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City of New York settles for
$7.2M in Sean Bell shooting
The city of New York settled for more than $7
million to settle a wrongful death civil suit lodged
by the fiance and friends of Sean Bell, the
unarmed black groom gunned down by cops on his
The settlement, approved by a Brooklyn federal
magistrate, ends a four-year legal battle by tragic
would-be bride Nicole Paultre Bell and two men
.y wounded in a 50-shot barrage that claimed her
Under the agreement, the city will pay $3.25 million to Sean Bell's fam-
ily estate, which is controlled by Paultre Bell. Bell's pals Joseph Guzman,
35, who was shot 11 times in the incident, will receive $3 million and
Trent Benefield, 27, who was shot three times, will be granted $900,000.
Detectives union President Michael Palladino called the settlement "an
"The police were there doing their lawful duty. Bell was intoxicated and
tried to run them over," Palladino said. "The taxpayers are now on the
hook for $7 million. There's something wrong with that picture."
New postal stamps honor
Negro league Baseball
The Negro Leagues take the baseball field again this week as the Postal
Service honors the organizations that gave black players a chance to
show their talents before the major leagues were integrated.
Apair of 44-cent commemorative stamps were dedicated in ceremonies
at the Negro Leagues Baseball 44usA
Museum in Kansas City. Missouri.
One stamp shows a close play at
home plate, while the other com-
memorates Andrew "Rube" Foster, --
founder of the leagues that operated
from 1920 to 1960. NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL
Legendary stars who played in the leagues included Satchel Paige, Josh
Gibson, James "Cool Papa" Bell, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks
and Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League
Baseball in 1947.
Six teens drown in Lousiana
river because they couldn't swim
In Shreveport, Louisiana six teenagers from at least two families
drowned in the Red River after they stepped off a ledge from shallow
water into a chasm about 20 feet deep on Monday, fire officials said. A
14-year-old was rescued.
Shreveport Assistant Fire Chief Fred Sanders said he believed the vic-
tims, ages 13 to 18, included three brothers in one family and a sister and
two brothers in another.
"They were out here with some adults. But unfortunately, neither the
children nor the adults could swim," he said.
The teens had started playing in a familiar area but ended up at a spot
in the river where the bottom fell suddenly and that's where divers found
Bernice King calls on SCLC
to end nearly year-long rift
After nearly 10 months of silence, the Rev. Bernice King is telling the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference to end bitter infighting that
has split the group.
At a news conference this week, King said she wants to lead the civil
rights group but declined to say when she would take over the post to
which she was elected in October. She's previously indicated she would
wait out legal wrangling.
Late last year, the leadership of the group founded by the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. split into two factions that have met and made decisions
separately. The SCLC is awaiting a decision from a judge as to which
faction controls the group.
King says she will lead a prayer vigil for the SCLC on Friday as the fac-
tions prepare to host dueling conventions. She has not decided whether
she will attend either.
New York City promises Schomburg
Center will stay in Harlem
The retiring director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black
Culture of the New York Public Library, one of the premier research cen-
ters for African and African-American history and culture, recently
assured an anxious crowd that the facility will remain in Harlem.
Fears about plans to move the center, located at the comer of 135th
Street and Malcom X Boulevard in Harlem, began when long-time direc-
tor Howard Dodson's announced his retirement plans amidst fears that he
was being pushed out. \
"First, the Schomburg Center is not going to close," Dodson said at a
recent community meeting to address the concerns. "Nor is it going to
move from Harlem. And the collections of the Center are not moving
anywhere, either. And no, I am not being forced to retire, nor am I being
forced to do anything."
Volume 23 No.44 Jacksonville, Florida August 5 11, 2010
John Lewis joins Brown
in fight to protect district : .-
U Btake up cases challenging three
redistricting amendments slated
IGRESS CO for the Nov. 2 ballot.
.o a The initiatives, Amendments 5 "
and 6, are aimed at curtailing ger-
rymandering that benefits incum-
Sbents and political parties in leg-
islative and congressional redis-
tricting. As drawn, the districts.
Including Jacksonville are
designed to elect minority candi-
dates to office. The mostly minor-
Shown above is Representatives ity, democratic drawn lines have
Lewis and Brown at her campaign kept minority representation in
hae quarterss office for nearly twenty years.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
was joined by fellow lawmaker,
Rep. John Lewis last weekend in
announcing that she has filed a law-
suit to halt the redistricting
Constitutional amendment placed
on the ballot by the Fair Districts
The Florida Supreme Court will
"Not only will this not remedy
any claimed injustice, but also take
us back to the days when the rights
of minority communities to effec-
tively participate in the political
process will take a back seat to the
special interests that promote this
Amendment." said Representative
Jamboree enlightens and
inspires local Boy Scout
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Justin Couch (center) is completing a circuit to help him earn his
electricity merit badge at the National Scout Jamboree.
Justin Couch an eighth grade student that attends Kirby Smith Middle
School, recently attended the Boy Scout Jamboree where Scouts across
America America had the chance to visit 100 booths to earn merit badges.
It was held at the Fort A.P Hill Base July 26 August 4,2010. The expe-
rience has helped Justin to determine that he wants to follow in his dad's
footsteps to become an engineer. His dad, Jeffery Couch, is a veteran
employee with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During the Jamboree,
Justin completed 12 hours of instructions about merit badges on electron-
ics, electricity, and engineering. In order to earn the rank of Eagle (highest
rank in Scouting) a scout must complete at least 21 merit badges .
Shown above walking the beat are residents Clementine Durant,
Javion Smith, Edward Hall, Annie Hall, Ruth Roberts, Officer A.
Merritt, Association President Lucille Grant, and Angela Nixon.
Old Floradale steps together for Night Out
The Old Floradale Neighborhood Association was one of 155 city com-
munities participating in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office "National Night
Out". Officer A. Merrit was assigned to Old Floradale to walk the neigh-
borhood speaking with homeowners to promote safety. Residents wel-
comed the officer with open arms for the annual event that brings drug and
crime awareness to citizens around the country.
"The only way we will make progress is through law enforcement and
communities working together," said Sheriff John Rutherford.
National Black political
leadership in the hotseat
Rep. Charles Rangel
Cong. Maxine Waters becamethis
wek the second Democrat in the
House of Representatives in two
weeks to be accused of ethics viola-
tions, an embarrassing blow as the
party fights to keep its majority in
the November 2 elections.
The House ethics panel said it had
Bethel women's ministry greet sunrise with praise and worship
Elder Beverly Clark of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church welcomed ladies to a Saturday sunrise service specif-
ically for the church's women's ministry. Held in lieu of their annual breakfast, the women gathered for a morn-
ing of prayer, support and encouragement on the banks of the St. John's River.Shown above are the ladies fol-
lowing their early morning prayerful union. R. Silverphoto.
Rep. Maxine Waters
found evidence of undisclosed
ethics violations by California's
Waters, who denied breaking any
rules in setting up a 2008 meeting
between a banker and the U.S.
treasury secretary and vowed to
contest the allegations in a public
"I simply will not be forced to
admit to something I did not do,"
Waters said in a prepared statement,
explaining her decision not to
accept the charges and force a pub-
"The record will clearly show that
in advocating on behalf of minority
banks neither my office nor I bene-
fited in any way, engaged in
improper action or influenced any-
one," Waters added.
The announcement came just days
after the ethics panel announced 13
ethics charges against New York
Representative Charles Rangel,
whose trial is expected to begin in
The two lawmakers are under
intense pressure from fellow
Democrats to cut a deal to avoid the
spectacle of a public trial, though
that appears unlikely.
Both Rangel and Waters are mem-
bers of the Congressional Black
Caucus, making the cases highly
sensitive as Democrats are working
to get a big voter turnout by black-
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Upscale boutique opens on the Northside The broadening horizons of the
Northside community recently received another investment in it's citizens with the opening of the Aviar Boutique.
