isn't the usual
sells for $30K
NAACP accuses Wal-Mart of
selling racist audible cards
TORRANCE, Ca. Hallmark has pulled one of its graduation cards off
the shelves after the NAACP complained that it used racial stereotypes
and contained an abusive slur aimed at black women.
The card's micro speaker has two Hallmark characters, Hoops'and
Yoyo, bantering about how the graduate is going to dominate the uni-
verse. They tell the planets to "watch your back" and issue a stem warn-
ing to "ominous" black holes.
That's where the NAACP got angry.
They say that the audio sounds more like "black whores," and that card
is implying that black women are not as capable or as powerful as their
The card is saying that "I (as a black woman) am below class, and feel
as though I can run the universe, but I'm not going to run the universe
because I have to watch my back," said Olivi Verrett, President of the
Torrance, CA branch of the NAACP. The card's micro speaker has two
Hallmark characters, Hoops and Yoyo, bantering about how the graduate
is going to dominate the universe. They tell the planets to "watch your
back" and issue a stem warning to "ominous" black holes.
President's poll numbers falling
according to latest" Gallop Poll
According to the most recent poll from the Gallop organization,
Presdient Obama has stopped the decline in support among whites and
Blacks but is still facing a drop in popularity because of a major falloff
in support among the nation's Hispanics.
During the January to May period, Latino support for the nation's first
African American president fell from 69 percent to 57 percent.
Hispanic support for the president tends to vary around the issue of
reform of the nation's immigration laws.
Obama appears to have disappointed or angered many Hispanics by
failing to move aggressive on immigration reform and then recently bow-
ing to pressure from conservatives and agreeing to send National Guard
troops to the border with Mexico in a bid to stop the flow of illegal immi-
Economic segregation on the
rise in American public schools
The federal government released a statistical portrait of the nation's
over 16,000 public schools last Thursday and among its most disturbing
findings was that "economic segregation is on the rise."
This means that more and more poor students are being concentrated in
schools with high levels of poverty while students from middle class and
upper income families are increasingly going to school with one another.
Analyzing the report, Richard Kahlenberg explained that "separation of
rich and poor is the fountainhead of inequality.
High-poverty schools get the worse teachers ... are more chaotic and
have lower levels of parental involvement all of which translate into
lower levels of achievement."
Kahlenberg is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation a public pol-
icy research group based in Washington, D.C.
Jail officials suggest boot camp for
former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
DETROIT, MI Two weeks after he was sent to prison, the Michigan
Department of Corrections is proposing former Detroit mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick for boot camp a program that would release him on parole
in 90 days, reports the Detroit Free Press.
The proposal came in a June 8 letter from the Corrections Department
to Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner, who sentenced
Kilpatrick to serve an 18 month-to-5 year term for violating his proba-
tion. Under state law, Groner has the final say on whether Kilpatrick
would be placed in boot camp.
Kilpatrick's former attorney, Michael Alan Schwartz, said he thought
the move was a good idea because prison is for dangerous people, and
Kilpatrick is not dangerous.
Inmates who successfully complete the 90-day boot camp program are
placed on parole for a minimum of 18 months, with the first 30 days
under intense supervision.
Jackson's doctorto keep license
A judge ruled this week that he could not suspend Dr. Conrad Murray's
medical license in California and that it could take months for the case to
go to trial.
Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said said the schedules of every-
one involved in the case and the need for preparation time required that
a preliminary hearing be moved back to at least Aug. 23, with a require-
ment to start within 60 days after that.Murray has pleaded not guilty to
involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death last June.
California authorities have sought the suspension since Murray was
charged with involuntary manslaughter in February. He is accused of giv-
ing the pop star a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol.
The pop music legend died after Murray, his personal physician, admin-
istered propofol and other drugs to help him sleep.
Murray maintains nothing he did should have killed Jackson. He
remains free on $75,000 bail.
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Volume 23 No.37 Jacksonville, Florida June 17-23, 2010
Thousands of Jobs Still on Hold as Teens Leave School
WASHINGTON (NNPA) As
summer streets await energetic
teens in search of wholesome
activities, Black lawmakers contin-
ue pushing for summer jobs fund-
ing. But they face resistance from
opponents wary of putting more
strain on the nation's already record
The U. S. House of representa-
tives passed a jobs bill that
includes funding for high school
students last week. But, the Senate
has yet to vote on the final meas-
ure. Members continue to haggle
over the H.R. 4213, which includes
$1 billion dollars in additional
funding for more than 400,000
The unemployment numbers for
Black teenagers, the highest of any
group, took a rise in jobless rates in
May after experiencing decreases
over six consecutive months. Their
jobless rate, currently at 38 per-
cent, has fallen almost ten percent
since a decade high in November,
when just under half of all Black
teenagers were without jobs.
"Specifically, the bill includes $1
billion for a summer youth pro-
gram and $2.5 billion in emergency
assistance for needy families-two
initiatives that will further our eco-
nomic recovery," says
Congressional Black Caucus Chair
Amateur chefs raise thousands for UNCF and AKA Over 150
culinary tasters converged on the Omni Hotel last weekend to support the United Negro College Fund and Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority for their Men Who Cook event. Local amateur male chefs brought their best talent forward
preparing a dish of their choice for the fundraiser. Shown above (L-R) are judges Chef Alvin Harvey and AKA
Chapter President Bonnie Atwater with Pedro Cohen who won the competition portion. His dish of Crab cakes
with sweet mash potatoes topped with a spicy tropical mango salsa garnered the top prize. Other delights includ-
ed ribs, pulled pork, seafood, peach cobbler, cake and greens TMA photo.
Donavan Trimble and Torrence Johnson show off their door prizes.
"Man up for Health" inspires
men to take the lead in their lives
The inaugural Man Up for Health
Summit, which was held June
11-12 at Ribault High School, was
a call for men to "man up" and take
control of their health. The event
was highlighted by men's health
experts Dr. B. Lee Green, Dr.
Rogers Cain, Dr. Christopher
Williams, AIDS expert Ronald
Henderson and Jacksonville Jaguar
running back Rashad Jennings.
The purpose of the event was to
educate men on their health and -
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Barbara Lee (D-Calif.).
Tthe national jobless rate has
been hovering at a consistent 9.7
percent for the first half of the year.
In May, the national jobless rate
for all African-American workers
fell 1 percent from the previous
month's record-high of 16.5 to its
lowest point since September when
it hit 15.5 percent. Black males 20
and older have also seen a 1 per-
cent drop in the jobless rate.
named city's Most
Little Miss Hannah Waddell
The Healthy Mothers, Healthy
Babies Coalition (HMHBC) of
North Florida recently concluded
their Most Beautiful Baby Contest
handing Hannah Waddell the top
prize. The daughter of Feleycha
Watson, and Mike Waddell
received a $3000 savings bond for
her good looks. The contest was
open to all children under the age
of four. The HMHBC promotes
healthy pregnancies through educa-
tion, support services and positive
advocacy of maternal and child
Ribault graduates celebrated
before college life begins
Even in 2010 when America is still witnessing first generation college
graduates, Tonya Young is celebrating five. Ribault High School's recent
commencement ceremony graduated five of her loved ones. In celebration
of the five young adults who are ALL attending college, she threw a party
for them last weekend at Bob Hayes Sports Park. Despite blazing temper-
atures, friends, family and other youth enjoyed food and music reminisced
on their path to adulthood at the festive event. Shown above at their grad-
uation party are (L-R) Christopher Hogan (FAMU), Justin Hunter
(Tallahassee Comm. College), Jasmine James (FSCJ) and Clifford
Smith (FAMU). R. Porter photo
Happy Fathers Day to all of our city's fathers
and mentors who make a tlfference in our lives!
June 17-23, 2010
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Know when to claim tax credits, deductions
a By Jason Alderman
Tax credits and tax deductions
are two common ways people
P- lower their income tax bills.
Although similar in intention,
these two tax-reduction methods
have fundamental differences and
are not interchangeable.
Knowing the difference can have
V a big impact on your bottom line.
