The High Cost
series looks at the
debt to society that
is never repaid
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Fewer young criminals
cause states to close prisons
There is good news aplenty in the world of juvenile justice these days:
The number of young people getting arrested is dropping, and with fewer
juvenile offenders, states are shutting down juvenile reformatories that
long have been criticized by child advocates. That's good, no doubt, but
figuring out the factors behind the reduction of serious youth offenders
has criminologists and other researchers puzzled.
For now, the only certainty is that beds at youth correctional facilities,
geared to the most serious of juvenile offenders, are going empty, and in
some cases, the falling numbers of juvenile criminals are startling.
Nationally, juvenile arrest rates fell 33 percent between 1997 and 2008,
according to the justice department.In Ohio, the number of juvenile
offenders has fallen by nearly half in the last two years. And in California
and Texas, youth facilities that had been in business for generations are
closing their doors.
joining donor registry
A new study reports that the number of people of color in the U.S. who
have become organ donors has increased significantly over the past 20
years. The problem has always been especially acute for African
Americans, who for generations were less likely to donate organs or sign
up for registries. Black Americans are about three times more likely than
whites to develop kidney disease and make up a third of those on wait-
ing lists for kidney transplants.
Distrust of medical professionals, perceived religious taboos and a gen-
eral lack of awareness keep many African Americans from considering
Data from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) showed that
between 1990 and 2008, minority donation percentages in the U.S. dou-
bled, from 15 percent of donations to 30 percent. The rate of African-
American donors more than doubled during those same years -- from 22
donors per 1 million, to 53 per million. Meanwhile, the rates among
Hispanics rose from 23 to 50 per million, and those of Asians climbed
from 10 per million to 35 per million.
Predator on the loose: 15 year old
rapist sentenced to probation
Community wonder outcome if the victim was white?
ARIZONA A 14-year-old who was accused, along with three younger
boys, of raping an 8-year-old girl last summer at a Phoenix apartment
complex has been sentenced to probation. All of the children, including
the victim, are Liberian refugees. The courts deemed that the youngest
two boys were incapable of standing trial while the case of the third boy
is still pending.
Last summer, four male Liberian refugees ages 9 to 14 used a pack of
gum to entice an 8-year-old girl into following them to an apartment
complex storage closet. The 14-year-old, Stephen Tuopeh, held the little
girl down as he and the youths took turns sexually assaulting her.
The boys were charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, sexual conduct
with a minor and attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
Meanwhile, the little girl is in foster care. Her parents are charged with
child abuse concerning unrelated incidents. They were released from jail
in May because court interpreters could not be found to represent them.
Real estate company posts
"Whites Only" sign for property
MASSACHUSETTS A law firm recently put property on the market,
stating that the land was for sale to "whites only." A complaint was filed
with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination as a result
of the sign. The legal notice, which appeared May 17th, was a reprint of
the language in the deed of the property, stating:
"The said land shall not be sold, leased or rented to any person other
than of the Caucasian race."
The statement was placed in the New Bedford Standard-Times.
Both the newspaper and the law firm placing the ad issued an apology:
"We do not condone the language and do not believe that it would be
enforceable. It is industry practice to include in the notice of sale the
exact legal description as set forth in the mortgage," said Harmon Law in
8 year old sent out of class for hair oil
WASHINGTON A Seattle writer is angry beyond words, because late
last month his 8-year-old child was removed from her honors elementary
school class. No, the child did not misbehave. Instead, the little girl was
guilty of using a hair moisturizer-that allegedly annoyed her Caucasian
teacher. Now the NAACP has joined the angry dad in filing a complaint
against the child's school.
Charles Mudede, the father, claims that the school administrators at
Thurgood Marshall Elementary initially moved his child out of her hon-
ors classroom, placing her in a hallway and then, ultimately, moved her
to another classroom. Why? Because the child's teacher stated that she
was allergic to the smell of the olive oil moisturizing hair lotion.
The biracial little girl is an honor's student and the only child of color
in her grade's accelerated program. After the teacher complained about
her hair grease, though, the child was permanently placed in a classroom
with predominantly African American children who were academically
not on par. The child's parents were never contacted about the matter.
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Venus and Serena Williams with their trophy
Williams sisters do it again!
Sisters Serena and Venus (shown above) completed a 'Williams slam' of
four consecutive grand slam doubles titles when they recently beat Kveta
Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik 6-2, 6-3 to win the French Open.
The sisters wrapped up victory in 73 minutes to win their 12th grand slam
title together, adding the trophy to the ones they won at Wimbledon and
the U.S. Open last year and at the Australian Open in January. The win
marks their 12th doubles victory and fourth in a row.
"It feels good -- we have a Williams Slam," Serena told reporters.
Racial temperatures are rising
.the agency McDonnell is roundly criticized presents slase-ovwning confeder-
Partiers by the state's NA.ACP after he ates as heroes.
up -ten- declares a Confederate History Finally, the Obamas' oldest
Month while neglecting to men- daughter, 11-year-old Malia,
ntinued, i l tion the cruelty and inhumanity becomes the target of mocking
Alask go of slavery a deed for which he by a conservative talk show host
and! otheli apologized, after the president quotes her as
admiitra- among more recent racial asking if he had pluggedt. th
I the' ly re ups. Arizona passes legisla- hole" in the BP oil crisis. The
a althat appears to unleash mocker. Fox News' Glenn Bec
cial prording on Latinos or ultimately apologizes.
and ,a' Zanyvone who police might per- But are apologies enough to
d associate d' ceive as an illegal immigrant; calm the apparent smoldering
s. then the state of Texas passes a atmosphere of racism that has
in March, law to distribute history books intensified since the election of -
an Gov. Bob with a conservative bent that Continued on page 7
Barbers spend a day
\ "on" with their day off
Shown above is patient Robert Haywood receiving a complimentary hair-
cut from Bro.Todd Davis Muhammad of the Millions More Movement
(MMM). Mr.Haywood participated in Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., MMM 'Free Hair Cuts' for Harts Harbor Community
Health Center residents. The team of barbers spent their day off serving the
Harts Harbor resident community. Andr'e Xphoto
Families of homeless veterans get a boost with transitional home
Reginald Gaffney of the Community Rehabilitation Center along with area veteran's resources representatives
and advocates were on hand to receive $10,000.00 from the Allied Veterans of the World, Inc. & Affiliates The
funds will be used to set up a transitional house for homeless Veteran families which the CRC will oversee. The
grant includes job training and assistance to acquire permanent housing for the resident family. Shown above at
the homesite are Chaplain Dr. Major Kevin W. Church, Sr. with Saving Our Homeless Veterans & Comrades, Inc.,
Jerry W Bass National Commander Allied Veterans of the World, Inc. & Affiliates Saint Augustine Florida, Rep
Jennifer Carroll, Reginald Gaffney Executive Director CRC Jacksonville, Cong. Corrine Brown,, Mike Hessong
National Secretary and Treasurer and Michael Davis National Vice Commander Allied Veterans of the World, Inc.
& Affiliates in Saint Augustine FloridaFAm Photo
Oprah Winfrey wants to give an
undiscovered talent a chance to fol-
low in her footsteps on her new
"Your Own Show: Oprah's Search
for the Next TV Star" will air on
the Oprah Winfrey Network begin-
ning in January, the same month of
OWN's launch. Winfrey is ending
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" in
September 2011 after 25 seasons.
Aspiring hosts can upload videos
to Oprah.com under categories like
traditional talk show, cooking,
health and wellness, and interior
design. It's possible to also watch
and vote on submitted videos. In-
person casting calls are happening
this month in Atlanta, Dallas and
Orange County, California.
Oil spill is
Reality tells a
June 10-16, 2010
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Payday Lending Still Nation's Most Abusive Small
By Charlene Crowell need protection against rate California; Arizona and North The Ohio
- (NNPA) -As Congress consid- gouging." Carolina have all concluded that Representatives
ers how best to reconcile differ- The scorecard analyzed four minorities are disproportionately tion that addre
ences in financial reform and types of small loans: auto title, impacted by payday loan abuses. exploited by p
consumer protections, key payday, six month-installment However, 17 states and the since voters app.
national advocates recently and one-year installment. District of Columbia have cent annual inte
released updated data on how According to their metrics, 15 -MN
consumers continue to pay steep states fail to protect consumers
rates for small loans. Jointly pub- on each product: Arizona, AR
lished by the National Consumer Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, .
Law Center, Consumer Minnesota, Mississippi, AL GA
Federation of America and Missouri, Montana, Nevada,
Consumers Union, the 2010 New Mexico, South Carolina,
Small Dollar Loan Products South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah "
Scorecard reveals how much and Wisconsin. .
work yet remains at both the fed- The Center for Responsible FL
eral and state levels to ensure Lending's (CRL) research has L
legal protections and enforce- concluded that payday lending is Provides protections for all small loan p
ments against abusive lending. particularly abusive. The short- Allows payday loans: 37% 299%"APR
"Steep rates for short-term term and high-costs of payday
small loans trap borrowers in loans often 400 percent in
unaffordable debt," said Jean annual interest lead already 1 Allows payday loans: over 500% APR
Ann Fox, director of financial struggling borrowers deeper into No consumer protections for any small
services for Consumer debt. This cycle of repeat bor-
Federation of America. "As con- rowing costs American families addressed the debt trap of payday 2008. The bill i
sumers struggle to make ends $3.5 billion per year in fees lending by capping annual inter- before the Ohio
meet in a tight economy, they alone. Moreover, research in est rates to about 36 percent or The New Har
Since the current recession first gripped the economy in December
2007, the unemployment rate among African Americans has been on a
near-steady rise to Depression era levels.
