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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville, Fla
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NAACP ends mortgage lawsuit

against Wells Fargo
CHARLOTTE, N.C. The NAACP is ending its lawsuit against Wells
Fargo that alleged the bank was forcing blacks into subprime mortgages
while whites with identical qualifications got lower rates.
The lawsuit, filed over a year ago, is among more than a dozen the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has filed
since 2007 against large financial institutions.
As part of an agreement, San Francisco-based Wells Fargo will allow
the NAACP to review its lending practices. The NAACP did not seek
monetary damages in its suit, but said it sought to change behavior in the
mortgage-lending industry.
NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous said Wells Fargo pledged to
follow the group's principles on fairness and lending, which "ensure all
borrowers get the highest quality credit vehicle appropriate for their cir-
cumstances and that guard against racial discrimination in lending."
The NAACP remains in litigation with 14 other financial institutions,
including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citibank Inc. and HSBC Holdings
PLC over allegations of unfair lending practices and lending discrimina-

SCLC board ousts leadership
ATLANTA Nearly half of the board of directors of the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference voted this weekend to oust two top offi-
cials who are under investigation for allegations of financial mismanage-
ment. Former chairman, Rev. Raleigh Trammell of Ohio, treasurer Spiver
Gordon ot Alabama, face state, federal and internal investigations that
some board members say weakened their effectiveness as leaders and
jeopardizes the SCLC. Last month, 23 board members called for the men
to step down from the civil rights organization, which was co-founded by
the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957. They refused. The Rev. James
Bush was also voted out as interim president.
Of the board's 44 members, 19 met for four hours on Saturday before
voting unanimously to remove the two from their positions.
Board members also voted to hold their next board meeting in Atlanta
on April 19 and April 20. They had expected to install Bernice King as
the new president by then. But Saturday, some board members said they
were no longer sure when that would happen.

Much needed unemployment

benefits restored by the senate
Common sense triumphed over politics when Democrats in the Senate
were able to get unemployment benefits back for out-of-work Americans
over Republican worries the measure would bloat the national debt.
The vote means Republicans can't delay the measure to give the unem-
ployed benefits through May 5th.
In this case, Republicans are making a legitimate point that without
prior funding, extending unemployment benefits will likely add up to $9
billion to the national debt. Where their argument falls short, however, is
coming up for a better solution on how to provide aid to families caught
in the economic downtown.
Though Republicans were able to block the extension last month, mod-
erate Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Olympia Snowe also of
Maine, Scott Brown of Massachusetts and George Voinovich of Ohio
came to their senses and showed courage in breaking with party leaders
to allow the extension of benefits.
More than 400,000 people who have had their unemployment benefits,
which average about $355 per week, run out could reapply for addition-
al weeks of aid.
The vote to extend benefits will allow time for the House and Senate to
continue negotiations on a plan to provide benefits through 2010.

African-American expected to be

named US Commander in Iraq
The senior U.S. gener-
al in Iraq since 2008,
Gen. Ray Odierno,
will be succeeded by a
leading Pentagon gen-
eral at the end of the
summer, military offi-
cials said Monday.
V His replacement is
Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin,
Oaudi 'rno p the staff director for
e b the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, the officials
Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin III. said.
Military officials spoke about the change on condition of anonymity
because the announcement has not been made.
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrel said Defense Secretary Robert Gates
has not yet made a recommendation to the White House for Odierno's
Odierno took over command in Iraq from Gen. David Petraeus. He has
served in various senior Army positions in Iraq since 2006.
Odierno plans to remain in Iraq through the drawdown of U.S. combat
forces by September. Odiemo then takes over Joint Forces Command,
which trains forces from all branches of the military to work together.
Odierno's son, Lt. Anthony Odiemo, lost an arm while leading a patrol
in Iraq in 2004.


Volume 23 No.28 Jacksonville, Florida April 15-22, 2010


Yes, the Economy is Improving

Despite public opinion otherwise A Bloomberg National Poll in Obama's overall job approval rating
nd the growing unemployment March found that Americans, by an has fallen to a new low of 44 per-
ite, the economy is getting better, almost 2-to-l margin, believe the cent, according to recent polls,
nd despite taking on the worst economy has gotten worse, rather down five points from late March,
nancial crisis since the Great than better, during the past year. the judgment of the financial index-
'epression, the Obama administra- The Market tells a different tale, es has turned resoundingly positive.
on is on top of it. though. While President Barack Continued on page 3

Northsiders walk all night for cancer in Relay for Life

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Shown (L-R) is Team Hampton: Altoria White, Rhonda Motley, Rita Scott, Delta Clayton, Breona Hayes,
Crystal James, Kristi Kincaid, Kim Grant, Christina Stallings Chelsea Reeves, Katrina Holt-Mondy and
Kim Holloway. TAustin photo

Driven by the event theme that
"cancer can be conquered" over
twenty teams participated in the
Northside Relay for Life last week-
end. Headquartered at Paxon
Middle School, the all night event
featured walking teams that take
turns walking the track overnight in
an effort to fight cancer. Along the

way, attendees campout and do
everything from eat and play games
to engage in friendly competition of
all sorts.
Highlights of the evening include
the kick off and opening cere-
monies of the Survivors Lap at 6
p.m. and a Luminaria at 9 p.m. in
honor of those who have passed on.

- -7,
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Madison
The former Carrie "CeCe" Cox wed Jason Bernard Madison in the Old
Sancturary of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church last weekend followed
by a festive reception in the Bethel Multi-Plex. The double ring ceremo-
ny accented by the colors of blue, cream and gold, was officiated by both
of Bethel's pastors and culminated a nine year friendship. The new Mrs.
Madison is retired from the U.S. Navy and is a full-time caterer. The
groom is Pastor of Divine Connections Ministries. As life partners, the
couple strives to be a lighthouse for couples through ministry and prayer.

Despite the tough economic situa-
tion, raised funds exceeded past
years total this year.
"I attribute this feat to a great team
and sponsors," said event chair
Kenneth Pennick. At press time,
close to $10,000 was raised by the
Northside teams for cancer

Alvin Brown
Alvin Brown

makes Mayoral

bid official
One of the most anticipated can-
didates of the upcoming Mayoral
race filed this week ending specula-
tion on who would emerge as a top
Democratic candidate.
Former Clinton staffer and long-
time business leader Alvin Brown
filed his campaign papers with the
Supervisor of Elections Office
making him the 14th candidate and
the fourth Democrat to enter the
highly contested race.
Many of Jacksonville's high pro-
file citizens waited patiently for the
filing as the former Clinton staffer
and well connected Washington
politocos gauged the community's
"Brown was an excellent adviser
to the late Commerce Secretary
Ron Brown as well as former
Secretary of HUD Andrew Cuomo,
his experience will be a tremendous
asset to our city. Brown has given
a lot to the city and will be an out-
standing Mayor," said Campaign
treasurer Chester Aikens.
More on Page 7

Kappa's tribute servant leadership
Shown above are this year's honorees: Richard Danford, David
Smith, Linda Lanier, Brenda Priestly Jackson, Tonyaa Weathersbea,
Tony Bellamy, Judge Henry Adams, Carlton Jones and Curtis

The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter
of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.,
recent hostedits annual Public
Meeting in City Hall Chambers.
This year's theme was "Servant
Leadership Bringing Out the Best
in the Community."
Honorees are selected by the
chapter for their contributions in
servant leadership.
During the meeting, high school
students who participate in the
Jacksonville Alumni Chapter's
year-long leadership development
program are also recognized in
addition to scholarships awarded to

the Caroline Cody Scholars.
"By recognizing some of this
community's most committed ser-
vant leaders during the Public
Meeting, our students and the pub-
lic are able to see real people who
best exemplify the theme of the
evening," said Cleveland Ferguson
IIII, president of the Jacksonville
Alumni Chapter. "The students can
visualize a path of how they can get
from where they are now to where
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April 15-22, 2010

Advice and Solutions to Help Avoid Foreclosure

Elite Seekers Get on Board

At one point in
time I served on nine civic and
educational boards: a chamber of
commerce, a visitors and conven-
tion bureau, a university, a bicen-
tennial commission, a museum, a
state building authority, a scholar-
ship fund, a citywide leadership
group, and a small foundation.
One was a gubernatorial appoint-
ment (Republican) and one was a
mayoral appointment (Democrat).
How is that for good politics?
The question I am asked so often
is: "How do you network to be
selected to these illustrious
boards?" The secret lies in under-
standing why anyone would
select you in the first place. What
do corporations and charitable
groups and universities look for in
selecting their board members?
From my experience, the follow-
ing criteria come into play when
selecting a board member:
Public service track record.