"Aviar", the Spanish word for "get ready", specializes in one of a kind upscale items described as "classic chic".
Items at the shop include lingerie, jackets, magical wear, jewelry, purses, blouses and all apparel for women.
Owned by Ms. A.V. Reynolds, she opted for her Northside location so that "so women would not have to travel
to San Marco and the Beaches for specialty items." Pictured are sales associates Javaris Simmons and Annette
Jackson. The new boutique is located at 1428 Edgewood Ave. KFP
New proposed FHA rules
deal housing market a blow
The Federal Housing
Administration (FHA) is planning
two major changes that will impact
homebuyers and the housing mar-
ket," said Gibran Nicholas,
Chairman of the CMPS Institute, an
organization that trains and certifies
mortgage bankers and brokers.
"These changes will reverberate
throughout the entire housing mar-
ket because the FHA insures
approximately 30% of all home
loans in the US today."
#1 Buyer's Down Payment
"The required buyer contribution
when buying a home will be nearly
doubled to 6.5% from the current
3.5%," Nicholas said. "When a
homebuyer uses an FHA-insured
mortgage to purchase a home, the
seller is currently allowed to con-
tribute up to 6% of the sales price
toward the buyer's closing costs.
This is due to the fact that FHA
loans carry much higher closing
costs than conventional mortgages.
For example, the FHA charges an
additional 2.25% in upfront mort-
gage insurance that isn't associated
with traditional loans. Under the
proposed changes, sellers would
only be allowed to contribute 3% of
the sales price toward the buyer's
closing costs. This means that
homebuyers will not only need to
come up with the traditional 3.5%
down payment, but they will also
need an additional 3% for closing
costs that have traditionally been
paid by sellers."
#2 Higher Credit Score
The FHA has traditionally not
imposed minimum credit score
requirements on mortgage borrow-
ers, leaving it up to lenders to eval-
uate the borrower's credit.
However, the FHA is now propos-
ing to enforce a 500 minimum cred-
it score across the board.
Furthermore, any score between
500 and 579 will require a 10%
minimum down payment instead of
the current 3.5% minimum down
The Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD), which
sets the guidelines for FHA loans, is
giving interested persons until
August 16 to comment on the pro-
posed changes. "After that time,
HUD will take all the comments
into consideration and publish final
rules that will likely be effective
later this year or sometime in
2011," Nicholas said. "We told
HUD that we completely disagree
with their proposal to effectively
double the buyer's down payment
requirements by reducing seller-
paid closing costs. This will hurt
the housing market by making it
more difficult for qualified buyers
with high credit scores to buy a
home. On the other hand, we
applaud HUD's second proposal for
higher credit score requirements
because this may actually be better
for the housing market in the long
run. It preserves the FHA insurance
fund and greatly reduces future
foreclosures associated with riskier
lending. In any case, homebuyers
considering an FHA loan should get
moving today in order to avoid get-
ting blindsided by these new rules."
Essence Magazine under fire
for hiring white fashion director
Since 1970, Essence magazine
has been a publication targeted
towards African-American women.
As of Friday, Angela Brut-Murray,
editor-in-chief of Essence, hired
Ellianna Placas, the former fashion
editor at 0: Home and Us Weekly,
to be the new Fashion Director for
the magazine. This new hire is
causing a little controversy because
Ellianna is not black.
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now the senior fashion director for
the 40-year old publication
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Catherine Maultby Royal celebrates 80th birthday
Longtime Jacksonville resident Catherine Maultby surrounded by family and friends recently celebrated her 80th
Birthday at Chili's Restaurant. Born in Doctor Town, Ga., the Mother of three retired from the Duval County
School System in 1995, after 33 years of service. She served as Cafeteria Supervisor at Norwood Elementary
School, and is well known for her cooking.. She enjoys traveling, sewing, and spending time with family and
friends. Mrs. Royal stays busy as a member of the Schell Sweet Community Resource Center at Edward Waters
College, takes CRC Exercise Classes, and volunteers with the Food Distribution program. She is a loyal and faith-
ful member of Evergreen Baptist Church, Rev. A. Moreland, Pastor. Mrs. Maultby is also shown in the inset.
Fair Sentencing Act signed into law
President Barack Obama signs the Fair Sentencing Act, Tuesday,
Aug. 3, 2010, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.
Joining him, from left are, Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Patrick
Leahy, D-Vt., Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., Senate Majority Whip
Richard Durbin, of Ill., Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Rep. Sheila
Jackson Lee, D-Texas and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
President Barack Obama signed a
bill this week reducing the disparity
in penalties for the use of crack and
The law seals a long. hard-fought
victory for civil rights activists who
have argued for years that sentences
unfairly target African-Americans.
The Fair Sentencing Act repeals a
five-year mandatory sentence for
first time offenders, and for repeat
offenders with less than 28 grams
of crack cocaine. The old law set
the mandatory sentence for convic-
tion at five grams.
African-Americans have been far
more likely than whites and
Hispanics to be convicted for -- and
receive the harsher penalties associ-
ated with -- possession of crack
cocaine, according to government
statistics. White and Hispanic
defendants are more frequently
charged with possession of powder
The now-defunct measure had
been in place for 25 years. The
House passed the new law through
a vote last week, following
approval by the Senate in March.
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increased with reports beginning in
2002 by the U.S. Sentencing
Commission calling for Congress
to change the crack cocaine law.
Rep. John Conyers, D-
Michigan, recently contended that
the new law will reduce sentencing
disparity between crack and powder
cocaine from 100-to-1 to 18-to-1.
Conyers said crack mandatory sen-
tences had pushed the number of
drug offenders in federal prisons
from fewer than 5,000 in 1980 to
nearly 100,000 in 2009.
Members of the Congressional
Black Caucus had led the battle for
passage for 10 years, but several
key Republicans -- including
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey
Graham -- also pushed for the
Not all Republicans joined the
The top Republican on the House
Judiciary Committee Lamar Smith,
R-Texas, argued before passage that
to reduce the crack cocaine penal-
ties would be a serious mistake.
"Reducing the penalties for crack
cocaine could expose our neighbor-
hoods to the same violence and
addiction that caused Congress to
act in the first place," Smith said.
"Crack cocaine is associated with a
greater degree of violence than
most other drugs. And more than
any other drug, the majority of
crack defendants have prior crimi-
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Midway Through his First Term
Can Obama be Re-elected?
One of my Republican friends
jokingly asked me if I was still on
the Obama bandwagon considering
the state of affairs in the country? I
smiled and said that he was doing a
pretty good job considering the
mess he inherited.
Of course, I am a little bias, but I
can still call a spade a spade regard-
less of my political affiliation and
If you were to create a
Presidential report card for Obama,
it would have subjects like Health
Care Reform, Immigration, Wall
Street Reform, Foreign Affairs,
Domestic Issues like the gulf oil
Clearly he wouldn't be an honor
student, but contrary to what his
critics would say he would have a
pretty solid GPA.
Last week, the president was in
Detroit and addressed an issue that
many critics thought was the worse
move in the history of capitalism -
the governments investment or bail
out of Chrysler and GM.
But if you fast-forward to today,
many of the naysayers are silent
because it is looking like the bail
out actually worked. The auto
industry is finally turning a profit
again and beginning to add jobs in
cities like Detroit. And if any com-
munity needs jobs Detroit is at the
top of the list.
Detroit has one of the highest
unemployment rates of any large
city at 30 percent. So the auto
industry turn around is not enough
to have a sustainable impact on
Detroit's economy, but obviously it
is a step in the right direction.
Of course, the improvements at
Chrysler and GM are not impres-
sive enough for critics like Rush
Limbaugh to stop calling the com-
panies Obama Motors, but some
people are impossible to please.
In areas like health care, the ver-
dict is still out. Although the
President did a great job of getting
health care reform passed through
Congress, the implementation and
success of the changes will take
some time to realize.
