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Why do Black
graduates owe
more when then
graduate from college?
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Tiger Woods

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his swing
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Human rights

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Malcolm X's Assassin freed on parole
NEW YORK -- The only man to admit shooting Malcolm X was freed
on parole this week after serving 45 years for his murder.
Thomas Hagan, the last man still serving time in the 1965 killing, was
freed from a Manhattan prison where he spent two days a week under a
work-release program, state Department of Correctional Services .
Hagan, 69, has said he was one of three gunmen who shot Malcolm X
as he began a speech at Harlem's Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965.
But Hagan has said the two men convicted with him were not involved.
They maintained their innocence and were paroled in the 1980s. No one
else has ever been charged.
He has repeatedly expressed regret for his role in the assassination,
which he described in a 2008 court filing as the deed of a young man who
"acted out of rage on impulse and loyalty" to religious leaders.
"I've had a lot of time, a heck of a lot of time, to think about it," Hagan
told a parole board last month, according to a transcript of the interview.
His request was granted on his 17th try.

Haitian judge tosses kidnapping

charges against 10 missionaries
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A Haitian judge has dismissed kidnap-
ping and criminal association charges against 10 American missionaries
detained for trying to take a busload of children out of the country after
the Jan. 12 earthquake.
It was the latest development in a case amid the chaos following the
devastating earthquake, which the government said killed an estimated
230,000 people and left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.
Border guards detained the Americans on Jan. 29 as they tried to enter
the Dominican Republic from Haiti without the required documents.
A relative of two members of a group of Baptists said at the time that
they intended to take the children, all of whom still had at least one liv-
ing parent, to an orphanage they were setting up. Supporters of the group
said they were only trying to help the children and simply misunderstood
Haitian adoption rules intended to prevent child trafficking following the

30+ Black congressional candidates

running as Republicans
Perhaps Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele isn't quite the com-
plete political let down he has appeared to be during his years running the
national GOP strategy.
In between making embarrassing statements, feuding publicly with
Rush Limbaugh, clumsily trying to use hip-hop language in his speeches
and earning thousands for speeches that former RNC chairs made for
free, Steele has actually been doing some work to benefit his party.
According to the National Black Republican Association, 32 blacks will
be on the ballot for Congress in the upcoming elections.
While historically the vast majority of these candidates stand little
chance of getting elected to Congress, Steele should be commended for
opening up the closed ranks of Republican candidates to new black faces.

White robber wears African-

American mask to hold up banks
A white bank robber attempted to fool police by wearing a Hollywood
special effects mask and gloves that disguised him as a black man.
Conrad Zdzierak, 30, is alleged to have used the $600 silicon mask in
an string of six bank robberies in Ohio. Five of the robberies took place
on the same day, April 9.
Police released CCTV footage from the banks, appealing for public
help in finding what they believed was an African-American male.
But after a tip-off, officers found
Zdzierak staying at a nearby hotel.
Lieutenant Michael Mathis from the
Springdale Police Department admit-
ted police were fooled by the disguise
and said he had never seen anything
like it.
He has been charged with the six rob-
beries and is currently being held on a $ 4 million bond.

New Jersey students walk out the

classroom to protest budget cuts
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. High school .,a
students in New Jersey are walking out
of class to protest proposed budget
Walkouts, organized on Facebook,
were reported in southern and central
New Jersey, with more planned
throughout Tuesday.
It wasn't clear how many of the state's
roughly 400,000 public high school students would join in.
The protest comes after voters in 59 percent of the state's school districts
rejected property tax levies to pay for schools.
The battle over school funding has been especially acrimonious since
Gov. Chris Christie's budget proposal last month called for an average
decrease of about 11 percent in school aid.The state's largest teacher's
union says students are "engaging in civil disobedience" but shouldn't
walk out of class.

Volume 23 No. 30 Jacksonville, Florida April 29 May 5, 2010

Is the movement for

Reparations dead?

- Shown above left is mentor Charles Griggs with mentee Cody Floyd
at the Take Stock in Children graduation ceremonies. T Austin
Mentoring relationship nets full

scholarships for local youth

For over four years, Charles
Griggs has been following local
teen Cody Floyd around.
What began as a special request
from a friend to mentor a local
youth, evolved into a bonding rela-
tionship that ultimately garnered
the young Cody a full scholarship.

Local sting arrests
fake contractors
Concluding a six month investiga-
tion into unlicensed individuals per-
forming home repairs the Florida
Department of Business and
Professional Regulation (DBPR), in
conjunction with the Jacksonville
Sheriff's Office and the State
Attorney's Office, recently arrested
of 31 individuals. Warrants were
issued for eight others.
After advertising for services need-
ed on the internet and Craigslist,
DBPR set up a "sting house" in
Jacksonville's San Marco area last
week. Between Tuesday and Friday,
unlicensed individuals offering to
perform services ranging from roof
repairs, plumbing, electrical work,
and room additions proffered their
services and offered undercover offi-
cers quotes or requested deposits. All
were unlicensed arrested.
"We recognize that in these tough
economic times people want to save
money, but using unlicensed or
unqualified people to this work is
dangerous," said JSO Assistant Chief
Larry Jones.

The foundation of the relation-
ship was rooted in the local Take
Stock in Children mentoring pro-
gram. Through the corporate fund-
ed opportunity, area teens are
paired with a mentor and meet with
them weekly during school time for
a minimum Contd. on page 3of

by Bill Reed
Like many Black Americans,
the Project 21 Black Conservative
Leadership Network called the
US Senate's "apology for slav-
ery" resolution "useless". But,
Project 21 seems to singing some-
body else's agenda when they
say: "apologizing for slavery and
segregation will be used as a lob-
bying tool to acquire reparations
payments". Is the concept of
reparations for Blacks a dead
issue and is Project 21 contributor
Jimmie L. Hollis right in urging
the Senate to "move on"? Hollis
says: "As an American of African
ancestry, I think this apology is
ridiculous and useless. It is just
another 'feel good' action. If we
are to start apologizing for every
injustice and wrong done in the
past, we will spend the next few
decades just apologizing."
Most American descendants
from slaves would agree "an apol-
ogy is not enough". In 2010, a
disproportionate number of
African Americans are in jails and
ensconced in judicial systems.
Unemployment among Blacks
remains, as it has for decades,

twice that of Whites. Black insti-
tutions, social agencies, education
and communities are typically
funded below rates for Whites.
Yet, in the face of America's insti-
tutionalized pattern of discrimina-
tion, this cadre of young Blacks
steadfastly stands for the status
Can any deny the "rightness" of
reparations? Its human and legal
rights advocates say African
American Reparations is based on
a legal precedence: that when a
society or group willingly and
knowingly commits a crime or
"moral %wrongs", a form of com-
pensation is due The movement
has been led, before his death, by
Johnnie L. Cochran, Randall
Robinson and a \enerable consti-
tutional attorney Dr. Robert L.
Brock. Cochran was heading
Reparations for Slavery lawsuit
against the United States of
America. Dr. Brock says "a debt
is owed Blacks for the centuries
of unpaid slave labor that built
America's early economy and
money owed from discriminatory
wage and employment patterns -
Continued on page 3

Central baptist shows its "Good in da' hood"- Central Baptist Institutional
Church held its second annual "Good in Da Hood" outdoor prayer and praise celebration in its Springfield Home.
First Coast News Anchor Ken Amaro hosted the affair, while Pastor Michael Payne officiated with the sermon "A
change is coming." (continued on page 7). Shown above are prize winning youth Cassandra White (3rd place
Frisbee toss team Winner), Wyatt Bogan (2ndPlace Frisbee), Cameron Jones, (3rd Place Relay Race),
Raven Jones (3rd place Relay Race) Aurelia Crumby, Ciera Jones, Keidra Setzler, Kiara Ambruster,
Therodore White (2nd Place Relay Race) and in the back is Coach Tyler White.

