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New York City reigns supreme
for highest U.S. Black population
In one of the greatest domestic population shifts in American history,
African Americans poured out of the South in the early 20th century. The
so-called "Great Migration" brought millions of southern blacks to areas
across the country, including hundreds of thousands who came to
Chicago, Ill. The city's South Side quickly became the black capital of
the United States.
Now, according to a new report, that same trend is operating in reverse.
"The State of Metropolitan America," compiled by the Brookings
Institute, shows that Chicago has been surpassed by Atlanta, Georgia as
the city with the second-largest black population in America.
The New York metro area has by far the largest number of African-
Americans -- over 3 million, almost as many as Chicago and Atlanta
While Atlanta's influx of 446,000 new black residents in the last decade
is by far the greatest in the country, many other southern cities also saw
their African-American populations rise. Dallas and Houston gained
more than 100,000 black citizens each; Miami, Charlotte, Phoenix and
Tampa also saw significant upticks.
Sorority trashes slavery museum
Ohio Members of Alpha Xi Delta sorority at Ohio's Miami University
are facing a two year suspension, after administrators say they held a
party at a slavery museum and destroyed property by vomiting and uri-
The incident took place March 26th in Ohio at the National
Underground Railroad Freedom Center, where the girls are accused of
excessive drinking, bringing alcohol in concealed bottles and flasks and
vomiting in various places while their male guests left puddles of urine
on bathroom floors. Center officials also described trashing of the dance
floor and bathrooms.
"Things went from bad to worse as the night progressed," wrote Rhonda
Miller, private event coordinator. She caught one male apparently plan-
ning to urinate on an early 19th-century slave pen exhibit.
The sorority is facing a two-year suspension from the school, because
of the March 26th event at the National Underground Railroad Freedom
Center. If suspended, the sorority plans to appeal.
Racial wealth gap has
quadrupled since the '80s
The wealth gap between white and African-American families
increased more than four times between 1984-2007, and middle-income
white households now own far more wealth than high-income African
Americans, according to an analysis released this week by the Institute
on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University.
Reports also reported that many African Americans hold more debt than
assets and at least 25 percent of African-American families had no assets
to turn to in times of economic hardship. The fourfold increase in the
wealth gap, it said, reflects public policies, such as tax cuts on investment
income and inheritances, which benefit the wealthiest and persistent dis-
crimination in housing, credit and labor markets.
"Our study shows a broken chain of achievement. Even when African
Americans do everything right -- get an education and work hard at well-
paying jobs -- they cannot achieve the wealth of their white peers in the
workforce, and that translates into very different life chances," said
Thomas Shapiro, IASP director and co-author of the research brief.
Over those 23 years, it said, the racial wealth gap increased by $75,000
- from $20,000 to $95,000. Financial assets, excluding home equity,
among white families grew from a median value of $22,000 to $100,000
during that period while African Americans saw very little increase in
assets in real dollars and had a median wealth of $5,000 in 2007.
Summing up all assets and debt, one in 10 African Americans owed at
least $3,600 in 2007, nearly doubling their debt burden in real terms since
1984, IASP said.
Family sues police after seven
year old killed in taped raid
Detroit, MI Calling law enforcement accounts "absurd," a Michigan
attorney sued police this week in the death of 7-year-old girl killed dur-
ing a raid in Detroit.
Attorney Geoffrey Fieger said members of the Detroit Police Special
Response Team acted out of line when they conducted a raid on the fam-
ily home of Aiyana Jones, who was severely burned and then killed by
an officer's bullet. She died Sunday.
Both state and federal lawsuits were filed alleging negligence, a viola-
tion of civil rights and a conspiracy to cover up the violation of rights.
Detroit Assistant Police Chief Ralph Godbee has said that preliminary
information indicated that officers approached the house with a search
warrant for the girl's uncle in connection with the shooting of a high
school student Friday. The officer's gun discharged accidentally inside
the home after an altercation and physical contact with the girl's grand-
mother, Mertilla Jones.
Jones denied such an altercation Tuesday. Fieger said he plans to file
another lawsuit for false arrest and accused the police of covering up
their own mistakes by blaming the family.
Fieger said videotape of the incident shows that the shooting was not
accidental. A crew was filming the raid for the A&E network's show,
"The First 48." The program documents police investigations in the first
48 hours after a homicide.
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Volume 23 No.33 Jacksonville, Florida May 20-26, 2010
hLnds of graduates all dressed up with no place to go
.* by Pharoh Martin
' thousands of recent
S- college graduates
who have marched
proudly in their caps
and gowns, 22-year-
old Nikole Pegues'
plan is to now get a job.
But, how that plan is going to pan out is a little
bit of a mystery at this point.
The Queens, New York native, upon receiving
her bachelor's degree from Howard University,
went from being a college student with high
hopes to an unemployment statistic with a six-
month countdown to pay back four years of stu-
"I don't know many people who have paying
jobs lined up after graduation," Pegues said. "I
only know of two or three."
The good news is that the economy produced
290,000 jobs last month, the largest gain in four
years, according the latest Bureau of Labor
Statistics jobs report. The bad news is that the
unemployment rate for African-Americans is an
unacceptable 16.5 percent.
Pegues has been sending out resumes since
January, but she's gotten very few responses.
Continued on Page 3
Local "celebrities" work
a miracle on Ashley Street
Shown above left is Leon Batton of Communities In Schools and
Carol Alexander, Exec. Director of the Ritz Theater & Museum.
Close to one hundred local notables participated in this years Miracle on
Ashley Street, the annual fund raiser benefitting the Clara White Mission.
The innovative event, now in it's 16th year, combines area five star chefs
and their specialties with local community leaders to share a gourmet buf-
fet style meal at the mission for both patrons and clients. There was also
live music and entertainment under the big top tent to highlight the meal.
The event raised over $50,000 for the mission's programs. R. Silverphoto.
Shown above is Cong. Corrine Brown assisting Lchasha Howellwith a
job application. FMPowell Photo
10,000+ attend Cong. Brown's Job Fair
Over 10,000 job seekers con-
verged on the Prime Osborne
Convention Center this week for
Cong. Corrine Brown's 18th annual
Job Fair. The unemployed were
privy to over 60 employers who
gave on site interviews and collect-
ed resumes. Cong. Brown personal-
ly met perspective employees and
helped guide them through the
many opportunities available.
"With more than one in ten
Floridians out of work, this Job Fair
is a great opportunity for those
searching for work to network and
speak directly with prospective
employers." said Brown.
Lintks Co awhers avid e members to their ranks
a -r. +
Shown above (L-R) following their induction are: Adrian Conrad, Chandra Jordan, Thelecia Wilson, Ann Gayle, Alice Vinson, Willetta
Richie, Sharon Wamble-King and and Gail Kenney. B. Miller photo
For the first time in ten years,
members of the Jacksonville and
Bold City Chapters of the Links,
Inc., joined forces to induct eight
new members into their sisterhood.
Held at the Deerwood Country
Club, Chapter Presidents Link
Geraldine Smith (Jacksonville) and
Link Ruth Waters McKay (Bold
City), presided over the private cer-
emonious event. Joining the
Jacksonville Chapter were Chandra
Jordan, Ann Gayle, and Gail
Kenney. Joining the Bold City
Chapter were Alice Venson,
Willetta Richie, Adrian Conrad,
Thelecia Wilson and Sharon
Membership into the prestigious
organization is by invitation only.
Inductees participated in an exten-
sive education process prior to their
induction. The festive occasion
concluded with a luncheon, cham-
pagne toast and presentation of gifts
from their new sisters in attendance.
The Links, Incorporated is an
international, not-for-profit corpo-
ration, established in 1946. The
membership consists of 12,000 pro-
fessional women of color in 270
chapters located around the country
and the Bahamas. It is one of the
nation's oldest and largest volunteer
service organizations of women
who are committed to enriching,
sustaining and ensuring the culture
and economic survival of African
Americans and other persons of
Pal!e 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press May 20-26, 2010
Weight Watchers principles can benefit finances
By Jason Alderman
Anyone who's ever tried to lose a
few pounds knows that not every
diet works for every person.
Similarly, it may take a few tries to
find a system for managing your
personal finances that you can stick
For many people, a simple pro-
gram called "Wealth Watchers"
could be the solution. As its name
might imply, Wealth Watchers fea-
tures the joumaling technique pop-
ularized by Weight Watchers, where
you track every morsel eaten or in
this case, every dollar spent each
The idea is that by carefully mon-
itoring your spending habits, you
become more aware of, and more
likely to change, behavioral pat-
terns that caused you to overdo it in
the first place. The program also
places heavy emphasis on the
importance of financial education.
