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Virginia Senator calls for end to
government diversity programs
Virginia Senator Jim Webb has gotten some attention lately by calling
for an end to diversity programs. Webb argues that the programs hurt
poor whites and reduce the ability to achieve racial harmony.
In the Wall Street Journal, Webb stated that a "plethora of government-
enforced diversity policies have marginalized many white workers. The
time has come to cease the false arguments and allow every American the
benefit of a fair chance at the future." Webb argues that federal diversi-
ty programs benefit immigrants over whites and blacks:
"In an odd historical twist that all Americans see but few can under-
stand, many programs allow recently arrived immigrants to move ahead
of similarly situated whites whose families have been in the country for
generations," he wrote. "The injustices endured by black Americans at
the hands of their own government have no parallel in our history, not
only during the period of slavery but also in the Jim Crow era that fol-
lowed," he wrote.
Former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder has vocally opposed the col-
umn. He has also challenged Webb to produce data, which support his
"If it's not for the civil rights movement and diversity programs, he
would not be a United States senator today," Wilder said, claiming that
votes from minorities helped Webb get elected. "Things are tough
enough without having people you thought were friends do things like
this," Wilder said.
DC school system fires 240 teachers
The District of Columbia public school system announced on Friday
that it will be letting 226 teachers go for poor performance under the edu-
cation assessment system called-"IMPACT."
The district also announced that it has notified 737 employees that if
their performance doesn't improve, they will be terminated after the
upcoming school year.
Under the program, teachers were judged on five classroom observation
visits by principals and outside education experts. The system also rates
teachers based on their students' achievement.
School chancellor Michelle Rhee is no stranger to unpopular decision
making: She shut down a dozen schools and fired 36 principals amid loud
criticism from parents and has said that she is angry over a "system that
values job protection for teachers over the interest of the child."
As an incentive for teachers, though, if they are willing to go on "pro-
bation" for a year giving up their job security and can successfully
prove their talent, they can earn more than $100,000 a year and as much
as $130,000 after five years a huge salary for a teacher.
Bush civil rights appointee confirms
New Black Panther story is bogus
A Bush appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights denounced
allegations by some pundits that the Justice Department is refusing to
pursue a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther
Party because of race, and suggested that the charges being made by
right-wing figures are politically motivated.
Conservative broadcasters and websites have claimed that the Obama
administration is dropping prosecution of New Black Panther activists
who were videotaped outside a Philadelphia polling station on Election
Day 2008, making intimidating remarks and s carrying a nightstick.
Appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, the commission's vice
chair, Abigail Thernstrom, said, "We have no direct evidence that [the
NBP activists] actually intimidated anybody, stopped them from voting."
Thernstrom even characterized the case, in a recent column published by
the National Review, as "small potatoes."
Earlier this month former Justice Department lawyer and Republican
activist J. Christian Adams testified to the commission that senior offi-
cials in the department are not applying voting rights laws in a race-neu-
tral way, by refusing to press charges against African Americans on these
Congress to crack down
on cell phones in prison
WASHINGTON Congress has moved to make it tougher for federal
prison inmates to use cell phones and wireless devices to direct criminal
activities within or outside prison walls.
The House voted by voice to close a loophole in federal law by ban-
ning the use or possession of cell phones or wireless devices in federal
prisons and classifying those devices as contraband.
Currently, cell phones and wireless devices are not specifically defined
as contraband, and inmates and guards caught smuggling the devices into
prisons are rarely punished. The Senate has passed a similar bill.
Recent reports show that inmates pay from $500 to $1,000 for a phone
and that one corrupt correctional officer made some $150,000 in one year
by smuggling cell phones to inmates.
Prisoners have been found to use the cells to conduct criminal business
outside the prison, including ordering gang hits, running drug operations
and conducting credit card fraud. The legislation would subject anyone
trying to provide a cell phone to an inmate to up to a year in prison.
Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said one reason that prisoners try to obtain
cell phones is that they are required to call collect, at considerably more
cost, when they make legitimate calls to their families. The bill requires
the compiling of a study looking at the costs of providing prisoners with
Volume 23 No.43 Jacksonville, Florida July 29 August 4, 2010
Sherrod Speaks: Where America Must Go From Here
of Agriculture Rural
Sherrod of South
blow of an
ter and civil rights record last week,
told the Black Press of America that
she hopes the travesty of justice that
happened to her will now help
America move forward with racial
The Sherrods, who reside in
Albany, Ga., reflected on the pains
of the past as well as the meaning of
the recent attack and how they have
been long prepared for it. That
includes Mrs. Sherrod having suf-
fered the shooting death of her
father at the hands of a Klansman
more than 40 years ago.
The highly respected civil rights
and racial justice work of this cou-
ple underscored the irony last week
as she was forced to resign by
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
because of a distorted and edited
videotaped version of a March 2010
speech to NAACP in which she was
made to appear as if she had dis-
criminated against a White farmer.
Multi-talented entertainer Melba Moore
Moore headlines Stage Aurora Arts Festival
Vocal, theatrical, dance and talent of all disciplines were showcased last
weekend at the Stage Aurora Arts Festival. Headquartered at the Gateway
Mall, the annual event included everything from a 70s party to film screen-
ings with events for all ages. The brainchild of Stage Aurora Executive
Director Darryl Ruben Hall, the festival is now in its third year. FMP
In a nutshell, Obama ap
Secretary Vilsack fired her
first hearing the context
remarks. The videotaped
remarks out of context
were also condemned by
the NAACP, whose presi-
dent, Ben Jealous, later
said in a statement of apol-
ogy that they were "snook-
ered by Fox News and Te
Activist Andrew Breitbar
blogger who released the
video out of context.
But, as the truth was reve
the release of the full
Sherrod not only received
apologies from Vilsack and.
of employment back at Agr
- an offer that she was still consid-
ering at NNPA deadline this week -
but she also received a phone call
Villified by the NAACP and even
the President only to discover
they were wrong Shirley
Sherrod speaks on the debacle
that has taken over her life.
a Party from President Obama himself who
t", the she said expressed heartfelt regrets.
edited The heroes in the midst of the
storm of criticism were the White
aled by farmer himself, 88-year-old Roger
video, Spooner, and his wife Eloise, who
public appeared live on CNN. They
an offer rebuked all who had condemned
culture Sherrod. Continued on page 3
Brown kicks off election season
in Jax with headquarters opening
Cong. Corrine Brown flanked by supporters.
Hundreds of supporters braved
the weekend heat to come out and
show their support for Cong.
Corrine Brown. Armed with a mul-
titude of T-shirts bearing her famil-
iar moniker, "Corrine Delivers", the
Gateway Mall parking lot was full
of energy and enthusiasm for the
Felice Franklin returns to civilian life following 29 year
opening of her campaign headquar-
ters that included food, entertain-
ment and an address by the candi-
date. The office opening brings to
the forefront the election season
which opens up many coveted seats
in addition to Brown's including
governor, atty. general and senate.
Noted community servant and investment banker Felice Franklin. recently retired another hat from her impressive resume. The Lt. Colonel is saying
goodbye to the United States Air Force, retiring from a 29 year career with the military. Ceremonies held at Jacksonville's Fighter Wing Dining Facility
were attended by a host of family, friends and colleagues. She is shown above center in uniform with fellow members of the PRIDE Book Club that she
help found who were in attendance.. PRIDE is northeast Florida's largest book club for people of color. Shown above are : (FRONT) l-r: Greg Miller,
Lacrecia Seaborn, Debra Lewis, Ella Simmons, Lt. Col. Felice Franklin, Priscilla Williamson, Rita Churchwell, Sharon Garlington, Douglas Pollard,
(MIDDLE): Romona Baker, Roz Amoro, Kenneth Lewis, Linda Mack, Ellen Young, Deborah Thompson, Joay Bradford, Linda Riley, Ed Riley, Jennifer
King and (BACK) Marie Carter, Ken Amaro. Trish Sandlin. Iris Butler, Sheila Thomas, Patricia Morrison and Shamell Perry. FAMPphoto
July 29 August 4, 2010
Sheila Johnson is Escaping the Shadow of BET
It's sad but true. Americans are
increasingly filing for bankruptcy
in order to avoid foreclosure.
Katherine Porter, a bankruptcy
expert at Harvard Law School,
estimates that 75 percent of
Chapter 13 filings fall into this
category. "Despite all the govern-
ment programs, bankruptcy is
probably the most commonly
used foreclosure prevention tech-
nique," Porter says.