Study Circles: A unique opportunity address racism and embrace diversity

by William Jackson
This week as the Jacksonville
City Council grappled with the
decision to appoint Dr. Ahmed
ParveZ to the City's Jacksonville
Human Rights Commission, much
of the discourse and questions
could have been alleviated if more
citizens utilized the city's free
Study Circles opportunity spon-
sored by the Jacksonville Human
Rights Commission.
U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder recently made comments
that our country is "a nation of cow-
ards" when it comes to discussions
concerning racism.
Racism impacts a individual's
interaction with one or more racial

or cultural groups that reside here in
Jacksonville. Our city is a growing
multicultural city and faces issues
that larger cities are dealing with by
providing opportunities for people
to talk about topics ranging from
racism, prejudice, biases and
stereotypes of other cultures and
races. The recent gathering at
WJCT Public Broadcasting Studios,
Post-Racial America: Are You
Kidding Me? Shows there is a con-
tinued need for dialogue about
racism by all cultures and races.
Societies have failed to grow to
their potential because there was
the resistance to racial acceptance
and lacked multicultural tolerance.
There needs to be a acceptance for

equal opportunities in business,
politics, education and economics.
In order for Jacksonville, Florida
to move into the status of a diversi-
fied and blossoming metropolis
there needs to be a change in the
silence to the existence of racism by
both Blacks, Whites and other cul-
tures. The presentation by Dr.
Andrew Manis, Associate
Professor, Macon State University
at WJCT allowed those in atten-
dance to engage in dialogue that
addresses the challenges racism has
created and possible solutions
through talking. The election of a
Black/African American President
does not mean the end of racism,
but for the opportunity of change in

everyone. People must understand
that Blacks/African Americans did
not elect Barack Obama alone, but
it was the combination of multiple
cultures, many were white.
Many people that hold onto
racist's views and ideologies deny
the opportunity for some common-
ality of interest, that despite color,
sexual and religious differences,
political views and the such we all
share common values and morals.
We as citizens of Jacksonville,
Florida should not allow our per-
ceived differences affect our abili-
ty to live together, work together
and allow our city to grow. We
become involved in relationships
with Continued on page 3

April 29 May 5, 2010

Black college graduates owe

more debts than their counterparts

Florida A&M University (FAMU) President James H. Ammons (right) is handed sod from Florida State
University Eric J. Barron during the Historic Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Tallahassee Co-Build project.

FAMU and FSU Presidents team up to build Habitat home

A&M University President James
H. Ammons and Florida State
University President Eric Barron
gave a helping hand during the
recent Habitat for Humanity (HFH)
Tallahassee Co-Build.
The two universities joined forces
to work on a home for Lateshee
Daniels, who said she was thankful
for the assistance.
President Ammons, along with
his wife, Judy Ammons, Provost

Cynthia Hughes Harris, FAMU
HFH advisor Phyllis Reaves and
nearly 20 FAMU students, worked
on the landscaping for Daniels'
"It was important to come out to
not only complete the house we've
committed to build, but to complete
our mission with Habitat for
Humanity," said Reaves. "It warms
our heart to see that Dr. Ammons is
just as active of a participant as we
have been in the past.

Alicia Alexander, a FAMU pre-
pharmacy student from Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., said she enjoys
participating in the build.
"It's important to give back to the
community," said Alexander, 20.
"With this project, you get to leave
a piece of yourself with somebody
who really needs your help and
benefits from you giving that time.
I didn't know Dr. Ammons was
going to be here. It's great to work
hand-in-hand with him."

By Ashley Marchand
Many students graduate with
manageable debt or no education
loans, but almost 17 percent of
graduates in 2008 borrowed
$30,500 or more to get their bache-
lor's degrees, according to a new
A report released today by the
College Board Advocacy & Policy
Center, also said that students who
borrow the most are disproportion-
ately black, and are more likely to
have attended a private nonprofit or
for-profit college than a public
four-year college. But debt levels
did not necessarily reflect family
Over all, the analysis-based on
data from 2007-8 graduates in the
"National Postsecondary Student
Aid Study"-revealed that about
two-thirds of all those who received
a bachelor's degree graduated with
some amount of loan debt.
About 25 percent of all college-
degree recipients graduated with at
least $24,600 in debt, and 10 per-
cent graduated with at least
$39,300, says the report, "Who
Borrows Most?: Bachelor's Degree
Recipients With High Levels of
Student Debt."
Borrowing by Income
A key finding by Sandy Baum
and Patricia Steele, consultants to
the College Board and authors of
the report, was that debt levels at
graduation among financially

Is the government holding your unclaimed money?

By Jason Alderman
Considering how frequently
many people move, switch jobs and
change their names, it's not surpris-
ing that state treasuries and other
agencies are sitting on more than
$33 billion in unclaimed assets.
That doesn't even include billions
of dollars in unredeemed U.S. sav-
ings and treasury bonds and unde-
liverable federal income tax
Whether you're pinching pennies
or simply want to claim what's
rightfully yours, consider spending
a few minutes searching for forgot-
ten accounts that belong to you,
your family or deceased relatives.
Start with the National
Association of Unclaimed Property
Administrators. This non-profit
organization provides tips on find-
ing your money, as well as links to
unclaimed property programs main-
tained by each state. Click on
"Compliance Resources" at their
website, www.unclaimed.org, for
links to each state's program.
Companies are required to sur-
render balances from accounts that
have been inactive for one year or
longer to the state of the owner's
last known address, but you should
also check sites for other states
where you have lived or done busi-
ness, just in case. To broaden your
chances, search under several varia-

tions of your name (including com-
binations of first and middle ini-
tials) as well as common mis-
Unclaimed property held by
states might include: checking and
savings accounts, stocks, uncashed
dividends or payroll checks, state
tax refunds, traveler's checks, trust
distributions, insurance payments
or refunds, annuities, CDs, cus-
tomer overpayments, utility securi-
ty deposits, and proceeds from auc-
tions of contents from safe deposit
Another bountiful resource is the
IRS. In 2009, the IRS retained more
than $120 million in unclaimed fed-
eral income tax refund checks,
mostly those that had been sent to
the wrong address. If you never
received an expected refund or sim-
ply want to check the status of your
current filing, go to the "Where's
My Refund" page at www.irs.gov
for instructions. Two tips:
Verify that the IRS has your cor-
rect address whenever you file
Sign up for direct deposit of
future refunds to prevent misdirect-
ed checks.
Find old pensions. Although pen-
sion plans are becoming increasing-
ly rare, if you've had a long work
history and several employers, you
may have accrued pension benefits

along the way. Unless you've been
diligent about updating your
address with old employers, how-
ever, they might have difficulty
finding you at retirement. Plus,
many companies have merged or
gone out of business.
To find previous employers or
their successor companies, run a
search through a library, historical
society or chamber of commerce
where the company operated, or
contact former coworkers or
unions. Other helpful organizations
include the Public Benefit Guaranty
Corporation, which protects and
guarantees most pension plans,
including those that closed or went

bankrupt (www.pbgc.gov),
PensionHelp America (www.pen-
sionhelp.org), and the Department
of Labor's Employee Benefits
Security Administration
A couple of cautions: Although
many legitimate companies exist
that will help you find lost property
for a fee (often a percentage of the
total), scams do exist, so make sure
the company is legitimate before
signing a contract. Also, beware of
emails or letters purporting to be
from the state treasurer asking for
personal information this could
lead to identity theft.

