man Idris Elba
Atlanta bar accused of forcing
Black men to give up seats
A discrimination lawsuit has been filed against a popular Atlanta restau-
rant by two customers, a former NBA player and a prominent local
lawyer that may soon go to trial.
Former NBA all-star Joe Barry Carroll and Atlanta lawyer Joseph Shaw
say they were escorted out of the Tavern at Phipps restaurant in August
2006 for refusing to give up their seats to White women.
According to court filings, Carroll and Shaw said they were eating and
drinking at the restaurant's bar when they were repeatedly asked to give
up their seats to White women. Both men declined, saying they weren't
finished eating. They noticed that no White men had been asked to get up
and there were also several vacant seats at the bar. Atlanta police arrived
at the restaurant 20 minutes later and escorted the two men off of the
The incident is the subject of federal lawsuits filed by the two men, who
claim they were humiliated by the situation and the restaurant violated
public accommodation and civil rights laws.
A federal judge is expected to decide soon whether the case should be
taken to trial, following two years of pretrial litigation.
In pretrial testimony, former employees of the Tavern said the restau-
rant limited the number of African-American hostesses on busy nights,
removed Heineken and Hennessey Cognac from the menu because they
were popular among young black customers, and purposely delayed serv-
ice to black patrons, especially in the bar area.
Man who threatened to kill
Obama sentenced to 10 years
An Arkansas man was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week for
plotting to kill dozens of blacks, including then-Sen. Barack Obama, fed-
eral authorities said. Paul Schlesselman pleaded guilty in January and
was sentenced in an Arkansas federal court .
Federal officials said Schlesselman had threatened to kill Obama on
October 23, 2008, shortly before the presidential election.
He also planned to "murder dozens of people with a focus on murder-
ing African-Americans," the Justice Department said.
Schlesselman admitted planning the killing rampage for more than a
month and had started to pile up weapons, including a short-barreled
shotgun, the Justice Department said.
He planned to go on a series of robberies, burglaries and murders that
would have ended with the killing of Obama, the Justice Dept. said.
"Our nation has made great progress in advancing civil rights, but this
unthinkable conspiracy is a reminder that hate-fueled violence continues
to be a very real problem in so many communities," said Thomas E.
Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division.
Serious hospital infections on the rise
among minorities and low-oncome
The nation's hospitals are failing to protect patients from potentially
fatal infections despite years of prevention campaigns according to the
'The Health and Human Services department's 2009 quality report to
Congress found "very little progress" on eliminating hospital-acquired
infections and called for "urgent attention" to address the shortcomings
- first brought to light a decade ago.
Of five major types of serious hospital-related infections, rates of ill-
nesses increased for three, one showed no progress, and one showed a
decline. As many as 98,000 people a year die from medical errors, and
preventable infections along with medication mixups- are a signifi-
cant part of the problem.
Such medical missteps will have financial consequences under
President Barack Obama's new health care overhaul law. Starting in a few
years, Medicare payments to hospitals will be reduced for preventable
readmissions and for certain infections that can usually be staved off with
good nursing care.
Kilpatrick may return to jail
DETROIT Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick violated terms
of his probation by failing to report some of his assets, a judge ruled this
week, strongly suggesting he may send Kilpatrick to jail when he's sen-
tenced next month. The judge said Kilpatrick could remain free on bond
pending his sentencing on May 25, and ordered state corrections officials
to prepare a pre-sentence report and submit it to the court.
Kilpatrick pleaded guilty in 2008 to misconduct after sexually explicit
text messages became public, showing he had lied under oath about an
affair with a staff member in a whistle-blowers' lawsuit. The 39-year-old
resigned, served 99 days in jail, agreed to give up his law license, repay
the city $1 million, and stay out of politics for five years.
Prosecutors claim Kilpatrick hasn't paid enough toward the $1 million
he owes Detroit. He had been making monthly payments of $3,000 while
living in the Dallas area and working as a salesman for information-tech-
nology company Covisint. But prosecutors learned Kilpatrick and his
wife have had other money, including $240,000 in loans, live in a rented
mansion and drive fancy SUVs.
In January, the judge said Kilpatrick had been untruthful about his
finances and ordered $320,000 in accelerated payments.
Meanwhile, Kilpatrick's wife asked a federal judge in Texas to intervene
in the restitution case. Carlita Kilpatrick filed a lawsuit also this week in
Fort Worth seeking to separate her assets and those of the couple's three
young sons from her husband's.
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ficult to understand, and are often
discussed without a clear view of
the details and the impact that the
reforms may have on differing
groups of Americans. Because
minorities (with the exception of
Asian-Americans) tend to earn less
money than the majority class,
according to the US Census
Bureau, they stand to benefit the
most from the health reform act.
What's in it for minorities?
In 2014, Medicaid will be
expanded to incomes up to 133% of
the Federal poverty level or
$14,404 for individuals and
$29,326 for a family of four based
on the current guidelines provided
by the Department of Health and
Minorities will also benefit from
the wide range of benefits afforded
under this legislation, particularly
the preventative care tests. This leg-
islation, if coupled with proper
awareness, will help minorities
,eek ireiitmenit before it'> too late
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both %' omen and minorities alike. it
the,. eain up to 4-i0 ii.. of the federal
po- emr, let el. or up to10 s,2i i0 tor at
family of four in 2010. A family of
four making $50,000 would receive
a credit of $5,800, for example.
What's in it for
A woman's greatest worry is the
future of, and care for her children.
This plan puts her at ease because it
provides coverage for young adults
to age 26. They can stay on their
parent's health care plans or have
the option of buying low premium
Women of child bearing age will
have their maternity costs covered
in the new policies that go into
effect in 2014. They can purchase
these policies from the State-based
Insurers will not be able to deny
coverage based on pre-existing
conditions from 2014 and on... right
now since the bill passed children
with pre-existing conditions are
already covered or their policies are
Continued on page 3
W EKLY 50 Cents
-- Dorothy Height, a leading civil
rights pioneer of the 1960s, died
this week at the age of 98.
Height, who had been chair and
president emerita of the National
Council of Negro Women, worked
in the 1960s alongside civil rights
pioneers, including the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr., future U.S. Rep.
John Lewis and A. Philip
Randolph. She was on the platform
when King delivered his "I Have -
Continued on page 5
Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge Prince Hall Affiliated
Masons hold 140th Grand Lodge in Jax The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge
Prince Hall Affiliated Masons held their 140th Grand Lodge Communication in Jacksonville with a host of activ-
ities. Over a three day period, members participated in receptions, concerts and meeting headquartered at the his-
toric Masonic Temple on Broad Street. Shown above attending the Memorial Service honoring 135 brothers and
sisters who have passed on are (L-R) Past Grand Master Henry Simmons, eldest member in attendance Past Most
Eminent Grand Master Augustush Cox of Knights Templar Masons, and the new Most Worshipful Grand Master
Anthony Stafford, 33, KYCH Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge F & A. M. P. H. A. FMPPhoto
No Civil Rights Charges in Florida Boot
Anderson's mother flanker by her
attorney holds a photo of her son.
More than four years after the
death of 14-year-old Florida boot
camp inmate Martin Lee Anderson,
the U.S. Department of Justice has
announced no federal criminal civil
rights charges will be filed against
the institutions eight staff members.
The announcement effectively clos-
es the case.
In 2007, a Florida jury found
seven guards and a nurse not guilty
of manslaughter and related charges
in Anderson's death. Anderson was
African-American, and the guards
were white and African-American.
Anderson died on January 5,
2006. It was his first day at the Bay
County Sheriffs Office Boot Camp.
He complained of fatigue after a
run with fellow inmates, but staff
members testified at the state trial
that they thought he was faking. A
nurse checked his vital signs and
said he was fine.
The guards could then be seen, on
videotape enhanced by NASA,
using a series of techniques used to
gain Anderson's compliance. The
tactics included pushing smelling
salts up his nose and punching him.
The 30-minute video shows that an
ambulance was later called.
Anderson was taken to a hospital,
where he died.
The Bay County medical examin-
er ruled that Anderson died from
complications of sickle cell trait, a
genetic disorder that prevented him
But after a public outcry and
demonstrations, then-Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush appointed a special prose-
Benjamin Hooks, inspirational
speaker, defender of minorities and
the poor, and legendary director of
the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP), died Thursday, April 15
at his Nashville, Tenn., home fol-
lowing a long illness. He was 85.
Benjamin Hooks' death ends a
journey that started when he was
growing up in the segregated south.
Hooks was a lawyer and Baptist -
Continued on page 5
Honored this week
April 18-24 has been declared
Victims Rights Week by the City of
Jacksonville in accordance of the
national observance. Residents,
city officials and community lead-
ers recently came together to sup-
port a series of events sponsored by
the Vctim Assistance Advisory
Council (VAAC) to recognize
Shown above is former NFL
Jaguar Richard Collier who lost his
leg as a victim of crime sharing the
power of forgiveness at the opening
press conference. He is flanked by
Chief Judge Don Moran and City
Councilwoman Glorious Johnson.
cutor, who had the boy's body
exhumed. A second autopsy found
that Anderson suffocated from the
actions of the guards.
