Hall of Fame
Neighboring Georgia second in the
nation for Black owned businesses
The U.S. Census Bureau reported recently that Georgia has the second-
highest percentage of black-owned businesses in the nation at 20.4 per-
cent. Only the District of Columbia, at 28.2 percent of the city's busi-
nesses, has a larger percentage of African-American ownership.
From 2002 to 2007, the number of minority-owned businesses in the
nation increased by 45.6 percent to 5.8 million, more than twice the rate
of all U.S. businesses, the bureau said.
Georgia is home to some of the nation's top historically black colleges
and universities. Fortune 500 companies have been training grounds for
entrepreneurs. The African-American community itself has traditionally
invested in startups when banks would not lend
Black-owned businesses in Georgia cover a wide range of industries,
including risk management firms, clinics, hotels, telemarketing and data
centers, and public relations and advertising agencies. Some are well-
known, including construction giant H.J. Russell & Co. and Citizens
Michigan serial killer targeting Black
men believed now to be in Virginia
Leesburg, Va. A serial killer in Michigan has
now been linked to a series of violent attacks in
Leesburg. The suspect randomly stabs his vic-
tims. His last attack in Flint, Mich. was just the
t day before his first one on August 3 in
Leesburg,Va a 9.5 hour drive away.
Police say the similarities between the serial
killings in Michigan, another stabbing in Toledo,
Ohio and the stabbings in northern Virginia are
In Leesburg, two men randomly stabbed and another was attacked with
a hammer. The two stabbing victims remain in the hospital. One person
lost his kidney but both victims are expected to survive.
In all three states, almost all of the victims were or appeared to be
African-American. Sometimes the attacker strikes up a conversation,
sometimes he strikes with no warning. He drives a dark green blazer.
This suspect is on the move and appears to have left behind a string of
victims in at least three states. Police say they are working with the
NAACP to spread the word within the African-American community that
a serial killer might be targeting them.
Master recordings of Bob Marley
burned in mysterious fire
Master recordings and concert footage of reggae icon Bob Marley were
recently destroyed in a warehouse fire in Aburi, Ghana. Details are
sketchy, but the warehouse was under the care of Marley's wife, Rita,
who had planned to convert the building into a solar-powered studio.
It seems that at a time when some music fans are treated to rediscovered
"lost recordings" and "buried treasures" of music greats who have passed
away, the catalog of Marley music and video is shrinking.
Ex-White House Social Secretary
to Lead Johnson Publishing
Desire Rogers, the former Obama Administration White House social
Secretary, has been named chief executive officer
of Johnson Publishing, the company.
Rogers will oversee the day-to-day operations of
the Chicago-based firm that publishes Ebony and
Jet magazines. Linda Johnson Rice, the daughter
of company founder John H. Johnson -- who died
in 2005 -- will continue as chairman.
As CEO, Rogers will focus on "aligning core
business strategies for all brands," according to a
company statement. That's a rather opaque way of saying that she will
have to figure out how to take the legacy of Johnson Publishing, found-
ed in 1945, and transform it into something viable in today's competitive
media environment in which a host of publications and Web sites have
muscled in on territory it once owned.
Lawsuit filed against Census Bureau
for discrimination in hiring
Civil rights groups have accused the U.S. Census Bureau of discrimi-
nation in its hiring of more than a million temporary workers to conduct
the 2010 census, saying it ignored a warning from a federal agency that
its hiring practices might violate the Civil Rights Act.
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Center for
Constitutional Rights and the Public Citizen Litigation Group were
among groups that sued the secretary of the U.S. Department of
Commerce in April to end the hiring practices and obtain back pay for
plaintiffs. They beefed up the lawsuit with new claims and plaintiffs.
The lawsuit, which seek class action status in U.S. District Court in
Manhattan, alleges the Cen us Bureau in hiring temporary workers over
the past two years illegally screened out applicants with often decades-
old arrest records for minor\offenses or those who were arrested but
never convicted. It accuses the bureau, a division of the Department of
Commerce, of discriminating against more than 100,000 blacks, Latinos
and Native Americans, who are more likely to have arrest records than
CO' A 1 Q LALITY BLACK VVE EKLY 50Cents
Volume 23 No 47 Jacksonville, Florida August 12-18, 2010
It's on! National leadership prefer to fight ethics charges in court
by. HT. Edney
U. S. Reps. Maxine Waters (D-
Calif.) and Charles B. Rangel (D-
N.Y.) are apparently seeking to
downplay public allegations of
racism as they seek to make the
facts of their cases heard before the
Office of Congressional Ethics.
"People are speculating all kinds
of things," Waters said in an August
6 interview with the NNPA News
Service. "There is one thing that I
am clear about though. I am clear
that if this gets obscured with any
other argument before we get our
facts out, we Two ofAmer
don't stand a highest rank
chance because highest rank
people will say -American po
we're hiding leaders have
behind race or brought up o
something. So, Ioug
think what has to charges, wit
happen is the demanding ti
charges have to
be clear, we have working or not
to have our day in Longstanding Congressional working."
to have our day in Representatives Maxine Waters and At NNPA
court and then Charles Rangel are ready to fight. deadline this
let's deal with the week, Waters awatdnmera ti
process and how the system is week Waters awaited enumeration
th some even
of charges involv-
ing the receipt of
$12 million in
bailout funds by
Bank, where her
stock. Rangel faces
13 charges involv-
of income on his
financial disclosure forms and
alleged fund-raising violations.
Continued on page 3
Centenarian celebrates milestone marked with majesty
A tribute fit for a "king" best
describes the weekend celebration
for Benjamin Jefferson Smith, a
beloved patriarch who celebrated
his 100th birthday amidst a sea of
family and friends. Hundreds of
family members and friends packed
the Curmner Museum of Art &
Gardens on Saturday (August 7th)
for a black-tie dinner party that fea-
tured a live band, gospel chorale,'.
musical selections, special video
presentation, and six-tier cake. The
honoree and his guests worshipped
together the following morning at
Little Rock Baptist Church where
Smith has held membership for 69
years followed by a Bar-B-Q pic-
nic at Hanna Park, Atlantic Beach.
"I am so thankful to have been
blessed with so many years and
such wonderful people to share it
with," said Smith. "This weekend
has been very special."
Born August 7, 1910 in
Waynesville, Ga., Smith and his
wife, the late Mildred Olivia
Bradley, relocated to Jacksonville Andre Wells, Benjamin Jefferson's 19th grandchild and event host, gets him ready for the cel-
in 1955 where they raised 12 chil-
in 1955 where they raised 12 chil- ebration honoring his 100th birthday at the Cummer Museum of Art.
five daughters, Smith is six sons adored by dren, and 2 great-great-great grand- owner), Smith worked for the active in his church and the north
five daughters, Smith is adored by children. An entrepreneur (restau- Terminal Paper Bag Company for side community where he has lived
33 grandchildren, 68 great grand-
children, 62 great-great grandchil- rant and pulpwood business 22 years before retiring. He remains for 55 years.
Hill and Robinson visit Benin, Africa
Basketball pros shown above take on President Obama and friends.
Obama marks birthday
Shown above is Sen. Hill and Dr. Robinson in Benin, Africa
Senator Tony Hill and Dr. Carlton Robinson, President of the First Coast
African American Chamber of Commerce, recently returned to
Jacksonville from a successful business mission to the Republic of Benin.
The trip was designed to build on the agreement signed between the First
Coast African American Chamber of Commerce and the Benin Chamber
of Commerce of Industry and Business. Since last August both men have
sustained a relationship with key members of the African delegation lead-
ing to this business mission. During their.time there Benin was celebrating
their 50th Anniversary of Independence, 1960 to 2010. See page 2.
President Obama was joined on
the court last weekend for a pick-up
game of basketball by about a
dozen professional basketball
greats past and present.
Among the remarkable list of ath-
letes playing at Ft. McNair in
Washington, D.C., were LeBron
James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane
Wade, Derek Fisher, Chris Paul,
Earvin "Magic" Johnson,
Chauncey Billups, Grant Hill,
Derrick Rose and Bill Russell.
Kobe Bryant was on hand but did
A few of the president's buddies
from Chicago and Hawaii were in
town for his week-long 49th birth-
day celebration, also took part.
The group played in front of
"wounded warriors," U.S. troops
injured in the line of duty and par-
ticipants in the White House men-
With his wife and two daughters
away, his celebration included golf
with buddies at Andrews Air Force
Base and a cookout on the south
lawn of the White House late
or just fat?