Basically, tax credits lower
your tax amount, dollar for dol-
lar; whereas tax deductions
reduce your taxable income. The
ultimate value of a deduction
depends on your tax bracket: So,
if you're in the 25 percent tax
bracket, $1,000 in deductions
might lower your tax bill by $250
(25 percent); but a $1,000 credit
can lower your tax bill by the full
$1,000, no matter what your tax
Read on for more differences:
Tax Credits. There are two
basic types of tax credits: refund-
f- able and non-refundable.
With refundable tax credits, if
you owe less in income tax than
your eligible tax creditss, not
only do you pay no tax, you actu-
^- ally get a refund for the differ-
ence. So for example, if you owe
$750 in income tax but have
$1,000 in refundable credits, you
will receive a $250 refund.
Common refundable credits
include: Earned Income Credit
for low-income workers;
Additional Child Tax Credit for
certain people who get less than
the full amount of the regular
Child Tax Credit; and a credit for
those with more than one
employer who had too much
Social Security tax withheld.
Most tax credits are non-
refundable, which means they
can't reduce taxes owed to less
than zero (i.e., they can't generate
a refund when the credit amount
is greater than taxes owed).
Common non-refundable credits
include those for: standard child
credit; child and dependent care;
elderly or disabled people;
American Opportunity (an
enhanced version of Hope
Scholarships up to 40 percent
refundable for most people); life-
time learning; adoption; residen-
tial energy efficiency; and retire-
ment savings contributions for
Tax Deductions. For many peo-
ple, it's more advantageous to
take the standard deduction,
which is subtracted from gross
income to determine taxable
income. Others, with large med-
ical, state and local tax, charitable
donation and other expenses are
better off itemizing deductions.
Common tax deductions
include those for: medical and
dental expenses exceeding 7.5
percent of adjusted gross income;
deductible taxes paid elsewhere
(state, local and foreign income
tax, property tax, sales tax, etc.);
home mortgage points; charitable
contributions; casualty and theft
losses; and certain education and
Some miscellaneous deduc-
tions, like unreimbursed employ-
ee expenses, professional dues,
job search expenses and tax
preparation fees, must exceed a
combined 2 percent of adjusted
gross income to be claimed; oth-
ers, like gambling losses up to the
amount of winnings, are not sub-
ject to that limit.
You cannot claim a credit and a
deduction for the same expense.
For example, you may be able to
claim work-related tuition as a
miscellaneous business expense
deduction or as a lifetime learn-
ing credit, but not as both.
Eligibility and rules for tax
credits and deductions can be
extremely complicated and may
change from year to year, so refer
to the IRS website (www.irs.gov)
for details. Or, for online links to
background information on the
credits and deductions mentioned
above, read "Tax Credits and
Deductions" at Practical Money
Skills for Life, Visa Inc's free per-
sonal financial management pro-
NFL star cries credit card fraud,
sues mistress for running up his account
by Boyce Watkins, BV
NFL star Reggie Wayne is find-
ing out the hard way that giving
out your credit card number isn't
such a good idea. Wayne, who is
married, is suing his, uhm, girl-
friend, Natasha McKenzie. In the
affidavit, Wayne is alleging that
McKenzie did it big on Wayne's
credit card without asking his
As the story goes, McKenzie,
who is 26 years old, just needed
Wayne's credit card for a "few lit-
tle things," like paying her cell
phone bill and buying a plane
ticket. She was allegedly going to
buy the ticket to come and visit
Wayne to spend "quality time"
with him. To Reggie's surprise,
Natasha and her friends "got a lit-
S te jiggy" with the credit card and
charged up $95,000 worth of
"necessities." Actually, there
were 333 necessities on her list,
which is the number of charges
she allegedly made to the
Wayne originally took the
charges to police in April. He has
had the uncomfortable challenge
of keeping this information from
his wife. McKenzie claims that
Wayne knew about the charges
all along, and that she is only
being scapegoated because either
his wife found out about her or he
has moved on to another mistress.
Either way, this entire situation is
a little bit strange. Wayne is not
the only athlete to be taken for
big money as the result of an
affair. Tiger Woods allegedly paid
millions to keep some of his mis-
Well, now that we've had our
interesting story of the day, let's
go ahead and make a teachable
moment out of this. As a finance
professor, I feel obligated to fig-
ure out what we can learn from
this unfortunate situa-
tion. Here are four
things you can do
if your credit
card is ee.er .
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in your wallet.
That way, you'll
have all the ID
numbers you need in
case something goes
2) Call the three major credit
reporting agencies (Experian,
Equifax and TranUnion), and tell
them that your cards have been
stolen. Then ask them to place a
"fraud alert on your cards." When
McKenzie had access to Wayne's
cards, she could have kept rack-
ing up charges even after she told
him she would stop. He would
have to protect his credit.
3) Call the companies that
issued your credit cards and tell
them that you think someone
took them. Follow up with a letter
giving your name, account num-
ber, the date you called and a
description of the situation. You
can also register for services that
allow you to make just one call to
report that your wallet
has been stolen.
You should do
u wallet or
and a millionai
N. Reggie Wayne cri
can dispute the illegal
charges with your credit card
company. But in this case, you'd
better be ready to press charges in
the event that the theft was done
by someone you know. You
should notify the bank on the
phone, via their Web site and also
in writing. At this point, they are
obligated to investigate.
A side note that has nothing to
do with credit cards being stolen:
If you can't be faithful to your
wife, then don't get married. It's
expensive to play, but quite a few
athletes try to do the right thing
and get married, only to find that
the temptation of other women is
just too great. In light of the fact
that Tiger Woods may have to
pay up to $750 million for
embracing his alpha male instinct
to spread his seed, I argue that
any young athlete who isn't com-
pletely prepared to bear the cost
of infidelity to hold off on mar-
riage for at least a little while. I
am sure Wayne's situation is
embarrassing for both he and his
family, but his mistake is a com-
mon one. Infidelity comes down
to more than just morals and val-
ues; mother nature plays a role as
The best prevention of credit
card fraud? Don't let anyone have
your credit card number. If
Wayne was serious about doing
married his dirt efficiently
re, NFL star (which none of
ied credit card us can condone),
ally exposed. he might have
ting a special "Jump Off Prepaid
Card," and limiting the amount of
money that his mistress might
have access to. If he really want-
ed to be tacky, he might have
even gotten her a PayPal account.
If you've got a lot to lose, you
should never give that much
power to someone who might
later have an incentive to destroy
Reggie Wayne really messed
How the working poor
became big business
by Charlene Cromwell
In the midst of long-term, double-digit unemployment and mil-
lions of foreclosures, many in America are struggling to financially
hold on. But for others, the plight of the poor is prime time for mak-
ing money and a lot of it.
In Broke USA, author Gary Rivlin shares how payday lending has
become a $33 billion a year 'poverty industry'. With small dollar
loans typically ranging from $300-$500, some in America are getting
rich off of the multitudes who are just scrimping to piece together a
modest living for themselves and their families.
In a recent National Public Radio Interview, Rivlin, a former
reporter for The New York Times shared his reactions to his lengthy
study of an industry that preys upon people with little money and few
options for credit.
"To me, the real reason payday has grown like it has is more of an
economic reason than a geographic reason", observed Rivlin.
"There's been stagnating wages among the lowest 40 percent [of
wage earners] in this country, and so they're not earning anymore
Continuing he added, "At the same time, rent is going up, health
care is going up [and] other expenses are going up, and it just
becomes harder and harder for these people who are making$20,000
[or] $30,000 a year to make ends meet."
According to research by the Center for Responsible Lending
(CRL), each year, $5 billion is taken from the pockets of working
families to pay for interest on loans from one of 24,000 payday
lenders now in operation more than the number of McDonald's or
Burger King restaurants nationwide. The average payday borrower
has nine repeat loans per year. A $300 loan typically costs $50 in
interest by year's end, and the customer actually owes more in inter-
est than in principal.
Further, CRL found that nearly 59 million repeat payday loans
actually account for 76 percent of the industry's revenues. And
among repeat borrowers, 87 percent occur within two weeks of a pre-
vious loan. Payday lending with 400 percent interest rates is not a
bridge between families' expenses and income shortfalls; it is a debt
trap that is a fast track to deeper financial troubles. It is the triple digit
interest rates that wind up forcing customers deeper in debt with
every passing payday.