Anderson's family has already
settled lawsuits against Bay County
and the state of Florida for more
than $7 million.
The death sparked protests in
Tallahassee, and eventually led to
the dismantling of the military-style
boot camps in Florida.
In its news release, the
Department of Justice said prosecu-
tors must establish, beyond a rea-
sonable doubt, that an official will-
fully deprived an individual of a
Dr. Dorothy Height
Nation Mourns Loss of
Two Civil Rights Icons
April 22-28, 2010
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in defining Black Agenda at annual conference
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Carita Parks and Mohamed Bete
The Ritz Theater was a fashion explosion last weekend for the annu-
al Passion for Fashion event held Friday April 16th. The fashion
extravaganza included local models and the couture collection of
designer Javan Reed and Meow & Barks showed off there best work.
The evening was a fashion, production, music all colliding to entertain
a fashion savvy audience
The National Action Network
came at the approach of establish-
ing a national agenda for Black
America a little differently than
what we are used to. During its
national conference held last week-
end, it promised a 12-month action
plan. The result was an impressive
revolving panel of leaders of one
thing or another and academics and
journalists talked for two hours in a
forum broadcast by TV One.
While many panelists went for
the easy applause lines and the
"Yeah!" and "Amens"! from the
packed First Corinthian Baptist
Church in Harlem, others sought
more heart felt solutions. One per-
son suggested that blacks should
counter the Tea Party movement
with a "Cocoa Party" movement
focusing on the well-being of black
children. Others suggested estab-
lishing black financial institutions
and demanding that governments at
all levels deposit some of their
money in those institutions. And
several talked about expanding
mentoring opportunities and find-
ing ways to re-integrate convicted
felons into society and to help them
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the
House Majority Whip, explained
that many of the concerns being
raised targeting stimulus funds to
Sharpton with Wyclef Jean and New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg at NAN
communities that are really suffer-
ing rather than distributing money
to places that are not in such bad
shape, providing job training, pro-
viding summer jobs were already
addressed in the stimulus bill and in
the health care reform bill, includ-
ing money for community colleges
and HBCUs that can train people
for jobs. That led several panelists,
including Sharpton, to say that
someone needs to explain the con-
tents of these bills to black people.
President Obama tried to in a let-
ter he sent to the convention that
was read by one of his aides. But
the greatest applause came to
Obama's praise of Sharpton and
NAN "for another year of fighting
for the rights of those who have no
voice and lifting up causes that
would otherwise go unnoticed."
The letter ended with: "...best wish-
es in your pursuit of economic
security, social justice and peace for
Among the pledges:
Sharpton said that NAN will
Recent reforms will positively effect minorities
There are now no lifetime limits
on the dollar value of health insur-
ance coverage. Today most plans
have benefit caps, such as a $ 3 mil-
lion dollar lifetime benefit.
What if you already
have health insurance?
Employees getting insurance
through their employers will see an
average decrease in the cost of their
premiums of up to 3 % by 2016
In 2014, you can no longer be
charged higher rates based on your
health status or gender, and insurers
cannot extend waiting periods
beyond 90 days.
Starting next year, reimburse-
ments from health flexible spending
accounts (health FSAs) and health
reimbursement accounts (HRAs)
for over-the-counter drugs will be
restricted. In addition, beginning in
2013, contributions to health FSAs
will be limited to $2,500 per year.
Finally, the income threshold for
itemizing medical expense deduc-
tions will increase from 7.5% to
10% in 2013.
What if you don't
If you don't have insurance, or if
it's too expensive, the new reforms
may make it easier for you to get
and keep health insurance. By
2014, insurers will have to accept
you regardless of your health histo-
ry, and premiums can only vary
based on tobacco use and age.
- In 2014, Medicaid availability is
expanded to those under age 65
with incomes up to 133% of the
Federal Poverty Level (FPL). You
will also have state-based American
Health Benefit Exchanges, avail-
able by 2014, through which you
can buy health insurance from vari-
How does student loan
reform impact minorities?
Reforms will go into effect in 2014
and are promised to save $68 bil-
Within the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act is another
reform impacting student loans.
This is especially important today
as America faces its highest unem-
ployment rates in decades.
According to a report published by
The Washington Post, only 66 out
of 100 African American men are
employed. Although the unemploy-
ment rate is just under 10% for the
nation, it is the worst for African
American men. Of African-
American men, those who are col-
lege graduates are actually faring
better than most- with only a 5%
Student loan reform may level
the playing field in America
The first thing the reforms do is
cut out the middle man (like Chase
or Bank of America). Borrowers go
right to lender, which in this case is
now the federal government, which
backs most of the federal student
loans anyway. This change will
eliminate fees and processing costs
that are generally imposed by pri-
Secondly, the reforms make col-
lege more affordable, as the less we
pay in fees and profits to private
bankers, the more savings are avail-
able to families.
Thirdly, as the loans are repaid
back to the government, not only do
taxpayers make a profit that was
reserved for private lenders, but we
also benefit by the contribution of
the college graduates as they
become doctors, lawyers, account-
ants and business owners.
Overall, the healthcare and stu-
dent loan reform is good for every-
one and helps to level the playing
field for the minority population.
launch a voter registration drive in
key states with a goal of a 5%
increase turnout in mid-term elec-
tions in November.
Marc Morial of the National
Urban League said his organization
will help 10,000 people find jobs
over the next 12 months.
Debra Toney of the National
Black Nurses Association said her
organization would identify, train or
re-train 10,000 people for the nurs-
Dr. Lezli Baskerville, who rep-
resents HBCUs, said the network of
campuses would provide 500,000
students for voter registration and
get-out-the-vote efforts and that
more campuses will make their
facilities available to young people
for after-school activities, including
In the end there was no tradition-
al document, but the pledges were
documented because they were
made on national television and the
Internet. Martin said that TV One is
committed to regularly posting
progress reports on its web site
That sounds like an action plan.
Summit April 28th
The Jacksonville Urban League
will present their 3rd Annual
Empowerment Summit on
Wednesday, April 28th from 10
a.m. 3 p.m.
The one day conference will
focus on education, employment
and economic empowerment.
Among the days activities will be a
job fair with a variety of communi-
ty partners doing on site interviews,
workshops on job fair etiquette and
skills training opportunities.
There will also be Head Start reg-
istration, a youth symposium and a
workshop on responsible father-
hood.. In the area of Economic
Empowerment, housing counseling
services will be available in addi-
tion to Real Sense financial semi-
For more information call 356-
8336. The Urban League is located
at 903 W. Union Street.
Northeast Florida Community action agency,
Inc. A non-profit organization, will have their
Board of Directors meeting, Thursday April 29,
2010 at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will ne held at
4070 Boulevard Center Dr. Suite 200.
For Information call 398-7472 ext. 224
The Bold City Chapter of Links, Inc.
is proud to present the annual
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Get out your afros and bell bottoms and get ready for one of the most antic-
ipated events of the year as the Bold City Chapter of Links, Inc. transforms
Jacksonville Municpal Stadium into the smooth grooving place to be of yes-
teryear. Tickets are $50 each and proceeds benefit the chapter's community
programs. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
8 p.m. at the Stadium
Contact any member of the Bold City Chapter of Links,
email BoldCityLinks@aol.com or call 634-1993.
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April 22-28, 2010
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
The Civil Rights Movement will
always be seen as a turning point in
American history. It was truly a
defining moment for this great
country. People from all back-
grounds, races and cultures came
together for one cause equality,
fairness and justice for all
On the other side was the same
passion, but it was passion laced
with bigotry, hate and often times
violence. That was the reality that
many Civil Rights leaders faced as
they pushed for a new America a
United States that actually lived up
to the credence that all men are cre-
We often hear about Martin
Luther King, A. Phillip Randolph,
Rosa Parks and many others who
were at the forefront of the Civil
Rights era, but some of the move-
ments most passionate soldiers
were not delivering big speeches,
but working hard behind the
Dorothy Height was one of those
soldiers. She's been called the
Lioness of the Civil Rights
Movement. For some, she may not
be a household name, but she truly
was a driving force in the move-
ment for racial justice and equality.
She passed away Tuesday morning
at Howard University hospital at
the age of 98.
While she was not a dynamic
orator like Dr. King, in August
1963, she was on the platform
when King delivered the "I have a
dream" speech. She was not a
speaker that day, but a key organiz-
er and voice for not only equal
rights for blacks, but women as
Talk about living a full life. Ms.
Height was able to see America
during its best and worst days. She
was so critical to the struggles for
desegregation, voting rights, equal-
ity in public accommodations and
job opportunities for minorities
throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
Growing up in a small town out-
side of Pittsburgh, she tasted
racism at an early age at her inte-
grated elementary school. She was
later turned down by Barnard
College because they told her that
they already had two black stu-
dents. Talk about meeting your
quota can you imagine a school
saying that we have two black stu-
dents already so we don't need any
Ms. Height would eventually
attend New York University and
receive her bachelor's and master's
degrees in educational psychology.