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Can you really afford a new car?
Senator Hill and Dr. Carlton Robinson President of First Coast African American Chamber of
Commerce with Claudine Prudencio, Benin Minister of Tourism. She is presenting Senator Hill with a CD
Hill travels to Benin Africa to bring
business back to the First Coast
Continued from page 1
Senator Hill and Dr Robinson will
share their experiences and busi-
ness opportunities with the public at
the 3rd Annual Northeast Florida
Economic Opportunity Summit to
be held Friday, September 10, 2010
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Public Library.
As a result of this trip Hill and
Robinson developed three pillars to
support and strengthen the relation-
ship between the Unites States and
the Republic of Benin, their cham-
bers, and other interested parties:
Port Opportunities, Cultural
Tourism, and Business Tourism.
While in Benin, they visited the
Benin Embassy in Washington, DC;
Fellowshipped with the President of
the Benin Chamber of Commerce,
Ataou Souflano, his family and key
advisers; Toured the political capi-
tal of Benin (Porto Novo) ; Toured
the Economic Capital of Benin
(Cotonou); Identified key industries
and opportunities to be shared at the
September 10, 2010 Summit to be
held in Jacksonville; Were ., ,-.,-. -:.,
guest at Benin Chamber of
Conference; Were guest at
the 50th Anniversary. -.
Celebration of Independence
featuring 12 Heads of State;
Visited Obama International
Beach; Visited Ouidah (Door
of No Return and Slave .
Road); Visited Portuguese
Fort; Visited The Slave
Marketplace; Visited The
Tree of Forgetting; Visited
The Zoungboji Road; Visited
The Memorial of Zungboji.
Senator Hill states that as a .,-.-
result of this trip there is the
possibility of the establish-
ment of a Benin House in
Jacksonville, and that he Hill stands on the steps of The Door of
hopes a delegation from No Return in Benin where many
Benin will visit Jacksonville Africans to begin their life of slavery in
the second or 3rd week of North America.
November, 2010 for a confer-
ence to continue with the work
begun during their visit.
Black teens continue
to suffer in job market
WASHINGTON Companies showed a lack of confidence about hir-
ing for a third straight month in July, making it likely the economy will
grow more slowly the rest of the year. The unemployment rate was
unchanged at 9.5 percent.
Private employers added a net total of only 71,000 jobs in July, far below
the roughly 200,000 needed each month to reduce the unemployment rate.
African American unemployment edged up to 15.6 percent, while black
teen unemployment rose to 40.6 percent, the highest of any group.
Overall, the economy lost a net total of 131,000 jobs last month, the
Labor Department said Friday, mostly because 143,000 temporary census
Investors reacted by selling stock futures and shifted into safer invest-
ments such as Treasury bonds. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note,
which helps set interest rates on mortgages and other consumer loans, fell
to 2.87 percent from 2.91 percent late Thursday.
The department also revised down its jobs figures for June, saying busi-
nesses hired fewer workers than previously estimated. June's private-sec-
tor job gains were lowered to 31,000 from 83,000. May's were raised
slightly to show 51,000 net new jobs, up from 33,000.
By Jason Alderman
When I was growing up, car man-
ufacturers made a big deal each fall
about unveiling next year's models,
literally shrouding them in secrecy
under tarps in print and TV ads until
the launch date. Car-crazy dads
would then rush down to the dealer
for a test drive.
New models now roll out year
round and financing methods
have gotten more flexible as well.
Back then, many people saved for
years in order to pay cash for a new
car; today, most people I know take
out car loans. In fact, many saddle
themselves with debt that might
take five or more years to pay off-
money they could be saving to buy
a home or pay for retirement.
Although a longer-term loan may
lower monthly payment amounts or
enable you to buy a more expensive
car than you could otherwise afford,
it can also have unexpected, costly
The longer your loan term, the
more interest you ultimately pay.
For example, on a six-year, $25,000
loan at 6 percent interest, you
would pay $1,659 more than for a
comparable four-year loan.
When calculating how much car
they can afford, many people forget
to factor in such expenses as a
down payment, insurance, sales tax,
registration and emission fees,
maintenance and repairs, which can
add thousands of dollars to the
New cars typically lose 20 per-
cent or more in value the minute
you drive them off the lot. Thus, if
you put 10 percent down on a
$25,000 car and borrowed the rest,
you'd automatically owe $22,500
on a car that might only be worth
$20,000. If you suddenly had to sell
it, would you have $2,500 to pay
off the loan? (Not to mention hav-
ing to come up with the cash to buy
Worse yet, if the car were stolen
or totaled in an accident, depending
on your insurance coverage you
could owe much more.
Before you sign on for a new car
payment you can't afford, consider
Today's cars are much better
constructed and more reliable than
in the past. With proper mainte-
nance, you might be able to get
150,000 or more miles out of your
current car before repair costs
become prohibitive. Check your
car's service manual for mainte-
nance guidelines. If you can't find
it, go to your car manufacturer's
A good used car could save you
thousands of dollars, both in price
and insurance costs. To find a reli-
able used car, look for a certified
pre-owned (CPO) vehicle backed
by a manufacturer's warranty.
Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)
and Cars.com (www.cars.com) both
have good discussions on CPOs.
Also, ask friends or reputable
mechanics for reliable referrals.
Before purchasing a used car,
look into obtaining a Vehicle
History Report, available from
www.carfax.com and other sites for
a small fee. These reports will trace
the car's history by vehicle identifi-
cation number on a nationwide
database to make sure it's not a
lemon or has title problems.
Recession Recovery and Beyond JCCI Invites community to help
Council Inc. (JCCI) has announced
its 71st major community study -
"Recession Recovery and Beyond:
Job Creation, Employment and
Improving Northeast Florida's
The effort will focus on the
answers to how Northeast Florida
can quickly create jobs and best
position the region for long-term
economic growth. It will begin in
October 2010 with fact-finding
visits to each of the seven counties
covered by the study. Elaine
Brown, incoming president of the
Northeast Florida Regional
Council and former Jacksonville
City Council President, will chair
the 25-week project.
Citizens in the region submitted
hundreds of topic recommenda-
tions to JCCI this year.
Employment and questions about
the region's economic future dom-
inated their inputs. Local concerns
about the economic future of the
region matched a statewide
Leadership Florida survey done
this spring. According to JCCI
executive director Skip Cramer,
"Without a doubt, this is the #1
JCCI has conducted more than
70 local and regional studies over
the past 35 years, following each
with two years of citizen-led
implementation advocacy efforts
to turn recommendations from
ideas into action. Last year's "Our
Money, Our City: Financing
Jacksonville's Future" study has
resulted in major restructuring of
the Duval County budget process
and placed financial sustainability
in the public eye.
JCCI studies require broad com-
munity participation and all ses-
sions are open to the public. For
additional information and to sign
up call 396-3052. or
The 7cji r.l Fair H -'i,."'s Act *,' "; your riqht to -, where you
want. In fact, in any decision rental, sales, or 1:9..' it is
against the law to consider race, color, national origin, ei,!,., sex,
disability, or family status. I ., think .,:, 've been denied housing,
please call us. Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
Local playwrights sell out Ritz with Gospel play
Porter Girls fete mother with 70th birthday party
Siblings Syleste Porter, Sharon Porter Thompson and Tanzy Porter-James recently feted their mother with a
70th birthday celebration. Held at the St. John's Pavilion on the banks of the St. Johns River, Rometa Porter was
treated to a night to remember. Friends and relatives traveled from around the country for the secretly planned
event that included the traditional fare of food and entertainment. The honoree made sure to take a photo with
each of her guests amidst a specially designed "RP" backdrop. In addition to a line caller and a DJ playing her
favorite tunes from throughout the years, guests sang an extended Happy Birthday to her followed by personal
tributes. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of her custom designed cake in her favorite Tiffany Blue
color accented by a "St Johns" shopping bag. The birthday celebration continued throughout the weekend with
more activities planned by the Porters Girls for their beloved mother. R. Silver photo
Local Boys and Girls Club students win
$2,500 to start their own businesses
Local students who $2,500 to bring their entrepreneur dreams to life
included (L-R) Simone Evans, Aaron Jones and Dion McCormick.
Last week teens from around the First Coast participated in the Boys &
Girls Club of America's Graduate to Go Business Camp. The two day
event included activities where teens learned more about business eti-
quette, attended roundtable and mentoring sessions, as well as presented a
business plan to be judged by local influential's. Three teens won $2500 to
make their business plans come to life. In the Jacksonville metropolitan
area, an estimated 7,700 students dropped out high school in 2008 and in
the U.S. one student drops out of high school every 26 seconds. The pro-
gram hopes to combat the epidemic by inspiring students.
