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New obesity report shows
minorities still getting fatter
According to a new report, the obesity epidemic which has gripped the
nation for the past 20 years appears to be leveling off for adult whites but
Blacks, young adults and children are still getting fatter.
The report "Forecasting Distribution of Body Mass Index in the
United States: Is there More Room for Growth" was compiled by Dr.
Anirban Basu of the University of Chicago School of Medicine.
Basu and his research team project that obesity rates for most age cate-
gories will remain stable for the next 10 years.
However, they also project that young African American adults aged
18-to-39, children aged 6-to-9 and Black children 10 and older will have
rising obesity rates.
The complete report is in the current edition of the journal Medical
Decision Making and can also be found online by clicking on the fol-
lowing: is published online at www.blacknewsjoumal.com.

Alphas move confab from Arizona
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the oldest integrated and historically
black Greek-lettered organization in the world, recently voted to move
its' 104th Anniversary Convention from Phoenix, Arizona.
The national Board of Directors voted unanimously to rescind the loca-
tion of Phoenix, Arizona as the meeting location of the Convention in
July, and to denounce the immigration act signed recently by the gover-
nor of Arizona.
The event, which was scheduled to take place from July 21 to 25, will
be moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. The convention, and the fraternity's spe-
cial Summit on the African-American Male, was expected to draw up to
10,000 visitors to Arizona adding hundreds of thousands of dollars in
revenue to the Phoenix economy.

Appellate Court to rehear

felon disfranchisement case
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ordered a rehearing in a
case challenging Washington State's racially discriminatory law that
denies the vote to people with felony convictions. A panel of eleven
judges will reconsider this important civil rights case.
In the earlier ruling in Farrakhan v. Gregoire, a three-judge panel of the
Ninth Circuit found "compelling evidence" that Washington State had
failed to "protect minorities from being denied the right to vote upon a
conviction by a criminal justice system that Plaintiffs have demonstrated
is materially tainted by discrimination and bias."
The State did not contest this evidence, thereby conceding that its crim-
inal justice system is infected with racial discrimination at all levels.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965, enacted to stamp out racial discrimina-
tion in voting, prohibits states from using any voting qualification that
results in a denial of the right to vote on account of race or color.
Nationally, more than 5.3 million Americans are denied access to the
fundamental right that is preservative of all other rights. An estimated 2
million of the disfranchised, roughly 38%, are African Americans. Maine
and Vermont permit prisoners to vote by absentee ballot from prison.

Birmingham Councilman wants

to limit inner city liquor stores
BIRMINGHAM, Al Birmingham's struggling inner-city neighbor-
hoods are flooded with liquor stores and easy access to beer and wine,
and a moratorium on new licenses is needed according to Councilman
Steven Hoyt.
He says he wants a halt on city-issued alcohol permits until tougher
rules are written to limit the number of alcohol retailers in neighbor-
hoods. The City Council recently approved a resolution from Hoyt ask-
ing the council's public safety committee to study the issue.
"Limit the number of beer and wine places you can have in a commu-
nity, particularly in a high-density community," Hoyt said.
"Disproportionately it occurs more in the African-American neighbor-
hoods than it ought to. In our efforts to increase the quality of life, we
need to issue a moratorium."
Hoyt, who represents western Birmingham, said several stores in his
district form clusters of alcohol outlets. He wants the city to ask the
Legislature for more authority to deny alcohol licenses.

Twitter most popular among Blacks
The Business Insider has delved deeply into a study about Twitter usage
and uncovered the startling fact that African Americans make up a whop-
ping 25 percent of all Twitter users -- even though we are only 12 percent
of the population. Business Insider speculates the reason that black
Americans are such heavy Twitter users are as follows:
-Black people (and Hispanics) are much more likely to access the
Internet from mobile devices. Twitter is well-suited to mobile use, and its
users are more engaged with the mobile Internet than the general popu-
lation by a wide margin.
-More black than white celebrities are active Twitter users: Shaquille
O'Neal, Oprah, 50 Cent, and P. Diddy are all among the most followed
accounts on Twitter.
-The median age for black Americans (according to the 2000 census)
is 30 years old, a full seven years younger than for white Americans.
Black people therefore make up a relatively higher percentage of the pop-
ulation within the most relevant age groups -- Twitter is most popular
amongst 25-34 year-olds.

50 Cents

Volume 23 No. 31 Jacksonville, Florida May 6 12, 2010

ORRINE BROW N Civil rights groups
T ART CONTEST striving to remain relevant

Young artist wins scholarship and congressional
honor Congresswoman Corrine Brown's 3rd Congressional District's
Annual Art Contest was held this week at Florida State College at
Jacksonville Taking home top prize was Douglas Anderson Junior Bahja
Denard (center) shown above with her parents Reginald Wilson (left) and
Marsha Wilson (right). In addition to winning a scholarship, her award
winning painting Beautiful Mind will hang in the Capital Rotunda. FMP

Teens line

up for life

MAD DADS of Jacksonville
chapter inspired over 3,000 local
middle and high school students to
"take the pledge". Held at Potter's
House Christian Fellowship
Church, the teens pledged to
remain drug and violence free.
The inspirational program includ-
ed musical selections, poetry read-
ings, drill performances and words
of support by Councilwoman
Glorious Johnson and Sheriff John
Given Jacksonville's murder and
gun violence rates, organizers
decided to ask area youth to "play it
safe" all summer long by staying
away from drugs and all forms of
violence and criminal activities.
This is the seventh year that MAD B
DADS Jacksonville Chapter has Above are students from the
sponsored this annual event. DAbove aret t he Potter's Hous
DADS pledge at the Potter's Hous

by D. Elliott, NPR
Organizations led by civil rights
leaders Dorothy Height and
Benjamin Hooks, who both died
this month, were in the forefront of
the fight for equal rights, but they
are now struggling to stay relevant.
And nowhere is that fight more evi-
dent than in the group founded by
Martin Luther King Jr.: the
Southern Christian Leadership
Just answering questions about
the SCLC is a challenge these days.
Take last week, when two factions
of the group had dueling board
In Atlanta, board member
Bernard Lafayette declared: "The

meeting of the board, the national
board of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference, is here."
But hundreds of miles away, in
rural Eutaw, Ala., board member
Markel Hutchins said: "This is the
only official meeting of the nation-
al board of directors of the
Southern Christian Leadership
The venerable civil rights group
has been embroiled in a power
struggle for months ever since it
elected Bernice King in October to
be president of the organization her
father helped form. She has yet to
be installed.
Two board officers, Chairman -
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ROACH School who were among the 3,000 students who took the MAD
e this week. R. Silver photo

