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The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville, Fla
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Straight talk with
the multi-talented

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Hudson new face of weight watchers
Award winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson has
finally fessed up about how she has managed to lose all
of the excess weight after having her first child, plus
more. The singer had been secretly following Weight
Watchers and now that she has reached her goal
weight, Hudson is coming forward as one of the
weight loss franchise's newest celebrity repre-
She has lost around 601bs since she gave
birth to her son David Jr.
During an appearance on TV show 'Good
Morning America', she told host Robin
Roberts : "I decided to do Weight Watchers. I
feel like I've conquered the world," Hudson said.
It's a lifestyle change, not a diet. I don't really diet
6 s such I actually get up and work hard every day. I
Snumake sure I eat right and just make sure I stay focused.
It is about being consistent and sticking with it."
Hudson was also adamant to point out she decided to
lose her excess pounds for herself and to set a good example to her son,
not to conform to Hollywood's idea of what is beautiful.

Dr. Dorothy Height still hospitalized
WASHINGTON Civil Rights icon Dr. Dorothy Height remains hos-
pitalized after experiencing shortness of breath March 18.
Christine Tony, her administrative assistant, who was with Dr. Height
when she took ill, says the 98-year-old had suffered from a lung ailment
for some time.
Tony told the NNPA News Service that doctors had begun severely lim-
iting her visitors to close associates. She said Dr. Height needed rest and
added that she appreciated all of the prayers that were going forth.
In civil rights history and contributions, Dr. Height is ranked alongside
the "big six" of the civil rights movement A. Philip Randolph, Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr., Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, and
now U. S. Rep. John Lewis.
Dr. Height was hospitalized on the same day that she was to receive the
distinguished "Lifetime Achievers" Award from the National Newspaper
Publishers Association at the annual NewsMaker of the Year Awards
Gala during Black Press Week.

Newark, NJ marks first

murder free month in 44 years
While Jacksonville is seeing multiple murders in one week, the once
infamous city of Newark, NJ is celebrating its' murder free month in 44
As of last week, the last homicide occurred 32 days ago, besting a 1966
record, says Police Director Garry McCarthy, who is now eyeing a 50-
year record of 43 murder-free days.
While many factors are involved, the statistics reflect an aggressive
effort by Mayor Cory Booker to lower the crime rate.
The Star-Ledger also notes that the murder rate for the quarter is the
second best since 1941 and says major crime rates for shootings, aggra-
vated assaults, robberies and carjacking are also down for the first quar-
ter compared with 2009.

RNC leader Steele pulls the race card
Republican leader Michael Steele, whose leadership has been ques-
tioned by some in the GOP, said this morning his job is a little bit tougher
because of his race.
A viewer of ABC's "Good Morning America" asked Steele whether he
thinks he has a smaller margin for error because he is African American.
"The honest answer is, 'yes,"' Steele said. "It just is. Barack Obama has
a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do. It's a different role for me to play and
others to play, and that's just the reality of it. But you take that as a part
of the nature of it."
Steele said he will not give up his seat as head of the Republican
National Committee, even though his chairmanship has been plagued by
controversies, such as the recent revelation that the committee reim-
bursed expenses coming to nearly $2,000 for an outing at a topless,
bondage-themed nightclub. Some have said the incident, paired with the
RNC's other recent missteps could hurt the party's fundraising abilities.
"This kind of thing has got to stop, or they won't get any contributions,"
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said yesterday on "Fox News Sunday."

Five charged with gang

rape of New Jersey 7 year old
TRENTON, NJ Two adults and three juveniles have been charged
with the gang rape of a 7-year-old girl that took place inside the Rowan
Towers high-rise one week ago, police said.
Among those arrested and charged are two boys, ages 13 and 14, both
younger than the 15-year-old stepsister who allegedly sold the child to
the group after accepting money for sexual favors herself, police said. In
addition were a 25, 17 and 19 year old.
Law enforcement sources said the gang rape was not planned. Once
the 7-year-old was given money by her stepsister and told to let the boys
touch her, what started as one sex act quickly escalated to increasing lev-
els of depravity, the sources said.
The group may be associated with a gang, police said, but the crimes

against the girls were not any kind of gang initiation they have learned.


50 Cents

Volume 23 No.27 Jacksonville, Florida April 8 14, 2010

2010 Jazz Festival promises

a musical lineup to remember
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2010 Jazz Festival artist Masha Hatcher signs posters at the unveiling.
The 2010 Jacksonville Jazz Festival will feature a variety of name acts
gracing it's three stages May 28-30. Among those slated to appear are
Ledisi, Pat LaBelle, Buckwheat Zydeco, Spyro Gyra, Roy Ayers, Tom
Browne, Wayne Henderson, Ronnie Laws and Lonnie Liston Smith and
many more. In addition there will also be an art show and sale and a wine
tasting among other events. Stage locations include the comer of Monroe
and Main, the Jacksonville Landing and Hemming Plaza. FMPphoto.

Whitley Rodriquez Christa Merix and Monique May after catch-
ing Charlie Wilson's (formerly of the Gap Band) hat at the concert.
Heart & Soul Weekend headlines arena

An almost near capacity crowd
converged on Veterans Memorial
Stadium for the Heart and Soul tour
hosted by Doug E. Fresh The tal-
entented lineup included Mint
Condition, Cameo, The Ohio
Players and Charlie Wilson. Doug
E. had the crowd on their feet danc-
ing to the beats. Mint Condition
sang their hearts outs, while the
Ohio Players took the crowd way
back to the '70's.
The finale was the legendary

Charlie Wilson formerly of the Gap
Band and survivor of prostate can-
cer who ended with his current top
hit "There goes my baby." Charlie
told the men in the audience "get
checked for prostate and woman
please take your man, husband,
father, uncle or brother to the doc-
tor." Charlie also remarked how his
music career took a noise dive and
that "I have made a comeback and I
am not a throwback, God had been
very good to me." KFP photo

Black unemployment continues to plummet while others rise

by H.T. Edney
The numbers are clear. As the
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
last week that the national unem-
ployment rate remained steady at
9.7 percent last month, there
remains the untold story.
That story is that as the overall
unemployment rate remained
steady, the Black unemployment
rate leaped from 15.8 percent to

16.5 percent. The rate for Black
women rose from 12.1 percent to
12.4 percent. The rate for Black
men closed in on 20 percent, rising
from 17.8 to 19.0.
Meanwhile, unemployment rates
for White America only half that
of the Black rate either remained
steady or went down. For Whites,
the rate remained at 8.8 percent,
well below the national average.

For White men, the rate dropped
from 9.0 percent to 8.9 percent. For
White women, the rate remained
steady at 7.3 percent.
Labor experts say racial dispari-
ties in education is a key answer.
"There's a very sharp relationship
between the level of education and
unemployment rates," says Dr.
Barry R. Chiswick, distinguished
professor of economics at the

Shown above receiving their awards are Pastor R.J. Washington, presenter HAAFA President Jacques
Giullaume, Cong. Corrine Brown and Rev. John Newman.

