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Baltimore OKs paying

victims of illegal arrests
In the wake of a report earlier this month which indicated Baltimore
locks up a higher percentage of its population than any major metropoli-
tan area in the nation, the city agreed last week to pay $870,000 to the
victims of what some call illegal arrests.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and
the American Civil Liberties Union filed a joint lawsuit in 2006 on behalf
of 14 people whose arrests were symbolic of thousands of so-called ille-
gal arrests, which took place over the course of several years. The settle-
ment was approved by the Baltimore City Board of Estimates.
Among the myriad illegal arrests made during the height of the zero tol-
erance policing policy included two young, college-bound women arrest-
ed and jailed after being stopped for not wearing a seat belt and a female
bus driver taken from her bus while passengers were on board for
questioning the actions of police during another arrest. There was a
young man sitting on the front steps of his employer and detained for 72
hours because he had to take a paternity test.
There were literally hundreds of horror stories connected to Baltimore
citizens, who were arrested and held in the notorious Central Booking
Intake Center, in some cases for more than 72 hours without ever being
charged with a crime.

Woman sues church

over gay marriage
When Pastors Christine and Dennis Wiley of the
Covenant Baptist church in Washington, D.C.,
performed a 2007 commitment ceremony for a
gay couple at their altar, it split the church,
prompting Yvonne Moore, a loyal church mem-
ber, to sue the church for the money she had
Ms. Yvonne Moore donated over the 37 years she'd been a member.
It would take two years for the District -- a city
competing only with Atlanta as the black gay capital of the world -- to
legalize same-sex marriage.
Even though Moore grew up in Florida and was one of the first people
to sit at a lunch counter in the fight for integration, she said she felt the
need to sue because, "the Bible preaches against homosexuality" and
"she was pissed off." She attended the marriage ceremony just to see if
her pastors would go through with it prompting her to sue.
Her pastor, though, had a very different take on the matter. "You can't
just read the Bible and think you have mastered the word of God," said
Wiley. He and his wife made a decision to open their doors to all people
regardless of sexual orientation.
Moore wasn't the only one angry about the ceremony. The pastors lost
half of their congregation after they blessed the union.

Childlessness is up,

but racial gaps narrowing
Nearly one in five American women beyond childbearing years never
gave birth as fewer couples, particularly higher-educated whites, view
having children as necessary to a good marriage.
An analysis of census data documents the changes in fertility rates that
are driving government projections that U.S. minorities will become the
majority by midcentury.
The figures show that among all women ages 40-44, about 18 percent,
or 1.9 million, were childless in 2008. That's up from 10 percent, or near-
ly 580,000 in 1976.
Broken down by race, one-in-five (20%) white women ages 40-44 was
childless in 2008, the highest rate among racial and ethnic groups. By
comparison, 17% of black and'Hispanic women were childless in 2008,
and 16% of Asian women were childless.
From 1994 to 2008, the childlessness rates for black women and for
Hispanic women grew by more than 30%. The rate for white women
increased only 11ll%.Education also seems to be a factor in a woman's
choice to be a mother. The more educated women are, the higher the
childless rate is.
The findings also come amid a historic demographic shift in which
blacks, Hispanics, Asians and multiracial people are growing rapidly in
the U.S. population and wielding more influence in politics and society.
Minority babies now make up nearly half of all U.S. births.

Gov. asks MA schools to revise policy

of condoms for elementary students
MASSACHUSETTS At Veterans Memorial School in the
Provincetown school district of Massachusetts, the children, as young as
first grade, are allowed to go and get condoms from the school nurse as
long as they receive a pamphlet of information about the condoms and
their function. But, the parents and Governor of Massachusetts, Patrick
Deval, say that five-years old and up is incredibly too young to offer such
a program. Deval has asked that they revise their policy to exclude chil-
dren this young.
The superintendent for Provincetown, Beth Singer, says that she would
rather a parent tell their child they can't have sex, rather than tell them
they can't have a condom. The parents are not allowed to opt out of this
program, so if a child comes to the nurse for condoms there is no "paper
A Provincetown school committee voted unanimously for the policy
June 10. It was due to go into effect in the fall, but the committee plans
to re-examine its wording amid the concerns.

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Volume 23 No.39 Jacksonville, Florida July 1-7, 2010

'~^ Blacks Students Dropping

S' Out at Critical Rates

by Gregory Dale
New data from the Department of
Education reveals that Black stu-
dents continue to drop out of high
school at a much higher rate than
Whites and nearly 40 percent fail to
earn a high school diploma on time.
According to the report, 234,121
White students in the United States
dropped out of high school in 2008,
the most recent year for which data
was available, comprising 2.8 per-
cent of all White students enrolled
in public high schools. That same
year, there were 159,407 Black stu-
dents who dropped out of high
school, totaling 6.7 percent of all
Black public high school students.

The report also found that, nation-
wide, just fewer than 75 percent of
all students received high school
diplomas within four years. That
number represented 61.5 percent
for Black students.
Black students don't top the list
however. American Indians and
Alaska Natives had the highest
dropout rate at 7.3 percent, while
Asian and Pacific Islanders had the
lowest at 2.4 percent. The dropout
rate for Hispanics was 6 percent.
The big picture reveals 16 per-
cent of people between 16 and 24
are high school dropouts, with a
wide majority being men and more
than 18 percent of them Black.

Pictured (1-r): Pageant founders and organizer Kenyon Demps, Ms.
Senior Jacksonville 2010 Merle Wight, 1st Runner-Up Darlene Riggs
and 2nd Runner-Up Catherine Workman.

Merle Wright crowned

Ms. Senior 2010

by M. Latimer
This past weekend, hundreds of
people flocked to the Times-Union
Center to witness Jacksonville's
most "seasoned affair," the 2nd
Annual Ms. Senior Jacksonville
Pageant. Organized by Keyonn and
Julius Demps, the event showcased
the beauty and talent of nine con-
testants, all of whom are Northeast
Florida residents aged sixty and
older. The diverse contestant line-
up represented a myriad of back-
grounds, including Brazil and the

Caribbean, and performed every-
thing from comedy and poetry to
singing and jazz dancing. The pag-
eant also featured a "fan favorite"
contest, won by contestant JoAnn
Boatwright. According to Ms.
Senior Jacksonville 2010 Merle
Wright, participating in the pageant
was "the experience of a lifetime."
"It was a joy to be a part of this. I
had the opportunity to meet and
work with a fabulous group of
ladies. It was truly a blessing," said

Shown above is Ritz Amateur Night guest host Rahman Johnson with
Little Miss Shalesia Amoni "Shugamama"Mae Whetstone. TMA photo
5 Year old channels Jackson for Ritz title
On the eve of the anniversary of pop icon Michael Jackson's death, lit-
tle Miss Shalesia Amoni Mae "Shugamama" Whetstone wowed the Ritz
audience taking home the top prize for the Amateur Night Semi-Finals.
The five year old Pine Forest School of the Arts student's rendition of
"Who's Loving You" awarded her a standing ovation and a check which
makes her eligible for competition for the coveted top honor at the finals
in December. In addition to singing, the talented youngster performs with
Stage Aurora Youth Voices, takes Tae Kwon Do, gymnastics and ballet.

Underground Railroad Network to Freedom links

Jacksonville and Bahamas to the African-American Diaspora

Shown above (L-R): Sen. Tony Hill, Dr. Moxey Brown -Bahamian Director of Culture, Dr. Jacinta Higgs Bahamian Senator, City of
Jacksonville's Roslyn Phillips who presented keys to the city to the delegation, Counsel General General Gradys Sands Johnson andJuCoby
Pittman, CEO of the Clarta White Mission. FMPphoto

Senator Tony Hill hosted the
United States/Bahamas Under-
ground Railroad Network to
Freedom, Florida Connection, with
emphasis on the Jacksonville last
weekend. While in the city, the del-

egation toured American Beach,
Kingsley Plantation, EWC, Ft.
Mose in St Augustine and the Roll
Plantation in Palatka in addition to
various receptions. They also
received Keys to the City from the

Mayor's Office and received infor-
mation from Clara White Mission
CEO Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele on
their award winning ex-offender
culinary arts program the delega-
tion is hoping to take back to the

Caribbean nation.
The Network promotes the inter-
national connection of the
Underground Railroad through his-
toric education, preservation and
heritage tourism.

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July 1-7, 2010

Coleman-Moss to

Elexia Coleman-Moss
On July 1, a new group of lead-
ers will bring JCCI Forward into its
10th Anniversary year of serving
the Jacksonville community.
Members of the Executive Com-
mittee as well as Forward's general
membership benefit by participat-
ing in leadership development ses-
sions which allow them to learn and
improve their leadership skills
while studying important commu-
nity issues and establishing net-
works with local leaders. The
Jacksonville community benefits
by having access to a group of ded-
icated and involved community
leaders who are committed to serv-
ing and continuing the work of
those who have led before them.
The new team includes Elexia
Coleman-Moss, Chair; Jennifer
Mansfield, Chair-elect; Lee Brown,
Immediate Past Chair; Committee
Members: Mickee Brown; Preston
T. Callison; Adrienne Cartagena;

lead JCCI Forward
Leah Donelan; Jason Fey; Broder-
ick Green; Christy Jackson;
William Jackson; Circe LeNoble;
LaTonya Lockhart; Jacquelyn
Lowe; William Magevney; Lee
Poechmann; Antoinette Williams;
and Felicia Wright.
"These leaders are volunteers, so-
cial activists, team players and go-
getters and they are just as
committed to their volunteer work
as they are to their employers.
Among them are managers, writers,
small business owners, and execu-
tives in both the profit and not-for-
profit sectors." says Elexia
Coleman-Moss, Chair of the Exec-
utive Committee. Moss is the
Founder and Executive Director of
Empowerment Resources, Inc. and
has been a member of Forward for
6 years, serving in a variety of
"Elexia and the rest of the commit-
tee bring diverse skill sets to the or-
ganization, but the one common
bond is their commitment to serv-
ing our community and making it a
better place for us all." says
Michelle Simkulet, Director of For-
The Executive Committee hosts
several events throughout the year
for its members and the general
public including networking so-
cials, issue forums, mystery guest
and "Food for Thought" sessions.
Forward Membership is $50 per
year and is open to anyone between
the ages of 25 and 45 who wishes
to get involved, be engaged and
stay connected.
For more information or to partic-
ipate, call 396-3052.