700+ attend All Stanton 4th Annual Gala

Rev. Bernard Wright (1964), Clara Whiteside (1971), Sandra Jones (1966), Julie Boulware (1967), Sandra Thompson (1960), Helen Bailey
(1964), Norma L. Brown (1954), Henry Newman (1973), James Tippins (1953), Larletta Reddick (1964) and event chair (on stage) Kenneth
Reddick (1963). FMPPhoto

With all of the pomp and circum-
stance befitting an institution of his-
toric proportion, Stanton, New stan-
ton and Stanton Vocational cele-
brated their 4th Annual Gala at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center.
This year, the classes honored the
late Kernaa D."Mr. Mac"
McFarlin, longtime professor and

bandleader. His award was accept-
ed by his daughter.
"He touched the lives of thou-
sands and inspired many to take
their skills and talents to a higher
level," said Event Chair Kenneth
The evening's highlights includ-
ed the "Welcome" by Sandra

Thompson, "Recognition of staff
and faculty" by Dr. Orrin Mitchell,
"Memorial dedication" by Elder
Willie Faust and the "Blessing of
the food" by Rev. Rudolph
McKissick, Sr. This year's special
class recognition honor was the
Class of 1960 who were especially
distinguished in all white attire.

The program concluded with the
always anticipated "Roll Call" by
Judge Bryan Davis and remarks by
the chair. Classmates and friends
fellowshipped and danced until the
midnight hour to the sounds of DJ
Rodney Hurst.
For more photo highlights, see
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Dominique Brown (JBOF Secretary) and Mrs. Anthony Ragins
were two of the Conference Hosts. R. Silver photo
Brotherhood of Firefighters host

ABFF Southeast Spring Conference

The Jacksonville Brotherhood of
Firefighters, Inc (JBOF), the local
International Association of Black
Professional Firefighters Inc.
(ABPFF) served as the 2010 hosts
of the Southeast Region Spring
Conference last weekend.
The JBOF provided an exciting
agenda for the 200+ conference
guests which showcased the ameni-
ties of Jacksonville, including deep
sea fishing, a golf tournament, Jazz
mixer and an all firefighter fashion
show and a 70's party at the
Firefighter's Union Hall.
In addition, the Blood Alliance
and the Sickle Cell Disease
Association of Northeast Florida

teamed with the JBOF to include a
blood drive and a CP recertification
class in the list of conference activ-
ities. Professional development
activities: Workshops-Sickle Cell
Awareness, EMS Leadership in
Emergency Response, Fire Service
EMS-Our Role in Community
Health and Wellness.
Nationally, the IABPFF consists
of 5,200 active members and over
300 retired members. The
Southeast region is composed of
the southeastern states Alabama,
District of Columbia, Florida
Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi,
North and South Carolina,
Tennessee and Virginia

Health opportunities available

on National Women's Check-up Day
On Monday, May 10th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, Jacksonville will be
observing National Women's Check-Up Day. In conjunction with the
Magnolia Project's 10th anniversary, the Northeast Florida Healthy Start
Coalition is hosting an Open House/Garden Party at its Magnolia Project's
Pearl Plaza facility.
Throughout the daylong celebration, women and men across the city
will be offered a variety of free health screenings (diabetes, cholesterol,
blood pressure, HIV, and BMI weight checks), provided H1N1 vaccina-
tions, nutritious food offerings, and fun and exciting give-a-ways. In addi-
tion, Olympic gymnast and women's health advocate Shannon Miller will
be on-site from 3 to 4 p.m. to greet and talk to visitors about the efforts she
takes to lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
The Magnolia Project is located at the Pearl Street Plaza, 5300 North
Pearl Street.
For more information call 35-.6269.`

With a new Florida law on the
verge of coming into effect bringing
Vegas style slot machines to south
Florida Indian casinos, Jacksonville
will not be outside of the bound-
aries of benefitting.
The home of two paramutual
sites dubbed the "Poker Room"
located in Orange Park and St. John
counties will soon be allowed to

add games such as Blackjack and
increase their jackpot payouts.
Part of the deal would include $1
billion in tax revenue from the casi-
nos run by the Seminole Tribe.
The Legislature passed and Gov.
Charlie Crist signed the deal to
allow Vegas-Style slot machines at
tribal casinos over the next 20
years. But the bill also extends the

hours poker rooms are allowed to
stay open longer and permits bigger
Jacksonville-area poker rooms
are cautiously optimistic about the
new gambling rules.
"We are currently reviewing the
tentative agreements that have been
reached and gaining an understand-
ing of their impact. We will be

Once vital civil rights groups

struggle to remain rel
Continued from front -
Raleigh Trammel of -
Ohio and Treasurer
Spiver Gordon of .'
Alabama, are the target ."
of federal, state and
internal SCLC investi-
gations into whether
some $500,000 has been. .
misspent. They were ou ,,
voted out by a special '' -
board meeting in
Atlanta earlier this
"We love them as our
brothers and sisters," Non violent methods such as marching is still utilized today.
said Lafayette, a er-than-life figure for the nast 50

spokesman for that group. "But we
won't tolerate and will not stand for
the mismanagement of our funds."
Trammel and Gordon dispute the
"Not a penny has been mishan-
dled, and they cannot prove that a
penny has been mishandled,"
Gordon said.
Meanwhile, both factions are
going about what they say is the
organization's business sound-
ing familiar themes that harken to
the words of Martin Luther King
Jr. While opening the Atlanta
group's session, Bishop Calvin
Woods said, "Where there is unity,
there is strength."
Longtime SCLC members say
the group plays a vital role in serv-
ing the disenfranchised. But some
question the organization's strength
in the post-civil rights era.
"Really the SCLC has struggled
with being identified with one larg-

years," said Andra Gillespie, a
political scientist at Emory
University. "The lesson social
movement organizations can and
perhaps should take away from the
SCLC's struggle is that an organi-
zation should not be so intimately
tied to one particular personality."
Gillespie said groups organized
around the fight for civil rights are
not as relevant as they once were.
"In many instances, we down-
play the importance of protest
organizations in an era where
African-Americans have access to
the franchise and have access to
elective office," she said.
The organizations that have
moved away from protests and
toward lobbying have found suc-
cess, she said. But those activities
don't necessarily draw a crowd.
And neither do old-fashioned mass