The Haitian American Association for Advancement (HAAFA) joined forces with Jacksonville's ecumenical
community for the first annual Fundraising and Appreciation Dinner. Held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, the cul-
tural event included the Haitian and American national anthem and an awards presentation to those vital in the
revitalization of the country. Immediately after the tragic earthquake in Haiti, several Jacksonville churches joined
Cong. Brown to provide relief. The celebration concluded on a high note with dancing until the next morning.
R. Silver photo

University of Illinois at Chicago
and director of the UIC Center for
Economic Education. "For exam-
ple, in March of last month, those
with less than a high school degree
had an unemployment rate of 14.5
percent whereas those with a bach-
elors degree or more has an unem-
ployment rate of 4.9 percent."
Also exacerbating the Black -
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White House

launches Short

Sale Program
On Monday, April 5, 2010, the
Obama Administration and the
U.S. Treasury Department official-
ly activated the HAFA (Home
Affordable Foreclosure
Alternatives) program, which gives
struggling homeowners incentives
to take advantage of two alternative
options to foreclosure. A helpful
web site, www.WhatIsHAFA.org,
has already been launched to
explain the program.
Through the program, homeown-
ers are encouraged to do a short
sale in which the borrower and the
mortgage service agree to sell the
home for less than the value of the
loan. They can also do a deed-in-
lieu of foreclosure, in which the
homeowner voluntarily gives the
deed of the property to the service.
Incentives include being fully
released from future liability for
the first mortgage debt, and $1,500
for borrower relocation assistance.
There are also incentives for
investors and the lenders.
As the United States continues to
experience one of the worst eco-
nomic downturns ever, foreclosure
filings continue to rise especially
amongst minority families.

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April 8-14, 2010

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United Way offering free

financial help on Tax Blitz Day

For Northeast Florida residents
who have not yet filed a 2009
income tax return-there is still
time! Thanks to the Real$ense
Prosperity Campaign, Internal
Revenue Service and partners, there
is also help, free of charge.
Tax Blitz Day will be held on
Thursday, April 15, 2010, 6 a.m. to
6p.m. at the Gateway WorkSource
office, 5000-2 Norwood Avenue,
Jacksonville 32208.
A team of IRS certified volun-
teers from VITA (Volunteer Income
Tax Assistance) and AARP Tax-
Aide will be on hand, offering free
income tax preparation including
current, amended and prior year
returns. There are no income limita-
tions for individuals who still need

to file their tax return at this event
(only business owners and rental
property owners are out of scope).
Individuals will be served on a
Taxpayers wishing to file a return
on Tax Blitz Day must bring the fol-
Photo ID for self (and for
spouse, if filing jointly).
Social Security Card or
Individual Taxpayer Identification
Number for all individuals to be
listed on the tax return as depen-
Copies of all W-2 and 1099
forms; amounts of other income
Bank documents showing rout-
ing and account numbers if request-
ing direct deposit.
Other items to bring, for some

Property tax and mortgage
interest documentation.
For itemized returns: documenta-
tion for out-of-pocket expenses for
medical bills, supplemental insur-
ance premiums, charitable contri-
Child care documentation (if
claiming a deduction) listing
provider name, address, tax ID
number and amount paid; Alimony
and child support documentation
For more information about Tax
Blitz Day, individuals should call
United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1
or 1-904-632-0600. For specific
income tax or filing information,
individuals are asked to call IRS at
904-665-1040 or 1-800-829-1040.

New Roth retirement

account options in 2010

By Jason Alderman
When deciding whether to save
for retirement using a traditional or
Roth IRA, many people wrestle
with the question, "When I retire,
will my tax rate be higher or lower
than it is today?"
This is a crucial distinction
because with a Roth your contribu-
tions are taxed today, while with-
drawals, including investment earn-
ings, are tax-free at retirement.
Conversely, contributing to a tradi-
tional IRA lowers your current tax-
able income; then, in exchange for
that present-day favorable tax treat-
ment, you later pay taxes on your
balance when it's withdrawn at
Some financial experts presume
that because your income will like-
ly be lower at retirement, your tax
bracket probably will drop as well.
Others, more pessimistic about the
current economy, predict that
record budget deficits could lead to
higher future tax rates.
So, how to choose? Despite their
more immediate tax burden, Roth
IRAs have a couple of longer-term
advantages for many folks. For
The younger you are when you
start saving in a Roth, the longer
your money will compound, tax-
Unlike traditional IRAs, Roth's
have no mandatory minimum annu-
al withdrawals beginning at age 70
V2, so your account can continue to
grow tax-free during your lifetime.

(Mandatory withdrawals from tra-
ditional IRAs were waived for 2009
Heirs who inherit a Roth IRA do
not pay income tax on withdrawals
as they do with an inherited tradi-
tional IRA.
Either way, IRAs are still a good
vehicle for retirement savings, par-
ticularly if you don't participate in a
workplace 401(k) plan. And now,
thanks to two tax code changes
effective January 1, 2010, you have
additional options regarding IRAs.
First, people (single or married)
whose modified adjusted gross
income (MAGI) exceeds $100,000
can now convert part or all of their
existing traditional IRAs or work-
place savings plans from an old
employer into a Roth IRA.
Previously, these higher-income
folks were excluded from such con-
versions. (Note that certain MAGI
limits do still apply for new Roth
contributions. See IRS Publication
590 at www.irs.gov for details.)
Although such conversions may
indeed provide long-term tax
advantages, they can be difficult to
swallow in the short term, since the
converted balance is added to your
taxable income, thereby increasing
your taxes and possibly boosting
you into a higher tax bracket for
the year.
For 2010 conversions only, half
of the converted amount will be
added to your 2011 taxable income
and half to your 2012 taxable
income. Or, if you prefer, you may

First Coast Virtual Job

Fair April

With more than a week until the
official opening of the First Coast
Virtual Job Fair, nearly 70 different
employers are already registered
with jobs ranging from entry-level
to experienced trades workers and
management positions. Once again
job seekers can take advantage of
technology and nontraditional job-
seeking methods-and finding
those jobs through the First Coast
Virtual Job Fair, being offered by
WorkSource, along with Florida
State College at Jacksonville and
more than five dozen employers.
Virtual Job Fairs in 2009 and
2010, thousands of jobs at every
level from entry to upper manage-
ment have been filled on the First
Coast. Job applicants and employ-
ers will have another opportunity to
make a match online, beginning at
midnight April 12 and continuing
through 11:59 p.m. on April 16.
The Virtual Job Fair provides
money- and time-saving benefits
for both job seekers and employers.
For job seekers, participation
becomes easier than the typical
half-day, take time off and stand-in-
line routine. Access to the site is
24/7 during the days of operation to
accommodate anyone's schedule.
A free Web-based training manu-
al, the VJF Handbook, will be
available by going to
1.html. The Handbook guides
novices and experienced job seek-
ers through the basics for those who
need them, with tips on resume
building and ways for everyone to
best present their skills to prospec-
tive employers. Additionally, a

12-16, 2010

video option is available for each
The VJF Handbook is provided
by Florida State College at
Jacksonville. The College also will
provide information on career
counseling and training for workers
needing to upgrade their present
skills. They can also learn about
courses and programs to build new
skills in health care, trades and
industries and other careers for
which there is a demonstrated need
for employees.

Tips on Tipping
Not just for restaurants . .
Any service profession warrants
a tip. Good service at the hand of
your hairdresser, your cab driver,
or your bellhop means you
should be attentive to how you're
tipping them. A solid rule of
thumb is about 5% of the total
bill, or two dollars per luggage
Extra pay for extra service.
Superlative service that warrants
a bonus tip that is, an addition-
al 5% to 10% of the amount
billed is short waiting periods,
advice in the menu selection, an
excellent wine suggestion, refill-
ing of drinks, and being in the
right place at the right time.
Don't be a showoff. Exorbitant
tipping is as frowned upon as
miserly tipping. Money isn't eas-
ily made, and arrogantly drop-
ping a huge tip might make your
waiter think you're condescend-

have the entire amount added to
your 2010 taxable income.
As always, you can undo, or
"recharacterize," a conversion later
on if needed. For example, if your
Roth IRA balance significantly
decreased after conversion (as
many did after the 2008 stock mar-
ket crash), you would be taxed on
account value that no longer exists;
so, you are allowed to undo the con-
version and then reconvert at a
more favorable time.
Recharacterization rules and dead-
lines are complex, so refer to
Publication 590 for details.
Better yet, always consult a tax or
investment professional for help
weighing your options before mak-
ing any major changes to your
retirement savings habits.