What does it take to get to successful entrepreneurship?

by Farrah Gray
Grasping the reality of this current
hard-hitting economic downturn, and
all-out crisis in your life is not an
easy task. How you deal with it will
determine your ultimate success.
I am proud of my identity and roots
going from food-stamps-to-fortune.
For me being poor was never a factor
that confined the person, rather just
a temporary circumstance of sorts.
Each moment can change the rest
of your life and the course of your di-
rection. If you are not intentional
with your actions, you will plan to
fail. Successful people operate from
the beat of their own drum, but they
are intentional. Successful people
don't become successful by accident
- it's sheer, practical application of
their talents and traits.
1. Hard Working: running a busi-
ness requires a lot of energy and
drive. This involves the ability to
work for long hours, to work in-
tensely in spurts and to cope with less
than a normal amount of sleep.
2. Self-Confident: to succeed, en-
trepreneurs have to believe in them-
selves and in their ability to achieve
the goals they have set for them-
selves. This is often shown by a be-
lief that "if you want something
badly enough and are prepared to
work at it, you'll usually get it".
3. Builds for the Future:the goal for
most successful business people is to
build a secure job and income for
themselves which is based on their
own abilities. This means entrepre-
neurs understand that it may take
several years to build up business in-
come to a reasonable standard.
4. Profit-Oriented: interest in gen-

rating money is a clear indicator of
an entrepreneur's suitability for being
a business owner. This means recog-
nizing that the business comes first.
5. Goal-Oriented: success in busi-
ness depends upon being able to set
realistic goals or targets and to work
with determination to achieve them.
This ability to set goals (for things
the person thinks are worthwhile)
and to work to achieve them is fun-
damental to being an entrepreneur.
6. Persistent: all businesses have
their problems and disappointments.
Being persistent in solving a problem
is one of the keys to being a success-
ful entrepreneur.
7. Copes with Failure: all business
ventures inevitably contain disap-
pointments and failures as well as
successes. Coping with failures in-
volves recognizing these failures,
learning from them and seeking new
opportunities. Without this character-
istic, early failures may end a per-
son's attempt at self-employment.
8. Responds to Feedback: entrepre-
neurs are concerned to know how
well they are doing and to keep
trackof their performance. Obtaining
useful feedback and advice from oth-
ers is another important characteristic
of entrepreneurs.
9. Demonstrates Initiative:research
shows that successful entrepreneurs
take the initiative and place them-
selves where they are personally re-
sponsible for success or failure.
10. Willing to Listen: the success-
ful entrepreneur is not an inward
looking person that never uses out-
side resources. Self-reliance does not
exclude the ability to ask for help
when needed from such people as

bank officials, accountants and busi-
ness advisers.Being able to listen to
the advice of others is a key charac-
teristic of an entrepreneur.
11. Sets Own Standards:setting
standards of performance and then
working to achieve them is another
indicator of a successful entrepre-
neur. Most entrepreneurs want to do
bettereach year, to set and achieve
higher standards
from year to

12. Copes
with Uncer-
tainty:being an *
entrepreneur is [ 'Ii ';iJ
much more un-
certain than em-
ployment. An
ability to cope
with this uncer-
tainty without
becoming too A nat mU yc
stressed is a nec-
essary trait of
being an entre-
13. Commit-
ted: starting and
running an en-
terprise de-
mands total
commitment by
the entrepreneur
in terms of time,
money and lifestyle. It has to be a
major priority in the entrepreneur's-
14. Builds on Strengths:successful
business people base their work upon
the strengths) they have, suchas
manual skills, interpersonal skills,
selling skills, organizational

skills,writing skills, knowledge of a
particular product or service, knowl-
edge of people in a trade and ability
to make and use a network of con-
15. Reliable and Has Integrity: the
qualities of honesty, fair dealing and
reliability in terms ofdoing what one
has promised to do are essential traits
of an entrepreneur.

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16. Risk-Taker: being an entrepre-
neur involves somerisks. Entrepre-
neurs have the ability to take
measured or calculated risks.Such
risks involve working out the likely
costs and gains, the chance of success
and the belief in oneself to make the
risk pay off.

Parents know what you

When college freshman Tanisha
Torrents headed to the Florida A&M
University last fall, her parents had
budgeted for tuition, room and board,
books and other typical expenses.
But soon into the school year, unfore-
seen costs arose. AndTanisha began
calling home for money. "The unex-
pected expenses were all the extras:
extra food, extra- clothes, extra
'Greek' expenses, such as her sorority
dues," said Tanisha's mother, Hope
Torrents, of Jacksonville, Fla. "Then
she had to go to the dentist because
of impacted wisdom teeth. And be-
cause our dental insurance only cov-
ers her in Jacksonville, we ended up
paying for her dentist visits in talla-
hassee out of pocket, along with her
prescription medicine."
It's impossible to predict whether
your child will experience unex-
pected costs or an emergency during
his or her time in college. But by re-
searching, planning and budgeting
for the known and unknown, you'll
be less likely to experience a big fi-
nancial hit.
Set Financial
Responsibilities Beforehand
Before August, sit down with your
child and outline all the expected
costs of college-everything from
living expenses to entertainment ex-
tras. Then, establish what you plan to
pay for and what your son or daugh-
ter must cover. Aurita Apodaca and
her husband, of Orange Park, Fl.,
have been clear with their soon-to-be
college freshman, DeVon, about fi-
nancial responsibility. The parents to-
gether have been saving $250 a
month from their paychecks to fund
DeVon's college education. "We
have budgeted for food, gas, car in-
surance and personal hygiene items,
knowing that Sonny will be receiving
care packages from us and her grand-
parents," says Apodaca. "DeVon is
responsible for all of the things paid
for with scholarships, money we
have saved, money she has saved and
gift money from relatives. She will
have to take out loans to cover any-
thing above and beyond that."
Similarly, Marcus Ritter, of the
Northside, wants to curb unplanned
costs when his son, Mark, enters the
University of Pennsylvania in the
fall. Reiter will have all of Max's
bills, such as cell phone, debit card,
meals, etc., sent home. "At least I'll
have the ability to monitor his
charges to make sure everything is
appropriate," says Ritter, who has
made it clear to Mark he'll be respon-
sible for movies, restaurant tabs,
sporting events, etc. "He's not ex-
pecting us to support his extracurric-
ular spending."
After establishing the responsibil-
ities, it's a good idea to set aside all
your education funding into a sepa-
rate account with a little padding in

it for emergencies. "You'll sleep bet-
ter at night knowing you have the fi-
nancial backing to support your child
while he or she is away at school no
matter what happens," says Paul
Golden of the National Endowment
for Financial Education (NEFE).
Check Insurance Coverage
Anything can happen, so it's im-
portant to make sure your child and
his or her property have the appropri-
ate insurance coverage while they're
away at school. This includes health,
car, renters', and any technology in-
surance for cell phones or computers.
If you decide to keep your child on
your insurance policies because it of-
fers better coverage or rates, decide
if you will cover the entire payment
or if your child is responsible for his
or her part. If you decide to help your
child establish his or her own plan,
read the fine print carefully and make
sure your teen understands what is
and isn't covered.
Health Insurance
The health care reform law makes
it possible to keep your child on your
own health insurance plan versus
having him or her use a college-spon-
sored plan. Effective September
2010, parents can keep their kids on
their own plan until the age of 26.
Previously, young adults often lost
that coverage at age 19 or upon grad-
uation from high school or college.
To avoid coverage gaps for new col-
lege students and young adults, the
White House asked insurance com-
panies to provide coverage voluntar-
ily before the September
implementation date. Many have
complied to do so, but check with
your insurer. Then, make sure your
insurance covers any doctor's ap-
pointments or prescriptions in your
child's college town. If it doesn't,
you could be paying out-of-pocket
for such costs (and need to budget).
If you opt for your child to have his
or her own insurance plan, check
with the school to inquire what it of-
fers students. Does the college plan
provide cheaper rates and doctor's
visits at its campus clinic? Does it
cover your child's every health care
need, such as dentist visits, physical
and wellness exams? Make sure to
compare the premiums and coverage
to what your child could retain on
your insurance. Part- and full-time
jobs also might offer health insurance
for your student.
Car Insurance
If your child brings a car to college
he or she will need insurance. People
younger than 25 years of age typi-
cally face higher insurance rates, so
it may be cheaper for your child to
remain on your insurance. Sonny will
bring a car to the University of
Northern Colorado in the fall. Her
parents are keeping Sonny on their
policy after evaluating whether she

1're on the hook for when your child goes to college
should obtain her own insurance, the financial hook for your child, in- applicants younger than age 21 from daughter.
"We have the best deal because we eluding cosigning your son or daugh- obtaining their own credit card unless As for off-campus housing, you'l
have been with the agent for six years ter's they can prove they have the finan- also inherit a financial stake in you
and we have three cars, our i.l meiins. suchl as a pay stub from son's or daughter's apartment if the
house and life insurance a job o bank statement with landlord requires you to cosign the
with the same com- adequate funds, to pay the lease. Be aware of your responsibility
pany," says Apo- bills If you want your if a roommate fails to pay rent o
daca. leen to begin build- leaves, or if damage to the property:

to keep your her name or want apartment in Tallahasse, next fall
child on your him or her to Her mother cosigned the lease, bu
policy, re- have a card for not before her father, a lawyer, rea
member that emergencies, it with a fine-tooth comb.
your rates I you will have to "No matter how much or how little
could go up if cosign for credit. you plan to contribute to your child'

your teen is in
an accident or is
ticketed for speed-
ing. However, insurance
companies also offe: perk,
such as "good student discounts,"
which may qualify your student for a
lower rate.
Beware the Credit Hook
Certain situations can leave you on

credit card.
Recent legislation-the Credit Card
Accountability, Responsibility and
Disclosure (CARD) Act-prohibits

And, it
) oul cosign k
jointly liabl
might suffer
the bill on til
clear expec




F college education, living
Despite new legislation, if your expenses and emergencies
college student obtains a credit can arise. So it's critical to
card, parents could still be liable plan ahead," says Golden.
t "By setting expectations
out child's card, you are and responsibilities with your child
e and your own credit early about the costs of living on his
if your child doesn't pay or her own, you'll both be prepared
me. This is the time to set to have any enjoyable, and afford-
tations for your son or able, college experience."