But according to the Labor Department report released Friday, job-
lessness among Blacks showed significant improvement in May.
While African Americans are still more likely to be unemployed than
any other segment of the population, their jobless rate fell a full per-
centage point last month dropping from 16.5 percent in April to 15.5
percent in May.
The improvement in the Black jobless picture resulted in part from an
addition of 431,000 new jobs to the beleaguered economy. However, the
bulk of the new jobs resulted from government hiring of persons to con-
duct the 2010 Census.
The private business sector is still slow to produce new jobs. The 15.5
percent Black unemployment rate contrasted with an 8.8 percent jobless
rate for whites and one of 12.4 percent for Hispanics.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for Asian Americans was the best
in the nation standing at only 7.5 percent.
less. In other words, just over one
of every three Americans lives
free from payday loan debt traps.
In 2010 more states addressed
payday and other abusive loan
Maryland Governor Martin
O'Malley signed legislation that
cracked down on payday lenders'
attempt to act as "credit repair"
agencies. These lenders were
charging over 600 percent annual
interest, far in excess of
Maryland's legal limit of 33 per-
In Colorado, Gov. Bill Ritter
recently signed a bill that takes
effect August 11 and will reduce
the total costs of payday loans in
Colorado by two-thirds. The new
law also extends the amount of
time a borrower has to pay back
the loan to at least six months.
Wisconsin Governor Jim
Doyle recently used his unique
veto authority to effectively ban
auto title lending and significant-
ly strengthen an otherwise weak
roved a 28 per-
rest rate cap in
is now pending
Court also recently passed legis-
lation that extends their existing
payday and auto-title rate cap to
all small loans.
Tying all these states efforts to
pending federal legislation to
address abusive lending, Gail
Hillebrand, manager of
said in a recent news release,
"Congress should make sure that
financial reform includes a strong
independent watchdog in
Washington to protect consumers
from unfair lending practices no
matter what state they live in.
And states should have the power
to enforce the law and enact even
The Center for Responsible
Lending agrees that when it
comes to consumer protection,
there is an important role for both
federal and state officials. The
federal government should set
meaningful minimum standards
and allow states to adopt more
Cost of an ex con
The debt that is never repaid
WASHINGTON (NNPA) wasn't a violent crime but it was fail, often because no one is will-
hen Robert Ervin came home a "felony", a distinction that ing to give them a second chance.
:m prison in 2007 he was means he can't receive federal Ervin, however, is different. He
pendent upon the community. college loans, food stamps or has made it, of course because of
it like thousands who have public housing and in some states his own determination, but also
mmitted crimes and served he would not be able to vote. with help from his family, his
eir time, Ervin found employers Nearly 650,000 people are church and the man who would
uctant to hire him. This prac- released annually from prisons in become his boss at Chicago
e of discriminating against this country and that number is American Manufacturing.
fenders, which falls dispropor- expected to grow as sentences are "I didn't find a job the whole
nately on Black people, is as reduced and people are released six months I was in the halfway
rmful and deliberate as the seg- early from correctional facilities house," said Ervin, now 45.
nation and Jim Crow laws of to save money, according to the His wife Yvette, he said, "was
past. Re-entry Policy Council of the there to encourage me to be
"The mass incarceration of Council of State Governments. strong and wait on God."
ack people has created a new Over 7 million different individu- For the first time in his life he
ste, not a new class," said als are released each year from looked to God and his Baptist
ichelle Alexander, author of jails. But the council notes that a religion to sustain him. He said he
he New Jim Crow: Mass "tight job market and few was "saved" while in prison and
began taking Bible studies,
- -eventually organizing a study
',- ,-.- *- -in-;-.-, m group. He had been in a gang
S. since age 14 but at New
. .. I T' Mount Pilgrim Missionary
: Baptist, he joined a group
Q F called the Mountain Men and
,I 1 A P I- A -T-'I O O N found a brotherhood of men
I I'N n-F RrA Tc [J I who loved him without judg-
Incarceration in the Age of
Colorblindness" and an associate
professor of law at Ohio State
University. "Once labeled you're
trapped in a second class status
where you can be legally discrim-
inated against..., barred by laws
and customs from integrating into
society. We have not ended racial
caste in America, we have merely
Ervin, who was once addicted
to heroin, served five years for
possession of crack cocaine. It
employers willing to hire some-
one with a criminal record"
means "many former inmates are
likely to end up right back behind
"That anyone is able to over-
come this situation and a history
of criminal behavior would be
surprising," the Council of State
Governments report says.
But the truth is that few people
do overcome the wave of preju-
dices flailed against people with
criminal records. Most people
Pastor Marshall E. Hatch
said New Mount Pilgrim
already had a strong prison
ministry that included services in
prison and programs for children
with incarcerated parents..
"We're in the city so the issue
of incarceration and reentry and
reintegration is one we deal with
all the time," said Pastor Hatch.
"We take very seriously the idea
of creating an open community
that embraces all people and we
believe strongly in redemption."
Yvette Ervin was attending the
church while Robert was away
and the church's prison ministry
sent him monthly "spiritual care
packages"-the "Daily Bread"
publication, a church bulletin and
a newsletter written by inmates
and staff members of the ministry.
When Ervin joined the
Mountain Men he was surprised
to find a group of brothers he
could relate to.
"Fellows be missing that," said
Ervin, who was stabbed in the
arm and shot in both legs during
his 26 years as the gang member.
"You think everyone thinks like
you-- about selling drugs and
making money. Then you meet
guys who are may not be from
your background but they've
been through some things too and
they use God instead of drugs."
Ervin needed the moral support
of his new brothers as he dealt
with the frustration of finding a
job. "I went to a lot of job inter-
views-at hotels, apartment
houses, on a ship at Navy Pier, at
Domino's. Nothing came
Finally, his brother called to say
he had found work and that the
boss needed one more person.
Ervin's brother advised him not to
mention his record, but Ervin
said, "I'm a Christian. I can't lie,
so I told him that I'm on proba-
He was hired to run a robot
machine at Chicago
Manufacturing, where he has
since been promoted.
Today, he and his wife have a
17-month-old son, Khaleb. Ervin
is an ordained deacon at his
church and is building a street
ministry in which he counsels
young people. He visits juvenile
Robert Ervin and his son Khaleb, who was six months old in the
photo. He is now 17 months old.
lives just outside Chicago.
detention centers, offering his
personal testimony as encourage-
In his case, it didn't take mil-
lions of dollars to help him suc-
ceed at turning their life around.
It simply took people willing to
love and support him and an
employer willing to give him a
chance. That boss, Arturo Sosa,
decided to hire Ervin in spite of
his record. Sosa doesn't think he
did anything particularly noble
and was too busy to talk about his
role in Ervin's life.
Of course, Ervin was instru-
mental in his own success.
"Robert is quite extraordinary,"
said Pastor Hatch. "He has been
such an inspiration. He works in
the youth ministry, teaches Bible
class and is an ordained deacon.
Ignore that it says "Detroit." He
He and another guy named
Herman, who was once in a rival
gang, met in the Mountain Men
and realize they may have shot at
each other in another situation.
"Robert is an example of what
can happen. He is respected--and
Ervin is on probation for three
more years. No one doubts he
will make it through with a clean
record. "I talk to friends. A lot of
them are still out there," Ervin
said. "They talk about me in a
good way now. Some of them
can't believe it. I give them hope.
I was in a gang for 26 years. I
tried church and they hugged me
and everyone shook my hand. I
feel loved at church. People in
gangs are just searching for love."
Black unemployment rate
finally starts to decline
Tackling your kids
By Jason Alderman
With millions of American schoolchild-
ren starting summer vacation, cries of
"I'm bored" will soon ring out across the
nation. Swimming lessons and trips to 1
the mall can fill only so many hours.
Before you give up and hand over the TV
remote, consider some activities that can be
productive, safe and fun for kids of all ages.
Teach practical skills. We've all had friends who somehow reached
adulthood never having washed their own socks or bought groceries.
That's why my wife and I are strong proponents of teaching our kids
self sufficiency. We've come up with additional jobs they can tackle
during vacation for extra spending money, over and above their mod-
Along with routine age-appropriate tasks like washing the car, yard
work and babysitting, look for more creative ideas like scrapbooking
old photos or weeding through closets for garage sale items. Target
activities that not only ease your own workload but also increase the
amount of time you can spend together.
Boost financial abilities. As your kids get older, start sharing
activities that teach them personal financial management skills. For
Involve them in balancing your checkbook and paying bills.