Gordon had called
for a mass meeting
during the SCLC
gathering in
Alabama, but only
about two dozen
locals showed up.
Among them was
the Rev. Ernest
Andrew Brooks, 24,
of North Carolina,
who is a new SCLC
"What is our
brand?" Brooks
asked. "If you ask
someone on the street,

'What is SCLC?' they might say it
was an organization that Dr. King
used. But if you ask somebody, 'Is
SCLC an organization that still
exists?' I guarantee you, the aver-
age person on the street doesn't
know what SCLC is doing."
Brooks said it's time for his gen-
eration to step up.
"I respect my elders, I respect the
traditions of the movement," he
said, "but I understand that the
same people who have been argu-
ing, fussing and fighting for 30, 40,
50 years, are the same people who
continue to argue, fuss and fight in
2010, really about stuff that has no
value when it comes to fighting the
fights that SCLC was created to
They've been given a legacy,
Brooks said, and they're going to
have to take the reins of the move-

closely monitoring the ongoing
actions by both the House and
Senate." said Michael Munz,
spokesman for the Jacksonville
Greyhound Racing.
The U.S. Department of Interior
must sign off on the ratified gam-
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may get day

of recognition
encouraging district school
boards to recognize academic
ability as much as athletic
prowess passed the House of
Representatives on Wednesday
and now heads to the governor for
Sponsored by Senator Anthony
"Tony" Hill, and Rep. Betty Reed
(D-Tampa) SB 206 and HB 55
would annually designate the
third Tuesday in April as
"Academic Scholarship Signing
Currently, Florida law does not
require or encourage school dis-
tricts to conduct assemblies or
activities that recognize academic
success. The bill will allow
school districts to recognize high
school seniors who have been
awarded post-secondary academ-
ic scholarships and authorize
assemblies or other events for this
purpose. Additionally, students
may sign actual or ceremonial
documents signifying acceptance
of the scholarship.
The "Academic Scholarship
Signing Day" is modeled after the
"letter of intent" signing activities
conducted by many U.S. high
schools to celebrate a student ath-
lete's acceptance of a college ath-
letic scholarship. The purpose of
Academic Scholarship Signing
Day is to recognize academic
achievement with similar fanfare.
"We value academics in Florida
like we do sports," said Sen. Hill.

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Potential immigration law no stranger to Arizona

The state has a history of racial insensitivity

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Arizona has once again estab-
lished itself as a state that doesn't
mind being racially insensitive.
With the recent passage of an
immigration law that many are say-
ing is the biggest set back to civil
rights since segregation, Arizona is
making headlines.
I say "once again," because as
many of you may recall Arizona
was one the last hold out state to
recognize the Martin Luther King,
Jr. holiday.
In 1986, an Arizona holiday hon-
oring Dr. King had been declared,
but only through an executive order
by Governor Bruce Babbitt. The
Governor was forced to use his
executive order authority because a
bill to create the holiday failed in
the state legislature.
The problem came a year later
when newly elected Governor
Evan Mecham rescinded the holi-
day claiming that it had been ille-
gally created.
Here's where it got really inter-
esting. Because the Phoenix/Tempe
area was in the hunt to host the
Super Bowl in 1993, now the NFL
had some say about the MLK holi-
day in Arizona. Of course, being
predominately black, the players
union and many NFL executives
basically warned Arizona that
unless the holiday was passed the
state was not going to host the 1993
Super Bowl.
Sometimes you have to make
believers. Arizona voters rejected
the 1990 initiative to create a King
holiday, and the NFL awarded the

Is Gay'

Leave it to Rev. Wendell
Anthony, president of the Detroit
branch of the NAACP, to organize
a panel discussion on the provoca-
tive topic: "Is Gay the New
Black?" The lively and sometimes
passionate discussion was held as
part of Freedom Weekend activities
in Detroit and mirrored a long-run-
ning debate around the country
among African-Americans and
between Blacks and the lesbian and
gay community.
The question is premised on
whether the LBGT community
(lesbian, bisexual, gay and trans-
gender) is discriminated against in
the same manner that African-
Americans were prior to passage of
the 1964 Civil Rights Acts and, to a
lesser extent, today. City Council
President Charles Pugh, who is
openly gay, was the only panelist
who took a different tact, thinking
the question was about the color
black as a fashion statement.
"The gay agenda does not and
cannot supercede the agenda for
Black people as a whole, as far as
human rights, and as for economic
empowerment," argued Malik
Shabazz, Detroit leader of the New
Black Panther Party for Self-
Defense. "I believe we're being
socially engineered and manipulat-
ed into a lifestyle that's in many
ways hurting our community."
When Shabazz blamed Blacks
leading alternative lifestyles for the
low marriage rate of African-
American women and the number