Wealth Watchers was born from
adversity. Its founder, Alice Wood,
was a successful estate-planning
attorney whose occupation made
her very knowledgeable about per-
sonal finance issues. But after sus-
taining a brain injury during a freak
airplane accident, Wood suddenly
found she was becoming forgetful,
unable to concentrate and prone to
making poor financial decisions
that later plunged her into debt.
Another byproduct of her acci-
dent was unexpected weight gain.
Wood notes, "I went to Weight
Watchers to help drop the extra
pounds, and in one of those 'light-
bulb' moments, I realized that the
solution to both my weight and
spending problems lay in the sim-
ple, daily discipline of keeping
After developing and practicing
the core principles that would come
to define Wealth Watchers such as
"spend less than you make" Wood
began sharing her ideas with family
members and friends, and eventual-
ly with larger groups. Then, in
January she published a book enti-
tled "Wealth Watchers: A Simple
Program to Help You Spend Less
and Save More" (Free Press,
The book contains formulas for
calculating what it costs to live each
month, as well as worksheets to
track your daily disposable income
(DDI), which is the amount you can
safely spend each day without
going into debt. "The difference
between your DDI goal and your
actual average daily total of expens-
es will show you if you are staying
Another feature I like is the "Call
to Action for Consumers," a 16-step
Crist Signs Unemployment
Governor Charlie Crist signed
Senate Bill (SB) 1736 this week,
extending eligibility dates for the
Extended Benefits (EB) program.
The EB program provides unem-
ployment compensation to job
seekers who have exhausted all
other available benefits and meet
all requirements. The Florida
Agency for Workforce Innovation
began accepting EB applications at
its Web site www.floridajobs.org,
on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.
SB 1736 allows payment of ben-
efits to individuals who meet eligi-
bility requirements during an
Extended Benefits period, in this
case through June 5, 2010. This
program utilizes federal stimulus
funds provided by the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act
and will bring an estimated $128
million in benefits to approximate-
ly 107,000 Floridians.
Additionally, SB 1736 provides
the agency with new tools to
enhance accuracy and timeliness of
benefit payments, which will result
in an estimated annual savings of
$20 million to Florida's
Floridians who may benefit from
the extended eligibility dates for
Those who previously received
EB and still have EB entitlement
could receive up to 20 weeks,
which would include weeks previ-
Those who have exhausted all
regular and federal Emergency
(EUC) benefits, or will exhaust all
benefits prior to June 5, 2010, could
receive up to 14 weeks of benefits,
depending on the date they exhaust
The legislation does not provide
for EB entitlement remaining on
claims after June 5, 2010.
roadmap for achieving financial
health. A few of those steps people
sometimes overlook include:
Make sure your partner is on
board with your goals.
Define and understand the differ-
ence between fixed, semi-fixed and
Know your credit score: If it falls
below 700, make it higher. Find tips
Set up and strictly follow a bill
payment system to avoid late pay-
ment charges. Many people find
automatic payments from credit
card or checking accounts helpful.
Know your "small leaks" -
spending weaknesses that can
undermine your goal (e.g., buying
Share your goal with others.
That's why so many folks find
Weight Watchers meetings helpful.
The bottom line is: Find a system
that works for you. For Wood,
adapting techniques she learned
from Weight Watchers to track and
control expenses was the key to her
Cell phone etiquette tips
Having to listen to a telephone
conversation at close quarters is
uncomfortable for all the unin-
volved parties please, don't be
that guy or gal! Here are some basic
tips to keep in mind when making
and taking calls to ensure you don't
get the people all around you fum-
If you're expecting an impor-
tant call. . But you're in a meet-
ing or some other professional set-
ting, put your phone on vibrate,
accept the call, go outside, and keep
it short and make a quick apology
when you return.
Respect cell-free zones.
Silence your cell phone at churches,
funerals, concerts, movie theatres,
exhibitions, seminars, lectures,
doctors' waiting rooms, restaurants
(cell phone on the table = faux pas).
Also, observe all security areas
such as airplanes, hospitals, and gas
Don't air private information
over the phone. These include
internal company affairs, your
health details, and other informa-
tion better kept confidential.
Pick a ring tone that will help
people take you seriously. Kevin
Lyttle's "Turn Me On" is not an
example of such a ring tone.
Choose a tone that won't embarrass
you if your phone starts ringing
loudly in a meeting (not that it ever
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Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an opportunity for a
public hearing to consider its FY 2007/2008 Bus and Bus Facilities Program of Projects in which federal funds
are being requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an 80/20
matching basis between federal, state, and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all
projects listed below.
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business displacements are expected to occur as a result of project implementation. These projects will have
no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or
Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through June 20,
2010 during normal business hours. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to attend the meeting
should contact the JTA Connexion office at 904-265-6001, CTC TDD 636-7402. This notice will constitute the
final publication unless the Program of Projects is amended.
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Jacksonville Transportation Authority
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Don't ramble. Save your
meandering for when you next take
a long walk. Communicate as clear-
ly as you can on the phone, and as
quietly as possible. When making a
call, it's common courtesy to ask
the recipient whether he or she can
speak freely. Don't launch into a
monologue right off the bat.
Reserve cell phone use for
emergencies at social occasions.
Otherwise, you're sending the mes-
sage "I'm bored!" to your host and
Should your cell phone ring at
an inopportune moment... Don't
accept the call right away. Decorum
dictates a return call and an apolo-
gy, at the next available opportuni-
Above all, should you ever be at
a loss with regard to cell phone eti-
quette, simply allow serenity and
your common sense to guide you.
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public hearing to consider its Amended FY 2006/2007 Program of Projects from which federal funds are being
requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an 80/20 match-
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Jacksonville, Florida 32203
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ect implementation. These projects will have no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they
adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled.
Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through June 20,
2010 during normal business hours. This notice will constitute the final publication unless the Program of
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Obama's 2009 income
includes $1,600 dog
President Barack Obama raked sale of a tax-free trust. A second
in millions of dollars in book roy- inheritance shares in the Bank
alties in 2009 and got one very of Hawaii where his grandmother
special $1,600 gift his pet dog, rose from a secretary to a vice
Bo. president sold for between
The Portuguese water dog, $250,000 and $500,000. Obama's
which was a gift from the late Sen. tax returns, made public earlier in
Ted Kennedy, was listed on annual the year, show he took a loss on
financial disclosure forms the that investment.
White House released Monday. Obama's salary is $400,000. He
Royalties from his books, listed no debts.
"Dreams From My Father" and Michelle Obama has some
"Audacity of Hope," rang assets of her own,
in at between $1 including retire-
million and $5 ment funds and a
million each. .. deferred com-
Obama also sensation
listed a num- package from
ber of safe ..- .... ... the University
investments in r of Chicago
Treasury bonds Hospitals where
and retirement and she worked as an
college savings accounts, executive.
Including funds held jointly with An oddity Michelle Obama
his wife, Michelle, those assets shares with other recent first
were worth between about $2.2 ladies: she gets so-called "pin
million and $7.5 million in 2009. money," an old-fashioned term for
Assets are listed in wide ranges on spending money a man would give
the disclosure forms, making it his wife, from the trust of a man
difficult to determine their value named Henry G Freeman Jr.
with precision. Freeman died in 1917, stating
There was also $1.4 million that after the last relatives in his
from winning the Nobel Peace will were deceased, an annuity of
Prize, which the president donated $12,000 would be paid every year
to charity, to each first lady during her hus-
Obama also sold two inheri- band's term as president. The rea-
tances from his grandmother, son he gave was that, in his opin-
Madelyn Dunham, who died in the ion, presidents were poorly paid.
final days of his campaign. He His last relatives didn't die until
made less than $1,000 from the 1989.
May 20-26, 2010
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Alvin Ailey Dance Theater The acclaimed Alvin Alley Dance Theater brought their historic artistic expression of dance to the Times
Union Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday night. The near capacity audience were mesmerized by the movements created by acclaimed choreogra-
pher Alvin Ailey and currently under the direction of artistic director Judith Jamison. Shown above in attendance is (L-R) is Paige Brown, Faythe VanPelt
and Laura Houston. Shown right are Shannon and Michael Norwood. KFP photo
Americorps make their mark on city,
tutoring, stocking local food bank
Shown above (L-R) are Americorps members: Andrea Green-Soto, Carolyn Lynn (CIS Literacy
Director), Meghan Dean, Charlotte Whitelock, Denard Turner, Inez Williams, Erica Phillips, Adam
Nations, Ann Thomas, Jacobi Griffin, Ferrilyn Dix, Katrina Johnson, Barbara Edwards, Shawantique
Jackson, Angela Robin, Danielle Walton, Belinda Grissett, Sheryl Walker, Gladys Pough, Deidre Fulton,
Dorshonda Wilson, Karen Voshell, Brendale Fields, Kerry Dawley and Joya Webster. T Austin photo.