They'll probably be amazed to learn how much things like utilities,
rent/mortgage and groceries cost.
Enlist their help planning vacations by researching travel costs
online, calculating gas mileage, estimating hotel bills, etc.
When planning a major purchase like a house or car, engage their
help researching and comparison shopping, and explain how sales
tax, loans and real estate broker commissions work.
Provide safe online activities. Although you don't want your kids
spending all their time online, possessing strong computer skills is
vital for today's students and tomorrow's employees. Fortunately,
there are many family friendly websites where you can steer your
children. The American Library Association has a clearinghouse of
safe, appropriate websites for kids of all ages (www.ala.org/great-
sites). You'll find math and word games, specialty sites on animals,
science, literature, history, current events, the arts and much more.
Some of the better financial education sites I've seen are:
You Are Here, an animated site offered by the Federal Trade
Commission, where 5th through 8th graders wander through a virtu-
al "mall," playing games and learning key consumer concepts such
as the impact of advertising, how to spot scams and protect personal
Money Smart, a financial education program developed by the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation that includes contents for
young adults (www.fdic.gov/moneysmart).
MyMoney.gov, the U.S. government's website dedicated to teach-
ing people of all ages the basics of financial education
Hands on Banking, a free, interactive program from Wells Fargo
that teaches financial basics and smart money management skills
Financial Soccer, a fast-paced, interactive video game created by
Visa Inc. and the Federation Internationale de Football Association,
which incorporates soccer's structure and rules to teach children and
young adults the knowledge and tools they'll need to establish and
maintain sound financial habits over a lifetime (www.financialsoc-
cer.com). Financial Soccer is free and can be played online or on CD-
So, the next time you hear, "I'm bored," have your checklist ready
-just don't be surprised if they go outside to play instead.
Jarik Conrad to Keynote BSEC
7th Anniversary Celebration
The Beaver Street Enterprise Center (BSEC) will celebrate their
7th Anniversary featuring local writer and speaker, Dr. Jarik
Conrad. The event will honor outstanding business, mentors and
Festivities will be held on Thursday, June 17th from 11:30 a.m.
1 p.m. at the BSEC, 1225 West Beaver Street. For tickets or more
information, call 265-4700.
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Black politicians gaining little
capital after Obama's election
Two of the nation's highest ranking Black elected officials Gov. David
Paterson (left) of New York and Sen.Roland Burris (right) of Illinois
will not even seek re-election.
A year and a half after the United
States elected it's first Black presi-
dent a feat many thought would
issue in a new era of racial politics,
little has been done to impact the
Black candidates in races around
the country are struggling so much
that the number of African
Americans in major statewide
offices is likely to drop from the
few three already in place. Not to
mention, possibility exists that
there will be no black governors or
senators by next year.
The recent defeat of Artur Davis
(D) last week in Alabama who
many had hoped would be the
state's first Black governor, was
the latest in a series of defeats of
black politicians in primaries this
year for statewide office. To make
matter's worse, many who are
already in position are not staying
in them. New York's Gov. David
Paterson, plagued by ethics scan-
dals and the only black senator,
Roland Burris of Illinois, have both
decided not to run.
Locally in Florida Rep. Kendrick
Meek (D-Fla.) who is running for
the Senate, is seen as an underdog
in the general election races. The
only African American favored to
win a gubernatorial or U.S. Senate
seat is Massachusetts Gov. Deval
Patrick (D), who is running for a
second term. And while a number
of black Republicans are running,
many of them are losing in primar-
ies as well, and the number of black
members of the GOP in Congress
could be zero.
The defeats coined with the brief
outlook all point to the disappoint-
ing aftermath of Obama's historic
election. The majority of Black
politicians in Washington represent
districts that are most likely gerry-
mandered (drawn to elect a minori-
ty), disproportionately liberal and
African American, making it diffi-
cult for them to build broader coali-
tions of supporters to win a
statewide race. Historically, only
two blacks, including Patrick, have
been elected to governorships, and
only six blacks, including Obama
and Burn-is, have served in the U.S.
Unlike the massive cohesive
effort in place during the Obama
campaign, Black voters, political
leaders and activists, perhaps
because of doubts about the black
candidates' ability to win, have not
rallied around these candidates as
they did Obama.
Black voters "are so invested per-
sonally in Barack Obama the man,
and it's unique to him," said Cornell
Belcher, an African American poll-
ster who worked on the Obama
campaign. "They are invested in
him in a way they are not in other
black political leaders."
While the primary process is
thinning the ranks of black candi-
dates, a few remain. Patrick, who
won in 2006 on the strength of
backing from white liberal activists
in a state with a small black popula-
tion, has a double-digit lead in
Massachusetts. Meek could benefit
from a three-way Florida race in
which two of the candidates, Gov.
Charlie Crist, who is running as an
independent, and GOP candidate
Marco Rubio, could split the con-
"There were a lot of people who
were in fantasy land about black
candidates all of sudden getting
elected to all of these offices," said
David Bositis, who studies black
political trends at the Joint Center
for Political and Economic Studies.
"But in most years, there are only a
handful of Senate seats that are
truly competitive, and a lot of peo-
ple want these seats. And given this
is going to be a favorable year for
Republicans, the notion that it was
going to a great year for African
American candidates, it just wasn't
going to happen."
Teen dating violence to be a part of
curriculum thanks to Rep. Mia Jones
Representative Mia Jones (D-
Jacksonville) worked with the
National Foundation for Women
Legislators (NFWL) and Moms and
Dads for Education (MADE) to
ensure that all young people are
educated about the devastating con-
sequences of teen dating violence
and abuse. On Friday June 4,
Governor Crist signed House Bill
467 (Teen Dating Violence
Education) into law. As part of
their curriculum, student in grades
7-12 will be taught the warning
Performing arts summer
camp at Stage Aurora
Stage Aurora Performing Arts
Center will be sponsoring a sum-
mer camp this summer for area you
ages 8-17. The camp runs June 14 -
July 23, 2010 from 8 a.m. tO 5 p.m.
If your child has an interest in the
performing arts: theatre, drama,
dance, music, etc. and would like to
grow and share their talent with
other talented youth, call now to
enroll them in the 2010 Stage
Aurora Performing Arts Summer
Institute. Schoarships are available.
For more information call 765-
signs of abusive behavior, what
healthy relationships are, and who
to contact if they or someone they
know is an abuse victim.
"By passing this teen dating vio-
lence education legislation in
Florida, Rep. Jones has shown her
continued dedication to raising
awareness on this issue," said
Robin Read, President & CEO of
NFWL. "She has worked to change
the thought nationwide, bringing
much needed attention to these acts
of violence that often go unnoticed
until a young woman is found badly
injured or worse, murdered."
"It is vital that all sectors of soci-
ety come together to address this
issue and break the cycle of abuse,"
said Jane Randel, Vice President of
Corporate Communications for Liz
Claiborne Inc. "We fully supported
Rep. Jones' commitment to passing
this legislation encouraging educa-
tion on teen dating abuse in all mid-
dle and high schools in Florida."
"Dating violence has reached epi-
demic proportions, resulting in
thousands of preventable deaths,"
Representative Jones said. "We all
have a responsibility to do our part
to end this vicious cycle."
Left to right: Adrian Johnson, Michael Johnson, Kamryn Robinson, Ashley Smith, Mekalah Johnson,
Jimiyah Williams, Colleen Davenport, Kaila Pascal, Ndaiye Curry, Michael Thompson, Zachary Curry,
Aniya Ellis, Jicobee Wilson, Teacher Gail Baker, Tyjuwan Jackson, Shomaria Jackson, Asrika Jackson.
Reader's Theatre culminates a year of reading
Readers Theater recently presented a fantasy, fables and fun day at the Atlantic Theater. Over fifty children from
Duval, Neptune beach and Mayport schools participated in the end of the year comprehension reading program
telling stories and fables. Opening the show was "tales with a twist," and the audience favorite "custard the drag-
on". Teacher Gail Baker was was proud of her students and the parents smiled with approval! KFP Photo
Phill Wilson, CEO of the
White House holds summit on Greater Than AIDS campaign,
said media can raise aware-
AIDS' impact on black men ness. In one San Francisco
neighborhood, placement of
The White House held its first
summit on the impact of the AIDS
virus on African American men
last week, pointing to evidence that
the epidemic may be on the rise
among black men.
The summit convened policy-
makers and community and reli-
gious leaders in anticipation of the
White House's National
HIV/AIDS Strategy, which is
expected in the coming weeks and
will lay out a plan to reduce the
incidence of the disease and pro-
vide better care.
African Americans make up 10
percent of the population but about
half of the HIV/AIDS cases nation-
wide. One of every 16 black men
will face a diagnosis in his lifetime,
and black people are seven times
more likely to contract the virus
than other races. However, dispro-
portionately, these men are homo-
sexual and bi-sexual men.
A key goal of the campaign will
be to erase the stigma of
HIV/AIDS among blacks, commu-
nity leaders said.
"People react with demonization
to black men with AIDS," said
Shannon Hader, director of the
D.C. Department of Health's
HIV/AIDS Administration. "This
... prevents men from getting
involved in the response."