Out Your Financial

by M. Singletary, BAW
Spring, with its rebirth and warm
days, is as a good as time as any to
get busy throwing out the stuff
clogging your home, office, mind
and spirit. That's the seemingly
simple advice in Gail Blanke's new
Blanke, a motivational speaker
and president and chief executive
of Lifedesigns, has written "Throw
Out Fifty Things: Clear the Clutter,
Find Your Life" (Springboard
Press, $13.99).
You may be wondering
what this book has to do with
personal finance. Actually,
quite a bit.
Many of the people who have
financial issues got into their
money mess because of what
Blanke calls life plaque -- bad
memories from childhood, a sense
of entitlement, awful money habits
and old debts. If this describes you,
aren't you tired of holding on to
that baggage?
Why 50 things?
It's not an arbitrary number,
Blanke promises: "Once you make
it to 50, a kind of wonderful
momentum takes over; before you
know it, the throwing-out thing
becomes a habit, an ongoing mind-
So what do you toss?
Blanke answers this question by
giving you the "rules of disengage-
ment." They are:
-- Rule No. 1. If the item, mem-
ory, job or even person is weighing
you down, get rid of it.
-- Rule 2. If the thing is not con-
tributing something positive, let it
-- Rule 3. If it takes you a long
time to decide whether something

needs to be tossed, throw it out.
-- Rule 4. If you're afraid to
throw out something, get rid of the
One of the chapters that really hit
home for me was "Letting Go of
Needing to Feel Secure."
"There was this idea that if you
worked and saved and kept a lid on
your wildest dreams, not to men-
tion your expenses,
you'd be


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Blanke writes. "Well,
all those securities are, if not total-
ly defunct, more than a little iffy
these days."
The recession has made many
people realize that security can't
just come with the job you hold or
the emergency money you've
saved. Both can vanish sooner than
you think. Blanke says don't covet
and cling to security -- especially
financial security -- to the point
that when it's taken away, you
Blanke's book is divided into


four parts. In part one, you get rid
of the unused stuff in your house.
No more junk drawers. In part two,
you attack your office or desk or
the part of your house designated
as your workspace. "Throw out all
the debris that's accumulated there,
which just might be slowing your
ability to gain traction in a new
assignment, a new company or
even a whole new career," she
In part three, you get rid of the
mental mess. You might be sur-
prised (although I'm not) at the
emotional junk you've collected.
Finally, after you've made it to 50,
with added space in your home,
office and mind there's room to
contemplate what you want in life.
So are you ready to throw out 50
things? If so, I have a challenge
for you. As you think about the
stuff you need to pitch, may I
suggest that you put on your list
at least five financial things?
S, Among them, get rid of a lin-
gering small debt. Throw out
Y % old financial documents you
no longer need (that pile of
papers counts as just one thing).
Shed the anger of a lost job or
Here's the thing about Blanke's
book when it comes to your
finances: People want higher
incomes so they can live a better
life, and this often just means hav-
ing more stuff and the debt that
goes with the accumulation of it.
But what if you started throwing
out things? What if the purging
process makes you more apprecia-
tive of what you have? This has the
possibility of making you realize
you can make do with the money
you have.



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The Federal Fair Housing Act protects your right to live where you

want. In fact, in any decision regarding rental, sales, or kend; .a, it is

against the law to consider race, color, national origin, religion, sex,

disability, or family status. If you think you've been denied housing,

please call us. Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.

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The Color of Money: Clean

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Census Day Has Passed, So Now What?

by Pharoah Martin
Census Day, April 1, has passed
but that doesn't mean it's too late to
turn in your 10-question Census
form to be counted. The Census
Bureau will continue to accept 2010
Census questionnaires by mail
through mid-April.
For households that fail to mail
back their forms, census workers
will begin making door to door vis-
its beginning May 1, and will con-
tinue doing so until mid-July.
Census data determines crucial
dollar allocations and political rep-
resentation within communities.
The data determines the apportion-
ment of congressional seats to
states. It also determines the distri-
bution of more than $4 trillion dol-
lars in federal funds to local gov-

ernments and communities over the
next decade and lays the ground-
work for what community services
will be provided.
Still, only 54 percent of the
nation's estimated 145 million
households mailed back their cen-
sus forms on April 1, reports the U.
S Census Bureau. April 1 was the
official deadline day to reply to the
Census so that the federal govern-
ment can begin conducting the
nation's decennial headcount, as
mandated by the U.S. Constitution.
The 2010 U.S. Census will cost
taxpayers almost $12 billion,
according to a 2008 budget request
submitted by the Department of
Commerce, making it the most
expensive count ever.
The massive address canvassing

operation will cost taxpayers an
average of $57 per household ver-
sus the 42 cents it takes to get a
response back by mail to send a
census taker door-to-door to collect
the same information that they did-
n't mail it back.
Approximately 140,000 census
takers will follow-up in person with
every single address that doesn't
mail back a form in order. So if the
Census form is still sitting on your
coffee table expect a visit by a pub-
lic worker carrying a U.S. Census
Bureau badge. For the first time,
workers will also carry around
GPS-enabled handheld computers
to record data. The handheld
devices will improve accuracy of
the count and precision of geo-
graphic data gathered, according to

the Census Bureau.
In the case that nobody answers,
a census taker will visit a home up
to three times. A census taker can
only ask census form-related ques-
tions but may require your phone
number in order to follow up with
questions regarding incomplete
By law, the Census Bureau is not
allowed to share respondents'
answers with any other governmen-
tal agency such as the FBI, the CIA
or welfare and immigration agen-
cies, nor with any court of law. Its
employees take an oath for life to
keep census information confiden-
tial. Failure to uphold that oath is
punishable by a fine of up to
$250,000 and five years in prison.

Black unemployment

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unemployment rate may be the
fact that many of the job areas
where Blacks and Latinos tend to
concentrate are among the first to
lay off or become slow during hard
economic times.
"It goes up more rapidly in man-
ufacturing and in construction than
it does in service occupations,"
Chiswick says. He says there are
several ways to reduce the unem-
ployment disparity in educational
attainment and the second is to
increase jobs.
Chiswick's suggestions mirror
that of the National Urban League's
State of Black America released
last month. In a plan to "put
America back to work" outlined in
the annual report, NUL President
and CEO Marc Morial lists "target-
ed investments for job creation" as
the number one means of dealing
with unemployment. He also lists
job training for the chronically
unemployed; greater access to cred-
it to help small businesses and the
self-employed to stay afloat; addi-
tional counseling relief for people
caught in foreclosures; and tax
incentives for clean energy compa-
nies who employ individuals in
hardest hit communities.
Despite noble efforts by the


JTA held a series of public workshops and a public hearing to collect
feedback on proposed route changes to begin May 3, 2010. We heard
your concerns and did not make all the changes originally proposed. We
will be returning to the locations below to update you on the final plans.
Please come and hear what we will be doing.

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Obama Administration, it appears
conditions are worsening for Black
Americans. The "Equality Index"
comparing the economic status of
Blacks and Whites in the SBA
report is only 57.4 percent.
Morial explains in a recent col-
umn for NNPA: "This reflects an
unemployment rate for Blacks that
is double that for Whites, a widen-
ing of the median household
income gap, and the sobering facts
that less than half of African-
American families own a home
compared to three quarters of
White families and that Blacks and
Hispanics are more than three times
as likely as whites to live below the
poverty line."