Continued from page 1
Two weeks ago, she received two
rejections. But two days following
her graduation ceremony she
received two calls for interviews.
"I'm not sure if companies were
waiting on me to graduate or what,"
Her back-up plan is to start apply-
ing to jobs out of her field.
"It really hurts me to think that I've
spent four years in school and spent
about $100,000 dollars to end up
working in a field that is not related
to my degree," Pegues said.
And as a very last resort, if she is
still unable to find some type of
gainful employment, she'd be will-
ing to drive herself further into debt
and apply to graduate master's pro-
grams in an attempt to become even
more competitive. But, while
searching for options, the impact on
self-esteem can be grueling.
"I thought once I got a college
degree I'm entitled to a job, that's
just how this was supposed to work.
You're told your whole life, "If you
go to college you'll get a degree and
make 'X' amount of money."she
Carol Dudley, director of career
development for Howard
University's School of
Communications, is sending job
leads to the hundreds of other stu-
dents and graduates who are scram-
bling for positions. She said that
while full fledged jobs are still hard
to come by for post-recession grad-
uates, many are taking advantage of
post-graduate internships to get a
foot inside with employers.
The benefit to the company is that
they don't have the permanent com-
mitment to somebody that may not
workout. But at the same time, the
person interning will have an
opportunity for permanent employ-
ment after their internship ends,
which is typically in about 8-12
Internships are good for tempo-
rary income, but they are not stable.
"What job recruiters are looking
for, and I don't think this ever
changes, is someone who is skilled,
confident and knowledgeable about
the job, someone who has a vision
beyond the expectations of the job,"
Dudley said. "I think a company is
looking for a kid that is work-ready,
has an adequate resume that not
only establishes leadership and aca-
demic preparation but they are
looking for someone that has serv-
ice and overall preparations to be
competently employed, including
being technologically prepared by
being familiar with applications
that are used across workplaces."
Dudley advises that a functional
resume should briefly demonstrate
an applicant's education, relevant
work experience, awards, skills and
service. She suggests that job seek-
ers be concise in their descriptions
and use a clean, reader-friendly for-
mat for the layout of a resume. And
while not always the rule, she
advises applicants to try and limit
the resume's length to one page as it
makes it easier for an employer to
quickly and accurately evaluate
their qualifications against the
dozens perhaps hundred of other of
resumes that may have been sub-
mitted for the same position.
She said that the cover letter is
one of the keys to the application.
The letter should introduce the
applicant and introduce that per-
son's qualities and characteristics as
a potential employee that can't quite
fit on a resume. The cover letter is
pretty much a professional profile
that attempts to convince employ-
ers to "read further. Find out more
about me." The cover letter should
be concise as well, no more than
three or four essential paragraphs-
an introduction, the meat of profile
in the body and a conclusion.
During National AmeriCorps
Week (May 8-15), Communities In
Schools (CIS) of Jacksonville liter-
acy tutors participated in a state
wide initiative, as they coordinated
their "I CAN" Food Drive at
Second Harvest Food Bank. The
purpose of this volunteer effort was
to create awareness of AmeriCorps
programs and their contributions to
local communities, as well as assist
our neighbors through tough eco-
More than 30 tutors collected,
delivered, sorted, and boxed more
than 5000 canned goods to assist
with the replenishment of food this
particular food bank was in desper-
ate need of providing to our com-
AmeriCorps provides opportuni-
ties for 85,000 Americans to give
back in an intensive way to their
communities and country each year.
Sixty two local AmeriCorps pro-
vide full and part time tutoring
services to students in 22 elemen-
tary and middle school students in
K-8 grades on a daily basis.
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In honor of their 40th anniver-
sary, Raines high School is plan-
ning a variety of activities.
Friday, June 11, 2010
"A Homecoming Mixer"
Raines High School Courtyard
6:00 10:00 p.m. Free Event
Casual to Semi-Dressy WHITE
Saturday, June 12. 2010
"A Viking Valhalla Affair"
(Alumni Benefit Banquet)
Dinner, dance live music and DJ
Downtown Hyatt Hotel
Attire: A Semi-Formal Affair
Time: 7 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 per person
Sunday June 13. 2010
A Viking Worship Experience
William M. Raines Auditorium
Music Provided by Raines
Alumni Gospel Choir
Tickets may be purchased
from the school
Sor you can go on line to:
The NFCAA Board of Directors Meeting
will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2010 from
10:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. at the Embassy Suites
Hotel, 9300 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville,
Florida 32256. For more information, call
398-7472 ext. 224.
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I business ecSnge- Bill Reed I
Gov. Crists party switch a good move for now
Gov. Crist's party switch a good move for now
The race for Florida's next U.S.
Senator got really interesting about
six months ago that's when con-
servative Republicans started really
turning on the presumptive candi-
date Governor Charlie Crist.
These "real" or "true" conserva-
tives started throwing their support
behind former House Speaker
Marco Rubio, the GOP candidate
who is saying exactly what they
want to hear. Rubio's anti-Obama,
anti-tax, anti-everything message
has appealed to many in the GOP
who feel that Crist is too moderate.
So what does Crist do, well two
weeks ago he decided to change the
dynamics of the game. Faced with
a potential loss in the Republican
primary, the governor made a
strategic decision that may or may
not pay off switching from
Republican to independent or no
Got to love politics. But what
does Crist's big move really mean?
Does it help or hurt the Democratic
Kendrick Meek? Does it help
Rubio? And what does it say about
the Republican Party?
First things first, Crist switching
parties is monumental not just
because of the Florida U.S. Senate
race. But it's also a microcosm of a
much larger trend the ultra con-
servatives have kidnapped the
party and are basically saying that
there is no room for moderates like
The governor was not only the
one-time frontrunner to win the
seat, but many had all but crowned
him. Then comes Rubio, who is not
a well-known state politician, but
as I said earlier he has played this
conservative and Tea Party cards
Crist went from being up in the
polls by as many as 30 points to
being down by similar margins, but
you can't point the finger at the
candidate in this situation. If you
factor in the bad economy, the bag-
gage of incumbency and Crist
accepting federal stimulus dollars
for the state, which conservatives
consider as Obama money, then
you start to understand how the
front-runner lost so much ground.
But it's not just a Charlie Crist
issue. Heated U.S. Senate
Republican primary fights are also
being waged in five other states,
including Utah, Kentucky, Arizona,
Colorado and California that pit
moderates versus conservatives.
The switch allows Crist to fight
on until the general election and
saves him from a bloody primary
battle with Rubio. Perhaps his cam-
paign's most important moment
was a few weeks ago when he
decided to go against his party and
former Governor Jeb Bush and veto
the controversial teacher pay and
Smart move for Charlie consider-
ing he had already lost so much
ground with the GOP that he need-
ed to show independents and
Democrats that he is his own man
and start winning over their sup-
As the teacher protest and "sick
outs" began to grow around the
state, the governor had to start
backing away from a bill that he
During his press conference
announcing the veto, Crist said,
"We must start over. This bill has
deeply and negatively affected the
morale of our teachers, our parents
and our students. They are not con-
fident in our system because they
do not believe their voices were
Now to the million dollar ques-
tion at hand. Can Crist actually win
as an independent? Can Meek or
Rubio win a three horse race?
Well according to a Mason-
Dixon poll released last week Crist
received 38 percent of the vote,
while Rubio received 32 percent
with Meek garnering 19 percent.
Eleven percent was undecided.
It's still very early in the race, so
polls are a good way to gauge the
elections in the short term, but the
political climate can change so
quickly that polls often are not
good predictions of the eventual
outcome of an election.
But Meek and his supporters
have to be a little worried about
Crist as an independent. The same
poll showed that more than half of
Crist's supporters are Democrats
who overwhelmingly approve of
his move away from the
Republican Party and of course the
veto of the teacher tenure bill.
Most experts agree that while
Crist may have a slight lead now,
he has an uphill battle to win the
Many of the Democrats who
maybe supporting Crist now will
most likely change as
Congressman Meek begins to build
his campaign. Because Meek is
using many of the grassroots strate-
gies President Obama implemented
- he will most likely be able win
the Democratic primary and start
winning over traditional
Democratic voters and some
With Rubio securing the
Republican nod, building his cam-
paign endorsements and increasing
his fundraising activities, it will be
hard for Crist hold on to his current
base of voters.