dependent students do not correlate
to those students' family income.
"It's not the lowest-income stu-
dents who are most likely to have
debt," Ms. Baum said. "It's actually
middle-income students who are
slightly more likely than others to
have high levels of debt."
She said, however, that it would
be difficult to pinpoint exactly why
that is so. Several factors, including
the types of institutions that stu-
dents from middle-income families
choose to attend, could contribute
to their higher debt.
Among bachelor's-degree recipi-
ents, independent students were
also more likely to have high debt
levels. About 24 percent of them
had at least $30,500 in loan debt,
twice the percentage found among
students who depend on their par-
ents or another guardian.
The College Board also analyzed
the relationship between student
debt and race, finding that black
students were more likely than
Asians, whites, and Hispanics to
have high debt levels. Only 19 per-
cent of black students graduated
with no debt, while the percentage
of debt-free graduates from other
racial groups ranged from 33 for
Hispanic students to 40 percent for
Asian students. About 27 percent of
all black students graduated with at
least $30,500 in student-loan debt,
while the portion of students with
that level of debt ranged from 9 per-
cent to 16 percent for other races.
Debt and For-Profit
The amount of loan debt that stu-
dents graduated with also depended
upon the type of institution they
Thirty-eight percent of students

from public four-year colleges
graduated without student-loan
debt, compared with 28 percent
from private nonprofit colleges, and
only 4 percent from commercial
Those from the commercial, or
for-profit, institutions were more
than twice as likely to have $30,500
or more in loan debt when com-
pared with their peers from private
four-year colleges and more than
four times as likely to have that
level of debt than their counterparts
from public four-year institutions.
About 53 percent of for-profit grad-
uates had that high a debt load, ver-
sus 24 percent of those from pri-
vate, nonprofit four-year colleges
and 12 percent from public four-
year colleges.
Despite the loan debt that stu-
dents built up, Ms. Baum said, bor-
rowing can be beneficial, as long as
students make wise choices about
whether or not a college fits with
their financial resources, and
whether they are taking out the best
loans available.
"Borrowing for college makes a
lot of sense, but some students
seem to be borrowing more than
they will be able to reasonably
repay," she said. "It's better to real-
ize that in advance than to realize
that after you've already taken the
According to the report, the prob-
lem is not that all students are bor-
rowing too much, but that difficul-
ties in predicting earnings after
graduation, and students' lack of
understanding about the financial
impact of loans, leave too many of
them borrowing more than they can

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Monegan Brabham Nuptials
The former Juntanya Monegan wed her longtime love Andrew Brabhamn
in a double ring ceremony at the Holiday Inn on Commonwealth Avenue.
The vows were officiated by Rev. Mike Rogers who presided over the cer-
emony that included a wedding party of twelve and was accented in the
colors of lavender and white. Niamba Johnson was the Maid of Honor and
Maurice Noble served as the Best Man. Both employed at Certified
Nursing Assistants, the couple will reside in Jacksonville following a
seven day honeymoon in the Bahamas. R. Silver

70th Birthday celebration of Doris Pitts
Ms. Doris Pitts recently celebrated her 70th birthday with a gala celebra-
tion held at Friday Musicale. Program highlights of the invitation only
affair included musical selections, reflections from family and friends and
a slide show presentation of her life. She was serenaded by the customary
"Happy Birthday" song by her grandkids before blowing out the candles
on her custom cake. Guests saluted the honoree with presents, envelopes
and a money tree. The birthday girl enjoys spending time with family and
friends in addition to volunteering at her church, Central Metropolitan
CME. R. Silver

Study Circles offer a unique opportunity

Shown above is the format of a recent Study Circle.
Continued from front logue of a productive and mean-
those that share our actions, ingful discussion between Blacks,
words, values, principalities and Whites and other cultures. The
priorities. Going outside of this resulting condition has created mis-
comfort zone is hard for many peo- understandings of social values,
ple thus resulting in minimum dia- morals, and economic, educational

disparities that have existed for
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission (JHRC) has worked
to: foster mutual understanding and
respect among all residents of
Jacksonville. Study Circles have
encouraged small groups to engage
in open honest and meaningful dia-
logue about race and ethnic rela-
tions for several years. It should be
recognized that racism is an inter-
locking institution in our society
not just one problem that cannot be
easily fixed, statement by Dr.
Manis. Racism is individual, collec-
tive in families, thus on each layer
of a person's live change will be
required to truly make improve-
This change will not happen in
churches where religious leaders
are too frightened to talk about race
relations; or by politicians who are
fearful to even mention race rela-

Each one teach one mantra benefits

local students with scholarships

Continued from front
for a minimum of four years. To
be awarded their scholarships, stu-
dents must stay in school, maintain
good grades, exhibit good behavior,
remain crime and drug free, and
meet with mentors once a week.
This week, Jacksonville celebrat-
ed the program's 200 seniors who
will go on to continue their higher
education. They will join the
16,000 students who benefitted
from the program since 1995.
For Cody, the product of a single
parent household, the program also
provided consistent interaction
from a male role model. The lack
thereof being a factor many studies
have attributed to the failure rate of
so many of America's young Black
The relationship did not come
easy for Cody's mother.
"At first with all the negative
things in the world I was a little
nervous," said Tonya Austin, "but
then he became part of the family
and I love it."
She has also enjoyed the opportu-
nity for her and her son to spend
time with likeminded families.
"Take Stock provided a venue to
meet other children and parents all
striving for the same goal to give
our child a start to a great future
they education," she said.
Griggs himself was no stranger
to mentoring. Having raised a two
kids now both in college and serv-
ing as a mentor several times
before, he welcomed the opportuni-
ty to participate in Cody's life.
Charming as a young teen, the
mentee soon realized that his new-

Ribault Senior and Take Stock participant Christopher Taylor with
Cynthia Gathings who works with program. He will attend UNF in
the fall. T Austin photo

found mentor was no pushover.
Through the weekly meetings
they discuss everything from aca-
demics and sports to responsibility
and religion.
"It's like the Vegas commercial..
what happens in Vegas..." said
Cody with a laugh.
Now, with the blessings of his
mother, the relationship includes
special outings like professional
football games and other events.
Griggs even brings the young man
along on weekly basketball games
with his other friends with mentors.
This fall, Floyd will enter Florida
Community State College at

Jacksonville and then on to Bethune
Cookman University to continuing
pursuing a degree in criminal jus-
tice. He hopes to one day be able to
help young men. As for the biggest
lesson learned from his participa-
tion, he says that anything worth
having takes "hard work."
As for Griggs, he is already eye-
ing a new opportunity in the men-
toring arena but he plans on being
in Cody's life for the duration.
"We can't afford to let another
Black child down" said Griggs.
"Too many of our brothers have
dropped the ball and if I have the
opportunity I'm all in."

tions for fear of being too contro-
versial and not politically correct.
The opportunities for discussion
are in Study Circles, our communi-
ty, to engage in dialogue, to talk
openly and honesty.
In order for Jacksonville to be
truly looked upon by the world and
taken seriously as a 21st century
city there will be a need for individ-
ual responsibility for the citizens of
all cultures to effect a racial and
moral change in thinking. We as a
community must challenge our-
selves to dispel the old way of
thinking that cities of the South still
hold onto to be able move higher in
international markets that will
allow our city to prosper economi-
cally, educationally and culturally.
Join a Study Circle near you...
Email: studycir-
cles@coj.net for
S more information.
Writer William
Jackson is a three
time Study Circle
participant andpro-
fessor at Edward
Waters College.