Are you a selfless doer, who has
served with distinction on other
boards of important committees
over the years?
Influence in the community.
Do you have a successful busi-
ness or professional position or a
high-profile reputation that puts
you in a position to influence the
movers and shakers?
Wealth. While it's not what has
landed me on any boards, it is an
attribute that definitely enhances
one's profile in the community
and brings power.
Positive profile. This is the
"Mother Teresa" factor. You don't
necessarily need great wealth or
influence; if your reputation for
good works and high moral char-
acter is strong enough, this alone
can bring invitations to certain
board seats.
Political savvy. Are you politi-
cally active? Do you publicly sup-
port candidates?

Belonging to a racial minority
and possessing any of the above
qualifications. Examples of
prominent Black people in this
category who serve on many
boards are Andrew Young, Bob
Johnson, Earl Graves, Vernon
Jordan, Quincy Jones, Dr.
Johnnetta Cole, Dr. Andrew
Brimmer, Dr. Alvin Poussaint,
and Hugh Price.
Don't be offended; being a
minority-slot selection to a board
is a foot in the door. It is your
opportunity to make a differ-
ence.You have to be comfortable
with power to sit on a board, and
you have to know when to work
for a consensus, when to pick
your battles, and when to stand up
and say, "Enough!"
Bottom Line: If you are not
serving Black interests while ful-
filling your responsibility to the
organization, you are just anoth-
er "spook who sits by the door."

The mortgage market in the US is
turning into bad news for many
families. The number of homes
entering foreclosure continues to
set new records and the worst has
yet to come predicts experts at the
Mortgage Bankers Association.
Over 5% of mortgages are cur-
rently past due from missed pay-
ments and homeowners are just
barely holding on to their homes.
Less than 1% have reached the
actual foreclosure stage where the
families are forced out of the home
and it is sold at auction.
Of primary concern are those
homeowners that don't take action
soon enough to research what their
options are before it is too late. I
guess a silver lining to facing the
loss of your home due to foreclo-
sure at the moment is that with so
many behind, the lenders are will-
ing to consider professional and
realistic offers, rather than just take
the home back.
This mortgage crunch has caught a
lot of people in a difficult position.
Between those in the loan industry
that are losing their jobs in record

numbers, people with good credit
and bad credit are finding it tough,
if not impossible to either purchase
new homes or refinance their way
out of escalating interest rates in
adjustable rate mortgages (ARM)
that they took out a few years ago.
In Kansas City a disproportionate
number of lower-income and non-
white borrowers are stuck in high-
er-interest subprime loans, making
them more vulnerable to foreclo-
sures, a study says. The study found
that African-American homebuy-
ers were 2.9 times more likely
than whites to receive a high-cost
loan, and Latino homebuyers were
1.5 times more likely than whites to
get a high-cost loan.
With over 30% of all loans origi-
nated in Kansas City and Lansing,
Michigan are labeled as sub-prime
loans which makes it even more
likely that those homeowners are at
a much higher risk of foreclosure.
Apparently, while the banks were
supposed to be screening sub-prime
borrowers, they were applying
flawed screening formulas which
did not adequately protect lenders

from risk. One might argue that
greed forced an override of com-
mon sense and now many that
would never have imagined the loss
of their home from foreclosure are
facing just that reality.
Foreclosure Assistance
Avoid Foreclosure
At times like these, consumers
need to be wary of scammers that
might take your money without
delivering results. Some desperate
homeowners have paid thousands
of dollars for foreclosure assistance
and still faced the loss of their
home. Others have signed over
their homes in hopes of avoiding
eviction, getting kicked out of their
homes, only to find these rent back
schemes can result in higher rental
payments and the eventual loss of
their home anyway.
As with any financial crisis, you
should always look for assistance
from someone you are comfortable
with, trust your gut instinct and do
your homework and research before
jumping into any solution.

Involving Kids in Family Finances Teaches the Value of a Dollar

That anguished roar you hear is
the sound of millions of students
returning to school after summer
break. As a parent, you might feel
relief that teachers are taking over
the reins, but hold on: School may
be the best place for kids to learn
the three R's, but you're probably
still the best source for the fourth R
- financial Responsibility.
Although a nationwide movement
to institute financial literacy curric-
ula in our schools is gaining
momentum, currently the vast
majority of schools either don't
offer such courses or don't require
them to graduate. Until that hap-
pens, it's up to parents to ensure
their kids have the financial man-
agement skills they'll need to face

the responsibilities of adulthood.
Charles Schwab's annual "Teens
and Money" survey confirmed that
most teens want more money
coaching from their parents. It
64 percent of teens would rather
learn money management basics
through experience than in the
However, only 30 percent believe
their parents are concerned with
ensuring they learn those basics.
Only 39 percent said their parents
discuss money issues with them at
least weekly.
Only 34 percent feel knowledge-
able about balancing a checkbook,
while 26 percent understand how
credit card interest and fees work.

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Visa USA recently conducted a
survey that shows not much has
changed over the years: Only 48
percent of its cardholders said
they'd learned money management
skills from their parents, while 41
percent said they learned it the hard
way or were self-taught and only 9
percent in school.
Say you're 22, earn $30,000 a year
and put aside 6 percent of pay ($150
a month) until age 65. At an 8 per-
cent average annual rate of return,
your $77,400 investment will grow
to $619,000 by then. But if you
don't begin saving until 32 and set
aside the same monthly amount,
you'll only accumulate $274,000 by

huge difference. By increasing the
percentage of pay you save and fac-
toring in annual raises, your savings
will skyrocket even further.
Here are a few ways to give your
children a leg up:
Set a good example. Kids see
right through "Do as I say, not as I
do." If you consistently spend more
than you earn, don't set aside emer-
gency savings and don't budget,
that's the behavior they're learning
from you.
Set realistic expectations.
According to the Schwab survey,
teenagers expect to earn $145,500 a
year, on average. If only. It's easy to
see how unrealistic pay expecta-

tions might lead young adults to
take on too much student-loan or
credit-card debt in anticipation of
being able to pay them off quickly.
When your kids start discussing
career choices, help them research
what various jobs pay, what educa-
tional requirements they'll need to
meet and how much that education
will cost. The Salary Wizard at
www.salaiy.com contains pay data
for a broad array of jobs by geo-
graphic location.
Share the bills. Have your kids
help review monthly bills and bal-
ance the checkbook. They'll be
shocked to learn how much money
goes toward the mortgage, gas, util-

ities, food and clothing. Give them
a voice in the family budget by
looking for ways to save money in
some areas (turn off the lights,
fewer trips to the mall) to increase
funding for others (better vacations,
college savings).
Show how savings add up. Curb
your kids' impulse spending and
encourage saving by matching a
portion of any money they save
each month.
Take the mystery out of finances
now so your kids will be able to fly
the nest when the time comes and,
so you'll be able to afford to remod-
el the nest when they do.