But if he is able to keep that big
chunk of Democrats who are cur-
rently supporting him, it spells
trouble for Meek in the general
election. If Meek and Crist split
Democratic and Independent voters
and Rubio secures the bulk of the
Republican vote then he is in great
shape for a come from behind vic-
But November is some six
months away, which is a lifetime in
politics. My sense is that Crist may
have to throw a "Hail Mary" to
win, and that Meek will win the
Democratic primary and take that
momentum into the general elec-
tion. Who wins? Well, ask me in a
Signing off from an undisclosed
Racial stereotypes alive and well
by Earl Ofari
A recent study
noted child psy-
Spencer, confirmed again that
stereotypes, more specifically, anti-
black color phobia, are still very
much alive and well. Researchers
found that pre-teen white kids had
an overwhelming penchant for
associating white skin, namely
theirs, with anything positive. The
blacker the skin, the more likely
they were to associate it with any-
The study, commissioned by
CNN, duplicated the famed 1947
study conducted by psychologists
Kenneth and Mamie Clark in which
black and white children were
asked to select white or black dolls
as their play preference. Though
CNN was careful to note that the
study was not a controlled scientif-
ic study, there's no reason to doubt
its painful validity. Variations on
the Clark's tests have been con-
ducted through the years. They've
all found the same thing: black
children given the choice of play-
ing with white and black dolls
choose white dolls, and the whiter
and blonder the doll, the more like-
ly they'll choose them.
NAACP attorneys used the
Clark's test as the cornerstone of
their court fight to dump legal
school segregation. The attorneys
chalked up a litany of social and
psychic ills in young blacks,
including low self-esteem, self-
hate, and a profound sense of infe-
riority, to anti-black color phobia.
The Supreme Court under Earl
Warren agreed and unanimously
outlawed school desegregation in
its 1954 Brown v. Board
decision. The Clark's test and its
many clones over time are not
relics of past racial thinking.
Polls and surveys have pretty
much found that many whites still
cling to the ancient anti-black
stereotypes. In 2003, Penn State
University researchers conducted a
widely noted study on the tie
between crime and public percep-
tions of who is most likely to com-
mit crime. The study found that
many whites are likely to associate
pictures of blacks with violent
crime. There was, however, a mild
surprise in the Penn State study. It
found that even when blacks didn't
commit a specific crime, whites
still misidentified the perpetrator as
an African American.
A 2008 study by a team of
researchers from several top uni-
versities found that much of the
public still perceived that those
most likely to commit crimes were
poor, jobless and black. The sur-
prise was that the negative racial
stereotypes also applied to anyone,
no matter their color, who was poor
and jobless. If a white committed a
crime, the odds were that the
respondents would reclassify that
person as black.
The jumbled mental contortions
that many go through to dub a
white person black solely on the
basis of income and whether they
have been jailed didn't end there. If
a person who was perceived as
white was jailed, that person was
still perceived to be black even
after their release. The study did
more than affirm that race and
poverty and crime are firmly linked
in the public mind. It also showed
that once the stereotype is planted,
it's virtually impossible to root out.
That's hardly new either.
Obama's election didn't change
that. Polls clearly showed that a
crushing majority of whites not
only said that they would vote for
an African American for president
and that color was not a considera-
tion in how they viewed and voted
for a candidate. But an AP-Yahoo
poll on election eve in 2008 also
found that public attitudes on crime
and race were unchanged. The
majority of whites still overwhelm-
ingly fingered blacks as the most
likely to commit crimes, even when
they didn't commit them.
Obama's victory was as much a
personal triumph for him as it was
a strong signal that stereotypes
were a thing of the past. His win
did not radically remap racial per-
ceptions, let alone put an end to
racial stereotyping. That's been
painfully clear in the months since
the election. The casual and lax
racial caricatures, depiction,
ridicule, and typecasting of Obama
and Michelle Obama on blogs,
websites, and at tea party rallies,
often with the most lurid and
grotesque race-baiting signs and
thinly veiled racial code words, is
ample proof that racial stereotyping
is still deeply embedded in the
pysches of far too many whites.
Even more troubling, when the
offenders are called on the carpet
for fanning stereotypes many either
slough off the critics or defend the
racial typecasting with the lame
retort that Democrats relentlessly
and viciously pilloried Bush, too.
They did, but not with racial stereo-
The CNN study is hardly the rev-
elation of the ages on racial stereo-
types. Yet, it still has value in again
reminding whites and blacks that
racial stereotyping is anything but
dead in America.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an
author and political Earl Ofari
Hutchinson is an author and political
analyst. His new book is How Obama
Governed: The Year of Crisis and
What is the
Who do you think you are? Are you a post-racial
advocate that feels race is no longer significant or important in American
society? How did you answer the US 2010 Census Form Question No. 9:
"What is Person l's race?" The race question's choices are: "White; Black,
African-American, or Negro; American Indian or Alaska Native."
Maybe a better question in how African Americans/Blacks/Negroes iden-
tify is consideration of: "Just how White is we"? When the first United
States Census was taken in 1790, Africans (including slaves and free people)
numbered about 760,000 and were 19.3 percent of the population. During
the first 200 years of their "sojourn" in the US, our forefathers referred to
themselves as Africans. In Africa, people primarily identified themselves by
ethnic group (closely aligned with language) and not by skin color. Over the
years, Africans in Americas were forced to give up their ethnic affiliations.
This resulted in intermingling of the different ethnic groups and by the early
1800s, the majority of Black people were U.S.-born, so use of the term
"African" became problematic. In their quest for status as Americans, by
1835 our leaders of the period were calling for removal of title of "African"
from their institutions and replacement with "Negro" or "Colored
American". "Black Power" pride and militancy played a significant role in
the successes of the civil rights movement. In 1988 Jesse Jackson urged
Americans to use the term African American because it shows a historical
cultural base. Since then African American and Black have essentially a co-
Even though he could go either way, President Barack Obama elected to
check the "Black" box. At 41 million people and 13.5 percent of the popu-
lation, Blacks-and-or-African Americans are the largest racial minority, as
opposed to Hispanics and Latinos, who are the largest ethnic minority. Like
the Obama family, a considerable portion of the U.S. population identified
as Black actually has some Native American or European American ances-
try. It is toward the 18 percent of European ancestry in us that we base our
values, language, customs and culture that American Blacks identify. The
Black racial pride that wrought civil rights legislation has diminished and
networking and advocacy for "the race" are caught up the tangle of how we
The concept of Blackness in the United States is the degree to which peo-
ple associate themselves with African American culture and values -
thoughts, patterns and actions of racial pride. Instead of engaging in main-
stream ideology and discussions of the relevancy of the names of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and
United Negro College Fund (UNCF), shouldn't more Blacks be engaged in
networking and development support with such African American-oriented
After legal slavery ended, many of Colored people's motivations were
proving to white people that we were not like their perceptions of us. Yet,
we inculcated the values and images that were created about us. During the
Jim Crow-era, we were forced to utilize Black institutions that in the end
developed and nurtured us. But, nowadays many of us go from birth to our
grave without encountering a Black person with any formal or technical
responsibility. Socially, we have developed a lack of trust of and responsi-
bility for each other; too many of us quickly embrace notions that "we are
not a monolith" in order to separate ourselves. Blacks as a people remain
fragmented geographically, philosophically, politically and psychologically.
Such separation is a precursor to powerlessness and impotence amongst us.
We are disenfranchised even when there are opportunities and policies that
could be utilized for our benefit. We define our context, progress and our-
selves by a paradigm created by others.
Being Black is the bete noire feared by most of us ;and correlates with
estrangements from each other. Our work, concepts and economic defini-
tion come primarily from White America. President Obama's checking of
the "Black" on the Form, shows what he thinks he is. The swagger Barack
brings to his 'Black Brand' is a source of pride. Now, if he'd only show
empathy for more his "cousins".
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I[! ]New Orleans Police to get federal review
Artist Adrian Pickett is shown amongst his artwork inside of his n
Jacksonville Landing. T Austin photo
Self taught artist opens gallery
There's a new attraction in
Downtown Jacksonville... "The
Artworld of Adrian Pickett -
admission is free but the experience
is priceless. It isn't exactly an
attraction, but it is surely attracting
a lot of attention. People passing
by the space located in The
Jacksonville Landing will notice
the welcome sign on the front mar-
quee as the The Adrian Pickett
In the storefront window sits
artist Adrian Pickett Jr. Stepping
inside has been described as "leav-
ing Jacksonville". With the assis-
tance of his partner, Elonya Davis,
the gallery is decorated with larger
than life charcoal portraits mixed
with the likeness of well known
celebrities, exotic animals and still
life objects. The gallery was opened
by the Jacksonville native artist to
create a space to share his inspiring
works of art.
Emerging on the local scene for
the past two years, Adrian is no
rookie artist. Other than his days
spent in art class at Raines High
School, Adrian has no formal train-
ing, yet the multi talented artist has
always had his ear to the ground on
learning creative techniques for
perfecting his craft.
Since I didn't go to school, I've
read a lot of library books and mag-
azines, and done lots of online
searching... whatever needed to
learn what I'm trying to accomplish
at the time" said Pickett .