So her passion for equal rights and
justice was spawned very early on
Maybe it was fitting that she
lived long enough to see an African
American elected as President of
the United States.
So many of our Civil Rights
leaders did not live long enough to
see the progress that America has
made. This is a country that has
gone from legal segregation in the
South some 50 years ago to having
a black man as President.
Of course, this is far from utopia.
There are still racial issues, true
A recent New
poll confirmed the obvious. Tea
Party activists are overwhelmingly
white, male, conservative, lower
income, and GOP leaning. Nearly
all passionately believe that
President Obama is shoving the
country to socialism. All lambaste
the federal government for giving
the company store away to the
poor. The poor in this case are
blacks. That race lurks perilously
just beneath the surface with Tea
Party activists is beyond dispute.
To many the equation is govern-
ment programs equal hand outs to
undeserving blacks and the poor
and that in turn equals money
snatched from the pockets of hard
This is nothing new. It's just a
recycle of the media buzz depiction
of the angry white male. The term
was coined by political analyst and
then GOP strategist Kevin Phillips
during Nixon's presidential cam-
paign in 1968. Nixon stoked the
fury of blue collar, white ethnics,
rural voters with his slam of the
Democrats for coddling criminals,
welfare cheats, and fostering a cul-
ture of anything goes permissive-
ness, and of course, big govern-
ment Great Society pandering to
the poor. The crude thinly dis-
guised code words and racial cues
worked. Nixon eked out a narrow
victory over Democratic presiden-
tial opponent Hubert Humphrey.
The tag of law and order and per-
missiveness became a staple in the
GOP attack play book for the next
four decades. With tweaks and
refinements, Reagan, Bush Sr. and
W. Bush used it to ease their path to
the White House. In the mid 1990s,
Newt Gingrich and ultra conserva-
tives recycled the strategy to seize
Congress, and pound out an agenda
that made big government, tax and
spend Democrats, and soft on
crime liberals the fall guys for
everything wrong with America. It
touched the familiar nerve with
The volatile mix of big govern-
ment and economics that can whip
frustrated, rebellious, angry whites
(and more than a few non-whites)
into a tizzy far better than crude
race baiting, magnificently for a
reason that goes beyond race alone.
Many blue-collar white males were
losing ground to minorities and
women in the workplace, schools,
and in society. The trend toward
white male poverty and alienation
became more evident in the early
1980s when nearly 10 million
Americans were added to the
poverty rolls, more than half from
white, male-headed families. Two
decades later, the number of white
men in poverty has continued to
Hate groups, anti-Obama Web
sites and bloggers, and radio talk
jocks can craft this as the prime
reason for the anger and alienation
that many white males feel toward
health care and, by extension,
Obama while convincing them-
selves and the public that this has
equality still has not been achieved
and injustice is still a major con-
cern. But again, we have come a
This country will miss Ms.
Height's leadership and commit-
ment. Perhaps no other organiza-
tion will miss her more than the
National Council of Negro Women.
She was president of the organiza-
tion for some 40 years before retir-
ing in 1997.
If you do not know anything
about the organization, they do an
exceptional job here in
Jacksonville of mentoring and edu-
cating young African American
women through their after school
program and other services.
Gertrude Peele and the other
members of the organization do an
outstanding job, and have truly car-
ried on the legacy started by the
organization's founder Mary
McCloud Bethune in 1935.
Bethune was one of Height's
mentors. Under her leadership the
National Council grew to 4 million-
members consisting of 34 national
and 250 community-based organi-
In 1938, Ms. Height was one of
ten young people selected to help
Eleanor Roosevelt plan a World
Youth Conference. Through First
Lady Roosevelt, she met Mary
McLeod Bethune and became
involved in the National Council of
Think about the roll Ms. Height
played throughout her life. She was
at the forefront of two of the
biggest social and political move-
ments in this country's history -
Civil Rights and Women's Rights
Think about the presidents she
shook hands with from Dwight
D. Eisenhower to Barrack Obama,
she lived a phenomenal life. When
President Kennedy signed the
Equal Pay Act in 1963, because of
her hard work, Ms. Height was
among those invited to the White
House to witness the ceremony.
In 1994, Bill Clinton awarded her
the Presidential Medal of Freedom,
the nation's highest civilian honor.
A few years later in 1998 she was
back at the White House with
President Clinton for a ceremony
marking the 35th anniversary of the
Equal Pay Act.
Height is a personal hero of mine
because she emphasized the impor-
tance of community service and
giving back to our neediest neigh-
borhoods. She once said, "Without
community service, we would not
have a strong quality of life. It's
important to the person who serves
as well as the recipient. It's the way
in which we ourselves grow and
Being the true Delta she is, my
wife is a big fan of Ms. Height as
well. From 1947 to 1957, she
served as national president of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dorothy Height leaves behind an
extraordinary legacy, America is a
better place because of her.
Signing off from the Jacksonville
Chapter of the National Council of
nothing to do with race. This trans- ment that
lates to even more fear, rage and frustration
distrust of big government. The The supl
vintage blends of anti-government party move
politics and calls defending person- ots and dri,
al freedom were the neo-libertarian tea party
war cries heard at the Conservative the racists
Political Action Conference and the won't hapl
tea party convention. Protests over would hav
big government dwarfed the subtle ered, and re
and overt race-baiting appeals that agenda anc
were seen and heard at both con- the case. It
ventions. ed and scrn
Tea party activists hammer that makes
Obama, the Democrats, big gov- potent, Cot
emrnment, the elites, and Wall Street.
Yet, they also grouse about abor-
tion, family values, gay rights, and
tax cuts -- not race.
Rightwing populism, with its
mix of xenophobia, loath of gov-
ernment as too liberal, too tax-and-
spend, and too permissive, and a
killer of personal freedom has been
the engine that powered Reagan
and Bush White House wins.
Scores of GOP governors, senators
and members of congress have
used wedge issues to win office and
maintain political dominance. The
GOP grassroots brand of populism
has stirred millions operating out-
side the confines of the mainstream
Republican Party. In 2008, many of
these voters stayed home. Even
Sarah Palin wasn't enough to budge
them. Their defection was more a
personal and visceral reaction to
the bumbles of George W. Bush
than a radical and permanent sea
change in overall white voter senti-
ment. They were ripe for the tea ..
party movement -- or any move-
keyed their anger and
posed proof that the tea
*ment is loaded with big-
ven by race frenzy is that
leaders won't denounce
s in their ranks. That
pen. One the movement
e to be structured, lay-
egimented with a unitary
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Color is Still an
(NNPA) The April 4th observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s bloody
death in Memphis produced another round of speech excerpts of him saying
his dream was to see people judged on the basis of their character, not their
But the color of one's skin 42 years after Dr. King's assassination is
still a major issue in America. The notion that a person can look at another
individual and know his or her race is an extremely flawed one. I know this
from personal experience.
My mother is an African-American and my father is white. As a result, I
am very light-skinned. So much so that people often confuse me with being
white; some unsuspecting Caucians have actually uttered the dreaded n-
word in my presence. When I informed them that I am biracial, they cringed
in red-face embarrassment.
I am not alone.I share my skin tone with a multitude of fair skinned
If this were not such a serious matter, it would be laughable. But biogotry
and ignorance is no laughing matter. Moreover, some people, especially in
the political arena, try to exploit this widespread ignorance about race. Still,
we need not be willing victims.
The concept of race is a concocted construct.
"Today, scholars in many fields argue that 'race' as it is understood in the
United States of America was a social mechanism invented during the 18th
century to refer to those populations brought together in colonial America:
the English and other European settlers, the conquered Indian peoples, and
those peoples of Africa brought in to provide slave labor," the American
Anthropological Association (AAA) said in a statement on race. "...It sub-
sumed a growing ideology of inequality devised to rationalize European atti-
tudes and treatment of the conquered and enslaved peoples."
The AAA said race evolved into "a body of prejudgments that distorts our
ideas about human differences and group behavior."
Interestingly, there are far more variations within designated racial groups
than between different races.
"In the United States both scholars and the general public have been con-
ditioned to viewing human races as natural and separate divisions within the
human species based on visible physical differences," the anthropology
group said in its statement. "With the vast expansion of scientific knowledge
in this country, however, it has become clear that human populations are not
unambigous, clearly demarcated, biologically distinct groups. Evidence
from the analysis of genetics (e.g., DNA) indicates that most physical vari-
ation, about 94%, lies within so-called racial groups."
It concluded, "Conventional geographic 'racial' groupings differ from one
another only in about 6% of their genes. This means there is greater varia-
tion within 'racial' groups than between them."
The U.S. Department of Energy Human Genome Project issued a state-
ment that was even more unequivocal: "DNA studies do not indicate that
separate classifiable subspecies (races) exist within modem humans. While
different genes for physical traits such as skin and hair color can be identi-
fied between individuals, no consistent patterns of genes across the human
genome exist to distinguish one race from another. There is also no genetic
basis for divisions of human ethnicity."