84th birthday celebration ofAnnie Bell
Mrs. Annie Bell Council celebrated her 84th birthday with her loved ones
at the University Club on Tuesday, April 27th. The honoree arrived by
limosine in grand style. The mother of 9 children, Mrs. Bell proudlyboasts
that none of them have ever been in trouble with the law. Still active in the
community, she is a long-time member of St. Paul AME Church.

continued from front
Blacks have been subjected to
since emancipation". A legend in
Black Reparations circles, Brock
gets little mainstream media with
statements like: "The wealth of
America is our legal property. But
we must make our legal claims to
get money as others have".
Before some Project 21 contribu-
tors were out of high school, Brock
was holding meetings across
America, supporting Congressman
John Conyers' H.R. 40 Bill "to
form a Commission to Study
Reparations Proposal for African-
Americans". In the years before he
became House Judiciary
Committee Chair, Conyers made a
ritual submitting H.R. 40 in
Congress each year since 1989.
Basically H.R. 40 Bill: 1) acknowl-
edges the fundamental injustice and
inhumanity of slavery; 2) establish-
es a commission to study slavery
and its subsequent racial and eco-
nomic discrimination against freed
slaves; 3) studies the impact of
those forces on today's living
African Americans; and 4) commis-
sion would then make recommen-
dations to Congress on appropriate
remedies to redress the harm
inflicted on living African
Americans. But the imperative of
correcting and repairing the legacy
of slavery and its continuing effects
on African-Americans is on the

skids. Congressman
Conyers has now given
up on what now appears to have
been a 20-year facade of legislating
for slave reparations in America.
Conyers was recently quoted say-
ing "the reparations issue is 'too
controversial' to pursue at this
For the few that think things have
"changed", for most Black
Americans, situations have
remained the same. For the major-
ity of African Americans the ves-
tiges of slavery and de jure segrega-
tion continue. Yet, the House
Judiciary Committee's first Black
head now says reparations are "too
controversial to pursue". At a time
America has its first self-pro-
claimed "Black President" and first
Judiciary Chair; it is more than
ironic that the level of discussion
about absence of wealth, work,
educational, and economic capacity
among Blacks is more muted than
previous times.
Its odd Blacks would damper
down discussions about reparations
during the Presidency of a Black
man? Are the voices of Project 21 's
prot6g6es the political reality?
Have conversations regarding recti-
fying economic injustices done
Blacks completely died; or will
African Americans give attention
to, and make the passage of, H.R.
40 a priority despite Conyers and


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April 29 May 5, 2010

Pa e 4 Ms Perr
s Free P s

Perhaps some Jacksonville City
Council members need a refresher
course on American history.
Perhaps some of them should be
reminded of the second paragraph
of the Declaration of
Independence, which reads:
"We hold these truths to be self-
evident, that all men are created
equal, that they are endowed by
their Creator with certain unalien-
able rights, that among these are
life, liberty and the pursuit of hap-
Remember the words, "all men
are created equal." That also means
that Christians, Muslims,
Buddhists, Hindus and members of
other religions all fit into the cate-
gory of "men."
I am babbling about freedom and
equality because recently "some"
Jacksonville City Council members
have sent us back into the stone
ages with their anti-Muslims rheto-
ric. And I sincerely say some,
because I have worked with many
of the Council members in different
capacities and most of them are
good fair people.
One of the duties that Mayor
Peyton has is to appoint individuals
to various commissions and boards
that help govern the city. Those
nominees go to the City Council for
review and final approval. It's nor-
mally a pretty easy process.
The nominee goes before the
Council's Rules Committee and
tells a little about him or herself
and typically gets approved with
little or no fan fair at all. The
Jacksonville Human Right

Obama wasted no ti
ing Arizona's hai
immigration law. H
guided, irresponsible
civil liberties. Obai
bill is wasteful, une
more ominously vir
for police to engage
ing. But it's also po0

Commission (JHRC) is one of
those boards that citizens are
appointed to serve.
Recently, one of the mayor's pro-
posed appointees, University of
North Florida professor Parvez
Ahmed was criticized or better yet
interrogated at the Rules
Committee. He was asked ques-
tions like if he would defend the
U.S. Constitution and his past reli-
gious affiliations.
Ahmed's appointment has drawn
the bulk of its opposition from a
group called ACT! for America, an
anti-Islamist group. Of course,
ACT has been exercising their con-
stitutional rights and sending infor-
mation to Council members and
attending meetings yelling in the
background and causing a stir.
ACT claims that Ahmed is the
former national chairman of the
Council on American-Islamic
Relations, a Washington-based
Muslim-rights group that federal
authorities say may be a front
organization for Hamas, a terrorist
group. An assertion that has not
been confirmed by anyone.
This will make some laugh, but
guess what he mission of the JHRC
is? "To ensure that all Jacksonville
residents enjoy a community free
of discriminatory practices," is the
organization's main goal. So a
body that has an antidiscrimination
charge to keep has a potential new
member that is being discriminated
against because of his religious
It doesn't get more ridiculous
than that. Talk about setting us back

Appointee Being Discriminated

Arizona Ant Immigration Law Putsback in February, and this
iImmigrationLrankled immigration reform
r backers. They loudly protest-
PresidentObama on the Spot ed that the president reneged
on his promise to them to
by E. 0 turn presents a wedge for immigra- into blood drenched streets. make comprehensive emigration
Hutchinson tion foes. They will again hammer Immigration reform also can't be refonn a centerpiece of his agenda.
President that undocumented workers snatch separated from partisan politics. In the months since then they have
me in denounc- jobs from needy American work- The two special elections slated in hammered at Obama to make good
rd-nosed anti- ers. The charge has been hotly dis- May in Hawaii and Pennsylvania on the promise with the vague hint
e called it mis- puted but it still touches a raw are toss ups and a loss of either of that if he doesn't more than a few
e and a threat to nerve, the seats to Republicans would fur- Latino voters may just be tempted
ma's right. The There's still the loose network of their add to Democrat's fears that to stay home in the fall and beyond.
enforceable, and anti-immigration organizations, the three hammer blows they suf- Arizona may have taken the
tually a license and the legions of right wing talk fered in losing a revered Senate option of watch and wait caution
in racial profil- jocks, Tea Party activists, and Fox seat in Massachusetts, and gover- off the White House table. And that
pular in Arizona News Network talking heads who norships in Virginia and New puts Obama on the spot.

and judging from polls and under-
ground sentiment of millions of
Americans on immigration, popu-
lar with them too.
Arizona official's claim they had
to act in large part because the fed-
eral government has dithered,
stalled, and back pedaled countless
times on enacting comprehensive
immigration reform. This in effect
dumps the immigration reform
issue squarely back in Obama's lap.
In the coming days immigration
reform leaders, Hispanic activist
groups, and the Congressional
Hispanic Caucus almost certainly
will ratchet up their demand and
efforts to get Obama to get the ball
rolling on a reform bill in
Congress. The demand couldn't
come at a worse time for Obama.
The loss of thousands of jobs,
with official unemployment still
nudging double digit, African-
American joblessness far higher,
and with low wage American work-
ers bearing the brunt of the down-

can stir the troops to oppose any
reform. The stock attack charge
that any immigration reform bill is
a de facto reward for breaking the
law still ignites anger and passion
in many Americans. Arizona gover-
nor Jan Brewer tied her signing the
bill into law into another issue that
ignites even greater passion and
anger. And that's crime. She flatly
said that the law would help protect
her state from crime from Mexico.
The governor cited no evidence to
show that immigration has bumped
the state's crime rate up. But then
again she didn't have to. The fright-
ening shots of bullet riddled,
hacked up bodies that have become
regular news features on American
TV screens from the low intensity
warfare in Mexico between gov-
ernment forces and the drug cartels
and with each other is more than
enough to stir nightmare terror in
many Americans that a wave of
illegal immigrants flooding the
country will turn America's streets

Jersey were not aberrations. with
November mid-term elections fast
approaching and the real danger
that Democrats could lose big in
them, picking a fight that's bound
to be even more contentious and
divisive than the health care battle
is just too great a risk.
Obama has a major fight on his
hands to get a financial reform bill
passed. There's the risk that the
concessions he and Senate
Democrats made to Republicans to
quickly get the bill passed could
alienate many liberal and progres-
sive Democrats who want to see the
toughest possible consumer protec-
tions in place against the ravages of
big banks and financial houses.
They were the driving force behind
his election win and the White
House banks on them their num-
bers and passion to help blunt the
momentum of Tea Party activists in
the fall, and beyond.
Obama gave immigration reform
short shrift in his State of the Union