He probably gets a C+ because
the final bill that passed was
watered down, but that is what pol-
itics and compromise is about.
On Wall Street Reform, the
President would clearly get a fairly
high grade, and his toughness and
management of the gulf oil spill
would also get high marks.
But let me totally switch gears
and be real about where the
President really stands. In 1991,
fresh off of his strong leadership
showing in the Gulf War, President
George H.W. Bush seemed pretty
Along comes several Democratic
contenders including a former gov-
ernor of Arkansas and beats Daddy
Bush in the 1992 general election.
So had Bush done a terrible job in
his first term?
That certainly was not the case.
In the now infamous words of Bill
Clinton chief campaign strategist
James Carville, "It's the economy
stupid." The country had fallen
into a recession so it didn't matter
what Bush had done in his first
term people were hurting finan-
cially and where looking for
The Clinton campaign did an
excellent job of painting a strong
contrast between their candidate
and President Bush. Who do you
trust to better turn this economy
around the guy who helped cause
the problems or this smart guy out-
sider with good looks and charm?
So it was the economy then, and
it's the economy now.
That's why a once very popular
President Obama has seen his
approval rating continue to drop.
We are a "what have you done for
me lately" society. And when the
economy is bad, incumbents gener-
ally don't fair well especially the
country's chief incumbent.
According to a mid-July poll by
the Washington Post-ABC News,
public confidence in President
Obama has hit a new low. With
midterm elections right around the
comer in November, nearly six in
10 voters say they lack faith in the
president to make the right deci-
sions for the country.
Getting back to the notion of the
economy being a key factor, a
majority of voters polled also dis-
approve of how the President is
dealing with the economy.
I guess one bit of good news is
that regard for Obama is still high-
er than it is for members of
Congress. About seven in 10 regis-
tered voters say they lack confi-
dence in Congress, both Democrats
So regardless of what Obama
does or doesn't do over the next
two years, his reelection chances
hinge on one big factor that he has
very little control over the econo-
Will Democrats weather the
storm this midterm election cycle?
With the economy still faltering
perhaps not, but the President still
has time on his side, and he needs
more successes like the auto indus-
try turnaround to have any chance
of being reelected.
Once again, time will tell.
Signing off from a midterm elec-
tion near you, Reggie Fullwood
Analysis: Time for Another Speech on Race?
by Michael Cottman, BAW
"Race is an issue that I believe
this nation cannot afford to ignore
right now. Sen. Barack Obama
Perhaps it's time for President
Barack Obama to re-read his
speeches and confront the issue of
A series of high-profile, racially
explosive issues are causing deep
divisions among some blacks and
whites at a time when Obama was
hoping that more Americans would
embrace the notion of cultural tol-
erance during his tenure in the
But two years after Obama deliv-
ered an impassioned speech on race
in Philadelphia as a candidate for
office, racial tension in America
has intensified and has arguably
worsened since Obama's historic
election, in large part because he's
The latest racial firestorm
involves Shirley Sherrod, a loyal
black government worker who was
forced out of her job at the
Agriculture Department after edit-
ed video captured her, in a March
speech at an NAACP event,
allegedly describing how she didn't
lend as much help to a white farmer
as she should have 24 years ago.
The two-minute videoclip was
proven later to have been taken
wildly out of context.
Obama apologized to Sherrod
last week for the USDA jumping
the gun and seeking her resignation
prematurely because they thought
she was a racist, and administration
officials have offered Sherrod a
new job with the Agriculture
Sherrod, however, insists that the
Obama administration is dodging
the issue of race. "What happened
to me," Sherrod told reporters,
"was an attempt to run away from
The White House remained tight-
lipped about Sherrod on Monday.
Professor Michael Eric Dyson said
the administration has a "gag
order" on talking about race.
It's unfortunate. For Obama -
who put together an unprecedented
multi-cultural electorate and was
sworn in as the nation's first black
president silence on race should
not be an option. He promised to
help unite Americans of all racial
backgrounds and create a bridge of
cultural understanding through
thoughtful and meaningful conver-
It hasn't happened.
"As we saw a year ago, the pres-
ident is one of the best most effec-
tive leaders who could talk about
this [race] issue in a constructive
way and truth is as a nation we are
overdue for a conversation," Karen
Finney, a Democratic strategist and
political commentator for MSNBC,
told BlackAmericaWeb.com. "Not
just because we elected a black
president, but because of the dra-
matic changes we are undergoing."
So, who is advising the presi-
dent? The Sherrod situation one
of those "dramatic changes" has
shined a bright light on the admin-
istration's mishandling of a high-
profile race issue and has also
raised questions about Obama's
ability or interest in navigating
the nation through racial turmoil.
It's also caused some of Obama's
most steadfast black supporters to
underscore the need for a greater
African-American presence at the
top echelons of the White House.
Simply put, a number of prominent
African-American Democrats feel
that Obama is disconnected from
black professionals who could offer
him sound advice on matters of
race if Obama is willing to listen.
"The president's getting hurt real
bad," Rep. James Clyburn, a
Democrat from South Carolina and
the highest-ranking black member
of Congress, told The New York
Times. "He needs some black peo-
ple around him."
Clyburn told the Times that
Obama's inner circle keeps "screw-
ing up" on race: "Some people over
there are not sensitive at all about
race. They really feel that .....
the extent to which he allows
himself to talk about race would
tend to pigeonhole him or cost him
support, when a lot of people saw
his election as a way to get the
issue behind us. I don't think peo-
ple elected him to disengage on
race. Just the opposite."
Clyburn has a point.
America is experiencing a crisis
of conscious, the result of racial
confrontations between blacks and
whites and ongoing racist com-
ments by conservative commenta-
tors and Tea Party loyalists. It's a
national problem that calls for the
kind of measured leadership
Obama can offer from his White
House bully pulpit.
The needs, however, are far
greater than one speech and a mass
meeting with experts who may be
summoned to the White House. But
before Obama can address racist
behavior by Americans across the
country, he must first deal with the
perceived racial insensitivity and
the lack of African-American advi-
sors at the White House.
Even Maureen Dowd, a white
columnist for The New York
Times, said the Obama White
House is "too white" and implied
that former President Bill Clinton
better understood the racial dynam-
ics in America, having been raised
in the South.
So, is it necessary for Obama to
speak out about racism? And would
his words help ease racial tension
Obama prides himself on offer-
ing effective and aggressive leader-
ship in periods of crisis. He took on
health care. He took on Wall Street.
He took on immigration.
It's time for Obama to take on
race. It would be a shame to simply
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A few weeks ago, hardly anyone had ever heard of
Shirley Sherrod. Now, across America hers' is a house- ,
hold name. Americans not only know who Sherrod is,
they already had an opinion about her based on what .
they've been told about her being a Black federal
employee who used her position to discriminate against Whites. Race-
baiters framed the issue as Black racist ranting, but the episode provided
President Obama and Americans an opportunity to discuss whether race
should still play a role in federal and state policy and politics.
In the end, will it just became a case of 'a job lost, and a job regained' or
can more be done to discuss ways to eliminate the racial disparities that exist
in the country? Irony upon irony, the US Department of Agriculture from
which Sherrod was fired for appearing to discriminate, has been the epitome
of institutional racism for decades. Because of America's agricultural past
there is a legacy of institutional racism at USDA. When Tom Vilsack took
over as Secretary, he'd vowed to rectify the USDA's history of discrimina-
tion claims. The Sherrod case now undergirds Vilsack's case before the US
Senate for funding of a $1.15 billion owed to thousands of African American
farmers. In the settlement Vilsack seeks, the USDA admits bias practices
against Black farmers between 1983 and 1997. The case not only shows
USDA's decades-long unfair treatment of African Americans when deciding
how to allocate farm loans and disaster payments, but intransigent in set-
The controversy showed that the nation's first Black President has no con-
cept of a White House Black Outreach component, as advocated by South
Carolina Congressman John Clyburn. Through lack of sensitivity and inves-
tigation President Obama's administration totally bungled the situation.
