- Jeopardizing America's
Houses of Worship
The rapid rise
Cleveland charter school gets $1M
CLEVELAND, Oh. At a time when America's public education sys-
tem is under assault, one charter school in Cleveland, Ohio gives them
call for concern as a program that works. A local company was so
impressed, they awarded the school which is 95% Black with a $1 mil-
Village Prep for kindergartners and first graders and its partner middle
school, Entrepreneur Preparatory School, or E-Prep, which was founded
in 200, serve 480 students. E-Prep students had some of the highest state
achievement test scores in Ohio in April, 2010, far outpacing the average
for African-American students around the state, and mostly exceeding
the average scores of other public schools
The youngsters at Village Prep and E-Prep are held to high standards,
said founder John Zitzner. "High expectations, no excuses, very strict
discipline," he explained. "It's just setting high standards for the kids, for
their parents, for everybody. For the teachers, and then holding them
accountable for that."
Eighty-two percent of student come from families under the poverty
line. Both Village Prep and E-Prep are open to any student in Ohio.
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson admits
to violating Ccongressional rules
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) has admitted that she "unknow-
ingly" broke Congressional Black Caucus Foundation rules by awarding
scholarship money to four relatives and the two children of a top aide. Of
the 43 scholarships her office awarded, 15 went to
relatives of Johnson or Rod Givens, her district
At first the Dallas congresswoman denied vio-
lating an anti-nepotism regulation but later said in
a statement she made a mistake and would work
with the foundation to "rectify the financial situa-
tion," The Associated Press reported.
Members of the Black Caucus are given $10,000
every year to award scholarships. They must fol-
low certain rules in awarding the privately raised money, including a
requirement that winners live or study in the lawmaker's district.
Johnson, 74, is expected to easily win a tenth term in November over
Republican Stephen Broden.
King Memorial on schedule for 2011
Construction of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National
Mall is 45 percent complete and on schedule to be finished by Fall 2011,
according to Harry E. Johnson Sr., president and CEO of the Martin
Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.
When completed, the memorial will sit on a four-acre site near the
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and in a direct sight line between
the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.
So far, the foundation for the Stone of Hope has been poured, the sup-
port structure for the inscription wall has been erected, 300 piles to sup-
port the memorial have been laid, and more than 200 cherry blossom
trees are being cultivated for planting at the site.
Visitors can follow the progress of the construction on the foundation's
Construction Updates section of its website, www.buildthedream.org.
Jamaica wants to buy, restore
Marcus Garvey childhood home
KINGSTON, Jamaica Jamaica's government is seeking permission
to buy what it believes is the childhood home of civil rights leader
Marcus Garvey in hopes of restoring it and converting it into a memori-
al or museum.
The dilapidated home is currently being rented, and the government has
not had any luck reaching the owner, who is believed to be living in the
United States, said Laleta Davis-Mattis, a spokeswoman for the Jamaica
National Heritage Trust.
Garvey was born in 1887 in northern St. Ann Parish, Jamaica's largest
district. He moved to the United States in 1916 and led one of the largest
black organizations in history, the Universal Negro Improvement
Association. He also survived an assassination attempt.
Garvey died in London in 1940 and was buried in Kingston, Jamaica.
Arts student sues
over Pittsburgh police beating
PITTSBURGH, Pa. A black teen who attended the city's performing
arts high school claims three white Pittsburgh police officers wrongfully
assumed he was involved with drugs when they beat him, then allegedly
conspired to file false charges against him and concoct a cover story for
their actions, according to a federal lawsuit filed this week.
Jordan Miles said he had his face pushed into the snow and his gums
impaled on a piece of wood, as officers kicked and punched him Jan. 12,
a day after his 18th birthday. Thinking he was being kidnapped by the
plainclothes officers, who set upon him saying, "Where's your money?
Where's the drugs? Where's the gun?" Miles recited "The Lord's Prayer,"
prompting police to twice choke him and slam his face into the snowy
ground, the lawsuit said.
Police charged Miles with loitering and prowling, aggravated assault
and resisting arrest, claiming he acted suspiciously then fought with them
after they clearly identified themselves as officers. Miles said the men
didn't identify themselves as officers, and he resisted because he thought
he was being assaulted or kidnapped.
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Shown left, the Rev. Al Sharpton leads the frontline of the march for the "Reclaim the Dream" rally while Glen Beck's "Restore America"
rally flooded the Lincoln Memorial the site of the original March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King in 1964.