If you'd like to file for bankrupt-
cy but are worried about your
credit, Porter says don't worry.
"Those who have a foreclosure
filing against them, their credit
score has already taken such a big
hit that the additional blemish of
bankruptcy is not particularly sig-
nificant," she says.
It's sad that we've had to resort to
this, but the truth is that bankrupt-
cy filing stops the foreclosure
process cold. Lenders aren't even
allowed to try collecting debts
until a judge gives them the OK.
It's only a short reprieve though,
says Porter, lasting a couple of
months at the most because by
then most court cases have been
by George Curry
VIENNA, Austria -- Sheila
Johnson's accomplishments are
breathtaking. She is president and
managing partner of the WNBA's
Washington Mystics. As a partner
in Lincoln Holdings, LLC, she
owns part of the NBA's Washington
Wizards and the Washington
Capitals hockey team. She sits on
the boards of educational institu-
tions as varied as Howard
University and Parsons The New
School for Design in New York.
Johnson is a member of the
President's Committee of the Arts
and Humanities and a member of
the Council on Foreign Relations.
An accomplished violinist, she
gives generously to the arts through
her Sheila C. Johnson Foundation.
Her sterling accomplishments not
withstanding, Sheila Johnson has
yet to fully emerge from the shadow
of Black Entertainment Television
(BET), which she co-founded with
Robert L. Johnson, her ex-husband.
BET's parent company, BET
Holdings II, Inc., was sold to media
giant Viacom in 2000 for $3 billion.
Sheila Johnson is a no-nonsense
person who talks about BET the
same way she talks about every-
thing else with candor and blunt-
"BET was really our first mission
MMTC to Increase Minority & Women
Ownership in the Media, Telecom and Broadband
Although the statistics for broad-
cast media ownership by women
and minorities have plummeted in
recent years, the Minority Media
and Telecommunications Council
(MMTC) remains committed to
making a difference. For the past
24 years, MMTC has been an advo-
cate and trailblazer, fighting for
opportunities of minorities and
women in the broadcasting and
At its annual conference, MMTC
highlighted new programs focused
on ensuring full,,.minority and
women participation and ownership
in media, telecommunications and
broadband. One of which, the
MMTC-Clear Channel Diversity
Initiative will help minority and
women managers transition into
entrepreneurs and then into broad-
Clear Channel and MMTC
recently announced that two of
four AM stations previously donat-
ed to MMTC including AM stations
in Augusta GA, Laurel, MS,
Newton, NJ and Minneapolis MN -
will be re-launched with new
minority and women operators
being incubated to become owners.
Not content with just being a
player in the industry, MMTC
wrote the FCC to express concerns
regarding its failure to vote on any
of 72 pending proposals to advance
minority ownership and participa-
tion in the industries the
Commission regulates. MMTC
urged the FCC to immediately sus-
pend EEO enforcement for three
months and, during that period of
suspension, revitalize the program
and reaffirm the agency's commit-
ment to ensuring opportunities for
minorities and women in broadcast-
MMTC is also aggressively try-
ing to fix disparities in minority
broadband access and ownership.
MMTC successfully led the charge
to encourage the Commission to
conduct staff workshops and broad-
band field hearings focused largely
on the issue of minority entrepre-
neurship. MMTC united 35 nation-
al organizations and 13 MBEs, the
largest civil rights coalition ever
assembled in a telecommunications
policy proceeding, to urge the
Commerce and Agriculture
Departments to use the $7.2 billion
in broadband stimulus funds to pro-
mote service to people of color
through opportunities for minority
business enterprises. Further,
MMTC persuaded the FCC to
unanimously adopt the Advertising
Non-Discrimination Rule, which
bans the once-common practice of
advertisers instructing their agen-
cies not to buy Black or Spanish
radio as a means of keeping African
Americans and Latinos out of such
venues as stores, amusements parks
or housing developments.
This spring, as counsel for 16
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other national organizations in the
FCC's open Internet proceeding,
MMTC asked the FCC to reject a
proposed "net neutrality" rule that
would make the Internet more
expensive for the poor and middle
class users and prevent Internet
service providers from incubating
minority digital entrepreneurs.
to put the voice of Black America
on the screen," she recounted. "We
were going to be the Ebony maga-
zine of television. It hasn't gone as
well as we wanted it to go, to say
Sheila Johnson says more about
that period than many would
"Where I saw the network going,
it was really going to be a commu-
nication and education piece to
really promote dialogue in Black
America. I wanted news program-
ming in there, I wanted to talk about
the issues through Emerge maga-
zine, I really wanted it to be I
shouldn't say this but the smart
Instead of the smart Ebony, BET
became largely a dumbed down
cascade of risque, gyrating music
"That's not the way the videos
started out," Johnson explained. "I
have been a very loud voice on this
from day one. But the problem is
that they watch this stuff, the adver-
tisers know it, it's easy money. It's
the easy way out. You don't even
have to think about it. Except that
you see the damage being done
within the African-American com-
"Teen Summit," the peer-to-peer
award-winning discussion program
stories are told through the voices
and footage of the people directly
affected. Directed by Susan Koch,
the film is an emotional behind-the-
scenes look at the lives and prob-
lems that beset anyone poor, home-
less or living in Washington's
Johnson said, "In D.C., you got
the affluent White Washington,
that's Ward 3. You got the interna-
tional community. So you lump
those two together. That's -the per-
ception of Washington. You will not
that was on BET, was the brainchild
of Sheila Johnson. She still has a
burning passion for teens and that
passion is evident when she dis-
cusses their plight.
"I think BET was the biggest per-
petrator of this: We got kids watch-
ing videos day in and day out. They
have no idea of who they really are,
they are not even taking the time.
They're thinking that they should
go out and live like these people on
the videos. The bar has been low-
ered so much. It's like I want to slap
them all and say, 'Look, we
got to rebuild this.' We need
to rebuild this whole thing."
After her divorce, Sheila
Johnson began to rebuild
her life. She married Judge
William T. Newman, Jr.,
began building the
Salamander Resort & Spar
and settled down in
Middleburg, Va. in northern J
Virginia horse country.
Ironically, the medium
that once linked her -
through marriage to
insulting music videos may -
now turn out to be the plat-
form that showcases her "
compassion for "the other
She is the producer and
executive producer of "The
Other City," a powerful film that
seamlessly merges the issues of
poverty, sex, drugs, AIDS and
homelessness. It is a riveting film
about neglected people living in the
shadows of power, but unable to
level that proximity to improve
their lives. The film was screened
last week at the international con-
ference on AIDS in Vienna, Austria
and will be distributed nationally
this fall to a limited number of the-
aters. It will also be picked up by a
yet unidentified television network.
The power of the film is that the
while serving in that role, that
Johnson was challenged to help
improve the lives of residents living
in the other city.
"I had traveled with Helene
Gayle [president of CARE] all over
the world, especially Africa and
South America, really dealing with
the AIDS epidemic," Johnson
recalled. "The thing that really
bothered me is every time I came
back home and I was in D.C., I
noticed parallel problems. And I
said, 'You know what? If we don't
solve our problems at home, how
can we solve problems globally?
You come back home and you see
young African-Americans going
down the tubes."
Johnson says she hopes "The
Other City" heightens concern
about the downtrodden people who
live in the city within the city. She
said, "I want to use this film as a
tool to help get the word out there."
In the process, it might also help
get the word out that Sheila
Johnson has moved out of the long
shadow of BET.
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see any stories written about Black
Washington and that's the other
Washington. We're not on their
Nor is it on the radar screen of
many Hollywood celebrities.
"The celebrities, they go abroad
to adopt a little Black child and
their guilt is gone. We've got to
start taking responsibility for our-
selves. We've really got to do this."