A sign is seen posted on the office door of Dr. Jack Cassell, a Mount
Dora, Fla. urologist. The notice on Dr. Jack Cassell's Mount Dora
practice says, 'If you voted for Obama, seek urologic care elsewhere.'
Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years. Cassell
said he wasn't questioning patients or refusing care, because that
would be unethical.
Florida doctor turns away Obama supporters

A Florida urologist who oppos-
es the new health care reform bill
has a sign posted on his office door
that reads: "If you voted for Obama
... seek urologic care elsewhere.
Changes to your health care begin
right now, not in four years."
Jack Cassell, a registered
Republican, told the Orlando
Sentinel that he doesn't mind losing
business over the sign.
"I'm not turning anybody away,
that would be unethical," he told
the Sentinel. "But if they read the
sign and turn the other way, so be
Patients who decide to ignore the
sign will enter a waiting room filled

with Republican pamphlets oppos-
ing health care reform, underneath
a sign reading, "This is what the
morons in Washington have done to
your health care. Take one, read it
and vote out anyone who voted for
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) told
the Sentinel he was "disgusted" by
Cassell's behavior.
"Maybe he thinks the Hippocratic
Oath says, 'Do no good'," Grayson
said. "If this is the face of the right
wing in America, it's the face of
cruelty. ... Why don't they change
the name of the Republican Party to
the Sore Loser Party?"

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Mobile Home Park, 4631 Magill Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32219, to operate a 0.0175 MGD annual average
daily flow (AADF) design capacity domestic wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) serving a 3D-lot mobile
home park with an effluent discharge of 0.0071 MGD AADF to Nine Mile Creek (Class III fresh waters) in the
Lower St. Johns River basin. This facility does not have a new or expanded discharge to surface waters. The
facility is located at latitude 30" 24'4.7511 N, longitude 81045'1.84" Won 8167 Old Kings Road, Jacksonville,
Florida 32219 in Duval County.
The intent to issue and application file are available for public inspection during normal business hours, 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at the Department's Northeast District Office,
7825 Baymeadows Way, Suite B200, Jacksonville, Florida 32256-7577, at phone number (9t:>4) 807-3300.
The Department will issue the permit with the attached conditions unless a timely petition for an administra-
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notice. The procedures for petitioning for a hearing are set forth below.
A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department's proposed permitting decision may peti-
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tion must contain the information set forth below and must be filed (received by the Clerk) in the Office of
General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida
Under Rule 62-110.106(4), Florida Administrative Code, a person may request an extension of the time for
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of General Counsel before the end of the time period for filing a petition for an administrative hearing.
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person who has asked the Department for notice of agency action may file a petition -within fourteen days of
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the petitioner's representative, if any, which shall be the address for service 'purposes during the course of the
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Administrative Code. The agreement must be received by the Oerk in the Office of General Counsel of the
Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, TaWlhassee, Florida 32399-3000, within ten
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right to a hearing if mediation does not result in a settlement.
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ing and issuing a final order. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties, the mediation must be concluded within
sixty days of the execution of the agreement. If mediation results in settlement of the administrative dispute,
the Department must enter a final order incorporating the agreement of the parties. Persons seeking to protect
their substantial interests that would be affected by such a modified final decision must file their petitions with-
in fourteen days of receipt of this notice, or they shall be deemed to have waived their right to a proceeding
under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes. If mediation.terminates without settlement of the dispute,
the Department shall notify all parties in writing that the administrative hearing processes under Sections
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ify the deadlines that then will apply for challenging the agency action and electing remedies under those two


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Teacher Pay and Tenure Bill Could

Ultimately Hurt Students Too

Many politicians have been noto-
rious for attempting to implement
private business practices in the
public sector. Sometimes it makes
sense, but there are times that it's
more like trying to fit a square peg
into a round hole.
Republicans in the Florida
Legislature are doing just that the
concept of pay for performance is a
business practice that I totally agree
with. But when it comes to the pub-
lic sector, pay for performance has
to be carefully implemented.
Typically, whether it is a private
company or municipality, pay for
performance compensation plans
are win-wins for employees and
executives. When properly imple-
mented, everyone shares a common
goal of doing what's best for the
organization, and there is a clear
reward for your dedication and
hard work more pay.
But here's the catch, if my job in
contingent on a number of vari-
ables that I can't control, then pay
for performance is not fair.
Let me bring it home. Republican
lawmakers in Tallahassee passed a
bill out of the Education Policy
Council (12-5 vote) this week that
would essentially create a pay for
performance program for Florida
The bill basically sets the stan-
dard that if teachers are not per-
forming or getting students to
achieve then the state or school sys-
tem can get rid of that teacher. The
higher your students achieve then
the more money teachers are eligi-
ble to receive. At first blush, it
doesn't sound so bad right?
But when you begin to think
about it who is going to be willing
to go to those inner-city schools
and take the teaching jobs that no
one else wants? ...
School systems around the state
could potentially lose dozens of
teachers every year because they
simply cannot motivate children
from tough environments to learn
at a certain state mandated level.
Under this new bill teacher tenure

and long term achievements go out
the door.
As a teacher, other than the pas-
sion I have for educating children
why would I want to go to an inner
city school where 1 have to work
twice as hard for less pay because it
takes more than a teacher to fix a
Many minority students from
core city neighborhoods are deal-
ing with so much more than math
and reading homework.
Some of our inner city children
are dealing with real poverty, crime
and drugs not only in their neigh-
borhoods, but also in their homes.
So without giving educators addi-
tional resources for teaching at-risk
children, the Legislature is basical-
ly expecting teachers to be miracle
workers or be fired.
There are so many variables that
go into the education of a child. Of
course, one of the biggest chal-
lenges that school systems around
the country face is trying to get par-
ents involved in their child's educa-
You could hire the best teacher in
the world, but without the proper
resources, institutional support, and
parental involvement that teacher
will struggle to be successful in
most environments.
Again, the concept of pay [7.
for performance is a good
one, but if this state is to
implement this type of com-
pensation we have to actually
reward good teachers for
teaching in tough environ-
ments. We also should not
simply look at a students
achievement on a standardize
test to measure a teacher's
Teacher evaluations should
be based on a number of fac-
tors including student
improvement throughout the
And every school system is
unique, so local school boards
should decide teacher com-
pensation. I agree with Alex

Sink, the Democratic Gubernatorial
candidate, who recently said, "I
feel strongly that our local school
districts should be the ones making
these kinds of decisions for our stu-
dents and teachers -- not politicians
in Tallahassee."
As someone who served on the
City Council, one of the issues that
local officials really dislike is when
the state forces unfunded mandates
on local government.
Sink also stated, "I also have a
serious problem with placing even
more unfunded mandates on our
local school districts, as they are
already facing significant budget
According to the Foundation for
Florida's Future, and organization
founded by Jeb Bush, the bill will
boost the quality of teachers and
weed out the bad ones. The organi-
zation also claims that the measure
will raise teacher salaries across the
Of course, teachers and teacher's
unions from around the state are up
in arms. They feel that teaching is
already a very stressful job and a
measure like this bill could destroy
morale and make it even harder to
attract quality teachers.
The unions are also convinced
that this is a Jeb Bush lead maneu-

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ver to break the
teacher's unions
in Florida.
Getting back
to unfunded
mandates. One

provision of the
bill calls for school districts to set
aside five percent of the system's
annual funding to pay for new "pay
for performance" compensation.
Hello has anyone Tallahassee
gotten the memo school systems
are already struggling to keep the
doors open without closing schools
and laying off teachers.
Whether you agree with the bill
or not, I think that it's clear that
there is enough time to find some
sort of middle ground. Instead of
motivating teachers we may be on
the verge of doing just the opposite.
We also have to keep in mind that
although this bill is aimed at teach-
ers, it's the students who are getting
lost in the equation.
If Republican lawmakers are not
willing to bend, don't be surprised
if teachers decide not to show up
for school in the fall. Hopefully, a
compromised can be reached
before Governor Crist receives the
bill for signature.
Partisan politics has dominated
this debate so far, but real leaders
should be able to rise above politics
and remember the bottom line our
Signing off from Central
Riverside Elementary,
Reggie Fullwood