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Super Bowl to another city.
Two years boycotting and $350
million in lost convention business
and the Super Bowl, Arizona
became the first and only state to
popularly vote for and pass a MK
State Holiday.
Yes, I know what you are think-
ing how crazy is that. Perhaps it is
the desert climate that makes some
Arizonians insensitive or a little
Speaking of unstable just think,
a couple of years ago U.S. Senator
John McCain of Arizona was call-
ing himself a "maverick" on the
presidential campaign trail. Fast-
forward to present time, and
McCain quickly denounces that he
is a maverick and he doesn't know
where that term came from. He's a
real conservative not some maver-
You have to love politics.
The new immigration law essen-
tially makes it a crime to be present
in the state of Arizona if you are
undocumented. Doesn't it sound
like some old Western?
The law gives the police the
authority to stop "suspected" ille-
gal immigrates based on their phys-
ical look or I guess a hunch. The
police must ask for identification to
verify immigrant status. A driver's
license or state issued ID is enough
to prove that you are legal to be
present in the United States.
Arizona, "The Grand Canyon
State," is not only conservative, but
a little "maverick" as well. I guess
Arizona will also be the first state

to build their leg of the great wall
that will divide the U.S. from
And since we are in the Wild
Wild West, I was just watching one
of my favorite western movies,
"Tombstone" last week. My
favorite scene is when Kurt Russell
or Wyatt Earp and his crew, gun
down the bad guys at the "OK
Corral." Of course, these events
took place in Tombstone, Arizona.
I was thinking that one day when
I decide to do something crazy like
pile the family into an RV and drive
across country like the Griswolds,
we could go check out Tombstone
and the OK Corral. And how do
you go all the way out to Arizona
and not see the Grand Canyon or
Hoover Dam?
Oh well kids, probably won't
happen anytime soon but if we go
I will definitely have my drivers
license, pass port, old City Hall ID,
old college ID and birth certificate.
No surprise to anyone, but this
new law has created heated debate
throughout the country. Opponents
speak of the dangers because of
racial profiling and civil rights vio-
lations. However, there are those
who support the law claiming that
illegal aliens steal our jobs, drive
down wages, and burden our social
care system.
It's funny how human nature
works. We tend to have very short
memories. The last I checked all of
our families at some point were
immigrants to this country either
by choice or through bondage.

the new Black?

of fatherless households, Sharon J.
Lettman, executive director of the
National Black Justice Coalition,
an organization dedicated to
empowering Black LBGTs and
ending homophobia and racism,
became incensed.
"There are brothers in jails, there
are brothers with White women and
other women, of color, there are
jobless brothers wrought with drug
abuse and alcohol abuse. How dare
us try to marginalize the existence
of the LBGT community by trying
to pigeonhole our crisis as a Black
community on the gay community.
How dare us!"
Curtis Lipscomb, who said he
lost a job because he acknowledged
being gay, declared: "All life is pre-
cious, including gay and lesbian
life. Discrimination is discrimina-
tion, is discrimination, is discrimi-
nation. Against gays, it's wrong.
Against Blacks, it's wrong. Against
anyone, it's wrong. The African-
American gay community is part of
the greater African-American com-
Anthony Samad, a Los Angeles-
based scholar, social activist and
columnist, said African-Americans
are in a quandary, opposing dis-
crimination against homosexuals
because of their sexual orientation
yet unwilling to endorse same-sex
relationships or marriages.
"Most of us have a family mem-
ber I have a family member -
who is gay," Samad explained.
"That does not necessarily mean

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that I am prepared to put aside what
my moral imperative is. African-
Americans had the church when
they didn't have anything else. And
that's the conflict."
He added."We are a society that's
structured as males and females. If
you want to advocate for a third
gender, that should be the fight.
Until that is, in fact, what you're
asking for, what you're asking
African-Americans to do is to go
against their belief system, which is
the church. Most of them believe a
marriage should be between a man
and a woman. You're asking them
to choose between your cause and
their church."
Rev. Horace Sheffield III, exec-
utive director of the Detroit
Association of Black
Organizations, said while moral
issues are raised about homosexu-
ality, equal outrage is not directed
at what he called "heterosexual
He said, "We don't have the same
uncomfortableness with other
forms of immorality in our church-
es. I know pastors who are on the
Down Low, or whatever, and they
preach against homosexuality."
Lesbian activist Terri Leverette
said White gays and lesbians
pushed for marriage equity without
consulting the Black LBGT com-
munity. She said she carries the
triple burden of being Black, a
woman and a lesbian.
"I don't know about you, but I
am not interested in re-enfranchis-

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Sylvia Perry

Managing Editor

BUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald
I, E.O.Huthcinson, William Reed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha
arretta Latimer, Phyllis Mack,Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda
Rhonda Silver, Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots.

The obvious exception being
Native Americans, but the rest of us
were imported many moons again.
Many Americans have this fear
of the unknown and assume that
"we have an out of control popula-
tion of illegal aliens". According to
Doris Meissner of the Washington
Post, that's simply not true.
Meissner reports, "The historic
high came more than a century ago,
in 1890, when immigrants made up
14.8 percent of our population.
Today, about two-thirds of immi-
grants are here legally, either as
naturalized citizens or as lawful
permanent residents, more com-
monly known as "green card" hold-
The story adds, "And of the
approximately 10.8 million immi-
grants who are in the country ille-
gally, about 40 percent arrived
legally but overstayed their visas."
This information sort of brings
the situation back to reality. But
regardless if you are for or against
immigration reform it has become a
major political issue again.
President Obama should thank
Arizona for adding more to his
crowded domestic agenda to
accomplish this mid-term election
As this issue balloons, a
Democratic vs. Republican show-
down at the OK Corral is
Signing off from the local Border
Patrol Office,
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ing or fully enfranchising not one
more White man until my other two
burdens are lifted," she said.
Bernadine Brown, director of
policy for the Triangle Foundation,
a Michigan LBGT advocacy group,
talked about not only being reject-
ed by African-Americans, but also
by White-led gay and lesbian advo-
cacy organizations.
"The organizations have a poor
reputation for hiring people of
color and retaining them," Brown
said. "I can tell you I've been Black
all of my life, I've been a woman
all of my life and I have never
experienced the degree of racism
that I've experienced since I
became a professional lesbian
doing this work."

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CLASS OF 1968: Lauern Smalls, Betty Thompson, Antoinette
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Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Central on the Pearl

Celebrates 102nd Anniversary continues Unity Day Gatherings

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.

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's 100th Birthday.
Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. On Sunday, May 9th with dinner follow-
ing. Special guest minister 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. 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
May 23d, Global Day of Prayer www.fegdop.org 2:00 p.m. Metropolitan
Park. www.firstcoastpraye.or.

"Uniting on the Pearl through
Worship, Ministry, and Fellowship"
is this year's theme for Central
Metropolitan CME Church Unity
Day Celebration Gatherings. .
The speaking schedule will con-
tinued on Saturday, May 15, 9:00
am- Fish Fry and Evangelistic

Outreach; 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
For directions or information, call
(904) 354-7426.

