green in BP
Soil spill jobs
Four police officers charged in
Katrina Bridge shootings
New Orleans, LA Four New Orleans police officers have been
charged with federal civil rights violations in the deadly shootings of
unarmed people on a bridge in the chaos after Hurricane Katrina, officials
The newly unsealed indictment charges two officers with deprivation
of rights under color of law and use of a weapon during the commission
of a crime. They could face the death penalty if convicted. The other two
were charged with joining them in a cover-up. Charges against them
include making false statements.
Five former New Orleans police officers already have pleaded guilty to
helping cover up the shootings on the Danziger Bridge that left two men
dead and four wounded just days after the August 2005 hurricane.
Those officers said in statements that they saw numerous civilians lying
bloody and wounded on the bridge, but did not see any guns on or near
Their pleas appeared to be laying the foundation for more serious
charges against those accused of actually doing the shooting and engi-
neering the cover-up.
"Put simply, we will not tolerate wrongdoing by those who are sworn to
protect the public," Attorney General Eric Holder said.
Lawrence Taylor pleads not guilty
Los Angeles, LA Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor pleaded
not guilty this week to an indictment that alleges he had relations with a
16-year-old girl in a New York hotel room.
The former NFL star allegedly paid $300 to the girl, a Bronx runaway,
for .their encounter in May. Taylor pleaded not guilty through his lawyer
to third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute, sexual abuse and endanger-
ing a child.
Taylor was arrested May 6, after the girl's uncle contacted New York
City police. He could be imprisoned for up to four years if convicted.
Defense attorney Arthur Aidala said Taylor would challenge the girl's
identification of him. Aidala also said the defense would look into
whether all statements made in the case were voluntary.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have filed a complaint against
Rasheed Davis, who is accused of acting as the girl's pimp and who
allegedly assaulted her and brought her to Taylor's hotel room in
Montebello against her will. Court papers in that case say Taylor admit-
ted to sex acts with the girl but was told the girl was 19.
Ignorance of a minor's age is not a defense to third-degree rape, said
Peter Brower, chief of the Ramapo police force that arrested Taylor.
Obama backs white rep in majority
black district over political veteran
Memphis, TN President Barack Obama said he will be endorsing the
white incumbent for Congress in a majority black district in west
Two-term U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen faces an Aug. 5 Democratic primary
against former Memphis mayor Willie Herenton.
Herenton, who served 18 years as Memphis' first elected black mayor,
is making race an issue in the contest, saying Tennessee needs just one
African-American congressman. The state's nine House members and
two U.S. senators are white.
The district roughly follows the borders of Memphis, which is 60 per-
cent black. The Democratic primary winner will be the heavy favorite to
take the seat.
Cohen backed Obama during his presidential run and voted for the
health care law passed earlier this year. He has used Obama's election to
support his argument that race should no longer be a major factor for vot-
A former school superintendent, Herenton is the clear underdog in the
race, with Cohen holding a huge fundraising advantage. But Herenton
has never lost a political contest and is credited with improving
Memphis' economy and its schools.
Failed presidential assassin wants
nazi tattoos removed before prison
Kl -] Daniel Cowart, the white supremacist con-
S victed of plotting to murder President Obama
S when he was still a candidate, has asked a
federal court to alter his two Nazi tattoos
before he is sent to prison.
Cowart, 21, along with another man, was
i Arrested in 2008 and charged with planning
to murder more than 100 black people in a
multi-state killing and robbery spree that
would culminate with Obama's assassination.
This plot spoke to some of the fears that
African Americans had about Obama's safety.
He pleaded guilty and faces 12 to 18 years in prison when he is sen-
tenced in August.
He has since been kicked out of the Supreme White Alliance, which said
he was only a probationary member. That means the swastika on
Cowart's right shoulder and the iron cross on the left side of his chest may
cause him some problems in prison. He'll not only have to contend with
his former brethren, but he also will have to face the rest of the prison
population without protection.
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month that w
date and at th
Rev. Dr. Ma
And as Bec
Civil rights groups set showdown with
Tea Party on MLK march anniver$,#a
merican leaders National Association for the the National Action Network, i n g :
rV and radio pundit Advancement of Colored People, which is hosting the "Reclaim the wrong' ,'
s Tea Party rally next the National Urban League and the Dream" rally in Washington, D.C. w i t h'
vill occur on the same National Action Network, will hold at the same time as Beck's Beck hold-'
ie same spot where the events to commemorate King's "Restoring Honor" event. "They're ing his "Restonng ..
martin Luther King Jr. legacy and the March on not talking about celebrating Dr. Honor" rally at the Lincoln
s "I Have a Dream" Washington. King, they're talking about circum- Memorial on the 47th anniversary
y 50 years ago. "It is just an outright attempt to venting him and distorting him." of the March on Washington.
ck hosts his "Restoring flip the imagery of Dr. King and the But some African-American Tea "First of all, nobody owns the -
nt Aug. 28th at the imagery of that march, and distort it Party members said there was noth- Continued on page 5
moral, civil rights
s, including the
for some opposite purposes," said
the Rev. Al Sharpton, president of
F.."7. RONSmeW ..MOmman
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hawkins
The former Ms. Alfreda Smith wed Michael B.Hawkins last Saturday
evening at Treaty Oaks Park. Officiated by John Marshell, family and
friends joined in witnessing the sunset ceremony. The couple have future
plans of starting a family business in general contracting, spending time
with family, grandchildren, friends and each other.
After the ceremony, everyone returned to the bride's parent's home and
enjoyed a home cooked meal and traditional wedding cake which con-
sisted of layers of chocolate, vanilla, and carrot cake.
The couple will celebrate their wedding later this year with a honeymoon
in the Virgin Islands. FMPPhoto
Pictured (1-r): (seated) Myrtle Turner, Wendell Holmes and event
hostess Joyce Lawson; (standing) Sandra Levy, Jackie Holmes, Henry
Roberson, Gloria Roberson, Joy Lawson, Rebecca Lawson,
Jacksonville Hampton Alumni Club president Carol Marshall, Queen
Bruton, and Mary Debose-Carter. M Latimer
Hampton Alumn host Annual each Romp
This past weekend, the
Jacksonville Hampton Alumni Club
hosted its annual summer cook-out
at the American Beach home of
Edwin and Joyce (a Hampton
University Class of 1952 alumnus)
Lawson. This traditional summer
event for Jacksonville Hamptonians
was a fun-filled celebration, where
Hampton University graduates and
other guests played games,
swapped stories about positive col-
lege experiences, and enjoyed a
catered BBQ feast featuring all the
trimmings. Attendees also brought
their favorite summer recipes for all
to sample, and many headed to the
beach to swim, sunbathe and enjoy
the balmy weather. According to
Myrtle Turner, a member of the
Hampton University Class of 1951,
this is an event not to be missed. "I
love coming to the beach and to this
annual gathering of Hamptonians.
It is always a great pleasure to
attend," said Turner. Edwin and
Joyce Lawson have hosted the
event for more than a decade and
state it is a joy to have friends, fam-
ily, church members and classmates
join them at the beach each year.
"The camaraderie is great. We all
share wonderful memories of
Hampton. This is a time to sit back,
relax, reflect and enjoy," said Joyce
Raines High School celebrates 45 years of existence
-by Willie Hall
.-At the height of the civil rights
movement in 1964 the black youth
of Jacksonville Florida were edu-
cated separately from the white
masses. The custom of education
...was to separate the races, so when
North Jacksonville's African
American population begin to
increase the Duval County School
Board had to decide where to edu-
f cate them.
SThe School Board chose to build
Sa two million dollar high school
plant for 2,000 African American
students. This decision came after
then all white Jean Ribault High
} School rejected the idea of admit-
ting black students to their institu-
tion. From that foundation school
.. #165 (William Marion Raines High
School) opened on January 24,
.1965, forty five years later the
,graduates, former faculty members,
.parents and community officials
,..gathered to celebrate their past and
Award recipients (L-R) included: Mia Jones ("Dr. Ezekiel Bryant Award" for her dedication to com- renew their commitments. After
munity service), James Day ("Earl S. Kitchings Sr. Award" for his 40 years of achievements in athletics, nine months of conversations,
keynote speaker Betty Burney, Jimmy Johnson (30 year retired faculty member and the schools longest meetings and planning the 45th
serving principal received the "William Marion Raines Lifetime Achievement Award"), Eris Northern Anniversary Celebration was held
("Sallie Daniels Award" for 34 years of dedicated service) and Kenneth Reddick ("Dr. Andrew A. recently with a variety of activities.
Robinson Award" for his outstanding leadership in education. Continued on page 5
kLOR IDA' b lRb 1 ('OAh 1f QUALITY BLACK WEEK
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July 15-21, 2010
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Despite failing economy and no resources, Zimbabwe says "we don't need U.S. aid"
HARARE President Robert
Mugabe said Zimbabwe does not
need Western aid to revive its shat-
tered economy, after the EU
demanded more progress in mak-
ing human rights and political
reforms, state media said Friday.
"Zimbabwe shall recover by her
wits and resources," Mugabe said
in the state-run Herald newspaper.
"Zimbabwe will not be saved by
any country or organization, least
of all Western. Let our partners in
the inclusive government get that,
so we do not waste our efforts on
useless initiatives," he told his
ZANU-PF party's central commit-
His comments came a week after
members of Zimbabwe's unity
government returned from a meet-
ing with European Union officials
in Brussels to try to mend strained
Ties have been tense for 10
years since elections marred by
violence and widespread allega-
tions of human rights abuses by
In February, the EU renewed
sanctions against Mugabe and his
inner circle for another year, citing
a lack of progress in implementing
political and human rights
Mugabe also accused Western
countries of pressuring interna-
tional diamond regulator, the
Kimberley Process, to bar
Zimbabwe's exports of the gems.
The Kimberley Process "is not a
human rights organisation," he
said. "Yet this is what the United
States of America, Canada and
Australia would want it to be -- not
for all times, not in all cases, but
only and simply for Zimbabwe."
"We have been put in the dock
because these same countries have
imposed illegal sanctions on us for
total ruin," he said.