Raising public awareness of the
dangers of HIV transmission is
central to efforts to battle the epi-
one billboard advertising free HIV
testing increased the number of
people getting checked by 500 per-
Indeed, the most recent figures
from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention suggest
that most segments of the nation's
population are witnessing a decline
in infections. The exception is gay
males, especially Black gay males.
According to the CDC, the group
with the fastest growing
HIV/AIDS infection rate is young
Black males between 13 and 19.
The summit was held in prepara-
tion for the release of the National
HIV/AIDS Strategy which to be
made public within the next few
City to present update
flood maps June 14th
As part of its series of open houses on proposed revisions to the flood
maps for Duval County, the city will hold an additional meeting in
northwest Jacksonville on Monday, June 14 from 3:30-6 p.m. at the
Dallas-Graham Branch Library. City representatives will be available to
pull up individual property owner's maps, answer questions about the
maps and provide general information on the appeals process and pos-
sible insurance changes. The meeting is open to all residents. To learn
more about the "Mapping the Risk" program and your flood zone status,
go to www.mappingtherisk.com.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
Goals FY 2011 2013
Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority announces its proposed DBE goal of 12%
for FY 2011-2013. Funds expended for USDOT assisted contracts are affected by this goal. The goal is exclu-
sive of JTA's expenditures for transit vehicles. A public workshop regarding the goal will be held Tuesday, July
20, 2010 in the JTA Board Room located at 100 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida at 6 p.m.
It is the intent of the JTA that this expenditure goal be obtained through a race neutral and race conscious pro-
gram to the maximum extent feasible. A copy of the proposed goal statement is available for review during nor-
mal business hours at the JTA Administrative Office. Comments may be directed to Ken Middleton, Contract
Compliance Program Manager or Frank Billue, Regional Civil Rights Officer at the addresses below:
Jacksonville Transportation Authority Federal Transit Administration, Region IV
Attention: Ken Middleton Attention: Frank Billue
Contract Compliance Program Manager Regional Civil Rights Officer
100 North Myrtle Avenue 230 Peachtree Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204 Atlanta, GA 30303
JTA will accept written or oral comments on the goal for 45 days following the date of this notice.
Special accommodations (including Braille, large print, sign language interpreters or other assistance) for per-
sons with disabilities are available upon request. To assist us in meeting specific needs, prior notice of at least
5 business days would be appreciated. Call Ken Middleton at (904) 598-8728 or email at
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June 10-16, 2010
- South Africa
BP Oil Spill Latest Political Weapon Against
Obama: Reality Tells a Different Story
There is no doubt that the BP Oil
Spill in the Gulf of Mexico has had
both an environmental and eco-
nomical impact on this country.
Just ask anyone of the dozens or
hundreds of companies associated
with the seafood industry or Gulf
tourism the spill is the worst in
U.S. history and perhaps the first
time that an oil spill has been so
politically linked to the presi-
Republicans are doing what
political parties not in control of
either branch of government do -
blame the President and his party
for any and every thing that has a
negative impact on the country. Of
course, no one is saying that
President Obama actually caused
the spill however, the latest attack
on him is that he hasn't been tough
enough on British Petroleum (BP).
It was no surprise to me that the
President is now talking tough in
an interview this week with Matt
Lauer of the Today Show on NBC,
Obama actually used the word
"ass," as in kicking someone's ass.
The phrase came about from
Lauer asking the President about
his style of governing and why he
isn't down in the Gulf "kicking
some butt." Obama responded by
saying that this isn't theater and
that he is not trying to perform for
anyone. He has been talking to
experts from around the world not
for show, but to get a better under-
standing of "whose ass to kick."
Pretty interesting stuff- I haven't
done the research, but I wouldn't be
surprised if he is the first sitting
president to use that phrase in the
media. No big deal to those of us
who may on occasion let a curse
word or two slip out of our mouths,
but I am sure that the ultra conser-
vatives that are above any sin will
make his statement an issue.
Putting the tough talk aside, the
reality of the situation is that
Obama's administration has been
responsive. In fact, as he said on
the Today Show, he was in the Gulf
at the beginning "Long before the
talking heads on cable decided that
this was a crisis," said the
He added, "This is a difficult
time for the country, but we will get
through it. I am not concerned
about my politics; I am concerned
about what is happening in the
Gulf. We have put unprecedented
resources towards this disaster."
During the interview Obama was
clearly bothered by some of the
criticism. He said, "There has not
been an idea out there that we
haven't evaluated or done. When
you ask the critics what we should
have done or should be doing dif-
ferently there is silence."
In an email blast to supporters, he
said, "From the beginning, we have
worked to deploy every tool at our
disposal to respond to this crisis.
Today, there are more than 20,000
people working around the clock to
contain and clean up this spill."
Unfortunately, criticism and liv-
ing under a microscope comes with
the territory. But again, the reality
of the disaster is quite different
from the picture that the conserva-
tive "talking heads" are painting.
"I have authorized 17,500
National Guard troops to partici-
pate in the response. More than
1,900 vessels are aiding in the con-
tainment and cleanup effort," said
He added, "We have convened
hundreds of top scientists and engi-
neers from around the world. This
is the largest response to an envi-
ronmental disaster of this kind in
the history of our country."
Yeah, it sounds like he hasn't put
much thought or attention into this
issue. I guess he's only focused on
his Liberal agenda of destroying
the country through Socialism. You
gotta love politics. Any and every
issue can be turned into an opportu-
nity to either help or hurt someone
or some party.
The Obama administration has
already put a moratorium on new
drilling, and he is committed to
making BP pay.
What does pay mean well,
Obama feels that since BP is a
multi-billion dollar company that
can afford to compensate each per-
son and company affected by the
He said, "We have also ordered
BP to pay economic injury claims,
and this week, the federal govern-
ment sent BP a preliminary bill for
$69 million to pay back American
taxpayers for some of the costs of
the response so far."
So what is next? Well, of course
stopping oil spill is the number one
priority. But beyond the moratori-
um, Obama's administration has
put in place aggressive new operat-
ing standards for offshore drilling.
The president has also appointed
a bipartisan commission to look
into the causes of this spill.
At the end of day, BP will have to
pay for the worst national disaster
in the country's history. The good
news is that BP has the funds to do
just that. This quarter alone the
company earned over $10 billion
Besides if they don't pay our
president might just "kick their
Signing off from the White
Special Treatment of Israel Continues in the U.S.
by George Curry
Despite widespread global con-
demnation of Israel's decision to
attack a flotilla of boats carrying
unarmed civilians attempting to
deliver humanitarian aid to the
Gaza Srip, U.S. officials have
Vefued to pbli1ly criticize Israel
and the American media has
reported the conflict through what
one media monitoring group called
For years, Palestinians have been
unable to get their side fairly
reported in the U.S. media and the
latest international incident is yet
"Much of the U.S. media cover-
age has been remarkably unskepti-
cal of Israel's account of events
and their context, and has paid lit-
tle regard to international law,"
Fairness and Accuracy in the
Media [FAIR], a media monitoring
On May 31, the Israeli military
attacked a flotilla of boats deliver-
ing aid to Gaza, killing as many as
11 activists aboard. Israel said its
military came under attack when
they boarded the vessels and were
acting in self-defense. It also said
such inspections were necessary to
protect its sworn enemies from
obtaining weapons that would
The response from the interna-
tional community has been strong.
British Prime Minister David
Cameron said, "What has hap-
pened is completely unacceptable.
We should be clear about that and
we should also deplore the loss of
France's Foreign Secretary
Bernard Koucher said instead of
Israel inspecting Gaza-bound ships
for weapons, the European Union
would be willing to perform that
function, thereby easing tension
between the Israelis and
However, Israel rejects that sug-
gestion as well as the idea of an
Michael Oren, Israel's ambassa-
dor to the United States, said on
Fox News: "Israel is a democracy.
Israel has the ability and the right
to investigate itself, not to be
investigated by any international
Major media outlets have sided
For example, a Washington Post
editorial declared, "We have no
sympathy for the motives of the
participants in the flotilla a mot-
ley collection that included
European sympathizers with the
Palestinian cause, Israeli Arab
leaders and Turkish Islamic
The New York Times claimed it
provided a one-sided account
because, "There were no immedi-
ate accounts available from the
passengers of the Turkish ship."
FAIR observed, "The Times
piece also showed little interest in
international law, mentioning
Israel's claim regarding the legality
of their actions but providing no
analysis from any international law
expert to support or debunk the
claim: 'Israeli officials said that
international law allowed for the
capture of naval vessels in interna-
tional waters if they were about to
violate a blockade."
That position was disputed by
former British ambassador Craig
"To attack a foreign flagged ves-
sel in international waters is ille-
gal," he said. "It is not piracy, as
the Israeli vessels carried a military
commission. It is rather an act of
As usual, conservatives seized
on the opportunity to criticize
Sean Hannity of Fox said he was
"concerned about the lack of sup-
port from the United States of
America." Right-wing radio host
Hugh Hewitt claimed that Obama
displayed "hostility to Israel" and
joined the "pounding of Israel."