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Cooper Morgan Dance Theater Presents "Project 2010"

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The Cooper Morgan Dance Theater recently presented their first Outstanding Service award to Michelle
Ottley-Fisher for her dedication to their program. Their 5th dance recital, themed "Project 2010" was held
at Friday Musicale. The Cooper Morgan Dance Theatre is housed in the Jacksonville Centre for the Arts.
The dance troupe, founded in 2006, is a professional dance organization that strives to present high quali-
ty dance performance throughout the city and beyond. Shown above presenting the award (L-R) are
Artistic Director DeWitt Cooper, honoree Michelle Ottley-Fisher and Executive Director Savery Morgan.
R. Silver photo.


bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by
me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you
has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of
July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must
mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illumi-
nated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you
in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacri-
legious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me by
asking me to speak today? If so, there is a parallel to
your conduct. And let me warn that it is dangerous to
copy the example of nation whose crimes, towering up
to heaven, were thrown down by the breath of the
Almighty, burying that nation in irrevocable ruin! I
can today take up the plaintive lament of a peeled and
woe-smitten people.
Fellow citizens, above your national, tumultuous
joy, I hear the mournful wail of millions! Whose
chains, heavy and grievous yesterday, are, today, ren-
dered more intolerable by the jubilee shouts that reach
them. If I do forget, if I do not faithfully remember
those bleeding children of sorry this day, "may my
right hand cleave to the roof of my mouth"! To forget
them, to pass lightly over their wrongs, and to chime

than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and
cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him,
your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an
unholy license; your national greatness, swelling van-
ity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless;
your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impu-
dence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow
mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and
thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and
solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, decep-
tion, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up
crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.
There is not a nation of savages. There is not a nation
on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and
bloody than are the people of the U.S.
Go where you may, search where you will, roam
through all the monarchies and despotisms- of the Old
World, travel through South America, search out every
abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your
facts by the side of the everyday practices of this
nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting
barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns
without a rival.

Pictured (1-r): (back row, standing) Edmund Grant, Kenneth Reddick, and Lennie Parsons; (middle
row, standing) honoree Doris Scott, Al Webb, and Reggie Robinson; and (front row, seated) Howard
Stephens and honoree William Scott.

The Scotts Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage

by M. Latimer
Dr. William and Mrs. Doris Scott
recently celebrated their 60th wed-
ding anniversary with a poolside
barb-q-que at their home. Lots of
family, friends, neighbors, church
members, and former co-workers
attended the fun-filled celebration
to honor the Scotts on their very
special day. Guests enjoyed great
southern-style bar-b-que, competi-

tive card games and reflected on the
many contributions the Scotts made
to Northeast Florida. The Scotts
were trailblazers in the field of edu-
cation and community leaders.
Attendees also shared happy mem-
ories of community events held at
the Scotts' home, including the
annual Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Labor Day Cook-out. Members of
Omega Phi Phi (Dr. Scott is a for-

mer president of the organization)
attended the 60th anniversary party
and serenaded Mrs. Scott with the
"sweeheart song." According to Dr.
Scott, his 60 years with Mrs. Scott
have been the best days of his life.
"Words cannot express how much I
appreciate the Lord's blessing for
allowing me to share 60 years of
married life with Doris. With all
my heart, I love her," said Scott.


Fellow citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am in with the popular theme
I called upon to speak here today? What have I, or would be treason most
those I represent, to do with your national independ- scandalous and shock-
ence? Are the great principles of political freedom and ing, and would make
of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of me a reproach before
Independence, extended to us? and am I, therefore, God and the world.
called upon to bring our humble offering to the nation- My subject, then, fel-
al altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout low citizens, is
gratitude for the blessings resulting from your inde- American slavery. I
pendence to us? shall see this day and its
Would to God, both for your sakes and ours, that an popular characteristics from
affirmative answer could be truthfully returned to the slave's point of view.
these questions! For who is there so cold that a Standing there identified with the
nation's sympathy could not warm him? Who so obdu- American bondman, making his wrongs
rate and dead to the claims of gratitude that would not mine. I do not hesitate to declare with all my soul that
thankfully acknowledge such priceless benefits? Who the character and conduct of this nation never looked
so stolid and selfish that would not give his voice to blacker to me than on this Fourth of July! Whether we
swell the hallelujahs of a nation's jubilee, when the turn to the declarations of the past or to the professions
chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs? I am of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equal-
not that man. In a case like that the dumb might elo- ly hideous and revolting. America is false to the past,
quently speak and the "lame man leap as an hart." false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be
But such is not the state of the case. I say it with a false to the future.
sad sense of the disparity between us. am not included What, am I to argue that it is wrong to make men
within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high brutes, to rob them of their liberty, to work them with-
independence only reveals the immeasurable distance out wages, to keep them ignorant of their relations to
between us. The blessings in which you, this day, their fellow men, to beat them with sticks, to flay their
rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheri- flesh with the lash, to load their limbs with irons, to
tance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence hunt them with dogs, to sell them at auction, to sunder
their families, to knock out their teeth, to
Excerpts of Frederick burn their flesh, to starve them into obe-
dience and submission to their masters?
ug 3 Must I argue that a system thus marked
D ouglass speech July 3, with blood, and stained with pollution, is
wrong? No! I will not. I have better
1853 on what the 4th of employment for my time and strength
than such arguments would imply....
What, to the American slave, is your
July means to Blacksourth of July? that reveals to him, more
I answer: a day that reveals to him, more


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As children throughout our love-
ly county buckle down this week
for the FCAT, the state's version of
a standardize test used to evaluate
public school students, it awakened
the same ill feelings that I have
retained for the past several years.
With a son in the sixth grade I
have gone through the whole FCAT
prep and mental motivation thing
more times than I can remember.
And maybe those ill feelings
have increased because the FCAT
because I continue to feel like our
public school children are being

subjected to learning to pass a test
versus a more well balanced circu-
But who am I? I am certainly no
scholar, but I don't see how the
FCAT is helping students or
schools. This is a standardize test
that does more bad than good,
because many students have
become intimidated by the empha-
sis placed on passing it.
Politics can be a treacherous
game, and the public school system
has become a pawn for some law-
makers who would like to disman-
tle our current system. Hopefully,
the Governor Crist will take a seri-
ous look at the FCAT and use it as
a tool for improvement versus a
In contrast to the way the state
uses the FCAT, most private
schools rely on performance

assessment, which focus more on
what people can do and less on
how well students take tests.
Rather than addressing issues that
would boost achievement, such as
smaller classes, more time for
teacher planning, and equitable
resources for all schools, politi-
cians and policy makers have
imposed the FCAT on students
without providing any evidence
that testing improves teaching or
Question: If we are going to use
the FCAT to determine a student's

success or failure then why are we
even giving quarterly grades?
Doesn't the sheer institution of
standardize testing insinuate that
our teachers and school system is
not competent enough to properly
evaluate a child based on their
everyday schoolwork and test?
That is exactly what it says to me.
Funny though, the majority of
these same law makers who advo-
cate for the FCAT and test like it
have children that attend private
schools. And a large percentage of
private schools do not participate in
annual standardize testing of stu-
I don't have to tell my educated
Free Press readers this, but the
FCAT will only tell part of what we
should know about student's
achievement. What really bothers
me is that most schools are so

focused on the dang (and I really
want to use another word) FCAT
that they distort curriculums to pre-
pare for exams and little else.
The emphasis on testing in our
public schools promotes anxiety
and a preoccupation with test
scores that often undermines stu-
dents' interest in learning and
desire to be challenged.
Students are learning very little
about Civics, Social Studies,
Science and Art because the stakes
are so high that it becomes impera-
tive that teachers focus on "the
test." That is not what our educa-
tional system should be about. We
should be concentrating on bal-
anced curriculums that introduce
children to all aspects of education
not just those on a, standardized
Studies have shown over and
over that standardize test like the
FCAT continue to be remarkably
biased and inaccurate assessments
of the abilities of many of our stu-
dents. And not just the FCAT, but
other standardize test including the
most popular one, the SAT, are
I can give you a personal testimo-
ny as well, to the fact that standard
test don't mean much. I took the
SAT in high school and did not do
well, but I made it into college
because of my high GPA. Several
of my friends made at least an 1100
or better on the SAT and most of
them flunked out of college.
Numerous studies show that SAT
scores explain just about 16 percent
of the variation in actual freshman
college grades. A student's high
school record alone is the best pre-
dictor of performance in the first
year of college; further, the SAT,

when combined with high school
grades, adds only modestly to the
predictive power of high school
grades alone.
And my biggest problem with
"standardize test" is the most obvi-
ous in my opinion these test
penalize women and many minori-
ty students. Females tend to do
worse than males on standardized
tests, but consistently earn better
grades than males.
Because of many cultural bias'
associated with standardize test
minorities; especially blacks do not
do well. It has nothing to do with
African Americans not being as
smart, but everything to do with the
environment and type of schools
that we learn in.
If standardize test prove any-
thing, they prove that there is still
tremendous inequality in our public
school system. So what happens as
a result of these lower test scores?
Researchers consistently find that
adding test scores to the admissions
equation results in fewer women
and minorities being accepted than
if their academic records alone
were considered.
On the basis of test scores, chil-
dren are denied access to learning
opportunities, retained in grade,
and may be denied a diploma,
regardless of what they know or
can do in authentic life situations.
That is simply not right, advocates
for these types of test either do not
care about our students or don't
understand the negative effects of
these test.
Governor Crist, it's time to take a
bold step and trash the FCAT in its
current form.
Signing off from Paxon Middle
School, Reggie Fullwood