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Black male college enrollment declining

Mikyle Crockett Miss Teen USA 2011
Lone contestant of color crowned

Miss Jacksonville Teen USA
Local high school junior Mikyle Crockett, beat out other young ladies
vying for the Miss Jacksonville Teen USA last week at the Ritz Theatre.
The competition consisted of self-introductions, on-stage questions and
traditional competitions of Swimwear and Evening Gowns. She will soon
head to Hollywood, FLorida to compete for the state title. She was the lone
African-American competitor. T Austin photo

In the world of statistics, Black
America received just a bit more of
disparaging news this week with
the recent reports that less Black
men are graduating from college.
The American Council on
Education released its "Annual
Status Report on Minorities in
Higher Education," and it showed
some disturbing trends when it
comes to black males on the
nation's college campuses: Their
populations are not only declining,

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Believe it or not the economy is improving

Continued from front
The Standard & Poor's 500-stock
index is up more than 74 percent
from its recessionary low in March
2009. Corporate bonds have been
rallying for a year. Commodity
prices have surged. International
currency markets have been bullish
on the dollar for months, raising it
by almost 10 percent since Nov.
25th against a basket of six major
currencies. In addition, housing
prices have stabilized, and mort-
gage rates are low.
In March, the economy added
162,000 jobs more than it had dur-
ing any month in the past three
And for those crying of a new
socialist government (many with-
out a real understanding-positive or
negative-of socialism), the Obama
team navigated the financial crisis
while never losing sight of the
importance of private enterprise
and private markets.
Like former President Bill

Clinton, Obama has raised taxes for
higher income families. Clinton's
1993 deficit-reduction plan raised
income tax rates for high-income
families to 39.6 percent; Obama
plans to return the top rate to the
Clinton-era level. He also raised
Medicare taxes for individuals
earning more than $200,000 to
finance his health plan. Clinton
aided the working poor with the
Earned Income Tax Credit; Obama
is doing the same with insurance
subsidies in his health plan. A
national health plan was an aspira-
tion of both Presidents.
Obama inherited two wars and
the scariest financial crisis since the
Great Depression.

The consensus view now calls for
a 3 percent growth this year, signif-
icantly higher than the 2.1 percent
estimate for 2010 that economists
surveyed by Bloomberg News saw
coming when Obama first moved in
to the Oval Office.
Says Dan Greenhaus, chief eco-
nomic strategist for Miller Tabak +
Co., an institutional trading firm in
New York, "If Obama was a
Republican, we would hear a never-
ending drumbeat of news stories
about markets voting in favor of the
Do you feel that Obama is doing
enough to stimulate economy
growth and new jobs? The proof is
in the pudding.

but they have the lowest graduation
rate of any other group.
According to the ACE report, 20
years ago, 30 percent of black male
high school graduates were enrolled
in college. It was a percentage
roughly equal to the 28 percent for
black females.
But the latest data shows that
while the percentage of black male
high school graduates going to col-
lege has risen to 37 percent, the per-
centage for black female high

school graduates has jumped to 42 cent for black females who entered
percent. college the same year.
Perhaps more disturbing is that Similar studies released last year
Black male populations are not only declin-
ing on college campuses, but they have the
lowest graduation rate of any other group.

fact that only 35 percent of the
black males who enter college grad-
uate in six years. This compares to
59 percent for white males, 46 per-
cent for Hispanic men and 45 per-

suggest that as black males drop out
of college, some campuses are left
with nearly twice as many black
females as black males.

Steele Cops A Plea to GOP: 'I've Made Mistakes'
In damage control mode, GOP
national chairman Michael Steele
to quell the furor over his manage-
ment of the Republican National
Committee by acknowledging
errors and vowing to learn from
them. ...Z. t-
"I'm the first here to admit that -
I've made mistakes, and it's been
incumbent on me to take responsi-
bility to shoulder that burden, make
the necessary changes and move
on," Steele told GOP activists and
party leaders, drawing a standing
ovation. Lr
"The one mistake we cannot
make this November is to lose," he
added, and the crowd cheered in Michael Steele, RNC Chair

The speech made Saturday night
to the Southern Republican

Leadership Conference was Steele's
first public appearance since the
disclosure of questionable spending

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Steele struck a contrite tone before
the supportive audience in the half-
full hotel ballroom. He did not
address the specific complaints.
And even though he acknowledged
his errors, he also blamed others.
"We can't coast into the majority,
nor can we assume it's a sure thing.
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for those distractions, and Lord
knows I've provided a few." He
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that they have some explaining to
do, and they'd love nothing more
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History has Proven that Mothers have Been

the True Backbone of the Black Family

Like many of you that are read-
ing this column, I cannot begin to
express the gratitude, love, admira-
tion and thankfulness I have for my
mother and all of the other mothers
in my life.
From wifey to grandma and
mother-in-law, the mothers in my
life are phenomenal. From my step
mom to aunts to sisters and
cousins, mothers are God's gift to
us all, and with Mother's day a few
weeks away it is important that we
take time to recognize these special
Don't be mistaken, one day is
clearly not enough to capture the
love that we should be expressing
year round.
Neither is a bouquet of flowers or
a nice dinner enough to express
your love for mom, but one day is
enough to reinforce the love and
appreciation that most of us share
for our mothers.
Yes, I am a bit early I know that
Mother's Day is on May 9th, but
the thought hit me last weekend
that although we are in tough eco-
nomic times, the love and thankful-
ness we express should not be
affected by the economy.
Comedian Chris Rock once said
that we are always recognizing
mamas. Mamas get songs, mamas
get cars and houses when their chil-
dren make it big, mamas always get
shout outs, and what do us fathers
get the big piece of chicken at din-
ner time.
He goes on to list a number of

songs that have been written as
dedications to mothers, but he
points out that the only song ever
made for fathers was "Papa was a
Rolling Stone."
Now that's funny stuff, but very
true at the same time. Mothers are
the foundation of most families.
Mothers are often the glue that
keeps families and lives together.
Who can you turn to when there is
nowhere else to turn mama.
For me personally, I tell people
all the time that my mother and
grandmother were the reasons that I
am the person I am today. Having
these strong women in my life
made all the difference in the
So on May 9th and every
Mother's Day I plan on recognizing
the women who have done so much
for me. Many people don't realize
that Mother's Day or the celebra-
tion of mother's goes pretty far
According to
MothersDayCentral.com, the ancient
Egyptians held ceremonies and cel-
ebrations each year to honor the
goddess Isis. To the Egyptians, Isis
represented motherhood and fertili-
ty, and was believed to be the moth-
er of Horus, who was considered to
be the mythological ruler of Egypt.
Thus, Isis became the "mother of
all pharaohs" and the celebration of
Isis became a celebration of moth-
ers. So mothers day goes pretty for
back throughout the world.
And while the strength of moth-

ers certainly crosses racial and
ethic lines, black women have cer-
tainly had to play a more prevalent
role because of the history of
African American culture in the
Unite States.
One of the most prolific state-
ments I have heard regarding the
strength of black women was from
W.E.B. Dubois who said, "I most
sincerely doubt if any other race of
women could have brought its fine-
ness up through so devilish a fire."
And how do you talk about
Mother's Day without acknowledg-
ing the strength and dedication of
African American mothers
throughout the years? Too often
have black women had to the play
the role of mother and father.
How many of us have mothers
who pushed us to reach for things
that they only dreamed of? Zora
Neale Hurston said, ""Mama
exhorted her children at every
opportunity to 'jump at de sun.' We
might not land on the sun, but at
least we would get off the ground."
The great African American
writer, Alice Walker, once said,
"And so our mothers and grand-
mothers have, more often than not
anonymously, handed on the cre-
ative spark, the seed of the flower
they themselves never hoped to see
-- or like a sealed letter they could
not plainly read."
My mother and grandmother
were not college graduates, but
stressed the importance of college
to me on a regular basis. And like