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appointments does not give you the
right to question people about their
religious beliefs.
Back to our history lesson why
did the pilgrims come to the "new
country" anyway?
If you look in the history books,
you will see, the pilgrims came to
America for religious freedom.
They didn't like the way the Church
of England was teaching
Christianity. They felt that the
church was too controlling.
Now I am no history scholar,
although it is my favorite subject,
but isn't that what made the United
States so attractive to so many peo-
ple throughout its history?
Freedom to pursue happiness, and
worship whatever God you deem
best for you is at the very core of
this country's foundation.
Speaking of America's founda-
tion, maybe we should look at the
document that actually governs this
great country we live in. The
United States Constitution
Amendment I clearly states,
"Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment of reli-
gion, or prohibiting the free exer-
cise thereof."
Let's not allow the actions of
some militant Muslims to affect our
feelings about an entire religion
that is by the way, built around the
concepts of peace and love.
The City Council will vote this
week to approve or disapprove
Ahmed's appointment hopefully
they will do the right thing.
Signing off from City Council
Chambers, Reggie Fullwood

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a few decades thank you
unnamed City Council members.
This is the Human Right
Commission they have no legisla-
tive or legal authority. Is Ahmed
going to use this volunteer position
to gain top-secret information and
overthrow local government?
Perhaps while he's working on the
latest race relation's study he will
be able to fix the city's budget
problems as well.
This situation has gotten so far
out of control that former
Jacksonville Mayor and current
UNF President John Delaney
attended the last Rules committee
and spoke in favor of the profes-
sor's nomination, calling Ahmed "a
man of peace."
Much like the overwhelming
majority of our country and local
community, I am a Christian and
proud of it. I have been a member
of the Baptist church since I could
remember and I am pretty active in
my home church. I truly believe
that Jesus is the Son of God and
gave his life for us all.
With that said, I also believe that
each man has the right to choose
the religion of his choice. I person-
ally think that Christianity is the
way to go, but I don't think that
Christians are better than anyone
who is not.
Memo to ACT and other bigots -
there's only one God. Leave the
whole moral judgment thing up to
Just because you are elected to a
legislative body that affords you
the right pass laws and approve

A Redux at the Black

Hair Care Industry
Good Hair was a 2009 American documentary comedy
film by Chris Rock Productions and HBO Films. The film
focuses on African American women's hair, the styling !a
industry surrounding it, the acceptable look of African American women's
hair in society, and the effects of both upon African American culture
The film and theme created controversy on many levels. It started dis-
putes debates over: extent of the European ethos among Blacks; whether
Rock infringed on another Black's work; and myths about the icon of the
Black Hair industry, Madame CJ Walker. Rock says he was prompted to
make the Good Hair movie after his 5-year-old daughter asked him, "Daddy,
how come I don't have good hair?" But, according to filmmaker Regina
Kimbell, Good Hair was a rip-off of her documentary My Nappy Roots: A
Journey Through Black Hair-itage; which she says she screened for Rock in
2007. After a federal judge allowed its release, Good Hair opened as the
fourteenth highest grossing fihn for the October 9-11, 2009 weekend.
Many say the movie "made Black women seem ignorant and stupid
because of their hair". Vivian L. Randolph, President and owner of the orig-
inal Madame C. J. Walker Mfg. Co. Inc., d/b/a Madame C.J. Walker
Enterprises, Inc. who manufactures the original Mme. C.J. Walker hair care
products took issue with the Business Exchange edition parody of the film
and depiction of Madame CJ Walker. Ms. Randolph wrote to say: "There
are several historical inaccu- Blacks spend $3
racies that have been perpetu- Blacks $3
ated and promulgated by billion a year to get the
Madame's competitors and
those who would like to right products to ensure
inhibit the success of her
company today". "As the tamed tresses; whether
owner of the original compa- braided, twisted
ny founded by Madame as
well as the historical docu- and locked, wigs,
ments of her company, I
would be remiss ... if I did not weaves or extensions.
correct some of the misinformation and misconceptions about our
Company's founder". Ms. Randolph wants people to know that "Madame
did not invent the pressing comb nor was she ... the first to use it to style
black women's hair". Historically, use of the pressing comb among Black
women started long before Madame began incorporating the use of the
appliance into her hair growing demonstrations. Randolph is adamant that
in reality "Madame fought vehemently against the idea that she 'straight-
ened hair', and that Madame Walker started the 'Hair Growing Business' -
not the hair straightening business'" www.madamewalker.net.
Ms. Randolph's major emphasis is that Madame was in the business of
providing healthy hair car products and services. Her point is taken, but
there's no debating that today Black Hair care and products is a healthy busi-
ness. Blacks spend $3 billion a year to get the right products to ensure tamed
tresses; whether braided, twisted and locked, wigs, weaves or extensions.
Their hair is a matter of priority to large numbers of Black women.
Madame CJ Walker became iconic and a millionaire catering lines of hair
products to Blacks. At its peak, the company Ms. Randolph now runs
employed more than 3,000 people.
While Black-owned hair care companies flourished for decades after Ms.
Walker's successes in the early 1900s today, 90 percent of the Black hair
products market is controlled by international conglomerates. France's
L'Oreal Paris is world's leading manufacturer of ethic products; its Soft
Sheen Carson Division provides brands such as Dark & Lovely and
Optimum. L'Oreal USA and Alberto-Culver Co. account for more than a
third of sales among this niche market.
Blacks need to look at the big picture and ally. Consumers need to be
mindful of how the choices we make play in Black economics. Madame CJ
Walker was a paragon of circulating dollars with and among Blacks. To get
the Black hair care industry back, Black business people need to get back the
people. To take control of the Black Hair products and beauty supply indus-
tries, hordes of Walker Agent-types need to be assessing Black hair needs
and crafting and passing out such products. Businesses in the Black Hair
care market segment have to provide timely products and use mediums like
Black newspapers to increase consumers' choices toward the products.
Combined we can strengthen communities and preserve culture.

Nearly $4M to pay health insurance penalty by 2016 .

Nearly 4 million Americans -
the vast majority of them middle
class will have to pay the new
penalty for not getting health insur-
ance when President Barack

Obama's health care overhaul law
kicks in, according to recently
released congressional estimates.
The penalties will average a little
more than $1,000 apiece in 2016,
the Congressional Budget Office
said in a report.
Most of the people paying the
fine will be middle class. Obama

pledged in 2008 not to raise taxes
on individuals making less than
$200,000 a year and couples mak-
ing less than $250,000.
Republicans have criticized the
penalties, even though the idea
for a mandate was originally
proposed by the GOP in the
1990s and is part of the
Massachusetts health care plan
signed into law in 2006 by then
Gov. Mitt Romney, a
Republican. Attorneys general
in more than a dozen states are
working to challenge the man-
date in federal court as unconsti-
"The individual mandate tax
will fall hardest on Americans who
can least afford to pay it, many of
whom were promised subsidies by
the Democrats and who the presi-
dent has promised would not pay
higher taxes," said Rep. Dave
Camp of Michigan, the top
Republican on the tax-writing
House Ways and Means

Democrats argue the mandate
and the penalties are a necessary
part of a massive overhaul
designed to expand coverage to
millions who now lack it. They
point out that getting young,
healthy Americans in the insurance
pool will reduce costs for others.
Americans who don't get quali-
fied health insurance will be
required to pay penalties starting in
2014, unless they are exempt
because of low income, religious
beliefs, or because they are mem-
bers of American Indian tribes. The
penalties will be fully phased in by
About 21 million nonelderly res-
idents will be uninsured in 2016,
according to projections by the
CBO and the Joint Committee on
Taxation. Most of those people will
be exempt from the penalties.
Under the new law, the penalties
will be phased in starting in 2014.
By 2016, those who must get insur-

ance but don't will be fined $695 or
2.5 percent of their household
income, whichever is greater.
After 2016, the penalties will be
increased by annual cost-of-living
adjustments. People will not be
required to get coverage if the
cheapest plan available costs more
than 8 percent of their income.
The penalties will be collected
by the Internal Revenue Service
through tax returns. However, the
IRS will not have the authority to
bring criminal charges or file liens
against those who don't pay.
About 3 million of those required
to pay fines in 2016 will have
incomes below $59,000 for indi-
viduals and $120,000 for families
of four, according to the CBO pro-
jections. The other 900,000 people
who must pay the fine will have
higher incomes.
The government will collect
about $4 billion a year in fines
from 2017 through 2019, according
to the report.

