beginning with Sunrise Service at 6:00 a.m. in the Main
Sanctuary. The Church School Easter Presentation will take place at 8:30
a.m. in the Main Sanctuary and the 10 a.m. service will be 1 Church in 2
Locations. Pastor McKissick, Sr. Historic Sanctuary and Bishop
McKissick, Jr. Main Sanctuary. There will also be a full Children's
Church and Tweeners Church and no youth church. Call 354-1464 for more
AME Alliance Good Friday Service
The AME Ministers Alliance invites everyone to their annual dynamic
Good Friday Service "7 Last Sayings of Christ on the Cross"on April 2
2010 from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM at Historic Mount Zion A.M.E. Church,
located at 201 East Beaver Street, where Reverend F.D. Richardson, Jr. is
The Alliance has planned a worship service that will incite your heart,
enthuse your spirit, and challenge your spiritual knowledge of the "last
words of Jesus Christ on the cross". The Seven Last Sayings will be deliv-
ered by God's anointed messengers; and the inspiring music rendered by the
Historic Mount Zion AME Combined Choirs. The services will also be
available for viewing on closed circuit television in the Lower Auditorium
for those dining on your lunch break, thus allowing you the opportunity not
to miss any of the faith messages. Delicious lunch available to all for nom-
inal charge. Reverend Charletta C. Robinson, pastor of Mother Midway
AMEC is the AME Ministers Alliance president.
For more information contact (904) 355-9475.
NW Relay for Life
An all night party is just a one
week away. The NW Jacksonville
Relay for Life is Friday April 9th
and Saturday April 10th at Paxon
Middle School located at 3276
Norman Thagard Blvd. This is a
unique fundraising event in which
teams of participants take turns
walking the track overnight in an
effort to fight cancer. Teams cam-
pout, eat and play games, hold
onsite fundraising activities and
wage friendly competitions. There's
no admission charge and the activi-
ties, entertainment and FUN is free!
Everyone is invited to come out and
be a part of this celebration.
The message of the event is can-
cer can be conquered. This theme of
hope is ignited as the opening cere-
mony begins with a Survivors Lap
at 6 p.m. Friday night. This emo-
tional lap celebrates the courage of
all who have defeated cancer. Later
at 9 p.m. our Luminiara ceremony
takes place honoring those taken
from us by cancer.
Cancer survivors and those wish-
ing to register teams can do so by
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Jacksonville Links crown Miss International GEMS
The International Trends and
Services Committee of the
Jacksonville Chapter of The Links,
Inc. culminated one of its annual
projects with the crowning of Miss
International GEMS. GEMS is an
acronym for "Girls Evolving and
Making Strides" and is the name
given to the 6th grade girls partici-
pating in The Links' program at
Eugene J. Butler Middle School.
The program being implemented
at Butler is a collaborative effort,
fully sanctioned and supported by
the principal, Dr. Sylvia Johnson.
The Chapter members saw a need
within the Butler community. They
spoke with the principal who was
desperately seeking and passionate-
ly speaking about her desire to con-
nect her girls with an organization
of committed professional women.
From these initial conversations the
idea was created and since the
beginning of the 2009-2010 aca-
demic year, members of the
Jacksonville Chapter have been
sharing their expertise and bonding
with the girls who are affectionate-
ly called the GEMS.
A portion of the International
component was developed with
technical assistance from River
Region Human Services, Inc. Each
girl was asked to complete a pack-
Jacksonville Links present at the program included Patricia Bivins, Gloria Belton, Dana Cunningham,
Margaret Johnson, Marietta LeBlanc, Thelma Lewis, Mari-Esther Norman, Terri Stepter, Marguerite
Warren, Joyce Watson and Derya Williams. Shown in the white dresses are the newly crowned Miss
International GEMS Nautica Jennings; 1st Runner Up- Rodnekkia Cannon and 2nd Runner Up-
age which included selecting a
country, writing a report and
preparing an oral presentation on
that country. The girls completed an
application for a passport, partici-
pated in a cultural exchange- values
clarification exercise entitled "Turn
On/Turn Off." And they enjoyed a
bonus exercise on what to pack for
travel. In addition, Dana
Cunningham, one member of The
Links who had recently traveled to
Tanzania, took the GEMS on a
vicarious tour of that East African
country. Through these experi-
ences, the participants were
exposed to the world in an engaging
manner that raised their awareness
level of cultures outside of their
community, Jacksonville and the
After string of successes, Obama
President Barack Obama pre-
pared Tuesday to sign the piece of
his sweeping health care overhaul
that makes the government the
primary lender to students and
strips banks of that po\\er
Obama's hard-fought legislate e
% victor\ packaged two of his
domestic priorities. Obama
already\ signed the bulk of the
health care legislation, but a final
set of tweaks pro% ided a route for
the education package, the largest
rewrite of federal college assis-
tance programs in four decades.