The hours of the gallery, current-
ly T-Th 11-6 Fri-Sat 12-7, have
been varied lately due to the con-
struction on Laura Street, but when
the gallery is open you can usually
find Adrian there working. You can
stop in to get bits of information
ewly opened gallery located in the
at the Landing
from the artist himself. Even as he
works, he welcomes visitors to
share his self taught wisdom or
possibly a little history of the
artists' from Grandpa Nathaniel
Pickett, who stops in for a visit at
least once a week.
From The Riverside Arts Market
to the Sawgrass Country Club,
Adrian's charcoal portraits have
been much sough after in the city.
"Being self taught means you are
constantly seeking new ways to
express yourself," he says. With
that in mind, he invtes all to come
take a look and experience the
world of Adrian Pickett.
A federal review of the New
Orleans police department will help
stem the tide of corruption cases
flowing from the department.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu requested
the "top-to-bottom" review,
because the department has been
rocked by allegation after allegation
The investigation will include
lawyers and non-lawyers with
broad experience in police issues.
At a news conference with
Landrieu, Perez said the probe will
be independent of ongoing federal
criminal investigations of the
department. Those include the
probe of the fatal 2005 shootings of
unarmed citizens at the Danziger
bridge in the chaotic aftermath of
(Tom) Perez, who heads the
Justice Department's Civil Rights
Division, said other such independ-
ent examinations by the department
have resulted in successful change
at other cities' police departments,
including Los Angeles.
Probably the most notorious of
these incidents is the Danziger
In the aftermath of Hurricane
Katrina, a group of officers
responded to a report that other
officers were under fire. Officers
continued to fire at wounded civil-
ians laying on the ground, even
when it became clear they were not
under fire. Another officer opened
fire with a shotgun on an unarmed
civilian who was running from
Two men, one mentally disabled,
were killed in the incident. Police
then engaged in a cover-up cam-
Fed up with allegations of abuse, New Orleans Mayor Mitch
Landrieu (left), asked for a federal review of his police department.
paign that included allegedly lying
that the civilians posed a threat or
looked and acted as if they had
weapons. One of the officers
involved in the shooting recently
pleaded guilty and two investiga-
tors pleaded guilty to participating
in the cover-up.
A U.S. District Court Judge said
she was shocked by the "raw brutal-
ity of the shooting and the craven
lawlessness of the cover-up."
"Raw brutality" and "craven law-
lessness" are not words that should
be used in association with any
police department. Police have the
power and authority to take individ-
ual's lives. It is a power that must be
used sparingly and only in the most
dire of situations.
All too often, some officers are
charged with misusing that authori-
ty. All too often, African Americans
are on the receiving end of this fatal
Furthermore, because of the
unspoken police code of conduct,
other officers are forced to lie for
their colleagues or suffer the conse-
quences of being called a "snitch."
It is those officers that give other
officers who take their jobs serious-
ly a bad name. The recent shooting
death by Detroit police of 7-year-
old Aiyana Jones during a raid is
another abhorrent example.
Perez said that a consent decree
between New Orleans and the
Justice Department might not be
necessary given the willingness of
the city to cooperate. As Mayor
Landrieu rightly pointed out,
though, he would welcome such an
agreement spelling out specific
reforms, because it would "institu-
tionalize" the changes.
If the reforms are to be lasting,
department policies should reflect
that abuses of power and lying will
not be tolerated.
Supreme Court: Juvenile life sentences not allowed for certain crimes
If America is a land of opportuni-
ty and a country that believes in
redemption, it didn't make sense for
us to lock up juveniles not accused
of murder for life without the
chance for parole. Countries that
this government condemned regu-
larly such as Iraq and North Korea
don't do it.
The Supreme Court agreed,
recently ruling that juveniles sen-
tenced to life for crimes other than
murder should have a meaningful
opportunity for a release." The rul-
ing passed by a vote of 5 to 4.
Justice Kennedy used the "children
are different" rationale in making
his decision. Such a punishment is
unconstitutional and amounts to
cruel and unusual punishment.
The decision was based on the
case of Terrance Graham, (pictured
at left) a 23-year-old who was
implicated in armed robberies when
he was 16 and 17. Graham has been
locked up in a Florida prison. Not
surprisingly, Florida holds 60 per-
cent of juveniles imprisoned for life
for crimes other than murder.
"The state has denied him any
chance to later demonstrate that he
is fit to rejoin society based solely
on a non-homicide crime that he
committed while he was a child in
the eyes of the law," Justice
Anthony Kennedy wrote in his
majority opinion. "This the Eighth
Amendment does not permit."
These sentences do not take into
account the situation into which a
child is involuntarily born. Graham
was born to drug addicted parents,
according to some reports. It is not
unthinkable that someone who
commits a crime at 16 or 17 can go
to prison, improve themselves, and
come out and be a normal member
of society. That should be the goal
for the overwhelming majority of
prisoners, but it should especially
be the case for juveniles. Currently,
more than 2,000 juveniles are serv-
ing life without parole for killing
someone. Their sentences are not
affected by the decision.
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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.
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)
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.
St. James AME Gospel Concert
Marvin Green and the Stewardess Board of New St. James AME Church
is presenting Jeffery McIntyre in a Gospel Concert, Sunday May 23rd at
4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Church. The title of the program is
"Because He Lies." McIntyre is a well-known gospel singer and a member
of Greater Sunday Morning Spiritual House of Prayer. Rev. Alton Coles is
the host pastor. The church is located at 2128 Forest Street.
Women's Conference at 1st New Zion
First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church will have their annual
Christian Women's Conference & Luncheon on Saturday May 29, 2010 at
8:30 a.m. The conference and luncheon will be held at Zion's Fellowship
Hall located at 4810 Soutel Drive.
. Registration begins at 8:30a.m "Conference begins at 9:00 a.m and lunch
will be served after the conference 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. The theme: Allowing
God to be Real Though Praise Prayer and His Presence: Keynote Speaker:
Sis Cynthia Robinson, New Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Fernandina
Beach Fl. To register or more information, call 765-3 111.
Seeking the lost fior Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
First Global Day of Prayer
The First Global Day of Prayer will be held on Sunday May 23, 2010
from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Metropolitan Park. Christians from around the
world are asked to unite in a Day of Repentance and Prayer. For informa-
tion call Charley Christian at 683-2600 office .
Holy Tabernacle Annual
Bible School Convention
The Pastor and members of the Holy Tabernacle Church are the commu-
nity to come and join with them in their annual Bible School Convention
May 21-23 being held at the Church, 6416 Miriam St. The theme for this
occasion is "Show Me Thy Way O' Lord. Teach Me Thy Paths". Services
will begin Friday, May 21st at 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be church Pastor
Cardone. For further information, contact Min. Horace Bell, Jr. at 768-
Greater Grant 121st Anniversary
The 121 st birthday celebration of Greater Grant Memorial AME Church,
5533 Gilchrist Rd. (corner of Sibbald Rd) will be celebrating a spiritual
birthday celebration, Sunday, May 23, 2010. It will be preceded by church
School at 8:30 a.m and morning worship service at 10:00 a.m.
In 1889 a small group of Christians let by Rev. Badger and S.S. Andrews
were seeking a place to worship God. They prepared a gathering place
called Brush Harbor in the area called Dewdrop Alley. This location later
called Grant's Chapel. From that humble beginning, Greater Grant AME
Church has become "A cornerstone in the World of Worship". Pastor De
Marco has invited Rev Tobias J. Johnson to be the speaker for this celebra-
Soul Fest and Cornerstone
Celebrations at Summerville
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church, led by Dr. James W. Hemnry,
Pastor, will host a Soul Fest Celebration at the Summerville Social Hall at
6:00 P.M. This event is hosted by the Marriage Ministry, Festivities will be
held on Saturday, May 22nd. On Sunday May23rd at 3:30 p.m., there will
be a special Cornerstone Ceremony featuring Kenneth C. Holley, 33
degrees Grand Master and the Masonic Family of the State of Florida will
conduct this Historical Occasion. The church is located at 690 W. 20th St.
For more information, call 598-0510.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge. Information must
be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of
the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event
date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail
to 765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
Club Baron cele-
brates 64 years
Club Baron, established in 1946,
will celebrate 64 years of service to
the community at the their annual
formal Summer Dance. It will be
held on Saturday, May 22, 2010
from 8:00 p.m. 12:00a.m.at the
National Guard Armory, 9900
Nornnandy Boulevard Jacksonville,
For information call Sam Watson
2nd Annual Gospel
The 2nd Annual Florida Gospel
Legends Awards hosted by Dr.