In addition to all of her other
activities, Johnson serves as global
ambassador for CARE, the world
anti-poverty organization. It was
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Dawson hits another homer
He would not be denied as he had
his most productive season that
year and was signed to an extension
with the Cubs. Dawson, a Miami
native, did not forget the people
who helped him make it along the
way. "I want to thank Paul Como,
my coach at Miami Southwest
Senior High School, for moving me
from the infield to the outfield,"
Dawson said. He added, And I
also want to thank coach Costa
Kittles at Florida A&M University
who gave me a chance as a walk-
on, when no other college would
look at me because of a knee
injury." Those comments drew
thunderous applause and under-
scored the connection Dawson kept
with his mentors. He held family
close to his heart. He spoke of his
grandmother, who told him educa-
tion was a stepping-stone to his
future. He shed a tear when talking
of his mother. She passed four
years ago, but assured him it was
inevitable that he would make it
into the hall. "More than anyone
else, or anything else, this is for my
mom. She raised her family and
taught her kids right from wrong,"
he said with tears in his eyes.
Dawson, known throughout his
playing days as "Hawk," was
known as an intimidating figure.
He was everything but, when talk-
ing about his immediate family. Of
his kids Darius and Amber, Dawson
said, "In the eyes of the world, you
might only be two people; but in the
eyes of two people, you are the
world." He thanked his wife
Vanessa for helping nurse him for
20 seasons while he played ball. "
She would get up at llp.m. and get
me ice bags and pain medications
and more ice bags and anti-inflam-
atories," Dawson added. It's been a
long time coming for Andre
Dawson. He has now has come full
circle to work for the Florida
Marlins, after enduring a painful
journey to end up in the hallowed
halls of Cooperstown. As stated in
his speech, he wouldn't trade the
experience for anything in the
world. Making the Hall of Fame
was not the original goal of Dawson
when he began playing baseball,
but he himself said it was a testa-
ment of what could result from hard
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Ribault classmates celebrate 42nd birthday at Final Friday Shown above are Ribault
High School Class of '84 classmates gathering together at Final Fridays to celebrate the 42nd birthday of their
classmate. (L-R) Deltra Davis, Kitt Joyner McCombs, birthday girl Erika Howard, Virginia Neil, Aldrena
Butler and Brigit Jackson Holland. Final Fridays is held the last Friday of the month at the City Hall Pub. FMP
Sherrod speaks: where America must go
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"I couldn't believe it. She was
unbelievably helpful in every way.
She saved our farm," he said. "This
all here is a bunch of hogwash in
my opinion. She was as nice to us
as anyone could have been. As far
as racism and all, that's just ridicu-
In a recent interview, Mrs.
Sherrod of Albany, Ga., gave pas-
sionate reflections on last week's
Interview with Mrs. Shirley
Q: How have you gotten
through this? It must have been
so painful knowing your family's
history and background and your
husband's history and back-
ground in civil rights.
Shirley Sherrod: It's been the
prayers of people around this coun-
try and my prayers and my family's
prayers that helped me to deal with
this.. I've had to deal with so many
difficult things through my life that
it's hard to even look at this as a cri-
sis because I've had to deal with
some for years.
Q: So, are you saying that in
the context of all that you've had
to deal with, that this is like a
bump in the road?
Shirley Sherrod: Well, it's been a
big bump. But, I've had to deal with
stuff for years...But, you have to do
what you've got to do and don't let
it get you unfocused and just con-
Q: Is there anything new and
different that the Obama
Administration can do going for-
ward pertaining to civil rights or
Black people that you think was
revealed during your situation?
Shirley Sherrod: Well, I think
they've got to be willing to discuss
the issues. I think they shouldn't be
afraid to discuss the issues because
I'm a believer that if we can try to
talk through things, we can proba-
bly get to a point where we can find
some common ground to work
from. But, if you continue to brush
it under the rug and think the prob-
lem is over, it doesn't go away and
we saw that [last] week. And I think
that's what has happened.
Q: Is that something that you
think the White House should ini-
tiate a discussion or forum on
Shirley Sherrod: Well, right now
I can't say that's where it needs to
come from, but they certainly need
to play a role.
Q: Were you disappointed at
Shirley Sherrod: You know, yes I
was. To be the brunt of their criti-
cism of all agencies when you
look at my work and it was the
NAACP. I've put in more years
working, probably than, I don't
know how old Ben Jealous is...
Q: Of course they apologized,
but even with all the apologies,
it's like where do we go from here
as it pertains to race in America?
Shirley Sherrod: We have to dis-
cuss it. We have to make some
attempt to deal with it. We can't not
deal with it. What are we leaving
for our children who come along
behind us? Are we setting up anoth-
er hundred years of the same thing?
Q: Are you hurt that Breitbart
has not apologized to you?
Shirley Sherrod: I probably don't
need to, you know. An apology
from him, what will it mean? If he
said it right now, I don't think he
would mean it. I think he would just
be saying it because of pressure
Q: You said on CNN that you
thought that he would want to see
all Black people back in slavery.
In other words, you implied that
you felt that he was a racist.
Shirley Sherrod: I know he is. It
takes a racist to be able to do what
Q:: When do you plan to decide
where you go from here? Have
you gotten any book offers?
Shirley Sherrod: I was telling my
sister this morning that I guess
everything I've done up to now pre-
pared me for this. But, I wasn't
scared. I have four sisters. I told her
it was just like sitting down talking
to you all.
NNPA: So, how do you see the
rest of your life? How has this
impacted your life?
Shirley Sherrod: Well it has cer-
tainly changed because down here,
people who know my work and my
husband and my family, I go to the
grocery store and I spend a little
more time because I run into people
I know and talk to. But, now that's
changed to everywhere I go.
(Laughter). I'm here getting my car
washed and the lady here, she is
White. She just said, 'I love you'.
Andre Dawson ended his career
officially with 438 home runs, but
his emotional acceptance speech in
Cooperstown should add one more
to that total. By all accounts, he
knocked it out of the park. His
speech was comical and reminis-
cent, but more importantly it was
filled with positive messages for
people young and old. Dawson was
one of three enshrinees into the
National Baseball Hall of Fame on
July 25. Whitey Herzog, who man-
aged the St. Louis Cardinals to a
World Series victory and longtime
umpire Doug Harvey were also
enshrined. Dawson had the distinct
honor of being the only player
inducted this year. Dawson's
speech touched on family issues,
self-esteem and social responsibili-
ty. He challenged youth to be
responsible for their actions. He
emphasized that the guys on that
stage would not have made it to that
point if they lived their lives like
they had nothing to lose. On the
stage were 47 Hall of Famers
including Henry "Hank" Aaron,
Willie Mays, Ricky Henderson,
Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn and a
host of other all-time greats.
Dawson had a stellar collegiate
career at FAMU, where he played
under legendary coach Coast "Pop"
Kittles from 1973-1975. He was
drafted by the Montreal Expos his
junior year and went on to the
majors to make his mark on the
league. The journey was trouble-
some for Dawson though. 12 knee
operations, including two replace-
ments, some attributed to playing
on the hard artificial turf for 11
years in Montreal, threatened to end
his career early. Dawson rebound-
ed after walking-on to the Chicago
Cubs and earning the National
League MVP in 1987, while being
on the last place team. He was not
paraded into Chicago though. He
had to take a major risk in order to
convince Chicago to allow him to
play for them. Dawson showed up
at the Chicago Cubs training camp
and offered to sign a blank contract.
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Despite recent accomplishments, education
is still key for Blacks in America
"It is a peculiar sensation, this
double-consciousness, this sense of
always looking at one's self
through the eyes of others.... One
ever feels his twoness,-an
American, a Negro; two souls, two
thoughts, two unreconciled striv-
ings; two warring ideals in one
dark body, whose dogged strength
alone keeps it from being torn
asunder." W.E.B. Dubois,
The Souls of Black Folk."
It's this "twoness" that Dubois
talked about over a hundred years
ago that for years has made many
blacks feel that we couldn't achieve
on a high level in this country. It's
that same feeling of twoness that
has discouraged so many African
Americans from following their
It is funny how that past still
speaks to us today. I continue to say
that the long-term solutions for
improving our communities reside
in education. The most obvious
example that comes to mind is
President Obama his education is
what qualified him to lead the most
powerful country in the world.
The first lady, Michelle Obama,
comes from very humble back-
grounds on the Southside of
Chicago, but also used education to
achieve success graduating from
Princeton and Harvard Law.
It's what Dubois and Booker T.
Washington debated about in the
late 1800s and early 1900s. How to
best educate former slaves so that
they can be self-sufficient and pro-
vide for their families. Of course
Washington wanted blacks to focus
more on trades while Dubois
favored a more formal education in
Regardless of their methods of
trying to help black folk develop,
education was at the core..