They told Vilsack to fire Sherrod for what they thought she said in a speech
at an NAACP banquet in March in Georgia. After firing Sherrod, the light
came on in Vilsack's head causing him to call her the next day to ask that
she consider taking a new post that would make use of her unique set of
experiences. The former Governor of Idaho said "I want to renew the com-
mitment of this department to a new era in civil rights."
Surely Ms. Sherrod can help USDA right its wrongs, but the job being
offered should be more in the $125,000 salary range than the Schedule C
$85,000 she was earning as USDA Georgia State Director for Rural
Development. Miss Shirley has over four decades doing rural development
and could tell the "Chicago Organizer" a thing or two "She has had an amaz-
ing impact on the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of families and commu-
nities throughout the South" says former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia
Ms. Sherrod is a Kellogg National Fellow and has well established cre-
dentials eradicating historical race, class, cultural, religious and gender bar-
riers experienced by southern rural Black women. She is a role model in
advocacy, organizing and implementation of rural development programs
and projects. In 1965, with SNCC's Southwest Georgia Project, Ms.
Sherrod helped to start New Communities Inc. land trust. She organized
rural women's childcare/preschool programs throughout southwest Georgia.
Ms. Shirley Miller Sherrod has received a host of awards, but the Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Albany Alumnae Chapter's "Community Role Model
Award" probably says it all about who she is and what she does.
It's just a job for the moment, but credit should be given to Secretary
Vilsack for the move he made. Barack should follow suit with somebody
like Shirley. John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers
Association says "The incident is an opportunity for Obama to take a
stronger look at race relations in the country. Cynthia McKinney, a long-
time Black Farmers advocate, says "The Shirley Sherrod episode shows how
quickly this administration is to throw legitimate Black interests under the
Obama should be like Secretary Vilsack and put somebody like Sherrod
close by. She said of Obama: "I'd like to help him see some of the things
that he could do in the future."
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 5
Study shows African-Americans paid significantly less than colleagues
by Boyce Watkins, BV
The U.S. Census Bureau just
released a study stating that African
Americans earn far less than whites.
The study also concludes that there
has not been much progress in
reducing the gap in pay. Per capital
income for African Americans is
only $18,054, compared with
$28,502 for white Americans.
Therefore, African Americans earn
just 57.9 cents for every dollar
earned by whites.
The study goes on to show that
more than half of all working
African Americans over the age of
15 earn below $35,000 per year. All
the while, 10.8 percent of all whites
earn more than $100,000 per year,
while just 3.3 percent of black peo-
ple have reached the mark.
Some have argued that much of
NAACP reps among forum organizers invit-
ing local candidates to share their message
the gap in pay is due to differences
in educational achievement. Only
19.7 percent of African Americans
have a bachelor's degree or higher,
compared with 32.6 percent of
Education is the key to getting
ahead economically in the United
States. When you refuse to invest
your time in education, you are beg-
ging for a life of poverty and
missed opportunities. You are also
giving away the ability to control
your own destiny.
Secondly, discrimination certain-
ly plays a role. Many middle-class
African Americans are as angry as
those in the lower classes, after see-
ing that even when they play the
game and become educated, they
are still passed over for opportuni-
The bottom line is that power and
prosperity go hand in hand. Those
who win the game are usually the
ones who control them.
Jax youth compete in Joseph E. Lee Day
The City of Jacksonville's Recreation and Community Programming
Division held it's annual Joseph Lee Day Olympics last week at Raines
High School. 1000+ summer camp participants, ranging in age from 4 to
15 years old, came together in observance of Joseph Lee Day and to cele-
brate national parks and recreation month.
The youth from across Duval County participated in activities designed
to encourage active recreation and teamwork, including swimming and
track competitions, enrichment activities, arts and crafts, and a talent show.
Shown above are young ladies preparing to run in the track and field por-
tion of the competition.
NFL players take good will to Africa -
The D.W. Perkins Bar Association joined forces with the local chapters New York Jets' wide receivers Santonio Holmes, right, and David Clowney
of the NAACP and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to present their 2010 can- introduce the game of American football to a group of Ghanaian children
didates forum. Held at the FSCJ Downtown campus, ten candidates repre- at Nicholson Stadium at Burma Camp in Accra, Ghana last week. Through
senting judicial, school board and state offices in addition to the Soil & donations to his David Clowney Foundation, the receiver was expected to
Water Commission participated. Perkins Bar Association President Imani bring about 250 pounds of children's clothing with him. The players have
Boykins helped moderate the free event. Shown above representing the visited a children's hospital, schools, and orphanages during their week-
NAACP are three of the event's hosts, Isaiah Rumlin, Sandra long trip to the West African nation.
Thompson and Elnora Atkins following the forum. FMP
continued from page 1
Americans, a Democratic tradition-
Democrats hold 255 seats in the
House, 77 more than minority
Republicans, but are facing a wave
of anti-incumbent anger over a
weak economy and sustained
unemployment. Voters will vote for
all 435 House seats and choose 37
of 100 senators in the mid-term
The ethics panel made public an
August 2009 report from an outside
body that recommended the inves-
tigation of Waters.
MEETING WITH BANKER
The report alleged that Waters
helped a top official at minority-
owned OneUnited Bank obtain a
meeting with then-Treasury
Secretary Henry Paulson just after
the government seized mortgage
finance giants Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac in September 2008.
The official, Robert Cooper, also
served at the time as chairman-
elect of the National Bankers
Association, an industry group that
represents 103 banks owned by
minorities and women.
The California lawmaker's hus-
band owned stock in the privately
held OneUnited Bank and had ear-
lier served on the board.
Waters, 71, has said the meeting
was made so the banker's group
could raise its concerns and was in
keeping with her long record of
promoting minority-owned busi-
nesses and lending in underserved
Like many minority-owned banks,
OneUnited had heavily invested in
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and
sustained heavy losses as a result of
the government takeover of the two
entities. At the meeting,
OneUnited asked the federal gov-
ernment to give it $50 million in
compensation for government
statements leading up to the crisis
that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
OneUnited never got the $50 mil-
lion. The bank later got $12 million
in funds from the $700 billion bank
rescue program, which had not yet
been proposed at the time of the
Sept 9, 2008, meeting.
Waters did not attend the meeting
and the outside body does not
allege that Waters helped the bank
get the bailout funds.
The outside body, created earlier
in 2008 as part of Pelosi's pledge
clean up ethics issues in the cham-
ber, can make recommendations
but has no authority to take action.
If the charges culminate in a trial,
it could be a second blow against
Democrats. New York's Charlie
Rangel, 80, who has served 40
years in the House, is facing a
September trial regarding\several
alleged violations. Democr ts are
concerned that the trials wit hurt
their chances of maintaining con-
trol of the House in the November
midterm elections. \
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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. 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.
103rd National Primitive Baptist
Convention, USA to convene in Jax
Officials and delegates of the National Primitive Baptist Convention,
USA will convene its 103rd Annual Session at the Hyatt Hotel, 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, pas-
tor of the Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida is
Regional Vice President of the Southeastern Region.
Third Annual North Florida HBCU
Alumni Hall of Fame Induction
The Alumni of Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College,
Florida A&M University, Hampton University, and Savannah State
University, will sponsor the Third Annual North Florida HBCU Alumni
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 6 p.m., Thursday, September 16,
2010. The Hall of Fame Ceremony honors the outstanding achievements
of some of North Florida's Finest HBCU Alumni.
For more information please contact: A Ray Brinson (904) 996-7122;
Marguerite Warren, (904)766-3056; Godfrey Jenkins (904)910-7829; Carol
Marshall (904)762-3400; and Willie Walker (904)358-7104.