Palin's Play of the

Obama as Hitler

Card Was Inevitable

FCAT Needs To Be Trashed In

Favor of Performance Assessments

Losing Florida Senate Race may Haunt Dems in 2012

by Roland Martin
A lot of the attention this week
was focused on the female Senate
and gubernatorial candidates win-
ning primaries in California,
Arkansas, Nevada and South
Carolina. Their wins were huge as
they fought back salacious rumors
of affairs and charges of buying an
election, fended off a huge battle
against big labor, and rode the tea
party express to victory.
Yet with all of the drama in those
races, Florida always seems to be
the gift that keeps on giving. It
could end up being the most inter-
esting race with long-term ramifica-
With Gov. Charlie Crist abandon-
ing his bid for the Republican nom-
ination, because of former Florida
Speaker of the House Marco Rubio
drubbing him in the polls, all of the
attention has been focused on these
two candidates.
Oh, yea, there is a Democrat run-
ning in this heavily Democrat-lean-
ing state, and Rep. Kendrick Meek
is feverishly trying to remind folks
of that. He has been on the cam-
paign trail for months and is run-
ning third in the polls behind Crist
and Rubio.
On paper, Democrats should take
this race easily, especially with two
Republicans likely to split the vote.
President Barack Obama won the


Chamber of Commerce


state in 2008, and Democrats out-
distance Republicans by some
700,000 voters. Despite Rubio's
rise, he is largely a darling of the tea
party, and they have been the arch-
enemy of the left as they are driving
GOP candidates farther to the right.
Conventional wisdom suggests
that Democrats would be locked
and loaded: sending White House
surrogates to Florida, targeting the
GOP opponents with money from
labor and teacher unions, and trying
to rebuild the coalition that put
Obama in the White House -
namely, young, minority and
women voters.
Yet this has been slow to develop,
and if I were a Republican, I would
be salivating at the Dems lacking of
a sense of urgency. The massive
grassroots efforts that ushered
Obama into office has seemingly
gone back to sleep and is in desper-
ate need of being reawakened.

And if I were a Dem, I would be
saying that taking this seat from the
GOP column may help keep the
Senate in the control of Democrats.

If you look at President Obama's
falling poll numbers, as well as the
influence of the tea party and a
surging Republican Party, it's abun-
dantly clear the electoral map of
2012 will not look like 2008. I

would bet money today that Obama
doesn't win Indiana, North Carolina
and possibly Virginia, meaning he
will have to run a 2000 or 2004
campaign. And that means winning
re-election by scoring victories in
Ohio, Pennsylvania and, yes,
By keeping the momentum going
in Florida, Democrats are going to
have to invest the time and
resources, and the first act would be
to drive the Meek campaign to vic-
He has some issues that
Democrats have acknowledged.
As a member of the House, he
doesn't have major name recogni-
tion across the state. And Meek is
going to have to spend lots of times
knocking on doors if he is to
become the junior senator from
Florida and the only African-
American in the U.S. Senate.
But Florida is also notoriously
expensive, which means his coffers
will have to grow exponentially.
He's raised $5.5 million thus far and
has the enthusiastic support of for-
mer President Bill Clinton. Yet
that's likely what he'll have to
spend in the final two weeks of the
That's if he is able to fend off the
challenge of billionaire Jeff Greene,
who recently jumped into the race,
and is expected to spend millions of

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his own money to grab the nomina-
Meek expects to beat Greene, but
that means having to spend time and
money on him, and not on Rubio or
Crist. And for a candidate who
needs to introduce himself to a wide
voter base, every minute and dollar
is precious. Greene has already
dropped $5 million and will likely
inundate voters with TV and radio
And if Greene wins, don't think
for a second that black voter turnout
won't be severely
depressed in
November. And a
novice political watch-
er knows Democrats .
can't win without their W' .S
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loyal constituency. VAS SB
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in August, leaving the VT -t4 -
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to focus on the general
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from both sides. Meek ARCta
has to target Crist and
Rubio, while keeping a
watchful eye on
Greene so as not to lose

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the primary.
If Meek has to spend most of his
cash against Greene, he will be at a
severe disadvantage with two
months to go, and that's a very short
window to raise upward of $15 mil-
lion to compete effectively.
Already, this is turning into a
strange race. The state's teacher
unions co-endorsed Crist and Meek,
which was a major surprise to polit-
ical watchers, especially consider-
ing it was Meek who changed the
state constitution mandating smaller

class sizes.
There are six months to go before
Election Day and a lot can happen
between now and November. But it
is certain that Republicans would
love nothing more to put another
chink in the armor of Obama by
beating Meek. And Democrats
would hate losing a statewide seat
in a state they theoretically domi-
But a good ball coach will tell
you that no game is won on paper; it
is won on the field.

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by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
The only surprise when Sarah Palin tweeted out her message to followers
likening President Obama to Hitler was that it took so long for her to make the
comparison. Her tea party pals, and a rogues list of GOP and rightwing hacks,
bigots, loudmouths, and spin artists took giddy delight in making the Obama to
Hitler comparison even before he put a foot in the Oval Office. Fox News's Tom
Sullivan was the first in the door with the Obama as Hitler lunacy in February
2008 when he played a side by side recording of Hitler and Obama's speeches.
Clear Channel's Bill Cunningham, foul mouth gab queen Ann Coulter, her
male counterpart, Mike Savage, Limbaugh, Cal Thomas, and, of course, Glenn
Beck quickly took up the Obama as Hitler chant. With that, the Obama as Hitler
line was firmly set. The only thing missing was a mob setting to do an imitation
torch light parade complete with banner, signs and posters with Obama depicted
as Hitler. The mob parades were tea party rallies where Obama as Hitler agitprop
paraphernalia was on full display.
Now there's Palin. In a bit of crude craft, she slyly compared Obama to Hitler
by exhorting her twitter followers to read a recent column by right wing pseudo
egg head writer Thomas Sowell. He pilloried Obama for arm twisting BP to set
up the $20 billion escrow fund. The fund is to help repair and compensate the vic-
tims of its Gulf ruin. To Sowell Obama took another giant step toward seizing dic-
tatorial power. There's absolutely nothing new about this crackpot charge. It's
been an absolute smash favorite of fringe GOP congresspersons, tea party
acolytes, Fox News and the menagerie of rightside talk show gabbers for two
years. The Obama as Hitler idiocy is more than just the ancient and stock GOP
tactic of smearing, slandering, name calling, character assassinating, and baiting
liberal, and moderate Democrats. The tactic is used to prick primitive passions,
and it allows the GOP to duck and dodge making a coherent case for its unten-
able and more often than not foolish positions on issues. No, the Hitler smear is
coldly calculated, and strategically trotted out when Obama introduces a major
piece of legislation, new policy initiative, or in his pre White House days, when
his groundbreaking autobiography rocket launched him as a serious contender for
the Democratic presidential nomination. The Hitler card is played even more furi-
ously when it appears that Obama is near victory on legislation or an initiative.
The health care, and financial reform bills, and the BP escrow fund are text-
book examples of that. Each of these initiatives had wide popular support, and
GOP opposition to them appeared even more shrill, isolated, and vapid.
The Obama to Hitler card is also played opposite the Obama as Bolshevik anal-
ogy. This imprints the image of a power mad Obama out to turn government into
an instrument of state control of industry and by extension to squash personal
freedoms and liberties. The Hitler comparison imprints the image of a diabolical
Obama out to snatch full dictatorial control of government.
Palin grabbed at Sowell's hit piece to jump on the Hitler bandwagon. She did-
n't have to explain how or why Obama's urge of BP to set up the Gulf damage
fund was Hitler like. But she didn't have to explain the absurd. She knows that
legions already have mindlessly swallowed the Hitler image of Obama. Expect
more Obama as Hitler digs the next time the White House stands poised to score
another victory.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His new book is.How Obama
Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge (Middle Passage Press).

"Rather than addressing issues that would
boost achievement, such as smaller classes,
more time for teacher planning, and equitable
resources for all schools, politicians and policy
makers have imposed the FCAT on students..."


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IKagan Scrutinized for confirmation

V- this week as Black support grows

Shown above are teens from the Jacksonville Chapter of Jack and Jill

Jack & Jill teens and moms journey to

Tampa for regional leadership conference

More than 800 Jack and Jill of
America, Inc. teens and mothers
including a delegation of 26 from
the Jacksonville chapter, recently
convened in Tampa, Florida for
their 54th Annual Teen Leadership
Conference. The Teens, members
of the Southeastern Region of Jack
and Jill of America, Inc., were from


The Independence Day
Celebration at the Confederate
Park will be a day of fun to
honor the United States
Military and all the service per-
sonnel. The celebration will
take place, Saturday July 3,
2010 from 2:30p.m. To 7:00
p.m. The park is located at
9569 Hubbard St. Admission is
free. For more info call (904)

Former Detroit Mayor
Kwame Kilpatrick


former Mayor

charged again
DETRIT, Mi Kwame
Kilpatrick, already jailed for violat-
ing his parole, is now facing even
more legal troubles.
Federal authorities have charged
Kilpatrick with fraud and tax
charges for allegedly bilking
$640,000 from a charity designed
to help improve Detroit and its
Instead, authorities say,
Kilpatrick used the money for per-
sonal gain. Kilpatrick allegedly
used the money to pay for "yoga,
golf, camp for his kids, travel, a
video about his family, cars and
political polling," the AP reports.
Kilpatrick's attorney denies the
charges and says his client will
fight them in court.
It seems there is no end to the
disgrace that Kilpatrick has
brought to Detroit.
First, Kilpatrick resigned from
office after lying under oath about
an extramarital affair with his aide.
He also allegedly settled an $8 mil-
lion lawsuit to avoid the affair's
accusations becoming public.
After serving a few months in
jail, Kilpatrick was ordered to
repay $1 million in restitution to
the city of Detroit. He landed a job
at a computer company and moved
to Dallas. Prosecutors there say
Kilpatrick began receiving gifts
and loans that he should have used
to repay his debt. After ignoring
warnings by a judge, Kilpatrick
was sent back to jail for one five
years for violating his parole.
This latest disgrace arrives just as
a judge was considering whether
Kilpatrick was eligible for early
release after completing a boot
camp program.