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)

Summerville Mother's Day Services
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. James W. Henry, Pastor, will
celebrate Mothers Day on May 9th during the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service.
The sanctuary is located at 690 W. 20th Street and the Fellowship Hall is
located at 2842 Mars St. Jacksonville, Fla. 32206. For more information,
call (904)354-8186.

Bishop Charles Blake brings

Black, Latino churches together

LOS ANGELES, CA Pentecostal
Bishop Charles E. Black brought his
Congregation of 22,000 together
with one of the largest Latino
churches in the city of Los Angeles
last week in an effort to break down
barriers between the races.
Located just blocks apart along
Crenshaw Blvd. in South Los
Angeles, the two mega-churches -
West Angeles Church of God in
Christ and Iglesias de Restauracion
- had never somuch as shared a
parking spot, as cultural and linguis-
tic differences kept them apart.
All of that was changed when over
1,500 Christians from both church-
es worshipped together in what

organizers billed as a historic
attempt to overcome black-brown
differences through shared faith and
a sacred covenant to address the
violence, poverty and health prob-
lems that afflict both communities.
The unity event, held on the
anniversary of the 1992 Los
Angeles riots, capped two years of
what began as careful, tentative out-
reach between eight black and
Latino pastors
"This is the beginning of some-
thing great!" Bishop Charles E.
Blake said to the crowd. "Our lan-
guages are different, but our hearts
are the same!"

Celebrate your wife on Mother's Day

For the husband whose wife who
is also a mom, Mother's Day is a
great opportunity to show some
extra appreciation to the woman in
your life. She's not your mom, but
she's a mom and she's yours. So
here are some ideas to help you

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20 .

S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School

Pastor Landon Williams

cherish her-ten solid tips for cher-
ishing your wife, both on Mother's
Day and all year long.
1. Value her opinion. When
there's a decision to make or a prob-
lem to solve, ask for her outlook
first. Of all the people who are
invested in your life-who know
you and care about the things that
matter to you, she tops the list. So
give her the chance to weigh in on
the important choices you're mak-
ing and to help answer the key ques-
tions you're facing.
2. Compliment her. Tell her why
you appreciate her, why you're glad
you married her, why you're proud
of the woman she has become.
Assume that she doesn't hear these
things from you enough, so make a
habit of saying them as often as you
3. Put her in her place. The best
place, that is. Of all the people and
things that belong somewhere on
the pedestals of your life, your
spouse deserves the Number One
spot. She's next in line after God
Himself-have you given her that
honor? Do you put forth more effort
for her than for your work responsi-
bilities, your community standing,
your parenting, your hobbies, your
4. Take notes. Keep a list some-
where-in your wallet, at your work
station, in your underwear drawer-
of 3 or 4 things that are significant

in your wife's life. Maybe the list
includes a belief, a person, or a
cause that particularly grips her
heart. Or maybe it mentions some-
thing that makes her feel beautiful,
gives her security, makes her laugh.
Whatever's on the list, do your best
to value and provide those things for
the woman you love.
5. Change. On a day when you're
feeling especially thick-skinned, ask
your wife if there's something you
could change in order to be a better
husband to her. Could you spend
more time at home? Interrupt less?
Be affectionate more often? If you
dare, have your wife help you set a
goal for one specific area in your
marriage, and then do what you
can-for her sake and yours-to
start reaching that goal.
6. See her as 'spiritual' more than
'sexual.' To put this bluntly, your
wife is a soul, not just a sex partner.
And if you're already nodding in
agreement to that, great job. But I'll
ask you to take things one step fur-
ther: pause for a second here and
think about how often you treat your
spouse as if her spiritual being mat-
ters more to you than her physical
being. Today, look for ways to nur-
ture what's eternal.
7. Pray with her. When I was a
pastor in a church, I prayed with
everybody and for anybody-
except my wife Jane. She brought
that to my attention one day several

years ago, and God used it to con-
vict me of the fact that she is the
first person I should talk to God
with and the first person I should
talk with Him about. I'd encourage
you to adopt the same viewpoint, to
pray with and for your wife on a
regular basis.
8. Read Ephesians 5. And remind
yourself that scripture compares the
love of a husband to his wife with
the love Christ showed the Church.
It's a sacrificial, selfless, serving
love-the kind of love that doesn't
come naturally for people. Try it out
in your marriage today!
9. Go first. When the two of you
have a disagreement and apologies
need to be made, go first. When
you're unsure of how to handle a
tough issue in your relationship, go
first with the discussion. Don't wait
for her to initiate the difficult con-
versations and vulnerable
moments-make sure they happen
by making them happen.
10. Stay Committed. Till death do
you part. Build on your love day
after day, month after month, year
after year. Be faithful, and make
sure she knows you plan to stay
happily married for life. Tell your
kids too-one of the greatest ways
you can celebrate Mother's Day is
to assure your kids that, no matter
what, Mom will always have Dad
by her side.

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Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.

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Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

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(904) 765-5683 Email:dccfmbc@yahoo.com

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

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

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

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

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

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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

Grace and Peace (

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.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

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Jones among panelists for National Publicity Summit

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Goldberg- American Idol publicity, author Audrey B. LeGrand and Paige Trump of the Trump Companies.

Jacksonville Talk show host Lynn
Jones was a panel member and
speaker at the National Publicity
Summit held April 30 May 1,
2010 in New York City. The event
is sponsored by brothers Bill and
Steve Harrison of Bradley
Communications. Bradley
Communications primary goal is to
assist individuals with marketing
techniques, conference calls, and
summits for individuals to gain
national exposure to display their
products to various media outlets to
gain national publicity. Bradley
Communication proud member
Mark Victor Hansen co-creator of
the "Chicken soup for the souls
remarked, Steve took us from
being invisible to being visible with
Chicken Soup for the Soul!" The
event is a unique, closed-door event
where you can listen to panel mem-
bers reveal the secrets of getting
coverage in their publications (or
shows), then personally meet with
them one-on-one to discuss the pos-
sibility of doing a story on you (or
whatever it is you're promoting).
Lynn's panel members included
producers from CBS News, The
Wendy Williams Show, Bright
Moment Cable TV Show, and a
host of other outlets. Over 100 peo-
ple attended the three day summit
held at the Pennsylvania hotel
located across from Madison

Square Garden. The three day sum- mit is a twice a year event.