Fulfilling His Purpose Entertainment presented the gospel stage play "Saved on Sunday" last week at the Ritz
Theatre to a sold out audience. The production was the brainchild of local playwright LaShawn Butler and Deona
Sawyer and featured a wide variety of talent from professional to newly discovered. Motivated by the desire to
tackle the taboo, Ms. Sawyer says they to move on to films and more plays while spreading their Christian mes-
sage. Shown above following the performance is actor Joseph Walls, playwright Deonna Sawyer and pro-
ducer Lindsy Bivens. R. Silver photo
Jags Fans, get ready for I
Spy with the Free Press Eye
Jags fans are you ready for football season? Field photographer
Frank Powell is ready to catch all of the Jaguar shots and capture you
in the stands as the revamped Jaguars prepare to make us a proud. He
is shown above next to the "Big Cat" outside of the Stadium. The
schedule begins Friday, August 13th with a televised exhibition game
in Philadelphia, Pa. The regular season begins at home against annu-
al rivals the Denver Broncos on September 12th. Other home games
include the Philadelphia Eagles 9/26, Indianapolis Colts 10/3,
Tennessee Titans 10/18, Houston Texans 11/14, Cleveland Browns
11/24, Oakland Raiders 12/12 and concludes on December 26th
against the Washington Redskins.
Shown above is Kathy Williams graciously accepting her toasts.
Links honor Kathy Wilson
Local members of The Links
Inc., a 12,000+ national women'
service organization, recently gath-
ered at the Hyatt Hotel to honor one
of their own Bold City Chapter
member Kathy Wilson. The casual
celebration honored Wilson for her
recent election at the national con-
fab as treasurer of the organization
in a highly contested race.
Held following the annual plan-
ning retreat of her home chapter,
the festive reception included a
champagne toast and custom deco-
rated cake. Her Link "sisters" cir-
cled the honoree and each gave
accolades followed by a toast in
honor of the celebration.
"I may be in D.C. (Links head-
quarters) a lot now but you know
my heart remains in Bold City", she
said. Wilson is a charter member of
the Bold City Chapter and has
served as the organizations
President and past Treasurer of the
The newly retired executive attor-
ney from CSX says she is working
now more than ever as she finan-
cially manages the noted organiza-
tions multi-million dollar budget.
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Rangel, Waters ready for a fight
Continued from page 1
Rangel is moving on with cam-
paigning for re-election to the
office he has held since 1971. He is
being challenged by Adam Clayton
Powell IV. Rangel succeeded his
grandfather, Adam Clayton Powell
"Do I believe the case is racially
motivated? No. So, I'd like to
acknowledge my re-election which
I'm concentrating on," Rangel said
in a message left on the NNPA
voice mail. "And the hearing date
has not been set, so that's about the
size of it."
The fact is that of 30 probes con-
sidered since late last year, the only
members considered for full-
fledged investigations have been
CBC members. So far, Rangel and
Walters are the only two to face
charges. This has drawn charges of
racism from pundits, Black journal-
ists and publishers. Both Rangel
and Waters have been icons for
Black justice in Congress and pio-
neers for programs to help the poor
"If It Sounds Like Racism and
Acts Like Racism, Then It is
Probably Racism," states the head-
line on a commentary written by
NNPA Chairman Danny J.
Bakewell, Sr. and published on the
NNPA News Service.
Political Scientist Ron Walters
says it seems both Waters and
Rangel would politically embrace
the racial allegations given their
Black constituencies. Her 35th
Congressional District is about 35
percent Black; about 10 percent
White and the rest predominately
Latino. His Harlem-based district is
predomanently Black. "But they
don't want race to get in the way of
the facts," Walters says.
Both Rangel and Waters
acknowledge the support from
Black newspapers and other leaders
"I thank the NNPA for the sup-
portive work that they've done and
Mr. Bakewell has been terrific.
Thank you," he said in the voice
"You guys are doing fine. Just
keep doing what you're doing,"
says Waters, expressing her respect
for the First Amendment.
"Other people need to have the
opportunity to say what they think.
We have to have a chance to get our
story out," she said. "If we don't
have a chance to get our story out,
we don't stand a chance. And so let
other people speculate. But for us,
we just have to deal with our facts
and let those chips fall where they
Waters is pushing for a speedy
trial long before the Nov. 2 election
in which she faces Black
Republican homeless activist Ted
Hayes. He is not considered to be a
formidable candidate or a threat to
her seat. But, her reputation and the
truth are still concerns, she says. "I
am deeply concerned by the
Committee's failure to announce a
date for a public hearing in its most
recent press release," she wrote in a
letter to Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-
Calif.) and Jo Bonner (R-Ala.),
chair and ranking member of the
ethics panel. "I feel strongly that
further delay in the scheduling of
the hearing violates the fundamen-
tal principles of due process, denies
my constituents the opportunity to
evaluate this case, and harms my
ability to defend my integrity."
CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee
(D-Calif.) is standing with Waters
as she has with Rangel.
"Throughout her tenure in
Congress, and in the California
State Legislature before that,
Congresswoman Waters has been a
tireless and effective -advocate for
underrepresented and underserved
communities and institutions. She
continues to be an important voice
on those and many other issues and
should not have her rights usurped
by politicians or the press," Lee
wrote in a statement.
Lee says the media has appeared
to try to convict Waters before the
trial, an appearance that is particu-
larly frustrating to Waters.
"The media doesn't even have the
story yet. The facts are not out yet,"
she said in the NNPA interview.
"And that's why I have asked that
the charges be put forth and that we
have an opportunity to respond to
them and have a fair proceeding in
which all the facts are laid out."
She is emboldened by the long-
standing support for her and her
"We have a lot of support out
there. People want to know what's
happening," she said. "We will be
fighting both legally and political-
Obama signs emergency bill to halt teacher layoffs
WASHINGTON This week the before children return to class- for in this fall's elections. The le
House pushed through an emer- rooms minus teachers laid off isolation was approved main
agency $26 billion jobs bill that because of budgetary crises in along party lines by a vote of 24
Democrats said would save states that have been hard-hit by 161.
300,000 teachers, police and others the recession. The aid for the states is to be pi
from election-year layoffs. Republicans saw it differently, for mostly by closing a tax loc
President Barack Obama immedi- calling the bill a giveaway to hole used by multinational colr
ately signed it into law. teachers' unions and an example of rations and by reducing food stai
During the one-day session, wasteful Washington spending that benefits for the poor.
Democrats declared a need to act voters will punish the Democrats
August 12-18, 2010
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Page 4 Ms. Perrys Free Press
Why Amendment 4 for is Bad for all Floridians
All of us are guilty at some point
or another of being a NIMBY. Of
course the term is an acronym for
Not In My Backyard.
It may be that affordable housing
development around the comer or it
could be that new pawnshop or bar
up the street, but at some point in
our lives we have been uncomfort-
able with something or someone
that wants to live or work near us.
Typically our reaction is to do
what we can to stop the project
from being built it's our right to
be pragmatic and judgmental right?
So how do you ensure that citi-
zens have control over comprehen-
sive zoning and land use changes in
their communities? Well, you sim-
ply create a referendum that gives
citizens the power to approve or
disapprove of any proposed com-
prehensive changes via vote.
Now that sounds like Democracy
at work right? Wrong. It sounds
more like mass confusion to me.
And if you are really confused let
me shine a little light on the issue.
In November, Floridians will go to
the polls and vote for a number of
races and referendums including
If we follow the amendment 4
criteria then you can basically kiss
much of the economic develop-
ment related to building new
offices, retail centers, apartments
on land that needs to be rezoned
Amendment 4 is a proposed
amendment of Florida's constitu-
tion, which would require taxpay-
er-funded referenda on all changes
to local government comprehen-
One of the fundamental problems
with Amendment 4 is that it is
direct conflict with our current
form of government. The United
States is a true democracy, but not a
The U.S. is representative
democracy in which the citizens
delegate authority to elected "rep-
resentatives." This type of govern-
ment is in direct conflict with a
direct or pure democracy in which
all citizens who choose to partici-
pate vote on laws, initiatives, land
use changes, etc.
Of course pure/direct democra-
cies are very complicated and rare.