7 Minutes and it's on!

by Gayle Andrews
When the Healthcare legislation
was passed the Republicans were
poised to thwart change.
Unfortunately the leader of the sec-
ond phase of the strategy was the
Attorney General of Florida. That
would be Bill McCollum, also the
leading Republican candidate
vying for governor. And within 7
minutes of the President's signa-
ture, he filed a frivolous lawsuit in
the name of the people of Florida to
stop the implementation of health-
care insurance. That would be the
same Bill McCollum who led the
failed effort in the United State
House of Representatives to
impeach Bill Clinton and remove
him from office. Is there a pattern
How about the fact that a majori-
ty of Floridians are interested in
change or help with healthcare on
every level, for every age group.
And If you don't think the insur-
ance companies own this country
you must live in the Land of
Someplace Else.
The Democrats are trying to
change that. More importantly, we
have a black President, a
Democratic Congress and the
Republicans are clearly on the
brink of initiating a race war to
maintain power. They're doing a
great job, let's face it. Remember,
healthcare levels the playing field,
just like education. If you're
healthy and educated, you can do
just about anything. There are
many who cannot do either. For
many people of color an education

or healthcare are just not even on
the page of daily survival. Course
what does Bill McCollum care
about that? He's leading the parti-
san charge that leaves a lot of sick
children and their families in the
political wake.
As the election year cranks into a
brawl you have to think about who
really has been in the fight for the
right reason virus those enter the
ring for the photo op. And now, the
Republican leadership is pushing
legislation to undermine the federal
law on the state level. As the insur-
ance issue moves front and center I
have to say there have been few in
the fight. There are some people
who have been in this fight because
they believe that Floridians should
at least have access to healthcare
especially kids. Loranne Ausley
has made that a focus for upwards
of 10 years. Healthcare for chil-
dren has been the primary focus of
those who really care. All of these
side deals and political machina-
tions have nothing to do with what
helps the people....but what the
hell, some people only crave
power. For Ausley, though in a
tough fight for Chief Financial
Officer, she had the benefit of com-
ing under the tutelage of former
U.S. Senators and former
Governors Lawton Chiles and Bob
Graham. US Senator Bill Nelson is
also a close ally of Ausley's. She
believes that children deserve and
must have constant attention. Long
before healthcare was cool, Ausley
was working for children. She
leads the Florida Healthy Kids

Corporation, a $300 million public
private partnership that provides
health insurance t9, Foridaphildren
and families who fall through the
cracks. She's been at it a while.
And I say all that to emphasize that
during these very strident times, it's
not about what you're going to do,
but what you've done that defines
you as a leader.
Gayle Andrews is a former member
of the Capitol Press Corps, adjunct

Will Obama
by Ron Walters
The coming resignation of Justice
John Paul Stevens from the
Supreme Court sets up a new fight
for his successor and a question that
I -and others have is will
President Obama appoint someone
as liberal as Stevens has become.
An indication of where the
President might be coming from is
the comment that he made when the
Citizens United case was decided
last year.
Then, he said it was a victory for
powerful interests like banks, oil
companies and etc. that, "marshal
their power every day in
Washington to drown out the voices
of everyday Americans."
He repeated this sentiment at his
State of the Union address and after
the recent announcement by Justice
Stevens that he would resign, saying
Stevens' replacement would be
"someone who knows that in a
democracy, powerful interests must
not be allowed to drown out the

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most mothers in inner city commu-
nities, my mom may not know how
to do calculus, but she made sure
that I did.
And as I mentioned before, black
women are certainly unique
because of all of the challenges
they have faced since the days of
slavery. Working as field laborers,
nannies to the plantation owner's
children and even mandatory mis-
tresses to slave owners certainly
tested the will of black women and
proved that sisters have had to go
up the rough side of the mountain.
But despite the challenges and
heartache, our mothers continue to
encourage, motivate and under-
stand us when no one else does.
I could go on and on about the
value of strong mothers, but I will
simply close with some of the
lyrics from Tupac Shakur's song
"Dear Mama."
He said, "Cause when I was low
you was there for me, And never
left me alone because you cared for
me, And I could see you coming'
home after work late, You're in the
kitchen trying' to fix us a hot plate,
Ya just working' with the scraps you
was given, And mama made mira-
cles every Thanksgivin'."
He added, "But now the road got
rough, you're alone, You're trying' to
raise two bad kids on your own,
And there's no way I can pay you
back, But my plan is to show you
that I understand, You are appreci-
Thank you mothers for being the
extraordinary beings you are. And
please remember to do something
special for that mother or mother
figure in your life.
Signing off from a local Florist,
Reggie Fullwood

Journalism instructor at Florida A & M
University, where she was awarded
Distinguished and Outstanding
Graduate status. She is a corporate &
political consultant in Tallahassee.

Fight for a Libi

voices of ordinary citizens."
This theme assumes that the
President will appoint someone who
is clearly allied with the politics of
the people rather than powerful
But the pressures on the President
are inexorable. The most important
is the system of appointment which
represented the sentiments of the
white majority that are right-of-cen-
ter. Conservative politics would not
be as powerful without their support
since most whites vote Republican.
Justice Stevens, a Republican
appointed by a Republican presi-
dent, said that the Court had moved
beyond him in becoming more con-
servative. So, when the advice by
pundits and Republicans is for the
President to pick a "centrist" or a
"moderate" they mean someone
within the ideological orbit of the
dominant white majority.
I point to the dominant white
majority as the arena where this
decision will be made because

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Blacks and other peoples of color
are largely excluded from the leg-
islative debate and the decision
power that determines who will sit
on a court that ostensibly represents
all Americans. Blacks are largely
missing in the Senate which con-
firms the Justices and the public
debate routinely excludes their
opinions. The last time I was inter-
viewed on CSPAN I said that
Justice Clarence Thomas was a
product of the Conservative move-
ment and an embarrassment to the
African American community and I
have not been invited back since.
Another pressure is to what extent
the coming debate over Stevens'
replacement will effect the fall elec-
tions. I agree that the nominee will
signal how much of a political prob-
lem Obama can take because I can
hear his colleagues who are up for
election cautioning him not to make
it harder with a choice that would
inflame their voting constituents.
With the Tea Party phenomenon

having emboldened the Republicans
to begin thinking they will take
back the House and Senate,
Democrats are already running
scared. The contradiction however,
is that the White House has to think
about putting a vote on the Supreme
Court that will protect the Health
Care package just passed and signed
into law, part of which may surely
be challenged and some of it may
reach the Supreme Court.
I think that the Black community
should support Eric Holder. Now I
know that some view this as a silly
suggestion and that Obama can't
make such an unsophisticated polit-
ical choice. However, my mood is
bolder and my political intelligence
tells me that we didn't make strides
in American politics through
sophistication alone. At this
moment, my sense of Black politics
says that we have to use our lever-
age to engage the essential debate
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Whatever happened to Jesse ?
Though post racial attitudes and political ridicule pushed him to the side-
lines of American mainstream media messages, Rev. Jesse Jackson has a
track record that cannot been be ignored. Called everything from "charla-
tan" to "race hustler", Jackson has helped many Blacks gaining middle-class
status, now in its second-generation. Jesse Jackson and Operation PUSH, or
the National Rainbow Coalition have been at the forefront of racial eco-
nomic reciprocity issues for 40 years. But even among Blacks, instead of
commendations Jackson been ostracized and shunned. Millions know of
Jesse and tens of thousands have directly benefited his campaigns. A pro-
tig6 of Black legends, Jackson's profile deserves a look.
Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH organization met recently in Atlanta with the
chicken people. They came willingly because Jackson has an ongoing rela-
tionship with YUM! Brands, the world's largest quick service restaurant
company and owner of KFC. KFC Corporation and Jackson have a long and
mutually beneficial relationship. KFC rules the roost when it comes to serv-
ing chicken, with eight million daily customers across the world. The com-
pany has over 16,200 outlets in more than 100 countries. Rainbow/PUSH's
International Trade Bureau is trying to get more minorities among KFC's
2,500 U.S. locations. The Trade Bureau reports that "Blacks and Hispanics
account for nearly one-third of the company's U.S. revenues".
The relationship between Jackson and Kentucky Fried Chicken is goes
back to when he was head of Operation Breadbasket and helped the fast-
food company land its first minority franchise operation. The forerunner of
getting businesses to hire Blacks and to purchase goods and services from
Black contractors was Operation Breadbasket. It was a MLK-Southem
Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) program to improve the econom-
ic conditions of Black communities. Jesse's early mentor was Rev. Leon
Sullivan who gained legendary success using "selective buying" (boycotts)
with Tasty-Cake in Philadelphia. Too many among American society,
Blacks in particular, have forgotten, or ignore the number of minorities Jesse
has gotten on the payrolls, in the boardrooms, and on supplier lists of major
After leaving Operation Breadbasket, Jackson first formed Operation
PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) and later the National Rainbow
Coalition. Both came together in 1996 to pursue an agenda of social justice,
civil rights and political activism. Pursuing "Sullivan's Principles",
Operation PUSH gained success initiating corporate actions and government
sponsorships. The National Rainbow coalition became a prominent political
organization that raised public awareness on political issues and consolidat-
ed a large voting bloc. The Atlanta project is one of numerous social/cor-
porate initiatives under the Rainbow/PUSH banner. With national head-
quarters on Chicago's South Side, Rainbow/PUSH has branches in
Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angles, Detroit, Houston, Silicon
Valley, New Orleans and Atlanta each with particular area of endeavor.
The industries it most aggressively pursues are the financial sector on Wall
Street, the telecommunications field and high-tech firms in Silicon Valley.
The Wall Street activities are organized under sub-organization "The Wall
Street Project". Rainbow/PUSH has been active to increase minority repre-
sentation in the broadcast media, entertainment industry, and automobile
industry. It has also sought increased representation of minority administra-
tors in college and professional sports.
In 1998 Rainbow/PUSH admonished Freddie Mac for its lending and
employment practices, which led to the earmarking $1 billion in mortgage
loans specifically for minorities. The controversy came from the $1 million
donation to sponsor Jackson's annual Wall Street Project. In the early 2000s,
Rainbow/PUSH worked with NACAR to increase the number of minorities
involved in auto rac Ii. through direct financial support and projects to find
talented African-American racing drivers. This initiative ended in 2003,
after NACAR was criticized by conservative groups for the partnership.
While Left and Right politicians try to keep race out of civil conserva-
tions, Jackson and Randolyn Jones of Rainbow/PUSH's Atlanta Southern
Region trade bureau talk "minorities and chicken" and are organizing an
association of KFC minority franchisees. Still a man of the times, Jackson
told the gathering: "We have a vested interest in YUM!" and "Some of
today's minority franchisees are the same ones we worked with a generation
ago. Others are children of that first generation".


