rising, but just
not as fast
Gary Coleman dead at 42
Former "Diff'rent Strokes" star Gary Coleman,
died May 28 after suffering an intracranial hemor-
rhage. He was 42.
According to multiple news sources, Coleman
was hospitalized May 26, after injuring his head
in a fall at his home near Salt Lake City. The fall
resulted in a brain hemorrhage, but his family said
he was conscious and lucid until Thursday. He
then slipped into unconsciousness and was placed
on life support, which was terminated on Friday,
"Diff'rent Strokes," which aired from 1978-1986, was widely popular
and Coleman became famous for his trademark phrase "What you talk-
ing 'bout Willis?" However, since the show left the airwaves, Coleman
struggled to gain any type of normalcy even working as a security guard.
His battles include suing his adoptive parents for stealing his money,
and arrests of battering an autograph seeker and disorderly conduct with
"I don't have any friends and don't have any intention of making any.
People will stab you in the back, mistreat you, talk about me behind your
back, and steal from you. And they're not really your friends. [They're]
only there because you're a celebrity or because they want to get some-
thing from you." Coleman said while appearing on Divorce Court.
Rice to write memoir on White House
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
said that she will write a memoir about her eight
years in the White House, but only after her family i
memoir "Extraordinary, Ordinary People" is
released. The first book, which recalls much of the
Rice family's time during the Civil Rights era in
Birmingham, will be published by Crown and is
scheduled to go on sale October 12.
Rice said she felt could not yet write a White House
memoir until people understood the "personal and implausible journey"
she had taken from being born in 1950s segregated Alabama to being
named the first female African-American to lead the State Department.
All of this happened, Rice said, due to her parents, John and Angelena
Rice. Despite being raised in a city resistant to quality education for
blacks, Rice's parents used their meager resources to provide their only
child with piano lessons at 3. She also took French and ballet. She never
learned to swim as a child because Birmingham forbade blacks and
whites from sharing public swimming pools.
Regardless, Rice's parents refused to let the racial tensions limit her
potential. "Even if I could not have a hamburger at a Woolworth's count-
er, my mom taught me that I could be President of the United States,"
French President: Africa must
be on the Security Council
France French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Africa should be repre-
sented on the U.N. Security Council, promising to back reforms when
France takes the helm of the G8 and G20 groups next year.
Speaking at the launch of the 25th Africa-France summit, he said it was
time for the world to make a place for Africa on the global stage to dis-
cuss international crises and reforms.
"I am convinced that we can't talk about big global questions without
Africa any longer," Sarkozy told over 800 delegates.
"The Security Council must be reformed and it's not normal that Africa
does not have a member of the Security Council."
African nations have asked for two rotating permanent seats since 2005,
given the continent has about 27 percent of members at the United
Nations, its size and the involvement of global powers on its territory.
China, the United States, Russia, Britain and France are the permanent
members of the Council. Nigeria, Gabon and Uganda are among 10
members that hold rotating seats.
The G8 is made up of leading rich nations, while the G20 also includes
other big economies. South Africa is Africa's only G20 member.
Census Projects Older American
Population to Become More Diverse
(NNPA) The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that the dependency
ratio, or the number of people 65 and older to every 100 people of tradi-
tional working ages, is projected to climb rapidly from 22 in 2010 to 35
in 2030. This time period coincides with the time when baby boomers are
moving into the 65 and older age category. After 2030, however, the ratio
of the aging population to the working-age population (ages 20 to 64)
will rise more slowly, to 37 in 2050. The higher this old-age dependency
ratio, the greater the potential burden.
The projections are not based on 2010 Census results. Rather, they proj-
ect 2000 Census counts forward using components of population change
births, deaths and net international migration.
The expected steep rise in the dependency ratio over the next two
decades reflects the projected proportion of people 65 and older climbing
from 13 to 19 percent of the total population over the period, with the
percentage in the 20 to 64 age range falling from 60 to 55 percent.
According to the report, minorities would comprise 42 percent of the
65 and older population in 2050, more than double the proportion they
comprise today (20 percent). Likewise, among those 85 and older, 33
percent are projected to be minority in 2050, up from 15 percent in 2010.
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Pundits Eagerly Sniffing Political Blood in the Oil Spill
by E. Hutchinson
The instant the BP oil hit the
Gulf's surface the sniff of political
blood was steady and strong.
Virtually every reputable scientist,
engineer, and technician made the
point that given the complexity of
the spill, the technical challenges,
and constraints on the regulatory
power of government's agencies,
the Obama administration has done
everything it could to staunch the
spill. But the cry still is: Blame
Obama for it.
The GOP got its first return on
the hit attack on Obama for the spill
with a USA/Gallup poll. A majority
of Americans say that Obama did
not do and say enough about the
spill. An even bigger number finger
point the government for inaction.
Thanks to the drumbeat attack
from the GOP, the Ron and Rand
Pauls, tea party activists, shrill
rightside bloggers, talk jocks and
columnists, in much of the public's
mind the government and Obama
are one and the same villains. The
drumbeat attack on Obama for the
spill has been so effective that some
top Democrats who should know
better buy into it. Pennsylvania
Governor Ed Rendell loudly pro-
Legendary songstress Patti Labelle capped off a weekend of jazz last weekend at the annual Jacksonville
Jazz Festival. Igniting the Swingin' Stage with hits such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow and New Attitude,
the allstar performance culminated a plethora of artists including Ledisi, Tito Puente, Jr., Chris Botti and
Spyro Gyra in addition to music competitions for youth and adults. Participants enjoyed the free events
during the Memorial Day weekend that included great weather, food and vendors. TMA Photography
claimed that if Bill Clinton were
president he would have been in
Gulf water in a wetsuit. Rendell
didn't explain how Clinton in a
wetsuit could cap a runaway well
5000 feet down. But that's the kind
of mindless idiocy that the bash
Obama for BP has dredged up.
The worst part is that a big chunk
of the mainstream press has beaten
the blame Obama for the spill drum.
Continued on page 5
Florida's governor Charlie Crist
signed legislation last week aimed
at curtailing how much state and
local governments can do to regu-
late foundations and their diversity
Drafted with help from the
Alliance for Charitable Reform, the
law prohibits Florida government
officials from requiring that foun-
dations disclose the race, religion,
gender, income level, sexual orien-
tation, or certain other characteris-
tics of their employees and board
members, as well as those of their
The new law also bars state and
local government officials from
requiring that private foundations
appoint board members based on
such characteristics and preventing
them from selecting trustees who
are family members.
In addition to introducing restric-
tions on how government officials
might regulate foundation gover-
nance, the law prohibits govern-
ments from forcing foundations to
give money to groups and people
based on their racial makeup and
The legislation was prompted by
concern about the efforts of the
Florida Minority Community
Reinvestment Coalition and other
groups to compel grant makers to
disclose information on how
diverse their staff and board mem-
bers are and how much of their
money benefits minority and low-
MMM provide hundreds a hand up
not a hand out with food and clothes
: "- The Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement
Continued their quarterly gift of community service with a massive cloth-
ing and furniture give-away. Relying solely on donations and gifts from
Biker love Dawnisha and Ogden Lee, made the most of their the community, hundreds of individuals benefitted from their program
which provides quality clothing for the underserved community with dig-
Memorial Day weekend by celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Black Bike nity. Shown above (L-R) participating the event are Travis Johnson,
Fest in Myrtle Beach. While there, the Jacksonville couple also celebrated Tyrese Mullins, Mrs. Theresa Griffin (mother) and George Mullins.The
their anniversary from their nuptials at a previous Bike Week. The Lee's give-away was held off of Myrtle Avenue and King Street in the heart of
were among the more than ninety members of the J'Ville Riders the community. In addition to clothing, free food was provided for youth
Motorcycle Club who made the trek for the annual event. FMP Photo in attendance. Andr'e Xphoto.