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Record crowds attend Shrimp Festival
The Annual Shrimp Festival took place last weekend bringing tens of thou-
sands of shrimp revelers to the Golden Isles of Femadina beach, FL. The
coastal community swelled to capacity crowds to visit world class vendors
who ranged from antique dealers and artisans to local celebrities. The
highlight of the event was the many different varieties of shrimp available
for purchase in between the ninety degree temperatures and rain showers.
Shown above on their float at the Kick Off Parade are Miss Amelia
Island Classic Mother Daughter Queen Kendra and Bernice Alderman.

Reunion planning meetings
underway for Jackson Class of '76
The Andrew Jackson Class of 1976 will be having a planning meeting
for their 35th Class reunion. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May
20th at 6:30p.m.inside the Andrew Jackson High School cafeteria.
For more information call Ms. Crawford at (904) 520-0166

The new Black
Continued from page 4
Both gays and straights on the
panel agreed that the Black com-
munity is conflicted by how homo-
sexuals should be treated.
According to Associated Press
exit polls, 70 percent of African-
Americans supported Proposition
8, the California ballot initiative
aimed at overturning the California
Supreme Court's decision in 2008
allowing same-sex marriages.
However, other polls show that a
majority of Blacks oppose employ-
ment and housing discrimination
based on sexual orientation.
Georgia State University
researchers, after reviewing 31
national polls from 1973 to 2000,
concluded: "Blacks appear to be
more likely than whites both to see
homosexuality as wrong and to
favor gay-rights laws."
After repeating that he opposes
harassment of and discrimination
against gays and lesbians, Shabazz
said: "If you ask me do I have some
uncomfortableness with it, yes. If
you want to ask me if it's alright for
Fred to have anal sex with John, if
you're asking me if it's alright, no.
If you do it behind closed doors, go
right ahead. That's fine. But if you
want my blessing on it, I can't give
it to you."
Samad asked: "How do you have
a movement when the moral ques-
tion, specifically for African-
Americans, is still an issue and still
a question? Has the Black commu-
nity first accepted the moral ques-
tion before talking about the civil
rights question?"
If the panel discussion is any indi-
cation, African-Americans are still
searching for answers.
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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. You will gain inspi-
ration for your ABZ alphabet col-
lage 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
musicians. 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.

Art Workshop
at the Ritz
On Saturday May 8 join the Ritz
Theatre for Art Workshop: Through
Our Eyes 2009-2010: Each One
Teach One: The Artist as Mentor.It
will be held on Saturday, May 8th
from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. with artist
Jeanece Lyles. The theme will be
"Exploring the Fun of Texture-
Mixing Media". Participants should
bring your old scraps (papers, an
article of clothing, jewelry, etc.) and
your imagination and enjoy the cre-
ative journey of mixing media. The
cost is $6 per person. To RSVP call
632-5555 or e-mail atoler@coj.net.

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. Conmnunity and
corporate leaders serve a gourmet
lunch prepared by 16 area restau-
rants and culinary students. All
proceeds supports the daily feeding
program for the homeless. For
more information, call 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.

Job Fair
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
invites the community to join her at
the 18th Annual Job and Resource
Fair. Monday, May 18th from 9
a.m. 2 p.m. at the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. Applicants are
encouraged to come prepared, bring
resumes and to dress for success.

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

Chicago the Musical
Straight from Broadway, the musi-
cal "Chicago" will be performed
atthe Times Union Center for
Performing Arts May 21 -23. For
tickets or more information, call

Raines Class of
1970 40th Reunion
The William Raines Class of
1970, in conjunction with their 40th
reunion is sponsoring a "Sports
Wear Cruise Party" aboard the Lady
St. Johns. The event will take place
on Friday, May 21st at 6 p.m. For
tickets and more information call
elsa at 520-1884.

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.

Jacksonville Jazz
The annual Jacksonville Jazz
Festival will be held May 27-30,
2010 in downtown Jacksonville at
various locations. The lineup will
include Patti LaBelle, Spyro Gyra,
Tito Puente Jr., Chris Botti, Ledisi,
Irvin Mayfield, Spanish Harlem
Orchestra, Bernie Williams, Basia,
Superstars of Jazz Fusion,
Buckwheat Zydeco, among many
others. For more information call

Brooklyn, Campbell
Hill and Mixontown
Annual Picnic
The Jacksonville Westside com-
munities of Brooklyn, Campbell
Hill and Mixontown will have their
Annual Picnic on Saturday, June
5th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the
Johnson Community Center located
at Jackson & Chelsea Streets. For

more information call 768-2665 or

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.

JLOC Open Meeting
The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee for the Millions More
Movement Inc., will have 'Open Meetings' on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday
of each month. The time is 6:00 8:00 p.m, at 916 N.Myrtle Avenue. The
meetings are open to the public. If you are concerned and want to see
improvement in the quality of life and living conditions in your communi-
ty, you are invited to attend. For more information call 904-240-9133.

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Lil Wayne got a visitor on Rikers
Island last week.
According to the New York Daily
News, Sean "P Diddy" Combs stopped
by the Eric M. Taylor correctional facili-
Sw ty to pay his respects to the rapper, who
is serving a year-long prison sentence for
possession of a weapon.
Sources have claimed that Diddy, who
was on a pre-approved list to see Weezy,
took a public bus like all the other visitors and that their talk was limited
to an hour.
Tiger Woods has supposedly confessed to
cheating with 120 women behind his wife's ,
back during their five year marriage, with the
last straw being an alleged one night stand with
the 21-year-old daughter of their neighbor.
According to the National Enquirer, who
broke the original cheating scandal in
November, Tiger had to list all the women he
slept with as part of his treatment for sex addic-
tion earlier this year at Mississippi's Gentle
Path rehab center.
A source told the Enquirer that Woods left his young Florida neighbor off
the list. And Elin reportedly filed for divorce this week only after learning
The Enquirer was revealing the story.