The Obama administration has
been taking a pounding from the
left for not taking a stronger posi-
tion on the incident.
Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton said: "I think the situation
from our perspective is very diffi-
cult and requires thoughtful
responses from all concerned." She
added, "We support an Israeli
investigation that meets those cri-
teria. We are open to different ways
of ensuring a credible investiga-
tion, including international partic-
According to ABC's Jake
Tapper, the U.S. was successful in
softening a UN resolution that had
favored an international inquiry
into the incident.
Most of the news reports lacked
The United Nation Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs has earlier reported:
As a consequence of Israel's
blockade of the Gaza Strip, 98 per-
cent of industrial operations have
been halted since 2007 and there
are acute shortages of fuel, cash,
cooking gas and other basic sup-
Israel has destroyed the water
of sanitation infrastructure in Gaza,
leading to major water-related
In Gaza, the Israeli blockade
has wrecked the healthcare system,
limiting medical supplies and pre-
venting serious medical cases from
traveling outside the Strip for: spe-
cialized treatment and
-Israel's military operations in
2008,2009 damaged 15 of the
strip's 27 hospitals and damaged -
Continued on page 7
in the spotlight
South Africa's wealth gap is widening and the average
Black citizen still only earns an eighth of what his White
counterpart does nearly 14 years on from the end of apartheid.
The people who marched in the in the 1980s anti-apartheid demonstra-
tions should note what an Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR)
researcher says about the disparity they marched to eliminate. "We are not
succeeding in reducing inequality" says senior researcher Jan Hofmeyr. The
institute shows that the per capital income of Black South Africans just 13
percent of that of Whites. The issue is political. African National Congress
(ANC) leader Jacob Zuma made the disparity between rich and poor the
theme of his successful campaign to oust Thabo Mbeki from the head of the
ruling party and office of president.
But, nowadays diversity "be damned". "Football" is the thing on every-
body's mind in South Africa. The world's most popular sport is starting and
as the World Cup kicks off June 11 and organizers expect the month-long
tournament to boost South Africa's tourist arrivals to more than 10 million
this year. South African officials expect around 400,000 foreigners to visit
South Africa during the tournament each spending $4000 on average.
Tourism officials project visiting fans will add nearly $2-billion to the econ-
omy creating thousands of new jobs.
But, should South Africa be spending over $6 billion on the event while
many of its population survive on $120 a month? The government has spent
over a billion dollars building five new stadiums and upgrading existing
facilities. Over $800 million has been invested in public transport initiatives
and supporting infrastructure. The national government, 10 provincial
administrations and 9 host cities have each spent hundreds of millions of
dollars on preparations.
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. The 2010 FIFA World Cup
will be the 19th FIFA World Cup, the premier international football (soccer)
tournament. It will be the culmination of a qualification process that began
in August 2007 and involved 204 of the 208 FIFA national teams. Africa was
chosen as the host for the 2010 World Cup as part of a policy to rotate the
event among football confederations. The 9 host cities' officials say that the
stadiums are ready, airports and transport links complete and 41,000 dedi-
cated police enlisted to counter security fears.
"It's Our Time" say organizers, who promulgate the vision that the World
Cup is the ultimate "nation building" event and helps write a new chapter in
the country's post-apartheid history. Yet, the South African media has loud-
ly questioned whether the World Cup will do more for FIFA, which has
banked $3.2 billion in media and marketing revenues, than the host country
and its people. The global governing body argues that those revenues fund
its development work around the world and everything it does in the four
years between World Cups. Under its profitable model, costs are borne by
the host nation and all marketing and media revenues retained by FIFA.
The local organizing committee retains some ticket income to meet its
costs, and say FIFA's long list of demands is considered worthwhile in return
for the value of inward investment and the promotional power of having the
eyes of the world on you for a month. Whether the sums add up in a fast
developing nation in which up to 50 percent of the population live in
poverty remains open to a debate.
Not much has changed since apartheid in South Africa except increases in
poverty and violence. Is it "Fool's (old" that South African officials were
chasing by investing multi-billions in the hope of transforming its reputation
for rampant crime and racial tension? More than 5,700 incidents of serious
crimniAhappen daily-in South Africa, including one of the world's highest
homicide rates. South Africa's Black-led government would do well
remembering that "charity begins at home"; and as it puts on the planet's
"big show", it should look inward to see that much of the billions being cir-
culated finds its way to many more among the country's 30 million Blacks.
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The murals artist sit in front of their work.
Artists for Arizona public school
ordered to lighten subjects of their work
An Arizona elementary school
is under fire for asking painters of a
mural, located front of the school,
to lighten the faces of children
depicted. R.E. Wall, director of the
Prescott Elementary School's
Downturn Mural Project, said that
he and other artists faced racial
slurs from passing drivers as they
painted the mural. "We consistent-
ly, for two months, had people
shouting racial slander from their
cars," Wall said. "We had children
painting with us, and here come
these derogatory yells of Blacks
The kids being depicted on the
mural go to a school that is "a K-5
school with 380 students and the
highest ethnic mix of any school in
Prescott." According to Wall, thou-
sands of residents in the town
donated to have the mural painted.
Steve Blair, a city councilman,
has used his radio show to attack
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are not doi
the mural and demand that it be
destroyed. This adds to another
incident, in which a prominent state
legislator in Arizona was found to
follow a member of the Ku Klux
Klan on Twitter.
The latest series of events albeit
minor continues a trend of prob-
lematic behavior on the part of the
residents of Arizona, who are gain-
ing a bad reputation for a long list
of racist temper tantrums. The
recent immigration law was the
strongest show of force by Arizona
residents and has led to the city of
Los Angeles refusing to do business
with any corporation that is based
in the state. Additionally, Arizona is
remembered as the state that
refused to acknowledge the Martin
Luther King national holiday, and
the one that hosts a sheriff, Joe
Arpaio, who is accused of violating
the civil rights of black and brown
inmates on a regular basis.
by Mayor John Peyton
As Florida residents, we may not
be able to prevent natural disasters
such as hurricanes from occurring,
but we can plan ahead. Preparing
for disaster saves lives and property
and reduces the time it takes our
community to recover, should we
ever face a severe storm. June
marks the start of the 2010 hurri-
cane season and now is the time to
take the first steps toward protect-
ing and preparing your family, pets
and home in the event of a disaster.
There are four simple ways you can
prepare for hurricane season: have a
plan and create a five-day kit; regis-
ter for assistance if you have special
needs; plan for your pets and attend
Justin Beckett likes to call his
new website Blacktv247.com the
"YouTube for black folks". There
you can catch old episodes of
Sanford and Son, see some never
before seen Huey P. Newton
footage and even check out the only
daily black newscast in the country.
"We found it unacceptable that
there was no daily black newscast
in half a decade," said Internet
entrepreneur Beckett in an inter-
view with Black Voices. "In this
information age that we live in
there is news, data and specific
information relevant to our commu-
nity. It would be easy not to see
things that are relevant to our com-
munity. With btv247.com, we are
seeking to bring that information to
Unlike YouTube, there are
focused portals to help sift through
the vast amount of information.
disaster response training.
Having a plan for a major disaster
is critical to family safety because
emergency workers may not be able
to reach everyone right away. In
some cases it may take three or
more days for help to arrive. What
would you do if you had no elec-
tricity, no gas, no water and no tele-
phone service? Having a plan for
your family and their needs will
help ensure their safety. The state's
Family Disaster Planning website,
www.floridadisaster.org., helps you
create your own personalized
Family Disaster Plan that you can
print and save for future emergen-
cies. Included in your plan will be
contact information for local emer-
agency responders, maps of local
evacuation zones and recommend-
ed amounts of food, water and sup-
plies for a five-day kit based on
your family information.
In an emergency situation, indi-
viduals with special medical needs
may require assistance evacuating
and reaching a shelter. The Duval
County Emergency Preparedness
Division maintains a registry of
those with special needs to ensure
they get the proper care needed
when a storm threatens
Jacksonville. Any person who is
medically dependent on electricity
or needs regular assistance with
medication and/or observation
should register for assistance by
contacting the Emergency
Preparedness office at 630-2472.
In the midst of an approaching
storm is not the time to find out that
your shelter or hotel does not allow
pets. The City of Jacksonville's Pet
Friendly Public Evacuation Shelter
Program will help you plan now for
your pet this hurricane season. The
program helps with registration
forms, pet friendly shelter locations
and tips for pet emergency supplies
kits. Call 630-CITY (2489) for
The best way to make your fami-
ly and home safer this hurricane
season is to be prepared before it
happens. I encourage all residents
to have a plan and a five-day kit.
ready for a Black YouTube?