0 I*ty Chronicles

Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood

- he's African-American

by E.O. Hutchinson
President Obama unequivocally
and unhesitatingly made it official:
he's African-American. That may
sound silly and facile to say that but
his checking the box "African-
American" on his census form did
two things. It made meaningless the
incessant chatter of whether Obama

despite having one of the world's
most recognizable names and faces
and power positions. As other
blacks, he could fume at being
bypassed by taxis, racially profiled
by police on street corners, refused
being showed an apartment by land-
lords, followed in stores by security
guards, denied a loan for his busi-

"Dreams from My Father." He self-
designated himself as African-
American, and took pride in that
then, and that hasn't changed.
A mere check of the biracial des-
ignation on his census form would
not spare Obama from any of the
routine petty racial harassments and
annoyances the subtle and out-

The roughly six million or 2 percent ofAmericans who checked the biracial
census box may take comfort trying to be racially precise, but most also tell
of their own bitter experienceof racial bigotry in the streets and workplace.

should be called mixed race or
African-American. It recognized
the hard and unchanging reality that
race relations and conflict in
America are still framed in black
and white. The one-drop rule in
America renders anyone with even
a trace of African ancestry in their
genealogy as black. The delusion
that calling oneself mixed race, no
matter how light complexioned they
are, will not earn them a pass from
the lash of racial persecution.
Obama has never gotten a pass

ness or home purchase, confined to
living in a segregated neighbor-
hood, or passed over for a corporate
management position.
The roughly six million or 2 per-
cent of Americans who checked the
biracial census box may take com-
fort trying to be racially precise, but
most also tell of their own bitter
experience in feeling the sting of
racial bigotry in the streets and
workplace. Obama has related his
racial awakening in his best selling
bare-the-soul autobiography

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biracial box is a feel-good, paper
designation that has no validity in
the hard world of American race
politics. The venom and relentless,
vile that From the moment The
instant that Obama tossed his hat in
the presidential ring in February
2007, and through his relentless,
hyper pressurized presidential bat-
tles, the vile, venomous, racial
pounding has been non-stop. The
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taunts, digs, cracks, insults, and
slurs, the ape and monkey depic-
tions of he and First Lady Michelle
on tens of thousands of web sites is
horrid testament that even a presi-
dent is not exempt from racial
loathing, bi-racial or not.
Despite the real and feigned
color-blindness of many voters,
nearly 60 percent of whites still did
not vote for him. Most based their
opposition to him on Republican
political loyalties, ties, regional and
personal preferences. But a signifi-
cant minority of white voters did
not for him because he's black, and
they did not hide their feelings
about that in exit polls in the
Democratic primaries and the gen-
eral election. Tagging him as mul-
tiracial or biracial made absolutely
no difference to them, let alone
changes their perception that he was
Even though Obama has never
called himself anything but African-
American, and now has made it
official on the census form, the

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sideshow debate over whether
Obama is the black president or the
biracial president still creeps up.
The debate is even more nonsensi-
cal since science has long since
debunked the notion of a pure racial
type. In America, race has never
been a scientific or genealogical
designation, but a political and
social designation. Anyone with the
faintest trace of African ancestry
was and still is considered black and
treated accordingly.
Blacks were ecstatic over
Obama's candidacy and his presi-
dential win. They were unabashed
in saying that they backed him with
passion and fervor because he is
black. Many would not have
cheered him with the same passion
if he touted himself as a mixed race
The thrill and pride for them was
that a black man could beat the
racial odds and climb to the political
top; substituting biracial for black
would not have had the same mean-
ing or significance to blacks. The

talk about Obama being anything
other than black infuriates many
blacks. Their anger is legitimate. If
Obama doesn't run from his black
identity then the biracial card
appears as a naked effort to snatch
Obama's history-making presiden-
cy from them. It's also an implicit
denial that an African American can
have the right stuff- the smarts, tal-
ent and ability to excel in any arena.
Obama's presidency was and still
is a significant step forward for
black and white relations in
America, not mixed-race relations.
The nagging racial slights and
indignities that many African
Americans suffer, and the racial
ridicule that Obama is routinely
subjected too, is an eternal reminder
that race still does matter, and mat-
ters a lot to many Americans.
Obama's self-designation of him-
self as African-American made
what's painfully obvious official.
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The buck stops here

"Act fast to help us use ads to target U.S. leaders with
reports of Bashir's voter repression!" With that "Save
Darfur" sought donations to continue efforts to destabilize
and divide Africa's largest country. Calling Sudan's elec-
tions "a sham," Save Darfur ads tout American leaders to not let citizens of
Sudan "be allowed to legitimize President Omar al-Bashir's dictatorial rule,
despite his status as an indicted war criminal!" In its latest move to under-
mine that country, Save Darfur's Robert Lawrence is urging United States
officials not to legitimize Sudan's presidential election. Maybe the group
shouldn't go there. Questions "legitimacy" apply to as much to Save Darfur
as they to Omar al-Bashir's candidacy. A nationwide reelection of President
al-Bashir against a bevy of challengers immediately puts into question what
Sudanese think of International Criminal Court (ICC) indictments the
Sudanese leader faces.
Over the past eight years international attention has been directed away
from conditions in Southern Sudan to the issue of Darfur, thus overlooking
serious threats of a North-South war re-erupting. Outstanding problems
remain between the two ruling parties, the National Congress Party (NCP)
and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), both of which signed
a peace agreement in 2005. Multi-party elections, being held April 11th -
13th, bring to an end the transitional period which began when the decades-
long Second Sudanese Civil War ended in 2005. Presidential and parlia-
mentary elections will select the President of Sudan and the National
Assembly. There are thousands more Sudanese involved in the six elections
than just al-Bashir. The country will elect: national presidential and parlia-
mentary, the South Sudan President, state governors, and the South's parlia-
ment and state assemblies. A reformism for Southern Sudan's independence
will be held January 2011.
It is true that Sudan's 74-year-old president is a wanted man by the West.
Al-Bashir has an arrest warrant hanging over his head from the ICC, but if
anything, Bashir's defiance of the warrant, and implicitly of the West, has
enhanced his appeal among the electorate. The Darfur conflict, the after-
math of two decades of civil war in the South, the lack of basic infrastruc-
ture and reliance by much of the population on subsistence agriculture con-
front whatever government emerge.
It's estimated the "Save Darfur Coalition" has taken in over $100 million.
Instead of the money going to save people in Darfur it's consumed by pub-
licity campaigns that generate more donations. Reports say several millions
of these funds have ended up in Israeli bank accounts that help fund pro-
grams that include illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Many
think Save Darfur is a "grassroots movement" similar to events a generation
ago against apartheid. Do donors actually know it is top-heavy with evan-
gelical Christians who preach the coming war for the end of the world and
with elements known for uncritical support of Israeli actions in the Middle
East? Millions of dollars thought for helping Darfur is spent to manufacture
consent for US military intervention under the cloak of stopping or prevent-
ing genocide. Instead of supporting the elections and allowing candidates to
make, and fulfil, promises of "fixing bad roads" and growing the economy
among Sudanese society, Save Darfur pushes rancour and disunity. In con-
trast to Save Darfur's, an international donor's conference held for Darfur
recently raised $850 million for projects intended to ensure the safe return
of nearly 3 million displaced people. Organized by the 57-nation
Organization of The Islamic Conference, the conference's statement said
they "wanted to highlight the importance of development in achieving peace
and stability in Darfur". The biggest donors were Brazil, the Islamic Bank
for Development, Qatar and Turkey. Western countries such as the US,
Canada, Norway and Britain did not pledge saying the region was not secure
enough for the proposed work.
Sudan is the world's 17th fastest growing economy and has had substan-
tial new economic infrastructure investments. It still faces formidable eco-
nomic problems. Its existence is based on the elections and a referendum on
independence for the oil-rich South. It's time to tamp down on imperialism
and instead seek constructive engagement with whoever emerges as elected
officials in Sudan.