Oprah Winfrey has announced another reality show
slated to premiere with the Jan. 1, 2011 launch of her
I. cable network, OWN.
p ,.' B "Inside Rehab," set within a facility for the treat-
ment of eating disorders, will follow a group of
patients as they undergo a 42-day recovery program.
Over its eight episodes, the one-hour documentary
series "gives viewers a rare look inside an eating disorder treatment facil-
ity where patients face their demons and struggle to come to terms with
what's behind the food," according to a statement from OWN. "This is
what happens after the intervention."
OWN chief creative officer Lisa Erspamer said the show "takes viewers
into the world of eating disorders in a raw and transformative way.
Whether you have issues with food or know someone who does, this series
offers perspective, hope and the possibility to see food-based issues in a
new light."

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MOSAIC recently presented
"Fearless Day N2Evening," a bar-
ber and cosmetologist hair competi-
tion for beauty school students at
the Karpeles Manuscript Museum.
Students from area cosmetology
schools, Fortis Institute, Florida

TV One

StateCollege of Jacksonville- North
Campus and Paul Mitchell compet-
ed for over $1000.00 in prizes.
The rising stars showcased their
talent through execution of cutting,
styling and transitioning their mod-
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with Min. Louis Far

TV One maven Cathy Hughes
will sit down for a rare interview
with Min. Louis Farrakhan, one of
America's most recognized, contro-
versial and misunderstood public
figures, during a primetime "TV
One on One" special airing Sunday,
May 9, from 9-11 p.m.
Topics will cover a broad range
of issues, including the challenges
facing President Barack Obama, the
root cause of the crime that plagues
inner cities and his belief in the
preservation of black relationships.
In the years since Min. Farrakhan
gave his last televised interview, the

Nation of Islam leader has survived
major surgery, been forced to con-
front his mortality and pondered his
legacy while keeping a watchful
eye on the circumstances impacting
the African American community.
"Our television audience hasn't
heard from Min. Farrakhan in a
long time," said Hughes. "We want-
ed to touch base with him to discuss
his impressions of the world today,
the challenges facing our communi-
ties, politics, race and progress in
the 15 years since the Million Man
In the interview Hughes asks

BET founder says she's ashamed of network she helped create

Sheila Johnson, the co-founder of
Black Entertainment Television
alongside her ex-husband Bob
Johnson, was asked by The Daily

Beast blog what she thought about
her groundbreaking network since
selling it to Viacom in 2000 for $1.3
"Don't even get me started," says
the 60-year-old Johnson, who has
since divorced and remarried
(charmingly enough, to the Virginia
circuit court judge who presided
over her divorce). "I don't watch it.
I suggest to my kids [a twen-
tysomething daughter and a col-
lege-age son] that they don't watch
it... I'm ashamed of it, if you want
to know the truth."
Johnson was being interviewed at
the Tribeca Film Festival about the
premiere of "The Other City," a
searing, but ultimately hopeful doc-
umentary she produced about the
AIDS epidemic in Washington,

D.C. an epidemic Johnson says
BET is making worse, and poten-
tially contributing to its spread, by
promoting promiscuous, unprotect-
ed sex in raunchy videos.
"When we started BET, it was
going to be the Ebony magazine on
television," Johnson told the blog.
"We had public affairs program-
ming. We had news... I had a show
called Teen Summit, we had a large
variety of programming, but the
problem is that then the video revo-
lution started up... And then some-
thing started happening, and I did-
n't like it at all. And I remember
during those days we would sit up
and watch these videos and decide
which ones were going on and
which ones were not. We got a lot
of backlash from recording

artists... and we had to start show-
ing them. I didn't like the way
women were being portrayed in
these videos."
Johnson says she has absolutely
nothing to do with BET these days.
"I just really wish-and not just
BET but a lot of television pro-
gramming-that they would stop
lowering the bar so far just so they
can get eyeballs to the screen," she
says. "I know they think that's
what's going to keep programming
on the air; that's what's going to sell
advertising. But there has got to be
some responsibility. Somebody has
got to take this over. Because with
all the studies that are out there, this
is contributing to an atmosphere of
free sex, 'I don't have to protect
myself anymore."'

about 'i
for then
candidate .
B arac k
Obama to
publicly dis-
tance himself
from Min. Farrakhan
He said he understood
the pressures Ohamna faced.
"I never endorsed him. I just
spoke well of him," Farrakhan said.
"When he denounced me, he was
forced into that. For me, I saw the
bigger picture. I told all those that
are with me, 'Don't you say one
negative thing about what he said or
what he did. Just be quiet.' And do
you know ... when that young man
was elected, black people came to
me and thanked me, because I never
allowed anything to pull me out
into that which would hurt that
brother. The bigger picture at that
moment was Barack Obama, not
Louis Farrakhan."
Hughes also asks Min. Farrakhan
about the impact of HIV/AIDS on
blacks, specifically black women.
"With this sexual revolution,
we're spreading our own death
through our need for pleasure and
our disrespect of ourselves and our
women," Farrakhan said." When
[black men] go to prison, they
check you coming in. They know
you don't have it. But nobody
checks you coming out. And ...
they take these young men and turn

-- i h l e
they're in prison having sex with
one another. Then they come home,
their girlfriends are waiting for
them. So they have sex with their
girlfriends or their several girl-
friends, but they're passing the
virus that they may have gotten in
On the topic of black min ,mhg,
marry outside of heir race, Hughes
asked how black women should
interpret their behavior.
"There has always been this
desire in black men to have white
women," said Min. Farrakhan. "As
a student of the Hon. Elijah
Mohammad, I've always said that I
love to see the black man with the
black woman and the black woman
with the black man. But love tran-
scends ethnicity, race, color, cul-
ture. The question has to be is it
really love, or have these opposites
who have desired each other, lusted
for each other and claimed that lust
is love? ... But in the end, every-
body finds a way to come back

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Times Square vendors become

heroes after bomb attempt
In the big city, people can go from common street vendors to national
heroes in a flash.
And luckily for New York City, T-shirt hawkers Lance Orton and Duane
Jackson did just that.
It was the sharp eyes of the disabled Vietnam War veterans that likely
averted a tragedy in Times Square this Saturday, when they noticed an
SUV parked on a busy street filled with smoke and making loud popping
Orton and Jackson alerted police to what has become one of the most
intense manhunts in recent New York City history.
The Nissan Pathfinder contained a crudely made but powerful gasoline-
propane bomb that authorities say could have killed and maimed scores of
pedestrians on the busy street.
Police are studying surveillance video of a suspicious man near the SUV
before it nearly went off. A Connecticut man from Pakistan is being held
in connection with the attempted car bombing of Times Square after he
was detained after trying to board a plane to Dubai.