Kimberley members are dead-
locked on whether to allow exports
from Zimbabwe's Marange dia-
mond fields, where the regulator
says the military has committed
serious abuses against civilian
Although a monitor tasked with
evaluating Zimbabwe has given
his all-clear, rights groups say
abuses are continuing while a top
activist in Marange has been
Nigerian gangs focus on kidnapping kids
Now.that oil companies have beefed atp their
security, area thugs are now focusing'on children
ind the middle class. 4 year old Margaret Hill,
tight, was'seized at gunpoint as she was driven to
school in Nigeria's oil capital, Port Harcourt. She
was held for four days by armed thugs.
' Masked armed men guard
Nigeria's elite in the volatile oil-
rich country, but the country's mid-
dle class can only lock their doors
and pray each time their children
Kidnappers who once targeted
foreign oil workers are now
abducting children including one
as young as 8 months old for
whatever ransom they can get.
The abduction crisis has forced
the price of German shepherds to
skyrocket, as only the wealthiest
can afford private security in a
country where most people earn
less than a 1 a day.
President Goodluck Jonathan,
himself from the Niger Delta, has
decried the explosion of kidnap-
pings and pledged to use the mili-
tary to "crush" those behind it.
"We can no longer continue to
live in a society where even if your
wife is going to church, you have
to look for an (armoured personnel
carrier) to follow her," Jonathan
told a crowd of ruling party sup-
porters last month.
"If the chil-
dren are going to s
to look for machi
security' people tc
How- many peop
Shat?" he asked.
foreign oil workers
for six-figure ransom
Now, with oil fir
workers hidden be
and under paramili
gangs have increase
The primary schi
village chief was s
in his school unifo:
after the kidnapper
gone on strike to
federal police force
routinely extort mo
points, keep no off
the number of kidn
ing the delta.
However, newspapers carry
near-daily reports of kidnapping
and ransom demands, and even the
state-run television broadcaster has
had to acknowledge the epidemic.
Those who can afford it hire
police officers from units like the
Mobile Police, or "kill-and-go" as
Nigerians refer to them.
A report by the Soros
Foundation's Open Society Justice
Initiative suggested about a fourth
of the nation's officers also work
as private security guards.
I They are a routine sight in Port
Harcourt and elsewhere in the
J Niger Delta paramilitary police
units outfitted to battle militants
S pulling guard duty for the coun-
Pickup trucks filled with
masked men armed with
school, you have Kalashnikovs speed through the
ne-gun-parrying streets, sirens wailing, followed,by
o follow them. black sport utility vehicles with
>le can afford tinted windows carrying VIP
It didn't use to be this way.
e targeted only Foreign oil companies have
and contractors -worked for 50 years in the Niger
ims. Delta, a region of swamps, man-
ms keeping their grove fields and palm-tree-lined
hind razor wire creeks.
itary protection, At first, many foreign oil work-
singly turned to ers moved freely in a caterwauling
ian families. nightlife of prostitutes and cheap
ool-age son of a drinks as revolving military dicta-
eized while still torships kept strict and violent con-
rm; the boy was trol over the region.
ed, presumably That began to change in the
s' demands were 1990s as local communities began
to run off oil companies.
doctors have By 2006, it turned into a full-
protest the ran- fledged insurrection, as militants,
upset about the delta's unceasing
ally underpaid poverty, blew up pipelines, kid-
, whose officers napped oil company workers and
touristss at check- fought government troops.
ficial records on Today, oil companies like Royal
lappings sweep- Dutch Shell PLC keep workers
ensconced in massive double-
fenced compounds or transport
their offshore rig workers directly
to the sea from regional airports.
Much of the militant activity
dropped off in recent months after
many gang leaders accepted an
amnesty deal offered by late
President Umaru Yar'Adua.
However, small arms and machine
guns remain all too prevalent in the
region, analysts say.
"It's the foot soldiers that are
kind of left by the wayside .
They've just got to kidnap what
they can," said Mark Schroeder,
the director of sub-Saharan Africa
analysis for the US security think
As a result, middle-class chil-
dren, as well as priests, politicians
and doctors have been targeted by
Typically, most are released in a
week or.,two after their families
pay whatever ransom they can
Oil x workers 'went for sums
upward of $200,000 US.
However, middle-class Nigerian
families can pay much less, so
gangs resort to kidnapping more of
them to make the same profits,
Many victims' families leave the-
police out of it, for fear officers in
one of the world's most corrupt
nations will demand their own cut.
As a result, figures on kidnap-
pings remain hard to gatige.
The overwhelming poverty and
allure of fast money drives crimi-
nality, says local human, rights
activist Anyakwee Nsirimovu.;
In a nation of 150 million where
corruption is rife, some see it as the
only way to get ahead.
"They've created an environment
where the only way you can get
what you want is by engaging in
criminal activity, Nsirimovu said.
U.S. gives Liberia $15M to educate girls
MONROVIA (AFP) Liberia part of their own national develop-
has signed a 15 million US dollar ment strategy," she said.
(11 million euro) agreement with The MCC is a US-based foreign
the United States Millennium aid agency working to fight pover-
Challenge Corporaton (MCC) to
finance girl's primary education,
land rights and access to trade pol-
MCC senior advisor, Cassandra
Butts said the grant would finance
these key development areas as
identified by the Liberian govern-
"The areas of priorities represent
key constraints to economic
growth, identified by Liberians as
ty through economic growth.
According to the agreement, the
fund will be administered by the
United States Agency for
Liberia was established by freed
American slaves in the 1820s and
is recovering from the ravages of
successive civil wars ended in
The three-year MCC grant would
Former Ghana president "homeless"
Accra Either Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, Ghana's former
first lady is being mischievous or she simply wanted to take their prob-
lems to radio stations. Whatever it is, the situation is looking like a
national shame as the former first lady claimed on an Accra radio sta-
tion that former President Jerry Rawlings and his family have become
homeless following the gutting down of their home on February 14.
To save them from the ordeal, Nana Konadu announced that they are
looking for a place to rent.
Nana Konadu claimed that she currently lives with her mother and
Mr. Rawling lives at a village house in Tefle, adding that, "this is not
good enough for married life."
This situation has come about because the government seems to have
reneged on a promise to house the former first family. But, the govern-
ment claimed that is not true.
Liberian children at school in Monrovia in 2004. Liberia has
signed a 15 million US dollar (11 million euro) agreement with the
United States Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to finance
girl's primary education, land rights and access to trade policy.
mostly go to resolving land issues, The grant would also assist
flagged by the 2008 truth and rec- Liberia's efforts to improve trade
onciliation commission as one of policy, particularly in regards to
the reasons behind the 14-year tariff harmonisation with regional
conflict, and one that could cause and global bodies.
future violence. Liberia's Planning Minister,
It would also focus on an area Amara Konnah said: "Liberia has
close to Africa's first elected made tremendous progress in its
female head of state President development effort and this grant
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the educa- will help buttress our poverty
tion of girls. reduction strategy."
South Africa wraps up World Cup
- South Africa's President Jacob Zuma gives a medal to
Netherlands captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst after the 2010
World Cup final soccer match against Spain at Soccer City stadi-
um in Johannesburg.
Egyptian Antiquities chief Zahi Hawass on Thursday shows the
false door of the 4,300-year-old Egyptian tomb near Cairo that
belongs to Khonsu, the son of Shendwas, who both served as heads
of the royal scribes during the Old Kingdom.
Egypt unearths new
4,300 year old tomb
SAQQARA, Egypt Egyptian archaeologists unveiled a newly-
unearthed double tomb with vivid wall paintings in the ancient necrop-
olis of Saqqara near Cairo, saying it could be the start for uncovering a
vast cemetery in the area.
The 4,300-year-old tomb includes two false doors with colorful
paintings depicting the two people buried there, a father and a son who
served as heads of the royal scribes, said Abdel-Hakim Karar, a top
archaeologist at Saqqara.
"The colors of the false door are fresh as if it was painted yesterday,"
Humidity had destroyed the sarcophagus of the father, Shendwas,
while the tomb of the son, Khonsu, was robbed in antiquity, he said.
Also inscribed on the father's false door was the name of Pepi II,
whose 90-year reign is believed to be the longest of the pharaohs. The
inscription dates the double tomb to the 6th dynasty, which marked the
beginning of the decline of the Old Kingdom, also known as the age of
Egypt's antiquities chief, Zahi Hawass, said the new finds were "the
most distinguished tombs ever found from the Old Kingdom," because
of their "amazing colors." He said the area, if excavated, could unveil
the largest cemetery of ancient Egypt.
: The paintings on the false doors identified Shendwas and Khonsu as
royal scribes and "supervisors of the mission," meaning they were in
charge of delegations overseeing the supply of materials used for pyra-
A single shaft from the surface led down to the father's tomb, from
which a side passage led to that of the son, with the false door with
paintings of Khonsu in front of an offering table.
Hawass pointed to a handful of duck-shaped artifacts and a small
obelisk made of limestone. Such obelisks were often buried with the
dead in the 5th and 6th dynasties to show their veneration for the sun
"These artifacts were found at the end of the burial shaft, at 18 meters
depth, but we covered it up," Hawass said.
Karar said that so far six tombs dating back to the end of the Old
Kingdom have been unearthed since digging in the area began three
years ago. Work started on the double tomb five weeks ago.
The tombs lie just west of Saqqara's most famed pyramid, the Step
Pyramid of King Djoser, which is surrounded by a large burial ground,
contain tombs from Egypt's earliest history up through Roman times.
In other Egypt news, Egypt said it will give the government of
South Sudan $300 million for water and electricity projects as it seeks
to build good will among countries along the Nile, the source of almost
all of its water.
Egypt and Sudan are on a collision course with a number of African
states who in May signed an agreement to alter historic Nile water shar-
ing arrangements. Egypt and Sudan have both rejected the agreement.
"In continuation of Egypt's successful move towards Nile Basin
states, especially Sudan, the Egyptian government has allocated over
a e bis. jre I r $ V- D o
July 15-21. 2010
Six months after quake, Haiti
suffering from old problems
Months later people are still clamoring for food and even
casting a ballot as the citizens are trying to do above is a battle.