The legislation has a wide
reach. About half of undergradu-
ates receive federal student aid
and about 8i 5 million students are
going to college with the help of
Under the measure, private
banks would no longer get fees for
acting as middlemen in federal
student loans. The government
%would use the savings to boost
Pell Grants and make it easier for
some workers to repay their stu-
dent loans. In addition, some bor-
rowers could see lower interest
rates and higher approval rates on.
Obama has touted the changes
as a \wa, to make college more.
affordable for students and their
debt load more manageable after.
graduation. He used his weekend
radio and Internet address to cite
expected benefits for young peo-
ple: more student lending, caps on
those repayments and more
money for minority) colleges and
"This reform of the federal stu-
dent loan programs will save tax-
payers $68 billion over the next
decade." Obama said in his week-
ly address. "And with this legisla-
tion. we're putting that money to
use achieving a goal I set for
America: B[ the end of this
decade, we will once again have
the highest proportion of college
graduates in the world."
The plan caps student loan
repayment at 10 percent of a grad-
uate's income when the law takes
effect in 2014.
Beware: "Debt Relief" companies prey on urban communities
At a time when many Americans
are wondering how or when their
household finances will improve,
debt settlement, an emerging form
of consumer debt-related services,
is actually in a growth mode. And
once again, communities of color
are being preyed upon.
On urban radio stations across the
country, commercials seek con-
sumers who are 'at least $10,000 in
debt'. The pitch is that help is avail-
able to negotiate individual debts to
a fraction of the amount owed.
What the commercials do not
advise is that most debt settlement
companies charge large up-front
fees to establish an account and
then assess customers monthly fees
as well. These fees are either held
by the debt settlement company or
by an account controlled by the set-
These businesses also typically
urge consumers to stop paying their
creditors and instead make pay-
ments to their company. The theory
is that armed with substantial funds
from consumers, the debt settle-
ment firm is in a better position to
'negotiate' with the creditor. On
average, it takes at least a year for
consumers to build up enough
funds to make a feasible proposed
settlement. For consumers with
large debts, the amount of time
needed to build a substantial settle-
ment offer could be three years or
The problem with this business
model is that it requires payment
for services that may or may not
ever be rendered. As a result, busi-
ness profits are assured because
fees are owed regardless as to
whether or not the firm provides
any service. There are no refunds
on fees. And not only do most con-
sumers wind up in deeper debt than
when they first contacted a debt set-
tlement company, the overwhelm-
ing majority of customers cancel
participation prior to completion.
The highly suspect practices of
debt settlement firms also lead to
more problems with creditors as
well. Without timely or regular pay-
ments, creditor debts earn penalty
fees beyond the amount of debt
originally owed or standard interest
rates. Even worse, sustained failure
to honor credit terms means that
with every skipped or missed pay-
ment, consumers run the risk of a
ruining their own credit history.
And in today's market, bad credit
scores can be the difference
between securing financing for a
home, a car or even a hiring deci-
sion for a job.
Repeated evidence by state regu-
lators and attorneys general across
the country, and even data from the
industry itself, shows most con-
sumers do not have their debt prob-
A Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) investigation concluded that
the damage done to consumers by
debt settlement outweighs any
Since 2004, 21 states have
brought 128 enforcement actions
against 84 debt relief companies.
To date, 41 of this nation's 50
state attorneys general support the
Federal Trade Commission's pro-
posed ban on advance fees.
An investigation by the New
York Attorney General against the
largest debt settlement company in
the country, Credit Solutions of
America, found that less than 1 per-
cent of customers in that state
received promised services.
According to the Colorado
Attorney General, the average
Rocky Mountain resident paid
$1,666 in debt settlement fees from
2006-2007 and only 7.8 percent of
enrollees completed the program.
A better approach for consumers
heavily laden with debt would be to
contact creditors as soon as it
becomes clear that there are diffi-
culties in making timely payments.
The creditors, after all, are the
providers of goods and services
already accessed. If there are prob-
lems in meeting credit terms, seek a
direct solution to the debts owed.