Worse yet, CRL research further verifies that this billion dollar
growth industry preys most upon communities of color black and
In California, the nation's most populous state, payday lenders are
nearly eight times more concentrated in African-American and
Latino neighborhoods as compared to white areas. In this one state,
$247 million is drained from working families in fees alone. Even
after accounting for variables such as income, poverty rates and edu-
cation, payday lenders were twice as likely to operate in communi-
ties of color.
In Phoenix, Arizona's largest city, the same preponderance of pay-
day stores in communities of color is repeated. South Phoenix, his-
torically the only part of the city where community people of color
were allowed to live, is also home to the majority of its 211 payday
stores. The same racial pattern also emerged in Tucson, the state's
second largest city.
On July 1, 2010, the State of Arizona will sunset payday lending.
The successful pro-consumer campaign that won a voter mandate in
2008 and survived two legislative attempts in 2010 was recently but
According to Bishop Henry L. Bamwell, pastor emeritus of First
New Life Baptist Church in Phoenix, "It was a people's victory, sup-
ported and fought on moral high ground. It was a victory supported
by several members of the Valley's clergy, who spoke to the
immorality of 400 percent interest rates." "The payday industry and
its supporters", concluded Rev. Barnwell, "are now demonstrating a
disregard and disrespect for the will of the people."
Bishop Bamwell is absolutely correct. There is something terribly
wrong and immoral -- about an industry that celebrates financial
success on the backs of cash-strapped black and brown people.
It is also an industry that smears the credibility of reputable busi-
nesses that practice a different kind of commerce. When fair prices
match with clear transactions, both businesses and consumers bene-
fit. Real economic development brings convenient and accessible
services and products that together enhance a community's quality of
Wherever payday lending occurs, however, the effects are more
akin to economic deprivation. Through its downward spiral of debt,
customers have less disposable income and more cash flow problems
as dollars usually dedicated to daily living are redirected to pay inter-
est and fees.
While communities of color need and deserve sustainable eco-
nomic development, it is painfully clear that payday lending detracts
rather than contributes to our quality of life.
Debt & Bankruptcy: To File or Not to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?
Almost 2 million Americans
will file for bankruptcy this year.
Should you be one of them?
Filing for bankruptcy is expen-
sive, complicated and time-con-
suming -- but it might be the right
According to a recent study
many Americans who should file
for bankruptcy don't for one sim-
ple reason: It's too hard. Before
2005, filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy
was the only reprieve most
Americans who were in excessive
personal debt could utilize. Under
Chapter 7 one could effectively
erase all of their consumer debts
by liquidating their assets and
proving they did not have the
means to pay off what they
accrued. Major debts, such as car
notes, remained; the rest were
wiped clean. Of course there were
penalties. For example, the filing
remained on your credit history
for 10 years -- but filers were no
longer faced with a mountain of
debt that they couldn't afford.
Sounds relatively sweet,
huh? The credit card com-
panies felt the same way. In
2005 the Bankruptcy
Abuse Prevention and
Consumer Protection Act
was passed which intro-
duced new standards, such
as means testing, credit
counseling and higher fil-
ing fees, to the bankruptcy
process. The result was that
fewer people were able or
willing to file for bankrupt-
cy. Instead of facing the
arduous process of trying
to file for Chapter 7, more
individuals have opted to
live a debt-laden life. But
this new trend has created a
different set of problems
for both those in financial
crisis and creditors.
USA Today reports:
Bankruptcy filings are nearing
the record 2 million of 2005,
when a new law took effect that
was aimed at curbing abuse of the
system. Filings could reach 1.7 growing number of Americans
million this year, says law profes- who need bankruptcy protection
sor Robert Lawless, but few but cannot get any benefit from it
experts believe that debtors are or simply cannot afford to file. As
now gaming the system. their financial problems worsen,
Instead, concern exists about a that hurts everyone because it can
hinder the economic turn-
Many debtors have no
choice but to delay filing for
bankruptcy. Some wait until
they receive a tax refund, and
others cash out their retire-
ment savings to pay for a
lawyer But postponing filing
is not good for debtors. It's
similar to delaying going to
the doctor, because you'll just
end up with more problems,
says Lawless, professor of
law at University of Illinois.
Despite the high cost and
complications, filing for
bankruptcy might not only
help you to cope -- it might
also speed our economic
recovery. If you are in truly
dire circumstances regarding
debt, don't be ashamed to consid-
er Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Here are
three things you should know if
you're considering filing:
You can -- and should file if
your salary has decreased sig-
nificantly. Many professionals
have been laid off and are unable
to find employment that is com-
parable to their previous earnings.
Maintaining the same standard of
living is impossible. If you can't
afford to cover your bills, delay-
ing the process of filing only pro-
longs the inevitable and puts you
deeper in debt.
Your fee application can be
waived. The application fee for
filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy is
$300 and that doesn't include
the lawyer's costs. While you will
have to hustle to find an attorney
who will handle the process for
free, the court-filing fee can be
waived due to hardship.
Your student loan payments
can be reduced. Student loans
issued by the government cannot
be written off, but they can be
modified. You must prove undue
hardship, which means you are
facing tough financial times and
simply cannot pay, but the court
can decrease your payments.
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Jamar Breaker, Terrence Armand, Jordan Daniels and K Armand in front of Kozy Korner
Area team vying for 50K Pepsi
grant to "refresh" Cozy Corner
June /-z., z.,"
[n _, S.C. candidate's legitimacy questioned across the country
TON It's been
t Curious Case of
since the unem-
Greene win last week in
a South Carolina U.S. Senate pri-
mary, the case gets more curious by
Greene shocked the American
political establishment last week
when he handily beat state judge
Vic Rawl in the Democratic pri-
mary despite having no political ads
or even a campaign website.
While neither Rawl nor Greene
was expected to have a serious shot
of winning against Republican Sen.
Jim DeMint in the November mid-
term elections, Greene's victory has
resulted in accusations of dirty
tricks orchestrated by political foes.
In his media interviews since the
win, Greene has denied he's a
Republican plant plucked from
obscurity to take on a respectable,
established Democratic candidate.
"I've always been a Democrat and
I still will be a Democrat in the
future and support Democrats in the
future," Greene said in a painfully
stilted interview with MSNBC
when asked if he was a Republican
"I had 60 per cent of the vote.
Sixty per cent of the vote is not
Greene, it turns out, is also facing
felony obscenity charges following
an incident in November, when he
is alleged to have made sexual
advances to an 18-year-old
University of South Carolina stu-
dent after showing her Internet
pornography. He has refused the
Democratic party's request that he
bow out of the race.
Breakplat Productions held an all
day voting press conference for
their Pepsi Challenge nomination.
Dubbed "The Studio" their goal is
to refresh the Moncrief/Myrtle
Neighborhood with renovation and
innovation for a new generation.
Their project consists of renovating
the 6,000 square foot building
which is located in the Northwest
area at the fork of where Moncrief
RD and Myrtle Ave meets long
known as Cozy Corner. They hope
a revitalized facility would generate
economic development through out
the Moncrief/Myrtle Corridor and
the building would be an anchor for
attracting new businesses, such as a
bank, grocery store, Pharmacy,
retail shop, and more restaurants.
If awarded the $50,000 grant,
they say it would be used for: cre-
atin of a state of the art TV/record-
ing studio; create 30 new jobs in the
community; provide education and
networking opportunities for peo-
pie seeking a career in the enter-
tainment industry; develop retail
space for a restaurant, print compa-
ny, tax office, and sound system
company and professionally docu-
ment it all so that the world can see
the impact made (HD Video and
internet streaming) .To hear more
about their project or give them
your vote, visit www.refreshevery-
GOP Congressman: Obama
favors blacks over whites
Rep. Steven King
A Republican congressman sug-
gested that President Barack
Obama favors blacks over whites,
prompting a GOP candidate to can-
cel a fundraiser headlined by the
Rep. Steve King, known for
sometimes incendiary remarks
about immigration, Abu Ghraib and
other issues, criticized Obama and
Attorney General Eric Holder, who
also is black, in an interview
Monday on G. Gordon Liddy's
nationally syndicated radio talk
"I'm offended by Eric Holder and
the president also, their posture,"
King said. "It looks like Eric Holder
said that white people in America
are cowards when it comes to race."