King's Dream celebrated and mocked in nation's capital
WASHINGTON (NNPA) A red,
black and green flag flapping in the
sweltering Saturday afternoon
breeze said it all in the one word
embroidered on its front -
That one word encompassed the
sentiments of the throng of thou-
sands who weaved for miles
through the streets of Washington,
D.C. behind civil rights leaders,
chanting, singing and shouting
demands from the powers that be.
"What do we want? ... Justice! ...
When do we want it? ... Now!"
This was the clarion call that went
out from Rev. Al Sharpton's
"Reclaim the Dream" rally and
march, adding fuel to an obvious
rekindling of a movement to refo-
cus attention back on the plight of
the historically oppressed largely
Black people in America and the
disparities that are clear.
"You may remember that my
father, in 1967 and early '68 was
focused on economic empower-
ment, bringing together poor
Blacks and poor Whites, and poor
Native Americans and poor
Americans from all walks of life.
Continued on page 5
Mfume keynotes 50th anniversary ofAxe Handle Saturday Kweisi Mfume, former
longtime executive director of the NAACP capped several days of activities commemorating Ax Handle
Saturday a day lodged in Jacksonville's history during the civil rights movement. Shown above is NAACP
Jacksonville Branch President Isiah Rumlin, activist and NMA President Kweisi Mfume and NAACP commem-
orative activity chair Rodney Hurst at the Freedom Fund Dinner. For more highlights from the bevy of activities,
WANTED: Experts team to combat diabetes epidemic
Men in the
by Stephon Johnson
CHICAGO (NNPA) It's a nation-
wide problem the shortage of Black
male teachers. Only two percent of
the nation's nearly five million
teachers are African American.
"That's one in 50 teachers.
Something is wrong with that pic-
ture," says U.S. Secretary of
Education Arne Duncan. "As a
country, we have a huge challenge to
make sure many more of our young
Black boys are successful. Our grad-
uation rates have to go up dramati-
cally, our dropout rates have to go
down. To get there, I'm convinced
we have to have more men of color
teaching, being role models, being
mentors and doing so not just in high
school but on the elementary level."
Continued on page 5
One of Jacksonville's only black
owned fitness facility's has teamed
up with area partners to beat dia-
betes a constant epidemic in the
DEEN (Diabetes, Education,
Exercise, Nutrition) Wellness
Center and Diabetico International
have officially partnered to provide
preventive measures that address
and combat diabetes. They're out
reach efforts include cultural
awareness, physical activities and
The coalition includes a variety of
experts consisting ofa RN, certified
fitness coaches and a certified chef
as the team nutritionist. Together
they present a six week class to par-
ticipants that meet on Tuesdays at
6:30 p.m. Participants learn how to
eat. and take care of themselves in
addition to hands on physical activ-
ities. The program has been certi-
Shown above are Diabetes Educator, Registered Nurse Laverne Webster,
Senator Tony Hill awarding the team on their AADE certification, boxing
coach Yasin Majid, Melinda Henry, Director DEEN Beat Diabetes, Wellness
Coach Naseem Maat and nutritionist Chef Harvey'.
fled by the American Association of Wellness Center at Gateway. You
Diabetes Educators. can register for the free class at
Classes are held at the DEEN 765-5002.
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institutions and special programs that are important to us.
They have a large work force that includes Blacks in a variety of
responsible and productive positions and they purchase our products.
skills and services. In general, they have a high profile and a good image
in our community. They deserve our support; it's called reciprocity!
List those companies that come to mind. If you don't know the com-
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over the next four years until you have gotten them out of your system.
In the 21st Century we must break this addiction of supporting those
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Parents urged to monitor
their children's credit reports
The Better Business Bureau and
FBI are warning consumers to
beware of scammers trying to sell
them "credit privacy numbers" to
help boost their credit scores.
These digits could actually be
Social Security numbers belonging
to children. FBI officials have been
looking into the problem, which
they discovered during their inves-
tigation of the mortgage fraud cri-
sis. They say thieves are obtaining
the numbers using computers to
find those that are dormant.
"People can use them to establish
fake credit and then run up that
credit [line]," Chris Thetford, a
spokesman for the BBB in St. Louis
told Consumer Ally.
Iiere's how the scam works: the
individual who buys the number
could use it in place of his or her
actual Social Security number to
apply for a loan, for example.