Involving a third party to possibly
intercede has the effect of losing
both time and money two valu-
So the next time you hear a radio
commercial about easy solutions to
difficult problems remember the
truism of an old adage, 'If it sounds
too good to be true, it probably is.'
Charlene Crowell is the Center for
Communications Manager for State
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Green Beans With Mushrooms and Cheese
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1 lb fresh green beans
1/2 medium onion (thinly sliced)
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8 oz fresh pre-sliced baby
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4 oz lemon herb butter
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What to do fom social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
. ;. ^ What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
E3 Business Group will present a
free workshop entitled, "End the
Blame Game" on Thursday, April
1st at 6 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Museum of Contemporary Art, 333
North Laura Street across from City
Hall. The workshop will discuss
how to understand and address the
mindset which causes some fathers
and mothers to play the "blame
game" instead of working together
to have and raise healthy babies."
To register or for more information,
call 735-8627. Seating is limited.
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.
Book and Author
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network Book Club invite the pub-
lic to join them on Saturday, April
3, 2010, from 2:30 4:30 p.m. For
a book discussion with author Dr.
Jarik Conrad on his book: The
Fragile Mind How It Has
Produced and Unwittingly
Perpetuates America's Tragic
Disparities. It will be held at
Chamblin's Uptown, 215 N Laura
Street downtown. Call 674-0868 for
Jazz Collage Workshop
with Rhonda Bristol
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens is hosting a Jazz Collage
workshop with painter Rhonda
Bristol. During the workshop, par-
ticipants will create a painted and
collaged work incorporating per-
sonal image while exploring the
power of music to aid artistic
expression. Activities and discus-
sions will focus on collage and
multi-media techniques using dif-
ferent techniques. It will be held
Saturday, April 3, 2010, 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. For more information call
Ralphie May at
the Comedy Zone
Comedian Ralphie May will bring
his urban brand of comedy to the
Comedy Zone in Mandarin April
8-10 for multiple shows. For tickets
and times call 292-4242.
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 informa-
Driving Miss Daisy
at Stage Aurora
The classic film "Driving Miss
Daisy" will be acted on the Stage
Aurora mainstage weekends April
30 May 9 for afternoon and
evening performances. For tickets
or more information call 765-7372.
PRIDE Book Club
The April meeting of PRIDE
Book Club will take place on
Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 3 p.. a
the home of Linda Mack. The book
for discussion will be Not Without
Laughter by Langston Hughes. For
directions or additional informa-
tion, call 703-3428 or 703-8264.
Mandarin Arts Festival
The 42nd Annual Mandarin Arts
Festival will be held Easter
Weekend at the Mandarin
Community Club, 12447 Mandarin
Road. The festival runs Saturday
and Sunday from 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
on April 10th and 11th.
Ritz Jazz Jamm
On Saturday, April 10th, 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.
Butler, Stanton Raines
Class of '70 Party
Classmates and partygoers are
invited to attend a Class of 1970
party highlighting graduates from
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Butler, Stanton and Raines. It will
be held Saturday, April 10th at the
Southside Womens Club, 2560
Club Terrace from 8:00 p.m. until
1:00 a.m. It is a BYOB affair with a
DJ, door prizes and food. For ticket
info call 655-3444 or 699-2965.
Reggae at the Landing
Enjoy free live music at the
Landing with Reggae Sunday with
music by by Pili Pili 4 8 p.m at the
Jacksonville landing. It will be held
on Sunday, April llth. Call 353-
1188 ext. 1038 for further informa-
Church Girl the Play
Stars such as Angela Winbush,
Robin Givens, Drew Sidora, Karen
Clark-Sheard and Demetria
McKinney will be on stage for the
stage play Church Girl a spiritual
draw of innocense gone bad. It will
be held at the Florida Theater April
17 and 18 for matinee and evening
performances. Call Ticketmaster at
Aries Spears at
the Comedy Zone
Comedian Aries Spears will bring
his urban brand of comedy to the
Comedy Zone in Mandarin April
15-17 for multiple shows. For tick-
ets and times call 292-4242.
Kappa Public Meeting
The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter
of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.,
will host its annual Public Meeting
on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at
Jacksonville City Hall Chambers,
117 West Duval Street, from 6:00-
8:00pm. This year's theme is
"Servant Leadership Bringing
Out the Best in the Community."
The event honors community lead-
ers and deserving students. Call
680-7795 for more information.
Comedian John Witherspoon will
bring his urban brand of comedy to
the Comedy Zone in Mandarin
April 22-24 for multiple shows.
You've seen him play comedic
fatherly roles in movies such as the
"Friday" series and "Boomerang".