Black woman on President's Supreme Court short list ,3TV W

President Obama will soon per-
sonally begin reviewing the legal
records and writings of potential
nominees on his short list of candi-
dates to replace retiring Justice
John Paul Stevens on the U.S.
Supreme Court.
Stevens announced his retirement
last week and the White House said
it plans to name a nominee by early
next month.
As speculation swirls about can-
didates on the president's list,
administration officials have con-
firmed that at least one of the presi-
dent's top picks is a former State
Supreme Court justice who could
be the first Black woman to sit on
the country's high court.
Former Georgia Supreme Court
Justice Leah Ward Sears, an expert
in family law and the first African-

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Sears
American woman to serve as a State Obama's short list last year.
Supreme Court chief justice, was on The president has said he will

Adam Clayton Powell IV will be Rangel's

rival for father's old seat in New York

a.:- .... represents all of the
.. "we, ,f7 ilCllavon people, not a voice
"-- POWPII that represents just
Dthe political hacks
and the political club-
"Despite the con-
N Ygressman's long his-
we tory and legacy it's
time to turn the
Spage," Powell said.
"Everybody knows
the change is coming.
M EiNi a, 10 oi The question is when
M Powell and who."
'. Rangel, 79, also a
Democrat, is running
New York State Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell for another term. He
IV, center, announces his candidacy for U.S. Congress frtertedt
in New York Powell will challenge 40 year was first elected to
Con ressma..n Re Ch.rle s Ranuel the House in 1970,

ALBANY, N.Y -- New York
Assemblyman Adam Clayton
Powell IV plans to announced his
candidacy this week for the con-
gressional seat held by Rep.
Charles Rangel.
Powell, 47, whose father held the
seat until Rangel beat him in a pri-
mary almost 40 years ago, has been
an assemblyman since 2000 and
was a city councilman from 1992 to
Powell said he's an independent
Democrat. "We need a voice that

defeating Rep. Adam
Clayton Powell Jr., who had been a
pastor and civil rights leader.
Powell was dogged by scandal later
in his career, accused of misappro-
priating congressional funds. He
retired to Bimini and died in 1972.
Rangel surrendered the chair-
manship of the tax-writing Ways
and Means Committee last month
after being admonished for break-
ing House rules by accepting corpo-
rate-financed travel. He said his
exile was temporary.

Powell IV last month was con-
victed of driving while impaired, a
violation, by a Manhattan jury and
acquitted of the more serious mis-
demeanor charge of driving while
intoxicated in the 2008 traffic stop.
He was fined $300. He said he was
neither intoxicated nor impaired,
having had only two drinks over
several hours.
Rangel launched his campaign
two weeks ago in Harlem.
Supporters said more than 500 peo-
ple turned out, including Gov.
David Paterson as well as former
Mayor David Dinkins and former
State Comptroller H. Carl McCall,
all with connections to the political
community there.
"This is a celebration, not so
much for me but for all of us
because God has allowed us to be
alive for such dramatic changes in
our country," Rangel said, citing
Barack Obama's election as the first
African American president and
enactment of health care reform.
The elder Powell was New York's
first black congressman starting in
1945. He had succeeded his own
father earlier as pastor of
Abyssinian Baptist Church and
pushed campaigns for jobs and
against discrimination.

seek to replace Stevens with a nom-
inee of similar judicial independ-
ence and legal excellence.
"It will also be someone who, like
Justice Stevens, knows that in a
democracy, powerful interests must
not be allowed to drown out the
voices of ordinary citizens," Obama
There are fewer than 10 potential
nominees on the president's list,
White House officials said. But
much of the external speculation
has coalesced around four other
potential candidates
Chicago federal appeals court
Judge Diane Wood, who is consid-
ered a liberal intellectual counter-
weight to the conservatives on the
court, was interviewed by Obama
last year for an opening on the high
court that ultimately went to Justice
Sonia Sotomayor.
Elena Kagan, the former dean of
Harvard Law School who was also
on the short list last year, is consid-
ered a top choice, given her role as
solicitor general of the United
States. Kagan argues the United
States' position in the Supreme
Court and would likely easily build
alliances once on the Supreme
Judge Merrick Garland, who sits
on a federal appeals court in
Washington, D.C., is considered to
be one of the easiest to confirm
because his views are more moder-
ate than some of the other candi-
And Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano, a for-
mer governor and U.S. attorney, is
eyed as someone who would bring
much experience from outside the
White House officials are bracing
for another partisan fight over the
president's second Supreme
Courtnomination. Many anticipate
that short of Obama nominating an
avowed conservative to the high
court's bench, Senate Republicans
will paint the eventual nominee as a
liberal fiend.
The president hopes to name his
candidate in time to allow for sum-
mer confirmation hearings and to
seat the new justice before the fall

Battle for Haitian Orphans: American

Adoptions vs. More
About 1,000 Haitian children
have been handed to families in
America, since the January 12th
earthquake. According to the
Associated Press, these families
had filed adoption applications
before the quake hit, and it can be
presumed that, without the chaos
and urgency of a calamity, families
were vetted in an orderly and, hope-
fully, thorough manner. But the
pressures of caring for the likely
tens-of-thousands of orphaned
Haitian children have revealed a
strong rift between those who
believe that it should now be easier
for Haitian children to be adopted
by Americans and those who
believe that strengthening child
welfare programs inside Haiti
should take top priority:
There are sharp divisions over
how vigorously and quickly to seek
an expansion of adoptions.
A prominent leader of the cam-
paign to bring more orphans to
American homes is Sen. Mary
Landrieu, D-La., who believes
some of the major aid organizations
active in Haiti including UNICEF
- are not sufficiently supportive of
international adoption.
Landrieu and a few other mem-
bers of Congress visited Haiti last
week, meeting with top Haitian
officials to discuss the plight of the
devastated nation's orphans.
"There is great support in the
United States to begin to open up
opportunities for adoption as soon
as possible," Landrieu said. "There
are thousands of children who don't
have parents or even extended fam-

Programs at Home
ilies to be reunified with."
UNICEF says a time may come
when large-scale foreign adoptions
would be appropriate notably for
older children and those with dis-
abilities. They along with other
like-minded groups are asking for
patience, saying the next priorities
should be to register vulnerable
children and try to improve condi-
tions for them and families in Haiti.
"It's complicated," said Susan
Bissell, UNICEF's chief of child
protection. "We've got to get a reg-
istration system in place. Once we
have that, we want families for chil-
dren and that includes adoption.
We are not against intercountry
adoption, but we are against
Bissell said she was frustrated by
the hostility toward UNICEF that is
commonly expressed by leading
supporters of international adoption
in the United States.
"I find myself saddened by it, but
it's not going to take the wind out of
our sails," she said.
The chief operating officer for
Save the Children, which is deeply
engaged in helping Haitian
orphans, said the tensions and dis-
putes were likely to revolve around
timing with some groups seeking
to resume large-scale adoptions
much more quickly than other
"It's hard to know how big the
problem is without taking the time
to go through this registration
process, and I know for many it's an
excruciating process," Carolyn
Miles said.