Again, that was well over 100
years ago, but it's probably even
more relevant today. How do we
reverse the cycles of poverty we
see in our communities? How do
we create a stronger black middle
class? How do create more black
professionals, entrepreneurs and
Education is still the solution
whether it's 1910 or 2010. And
black leaders have known this from
the days of slavery until now.
George Washington Carver once
said, "Education is the key to
unlock the golden door of free-
"Educate your sons and daugh-
ters, send them to school, and show
them that beside the cartridge box,
the ballot box, and the jury box,
you have also the knowledge box,"
said Frederick Douglas.
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
said, "Education remains the key to
both economic and political
"Education is the sole and only
hope of the Negro race in
America," stated Booker T
Many viewed him as a militant,
but the real story of Malcolm X
tells a totally different story. He
knew the importance of education
saying, "Education is our passport
to the future, for tomorrow belongs
to the people who prepare for it
So our past has relevance even
Remember that old bigot saying
that if you want to hide something
from a black man, put it in a book?
Of course that was before African
Americans were award winning
authors and poets.
Most of you know this, but it's
important that our youth under-
stand why the slave master didn't
want their slaves to know how to
read or write. A slave could be
killed if caught reading or attempt-
ing to read a book.
We have to teach our children
that knowledge is power and the
slave master knew it. They knew
that with some education slaves
would be much harder deal with.
The relevance of that information
should inspire black youth today.
I know that I am getting old
because it seems like I am loosing
more understanding with young
folk every year. I really do not
understand why more minorities,
especially black youth are not tak-
ing advantage of the educational
opportunities available to them.
Hundreds of thousands of
Americans, white and black, fought
and died for blacks and women to
have equal rights in this country.
How can we let those sacrifices
fade away in vain? Or better yet,
how do we let those sacrifices dry
up "Like a raisin in the sun."
So a lack of educational opportu-
nities is no longer the problem, but
I am certainly not saying that
blacks no longer face challenges in
this country. Yes, a black man is in
the White House, but there are still
many inequalities that exist in the
housing finance industry, college
admittance, Corporate America and
many other areas.
Blacks have consistently made
strides in this country. Langston
Hughes once said, "I swear to the
Lord I still can't see why
Democracy means everybody but
If only Hughes were here today
- democracy does mean African
Americans can not only achieve on
the national level, but can lead the
most powerful democracy in the
Time will certainly tell the story.
Zora Neale Hurston said, "There
are years that ask questions and
years that answer." In fact, 2008
was a year that gave answers and
the answer was simply that white
Americans are willing to support
"the right" black candidate.
But education and preparation
are the keys. There are a lot of ail-
ments that affect our community -
education continues to be the cure.
Signing off from Eugene Butler
dent Ben Jealous
caught holy hell
from black blog-
gers for his
rush to judgment
applauding the curb toss of Shirley
Sherrod., Jealous, of course, quick-
ly reversed gear and admitted that
he and the organization had been
snookered by the rightwing attack
hack Andrew Breitbart and Fox
But that begs the larger question,
really two questions. Why was the
NAACP snookered? And even after
it realized it was conned, has it
done enough to atone for its colos-
sal blunder? The answers to both
questions aren't pretty. The group
clearly had the tea party on its mind
when it made the quick call on
Sherrod. It did not want to be
yelled at by tea party activists and
the rightwing smear machine as
hypocrites, for double dealing the
race card, and for being soft on
alleged black racism.
The NAACP's knee jerk overre-
action and appeasement had every-
thing to do with timing, as it turned
out bad timing. It came on the heels
of the blowback that the NAACP
got for its convention resolution a
week earlier blasting racist ele-
ments in the tea party. Breitbart
made no bones about why he trot-
ted out the lying tape when he did.
He said that he wanted to hit back
at the NAACP. The NAACP could
have easily ignored it, or taken a
few moments to check it out, and
found it to be the fraud that the
world now knows it be. It didn't
and for that it took the deserved
heat. The NiACP, though, has
done too much, and is till to valued
an organization to be endlessly beat
up on for its act. Just don't let it
happen again. But the second ques-
tion is still crucial and that's has it
really made up for its flub to the
person hurt the most by its rash
action, and that's Sherrod.
The answer is no. Start with the
retraction. The statement it issued
was weak, tepid and non-commit-
tal. It did not call for an apology. It
did not issue a ringing call to
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
to immediately and fully reinstate
her to her position. It did not criti-
cize Vilsack for making his bone-
head decision to fire her. It did not
promise to do an internal review
and soul search within the organi-
zation to find out why it rushed to
hail Sherrod's firing and to insure
that hasty decisions won't be made
again. It did not pound the tea party
and the right wing attack machine.
It covered itself by again repeating
the patently unnecessary mea culpa
that the NAACP has zero tolerance
for discrimination. This is exactly
the reason the organization gave for
praising the swift kick to the curb
of Sherrod. Unlike Vilsack and
President Obama, it did not formal-
ly apologize to Sherrod for its act.
It referred to the Sherrod debacle as
the worn cliche teachable moment,
but gave no hint that it learned the
When will Hillary
make her move?
By Harry C. Alford
(NNPA) Common logic is that Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State
and former First Lady, will once again run for the presidency in 2016.
After all, that would follow current President Barack Obama assuming he
will win another term in 2012. In 2012 Secretary Clinton will be 65 years
old. That is significantly younger than the 69 she will be in 2016.
Furthermore if President Obama fails in his re-election she would be fac-
ing a tough incumbent in 2016 and the chances of losing become far
greater than succeeding someone of your own party.
Make no mistake Secretary Clinton is a terribly competitive politician
with ambition that exceeds the skies. Once decided she will relentlessly
pursue the Presidency and her ever politically astute husband, former
President Bill Clinton, will be right at her side along with an army of vet-
erans from his former administration. Many of these veterans now work
for the Obama administration but I am sure that many are growing wary
of the very negative and nonproductive atmosphere right now. Given the
signal many will be more than happy to jump ship. In fact, some may be
laying acts of sabotage to push along this possibility. Continued on p. 7
lesson, and that is to hit back and
hit back hard against the right, and
not just with a paper resolution.
Finally, the NAACP has not even
demanded that Breitbart remove
the offending video (it's still on his
site) calling Sherrod a racist. The
NAACP, Instead, has clamped a
wall of silence on the sorry episode
preferring to simply move on.
Unfortuately, Sherrod can't. The
NAACP hasn't done much to see
that she can.
to buying Black?
In The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. DuBois' vision
was that by incorporating into White industry Negroes
could build an economic foundation by becoming skilled
workers through industrial education and from their
ranks small capitalists could rise.
There is a movement of note to boost Black economic development. The
current interest group started when one suburban, professional couple took
a stand to live off Black businesses for one year. In early 2009, Maggie and
John Anderson an upper-middle-class African-American couple, who live in
Oak Park, Illinois, made a vow to only patronize Black-owned businesses.
Throughout the 20th Century, there have been numerous approaches sug-
gested for improving the economic viability of African-Americans. Given
the economic discrimination and oppression by institutions in the larger
society, many social theorists and urban economists have argued that
African-Americans should use their segregated social circumstances to build
a separate and autonomous economic base. The shared experience of social
segregation, employment discrimination, and minority status should be
rationale for the development of cooperative enterprises that would advance
the economic conditions of the entire African American population.
African Americans spend more for consumer products than any other
racial group; yet have less discretionary income and long-term investments.
Blacks have the highest poverty and unemployment rates of all other racial
groups. All this despite the billions of dollars we spend each year. It's the
elephant in the room few African Americans want to talk about and even
fewer want to do anything about. Blacks stay poor because we refuse to
recycle our money. Under the Empowerment Experiment (formerly the
Ebony Experiment), the Andersons bring focus on ways of supporting
Black-owned businesses and professionals while motivating other Blacks to
do the same. They say Black communities "will improve when Black sell-
ers, consumers and investors all support each other". This iteration of Black
economic development is being given wide acclamation. Morehouse
College's economics department chair says the movement is akin to those of
Marcus M. Garvey and Booker T. Washington. Gregory Price says "The
idea is a sound one, given that Black Americans are still underrepresented in
the ranks of the self-employed and that entrepreneurship is a key component
to wealth". Lawrence Hamer, associate professor of marketing at DePaul
Uni\ ersity, praises the experiment as being "brave and courageous," and that
the rationale is "exactly right." While the "Buy Black" campaign is
designed to have broad reach, the Andersons exemplify the Black nouveau
riche the 2.5 million Black households with incomes over $100,000. The
Empowerment Experiment (EE) targets middle and upper middle-class fam-
ilies to get them to make commitments to "'Buy Black".