Chances are that someone running
a credit check on the individual
would not realize any fraud has
been committed because the num-
ber is likely inactive since it's
assigned to a child, Thetford said.
"So if you had a young child,
somebody could use that number
for 18 years before you would even
know," he said.
The scammers are also mislead-
ing consumers by not calling them
Social Security numbers when they
sell them to individuals, identifying
them instead as a credit profile,
credit protection or credit privacy
Consumers who use these num-
bers are committing fraud and the
children whose numbers have been
stolen are at risk of having their
credit histories ruined. The agency
is urging parents to check the cred-
it reports of their children regularly.
One in every four people or near-
ly 43.4 million people have a credit
score below 599, meaning many
consumers may be vulnerable to
this type of theft as they look for
ways to improve their credit. The
magnitude of the scam, however, is
The BBB has a list of steps con-
sumers can take to tackle their cred-
it woes and avoid falling for-traps
such as fraudulent Social Security
Loan Co-Signing The Facts You Should Know
Did you know that three out of
four cosigners are ultimately asked
to repay the loan?
That's according to the Federal
Trade Commission, which also
reports that in most states, if you
cosign a loan for someone who
misses a payment, the lender can
immediately collect from you with-
out first pursuing the borrower.
Mike Sullivan, director of educa-
tion for Take Charge America, a
national non-profit credit counsel-
ing agency, says problems often
arise when the cosigner and bor-
rower do not have a complete
understanding of what cosigning
"We find that families and friends
often cosign for their loved ones
without reading the fine print," he
said. "Cosigning is more than help-
ing someone qualify for a loan. A
cosigner is ultimately telling the
lender that he or she is responsible
for the loan."
Sullivan describes four facts every
cosigner needs to know:
Once you cosign. there's no
going back. A cosigner cannot
change his or her mind mid-way
through the term of the loan.
Unexpected events like job loss and
divorce need to be taken into con-
sideration before signing on the
Cosigning a loan may prevent
you from obtaining credit for your-
self. If you cosign a loan, the loan
amount is counted as one of your
obligations. That liability could
prevent you from qualifying for
another loan or line of credit.
A cosigner could be forced to
pay more than the loan amount. If
the borrower skips a payment or
can't pay the loan. late fees and col-
lection costs can also be forwarded
to the cosigner. If legal action is
needed to obtain the money. cosign-
ers may also have to pay for attor-
- A cosigner's wages and property
can be garnished if the lender sues
and wins. If you do cosign a loan,
be sure that you have the financial
backing to pay off the loan without
going into debt. Failing to repay
the loan or fees will negatively
affect your credit score.
Sullivan says if you do decide to
cosign a loan, there are steps you
can take to protect yourself.
75% of co-
"Contracts and other legal docu-
ments are referenced when disputes
arise, so it's important that both the
borrower and cosigner have copies
of everything," he said. "Cosigners
can protect themselves further by
asking the lender to notify them in
writing if the borrower ever misses
a payment. That could prevent a
trail of extra fees."
Is Joint Property the Single Solution For Heirs?
by Sherman Jones
Wanting to pass personal proper-
ty quickly and efficiently to a loved
one is a goal common to many.
Perhaps you wish to guarantee that
your grandchild will inherit the
vacation home. Or, perhaps you
want your brokerage account to
pass to your son or daughter, avoid-
ing the probate process completely.
In both cases, a common choice is
the use of joint ownership with the
right of survivorship (JTWROS).
At first glance, JTWROS property
may seem like a good way to
accomplish your goals, but before
you use this common solution, con-
sider some potential risks.
One clear and popular benefit of
using joint tenancy with rights of
survivorship is that upon one
owner's death, his share is automat-
ically transferred to the surviving
owners) free of the cost and delay
of probate. What may be less popu-
lar if understood, however, is that
JTWROS property gives each
owner an equal "undivided interest"
in the entire property.
Each owner is entitled to full use
of the property and to his share of
any income it produces. When you
create a JTWROS, you may be giv-
ing up full control. For example, if
you desire to sell or refinance your
property after naming a new joint
owner, the new joint owners) must
give their approval. Of even more
concern, if newly-named joint own-
ers were to find themselves in
financial trouble, they or their cred-
itors may be able to force a sale of
the property and receive a propor-
tionate share of the property's
value. Therefore, caution should
always be taken when titling a bank
or brokerage account in JTWROS.