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Jax couple compete on national HGTV show

BeforeThe Holzendorfs' kitchen prior to the renovation, Tracey and Kevin Holzendorf and
the kitchen following the contest. The makeover featured dark granite countertops, cherry pan-
eling, green tile backsplash and coordinated wall paint help soften the kitchen's ambiance.

Jacksonville couple Tracey and
Kevin Holzendorf will join two of
their Hidden Hills neighbors in the
HGTV series Battle On the Block.

The fun, character-driven home
makeover show features three
neighboring families competing
against one another in an effort to

design and build one new room
from scratch, all in the span of a
single weekend! The winner not
only gets $10,000 but also bragging

rights in the neighborhood. The
show will air on Saturday, April 10
at 10 p.m. on HGTV Cable channel
21. Stay tuned to see who wins.

Professionals spend time with youth to inspire career options

Panel participants are shown above and included Pastor Clinton Bush, Bianca Grayer, Jacquelyn Green, Lynn Jones, Bruce Jones, Cristin
Jordan, Delores King, Sidney Larramore and Kevin Waters.

Florida State College at
Jacksonville recently held its annu-
al Career Day College Reach Out
Program (CROP). Over 80 chil-
dren from various Duval County
schools grades 6 9 participated.
Panel members included: Pastor
Clinton Bush, co-founder of City
Kidz Ice Cream Caf6 and Executive
Director of the Institute for
Financial Literacy Boot Camp for
teens in Historic Springfield;

Bianca I. Grayer, Supply Specialist
for the National Guard; Jacquelyn
Green, Community Relations
Consultant for the Florida
Department of Children and
Families; Lynn Jones,
Host/Producer the Lynn & Friends
Show; Bruce Jones, Prevention
Program Manager for Gateway
Community Services; Cristin
Jordon, NPR Affiliate 89.9 WJCT
News Reporter/Anchor; Delores

King, Pre School teacher for
Innovation School of Excellence;
Sidney Larramore, CEO of SBL
Network and Kevin Waters General
Manager/Head basketball coach for
the Jacksonville Blue Waves.
Each speaker spoke of their jour-
ney and the process to become suc-
cessful. Pastor Bush reminded the
students, "it's all about the choices
you make."
Jacquelyn Green was instrumen-

Alumni and


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tal in motivating the students with
her single parent upbringing "I was
raised by a single parent whom
stressed education and determina-
tion." Pastor Jones faithfully remi-
nisced about his upbringing in a
dysfunctional household, "I didn't
know I was poor and I am not a
product of my environment."
Students were eager to pose
career questions and options to the
panel which included a Q & A ses-
sion following the presentation.

Two more wrongly convicted freed
This scene is becoming all too and then saw Gould and Taylor
common.Maybe standard inves- leaving the store. The two men got
tigative techniques were ignored 80 years behind bars.
in the rush to solve a horrible What the woman left out was
crime. By the time the truth is that she lied. She recanted her
revealed, the men statements,
have spent years of explaining that she
their lives behind .. was a prostitute
bars for a crime they and heroin addict
insisted they were at the time police
innocent of, except were interviewing
that no one believed her and that she
them. was in need of a
The latest exam- hit, according to
ples of this injustice in our crimi- the judge in the case. The police
nal justice system are Ronald promised to help her get heroin
Taylor and George Gould of afterward to get over her
Connecticut. The two men spent "dopesickness," she said. The
16 years behind bars for the mur- woman says she wasn't even at the
der of a store clerk. A witness scene.
claimed at trial that she saw Gould And then a private investigator
enter the store and argue with assigned to the case found that the
store owner Eugenio Deleon Vega DNA on a cord used to bind the
about opening the safe. The victim's hands did not match
woman claimed she heard a shot Taylor's or Gould's DNA.

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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.

One Accord Food and
Clothes Give-A-Way
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.

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
calling 904-391-3608.

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His Eminence Abuna Nathaniel Joshua Gabre Shiloh Salem
During the month of April the entertainment business. In1974, point in his
Christian from all different religion at the age of 21, Nathaniel decided it, that nigh
groups celebrate Jesus Christ to close his nightclub and move out man who m
according to their religious west to California in pursuit of his Even though
beliefs. The Ethiopian Orthodox dream. En route to California he he wanted t
Coptic Church of North and South stopped off in Harlem, New York to inside made
America the oldest Christian spend the summer where he landed After tha
Church in Christian Antiquity, a job working in a restaurant. had an ineff
spearheaded by His Eminence Ironically the stop he made in rience. At th
Abuna Nathaniel Joshua Gabre Harlem tuned out to be a divine his heart the
Shiloh Salem, Archbishop Primate, intervention by a higher power that pose and w
celebrated Easter with the rich guided him East as opposed to West. ministry. He
African traditions, a legacy left He had a vision to pursue a career church where
behind by our African ancestors. in the entertainment business but a ed to his Afr
Jacksonville native)Nathaniel source stronger had a different year period
Williams was born on January 6th vision for him. One night after leav- search for th
1953, in Jacksonville, Florida. He is ing the restaurant Nathaniel was 1978, he wa
the eldest of six boys. At the age of invited to a party by a friend. He ture about T
18 he was a young entrepreneur and went to the party expecting to have Coptic Ch
the owner of a popular nightclub a grand time, not knowing that this Archbishop
with a vision to pursue a career in fateful night would be the turning inspired and

Jax native heads Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church

wisdom and knowledge of the
Coptic Christianity. Nathaniel stud-
ied under the guidance of the
Archbishop for many years. He
accepted the fact that he was chosen
to do some great work by minister-
ing to his people. He decided to ded-
icate his life to the teaching and
work of the church and was
ordained as a priest. For many years
he served the church with dignity
and pride. On September 27th 1986
at the age of 33, Nathaniel was con-
secrated and elevated to
Metropolitan Archbishop Primate of
The Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic
Church of North and South
Bishops and other ecclesiastical
clergymen authorized the consecra-
tion of the Divine liturgical ceremo-
ny and bestowed the title upon him.
The term" Abuna" means head of
the church, the spiritual leader of the
Ethiopian Orthodox Coptic Church.
The Abuna is like a Pope (African)
and carries the Apostolic lineage of
St. Mark as it was founded by one of
the original Apostles of Jesus
Christ, St Mark, who established the
church in Alexandria, Egypt where
he was martyred and is the patron
Saint of Egypt. The "Mother
Church" of African Christianity is
located in both Egypt and Ethiopia.
The term "Coptic" means Egyptian-
Christianity descended from the
ancient Pharaohs. Coptic was the
ancient language of the Pharaohs.
There are 117 popes of the Coptic
Church who have the African -
Apostolic Lineage of St. Mark and
thus establishing the Ecclesiastical
Throne of St. Mark. The current
African Pope in Egypt is His
Holiness Pope Shenouda.

life. As fate would have
t at the party he met a
[inistered unto his soul.
h that was the last thing
o hear, something deep
him listen.
t encounter Nathaniel
Table supernatural expe-
at point he knew within
at he had a divine pur-
'as being called to the
prayed and asked for a
re he could feel connect-
ican roots. Over a three-
he went on a journey in
hat divine connection. In
s invited to attend a lec-
'he Ethiopian Orthodox
urch where he met
Edwin H. Collins who
taught him the history,

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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 llth.