Archie and Betty Harris host first Dixon Family Reunion
Matriarchs of the Dixon family, Betty Dixon Harris, of Jacksonville and Beatrice Dixon Washington of Quincy, recently brought their blended fam-
ilies together for the First Dixon Family Reunion. The retired educators held the event in the Harris' northside home. The family originated from Richard
and Jake Dixon, of Quincy, Florida. The family presence included four children of the brothers, eight grand children, ten great grandchildren, and nine
great-great grandchildren, of the two brothers. PICTURED (L-R) Children in front: Chayla Lockwood, Keyniah Holland, and Jemal Green.
.SECOND ROW: Edith Ross, Dreunna Holland, Carol Way, Cherie Zane Brown, Sandra Wallace, Rose Bonner, Keyunna Reynolds, Pearlie Dixon,
Shaness Rittman, Rhonda Green, Charlese Lockwood, Betty Dixon Harris, Beatrice Dixon Washington, Stephanie Francis, and Dannie Rittman. Back
Row: Chris Mixon, Rashand Preston, Jeffrey Brown, Willie Bonner Sr., Ravi Wallace, Kenneth Francis, Lee Tolber, Charles Lockwood, Dewaye
Rittman, Dominic Robinson,Archie Harris, Annette Tolber. Four generations of the Dixon brothers' families were present.
It may not grab headlines like it
did months ago, but the rebuilding
effort in earthquake-ravaged Haiti
is dragging on with stories colored
by street violence, greed, govern-
ment disorganization and a general
sense of hopelessness.
Promises of aid flooded in from
the farthest reaches of the world
after the powerful earthquake killed
more than a quarter of a million
people in the already struggling
nation. And leaders of the barely
functioning government promised
to work to rebuild the island-nation
slums damaged by the quake into
more livable communities.
Yet published reports from Haiti
paint a sad picture of the rebuilding
Most of the $3.1 billion pledged
for humanitarian aid had gone
toward field hospitals and other
immediate aid like plastics tarps for
temporary housing. It also went to
averting epidemics from the poor
sanitation and rotting bodies in
Now it is time for foreign gov-
ernments and non-governmental
organizations to focus on Haiti's
long-term health. Sadly, the com-
plexity and cost of this task will
make the immediate quake relief
look like a walk in the park. But it
must be done if world leaders are
sincere in their pledges to build a
truly "new" Haiti.
NAACP Confab addresses hot button issues affecting nation, communities of color
Kansas City, MO NAACP
President and CEO Benjamin Todd
Jealous and Chairman Roslyn M.
Brock addressed the WIN forum
today to express the importance of
the role of women in the NAACP
and the need for more continued
support of the men who serve
alongside them in the Association.
Chairman Brock also touched upon
her impeding first keynote speech
which will solidify the
Association's move toward a new
and young generation of leadership.
"This is the first time that our
organization is solidly in the hands
of a generation of leaders who did
not actively participate in the Civil
Rights Movement," said NAACP
Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. "We
are united and committed to this
work, and we know that it takes all
of us together to ensure equal
opportunity and justice for all
Americans. Ladies, the future is
calling, and with your help we will
The luncheon also paid tribute to
Mrs. Frances "Fancy" Hooks, wife
of the late Dr. Benjamin Hooks.
Mrs. Hooks took the bold step to
establish the Women of the NAACP
(WIN) when there was no organ-
ized group for women in the
Association. Though Mrs. Hooks
was not in attendance, her presence
was felt among the approximately
150 women in the room brought
together because of her efforts.
American University Associate
Professor of Law Lia Epperson
Jealous, The Advancement Project's
Judith Browne-Dianis Lincoln
University President Dr. Carolyn R.
Mahoney, and White House
Domestic Policy Director Melody
Barnes were also in attendance to
empower the many various genera-
tions of women present to do what
they can to continue to advocate for
men, women and children of the
Recent events in Seattle and
Oakland have indicated a pressing
need to inform young people of
smarter and safer ways to interact
with law enforcement, particularly
when it comes to young people of
color. The NAACP Youth and
College workshop on smart and
safe communities highlighted an
epidemic that has and continues to
affect communities of color and
minorities around the nation.
During the workshop, attendees
were provided with a 'how-to' on
ways to get out of violent situations
with law enforcement without
being arrested or adding to an
already hostile setting.
Attendees were also reintroduced
to the Association's All Alert sys-
tem, a multiplatform tool that will
enable those who witness hate
crimes to report them in real time
on the NAACP website.
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Internet a Blessing and Curse as Racist
Cowards Take Advantage of the Medium
I hate reading internet blogs, not
because I have an issue with free-
dom of speech, but because I have
an issue with bigotry and hatred.
I have an issue with cowards who
use the internet to spew hatred and
racist views via blogs, chat rooms
and online newspaper message
The definition of a coward is
fairly simple a person who lacks
courage in facing danger, difficulty,
opposition, pain, etc.
During the decade as the internet
grows in information and disinfor-
mation, it has become the preferred
choice of many hate groups. And it
makes sense because the medium
enables groups to reach people in
whom they may not have access to
but for the internet.
The internet is global anarchy in
many ways. It has become a haven
for those who seek to pray on the
weak and for those who are intent
on spreading propaganda and twist-
ed facts. And of course it has
become a haven for racism and has
almost established renewed culture
So what does being a coward
have to do with being a racist?
Dumb question right?
Well, the internet the blessing
and curse it is, is much more of a
curse when it comes to allowing
racist cowards to express them-
selves via anonymous names, ficti-
tious groups or political parties.
The political party at the top of
the list is the tea party movement.
Never before in this country has a
president been so disrespected and
hated. It's one thing to have an
opposing political view, but to refer
to President Obama and his wife as
monkeys and make fun of his
African heritage is ridiculous.
Between tea party rallies and
conservative blogs, it's almost like
we have slipped back in time.
In fact, the NAACP recently
passed a resolution at their national
meeting addressing the tea party's
antics saying that the groups,
"racist elements that are a threat to
That certainly doesn't mean that
all conservatives are bigots that's
like saying that all black people can
dance or that we all eat fried chick-
en, watermelon and collard greens.
Obliviously, there are still racist
people in this country and last
year's healthcare debate fueled
The internet has created thou-
sands of monsters around the
world. From racist to perverts, the
internet has become a sanctuary for
cowards to communicate to the
And how convenient for these
new age racists you don't even
have to wear your KKK hoods out
of the house. At least the old school
bigots had enough courage to tell
you that they hated you or that they
thought that you were inferior to
Yes, the internet, especially
blogs, have created a nation of
cowards who can now get online
and create any tag name or identity
they want and basically say what-
ever they want.
"Though this nation has proudly
thought of itself as an ethnic melt-
ing pot, in things racial we have
always been and I believe continue
to be, in too many ways, essential-
ly a nation of cowards," said
Attorney General Holder back in
February of this year.
Sure it may sound bad or awk-
ward on the surface, but you have
to take the entire speech into con-
text. Holder was basically saying
that most Americans don't want to
have an open dialogue about race
and racial differences. It's true.
Oh to be a fly on the wall at the
dinner tables of some these Tea
Party members. Wait a minute I
don't need to be a fly on the wall -
all I have to do is go to any conser-
vative blog or look at our local
paper's message board after an arti-
cle related to racial disparities.
And don't be mistaken I am not
some radical pro-black guy who
thinks that the white man is out to
destroy black folk. Some of my
best friends are white.
Yes, that line was pretty pre-
dictable. But seriously, It's not a
secret that most whites don't think
that there are racial problems in this
country and most blacks do. That is
not a big deal, however we should
not be afraid to talk about our dif-
And by the way, I do not have a
problem if you think that blacks are
lazy, we complain too much and
that we should be happy to be here
in the country that your ancestors
All I am saying is be a man about
it. Stop creating these code names
online like "True American" with
faces of George Washington as
I love the internet more than any-
one, but it is a blessing and curse at
the same time. Where else can you
be as racist, perverted and hateful
as you want to be with little
I guess it is like the debate on
stricter gun laws do you blame
the manufacturer or the person who
used it in a murder? I say that
much like the gun issue, the inter-
net is not the problem, but the end
Signing off from an undisclosed
cyber caf6, Reggie Fullwood
LeBron made the right decision to be LeGone!
If there were any doubts about
whether LeBron James should have
migrated from the cold winters of
Cleveland to sunny Miami, they
were removed when Dan Gilbert,
the Cavaliers' majority owner,
issued a scathing criticism of
Cleveland's "former hero" who
demonstrated "cowardly betrayal"
by deciding not to remain in
Cleveland after becoming a free
Gilbert's open letter to fans was
actually an open attack on James,
who gave the franchise seven years
to assemble an adequate support
crew around him. When they
failed, he opted to sign with the
Miami heat, where he will be
paired with two all-star teammates.
James was wrong to make
Gilbert learn of his decision by
watching James' reality TV
announcement on ESPN instead of
extending him the courtesy of a
telephone call prior to the
announcement. Still, that didn't
justify Gilbert's attempt to humili-
ate his former star attraction.
"As you know, our former hero,
who grew up in the very region that
he deserted this evening, is no
longer a Cleveland Cavalier,"
Gilbert wrote. "This was
announced with a several-day, nar-
cissistic, self-promotional build-up
culminating with a national TV
special of his 'decision' unlike any-
thing ever 'witnessed' in the histo-
ry of sports and probably the histo-
ry of entertainment."
He told the fans, "You simply
don't deserve this kind of cowardly
Speaking of cowards, Gilbert
waited until his superstar jilted him
to accuse King James of choking in
four playoff games against the
Boston Celtics. If James' threw in
the towel against the Celtics, as
Gilbert suggests, then why is the
owner so enraged that #23 is head-
ed to Miami? Furthermore, if
Gilbert harbored such thoughts
about James, he is acting like a
coward by waiting until LeBron
James left the franchise before
expressing those thoughts.
Let's get a few things straight.
The NBA has tight restrictions on
the mobility of players, stacking
the deck by allowing the home
team to offer more money than
competitors, if it wants to and
deciding a player can choose anoth-
er team only after he has been cut
or his contract expires. While
under contract, teams can't even
approach other players about the
possibility of joining them without
facing league tampering charges.