Jimmy Hill will be held June 5,
2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Spirit of
Life Worship Center, 1176 La Belle
St. Special guests include The
Swanees Quinte and "Sunday's
Best" contestant Dontavies
Boatwright. For more information,
call 683-2285. Tickets are available
at DJ's Records; Fusion Christian
Stores; Gospel World and Life Way
Then Senator Barack Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright
Rev. Jeremiah Wright: Obama
threw me "under the bus"
by L. Numeister
NEW YORK The Rev. Jeremiah
Wright, President Obama's contro-
versial former pastor, said in a letter
obtained by The Associated Press
that he is "toxic" to the Obama
administration and that the presi-
dent "threw me under the bus."
In his strongest language to date
about the administration's 2-year-
old rift with the Chicago pastor,
Wright told a group raising money
for African relief that his pleas to
release frozen funds for use in
earthquake-ravaged Haiti would
likely be ignored.
"No one in the Obama adminis-
tration will respond to me, listen to
me, talk to me or read anything that
I write to them. I am 'toxic' in terms
of the Obama administration,"
Wright wrote the president of Africa
6000 International earlier this year.
"I am 'radioactive,' Sir. When
Obamna threw me under the bus, he
threw me under the bus literally!"
he wrote. "Any advice that I offer is
going to be taken as something to be
avoided. Please understand that!"
As a candidate, Obama cut ties
with Wright when his remarks some
deemed as racist, became an
Internet sensation in the spring of
2008. At a National Press Club
appearance in April 2008, he
claimed the U.S. government could
plant AIDS in the black community,
praised Nation of Islam leader
Louis Farrakhan and suggested
Obama was putting his pastor at
anrm's length for political purposes
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Obama denounced Wright as
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The letter was sent Feb. 18 to
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Africa 6000 International in Erie,
Pa. Wright subsequently agreed to
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lions of dollars.
Wright's original letter ranting
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surfaced in an appeal filed by feder-
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great Muhammad Ali's one-time
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Saddam Hussein, had entrusted 87
million British pounds in 1990 to
Morrison and Ali to buy pharma-
ceuticals, milk and food for the chil-
dren of Iraq.
Prischak said the money was
never spent because Morrison was
imprisoned. He sought Wright's
help in lobbying U.S. authorities to
permit 25 million British pounds in
interest from the money held in an
overseas account to be allowed to
be sent to faith-based groups for the
children of Haiti.
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AF rOCEN1 CITY
and green Black men started to
grom their afros again Black
women started to rt isi their hall
like the\ did in the Motherliind
Histoncall ashamed .about then
appearance. Black people started
to relish their chocolate skin tone'.
celebrating them with a prideful
Even so-called gangsta hip-hop
group, freed from Westernized ide-
of the Year
Rep. Jones has been selected as
Legislator of the Year by the
Florida School Health Association.
She is being lauded for her support
of health education through her
sponsorship of comprehensive
health education bills.
Representative Jones sponsored
Public K-12 Education HB 467,
which would provide that compre-
hensive health education taught in
public schools include a compo-
nent on teen dating violence and
abuse for students in grades 7-12.
The bill passed both the House and
the Senate and is waiting to be
signed into law by the Governor.
She also sponsored sponsored
Health Education HB193, unfortu-
nately the bill was not heard this
session. This bill would have pro-
vided a mandatory one-half credit
in health education, independent of
the physical education credit
requirement, for high school stu-
Or could Afrocentricity
In 2010, we are all wit-
nesses to a watershed event
in U.S. history. This is a
time the only time, when
the most visible and power-
ful man in the world is a
Black man. Could "Brand
Obama," as former White
Desiree Rogers once
~y remarked, rock a Kente
Could the cycle of
Afrocentricity that elu-
sive breeze of consciousness
that brushes past us every
now and then come back
And could the President
of the United States, Barack
Obama, and First Lady
i Michelle Obama bring it
back? Would they? Or even,
Imagine Obama, instead
of getting a tight fade from
his favorite Chicago barber,
letting his hair grow full into
tight curls. Visualize him
/ with one of his father's
indigenous shirts from one
of the Kenyan marketplaces
frequented by his father.
Picture Michelle emerg-
ing from the White House's
Rose Garden with corn rolls
atop her head, her black hair
glistening in the sun.
Instead of a fist-bump, the
two would hold hands and with the
other, raise it in the sky making a
fist. Of course, this consciousness
would be more than just an adorn-
ment of clothes, but would be
accompanied by an earnest effort to
promote knowledge about the
African continent. On the White
House staff would be the Secretary
of the Department of African
Consciousness. They would work
to foster a sense of unity with the
people of the United States and the
Could it happen? I don't know.
But we've tried the American
Dream. Why not try an African
ology and motivated to tell idealis-
tic stories about unity rather than
gun shed joined the party.
Merchandising popped up
(remember the T-shirts, "It's a black
thang, you wouldn't understand?"),
medallions were sold. A whole cot-
tage industry was built around buy-
ing Black products, African-themed
furniture and cosmetics (shea but-
It wasn't the first time the pride-
ful vibe of Africanism hit the
United States. It happened in the
1920s with Marcus Garvey's teach-
ings. It happened in the 1960s with
the civil rights movement, albeit it
was more bourgeois-flavored. But
the tide came back in in the early
1990s. Terms such as "nubian
princess" and "Black queen" were
defacto on HBCU campuses nation-
wide. TV shows like "The Cosby
Show," "In Living Color," "Living
Single" and "A Different World"
captured that world's fashions and
But could it arise again?
The early 1990s in the United
States, with a bullish economy that
seemed unstoppable at the time,
will forever be remembered as the
golden age of Black Americana. For
the first time, The American Dream
had soul. Looking back at it all now,
was it just a fad, a flash in the pan?
The chants, the million marchers,
the hopes was it a mirage?
Young Democrats of America host
High School Leadership Academy
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Childhood Obesity Task Force unveils
action plan within a generation
First Lady Michelle Obama has
joined Domestic Policy Council
Director Melody Barnes and mem-
bers of the Childhood Obesity Task
Force to unveil the Task Force
action plan: Solving the Problem of
Childhood Obesity Within a
Generation. In conjunction with the
release of the action plan, Cabinet
Members and Administration
Officials will hold events across the
country to highlight the importance
of addressing childhood obesity.
The action plan defines solving
the problem of childhood obesity as
returning to a childhood obesity
rate of just 5 percent by 2030, the
rate before childhood obesity first
began to rise in the late 1970s. In
total, the report presents a series of
70 specific recommendations,
many of which can be implemented
right away. They include:
Getting children a healthy start
on life, with good prenatal care for
their parents; support for breast-
feeding; adherence to limits on
"screen time"; and quality child
care settings with nutritious food
and ample opportunity for young
children to be physically active.
Empowering parents and care-
givers with simpler, more action-
able messages about nutritional
Providing healthy food in
Improving access to healthy,
affordable food, by eliminating
"food deserts" in urban and rural
Getting children more physical-
ly active, through quality physical
education, recess, and other oppor-
tunities in and after school.
The U.S. Health and Human
Services department (HHS) will
release new guidance for standards
for physical activity and nutrition in
child care settings.
The Federal Trade Commission
will continue monitoring how food
is marketed to children.
USDA, Treasury, and HHS will
work with Congress to bring gro-
cery stores and other healthy food
retailers to underserved areas by
supporting more than $400 million
in investments in a Healthy Food
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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
Craft and Import
An impressive selection of
American craft beers and imported
beers from around the world will be
available to sample at the 2nd
Annual Jacksonville Craft and
Import Beer Festival. Available for
sample will be over 35 different
breweries with over 200 beers to
taste. Several local restaurants are
participating and serving up great
food to pair with the wide selection
of beer samples. Live music acts
will keep you entertained and your
feet taping. Mark your calendar for
Friday, May 21st at 7 p.m. to be at
the Veterans Memorial Arena.
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-
Free Women's Expo
There will be a free Women's Expo
on Friday May 21, 2010 from 5 to 8
p.m. Be informed, inspired,
empowered, and entertained by
dozens of exhibitors at the County
Fairgrounds Multi Purpose
Building, Callahan, FL. Come hear
local entrepreneurs share their
secrets. Be inspired by motivating
speakers. The Nassau County
Sheriff's Office will provide free
identification for your child. There
will also be entertainment for chil-
dren as well as entertainment and
food. For more information, con-
tact Kelly at 904-491-6364 ext.100.
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.
Meet literacy icon Cornbread at
the upcoming Superintendent's
Reading Celebration. It will be held
on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at
Metropolitan Park The event is free
for all Duval County Public School
students and Cornbread will be
signing autographs and books from
10 a.m. 1 p.m.
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.
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
Home made soup class
The City of Jacksonville Canning
Center will offer a workshop on
Tuesday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to
Noon. Learn how to make and can
home-made vegetable soup and
take some home for the family to
enjoy. The cost is $20.00 per per-
son which includes all materials.