King continued: "The president
has demonstrated that he has a
default mechanism in him that
breaks down the side of race on the
side that favors the black person in
the case of professor Gates and offi-
He was alluding to last year's
incident in which Obama comment-
ed on a white police officer's arrest
of a black professor from Harvard
As news of King's remarks
spread, Colorado Republican Cory
Gardner canceled a planned $100
per-plate fundraiser where King
was to speak.
King, a four-term lawmaker,
made similar remarks about Obama
in a speech last month.
"When he had an Irish cop and a
black professor, who'd he side
with?" King said. "He jumped to a
conclusion without having heard
the facts. And he ended up having
to have a beer summit. The presi-
dent of the United States has got to
articulate a mission. And instead,
he's playing race-bait games to
undermine the law enforcement in
the state of Arizona and across the
King, a former construction com-
pany owner, drew earlier criticism
for comments about the Iraq war.
He said the news media exaggerat-
ed the story of abuses at Iraq's Abu
And after compiling what he
called an accurate civilian violent
death rate for Iraq, he said living
there was safer than in some U.S.
cities, including New Orleans and
Christopher Reed, an Iowa con-
servative activist, defended King.
"He is one of those few politi-
cians who really says what he
thinks," Reed said. "One man's con-
troversial is another man's truth."
Dr. Robert G. Murray, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention; Dr. Julius R. Scruggs, National
Baptist Convention, USA; Dr. T. DeWitt Smith Jr, Progressive National Baptist Convention; Mike
Carscaddon, Executive Vice President of Habitat for Humanity International; Dr. Stephen John Thurston,
National Baptist Convention of America; and Dr. C.C. Robertson, National Missionary Baptist Convention
African-American Baptists donate $500K to Haiti
The African-American Baptist
Mission Collaboration (AABMC)
presented a check for $500,000 to
Habitat for Humanity International
in Atlanta, Ga., as a part of their
commitment to help Haitians
rebuild their lives and communities.
This contribution is the largest sin-
gle donation given to Habitat by a
faith community for its Haiti earth-
Presidents from Lott Carey
Baptist Foreign Mission
Convention; National Baptist
Convention, USA; National Baptist
Convention of America; National
Missionary Baptist Convention of
America; and the Progressive
National Baptist Convention were
on hand for the presentation. The
Baptist communities came together
in January of this year and formed
the African-American Baptist
Mission Collaboration to create an
opportunity to more effectively
respond to the devastation in Haiti
after the earthquake. The partner-
ship with Habitat is one of the first
to fulfill that mission.
The African-American Baptist
Mission Collaboration represents
more than 10 million Christians in
the United States, most of whom
are of African-American heritage.
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Happy Fathers Day to the real fathers out there
This Sunday marks the annual
celebration of Father's Day. Like
most real fathers, it's hard to get
excited about a day that recognizes
you for doing what you are sup-
posed to do. Bring on the custom-
ary tie, socks and t-shirts from
Grandma and maybe dinner.
Of course, for dinner I am sure
that it will be some meal of my
choice and I will definitely get the
"big piece of chicken." There will
not be much fanfare, but I am a Dad
and we are accustomed to playing
second fiddle to Mommy.
I typically get off easy on
Father's Day not many "real"
dads in my life anymore, but that's
nothing new especially in the
African American community.
Over my years, I have coached
youth baseball and football teams
and I assure you that seeing fathers
involved in their children's lives
was not a normal site. Yes, it's an
unfortunate reality, but true.
I remember growing up watching
shows like The Jefferson's, Good
Times, Different Strokes, etc. and
all of these shows had positive
father-figures. Even a show like
Good Times that featured a very
poor black family, the Evans, living
in the Chicago projects had a strong
They may have been dirt poor,
but James Evans was there working
hard, being a good role model for
Unfortunately, television is tele-
vision and sometimes it's not a
reflection of reality, but a series of
storylines meant to entertain. In
reality, too many black children are
being born to single family house-
holds, and young Black fathers are
not taking care of the responsibili-
ties that they helped make.
So what does Father's Day actu-
ally mean? Like comedian Chris
Rock says, "All we get is the big
piece of chicken." Us fathers also
get cheesy ties, tools kits, under-
wear and socks. But hey, it's the
thought that counts. Some so-called
"fathers" don't even deserve a
cheesy tie or socks.
I wish that we could give out
wake up calls for Fathers Day.
Imagine if we could go around hit-
ting wanna be fathers and M.I.A.
daddies upside the head with a
plastic baseball bat that actually
knocked some sense into them?
You could easily argue that if
more men were involved in their
children's lives crime would be
down and more of our youth -
especially young men would have
more of a sense of direction.
I always find myself being criti-
cal of the black folk while at the
same time recognizing the hills, no
the mountains that we have had to
climb in this country.
Yes I am headed there slavery
devastated the black family more
than drugs, crime and poverty ever
could. In fact, one could easily
argue that the break down of the
black family is a direct result of
Frederick Douglas said it best,
"Of my father I know nothing.
Slavery had no recognition of
fathers, as none of families."
If you ever read his autobiogra-
phy you would get a strong under-
standing of the brutality of slavery,
and not just from a physical per-
spective, but also from an emotion-
al and social point of view. Black
women would basically have chil-
dren and raise them until they were
old enough to be sold, hence never
seeing their child again.
So the disconnect that many men
have with their children or respon-
sibilities maybe rooted in slavery,
but that's no excuse for today's
neglect from many "fathers." I
admit that being a black man in
America or anywhere is hard, but
again, that's no excuse at all for not
being apart of your child's life.
Arthur Ashe said, "Being a black
man in America is like having
Now that I have officially kicked
some in the butt and others else-
where, let's look at the other side of
age group in
Interracial Marriages: Blacks are 1970," the
the last choice of other groups blackmen in
by George Curry
Most news stories about a new
study showing that 22 percent of
Black male newlyweds and 9 per-
cent of African-American females
marry outside their race neglected
to report another major finding:
When Whites, Hispanics and
Asians decide to marry outside
their group, African-Americans
rank last in their choice of mates.
A study by the Pew Research
Center titled, "Marrying Out: One-
in-Seven New U.S. Marriages is
Interracial or Interethnic," received
widespread national attention. And
many saw it as yet another confir-
mation that Black females are in a
no-win predicament when it comes
to marriage, especially marriage to
The Pew study found that a
record 14.6 percent of all new mar-
riages in the U.S. in 2008 were
between persons of different racial
or ethnic backgrounds, six times
the intermarriage rate in 1960 and
more than double the rate in 1980.
Here's the part of the report that
most news outlets omitted: "Of the
four groups tested in the survey,
openness to a family member's
marriage to an African-American
Looked at another way, even as
the country has grown considerably
more open-minded about interra-
cial marriages over the last half-
century, race still matters.
Of the four groups studied -
Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, and
Asians -- Whites are least likely to
marry outside of their race, which
is not surprising given the advan-
tages of White privilege in the
"Among the estimated 362,000
African-Americans who were new-
lyweds in 2008, nearly one-in-six
(15.5 percent) married someone
who was not black," the report stat-
ed. Some 22% of black male new-
lyweds in 2008 married someone of
a different race or ethnicity, com-
pared with 8.9 percent of black
female newlyweds that same year."
Among African-American new-
lyweds, 58 percent married a White
person, 23 percent married a
Hispanic, 7 percent married an
Asian and 13 percent married
someone of a mixed race.
Despite the huge gender gap
among African-Americans, the
intergroup marriage pattern
between men and women was the
same. Nearly 60 percent in each
gender married a Caucasian.
Nearly a fourth of Black women
(24 percent) and 22 percent of
Black men married a Hispanic.
Only 7 percent of Black men and 6
percent of African-American
women married an Asian.
The gap between the number of
African-American men and Black
women marrying non-Blacks is
growing. An estimated 1.3 percent
of Black males and 0.9 percent of
African-American females married
outside their race in 1960. By 2008,
however, 22 percent of Black males
married a non-Black and 8.9 per-
cent of African-American women.
The growing tendency of Black
men to marry outside their race,
coupled with the overall decline in
marriage rates among all groups, is
expected to compound the problem
of African-American females find-
ing a desired marriage partner.