For tickets and times call 292-4242.
Grease from Broadway
The new Broadway production of
the Tony Award nominated musical
GREASE, opens in Jacksonville at
Times Union Center's Moran
Theater on April 27 May 2, 2010
for eight performances only.
Platinum-selling recording artist
and "American Idol" winner, Taylor
Hicks, stars in the production as
"Teen Angel." For tickets or more
information, call The Artist Series
Box Office at (904) 632-3373.
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. Monthly meetings are
held at Bethel Baptist Instituitional
Church. Tickets are now available.
Appeal For Your Excess Clothes
The Millions More Movement Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., a non-profit organization is now in the process of
gathering clothes for it's next 'Clothes Give-A-Way.
Please bring them to 916 N.Myrtle Avenue from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00
p.m., Monday through Saturday. JLOC will also come pick up your
donation. For more information, vist their website at :
www.jaxloc.com or call 904-240-9133.
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I Delaware, Tennesse getting $600M for Education
Federal officials recently award-
ed the states of Tennessee and
Delaware $600 million in grants to
improve failing schools, sending a
message to other states hoping to
win money: Revamp your educa-
tion laws and get your districts and
teachers to sign off.
They are the first two states to
win the highly competitive "Race to
the Top" grants, a $4.35 billion
Obama administration program
meant to encourage innovative pro-
grams to boost student achieve-
ment. Tennessee is getting $500
million and Delaware will receive
Both states were lauded for their
merit pay policies that link teacher
pay to student performance and
their charter school laws that are
welcoming to the nontraditional
But they also were winners
because they had every school dis-
trict approve their applications,
which meant that their reforms
could touch every student rather
than limited to a few districts.
"They have demonstrated the
courage, capacity and commitment
to turn their ideas into practices that
can improve outcomes for stu-
dents," Education Secretary Arne
Duncan said. Tennessee and
Delaware "will blaze a path for the
future of education reform."
The states also got buy-in from
nearly all of their teachers' unions
and from every school district, a
move that helped them stand out
from the other 14 finalists for the
unprecedented grant program.
The third- and fourth-place fin-
ishers Georgia and Florida -
both had opposition from some of
their largest teachers groups.
Both the Georgia Association of
Educators and the Florida
Education Association released
statements calling for their state
leaders to get teacher input before
reapplying for the next round of
grants. The winners of that round
will be announced in the fall.
Forty states and Washington,
D.C., applied for the grant program,
and 16 finalists were named this
month. Any state can apply for the
second round of grants, with appli-
cations due in June.
The grant program is part of
President Barack Obama's econom-
ic stimulus law, which provided
$100 billion for schools.
Skinhead pleads guilty in plot to kill Obama
New York State Senator Eric
Adams is pretty disgusted with the
behaviors of young men in his
urban district walking around with
sagging pants. So much so, he
recently posted billboards targeting
the often beguiled trend.
Using campaign funds to pay for
the signs, each billboard features
two male models whose pants are
hanging so low their underwear is
showing. The message: "Stop the
Sag!" and "We are better than this!"
"This whole sagging pants cul-
ture seems to have swept the city
and the country," said Adams.
"Children will be children. But
as adults, we need to be on record
and tell them they're doing some-
The stop-the-sag movement got a
huge boost earlier this year when
"American Idol" contestant Larry
Platt auditioned for the show.
Clips of his original "Pants on the
Ground" song, which urged people
to pull up their pants, exploded on
"I saw it," Adams said of the Platt
video. "I thought it was funny. But
when you look at it more closely,
you see how big this matter is.
When we sag like that, we're play-
ing into it. We look like clowns."
Adams has never participated in
the fashion trend, which he said
began among prison inmates.
The ambitious senator doesn't
plan on the campaign stopping with
billboards. The former NYPD cap-
tain and co-founder of 100 Blacks
in Law Enforcement Who Care said
he will send a letter to the school
chancellor recommending a city-
wide dress code to prevent sagging
in public schools.
Older people just don't get it, he
said. "It's a young thing. On a prac-
tical level, how do they even
walk?" he wondered.
RNC Blasted for
S, Committee Chairman Michael
Steele is in hot water.