Placing so much emphasis on the questionable construct of race is what
Rev. Jesse Jackson calls majoring in the minor. All of us must face up to the
reality that the United States is quickly becoming what political scientists
like to call a majority minority.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, minorities comprise one-third of
the U.S. population. However, by 2042, they are projected to make up the
majority and rise to 54 percent of the population by 2050. Meanwhile, non-
Hispanic whites will see their share of the population dip from 66 percent in
2008 to 46 percent in 2050. No single group will comprise a majority of the
Clearly, we need to come together if we are to survive as a nation. Divisive
and misleading talk about race in the abstract doesn't help us get there.
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Benjamin Hooks' contributions
and legacy will live on
Shown above as one of the few women on the stage during Dr.
King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech is Dr. Height.
Remembering Dr. Dorothy Height
Continued from front
Have a Dream" speech at the 1963
March on Washington.
President Obama called her a hero
and the "godmother" of the move-
ment, noting she "served as the
only woman at the highest level of
the civil rights movement -- wit-
nessing every march and milestone
along the way."
Height's years of service span
from Roosevelt to the Obama
administration, the council said in a
statement announcing her death and
listing the highlights of her career.
Height was awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom in
1994 by President Clinton and the
Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.
She was among a handful of key
African-American leaders to meet
with Obama at the White House
recently for a summit on race and
Her name is synonymous with the
National Council of Negro Women,
a group she led from 1957 to 1988,
when she became the group's chair
and president emerita. She was also
a key figure in the YWCA begin-
ning in the 1930s.
Height was born in Richmond,
Virginia, and grew up in Rankin,
Pennsylvania. Her civil rights work
began in 1933 when she became a
leader of the United Christian
Youth Movement of North
America. Among the issues she
tackled were fighting to stop lynch-
ings and working to desegregate the
"It took me a while to realize that
their decision was a racial matter:
Barnard had a quota of two Negro
students per year, and two others
had already taken the spots," she
wrote in "Open Wide the Freedom
At its 1980 commencement cere-
monies, Barnard awarded Height
its highest honor, the Barnard
Medal of Distinction.
Under Height's leadership, the
National Council of Negro Women
dealt with the "unmet needs of
women and their families by com-
bating hunger and establishing
decent housing and home owner-
ship programs through the federal
The organization spearheaded
voter registration drives and started
"Wednesdays in Mississippi" in
which female interracial groups
helped at Freedom Schools, institu-
tions meant to empower African-
Americans and address inequalities
in how the races were educated.
John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat
and fellow civil rights leader, said
Height was fighting for social jus-
tice "long before Dr. King and
some of us appeared on the scene."
Shown above the late Sen. Edward Kennedy appears beside NAACP
Director Benjamin Hooks in 1982 to discuss extending portions of the
1965 voting Rights Act.
Continued from front
minister best known for boosting
membership in the NAACP and
transforming it into a relevant polit-
ical force. After a lifetime of advo-
cacy for the downtrodden, he was
awarded the Presidential Medal of
Freedom in 2007.
Hooks' passion was the pulpit.
But his dedication to fighting social
injustice and bigotry was cemented
after he experienced the irony of
guarding Italian prisoners of war
during World War II. They were
allowed in "whites only" restau-
rants while Hooks was barred from
When no law school in the South
would admit him, Hooks used the
GI bill to attend DePaul University
in Chicago, earning a law degree in
"At that time you were insulted by
law clerks, excluded from white bar
associations and when I was in
court, I was lucky to be called 'Ben,'
" he told Jet magazine. "Usually it
was just 'boy.' "
Hooks became the first African-
American judge in the South since
Reconstruction. Under Hooks'
tenure on the Federal
Communications Commission -
he was appointed by Nixon -
minority employment in broadcast-
ing grew from 3 percent to 15 per-
Hooks is credited with a rule that
required TV and radio stations to be
offered publicly before they could
be sold and with expanding tax
breaks to those who sold radio or
television stations to minorities.
Other advancements bear his
imprimatur, including an initiative
that gave more employment oppor-
tunities to blacks in Major League
Baseball and a program encourag-
ing corporate development projects
in black communities.
Hooks was tapped to lead the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People at
a time when the nation's oldest
civil-rights organization struggled
for members and relevancy. With
Hooks at the helm, the NAACP
first clashed with the Reagan
administration and then with that of
President George H.W. Bush to pre-
serve civil-rights gains made in the
1960s and '70s.
The country did not slide back-
ward. The NAACP's membership
grew. America has Hooks to thank.
Mourners family and friends paid
their final respects this week as his
body lied inrepose at the church he
preached at so many years. He was
laid to rest on Wednesday April 21
in Memphis, Tennessee.
"Tradition Redefined: The Larry
and Brenda Thompson Collection
of African American Art" will be
on view Friday, April 23, through
Sunday, August 29, at the Museum
of Contemporary Art Jacksonville,
a cultural resource of the
University of North Florida.
"Tradition Redefined" features
72 works by 67 artists at the David
C. Driskell Center for the Study of
the Visual Arts and Culture of
African Americans and the African
Diaspora at the University of
Maryland, College Park.
Private art collectors Larry and
Brenda Thompson have amassed a
remarkable assortment of art by
African-Americans from around
the nation. The strength of the
Thompson's selecting process lies
in their considered attention to
artists who have typically not been
recognized in the traditional narra-
tives of African-American art.
"Tradition Redefined" presents
the breadth of the Thompsons' art
collection that spans from the
1890's to 2007. The exhibition
features works by artists Amiri
Baraka, Romare Bearden, Camille
Billops, Joseph Delaney, Norman
Lewis, Charles E. Porter, William
Female Figure at Shore, ca.1950
Oil on masonite, Greg Staley photo
T. Williams and Hale A. Woodruff,
among others. The exhibit also
include works by Jacksonville
native Mildred Thompson.
The exhibit will als highlight a
variety of education and aware-
ness programs including a lecture:
"Art Matters: Radcliffe Bailey:
The African American Narrative"
on Wednesday, May 5th at 10:30
a.m. in the MOCA Theater.
For more information about
MOCA visit on-line at
www.mocajacksonville.org or call
366-6911, ext. 209.
Real Multiracial Number
for 2010 Census Unknown
With the 2000 Census, 2.4 per-
2.cent of the population described
themselves as both "white and
That census was the first to allow
people to select more than one race.
With the 2010 census, authorities
expect the number of multiracial
participants to go up. There are
many residents, though, such as
Laura Martin (pictured left), hold-
ing a photo of her white mother and
black father, who have at least one
White parent but still select "black"
on their census forms, making the
true number of multiracial people
'i1r in America elusive.
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St. Joseph to celebrate 80th Church Scholar in hot water for proclaiming the "Black Church is dead"
and Pastor's 40th Anniversary1
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.
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.
Gospel Worship Celebration at
Summerville Baptist Church
Summerville Baptist Church Choir #1 will Present a Gospel Worship
Celebration on Sunday April 25th at the church located at 690 W. 20th St.
Showtime is 5 p.m. where special guests artists will include Gospel
Shepherds of the City and the Sunbeam Gospel Singers. Dr. James W.
Henry, Pastor. For more information call 904-598-0510.
Health Explosion 2010 on April 24th
Bishop Bruce V. Allen and the Church Fellowship Worship Ministries
will present Health Explosion 2010. The special event will be held atthe
church's headquarters located at 8808Lem Turner Rd. on Saturday April
24th from 10:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.
Participating Health cendors include the Mayo Clinic Mobile Research
Lab, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Abz-Solute-Fitness, Apel Health
Services, Brooks Rehabilitation Nemours and Shands Sickle Cell, Duval
County Health Department, Buddy Check 12, Diabetic Shoes-Mark Blake,
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and Booster Seats. There will also be free HIV testing, prostate and colon
Screening, diabetic and blood Pressure Screening, Buddy Check 12 kits,
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Princeton University professor
Eddie Glaude, Jr. (pictured above) is
coming under heavy fire for his
recent article proclaiming that the
Black Church is dead.
It's easy to see why Glaude makes
this pronouncement. As blacks
struggle with educational, economic
and health care disparities into the
21st century, the response from the
church has not been incredibly
strong. As Glaude points out:
Rare are those occasions when
black churches mobilize in public and
together to call attention to the press-
ing issues of our day. We see organi-
zation and protests against same-sex
marriage and abortion; even bill-
boards in Atlanta to make the anti-
abortion case. But where are the press
conferences and impassioned efforts
around black children living in pover-
ty, and commercials and organizing
around jobs and healthcare reform?
Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr, the pre-
siding bishop of the Church of God in
Christ, appears to be a lonely voice in
the wilderness when he announced
COGIC's support of healthcare
reform with the public option.
The question becomes: what will be
the role of prophetic black churches
on the national stage under these con-
ditions? Any church as an institution
ought to call us to be our best selves -
- not to be slaves to doctrine or mere
puppets for profit. Within its walls,
our faith should be renewed and
refreshed. We should be open to expe-
riencing God's revelation anew. But
too often we are told that all has been
said and done. Revelation is closed to
us and we should only approximate
the voices of old.
Instead, Glaude says, the Black
Church is more apt to stage "a
Megafest, or some such gathering."