When we vote on ballot initiatives
like Amendment 4 we are exercis-
ing a form of pure democracy. I
agree with the ballot initiative/ref-
erendum process in theory, but we
all know that it's a process that can
be and has been manipulated by
special interest groups.
And that's the danger of groups
having the ability to secure a cer-
tain amount of signatures to put an
issue on the ballot for a vote of cit-
izens. It's a double edge sword
because there have been great bal-
lot initiatives in the past, but there
have also been questionable refer-
No Smoking Gun in House Ethics Committee
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
took a bold and virtually unprece-
dented step. She challenged the
House Ethics Committee to fully
release the entire report on her
alleged ethics violation. The charge
is that Waters used her influence to
get the Treasury to funnel $12 mil-
lion to a bank that her husband
once sat on the board of directors of
and had stock in. This violated the
House code of conduct rule that
states: Members "may not permit
compensation to accrue to the ben-
eficial interest of such individual
from any source, the receipt of
which would occur by virtue of
influence improperly exerted from
the position of such individual in
Waters' challenge is unprece-
dented for two troubling reasons.
The Ethics committee wraps its
investigations in a thick cloud of
secrecy. It literally takes an act of
Congress to get the committee to
publicly reveal the details of the
case it makes against one of its
own. That's the case again with
Waters. The committee completed
its investigation, and published its
eyes only report in August 2009.
The second reason Waters made
the demand for full disclosure is
more troubling. There is no smok-
ing gun proof that she did anything
wrong. This writer received a copy
of the eighty page report. The
report contains a summary of the
allegation, a jurisdictional state-
ment, procedural history, and a
summary of investigative activity.
There are eighteen exhibits of
memos, affidavits, testimony and
interviews with Waters and the
other principals involved.
Waters in June, 2009. She admitted
that she called then Treasury
Secretary Henry M. Paulson and
asked for a meeting with the
National Bankers Assn. The
Association is the trade association
for the nation's 103 minority and
women-owned banks. Waters
requested that Robert Cooper, NBA
President-Elect supply her with
"talking points" to explain the pur-
pose of the meeting. The meeting
focused solely on the government
takeover of Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac and the severe finan-
cial impact the takeover had on the
minority banks. She did not say
who should attend, or the meeting
agenda. No member of her staff
The report makes clear that the
only financial interest Waters had
in One United Bank was invest-
ment income deposited five years
ago. She disclosed that in her finan-
cial disclosure statement. Waters
was asked why she did not attend
the meeting with Treasury, she stat-
ed "Why should I don't think
members normally do that The
NBA are their own best advocates,
let them tell their own story, that's
how I see it." Waters chairs the
House Financial Services
Subcommittee. The ethics commit-
tee acknowledged that in that
capacity she talked with Paulson
frequently on issues involving the
bank bailout, minority investment
banks, money managers, and toxic
Treasury officials routinely testi-
fy before her subcommittee. The
committee noted that Water's hus-
band had resigned his position on
the board of One United five
months before the meeting between
Paulson and the NBA in September
The committee interviewed 2008. The subsequent letters,
memos and correspondence
between Waters office and the
NBA essentially confirm that a
meeting was requested, the NBA
officials did attend, and that her
office was informed of the meeting.
The committee interviewed
Paulson in April, 2009. He detailed
the circumstances that led to the
takeover of Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac and the financial
impact and confusion it caused.
Paulson said that he received 70
and 80 calls a day from banks, and
financial industry groups about the
takeover. Waters' call was one of
them. Paulson was adamant that
Waters did not "mention a particu-
lar bank" when she requested the
meeting. Paulson quickly added
that "even if she had mentioned
that she had a personal financial
interest in One United Bank that he
would still have granted the meet-
ing. He considered the request rea-
sonable and non-partisan.
The same month the committee
interviewed Congressman Barney
Frank. Frank flatly said that he had
frequent dealings with the NBA,
and that One United Bank "was
never a major presence." When he
thought of NBA "he thought of
southern banks and not One
United." In December One United
got $12 million in TARP funds, but
Frank, who chairs the House finan-
cial-services committee, said it had
nothing to do with Waters interven-
tion. Franks wrote a provision in
the federal bailout legislation that
was specifically designed to aid
One United. Frank has said he
inserted it because One United was
the only African-American owned
bank in his home state,
Masschusetts. In an earlier inter-
view, he made it clear that Waters'
interest "had zero impact on the
outcome because I would have
done it anyway."
The actual committee report
reveals in full detail that Waters did
not profit from or influence deci-
sions the Treasury made to help
One United Bank, or any other
minority bank. But the damage has
been done. Waters is now firmly
imprinted in the media and public
mind as the poster politician for
congressional corruption. She's
black, high profile, a ranking
Democrat, and outspoken. That
instantly made her an inviting tar-
get to dump on the political hot
seat. The release of the full report
endums or mandates that are passed
without an implementation plan or
And that's one of the biggest
dangers of Amendment 4 the cost
to local municipalities could be
astronomical. Think about the fact
that every level of government is
already struggling to balance budg-
If an election were held every
time a comprehensive plan amend-
ment is proposed or quarterly elec-
tions are established to deal with
these referenda the affect on local
government's budgets would be
devastating. Municipalities may
have to choose between holding
these elections or keeping libraries
and community centers open.
Sounds ridiculous right? Well, a
microcosm of what the state may
have to look forward to can be seen
in the small town of St. Pete Beach.
The town implemented a local
version of Amendment 4 back in
2006. And since it's passage, the
initiatives has devastated the local
economy and caused mass confu-
sion at the polls.
So far, the town has had to deal
with over ten lawsuits that have
cost local taxpayers almost three-
quarters of a million dollars in legal
Here's a figure to think about.
Florida has 67 counties, and there
are sometimes several townships or
municipalities in each county.
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Under Amendment 4, each local
government would be required to
hold regular elections to deal with
comp plan amendments.
What complicates the matter
more is that voters will be asked to
vote not only on large real estate
development projects but also on
all minor or technical changes to
their local comprehensive plan.
Some cities have dozens of com-
prehensive plan changes every
year, and there is a large cost asso-
ciated with every election held.
Imagine the chaos and economic
impact on this state if Amendment
4 passes. St. Pete Beach is a simple
drop in the bucket compared to the
much larger impacts to the state.
According to a study conducted
by The Washington Economics
Group, Amendment 4 will reduce
Florida's economic output by $34
billion annually. Even if this num-
ber is off by a little bit it's clear
that this amendment could cripple
A group called Florida
Hometown Democracy, which is an
antigrowth organization, is spon-
soring the amendment. Remember
at the beginning of this piece I
talked about NIMBYism, well it
doesn't get any worse than this
It's like building a house on the
beach and after you are finished
with your home, you try to figure
Continued on page 5
Let the trials begin ., s
Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters are icons in Black -
American politics. The buzz among Black should be m S .
about how each of their character is being called into
question by a House Ethics Committee. With accusa-
tions each used their office for personal gain; the public
should use the upcoming hearings to gauge the truth about Mr. Rangel and
Ms. Waters What House rule did either bend or brake for personal gain?
Congressman Rangel has represented Harlem's 15th District since 1971.
He is surely guilty of poor bookkeeping but, spite may be at play in the accu-
sation Rangel "abused his office" by using a congressional staffer and offi-
cial stationery toward "personal gain". What is at question is self-aggran-
dizement for Charlie and methods he used toward raising $30 million for a
Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service at the City College of New
York. Many in Congress may take umbrage of the idea of such an institu-
tion to house his papers and curate his legacy. Rangel's Center supports
research on the advancement of underserved populations in public service
and provides paid research opportunities for students. But, Ethics
Committee charges make much that Rangel would have a well-appointed
office at the "Rangel Conference Center" facility and at the "Charles Rangel
Library" for his papers and memorabilia. It is planned to be as important as
the Clinton and Carter Libraries.
In the case of Maxine Waters, who represents California's 35th District;
she was doing what so few in government service have the desire, or incli-
nation to do: put money into Black banks. The charges say Waters used her
influence to get the U.S. Treasury to funnel $12 million to a bank that her
husband once sat on the board of directors of and had stock in. But, Water's
husband had resigned his position on the board of OneUnited five months
before the meeting Waters arranged for September 2008 between Treasury
Secretary Henry M. Paulson and the National Bankers Association.