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Christ Resurrection Power Assembly
Anniversary and Convention
The Home of Destiny Fulfillment, 1127 Bert Road, Bishop Abioola and
Rev. (Mrs.) Omolara Idowu; will hold their 2010 Anniversary and
Convention, August 19 22nd. Services will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, 10
p.m., Friday, and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Bishop Francis Wale Oke, Dr. Ade
Ajala, Pastor Niyi Adams and other anointed men of God will be
Ministering. There will be a special Cook-Out Celebration at 4 p.m.,
Sunday, August 20th. All are welcome. The community is invited.
Greater New Hope
School Supply Give-A-Way
Greater New Hope AME Church, 2708 Davis Street, Rev. Mary F. Davis,
Pastor; will host a "Back to School Jam, at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 7,
2010. Children of the community are invited. School Supply Packets,
Music and Refreshments will be provided. The community is also invited
to Wednesday Noonday Luncheon Service.
Greater Israel UMBC to host
Gateway Baptist Assoc. Musical
The Greater Israel United Missionary Baptist Church, 6901 N. Main Street,
Rev. Eugene White, Pastor; will host the Gateway Baptist Association's
Musical at 7 p.m., Friday, August 13, 2010. The public is invited.
St. Petersburg CME
The Sanctuary of the Stewart-Isom
Memorial CME Church in St.
Petersburg, Florida was recently
burned. Investigators have classified
the fire as a arsonist fire. The 25-
year old church building was exten-
sively damaged according to
reports. The Sanctuary was totally
destroyed.. The church hopes it is an
an opportunity to rebuild and come
back stronger than ever under the
direction of their new Pastor Dexter
Harris. "I imagine the church com-
ing back and being a better church in
the community" long time member
Elder Cornelius Bryant told the
Weekly Challenger newspaper'
Donnie McClurkin ministering
around the country
Donnie McClurkin is a busy man
these days. He put in another
appearance at the National
Association of Black Journalists
(NABJ) annual convention in San
Diego. There, McClurkin, who is
also a diabetic, spoke and per-
formed on the opening day of the
convention during the morning ses-
sion, sharing the stage with every-
one's favorite doctor, Mehmet C.
Oz M.D., or Dr. Oz. An onstage
interview with the two men is for-
mer CBS Early Show host, Rene
McClurkin also works in the
media; he hosts a nationally syndi-
cated radio broadcast, "The Donnie
McClurkin Show," which airs in
more than 60 markets.
The show now includes a second
hour, called "Gospel Gold," which
highlights classic gospel songs from
influential artists including Andrae
Crouch, The Hawkins, The Staple
Singers, Clara Ward and the leg-
endary James Cleveland. In addi-
tion there's a new segment called
"Donnie's All- Star Kids," which
focuses on children who are doing
amazing things in their personal
lives and in their community.
Continued on page 7
Edward Waters College receives
$2 million donation from AMEs
Church's charitable giving will give the college a fresh start, cancelling its deficit
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
It's a fresh start for Edward Waters
College well into its 144th year of
existence. The llth Episcopal
District (Florida and the Bahamian
Islands) of the African Methodist
Episcopal Church, gave $2 million
of unrestricted funds to the college.
The llth Episcopal District
Presiding Bishop, McKinley Young,
said the district's 420 churches have
raised these funds for over a seven
week period with much prayer, fast-
ing, hard work and countless sacri-
"To God Be The Glory!" said
Bishop Young. "This is a sign of the
good things to come to this college.
The school's President, Sheriff
Nathaniel Glover, the executive fac-
ulty and board are focusing on
strengthening the school and garner-
ing more niche programs, and these
funds will help make that a bit easi-
er for them."
Edward Waters College, the oldest
private institution of higher educa-
tion in the state of Florida, was
founded in 1866 specifically to edu-
cate newly-freed slaves. Edward
Waters College was initially named
"Brown Theological Institute" by
Rev. William G. Steward, of the
African Methodist Episcopal
Church. Edward Waters College has
been accredited as a four-year insti-
tution by the Commission on
Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and
wA Full Gospel Baptist Church
** *A Full Gospel Baptist Church * *
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School f Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace r
Pastor Landon Williams
Shown above, AME Bishop Young presents the $2 million check to EWC President Nat Glover.
August 5-11, 2010
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August 5-11, 2010 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 7
Augut 5-1,210 __________________ "
Must have health tests for men
Are you or the man in your life
not visiting their physician as often
as they probably should? If so, then
know that he is not alone. It is quite
common for men to ignore physical
symptoms and health problems --
taking a huge gamble with their
lives. Research finds that men are
24 percent less likely than women
to have visited their doctor. In addi-
tion, men are about 30 percent more
likely than women to be hospital-
ized for preventable conditions
such as congestive heart failure and
complications from diabetes.
Men are so good at taking care of
their cars-tell them to think of
their bodies in the same way. The
body is a machine that needs to be
taken care of and checked at regular
intervals to keep it running well. In
an effort to raise awareness among
men about the importance of pre-
ventive medical testing, find out
which tests men need, when they
should get them and how to get
your guy to go to the doctor's office.
When to get it: Annually begin-
ning in the 30s. Why it counts:
This is the most important piece of
data available because it shows if
there is something affecting the
arteries. Ideal goal: 115/75 or less.
Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Blood Test (including LDL/HDL)
When to get it: Every 5 years up to
age 45, then annually. Why it
counts: The triglyceride/HDL ratio
warns of not only potential cardio-
vascular disease but also potential
C-reactive Protein (CRP) Blood
When to get it: 40s. Why it
counts: If he has heart disease risk
factors, a CRP test, which measures
inflammation, may be useful. Some
experts recommend that everyone
get this test annually because it can
give your doc a warning about
heart, prostate or liver problems.
Thyroid Function Blood Test
When to get it: Baseline at about
age 20, then every 5 years until age
60, then annually. Why it counts:
Low thyroid function can lead to a
variety of conditions, including
constipation, depression and high
When to get it: Beginning at age
50, then every 5 to 10 years after
that if everything looks normal
(earlier or frequent screenings for
those with a family history of col-
orectal cancer). Why it counts:
Colorectal cancer is the second
leading cause of cancer-related
deaths among men.
Prostate-Specific Antigen Blood
When to get it: Baseline at age
40, follow-ups at age 50 and then
annually for 15 years. Why it
counts: PSA tests are currently in
the crossfire between major advo-
cacy organizations. Talk to your
doc about what works best for you.
Swim or die: The battle to save Black kids from
by Harriet Cole, The Griot
I'm one of the lucky ones. When I
was 4-years-old my father had an
in-ground pool built in the backyard
of my Baltimore home. And then he
immediately hired a swim teacher
to come to our house every
Saturdayto teach my sisters and me
the ways of the water. Though he
grew up in inner city Baltimore of
meager means, my father (and my
mother) had learned how to swim at
young ages. And what was clear to
them from the start was that in order
to be safe--and have fun in the sum-
mer especially--you had to know
how to swim.
If only this were so for most
African-American families today!
Instead, a recent study commis-
sioned by USA Swimming and con-
ducted by the University of
Memphis reveals a shocking truth.
Not only do most black kids not
know how to swim, the concept of
"most" is not an exaggeration.
Actually about 70 percent of black
youth across America cannot swim.