When James became eligible for
free agency, he had to weigh
whether his best chance of winning
an NBA championship rested with
staying in Cleveland or moving to
Miami to join fellow NBA All-
Stars Dwayne Wade and newly-
acquired Chris Bosh. There is no
question that by signing James and
Bosh and re-signing Wade, the
youthful Miami Heat instantly
becomes a favorite to win next sea-
son's NBA championship and
Angry fans who burned James
old Cleveland jersey in protest
accused James of making a selfish
decision. They forget that profes-
sional basketball is first and fore-
most a business. And as a shrewd
businessman and one of the
games' greatest players James
agreed to leave millions on the
table in an effort to win his first
Cleveland fans need to get over
it. I saw men on TV crying over
losing James to Miami. Yes, crying.
There's something wrong with
such an over emphasis on sports,
especially if, as one of those inter-
viewed said, "This is the worst
thing that has ever happened to me
in my life."
In a strange way, it was one of
the best things to happen to Jesse
Jackson, who has been teetering
on the fence of irrelevancy since
vowing to remove certain body
parts of Barack Obama, found a
way to inject himself into the
LeBron James saga.
In a statement posted on the
Rainbow PUSH Coalition website,
Jackson said, "LeBron is not a
child, nor is he bound to play on
Referring to the Cleveland
owner, Jackson said, "He speaks as
an owner of LeBron and not the
owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
His feelings of betrayal personify a
slave master mentality. He sees
LeBron as a runaway slave."
Jayson Whitlock, an outspoken
Black sports writer, challenged the
notion of "NBA owners and their
$100-million contracts are slave
owners and King James is Kunta
Kinte escaping on the Underground
Railroad to Miami..."
He wrote, "Dan Gilbert's rant
was certainly immature, but it was-
n't remotely racist. He sounded like
a scorned lover, a guy who gave his
heart to a relationship and found
out on national TV that the alleged
love of his life didn't care about
him at all."
A scorned Dan Gilbert told
Cleveland fans: "I personally guar-
antee that the Cleveland Cavaliers
will win an NBA Championship
before the self-titled former 'king'
wins one. You can take that to the
If you take that promissory note
to the bank, be prepared to be
arrested for fraud. There is no way
Cleveland will win an NBA title
before LeBron & Company wins
one in Miami. Cleveland couldn't
win a championship with LeBron
and they have a lesser chance of
winning a title without him.
George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief
of Emeige magazine and the NNPA News
Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator,
and media coach. He can be reached
through his Web site, www.georgecuriy.com
The New GOP Con--
Obama the Reverse Racist
Earl Ofari Hutchinson
In quick succession J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department
attorney, strongly implied in his testimony to the Civil Rights Commission
that the word came down from on White House high to the Justice
Department to dump a voter intimidation case against the New Black
Panther Party in Philadelphia. Adams just as strongly implied that the White
House put the word out to play hard ball on discrimination cases when the
victims are minorities, and soft peddle the same type cases when the victims
are white. The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch quickly
announced a lawsuit against the DOJ to hand over documents on the case.
Not to be outdone, Rush Limbaugh gassed that Obama hates America
(meaning whites) and that he's deliberately torpedoing the economy to "pay-
back" the nation for 230 years of racial sins against blacks.
Any other time, and any other president, this would be treated for what it
is, sheer lunacy. But this not any other time, and the president is Obama. The
suspicion that always lurks close to the surface is that an African-American
once in a position of power will turn the tables and "payback" whites for the
decades of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, racial violence, abuse, degrada-
tion and exclusion. The two decade assault on affirmative action firmly
implanted the widespread belief that unfit and unqualified minorities and
especially blacks were hell bent to shove whites aside and grab all the plum
positions. It was reverse discrimination and racism. It was a short step from
this to the notion that racism is virtually dead in America, except for the
racism of blacks. This set the stage to tag Obama the reverse racist.
The shouts, taunts, spitting, catcalls, Confederate and Texas Lone Star flag
waved by tea party activists was not just a naked, spasmodic race baiting by
unreconstructed bigots. Many passionately believe that Obama is deter-
mined to give the company store away to minorities, especially blacks.
Every chance he gets he'll dump more money, devise more programs, and
propose favorable legislation that favor blacks and minorities at the expense
of whites. An Obama White House will bend, twist, and mangle laws to aid
and abet black advancement. No matter how much Obama talks about being
president of all the people, downplays race, and has an impeccable record on
broad race neutral legislation, he's still a reverse bigot.
The knock of Obama as a racist is much more than mindless dribble it
serves a canny political purpose. The starting point is the 2008 campaign.
The GOP could not have been competitive during campaign 2008 without
the bail out from white male voters. Blue collar white voters have shrunk
from more than half of the nation's voters to less than forty percent. The
assumption based solely on this slide and the increased minority population
numbers and regional demographic changes is that the GOP's white vote
strategy is doomed to fail. This ignores three political facts. Elections are
usually won by candidates with a solid and impassioned core of bloc voters.
White males, particularly older white males, vote consistently and faithful-
ly. They vote in a far greater percentage than Hispanics and blacks.
GOP leaders have long known that blue collar white male voters can be
easily aroused to vote and shout loudly on the emotional wedge issues; abor-
tion, family values, anti-gay marriage and tax cuts. They whipped up their
hysteria and borderline racism against health care reform. This was glaring-
ly apparent in the ferocity and bile spouted by the shock troops the GOP
leaders in consort with the tea party activists brought out to harangue, harass
and bully Democrat legislators on the eve of the final health care vote. These
are the very voters that GOP presidents and aspiring presidents, Nixon,
Reagan, Bush Sr. and W. Bush, and McCain and legions of GOP governors,
senators and congresspersons banked for victory and to seize and maintain
regional and national political dominance.
The GOP's win with the white vote failed in 2008 only because of the rage
and disgust of legions of white voters at Bush's horribly failed and flawed
domestic and war policies. This was more a personal and visceral reaction to
the bumbles of Bush than a radical and permanent sea change in overall
white voter sentiment about Obama, the Democrats, and the GOP. Even if
the GOP is, as is widely seen, an insular party of Deep South and narrow
Heartland, rural and, non-college educated blue-collar whites this is not a
voting demographic to mock, ridicule or be sneered at, let alone dismiss,
because the numbers are still huge.
Adams, Limbaugh, the tea party activists, and GOP leaders have crudely
but effectively programmed millions to think of and see Obama as their
worst racial nightmare. To them, he's a black man who has real power and
will lord it over whites. It's the worst kind of con, but for the Obama leathers
selling the con is all that matters.
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Betty Burney and Shateena Brown present Raines' exceptionally in
longest serving principal Jimmy Johnson, the the chosen areas
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The celebrations included an "All
White Alumni Mixer" at the school
with over 450 people in attendance.
The school's administration wing
was filled from wall to wall with
former students as they danced to
the tunes of the past, consumed
refreshments and reminisced at pic-
tures and displays high lighting var-
ious events throughout the school's
The celebration continued the next
day with a Benefit Banquet.
Attendees were asked to pledge
$50.00 per plate to attend this
event, where a portion of the pro-
ceeds were donated to the school.
Nearly 500 people attended in
War on Tea Party
continued from page 1
message. It's that simple," said
David Webb, chairman and co-
founder of the New York-based Tea
Party365. He added, "Everybody
can read the speeches Dr. King
made. Anyone can look at his writ-
ings. I don't remember them being
Billed as a non-political, non-
partisan fundraiser, the "Restoring
Honor" rally "pays tribute to the to
America's service personnel and
other upstanding citizens who
embody our nation's founding prin-
ciples of integrity, truth and honor,"
according to a description from
Glenn Beck's website.
"Help us restore the values that
founded this great nation."
It includes an appearance Sarah
Palin, with some of the proceeds
benefitting wounded veterans and
the families of fallen military per-
Marc H. Morial, president of the
National Urban League, said Beck
was trying to re-imagine the mean-
ing of the March on Washington
and King's message and that it was
no coincidence that he picked Aug.
28 to host his rally.
Sharpton said the Tea Party
movement contradicts what King
stood for. King called on the feder-
al government to intervene on civil
rights, while the Tea Party advo-
cates for less government over-
sight, Sharpton said.
"Even if you take race out of this,
the whole concept of government
that they represent with the Tea
Party is the exact opposite of what
the concept was in '63," he said.
Scores of Tea Partiers, or mem-
bers of a loose, conservative coali-
tion opposed to issues like
unchecked government spending,
high taxation and large government
deficits, are expected to attend
King made history from the steps
of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug.
28, 1963 when he delivered a pas-
sionate rallying cry for civil rights
in his "I Have a Dream" speech as
part of the March on Washington.
The march, and King's call to
action, galvanized the U.S. and
helped spur lawmakers to pass the
Civil Rights Act the following year
and the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
Stefanie Brown, national field
director for the NAACP, said
Beck's scheduling his "Restoring
Honor" event on the same date and
location as the March on
Washington was a way to manipu-
late King's legacy and that of the
civil rights movement for his own
"What better way to get atten-
tion, and to get people riled up and
to go to your website and see what
you're talking about than to choose
such a date as that?" she asked.
"It's a travesty that they feel as
though [the "Restoring Honor"
rally] would be appropriate, on a
day that's really symbolic for peo-
ple of color," Brown said.
the event were Betty Seabrook
Burney's Anniversary message.
Mrs. Burney is a 1974 graduate of
the school and currently serves on
the Duval County School Board
where she represents district 5. She
urged the attendees to rededicate
themselves to the school.
"Vikings are Ichi-Bon (number
one), second to none", said Burney.
Coach James Day led the atten-
dees into a spirit filled chant where
he cheered out "NEVER SAY
DIE", one of the historical spirit
filled mottos of the school. Earl S.
Kitchings Jr. left the crowd in tears
as he presented Coach Day with his
award named after his father.
"Today is my father's birthday
and I know he is smiling down on
all of us", said Kitchings Jr.
Jimmy Johnson also left the crowd
mesmerized as he accepted his life-
time achievement award and had
the audience full attention for near-
ly 10 minutes as he reflected on his
30 year tenure at Raines.
But the most enjoyed presentation
was the premiere of the trailer for
the documentary film of the school.