Chapters located in Florida,
Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and
Tennessee. The conference which
is presided over by elected teen
officers, gave youth the opportunity
to develop life-long leadership
skills, enhance their financial litera-
cy and volunteer for hands-on com-
munity service activities. The
2009-2010 Teen Conference theme
is "I am the Past, Present, and
Future...I am the Dream."

Held over five days in addition to
the usual adult conference fare, the
teens participated in interactive
workshops, plenary sessions and
community service. The culminat-
ing event of the conference was the
Senior Gala held Friday evening.
Jack and Jill ofAmerica, Inc., it is
the oldest and largest African
American family organization in
the United States, with a member-
ship base of over 9,500 families.

Former Harvard Law School Dean
Elena Kagan, President Obama's
pick for the U. S. Supreme Court,
has gained more Black civil rights
support as she gos before the U. S.
Senate Judiciary Committee this
Wade Henderson, president and
CEO of the Leadership Conference
on Civil Rights, who said in May
that the LCCR would await deci-
sions from more of its some 200
organizational members before it
announces a formal endorsement,
has released an updated statement
announcing the organization's
endorsement of Kagan.
"The Leadership Conference on
Civil and Human Rights today
announces its support for the nomi-
nation of Elena Kagan to be
Associate Justice of the United
States Supreme Court and urges her
speedy confirmation.
"In every step of her career, Elena
Kagan has highly distinguished her-
self through her outstanding intel-
lectual credentials, her independ-
ence of thought, and her strong
respect for the rule of law. She is
fully qualified and ready to serve on
the Supreme Court," Henderson
said in the statement.
This adds to a significant list of
civil rights organizations, which

Pres. Obama's Supreme Court
Justice nominee Elena Kagan
have chosen to back Kagan, despite
deep concerns that Obama failed to
continue diversifying the court by
nominating a Black woman. The
NAACP also endorsed Kagan while
the Black Women's Roundtable, led
by Melanie Campbell, president
and CEO of the National Coalition
on Black Civil Participation,
expressed strong disappointment
that the court still has no Black
female justice.
The NAACP Legal Defense and
Education Fund also came out in
support of Kagan last week despite
some reservations.

The NAACP-LDF released a
report last week stating,
"Notwithstanding some concerns
detailed in this report, LDF sup-
ports Elena Kagan's nomination to
be the next Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court. Our review of her
record leads us to conclude that she
has the professional credentials,
respect for the institutional roles of
all three branches of federal gov-
ernment, intellect and independ-
ence of mind, ability to build con-
sensus, and commitment to justice
required of one who would serve in
this critical role."
The National Bar Association,
representing 44,000 lawyers,
judges, law professors and law stu-
dents in 80 affiliate chapters in the
U. S. and around the world, had
also recommended a Black woman
appointee. NBA President Mavis T.
Thompson said the organization
hopes to eventually support Kagan,
but would wait to learn "more about
the nominee's sensitivity to issues
of race, gender, class discrimination
and to affording equal opportunity
to all segments of our society."
The Lawyers Committee for
Civil Rights Under Law has also
withheld support of Kagan, noting
questions that still remain on her
protection and defense of civil

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25th Church & Pastor Diary of an Inspired Black Woman:

Anniversary at Tru-Way

The Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ under the leadership of Pastor
Elwyn W. Jenkins will be celebrating its 25th Church & Pastor Anniversary.
Services will be held nightly beginning at 7:00 P.M. on July 6th & 8th as
well as July 13th & 15th at the church home located at 2297 Edison Avenue.
For more information, call Marva Hilliard at 904-894-3843.

Vacation Bible School at Faust Temple
Faust Temple Church of God In Christ will be hosting a Vacation Bible
School Monday Junes 28th through July 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The church is located at 3328 Moncrief Rd. Free lunches and arts and crafts
will be provided for children. For more information call (904) 353-1418.

Car Wash at Believers of Christ
You are encouraged to come and participate in a Community Car Wash on
Saturday, July 3rd from 7:00a.m. to noon at Believers of Christ Temple
Ministries, 5318 C St. Jacksonville, Fl. 32209 Pastor M.L. Drinks. For
more information call (904) 765-0827.

Enjoy the fireworks downtown
Celebrate our nation's birthday. Downtown-style A spectacular fireworks
display begins at 9:45 p.m. on the Downtown riverfront. River barges will
be located in front of The Jacksonville Landing and the Hyatt with strobes
on both sides of the Main Street Bridge and the east side of the Main Street
Bridge and the East side of the Acosta Bridge. Fireworks can be viewed
from the North bank and South bank of the St. Johns River.

Gifts within Summer kids' camp

program sponsored by One Accord
The Temple at One Accord Ministries International, Inc. located at 2971
Waller Street, will continue their "The Gifts within Summer Program" June
14th August 6, 2010 from 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The program 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 con-
tact Dr. Tanya Brooks at (904) 864-3314 or the church at (904) 389-7373.

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Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

Prophetess J
by Lee Bailey
For every person that walks the
Earth life has its own unique set of
trials, tribulations and nasty little
surprises in store for them. The
same can be said for those among us
who society sees fit to place on dia-
mond-encrusted pedestals.
Their happiness seems all but an
afterthought as they appear to glide
though life with little resistance in
much the same manner as birds
gliding through the air.
But this, as is the case with all
things shiny, it's a false representa-
tion to be sure. Such is the case with
Juanita Bynum, prophetess, doctor,
gospel singer and televangelist,
among other titles. With monikers
such as those happiness would be
certain, right? No, the storm blows
upon those that appear to be riding
high as well, and when those
pedestals topple it's a long way to
the ground.
Lee Bailey was fortunate enough
to speak with Bynum regarding her
current and upcoming projects, how
men perceive her and overcoming
pain, among other things. In fact,
this is what she had to say about
how she sees herself overall, her
most recent pains and how she is
"I see Juanita Bynum's life as an
adventure as well as a testimony and
an example of strength to the every-
day person," she confided to
Bailey. "I see Juanita Bynum as an
individual who doesn't have a mask.
I see Juanita Bynum as a person
who is unafraid to live life out loud

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uanita Bynum on

music and "sexiness"

and, hopefully, some of the mistakes a trilogy," she said. "In the begin-
and experiences will become teach- ning the album cover shows me
ers for other people that are on look- lying on the
ing. And that's exactly what Juanita beach-
Bynum has become.
"I would say I've come -
through the transition
already," she continued
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heels of being able to
become an example/ ,
of strength, an/
example of 'it
doesn't matter r
how far you go,
and what happens
to you, you
always have the
power to start
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that's what pro- /
voked the project ''
the 'Diary of Juanita
Bynum' and I believe '.
that's what provoked
the earlier project 'No .
More Sheath.' I believe the 1"
greatest messages of our lives :
are those that we live and not ,
those that we read about. And I front
believe, like 'No More Sheath,' the practice aly
'Diary of Juanita Bynum' is me, dead, exhausted to no end and can't
once again allowing people to see get up. That one (came) out June
my life on a plate, and having noth- 22nd. The second album cover in
ing to hide, and my vulnerability to the trilogy will come out Black
God." Friday and it will have a different
The first track from 'Diary of cover and I can't give that away
Juanita Bynum' is titled "Soul Cry" became it's a secret," she continued.
and Dr. Bynum feels it is divinely "The third one comes out at the end
inspired and that's why she feels it of January and it's actually our
was the first single released from power cover. The album covers will
her new CD. tell the story and, as the album cov-
"Because it was written by God, ers are presented, the entries and the
through me, without pad, without spoken word and the music are
pencil," she said. "It was just me going to actually tell people my
sitting in a room and I just laid my journey. It's me taking my diary.
face down on the table and was My actually living diary, and putting
filled with the greatest, agonizing it as much as I can to music that I
pain that I felt any human could walked through, music that I wrote
ever experience and I just started and music that I sang. Music that
singing that song out. And all of the took me through during that
words began to modulate and come process."
out of my soul." One can only wonder how one
Though pain sometimes seems with so many other titles could have
that it is for no reason, it can be time to do anything? To top it off,
turned into an inspiring good and as she doesn't strike us a Red Bull sip-
a human conduit to heal others in ping sister neither. It must be divine
similar circumstances, energy. To get this project done
"I feel that I am in a condition Bynum tells said she had to break
now where, like Jesus said that he out the big guns.
felt the infirmity of the people of The year 2007 was a tumultuous
God," Bynum said. "And, I believe, year for Ms. Bynum to be certain
through my experience I could actu- after suffering physical violence at
ally say in writing in my diary and the hands of her then husband
reveal it to the world, people can Thomas Weeks III. The subsequent
hear that I have felt exactly what divorce was trying as well as both of
they felt." their legal teams went "hard in the
As you may have ascertained by paint" to determine proper division
now, 'Diary of Juanita Bynum is a of assets. When asked of her prior
gospel music project, but it is a troubles Bynum had this to say.
gospel project unlike any we have "I believe that it would be virtual-
ever heard of. ly impossible to talk about my expe-
"It's actually diary entries of spo- riences because, by now, the whole
ken word, to the music. It's actually world knows and it doesn't bear

needing to be repeated. If anybody
wants to know the details that have
happened in my life they can go to
YouTube like everybody has. I am
not out to repeat my experiences.
I'm out to show how you can go
from that experience to a life of
power. Many people can tell you
how to start, but very few people
in life can tell you how to
weather the storm with the
kind of integrity that, by the
time they get through the
storm, they're qualified on
} telling somebody how to
get up. And I believe my
project and my ministry
and my message will start
from that point. I believe
that I've walked through
the storm with the kind of
power and integrity that I
can tell somebody how to get
up and I can tell them how to
start again."
For people with powerful reli-
gious beliefs it is very difficult to be
attractive or, dare we say it, sexy
and be taken serious. This goes
more so for women than for men as
some feel an attractive woman is, in
fact, trying to attract. Here's what
she had to say when our Lee Bailey
suggested that her new look, via
photos by Derek Blanks, was sexy.
Does it offend?
"I believe 'sexy' would offend,
but I have to look at the fact that, out
of all of this, I've walked through
several phases of my life being very:
protective," she explained. "Is
somebody' wanting to know is
Juanita Bynum getting ready to strip
her clothes off and all of that? No
I'm not, but I believe that I've
always been an attractive woman
and I believe that I've worked so
hard to downplay that because of
(people's) weaknesses and what
other people may say who will one
day look at me. Now, I'm no longer
responsible for what goes on in
another man's heart. I am responsi-
ble to present myself decently and
in order. And if the beauty is there,
and if the attraction is there, then
that's something that I can't erase.
That's who I am. I'm not going to
play into that, but I'm no longer
going to deny who God made me
and how God made me. I'm not out
to be a sex symbol and I don't want
to be a sexy symbol. I consider
myself a very powerful woman of
God and I think on the next cover
people will see that."
Very well then, powerful it is. But
being sexy is a power unto itself,
albeit an all too earthly power. The
first installment of Juanita Bynum's
self-described music trilogy is in
stores now. For the next installment
you will have to wait until Black
Friday in November for that one.