"In 2007, just 33% of black
women ages 30-44 were married,
down from 62% of the comparable
tmsa age range,
just 44 percent were married in
2002, down from 74 percent in
The rate for young Whites was
also down, but not as much as the
rate for African-Americans. In
2007, 67 percent of White women
and 63 percent of White men in the
30-44 age group were married.
Of Whites marrying outside their
race in 2008, nearly half 49 per-
cent married a Hispanic, 18 per-
cent married an Asian, 14 percent
married an African-American and
the remainder married someone
from another group.
"Among whites who out-married
in 2008, there were different pat-
terns by gender in the race of their
spouses," the report observed.
"More than a quarter of white men
(27%) married an Asian woman,
and about 7% married a black
woman. In contrast, 20% of white
women married a black man, while
just 9 percent married an Asian."
A slightly higher proportion of
White women (51 percent) married
a Hispanic than White men (46 per-
cent), the study found.
The 22 percent figure for
African-American males outside
their race was comparable to the
figures for Asian males. Almost a
fifth (19.5%) of Asian males took
on non-Asian brides in 2008. But
Asian women were four times more
likely than Black women to marry
outside their race, with 39.5 percent
of them married to someone of a
different race or ethnicity.
Among the out-marriage Asian
newlyweds, 75 percent married a
White person, 12 percent married a
Hispanic and only 7 percent mar-
ried an African-American.
the coin. On the other side are the
thousands of black men that are
being responsible fathers. Almost
all of my friends and family mem-
bers that have children are very
involved in their children's lives.
These are the gentlemen that
truly deserve to be recognized this
Sunday. Fathers Day is the day that
we should thank Dads for raising us
and establishing a strong founda-
tion for our futures.
There certainly are not a ton of
Dr. Heathcliff Huxtables out there,
but there are a bunch of James
Evans who are not rich or even
middle class, but work hard every
day to take care of their families
and you have to admire and appre-
ciate that fact.
It's extremely important that
fathers provide the leadership and
stability that children and families.
Our children shouldn't be looking
solely at professional athletes and
entertainers as their role models -
the best feeling ever is for your
child to say that they want to be
Happy Fathers Day to all of the
real fathers out there. Enjoy your
big piece of chicken and maybe a
back rub. Well, now I am getting
carried away, but a brother can
Signing off from Sunday dinner,
The pattern was similar among
Hispanics marrying outside. The
study reports that 81 percent of
Hispanic newlyweds married a
White person in 2008. Only 9 per-
cent married an African-American
and 5 percent married an Asian.
"More than eight-in-ten (83%)
Hispanic men who out-married in
2008 married a white spouse, com-
pared to 78% of Hispanic women,"
the study said. "Hispanic female
newlyweds who out-married in
2008, some 13 percent married a
black spouse, compared with just
5% of Hispanic male newlyweds."
In the mad rush to point to the
growth of interracial marriages as
evidence of a more accepting soci-
ety such marriages were outlawed
in many states until 1967 the
numbers show that race indeed still
Can you say
"not in my name" 1
Were he alive today, a number of people would be throw- i
ing shoes at Dr. Ralph H. Bunche. Most African Americans
know little of the role Dr. Bunche played in today's Mille-East debacles. Ralph
Bunche, not Barack Obama, was the first African American awarded the Nobel
Prize for Peace. But, among African Americans that know of Bunche many are
critics that saying he was "a useful idiot" that enabled Western Powers' plans to
establish the State of Israel.
Bunche was given the 1950 Peace Prize for "successful mediation of a series
of armistice agreements between Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria" that brought
about the ability to make Israel a nation. Bunche thought he was making a peace
that has never come. The deal Bunche made created a situation that has left 4 mil-
lion Palestinian refugees spread across the Middle East.
Willing tool as he was, Bunche believed that "no problem of human relations
is ever insoluble". But, results count and Bunche foolishly thought he was set-
ting the course for "two states living side-by-side". Bunche never foresaw the
wantonness with which the Jewish State would evict the Arabs and expropriate
their lands. Sixty years after the fact, the Palestinians are landless and Bunche's
dream of a peaceful Middle East wanes. Mainstream Blacks celebrate Bunche,
but African-Americans like Malcolm X, in the 1960s, criticized Ralph Bunche's
role saying: "the agreements started a process that created millions of Palestinian
refugees and Jewish taking of Palestinian property as their 'historical home-
Will the African American popula- Mainstream Blacks cele-
tion ever experience an epiphany and brate Bunche, but African-
figure out the injustices occurring min
the settlement activities on Americans like Malcolm
Palestinians' land? Few African X, in the 1960s, criticized
American leaders have challenged
these patterns. Before he was beaten Ralph Bunche's role.
into submission, Rev. Andrew Young gave an effort to righting the wrong. After
serving with Martin Luther King, Young was elected to Congress in 1972. In
1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Young the first African-American
Ambassador to the United Nations. During his brief and stormy career at the UN
Young emerged as a leading spokesman for relations with African and Third
World nations. A storm of protest from Israeli and American Jewish leaders fol-
lowing Young's violation of the US's prohibition against meeting with the
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), forced his resignation in 1979.
Since Young little is being done in aiding the people Bunche though he was
helping: "people whose normal place of residence was Palestine, who lost their
homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict". In
obedience to tradition, our first Black President continues America's past treat-
ment of Palestinian people. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have a
"go along to get along" posture of compliance on the issue and regularly vote
Israel $3 billion in aid each year.
Thousands of Black American preachers and pundits have had sponsored trips
to the "Hoy Land". They comprise a cadre that sees no evil in the ongoing treat-
ment of the Palestinians. Many Blacks fear expressing dissent when issues about
Israel are raised. If you don't agree that Israel is a moral exemplar and light to the
world, "the only democracy in the Middle East" that is just attending reasonably
to its security needs against a world that is (for no good reason) hostile to it, you
can be hounded, harassed, intimidated, discredited, denied tenure or fired.
A movement like that the one that combated apartheid in South Africa, is need-
ed to increase awareness of the depth of Israel's practices toward Palestinians.
Surel\ Bunche % would "call a spade a, spade and endorse a global movement advo-
cating on behalf of equity for the Palestinian people. Former Georgia
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was forced from her seat for being even-
handed on Middle East issues.
Israel's right to exist does not confer a right to abuse and oppress the Palestine
population. It's time to respect the right of Palestine to exist as much as we insist
that the Palestinian peoples respect Israel's right to exist. When Palestinians can
go home maybe then, Ralph Bunche will rest in peace.
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The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
will commemorate the 50th
Anniversary of Jacksonville's
1960 Lunch Counter Sit and Ax
Handle Saturday as it celebrates
their 45th Annual Freedom Fund
Four days of commemorative
activities'will kick off on August
25, 2010 featuring talks and pre-
sentations, a very special program
at the Ritz Theatre and Museum,
panel discussions featuring noted
civil rights activists, scholars, and
historians, a special NAACP Mass
Meeting (which will commemo- folklorist, Stetson Kennedy;
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Handle Saturday), and a civil and the long awaited reunion of
rights film festival. All activities members of the 1960 Jacksonville
will culminate on the evening of Youth Council. Additional guest
August 28, 2010 Kweisi Mfume to keynote
with the Jacksonvillekeynote
Branch NAACP 45th Annual speakers and events are also being
Freedom Fund Dinner featuring added.
keynote Speaker Kweisi Mfume. Events are free and open to the
Activities will also feature Dr. public. However, the Freedom
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Gifts within Summer kids' camp
program sponsored by One Accord
The Temple at One Accord Ministries International,
Inc. located at 2971 Waller Street, will present their
"The Gifts within Summer Program" June 14th -
August 6, 2010 from 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The pro-
gram is for kids ages 3 17. The theme for this summer
is: The Eye of the Beholder. Classes will cover all facets
of the visual arts including a full scale performing arts
program. For more information on the unbelievable
weekly fee, please contact Dr. Tanya Brooks at (904)
864-3314 or the church at (904) 389-7373.