Like the Andersons, more African Americans now live and buy in the sub-
urbs. The Andersons now want these households to think about buying
where they used to live. They live in a suburb bordering the west side of
Chicago where the median family income is $103,840. The Andersons gam-
bit is to change Black Americans' mindsets from just being consumers to
being more conscious of how they spent their money and with whom. John
is a Harvard graduate with a Kellogg School MBA. Maggie Anderson is a
first-generation Cuban American that has a JD and MBA from the
University of Chicago. The Ebony Experiment Group, LLC is a communi-
ty service oriented project. EE seeks community and corporate support
toward helping infuse long-term wealth into the Black community by galva-
nizing and uniting Black consumers, investors, businesses and professionals.
"We have the real power to use the money we spend every day to solve our
problems" says Ms. Anderson. Blacks can.control their own economic des-
tines. James Clingman, an advisor with the experiment who has a syndicat-
ed column called Blackonomics, points out that Blacks are negligent in
patronizing their own, and "I would love to see more families pledge to do
what the Andersons did". "Did you EE today?" is the mantra people who've
made a pledge to "Buy Black" use. Consumers, entrepreneurs, investors
and/or philanthropy heads are urged to sign up at www.EEforTomorrow.com
register, a commitment and set up online accounts to track spending.
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In an effort to attract additional
buyers and .accommodate the
demand for homes within the city's
Program':(NSP), additional horiie-
buyer workshops will be held to
connect interested homebuyers
with affordable NSP homes. Both
lenders and developers will be on
site to provide mortgage qualifica-
tion information and to showcase
homes available through the pro-
The upcoming NSP workshops
will be held on:
July 29 -Andrew Jackson High
School, 3816 Main St. North, 6 -
August 3 Ed Ball Building
(downtown Jacksonville) 214 N.
Hogan St., Room 100, 6 7:30 p.m.
August 4 Old Main Library
(during Art Walk), 122 N. Ocean
St., 5 8 p.m.
August 10 Gateway
Marketplace Community Room,
5000 Norwood Ave., 6 7:30 p.m.
The Neighborhood Stabilization
Asst. Treasurer Valerie Johnson-
Johnson, Derris Mitchell, Chandra
Martin, Sam Newby and Sonja
The reunion weekend began with a
"Meet and Greet" at Dave and
Busters. Festivities continued on
Friday with "Lunch on the Beach"
at Joes Crab Shack. Friday night
was full of fun during the all White
Program is a $26 million initiative
that utilizes HUD money to buy
foreclosed houses. Developers pur-
chase the homes, renovate them to
strict standards including new
Energy Star-rated appliances and
the homes are sold to qualified
Homes are available in the
32206, 32208, 32209, 32244 and
32254 zip codes. Twenty-eight
homes have sold so far and there
are currently 29 homes remaining
to be sold that do not have potential
Families and individuals with an
adjusted family income of up to
120 percent of the area household
median income are eligible to par-
ticipate. A family of four can earn
as much as $78,000 and qualify for
an NSP home. Buyers can own for
as little as $500 down and may
qualify for purchase assistance.
For more information about the
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their former band director Mr.
On Saturday, friends gathered for
the family picnic and alumni pep
band "old -school" pep rally held at
the YMCA on Cleveland Road, fol-
lowed by Saturday night bowling.
Festivities concluded on Sunday
with a class worship together at As
You Are Church with classmate,
Pastor Barry Townsend followed by
a closing brunch at the River City
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A veteran House lawmaker made
a last-minute effort this week to set-
tle his ethics case and prevent a
House trial that could embarrass
him and damage the Democratic
Party before November elections.
The talks between Rep. Charles
Rangel's lawyer and the House
ethics committee's nonpartisan
attorneys were confirmed by ethics
Chairman Zoe Lofgren, a
Democrat. Lofgren said she is not
involved in the talks, and added that
the committee's lawmakers have
always accepted the professional
staffs recommendations in previ-
ous plea bargains.
Rangel, a 40-year House veteran
who is 80 years old, would have to
admit to multiple, substantial ethics
violations for any plea bargain to be
accepted. Earlier negotiations broke
down when Rangel would only
admit to some allegations -- not
enough to satisfy the committee
lawyers, according to people famil-
iar with those talks who were not
authorized to be quoted by name.
He is the former chairman of the
powerful tax-writing Ways and
Means Committee and one of the
most influential black members of
Congress, representing New York's
If the talks are not successful,
trial proceedings for Rangel would
begin Thursday with a reading of
alleged ethics violations that are
An equally divided Democrat-
Republican, eight-member subcom-
mittee led by Lofgren would then
conduct the actual trial later and
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Rangel is making a last-minute effort to settle his ethics case and pre-
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William M. Raines Class of 1980
Raines Class of '80 celebrate "30 years of excellence"
The 1980 Class of William M.
Raines Senior High School recently
celebrated their 30th Class Reunion
with a theme of "30 Years of
The Reunion Committee included:
Chairman- Michelle Stalling
-Ragans, Class President Katrina
Clayton-Hall, Secretary Latrice
Wright, Treasurer Dewitt Hughes,
NFCAA Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, July 29, 2010
10:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
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Pastor M. L. Drinks to 103rd Annual Session of the National Primitive Baptist
Celebrate 17th Anniversary Convention, USA to convene in Jax August 14-20
The Believers of Christ Temple
Ministries, will honor Pastor M.L.
Drinks on the occasion of his 17th
Church and Pastor Anniversary,
Saturday, July 31, 2010. The ban-
quet and celebration will begin at 6
Every 3rd & 4th
p.m. at The Ramada Conference
Center, 3130 Hartley Road,
Mandarin. For banquet reserva-
tions and tickets, please call Sherry
Maxwell at (904) 765-0827 or 534-
Praise Party on the Pearl
Join the central Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church,
"Central the Pearl" in their week long Praise Party beginning August 9-13.
There will be nightly study of the word with Vacation Bible School with
classes for all ages. On Friday night, the congregations will celebrate by
worshiping God with their head, heart, hands and feet. If you are interest-
ed in celebrating by displaying the talent that God has given you (Praise
Dance, Gospel Comedian Step Team, gospel Rap Mime, contact the church
with your name/group, church affiliation, pastor's name and contact num-
ber by July 26, 2010 at 354-7426. Central Metropolitan Christian
Methodist Episcopal Church, 4611 North Pearl St. Jacksonville, Florida
322006, Clarence Kelby Heath, Pastor
Donations needed by MMM
Million More Movement Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee, Inc
is asking the public to donate clothes hangers, shoes all size and school sup-
plies to their Clothes Give-Away. These items can be dropped off at 916
Myrtle Ave, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. For
more information visit www.jaxloc.org.
Public service employee game at Raines
The Public Service Employee (Police, Fire and Transportation) Charity
Basketball Tournament will be held on July 31, 2010 at Williams M. Raines
High School, 3663 Raines Ave. Jacksonville, Fl. 32209.
The game begins at 9 a.m. and will include half time activities, drawings,
prizes, money ball half court shot, free throw competition and a free 45
minute basketball mini clinic for 14 and under.
For more information please call Mr. Simmons 868-6856.
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Officials and delegates of the National Primitive Baptist Convention,
USA will convene its 103rd Annual Session at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront Hotel, in Jacksonville, Florida on August 14-20, 2010. Dr.
Ernest Ferrell, pastor of the St. Mary Primitive Baptist Church (Georgia
Street), Tallahassee, Florida is the General President Hosted by the
Southeastern Region, this year's theme is The Power of Faith, Prayer,
and Courage Can Remove Mountains of Impossibilities When You Use It,
It's Yours (Matthew 17: 15-21). Elder Lee Harris, pastor of the Mt Olive
Primitive Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida is Regional Vice
President of the Southeastern Region.
The National Primitive Baptist Convention was organized in 1907.
Representing approximately 1000 churches in 18 states, this national
organization has evolved into a progressive movement and many of its
leaders are known nationally.