City honors longstanding employees The City of
Jacksonvillle recently held a pinning ceremony honoring longtime service
employees. Above those being celebrated was Christine Stokes shown
above right with Mayor John Peyton. Thomas has been with the City of
Jacksonville for twenty-five years and works for the Duval County Tax
Collector's Office.

Tiger Woods must work on more than just his swing

by Vaugn Wilson
(NNPA) Phil Mickelson put
together one of his best perform-
ances in a major and probably his
golfing career period, en route to
winning the coveted green jacket at
the Augusta National Golf Club.
Mickelson played by far the best
golf on Sunday and went bogey-
free to capture his third Masters
While Tiger Woods' fans hope for
a regular schedule, the PGA Tour is
going about its business with opti-
mism that the tour can in fact con-
tinue to grow without depending on
one individual. Woods, struggling
to make a come back, made a
valiant but erratic showing at best at

The Masters.
While skepticism of his sincerity
is debated among golf commenta-
tors, fans and fellow golfers, Woods
has begun to show signs that he is a
different person... or at least is in a
different mindset.
Woods recently committed to
Quail Hollow, The Players and the
AT&T National tournaments.
Before the incident in which he
admitted to multiple sexual rela-
tionships outside of his marriage,
Woods kept his schedule as well as
his feelings close to his brow.
Only persons close to the Woods
camp knew his schedule as he
would commit at the last moment.
That caused a scramble to many of

the tournaments to accommodate
the inflow of traffic his presence
caused. These early commitments
allow for a much smoother tourna-
ment. Tournament organizers, their
sponsors and the PGA Tour in gen-
eral can work at a more diligent
pace on those tournaments with
advance notice.
Woods showed some signs of a
more personable approach at The
Masters as well. Once stone-faced
and seemingly oblivious to
applause, compliments or any other
gesture impressed upon him by the
galleries at golf tournaments before
the incident; he was much more
responsive. Not only did he
acknowledge that he heard the com-

ments from the crowd, but often
offered oral and non-verbal
Less impressive was one particu-
lar expletive that slipped from
Woods' tongue. In his first public
press conference open to questions
from the media, he committed to
cleaning up his act on the course.
Long regarded as one of the filthiest
mouths on the tour, Woods said he
would refrain from such behavior.
But one incident in particular at The
Masters, was caught on tape as a
foul gesture eeked out of his mouth.
While no one can expect him to be
perfect, he did exhibit much better
behavior later on during the tourna-
ment when he hit wayward shots.

Tom Watson, legendary eight-
time major champion, expressed his
opinion about the state of the game
when asked about Woods during the
major week. When asked what he
would ask Tiger if he had the
chance to interview him, Watson
simply stated, "I'd ask him how
he's hitting the ball." While Watson
wouldn't delve into the usual con-
versation, he showed why he is con-
sidered one of the all-time best.
Watson exhibited the level of
class that is synonymous with golf.
Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer,
Bobby Jones and countless others
brought an armor of class that went
unscathed. While Woods' place in
the victory column might escalate

this year, he must 4'. *
work on some-
thing more than
just his swing. He
must make every
effort to win back at least some of
the golf fans who felt betrayed by
his actions.
Many times over his career,
Woods has said that the record
books at the end of his career would
determine where he stands in histo-
ry. He specifically points to major
championships as the barometer.
With the events of last year in the
minds of golf and sports fans every-
where, the pressure is now on for
him to perform off the course as
well as on the course.

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Pag si. err s e es

Norma White to keynote

St. Gabriel's Women's Day
The women of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church invite the community to
their Women's Day Celebration on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. The
church is located at 5235 Moncrief Rd. Please join us in worship, praise
and song. The theme is' Christian Women Standing on the Promises". Dr.
Norma White is the keynote speaker. For information call 708-8672

Mt. Olive Mother's Day Services
Join the Mount Olive A.M.E. church family and their pastor, Dr.
Granville Reed, for A Mother's Day Celebration honoring senior citizens
and a special tribute to the late Mrs. Minnie O.Townsend'sl00th Birthday.
Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. with dinner following. Special guest min-
ister is Rev. Devin D. Brown, Pastor of Faith Community Church in Miami,
Fla. Come and join in the celebration of mothers with special tribute to the
oldest mother, the youngest mother, mother with the most living children
and a joyous uplifting of voice to the Lord. For program information call
470-9856. The church is located at 841 Franklin Street.

Nat Glover to keynote Epiphany

Baptist's youth program
Epiphany Baptist Church located at 663 South Mcduff Avenue on the
Westside where Rev. Williams L. Robinson is the Pastor, will be presenting
a youth program on Sunday, May 23rd at 5:00 p.m. themed, "I Can Be a
Solution Not the problem (saving our youth)" Former Sheriff Nathan
Glover will be the guest speaker. All our welcome. Refreshments will be
served. For more information, call the church at (904) 384-8129.

National Day of Prayer May 6th
The National Day of Prayer will be held on Thursday, May 6th, Noon at
Jacksonville City Hall, 6:00 p.m. (Hemming Plaza -Downtown
Jacksonville) 10:00 p.m. International House of Prayer (IHOP): Sunday
May23d, Global Day of Prayer www.fegdop.org 2:00 p.m. metropolitan
Park. www.firstcoastpraye.or.

Inspirational Book Signing
Author Phyllis Holmes will have a Book Signing on Saturday, Mayl, at
2:00 p.m. at the Fernandina Beach Public Library, 25 N 4th St. in
Femandina Beach, Fla. Holmes will be available to sign copies of her
newly released Christian devotional book :Be ye Lifted Up: A daily
For more information contact Traci Jones at (888)361-9473 or

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Pastor Landon Williams

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

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.

April 29 May 5, 2010

Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Denomination addresses
Celebrates 102nd Anniversary racism in the church

Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor R.L. Gundy, officers and
members invitethe public to their 102nd Anniversary Celebration of the
Church May 11-16. The Anniversary theme is 'Grounded and Assured in
Christian Hope in Christ' taken from Romans 8. The celebration dates are
as follows: Nightly 5/11-13 -at 7:00 p.m., concluding on Sunday May 16th
2010 at 4:00p.m. Call the church at 354-7249 for more information.

Church and Pastor Anniversaries

Celebrated at Revelation Prayer
Revelation Prayer House will celebrate their Pastor And Church
Anniversary May 20 May 23, 2010. The community is invited to come
and share in their celebration at 7:00 p.m. It is the 24th year for the Pastor
and 17th years forthe church family. The church is located at 1725 W. 28th
Street. For more information call 766-2861.

Summer Camp Registration
"The Gifts Within Summer Camp 2010" is conducting early registration
for ages 3-17. Camp convenes June 14-August 6th. Sign-up with Minister,
Dr. Tanya Brooks, Camp Director. For more information please call (904)

Central on the Pearl

present Unity Day Gatherings

"Uniting on the Pearl through
Worship, Ministry, and Fellowship"
is this year's theme for Central
Metropolitan CME Church Unity
Day Celebration Gatherings.
Bishop Hemy M. Williamson, Sr.
Presiding Prelate Ninth Episcopal
District and former pastor of
Central will kick off the celebra-
The speaking schedule will be:
Sunday May 2, 2010, 10:45 am,
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.
Morning Worship Speaker;
Saturday, May 15, 9:00 am- Fish
Fry and Evangelistic Outreach;

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9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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Sunday, May 16, 9:30 am- Unity
Day Breakfast; Sunday, May 16,
10:45 am, Rev. Clarence Kelby
Heath, Morning Worship
Speakerand Sunday, May 16, 4:00
pm, Unity Day Celebration Concert
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.
is the 52nd Bishop of the Christian
Methodist Episcopal Church. He
was elected on July 3, 2002 and
assigned the Presiding Prelate of the
Ninth Episcopal District. This area
includes five regions and over 100
churches on the West coast. He cur-
rently resides in Los Angeles,
Bishop Williamson is the founder
and CEO of One Church One
School Community Partnership
Program. This nationwide program
involves churches and schools in
partnerships that teach our young
people to Value Life and Learning.
Over 200 One Church One School
partnerships across the nation are
positively impacting students
through tutoring and mentoring pro-
grams, parent involvement, home-
work assistance programs, scholar-
ships, and student empowerment
conferences. The CME Church for-
mally adopted a resolution support-
ing One Church, One School pro-
gram at its 1994 General
Bishop Williamson is currently
a trustee of The Phillips School of
Theology at the ITC in Atlanta,
Georgia, and the Chairman of
Social Justice and Human Concerns
Commission of the CME Church.
He is a much sought after public
speaker and an advocate for civil
and human rights and especially for
the needs of children and youth.
For directions or information,
call (904) 354-7426.