Black Greeter becomes face of fight vs. Wal-Mart

PITTSBURG, Calif. As a
"greeter," the cheerful Betty Dukes
is one of the first employees cus-
tomers usually see as they walk
through the front doors of the Wal-
Mart store here.
As the first "named plaintiff' in
Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the ordained
Baptist minister also is the face of
the largest gender bias class action
lawsuit in U.S. history one that
could cost the world's largest pri-
vate employer billions.
Her dual roles have turned her
into a civil rights crusader for the
company's many critics, who have
dubbed the legal battle "Betty v.
Goliath." It is a far cry from where
Dukes expected to be when she
accepted an offer in 1994 to work
the cash registers part-time for $5
an hour. She dreamed of turning
around a hard life by advancing,
through work and determination,
into Wal-Mart corporate manage-
But by 1999, her plans were in
tatters. Several years of little
advancement and frustration with
her role culminated with an ugly
spat with managers that resulted in
a humiliating demotion and a pay
cut, she said.
That also became the genesis of
the federal class action lawsuit U.S.
District Court Judge Martin Jenkins
called "historic" while he was han-

dling the case. On Monday, the 9th
Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals
upheld Jenkins' decision allowing
the case to go to trial as a class
action on behalf of as many as 1
million former and current female
Wal-Mart employees.
Jenkins has since stepped down
from the federal bench and the case
will now be handled by U.S.
District Court Judge Vaughn
Walker, who is also deciding anoth-
er high profile case, the legality of
California's voter-approved ban of
same-sex marriages.
Dukes' lawsuit alleges Wal-Mart
is violating the 1964 Civil Rights
Act, which made it illegal for
employers to discriminate on the
basis of race, creed or gender.
Dukes alleges that Wal-Mart sys-
temically pays women less than
their male counterparts and pro-
motes men to higher positions at
faster rates than women.
The retailer denies the accusa-
tions and have fiercely fought the
lawsuit since it was first filed in
federal court in San Francisco in
2001 and said it would appeal the
most recent decision to the U.S.
Supreme Court.
The incident that sparked the epic
legal battle began while the 60 year
old Dukes served as a customer
service manager. She needed
change to make a small purchase

Wal-Mart employee Betty Dukes is the face of the largest gender bias

class action lawsuit in U.S. history.
during her break. She asked a col-
league to open a cash register with a
one-cent transaction, which she
claims was a common practice.
Nevertheless, she was demoted
for misconduct. She complained to
a manager that the punishment was
too severe and part of a long cam-
paign of discrimination that began
almost as soon as she started work-
ing for Wal-Mart in this blue-collar
city of about 100,000, some 45
miles east of San Francisco.
She believed the reprimand was
partially motivated by race. She's
black and the managers were white.
When those complaints were

ignored, Dukes sought legal advice.
Her attorneys told Dukes that she
wasn't alone, that many other
women had similar complaints.
They said they would like to use her
and five other former and current
Walmart employees to file the
class-action lawsuit.
That was nine years ago. And
with Walmart insisting the lawsuit
is without merit and vowing to con-
tinue its fight, it appears the litiga-
tion has more years to go.
"I am very grateful that I'm on
this platform," Dukes said. "In this
life, you have to stand up or be
trampled." said Dukes.

Female tourists flock to Senegal to quench "Jungle Fever"

Senegal, a land of blended influ- music, awe-inspiring lush forests,
ences -- France and great beaches, manic nightlife,
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the Middle East poured into its
West African mix. Foot-stomping

scene, wonderful
shopping and sex for sale. Huh?
It has been reported that women,

especially Caucasian women (typi-
cally Europeans), are flocking to
the country to hire Senegalese boys
and men for more than just taking
them on tours of the country.
The Senegalese tourism sector
has received some negative
press lately, which focused
on the growing trend of
S" sex and foreign visitors to
. the country. Due to the
wave of bad press regarding
"love tourism," the country
has experienced a decrease in vis-

La.t year, there were only
5u0,000 folks who visited Senegal.
This year, the country's department
of tourism expects about 350,000.

President Abdoulaye Wade, who in
the past swore to increase his coun-
try's crumbling tourism to an esti-
mated 1.5 million in 2010, has
reportedly done nothing to promote
or even improve tourism efforts.
With male prostitution on the
rise, according to UNICEF, the chil-
dren of both sexes are harassing
tourists in a bid to lure clients. Sex
tourism does not only stop in
Senegal, it is also especially a prob-
lem in Gambia, where a sizable
influx of European women are
seeking sex with underage boys, so
called bombstars or beachboys.
According to UNICEF, the sex-
for-hire victims are usually from
poor families or are from the

streets. They are also typically une-
ducated. The men are also usually
unemployed. The unemployment
rate in Senegal is at 30 percent and
the average worker earns a mere $3
per day, according to the World
Many of the hirees argue that the
services they provide are innocent.
They often see themselves as tour
guides who offer "extra services on
the side." There are others, though,
who contend that the sexual tourism
hustle exploits both parties and has
tarnished the country as a whole.
Many of the women who engage
in this type of bi-coastal sexual
lifestyle see it as mere companion-
ship with benefits. Many of these

women make more than a few trips
every year to see a regular
"boyfriend" or to simply "knock
boots" with their pick of the litter.
One 31-year-old dreadlocked
drum player, who had been dating
tourists for seven years, told Global
Travel News that he has no qualms
with what he does. He has received
countless gifts from his trists with
tourists: CDs, USB drives, a guitar,
an MP3 player and a DVD player.
"I don't ask for money," he said.
"We go out. They pay for every-
thing. We have sex. Before they
leave, they give me a bit of cash to
help me out. It's a question of sur-
vival. Life is hard. If I didn't have
these women, I'd be struggling."

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