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. 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
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 11th. 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

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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.

Jackson Class of '76
The Andrew Jackson class of
1976 will be having a reunion plan-
ning meeting for their upcoming
35th reunion celebration. It will be
held on Wednesday, April 21,

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Jackson High School. Call Ms.
Crawford at 520-0166 for more

John Witherspoon
in concert
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.

Stanton All
Class Reunion
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.
For tickets, more information, or to
participate in the planning process,
call 764-8795.

Jacksonville History
in 20 Minutes
The Jacksonville Historial Society
will present "Jacksonville History
in 20 Minutes" on Tuesday, May
4th, 7 p.m. at Old St. Andrews
church.This JHS film project sports

a "working title." It's a film premier
followed by a panel discussion of
noted area historians and history
buffs offering perspective on a city
history film overview in just 20
minutes-the "right on" story and
analysis of the "rest of the story."
Old St. Andrews is located at 317 A.
Philip Randolph Blvd.

Free Evening
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater in
Thursday, May 6, 2010. The free
event will start at 7 p.m. Spoken
word night is held on the first
Thursday of every month where
poets, writers, vocalists and some-
times musicians gather to present
and hear some of the area's most
powerful and profound lyrical voic-
es in a casual open-mic setting. For
more info call 632-5555.

B.B. King in Concert
Tickets are now on sale for the
legendary bluesman B.B. King who
will be in concert at the Florida
Theater on May 9. For tickets or
more information, call 355-2787.

OneJax Humanitarian
Awards Dinner
This year's One Jax Humanitarian
Award Dinner will be held on May
13, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront This year's
event will honor Cleve E. Warren
Martha "Marty" Lanahan John J.
"Jack" Diamond. For tickets or
more information, call 354-1529.

Miracle on Ashley Street
The 16th Annual Miracle on
AShley Street will be held on
Friday, May 16th at 11 a.m. at 613
W. Ashley Street. Community and
corporate leaders serve a gourmet
lunch prepared by 16 area restau-
rants and Culinary Art students.
All proceeds supports the daily
feeding program for the homeless.
For more information, call the Clara
White Mission at (904) 354-4162.

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Simmons, Sharpton to host rally
for 7 year old rape victim
A peace rally for the seven-year-old
Trenton, NJ girl who was gang raped in the
city will be held on Saturday (April 10) with
Russell Simmons, Rev. Al Sharpton and the
PeaceKeepers scheduled to attend.
The seven-year old victim was allegedly
sold for sexual favors by her 15-year-old
sister, who has been charged in the case
along with the five men accused of raping
the seven-year-old during a party on March
There were reports that Jay-Z was part of the "Stop the Violence" rally
organizers with Simmons and Dennis Muhammad's PeaceKeepers
group, but the rapper's attendance has not
been confirmed.

Will Smith rejects Marvin Gaye
Roll Will Smith has reportedly turned
down the starring role in an upcoming
Marvin Gaye biopic from director
e Cameron Crowe.
According to Daily Variety, the actor
spent months in negotiations to portray
the legendary singer, but the parties were
unable to reach an agreement.
The "Almost Famous" director says he
will forge on to find the right leading man.
"It's all about getting the contact high in a movie theater that you can get
from music. A record can change your life," he said. "Somebody poured
their life into that little piece of music. To me that's a hero."
Crowe has been quietly working on a
Marvin Gaye biopic for three and a half

McKnight sued over 1 year old
love child
S A woman has taken Brian McKnight to
court claiming he is the father of her baby
boy and deserves child support.
S\Miriam Moreno, described as
McKnight's former lover, claims the
singer fathered her one-year-old son
Evan Brian McKnight. It is not known
whether McKnight has taken a paternity
test and details about the reported love affair have not been revealed.
Although McKnight's name is not on the boy's birth certificate, the doc-
ument has the unidentified father's place of birth as New York and his
birth date as June 5, 1969 the same date McKnight was born in
Buffalo, New York.
Moreno, 34, has hired celebrity lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan to repre-
sent her and the pair met McKnight in a California court last week dur-
ing a hearing on child support, reports TMZ. Kaplan represented Kevin
Federline in his divorce from Britney Spears.
The artist and talk show host became engaged to his longtime girlfriend
Annalisa Mungcal this past Valentine's Day.

Concert goers enjoy a bit of Heart & Soul

Sugarfoot of the Ohio Players with Joe Holmes

Dhane Brooks, Terrance Armand and Yamese Coles

Cameo Doug E. Fresh

Melvina Hill, L.A. White and Lashay Hill

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Interview by K. Williams, EUR
Jill Scott was born on April 4, 1972 in The City of Brotherly Love where she was raised by her mother, Joyce,
and her maternal grandmother.
A naturally-gifted child, Jill was speaking at 8 months and learned to read by the age of 4. She credits her
mother for broadening her horizons by taking her to see plays and to museums during her childhood.
After graduating from the Philadelphia High School for Girls, Jill attended Temple University, working
two jobs to put herself through college. She majored in English and planned to become a teacher, but
dropped out of school after becoming disillusioned with the profession while spending time in the class-
room as an assistant.
She started out in showbiz doing poetry readings which is how she was discovered by drummer
QuestLove of The Roots in 1999. He invited Jill to join the band in the studio where she collaborated
with the group on writing their Grammy-winning hit, "You Got Me." This led to her being signed by
the Hidden Beach label to record her debut album, "Who Is Jill Scott?" This launched Jill's phenom-
enally-successful musical career which has netted the sultry singer 3 Grammys thus far.

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O4 show because the feedback
and excitement has been
KW: Bernadette also says
she thought your accent on
the show was incredible, and
almost did not believe it was
you speaking. She wants to
know how you perfected it.
JS: What's funny is that I spent
about a month and a half learning
the wrong accent. I didn't know it
was wrong until after I arrived in
Botswana. The Motswana people
every- said, "What are you talking about?
body just That is not a Botswana accent. You
Kamsank right sound like you're from Zimbabwe."
Williams: back into charac- And they are very particular, if you
Congrats on doing ter. are going to represent their culture.
a greatjob in this sequel which I felt KW: Attorney Bernadette Their dialect is specific, so I had to
improved on the original.Beekman says she just loves your unlearn everything I had learned,
JS: Thank you, I'm really excited acting, and was wondering whether and then learn again.
about it. there are any plans to resume shoot- KW: Why do you refer to the
KW: How was it being reunited ing "The No. 1 Ladies Detective people of Botswana as the
with everybody? Agency." Motswana?
JS: It was so nice. It really was. JS: I certainly hope so. We've JS: You live in Botswana, you
It's just a pleasure to be around peo- been talking to HBO about resum- speak Setswana, and you are
ple that you like, and that you have ing. The reason why we didn't con- Motswana.
a good understanding of We tinue shooting was because I was KW: Children's book author
clicked in the first film, and never pregnant and Mma. Ramotswe was Irene Smalls would like to know,
really separated after we walked not pregnant! [Chuckles] So, I had how has motherhood changed your
away from each other. We still to wait until I after had my child, views on life and career?
called each other. "How're you and then once I did, I felt he was too JS: Well, I am making an effort to
doing?" "How ya' been?" "How's young to travel on a plane for 16 truly live. I don't mean to imply by
the kids?" "How's the wife?" And hours. So, that was one of the rea- that that I haven't been alive before
sons why we went on hiatus. At this but, with my son being here and
then, here it is a couple of years
later, we're doing another film, and point, we're looking at scripts, and such a powerful force in my life,
trying to see how to continue the he's given me a freedom to be

more. I think that sometimes we can
get stuck, and just the fact that he's
here says so much to me about my
own existence. 1 didn't think I'd be
able to have children, and this level
of blessing is something 1 can't
even put my finger on. I don't even
know where to begin to describe the
emotion. I feel like I have a lava
stick in my spine that's propelling
me forward to do larger things like
going on tour with Maxwell, doing
stadiums, and leaving my old
record label to look for a new one
that can support my new effort
100%. I appreciate my old label
very much, but it's time to move
forward. So, my son has given me
the courage to get out of any box
that I've been in.
KW: Larry Greenberg thinks your
music is beautiful and as smooth as
silk. He says, "Philly has produced
more than its share of stunningly-
talented artists. Do you think that
growing up in Philadelphia has
tempered your work?"
JS: Yes, this might sound terrible,
but there has been segregation in
Philadelphia for many years. The
Italians live around Italians. The
Greeks live around Greeks. Spanish
people live around Spanish people,
particularly Puerto Rican. And
black people live around black peo-
ple. That makes us culturally thick,
because if you want to hear real
Puerto Rican music, you go to Little