The Reformed Church in America is closer to officially adopting a doc-
ument that confronts the sin of racism and affirms unity and reconciliation
among Christians.
The denomination recently announced that a two-thirds majority of the 46
classes, or regional groups of churches, voted to approve the adoption of the
Belhar Confession.
The confession would be added as a fourth standard of unity to the Book
of Church Order. The last time the church adopted a new standard was more
than two centuries ago.
It's been over 10 years since RCA members and congregations began
studying and reflecting on the Belhar Confession, which is rooted in the
struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
Drafted in 1982, the confession partly declares that unity must become
visible "so that the world may believe that separation, enmity and hatred
between people and groups is sin" and it rejects any doctrine maintaining
that "descent or any other human or social factor should be a consideration
in determining membership of the church."

President meets with Rev.

Billie Graham for the first time

President Barack Obama meets with Billy Graham, 91, at his moun-
tainside home in Montreat, N.C., Sunday, April 25, 2010. Obama con-
cluded his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting of the ailing
evangelist, who has counseled every commanders in chief since Dwight

President Obama visited Billy
Graham for the first time last
Sunday when he briefly met the eld-
erly evangelist at his North Carolina
home. Obama, who was on vacation
in nearby Asheville, made the short
trip to Montreat where the 91-year-
old "pastor to presidents" awaited
him in his log cabin home.
During their half-hour meeting,
the two chatted about a variety of
topics over coffee, including their
wives, golf and Chicago, according
to Graham's spokesman, Larry
Ross. Graham attended Wheaton
College in the Chicago suburb,
where he met his late wife, Ruth,
and Obama began his political
career in the city.
Obama, like his predecessors,
shared with Graham how lonely,
demanding and humbling the office
of president can be, said Ross. The
two concluded by praying for each
other and Graham gave the presi-
dent two Bibles, one for himself and
the other for the first lady.
"I am pleased to have had
President Obama in my home this
afternoon," said Graham, in a state-

ment. "He requested a meeting
since he was spending the weekend
nearby in Asheville. My son
Franklin and I enjoyed a brief visit
with the President, followed by a
time of prayer together."
The Obama camp said he has
been wanting to meet Graham for
some time, but a busy schedule and
other situations delayed the meeting
until this past weekend.
The two had planned to meet in-
person back in October 2008 while
Obama was still on the campaign
trail, but Graham's health prevented
the meeting. Obama connected
again with Graham last November
when he called to wish him a happy
Obama is the twelfth president
that Graham has personally known
during his public ministry. But
Obama is the first sitting president
to visit the Graham home.
Billy Graham's son, Franklin, as
well as aides and advisers to both
men were also present during the
meeting. Reporters were kept out-
side Graham's home.

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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The GNDH theme day is not just
a worship service, but displays the
encouraging images of families,
active youth and community lead-
ers that make up the community in
which it serves. Even with the rain
and clouds in the sky, attendance
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Payne exclaimed to the crowd
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teams. The finale consisted of
each attendee writing a special
prayer attached to a balloon that
was released into the sky to spread
the blessings beyond.

Associate Pastor Keith Canady and Lakecia Schuman.

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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.

Annual World of
Nations Festival
The annual World of Nations
Celebration is back and will be held
at Metropolitan Park April 29-May
2. As always, guests will be issued a
passport for their around the world
experience. Enjoy the sights,
sounds, and tastes of our world and
get your passport stamped at each
country for a chance to win many
exciting prizes. Park hours are Fri
day 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday 10a.m.-
8 p.m. and Sunday lla.m.-6 p.m.

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.

Fashion Celebrated
at LifeBuilders
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.

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. It will be held
at the Prime Osborne Convention
Center and will honor Band
Director Kernaa McFarlin. Tickets
are now available. For tickets, more
information, or to participate in the
planning process, call 764-8795.

Shrimp Fest 2010
This year's Isle of Eight Flags
Shrimp Festival is April 30, May 1
& 2, 2010 in downtown Femandina
Beach. Through 10 p.m. nightly,
activities will take place ranging
from contests and live performanc-
es to art and food vendors. For
more info, visit shrimpfestival.com.

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. Old St. Andrews is
located at 317 A. Philip Randolph
Free Investor
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.

First Wednesday
Art Walk
It's the first Wednesday of the
month and that means time for Art
Walk on May 5th! First Wednesday
Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour
of Downtown Jacksonville's gal-
leries and museums, as well as cul-
tural venues, restaurants and busi-
nesses. Held monthly from 5-9 p.m.
- rain or shine the Art Walk spans
a 15-block radius within the
Downtown core. Street parking is
FREE after 6 p.m. For more infor-
mation call 634-0303.

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.

Free Gardening class
On Thursday, May 6th from
6:30 8:30 p.m., the Duval County
Extension Board will host a free
gardening class. This program will
teach you how to select the proper
turf, and how to maintain it. You
will also learn how to use contain-
ers for planting summer herbs and
vegetables. Pre-registration is
required to at (904) 387-8850 or
email beckyd@coj.net. It will be
held at the West Branch Library,
1425 chaffee Road South.

Club Meeting
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

Art for Two at the
Cummer with Marsalis
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens is hosting a morning of fun
for children ages 3 to 5 and their
favorite adult. Participating indi-
viduals can gain inspiration for
their ABZ alphabet collage book by
touring Jazz ABZ: An A to Z
Collection of Jazz Portraits by Paul
Rogers with poems by Wynton

Marsalis. The exhibition features
27 paintings of famous jazz musi-
cians. This exhibition includes
poems by Marsalis and highlights
jazz legends through art and poetry.
It will be held on Saturday, May 8,
2010, 10:30 a.m. to Noon. The
Museum is located at 829
Riverside Ave. 32204 Call 355-
0630 for more information.

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.

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.

Free African-American
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.

Soul Food
Music Festival
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-

Tommy Davidson
in Concert
Comedian Tommy Davidson of
"In Living Color" fame, will be
inconcert at the Comedy Zone for
multiple shows July 15-17. For
showtimes or more information,
call 292-4242.

Ms. Senior
Jacksonville Pageant
The Ms. Senior Jacksonville
Pageant 2010for ladies age 60 and
up will be held on June 26th at 2
p.m. at the Times Union Center for
the Performing Arts. Tickets are
available via Ticketmaster. For
more information visit www.asea-
sonedaffair.com or call Ms. Demps
at 887-8156.