Unfortunately, this lack of swim-
ming skill is not translating into
safe behavior in pools and oceans in
this country. When the Fahrenheit is
climbing and folks are looking for
relief, the water is usually the most
alluring (and cooling) destination
the) seek. -,:
Therein lies the problem. We've
already seen tragedy strike commu-
nities across the country this sum-
Children have wandered or fallen
into backyard pools, drowned on
beaches and otherwise lost their
lives this year because of a basic
lack of swimming skills. The
American Red Cross reported that
about 5,000 drowning or near
drowning accidents are reported
annually in America. Worse still,
according to the University of
Memphis study, "the fatal drowning
rate of African-American children
ages 1-14 is 2.6 times higher than
that of white children in the same
age range." This is scary stuff, espe-
cially considering how many thou-
sands of children routinely load
onto school buses and go on swim-
ming excursions everyday in
Enter 26-year-old Olympic gold
winner Cullen Jones. The 2008 gold
medalist is set on changing this
tragic tide. The winner of the 4 x
100 freestyle at the Beijing
Olympics has teamed up with Make
a Splash, a national water safety ini-
tiative created by USA Swimming
Foundation, and is traveling across
the country sounding out a safety
message to all youth. His delivery is
hauntingly authentic considering
his foray into swimming started
with a near drowning. Jones'
moment of truth came at age five.
"I was at a water park on an inner
tube, and I ended up almost drown-
ing in the pool," Jones explains.
EMS had to come and resuscitate
As in many black families, Jones
didn't know how to swim because
his mother didn't value the skill. He
says, "My mom did not make swim-
ming a priority. I guess they [his
parents] thought maybe later in life
I would learn how to swim."
That all changed on his near-
death day. Immediately, Jones
explains, "my mom wanted me to
know how to swim, so she enrolled
me in swim lessons. She was afraid
of the water, and she wanted me to
love the water and enjoy the water
and not be afraid of it like she was."
Those first lessons turned into a
lifelong love of the sport.
Jones has primarily been going at
it alone, in the sense of his nearest
peers. He acknowledges that espe-
cially when he was growing up, the
kids who lived near him were into
other sports. "Growing up the peo-
ple in my neighborhood did not
swim. Most of them played basket-
ball and the typical African-
American sports. I was different."
Cullen Jones is committed to
making sure that other kids
choose to be different too.
Because being differ-
ent--as it relates to
learning to swim--
may just save
your life. It was-
n't until right
after the i
Jones admits, --
that he realized
how important -
it was to get out
and share the
in front of me and
showed me the stats of
black swimmers and I % as
shocked," he says. "I knew
they were bad, but not that bad. In
my community, most people do not
consider swimming as a life skill,
but it is. I want to teach people that
it is extremely important to know
how to swim."
The statistics revealed by this
study are staggering. While lower
income black families lead the
ranks of children who do not know
how to swim, the cost of learning
to swim was not their biggest deter-
rent. Fear topped the list.
"Parents are combating their own
fear of the water and projecting that
fear onto their children,"
Jones said. "It would
be better to teach
your kids how to
be near the
v ... after and
-. Also high
up on the
t o list of
things that I
uS aw in the
sitidy was the
nerb ousness with
phy sical appearance,"
Jones said. "When I look at
my own mother, who spends quite a
bit of money to get her hair done,
for her to get it wet it is like throw-
ing that money away. I completely
understand that. But learning to
swim is a lifelong skill. It is like rid-
ing a bike; you will never forget
how to do it. But unlike riding a
bike, swimming can save your life."
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Even with this effort to teach
swimming skills, it's curious as to
whether there will be a significant
shift in awareness and action in the
black community. Being on the
frontlines, Jones says he believes he
is making headway.
While cost may not be a factor for
all, the Make a Splash program in
partnership with Conoco Phillips is
committed to reducing or eliminat-
ing the price of classes as broadly as
possible. So far, there are more than
200 partner programs in 39 states.
And the future, through Jones'
eyes, seems bright. "In 2012, we are
hoping that every state has local
partners," he said. "Now, more than
350,000 people have been affected
by Make a Splash. The numbers are
continuing to grow."
And that's particularly important,
because one tendency among young
people needs to be counter-bal-
anced, namely their common belief
"Drowning is terrible," Jones
states. "I know a lot of kids and they
look at the person next to them,
who knows how to swim, and they
say they do too. Parents need to
understand that by not giving their
children swim lessons, they are not
water safe. If they can't swim 20
yards, from one side of the pool to
another, they don't know how to
swim and they are not ready to be in
the water alone."
Jones' advice to black youth: "I
would tell kids to be honest. If they
cannot swim, no matter who around
them can, get a life vest and be safe.
It is better to be safe then to be
This is a lesson Jones learned
early on. With the help of his moth-
er, he turned a potential tragedy into
ultimate victory. Did he envision
this as a young boy?
"I never thought that I would ever
become an Olympian. I grew up in
the inner city. The Olympics was
not an opportunity for me. I was
just really competitive with the guy
next to me and I took baby steps to
get there. I set a goal and I am just
happy that I can be a part of the ini-
tiative that is so connected to my
own life and is something I feel so
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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..
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
at the Library
Jacksonville residents are invited
to attend the second annual
Community Empowerment Expo. It
will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7th
from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the
Main Library Downtown.
Workshops will be offered focusing
on credit repair, career building,
operating on a limited budget, hous-
ing, foreclosure prevention,
advanced training, education and
more. Free transportation and chil-
dren's activities will be provided.
For additional information, to pre-
register or other requests visit
www.coj.net/cee or call 630-3720.
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, Modem 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Enjoy jazz by the
sea at American Beach
Historic American Beach will con-
clude their Summer Jazz Series on
August 28th. "Instant Groove"
will be held at Bumey 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.
The September meeting of the
PRIDE Book Club, Jacksonville's
oldest book club for people of color,
will be held on Friday,
September 10th at 7 p.m. hosted
by Ellen Young and Priscilla
Williamson. The book for discus-
sion will be "The Right Mistake"
by Walter Mosley. For more infor-
mation call 389-8417.
Comedian Mike Epps
& Friends in Concert
Comedian Mike Epps will be in
concert on Friday, October 8 at 7
p.m.at the Times Union Center. For
tickets call (800) 745-3000.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be in
concert on Friday, October 15th at 7
p.m. at the Times Unions Center.
For more information call (800)
Southern Women's Show
The annual Southern Women's
Show will be held October 21-24 at
the Prime Osborne Convention
Center. The annual event includes
savvy shopping, creative cooking
ideas, healthy lifestyle tips, trendy
fashion shows, great celebrity
guests, and fabulous prizes. Times
are from 10 a.m. 8 p.m. For more
information, call 1-800-849-0248.
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SmileyBooks to host free journal writing teleclass
celebrating the latest "America I Am" release
Alphas boycott Arizona, other
Black organizations follow
The 104-year-old Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was to hold its
General Convention in Phoenix, Ariz. recently, but it was held in Las
"The questions of a person's immigration status may have presented
some harm and danger to some of us who would convene in the city of
Phoenix and in the state of Arizona," said Herman "Skip" Mason,
General President of Alpha Phi Alpha.
Alpha Phi Alpha is historically Black, and was the first integrated fra-
ternity in the nation's history and additionally includes Hispanic along
with other races and ethnicities, among the 200,000 members initiated
in its 100+ year history.
The decision to move the convention was extremely difficult due to
the apparent financial ramifications. It would cost thousands of dollars
to break certain contracts in The City of Phoenix alone. Mason said that
cost did contribute to the discussion, but the board of directors believed
that the cost would not be the sole driving force.
After this decision went public, other organizations followed Alpha Phi
Alpha's lead. The National Urban League immediately pulled Phoenix
from consideration for its 2012 conference. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio
VIllaraigosa supported a boycott of Arizona. The Boston City Council
voted to pull investments from the state of Arizona. The Mayor of St.
Paul, Minnesota banned all city-funded travel to Arizona. Oakland city
council members voted to boycott Arizona businesses.