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St. Joseph to celebrate 80th Church President meets with 20 ministers to solidify agenda

and rastor'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.

Birth of Hymns at Mt. Sinai
The Birth of Hymns Musical will be held on Sunday April 18, 2010
starting at 4:00 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Rev R. L.
Gundy, Pastor. The program will feature several guest choirs, soloists, Mt.
Sinai Voices of Faith, and the B.J. Lane Chorus. The public is invited to
come out and enjoy the spiritual program. The Church is located at 2036
Silver St. Call 354-7249 for more information.

Missionaries and Laity at Mt. Olive
On April 18, 2010 Jennie Books Missionary Society and Lay
Organization will present Missionaries and Laity working together to build
God's Kingdom at Mt. Olive A.M.E Church. Dr. Melvin Kennerly will be
the preacher of the hour. He's a native of Jacksonville and the son of Harold
and Dorothy Kennely, long time members of Mt. Olive. The public is cor-
dially invited to attend. Rev. Granville Reed, III Pastor. The church is locat-
ed at 841 Franklin St.

Women Walking by Faith
Resurrection Baptist Church Christian Center located at 6046 Moncrief
Road with Re. Glenn Foreman, Sr. Pastor and Rev. Glenn Foreman Jr.
Pastor will have "Women Walking by Faith on Sunday April 18th. Church
School will begin at 9:15 a.m. followed by Morning Worship at 10:45 a.m.
Aquarius Gordon will be in concert at 4:00 p.m. Come and be blessed. First
Lady Cheryl Diane Foreman, Pastor of the Day.

Sisters Network Life Block Walk
Walk, ride or roll in the gift for Life Block walk, Sisters Network, Inc-
Northeast FL Chapter. The event is a neighborhood walk door-to-door to
increase awareness of beast health and resources available in the commu-
nity. It will be held on Saturday April 24, 2010. Registration and route
selection will take place at First Chronicle Baptist Church, 2559 W. 30th
St. at 9:00 a.m., Pep Rally at 9:45 a.m., Block Walk from 10:00 a.m. to
12:00p.m. Call 904-757-6622 for more information.

President Barack Obama is listen-
ing carefully to more black citizens
these days.
Obama may never formally adopt
a black agenda for America as some
would like, but he seems to be quiet-
ly crafting an unofficial blueprint.
Last week, hr met with 20 mem-
bers of the black clergy, who sat
down with the president at the White
House to talk about issues of con-
cern to African-Americans. It was
Obama's second White House meet-
ing in three months that focused on
the black community.
Obama has been criticized by PBS
talk show host Tavis Smiley and
some members of the Congressional
Black Caucus for not doing enough
for black Americans. The issue of
whether Obama should establish a
so-called "black agenda" has been a
source of contention among some
civil rights advocates. In fact, last

month, during a Smiley-hosted
forum in Chicago that included
scholars Cornel West and Michael
Eric Dyson, Obama was again taken
to task.
The most widely discussed criti-
cism of Obama from Smiley and
others is Obama's inability to effec-
tively reduce a staggering 15.8 per-
cent unemployment rate among
But last week, immediately prior
to a prayer breakfast with a multi-
cultural group of faith leaders,
Obama met with local and national
African-American ministers from
across the country in the White
House Blue Room.
The ministers also discussed the
president's long and historic engage-
ment of the African-American
church community, and how pastors
will continue to work with the pres-
ident on behalf of their congrega-

tions and their communities.
Obama's meeting with the black
preachers sent an unmistakable mes-
sage to the African-American com-
munity that Obama is concerned
about their concerns and wants to
help improve the quality of life in
black neighborhoods everywhere.
The White House says Obama's
plan to "lift all boats" is already
uplifting black Americans. Obama
created The White House Office on
Urban Affairs to spend billions of
dollars over the next three years to
revitalize urban centers in areas that
include education, housing, health
care, poverty, transportation, infra-
structure and safety.
Obama's message of hope will be
carried to congregations across the
country by black ministers who may
mention the White House meeting
from their pulpits.
Participants in the meeting includ-

ed Rev. Dr. Julius Scruggs, president
of the National Baptist Convention
USA, and Rev. Dr. Barbara
Williams-Skinner of the Skinner
Leadership Institute.
Obama, a man of faith, has
enjoyed widespread support from
African-American ministers since
he took office last year. As a candi-
date, black ministers stood by
Obama during perhaps the most
challenging time of his campaign
when Obama's former pastor, Rev.
Jeremiah Wright, was criticized for
his anti-American remarks.
"As Christians, we believe that
redemption can be delivered by
faith in Jesus Christ," Obama said.
It is Obama's spiritual center that
connects him to the nation's black
preachers, and it's his steadfast com-
mitment to faith that has kept the
president in high regard with many
African-American pastors.

Married Life: Remember The Power Of Your Words

by Pastor Andre Butler
You know, your words have
power. I'm particularly talking about
when you're communicating with
the person you're married to, but
actually this applies to whoever
you're communicating with in any
situation. But if there's an area this
especially applies to, it's in our mar-
riages, because if there's any person
that can be hurt the most by what
you say, it's the person that has mar-
ried you.
You're the love of their life. Your
mate has entrusted his or her life, as
well as their heart to you, and then
you open your mouth and wound
them with your words. This is not
the will of God. God did not create

words for the purpose of them being
used to hurt your mate. He created
words for the purpose of them
building prosperity in your life as
well as building up people around
you--especially your mate.
Ephesians Chapter 4, Verse 29
says: "Let no corrupt communica-
tion proceed out of your mouth, but
that which is good to the use of edi-
fying, that it may minister grace
unto the hearers."
Notice the subject of this scripture
is you, and He's talking about the
words of your mouth and command-
ing you concerning that. This is
important. I want you to see God's
standard for communication. Let's
looks at those two words "corrupt

communication." Well the word
"corrupt" means bad and worthless.
And you get a clue as to what cor-
rupt communication is by reading
the rest of the scripture where God
goes on to say, "but that which is
good to the use of edifying.".So the
opposite of corrupt communication
is communication that edifies, or
communication that builds a person
up. This tells you then that corrupt
communication must be communi-
cation that tears a person down. And
God says don't allow any of that.
Zero. Zip. Zilch. You get the point.
Let's remember how God created
this place--with words. The Word of
God is the most powerful thing in
the universe. And He created you as

a speaking spirit so that when you
speak your words have power! But
you cannot abuse that ability and
use your words to hurt people, par-
ticularly your husband or wife.
When you use your words to tear
your mate down, you are perverting
God's purpose for your words and
using them to harm and tear down.
One of the things that God desires
a married couple to do for each
other is to encourage each other and
build each other up. With a man,
many times it's building up his ego.
And with the woman, it's often
meeting her emotional needs.
So when communicating with
your mate today and every day,
remember the power of your words!

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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.