OneUnited is a member of the National Bankers Association (NBA), a
trade association of the nation's 103 minority and women-owned banks. The
meeting with Paulson had to do with the government takeover of Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac and the severe financial impact the takeover had on
the minority banks. OneUnited, like many banks at the time, was in a des-
perate position after losing $50 million worth of stock it had held in the
housing finance companies following the fed's takeover of them. It will
come to the fore that the only financial interest Waters had in OneUnited was
investment income deposited five years prior. In her position as a sub-com-
mittee chair of financial services, Waters talked with Paulson frequently on
issues involving the bank bailout, minority investment banks, money man-
agers, and toxic assets.
There is nothing wrong with getting money put in Black banks. Over
$790 billion went to major banks in TARP programs. The "right" would be
putting more money among NBA member banks owned by African-
Americans, Native-Americans, American-Indians, East-Indians, Hispanics,
Asian-Americans and Women. Located in 29 states, 60 cities and the
District of Columbia, these valuable institutions employ over 15,000 people
and hold assets of $31 billion. Little more than a "novelty" among most
Americans, these banks service 3 million depositors and provide jobs, entre-
preneurial capital and economic revitalization in neighborhoods which often
have little or no access to financial services.
Politics ain't beanbag and charges of "corruption" have been leveled
against Waters before. In 2009, Citizens Against Government Waste named
her "Porker of the Month" for directing an earmark to the Maxine Waters
Employment Preparation Center. The Los Angeles facility, originally estab-
lished in 1966 as the Watts Skills Center, provides specialized "educational
programs" to assist students from diverse age groups and cultural back-
So, come September "let the trials begin". Congressman Rangel and
Congresswoman Waters may have stayed in the House a little long, but they
aren't crooks. They are right to insist on chances to clear their names and
legacies of charges that range from the technical all the way to the trivial.
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 5
August 12-18, UU
S-AM DJ and activist Tom Joyner to
forge HBCU legacy with online classes
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010 gather with their gold blazers and busts that were presented to
them at the Hall of Fame Festival Enshrinees Dinner in Canton, Ohio.Included are Russ Grimm, Rickey
Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little. John Randle, Jerry Rice (also shown in inset) and Emmitt Smith.
Two of NFL's
Linked as the NFL's leading
receiver and rusher, two of the
greatest players football has seen
entered the Hall of Fame last week-
end. Both admitted their destinies
"This is finally it," Rice said.
"There are no more routes to run,
no more touchdowns to score, no
more records to set. That young boy
from Mississippi has finally
An hour later, Smith tried to hold
back his tears as he reflected on his
"Most people only dream," Smith
said. "I not only had my childhood
dream, I did everything I could to
Rice was the man who took away
everyone's breath during an incred-
ible 20 years and was one of seven
NFL greats to enter the shrine as the
Class of 2010. It is one of the
strongest groups ever inducted, also
including John Randle, Dick
LeBeau, Rickey Jackson, Russ
Grimm and Floyd Little.
Rice holds every important pass-
catching record as the game break-
er in the West Coast offense for the
San Francisco 49ers. In becoming
the top target in the pro game's most
dangerous scheme, he established
marks that might never be broken.
Looking as fit as any current All-
Pro, Rice admits he made one
major mistake during that unparal-
"My single regret about my career
is I never took the time to enjoy it,"
he said. "I was always working.
Smith began choking up during a
one-minute standing ovation as he
stepped to the microphone as the
final inductee. He immediately
praised Walter Payton, the man he
surpassed as rushing king, and rec-
ognized the two other Hall of Fame
members of the Cowboys' Triplets,
Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin.
Smith rushed for 18,355 yards,
with 164 touchdowns, 11 seasons
with 1,000 or more yards on the
ground, and 78 games with 100
Smith made the hall in his first
year of eligibility and won three
Super Bowls, taking MVP honors
in the 1994 game.
While Rice and Smith were imme-
diate selections for the hall, LeBeau
was inducted after a 32-year wait.
"Man, this really is a great day to
be alive," said LeBeau, elected by
the senior committee.
LeBeau was chosen for his 14-
year career as a cornerback with the
Detroit Lions, in which he had 62
interceptions, still eighth overall.
He's best known as an assistant
coach, the mastermind of the zone
blitz. Currently the defensive coor-
dinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers,
LeBeau singled out his players who
sat in a corner of Fawcett Stadium.
He was immediately followed on
the stage by Randle, who as an
undrafted defensive tackle with the
Vikings and Seahawks accumulated
137/2 sacks in 14 seasons, most for
anyone at that position.
Randle made six straight All-Pro
teams (1993-98) and was chosen
for seven Pro Bowls. He had a
league-high 15'/2 sacks in 1997.
From 1981-91, Grimm led and
helped the Redskins win three
Super Bowls. He is the first mem-
ber of that memorable li e to make
Jackson, one of the most versatile
linebackers in league history, is the
first New Orleans Saints player to
be enshrined. Jackson made six Pro
Bowls with a combination of Strong
run defense and a tenacity that led
to 128 sacks. He helped turn New
Orleans from 'Aints to a division
winner for the first time (1991), and
finished his career with the 49ers,
winning a Super Bowl in 1995.
Little was a star running back for
the Denver Broncos from 1967-75
despite being the only offensive
threat on the team. He had to wait
nearly three decades since becom-
ing eligible before getting elected.
One of football's most dynamic
runners during his career, Little also
was a dangerous punt and kickoff
hall of Fame
returned. In a relatively short career,
he had 12,157 all-purpose yards
and scored 54 touchdowns. Yet the
Broncos never were better than 7-5-
2 in his career.
"There are no words to describe
the joy of experiencing this chapter,
the highest honor ... everything else
In a powerful induction speech, he
also encouraged people to say "Yes
I can" throughout their lives and
noted he had "given the best I've
by Terry Shropshire, BAW
A bevy of historically black col-
leges and universities are hemor-
rhaging too many students while
revenue sources have dried up to
the point where it threatens their
very survival. Legendary radio host
and famed HBCU advocate Tom
Joyner will launch an ambitious
online education initiative to stem
the bleeding at the institutions,
bring back throngs of black stu-
dents and, most importantly, help
many more of them graduate.
"We need to help our students, --
not only K-12 -- but as the
President said, we need more col-
lege graduates. And to have more
college graduates, we need to do
something about our college sys-
tem, especially HBCUs. You know
I love HBCUs," Joyner said at the
National Urban League Centennial
Convention in Washington, D.C.
"So what we're doing is we're
going to change things in 2010;
we're going to launch HBCUs
online in September. We're going to
compete with the University of
Phoenix and the rest of the for-prof-
it [colleges]. That's where most of
our black students are going."
Over 500,000 students attend the
University of Phoenix; a full third
of them are African Americans,
mostly adults, Joyner noted. But
most of them don't graduate. That's
going to change under
the Joyner plan, he said.
"One thing that we do
know from a nurturing
environment that you
get from an HBCU, is
that we want you to
graduate and be success-
ful in life," he said. "So
what we're going to do
is we're going to take Joyner revealed his plan at the NUL Confab.
our HBCIUIs and we're Joyner revealed his plan at the NUL Confab.
going to market them. We're going
to expand their online capabilities,
and those [schools] that don't, we
will help them until we have our
students back, until we can take
care of our students at HBCUs. So,
I think that's the greatest challenge
of 2010 and beyond."
President Obama spoke at the
National Urban League's confer-
ence earlier in the day and outlined
his multi-pronged plan to overhaul
America's failing public education
system. Joyner said his plan will
help catapult the U.S. back to the
pinnacle of the student-graduation
rates in the industrialized nations.
"As the President said today, we
wanted our students to be No. 1 [in
the world] in college graduates and
right now we're No. 12. Well, we
can't reach our goal doing the same
thing that we have been doing,"
Joyner said. "We've got to meet
people on our terms. Gone are the
days where black people just went
to schools and some graduated.
People don't have time; they've got
jobs, they've got bills, so online
education is the future."
Continued from page 4
out a way to keep everyone else
from building on that very same
The organization's website says,
"Our homes and communities are
too important to leave in the hands
of politicians, lobbyists hired by
developers, and special interests."
Well if your elected officials are
not properly representing you then
there is a solution don't support
them in the next election. The
answer is not a drastic change in
Vote no on Amendment 4!
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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.
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.
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.
Southside COGIC Hosts Convocation
The Southside Church of God in Christ, 2179 Emerson Street, where
Jurisdictional Prelate Bishop Edward Robinson Sr., is Pastor; will hold
Services nightly at 7:30 p.m. for the Florida Central 2nd Ecclesiastical
Jurisdiction Holy Convocation thru Friday, August 13, 2010. Wednesday
is Women's Night. Workshops will be held 9 a.m. 12 noon, Thursday.