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship

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

Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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

Grace and Peace

I i

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

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


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Questions you need to ask your doctor

Your favorite pair ofpants is suddenly snug and you feel
hot all the time. You still get your period but it's not as
regular or heavy as it once was. Could this be the beginning
of menopause? According to ob/gyn Dr. Laura Corio, author
of "The Change Before the Change", it just may be. Corio
recommends seeing your doctor at the first sign of changes
in your period and asking the following ten questions.

1. What is menopause?
I define menopause as going more
than a full year without a period.
Whenever you brown or spot, that's
still your period. We count from the
last time you see any spotting or
bleeding -- a year to the day from
your last period. After that I consider
you post-menopausal. Peri-
menopausal is four to seven years
prior to menopause. The first sign is
a change in your period. The average
age ofperimenopause in this country
is 46 and the average age of
menopause is 50. Premature
menopause is menopause before 40.
Induced menopause is the result of a
surgery (such as a hysterectomy) or
chemotherapy or cancer.
2. How will my body change as
menopause approaches?
There's a horrible statistic that says
between the ages of 45 and 55
women will gain 10 to 20 pounds due
to a slow down in metabolism and
fluctuating hormones. It's usually in
your waistline, in your middle, and in
your breasts. And unfortunately the
waist-to-hip ratio is really important
and if the waist to hip ratio is large
(the waist being largely than the hip),
there is an increased risk for cancer,
heart disease, and diabetes.
3. What are the most common
menopausal symptoms?
You may experience hot flashes,
night sweats, insomnia, migraines,
heart palpitations, joint pain, vaginal
dryness and a decline in libido. Mi-
graines often peak at perimenopause
because the hormones are going up
and down like a yo-yo. When a
woman finally finishes her period
and the hormones stop fluctuating
wildly, the headaches start getting
better. There are also cognitive fea-
tures -- your memory or your clarity
of thinking may be affected by
menopause. And of course, the
weight gain.
4. How can I achieve the best
possible health now?
Try to keep your BMI between 19
and 24 and your waist circumference
ratio below 35. Eat a well-balanced
diet, exercise, take supplements if
necessary. Know your genetic back-
ground and risks and do whatever
you can to decrease those risks. For

instance, if you have breast cancer in

The first thing I do
when a patient comes to
me with symptoms is see
how severe the symp-
toms are. We always talk
about alternatives before
we go straight to hor-
mones. I try to treat
symptoms with black co-
hosh, macca root, proges-
terone cream or fish oils.

your family, you should watch your For some patents
alcohol intake and take vitamin D pies may do enough
and CoQ10. Also, make sure use St. John's Wor
you're up to date with all your HEADACHES AND HOT F
check ups and tests: Get your
mammograms, bone density
tests, colonoscopies, transvaginal
sonograms, and check your cho- TEETH LOOSEN AND GUM
lesterol and labs regularly. RECED
And I always tell my patients
to start looking at their diet be-
fore they hit 40. Because if you
are heavy in your 30s, then you
are really going to be in trouble RISK OF CARDIOVASCULAR
in your 40s. Exercise is also key. DISEASE
For a lot of people their metabo-
lism slows down and they have
to exercise more and eat less.
Aging alone affects metabolism.
And fluctuating hormones affect
metabolism. So you have to beef BACKACHES --.
up that exercise and watch your
portions and really look at what
you're eating. Exercise also
makes you feel better and gives
you a better body image, which
is really important for libido as
well. We're all going to age, BODY AND PUBIC HAIR
we're all going to have BECOMES THICKER AND
menopause, and we're all going DARKER i
have our metabolism slow down.
5. What is hormone replace-
ment therapy? And how long
can I be on hormone Rx?
Hormone therapy usually
means progesterone, estrogen
and testosterone. I always like to
start hormones in perimenopause BONES LOSE MASS AND
because that's when you need BECOME MORE FRAGILE

them. You're not supposed to
take hormones 10 years after the
fact; you're supposed to take them
during perimenopause/menopause
when things are changing so that you
get the benefits. And you should try
to use the lowest dosage that's effec-
tive so that if you're taking it for a
longer period of time than five years
it's like the equivalent of taking a
standard dose for five years. So we
try to do the least amount of hor-
mones that a patient feels well with
and we try to do it right in your peri-
menopause when the symptoms are
the most severe. I don't want patients
to be on hormones indefinitely.
6. Are their alternatives to hor-
mone replacement therapy?

the natural thera-
gh for them. I also
t if they're feeling

of them are from the horse, I use
bioidentical estrogen.
8. Do I need to have my bone
density checked? Should I take a
vitamin D supplement?
A bone density at the first sign of a
hot flash or at 50 is suggested. The
American Association of Osteoporo-
sis has said you don't need one until
you are 65 unless you have risk fac-
tors, but I like to know a patient's
baseline before they start menopause
because the minute they hit
menopause, their bone density can


anxious or depressed or having hot
flashes. There are a lot of alternative
options we may try first if there's no
contraindication for them. If a cock-
tail of black cohosh and progesterone
cream and evening primrose oil
works then I can hold them off HRT
for a little while. But if a patient has
symptoms that are really breaking
through, or is experiencing terrible
hot flashes and not sleeping and none
of the alternatives work, then we'll
go to the hormones.
7. What are custom-com-
pounded hormones? What are bio-
identical hormones?
Custom compounding allows you
to combine different hormones in dif-
ferent concentrations and tailor it to
the patient. Bioidenticals are like the
hormones that your body makes. I al-
ways use bioidenticals over the con-
jugated hormones because I like to
use products that are natural or more
similar to what your body was mak-
ing -- that's how I define bioidentical.
Rather than the premarin from the
horse's urine that's conjugated with
20 different types of estrogen and ten

decline in the following five to eight
years. If you didn't have great bones
to begin with or you have a family
history that shows you have a high
risk of osteoporosis then you're
going to start with not such great
bones. I routinely check vitamin D
levels and recommend supplementa-
tion at levels below 30.
9. What's happening to my li-
bido, I feel like I've hit the wall?
The libido is really a tough thing. I
always tell patients it's multifactorial
and it has a lot to do with what's
going on in your life -- your kids,
your mother, your husband, etc.
Local estrogen to the vagina is prob-
ably the first thing you want to re-
place if you are having issues with
libido. If you're on HRT, sometimes
we'll add some estrogen and testos-
terone. Lubricants and some of the
herbal remedies such as gingko and
St. John's Wort are also great.
10. How can I find a menopause
Go to menopause.org to find a
searchable list of doctors who spe-
cialize in menopause.

How ovesity has become

a part of black culture

by Dr. Tyreese reid, TG
African-Americans are the most
obese group in the United States
and it may be by choice.
Obesity is a growing epidemic in
this country, with Americans eating
more and becoming less and less
active. Seventy-three percent of
adults and 43 percent of all children
in the United States are overweight
or obese, according to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
Among African-Americans 20
years and older, more than two-
thirds are overweight or obese de-
fined as a body mass index (BMI)
of 25 pounds or more (h). Accord-
ing to BMI charts, a woman who is
5-feet 5 inches tall and weighs 150
pounds is considered overweight. A
man who stands at 5-feet 8 inches is
considered overweight once he hits
175 pounds. What is often consid-
ered normal is actually unhealthy.
Carrying around those extra
pounds increases the likelihood of
developing type II diabetes and high
blood pressure -- two diseases that
disproportionately affect African-
Americans. Being overweight also
increases the risk of stroke, heart
disease, arthritis and certain can-
cers. In fact, obesity could become
more dangerous for your health
than smoking cigarettes.
Yet, in the African-American
community, the so-called normal
body image is skewed toward the
unhealthy. Studies show a strong
tendency to deem larger body sizes
as acceptable.
It is widely understood within the
African-American community that
curvy, overweight women are con-
sidered more appealing to black
men than normal- or under-weight
women. There is almost a reverse
distortion of body image -- with
thicker women fighting weight-loss

and slender women wanting to gain
weight in order to be accepted.
This may account for the stagger-
ing statistic that 4 out of 5 African-
American women are overweight or
obese. It is even more alarming that
some of these women are making a
choice to live at that weight.
African-American women of all
ages report less exercise than their
white counterparts. Other hin-
drances include not having child
care, time to be physically active,
and not feeling safe being active in
their neighborhoods.
African-American men aren't off
the hook either. Black n men also
exercise less than white women,
and have the highest prevalence of
obesity among all ethnic groups.
However, African-American men
are more active than their female
counterparts, which may be the rea-
son that only 28.8 percent are obese,
compared to 50.8 percent of
African-American women.
With the head of the African-
American family -- the matriarch --
more likely to be overweight and
sedentary, it is no surprise that many
black men and children are also
overweight. Regular exercise, por-
tion-control and healthy eating
habits are not routinely ingrained
into the structure of African-Amer-
ican families.
One in four African-American
girls and almost one in five African-
American boys are overweight. We
are now beginning to see high blood
pressure and type II diabetes -- his-
torically diseases of adulthood -- in
these overweight children. Seven
out of every 10 overweight adoles-
cents will become overweight
adults. That number increases if one
or more parents is also overweight.
Thus, the cycle continues.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports


activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Free Summer
Gardening Workshop
There will be a free Summer
Gardening Workshop on
Wednesday, June 30th at 2892
Loretto Rd. From 9:30 a.m to noon,
come learn about gardening and
money saving landscaping tips. For
more information email Beck

Black Cowboy and
Cowgirl Festival
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.