Steele, already trying to beat
back a brushfire of GOP dissi-
dents who want him out as RNC
chair, was trying to tone down
S..- charges by his critics this week
that he's been living good on the
RNC's dime, spending tens of
The Republican National Committee spent thousands of dollars on private
$1,946.25 at Voyeur West Hollywood, a club jets, limos, rooms at the finest
with topless women imitating lesbian sex. hotels and, as one conservative
When it comes to flying high and online publication suggested, a
living large Republican National night out at a Los Angeles bondage-
JACKSON, Tenn. A Tennessee
man authorities say is a white
supremacist has pleaded guilty to
plotting to kill then-presidential
candidate Barack Obama and
dozens of other black people in
Cowart of Bells, Tenn., pleaded
guilty this week to eight of 10
counts in an indictment accusing
him of conspiracy, threatening a
presidential candidate and various
federal firearms violations. Under a
plea agreement, he faces 12 to 18
years in prison, but a federal judge
could choose a longer sentence.
Co-defendant, 19-year-old Paul
Schlesselman has pleaded guilty
A recent filing with the Federal
Election Commission shows that
the RNC wore its credit card out in
February. The group spent $17,500
on private jets last month and
$12,691 on limousines. The com-
mittee dropped $9,099 at the
Beverly Hills Hotel, $6,596 at the
Four Seasons in Los Angeles and a
combined $20,000 at the Venetian
and M Resort in Las Vegas and the
W in Washington.
But the most titillating and curi-
ous expense reported by the RNC,
which helps raise funds for the pur-
Daniel Coawart says his assassination plot was "real and probable".
and will be sentenced April 15. cross-country robbing and killing,
Authorities have described the spree that would end with an attack!
two as skinheads who planned a on Obama.
at Bondage Club
ported party of family values, was a
$1,946.25 charge at Voyeur West
Hollywood, gentleman's club.
Revealed by The Daily Caller, the
article, which first reported the
RNC's spending habits, appeared to
suggest that Steele went to the club.
RNC officials vehemently deny that
Steele, the RNC's first black chair-
man, set foot in Voyeur West
"It was obviously improper for
more than one reason," Doug Heye,
an RNC spokesman told The New
York Times. "It was not a sanc-
tioned RNC activity. It was improp-
er because of the venue."
The RNC told Fox News that it's
getting the nearly $2,000 expendi-
ture, which was listed as "meals,"
back from the unidentified non-
committee staffer who charged the
evening at the kinky club.
The RNC will be reimbursed by
Erik Brown of Orange, California,
the donor-vendor who billed the
committee for the club visit, Heye
said. He also said Steele had no
knowledge of the visit nor did he
have anything to do with it.
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Above is one of the many billboards Sen. Adams has displayed around his district.
New York State Senator launches
campaign against sagging pants
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Pare 12 Ms. Perry's Free Press April 1 7, 2010
Is it Just a Headache or Something Else?
Although headaches are rarely life
threatening, they can make work
more difficult or take the enjoyment
out of your favorite leisure activity.
While painful and sometimes debil-
itating, the majority of headaches
encountered by sufferers do not
indicate a more serious problem.
With all the different headache
types and the variety of symptoms
out there, the National Headache
Foundation recommends seeing a
doctor as the first step in dealing
with persistent headaches. The
good news is that help is available
and treatment options are increas-
ing. Unfortunately, many headache
sufferers don't know about treat-
ment options, or fail to see a health-
care provider for diagnosis.
According to a recent American
Migraine Study II:
Fifty-two percent of the people
whose headaches fit the medical
definition of migraine remain undi-
agnosed. Nearly six out of 10 (57
percent) people with migraine con-
tinue to rely solely on general over-
the-counter pain relievers or on no
medications at all to relieve pain.
Migraine is misdiagnosed as
sinus or tension-type headache
almost as often as it is correctly
There is no single cause of
headaches. However, headaches are
legitimate neuro-biological disor-
ders. Science is rapidly progressing
to better understand the cause of
primary headaches. Armed with
more education about headache
types, their causes and available
treatments, people with headaches
no longer have to suffer needlessly.
78 percent of adults experience a
tension-type headache at some
point in their lives, making it the
most common. The pain is often
described as pressing or tightening,
of mild to moderate intensity and
occurs on both sides of the head.
There are two general classifica-
tions of tension-type headache:
episodic and chronic, differentiated
by frequency and severity.
Chronic tension-type headache
can be the result of anxiety or
depression. Changes in sleep pat-
terns or insomnia, early morning or
late day occurrence of headache,
feelings of guilt, weight loss, dizzi-
ness, poor concentration, ongoing
fatigue and nausea occur.