Special services for Fathers Day at
Summerville Missionary Baptist
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church, pastored by
Dr, James W. Henry, will celebrate Father's Day on
Sunday June 20th during the 11:00 a.m. worship serv-
ice. Make plans to be a part of this grand day of praise
as we honor the fathers of Summerville. The church is
located at 690 W. 20th St. Jacksonville, Fla. 32206. For
information call (904) 598-0510
Health Fair at St. Paul AME
Champion Lodge No. 2 will sponsor free health
screenings and a symposium at Saint Paul AME Church
on Saturday June 19, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The church is located at 6910 New Kings Rd. The
event s designed to educate and promote enthusiasm for
good health. Screenings include blood pressure, choles-
terol and diabetes. Local professional representatives
from mental health, nursing homes, hospice,
Alzheimer's, JTA and others will be available for con-
sultation. Lectures will also be conducted on topics
including colon cancer, STDs, AIDS and colon cancer..
Refreshments will be provided. For more information
Book Signing byLisa Leighton
Arthur Lisa Leighton will be having a book signing
June 25, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Leighton will
be available to sign copies of her Christian children's
book. Dressed for Battle; Guide to a Christ Centered
Life of Victory. The book signing will take place at
Borders located at 8801 Southside Blvd. on the south-
side of Jacksonville.
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Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity honors
"Strong Sigma Fathers"
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. will celebrate "Strong
Sigma Fathers" on Fathers Day June 20, 2010 along-
side the March of Dimes, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity,
Inc. will promote strong fathers and male role models
while promoting the prevention of premature births.
Sigma men are encouraged to visit the national website
www.pbsl914.org for more information.
Celebrate the Negro Leagues with
the Durkeeville Historical Society
The Durkeeville Historical Society invites you to
come celebrate the legacy of the Negro Baseball
Leagues June 19, 2010 from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the
Durkeeville History Center, 1293 W 19th St. (Comer of
19th St. and Myrtle Ave). The event will include appear-
ances by local former Negro Baseball League players
Arthur Hamilton (Indianapolis Clowns) and Harold
Hair (Kansas City Monarchs) who will autograph balls.
For more information contact the Durkeeville History
Center (904) 598-9567.
Men Only Pastor's and Minister's
Retreat at World Golf Village
The Florida General Baptist Convention Inc. will
hold a Men Only Pastors and Ministers Men's
Conference and Retreat at The Renaissance Resort,
World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Florida June 17-
19, 2010. The Conference Speakers will be Dr. C. E.
Glover, of Miami, FL; Dr. Eugene Diamond, of
Jacksonville, FL; Dr. Mack K. Carter, of Miami, FL; Dr.
James B. Sampson, of Jacksonville, FL; Dr. JohnAllen,
of Jacksonville, FL; Dr. Carl Johnson, of Miami, FL;
and Dr. Gary Williams Sr., of Jacksonville, Fl. The
Official opening at 6 P.M., Thursday, June 17th will
feature the Conference Dinner. Breakfast will kick off
Friday's activities which include Workshops Lunch,
and more. The Conference Prayer Breakfast and
Conference Closing will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Friday.
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The ReigiousL vs.1f1Sp~irhitual Db-at
"I'm spiritual but not religious."
It's a trendy phrase people often
use to describe their belief that they
don't need organized religion to
live a life of faith.
But for Jesuit priest James
Martin, the phrase also hints at
something else: egotism.
"Being spiritual but not religious
can lead to complacency and self-
centeredness," says Martin, an edi-
tor at America, a national Catholic
magazine based in New York City.
"If it's just you and God in your
room, and a religious community
makes no demands on you, why
help the poor?"
Religious debates erupt over
everything from doctrine to fash-
ion. Martin has jumped into a run-
ning debate over the "I'm spiritual
but not religious" phrase.
The "I'm spiritual but not reli-
gious" community is growing so
much that one pastor compared it to
a movement. In a 2009 survey by
the research firm LifeWay
Christian Resources, 72 percent of
millennials (18- to 29-year-olds)
said they're "more spiritual than
religious." The phrase is now so
commonplace that it's spawned its
own acronym ("I'm SBNR") and
Facebook page: SBNR.org.
But what exactly does being
"spiritual but not religious" mean,
and could there be hidden dangers
in living such a life?
Did you choose
"Burger King Spirituality"?
Heather Cariou, a New York
City-based author who calls herself
spiritual instead of religious, does-
n't think so. She's adopted a spiritu-
ality that blends Buddhism,
Judaism and other beliefs.
"I don't need to define myself to
any community by putting myself
in a box labeled Baptist, or
Catholic, or Muslim," she says.
"When I die, I believe all my
accounting will be done to God,
and that when I enter the eternal
realm, I will not walk though a door
with a label on it."
BJ Gallagher, a Huffington Post
blogger who writes about spiritual-
ity, says she's SBNR because
organized religion inevitably
degenerates into tussles over
power, ego and money.
Gallagher tells a parable to illus-
trate her point:
"God and the devil were walking
down a path one day when God
spotted something sparkling by the
side of the path. He picked it up and
held it in the palm of his hand.
"Ah, Truth," he said.
"Here, give it to me," the devil
said. "I'll organize it."
Gallagher says there's nothing
wrong with people blending
insights from different faith tradi-
tions to create what she calls a
"Burger King Spirituality -- have it
your way." gious life at Smith College in
She disputes the notion that spir- Massachusetts, says there's a lot of
itual people shun being accountable good in old-time religion.
to a community.
"Twelve-step people have a bril- Religious communities excel at
liant spiritual community that caring for members in difficult
avoids all the pitfalls of organized times, encouraging members to
religion," says Gallagher, author of serve others and teaching religious
"The Best Way Out is Always practices that have been tested and
Through." wrestled with for centuries, Walters
"Each recovering addict has a says.
'god of our own understanding,' and "Hymn-singing, forms of prayer
there are no priests or intermedi- and worship, teachings about social
aries between you and your god. justice and forgiveness -- all these
It's a spiritual community that things are valuable elements of reli-
works." gious wisdom," Walters says.
Nazli Ekim, who works in public "Piecing it together by yourself can
relations in New York City, says
calling herself spiritual instead
of religious is her way of
Ekim was "
born in a "
S h e
she was 13 and
had to take reli-
gion classes in high
school.Then one day,
she says she had to take
charge of her own beliefs.
"I had this revelation that I bow be done,
to no one, and I've been spiritually but with great difficulty."
a much happier person," says Ekim, Being a spiritual Lone Ranger
who describers herself now as a fits the tenor of our times, says
Taoist, a religious practice from June-Ann Greeley, a theology and
ancient China that emphasizes the philosophy professor.
unity of humanity and the universe. "Religion demands that we
"I make my own mistakes and accord to human existence some
take responsibility for them. I've absolutes and eternal truths, and in
lied, cheated, hurt people -- some- a post-modern culture, that
times on purpose. Did I ever think I becomes all but impossible," says
will burn in hell for all eternity? I Greeley, who teaches at Sacred
didn't. Did I feel bad and made up Heart University in Connecticut.
for my mistakes? I certainly did, It's much easier for "spiritual"
but not out of fear of God." people to go on "spiritual walka-
Going on a bouts," Greeley says.
spiritual walkabout "People seem not to have the
The debate over being spiritual time nor the energy or interest to
rather than religious is not just delve deeply into any one faith or
about semantics. It's about survival, religious tradition," Greeley says.
Numerous surveys show the "So they move through, collecting
number of Americans who do not ideas and practices and tenets that
identify themselves as religious has most appeal to the self, but making
been increasing and likely will con- no connections to groups or com-
tinue to grow. munities."
A 2008 survey conducted by Being spiritual instead of reli-
Trinity College in Hartford, gious may sound sophisticated, but
Connecticut, dubbed these the choice may ultimately come
Americans who don't identify with down to egotism, says Martin, the
any religion as "Nones." Jesuit priest, who writes about the
Seminaries, churches, mosques phrase in his book, "The Jesuit
and other institutions will struggle Guide to (Almost Everything)."
for survival if they don't somehow "Religion is hard," he says.
convince future generations that "Sometimes it's just too much
being religious isn't so bad after all, work. People don't feel like it. I
religion scholars wam. have better things to do with my
Jennifer Walters, dean of reli- time. It's plain old laziness."
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9:30 a.m. 12 noon-1 p.m.