June 3-9, 2010
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
5 Ways to Teach Kids "Money
Doesn't Just Grow on Trees"
With inflation on the rise (gas
prices, grocery bills, health insur-
ance premiums, etc.) and many
companies being more conserva-
tive, more American families are
feeling squeezed. So if you're feel-
ing guilty because you can't buy
your child that video game system
he desperately wants or send him to
that trendy summer camp, Eric
Tyson has one word for you. Don't.
In fact, he says, now is the perfect
time to teach your kids some valu-
able financial lessons.
Ready to get started? Tyson offers
the following helpful hints:
Realize that kids learn what they
live. It may sound like common
sense, but you-Mom & Dad-are
your kids' most influential teachers.
When you ring up a barge-load of
credit card debt, take out exorbitant
mortgages or car loans, and fail to
save anything, that's what your kids
come to see as normal. If you are
modeling unhealthy financial
habits, you can't realistically expect
your kids to "do as I say. not as I
De-program them. Kids are con-
stantly bombarded with informa-
tion about what things cost,
whether it's the fancy sports car
they like or the wardrobe of their
favorite athlete or actor, not to men-
tion the 40,000 commercials that
the American Academy of
Pediatrics estimates the average
American child sees each year.
What they aren't bombarded with is
knowledge on how to manage
money effectively. And while
schools are increasingly incorporat-
ing money issues into the existing
curriculum, the broader concepts of
personal financial management still
aren't taught. Frightening though it
may be, some schools rely on free
Replace Judgment with
Patience and Curiosity
ber Romans 2:1:
"Quench the urge
to judge." Even when you think
you've got the inside scoop on a
situation, remember that things
are rarely as they appear.
There's always much more
going on than the surface implies,
and the best way to get answers is
When you get answers, listen
and act with your heart. Your heart
is your interpersonal radar device;
it will pound loudly when you
connect with a special person or
Too many of us, though, let our
old, inefficient ways of doing
things shut out this inner voice of
wisdom. We let past baggage
block intuition, and we lose out.
We have to let our hearts guide us
in business and in life by listening
to that inner voice and acting on
what we hear.
How? By listening with a deep
desire to learn. This requires slow-
ing down, staying in the moment.
forcing our brains to stop multi-
tasking or tickling down a to-do
list while we nod vacantly at the
speaker. Why? Because we're lis-
tening for those magic words that
make us click.
Bottom Line: Every person we
meet is a virtual encyclopedia of
life lessons and experiences that
can make us wiser. We need to
learn the art of really absorbing
what people are saying.
Remembe,; with every experience
we have in life, one of two things
happens: either we win or we
learn. We never lose.
"educational" materials from the
likes of VISA and MasterCard!
people don't listen to it."
An allowance is a great teaching
tool. You don't have to break child
labor laws to find great ways to
help your kids earn their allowance
rather than just have it handed over
to them. A well-implemented
allowance program can mimic
many money matters that adults
face every day throughout their
lives. From recognizing the need to
earn the green stuff to learning how
to responsibly and intelligently
spend, save, and invest their
allowance, children can gain a solid
financial footing from a young age.
Start them saving and investing
early. It's never too early to start
saving, and the sooner you can
instill the importance of saving
money into your kids the better.
After they start earning an
allowance, have your kids save a
significant portion (up to half) of
their allowance money toward
longer-term goals, such as college
(just be careful about putting
money in children's names as doing
so can harm college financial aid
awards). Tyson recommends that
children reserve about one-third of
their weekly take for savings. As
they accumulate more significant
savings over time, you can intro-
duce the concept of investing.
Reduce their exposure to ads.
The primary path to reduced expo-
sure to ads is to cut down on TV
time. When kids are in front of the
tube, have them watch prerecorded
material. You can direct the televi-
sion viewing of younger children,
in particular, toward videos and
DVDs. And for older kids, if you
use digital video recorders (DVRs),
such as TIVO, you can easily zap
ads. But when an ad does sneak
under the radar and set the kids to
begging, address it. Explain to your
kids that there's never a good time
for frivolous impulse spending-
but it's especially harmful when
money is tight.
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Is a Health Savings Account for You?
Is a Health Savings Account for You?
by Michael G Shinn, CFP
Rising health care costs are
squeezing employers bottom-lines.
Companies are fighting back by
either reducing health care cover-
age, passing along the higher costs
to employees or in some extreme
cases, eliminating the benefit alto-
gether. "Health Savings Accounts
(HSA), in conjunction with a quali-
fying High-Deductible Health Plan
(HDHP) may help to soften the
financial blow for individuals fac-
ing high unreimbursed medical
expenses," states Maria Foxhall,
Vice President and Sales Executive
for Well Fargo Health Benefit
Services. "Managing an HSA
requires a little more work, but the
financial savings and flexibility can
What is an HSA?
Health Savings Accounts are rel-
atively new, being signed into law
in December, 2003. To better
understand HSAs, think of them as
tax-advantaged medical savings
accounts that have features some-
what similar to traditional IRA
Contributions to an HSA are
considered "pre-tax" and may
reduce taxable income.
Funds in the account grow tax
free and can be invested in a variety
of mediums, including CD's and
Distributions from the account
are tax free if used for qualified
The account owner determines
when the funds are to be used and
the account carryovers from year to
HSA accounts are portable
across employers and insurance
Why Consider an HSA?
HSAs appear to work well for two
groups of consumers. Individuals
employed at companies that either
have no health care coverage or
medical plans that are considered
high-deductible health plans. A
second group that may find an HSA
to their advantage are the self
employed or small business own-
Because of the high cost of tradi-
tional health care insurance, both of
the above groups may find that the
flexibility and tax savings resulting
from an HSA, in conjunction with
the lower cost of a high-deductible
health insurance may result in sig-
nificant savings. HSAs are not
available to either individuals that
are covered by Medicare, have
other first-dollar medical coverage
or can be claimed as a dependent on
another person's tax return.
Setting up an HSA
To setup an HSA, a person must
have a qualifying High Deductible
Health Plan. The deductible limits
must be in a range from $1,100 -
$5,600 for individuals and $2,200 -
$11,200 for family coverage. Most
insurance companies that offer
HDHPs also offer HSAs, however
there is no requirement that the two
are with the same company.
Contributions to HSAs must be
made either in cash or payroll
deduction if made through an
employer. The annual contribution
limits for 2008 are $2,900 for indi-
viduals and 5,800 for family cover-
age. For individuals between the
ages of 59 and 64, there is an addi-
tional "catch up" provision of $900
per year. The contribution limits
are annually indexed for inflation.
Besides insurance carriers, many
banks, credit unions and other
financial institutions are custodians
of HSA accounts.
Two websites that may be helpful
and provide competitive informa-
tion on HSAs are www.hsainsid-
er.com and www.ehelathinsur-
ance.com. Additionally, the U.S.
Treasury Department has an
informative website at
Your Financial Plan
The combination of an HSA and
high deductible health plan may
provide an opportunity for afford-
able health care. Additionally, this
combination may offer protection
from catastrophic financial damage
resulting from a serious illness
within a family. Work with your
health insurance advisor to deter-
mine if an HSA fits into your fami-
ly's financial plans.
Michael G. Shinn, CFP, Registered
Representative and Advisory Associate of and
securities offered through Financial Network
Investment Corporation, member SIPC. Visit
www.shinnfinancial.com for more information or
to send your comments or questions to
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A million families will face losing their homes
this year. Call today for real help and guidance.
Because nothing is worse than doing nothing.
Court Order Accuses County
Commission of 30 Years of Discrimination
BIRMINGHAM There has been a court order against Jefferson
County Commission accusing them of over thirty years of discriminato-
ry hiring practices against Blacks and women. Comm. George Bowman
is recommending a plan that would put an end to these practices.