The 8 minute clip gave a brief sum-
mary of the school from 1965 till
the present. Several key figures in
the school's history were inter-
viewed and the film displayed very
vintage pictures and footage of the
school and its events. The film is
being produced and directed by
Emanuel Washington a member of
the schools 1990 graduating class.
The film is scheduled to be com-
pleted in 2011.
The grand finale came with an
Alumnus Worship on Sunday, June
13. The schools alumni gospel cho-
rus provided music lead by Mrs.
Deloris Moton Quaranta (c/o 1976)
and Pastor Zelma McRoy
Dickerson (c/o 1967) gave the wor-
William M. Raines High School is
the oldest African American high
school continuously serving stu-
dents of color, currently with
approximately 1,000 students. The
current principal Mr. George E.
Maxey since 2009.
The Negro League's first female player
Toni Stone's desire to play baseball was so strong Remarkable Story of Toni Stone: The First Woman
that when her parents expressed concerns she'd to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League"
never be able to make a living doing so, she told her (Lawrence Hill Books 2010)
parish priest that she was going to run away. Though Stone had a long career in baseball (she
But this was a wise priest and he instead got deducted 10 years from her age and played into her
Stone an African American girl growing up in St early 60s), her story had mostly faded away.
Paul, Minn., in the 1930s on Indeed, according to Ackmann,
a church team. when she told people about her
Not a softball team W project, most people had never
Stone didn't want to play heard of Stone.
the game girls typically "It was a hard story to research
wanted to play baseball Ackmann. "I had to do quite a bit
with the boys and so she of digging. I went to places
playing on the Twin City lived. One of the joys was that I
Colored Giants, a male ended up talking to a lot of her
African American team. teammates, sitting in their
But Stone didn't stop there garages and basements and going
despite catcalls telling her p through their memorabilia."
to get married and take care ... One of the people Stone talked
of her husband. She even- to was Ernie Banks, the first
tually was hired by the African American to play for the
Indianapolis Clowns to Chicago Cubs and one of six
replace Hank Aaron at sec- Cubs with a number retired.
ond base when he entered\ Stone played against him at
Major League Baseball. She Toni Stone Comiskey Park when Banks was in
went on to play against such greats as Ernie Banks, the Negro League.
Willie Mays and Satchel Paige. She batted.364 in "What the Negro League did was rent out Major
1953 the fourth highest batting average in the League parks when the home town was away,"
league. Ackmann said. "Banks had very glowing things to
"I write about American women who have done say about her. He told me she had guts and talent."
remarkable things that nobody has ever heard of," Banks wasn't the only one taken with Stone.
said author Martha Ackmann. "When I was search- "I was impressed by Toni Stone's skills as an ath-
ing for a topic for my next book I remembered I lete and taken by her persistence but it was really
had heard about this woman who played in the her heart because this is what she wanted to do
Negro League. So I researched and the more I more than anything in the world," said Ackmann,
found the more I thought what a great story." despite having to deal with the racism of the Jim
Thus Ackmann, wrote "Curveball: The Crow South.
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On Capital Hill, Lawmakers still
turn to faith leaders for counsel
WASHINGTON When senators
were tripping over one another to
run for president in 2008, a number
of them turned to a Senate adviser to
discuss campaign challenges and
opportunities. It didn't matter that
their opponents were talking to the
Senate chaplain Barry Black
heard about all the ups and downs:
The senators were exhausted or elat-
ed, optimistic or downcast, worried
about poll numbers, unsure whether
Black would reframe their chal-
lenges in theological or philosophi-
cal terms and reassure them that
"things are going to play out in the
way God would want," he said.
Year in and year out, campaign or
no campaign, clergymen, rabbis and
faith leaders in Washington serve as
part adviser, friend, counselor or ear
to legislators and other political fig-
ures. At times, some even play a
behind-the-scenes role in influenc-
ing public policy and help legisla-
tors sort out conflicts between their
faith and policy views.
"It was important to listen and
help them to come to an understand-
ing through faith as it would be
applied for those issues, but never to
legislate or to command that they
own a point of view," said Lloyd
Ogilvie, who served as Senate chap-
lain from 1995 to 2003.
For the most part, these conversa-
tions play out in private. And that's
one reason why politicians feel
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comfortable confiding in religious
Faith leaders who were inter-
viewed declined to identify the law-
makers whom they counsel, and
several senators declined requests to
discuss their faith for this story.
More than a half-dozen senators
flirted with or ran for president in
2008, Barack Obama among them.
Rev. William Byrne, of St. Peter's
Catholic Church on Capitol Hill,
near the House members' office
buildings, said lawmakers who talk
to him at church do so for the same
reason as other church members:
"They know it's a privileged and
confidential place where they can be
Byrne and Rev. Monsignor
Charles Antonicelli, pastor at St.
Joseph's on Capitol Hill, as well as
Rabbi Charles Feinberg of Adas
Israel said members of Congress
generally don't approach them for
advice on policy. More often, Byrne
said, personal things come up.
"I have been in situations where
they felt challenged, and they asked
for my prayers and a sounding
board," Byrne said. Byrne and
Antonicelli said they have the
chance to talk with some lawmakers
when they go to daily or Sunday
Black, the Senate chaplain, said
sometimes senators have discussed
with him the appropriate thought-
process before voting on legislation,
such as considering certain reli-
gious, ethical and political factors.
Other times they're just looking for
casual and personal conversation.
Black said senators trust him
because he understands how the leg-
islative process plays out.
"They see me as a confidant, as an
individual in the system who is
aware of the nuances," he said, "and
not just what is seen on C-SPAN2."
Rev. J. Philip Wogaman, formerly
a minister at Washington's Foundry
United Methodist Church who
counseled President Bill Clinton
after he admitted his relationship
with Monica Lewinsky, said he
thinks policy makers have discussed
confidential matters with him
because they knew they could trust
"If you're in a high office, there's
always a question who can you trust
to be really honest with you," he
said. "If a pastor is a pastor of
integrity, it's possible for the public
servant to trust that interaction with-
out feeling that the pastor is out for
Obama, who got burned during
his campaign by the inflammatory
comments of his pastor, Rev.
Senate Chaplain Barry Black poses for a portrait in his office on
Capital Hill in Washington last week. When senators were tripping
over one another to run for president in 2008, a number of them turned
to a Senate adviser to discuss campaign challenges and opportunities.
It didn't matter that their opponents were talking to the same person,
Jeremiah Wright, has been taking
his time finding a new minister.
Since becoming president, he has
attended chaplain Carry Cash's ser-
mons at Camp David, the presiden-
tial retreat in Maryland.
While many politicians' religious
discussions are conducted in pri-
vate, sometimes matters of faith and
politics spill into the headlines.
Many prominent Catholic politi-
cians, for example, have been criti-
cized by church leaders for support-
ing legal abortion, including House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the late
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. During
the 2004 presidential campaign, St.
Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke
said he would deny communion to
Democratic candidate John Kerry
because of the senator's support for
Catholics make up about 30 per-
cent of Congress, according to
information gathered by
Congressional Quarterly and the
Pew Forum in 2008. Protestants
account for more than half the mem-
bers of Congress, and about 8 per-
cent are Jewish.
Not everyone who lists a religion
is devout, by any means.
In Washington, "there are people
who simply use their faith or their
appearance of faith" for political
gain, said Wogaman.
Making a show of faith can open
a politician up to charges of
hypocrisy when personal conduct
doesn't measure up.
Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, for
example, stepped down from the
Senate Republican leadership last
summer after admitting he had an
affair for much of the previous year
with a married woman on his cam-
paign staff. Ensign was among sev-
eral Christian lawmakers who lived
in a house on C Street SE owned by
a Christian prayer group.
Faith leaders say members of
Congress sometimes approach them
simply because they need some
Rev. Cletus Kiley, former presi-
dent of the Faith & Politics Institute,
said lawmakers have compared their
life to a TV set with somebody
else controlling the remote and surf-
"Every 15 minutes, it seems like
they're in a different meeting. ...
How do you hold it all together? For
many of them, it's faith," said Kiley,
who used to lead weekly reflection
groups for lawmakers.
"When they're under political
pressure, they particularly show up
because they're looking for a place
that reminds them they had a life
before they came here, they'll have a
life after they leave here."
Still, some faith leaders said law-
makers sometimes lapse back into
politics during pastoral discussions.
Political tensions did enter some of
Ogilvie's Bible studies and other
conversations with senators.
"Oh, yes, I would try and admin-
ister both sides of the conflict,"
Ogilvie said, and "encourage them
to come to the best solution for the
nation and to work together."
Rev. Samuel Lloyd, dean at the
Washington National Cathedral,
says he sees political and govern-
ment officials a handful of times a
month. "They've got their passions,"
he said. "Some even have their talk-
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The download is designed to pro-
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Since then a half dozen foreign
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In 2009, an online poll of nearly
12,000 people revealed that skin
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Indians believe that if you have
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caste the result of a succession of
light-skinned colonizers in India
reinforcing the association of fair-
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Diet myths holding you back
You dream of one day fitting into
that new dress or those new pants
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Twenty Years Ago
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weight again. But if we're talking
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twenties. Don't live in the past. Set
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On a Standard Height and
True, height and weight are often
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than shorter ones, in general. But
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*Your metabolism: Whether you
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*How much your parents and
other relatives weigh
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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.
The Women's Center of
Jacksonville and the Art & Soul
Gallery will present ARTrageous. A
show where the artists have a
chance to tickle our funny bones,
make a statement, be insane (or a
bit inane), and act a little silly. The
"New Beginnings" exhibit will
open with an artists' reception from
6-8 pm on July 15, 2010 at the
Women's Center of Jacksonville,
5644 Colcord Ave., 32211. It is
open and free to the public July 15
- September 24th from 11 a.m.- 3
p,m., Monday Friday. For more
information contact Cookie Davis,
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
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.
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
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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. That evening, there will
be a formal Gala at the Wyndham
Hotel from 7 11 p.m. To partici-
pate or more information call 410-
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of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
August 5th, 2010. The free event
will start at 7 p.m. Spoken word
night is held on the first Thursday
of every month where poets, writ-
ers, vocalists and sometimes musi-
cians gather to present and hear
some of the area's most powerful
lyrical voices in a casual open-mic
setting. Call 632-5555 for info.