As common as tension-type
headaches are, the causes and
symptoms of these headaches are
more complicated and unique than
many might realize. Often people
do not seek medical attention when
they should because they assume
that the cause of their headache is
Migraine More than just a "bad
headache" migraine pain and asso-
ciated symptoms affect 29.5 million
Americans. Both men and women
experience migraines, although
women are three times as likely to
suffer from them.
Migraine is characterized by
throbbing head pain, usually Ion
one side of the head, often accom-
panied by nausea and sensitivity to
light and sound. Most migraine
occurs episodically; however, 10
million Americans have chronic
headache (15+ days per month).
Many of these people experienced
episodic migraine that evolved over
time to chronic migraine.
Many things may trigger a
migraine. Triggers may include
one or more of the following cate-
gories: diet, stress, environment,
odors/perfumes, emotions, medica-
tions and hormonal fluctuations.
With proper diagnosis and treat-
ment, migraine can be effectively
Cluster- There are an estimated
one million cluster headache suffer-
ers in the US; about 90% of these
sufferers are male. Cluster is one of
the least common types of
headache, and the cause is
Cluster headache refers to the
characteristic grouping or cluster-
ing of attacks. The headache peri-
ods can last several weeks or
months and then disappear for
months or years. Sufferers are gen-
erally affected in the spring or
autumn, and, due to their seasonal
nature, cluster headaches are often
mistakenly associated with aller-
With typical cluster headaches, the
pain is almost always one-sided,
usually localized behind the eye or
in the eye region and may radiate
on the same side to the face or neck.
The eye lid may droop and the sinus
become congested on the side of the
head where the pain occurs.
Cluster sufferers report that even
small amounts of alcohol or smok-
ing will precipitate an attack during
a cluster cycle but not during clus-
If you are experiencing headache
pain that affects your life, make an
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Ten Ways Senior Citizens Can Change
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everyone complains about being
ignored by family, former business
associates, and the few friends that
are still around. Your opinions are
never taken seriously and you feel
your relatives are resenting you for
living too long and spending what
would have been their inheritance.
Sounds familiar and depressing,
doesn't it? It needn't be that way.
The examples cited are never going
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slightly, and prove to ourselves that
we are still vital and productive
seniors. Now is the time to update
our own personal ten command-
ments. Here are ten ways in which
senior citizens, or anybody, can
change for the better.
1. Get up and force yourself to
exercise every morning. Anything
that you do will make you feel both
mentally and physically better.
2. As long as you don't see your
own name in the obituary list, you
are better off than those who are
listed, and you can begin to chal-
lenge the new day.
3. Instead of always complain-
ing about your family, recall how
5. Try traveling to see different
parts of this country as well as for-
eign countries. There are many
organizations that cater to seniors--
-Elderhostels, Tauck Tours,
Cruises, to name but a few.
6. Go to movies in the afternoon
(popcorn is free on Tuesday). For
hearing problems, look for foreign
films that have English subtitles.
7. Take chartered bus tours to
parks, museums, theatres, and casi-
nos. Take little money to the casi-
nos and always look for the free or
inexpensive buffets. The ride is
relaxing with beautiful scenery.
8. Check out books in the
libraries that have a big selection of
books in large print. The most cur-
rent fiction and non-fiction books
are now both in regular and large
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are a senior. When driving your car
becomes dangerous, turn in your
license and keys before your chil-
dren start to pressure you.
10. You should always regard
yourself as number one. Your chil-
dren will respect you for your inde-
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How To Stop Overeating
by Dr. Brian Davis
You are supposed to eat to live,
not live to eat, but that doesn't
mean you can't enjoy food and a
healthy manner. Food nourishes
us, but it also satisfies us, soothes
us and helps us celebrate. Put that
together with the fact that food is
just about everywhere, and often
in lavish amounts, and you have a
perfect recipe for overeating. But
just as we are hard-wired and con-
ditioned to associate food with
comfort and relief from -anxiety,
nervousness, depression, anger
and loneliness, we can undo that
conditioning -- or at least elimi-
nate the most destructive aspects
of it. It's not easy, but it's also not
nearly as hard as you might think.
And, like most new habits, it gen-
erally takes no more than 21 days
if practiced on a regular basis.
Overeating triggers are chains of
events. It can start with a stressful
argument with your boss or child,
for example, which leads to feel-
ings of helplessness or anger,
which in turn results in a hunt for
large amounts of something sweet
.This chain of events, however,
usually happens unexpectedly and
completely unconsciously; think
of a smoker feeling stressed out
and immediately reaching for a
The answer is simple. You need
to short circuit the chain. Like the
Christmas lights, one break in the
circuit means that the remaining
bulbs can't fire up. Though it takes
some doing, you too can curb the
progression of your overeating
The first step requires a little
reflection. Think back to your five
most recent eating sprees. Then
consider what triggered the binge.