Bowman's plan suggests that since Jefferson County Commission is an
Equal Employment Opportunity employer, a Contract Compliance
Office be established. The Office shall have administrators to enforce the
Equal Employment Opportunity Program of the County in purchasing
and contracting and establish program criteria, maintain a pre-qualifica-
tion list, and hold pre-award conferences that include the policy of the
County to encourage and increase the participation of businesses owned
and controlled by minorities in contracts and projects awarded.
A minority person is an individual who is a citizen of the United States
who is Black, Spanish speaking, Oriental, American Indian, Alaskan
native and Aleutian.
The document further states that any contractor who submits a bid or
offer on a county contract in excess of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00)
or who receives business from the County in excess of five thousand dol-
lars ($5,000.00) during a fiscal year shall be required to have an Equal
Employment Opportunity Program approved by the County's Contract
Compliance Office prior to award of such contract of business unless a
condition precedent exist in those contracts that require pre-qualifying
before formal bidding begins.
One the the key components of the Compliance Office will be to
encourage larger companies not classified as a minority to joint-venture
with minorities and said minorities receive at least 35 percent of the total
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June 3-9, 2010 Ms. Perry's Free Press Pas!e 3
Clara White Mission CEO Ju'Coby Pittman is shown above with
Today Show anchor man Al Roker who personally selected the
Mission to receive a $50,000 grant from Pepsi.
Al Roker selects Clara White
Mission for $50k grant
When Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele
was invited to New York to discuss
the Clara White Mission's culinary
institute, the local non-profit CEO
considered it all in a days work.
Little did she know, she would
return able to provide 170,000 more
meals for the areas homeless.
Popular NBC Today Show per-
sonality Al Roker personally
selected the Clara White Mission to
receive a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh
Grant Pittman-Peele learned of
the award 15 minutes prior to going
live on the Today Show.
Roker said he selected Clara
White as his charity of choice for
their innovative 20 week cooking
and food preparation Culinary Arts
Training Program for previous
homeless and low-income, located
on site at the Clara White Mission,
613 W. Ashley Street.
The mission's national segment
aired showcasing life changing tes-
timonies from some of the mis-
sion's clients. Since the inception of
the certified program by the State of
Florida Commission for
Independent Education, 503 indi-
viduals have enrolled in the pro-
gram, and 57% of those placed in
employment remain in the work-
The program is designed for
enrolled students, who were once
homeless, to give back while train-
ing, serving and preparing meals to
over 400 homeless, 7 days a week
at the mission.
"Many of our students come
from very challenging circum-
stances, our goal is to become a
safety net of opportunities through
combined life skills curriculum and
job placement services," said
The grant will be utilized to
leverage and kick off the
Campaign to provide 70,000 meals
to the homeless in Jacksonville and
provide additional culinary training
for graduates to participate in the
American Culinary Foundation
For more information on the mis-
sion or to participate in one of their
many volunteer opportunities, call
(904) 354-4162, or visit
additional information and join
Jamaica plans national assault
KINGSTON, Jamaica Jamaica
will launch a sustained assault on
gangs that control poor communi-
ties across the island and fuel one of
the world's highest murder rates,
the prime minister said Tuesday.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding
said last week's bloody raid on the
West Kingston stronghold of reput-
ed drug lord Christopher "Dudus"
Coke was a turning point in the
government's approach to criminal
networks many of which have
benefited from ties to the two major
political parties for decades.
"Gunmen who no longer flee
when the security forces approach
but engage them with vicious fire-
power must be confronted with the
full force of the law. The time for
equivocation is over," Golding said.
Golding addressed parliament
before he survived a no-confidence
motion by the opposition People's
National Party. On a 30-28 vote,
lawmakers rejected censuring him
over his handling of the U.S. extra-
edition request for Coke.
Golding, whose Jamaica Labor
Party has long counted on the sup-
port of gunmen inside Coke's Tivoli
Gardens slum, opposed the extradi-
tion request for nine months before
reversing himself under pressure
that threatened his political career.
Opposition leaders have com-
plained that Golding's wavering
gave Coke and his supporters too
much time to prepare for a con-
frontation that killed 73 civilians
and three security officers over four
days of fighting. He remains at
The opposition also argued
Golding had no credibility follow-
ing his admission in May that he
sanctioned the U.S. law firm
Manatt, Phelps and Phillips to
lobby against the U.S. extradition
effort for Coke.
Golding had denied any knowl-
edge of those ties when it was first
raised in parliament in March.
"I've already expressed regret. I
Shown above (L-R) are Carolyn Sutton, Elder Beverly Clark, Diane
Durham, Elder Sharon Garlington, Jeannie Hardwick and Min.
Rosalind Carter. R. Silver photo
Bethel Women's Ministry anoint, educate
and enlighten during prayer breakfast
The ladies of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church held their quarterly
Prayer Breakfast last weekend in the church's multi-purpose room. Over
70 women took HIV tests, received individual anointing and heard the
words of the preacher of the hour, Dr. Sharon Garlington.Dr. Garlington
spoke from John:4 and utilized the event's them, "We are the apple of
should have volunteered the infor-
mation when asked (in parliament)
since I was aware of the (governing
Jamaica Labour) party's engage-
ment with Manatt. I have expressed
regret that the party ever got
involved in the matter and I have
apologized to the house and to the
In his address to parliament,
Golding declined to say when the
new anti-gang operations will
begin, citing security concerns.
While Tivoli Gardens ranks
among the most notorious slums,
violent gangs are also deeply
entrenched in Spanish Town, just
west of Kingston, and the north-
western coastal parish of St. James,
which includes the resort city of
Montego Bay. Fighting between the
gangs for control of drug trafficking
and extortion rackets was blamed
for the vast majority of the 1,660
homicides last year on the island of
2.8 million people.
Many of the gangs have roots in
political violence during the 1970s,
when factions armed criminals to
help intimidate election opponents,
and affiliations with the two major
parties have continued to provide a
measure of protection.
Coke is wanted in New York on
charges he trafficked cocaine and
marijuana as well as weapons
between Jamaica and the United
States. Also known as "President"
to the people of his slum, Coke
served as community leader and
enforcer in a gritty neighborhood in
an area that the government
acknowledges it had long neglect-
For all your (lad has done to make you the person you are today, celebrate
the one day reserved just for him with something special from Winn-Dixie.
Thick, juicy steaks, mouth-watering seafood, fresh-baked cakes and pastries
and the freshest fruit and ice cream are just some of the ways to say thanks.
Te:lI your dad how much you care on Father's Day and all year round.
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Neal family continues
tradition of brotherly love
When Emanuel and Minnie Bell Neal raised their brood of five
boys and one girl on 10th street in Northwest Jacksonville, they
made sure they instilled the quality of family. Whether it be
through education or attending church at Mt. Ararat, the Neals
knew to "stick together". Now decades after their parents deaths,
the remaining Neal siblings shown above (L-R) Dan, Andre and
Mike, make sure they still stick together. The brothers never go no
more than two weeks without breaking bread together. Despite
having their own respective families, jobs, community service
activities,. etc., the Neal family has made "my brothers keeper" a
way of life.
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I buins exhageb B il ee
Every productive and stable
organization needs good leader-
ship. And strong leadership is what
many of our historic black colleges
and universities (HBCUs) have
Many HBCUs have struggled to
find their way and some have even
closed. From Morris Brown in
Atlanta to Edward Waters College
(EWC) here in Jacksonville, the
roller coaster ride has left a lasting
effect on these schools.
Strong and stable leadership is
often what separates a good school
from an average and nonperform-
ing school. With the goal of estab-
lishing strong leadership, integrity
and credibility, Edward Waters
College has hired former
Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover.