Since the article came out, Glaude
has been called "elitist" and roundly
According to an article in the New
York Times: "I am sick and tired,"
went an e-mail message from the
Rev. Dr J. Alfred Smith Sr., pastor
emeritus of Allen Temple Baptist
Church in Oakland, Calif., "of black
academics who are paid by rich,
powerful ivy league schools, who
have access to the microphone and
the ear of the press pontificating
about the health of black churches.
None of these second- or third-gen-
eration black academics talk to us
in the trenches. They are too elitist
to talk to us."
Others, though, said Glaude's crit-
icism should be the start of a healthy
"Eddie Glaude is doing the black
church a service," Professor James
H. Cone of Union Theological
Seminary in New York told the New
York Times. "By saying it's dead,
he's challenging the black church to
show it's alive. But the black
church, like any institution, does not
like criticism from outside the famni-
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The CDC report last month that
nearly half of black women carried
the herpes virus caused a huge
uproar. Here's why those statistics
are so high and why they also may
The March reports of sky-high
levels of the genital herpes virus
among black women set off a
firestorm of disbelief and recrimi-
nation. The numbers from the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) gave many black
women an all-too-familiar feeling:
shock, concern and an overwhelm-
ing sense of fatigue in the face of
yet another study bringing bad
news and fear.
African-American men and
women often seem to be under
siege when it comes to the ongoing
flood of research trumpeting our
higher rates of nearly everything,
including sexually transmitted dis-
eases (STDs). No doubt, disparities
racial stats about herpes deserve a second look
exist, but in this case, it's reasonable
to take a step back from the anger
and take a closer look at what the
statistics are really telling us.
The new research should not be
seen as an indictment of the sexual
behavior of African Americans. The
numbers--though startling (48 per-
cent of African-American women
have been exposed to the virus that
causes genital herpes)--are not so
much about sex, as they are about
circumstances, and, possibly, the
way information is gathered for
Who Was Counted
STDs, notably HIV/AIDS, are
more prevalent among African
Americans and more effective
modes of prevention are needed.
These facts have been reported in a
multitude of studies, many conduct-
ed by African-American
researchers. That said, statistics can
reflect many things beyond the sim-
ple presence of a virus, which is
why they are inappropriate tools for
judging the culture or conduct of a
race or gender, no matter the
In this case, the 2010 herpes data
comes from the National Health
and Nutrition Survey (NHANES).
This large, national study is
designed to report on the health of
the American population by gather-
ing information from a randomly
selected pool of 5,000 people who
are not in the military or an institu-
What the Numbers
The current herpes statistics were
based on a group of 893 African-
American women, but the 48 per-
cent number has been misinterpret-
ed in most reports. "These women
were only tested for antibodies to
the HSV-2 virus," explains Dr.
David Malebranche, an assistant
professor at Emory whose research have," Douglas adds, a point that is concern about how research--even
focuses on STDs in African shared by the majority of STD the highest quality research--is con-
Americans. "This means that they researchers. ducted when it comes to African
have been exposed to the herpes The issue that's often lost in this Americans. In short, where are the
virus, but it does not mean that discussion is that the NHANES and millions of middle-class African
these women have actually devel- other studies may be the best Americans who are not living in
oped the disease or have active her- research we have, but in this case, is poverty, using drugs or incarcerated
pes. In fact, they may The CDC report last month that nearly half of black women
never develop active
herpes." carried the virus caused a huge uproar. Here's why those
The 2010 report is statistics are so high and why they also may be misleading.
also not a harbinger of
a growing epidemic. "The herpes
numbers for black women have
remained relatively the same over
several years at 46 percent to 51
percent," Douglas said. In the 1988-
94 NHANES sample, the preva-
lence of herpes among black
women was 51.3 percent, in the
2004 survey the number was 46.1
percent. That places the current
rate--48 percent--right in the mid-
dle. "NHANES is less than perfect,
but without a doubt the best that we
Why Black women lose their hair
Imagine how it must feel to be
afraid to comb your hair, because
you know that every time a comb or
brush goes anywhere near it,
clumps of hair fall out. Or to face
the challenge of having to camou-
flage your thinning hair by pulling
the few remaining strands over bare
patches or placing hair pins at spe-
cific points, so that nobody will
notice your hair is falling out. It
isn't pleasant, but for various rea-
sons, many' women live through
that experience everyday.
When it comes to hair loss, we all
lose between 40 and 120 hairs on
average every day. Given that we
have around 120,000 hairs on our
head, we can afford to lose some
hair each day, especially as in nor-
mal circumstances the hair is
replaced and grows at a rate of
about 1cm per month. After a hair
has finished its growing period, it
goes into a period of rest and is
eventually shed. And because there
is a cycle to hair growth and hair
loss, we don't end up bald.
However, we can go through stages
in our life when hair starts to thin
out, and as we age our hair is more
likely to become thinner.
In Black women, a loss of hair or
thin hair around the hairline is com-
mon. Trichologist Tony Maleedy
believes that tight braiding at a
young age is often to blame for
thinning hair later on in life. "When
the hair has been braided too tight,
it puts pressure on the hair follicle
over time, which leads to the for-
mation of scar tissue in the follicle,
and eventually hair will no longer
grow. I find it personally very sad
when I see Black women with very
tightly braided hair, because I know
the damage it does," says Tony. "I
would also recom-
mend that apart from
^..& avoiding tight braid-
ing, for healthy hair,
women should avoid
products that contain
petroleum oils, and
look out instead for
vegetable oils in
products, for exam-
ple coconut or
almond oil", he adds.
Thinning hair isn't
however just caused
by tight braiding.
Stress is also known
to lead to hair thin-
ning, becoming more fragile, or just
simply falling out. Over-processing
of hair with chemical treatments
can also damage the hair and cause
it to thin. Other factors include
genetics, i.e. family history of hair
loss and health problems.
Leading trichologist Philip
Kingsley believes that diet plays a
significant part in promoting
healthy hair growth. He suggests
that because hair is protein, one of
the most important constituents of
our diets should be protein, eaten at
least he suggests at breakfast and
lunch times. For healthy hair he rec-
ommends that we drink lots of
water, keep salt to a minimum,
avoid black tea and have alcohol
only in moderation. He also sug-
gests the following as a diet for
Fresh fruit plus one or more of
the following: cereal or muesli with
skimmed or semi-skimmed milk,
Minimum two slices of whole
wheat toast with cottage cheese,
low fat cheese, lean ham or bacon.
One or more eggs, fish or other
Make sure that you drink at least
eight glasses of water a day
Lean meat, fish, chicken or cot-
tage cheese (4/5oz)
Vegetables, baked potato and
mixed saladChoice of dessert
Dinner can be anything of your
choice. (Remember to check with
your doctor before following any
The first thing to do if you notice
that your hair is starting to thin, is to
seek professional help, preferably
from a trichologist. Hairdressers
may be able to offer some help, but
they tend to treat the symptoms
rather than the cause of your hair
problem. If you want a professional
diagnosis as to what is causing your
hair to thin, see a trichologist.
If you feel that you already know
what is causing your hair to thin,
there are an number of products
available targeted at addressing the
problem of thinning hair.
Prevention is better than cure,
and thinning hair can take a long
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Sex by the Numbers
Douglas and other experts say the
numbers have very little to do with
high-risk sexual behavior. "'STDs
are shared among people in sexual
networks," explains Dr. Irene
Doherty, who is part of a team of
researchers at the University of
North Carolina who explore how
STDs spread. "The theory of sexual
networks is simple: It's not what
you do; it's what your partners do
and what your partner's partners do.
Our data shows that black women
do not have more sex or more high-
risk sex than other women. It's fair-
ly well-established that they select
partners from a small pool that has
a high rate of STDs."
The million-dollar question, of
course, is why are there so many
STDs in the African-American
pool? Many researchers blame con-
currency, or people having several
sexual partners at once. Dr.
Anthony Lemelle, a sociologist
who focuses on HIV/AIDS and
African Americans, suggests that
attitudes about sex play a role as
well. "My theory is that in the col-
lege years, even middle-class
African-American women may
have multiple partners because they
are searching for that one, long-
term relationship. Once they are in
their 30s, they marry or become
religious and this behavior
changes," he said.
Where Statistics Fail
Several African-American schol-
ars, and other scientists, express
in these numbers?
Dr. Velma Murry, a sociologist at
Vanderbilt who studies the black
middle class, found, for instance,
that "adolescent, middle-class,
African-American girls delayed
having sex two years beyond the
national average," a contradiction
of other national reports. "When we
look at research, middle-class
African Americans are almost
excluded," Murry said. "Most
research looks at middle-class
whites and low-income African
Americans. Then the two are com-
pared and a disparity is reported.
But there are far more differences
within racial groups than between
racial groups, so it's very important
to know who is in a study and how
they were identified."
Doherty agrees, "My pet peeve
about the way much of STD
research is done is that study popu-
lations are often found in clinics--
these are people already more like-
ly to have STDs. The data lumps
everyone together, then compares
them by race," Doherty said.