Puerto Rico. If you want to eat real
Italian food, you go to Little Italy.
Everybody's welcome in any neigh-
borhood in Philadelphia.
KW: It isn't like Boston where a
black person couldn't even walk
through an Irish or Italian neighbor-
hood when I lived there.
JS: Well, in Philadelphia, you are
welcome, and that's The City of
Brotherly Love. I think that makes
us culturally thick and sound, so
you can experience all kinds of cul-
tural authenticity.
KW: Laz Lyles says she hopes
you plan to put out more poetry
books. She has the first one and
loves it. She wants to know, what's
the way you've most changed, cre-
atively since your first album?
JS: I think I've changed more as a
person and, as I change as a person,
there is new added creativity. I've
seen more... I've met more people,
done more things with dogs, and
walked on more beaches since the
beginning. The more I see, the more
I wanna do; and the more I do, the
more I wanna see.
KW: Laz also wanted to wish a
happy birthday to you and your son,
Jett. I know yours was April 4th.
Happy Birthday! When's his?
JS: Thank you. His is the 20th.
KW: Is there any question no one
ever asks you, that you wish some-
one would?
JS: Is there any question no one

ever asks, that I wish someone
would? Wow! If there is, I don't
know what it is.
KW: The Tasha Smith question:
Are you ever afraid?
JS: All the time.
KW: The Zane question: Do you
have any regrets?
JS: Yes.
KW: The Columbus Short ques-
tion: Are you happy?
JS: All the time.
KW: When you look in the mir-
ror, what do you see?
JS: A woman.
KW: The bookworm Troy
Johnson question: What was the last
book you read?
JS: I read three at a time. One of
the one's I'm reading right now is
an autobiography, "The Secret Life
of Salvador Dali."
KW: The music maven Heather
Covington question: What was the
last song you listened to?
JS: It was something really cool
by an artist from DC. I can't
remember his name.
KW: Was it Wale?
JS: Not Wale, his counterpart. A
friend of mine played me his album
in the car, and I found it really inter-
KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question:
What is your earliest childhood
JS: Wow, that's another good one.
Let me think... It was playing with
my dog, Benji. He was my best
KW: If you could have one wish
instantly granted, what would that
be for?

JS: You ask good questions! I like
that. I would want a clean planet.
KW: Thanks again, Jill, for this
opportunity to talk with you, and
best of luck with everything.
JS: Thank you so much for the
cool interview. Be well.


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Jack and Jill in
By M. Forchion Chapman
The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack
and Jill ofAmerica, Inc. organized a
College Road Trip to Tallahassee,
Florida as the highlight of their
"How to Lead Your Ship" leader-
ship workshop series for students
participating in the AVID program
at Andrew Jackson High School
and the Kappa League of Kappa
Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Students traveled by chartered
bus to Tallahassee, where they
toured the campuses of Florida
A&M University and Florida State
University. The trip also included a
visit to the Old Historic Capitol
building, as well as a special visit to
Senator "Tony" Hill's office in the
new capitol building.
The College Road Trip culminat-
ed a year of workshops and com-
pletion of a community service
project by the grant committee,
headed by members Marti Forchion
Chapman and Kim Holloway.
Topics covered included:
"Leadership", "Civic
Responsibility", "Public Speaking
and Dress for Success", "College
Prep 101 and Career Planning", and
"Sex, Drugs, and Hip Hop Culture."
Jack and Jill ofAmerica, Inc is a

Boakiye Yiadom
Abetifi, Ghana A former
teacher has just graduated from a
university in Ghana -- aged 99.
WWII veteran Akasease Kofi
Boakye Yiadom enrolled at

spires and enlightens with College Road Trip

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The students and chaperones are shown above on the Capital steps.
national nonprofit African- through chapter programming, consists of over 9,500 families and
American organization of mothers community service, legislative is the oldest and largest African-
who nurture future leaders by advocacy, and philanthropic giving. American family organization in
strengthening children ages 2-19 Founded in 1938, the organization the United States.

Easter for the Obamas President Barack Obama, First
Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters, Sasha and Malia, attend
Easter Sunday service at Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal
Church in Washington, D.C., April 4, 2010. (Pete Souza)

MLK Memorial on pace

A model of the statue for the pro-
posed Martin Luther King, Jr.
Memorial is shown above.
Forty-two years after Martin
Luther King Jr. was assassinated on
April 4, 1968, a memorial in
Washington, D.C., honoring his
legacy is a year and a half from

Rica Orszag, spokesperson for
The Martin Luther King Jr.
National Memorial Project
Foundation, said the 4-acre space
on the National Mall will open in
fall 2011.
After 14 years of fundraising, the
memorial is now $14 million from
its $120 million goal, said Harry
Johnson, president and CEO of the
The road to reaching the
fundraising goal has been long,
Johnson said, as world events
including the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks, the 2004 Indian Ocean
tsunami, 2005's Hurricane Katrina
and the recent earthquake in Haiti
have all taken some focus away
from the project's fundraising

Presbyterian University College's
business school aged 96.
"Education has no end," he told
CNN. "As far as your brain can
work, your eyes can see and your
ears can hear alright, if you go to
school you can learn."
Now he has finished his studies,
Boakye Yiadom is urging his class-
mates to resist the lure of higher
salaries overseas and stay in
Most say they have no plans to
leave. Bright Korang, a fourth-year
student at Presbyterian University
College, told CNN, "Throughout
my education, taxpayers' money
has been used to support me.
"Therefore after school I should
also help the taxpayer. I can see

there are so many opportunities
here in Ghana."
But some of his classmates are
looking outside the country. Joshua
Odame will study for his master's
degree in the UK. "The developed
countries have the technical know
how, so we go and learn and bring
it back to the country," he said.
According to the International
Organization for Migration (IOM)
more than a million Ghanaians
migrated from 2000 to 2007, but
more than 85 percent return tem-
porarily or permanently.
Leaving the country can yield a
windfall for some Ghanaians,
sometimes to the tune of a 20-fold
increase in salaries is possible.
One field that has seen much of

its talent exit the country is health-
care. Dr. Mariama Awumbila at the
University of Ghana, said the
migration of skilled health workers
has a serious impact on the country.
"In the early 2000s there were
quite a number of districts that did-
n't have a doctor, and some wards
didn't even have a nurse," she said.
Proud of his hard work and sur-
vival through hardship, Boakye
Yiadom think graduates should
stay in the country.
"If it is a scant pay you have to
accept it, because it is the govern-
ment's money that has been used to
educate you," he said. "So if you
have finished school and passed
your degree, you have to stay in
Ghana and serve Ghana."


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