There are 16 screens broadcasting a
daily offering of entertainment,
news or music on the site, which
has a database of over 100,000 pro-
grams and is free of charge. There's
currently an interview with Michael
Jordan, a classic video of
America's racial temperature rising
ed from front much of this is due to the fact that trol and will likely continue to surge The current frenzy has roots in 9-
it Barack Obama? Both they simply can not accept the fact is simple: 11, Levin points out.
d White authorities on that we have a Black leader in this "It is the Obama factor. It is a big "The war on terror is part of it.
ed say what's really need- country," says Lowery. "Without factor. Having an African- Certainly 9-11 made lots of
ice of reason within the the Black president, we wouldn't American as president has brought Americans of any race feel uncom-
n Party. have all this heavy tension and out the worse in some White fortable or more insecure about
ality is that the people lightening rod activity that's driving Americans and it's brought out the their personal safety. But that's a
I really tamp this down us further and further apart." best in others ... There are many small part of the whole thing,"
ng so," says Mark Potok, A civil rights stalwart who co- Whites who voted for Obama, who Levin says.
spokesman for the Birmingham-
based Southern Poverty Law
Center, a foremost authority on race
hate incidents around the country.
"There are large numbers of
Republican officials, so-called
responsible leaders of the party,
who are doing absolutely nothing to
tamp down the outright falsehoods,
the defamatory propaganda that's
being pumped out into the political
Potok, Jack Levin, director of the
Brudnick Center on Violence and
Conflict at Northeastern University
and civil rights icon Rev. Joseph
Lowery all agreed on mainly two
things in interviews with the NNPA
News Service. One that racial ten-
sion in America has grown since the
election of President Obama. And
two that it could be quelled by a
voice of reason rising from the
"Most White people who are on
the adverse side of this question
would not admit it, but absolutely,
founded the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference with Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr., Lowery
knows what it takes to quiet the cur-
rently smoldering atmosphere that
he says he has not seen since the
1960s. He says it takes a person
who is respected by the aggressors
to rise up and call for peace.
Potok agrees, but says at this
point, it will be difficult to quell the
political, race and anti-government
"This genie may be very difficult
to get back into the bottle. It would
have been a hell of a lot better if
some of the more ostensibly main
stream figures in our society had
said something about this long ago.
Now we're actually seeing people
driving airplanes into IRS buildings
and murdering Pentagon police
officers and leaving coffins on the
lawns of congressmen."
Levin of the Brudnick Center,
agrees with Lowery that the reason
the racial temperature is out of con-
continue to praise him, who think
he's a great president, but then
there's the other side of the coin.
The problem is that it is a small but
growing number of extremists who
are concerned about foreign influ-
ence. They see him as attempting to
destroy our country. And these are
the same folks who are likely to
join some White supremacist group
or civilian militia organization.
They are so concerned about what
they see as an erosion of American
culture and the American economy
and they blame the Black guy who
holds the most powerful office in
The name-calling and labeling of
President Obama as Marxist,
Socialist, etc., have been among the
worse offenses, says Potok.
"These things are all utter false-
hoods and yet the people in respon-
sible positions of the party have
done almost nothing to play this
down and in fact have played it up,"
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Muhammad Ali talking about the
possibility of a black president and
Wyclef Jean talking about Haitian
earthquake relief efforts.
"We said we are going to adopt a
content agnostic strategy. We don't
care where the content comes from
as long as its relevant," said
Beckett.The idea for the channel
actually dates back to 2008 when
Beckett and his partners begin
acquiring the rights to content.
Beckett has been an internet entre-
preneur for several years, having
started and sold three companies.
He started a company called Music
Gaming Inc, which was subse-
quently sold to Intermix/My Space
in 2001. Another of Beckett's com-
panies, Fluid Music, formed a part-
nership with American Idol and was
taken public on the Toronto Stock
Beckett's partner Cecil Cox was a
senior executive and manager of
Mundy Lane Entertainment, the
motion picture and television pro-
duction company founded by
"In my opinion we are underrep-
resented among entrepreneurs. Like
most untapped areas, the internet
space is still below the radar. This
can be started without a ton of cap-
ital. I have successfully started and
exited three companies that have
made money, very few which
involved people of color," said
Part of the goal of
blacktv247.com is to change that.
The company is looking to partner
with black colleges to offer intern-
ships. In addition, a channel dedi-
cated to show the work of black
college and aspiring filmmakers is
in the works. Right now, only about
15 percent of the material on the
site is original content. Beckett said
he hopes to see those numbers
grow, especially as the newscast
catches on and attracts more people
to the site.
Being the black YouTube is a tall
order. "Our view is that the chal-
lenge is great thing," said Beckett.
"The potential that this company
has is amazing".
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June 10-16 2010
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.
June 10-16, 2010
SSummer Camp Registration Vacation Bible School for Children
"The Gifts Within Summer Camp 2010" is conducting early registration and Adults at Greater Macedonia
n 7for ages 3-17. Camp convenes June 14-August 6th. Sign-up with Minister,
Dr. Tanya Brooks, Camp Director. For more information please call (904)
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.
Family & Friends Day
at Believers of Christ
The community is invited to attend Believers Of Christ Temple Ministries
Family & Friends Weekend June 12th & 13th. Festivities will kick off on
Saturday at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The day will include good food, jumping,
ride and water slide, games and more. On Sunday from 9:45 a.m. to
2:00p.m. there will be an Anointed Worship & Fellowship. All are wel-
come to come and receive your miracle. The church is located at 5318 C
St., Jacksonville, Fla. 32209. For more information call 765-0827.
Florida General Baptist Convention
convenes at World Golf Village
The Dr. C. E. Glover, of Miami, FL; Dr.
F 1 orid a Eugene Diamond, of Jacksonville,
,e., Gn Genera 1 FL; Dr. Mack K. Carter, of Miami,
... Baptist FL; Dr. James B. Sampson, of
Convention Jacksonville, FL; Dr. John Allen, of
Inc. will Jacksonville, FL; Dr. Carl Johnson,
hold a Men of Miami, FL; and Dr. Gary
0 n 1 y Williams Sr., of Jacksonville, Fl.
Pastors and The Official opening at 6 P.M.,
Ministers Thursday, June 17th will feature the
M e n s Conference Dinner. Breakfast will
Rev. James Sampson Conference kick off Friday's activities which
and Retreat at The Renaissance include Workshops Lunch, and
Resort, World Golf Village, St. more. The Conference Prayer
Augustine, Florida June 17-19, Breakfast and Conference Closing
2010. will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Friday.
The Conference Speaker- will be For more information visit:
can be confirmed by EMAIL:
FGBC@BELLSOUTH.NET; or by
contacting: Margie Cody (904) 768-
0370 or Conference Headquarters at
Seeking the lost for Christ I ___
Matthew 28:19 20 ..
S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
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.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church where Dr. Landon L. Williams, Sr. is
pastor, will hold Children Vacation Bible School, Monday, June 21 to
Friday June 25, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Adult Vacation Bible
School will be held Monday June 21 to Thursday June 24, 2010 from 7:00
p.m. -8:00 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.. For more
information call the Church at (904) 764-3257. The church is located at
1880 West Edgewood Avenue on Jacksonville's northside.
Youth Revival at Friendship Primitive
Friendship Primitive Baptist Church located at 1109 Pearce St.
Jacksonville Fl. 32209, will be having a youth revival on June 14, 16 and
18, 2010. At 7:00 p.m. each night the speaker of the week will be Minister
Treigh Smith of Springhill Missionary Baptist Church. The theme of the
revival is You Make It Happen Pray. The pastor of Friendship Primitive
Baptist is Elder Bobbie Sheffield and the Youth Leader is Sis. Eva Harris
for information call (904) 353-7734
Vacation Bible School at Mt. Olive
Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, 1319 N. Myrtle Ave. where Elder Lee
Harris is Pastor, will present their 2010 Vacation Bible School June 14th-
18th 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Children teens and adult will be challenged to
give glory to God as the creator and step up to take care of all His creation!
A light dinner will be served from 5:00p.m. 5:55 p.m. For more informa-
tion contact Jennifer Robinson at 355-0015.
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 Clifftones 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.
NJCDC Health and Neighbor Day
The Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation will be
hosting its 7th Annual Health and Neighbor Day (H.A.N.D.) on Saturday
June 12, 2010 from 9:00a.m. 1:00 p.m. This event will feature informa-
tion booths from a host of other not for profit health social services, dis-
plays, sign-ups and giveaways. This event will take place at our North Point
site at Myrtle and Moncrief Rd. This will be the future office of NJCDC so
we look forward to this event being even bigger than last year. Contact
Patricia Henry at (904) 764-1805or Rachonda Grover at (904) 764-1883.
Soulpreaching.com to Sign Off
SoulPreaching.Com, a prominent website that seeks to "Celebrate and
Teach the African American Preaching Tradition" will soon see a change in
Elder Sherman Haywood Cox II, founder and director of the ministry, has
decided to pass on the mantle to Baptist minister George Larry from Los
Cox started the website while he was attending Vanderbilt Divinity School
and will retain partial ownership of the site.
"I thought it was important to take what I was learning at seminary and
teach it to those who could not attend such institutions. I didn't realize that
it would grow into a seminar, publishing, audio, and video ministry."
Cox said that time was the main reason to give up the site and ministry.
He hopes that the ministry will continue to grow under its new leadership.
As for now, Cox plans on moving forward with other endeavors.
Cox plans to tie up a few loose ends before fully transferring leadership.
"I want to send out the diploma's to the graduates of the Supercharge Your
Sermons Course as well as finish a few posts and audios before signing
off," said Cox.