"What's needed is a separate analy-
sis of African Americans."
So while the numbers may be
real, an accurate assessment of the
when it comes to STDs and herpes,
in particular, still eludes.
Sheree Crute is a health and medical
writer living in Brooklyn, N. Y, and is
the editor of Covering Health in a
Multicultural Society: A Guide for
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Evander Holyfield, left, recently claimed the r
South African veteran Francois Botha.
At the age of 47, boxing legend
Evander Holyfield is still hoping to
become the world heavyweight
champion for a record fifth time.
The American, who famously
defeated Mike Tyson in 1996 to win
the WBA title before having part of
his ear bitten off in the rematch,
extended his illustrious career into a
fourth decade when he beat fellow
veteran Francois Botha in Las
Vegas to claim the little-regarded
While current WBA champion
David Haye of Britain is expected
to face one of the title-holding
Klitschko brothers -- IBF/WBO
king Wladimir or WBC champion
Vitali -- in his next fight, Holyfield
has staked 1
ered as a futL
who lost re
of a small
that I was
Experts and econc
world. I won two but not the third,"
"Botha gave me an opportunity.
People talk about my legacy. It's
A pA about who you've fought. They
a can't deny me -- I fight the best. I
always want to fight somebody to
get a little credit if I beat them."
Holyfield, an Olympic bronze
medallist who won his first profes-
sional fight in 1984, said that he
would ignore critics who said he
', was too old to be taken seriously.
"This is a new era and I didn't
think I'd be in it," he said. "I was
laughing a little when I fought
George Foreman [in 1991]. He was
minor WBF title from 42 and I was 29. I really didn't want
to fight him.
his claim to be consid- "He didn't beat me but he did
ture challenger, become world champion again.
g to be the undisputed What I learned from that fight was
weight champion," he George said it wasn't about age but
rs after beating his 41- that I will give my all.
)uth African opponent, "You can't let people tell you
cently on points in his what you can do. I fight because I
nse of the title in front want to. I wouldn't be the person I
crowd of about 3,000 am without opportunities."
British fighter Audley Harrison,
s last bid at a recog- the 2000 Olympic champion, also
weight title saw him added his name to the list of possi-
points by giant Russian ble contenders after knocking out
uev in a WBA bout in Michael Sprott on Friday to win the
vacant European title.
n telling people since The 38-year-old, who said he
I lost to Riddick Bowe would retire if he did not avenge his
going to be undisputed career-damaging 2007 defeat by
it champion of the Sprott, was behind on points before
winning with a final-round stop-
)my say page.
(L-R) front: Joni Turner of the Northside; Mrs. Delores P. Kesler; Sandy Litchfield of the Northside; Mrs.
Deborah Pass Durham; Percell Sanders of the Northside; and Tammy Milam with the Kesler Foundation.
(BACK): Devon Green of the Southside; Larry Jones of the Northside; Samuel Lockwood, a downtown resident;
Bruce Davis of Fernandina Beach; Frantz Banks of the Southside; and Justin Tatham of the Northside.
UNF Kesler Scholars get VIP tour
of Jacksonville International Airport
Several University of North
Florida scholarship recipients got a
special behind-the-scenes tour of
the Jacksonville International
Airport. Delores Pass Kesler and
Deborah Pass Durham, donors of
the Delores Pass Kesler scholarship
at the University of North Florida,
which was established in August
1997, recently took their UNF
scholars for a specialized tour of
JIA on Friday, March 26. The
Kesler Scholarship is for incoming
freshmen graduating primarily
from Raines High School and
Northeast Florida counties with
financial need. Scholarships are
renewable for four years if renewal
criteria are met. Durham is chair-
man of the Board for the
Jacksonville Aviation Authority,
while Kesler is chair of the ATS
Staffing Services board and more
recently, PSS World Medical, Inc.
now is the time to refinance
With mortgage rates bouncing
around being pulled down by gov-
ernment intervention in the housing
market and yanked back up again
by a strengthening economy,
experts say now is the moment for
homeowners to refinance.
Homeowners have been spoiled
over the last decade with historical-
ly low mortgage rates. But that's
about to change, now that the mar-
ket is believed to be bottoming out.
"We're probably at the trough, or
not far from the trough, in terms of
rates," says Sam Khater, a senior
economist with First American
CoreLogic. "Any time rates are in
the 5% range they are very low rel-
ative to history. We forget that the
longer-term average for a 30-year
fixed is 7%."
Among the homeowners who
should seriously consider refinanc-
ing now are folks who are in the
unusual situation of holding an
exotic adjustable-rate mortgage or
ARM, that is currently clocking in
at rates as low as 3%. Another
group who should act now: home-
owners with option ARMS that are
due to adjust in the next two years,
says Greg McBride, a senior finan-
cial analyst at Bankrate.com.
"Doing that for many borrowers
will mean trading away a very low
rate for a higher rate right now,"
McBride says. "A lot of people,
they will say 'Wait a minute, why
trade in a rate at 3.5% for one at
5.5%?' Well, you're trading away a
3.5% to lock in at a 5.5%, so you're
3.5% doesn't turn into a 7.5% a few
years from now--which is very pos-
Statistics show that the dollar
amount of these loans that are
scheduled to reset over the next few
years is as high as $20 billion a
month, says McBride.
Many folks are already looking to
cash in on historic low rates, with
mortgage purchase applications
increasing last month to their high-
est level since last Halloween.
Homebuyers are rushing to close
loans before the expiration of the
government's homebuyer tax credit
program this month.
But what the government giveth
it also taketh away. As rates ticked
upward in early April, the federal
government ended a program to
buy loans from mortgage giants
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. This
massive infusion of cash into the
market helped drive rates to their
lowest level in three decades. Now
that the cash is drying up rates are
expected to rise.
Another group that should refi-
nance sooner rather than later are
homeowners with "underwater"
mortgages that owe more on the
loan than the home is worth.
Ideal candidates for refinancing
are those who plan to stay in their
homes for at least two to four years
and who have "reasonable equity"
of around 10%, together with an
interest rate north of 6.6%, said
Keith Gumbinger, a vice president
at HSH Associates.
An expansion of the federal gov-
ernment's Home Affordable
Modification Program announced
last month allows investors to refi-
nance these borrowers into loans
backed by the Federal Housing
Administration. There are several
steps homeowners should take if
they're considering refinancing. If
prices in your area have already
tumbled and there's more than a
six-month supply of homes on the
market, analysts say it's not worth
waiting for even lower rates
because lagging values are likely to
drive down your equity further.
Bankrate.com offers a search
engine to uncover the lowest inter-
est rates in your area and what
terms are required to qualify. The
web site also has calculators that
allow homeowners to figure out
how making the change from an
adjustable to a fixed-rate mortgage
would impact their monthly pay-
Even those who are underwater--
and there are many, with one in four
of the nation's homeowners current-
ly owing more on their home than
it's worth--may qualify for a refi-
nancing by taking advantage of the
federal government's loan modifi-
cation program. To find out if you
may qualify, visit http://making-
Why it's Time
to Refinance Now
Many homeowners have already
jumped on the refinancing band-
wagon. Over three million of them
took advantage of federal pro-
grams--and the lowest average
annual mortgage rates since reliable
tracking began in 1971- in 2009.
Borrowers who have refinanced
have typically saved $108 a month
in mortgage payments, according to
a report by First American
Kevin Wolf, the public relations
rep says he didn't start the refinanc-
ing process sooner because he was
concerned his home would appraise
for less last year and he wanted to
wait to finalize this year's taxes. He
hopes to save at least $500 a month
on his mortgage-which will come
in handy with two kids in school
starting this fall.
"Priority number one is to lower
monthly payments," Wolf said.
"With rates low and likely to climb,
I figure now is the time to re-fi."
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Lost black city buried under Arlington Cemetery i p| ^, iT
Milton Rowe, left, and Wayne Parks, both descendents of people who
used to live in Freedman's Village, walk past grave marks now located
where the village was once stood in Arlington National Cemetery.
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Charter
buses roll up to Arlington National
Cemetery every day with tourists
who scramble to see the eternal
flame on President John F.
Kennedy's grave. People stream in
all directions, toward the Tomb of
the Unknowns or to remember at
sites of loved ones lost to war.
Few, however, head downhill to a
quiet corner near the Iwo Jima
Memorial. In that location there are
no memorials to ancient battles nor
ornate headstones. There are only
rows of small unassuming white
tombstones, many engraved with
names like George, Toby and Rose.
They are the only visible
reminders that part of the nation's
most storied burial ground sits atop
what used to be a thriving black
town -- "Freedman's Village," built
on land confiscated from
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Milton Rowe recently shuffled
around the famous grounds with
Wayne Parks. There's nothing here
now to tell visitors that freed slaves
once lived here, but the two men
say they feel a kinship, a connection
with this land because they can both
trace their ancestors there.
Parks said he remembers his
grandfather repeatedly bringing
him to the cemetery as a child to
explain the bond. Parks' great-
grandfather, James Parks, lived in
Freedman's Village after being
freed from servitude.