It might be as simple as "movies
equals popcorn" or as emotionally
charged as "arguments equal ice
Or it might be the mere physical
presence of certain trigger foods
like cookies or nuts (the "Becha
can't eat just one" syndrome).
Write it all down. This way, you'll
be aware of your triggers before
you reach for that pint of ice
Now comes the action step,
where you put a "kink in the link."
What you're trying to do here is
substitute a new, positive activity
for the old, destructive activity.
Try any one of these simple activ-
ities next time you hit one of your
1. Change your surroundings.
A shift in setting has the power
to change your mood-and keeps
you away from the refrigerator.
2. Take five.
A five-minute break, whether
it's a walk around the block, a
sprint up-and-down the stair or a
deep-breathing pause, has a simi-
3. Fake out your mouth.
If you're craving something
sweet, try a pickle, hot pepper or
any other completely different
taste sensation. And if salty snacks
are your weakness, go for some-
4. Reward yourself.
Treat yourself to a relaxing
activity you normally wouldn't do:
a warm bath, a surprise call to your
college roommate in London or
uninterrupted reading of gossip
5. Get physical.
Go for a stroll, run or do any
physical activity at all.The endor-
phins released will often balance
the chemistry of a "craving
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Ar1-7 200M.PrysFe rs ae1
Lisa Wu Hartwell dishes Housewives dirt
by Bridget Bland, BVN
Until now, there's been little news
about the upcoming third season of
'The Real Housewives of Atlanta.'
While serving as a panelist at a
Essence Magazine luncheon in
New York City, entrepreneur-
turned-reality star Lisa Wu
Hartwell spilled the beans about
wanna be perfect. Oh please,"
With there already being some
confusion between the ladies about
an event appearance, Wu Hartwell
took offense to the tweets and
replied directly to her friend, asking
if the comments were directed at
what viewers can expect for the "I was the coolest with Nene, just
upcoming third season of Bravo's a couple of weeks ago, but maybe
most popular show. we aren't close anymore," she con-
"We start in two weeks and fided.
there's been a little bit of drama "I care about Nene and we butt
already," she confessed. heads sometimes, but I was closest
By drama, the Closet Freak fash- to Nene ... [so] I will hold off," the
ion designer is referring to her 38-year-old mother of three said,
recent Twitter beef with her cast cutting herself off before she over-
mate and friend Nene Leakes. shared her frustration.
On March 18, Leakes headed to "It was like that last year, before
Twitter to voice her disdain with we started taping, I had drama with
"haters." Kim [Zolciak}. I'm like, 'Are you
"I was the coolest with Nene kidding me? We
"I was the coolet with Nene, haven't even started,'"s
just a couple of weeks ago, but she said.
maybe we aren't close anymore" ZoAnd speaking of
Zolciak, Wu Hartwell
"Everybody showing love but I
gotta thank the haters because with-
out u, I wouldn't have the publicity
so keep up the good work fool," the
former stripper and 'Never Make
The Same Mistake Twice' author
"I love chicks that will throw a
rock and then hide their hand. Miss
also had a lot to say
about the 'Tardy for the Party'
singer's highly publicized "bisexu-
"Come on," she laughed. "[Kim
will do] anything for attention."
"Come on, you're not gay! I have
two gay brothers, come on girl,
make up your mind," she added.
Zolciak, who recently told Life &
Shown above are Atlanta Housewives stars (clockwise) Lisa
Hartwell, Nene Leakes and Kim Zolciak.
Style magazine that she's serious
about her girlfriend DJ Tracy
Young, is one of the show's most
"She is fun TV," Wu Hartwell
admitted. "She's great TV, she real-
ly is. They really cast that one."
She also was the first to confirm
that Zolciak and Leakes, who had
been rumored to be holding out on
participating in the new season for
more money, will be back for a
HBO gets it right again with New
Orleans based series Treme
third go round.
"They are all back [and] we are
getting another housewife. So, we
will see her thrown in the mix."
Though multiple NAACP Image
Award-winning soap star Victoria
Rowell and the older, ex-wife of the
R&B singer Usher Raymond, IV,
was rumored to join the cast, Wu
Hartwell says the two front-runners
are not actresses or an athlete wife,
"I don't know which one got it,"
the former wife of R&B crooner
Keith Sweat said, adding, "there are
two girls they were looking at. One
was a model and one was a feisty
attorney and they are just going to
show up and we are just going to
The "feisty attorney" could be
entertainment attorney Phaedra
Parks, who repped Bobby Brown
and Jermaine Dupri.