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_1i.. Fitness camp available for area youth
In line with First Lady Michelle
Obama's national battle against
childhood obesity, Luv- it Wellness
is sponsoring a Wellness 4 KIDZ
summer camp set to be located in
the Heart of Health Zone 1 on the
campus of Edward Waters College..
Health and Physical education
teacher Gloria Lovett is the founder
of Luv-it Wellness and the director
of The Wellness 4 KIDZ summer
camp. The mission of Luv-it
Wellness, Inc. is to reduce the lead-
ing causes of health risks directly
related to obesity, poor eating
habits, lack of physical activity, and
The camp is targeting at-risk
school age boys and girls living
within Health Zone 1, the area of
Jacksonville with the highest health
risk factors and childhood obesity.
The goal of the camp is to teach
healthy eating habits, etiquette,
improved fitness level, increase
health literacy, reduce health risk
and improve self esteem. All
campers will be exposed to physi-
cal, social, mental, and environ-
mental healthy behaviors and
lifestyles. There will also be nutri-
tion, fitness, recreational games,
field trips, food demonstration, hor-
ticulture, guest speakers and much
The camp will kick off June 21st
t- July 30th from 8a.m. to 5p.m.
with available before and after care.
The camp location and sign-up is at
the EWC Gymnasium 1859 Kings
Road. For more information call
Nigerian businessman buys London's second largest airport
Graham family celebrates "Men in Our Life"
Rometa Porter recently hosted her family's 3rd annual pre Fathers Day "Men in Our Life" dinner. Descended
from the Graham family, over forty family members attended the dinner which honors brothers, husbands, uncles
and fathers with a festive dinner prepared by the ladies. In addition to thanking the guys for their good works,
each attendee also received a monetary gift. Shown above (L-R) are Shawn Graham,Jerome Andrews, James
Graham,Joseph Richards,Matthew Mclaughlin,Ronald Richards, Oscar Andrews, Leonard Graham, Julian
Graham, Kevin Kight and son, (kneeling) Ronald Pauline and Calvin Andrews.
Adebayo Ogunlesi, a Nigerian
Buyer of 'slaves photo' stands by his $30,000 purchase
This weekend produced quite a
stir over a "rare" Mathew Brady
photograph of two slave children
that was reported found in a North
An undated rare photo provided
by Keya Morgan, found in a North
Carolina attic, depicts two slave
children, art historians say. In April,
the photo was found at a moving
sale in Charlotte, accompanied by a
document detailing the sale of John,
left, for $1,150 in 1854.
An AP story refers to the "haunt-
ing 150-year-old photo" of a young
black child named John, barefoot
and wearing ragged clothes,
perched on a barrel next to another
unidentified young boy.
The story says the photo, along
with a document detailing the sale
of John, was found at a moving sale
in Charlotte, N.C.
Adding to the value is the asser-
tion that the "rare" photo was sup-
posedly taken by famed Civil War
photographer Mathew Brady.
New York collector Keya
Morgan, the AP reports, says he
paid $30,000 for a photo album that
included the image of the young
boys and several family pictures
and $20,000 for the document about
"John" being sold an auction.
But some digging, largely by a
writer who goes by the name Kate
Marcus, and a avid collector of
African-American art named
Sherry Howard turns up another
side to the story:
According to both Marcus and
1) The photo is not "rare" nor
"undiscovered," in fact you can see
it right now at the New York Public
Library's Digital Gallery, where it is
part of a permanent collection.
2) In addition, the same image
was sold on eBay in a passel of pho-
tos for $163 two weeks ago.
3) The New York Library's copy
notes that the photo was take
around 1870 in Georgia by a
Jerome Wilson, a noted photogra-
pher from the era. This would also
tend to undercut the "slave child"
aspect since it apparently was taken
after the Civil War.
4) The eBay seller, who prefers to
remain unidentified, says the pho-
tos he sold were side-by-side
"stereoscopic" or 3-D) images,
which, he says, can only be done by
the original photographer, who he
also identities as Wilson.
The North Carolina version is a
tighter cropped version of that
image. The seller says photos were
often copied by others at the time,
so the fact that several copies of the
same image would be in circulation
under the name of different photog-
raphers is not unusual. The North
Carolina photo has the name
"Brady" as a caption.
5) Several sites, and the eBay
seller, say Wilson is the photogra-
pher. The eBay seller, a avid collec-
tor of antique photos, says Brady, in
any case, never did 3-D photos.
Kate Marcus, posting for the
website Before It's News, says she
was able to undercut the weekend
story with a few strokes on the key-
board and bare-bones searching.
She said she was suspicious
because a photo of young slaves
"not such a rare subject matter."
Morgan pushes back strongly on
any challenge to his $30,000 photo.
He says his photograph is without
question from 1862 or 1863, which
he dates by the photographic
process and the mounting that
Brady used at that time, and not
later. "The quality is self-evident,"
Wilson, on the other hand, was
known for commercial copies of the
works of other for many years after
the war, he says. Morgan says the
eBay photos and the New York
Public library photos are of poor
quality and were mass produced.
"He copies Brady's photos and
other photos in huge quantities "
Morgan attributes some of ques-
tions raised about his purchase to
"buyer's remorse" from the eBay
seller who sold his photos for $163.
Morgan says that the seller proba-
bly could have gotten around
$1,000 for the photos, although not
He also stands by the claim that
the photo was from North Carolina.
He also says that by placing the
date firmly in th 1862-63 period,
that the boys would have still been
lawyer and businessman, is buying
Gatwick, London's second largest
airport, is also the second busiest
(next to Heathrow) in the U.K.
Ogunlesi, an Oxford, Harvard Law
and Harvard Business School grad-
uate, has made history several times
in his academic and professional
lives. He was one of the first non-
Americans to attend Harvard Law
School, the first non-American to
clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court
(for Thurgood Marshall) and one of
the first two Black men to serve on
the Harvard Law Review.
In 2002, Time magazine listed
Ogunlesi on its Global Influentials
list and Fortune ranked him the 7th
most powerful Black Executive in
the United States.
The former Credit Suisse execu-
tive says it will take 12 to 18
months before passengers start
noticing changes at the airport. The
sale of Gatwick to Global
Infrastructure Partners, the group
Ogunlesi heads, is subject to
approval by the European Union.
He promises to make traveling
through Gatwick a "first class expe-
Can you swim? If not, you may part
of the 'Swimming Gap' problem
According to a report recently released by the USA Swimming
Foundation, 70 percent of African American children and nearly 60 per-
I cent of Hispanic kids "have little or
S no swimming ability."
". Those figures compare to only 40
ro' .percent of Caucasian youngsters
Swho cannot swim.
- The biggest tragedy associated
-.' .* -. -. with the swimming gap is that Black
"children are far more likely to drown
than white kids.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, African American youngsters aged 5 to 14 drowned at a rate
3.1 times that of whites in the same age group between 2000 and 2006.
USA Swimming is tackling the program with its "Make a Splash" swim-
ming training program.
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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
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
July 2, 2010. The free event will
start at 7 p.m. Spoken word night is
held on the first Thursday of every
month where poets, writers, vocal-
ists and sometimes musicians gath-
er to present and hear some of the
area's most powerful and profound
lyrical voices in a casual open-mic
setting. For more info call 632-
Raines / Ribault
Class of '78 Charity
Raines & Ribault have joined
forces to lay aside their high school
rivalry to benefit the stakeholders
of their respective schools. On July
31, 2010, the Old School/New
School Charity Basketball Game to
bring together families and friends
for a memorable time of fun and
fellowship. To participate or more
information call 410-9603. Stay
tuned for details.
Cocktails for a Cause
In celebration of the National
Urban League's 100th year, the
local affiliate will be holding
"Cocktails for a Cause" to learn
about their Centennial Movement,
and to network with community
leaders. It will be held at the
University Club,1301 Riverplace
Boulevard on Wednesday, August
18th from 4:30 7:30 p.m. RSVP
your attendance to
firstname.lastname@example.org or 366-3461.
Kuumba Festival 2010
The Carter G. Woodson
Committee for Positive Education
of Jacksonville, Inc. (CGWC) is
kicking off its 22nd Annual
Kuumba Festival of Florida on
Saturday, August 21st, 2010.