Morning Glory will be celebrated at 7 a.m., Friday, August 13th. Mother
Mildred Eason, Jurisdictional Supervisor.
Greater Israel United to host
Gateway Baptist Assoc. Musical
The Greater Israel Unite Baptist Church, 6901 N. Main Street, where
Rev. Eugene White is Pastor; will host the Gateway Baptist Association,
affiliate of the Florida General Baptist Convention; with the presentation of
a Musical at 7 p.m., Friday, August 13th. Recording artist and television
host Bro. Jeffrey McIntyre, the Jones Sisters, The Ponder Singers, Deloris
Quarante, and many more will be featured. Proceeds will go to the S. Willie
Layton Hospital in Malawi to help poverty stricken women with AIDS.
West Union Missionary Baptist Choir
& Usher Board Anniversaries
West Union Missionary Baptist Church, 1605 W. Beaver Street, under
the Pastoral Leadership of Leroy C. Kelly will celebrate their Choir and
Usher Board Anniversaries at 4 p.m., Sunday, August 22, 2010.
Renditions will be featured by The H. Alvin Green Ensemble ILISS, and
many guest Church Choirs, Sis. Joann Floyd will preside for the evening.
This event is chaired by Sis. Delaney F. Williams.
Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist to
hold Pastor Installation Service
The Officers and Members of The Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist
Church, 9319 Ridge Road; invite the community to witness the Installation
Service for their incoming Pastor, Rev. Freddie B. Sumner, at 4 p.m.,
Sunday, August 22, 2010. Rev. Moses Javis, Pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist
Church, Webster, Florida will be the speaker.
SCLC holding two conventions
by Paul Shephard
The Southern Christian Leadership
Conference is holding its annual
convention this week, and it won't
be the last one this month.
A competing faction of the civil
rights group will hold its own
national convention later in the
Such is the sad state of the civil
rights group founded by Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957.
For the first time in its 53-year his-
tory, the group that helped organize
and rally black Americans during
the civil rights battles of the late
1950s and 1960s has to hold differ-
ent conventions in Atlanta for two
Future SCLC President Rev.
Bernice King has asked the divided
leadership of the group to end their
King was elected president in
October but hasn't taken control of
the group. She said she wants to
wait until the courts decide which
faction is the rightful holder of the
SCLC name and mantle of leader-
Perhaps the fighting factions will
come together, and maybe King will
take the unified group to new
heights to lead black people to the
promised land of prosperity.
All of that would be nice, but I'll
believe it when I see it.
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August 12-18, 2010
Look 'em in
A new study has found that
women who make direct eye con-
tact with people they talk to are
perceived as being more likable
than those who don't. The study's
Chances are, you've probably
heard these lines before:
"I've always been a big woman.
I'm big boned!"
"He's a big guy; he's not over-
weight. It's just that he has a large
Somewhere along the way, many
people have mistaken bones for fat,
especially on overweight people
who are very tall. First of all, unless
you have X-ray vision, you can't
tell if someone has big bones if
there's a lot of body fat over them.
Tall people who are over-fat are
often referred to as "big boned" or
"large framed." It's fascinating,
because the size of a thigh bone
does not determine how much body
fat is stuffed into that thigh. And
how do big bones create a 40-inch
A 5'10" woman who's over-
weight is hardly referred to as
plump or pudgy. But a 5'2" woman
with proportionately the same
amount of excess body fat is typi-
cally called plump or pudgy.
Size of fat cells and height of
person are not related
A tall person has longer than
average bones. But bone length has
nothing to do with bone mass or
body fat. A "solid" build is not to be
confused with a muscular build.
"Solid" is a polite way of saying
the Eye Ladies
lead author, Malia Mason, a Ph.D.
candidate at Dartmouth College in
New Hampshire, says that this
is probably because eye contact
sends the message that the per-
son being spoken to and
listened to is more interesting
than ani thing or anyone else.
The study also found that
e' e contact increases your
abilir to persuade others. If
you are perceived as likable
then people will be more
open to paying close
atlenion to you and being
con\ aced by your point
of \ iew, Mason says.
So what can women
glean from this study? If
you're trying to get your
husbands or other peo-
ple to do something for
yvou, it might be better
SIto talk to them face to
face rather than on the
phone. And when you do raise a
topic, fix your gaze on the person
you're talking to and you'll be
more likely to get cooperation.
someone is overweight.
Excess body fat can be so dense-
ly packed within a particular space
(such as thighs), that it almost mim-
ics the appearance of muscle
because it's not a "fluffy" or jiggly
kind of fat. When this tightly-
packed fat is on a tall frame, the
person is perceived as being big-
Resistance training, not height, is
what influences bone density and
thickness. Next time you see a "big-
boned" person, imagine what his or
her body fat reading would be with
a caliper skin-fold test.
And even when a person has
thick bones, this doesn't necessarily
mean generous girth. A thick bone
on a six-foot-tall woman can still be
surrounded by a thin layer of body
fat and lean muscle. Look no fur-
their than many competitive tennis
players such as Venus Williams
(6'1") and Maria Sharapova (6'2").
And a delicate, thin bone on a
six-foot-tall woman can be sur-
rounded by layers of fat, creating
the appearance of that "large
frame." There is no relationship
between bone length and fat cells,
period. Diet and exercise are the
key players here. Thus, a very tall
person can have a light or delicate
frame, such as fashion models and
skilled high-jumpers. Likewise, a
very short person can have a com-
Dairy's Important Role in African American Health
by Jack Diamon
Got dairy? If the statistics are any
indication, the answer is probably
no. According to the National
Medical Association, the largest
African American physician's
group in the USA, African
Americans should get 3-4 servings
of milk, yogurt or cheese daily.
However, recent studies show that
African Americans are getting less
than 1 serving of dairy foods per
day and over 80% fail to get the rec-
ommended daily amount of calci-
um. Getting adequate calcium in
your diet is extremely important as
it can help reduce the risk of high
blood pressure, obesity and osteo-
How Much is a Serving?
1 serving of dairy provides about
300 mg of calcium. Some examples
of serving sizes are: 1 cup of milk,
1 cup of low-fat or non-fat yogurt,
or 1.5oz of cheese (2 thin slices).
Lactose Intolerance is the body's
inability to digest lactose, a sugar
that is found in milk and dairy prod-
ucts. Lactose Intolerance affects up
to 80% of African Americans.
Every person is different, but most
people who are lactose intolerant
are able to eat a small amount of
dairy. The trick is to eat dairy prod-
ucts in combination with other
foods that do not contain lactose
and not eat too much dairy at once.
It can also help to keep a food diary
to learn which foods your body can
or cannot tolerate. Some ideas to
help improve your body's sensitivi-
ty to lactose:
Try yogurt: yogurt with active
cultures contains less lactose.
Drink milk with meals, and try
drinking it in smaller quantities.
Cheese is naturally low in lactose,
so try adding a slice to your sand-
Try lactose reduced/ free milk.
Some non-dairy foods that are
high in calcium include dark green
vegetables (such as broccoli) and
fish with soft, edible bones (such as
sardines and salmon.
Hypertension or high blood pres-
cle, ask him to flex
it. Fat cannot be
people who get
time? Do bones get bigger? Or do
fat cells get bigger? The opposite is
true when it comes to bones; as we
age, bones become smaller: less
dense, less "thick." But something
else increases: body fat. This fact of
aging occurs to people of all
Height and weight charts-
Such a standard chart says that a
5'8" woman can weigh up to 165
pounds and still be within a normal
weight range. Even when a compet-
itive female bodybuilder of this
height builds up a lot of muscle
(which is heavier than fat), she still
may weigh only 150. So how can
165 pounds translate to "normal" or
"healthy" weight for the average
Chuck these charts. Reach for
the skin-fold calipers instead.
According to the American Council
on Exercise, the "athletic" range for
a woman's body fat is 14-20 per-
cent; and for a man, 6-13 percent.
People who are blessed with sur-
plus height need to exercise and eat
healthfully as much as anybody
else. Never use your regal stature as
an excuse to avoid working out.
Body fat percentage is just one of
several elements used in gauging a
person's physical fitness-and the
importance of a healthy body fat
percentage is equally applicable to
men and women of all heights. The
other elements are: muscle strength,
muscle endurance, cardiovascular
fitness, and flexibility.
sure is a risk factor for heart dis-
ease, kidney disease, and stroke -
particularly among African
Americans. One in three African
Americans suffer from hyperten-
sion, and may develop it earlier in
life and with greater consequences
than Caucasians. Results from the
DASH study found that a low-fat
diet that included 3 servings of
dairy foods and was rich in fruits
and vegetables significantly low-
ered blood pressure.
Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone
disease characterized by low bone
mass, which makes bones fragile
and susceptible to fracture.
According to a recent analysis, 38%
of African Americans have low
bone density. Between 80-95% of
fractures in African Americans over
the age of 64 are due to osteoporo-
sis and African American women
who sustain osteoporosis related
fractures suffer increased disability
and decreased survival rates com-
pared to white women.
In most cases, osteoporosis can be
prevented by adequate intake of
calcium, Vitamin D (foods such as
Try yogurt: yogurt with active
cultures contains less lactose.
milk, eggs and fortitied cereals and
breads) and appropriate exercise.
It is estimated that over 60% of
African Americans are overweight.
Research is showing that a bal-
anced, reduced calorie eating plan
that includes milk, yogurt and
cheese is associated with a lower
body weight. You can keep your
calories down by choosing fat-free
and low-fat varieties of your
favorite dairy products.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Is there anything I can do to make your job easier?
This is a "no-brainer," because the answer is crystal clear. The answer
involves the patient being open and honest in providing accurate informa-
tion to enable accurate diagnosis, as well as to support the doctors' ability
to follow-up and track the progress of the treatment plan.
2. Regardless of what my insurance company will or won't pay for,
will you please inform me of all treatment options, which could help.
This is extremely important because it allows you the patient to have the
right and the ability to decide. For example, if there is an option for treat-
ment that appeals to you, this allows you to find the money to pay for it
out-of-pocket, if necessary.
3. How are the tests you are ordering going to help you in making
your final diagnosis, and what are the risks (if any) of these tests?
Here we have the information to not only understand what's going on as
you take what could be a battery of tests, but also to play an active role in
the diagnostic process without "playing doctor."
Charles E. Simmons, III, M.D.
Have your newborn or sick child seen
in the hospital by their own Doctor.
Baptist-Wolfson Children's Hospital
St. Vincents- Memorial & St. Lukes Hospital
Primary Care Hours: 9AM to 5:30PM
1771 West Edgewood, Suite 1
Jacksonville, Florida 32208
pact structure, such as some gym-
nasts and wrestlers.
Let's examine two body types
Excess body fat tends to distrib-
ute evenly throughout the meso-
morph's naturally athletic-looking
build. But endomorphs have natu-
rally below-average muscle mass,
are rounder in shape and have a nat-
urally higher body fat percentage
than mesomorphs. Body fat tends to
concentrate in the endomorph's
hips, thighs and upper arms. All of
this is a tendency. Weight lifting
and food intake are potent variables
that affect apparent body type.
A 5'10" female mesomorph who
is 30 pounds overweight will carry
the weight more proportionately
than the 5'10" female endomorph.
Yet both women can have identical
body fat percentages. It's easy to
see how the tall mesomorph with
extra body fat can be perceived as
big-boned, rather than overweight.
"She's a big girl!" is a common
expression for the tall, overweight
mesomorph. And even endomorphs
with extra pounds are called "natu-
And let's not forget tall men with
weight to lose. Does "big guy"
come to mind? Let's face the truth:
In a society that serves up huge por-
tions of high-calorie foods, big
screen TVs with their remotes,
computers and electronics making
life increasingly immobile, a very
tall person is just as prone to carry-
ing excess fat as is a shorter indi-
vidual. Stop blaming the bones!
Slow metabolism is also a cul-
prit, and with an unhealthy lifestyle,
any "body type" can fall victim to a
stunted metabolic rate. Next time
you think someone is "just natural-
ly big," ask yourself what the big
bone inside? If you think it's mus-
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How to Tell the Difference
Tall people who are over-fat are often
referred to as "big boned" or "large framed."
It's fascinating, because the size of a thigh
bone does not determine how much body fat
is stuffed into that thigh. And how do big
bones create a 40-inch waist?
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From August 9-22, the city is
encouraged to "Eat Up
Downtown." From hip cafes to ele-
gant steak houses, Downtown
restaurants are serving up specially
selected prix-fixe menus at an
unbeatable value. There are no
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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.
Toast to the Animals
Toast to the Animals is one of
Jacksonville's most popular wine
tasting, attracting nearly 800 from
the River City. Guests sample more
than 100 varieties of wine, taste
culinary concoctions from some of
Jacksonvillle's great eateries and
bid on great items in the live and
silent auctions. It will be held on
August 13th at the Omni Hotel
from 6-9 p.m. For more informa-
tion, call 725-8766.
Rally and Meeting
George Maxey, current Principal
at Raines High School, is asking all
alumni to be present and show their
support for an Alumni Rally this
Saturday, April 14th, at the school.
The meeting will be held inside the
auditorium. Please wear your
Raines paraphernalia. For more
information, call the school at 924-
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee for the Millions More
Movement, a non-profit organiza-
tion will have a clothes give-a-way
on Saturday, August 14th at 916 N.
Myrtle Avenue., between Kings
Road and Beaver Street. The time is
11:00 a.m. til 4:30 p.m.For more
information, visit their website,
www.jaxloc.org., or call 904-240-
9133. Financial donations and
other donations are accepted.
Raines Class of 1988
The Raines Class of '88 will have
a Big 40 birthday bash on Saturday
August 14th at 5045 Soutel Drive.
It will be from 3 p.m. until. For
more information, call Lynn at 708-
Children's author Vincent of the
"Cornbread" series will be signing
books on Saturday, August 14th
from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. at the
Walgreens located at 5340 Soutel
Drive on the Northside. For more
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tmunity in Concert
at the Comedian and actor Cedric the
'erplace Entertainer will be in concert on
August Friday, August 20, 2010 at the
. RSVP Times Union Center. Showtime is 8
to p.m. Call 353-3309.
Kuumba Festival 2010
The Carter G. Woodson
Jax Committee for Positive Education
.ickball of Jacksonville, Inc. (CGWC) is
wounded kicking off its 22nd Annual
DC has Kuumba Festival of Florida on
chapter Saturday, August 21st, 2010.
ys at 7 11:00am until 8:00pm. The festival
rhe sea- will take place at 500 N. Davis
everyone Street (across from the Lavilla
to play. School of the Arts). For more infor-
visit mation visit www.kuumbafesti-
ason/fla valfl.org, or call 1 888-477-0565.
Enjoy jazz by the
OCA sea at American Beach
ict play Historic American Beach will con-
rmed at clude their Summer Jazz Series on
um of August 28th. "Instant Groove"
th Laura will be held at Burney Park (Corner
)ired by of Burney and Ocean) on American
an" By Beach from 5-8 p.m. Bring your
MAN chairs, relax and enjoy food, ocean
breezes and music by the sea.
War in concert
The Florida Theatre welcomes
WAR to the stage Tuesday, August
31st. An American original; WAR
was the musical crossover phenom-
enon that fused rock, jazz, Latin,
and R&B, while transcending racial
and cultural barriers with a multi-
ethnic line-up. The Florida Theatre
is located at 128 East Forsyth Street
in Downtown Jacksonville. For
tickets, refunds or information
please call the Florida Theatre Box
Office at (904) 355-2787.
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
September 2nd, 2010. The free
event will start at 7 p.m. Spoken
word night is held on the first
Thursday of every month where
poets, writers, vocalists and some-
times musicians gather to present
and hear some of the area's most
powerful lyrical voices in a casual
open-mic setting. Call 632-5555 for
State of the
NPR's Jacksonville based 'State of
the Re:Union' will host its first
annual fundraiser 'SOTRU A
Celebration of Community' on
Wednesday, September 8, 2010,
6:30 9 p.m. at the Hicks
Auditorium at the Jacksonville
Public Library. Featuring a cocktail
hour complete with drinks and
passed hors'doeurves, the highlight
of the evening will be a perform-
ance by show host and spoken word
artist Al Letson. For tickets or more
information, call 215-41-.9879.
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.
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MiJacks LA Home for sale
The house where King of Pop Michael
Jackson lived with his three children before
his untimely demise last year is up for sale.