Duval/Nassau BCU
Alumni Meeting
The Duval/Nassau Alumni
Chapter will be having their month-
ly Alumni Meeting on Thursday,
July 1st at Bono's BBQ 5903
Norwood Avenue at 6 p.m.The
meeting will be held every first
Thursday. For more information
visit http://duvalnassaubcualum-
nichapter.org or call 904.610.3412.

Free Evening
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. Call 632-5555 for info.

Independence fun
at Confederate Park
The Independence Day
Celebration at the Confederate Park
will be a day of fun to honor the
United States Military and all the
service personnel. The celebration
will take place, Saturday July 3,
2010 from 2:30p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The park is located at 9569
Hubbard St. and the admission is
free. For more information call
(904) 388-2131.

Jazz Fusion at
The Cummer
On Tuesday, July 6, 2010, from 7
to 8 p.m., nationally known poet
Matthew Hernandez leads three
themed nights of spoken word,
music and performance, celebrating
jazz music, musicians and poetry.
FREE Admission. For more infor-
mation, call (904) 355-0630.

First Wednesday
Art Walk
The monthly First Wednesday Art
Walk will be held on Wednesday,
July 7th in downtown Jacksonville.
This months experience includes
galleries and museums, as well as
cultural venues, clubs, restaurants
and businesses. From 5-9 p.m. rain
or shine. Highlights include :
Northstar Substation and
Southlight Gallery with live enter-
tainment. In addition The Ivy Ultra
Bar will have Happy Hour all night.

Club Meeting
The July meeting of the PRIDE
Book Club, Jacksonville's oldest
book club for people of color, will
hold their next meeting on
Saturday July 10th at 4:00 p.m.
hosted by Viola Parker. The book
for discussion, authored by the host
will be "House of Secrets". For
directions or more information to
the American Beach meeting, call

Why Art Matters: An
Arts Roundtable
The Cummer Museum of Art will
host a roundtable discussion on the
arts in Jacksonville. It will be held
on Tuesday, July 13th 7 to 8 p.m.
Participants at the free open dis-
cussion will review the relevance of
art in the life of Jacksonville with
panelists from the areas of educa-
tion, art collecting and culture
including Martha Barrett, Debra
Murphy, David Strickland, Preston
Haskell and the Cultural Council of
Jacksonville, Inc. For more infor-
mation call (904) 355-0630.

Tommy Davidson at
the Comedy Zone
Funnyman and actor Tommy
Davidson will be in performance at
the Comedy Zone in Mandarin
July 15-17. Davidson's impressions
of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Michael
Jackson, among others, have
become infamous. An original cast-
mate of "In Living Color", he also
starred in "Booty Call", "Ace
Ventura" and three HBO specials.
Call 292-4242 for tickets.

Monica and Friends
live in concert
R&B Star Monica, will be in per-
formance on Friday, July 16th at 8
p.m. at the Florida Theatre with
Trey Songz. For tickets call 355-

SOS Band in Concert
The legendary S.O.S. Band will
be in performance with
Jacksonville jazz artist Aaron Bing
on Saturday, July 17 at Times
Union Center for Performing Arts.
Showtime is 8 p.m. and ticket
prices start at Call 353-3309 for

Stage Aurora Black
Arts Festival
Stage Aurora will present their 3rd
Annual Black Arts Festival July
23-25 right here in Jacksonville.
Headlining will be Melba Moore
and Daniel Beaty. In addition to the
film reviews, there will also be
"Kings of the Kitchen" culinary
event, 70s party, spoken word and
more. Fore more information, call
765-7372. All events will be at their
Gateway Mall headquarters.

Studdard and
Aiken in Concert
American Idols Clay Aiken and
Ruben Studdard will visit
Jacksonville on Saturday, July
24th at the Florida Theatre. The
concert will begin at Showtime is 8
p.m. For more info call 355-2787.

Enjoy jazz by the
sea at American Beach
Historic American Beach will con-

tinue their Summer Jazz Series on
Saturday July 31st and August
28th. "Instant Groove" will be held
at Burney Park (Comer of Burney
and Ocean) on American Beach
from 5-8 p.m. Bring your chairs,
relax and enjoy food, ocean breezes
and music by the sea.

Raines / Ribault
Class of '78 Charity
Basketball Game
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.

Club Meeting
The August meeting of the
PRIDE Book Club, Jacksonville's
oldest book club for people of color,
will be held on Saturday, August
7th at the American Beach home of
Marsha Phelts. The book for discus-
sion is "Is Bill Cosby Right" by
Michael Eric Dyson. For directions,
location or more information to the
meeting call 261-0175.

Sheryl Underwood
in Concert
Comedian Sheryl Underwood will
be in concert at he Comedy Zone in
Mandarin August 13-15. Sheryl
continues to push the envelope: dis-
cussing sex, politics, current events
and relationships. She is also
national president of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority. Call 292-4242 for tickets.

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
1.finley@jaxul.org or 366-3461.

Cedric the Entertainer
in Concert
Comedian and actor Cedric the
Entertainer will be in concert on
Friday, August 20, 2010 at the
Times Union Center for Performing
Arts. Showtime is 8 p.m. Call 353-

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.

Club Meeting
The September meeting of the
PRIDE Book Club, Jacksonville's
oldest book club for people of color,
will be held on Friday,
September 10th at 7 p.m. hosted
by Ellen Young and Priscilla
Williamson. The book for discus-
sion will be "The Right Mistake"
by Walter Mosley. For more infor-
mation call 389-8417.

Southern Women's Show
The annual Southern Women's
Show will be held October 21-24 at
the Prime Osborne Convention
Center. The annual event includes
savvy shopping, creative cooking
ideas, healthy lifestyle tips, trendy
fashion shows, great celebrity
guests, and fabulous prizes. Times
are from 10 a.m. 8 p.m. For tickets
or more information, call 1-800-

Jax Human Rights Commission
registering for summer Study Circles
A study circles is a dialogue that focuses on racial and ethnic relations.
In a study circle 8 14 individuals of different racial and ethnic backgrounds
meet two hours a week for five weeks to engage in open and honest discus-
sion on racism and race/ethnic relations. Through an honest and respectful
exchange, participants are able to learn from diverse experiences, achieve a
greater understanding and appreciation of differing cultures, and establish a
basis for working together on other community issues.
Participation is free of charge and open to the public.For more information
call 630-3911.

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Actor Wesley Snipes is fighting for a new trial in his
tax evasion conviction. Their fight began after
Kenneth Starr, Snipes old financial advisor, was
charged with securities fraud after allegedly stealing
$59 million from celebrity clients.
Snipes and his attorneys are arguing that Starr's
charge in May justifies their request to throw out the original conviction,
as well as his application for an appeal. Starr is accused of defrauding
other celebrity clients, including Sylvester Stallone. He was also one of
the key witnesses in the trial that sent Snipes to prison.
Snipes was convicted and sentenced to prison in 2008 on tax fraud

FOR $190K
In Las Vegas, bidders from around the world
bought up Michael Jackson memorabilia worth
nearly $1 million at an auction on the anniversary
of his death, including $190,000 for the
Swarovski-crystal-studded glove he wore on his
1984 Victory Tour.

The bidding that began Friday on more than 200 items was "unlike any-
thing we've ever experienced," said Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions,
which ran the auction at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Some items, like the glove, brought 10 times more than their estimated
value, he said.
So, when you are a multi-millionaire, famous, and beautiful, you don't
have to pay all of your bills, right? Mariah Carey thought so.
After getting her purse-sized dogs some medical attention, Carey
received a $37,800 bill for "extraordinary services" for her dogs Cha-
Cha, JJ, and Dolomite.
The problem is, she only paid $8,000 of it. So the vet, Cindy Bressler,
has filed a lawsuit in New York accusing the singer of making only a par-
tial payment on the ridiculous bill, which is only a sum of a month of

BET Awards 201

It was a night of comebacks at the
BET Awards, and none more unex-
pected than Chris Brown perform-
ing an emotional tribute to Michael
The embattled pop star has most-
ly kept a low profile since pleading
guilty to felony assault for beating
up Rihanna in February 2009. But
here he was, center stage, mimick-
ing Jackson's signature dance
moves with almost eerie accuracy.
Introduced by Jermaine Jackson,
Brown embodied the King of Pop,
wearing his fedora and spangled
glove and moonwalking across the
stage to "Billie Jean."

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Decades have gone by since
America was first introduced and
wowed by the sounds of a petite
Teena Marie. Not only for soulful
lyrics, but that the voice was pack-
aged in a pint size package that has
kept her the reigning queen of blue-
eyed soul.
A prot6g6 of the late Rick James,
with whom she recorded the classic
R&B duet 'Fire and Desire,' Marie
never imagined she would have a
career that would span more than
three decades.
"We were experimenting. We
were kids having fun, and we were
doing music well beyond our years.
Really, it was just wonderful. I was
19 and everyone around me was 18,
19 and 20. I had no idea it would
last this long and it was absolutely a
blessing," she told Black Voices.
Funny enough, now the Santa
Monica, Calif.-bred vocalist's
daughter Alia Rose is 18-years-old
and pursuing musical aspirations of
her own.
"She's got the bug," Marie con-
fessed. "She's been performing with
me. But she's in the studio doing her
own music."
The 'Square Biz' singer said she's