The Duval/Nassau Alumni
Chapter will be having their month-
ly Alumni Meeting on Thursday,
August 5th at Bono's BBQ 5903
Norwood Avenue at 6 p.m.The
meeting will be held every first
Thursday. For more information
nichapter.org or call 610-3412.
Annual Senior Prom
The City of Jacksonville invites all
seniors age 60 and older to attend
the 29th annual Senior Prom. The
Senior Prom will be held on Friday,
August 6 from 6-10 p.m. at the
Prime F. Osborn Convention
Center. This year's theme is a
Masquerade Ball and attendees are
encouraged to create and wear
masks and festive accessories to the
prom. The evening will include din-
ner, music, dancing and door prizes.
A prom king and queen will also be
crowned at the event. For more
information call (904) 630-3690..
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.
Eat Up Downtown
From August 9-22, the city is
encouraged to "Eat Up
Downtown." Froni hip caf6s to ele-
gant steak houses, Downtown
restaurants are serving up specially
selected prix-fixe menus at an
unbeatable value. There are no
passes to buy, coupons or cards to
punch. Simply make reservations at
the restaurant of your choice. For
more information and menus, visit
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Asso. of Fundraising
The local chapter of the
Association of Fundraising
Professionals will celebrate their
50th anniversary with a reception
on Thursday, August 12th from 5-
7:30PM. It will be held at the Omni
Hotel downtown. For more infor-
mation, email vboyer@hmhbc-
Toast to the Animals
Grab a glass and toast the First
Coast's furriest friends at the
Jacksonville Humane Society's
12th annual Toast to the Animals on
Friday, August 13th from 6- 9 p.m.
at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel.
Enjoy more than 100 varieties of
wine, beer, gourmet hors d'oeuvres
and desserts at the fundraiser in
addition to a silent and live auction.
Tickets are available at www.jax-
humane.org or call 725-8766.
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
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Cedric the Entertainer
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.
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-
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Vick & Tiger: The Real Big Three
by Ayinde Waring, BAW
With Lebron James moving from
Cleveland to Miami to join Dwyane
Wade and Chris Bosh, all of the
media focus has been on this new
"Big Three." But by choosing to
join a championship-contending
team, James unknowingly helped
create another Big Three, a trio far
less glamorous and, in fact, exposes
a very ugly side of America.
Its members: Michael Vick. Tiger
Woods. And LeBron James.
At any given time, all three were
the designated face of their respec-
tive sport, revered and adored by
millions of fans, highly sought-after
pitch men, wooed by big spending
corporate sponsors. But in a matter
of minutes, that changed for all
three of them. All still have an
opportunity for redemption on
some level, though each of their
stars has been dimmed in many
James will undoubtedly continue
to amass his wealth and power. He's
only 25, and his decision not only
showed that he wanted to win, but
that decision created a maelstrom of
sorts that sought to bring him down.
That decision demonstrated how
vicious many in America can be to
black athletes who don't fall in line.
In the ,hours following James'
decision, Cleveland Cavaliers
owner Dan Gilbert posted an open
letter to fans on the team's website.
It read in part "You simply don't
deserve this kind of cowardly
betrayal ... The former self pro-
claimed king will be taking the
curse down South with him." His
incendiary words only added fuel to
a combustible situation. James' jer-
seys were burnt in public by fans in
Cleveland. Gilbert later went on to
call James a "quitter," saying he
quit on the Cavs during the play-
offs, citing poor performances at
In the wake of Gilbert's com-
ments, James' inner circle of family
and friends have reported that
they've received violent threats
against them. James' Cleveland
area home had to be guarded by
police officers following the
announcement of his decision to
move to Miami.
What was lost in the entire
episode is that, the Cavs and Gilbert
were ready to sign James to a multi-
year $120 million-plus contract just
days before, so apparently he was-
n't a quitter then. Additionally, no
one points out that James helped
generate an estimated $150 million
dollars during the season in down-
town Cleveland, according to recent
statements made by Tamara Brown,
vice president of marketing for
Positively Cleveland, a convention
and visitor's bureau for the city. He
has also made millions of dollars
for Gilbert personally, the same
man who has mounted the cam-
paign to tear down the very image
that enriched him.
Arguments can be made that
James should have handled the situ-
ation differently. But the bottom
line is that he's a 25 year old man
and has every right to do what's
best for himself.
"Many of our athletes are placed
in this higher perched place, only to
have the $40 million dollar slave
masters (represented by the owners
and the public at large) WAIT to
knock them down either on pur-
pose or by happenstance," said
Washington, D.C.-based author
Brian S. Yeldell. "The owners, from
their perspective, need to treat their
talent respectfully, fairly and loyal-
ly. The players need to use their
positions with all of the leverage,
resources, visibility and accessibili-
ty to right wrongs and improve con-
ditions, given each side's large role
Although James' record-breaking
decision show on ESPN and its
aftermath dominated news late
last week, it wasn't alone in the Big
Three saga. Michael Vick once
again found his name in the head-
lines following a shooting at a
birthday party in his honor on June
Vick's fall from grace has been
well documented. His conviction on
charges related to dog fighting and
Much talk may have served his time, but it
ie that he seems some media sources are
-s prior to committed to not allowing him to
had been return his life to normalcy.
ysts debat- Tiger Woods was simply the
ck's trou- biggest athlete in the world. His
yed a role endorsement deals and golf earn-
ings, routinely ranged in the $100
million per year stratosphere. He
was a brand that made other brands.
Like James, Woods hadn't com-
mitted any crime, but when his
image collapsed following his
Mehserle, the transit cop who killed
22-year-old Oscar Grant, was
recently convicted of involuntary
manslaughter and could realistical-
ly end up spending less time in
prison than Vick.) Investigating
authorities were quick to point out
that Vick "was not a suspect" in the
shooting. Video footage showed
Vick and his friends leaving the
club prior to any shots being fired.
Still, news agencies and popular
sports talk shows chose to manipu-
late the story to imply that Vick had
Clash Prior to
Shooting" painted a picture of Vick
having some level of culpability,
yet again the Virginia prosecutor
clearly stated, that there was no evi-
dence to suggest that Vick was
involved in anything that would
amount to "aggressive or assaultive
Many of Vick's current team-
mates have attested to how much of
a model teammate and person he
has been on and off the field. Vick
in f i \ ,, o r
sors and many fans jumped off
the Woods bandwagon. The public
basklash was swift and brutal,
almost uniform. In truth, his actions
boiled down to issues that should
have only involved him and his
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Fortunately for Woods, he didn't
lose all of his sponsors, and if he
finds himself winning tournaments
again, his popularity will grow.
\Which illustrates the foul, fickle
nature of America.
Being young, black, rich and
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the United States. But it also
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The cruel speed of society's back-
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American sports new Big Three has been revealed this week asV
newly signed Miami Heat basketball players LeBron James, Dwas ne
Wade and Chris Bosh. However, the sports world and nation hav%
long ago pointed their fingers at the "Big Three".
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
June 15-21 2010
July 15-21, 2010
10 Ms Perr
s Free Pr s
By Ron Walters
(NNPA) The big story about
the NAACP convention meet-
ing in Kansas City was whether
President Obama would come
or not. But I think that Ben
Jealous hit the right nerve in his
opening speech to the
Convention when he delivered
a report that organization had
put together from a series of
meetings in affected communi-
ties in the Gulf area where the
oil spill occurred.
The Report found that
minorities have been locked out
of contracts for clean-up and
other kinds of work and are
routinely given the lowest-pay-
ing jobs; people are at risk of
loosing their houses and busi-
heard that the companies
involved in the clean-up were
importing workers from Korea,
Mexico and Vietnam at the
lowest wages to work the
reconstruction. Many of them
are still there and they provide
competition with many workers
who actually live in the area
and have been deprived not just
of a job, but of their entire
livelihood if things don't
improve. They have the most
stake in the outcome of the
I was listening to National
Public Radio station the other
day and John Boyd, President
of the National Association of
Black Farmers was being inter-
viewed. It seems that many of
= E ,W.
So far the only real money being made by minorities in the
gulf mess is by cleanup crews. Above, workers unload con-
taminated oil boom from an oyster boat for disposal at C & M
Marina in Lafitte, La., Saturday, July 10, 2010. Thousands of
workers are involved cleaning up oil from the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
nesses because work has dried
up; many of these communities
were hit by Katrina and Rita
and have not recovered; fumes
and pollution are a serious
problem and workers are often
not given the correct protective
clothing. Lisa Jackson, head of
the Environmental Protection
Agency also spoke at the
Convention and backed up the
findings in the report and
vowed to work with communi-
ties to produce clean water,
However, it seems to me that
a civil rights operation needs to
move into the oil clean-up oper-
ation that bring about a strong
element of fairness to that situ-
ation. When Katrina hit, we
his members are farmers whose
land has been desecrated by the
oil spill and fishermen whose
livelihood was made on the
water. But their complaint is
that BP has bypassed them in
looking for other farmers and
fishermen whose land and
waters have been polluted.
This important because black
farmers and fishermen have a
claim to the same kind of finan-
cial reparations that are being
made available to whites in the
area and they want and deserve
a big piece of the clean-up work
that is going on. However,
Boyd says that Black fishermen
seeking jobs with the clean-up
crew have been brushed off.
Again Lisa Jackson's agency
seems to be the only one that
has an SBA participation pro-
gram with respect to soil and
water, chemistry, waste dispos-
al but Black owned public rela-
tions firms like Bright
Moments in New Orleans are
awaiting proposals to commu-
nity outreach messaging, but
none have come from BP.
Apparently, they believe that
national adds showing an
Africa American male who
lives in the area and is "in
charge" of claims will suffice to
show that they are sensitive to
the problem. This, together
with what appears to be a
national media blackout of this
problem hides a monumental
race issue with respect to the oil
Ken Feinberg has been
placed in charge of processing
the claims associated with the
oil spill, since the President has
wrested $20 Billion from BP.