Clara White Mission hosts delegation of international visitors
The International Visitors Corp of Jacksonville visited the Clara White Mission. Over 22 individuals from var-
ious countries around the world arrived via bus. The itinerary included a tour of the mission and assistance with
volunteering during lunch. The countries represented included: Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Israel, Hungary,
Latvia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Peoples Republic of China, Philippines,
Senegal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Korea, Uzbekistan, and Zimbabwe. Clara White Mission
Administrative Assistant Merle Wight was impressed as she exclaimed, "the delegates were excited and this was
their first time that they actually served food and many said they were going to make sure that they go back and
tell their children about the awesome deeds of the Clara White Mission." The delegation was on a world wind
Jacksonville tour. Other facilities the delegation visited was RB Hawkins Consulting, LLC, Beaver Street
Enterprise Center, JCCI and The United Way. Ms Ju'Coby Pittmati was very impressed to meet the delegates
as she related her story and the story of The Clara White Mission. Lunch was served while the delegates experi-
enced history, helping and hope.
themes of the twelve exhibit gal-
leries and presents over 200 his-
torical and contemporary quo-
tations from the minds of great
leaders and everyday history
makers, including W.E.B. Du
Bois, Harriet Tubman,
Madame C.J. Walker, Mary
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Johnson, Tony Dungy, and
Serena Williams. Each page fea-
tures a powerful image, a stirring
message, and an open invitation to
readers to record their own unique
life story. An avid journal keeper,
Smiley believes that "journaling is a
perfect place to develop and refine
In celebration of the American I
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Reynolds and Cheryl Woodruff,
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aspiring and seasoned journal keep-
ers to participate with them in a
LIVE FREE 90-minute audio jour-
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to the impact of joumaling on per-
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and family history.
The telecast will be on Thursday,
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti --
Singer and activist Wyclef Jean is
about to announce his candidacy for
president of Haiti according to the
former head of the country's
Chamber of Deputies .
Former Deputy Pierre Eric Jean-
Jacques told The Associated Press
that the hip hop artist will run as
part of his coalition in the Nov. 28
election. A spokeswoman for the
singer said that he would make an
announcement Thursday night in
Haiti but declined to say what it
Jean-Jacques, who will be seek-
ing to return to the Chamber of
Deputies in the election, confirmed
he will be a candidate as part of a
new coalition that calls itself
"Ansanm Nou Fo," which translates
as "together we are strong" in
Jean is popular in Haiti for his
music and for his work through his
charity "Yele Haiti," which collect-
ed millions after the Jan. 12 earth-
quake that killed an estimated
300,000 people and knocked down
most of the government ministries
and many of the homes in the capi-
Rumors have swirled for months
that Jean would run for president.
The singer has always been careful
not to rule out a run for the office
and recorded a song "If I was
The 37-year-old was born outside
Port-au-Prince but left as a child
and grew up in Brooklyn.
Dozens of candidates are expect-
ed to contest the Nov. 28 election
including Jean's uncle, Haitian
ambassador to the U.S. Raymond
Joseph. Other likely candidates
include former prime ministers,
local mayors and another popular
Haitian musician, Michel "Sweet
All must declare themselves to
the country's electoral council by
Questions surround Jean's quali-
fications for office. He must prove
he has resided in Haiti for five con-
secutive years, own property and
have no other citizenship but
Haitian. Officials have disqualified
some candidates on technicalities
while allowing others to run.
In recent weeks Jean's Twitter
feed has been awash with original
and re-tweeted demands for trans-
parent elections, proposals for
reducing Haiti's chronic poverty
and calls to defend camps of the
estimated 1.6 million people made
homeless by the quake from forced
Jean-Jacques and other politi-
cians, including a senator from
ousted President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide's Fanmi Lavalas party --
which is not expected to be allowed
to participate in the election --
formed the Ansanm Nou Fo coali-
tion ahead of February elections
that were canceled because of the
Haiti's next president will face
the task of rebuilding a country
devastated by the Jan. 12 earth-
quake. The office is never an easy
job: Presidents have only rarely
completed a constitutional five-
year term -- most in history have
been overthrown, assassinated,
declared themselves "president-for-
life" or some combination of the
three .. .
The new school year is just around the corner. Which means you may need a few
things. At Winn-Dixie, we've got everything you need including a complete selection
of back to school essentials like paper and pens, notebooks, rulers and other supplies.
And of course, we've got lunch covered, too. The ready-made lunch favorites from our
Deli, the custom made sandwiches in our sub shop and our fresh, healthy, in-season
fruits and veggies pair up to make for the perfect school lunch. We're here to help you
get ready So make Winn-Dixie your one-stop back to school shop and together we'll
make sure that this school year is the best one yet.
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Haitian official: Wyclef
to run for president
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On the eve of our twenty-fifth anniversary, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us
as we glimpse back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.
M -Girl Power Leads MEDWeek Steering Committee: Minority Enterprise
MS DAVIS 101st Jacksonville's favorite cen- Development Week, held annually around the country to laud to America's best and
turion celebrated her 101st birthday with much fanfare brightest in minority is celebrated every year in Jacksonville. in 2000, the Steering
including her church pastor and her SHADCO team. Committee shown above was composed of Jacquie Gibbs, Mia Jones, Annette Davis
Shown at the celebration is Rev. Rudolph McKissick, and Janice Sampson representing the City of Jacksonville, Duval County School
Honoree Ms. Leota Davis, Sheriff Nat Glover and Board and the Jacksonville Transportation Association. Keynoting the Awards lunch-
SHADCO Chair Carlottra Guyton. eon was State Rep. Denise Lee.
Jazz Flutist Herbie Mann chats it up with 100 Black Men President
Kenneth Pennix in this 2002 photo by Greg Miller.
Duval County School Board Leadership Supt. John Fryer and
Regional Supt. Levi McIntosh participate in a workshop facilitated by
Betty Burney at Raines High School.
While Gov. Bush was well known during his eight year tenure for implementing the FCAT and ending affirmative action in higher education,
he also instituted the annual Black History Month Scholarship Program. The annual February event allowed children of all ages the opportu-
nity to win a FULL collegiate scholarship to the Florida institution of their choice based on a Black History essay. Shown above at the recep-
tion honoring the winners at the Governor's mansion are Frank Powell, Free Press publisher Rita Perry, Gov. Jeb Bush, EWC President Dr.
Oswald Bronson and James McLean of EWC.
Ribault 50th year Anniversary Carnival In 2006, Ribault
High School celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a school carnival.
Shown above is Ribault Principal Royce Turner and 50th Anniversary
Celebration organizer Felicia Gaines (96').Student, parents, faculty
and staff along with the Ribault community participated in a bevy of
food, games and prizes. The carnival-style celebration kicked off the
year long commemoration in which the achievements and credits of
Ribault were be highlighted. T Austin photo
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Chappell Murder Site Dedicated With Marker
A road designation ceremony has been held in honor of Mrs. Johnnie
Mae Chappell, the Jacksonville mother killed more than forty years
ago during the March 1964 riots. Following a 10+ year crusade by her
youngest son, Shelton Chappelle, formal acknowledgement marks a
stretch of US1, the location where she was killed while looking for her
wallet in 1964 in a random act of violence. Shown at the dedication
above are Alonzo Chappell, Senator Tony Hill, Shelton Chappell,
Paula Barnes Catherine Walker, Jacqueline Williams, Ernest
Chappell, Ruth Monteroy, Willie Jr., Chappelle Rep. Terry Fields and
former State representative Daisy Black at the dedication.
Local Leaders Prepare for Million More March
"The Value of Building a Covenant" was the theme for the second
Town Hall meeting of the Millions More Movement. The brainchild of
Bro. James Muhammad, chairman of From Unity to Loyalty, the
forum was held on the campus of Edward waters College to enlighten,
inspire and encourage in preparation for the Millions More
Movement March in Washington.. Shown above at a forum are (left
to right) Dr. Baruti Katembo, Desmond Muhammad and M.A.
Ahmad. (Rogers Cain not shown).
Stage Aurora Takes Jax Inside Crowns
Crowns, the off- broadway hit play written by actress and director
Regina Taylor recently graced the stages of Jacksonville thanks to
local director Darryl Hall and his Stage Aurora Theater. Preceding a
performance at the FCCJ Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium in 1995,
Michael Cunningham who wrote the book the play is based on, joined
the Jacksonville Chapter of Links and others for a book signing and
discussion. Shown above at the signing is Link member Wanda
Montgomery, author Michael Cunningham and the play's director
Darryl Hall of Stage Aurora.