0: A nigh

Then, as Brown grabbed a micro-
phone to sing "Man in the Mirror,"
he broke down in tears. His voice
cracked, he couldn't sing, and at
one point he crumpled to the stage
in apparent agony. It was a moving
moment made even more so by the
song's lyrics and Brown's recent
The 21-year-old returned to the
stage later in the show when he won
the AOL "fandemonium award."
"I let you all down before, but I
won't do it again. I promise you,"
he said.
Sunday's ceremony at the Shrine

not nervous about her
daughter singing pro-
fessionally because
she's prepared her for
the cutthroat nature of
the industry.
"She's been around
me all her life, so she
knows the parameters
and kind of knows how
it's supposed to go. I've
kept her protected and
she's very smart," she
The 54-year-old
singer, who's affection-
ately known as Lady T,
has collaborated with
some great singers over the years.
When asked if there is anyone else
she would love to duet with, Marie
admits that question regularly
stumps her.
"I get asked that all the time and
its really, really hard for me to
answer because I've sang with Ella
Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and
Rick James and Lenny Kravitz and
Gerald Levert and Faith Evans and
I've been on stage with Aretha
Franklin, you know what I'm say-
ing. So when you've shared compa-

ny with those amazing icons it's
kind of hard for me. I don't' really
go past Sarah Vaughan because for
me, that was the ultimate," she
Since R&B has been her genre of
choice, Marie has become a super-
star in African American circles but
has rarely receives any recognition
in other communities.
'The View' co-host Sherri
Shepherd attempted to change that
when she invited Marie to perform
on the popular ABC talk show. The
songstress sang a medley of her

greatest hits.
They were so nice and it was so
fun," she said of the co-hosts.
"Sherri is really a good friend,"
she continued. "She had been want-
ing to put me on the show for like
two years. Then all of my Twitter
friends started hitting her up, driv-
ing her crazy and because she want-
ed to put me on there. She made it
happen and it was awesome!"
Marie said she rarely thinks about
race, but she is happy that black
fans have continued to embrace her
with open arms.
"When I first got into the music
business, my picture wasn't on the
cover. Mr. [Berry] Gordy wanted
people to hear the music first with-
out judging it by the cover. He was
like, 'Let's put the music out first to
see if people like it. It's that black-
sounding, I want to see if people
like it.' And they did like it! I
always just wanted to bring people
together with music and I think I
did that. Some of the greatest opera
singers ever are black woman. Are
they not supposed to sing opera
because they're black? No! You are
supposed to sing whatever is in
your soul," she closed.
Marie's latest opus, 'Congo
Square,' was released on Stax
Records and is in stories now.

Auditorium began with a come-
back: Kanye West opened the show
atop a volcano onstage in his first
TV appearance since bumbling
over Taylor Swift at last year's
MTV Video Music Awards.
T.I. also made a triumphant return
to television in his first TV per-
formance since being released from
prison in December. Backed by
Travis Barker on drums, T.I. per-
formed "Yeah Ya Know," and later
returned to the stage to sing "Hello,
Good Morning" with Diddy-Dirty
Money, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj,
who won for female hip-hop artist.

Chris Brown's performance brought the audience to tears.

Why obesity is a part of Black culture

Continued from page 7
The "soul food" tradition adds to
the problem in some African-
American households. Most of the
recipes are passed down from gen-
eration to generation, usually from
families who originated from the
southern states. There is a strong
social component to this style of
cooking, centered around family
gatherings or opportunities for the
family's matriarch to show her love
for the family. However, traditional
soul food is often cooked with fat,
sugar and unhealthy amounts of salt
that contribute to weight gain and
high blood pressure. Ironically, soul
food is often considered "good
food," as compared to fast-food, so
the perception of healthy food

choices are also skewed.
Even among those families who
desire to eat healthier, doing so may
not be economically feasible. One
in four African-Americans still live
in poverty, and there is a strong cor-
relation between low income and
obesity. Many impoverished neigh-
borhoods do not even have an
accessible grocery store with
affordable, healthy options. It's not
hard to imagine that tasty, inexpen-
sive fast-food beats out the cost and
taste of lean meat, fresh fruits and
Fast-food companies also gear
marketing efforts toward minority
communities. While offhand these
ads may appear culturally-sensitive,
studies show that ethnic minorities

are more responsive to these target-
ed ads and such marketing is, in
fact, manipulative. This poses a
dilemma as many of these ads are
for less-than-healthy food and bev-
erage options.
There are, however, national
efforts to reverse these unhealthy
perceptions and traditions. The
"Black Women DO Workout" web-
site and organizations such as the
National Black Marathoners'
Association are encouraging
African-Americans to pursue
healthier lifestyles. With luck,
African-American families can
begin passing down the traditions
of family fitness and health, rather
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Jim Crow era schools in the south being restored to

m community centers thanks to $4 million grant from Lowes

Plaques recognizing the contributions of slave labor to the construction of the U. S. Capitol to be placed in
"Emancipation Hall" in the Congressional Visitor's Center. They state: "This original exterior wall was con-
structed between 1793 and 1800 of sandstone quarried by laborers, including enslaved African-Americans,
who were an important part of the workforce that built the United States Capitol". PHOTO: Erica Brown

Congress Honors African-American

slaves who built United States Capitol

by Erica Brown
Members of Congress and distin-
guished guests packed into the Ray-
burn Room of the U. S. Capitol,
anxiously awaiting Congress' first
formal commemoration of the
African-American slaves who built
the capitol.
Rep. John Lewis D-Ga., a
renowned leader in the Civil Rights
Movement and chairman of the Slave
Task Force, an organization dedi-
cated to commemorating the African-
American contributions to the
capitol, recently unveiled two
plaques, honoring slaves whose labor
greatly contributed to the alluring
framework of the Capitol building.
Lewis spoke graciously to the
standing room audience and ex-
pressed the importance of the inclu-
sion of the countless slave
contributions to our nation's history.
"The history of the Capitol, like the
history of our nation should be com-
plete", mentioned Lewis. "Thou-
sands of visitors walk through our

nation's capitol without knowing the
true history of its construction. Today
that changes".
Along with Lewis, Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid further empha-
sized Congress' responsibility to ex-
pose the history of the nation's
capitol in its entirety. "In this place,
where so much American history is
written, it is our duty to ensure that
none of it, no matter how foul, is
erased from our national memory,"
said Reid.
Historians have concluded that
African-American slaves were rented
from their respective owners, and la-
bored for 12-hours a day, six days a
week, year round to construct the
building. These enslaved Americans
were not individually compensated
for their labor, but their owners were
afforded five dollars per month for
their services. Lewis challenged the
audience to, "Just imagine, the
United States government paying
your owner, not you, but your owner,
five dollars a month for your labor."

Senate Republican Leader, Mitch
McConnell of Kentucky, expressed
his gratitude to the countless African-
American slaves who constructed the
capitol and he acknowledged the in-
genious efforts of Philip Reid.
After an Italian sculptor refused to
dismantle the Statue of Freedom un-
less paid more money, it was a slave,
Philip Reid, who was the only one
who could propose a solution to suc-
cessfully disassemble the statue.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen-
ate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and
Congressman Lewis carefully un-
veiled the two plaques that read:
"This original exterior wall was con-
structed between 1793 and 1800 of
sandstone quarried by laborers, in-
cluding enslaved African-Americans,
who were an important part of the
workforce that built the United States
Capitol". This physical commemora-
tion of African-American slave labor
will be placed in "Emancipation
Hall", in the Congressional Visitor's

The National Trust for Historic
Preservation and Lowe's today an-
nounced an additional eight Rosen-
wald schools will be renovated. The
brainchild of Booker T. Washington
and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald,
the Rosenwald School Building Pro-
gram greatly improved the quality of
public education for African-Ameri-
cans in the early 20th Century rural
south. Today, only about 12 percent
of these schools are estimated to re-
main standing, with many in extreme
levels of disrepair. With help from
Lowe's and the National Trust, the
eight schools in Alabama, Georgia,
Mississippi, North Carolina, Ten-
nessee, Texas and South Carolina
once again will serve as vital com-
munity centers.
The schools are being restored
through their joint initiative that has
provided grants to help preserve
more than 40 of the schools. Lowe's
awarded each of the new eight
schools a $40,000 grant through the
National Trust bringing their total to-
wards the project to $4.5 million.
The Rosenwald schools grew out

time who turned to
Rosenwald was
concerned about the
dismal state of edu-
cation for blacks in
the South.
In 1912, as part of
$687,000 he gave to
charities on the oc-

Julius Rosenwald took a per-
sonal interests in all of the
schools he built. He is shown
above left at an opening in .
North Carolina. Shown right is m
a school in Prince George's
County, Maryland still being
used as a public facility
casion of his 50th birthday worth
about $11 million in today's dollars
- Rosenwald awarded $25,000 to
Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee In-
stitute. At Washington's suggestion, a
small portion of the gift was used to
build six schools for blacks in rural
Alabama. With the success of that
experiment, Rosenwald launched a
challenge-grant program that ulti-

Lowe's has partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation
since 2008 to restore and reuse Rosenwald Schools, which were African-
American schoolhouses built through the philanthropy of Booker T.
Washington and Julius Rosenwald during the early 20th Century.

of a partnership between educator
Booker T. Washington and Rosen-
wald, a Chicagoan and son of Ger-
man-Jewish immigrants, who bought
an interest in Sears for $37,500 in
1895 and soon built the mail-order
firm into a merchandising giant. Like
many wealthy businessmen of his

mately led to the construction of
4,977 schools, 217 teachers' homes,
and 163 shop buildings in 15 states,
from Maryland to Texas. The pro-
gram ended in 1932, the year Rosen-
wald died.
Over the next 20 years, the Rosen-
wald Fund used matching grants to

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help construct more than 5,300
schools and related buildings in 15
southern and southwestern states.
Court-ordered school desegregation
in the 1950s dictated that many
Rosenwald Schools be closed, and
most of these had been lost and for-
gotten until recently.
Over the years, more than $28 mil-
lion was spent on the schools, but
Rosenwald gave only $4.4 million, or
15 percent. Another $4.7 million, 17
percent of the total, came from local
blacks, in the form of cash, labor,
land, and materials. The largest por-
tion, $18 million, came from the pub-
lic treasury, which suited
Rosenwald's goals. "The contribu-
tions from the Julius Rosenwald
Fund were simply a stimulus," the
Fund reported in 1937. "The great
bulk of the funds... came as it prop-
erly should in a public school pro-
gram, from public funds."
While the required donation from
African American communities
amounted to double taxation, their
leaders nonetheless seized Rosen-
wald's offer, calling on residents to
organize fundraising drives to cover
their share of a new school. "
Even before the Supreme Court's
1954 decision striking down school
segregation, Rosenwald schools
began to vanish. Many were closed
as better roads and the use of school
buses led to larger consolidated
schools. Others remained in use
through the 1960s as Southern states
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