But Feinberg was recently on
CNN discussing the claims
process but said nothing about
the safeguards placed on the
money would allow it to be dis-
tributed fairly, not just to select-
ed individuals but to communi-
ties as well. The Nation
Congress of American Indians
has called for a meeting in New
Orleans to discuss why the
Native American community in
the Gulf has been overlooked
with respect their access to
resources in the clean-up. The
black community interest is not
just vested in workers, one
black fisherman stands to loose
more than $100,000 from his
shrimp business, but he can't
get remediation contracts for
the destruction of their fishing
What's happening here is old
style racism and cudos to the
NAACP, but the Justice
Department needs to get
involved and not just leave the
EPA down there to fend off
blacks seeking distributive jus-
tice for the damage to their
lives. This is another racial
issue for the administration and
it will be interesting to see how
they handle it.
Ron Walters is a Political Analyst and
Professor Emeritus at the University of
Maryland College Park. His latest book is:
Democratic Destiny and the District of
Columbia (Rowman and Littlefield
Shown above, the Hester Group Staff accepts the Patriot Award at a ceremony at City Hall.
Hester Group nominated for prestigious Patriot Award
The Hester Group, a local market-
ing firm that specializes in commu-
nity outreach, public relations and
advertising, has been nominated
and awarded for the prestigious
Given by the Department of
Defense through its Florida
Employer Support of the Guard and
Reserve (FL ESGR) department, it
is given to companies that support
Jacksonville Mayoral candidate
Alvin Brown reported raising
$65,425 in contributions for the
second quarter of 2010, an impres-
sive total for a candidate who is
not an incumbent politician.
Brown's financial total comes
from over 180 individual contribu-
tors from all walks of life includ-
ing members of the Jacksonville
business community, doctors,
employees serving in the US Armed
Forces. Cpt. Anthony McGlone,
US Army, former director of opera-
tions at The Hester Group, nominat-
ed the entire staff before he left for
active duty in Afghanistan.
"Anthony is part of our Hester
Group family and it's important for
us to support him as he serves his
country," said Hester Clark, presi-
dent of The Hester Group, who is
an Army Brat herself. "Several
members of our staff are veterans
and military brats. Anthony's serv-
ice and sacrifice allow each of us to
come to work safe and secure. We
are honored to receive the award."
McGlone will be away serving his
country for at least one year leaving
a host of family, friends, his wife
and 1-year old daughter. He is
shown in the inset of the picture.
Brown raises $65,425 in first
quarter as mayoral candidate
lawyers, educators, police officers,
firefighters, and members of the
"I am honored to have the support
of such a wide range of people
here in Jacksonville," Brown said,
"This will be a tough, competitive
campaign and this quarter we laid
an excellent foundation to ensure I
can communicate my plan to con-
tinue growing our economy and
building on crucial public-private
sector partnerships when it comes
to our ports as well as our defense,
transportation, medical services
industries, and public safety."
As the Executive in Residence at
the Jacksonville University Davis
College of Business where he
received his B.A. and MBA
degrees, Brown shares his expert-
ise with the next generation of
Jacksonville business leaders.
In 2005, Brown was appointed
the Executive Director of the
Bush/Clinton Katrina Fund's
Interfaith Fund. Prior to this,
Brown served as Vice President Al
Gore's Senior Advisor for Urban
Policy and Vice Chair of the White
House Community Empowerment
Board. Before that, he served as
Executive Director of the White
House Community Empowerment
Board, a $4 billion initiative that
focused on investing in America's
cities and rural communities to
create jobs. Brown also served as
co-chair of the White House Task
Force on Livable Communities
under President Clinton where he
focused his work on controlling
urban sprawl and smart growth.
Brown and his wife Santhea and
their two sons attend St. Joseph
Missionary Baptist Church.
LeBron James could mean
millions for Miami tourism
MIAMI The Miami Herald is reporting
that LeBron James is giving South Florida a
The NBA star left the Cleveland Cavaliers
last week for the Mliamli Heat
The reservations team at the Fountainebleau
Resort in Miami Beach told the Herald that
they're getting asked about packages that
include Heat tickets.
'The South Beach restaurant Prime 112 sa\s
athletes, sportscasters and regular diners ;want
LeBro James to kno\t if theY'll still be able to get tables there
now that eten more celebrities will be showing up.
Real estate agents told the paper that James' mo'e dro\e up the price
of at least one condo near the AmencanAirlines Arena, and home bu\ -
ers \\ant Heat tickets as part of the deal.
The star already\ has snack named for him the "Le-Brat James"
bratwurst at the Shake Shack in South Beach.
Man gets 24 years for making women work as hairbraiders for no pay
NEW JERSEY ogo native year-old son Dereck Hounakey any of the [glerms--
sissi Afolabi was sentenced and other conspirators. women broke
week to 24 years for smug- Hounakey admitted to federal the rules, they
.g dozens of girls and women investigators over a year ago that would be pun- ,,
Sast Orange. N.J.. and forcing his mother recruited individuals i s h e d 10
them to work as hair braiders in
salons located in Newark
According to court documents.
prosecutors stated that between
between October 2002 and
September 2007 at least two
dozen girls and women were
taken from Togo using fraudulent
% isas. The %workers were forced to
work grueling schedules, bhich
included 14-hour da\s. 7 dars a
week. The women were forced to
turn over their earnings. includ-
ing tips to Afolabi, his ex-w ife
Akoua\ i Kpade Afolabi. their 33-
to pose as relatives of the girls
and that another defendant.
Geoffr\ Koue i. helped the
%women stud facts about then
fake husbands and fathers in
order to obtain the fake %isas
Once the women entered the
United States, the defendants
forced the tomen to %work at the
The women lied isolated e\is-
tences,- the\ had no friends, could
not contact family\ members and
\.ere not allowed to keep their
passports or an\ identification. If
\\oman for mak-
Ing a simple
phone call. The
\oung man also -'.
confessed to ha ing se \ t ilt se\ -
eral of the \\omen. including one
At the sentencing, Afolabi \\as
ordered to pay his Mictims
$3.94.14-I0 80 in mandatorN
restitution. Hounake ,,as sen-
tenced to 55 months in pnson
Akouali will receive her judg-
ment in September. Kouevi. who
was charged with conspiracy to
commit visa fraud as well as visa
fraud, is free on bail but is on
house arrest and must wear an
electronic monitoring bracelet
pending his July 20 trial.
More couples sign prenups before marriage: why you should, too
b Lynette Co. B\
A recent report in the Wall
Street Journal notes that more
couples are creating prenuptial
agreements before say ing "I do "
Because toda\ is my three-year
%wedding anniversary -- ,es. I ; as
one of those countless brides v. ho
got mamed back on "-'-" -- read-
ing this article today made me
think about man', realities con-
cerning marriage and mone,,
I know that man. people ha\e
problems "uith prenups Some
people say that prenups are com-
pletely unromantic. Others think
that prenups reduce a personal
relationship to a business agree-
ment Still other critics sa\ that a
prenup basically, gives you an
.".--. "out" from a marriage -- or that it
somehow, sets the relationship up
\\hle I understand all these
arguments, I still feel that creat-
ing a prenup is a smart move for
many couples Ha\ ing a prenup is
part of good financial planning It
also can lead to much-needed
communication between partners
And prenups alko foster honest
and deeper intimacy among cou-
Before my husband. Earl. and I
got married, we both retained
lav.,,ers to draft a prenup Three
years later, prenup or not, v.e both
remain deeply conminted to each
other and happier than ever So ift
you're considering marr.ige.
don't just automatically, think that
ha\ ing a prenup is wrong or that
it says something negate about
the state of your relationship
Each couple has to decide ,on
this issue for them.,elkes And
while I respect people's indi id-
ual choices, as a Mhnev Coach. I
would strongly recommend that
some people think tv. ice about a
\wTio should seriously\ cinsder
a prenup '
Those entennrig second nial-
rnages ,ior third or fourth i -111
People who h.1[reads ha.e chil-
[ndi lJduals. .'. ith substantial
assets or expected irdientance,
Thbse .'.ho expect to: eairn
high future incomes iprhiap-
because the, hold advanced .ca-
deriic degrees or have special-
izedJ areri planisi
Couple, making toer dis-
pa.ite incomes ie one person
earns stlubs.tainial. !, more or less
tl..mi the other l
The r.incge of hat can be in a
preniupiil agieementi is tle\ible
and c.ii 0aci.,omnl date nilot of the
iiidi duail ,. antis .iiir d Jde cs that
a iarrin, itIL' .uiple ma', Ihate On
the other li.id there jie sime
_-n tr hule: aboul ,'. Ihat canned beC
in .1 prlenuptil..il jgle,.lme'i
Geneill, 3 prerlenip al gi',ree-
meint ca: deal ,. ith the tohlo'v. mg
a di'. l '..:.n t1 pripel t, .:.n
Jdi'. r. e
ibI ". lil'he-r p.it-itcular itenm, are
soli-idefc d I'p'' r' pt ep -lp. i,
or Cp-tjate p,,Ipet-t .
ci marital residence.
di le.p_'nsibilitN for premarital
i1 di.tribution ot property, on
death although ',ou also need to,
update .our estate planning docu-
ments to reflect hlsl
i ft .limorn obligatton i tin
most State, i,
igi financial responsibilities
during the marriage.
i L under which h state a la'A the
preniup tis l I'ther. ise it i. ll be the
state of the dr.'rice. and not the
narri age I.
i ) ho.', dLipute. about tile
prenup are t-, be reso'lc for
instance thi-ouglh n'ediaiinn or
111 unieCt ClI 1 ..C nan', cou-
plc- all'.. l that the prenItptli.ial
agreement %%ill not be valid if
the', are married for a certain
number of \ears
There are a number of limita-
tions to prenuptial agreements.
Most of which concern unborn
children. illegal and thought to
encourage divorce Although
most states permit prenuptial
agreements to deal %with alimony.
a court is allowed to invalidate
the alinmon-, provisions if the
ludie believe them to be unjust.
In the end. a prenup -- like any
other piece of paper -- won't be
the glue that holds \our relation-
ship together Only God -- along
%ith lot e, communication, and a
-uhared ct-nmitment to one anoth-
er ion matteis ftnincial and other-
".iset -- v.lil do that.
JuyIn ,cii lM
Kitty Kelly options
rights to Oprah bio
)( |Kitty Kelley's unautho-
pah Opra1 ) I rized bio on Oprah Winfrey
is headed to the small
S i screen.