Trying to name an alternate benefi-
ciary for joint property in your will
also may prove frustrating.
Remember, the property will pass
to the joint owner outside the pro-
bate process and the directions of
the will. If you decide you want
someone else to inherit the proper-
ty, you may need the current co-
A possible solution would be to,
instead of placing property in
JTWROS, consider a revocable liv-
ing trust. You are able to name the
persons) you want as beneficiary,
and that decision is revocable
(changeable) at any time. A
Transfer On Death (TOD) agree-
ment may also address the desire
for efficient transfer to beneficiaries
and retain the same beneficial qual-
ities of joint property. A TOD agree-
ment affords the owner the ability
to designate who brokerage account
assets will pass to, by-passes pro-
bate upon death, and does not
expose account assets to the afore-
A common misconception with
JTWROS property is that it will
lower estate taxes. This is not true.
The value of the property is includ-
ed in the taxable estate in propor-
tion to ownership and exposed to
tax. The first-to-die's estate will be
taxed on the share of the property
that he or she actually owns and, foi
this reason, it is important to keep
records of the funds each person
The haphazard titling of property
in JTWROS could also expose you
to a gift tax consequence, depend-
ing on the value of the property.
There are a few exceptions such as
bank accounts, securities held in
street name and savings bonds.
These transfers are taxable gifts
only when the gift becomes "com-
plete," occurring when the newly
named co-owner exhibits owner-
ship over the property.
Of course, this brief article is no
substitute for a careful considera-
tion of all of the advantages and
disadvantages of this matter in light
of your unique personal circum-
stances. Before implementing join
property or any significant financial
planning strategy, contact and con-
sult with your financial planner.
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Don't Count Meek Out; Tea Party
Lincoln Memorial Rally Disrespectful
First things first, the Swami of
politics did fairly well last week
with his predictions. The only one
that didn't come true was our good
friend and career politician Bill
McCollum's race for Governor.
Rick Scott pulled off a race that
really defines the Republican
mindset change. Yes, I said
change. Believe it or not Scott
and other "outsiders" who are run-
ning for office are using the same
mantra as the Obama campaign
It makes perfect sense because
when the economy is bad people
need someone to blame so whatev-
er party is in power gets labeled as
being the establishment. And since
the establishment is the problem we
You have to love politics.
Switching gears somewhat now
the million dollar question is how
the U.S. Senate race plays out. You
have Democratic Congressman
Kendrick Meek, Independent
Governor Charlie Crist and
Republican candidate Marco
Rubio. Let the games begin.
This is what some of the pundits
are saying. Because Charlie Crist
has so much money on hand in his
campaign and really appeals to
moderate voters he will pull a large
number of Democratic votes away
from Meek. This is turn will help
Rubio because he should be able to
capture a vast majority of the
I say that the opposite is also
quite possible. Crist could also pull
moderate votes from the
Republican side because Rubio has
billed himself as an ultra conserva-
It's too early to call this race, but
I wouldn't be surprised that if like
the Primary elections last week
Meek uses a strong grassroots net-
work to upset the apple cart. In
many ways, Crist is like Ross Perot
was in the 1992 elections, which
helped Bill Clinton get elected.
Strong Independent candidates
like Crist and Perot generally steal
Republican votes more so than
Democratic votes, but we will see
how this plays out.
A few weeks ago the family and
I took a trip to Atlanta for one of
those infamous Summer time tradi-
tions a family reunion.
The highlight of the trip wasn't
the family barbecue, but a trip to
the King Center. I wanted to make
sure that my kids have a full under-
standing of the struggles and sacri-
fices that people like Dr. King and
hundreds of others made so that we
all could enjoy the freedoms and
equality that we have today.
I am afraid that the further we
move away from the Civil Rights
era, the less those sacrifices will be
understood and appreciated.
What's even more disturbing is
when those efforts are disrespected
and attacked by people who have
no regard for the struggle that
African Americans have endured in
Last week, on the anniversary of
Dr. King's "I Have a Dream"
speech, conservative television talk
show host Glenn Beck and his fol-
lowers held a "Restoring Honor"
rally at the Lincoln Memorial.
I am sure that it was not a coinci-
dence that his "nonpolitical" rally
was held on the anniversary of
Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech and
at the same location.
Of course Beck said that it was a
nonpolitical rally will restore the
values preached by Dr. King, which
is an interesting spin.