Larry plans on scaling back the audio and video components of the web-
site and rewrite Soul Preaching.Com's books like "Starting to Whoop" and
condense the e-course "Supercharge Your Sermons" into a paperback book.
The leadership transfer will happen on July 1, 2010.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.
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.
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2000+ expected to experience "Father's Who Cook"
Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr.
The Parenting Ministry of Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church (BBIC)
will present their "Jacksonville
Father's Who Cook annual
fundraiser on Saturday, June 19,
2010 from 11a.m. 4p.m. at the
Gateway Town Center. The event is
a fun pre-father's day community
activity which raises funds for
youth to attend summer camp. The
event will include a sampling of a
wide menu of food offerings, pay-
ing tribute to fathers and promoting
Over 30 fathers have registered
for the culinary event which present
dads creating their favorite dishes
including the ones shown above.
Not just limited to the Bethel
church family, fathers across the
First Coast will participate includ-
ing Winn Dixie corporate chef
"Chef Roberts" and 5 star chefA.L.
Harvey, owner of Crystol's
With the challenges of the econo-
my, the goal of the fundraiser is to
raise $25,000 to aid 100 (or more)
young people ages 6-14 to attend
summer camp in 2010. The cen-
terpiece of the food-tasting celebra-
tion are the volunteer chefs who
prepare their favorite dishes.
This multi-cultural event will
Israel Gets Special Treatment
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or destroyed 43 of its 110 pri-
mary healthcare facilities. None of
them have been repaired or rebuilt
because of the construction materi-
The report accuses Israel of
deliberately disrupting the interna-
tional community's efforts to aid
Palestinians living in the West Bank
and Gaza Strip.
A year ago, the UN submitted a
request for Israeli approval of an
$80 million plan to provide hous-
ing, education and medical assis-
tance to residents of Gaza.
However, nine months later,
approval was granted only for the
construction of 151 residential units
in Khan Yunis.
It was within that context that
civilians challenged Israel's block-
ade as they attempted to deliver aid
to embattled Palestinians.
George E. Curry, former editor-in-
chief of Emerge magazine and the
NNPA News Service, is a keynote
speaker, moderator, and media coach.
He can be reached through his Web
attract fathers from all walks of life,
politicians, ministers, construction
workers, entertainers, authors, com-
munity leaders, Jacksonville's pro-
fessional celebrity chefs from some
of the City's top restaurants, and
other. hard-working men who are
bound by their resolve to uplift and
keep safe their community and fam-
ily. Attendees will enjoy a variety
of food choices from over 50 distin-
guished men who cook. Ticket
prices range from $3-10.
For an application to register as a
chef, or scholarship application for
summer camp visit online:
"Before you borrow money
from a friend, decide which
one you need the most."
"When someone shows
you who they are, believe
"Tis' a sorry frog that
won't praise his own croak"
"It takes a moment to fall
in love, and a lifetime to for-
For more information on the
event, contact Rev. Eugene
Eubanks at (904) 591-7568.
Black lawmakers perceived to
want limits in new ethics office
WASHINGTON Stung by a
series of inquiries, nearly half the
members of the Congressional
Black Caucus want to scale back
the aggressive ethics procedures
that Democrats trumpeted after
gaining control of Congress.
Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and
19 fellow black lawmakers in the
all-Democratic caucus quietly
introduced a resolution last week
that would restrict the powers of the
new independent Office of
Congressional Ethics. The office,
formed by Congress in 2008, is run
by a panel of private citizens.
Black caucus Chairwoman
Barbara Lee, D-Calif., is among the
sponsors, but the full 42-member
caucus did not endorse the measure.
Lee declined comment through a
The absence of support from top
Democratic leaders for Fudge's pro-
posal including from House
Whip Jim Clybum suggests that
it isn't going anywhere.
Since its inception, the ethics
office has investigated at least eight
black caucus members, including
veteran Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-
N.Y., and five others in that group
over privately funded trips to the
Some lawmakers have com-
plained that the increased trans-
parency of the new office is unfair
to lawmakers who are ultimately
cleared of wrongdoing.
The office, which doesn't have
the power to sanction lawmakers,
essentially serves as an advisory
board to the House Committee on
Standards of Official Conduct, a
congressional committee run by
lawmakers who are charged with
policing their colleagues.
The citizen-run ethics panel is far
more open than the notoriously
secretive standards committee, pub-
licizing its referrals even when the
standards committee finds no viola-
Fudge's proposal would remove
that power, and allow lawmakers on
the standards committee to seal
from public view the ethics office's
findings on matters deemed merit-
The resolution also would make
it harder for the ethics office to ini-
tiate investigations, requiring a
sworn complaint from a citizen
claiming personal knowledge of an
alleged violation. That could pre-
vent complaints from watchdog
groups, for example.
It would prevent the standards
committee from taking a referral
from the ethics office within 60
days before an election in which the
subject of the case is a candidate.
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First online Directory of African and
African American baby names now up
-- BlackBabyNames.org lists nearly 5,000 popular baby names for
expecting parents of color. --
-- There are many web sites that showcase popular baby names, but
none focus entirely on names for babies of African descent until now.
BlackBabyNames.org was recently
launched as the first ever online directo-
ry that exclusively lists names for
African and African American boys and
Nearly 200,000 babies are born every-
day, and of that number at least 25,000
are of some kind of African descent. This site not only helps expecting
parents find and choose the right names, but it also helps them to pre-
serve the legacy of their ancestors.
Created by the National Registry of Black Baby Names, the site lists
nearly 5,000 popular and distinct names, and beside each name is it's
very own unique meaning. The names vary in origin, pronunciation,
and style. Some are African, Chinese, French, English, and even
For more details, visit: www.BlackBabyNames.org.
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June 10-16, 2010
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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-
The original Annual Georgia Sea
Island Festival will take place June
11 and 12 from noon to 6 p.m. at
Neptune Park located at The Pier in
St. Simons Island, Ga. The annual
event celebrates the rich gullah-
geechee traditions passed down
from slavery on the barrier islands
of Georgia. It will feature tradition-
al music, food and crafts. For more
information, call (912) 634-0330.
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,
with Paula Deen
You'll love this evening with Paula
Deen. A buffet of some of Ms.
Deen's best known dishes will be
served while she signs copies of her
latest cookbooks. Following the
buffet and signing, Ms. Deen will
perform a cooking demonstration.
The nationally know Ms. Deen out
of Savannah, Ga. is a self-made
success story who learned the
secrets of Southern cooking from
her grandmother. It will be on
Thursday, June 17th at 5 p.m. at
the Main Library. Call for more
information. Call 630-2655 for
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-
The Duval County Extension
Office will feature a free class to
"Learn the University of Florida
nine principles for Florida Yards
and Neighborhoods" and how they
can save you time, energy, and
money. Participants will take home
a handout of Florida-Friendly tips
that explain ways to calibrate sprin-
klers, calculate fertilizers, as well as
fertilizer schedules, and how to
measure mulches for your land-
scape. Registration is requested.
Call Becky at the 387-8850. It will
be hold on Saturday, June 26,
2010 from 2 3 p.m. at the South
Mandarin Regional Library, 12125
San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville,
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.
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The Bethune-Cookman University National
Alumni Association 42nd Annual Convention
June 16-20, 2010
The convention will kick off with great food, fun, music and art by
Ellen Diamond and Khamil Ojoyo at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort &
Spa on Wednesday, June 16th at 7 PM.
Thursday, June 17th 10 a.m. 12 Noon Empowerment Seminars
12 Noon President's Luncheon Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, President B-
CU will deliver the State of the University Address. 7:30 p.m.; Kings
of Klean Comedy Show held at the Modis Building Auditorium featur-
ing B-CU Alumna Rod Z and Jacksonville's own Terry T. Harris and
Michael Anthony. DJ Pretty Ricky will be spinning the wheels of steel
- Old Skool Style.
Friday, June 18th Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Corporate Breakfast
at 8:15 a.m. followed by 10 AM 12 Noon Empowerment Seminars
7:30 p.m. Ms. Alumni Coronation & Ball; 10 p.m. 2 a.m. After Party
Featuring DJ Cee Cee at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa
Saturday, June 19th Celebrity Golf Tournament 8:30 a.m. Shot
Gun on the TPC Dye's Valley Course, Ritz Theater, Town Center
Shopping Outing and Adventure Landing Tour 12 Noon 5 p.m.;
Alumni Awards Celebration/Luau 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 20th Necrology/Worship Service/Convention Closing
at 9 a.m. Come out and WORSHIP with the WILDCATS and
*** The Duval/Nassau Alumni Chapter will be having monthly
Alumni Meeting to be held at Bono's BBQ 5903 Norwood Avenue
at 6 p.m. every first Thursday.
For more information visit http://duvalnassaubcualumnichapter.org
or call 904.610.3412.
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UD Close and Personal
Coleman's ad sells death photos
TMZ is reporting that photos taken of Coleman in
the hospital during and after his final moments have
S sold to a tabloid, and it is Shannon Price who
orchestrated the sale and will get a cut of the prof-
The Web site quoted sources who say three of the
four photos may hit stands as early as this week,
including one of Shannon posing next to Gary as he
is hooked up to tubes.