Arlington National Cemetery was
established on land confiscated
from Lee and his family in 1861
after the general took command of
the Confederate forces.
The Civil War leaders of the
Union buried dead soldiers on the
property in hopes that Lee would
never want to return, and Parks'
ancestor dug the very first grave
near the Freedman's Village burial
site. The federal government turned
some land about half a mile north of
Lee's mansion into a town for freed
slaves, referred to as contraband,
who had nowhere to go.
Freedman's Village was no ram-
shackle camp. At its height, more
than 1,100 former slaves lived in a
collection of 50 one-and-a-half
story duplexes surrounding a pond.
Although the town was supposed
to be temporary, the freed slaves put
up churches, stores, a hospital, mess
hall, a school, an "old people's
home" and a laundry -- to make a
life for themselves.
Living in Freedman's Village
wasn't free. Workers with govern-
ment jobs on nearby farms or those
doing construction were paid $10 a
week, but half their salary was
turned over to the federal govern-
ment to pay for running the town.
Everyone else who lived on site
was charged between $1 and $3.
Dignitaries from around the
nation came to see, and sometimes
stay, with residents. The most
famous was Sojourner Truth, who
spent about a year at Freedman's
Village as a counselor and teacher.
Truth taught courage and urged
residents to stand up to nearby
white landowners who had taken to
raiding the village to kidnap chil-
dren for slave labor. Freedman's
Village parents who had reported
the kidnapping earlier had been
thrown in jail.
But when authorities came to jail
Truth for encouraging parents to
keep complaining, she swore to
"make this nation rock like a cra-
dle" if they tried to silence her.
They backed down, and the raids
soon ended. Virginia residents
resented the villagers, and threats
were made on their lives.
Eventually, the village site, with a
view of the nation's capital and the
Potomac River, became more and
more desirable for development.
Despite impassioned protests from
the freed slaves, the federal govern-
ment paid the residents $75,000 for
the buildings and property, and tore
down the town in 1900.
Saving the city would have been
a "gift to the American people to
remember the struggles which seem
like was a long time ago, but 150
years is not that long ago," Sherlock
Arlington National Cemetery
holds little to tell people that
Freedman's Village ever existed.
There's a model of the town inside
Arlington House, Lee's former
home, but no markers or plaques on
the town's site.
The only trace of Freedman's
Village left on the grounds are the
lonely graves in Section 27 near the
Iwo Jima Memorial.
More people should know about
the villagers, Parks said.
We hope people will "continue to
tell their stories, to bring their sto-
ries to light, in part really to give
them back their dignity that the
institution of slavery robbed from
them but also to let the current gen-
eration know the sacrifices they
made and the triumphs they had
over extremely adverse circum-
stances," Parks said.
Grammys show President some love-
President Barack Obama talks with Garth Brooks, who was present-
ed with the "Grammy on the Hill Award" for his leadership in
advancing the rights of music makers, in the Oval Office, April 14,
2010. The President was also presented with the 2007 Grammy Award
for best spoken word album for his book "The Audacity of Hope."
(photo by Pete Souza).
500+ Sigma Gamma Rhos expected in
Winston Salem, NC for regional conference
On Friday, April 23, 2010 one of the nation's oldest historically African-
American sororities, Sigma Gamma Rho, will convene at the Winston-
Salem Marriott Hotel for the 68th Northeast Regional Conference. The
sorority is celebrating over 87 years of existence and the Northeast Region
of the sorority celebrates over 70 years of service to the community.
Over 500 members of Sigma Gamma Rho are expected to attend the con-
ference from 17 states and 2 countries (Korea, Haiti). Conference high-
lights include the 70th Anniversary Luncheon, a canned goods drive and
other philanthropic presentations.
On Saturday, April 24th at noon, the Annie Neville Talent Luncheon will
take place featuring talent acts from undergraduate members of the soror-
ity. Later on that evening, excelling chapters will be honored at the Awards
and Achievements Banquet, the focal point of the celebratory activities.
The conference will conclude with a Prayer Breakfast.
world's youngest king
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FORT PORTAL, Uganda The
"world's youngest king" assumed
his official duties with an apparent
air of reluctance last week in
Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru
Rukidi IV, 18, was crowned as head
of the Kingdom of Toro in a tradi-
tional ceremony in his hilltop
palace overlooking his capital of
Draped in a long embroidered
gown of blue and gold, the tall, lean
Oyo hardly smiled through much of
the ceremony, often staring straight
down at the floor.
His symbolic authority covers the
area known as the Mountains of the
Moon straddling the borders of
Uganda and Democratic Republic
The young king had officially
succeeded to the throne at the age
of three when his father died of a
heart attack in 1995, but coronation
takes place only upon reaching
His onlooking subjects struggled
to express what they expected of
their new monarch.
"There was a time the king had
administrative power, going right
down to the local chiefs. This place
was very organized", said John
Mugisha, a member of the Butooro
Mugisha, a clarinet player in the
police band performing at the coro-
nation, said he regretted the decline
of the historic monarchy under the
colonial and post-independence
But he was not entirely con-
vinced he wanted the king's former
"The colonialists spoiled our her-
itage, although they also brought us
some good things. For example, in
the time of kings education was not
there so much. Also healthcare.
Things could even be better now",
The challenge facing the Toro
kingdom, which has been stripped
of all its governmental duties and is
required by law to behave strictly
as a "cultural institution", is embod-
ied within Oyo himself.
During a ritual characterized by
kingdom officials as the most
important part of the coronation,
clan leaders lined up to present Oyo
with a range of traditional gifts.
Flanked by ornately dressed trib-
al leaders, and Ugandan president
Yoweri Museveni seated to his
immediate right, Oyo looked dis-
tinctly uncomfortable as he graced
each spear with a quick touch and
banged each drum the customary
Despite Oyo's apparent ambiva-
lence regarding his official duties
and the anachronism of a Jay-Z lov-
ing, Arsenal-supporting 18-year-
old-king banging drums and bless-
ing spears, no one dared dismissed
the importance of his job, or the
role of his kingdom in modern
Baguma, who has lived abroad
for more than 20 years, is chairman
of the 400-member Butooro
Association of London. "We are so
connected to the kingdom", she
Similarly, for Sean Kabega, who
said he grew up in Germany and
Britain after his parents fled the
brutality of Idi Amin's reign in the
1970s, it was to the Toro region, not
Uganda, to which his family felt
He said he returned from exile
four years ago to work in the capi-
tal Kampala where the kingdom has
almost no impact of his daily life.
Oyo's coronation was, neverthe-
less, a massively important event.
"It's important that we don't for-
get all our culture", he said.
Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi waves to fans.
A il 2228 2010
S. What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
Freedom Fund Dinner
The Flagler County NAACP will
hold its Freedom Fund Dinner,
Saturday, April 24, 6 p.m., at the
Hammock Beach Resort. Liston
Singletary, III, 1st Vice President,
Georgia State Conference of the
NAACP, will be guest speaker. For
tickets or more information, call
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.
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.
Beat Diabetes Classes
Join William Raines Senior High School class of 1976 for "Beat Diabetes
Classes" Tuesday's Wednesday, April 6- May 18th, 2011 at 6:00pm at
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Diabetes and Exercise with Melinda Henry, Certified Personal Trainer
Diabetes Education with Lavern Webster BSN, RN, CDE
Diabetes Nutrition and Cooking Demonstration with Executive Chef
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illness's, call 765-6002 for registration. Space is limited.
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Fashion, fun and fellowship is the
theme of this year's Women of
Change Fashion Extravaganza for
City Rescue Mission's LifeBuilders
students. The event, which will be
held on Friday, April 30th at 6:30
p.m. features a fashion show for the
general public and an opportunity
to purchase the clothes. The event
will be held at 426 S. McDuff
Avenue. Call Ms. Evans at 904-
387-4357 ext. 4230 for tickets.
The Amnnual 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. It will be held
at the Prime Osborne Convention
Center and will honor Band
Director Kemrnaa McFarlin. Tickets
are now available. For tickets, more
information, or to participate in the
planning process, call 764-8795.
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. Old St. Andrews is
located at 317 A. Philip Randolph
Workshops at Library
The Jacksonville Public Library
will host a series of investing work-
shops on May 4 & 5 and 11 & 12.
Subjects include "Taking the mys-
tery out of retirement planning",
"Closing the Gap: Investment and
expense strategies", "Investing
wisely" and "Protecting your
investments". For times and more
information, call 630-0495.
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.
The next meeting of the PRIDE
Book Club will be on Friday, May
7, 2010 at 7 p.m. The book for dis-
cussion will be THE CONVERSA-
TION: How Black Men and Women
Can Build Loving, Trusting
Relationships by Hill Harper.
PRIDE is Jacksonville's oldest and
largest book club of color. For
directions or more information, call
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.
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.
Alvin Ailey at TUCPA
The Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theater will inspire, enlighten and
entertain Jacksonville at the Times
Union Center's Moran Theater on
Tuesday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m.
The performance continues the cel-
ebration of the legendary Judith
Jamison's 20th year as artistic
director. For tickets or more infor-
mation, call 632-3373.