Space is limited. You must pre-pay
to register. Send your $20 check
made payable to DCOHAC and
mail to Canning, 1010 N. McDuff
Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32254.
Deadline is May 28. Call Jeannie at
387-8850 to register.
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
June 3, 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, vocal-
ists and sometimes musicians gath-
er to present and hear some of the
area's most powerful and profound
lyrical voices in a casual open-mic
setting. For more info call 632-
The June meeting of PRIDE Book
Club will be held on Friday, June
4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. hosted by
Linda Riley. The book for discus-
sion will be "The Return of Simple"
by Langston Hughes. For directions
and more information, call 683-
Hill and Mixontown
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
. *:.~ A
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.
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-
Old Timers Fathers
Day Game and Picnic
The community is invited to come
out and celebrate Father's Day with
the Old Timers. All participants are
asked to come out and bring their
grill in addition to participating in
the Softball Game. Activities will
be held at Jefferson Street Park on
Sunday, June 20th with the soft-
ball game beginning at 3 p.m.
Music provided by DJ Roach. For
more information call Cookie at
405-3723 or Robert at 521-5774.
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,
Madden Family Fun
Day and Tournament
The Bordes-Kohn Foundation, Inc.
Do You Have
will be holding an All Madden
Tournament and Family Fun Day to
benefit Communities in Schools.
There will be a host of activities for
non-tournament participants in
addition to information. It will be
held on Saturday, June 26th at the
Morocco Shrine Temple from 10
a.m. 8 p.m. For more information
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
Raines / Ribault
Class of '78 Charity
Raines & Ribault have joined
forces to lay aside their high school
rivalry to benefit the stakeholders
of their respective schools. On July
31, 2010, the Old School/New
School Charity Basketball Game to
bring together families and friends
for a memorable time of fun and
fellowship. To participate or more
information call 410-9603. Stay
tuned for details.
Cocktails for a Cause
In celebration of the National
Urban League's 100th year, the
local affiliate will be holding
"Cocktails for a Cause" to learn
about their Centennial Movement,
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Pam Grier: Secret to being foxy is
by T. Pendleton, BAW
You've seen the fabulous Pam
Grier in many movies where she
plays the independent woman with
a cause who handles her business,
gets the bad guys and then walks off
into the sunset by herself. From
1974's "Foxy Brown" to 1997's
"Jackie Brown," that's been the
iconic actress' M.O.
Well, Grier is much like that in
real life. One of the only African-
American sex symbols in cinema
history, she ruled the 70's in classic
blaxsploitation films like the afore-
mentioned "Foxy Brown," 1975's
"Sheba Baby" and "Friday Foster"
and more. After a career decline
during the ebb of the that era, Grier
began to carve out a new niche for
herself, a return made complete by
fan Quentin Tarantino, who wrote
"Jackie Brown" with her in mind.
After a five-year stint on the con-
troversial Showtime series "The L
Word," Grier appears in the
Common/Queen Latifah movie,
"Just Wright," opening May 14, and
has also just been cast in an upcom-
ing film with Juila Roberts and Tom
Grier's new book, "Foxy,"
details her personal life as an
actress involved with some of the
most famous men of the era, but
doesn't say much about her sexy
image or her celebrity. She lives in
a modest home on a ranch in
Colorado and would rather ride
horses, make movies and enjoy life
AS MARVIN GAYE?
*Terrence Howard is reportedly in talks for
S.- director Cameron Crowe's planned biopic of
Marvin Gaye for Sony Pictures reports
Deadline. Crowe ("Almost Famous,"
| "Elizabethtown") has been developing the
|lw film for nearly four years with Will Smith
eyed for the lead, but had to go back to the
drawing board after he turned down the role.
Crowe has secured rights to Gaye's music
and scored the support of Motown founder
Berry Gordy Jr. Scott Rudin will produce.
Howard, meanwhile, says of his involvement: "Nothing's been signed on
paper yet. Everybody who loves music will hate me if I get this one
VANESSA WILLIAMS JOINS -
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES .
Guess who's moving onto Wisteria Lane? -'"'
Vanessa Williams said Tuesday she'll play a .
"wicked new housewife" on the upcoming seventh
season of ABC's "Desperate Housewives".
The actress also played a wicked fashion maga-
zine exec on ABC's recently-cancelled "Ugly
Betty." She's currently performing in the Broadway musical "Sondheim on
Sondheim," which runs through June. Williams will star in "Desperate
Housewives" opposite Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and
Eva Longoria Parker.
MARY J. BLIGE TO PLAY NINA
R&B superstar Mary J. Blige will be tak-
ii ing on the role of legendary soul and jazz
singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone.
Simone, who was known as the High
Priestess of Soul, but also sang in a myriad
of other genres, flourished in the 1960s and
i 1970s with a series of civil rights anthems.
111 The scripts will focus on Simone's relation-
ship with her assistant Clifton Henderson.
REPORT SAY WANDA'S SHOW IS CANCELLED
Deadline.com's TV editor Nellie Andreeva
is reporting that Fox is pulling the plug on
"The Wanda Sykes Show" after just one sea-
son. Andreeva reports:
The late-night talk show started off strong
but tumbled in the ratings as the season went
on and fell below the performance of prede-
cessor "MadTV" in the Saturday 11 p.m.
Fox has options for the late-night Saturday
slot. It has been actively developing sketch
comedies this pilot season and ordered two
pilots, one written by Jamie Foxx and f;
"MadTV" creators. '
Fox, meanwhile, has yet to make an official "
announcement regarding the fate of Wanda
than rest on her laurels. We talked
to her recently about her life and
Q: I have to confess I've been
representing you for years, and
the best compliment I've ever got-
ten is that I have an aura similar
to yours. I can't take credit for
any resemblance to you, but
maybe we favor in height, stature
and complexion. (Note to readers:
This is not MY vanity, it's what
has been said to me several times
over the years. Just wanted to
make that clear.)
PAM GRIER: I think we resem-
ble and favor each other because I
get my womanhood and my femi-
ninity and my spark from other
women I think our hbeauntv come
from our confidence Our confi-
dence in our beauty and what we
wear and what we drink and how
we want to self-improve. I think
that's how we resemble. (Thanks,
Q:The book could have been
twice as long there were so
many more questions it left unan-
swered! But one of them is that,
despite your status as a sex sym-
bol, it doesn't seem like you real-
ly cared much about that aspect
of your life.
A: I believe that your sexuality is
not who you are. I don't define
myself by my age or by my sexual-
ity. I define myself by my energy. I
think there's so much to life, we
don't have time to nav 'Okay I'm
Jazz Pianist and composer
Hank Jones passes at 91
Jazz pianist and composer Hank
Jones, a musician who has made
hundreds of recordings and played
with the likes of Coleman Hawkins,
Ben Webster, Lester Young, Charlie
Parker and John Coltrane, has died.
He was 91.
Jones, whose 70-year career
included a 2009 Grammy lifetime
achievement award and a 2008
National Medal of Arts, died
Sunday night at a New York hospi-
tal after a brief illness, Jean-Pierre
Born in Vicksburg, Miss., and
raised in Pontiac, Mich., he was
influenced by such legendary
pianists as Art Tatum, Teddy
Wilson and Nat King Cole.
He began performing at age 13,
playing with territory bands that
toured Michigan and Ohio. During
those tours he met saxophonist
Lucky Thompson, who helped him
land a job in trumpeter Hot Lips
Page's band in 1944.
After moving to New York in
1943, Jones embraced bebop and
toured with Norman Granz's Jazz at
the Philharmonic from 1947-51. As
part of the ensemble, he became
Ella Fitzgerald's pianist, touring
with her from 1948-53.
In 1962, he accompanied actress
Marilyn Monroe on the piano when
she sang "Happy Birthday" to
President Kennedy at Madison
Square Garden. In a 2005 interview
on National Public Radio, he
described that day.
"She did 16 bars: eight bars of
'Happy Birthday to You' and eight
bars of 'Thanks for the
Memories,'" he said. "So in 16
bars, we rehearsed eight hours. ...
She was very nervous and upset.
She wasn't used to that kind of
thing. And, I guess, who wouldn't
be nervous singing "Happy
Birthday" to the president?"
He also worked with such con-
.summate musicians as Benny
Goodman, Artie Shaw, Milt
Jackson and Julian "Cannonball"
Adderley. He joined CBS as studio
pianist, a position he held for 17
years, performing on the "Ed
Sullivan Show" and others.
His most recent recordings were
"Pleased to Meet You," an album
with pianist Oliver Jones and an as-
yet untitled recording of spirituals
with bassist Charlie Haden, due out
timely to talk
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"h you doing to these
guys? After they dated
going you in the case of
here; should I look sexy?' Kareem, Richard Pryor
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a lifestyle. It's not a thought process there were not more black women
for me. You become a beacon of in their lives.
sexuality because of who you are. A: Well, I don't know what I did!