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Mary J makes HSN history
Over the weekend, Mary J. Blige did a
Home Shopping Network first. She debuted
her one of a kind fragrance, My Life and
sold 50,000 bottles. This made the net-
work's fastest selling and most popular per-
fume to date, grossing about $2.7 million.
In the past, it was Diddy's fragrance that
held the crown for most sales for his I Am
King sent, but this weekend Blige took the
thrown. She and the HSN weren't the only
ones to reap benefits from the sale. Blige's foundation, FFAWN
(Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now) was given $1 for
every bottle, taking home $50,000.
Unreleased MJ songs due in
Rolling Stone is reporting that new material
from the late Michael Jackson is coming to
stores this fall courtesy of Sony Music.
Ten previously-unreleased songs are due in a t
November, which will be the first in a 10-proj-
ect, seven-year, $250 million deal the Jackson
estate signed with Sony Music in March 2010.
The pact also includes reissues of Jackson's
classic albums, greatest hits sets and a DVD collection.
The magazine said Jackson is believed to have left hard drives filled
with unheard music, much of it recorded during his 1980s peak.
Jackson's manager Frank DiLeo said he estimates that the King of Pop's
vaults contain more than 100 completed and unreleased songs, including
collaborations with artists Akon, Will.i.am and Ne-Yo.
"There are a couple of songs we recorded for the Bad album that we
had to cut that are just sensational," DiLeo said.
Lee Daniels to direct film on White House butler
Precious" director Lee Daniels has reportedly signed on to do rewrites
and direct the Laura Ziskin-produced drama "The Butler" for Sony
Pictures Entertainment, reports Deadline.
As previously reported, the movie is based on articles written by Wil
Haygood on Eugene Allen, a butler who has served 34 years in the White
House through eight presidents all of whom fought with the nation's
growing problems with segregation.
Meanwhile, Daniels continues to develop and seek financing for his
forthcoming drama "Selma," about the famous march that led to Civil
Rights reform in the country. According to Deadline, The Weinstein
Company may commit $8 million to the project for its domestic distri-
bution with another $10 million coming from other investors including
Even so, Daniels will begin rewrites on "The Butler" immediately with
hopes of starting production by year's end with Denzel Washington hav-
ing already been approached to play the lead...but it will depend on
whether "Selma" gets its financing straight deals done before "The
Butler" is ready to shoot.
"Selma" has been the source of much frustration this summer for
Daniels, who is said to be baffled that the Oscar momentum surrounding
"Precious" hasn't helped "Selma" secure financing.
TI. finally marries Tiny
After speculation that they would
do it in Hawaii two weeks ago,
n Clifford Harris, 29, better known
.o asto the world as (rapper/actor) T.I.
and longtime girlfriend (singer
and former BET reality star)
V Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, 34,
jumped the broom at a Miami
.. ...They'll repeat their vows in an
elaborate ceremony in three
The couple already did it all over again Saturday for family and friends
on a small private island off the coast of Miami Saturday. Followed by
a reception in Atlanta that afternoon before jetting off to Las Vegas to
celebrate with friends and return to the Atl next week.
Terrence Howard joins Law & Order
"Law & Order: Los Angeles" is getting another
Oscar-nominated Terrence Howard is joining the '
cast of the new NBC drama and will rotate with
co-star Alfred Molina as deputy district attorney,. .
Howard, an Oscar nominee for "Hustle &
Flow," also has appeared in the films "Iron Man,"
"Crash" and "Ray."
Alicia Keyes ties the knot R&B power couple Alicia Keys
and Swizz Beatz have tied the knot, The two were married Saturday at a
private residence overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Keys, 29, a 12-time
Grammy-award winning singer, wore a Grecian-inspired, one-shoulder
Vera Wang gown. Her groom, a DJ/producer/rapper, wore a tuxedo
designed by Tom Ford that featured a white jacket and pale pink shirt.
The couple are expecting a child together.
Fishburne upset over
daughter's porn career
By now, the budding pom career
of Laurence Fishburne's daughter
Montana has been discussed every-
where from "The Wendy Williams
Show" to "The View," with many
wondering just what the veteran
actor thinks about his 19-year-old's
"[My dad] is very upset. I heard
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that he's mad at me but I haven't
spoken to him yet," Montana told
TMZ.com. "I feel pretty confident
that I can work things out with
Montana is set to debut in an
adult film for Vivid Entertainment,
believing that a sex tape can jump
start her career the way it did for
"I think he wants to support me in,
everything I do, and though he sees
this now as a negative, I believe in
time he will view it as a positive,"
Montana said of her famous father.
She says they've always been on
good terms and spoke to each other
on a weekly basis until last week.
Montana says she never warned her
Pops about her porn aspirations and
plans to have a sit-down with him
soon to hash everything out.
NBC's stand-up competition cre-
ates a pipeline for diverse talent
Turn on the television and it
quickly becomes clear that there is
a lack of minorities in program-
ming across the board. In fact, the
major broadcast networks do not
have a show with a majority-
TBS has Tyler Perry's two shows,
Ice Cube's 'Are We There Yet?' and
George Lopez' talk show. Then
there are a few shows with black
characters in the lead, such as Jada
Pinkett-Smith's 'Hawthorne' and
LL Cool J in 'NCIS.'
Eric Deggans, television and
media critic for the St. Petersburg
Times, said that NBC has four new
shows with diverse casts this fall,
including one from 'Lost' creator
J.J. Abrams that has two lead black
Still, compared to the 1990s,
when shows like 'Martin' and 'A
Different World' were on the air,
there just aren't many black shows.
Instead, it seems that non-white
characters are sprinkled in sup-
porting roles on shows with large-
ly white casts. Meanwhile, even
quality shows that feature black
lead characters, like Dennis
Haysbert on CBS' 'The Unit,' are
"I think there need to be shows
featuring non-white characters as
lead characters. Otherwise, we all
learn to see people of color as
sidekicks in society. I would love
to see a few shows on networks
TV with majority-minority casts,
but I don't think a show like that
can get enough viewership from
white audiences -- which networks
are loathe to talk about," said
An NAACP study from 2009
found a big drop in the number of
minority actors over the last
decade: 333 during the 2002-2003
season to just 307 just four years
later. The number of minority writ-
ers in 2006-2007 seasons dropped
from 205 to 173 a couple of years
"I think its still a white, white
world," comedian and producer
Wil Sylvince (pictured above
with Mike Epps) said. "We are
trying to make moves to change
One of those steps is NBC's
Stand-Up for Diversity, a nation-
wide search to find the funniest
comics from diverse backgrounds.
Now in its seventh year, the show-
case has created a pool of talent
for NBC, leading to other opportu-
nities for those involved, Kendra
Carter, director of talent and diver-
sity initiatives for NBC Universal
With the change in technology,
there are more opportunities than
ever before, said Sylvince.
"We should create our own. We
shouldn't wait for the corporations
because we have more opportuni-
ties than in years past. Equipment
is cheaper. You can make a movie
with a digital camera and a lap-
In short, the message to aspiring
artists of diverse backgrounds is to
get out and do it. Network televi-
sion also needs to step up their
efforts, said Deggans.
"I think we've reached the point
where we need all networks to try
a little for diversity in casting and
employment rather than have one
network try a grand experiment
every season," Deggans,said
Stand-Up for Diversity has one
more open call this summer on
Sept. 13 at The Punchline in San
Francisco. The finale will be held
in December in Los Angeles.
"We still have a long way to go.
We just have to keep proving our-
selves," said Sylvince. "It's like,
hey, we are funny, talented people
here again. It's kind of like playing
peekaboo with a baby."
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