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Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

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215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

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Senator Tony Hill, Senegak President Abdoulaye Wade and Miami
city Commissioner Audrey Edmondson confer.
Sen. Hill among delegation visiting Sengal
for 50 Year Independence Celebration

Senator Anthony C. "Tony" Hill,
Sr., of Jacksonville joined other
notables such as NAACP President
Benjamin Jealous, Rev, Jesse
Jackson, Dr. Maulana Karenga,
rapper, record producer, AKON,
and others were among the African
Diaspora descendentsts of the
Black Africans who were enslaved
and shipped to the Americas by
way of the Atlantic and Arab slave
trade) travelled to Senegal, Africa,
April 2-4, 2010, to the capital city
of Dakar, to join in the 50th
anniversary of Senegal's founding
as an independent republic.
Senegal's President, Abdoulaye
Wade, states that "It is the destiny
of Africa, after four centuries of
incomprehensible conflict and tur-
moil, to now become a continent
united by the best of human
achievement, cultural excellence,
prosperity, security, peace and
The commemoration began for
the American delegation on April
2nd with a visit to Goree Island, a
United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural
Organization(UNESCO) World
Heritage site known for its historic
link to the slave trade. On April
3rd, a colloquium ofAfrican writers
and intellectuals examined and
debated the enormous promise of
the African Renaissance. The event
was organized by Professor Iba Der
Thiam, one of the authors of the
UNESCO History of Africa project,
and highlighted the role of art and

culture in promoting human devel-
opment. Later the same day the
African Renaissance Monument
was inaugurated in an event focus-
ing upon the theme of a United
States of Africa, an objective sup-
portive by President Wade and
endorsed by the African Union for
realization in 2017. The man,
woman and child depicted in the
monument symbolize the strength
and promise of an Africa that will
grow, flourish and experience a ren-
aissance of culture, economic
prowess, innovation and achieve-
NAACP CEO and President
Benjamin Todd Jealous represented
the Americas in a three-way dia-
logue with Senegal President Wade
and Europe's representative Alain
Jakubowicz, President of the
International League against
Racism and Anti-Semitism.
Sunday, April 4th was devoted to
commemorations of Senegal's 50th
year of independence, and was
highlighted by the appearance of
heads of state, prime ministers and
guest from around the world,
attending parades, cultural events,
and festive public ceremonies.
The exhibits, performances, sym-
posia, celebrations and the inaugu-
ration of the spectacular "African
Renaissance Monument" marked
50 years of Senegal's independence
and was a look towards a unified,
dynamic Africa in 2017 and many
years to come.

Despite outreach,

Census responses lag

With only days left for people to
return their census forms, Census
Bureau director Robert Groves on
Monday urged those in big cities
and border regions to step up the
response to avoid visits by census
takers next month.
So far, about 65 percent, or more
than 77 million households, have
completed and mailed back the 10-
question forms., .
The Midwest leads -A
the pack, while the
southern and west- ..... e- '".
ern U.S. and big start here
cities such as New
York, Chicago and
Philadelphia are ?
lagging. I e
Most of the lag-
ging areas are either rural or have
dense populations, or have more
minority and non-English speaking
people. That was also the case in
While there have been anecdotal
reports of conservatives boycotting
or only partially filling out the
form, Groves said there is no evi-
dence of that.
"Things are going quite well," he
said, referring to overall mail
response, which remains on track to
match or surpass the 2000 mail-
back rate of 72 percent.
The Census Bureau is asking

people to mail their forms by Friday
as it prepares to send more than
600,000 census takers to homes
beginning May 1. Homes that have
not yet received census forms can
call 1-866-872-6868 between 8
a.m. and 9 p.m. to submit informa-
tion by phone or find out where to
pick up a form at more than 40,000
help centers around the country.
The Census
Bureau has esti-
-f ,^". -mated it would
save $1.5 billion in
follow-up visits if
everyone who
received a census
form mailed it
back. The popula-
tion count, con-
ducted every 10 years, is used to
distribute U.S. House seats and
more than $400 billion in federal
The highest participation rates
are in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa,
Michigan and Nebraska, where
return rates range between 71-76
percent. North Carolina and South
Carolina, which have participation
of 67 percent and 66 percent, have
topped their mail in rate from 2000.
Alaska ranks at the bottom in par-
ticipation, with 54 percent of
households returning their forms.
It's followed by New Mexico.

Will Obama fight for a liberal
next Supreme Court nominee that takes place outside of our community and
doesn't take our views into consideration.
Thus, our support for Holder becomes a vehicle for intervening in that
decision to bring some balance to a right-of-center debate and to represent
the interests of the people that Obama says must be reflected on the
Supreme Court. In other words, we have to help make him put as progres-
sive a person on the Court as possible. Intervention is very important
because the absence of Stevens will ironically weaken the liberal or pro-
gressive stance on the Court because a junior person will not have the sta-
tus to negotiate a vote away from the conservative bloc to create a winning
majority for progressive causes.
Since we live at a time when Conservative activists are tolerated and lib-
eral activists are not, it will require a genuine mobilization on the Left to
make sure that a liberal is nominate to the Court because "centrists" and
"moderates" are untrustworthy in the current context. Also, since the cur-
rent cast of prospects emerged from the last nomination fight, if not Holder
this time, maybe next.
Dr. Ron Walters is a Political Analysts and Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland College
Park. His latest book is: Democratic Destiny and the District of Columbia (Rowmnan and Littlefield Press,

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Brown is currently the Executive
in Residence at his alma mater, the
Jacksonville University Davis
College of Business. He is also a
current member of the Jacksonville
Regional Chamber of Commerce
and served formerly on the Board
of Trustees. His civic resume
include the Board of Trustees at
J.U. and the Board of the
Supervisor of Elections in 2000.
He lists among his priorities
would be economic growth, build-
ing on crucial public-private sector
partnerships, ports and transporta-
tion, medical and service industries.
"Whether it is jump starting our
housing market, fighting crime,
providing better public transporta-
tion or bringing good jobs to
Jacksonville, I will ensure govern-
ment, the private sector and com-
munity are partnering-- because
my career in business and public

service has shown me that the way
to solve problems is always by
working together." Said Brown.
Brown earned his B.S. in 1985 at
Jacksonville University and his
M.B.A. in 1989.
Brown and his wife Santhea and
their two sons attend St. Joseph
Missionary Baptist Church.
In 2005, Brown was appointed
the Executive Director of the
Bush/Clinton Katrina Fund's
Interfaith Fund. Prior to his work
with the Interfaith fund, Brown
served as Vice President Al Gore's
Senior Advisor for Urban Policy
and Vice Chair of the White House
Community Empowerment Board.
Prior to that, he served as Executive
Director of the White House
Community Empowerment Board,
a $4 billion initiative that focused
on investing in America's cities and
rural communities to create jobs.

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Balloon Release
in honor of victims
Daddy's Little Girl Foundation
will be having a Balloon Release
and CandleLight Vigil on Friday,
April 16th, 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at
Hemming Plaza in remembrance of
13 year old murder victim Radarius
Jackson. Please bring blue balloons
and candles. Call 536-0163 for
more information.

"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 innocence gone bad. It will
be held at the Florida Theater April
17 and 18 for matinee and evening
performances. Call 355-2787.

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.




Discounts galore at
Best of North Campus
The Florida State College of
Jacksonville's North Campus will
host The Best of North Campus" on
Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. During the two hour
period, the community is invited to
receive a variety of free services
ranging from health checks and
massages to cooking demonstra-
tions and career makeovers. In
addition cosmetology services will
include pedicures and manicures
for only $2. For more information
call 766-6555. The campus is locat-
ed at 4501 Capper Road.

Genealogy Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will have their monthly
meeting on April 17, 2010 at 1:30
p.m., at the Webb-Wesconnett
Branch Library, 2887 103rd Street
The discussion topic will be how
geographic information will permit
you to locate sites of interest; such
as an old home, buildings, graves,
tombstones, etc., of your ancestors.
For additional information contact
Jim Laird at 264-0743.

Soul Release
10th Anniversary
Soul Release, the monthly cre-
ative explosion of spoken word,
will celebrate their 10 Year anniver-
sary featuring Queen Sheba and
Jason Jetplane. It will be held on
Saturday, April 17th at 8 p.m. at
the Royal Blue Lounge, 5065
Normandy Blvd on the Westside.
The evening will include an open
mic for poets and singers and a live
DJ. For more info call 626-2812.