Glover is no stranger to public
service and leadership having
served in the Jacksonville Sheriff's
Office for over 30 years, and lead-
ing the city as Sheriff from 1995 to
The Sheriff, is a 1966 Edward
Waters College graduate, and in
many ways is uniquely qualified to
help stabilize the college after the
surprise departure of its last presi-
Former EWC President,
Claudette Williams, resigned a few
months back and took a job with
the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools. Williams
was only at the school for less than
three years, and to be honest she
didn't really accomplish much.
Glover's hands will be full, but
again the right leadership and man-
agement will be the determining
factor for the school's success.
For example, Under Bill
Harvey's leadership, Hampton
University has used the school's
endowment to build hotels, a shop-
ping center and office buildings on
the Virginia coast.
Black colleges have historically
struggled financially because they
depend so heavily on tuition.
Finding new sources of funds,
including investment opportunities
and aggressive fundraising cam-
paigns are critical.
That's where Glover comes into
play. He is well respected in both
the African American community
and the corporate and philanthorpic
world, which will be significant as
the college starts recruiting new
students and fundraising for the fall
Glover was not only
Jacksonville's first black sheriff,
but was the first black sheriff elect-
ed in Florida since Reconstruction.
Bishop McKinley Young, chair-
man of the Edward Waters board
and the presiding prelate of the
Eleventh Episcopal District of the
AME Church, has full confidence
in Glover. He recently said, "He's
well-connected, well-respected and
good at finding financial support."
There are certain institutions in
Jacksonville that are critical to the
black community in this city and it
is my opinion that Edward Waters
College is at the top of that totem
pole. So when EWC is hurting so is
the African American community.
The school often provides an
education to students who may not
be able to get into other schools,
but have the desire for higher edu-
cation. Many of EWC's students
are from Jacksonville's urban core
In fact, more than 90 percent of
Edward Waters' students rely on
federal aid to pay for their educa-
tion. That's one of the reasons that
the accreditation is so important.
Without it students can not get fed-
eral financial aid and historically
black schools must be accredited to
be members in the United Negro
College Fund, a key founder of
I can't say it enough, but the col-
lege is a pillar in the Jacksonville
community. For example, Edward
Waters College has educated more
black teachers in Duval County
than any other educational institu-
When other schools turn black
students down for admission, EWC
offers them an opportunity to get a
college education, and that is all
some youth need one opportunity
to show their worth.
Booker T. Washington once said,
"Education is the sole and only
hope of the Negro race in
America." He said these words in
the late 1800s, but they hold true
today in the year 2010.
In an era in our country when
there are more black males in jail
than in college, it is critical that
African Americans focus as much
attention and effort into educating
our youth. It is even more critical
that young black males begin to
realize the roles they must play in
the African American community.
It is no secret that education has
always been the focal point of the
black struggle. Malcolm X said,
"Education is our passport to the
future, for tomorrow belongs to the
people who prepare for it today."
Black colleges and religious
institutions have been a strong
foundation in the African American
community. In fact, schools like
Edward Waters College were
formed by churches especially for
the education of blacks after slav-
HBCUs enroll nearly 400,000
students at close to 100 campuses
across the United States and in the
Caribbean. While accounting for
only 3 percent of all institutions of
higher learning, approximately 30
percent of all degrees awarded to
African-American students are
granted by HBCUs.
So Sheriff or President Glover
will have his work cut out for him,
but he is a man that does not stray
away from challenges. He has
proven himself to be the type of
leader who is not interested in mak-
ing decisions just for show, but he
has always been focused on doing
what is right.
I commend the EWC board for
taking a bold step and hiring
Glover as the interim President I
know that he will do a great job of
restoring EWC to its past prestige
Signing off from EWC,
Was Kilpatrick's jailing just all about the money?
by M. Cottman, BAW more important to pacify your wife Yes. Should he be punished? Of a job and make the payments, then
Kwame Kilpatrick was right than comply with my orders." course. what? Worthy runs back to the
about one thing: It was never about Living large was clearly But if Worthy really wants the $1 judge who orders Kilpatrick back
the money. Kilpatrick's undoing, and Kym million she says Kilpatrick owes to jail again?
Kilpatrick, the disgraced former Worthy, the no-nonsense prosecu- the city of Detroit, then how is Just when does the judicial
mayor of Detroit, was sentenced tor who has made Kilpatrick's case Kilpatrick supposed to repay the revolving door end for Detroi s
last week to 18 months to five the staple of her career, didn't let money while sitting behind bars former hip-hop mayor?
years in a state prison for violating up for a minute. for a year and a half or longer? There's no question that
his probation because prosecutors Worthy has been relentlessly Kilpatrick says he doesn't have the Kilpatrick should be prosecuted for
said Kilpatrick was hiding finan- dogging Kilpatrick to repay the cash for repayment and worse, perjury. But he should also be
cial assets owed to the city. city of Detroit $1 million. The pay- after he was sentenced to jail, he allowed to work and repay the city
A Wayne County Court judge, ment was part of Kilpatrick's immediately lost his job as a med- if, as Worthy claims, it's truly all
who had completely run out of guilty plea to obstruction of justice ical software salesman where he about the money.
patience, threw the book at in 2008 when sexually explicit text was earning $120,000 a year.
"If the issue is money, then
please let me work," Kilpatrick
said in an interview with , ,
BlackAmericaWeb.com before he
was sentenced. "My wife and chil-
dren have suffered enough. Give
me an opportunity to work and pay
the city back. If it's not about the 1
money, then what is it about? This
is not about probation violation."
Although Kilpatrick dug a deep
hole for himself, it does beg this
question: What is Worthy's end
game? And where's the logic in0
jailing Kilpatrick if she wants to
pick his pocket for every dollar .
owed the city? Does Worthy really C
want Kilpatrick to repay the money
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is handcuffed in the courtroom. Ae
or does she just want to see him
Kilpatrick. messages became public, proving humiliated, broken and confined to15
"You challenged this court's he had lied under oath about an a jail cell?
authority," Judge David Groner affair with his former chief of staff. When Kilpatrick is released from
said. "You attempted to utilize There's no doubt Kilpatrick did jail, perhaps sometime in 2011,
semantics and exploit loopholes, wrong. He lied to the court, cheat- there is no guarantee that he'll find TWPA" R
The broader context of this issue is ed on his wife, abandoned his con- another job quickly if at all. He'll -
that your family living expenses stituent and ignored his children, also still have an outstanding bal-
including living in a million-dollar For many Detroit residents, just the ance of about $850,000, and
home, driving a brand new mention of Kilpatrick's name Worthy, it's believed, will still I
Escalade and purchasing elective brings a range of emotions folks want Kilpatrick to pay up.
surgery for your wife you have either like him or hate him. And if an unemployed and A-
made it perfectly clear that it's Did he violate his probation? unmarketable Kilpatrick can't find -.
Glover takes the helm at EWC
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Time to stop the k
war on Black men
If you've given "an Abe" for cannabis, cocaine or meth,
then you are one too. Those 5 bucks joined a stream of
money fostering the world's illegal drug trade; the cultivation, manufacture,
distribution and sale of substances subject to drug prohibition laws are esti-
mated to be a $40 trillion market.
Consumption of illegal drugs is widespread globally. But, the single
largest marketplace for illegal drugs is the United States. Close to 13 mil-
lion Americans still think nothing of occasionally buying a gram of cocaine,
a few hits of ecstasy or a quarter-ounce of weed to have a good time.
Americans with serious drug habits regularly spend $100-$500 dollars a
week purchasing their drug of preference.
Government studies say that 800,000 American adolescents, ages 12-17,
sell illegal drugs. Young Americans of all stripes are involved in illegal drug
activity, but America's war against that trade has serious affects on young
Black men. Blacks constitute 13 percent of all drug users, but are 35 per-
cent of people arrested for drug possession; 55 percent of persons convict-
ed; and 74 percent of people sent to prison.