And again, I reiterate, confidence. (Laughs) All I know is that I had to
So as far as putting [sexuality] be true to myself. I don't think they
forth, that's not whoi [am. were looking at race issues. With all
Q: So as far as your career and of them, I had been friends after the
how people perceived you, what relationship, which is great to have
kind of impact did that have on because they respected me for
you? In the book, it really seems myself, and I respected them as
as though you weren't thinking well. It's great to be able to be
about that atall. friends with someone who was so
A:You're absolutely right. I was important in your life, and youreal-
not. (Laughs.) I let everyone else ly loved them, and nothing horrible
think about it. Let everyone else really happened that separated you.
sweat. (Laughs.) That's not what I You were maintaining your self-
think about. I think about reading respect; it just wasn't compatible. I
books and social issues and our have to live my life and not under
country and I think about many, someone else's life. That's part of
many other things. the women's movement and becom-
Q: You do talk about your rela- ing independent and standing up on
tionships in the book. Were you your feet and not being validated by
reticent at all about talking about marrying a man.
some of your celebrity relation- Q: Do you feel that there's a
ships since some of them have personal price for the life path
died? Did you hold back at all on that you've chosen or are you
your experiences of those rela- happy with where you are?
tionships? A: I'm very content and confi-
A: No. I was quite forthcoming. dent. You have to make those choic-
Right now, we're in the realm of es. Otherwise it's should, would,
understanding Islam. We've been in could. And you can still find love
a war with [Iraq] now for almost a and companionship and partner-
decade. (In the book, Grier details ship. There's plenty of children to
her reluctance to continue a rela- take care of. There's still an abun-
tionship with first love Kareem dance of love in your world. And a
Abdul-Jabbar once he converted to woman still needs her moment of
Islam.) I think if our country under- growth. And often, that's not a
stood other cultures more, we shared moment. That's something
wouldn't be so in conflict. It was that you have to do.
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Kung Fu Grannies battle rapists in Kenya
Beacon Awards honorees Willie Mays, left Billie Jean King,center, and
Harry Belafonte wave to the crowd after the Major League Baseball
Beacon awards Luncheon, Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Cincinnati.
MLB honors Mays, King and Belafonte
Willie Mays says it was all worth
The Hall of Fame outfielder was
honored with one of Major League
Baseball's Beacon awards last
weekend as part of its annual Civil
Rights weekend. Mays recalled at a
luncheon that he experienced preju-
dice when he broke into the big
leagues, and he had a standard
Tennis player Billie Jean King
and entertainer and civil rights
activist Harry Belafonte also
received Beacon awards for their
lifetime work toward equality.
Baseball officials also emphasized
their efforts to try to get black
youths interested in baseball again.
Mays was the last of the three to
get his award and told stories about
the discrimination he faced at the
start of his 22-year career with the
Giants and the Mets. He went into
the Hall of Fame in 1979.
"Did I go through all this? Was it
worthwhile? Yes, it was worth it to
me," Mays said. "It's worth it.
Believe me when I tell you that."
King remembered the climate in
the 1950s when she started playing
tennis as a 12-year-old.
"I knew something was wrong
with our sport white shoes,
white socks, white balls, white peo-
ple," she said. "It's good, but where
is everybody else?"
King spent much of her record-
setting career 20 Wimbledon
titles, 39 Grand Slam champi-
onships, a three-set win over Bobby
Riggs in a 1973 "Battle of the
Sexes" exhibition working for
equality. She pressed to have
women's tournament prize money
brought up to par with the men's
Belafonte, a close friend of Martin
Luther King Jr., spoke briefly and
thanked baseball for honoring his
civil rights work. He said baseball
was one of his childhood passions.
"I grew up on the sport," he said.
"Jackie Robinson was a very close
Far fewer black youths are play-
ing baseball lately, a trend Major
League Baseball has been trying to
address for years. The lack of inter-
est was apparent in the lineups for
the Civil Rights Game on Saturday
night between the St. Louis
Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds.
Only one black player Reds sec-
ond baseman Brandon Phillips
was in the starting lineups.
An annual report last month found
that 9 percent of major league play-
ers were black last season. The
number was at an all-time low of
8.2 percent in 2007. Twenty-seven
percent of the players were Latino
last year and 2.3 percent were
Andrew Young, who was one of
Martin Luther King's top aides and
a former U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations, said it's important
to figure out how to "restore the
pre-eminence of baseball" among
youths who are now more interest-
ed in basketball and football.
by T. Odula
NAIROBI, Kenya A two-finger
poke to the eyes, a punch to the
solar plexus, a kick to the groin,
then turn and run, the instructor
barks to a bevy of female senior cit-
The trainer, an elderly Kenyan
woman herself, is teaching her
peers how to combat recent rape
attacks targeting elderly women in
the slums. One Nairobi hospital
treated 437 rape victims older than
60 last year.
In the sludge-covered alleyways
of the Korogocho slum, 50 women,
many of them grandmothers, have
enrolled in twice-a-week self- In the
defense classes. The women say are being
they must rely on themselves believe t
because the police rarely patrol the think iti
dark paths that wind through the Kariuki a
maze of iron-roofed shanties. When One of
suspected rapists are reported to the is a belie
police, they often bribe their way to course w
freedom, the women say. cure there
"No, no, no!" screams 70-year- that rapil
old Mary Wangui as she pounds the cleanse ti
heavy hitting pad. Her open-palm crimes, K
Increases in elderly rape is
a belief by criminals that
intercourse with an elderly
women can cure them of
AIDS. Others think that
raping an elderly woman
will cleanse their sins
after committing crimes.
blows force a 20-something instruc- classes, s
tor, Sheila Kariuki, to fall back- are grand
ward. A group of around 30 women fact that 1
between the ages of 50 and 80 cheer dren's chi
on Wangui as they wait their turn. vide pro'
"When we hit the pad with an tions, he
open palm we are training to target For the
the nose, the solar plexus or the of success
groin to hurt an attacker so that it must be
can give you a chance to escape. start small
Shouting 'no' repetitively is meant High crir
to draw the attention of people so generating
that they can assist you," said "Ifthey
Wangui, who has been training for ing," he
almost two years. mothers
"Don't feel any mercy. Was he of HIV ar
coming to read the Bible with you?"
dangerous Korogocho slum in Nairobi, Kenya, older women
g increasingly targeted by rapists. Officials said some rapists
that attacking elderly women can cure AIDS, while others
will bring good fortune.
asks the women.
f the causes of elderly rape
ef by criminals that inter-
ith an elderly women can
m of AIDS. Others think
ng an elderly woman will
heir sins after committing
Ten elderly women
have been raped and
killed the last two years
in Korogocho, but no
suspects have been
arrested. Many other
rapes have gone unre-
Dr. Jake Sinclair, a
founding member of
Ujamaa, a non-govern-
mental organization that
helps rape victims and
holds the self-defense
said many class members
mothers motivated by the
they are raising their chil-
ldren. The classes can pro-
tection for both genera-
orphans to have a chance
s in life, the grandmothers
given skills and capital to
1 businesses, Sinclair said.
me rates threaten income-
' lose that they have noth-
said. "In most cases the
and the fathers have died
id if the grandmother can-
not support them or protect them
the kids will end up on the streets or
the Kenya youth authority, which is
like prison. If they end up on the
streets it is prostitution or thug-
Through a grandmother's care,
the children have a chance to finish
their education and break past the
barrier of poverty, he said.
The Gender Recovery Center at
the Nairobi Women's Hospital treat-
ed 2,357 victims of rape last year.
Of the 1,118 adults who were vic-
tims of the crime, 223 women over
the age of 60 almost 20 percent
of the victims. National crime sta-
tistics are lower than the hospital's
numbers, because of the stigma of
Reports of rape in general rose in
2008 and 2009 experts contribute to
awareness of the crime and the
introduction of stronger laws
against sexual offenders.
Julia Karinge, who is in her 80s
and gets assistance from Ujamaa,
said she has been raped twice.
"I did not resist either time
because I did not want to die. They
killed a friend of mine and dumped
her body outside my house," said
Karinge, who is not taking the
No arrests were made, though she
reported the crime to police and
could identify her attacker.
"You need to pay them to get
them to do anything," she said.
Funeral services for entertainer and civil rights
activist Lena Home held in New York After funeral serv-
ices for entertainer and civil rights activist Lena Home, her granddaughters
Jenny Lumet, far left, Amy Lumet, fourth from right, and her daughter Gail
Lumet, second from right, stand with family and friends after the departure
of her casket from the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York, Friday,
May 14, 2010. Home, known for her signature song 'Stormy Weather' and
for her triumph over bigotry, died Sunday in New York. She was 92
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