A former associate of one of the
cast members is blabbing that
Parks, who was a producer for
BET's 'Tiny & Toya' series, has
Parks has not confirmed the
In the meantime, Wu Hartwell,
who recently appeared on Tyler
Perry's 'Meet the Browns' TV show,
plans to focus.& on acting and has
landed a role in an upcoming mar-
tial arts film, which begins shooting
Wendell Pierce of "The Wire" fame plays a trombonist in "Treme". He is also a native to NOLA's
Pontchartrain Park neighborhood.
The Hurricane Katrina victims of
New Orleans were forced to
become immigrants within their
own country. People all over the
world, but more importantly the
U.S., have nearly forgotten about
our brothers and sisters and their
dispersement throughout the nation.
Once again, broken away from
families and made to begin again
with entirely different cultures with
little to no resources available to
But some did not take that route.
They stayed. They stayed behind
for better or worse and a new cul-
ture was stimulated in old surround-
ings. The defenders of the city tried
to preserve their houses, their
music, their culture...the way. The
way that only N'awlins natives can.
And now, HBO had the great idea
to illuminate the darkened places
left to decay and fester in the great,
not late, New Orleans.
The drama tells the story of the
city's recovery through fictional
characters based on some of the real
characters who lived through it. The
series will also feature locals who
know the culture of NOLA best, an
important aspect to the series' cre-
ator, David Simon, whose other
HBO series, The Wire, was known
for its sometimes too realistic
depiction of life in Baltimore. You
will be thoroughly entertained and
engaged by the players: Khandi
Alexander (The Corner), Wendell
Pierce (Bunk from The Wire), Rob
Brown (Finding Forrester), and
John Goodman (Roseanne), to
name a few.
It premeirs on Sunday, April 11th.
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CLUBS SHINE AWAY FROM HOSTING CHRIS
Chris Brown has reportedly encountered
resistance from club venues in hosting his
planned 21st birthday party on May 5.
The New York Post is reporting that Brown
has been shopping the event to hotspots in
New York, Miami and Las Vegas, but pro-
moters have been reluctant to book the
singer because, "They don't want to mess up,
their relationship, or their potential relation-
ship, with Rihanna," a source was quoted as
The artist, who pleaded guilty to the assault -.
of Rihanna, is now looking for private
homes or restaurants in Manhattan, according to Page Six.
KELIS COURT ORDERED
TO PAY FOR HEAIR WEAVE
A judge in Southern California granted a
default judgment against Kelis in a lawsuit
that accused her of failing to pay for her hair
According to the legal documents, the
S singer got the weave at a salon in Santa
Monica, Calif. in May 2009, but never paid
the $5,000 for it.
TMZ.com reported that the stylist showed
up for the trial Monday morning, but Kelis was nowhere to be found.
Therefore, the judge entered a default judgment for the full amount.
Singer Keyshia Cole didn't exactly make a good impression with a judge
in New Jersey, reports TMZ.
JUDGE CALLS KEYSHIA COLE
ILLITERATE Keyshia Cole was in front of
a judge last week because she was being sued by
a promoter who paid her $15,000 up front in
2006 for an appearance, but didn't bother to
S The judge called Cole's testimony "nonsensi-
cal" and even questioned her literacy.
The judge went on to rule against Cole and
even dogged her out in her written opinion. She wrote that
Cole's testimony was "confused and at times nonsensical."
And because Cole was reluctant to read certain documents, the judge
concluded that Cole was illiterate. But when Cole did start to read the
judge realized that she was literate.
Apparently it didn't matter because in the end, the judge ruled against
her and she'll have to pay the promoter nearly $16,000 in damages.
SONY DENIES BEYONCE PREGNANT
Imagine the hip shaking, hair flying, singing diva Beyonce as being
pregnant. Also think about the fact that this item comes courtesy of the
The site claimed to have "learned from a ROCK SOLID source" that
the pop superstar is expecting. She reportedly "is doing fine and resting."
The site also said Jay-Z is "EXTREMELY happy to behaving hisfirst
.hild Witl; Beyonce." .
While Bey's spokesman, Alan Nierob, told the NY Post, "We don't
respond to private-matter inquiries," a rep for Beyonc6 at her record
company Sony tells RollingStone.com that the report is simply "untrue."
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