It should be of no surprise that he
is a major critic of President
Obama. He has even gone as far as
to call the president a socialist and
a Marxist. But the most outrageous
commits Beck has made is calling
the president a racist and even
equating the federal debt to slavery.
Yes, I know what you are think-
ing. How do you fix your mouth to
even begin to make that type of
comparison? I am not sure, but I
could write an entire article on the
stupidity associated with that state-
Of course the rally had to be non-
political because it was headlined
by former GOP vice presidential
nominee Sarah Palin. And I wasn't
there, but I am sure that there was
not any peddling of hate and fear.
Since Beck, Palin and their Tea
Party followers are constantly vow-
ing to take "their" country back, I
am sure it was a nonpolitical rally.
By the way, when they say take
their country back. Can anyone
explain to me what that means? It
can't be take it back to the George
W days can it?
It can mean take it back from the
black man running the country
because although he's a Democrat
he is still an American right? Or
could it simply mean take the coun-
try back from those immoral, free
Regardless of what Beck and
Palin think they stand for, there
should be a line that is not crossed.
And having a Tea Party rally at the
Lincoln Memorial on the anniver-
sary date of the famous "I Have a
Dream" speech is disrespectful and
continues to reiterate what Beck,
Palin and the Tea Party is really
Al Sharpton and other leaders
from the black community held ral-
lies on the same day to offset the
Beck rally, but I say why bother.
Let the Tea Party have their 15 min-
utes of fame, it won't last past this
A blogger from the Huffington
Post was at the event and said that
it was the typical Tea Party crowd -
old, white and angry. The blogger
also said that there were more
blacks on the stage than in the
crowd. I wonder why?
Signing off from the King Center
in ATL, Reggie Fullwood
Beck speaks for the white majority
was right when
he thundered at
his Reclaim the
Dream rally that he had the mes-
sage but talk show exhibitionist
Glenn Beck had the Mall. The Mall
of course was the Lincoln Mall.
But Beck owns more than the Mall.
He now speaks for the majority of
whites in America. White voters
made up nearly 80 percent of the
2006 midterm electorate and nearly
75 percent of the 2008 vote. The
trends show that white voters vote
in even greater numbers than
blacks, Hispanics, and Asian voters
in midterm elections.
Despite the PT Barnum, con man
hype, Beck speaks to the majority's
unvarnished hostility to liberal
Democrats, big government, the
elites, Wall Street, abortion, gay
rights, taxes, and obtrusive govern-
ment, and most of all President
Obama's policies, and him. Beck
and Palin have masterfully stoked
white disaffection with Obama. A
July Washington Post/ABC News
poll found that a bare 40 percent of
whites approve of the job he's
doing. This was the lowest rating
among this crucial voter demo-
graphic since the start of his presi-
There was more bad news. In
rapid succession, forty-three per-
cent of white voters strongly disap-
prove of the job Obama is doing,
while less than 20 percent strongly
approved. More than half of col-
lege-educated whites disapproved
of the job he is doing, and, among
white college-educated women,
Obama's approval numbers dipped
below 50 percent for the first time
in his presidency.
The disaffection with Obama
was not just from white
Republicans, or even white inde-
pendents. That was expected. It
came from white Democrats. The
racial split among Democrats was
evident in the Democratic primar-
ies. Democratic presidential foe
Hilary Clinton consistently and in
some states handily beat out
Obama among white Democrats.
The split did not evaporate with
Obama's win. Conservative con-
gressional Democrats get elected
largely with white votes in conser-
vative leaning districts and they
have been the least enthusiastic
about Obama's policies.
The ABC/Post poll then is no
aberration. Three months earlier a
New York Times poll found that the
Tea Party activists who are Beck's
fervent backers are overwhelming-
ly white, male, conservative, mid-
dle-income, and GOP-leaning.
Nearly all passionately believe that
Obama is shoving the country to
socialism. All harangue the federal
government for giving the compa-
ny store away to the poor. The poor
in this case are blacks, and
Hispanics. To many the equation is
government programs equal hand
outs to undeserving blacks and the
poor and that in turn equals money
snatched from the pockets of hard
That Beck plays hard on their
fear and loathing of Obama,
Democrats and government with a
generous underlay of race is noth-
ing new. It's a recycle of the media
buzz depiction of the angry white
male. Richard Nixon stoked the
fury of blue collar, white ethnic,
rural voters with his slam of the
Democrats for coddling criminals,
welfare cheats, and fostering a cul-
ture of anything goes permissive-
ness, and of course, big govern-
ment Great Society pandering to
the poor. The crude thinly dis-
guised code words and racial cues
worked. Nixon eked out a narrow
victory over Democratic presiden-
tial opponent Hubert Humphrey.