"Everybody's doing it", but the number of Black men who are behind bars
and being channeled into permanent second-class citizenship status should
be a cause for alarm. The illegal drug trade is producing long-term conse-
quences and problems in societies worldwide; but an American tragedy is
the disproportionate impacts of the drug war on Black males. Out of sight
of "Colorblind" Americans, the War on Drugs subjects young Black men to
conditions of life sufficiently destructive enough to amount to an instance of
genocide. Based on current rates of incarceration, an estimated 7.9 percent
of Black males compared to 0.7 percent of White males will enter prison by
the time they are age 20. And 21.4 percent of Black males versus 1.4 per-
cent of white males will be incarcerated by age 30. Blacks (28.5%) are
about six times more likely than Whites (4.4%) to be admitted to prison dur-
ing their life. Black family-life is being destroyed. African American chil-
dren are nine times more likely to have a parent incarcerated than White
The genocide of young Black men is like shooting ducks in a pond. The
high arrest rates for African Americans reflect a law enforcement emphasis
on inner city open-air markets where drug use and sales are likely to take
place. The drug war has been brutal among Blacks, but those who live in
integrated communities have little clue to the devastation being wrought.
The American War on Drugs has been waged almost exclusively in poor
communities of color, even though people of all colors use and sell illegal
drugs. Young Black males are definitely getting the shaft in the War on
Drugs; and due to the lack of public attention continue being subjected to
disabling conditions that restrict their opportunities, inflicts pain and suffer-
ing and shortens their lives. The rate of drug admissions to state prison for
Black men is 13 times greater than the rate for White men. The average fed-
eral drug sentence for African-Americans is 49 percent higher than for
Whites. Rates of drug use or drug selling are no greater for members of
minorities than for nonminorities, yet minorities are stopped, searched,
arrested, prosecuted, and incarcerated at far greater rates than Whites.
Steps should be taken to rid our communities of this genocidal activity.
In America's multi-billion dollar illegal drug trade Blacks are simply street-
level pawns. If legit employment opportunities were as frequent for them as
White youth, the criminal number would be equal. According to according
to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of Black males between
.tLhe ages of 16 and 19.are unemployed;,fewer.than.14 in.J1QOyoung Black
men actually have jobs.
Let's remove the yoke of the War on Drugs from around our necks. Tell
every lawmaker you see that legalizing drugs will save $48.7 billion per year
in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. America can
save money by legalizing some drug sales and ceasing processes that destroy
young Black men.
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Fullwood, E.O.Huthcinson, William Reed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha
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Pundits sniffing political blood in the oil spill
Contiued from front
The issue is not what Obama or
the government could or couldn't
do, but how to wound Obama. The
GOP angles for three big political
payoffs in the political blood lust.
Stick just enough of the oil tar on
Obama to grab a few more seats in
the house and senate in November.
With many political contests rated
horse races, a natural disaster can
be massaged, exploited, and twisted
to squeeze the maximum political
benefit out of it, at least that's the
Obama's energy plan, cap and
trade, and climate control is also the
target. Cripple them, or kill them,
and then the GOP can wave the vic-
tory flag and claim that it rescued
alleged flawed, business and energy
industry unfriendly plans from
being hoisted on Americans. A cyn-
ical dividend from this is that
Obama embraced ramped up off-
shore drilling before the BP spill.
The GOP's mantra was drill, baby,
drill. It relentlessly carried oil
industry's bucket for it and waged a
two decade war against environ-
mentalists to open up Alaska, and
the coastal waterways, for drilling.
Another cynical dividend is that the
GOP gets to knock Obama for sup-
posed lax regulation and oversight
of the oil industry, the very things
that it always regards as a plague on
The GOP will paint Obama as
weak, ineffectual, and clueless in
the face of a major crisis. During
campaign 2008, Republican presi-
dential foe John McCain and mate
Sarah Palin pounded him as an
untested, greenhorn novice on ter-
rorism and foreign policy. When the
first major crisis hit, supposedly
he'd come unglued. The crisis
McCain and company had in mind
was a major terrorist strike on US
soil. That hasn't happened. But BP
did, and it's as good a substitute as
any for the GOP to ream Obama as
inexperienced and frozen in place
when it comes to taking decisive
action to confront a crisis. It wasted
no time in trying to plant the vision
in the public mind of a comatose
Obama reacting the way Bush did
to Katrina. The vision hasn't stuck
mostly because the comparison is
bogus, and the public hasn't bought
The BP spill, though, does pose a
grave political danger to Obama.
The longer it takes to fully cap the
well, the door stays wide open for
the GOP to rivet public attention on
the damage, spin it as the greatest
environmental disaster in American
history, and stoke public anger at
Obama and the government's sup-
posed ineptitude. The Bush admin-
istration was hopelessly crippled
after its gigantic Katrina bauble.
The GOP banks the same thing will
happen again and that voters will
misconnect the political dots and
punish incumbents in November for
the perceived weakness or incom-
petence of the administration in
power in dealing with a horrific dis-
aster. In this case, the administra-
tion is Obama's and the incumbents
targeted are Democrats. More than
a few Democrats have taken the
cue, and remained stone silent on
Obama has acted diligently,
responsibly and professionally in
dealing with an unexpected crisis
that would have caught any admin-
istration off guard. A significant
number of Americans understand
this and even those critical of
Obama for his handling of the spill
still tag BP as the real bad guy. Still,
no matter how well managed, disas-
ters carry political risks, the BP spill
is no different. The GOP will do
everything it can to tag it as
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
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Campaign to Re-elect Barack Obama
Join YusefBilal in his grassroots campaign to raise
funds for the re-election campaign of President
To order shirts call (904) 910-7088 or send $10.00
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WILLIAM M. RAINES
2010 6:00pm-10:00pm A Grand Affair
mission, All White Attire
Downtown Hyatt Hotel
June 12, 2010 7:00pm-10:30pm
$50.00/Attire: Semi Formal
Tickets may be purchasedfrom the school
Or you can go on Cine to
School Court Auditorium
June 13, 2010 10:00am
Music by: Alumni Choir
- -- Classes may purchase tables - -
Contact the school for more information 924-3049
Seqouia and Linda Rollins
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June 3-9, 2010
P~afye 6- Ms. Perrv's Free Press
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)
1st New Zion Miss. Baptist Christan
Women's Conference & Luncheon
Sis. Cynthia Robinson, of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church of
Fernandina Beach, will be the keynote speaker for the Annual Christian
Women's Conference, beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 29, 2010. All
activities will be held at First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4810
Soutel Drive, Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pastor. Theme Scripture: Mark
110. The Workshop Theme: Christian Women Honoring God to be Real
through Praise, Prayer and His Presence. To register, please call (904) 765-
3111. All women are invited. "Zion Night Worship Service" begins at 5
p.m., Sunday, May 30th, in the Church Sanctuary, 4835 Soutel Drive.
Betty Burney says "Enough is
Enough"- Let's Save Our Children
School Board Member Betty Burney delivers the facts: "Every 5 Hour4s
a child or teen commits suicide! 1 out of every 50 children in America is
homeless! Bullying and Cyber-bullying are seriously impacting kids!
Thousands of children are not realizing their potential! Pastors of all
faiths, Parents, Grandparents, Community Leaders, Mad Dads, Mad
Mothers, Teachers, Principals, Pastors, and all other interested persons -
Let's discuss, combine, and design Strategies and Solutions for ALL
Children to unleash their inner greatness. Join School Board Member Betty
Burney at St. Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings Road, at 6 p.m.,
Thursday, June 3rd. Information: (904)924-0756.
New 1st Corinth Missionary Baptist
Homecoming, Family & Friends Day
New First Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, 6119 Bagley Road, Rev.