The seven days in Jacksonville will serve as an opportunity for this
national organization and its auxiliaries to unite the message of spiritual
growth and Christian development and maturity to the Jacksonville and
surrounding communities. The message of the convention is about the
importance of mission work, stewardship, and evangelizing to the
unsaved and unchurched. It will include workshops, church school
training, daily Bible expositions, president's annual address, preaching,
teaching, and much more. The following ia an agenda of some of the
The 103rd Annual Session of the
National Primitive Baptist
Convention, USA will convene in
Jacksonville August 14-20 in
Jacksonville, FL. The annual confab
will feature a variety of activities all
in the River City. All activities will
be at the Hyatt Hotel unless other-
Saturday. August 14. 2010
*Tee Time: 9:00 a.m.
(Registration and Warm-Up: 7:45
a.m.) Panther Creek Golf Club.
Contact: Elder C. J. Haynes (407)
Gospel Extravaganza (featuring
Southeastern Region Mass Choir,
under the direction of Elder Chester
Brown, St. Mary Praise Dancers,
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20 .
S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
Pastor Landon Williams
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Minister Thaddeus and Victoria
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Sunday. August 15. 2010
*President's Scholarship Banquet
Speaker: Dr. Frederick
Humphries, President Emeritus of
FAMU 6:30 p.m.
Monday. August 16. 2010
*Annual Mother Joyce Perkins
Memorial Scholarship Youth
Speaker: State Attorney Octavius
A. Holliday, Jr., 1 p.m.
Special Guests: (Invited) The
Honorables Tony Hill, Warren
Jones, Audrey Gibson, Corrine
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
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HOUSTON Two of the world's
best-known TV ministers recently
got together in Houston, Texas for
an event that was literally the first of
its kind at Lakewood Church where
Joel Osteen pastors.
Jakes called Osteen, hoping to get
Lakewood to host a men's confer-
ence. A quick tour turned into an all-
"We talked about how he got
started and how he prepares mes-
sages and things like that," said
Osteen. "But other than that, we just
They'd known each other for
years, but not well.
"I have always loved him from
afar and prayed for him, as he rose
to the office of assuming his father's
mantle," said Jakes. "I watched
from a distance and prayed for him
and imagined that it was my son. I
was praying for him like he was a
little kid, you know."
Like brothers, they have a lot in
common. Both pastor mega church-
Dr. Ernest Ferrell
Brown, Alvin Brown, Kendrick
Meek; Bishop R. McKissick, Sr.,
Reverends (Drs) James Sampson
and C. E. Preston. 7 p.m.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Ushers Congress Annual Worship
Service 3:30 p.m.
Speaker: Elder Corey Howse,
Pastor, Connection Hill Primitive
Baptist Church, Thompson Station,
Youth Congress Annual
Candlelight Service. 5:30 p.m.
Speaker: Minister Adrian
Hambrick, Associate Minister, Mt.
Paran Primitive Baptist Church,
Wednesday. August 18, 2010
*Hour of Power
Speaker: Elder Benjamin Adams,
Jr., Pastor, St. John Primitive Baptist
Church, Clearwater, FL. 9 a.m.
*Official Opening of the 103rd
Speaker: Elder John Richardson,
Vice President, Western Region;
es, and preach to millions more on
TV. And both have made millions
outside of the pulpit from best-sell-
ing books and even movies.
Their new bond led Osteen to
invite Jakes to preach.
Having a guest minister in the
Lakewood pulpit is a rarity.
"It really is, because it's usually
handled by the Lakewood staff,"
said Osteen. "But we've known
Bishop Jakes from afar and thought
it would be a great thing for him to
come down and share with our peo-
"I think that this is a new model,
because whether people want to
admit it or not, there's often a lot of
jealousy in the ministry among cler-
gy and I think it's a wonderful indi-
cation when a ministry like
Lakewood and Pastor Osteen can
come together with Potter's House
TD Jakes without regard to race and
theology and anything else and just
worship God as his sons," said
Elder Lee Harris
SE Region Vice President
Dr. Frederick Humphries
FAMU President Emeritus
Pastor, Zion Chapel Primitive
Baptist Church, Dallas, TX. 11 a.m.
*Laymen Congress Annual
Speaker: Elder Larry Austin,
Pastor, Testerina Primitive Baptist
Church, Tallahassee, FL 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 19. 2010
*Hour of Power U '
Speaker: Elder Chris Burney,
Pastor, St. Mark Primitive Baptist
Church, Tallahassee, FL. 9 a.m.
*National President's Hour
Speaker: Dr. Ernest Ferrell,
General President, National
Primitive Baptist Convention;
Pastor, St. Mary Primitive Baptist
Church (Georgia Street),
Tallahassee, FL 11:30 a.m.
*Holy Communion and Feet
Washing Worship Service
Speaker: Elder Kenneth Duke,
Pastor, New Jerusalem Primitive
Baptist Church, Miami, FL 7 p.m.
*Women Congress Annual
Speaker: Elder Frank Stevenson,
Pastor, St. Luke Primitive Baptist
Church, Nashville, TN. Noon
Friday. August 20, 2010
Women Congress Education
Program; Barbara Watkins King and
One Hundred Dollard March
*Convention Close-out Worship
Speaker: Dr. Bernard Yates, Vice
President, National Primitive
Baptist Convention; Pastor, Zion
Hope Primitive Baptist Church,
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace I T1
Mega preachers TD Jakes
and Joel Osteen join forces
* * A Full Gospel Baptist Church * *
Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 P.m.
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July 29 August 4, 2010 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 7
Reasons Your Diet Isn't W
Working very hard to lose
weight, but not getting the desired
results? Without realizing it, you
could be sabotaging your own diet.
It's easy to trip yourself up along
the way with common mistakes or
by not being consistent enough in
your efforts. Learn about common
slip-ups that can stop you from los-
ing weight and how to get your
weight loss back on track.
Here are 12 reasons your weight
loss could be stuck:
You're Not Exercising Enough
It's very common for people to
overestimate how much they are
burning when exercising. Many
factors determine calories burned,
including duration and intensity of
exercise, whether the intensity is
varied, and the type of exercise.
Weight-bearing exercise, like run-
ning, walking, and aerobics, leads
to burning more calories since grav-
ity requires the body to work hard-
er. With non-weight-bearing exer-
cise, like cycling and swimming,
there isn't as much gravitational
stress on the muscles, which means
fewer calories are expended. The
best way to truly monitor your exer-
cise would be via a journal and
heart monitor to see the actual dura-
tion and intensity, and how they
could be increased.
You're Not Getting Enough
There are many regulatory hor-
mones secreted at night and during
periods of sleep, and the lack of
sleep could possibly affect the
proper sequence of hormone
release. Staying up late may lead to
extra calories if you snack when
you watch late-night TV or party
You're Too Stressed
A study recently found that stress
can lead to weight gain in women,
particularly in middle-aged women.
There seems to be a link between
having altered sleep patterns and fat
conservation both possibly hor-
monally related but also many
women simply manage their feel-
ings with food, eating mindlessly,
because food is a very accessible
and quick soothing resource. And
unfortunately, an easy way for the
calories to add up.
You're Skipping Meals
Skipping meals can lead to food
cravings and overeating later in the
day reaching for whatever food
is available and making up for the
missed calories by eating more.
Research finds that after approxi-
mately 72 hours of not eating con-
sistently, the body shuts down its
calorie-burning abilities and begins
to store fat. In clinical studies, after
one week, healthy women were
seen to lose 16 percent of their rest-
ing energy expenditure, which led
to increased fat storage and a
decrease in metabolism.
You're Eating Too Many
You might think you're cutting
back on portions, but may not real-
ize the real number of calories
you're eating. Here are some sug-
gestions: Use measuring utensils
and a food scale; learn visual cues
to estimate portion sizes. For
instance, three ounces of protein is
the size of a deck of cards or a
checkbook, one cup of rice or pasta
resembles a baseball, and one ounce
or king Cameroonians resorting to ironing
of cheese looks like two playing breasts to curb teenage pregnancy
dice. Keep a food journal of every- Affecting one out of every four girls, the brutal practice of "breast iron-
thing you eat and drink to be truly ing" is on the rise in the African country of Cameroon. The procedure -
aware of the total amount con- which involves the flattening of a young girl's growing breasts with hot
sumed over the course of the day. stones, coconut shells and other objects -- is considered a way to curb
You're Drinking Too Many the country's staggering number of teenage pregnancies, particularly
Calories high in rural areas, as well as limit the risk of sexual assault.