The photo taken after Coleman died was reportedly not part of the deal.
Whitney Houston pregnancy rumors
starting to climb
Whitney Houston has been running around " .
with a so called "baby bump" for years. But,
before now it just appeared to be the only place
she visibly gained weight.
But now, there are recent pictures of her from her
"Nothing But Love" tour that suggest that indeed B
the stork may be making a visit to the Houston .
Why not? Bobby has a new wife and baby. So -,
maybe she's playing a game of "keep up" with
him. Well, no. She couldn't possibly keep up with Bobby! His last baby
with his new wife makes six.
Marvin Isley of the Isley Brothers Dies at 56
-- Marvin Isley, the bass backbone of his sibling
band The Isley Brothers, died Monday in Chicago
at age 56.
,The cause of death has not yet been announced,
._ though Isley suffered from diabetes severe
enough to have caused him to leave the band in
1997. His condition led to the eventual amputa-
tion of both legs.
Two early members of the group have also died:
O'Kelly Isley Jr. in 1996 at age 48 and Vernon
Isley, who died in 1955, at the age ofjust 13, after
being hit by a car on his bicycle.
The group's two best known members singer Ron Isley and guitarist
Ernie Isley continue to perform under the group's name.
Seal, Heidi Klum to Star in Reality Series
Lifetime, already in the Heidi Klum
business with "Project Runway," is
bringing her husband Seal onto the
network in a new reality series that
features the couple giving love advice. ,
"Love's Divine," according to
People.com, has yet to begin filming, .
and Klum is keeping quiet about the
show's details. She did, however,
reveal that her experience as a wife
and mom is just the right formula to make the show a success.
"[Seal and I] make special moments into something big and noticeable
for everyone in our family," Klum tells People. "For birthdays, we hand-
craft special crdvandO gifts. We. hapgwelcome signs,whep Dad comes
home from long travels or when the tooth fairy comes at night. With a
family of six, there is always something to create and do together."
Thandie Newton Replaces Mariah in Tyler Perry Film
Tyler Perry says he was on vacation and just days away from starting
production on an adaptation of Ntozake Shange's 1975 play For Colored
Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf when
one of his leading ladies, Mariah Carey, called to tell him she was drop-
Cutting his vacation short, Perry flew back to Atlanta where the movie
is filming and selected Thandie Newton to fill Carey's role.
Newton, meanwhile, will join a stellar "Colored Girl" cast that includes
Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington and Janet Jackson.
Jackson family to host anniversary event for Michael
The Jackson Family Foundation will mark the
one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death
with "Forever Michael," a red carpet celebration in
Beverly Hills featuring performances honoring the
"The vision is to bring together Michael Jackson
family members, celebrities, fans, supporters and
the community to celebrate and honor his legacy,"
B event organizer VoicePlate Productions told
The event, open to the public, will be held on June
26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Tickets $500 for VIP tickets and $250
for general admission can be purchased on VoicePlate.com.
Besides playing the title character on the TNT series HawthoRNe, which is starting
its second season, Jada Pinkett Smith executive-produces the show. With her hus-
band, Will Smith, she is serving as producer of The Karate Kid, starring their
son, Jaden, and also of Fela!, the Broadway musical nominated for 11 Tony
Awards. Jada's recent film credits include Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, as the
voice of Gloria, and director Diane English's remake of The Women.
In the past, she's teamed up with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle in Reign
Over Me, and enjoyed a pivotal role opposite Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx in
Michael Mann's Collateral. However, she perhaps remains best known as the
take-charge Niobe of Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions fame.
Here, Jada reflects on the challenge of balancing career and family when
each member is a showbiz celebrity in his or her own right when interviewed
by Kam Williams.
Kam Williams: Thanks for the
time, Jada. It's nice to have an
opportunity to speak with you
Jada Pinkett Smith: Oh, thank
KW: Well, first of all, let me say
congratulations! You're blossoming
on every front. Let's see,
HawthoRNe's starting its second
season, you're going t be on the
cover of the July issue of Essence
magazine, your Broadway musical
has been nominated for 11 Tonys,
and Jaden is starring in The Karate
Kid, a picture you and Will pro-
duced. How does it feel?
JPS: It feels good. These are the
moments that you keep in your back
pocket to remember "All of those
were good times!" [Laughs]
KW: I told my readers I'd be
interviewing you, and I think they
often come up with better questions
than I do. So why don't I start right
of with some of them. Lester
Chisholm says, "Thank you for the
production of Fela," and asks,
"What would suggest as a lifestyle
to keep young entertainers
JPS: Wow... Whew! Man, that's a
hard one, because part of the chal-
lenge of being young is finding
what to be focused on. It's a time of
exploration when you have to dis-
cover who you're not, in order to
know who you are. I would say
being deeply involved in the art
world 'tbuld 'help keep ia jing
artist on track. Doing what you
love, so that your focus is your
KW: Reverend Florine
Thompson and filmmaker Hisani
Dubose had the same question:
What is the key to balancing moth-
erhood, marriage and such a suc-
JPS: Staying true to yourself and
being able to prioritize. It's very
important to prioritize. I know, for
me, my family comes first. That
makes every decision very easy.
KW: Children's book author
Irene Smalls Are there any arenas
left for you to conquer?
JPS: [LOL] Definitely! And I'm
always looking for them. But as I've
gotten older and now that my kids
are starting to do what they do, I am
now really focusing on sharing my
knowledge and insights with them
to help guide them on their jour-
KW: Attorney Bernadette
Beekman observes that you and
Will come across as down-to-earth
and very family-centric. She wants
to know, how you keep your family
values intact with the children
becoming stars themselves? Do
they have chores and an allowance?
JPS: [Laughs] They definitely
have chores, and they get an
allowance from money they make,
believe it or not. I think that critical
to keeping them balanced is giving
them purpose, and part of giving
them purpose is allowing them to
do things that they love to do, which
is being part of this industry. And as
wacky as that might seem, it allows
them to contribute to the family, and
it allows them to develop their own
self-worth. And I feel that when a
child has self-worth and purpose,
that's what keeps them grounded.
KW: Cinema Professor Mia
Mask asks, do you think the roles
for women of color -- black women
in particular -- have improved?
JPS: I'd say they've improved,
but there still aren 't enough. And
I'd say that's the case, not only for
African-American women, but for
all women in the Hollywood game.
It's just slim pickings, and a very
challenging time for us. I think
that's why more of us need to work
our way behind the camera in order
to create roles that really illuminate
who women are. We still have room
for growth in that area, without a
T"'-"KW: Marcia Evans says that
she's a true fan of yours because
she really respects the mature man-
ner in which you approach being a
wife and mother. She wants to
know whatever happened to your
TV sitcom "Good News."
JPS: I never had a show by that
name, but I did have one called
"M.I.L.F. and Cookies," that got
picked up and was set to air until
the network and I had a disagree-
ment at the last minute. They want-
ed to change the concept a bit in a
way I wasn't in agreement with, so
we had to go our separate ways.
KW: Is there any question no one
ever asks you, that you wish some-
JPS: I'm sure there is, but I really
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can't think of one
Richmond, Virginia .
is a beautiful and .. /
unique choice for the
setting of Hawthorne,
Were you involved .
in that decision?
JPS: We felt like
was an area
that's grow- .
ing, but has- -
n 't really
been explored W
on television '
at all, in the
way that Nevi, J -.
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So, we decided a
would make a ," ,at
KW: The Tasha Smii it
question: Are you e er i
KW: The Columbu '
Short question: Are
happy? ferent Jadas... Yeah...
3: I am happy. I have my KW: What is your favorite dish to
cnts when I'm not, but I am. cook?
ery happy. JPS: I don't really cook much. I'm
V: The music maven Heather more of a baker. My favorite things
ngton question: What are you to bake that everybody loves, and I
ing to on your iPod? can only keep in the house for about
3: Oh, I'm listening to so much ten minutes, are 7-Up cake and
now. I looooove Alicia Keys' Pineapple Upside-bown cake.
song, "Unthinkable." I'm KW: The Teri Emerson question:
ng that all over the place, but When was the last time you had a
also listening to Sade's new good laugh?
n, and I always have my Heavy JPS: Oh, I laugh hard every day.
/, Mastodon. [LOL] I mean, my husband is Will Smith!
V: The bookworm Troy [Shrieks] I'm telling you, that's one
ion question: What was the of the joys of being married to him.
ook you read? My life fdull of laughter Thank God
3: I'm reading a book right I have him. My life is full of laugh-
by John Dewey called "Art as ter because of that man.
rience. That has been a very KW: How do you want to be
'sting read for me. And I'm remembered?
reading one called "The Heart JPS: I don 't know yet. I have no
fism", which is about a more idea.
ric approach to Islam. KW: Well, thanks for another
V: When you look in the mir- great interview, Jada, and best of
vhat do you see? luck in all your endeavors.
3: Oh, man, when I look in the JPS: Thank you, Kam.
)r I see about a thousand dif-
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