Lewis Parker, Pastor; will observe Homecoming, Family and Friends Day,
at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2010. The speaker for the occasion will be
Rev. Joe Merritt of United Baptist Church. For information or directions,
contact Pearl Davis at 765-3738.
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.
Rev. Willie Addison
Baptist Welcomes New Pastor
First Chronicles Baptist Church, 2559 West 30th Street, invites the com-
munity to join in welcoming their new Pastor, Rev. Willie Addison Jr. This
historic event will commence on Saturday, June 12th with a "Community
Meet and Greet" on the church grounds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will
be food, fun, and fellowship This historic event will culminate with the
installation service which will be held on Sunday, June 13th at the Church.
For more information or directions, please call Sis. Emma Buckles at (904)
One Accord Ministries Int. Inc.
Convenes Summer Program June 14th
"Gifts Within Summer Program 2010, "The Eye of the Beholder" will
convene June 14 thru August 6th at the One Accord Ministries International
Inc., 2971 Waller Street, Bishop Dr. Jan D. Goodman Sr., Pastor. For kids 3
to 17, the program begins daily at 6:15 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m. The
Theme for this summer is: "The Eye of the Beholder." Classes will cover
all facets of the visual arts: A Full Scale Performing Arts Program; Dance,
Drama, Mime/Pantomime, Etiquette, Painting, Photography, Modeling, and
other fun things. For more information on the unbelievable weekly fee,
and to reserve as space for your child, please contact Dr. Tanya Brooks at
(904)864-3314 or the Church at (904) 389 7373.
Seeking the lost for Christ M
Matthew 28:19 20
S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worslip
9:30 a.m. Sumday School
Pastor Landon Williams
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
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
* * *A Full Gospel Baptist Church * *
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
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
1st Missionary Baptist
The First Missionary Baptist
Church will hold their Women's
Conference on Friday October 1st
at 7:00 p.m. with Ladies Night Out.
The theme is "Manifestation Leads
To Dedication." The event is facil-
itated by First Lady Kathy
McQueen. Church locations are 810
Third Ave. and 850 Fifth Ave. S.
Jacksonville Beach, Fla. 32250.Call
249-8120 for more information.
Florida General Baptist Convention
convenes at World Golf Village
SB ap t i s t
Inc. will hold
a Men Only
M e n s
Rev. James Sampson Conference
and Retreat at The Renaissance
Resort, World Golf Village, St.
Augustine, Florida June 17-19,
The Conference Speakers will be
Dr. C. E. Glover, of Miami, FL; Dr.
Eugene Diamond, of Jacksonville,
FL; Dr. Mack K. Carter, of Miami,
FL; Dr. James B. Sampson, of
Jacksonville, FL; Dr. John Allen, of
Jacksonville, FL; Dr. Carl Johnson,
of Miami, FL; and Dr. Gary
Williams Sr., of Jacksonville, Fl.
The Official opening at 6 P.M.,
Thursday, June 17th will feature the
Conference Dinner. Breakfast will
kick off Friday's activities which
include Workshops Lunch, and
more. The Conference Prayer
Breakfast and Conference Closing
will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Friday.
For more information visit:
can be confirmed by EMAIL:
FGBC@BELLSOUTH.NET; or by
contacting: Margie Cody (904) 768-
0370 or Conference Headquarters at
30th Anniversary of Gospel singer
Ruthe Grant at Mt. herman
The 30th Anniversary of Gospel Singer and Musician, Sister Ruthe Grant
will be held on Sunday June 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Mt.
Herman Baptist Church located at 5527 Redpoll Avenue.
Appearing on program will be local singer. Mt Herman Choir Bishop
Larry Boston, Debra Limbric-Rasheed, Jackie Brunson. First Corinth
Baptist Church, Frank Evans and The Clifflones Al Andres, and Jeffrey Mc
Intyte. Appearing from Daytona, Fl. are Ada James and the Gospel
Harmonettes, and the Gospel Keys, Sister Grant extends an invitation to the
public to come out and be blessed through the Word and sings, Rev. A.L.
Jordan is the Minister
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Sv-;. t -e ery 50 children
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Church school "Miracle at Midday" -
9:30 a.m. 12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel Dinner and Bible Study
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Bishop Rudolph
Come share In Holy Commuon on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m. Seniorastor
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Wednesday Noon Service
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Interracial marriage still rising, but not as fast
Melting pot or racial divide? The
growth of interracial marriages is
slowing among U.S.-born
,- ,K I J
Hispanics and Asians. Still, blacks
are substantially more likely than
before to marry whites.
The number of interracial mar-
riages in the U.S. has risen 20 per-
cent since 2000 to about 4.5 mil-
lion, according to the latest census
figures. While still growing, that
The Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
(JALA) reopened Project House-
Hold last week, a satellite office of
JALA dedicated to foreclosure
defense in zip codes 32209, 32208,
32218, 32206 and 32244. JALA
was forced to shut down the office
in February of this year because of
a lack of funding.
Since opening in October 2008,
the two attorneys who staffed the
office fielded more than a thousand
phone calls, helped hundreds of
homeowners and litigated dozens
of cases. 97% of those who sought
assistance received some form of
formal service, either legal repre-
sentation, legal advice, foreclosure
counseling or resource linking.
They have also helped clients from
becoming victims of scams.
Office hours are Monday through
Friday from 8:30 a.m. 5 p.m.
Clients will be seen by appoint-
ment only, except in the case of an
emergency. The number to call for
an appointment is 390-4019.
The center is located at 3701
number is a marked drop-off from
the 65 percent increase between
1990 and 2000.
About 8 percent of U.S. mar-
riage are mixed-race
p f cir i per-
trend belies notions
of the U.S. as a post-racial,
assimilated society. Demographers
cite a steady flow of recent immi-
gration that has given Hispanics
and Asians more ethnically similar
partners to choose from while creat-
ing some social distance from
whites due to cultural and language
White wariness toward a rapidly
growing U.S. minority population
also may be contributing to racial
divisions, experts said.
"Racial boundaries are not going
to disappear anytime soon," said
Daniel Lichter, a professor of soci-
ology and public policy at Cornell
University He noted the increase in
.itntL-in,'inilarIt sentiment in the
U S after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror
aittackr a.s -ell as current tensions
in Arizona oer its new immigra-
ti n. lav.
"\\ Iih a white backlash toward
ilnliital1.int groups, some
injUnigilants are more likely
to turn inward to each
other for support,"
Broken down by
race, about 40 per-
cent of U.S.-born
Asians now marry
whites a figure
1980. Their like-
lihood of marry-
3 times for men
and 5 times for
women, to roughly
H panicsc, marriages
with whites increased
modestly from roughly 30
percent to 38 percent over the
past three decades. But when it
catme to mani ages with foreign-
born Hipanics, the share doubled
- to 12 percent for men, and 17.1
percent for women.
In contrast, blacks are now three
times as likely to marry whites than
in 1980. About 14.4 percent of
black men and 6.5 percent of black
women are currently in such mixed
marriages, due to higher education-
al attainment, a more racially inte-
grated military and a rising black
middle class that provides more
interaction with other races.
The demographic shifts can com-
plicate conventional notions of
Due to increasing interracial mar-
riages, multiracial Americans are a
small but fast-growing demograph-
ic group, making up about 5 percent
of the minority population.
Together with blacks, Hispanics
and Asians, the Census Bureau esti-
mates they collectively will repre-
sent a majority of the U.S. popula-
tion by mid-century.
Still, many multiracial people -
particularly those who are part
black shun a "multi" label in
favor of identifying as a single race.
By some estimates, two-thirds of
those who checked the single box
of "black" on the census form are
actually mixed, including President
Barack Obama, who identified him-
self as black in the 2010 census
even though his mother was white.
Census figures also show:
_Hawaii had the highest share of
mixed marriages, about 32 percent.