Jackson Class of '76
The Andrew Jackson class of
1976 will be having a reunion plan-
ning meeting for their upcoming
35th reunion. It will be held on
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 6
p.m. in the cafeteria of Jackson
High School. Call Ms. Crawford at
520-0166 for more information.

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.

Driving Miss Daisy
at Stage Aurora
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company,
will present the Pulitzer Prize win-
ning play Driving Miss Daisy,
April 30-May 2, and May 7-9,
2010 at their Mainstage inside the
Gateway Mall. For tickets or more
information, call 765-7372.

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.

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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 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 leg-
endary bluesman B.B. King who
will be in concert at the Florida
Theater on May 9. For tickets or
more information, call 355-2787.

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.

Cultural Arts Festival
The Jacksonville African
American Cultural arts is set for
May 21-22 2010. This event will
feature African performers on stage
and on the park grounds, interna-
tional food and craft vendors all at
A. Phillip Randolph Park.
For more information visit

Kevin Hart in Concert
Comedian Kevin Hart will be in
concert at the Florida Theatre on
Friday May 21st. Tickets are now
on sale via Ticketmaster at 353-

Links Old School Gala
The Bold City Chapter of Links
will present their annual Old School
Gala on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
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attire and groove to old school
sounds. Contact any Bold City Link
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dren any time soon, but is not opposed to it.
Beyonce can do many things, but driving a car isn't one of them. The
singer-actress-perfumer has reportedly spent the last several weeks getting
driving lessons in New York from her husband Jay-Z. "Jay and Bey nor-
mally go out mid-morning when it's quiet," a source told the New York
Sun. "Their bodyguards are always in tow but they never ride in the car
with them." Jay-Z is also reportedly wants to buy his wife a Bentley, but
the singer wants a little less flashy.

Turns out it won't be marriage No. 9 for Elizabeth Taylor. After reports
surfaced last week that she was engaged to her longtime
manager/boyfriend Jason Winters, the leg-
endary actress took to her Twitter page
Monday to set the record straight. "The
rumors regarding my engagement simply
aren't true," she tweeted. "Jason is my man-
ager and friend. I love him with all my
heart." Taylor, 78, has been married eight
times to seven different men: Conrad
Hilton Jr., Michael Wilding, Mike Todd,
Eddie Fisher, Richard Burton (twice), .'
John Warner and Larry Fortensky. She .-. '
has been single since her divorce from _' .. .
Fortensky in 1996. Winters, 49, is a -.'-
principal in Sterling Winters Management. In -- -
2007, Taylor told columnist Liz Smith: "Jason Winters is one of the most
wonderful men I've ever known and that's why I love him. He bought us
the most beautiful house in Hawaii and we visit it as often as possible."

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By K. Yarbrough
Who can forget the young fresh
faced pre-teen who gave fantasy a
face to many a young romance. At
the age of 12, Stacy Lattisaw
recorded her first album giving
R&B fans early '80s faves "Let Me
Be Your Angel" and "Love on a
Two-Way Street," with the fervor
and feeling of an experienced
woman. With mega hits into the
'90s, particularly her duet with
Johnny Gill titled "Where Do We
Go From Here," it was quite sur-
prising for the singer, at just 23
years old, to walk away from fame.
The question of what happened
and shy is answered, yet again on
an episode of TV One's documen-
tary show "UnSung." This week's
series featured Lattisaw and her rise
to fame as a preteen and her very
adult decision to leave the music
business at an early age, too. "I
thought they did a fantastic job,"
the singer said after screening the
episode." I was quite pleased with
the outcome of the show. I watched
it with a few family members and
friends. We all sat and watched it
and laughed and a few of us cried. It
was great watching it. It brought
back so many memories." Lattisaw
said that one of the most difficult
moments for her in the show was
when "UnSung" covered the con-
troversy behind her number one hit
with Gill.
"What choked me up is when I
was talking about the Motown situ-
ation. Johnny and I had found out
from Motown records that the song
we did, the duet 'Where Do We Go
from Here,' had only sold 30 or
40,000 copies."
By modem-day standards, a mere
40,000 copies was not a lot and did-
n't have much promise for the
artists, but Lattisaw didn't believe
what the record label said.
"I thought that couldn't have
been true. The song was #1 on the
Billboard chart for four weeks," she
said and added that the two artists
therefore didn't earn any royalties
on the song.
"That was one reason why I was
like, 'I have had enough with this
music business," she said of walk-
ing away from music fame. "It's so
cut-throat and most of it is about
greed. I had become so frustrated.

bares all as a "tween" superstar and

turning her back on R&B on "Unsung"
People ask, 'How but I was never happy with what I look at the price tag. Being able to
could you walk was doing. I just felt stressed out all buy my first car at 16 and pay cash
away from the the time. "It was my mom's dream. for it, that was a fun time for me,"
music business She lived that dream through me." she said.
with a number Having viewed the "UnSung" "Ultimately, having the opportu-
one song?' and I episode with her parents, Lattisaw nity to meet and to perform with
6- just say, 'I had said that her parents were aware The Jacksons and with the best
enough.' I had then, just as they are now, that the entertainer in my life time, that was
enough of the bad young singer was stressed in her the best opportunity. Being able to
management; I young career. watch Michael perform and being
had had enough ""I love them with all my heart. I able to talk to him after the show.
of the non-sup- don't resent them, but there were so Those were fun times for me."
port at Motown." many mixed emotions while watch- And Lattisaw, even in recalling the
At about that ing it," she described. "They knew stress, said that she would not
time, the leg- the stress I was under. I did the best change her life and career path even
endary label had I could do, but they knew it was if she could.
signed another young singer named taking its toll on me. I would cry "It was a stepping stone," she
Shanice Wilson, and Lattisaw start- because I wanted to be home with said. "It was preparing me for
ed to feel like she was being edged my friends. I wanted to be in where I am today and who I am
out. "They were giving her more school. I wanted to be with my today. It has made me a better per-
support than my project," she said. friends. I never got to go to the son. I'm content where I am." "I
"I thought that they did not do prom or to a high school game probably would do it all over again,
enough for my career. and those are sup- even though I was unhappy," she
Lattisaw also spoke about one p o s e d continued.
song in particular that wasn't get- lin a "I think it was part of God's plan
ting the label support she thought it because it has made me a
deserved. She described the song better person today. It made
"Let Me Take You Down" as her me stronger. It made me
favorite recorded song. She / wiser and it made me better.
explained that while the song was / It also brought me to Christ."
released as a single and garnered Lattisaw is now a minister,
a following, the record was and is working on her first
never released in stores. gospel CD.
Frustrated with her label, "I am a minister in song. I
Lattisaw also faced issues love the Lord, and that was the
with her management. void that was missing from my
According to the singer, as life. It wasn't until I began to pray
soon as she got the money and ask God what my purpose was.
from the label to record an The more I prayed, the more things
album, the money was spent. "The became clearer to me."
music business just beat me up. I to be the The singer is also writing her
had to walk away," she said. best times of your life." biography, opening a Music World
With a number of familiar beasts And though she missed the thrill of Center in her home of Prince
of the business, Lattisaw also had being a "normal" teenager, she con- George's County, MD, to connect
issues much closer to home. She fessed that there were some bright people to the music industry, and is
revealed that she was rather pres- components to fame, including overseeing the singing career of her
sured into show business by her making money and the good for- daughter. "My daughter is going to
parents, into a life of work and tune to perform with one of her be recording soon. I would never
celebrity that she really didn't want. favorite entertainers, Michael put my daughter through what I
"At 15 years old, 1 had panic Jackson. went through, and I'm not going to
attacks because of the stress I was "I think the fun times for me were push her, but oh my goodness can
under," she described. "I felt obli- of course being able to buy whatev- she sing. She writes songs and she
gated to continue to sing and tour, er I wanted to buy and not have to plays the piano; she is like, wow."


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