Consider the calories in these 12- According to a new report by CurrentTV, Cameroonian mothers
ounce servings: regular soda, believe breast ironing will protect their daughters from becoming preg-
between 150 and 200; no-sugar- nant and being assaulted in that it will postpone their development and
added fruit juice, up to 180; sweet men will not be enticed by their breasts. With dietary habits in the coun-
tea, about 150; and many sports try improving, girls are beginning to hit puberty as young as 9, and are
drinks, 100 or more. Drinking three subject to the practice around at the same age.
servings daily over a week can add Though only limited medical research has been done on the practice,
up to 3,500 calories, or the one Cameroonian women say breast ironing can lead to numerous physical
pound of weight you could have issues, such as bums and deformations, not to mention psychological
lost. The best action is to stick with problems. The procedure has been compared to the custom of female
drinking as much water as possible. circumcision/genital mutilation.
Hollywood stuntwoman creates singlemomtobe.com
She literally sizzles on set as
she's lit on fire in the upcoming
film The Fields which hits theaters
2011. She demands our attention in
the national Volkswagen car crash
commercials and aside from being
extremely athletic, fearless and a
thrill seeker at heart, Jwaundace has
a Masters Degree in Psychology, is
a published author, certified teacher
and has most recently taken on her
most important role of all, being a
single Mom to her son Bryce
Michael who was born in January.
The question is when will Hillary make her move?
Continued from page 4
President Obama is losing his
base. The very strong independent
segment of support is evaporating
with each gaffe. The economy is
not improving and may even dip
once again. This alone will lose
much of the independent block he
enjoyed in election 2008. Hispanic
voters are now less than excited
about this presidency as nothing
constructive in terms of their direct
issues is happening. This group has
always been bi-partisan and has no
problem going to the right if it
appears that it is in their best inter-
ests. Then there is the Black seg-
ment of voters who still unwaver-
ingly support President Obama
solely based on the 50 percent of
Black blood in his body.
Ninety-six percent of Black vot-
ers still support President Obama
even though they are getting very
little for that support. One percent
of the Stimulus Bill; remaining high
incarcerations of young Blacks ver-
sus other groups; Black farmers are
once again bamboozled; largesse
programs that will bust our debt and
continue to increase the deficit to
the detriment of lower income citi-
zens and on and on. Times have not
improved for Blacks and sooner or
later that support bubble is going to
burst and the President's unwaver-
ing Black loyalty will start to with-
If independents, Hispanics and
Blacks start to leave the Obama
camp the Democratic Party will
become toast. This fall the House
and Senate are up for grabs and
who would have thought it. You
more than likely will see some new
Black congressional members who
will be Republicans and this will
send a strong message. At the last
Republican National Convention
there were about 32 Black dele-
gates. This season there were 37
Black candidates running for
Congress. RNC Chairman Michael
Steele has made that significant
turnaround and offers an alternative
to frustrated Blacks, i.e. capitalism.
The Clinton Administration was
strong on outreach to Black
Americans. There were key people
who were always engaged in our
communities. The Obama
Administration is anything but
Black. Yes the first Black President
is basically doing a white thing at
the White House so odd.
Recently, the debacle on Civil
Rights Activist Shirley Sherrod
who was disgraced for no reason
and pummeled by the Obama
Administration with false charges
was an indication of the naivete this
administration has when it comes to
blackness. It was awful the way
they bludgeoned this fine Black
woman from Georgia based on the
lies of a right wing zealot. Don't
they consider the source on these
matters? The Obama
Administration seems to run from
race as opposed to taking a leader-
Bill and Hillary are certainly ana-
lyzing all of this. Their blind ambi-
tion sooner or later is going to kick
in and they are going to seize the
moment to the detriment of
Obama's tenure. There is no feud
like a family feud and it is starting
to form. Hillary was on her way in
2008 until this young cocky mulat-
to from Illinois upset the stage. She
still bums from that setback and
will be ever relentless the next time
she jumps in and she is going to
When will that be? Here is my
guess: Hillary will announce her
resignation from Secretary of State
in spring of 2011. She will
announce her candidacy by June
2011 and will begin assembling an
awesome army of supporters and
donors to the detriment of the
Obama camp. She will attempt to
hurt Obama's chances and hurt
them real bad. Then she will pick
up the democratic pieces and
charge on. An opportunist will cer-
tainly seize a great opportunity.
Harry Alford is the co-founder,
President/CEO of the National Black
Chamber of Commerce. Website:
www.nationalbcc.org. Email: hal-
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Girls-Guys & Games
NPHC of First Coast Alumni will
present "Girls, Guys & Games" on
Saturday, July 31st at the Firemen's
Union Hall, 618 Stockton Street.
The event is for the 21+ crowd and
will be from 9 p.m. 2 a.m. Call
765-9483 for more information.
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 (Corner of Burney
and Ocean) on American Beach
from 5-8 p.m. Bring your chairs,
relax and enjoy food, ocean breezes
and music by the sea.
Raines / Ribault
Class of '78 Charity
B-ball Game & Gala
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-
9603. Stay tuned for details.
Visit the Jacksonville Landing on
Saturday, July 31st with a WalMart
receipt showing a Pepsi purchase
and get a free backpack. There will
also be other prizes and giveaways.
The fun kicks off at 10 a.m.
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-
Appeal for your excess clothes
The Millions More Movement, Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.,a non-profit organization is appealing for your excess
clothes,clothes hangers, shoes of all sizes for women, men,children and
school supplies.These items will be used in our organization's next'
Clothes Give-A-Way '. These items can be brought to 916 N.Myrtle
Avenue.,Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00a.m. 5:00
p.m.You can also call us to pickup your donations.Our contact number is
904-240-9133 .If you would like to learn more about JLOC Inc., MMM
visit their website, www.jaxloc.org.
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..
Memorial Golf Tourney
The Flagler County NAACP is
sponsoring the Jacqueline Browne
Memorial Golf Tournament, a four-
person scramble, on August 7 at the
Pine Course at the Grand Club, 400
Pine, Lakes Parkway North.
Registration begins at 7 a.m., shot-
gun start at 8 a.m. Entry fee
includes green and cartfees, awards,
breakfast and a luncheon. For
more information, call Harry Davis
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.
The north Florida lodges and chap-
ters of Tombs of Solomon Grand
Lodge #63 and Bright Morning Star
Grand Chapter #64, Modern Free &
Accepted Masons of the World, will
hold their 15th Community We
Care Day school supplies give
away on Saturday, August 7th. It
will be held from 10 a.m. 1p.m. at
the Spencer Masonic Temple, 2802
Pearl Street. It will include school
supplies, games, activities and
resources for students of all ages.
Eat Up Downtown
From August 9-22, the city is
encouraged to "Eat Up
Downtown." From 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
eatupdowntown.com or call 451-
Norah Jones in Concert
Grammy award winning song-
stress Norah Jones will be in con-
cert on Thursday August 12, 2010
at the Times Union Center.
Showtime is 7 p.m. For tickets call
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
L.email@example.com or 366-3461.
kickball comes to Jax
The World Adult Kickball
Association (WAKA), founded
back in 1998 in Washington DC has
organized a Jacksonville chapter
that will play on Thursdays at 7
p.m. at St, Nicholas Park. The sea-
son starts August 19th. Everyone
21 and older is welcome to play.
For more information, visit
Cedric the Entertainer
Comedian and actor Cedric the
Entertainer will be in concert on
Friday, August 20, 2010 at the
Times Union Center. Showtime is 8
p.m. Call 353-3309.
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.
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SUIUp close and personal
Shirelles story may be headed to
Baby It's You!, the musical about a New
Jersey housewife who put the singing
group The Shirelles on the map, is hoping
for a Broadway run in winter 2011. The
production focuses on Florence
Greenberg, the New Jersey housewife who
discovered the pop group and created a
record label for new voices in the 1960s.
"With the help of African-American songwriter-producer Luther
Dixon, who became her lover, Florence took on a male dominated indus-
try and revolutionized pop music," states press notes. "Her company,
Scepter Records, created the most important songs in the golden era of
rock 'n' roll, from artists including The Isley Brothers, The Kingsmen,
Chuck Jackson and Dionne Warwick."
Oprah in talks with Sarah
Ferguson for a talk show? d
A British newspaper is reporting that Oprah .