The tag of law and order and per-
missiveness became a staple in the
GOP attack play book for the next
four decades. With tweaks and
refinements, Reagan, Bush Sr. and
George W. Bush used it to ease
their path to the White House. In
the mid 1990s, Newt Gingrich and
ultra conservatives recycled the
strategy to seize Congress, and
pound out an agenda that made big
government, tax and spend
Democrats, and soft on crime liber-
als the fall guys for everything
wrong with America. It touched the
familiar nerve with a majority of
The 2008 presidential election
was a near textbook example of
how you can win an election, and
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case white voters. The deck was
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Is there such thing as
Black power? Think again
"Politics without economics is symbol without sub-
stance" Minister Louis Farrakhan
August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the
Voting Rights Act. The landmark legislation outlawed discriminatory vot-
ing practices that had been responsible for widespread disenfranchisement
of African Americans in the U.S. But, 45 years after the legislation Blacks
nor their vote have attained "Black Power".
The 111th United States Congress consists of 541 elected officials from 50
states, five territories, and the District of Columbia. The Senate has 100
members and the House of Representatives has 435 members and six non-
voting delegates. African Americans are at their peak in the national politics
and total 42 Members 9.5 percent of the House. Historically underrepre-
sented in Congress, at 13 percent of the US population Blacks still remain
unrepresented. Blacks proudly claim and defend Blacks who hold the four
House Committee Chairmanships. But, compare that with the 45 seats
Jewish Americans occupy in the House and Senate 13 in the Senate and 32
in the House. Jews chair scores of the Senate and House committees and
sub-committees that oversee every aspect of American affairs. Jewish
Americans' proportional representation in national representation dwarfs
that of Blacks. The Senate has 13 Jewish Americans, one Hispanic (Bob
Menendez, D-NJ) one Japanese American (Daniel Inouye, D-HI), one
Native Hawaiian (Daniel Akaka, D-HI) and one African American, Roland
About 2 percent of Americans identify themselves as Jewish, but their
Congressional influence is four times that. The Jewish community wields
vastly more power than any other ethnic or religious group. Most Jewish
money goes to Democrats and most vote Democratic. But the Republican
Party strongly supports Jewish interests. The House has one Jewish
Republican, Virginia's Eric Cantor. The Senate has two Republican Jews, 2
that are Independents and 9 Democrats. All of the Blacks currently in
Congress are Democrats.
Can it be that the concept of "Power" is a state of mind Jews have that
Blacks don't? Collectives and unity of purpose are alien notions among
Blacks. While Black American debate the merits and utility of Black insti-
tutions such as the NAACP; there is a conglomeration of Jewish efforts at
work in the U.S., such as the B'nai B'rith community service organization,
devoted to supporting the needs and interests of their communities. Jews
have power in America Blacks don't have because they have cohesion and a
higher dedication to their people and purpose. Jews don't as a rule go
"mainstream" and leave their kind behind as assimilated Blacks have done.
Jews have demonstratively more wealth than Blacks. They comprise eleven
percent of the nation's elite and are 20 percent of the leaders of important
voluntary and public interest organizations, and more than 15 percent of the
top-ranking civil servants. Jews definitely network and cooperate in ways
Blacks don't seem to comprehend.
The substance in Jews' political power is economics. Close to half
America's billionaires are Jews. The chief executive officers of the three
major television networks and the four largest film studios are Jews, as are
the owners of the nation's largest newspaper chain and the most influential
single newspaper. Jewish Americans are more than 25 percent of journalists
and publishers. By far the most uncompromising pro-Israel newspaper in
the country is the chronicle of American business, the Wall Street Journal.