11:00am until 8:00pm. The festival
will take place at 500 N. Davis
Street (across from the Lavilla
School of the Arts). For more infor-
mation visit www.kuumbafesti-
valfl.org, or call 1 888-477-0565.
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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Karate Kid rakes in $56 M
Who would have thought a 12-
year-old descended from Hollywood
royalty would be the summer box
office savior? Such is the case as
-Jaden Smith and his starring role in
"The Karate Kid" propelled the box
office to 11 percent up from last year
at this time, when everyone was
talking "The Hangover". He also dominated over the macho "A-Team,"
more than doubling the opening weekend gross of the '80s television
adaptation. In a summer that's been primarily dominated by misfires,
Mr. Jaden Smith is going to command quite a paycheck the next time he
lands a starring role.
Broadway director eyeing Berry Gordy musical
Fresh from winning a 2010 Tony Award for
Fela!, choreographer Bill T. Jones is already
looking forward to working on four new
projects, including a musical based on the
career of Berry Gordy.
Jones revealed he's in talks to bring the
Motown founder's story to the theater, as
well as stage adaptations of three films: the
1959 movie "Black Orpheus," 1972 blax-
ploitation classic "Super Fly" and the 2001
Indian film "Monsoon Wedding."
During the Tonys, Jones told reporters
backstage: "We're talking about 'Black Orpheus'; we're talking to Berry
Gordy; we're talking about 'Super Fly,' the musical, and 'Monsoon
Jones, meanwhile, is featured on this week's episode of the HBO's
series "Master Class."
NBA Star to face trial for bad checks
NBA star Antoine Walker will face trial on
felony bad check charges that allege he failed l.
to repay almost $1 million in gambling debts
and penalties to three Las Vegas casinos.
The 33-year-old athlete appeared Monday '
with his lawyer before a Las Vegas Justice of
the Peace. He remains free without bail until
his June 30 arraignment in state court.
The judge noted that Walker hadn't made
any progress repaying some $770,000 he
owes on a promise last November to pay $905,050 in restitution, court
fees and penalties due to Caesars Palace, Hard Rock and Red Rock
Casinos. The charges combined, could get him probation or send him to
prison for up to 12 years if he's convicted.
Walker was a three-time all-star with the Boston Celtics before going to
Miami. He hasn't played in the NBA since 2008 but played briefly in
Puerto Rico during the 2009-10 season.
Judge orders McKnight to pay $340k in
back child support
A judge has ordered R&B star Brian McKnight to
pay more than $340,000 to a woman who won a
ruling naming the singer the father of her teenage
Miriam Lee filed paternity and child support
S documents against the artist in Orange County,
Florida last year, claiming her 14-year-old was the
product of a brief fling she had with McKnight.
McKnight never filed documents addressing her claim, so the judge has
ruled him the father, according to TMZ.com. The artist has now been told
he owes 14 years of child support which amounts to $11,388 a month.
But McKnight isn't done with fighting the paternity claim; a rep for the
star says, "The judgment in Florida was a default judgment made with-
out Brian present. He's still looking to establish paternity, and is await-
ing the results of a recent test."
D.L. Hughley to host game show
NBC has tapped D.L. Hughley to host a pilot for its new game show
called "Who's Bluffing Who?" where contestants must try to bluff their
way into winning a half-million dollars.
For each episode, seven contestants will use their knowledge and decep-
tive talents and even steal one another's money in order to advance
in the game as they are gradually reduced to a single winner.
"Who's Bluffing Who?" is one of two truth-spotting game shows in
the works, according to the Hollywood Reporter. ABC is piloting
"Survivor" producer Mark Burnett's "Trust Me, I'm a Game Show
Host," where contestants try to spot which of two hosts are lying.
One of "The Original Kings of Comedy," Hughley starred in the ABC
sitcom "The Hughleys" and was recently a correspondent for "The Jay
"Fyne Dymez" beat the
heat with Aloft pool party
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis
win Tony Award for 'Fences'
Denzel Washington, left, and
co-star Viola Davis, hold their
Tony Awards for Best
Performance by a Leading Actor
in a Play and a Leading Actress
in a Play, both for "Fences" in
New York, Sunday.
First-time Tony winner Denzel
Washington would have you
believe it's the play and not his
acting that garnered him the best
actor in a play award for "Fences"
at the 2010 Tony Awards.
"Its one of the best plays, Pulitzer
Prize winning," he told the media in
the press room. "It's a great play."
Washington also described himself
as "really happy."
"I'm blessed with everything," he
His "Fences" co-star Viola Davis,
also had kind things to say about
the play and her role in it: "Every
once in a while a job comes around
that speaks to your heart."
It was Washington's first Tony and
Davis' second. Davis, who was
nominated for an Oscar two years
ago for her role in "Doubt" won a
Tony in 2001 for her performance
in "King Hedley II."
A five-time Oscar nominee,
Washington won for best support-
ing actor in 1990 ("Glory") and for
best actor in 2002 ("Training Day").
The Fyne Dymez Motorcycle club held their fist coming out pool party
last weekend in the Aloft Hotel at the River City Marketplace.
Accompanied by the hotel's eclectic atmosphere, the Fyne Dymez set
it off with food, fun and fashion for their guests. A raffle was held,
while guests mingled, played cards and talked about their bikes.
Shown above are Bottom L-R: Lil baby, Ki-Ki, Choco, Tygah,
Ladybug, Breezie, Twopointfive, Top (L-R): Mama Bear, Sunshine,
Kamyllion and Queen "Vee". KFP
When the music changes,
so does the dance HAUSA proverb
We need to acknowledge that there is dinner table conversa-
tion and bedroom conversation, times toturn up the musicand
times for silence, times to argue and times to hold our com-
mentsm a place for quiet work and a place for partying.
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Former apprentice promises a different
reality show, 'The Ultimate Merger,'
to be another 'Flavor of Love' or 'I
Love New York' for that matter --
you've got another thing coming.
The former star of 'The
VApprentice' teamed up with her real
estate mogul mentor Donald Trump
for the new venture, which she she
describes as "a mix between 'The
Apprentice' and 'The
T', V-kingpin and Manigault-
Stallworth developed the
S. how together."When you
.'. ". have a development proj-
ect with 'the Donald' you
don't pass it up,"
Omarosa -- as she is
S widely known -- told BV
S. Newswire this weekend.
.- "Donald is invested in me
and seeing me succeed and
you have to have someone who is
going to look after your success."
/-. fAs for the direction of 'The
', Ultimate Merger,' the Cleveland
2 native describes her latest reality
television venture as something
distinctively her own.
If you were expecting Omarosa
"I really enjoyed the whole fran-
chise, from 'Flavor of Love' to 'Ray
J,' and I think there's a place for that
type of program, but this one is kind
of different. Ain't nobody passing
out roses or writing poetry,' she
The Howard University graduate,
who is currently enrolled in semi-
nary school, says the men compet-
ing are "authentic in their approach
to winning my heart."
The show centers on weeding out
the disingenuous suitors and find-
ing her soul mate, but the guys are
not your run-of-the-mill reality tel-
evision competitors, she say. Nearly
all of the 12 bachelors competing
for Omarosa's heart are profession-
als, including a lawyer, a foreign
currency trader and a self-help
author. But there's one man who is
well known to many: '90s R&B
crooner Al B Sure.
"It was a shock that he was on,"
she revealed. "That was one that
Donald kept from me. He pursued
the opportunity. We didn't go after
him; he went after us," she
The 'Night and Day' crooner and
Omarosa dated years back, so she
was taken aback when she saw him
during the first meeting.
"I asked him, 'What are you doing
here? You could have just called me
on the cell phone,' and he was like,
'No, I wanted a second chance to.
win your heart.' So it was very sur-
prising and romantic at the same
time," she shared.
And though she's not dishing on
whether Sure made the final three,
she did say the last men standing
were all amazing.
"When it got to the final three, I
could close my eyes and choose one
because the three final brothers
were so fine, so sharp and so on top
of their game. Any woman would
be happy to have them and having
to decide is so hard."
She added, "So, I went with the
person I felt like I was falling in
"I think next up would be a wed-
ding special. That would be fun. "
The show premieres on TV One
at 9 p.m. on Thursday June 17.
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