Sk.,. ity E! News is reporting that
llt the celebrity author has
S optioned the movie rights of
her infamous book with
plans to turn it into a TV movie or miniseries.
The deal, said to be in the six figures, is with veteran producer Larry
Thompson, who has filmed biopics on Lucille Ball and Desi Amaz,
gonmy and Cher, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
,Thompson says that the plan is to develop the project to coincide with
Winfrey's final syndicated episode in September 2011, with an unknown
actress in the lead role. (Winfrey is slated to sign off on Sept. 9, 2011.)
Tiger seeks to toss mistress paternity case --
A lawyer for Tiger Woods is asking a court to dis-
miss claims from one of his mistresses that he
fathered her child.
As previously reported, porn star Devon James ',
submitted legal documents in Manatee County,
Florida last month asking a judge to determine the
paternity of her nine-year-old son, Austin. '
The actress, real name Melinda Brinling, claimed
Woods had fathered her child during a fling in 2001
- and insisted the golfer knows all about the boy.
James wanted Woods to take a DNA test as part of --
the paternity suit, but previously unseen documents surfaced showing an
earlier paternity test had identified Austin's father as a man named Pele
Watkins. James has denied know ing about the existence of the 2002 test
- and now Woods is determined to distance himself from the scandal for
good. His attorney has filed legal documents in court to have James'
paternity case against him dismissed because of the 2002 test results.
Snoop and family dealing with daughter's lupus
Snoop Dogg and his wife Shante have revealed that their 11-year-old
daughter Cori aka Choc suffers from lupus, a chronic autoimmune
disease in which the immune system attacks the body's cells and tissue,
resulting in inflammation and tissue damage.
The rapper said he first noticed something wrong five years ago when
a light spot appeared on Cori's face. Weeks later, the youngster was los-
ing drastic amounts of weight and her hair was falling out. Despite visit-
ing countless doctors, no one was able to offer the rapper and his family
"'I felt helpless," Snoop told People while fighting back tears. "No
power, no friends."
His wife Shante adds, "No one could tell me what was wrong. They
drew tons of blood and said she has old-person cells. They ga\e her all
kinds of [medication]. But she went downhill.
Lupus was diagnosed months later. Snoop and his family began exhaus-
tive research of the disease, which ultimately brought his family closer
Halle Berry and daughter
dress "mommy and me"
Nahla and Halle take a stroll
Normally, the site of a mother and
daughter dressed the same makes us
choke on our Cheerios.
We'd rather endure a "SpongeBob
SquarePants" marathon than see a
family parading around town.
But in the case of Halle Berry, 43,
and her darling daughter Nahla
Aubry, 2, we're making an excep-
tion to the rule.
The gorgeous pair was spotted out
and about at L.A.'s Griffith Park,
both sporting faded cuffed and
baggy blue jeans and short-sleeved
Berry is no longer with Nahla's
dad, 34-year-old model Gabriel
Aubry -- the two broke up in April.
However, the Daily Mail reports,
the former flames will be living in
the same house in South Africa in
the coming months so Aubry can
take care of Nahla while Berry
films the deep-sea thriller "Dark
Cedric the Entertainer still making it happen
He's got a big personality, a laugh
you can't forget, and lines that your
stomach can feel.
Recently Cedric the Entertainer
shared some of his comedic meth-
ods with interviewer Wilson
Morales and is looking forward to
continuing his upward climb in the
How do you try to stay current
with what's going on in the world
as opposed to telling stories that
happened in the past?
Cedric: My main thing is I try to
write every week, if not every day. I
try to write something that touched
my funny bone, but I like to keep up
with current events. I'm not a
Lindsay Lohan joke person. I'm not
going to talk about the people that's
always in the news with the same
old things. I definitely got material
on the oil spill that's going on, I got
material on the Arizona law with
the racial profiling keeping the
Mexicans out. I try to stay up to
date and let things come to me, and
that's my approach. The audience
loves big jokes. They love to see the
things they know you for and want
to see it live, but most of the time a
comedy audience wants to be taken
on a new ride almost every time.
It's a hard thing to do as a comedi-
an, but it is the purposes of writing
and staying busy, and the reason I
like to stay on the road and stay per-
Is it refreshing to do comedy
since lately the films you've been
doing you haven't been able to
show how funny you are?
Cedric: Definitely. I've been
making some choices to do some
dramatic roles, some smaller roles.
It gives me that outlet, the opportu-
nity to be who I am and not be edit-
ed by studio executives. These are
the things I think are funny and the
audience is here and you get that
immediate response. I love that
energy. Comedians who stop doing
comedy usually miss that vibe
that's happening right in front of
You have a couple upcoming
films. Is your role in 'Larry
Crowne,' opposite Tom Hanks,
comedic or dramatic?
Cedric: It's comedically dramat-
ic. It's that Tom Hanks thing he
does like 'Sleepless in Seattle.' It's
a romantic comedy, and my role is
funny but done in a dramatic way
'cause that's the way he was direct-
ing the movie. At the same time it's
done in a very dramatic way. I defi-
nitely wanted to make my character
real, but he's just funny. It's not
really pushing towards the hard
Are you acting alongside him?
Cedric: Yeah, I work with Tom
and Taraji P. Henson, who plays my
wife. We had a blast. Julia Roberts
is in the movie, and Pam Grier, but
I didn't do anything with them. I'm
mainly with Tom Hanks and Taraji
in most of my scenes.
One of the things people are
looking forward to is your por-
trayal of Ralph W. Abernathy in
Lee Daniels' next film, 'Selma.' Is
that still going to happen?
it's looking pret-
ty strong. It got
moved to the
fall because the
were a little
season, and did-
n't want to go
down there this /
summer and. ..
have a great .
rather wait 'til
season and go in October. Anything
can happen when you put a movie
on hold like that, but I'm optimistic
about it and looking forward to
doing it. I talked to Lee the other
day and he's still excited. Of course,
other projects come in and some
stars fall out, but I'm making this a
priority, I'm looking forward to
playing this role.
Have you done your research
Cedric: Oh yeah, definitely been
in touch. I've actually talked with
his widow. For a brief moment I
was going to go down to visit with
her in Atlanta for awhile. I've been
doing all the studying, all the
YouTube speeches, looking at the
voice, reading several books. David
Oyelowo, the young man who was
cast to play Martin Luther King, we
sit and meet and talk and go
through study sessions.
With Hugh Jackman, Liam
Neeson, David Oyelowo in the
film, you're one of the few
Americans cast in the movie so
Cedric: Exactly. It is that. He's
such an iconic figure, this guy you
could have a different take, you
wouldn't have to be locked in and
say, "this has to be Denzel," and so
The market for a Black superhero
by Kevin L. Clark
The Atlanta Post
Name your top five all-time
favorite superhero movies. Chances
are you listed all the A-listers from
the Marvel and DC universes but do
you truly see yourself in an\ of the
heroes that make it to the big
screen? Critics love to use the
phrase, "In the age of Obama" to
note the supposed change within
our cultures. Truth is when it comes
to Hollywood the big wigs seem to
be the kryptonite killing the
essence of black superhero
flicks. Can we really be
happy with Steel and d
Marvel Comics have bet
the farm on their huge
plan on conquering
Tinsel Town. With films
like The Incredible
Hulk, Iron Man 2, and
the upcoming Thor lead-
ing fans and newcomers alike into
theaters around the countrN the
films serve as a countdown to the
awe-inspiring cavalcade of
superheroes known as The
Avengers. With ""Captain
America: The First
Avenger" being the kick-
off flick, an interesting
detour has manifested itself
on the road to Marvel's cine-
matic domination of 2012. \Where's
the Black Panther?
Stan Lee and his team created the
first mainstream black superhero
for American consumption in July
1966. Appearing in Fantastic Four
#52 T'Challa is the precursor to
other heroes like The Falcon, Luke
Cage, Blade and Black Lightning
by several years. Does Marvel feel
that they've filled
then black people
/ + qluot afiel caJt-
ing Samuel L
Jackson a ; Nick
Back in the
" w;l se enties. the
itself very popular amongst the lib-
eral college student and. its launch
was largely ignored by serious
aimed at advancing the Civil Rights
Fast forward to today and black is
the new white. Hollywood's culture
ha.s gone real-time but still seem to
pla', the game using yesterday's
pla. book which is slow and
tedious even when one
,- has a good idea.
Wesley Snipes tried in
1Y92 to bring the King of
\\akanda to theaters but Marvel's
coi-porate problems and Stan Lee's
displeasure with the script subse-
quently put the film on hold. Snipes
picked up the hype again in 2003
but quickly backed away from
the project after realizing that
playing two Marvel charac-
ters was not better than
Don't we need a hero,
too? BET is trying to
bring an animated Black
Panther into your living
room but in the age of
Obama this is not good
/ enough. Another afrocen-
tric show is currently in-
production to come on your
airwaves in the form of Kasha
and the Zulu King. Starring
' Jasmine Guy, Kenny Leon, and
BobbN Valentino this animated
effort courtesy of Jai Husband
looks to be a South African contex-
tuahzation of The Prince and the
Pauper. But will BET follow
through on their words and hand-
Shows like The Playpen,
Hannibal the Conqueror, and a
secret Denys Cowan and Dwayne
McDuffie project have yet to flood
the airwaves and it's likely that they
won't be on-screen anytime soon.
Honestly there really is no argu-
ment as to why black superheroes
are shown to be as either lesser
known or parodies of their white
counterparts in mainstream media.
As recently as 2007 John Singleton
was reportedly approached to direct
the "Black Panther" with Marvel
scouring the globe for scribes to
bring the dream to reality. Years
later and nothing has changed. The
same can be said for another
Singleton-helmed feature Luke
Cage with Tyrese Gibson as the
Marvel has created a lane that
others are trying to duplicate and
while I'm not one for cliches, the
phrase, "strike while the iron is
hot," comes to mind. Audiences are
ripe for another uniquely heroic tale
but this one should be aimed at a
diverse demographic. Check the
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with the sequels pulling in a com-
bined total of $283.9 million ($155
and $128.9 million respectively).
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