It was followed by Alaska,
Oklahoma, New Mexico and
Nevada, which ranged from 15 per-
cent to 19 percent. The bottom five
states were Pennsylvania, Maine,
Kentucky, Mississippi and West
Virginia, each ranging from 3 per-
cent to 4 percent.
_Mississippi had the fastest
growth in mixed marriages from
2000-08, a sign of closer ties
between blacks and whites, though
it still ranked second to last in over-
all share of mixed marriages.
Mixed marriages jumped from
2.25 million to 3.7 million, or 65
percent, from 1990-2000, as such
unions became more broadly
accepted in Southern states.
_Among U.S.-born whites, about
0.3 percent married blacks in 1980;
that figure rose to about 1 percent in
2008. About 0.3 percent of whites
married Asians in 1980 and about 1
percent in 2008. hool.
The figures come from previous
censuses as well as the 2008
American Community Survey,
which surveys 3 million house-
holds. The figures for "white" refer
to those whites who are not of
Hispanic ethnicity. For purposes of
defining interracial marriages,
Hispanic is counted as a race.
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The impressive strides that
African Americans have made in
the leadership ranks of the military
following integration have all but
stopped in recent years, and they
now occupy just a tiny share of the
nation's top military jobs.
Nearly 62 years after President
Harry R. Truman signed an execu-
tive order to desegregate the
nation's Armed Forces, African
Americans make up just 5.5 percent
of the military's flag officers-gener-
als, admirals and the equivalent,
according to the Defense
Manpower Data Center. Overall,
African-Americans comprise 17
percent of the nation's active duty
forces in the Army, Air Force,
Marines, Navy and Coast Guard.
The flattening of the number of
African Americans in the military's
very top ranks is a reflection both
of the progress that African
Americans have made in civilian
life and of the professions African
Americans tend to pursue in the
new slimmed-down military,
according to some experts.
Now, with job opportunities in
the often lucrative defense industry
and other fields open as never
before, more black officers are opt-
ing out of military careers in what
once was one of the few fields that
offered black people a chance at top
Meanwhile, African American
officers are less likely than whites
to serve in Special Forces and other
elite combat units that are often on
the front lines of the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan. And those units
are the ones from which many flag
officers are chosen.
Roughly one in five black mili-
tary officers serve in combat jobs--
half the percentage for non-blacks.
Rather than choosing combat, black
officers tend to gravitate to admin-
istrative, engineering, supply and
maintenance professions -- areas
that tend to translate best to civilian
Beginning in 2007, members of
the Congressional Black Caucus
held a series of meetings with the
military's top leadership to discuss
ways to increase diversity within
the senior officer corps. Those con-
cerns led to formation of the
Military Leadership Diversity
Commission, which is examining
policies that provide leadership
opportunities for minorities in the
In a world where opportunities
are now better outside the military
than inside, keeping diversity in the
top ranks may be more difficult
now than it was three decades ago.
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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
at Jackson & Chelsea Streets. For
more information call 768-2665 or
Ritz Jazz Jam
Enjoy a mellow evening of jazz
flavors, smooth sounds and cool
people at the Ritz Theater. The Jazz
Jam will be held on Saturday, June
5th at 8:00 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre
& LaVilla Museum. Call 632-5555
for more information.
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.
In honor of their 40th anniversary,
Raines high School is planning a
variety of activities the weekend of
Friday, June 11, 2010. Activities
include "A Homecoming Mixer",
"A Viking Valhalla Affair" (Alumni
Benefit Banquet) and A Viking
Worship Experience in the William
M. Raines Auditorium at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, call 924-
Man Up for
The Duval County Health
Department in conjunction with the
100 Black Men of Jacksonville,
Inc., will present a Young Males
and Men's Health Summit June 11-
13 at Florida State College
Downtown. There will also be a
Motorcycle Ride for Health starting
at Ribault High School. Festivities
will conclude with a unified Blue
Tie Sunday at area churches. For
free registration, visit www.manup-
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will
present their inaugural Celebrity
Men Who Cook on Sunday,
February 13 at the Omni Hotel.
Tickets for the event at the Omni
Hotel benefitting UNCF are $25
and include food and live entertain-
ment from 3 5 p.m.. For tickets or
more information, call 407-896-
The All White Linen Comedy
Extravaganza was created by
Marvin Dixon and every show has
SOLD out since it began. This year
it will be held on Friday, June 18th
at 8 p.m. atthe Florida Theatre.
Comedians include Damon
Williams, Henry Welch Hope Flood
and Jacksonville's own Terry
Harris. For tickets call 355-2787.
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,
Ritz Jazz Orchestra
featuring Rene Marie
The Ritz celebrates Black Music
Month with America's first musical
art form.. .JAZZ. The 15-piece phe-
nomenal Ritz Jazz Orchestra featur-
ing sultry jazz vocalist Rene Marie
will melodically seduce you back
into the time of the Savoy when the
Chick Webb Big Band sounds and
little known young vocalist, Ella
Fitzgerald rocked the house. It will
be held on Saturday, June 26th at
8 p.m. Tickets are $22.50. For tick-
ets or more information, call 632-
Madden Family Fun
Day and Tournament
The Bordes-Kohn Foundation, Inc.
will be holding an All Madden
Tournament and Family Fun Day to
benefit Communities in Schools.
There will be 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 887-8156.
Black Cowboy and
The Last Chance Ranch in
Callahan will be hosting the 8th
Annual Black Cowgirl and Cowboy
Festival July 1-5 at their ranch
located in Callahan,FL. Participants
from around the country will join in
for blues legend Theodis Ealey a
camping, trail ride, dinner, dance,
vendors and kids area. For direc-
tions or more info, call 879-0342.
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,
and to network with community
leaders. It will be held at the
University Club,1301 Riverplace
Boulevard on Wednesday, August
18th from 4:30 7:30 p.m. RSVP
your attendance to
firstname.lastname@example.org or 366-3461.
Kuumba Festival 2010
The Carter G. Woodson
Committee for Positive Education
of Jacksonville, Inc. (CGWC) is
kicking off its 22nd Annual
Kuumba Festival of Florida on
Saturday, August 21st, 2010.
ll:00am until 8:00pm. The festival
will take place at 500 N. Davis
Street (across from the Lavilla
School of the Arts). For more infor-
mation visit www.kuumbafesti-
valfl.org, or call 1 888-477-0565.
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The endearing legend of Black Music: Six years
after his death, Ray Charles still making big money
DaBrat released from prison
After serving close to three years behind bars, rapper Da
Brat has been released from prison. The Atlanta rapper,
who is out on a work release program, showed up on a
video with longtime friend and collaborator Jermaine
Dupri for his 'Living the Life," web series. Brat plead
guilty to felony aggravated assault for attacking Shayla
Stevens, a waitress at Dupri's Atlanta nightclub, Studio
72, back in 2007. She was sentenced to three years behind bars, seven years
probation and 200 hours of community service. The 36-year-old also
revealed that her new job is the polar opposite of her musical career. "I
make windows," she said. "If ya'll need a window, holla at ya girl. I'm
doing my thing.
Snoop launches clothing line
Snoop Dogg will take on a new executive role this
week. On May 29, Tha Doggfather will be named
President of Serious Pimp, a clothing and sunglass-
es line that blends hip-hop and Mixed Martial Arts
cultures, with which Snoop has recently become
involved. Snoop has been promoting the company's
eyewear since last December, while his spiritual
advisor and former pimp, Bishop Don "Magic" 1
Juan was appointed Serious Pimp's Chairman of the Board early last week.
Knowles-Bynum Rumors Put to Rest
Reports have been circulating that
minister Juanita Bynum has been get-
r t sting close with her colleague Mathew
M c W d Knowles (Beyonce's dad).
The pair have been working close
lately and rumors began to circulate
the two were getting serious and were
flirting with the idea of dating.