Winfrey wants Sarah Ferguson to host her I
own talk show on the Oprah Winfrey 4
Network. According to The Mirror, Winfrey
allegedly called Ferguson personally to offer
her the primetime series when OWN launch-
es next year. "
"Oprah is impressed by Sarah's ability to
reinvent herself," a source told the paper. "They spoke in person and, for
Sarah, the offer is a ray of light at the end of a very dark tunnel."
Ferguson appeared on Winfrey's talk show earlier this year after she was
secretly filmed offering access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew for
money. Previous reports have suggested that Ferguson's planned talk
show was dropped because of the scandal.
- Actor Carl Gordon Passes
Carl Gordon, who started his acting career well
into his adulthood, died last week at his home in
Jetersville, Va. He was 78. The cause was non-
Hodgkin's lymphoma, his family said.
Gordon was best known as the patriarch on
"Roc," the situation comedy about a working-class
black family in Baltimore, broadcast on the Fox
network for three seasons starting in 1991.
Holyfield family in trouble
Evander Holyfield is dealing with a defiant
son, who was recently arrested by Atlanta
police for drug possession. The 20-year-old
Ewin Ezekiel Holyfield was arrested and.
charged with possession of less than one
ounce of marijuana, driving with a suspended ,
license, and expired tag, and defective equip- .
ment. Police also found found a baggy of
white pills in his car. He was taken to
Fayetteville County jail and released on Sunday on a $2,726 bond.
It seems as if the Holyfields have been messing up lately. Earlier this
year, the boxer's wife, Candi, of seven years accused him of being abu-
sive, saying he hit, choked, and threw a bottle of water at her in front of
their two children.
She also said the abuse began just six months into their marriage while
she was pregnant with their first child. He has not commented on his
Angela Bofill on the comeback trail
After suffering a stroke in 2006 and another in 2007,
singer Angela Bofill is in the midst of a comeback of
sorts with appearances starting tonight, July 22,
through Sunday, July 25.
She's calling her shows at The Rrazz Room in San
Francisco a "new chapter." Here's the thing, though.
She won't be singing in any of her shows because her
strokes have impeded her ability as a vocalist as well
as her mobility.
"My manager, Rich Engel, came up with the idea," she told
BayTimes.com. "My fans really wanted to see me, (but) the stroke dam-
aged my vocal cords, no more singing. Brainstorming with my manager,
we came up with the idea (and called it) The Angela Bofill Experience."
You're probably wondering how the shows will work if she's not able
to sing. She says she'll be telling stories about her career which peaked
in the 70s and early 80s. But the kicker is that her music will be sung
each night by singer Maysa who'll be backed up by her (Angela's) band.
The article notes that humor has played a role in her slow but increas-
ing recovery, which most recently has allowed her to ditch her wheel-
chair. One stipulation of doing an appearance, Bofill says, was "I have
to walk in. I hate the wheelchair. I feel like a cripple."
by K. Daniels
have stayed true in projecting the
many dimensions to African
American life via the trials and
tribulations of two of the most focal
characters in the history of daytime
television; Jesse Hubbard and
Angie Baxter Hubbard.
Since 1982, the two characters -
portrayed by Darnell Williams and
Debbi Morgan -have become a
soap opera super couple. In
2008, after a long separation
(which involved the typi-
cal soap fare of people .
coming back from the
dead), Jesse and Angie
had a much anticipated
and long awaited
reunion. And their love
is stronger than ever.
Morgan, a native of 4
Dunn, North Carolina who
was reared in Harlem, New
York, has had an illustrious career
beyond 'All My Children.' Though
she has credits dating back all the
way to 1971 in movies such as
1975's 'Mandingo' and on TV
shows such as 'What's Happening,'
'The Love Boat' and 'Good Times,'
Morgan says her big break came
with the miniseries 'Roots: The
Next Generation' in 1979.
"I got to age from 18 to 83 and
played alongside Henry Fonda and
Olivia de Havilland and I was just
starting out," she said during a
recent interview. "That was my first
major experience and to be amongst
all those people I was just walking
around in awe everyday."
The Daytime Emmy Award win-
ning thespian holds the distinction
of being the first actor to portray the
same character as a regular cast
member on three different soap
operas ('All My Children,' 'Loving'
and 'The City'). Proving to
be a powerhouse in day-
time dramas, she also
starred in two other
And then there
are the movies.
Debbie Morgan's log lasting Hol]hood career began
as a teen (left) and had lasted through the %ears prima-
rily on the soaps. No, in her fourth marriage, she sa.
she's happier then ever (right).
'The Hurricane,' 'Love &
Basketball' and 'Woman Thou Art
Loosed' are just a handful of proj-
ects have kept Morgan and her act-
ing chops in the mix during breaks
from the daytime dramas. And
according to Morgan, she wouldn't
have it any other way.
"I absolutely love what I do. I've
been doing this since I was sixteen
years old, and I still feel very pas-
sionate about it," she beamed.
"I look at people who do 9-to-5
No more Housewives for Hartwell
Lisa Wu Hartwell
'Real Housewives of ATL' star
Lisa Wu Hartwell is leaving the hit
Bravo reality series.
Speculation that the originating
cast member from the 'ATL' fran-
chise was leaving began earlier this
spring when talk that she was only
shooting on a limited production
The 38-year-old real estate
mogul, who is currently married to
retired NFL star Ed Hartwell, part-
ed with Bravo "amicably" over
"They basically wanted to script
elements of Lisa's life and make her
amp up the drama. She wasn't with
that at all. Lisa felt like if her real
life alone wasn't enough for the net-
work, then maybe it was time for
her to go," a source close the pro-
duction told BV Buzz.
Hartwell, the ex-wife of R&B
singer Keith Sweat, will be featured
on "as many as three" episodes of
the new season; however she will
not be featured in the season three
photos and opening visuals.
Hartwell has been keeping busy.
She shot a film called 'Black Ball'
that's coming out and begins pro-
duction on another movie opposite
Robert Downey Jr. in Los Angeles
starting in late Aug.
The biracial star she's half
Chinese antd Afro-Caribbeain also
debuted her first book, 'When The
Cake Is Already Made' during the
Essence Festival this past July.
The the Inglewood, Calif.-bred
mother of three is the second origi-
nal 'Real Housewives of ATL' star
to leave the series. After season
one, Bravo replaced former NBA
wife DeShawn Snow after declar-
ing she was "boring" on the series.
Her slot was filled by singer/song-
writer Kandi Burruss.
jobs and the first thing \ou hear
them ;a\ is. 'Oh God. it's Monda\. I
gotta get through another damn
% ork \%eek But as an actor. we're e
going crIad \hen %te don't ha e a
lob \\e get paid doing something
we enjo\ and Io\e. It's so exciting "
The three-time N.AACP Image
A\\ard \\ inner -aid her lo\e for act-
Ing is; x hat kept her in it for so long.
On the flip side of all of her on-
camera drama (Angle Hubbard,
who is now a physician at Pine
Valley Hospital is secretly losing
her vision), Morgan is passionate
about other projects; her forthcom-
ing memoir, aptly titled 'My Ass
Turned 50 And I Lost My Mind,'
and a documentary about close,
family friends who are the parents
of two Autistic sons, aged 20 and
21. "The mother is a nurse and I met
her by going to the doctor," she
revealed. "And her sons are Brad
and Kenny. The story about them is
absolutely incredible ... They're
coming of age now and they're
thinking about women. And just to
see how they deal with it and the
things that come up is just so inter-
And just as she is well versed in
daytime drama, Morgan is well
versed in the laws of love. She's
weathered the storm with three
failed marriages and is now on her
fourth (to Jeffrey Winston).
And there is no shame in her
"I had members of my family say
to me, 'My God, what do you want
to be like? Elizabeth Taylor [and]
keep getting married?' But the thing
is, I don't see anything wrong with
the institution of marriage,"
"I love being married. Let me tell
you something if you got the wrong
man and he ain't acting right, he's
cheating and he's doing all this
stuff, I'm outta there. Why would I
One place she's staying is on 'All
My Children,' where she continues
to relish in alL,.things Angie
"She has an amazing story and
the thing that's so amazing about it
is the significant challenge [is]
going to present to her as it chal-
lenges her," Morgan said.
"Ultimately it's a triumphant story
about her spirit that she has. And
more than that, it's a wonderful
challenge for me as an actress to
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