The property is located in California's
Holmby Hills, which is one of this country's
most priciest and featuring neighbors such
as Hugh Hefner, Cher and Barbra Streisand
Jackson's former property is a gated
mansion that sits on 1.26 acres of land. The
home also boasts seven bedrooms, 13 toilets and 12 fireplaces as well as
a gym, screening room, guest house, elevator, spa facilities, a seven-car
garage and a wine cellar complete with a tasting room. The mega enter-
tainer rented the home for $100,000 a month while he prepared for the
"This is It" tour, which unfortunately never took place. List price is $29
New baby for Eric Snow and his mistress
She was kicked off of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" for being to
boring, but Bravo may want to
consider bringing back
DeShawn Snow after reports
of her husband's extramarital
affair that just weeks ago pro- .
duced a child not too mention t
a high profile divorce. Early
reports are that he may have to
shell out an estimated $8 mil-
lion dollars to his wife along t
with their Atlanta estate which
the couple shared with their three sons.Not only did former NBA player
Eric Snow file for divorce in May, but he just welcomed a baby with his
mistress MariselaAlvarado. The two are said to be former college sweet-
hearts who reunited at a Michigan State class reunion.
Vanilla Ice returns to the limelight
Vanilla Ice, real name Robert Van Winkle, is set to star in a new reali-
ty show this fall titled 'The Vanilla Ice Project'. It premieres Oct. 14th.
According to theboombox.com, the 10-episode series will premiere on
the DIY Network and focus on the rapper's home improvements skills as
he renovates a nine bedroom, 7,000 sq. ft. home located in Palm Beach,
FL. Vanilla Ice has been involved in real estate since he was a teen. His
current property ventures include buying, developing and selling.
Idris elba to play Axex Cross
British actor Idris Elba stated that he's been
offered to play Alex Cross, the popular forensic
psychologist in author James Patterson's best-sell-
"I have been offered to play Alex Cross and if that
happens, I'm really excited about it," said Elba
while speaking at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston on
'Cross' will be the third Patterson novel to be
turned into a movie. It's also the 12th of 16 books that Patterson has writ-
ten on the character. Oscar winner Morgan Freeman played Cross in the
two previoutis fils, 'Kiss the Girls' and 'Along Came a Spider.'
Bernie Mac's widow su
The late comedian
Bernie Mac and his wife
The wife of late comedian Bernie
Mac filed a wrongful death lawsuit
last week against Mac's longtime
The Chicago Sun-Times reports
that Rhonda McCullough filed the
suit in Cook County Circuit Court,
accusing dermatologist Rene Earles
of keeping her husband at his clinic
for nine hours on July 17, 2008,
when he should noticed signs of
respiratory failure and called an
Mac died weeks later from pneu-
"He walked in, he looked a little
weak and I said, 'Bernie what's
wrong?' and he said, 'I had a little
cold and a doctor at Northwestern
gave me an injection for it.' The
doctor said recounting the event.
Earles didn't know what the injec-
tion was for, but he didn't believe
Mac was in good enough shape to
undergo therapy to treat lesions on
his head, face and neck caused by
his inflammatory lung disease, sar-
Earles had treated Mac's lesions
regularly for 20 years, and let Mac
rest for several hours after the treat-
ment. He realized something was
wrong after Mac woke up:
Gabby Sibede says she's around to stay
With an Oscar nomination under
her belt, and an upcoming televi-
sion series that's set to premiere this
month, Gabourey Sidibe is proving
that she's no flash in the pan.
In just two years, the 27 year-old
..-T.. 7-. had
starring role in
'Precious: Based on the Novel
'Push' by Sapphire,' which garnered
her a nomination for a Best Actress
Academy Award, and hosted an
episode of NBC's long running
comedy series, 'Saturday Night
Live.' On Aug. 16, Sidibe will be
seen opposite actress Laura Linney
in Showtime's new drama, 'The Big
Sidibe will play a self assertive
student in the class of Cathy
Spilled by Linney), a unhap-
p. suburban wife and
mother who goes
through a life change
after a terminal can-
Not bad for a
New York native
S whose mom,
and busking in
for about 20
also appears on
N the current season
of 'America's Got
a guest at the Libertas
Film Festival in Croatia
\ lere 'Precious' is still being
Excerpts of the conversation are
How has your life changed
since the release of 'Precious?'
Gabourey Sidibe: It's much, more
busy. I travel a lot more now, to pro-
mote the film and myself as an
actress. I've been able to do a lot of
really, really cool things as a result
Can you talk about landing a
new role on an upcoming show on
GS: I was at an audition and luck-
ily enough, they liked me. It's a
Showtime series called the 'The Big
C' and it's really interesting. I read
over the first script before audition-
ing and thought it was really inter-
esting, and something that I wanted
really wanted to get into. It's actual-
ly a comedy. So it's something dif-
ferent that I want to try my hand at.
Do you have anything else in
GS: Nope, not at the moment.
Were you nervous hosting
'Saturday Night Live?'
GS: I think I was nervous to take
on 'SNL,' but certainly while I was
doing it, because it was so quick
and there was so much to do, I com-
pletely stopped thinking and
stopped being nervous. I just
became focused like a laser. It's
weird. It's like being shot out of a
cannon, which is what they told me
all week and it was completely true.
I was just focused. It was the best. It
was so much fun.
Would you do it again?
GS: Yeah, absolutely. I would've
done it the next Monday. It was so
amazing. It's such an incredible
week and it's really, really fun. I
was really sad by Saturday that I
wasn't going back to SNL studios
on Monday. I would do it all over
How do you feel about your
mom still performing in sub-
GS: Well, it's what she's always
done. She's done it since I was in
the 4th grade. Now that she's on
'America's Got Talent,' and even if
she weren't, it's her job. It's what
Rush says media giving First Lady
a pass because of her "slave past"
You just knew there was no way Rush Limbaugh was going to let
Michelle Obama's trip to Spain go by without spewing his special brand of
hate at her. Last week he said that the media is allowing the First Lady to
take a vacation as a form of reparations for "our slave past."
In discussing the lack of media outrage over her trip to Spain which
isn't exactly true Limbaugh said that it stems from her race.
"As far as the media's concerned, Mrs. Obama deserves this," he said.
"Look at the sordid past. Look at our slave past, look at the discriminato-
ry past. It's only fair that people of color get their taste of the wealth of
T.I. ready to move on with new marriage, movie
Everything seems to be falling
back into place for T.I. since the
rapper ended a 10-month term
inside a federal prison and a
halfway house earlier this year.
Parents are outraged that the con-
victed felon was allowed to speak
to students.He's got a movie,
"Takers," coming out on Aug. 27
and a new album, "King Uncaged,"
due in late September. But more
importantly, the Grammy-winner is
putting a stronger focus on his fam-
"It seemed to me he was having a
drug reaction to whatever the doc-
tor gave him at Northwestern that
day," the doctor told the Sun-Times.
He then called Mac's doctor at
Northwestern, who told him the
comedian had been diagnosed with
bilateral pneumonia--and should
have been in the hospital.
A driver then took Mac, or Bernard
McCullough, to the hospital He
died from pneumonia complica-
tions on Aug. 9, 2008. He was 50
The lawsuit said that Earles "failed
to recognize cardiopulmonary
instability in Bernie" and "failed to
recognize and act upon abnormal
vital signs and signs of respiratory
failure" during that July visit to his
Earles told the Sun-Times he was
devastated by the death, and he
does not believe he was negligent.
ily. The father of five recently
demonstrated that commitment by
getting married to his longtime girl-
friend, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, late
"Right now, it's all about moving
forward and just acknowledging the
blessing that are here today. ... Just
moving past the regrets of yester-
day the things that could've been
done better," said T.I. in an inter-
view last month.
The 29-year-old served seven
months in an Arkansas federal
prison and three months in a
Georgia halfway house on federal
weapons charges and was released
in March. He said he's been able to
relieve the lingering guilt of being
unable to protect his best friend
Philant Johnson, who was killed
following his post-performance
party in Cincinnati in 2006.
"I got so down on myself about
the loss of his life that I did not
fact that I still had
mine," he said.
Jason Geter, co-
CEO of Grand -
T.I.'s label, said T.I.
has made more of a-
conscious effort to A. '
spend more time .-
with his family.
"He's not taking '
things for granted ---
as far as wasting k \
time," Geter said. ,- .-..
"He realizes things
aren't guaranteed." T.I. recently married longtime girlfield "Tiny".
T.I. says he's also
determined to pick up where he left Back," featuring Keri Hilson.
off after the success of his last "I just want to make sure that I
album "Paper Trail." It was released came back the same way I left," he
in October 2008 and sold over two says. "I left relatively strong. I just
million copies and charted three wanted to make sure I came back in
No. 1 songs. He's already released a way that would support my exit."
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