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.
Guests don their favorite 70s or era
attire and groove to old school
sounds. Contact any Bold City Link
or call 634-1993.
art at JMOCA
On Sunday, May 23, from noon
- 4 p.m, the public is invited to
visit the Jacksonville Museum of
Contemporary Art. Located down-
town across from Hemming Plaza,
experience the African American
art exhibition Tradition Redefined
with art activities, performances,
and special experiences for the
whole family. For more informa-
tion call 366-3911.
Lavell Crawford at
the Comedy Zone
Comedian Lavell Crawford will
bring his urban brand of comedy to
the Comedy Zone in Mandarin
June 10-12 for multiple shows. For
tickets and times call 292-4242.
The annual Soul Food Music
Festival will be held on Saturday,
June 19th starting at 4 p.m. at
Metropolitan Park. Artists this year
include Chaka Khan, Tevin
Cambell and Jody Whatley. Call
Ticketmaster for details at 353-
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Page 11 Ms. Perry's Free Press April 22 28, 2010
Meet America's newest celebrity
matchmaker Tionna Smalls
For Brooklyn-born Tionna
Smalls, playing matchmaker to
TLC singer Rozonda "Chilli"
Thomas hasn't been much different
from doling out advice to lesser-
Smalls has been professionally
giving her two cents to anyone who
will listen for some three years
now, and her new VH1 show is
simply providing a different forum.
"I wrote an independent book
called 'Girl Get Your Mind Right,'
and I got an advice column at
Gawker.com, but I don't consider
myself an advice columnist," she
told BV Newswire this week.
Smalls encountered a great deal
of criticism for what she describes
as not being "proper" enough while
at Gawker, which eventually led to
her column being pulled by the
Web site's creator and managing
edor, Nick Denton.
"People said I was faking it for
the white people," she revealed.
"Before I got that column, I went
nine months without one check, so
the first time I got a check I was not
thinking about the ins and outs of
the business [but], would I have
done it the same way again? No, I
would use less Ebonics."
She says people at Gawker
became jealous of her popularity
and that Denton canceled her col-
umn abruptly because he said the
site wasn't "going in that direction
But where one door shuts, anoth-
er one opens.
The Discovery Channel signed
Smalls to a development deal and
though it didn't pan out, VH1 called
her last year to help find the
Grammy Award winning former
chart-topper a man.
"What people are going to like
about 'What Chilli Wants' is [how]
Chilli and I have different personal-
ities and the difficulty is finding a
guy that meets her standards,"
Smalls said. "A lot of times she is
not over a lot of things with stuff in
the past, but I can't judge her. That's
what it is."
Ultimately, Smalls hopes that
women with huge lists of what they
want from a man understand that
there will be some things that are
more important than others.
He could have a big physical
attributes but no job," she stated.
She also urges women who find a
man they love to maintain a hobby.
"A lot of times, women get a man
and lose their whole self. You got to
keep yourself and a hobby. That's
the main thing women need to do."
Smalls said she won't be playing
professional matchmaker anytime
"People are writing [me saying]
they will pay me to hook them up,"
she laughed. "I'm not a matchmak-
er. I'm just trying to tell her real
advice, but [maybe it is] something
I should look into. They think I'm
the black Patti [Stanger] now. "
In addition to building a new
Web site, TionnaSmallsOnline.com,
she's opening a "diva store" called
Lovey's in Brooklyn, which will be
filled with her signature hats, jewel-
ry and bags.
Smalls is behind the scenes work-
ing on a few television ventures and
plans to re-release her book 'Girl,
Get Your Mind Right' with a major
publisher later this year.
UP CLOSE IND PERIONFIIL: IDRII ELB9M
From the small screen (HBO's Holt McCallany.
'The Wire') to the big screen, Idris Elba recently granted interview
Elba has made a smooth transition time about his role in the film as
in Hollywood and carved out some well as his other projects, which
huge film credits along the way ('28 include 'Thor,' 'Legacy' and 'Luther.'
Weeks Later,' 'American Gangster,' What was the draw for you to
'This Christmas' and 'Obsessed'). do 'The Losers?'
Coming up for the London native Idris Elba: This character wasn't
are several written for me or an African
doesn't make a difference
in the script. He's still
was the character
arc. The guy
starts off as one
in the end,
one else. He
Really is night
and day, and
just the chance
Jon wi to play that,
J.e' there's multilayers
.. with this character.
Idris Elba V You are stepping into an
action film that has integri-
e c I r and real characters.
that will grab What was the most exciting
some global attention. First up is thing about shooting this film?
the comic book adaptation of 'The IE: The action sequences and the
Losers,' in which he plays Roque, a opportunity to do some stunts were
member of an elite special forces great. That was cool. In particular, I
squad that is left for dead but look- did a lot of fight scenes with Jeffrey
ing for vengeance and freedom. Dean Morgan, and I had a good
Joining Elba in the action film are time doing that.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Off the set, when the film was
Columbus Short, Chris Evans, over, people stayed connected with
Jason Patric, Oscar Jaenada and each other. We text each other and
see how each is now that the film is
complete. We don't have the luxury
to hang out.
How do you balance the big and
small films that you are doing?
IE: It balances itself out. The
films that are bigger, they tend to do
the very same thing that we are
doing now; which is, you asking me
about the process of making the
film and how it's put together.
When I get the opportunity to make
smaller films, I put my ass into it.
It's important to me that that world
is open to me. Of course, I want to
pay the bills, but I also want to see
myself in a lot more independent
How happy are you to be the
ambassador for this year's
American Black Film Festival?
IE: I love Miami. It's home for
me as well. I'm excited to be there
and see folks come out. I really
want to encourage people if they
are film lovers but also if they are
filmmakers, and bring your check-
You have a six-part series com-
ing to BBC called 'Luther.'
IE: Yes, it's a detective series like
'Cracker.' He's very efficient and
gets the job done. At the same time,
he has a personal horrible life,
which dictates some of his moods.
It was a tough shoot. I shot for 19
weeks and took two weeks off, and
I was in every scene.
When do you find time to DJ?
IE: That's a night owl thing. I say
to my team that we are open 24
hours, whether they like it or not.
We do interviews and films during
the day and music at night. We get
tired, but we don't stop.
T -o Inside 2 for Spike and
I. Denzel The long-hyped sequel to
Spike Lee's heist drama "Inside Man"
appears to be on the outs.
.- 1 The 2006 film starring Denzel
.. Washington was a hit with both critics
S*" .and fans, earning $184 million at the
b'" ox office from a $45 million budget.
But, when the filmmaker was asked by
ESPN about working with Denzel again,
he said: "We were going to do 'Inside
Man 2' but it didn't workout."
Jay Z added for SNL
Mother's Day gig
Jay-Z has been added as the musi-
cal guest for a special Mother's Day -ft A
edition of "Saturday Night Live" on 4
The broadcast will feature
America's sweetheart Betty White -
by popular demand and a reunion
of six former female cast members: Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya
Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey.
This will be Jay-Z's third appearance as a musical guest on the series,
which airs at 11:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC.
Is Oprahs father an 84 year old Miss. farmer?
The National Enquirer dug up 84-year-old Nohr Robinson last week
and now the New York Post has followed up with an interview from the
Mississippi man who claims he's Oprah Winfrey's long lost daddy.
Robinson, a world war 2 vet, now living in a VA hospital, wants Oprah
to submit to a paternity test that he says would prove he's her father.
He says he reached out to her years ago through a letter and offered to
take a DNA test to prove his claim. Oprah was raised by her mother,
Vernita Lee, 75, and Lee's longtime boyfriend, Vernon Winfrey, whom
she considers her father, but knows he's not her biological.
Who would have thought? Garrett Morgan did in 1923. The Traffic Signal, developed by Garrett Morgan.,
is just one of the many life-changng innovations that came from the mind ofanAfiican American. .J
'A l We must do all we can to support minority education today, so we don't miss out on the next 4 ,
big idea tomorrow. To find out more about African American innovators and to support the United
Negro College Fund, visit us at uncf.org or call 1-800-332-UNCF. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
A mind Is a terrible
02008 UNCF I thing to waste*
African films go
worldwide on the web
Nowadays, Watching a cultural movie is only a few mouse "
clicks away. Six months ago, M-Net of South Africa launched
the African Film Library, a video on demand sern ce that '
houses almost 600 feature films, shorts and documentaries. M-
Net purchased the rights and digitized 50 years of African film produc-
tion in several languages, including English, French, Arabic and
Portuguese. As a result, African filmmakers who have, in many cases,
struggled to distribute their works internationally received a one-time
Its curator Mike Dearham says, 'The African Film Library is the first
of its kind in the world and is a unique collection of rich cinematic, his-
tory that tells the stories of the Africa continent through the eyes of its
people and in so doing promotes cultural awareness and acceptance.'
Broadband is necessary for anyone seeking to access the film of about
80 African filmmaker ranging from emerging artists to award-winning
noted filmmaker such as Senegales Ousmane Sembene and Ethiopian
Log on to African film library, com to watch one of many works, from
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