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R&B veteran Ronald Isley is fresh out of prison and head-
ed back to the recording studio after serving a three-year sen-
tence for tax evasion.
In a recent radio interview, the Isley Brothers member said
his next album will be an "all star" effort, featuring some of
today's popular acts as well as some veteran artists.
The legendary performer also said that his time behind bars
was challenging.
"(I was) talking to young people and crying with them and people that
were gonna be in there some years and that part really hurts," Isley said,
according to the Web site Singers Room. "They (inmates) looked up to
The singer said he was able to keep his spirits high by participating in
music activities.
"I was working at the chapel and I did gospel shows every week," he says.
"That kept me up."
Nick Cannon announced on his New York
radio show Friday that he and the missus will
celebrate their second wedding anniversary by
renewing their wedding vows for a second -
"I encourage everybody to do it. If you are .
happy and in love, celebrate it!" said the 29- ,
year-old "America's Got Talent" host. "Don't _
everybody do that? Don't, like, Heidi Klum
and Seal do the same thing every year? It's just
something fun to celebrate. We renew our vows and exchange gifts."
They couple shocked the world with their April 30, 2008 wedding on
Carey's Bahamian estate. As of Friday, the couple had yet to pick a loca-
tion for this year's celebration. But Cannon does know that it won't be in
a tropical locale.
"We did that last year and the year before that, too," says Cannon. "This
year we want to do it like in a normal setting, so it might be in L.A. ... Hey,
I say we do it in a church in Brooklyn. That will be hot."
Cannon says his gift to Carey this year is "something very thoughtful and
it has nothing to do with money." And he adds: "We are just trying to keep
the romance alive. That's all."
If you're a budding performer and
&Alooking for a way to get to
ir. Hollywood, to audition for
"America's Got Talent," but your
Money is funny, we've got good
news for you.
Now, until June 18, you can upload
your audition video to the "America's Got Talent" site on YouTube, NBC
and producer Fremantle Media North America announced Monday.
Producers will select 40 acts to be posted on the site. Then the YouTube
community will vote for their favorites. The top vote-getter will perform
on "America's Got Talent" alongside 11 other YouTube acts chosen by pro-
The online auditions will supplement in-person tryouts staged across the
U.S. in a half-dozen cities.

The reality of Black women on TV

by T. Pendleton, BAW
What is the reality for black
women these days? If you're
watching TV, you may be a little
confused. No less than eight reality

TV shows are directly focused
around a black woman.
LisaRaye McCoy stars in TV
One's "The Real McCoy;" Tameka
"Tiny" Cottle and Toya Carter star
together on the BET reality show
"Tiny and Toya;" Former TLC star
Rozonda "Chili" Thomas is the
frontwoman for "What Chili
Wants;" Shaq's ex-wife Shaunie
O'Neal holds court with the rest of
the "Basketball Wives," and Sandy
"Pepa" Denton, Fantasia and
Monica all have been featured on
their own reality shows.
Aside from asking "When does it
end?" the question that could also
be posed is just how realistic these
widespread television snapshots of
black women really are.
Mainstream America has recently
taken quite an interest in the lives of
black women. Is it the impact of
having a black couple in the White

House or just savvy programming
on the part of TV executives?
Apparently, they've figured out that
there is an audience that will slav-
ishly follow the doings of rap stars'

baby mommas and ex-wives, NBA
players' baby momma and ex-
fianc6es as well as the challenging
searches for true love undergone by
performers who've become less
celebrated for their music than for
their messy family and relationship
And of course, if anyone watched
the second ABC "Nightline" special
that aired recently on the plight of
single black women, you'd recog-
nize that this interest has moved
outside of reality TV scenarios and
onto a lurid curiosity about the lives
of black women off-screen.
Reality TV can be a guilty pleas-
ure in the same way that soap
operas and scandalous daytime talk
shows used to be Maury Povich or
Jerry Springer anyone? But is it
real? Well, that's questionable. For
one, most of the women on these
shows have resources the average

woman can't even imagine. Some
of their bags and shoes alone are
out of reach of a regular working
wife or mother. O'Neal told
"Essence" magazine that after Shaq
filed for divorce, she came to
the realization that she hadn't
paid a bill in eleven years.
To\a had her daughter,
Reginie w ith L'il Wayne as a
outingg teenager and apparently
has ne' er % worked a regular job.
Tin', had a career as part of the
group Xscape that predated her
relationship ith fiancee T.I.,
but since ihen '"e been togeth-
er. it's unlikely that money has
been anl issle.
Nlo-nica and Fantasia have
been their family\ breadwinners
f.oir some time. as has reality
queen Ke, sha Cole. Chili's
.on', father is multimillionaire
producer Dallas Austin, so it's
unlikely, ithat she's chasing
Jdot n a child support check.
It'\ certainly not to say that
none and celebrity don't

I do an.ltnhg positive, they've
linfed the tell of these women's
hli es to shot\ the real problems
that come with it. They' e

shown that celebrity don't make
you immune from real world
problems. Tiny and her family
are coping with her father's own

gle with drugs. Those are theof

kinds of things many families
and black women can relate to.
But reality TV sees black women
through a narrow lens- as eithey've
dealing with family dysfunction o
in desperate need for love are's
though it's an issue for black
women alone Finding love canstrug-
seem unattainable for many men
and women regardless of race; but
in the world of reality TV it seems
particularly discouraging for black
women. If romance is found, it's
soon lone. Findinr n lovthe case ofnlioe who

are in relationships (Tiny and T.I.,
for example) they are perpetually
engaged but never actually married.

The focus on women in the music
business makes sense for music
channels like VH1 and BET, but
that necessarily means that any
sense of accurately representing
black women is lost. How many
women on reality TV are just regu-
lar working women like the majori-
ty of black women out there? If
that's the case, as these images are
broadcast globally, how many
viewers who don't normally inter-
act with black women are able to
get any real sense of them?
Traditionally married black women
get short shrift on reality TV (unless
you count the non-working moms
on "Run's House" and "The Family
Crews) as do women with natural
hairstyles, women who are child-
less, women who are pursuing non-
entertainment careers, and women
who would be happier to see their
children educated than famous.
We are doing a disservice to our-
selves and to our sisterhood if we
believe that even half of what we
see on "reality" TV is real, whether
it's on VH1, BET or "Nightline."
As black women, we are just not
that easily categorized. Those
shows are most often scripted and
setting up scenarios
that create

"good TV," not documentary stud-
ies of real black women's lives,
which might actually be more inter-
esting. The reality is we are far
" mo~iinterestingi ahnd 'iseise and
fascinating and multi-faceted than
reality TV could ever display. Let's
keep it real.

Denzel returns to Broadway in "Fences"

For those of you who can't wait
for their next dose of Hollywood
"It" man Denzel Washington, you
will have to wait a little longer or
visit Ney York's famed Broadway
The acclaimed actor recently took
back to the stage starring in August
Wilson's "Fences". He was last
seen on stage in "Julius Caesar" five
years ago.
The production at the Cort
Theatre co-stars Viola Davis, Chris
Chalk, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti
Williamson and Stephen McKinley
Henderson, and is scheduled to run
through July 11.
Despite his fame and success in
Hollywood, the 55-year-old Mount
Vernon, N.Y., native said he relish-
es getting back to the stage in the

Big Apple because it allows him to
exercise different acting muscles
while being part of an ensemble.
"What I love about theater and
what I love about it now, given the
position I'm in, is that it gives me
the chance to just be one of the
guys. I'm another member of the
cast," Washington said.
The late Pulitzer Prize winning
playwright August Wilson passed in
2005. Among his theatrical contri-
butions are "Joe Turner's Come and
Gone," "Ma Rainey's Black
Bottom," "Two Trains Running"
and "King Hedley II"
For the actor, the opportunity to
perform in a Wilson work is one to
"Very rarely do you get to inter-
pret the work of a master, a grand

master," Washington said. "And he
is one. He is Eugene O'Neill, he is
Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller.
This is a masterpiece. I've been
around. I've read a lot of plays and
screenplays. He's as good as any-
body I've ever read or seen. So to
get that opportunity and knowing
he's gone and, I, fortunately, got the
chance to meet him (before he
died). You can feel it. His plays are
spiritual. They're specific about this
African-American family, but the
themes are universal -- the hus-
band-wife relationship, the bitter-
ness over not being successful in
life, the dreams deferred, father-
and-son relationships. All those
themes -- black, white, blue, green,
or yellow -- we all relate to them."





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