Well, in response to the report, Knowles' Music World Entertainment
issued a statement to nullify the false claims. MWE flatly says the two are
not dating and their relationship is strictly professionals.
Bynum recently signed a management contract with Knowles' company,
Music World Entertainment, "which also includes a joint venture recording
agreement between Music World and her record label Son Flower
Records." Her newest single, "Soul Cry (Oh Oh Oh)" from her upcoming
album, "The Diary of Juanita Bynum" is set to release June 22.
Alicia Keyes new baby daddy pays off ex wife
As he prepares to welcome his first child
with fiance Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz has
made peace with his ex-wife Mashonda, who
was suing him for missed alimony payments
de band back child support.
The beatmaker, born Kasseem Dean, split
from Mashonda in 2008 after four years of
marriage. Their divorce was finalized in May,
but within days of the union being officially
over, Beatz was accused of falling behind on
his alimony and child support responsibilities for their three-year-old son.
According to the New York Daily News, Mashonda's lawyer, Bemrnard
Clair, confirms that she's now received a check from Swizz for $334,000
to avoid a scheduled June 10 court date.
Meanwhile, Beatz are said to be "blissed out" with news they're going to
be parents. "I'm super-excited," Swizz told the New York Daily News.
"People are calling me from Dubai and Japan. We haven't set a wedding
date, but we will. We're just letting everything flow."
Former lead Temptations singer Ali Woodson dies
Ali "Ollie" Woodson, a former
lead singer of The Temptations,
died Sunday in California. He was
Woodson had been battling can-
cer, said Billy Wilson, president
and founder the Motown Alumni
Born Oct. 12, 1951, in Detroit,
Woodson headed The Temptations
for most of the 1980s and 90s.
He wrote and sang lead on the
1984 hit "Treat Her Like a Lady."
"He was an excellent singer,"
Wilson said. "He's one of the few
singers who was accommodating
to virtually everything. He had a
style and swagger about himself
that was different than the other
Mr. Woodson later released a
solo album, "Right Here All
Along," in 2001, according to all-
Wilson said he regularly
returned to Metro Detroit, includ-
ing performing with a band at
Arturo's Jazz Theatre and
Restaurant in Southfield and with
Dennis Edwards' Temptations
Revue at events such as the
Detroit International Jazz Fest.
"He had a tremendous number
of fans," Wilson said.
This year, Woodson appeared at
a CD preview party at the Detroit
Fish Market for Aretha Franklin,
with whom he has performed on a
In 2008, Woodson had high-pro-
file performances at a Motown
Museum Fundraiser as well as the
funeral for Levi Stubbs of the Four
"It's a sad day," he said of
Stubbs' death. "He was the first
person I met when I signed with
Motown in 1983," he said in a past
ing three hours a day.
But the 33-year-old said that when
.e was shot in the jaw in 2000, he
would drink only liquids and his
eight dropped to 157.
"This time it was a lot tougher for
Ray Charles remains a music position 'I've Got A Woman,"), it's
publisher's dream. Not only did he all kind of snowballed," says Brad
write songs that stand the test of Rosenberger, Wamer/Chappell sen-
time, but his interpretations of other ior VP of catalog development and
songwriters' tunes have turned them marketing. "Ray is definitely reach-
into royalty-generating gold- ing a new generation of kids."
mines. According to the Warner
Charles wrote classics like Music Group, the top Charles
"What'd I Say?" and made songs in its catalog include:
other songwriters' tunes "Hallelujah I Love Her So,"
into hits as well. His version of "Hard Times (No One Knows
"Georgia On My Mind," went to Better Than I)," "Mary Ann,"
No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in "What'd I Say," and "I've Got a
1960, even though it had been Woman."
recorded by plenty of well-known While Charles has a substantial
performers before then. songwriting catalog post 1961,
Ahead of the 80th anniversary of "what is interesting is he didn't like
Charles' birth on September 23, the to write," says Gumina. "He wrote
Ray Charles Marketing Group is songs when he was on Atlantic
working with partners on numerous because he didn't like what
projects including a new documen- (Atlantic principals) Ahmet
tary on the Biography Channel and (Ertegun) and Jerry (Wexler)
the debut this fall of "Unchain My were giving him (to record).
Heart: The Ray Charles Musical" So his most prolific writing
set for November. period was between 1948 and
Most of the songs that Charles 1960.
wrote through 1962 are owned by "As soon as he became big
Warner/Chappell Music, while the enough to record the biggest songs,
songs he wrote after that are pub- he started recording the American
lished by Charles' own publishing songbook Rogers and Hart,
operations, owned by the Ray Rodgers and Hammerstein, the
Charles Foundation, and licensed Gershwins and Irving Berlin."
by the Ray Charles Marketing That dovetailed nicely with the
Group, which was formed in 2005, fact that once he became big
to maximize opportunities from enough singing star, listeners want-
those rights. ed to hear his version of popular
Beginning in 1962, three years songs like "Over The Rainbow,"
after Charles left Atlantic and Gumina says.
signed with ABC, every song he But just because he recorded
wrote, co-wrote or arranged and other songwriters' songs, doesn't
sometimes even recorded was mean he was forsaking publishing.
owned by his own publishing corn- By the 1960s, Charles' stature was
panies, Tangerine Music Corp. and such that top songwriters were con-
Racer Music Co. stantly pitching their songs to him
In the six years since Charles ; to record, Gumina says. "He'd
died of cancer, his publishing take the stance, if I am going to
catalog has flourished. In record it, I want to publish it."
2004, Concord Records So he started Tangerine
released Charles's Grammy-win-
ning album "Genius Loves
Company," which has since sold 3.2 50 C ent lose,
million copies. In the same year, the
film "Ray" was released featuring Losing 50-plus pounds was a
Jamie Foxx in the Oscar-winning complicated process for 50 Cent -
lead role. but not an entirely new one.
"Between the 'Greatest Hits,' the The rapper, who plays a football
mo% ie, the soundtrack, and the new player with cancer in the upcoming
(Concord) records, and Kanye film "Things Fall Apart," dropped
West's 'Golddigger,' (which uses the from 214 pounds to 160 in nine
Ray Charles/Renald Richard corn- weeks after liquid dieting and run-
s 50 pounds for acting gig
me," the 6-foot-tall rapper and is in production.
said in an interview with the "I had to discipline myself
AP. not ... to actually have
"I had to. discipne mnself be in the physical
mi selt' not ...to [actuajll.\ state to onl e) the ener-
have myself be in the gy I felt. It's a passion
physical state to cone, '. '- project for me," said 50
the energy I felt It's a Cent, whose real name
passion project for me," is Curtis Jackson.
said 50 Cent, whose real 50 has been gaining
name is Curtis Jackson the lost weight back,
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Music, which was named after his
Tangerine Records label, and Racer
Percy Mayfield was among the
songwriters whose music Charles
published through his music pub-
lishing arms. Charles also capital-
ized on another publishing angle:
he began recording a lot of public
domain songs, like "America The
Beautiful," and "Lift Every Voice
and Sing," where he published the
Today, the Ray Charles
Marketing Group represents about
500 songs from those companies,
including about a dozen Charles
wrote and another 30 or 40 where
he is credited as co-writer. It also
represents 80 of his songs where it
can license both the songs and the
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master, which it is making available
to film producers, directors, and
Since the release of the "Ray"
biopic, Gumina says that synchro-
nization of Charles songs has
proven lucrative. But he also says
performance royalties are on the
For example, when Charles first
published "Hit The Road Jack,"
who could imagine the uses that
would come its way.
Nowadays, at any sporting event
-- whether it's a player fouling out
of a basketball game, a pitcher get-
ting pulled from the mound, a hock-
ey player getting sent to the penalty
box -- when a player is pulled from
the game, "Hit The Road Jack" will
resound over the PA system.
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