Throughout history, Jews have played important roles in reforming or over-
throwing regimes in which they have been unable to obtain their goals. In
contemporary America, Jews have far more power in molding public and
foreign policy than Blacks. When race-based-issues come to the fore, not
only Obama, but many American policy-makers run and hide. Isn't it time
Blacks took a page from the Jewish American Power playbook? Though
Blacks are the most disenfranchised ethnic group in America, we still find
no value in joining groups such as the Urban League and NAACP. Blacks
have to rethink our reliance on partisan politics as a strategy to reach high-
er levels of clout. One way is to learn to work together like our Jewish
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Reed Educational Center one step closer to bridging the digital divide for area youth
The Reed Educational Campus recently opened the 13th GTECH After School Advantage Computer Center.
Located at 1934 Lentie Road on the northside, the new center features state of the art computers, software, and
internet access. The goal of the program is to close the digital divide for children from underserved communities.
Under the direction of Dr. Theresa Hodge, the Reed Educational Campus offers tutoring and other life support
skills during after school and summer hours free of charge. For more information, call 945-5405.
Founder of Florida A&M Marching 100 dies at 91
If you like those high-stepping
marching bands that come out at
halftime and play the latest music
to get the crowd and fans pumped
up, then you should be mourning
the death of William P. Foster.
Foster, who died last Saturday
at the age of 91, was the founder
of the Florida A&M Marching 100
band. He created the high-step-
ping style that so many other
bands would imitate.
"He revolutionized marching
band techniques in America,"
Julian E. White, a former student
of Foster's and the school's current
band director and music depart-
ment chairman told the AP. "The
most exciting response you can
get from an audience is their reac-
tion to well-choreographed dance
routine steps. That's the kind of
thing that Dr. Foster introduced."
Foster headed the Florida A&M
band from 1946 until he tired in
1998. USA Today called Foster's
band the best known in the coun-
try, and the New York Times
called it the most imitated.
Dr. William Foster
"There's a psychology to run-
ning a band," Foster told The New
York Times in 1989. "People want
to hear the songs they hear on the
radio; it gives them an immediate
relationship with you. And then
there's the energy. Lots of energy
in playing and marching. Dazzle
them with it. Energy."
And if you've ever seen some of
today's high-stepping, dancing
bands in action, particularly ones
from black colleges, you'll know
what Foster was talking about
when he mentions "energy."
Sometimes more people are at the
stadium to see the band than the
"They illustrate American
music to me, which is to say the
best of black music," Bastille Day
Artistic Director Jean-Paul Goude
told The New York Times about
why he chose the Marching 100 to
represent the United States in the
Today, the band has more than
400 members. Foster is an exam-
ple of being the best at what you
do no matter what it is.
His funeral is scheduled for 11
a.m. Sept. 4 in Lee Hall
Auditorium on the FAMU cam-
pus. In lieu of flowers, donations
should be made to the "William P.
and Mary Ann Foster Endowed
Scholarship Fund," which sup-
ports FAMU band scholarships.
Jeopardizing America's Houses of Worship:
Church Foreclosures on the rise nationwide
By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Financial Writer
(NNPA) With more than 2.5
million foreclosed homes nation-
wide and millions more to come,
many families are tightening their
household budgets, delaying major
purchases and paying down debt as
best they can. Unemployed or
under-employed heads of house-
hold hope and pray for a new job,
while those who are still working
feel fortunate but also nervous that
the ax could fall on them next.
Historically, severe economic
downturns draw many people to
turn to their faith, praying for the
strength to hold on just a little bit
longer. But now, where people pray
or worship is also being affected by
foreclosures. From California, to
Tennessee, Georgia and other
states, houses of worship are strug-
gling to avoid foreclosure, especial-
ly in areas where residential fore-
closures are particularly high.
Although Sunday morning is con-
sidered the most segregated time of
the week, no such distinction exists
with church foreclosures.
Congregations of all denominations
and faiths that are black and white,
large and small, and others some-
where in between are all affected by
a common dilemma: will the church
continue to be a sanctuary for its
members, providing a place to
bring burdens of all kinds for rest
and restoration -or will that spiri-
tual nourishment be jeopardized,
forcing church leaders to pay before
Over the past week in metro
Atlanta, multiple news reports have
covered the problems of Atlanta's
Higher Ground Empowerment, for-
merly known as Mount Gilead
Baptist Church. A 2008 tornado left
the 108 year-old church in such dis-
repair that it had to be rebuilt. Now
reportedly, its lender has given a
deadline of August 31 to either pay
the money it owes or face foreclo-
sure. Additionally, as many as 40
other Atlanta churches face a simi-
In Memphis, where last year the
county and city jointly filed a law-
suit claiming discriminatory resi-
dential mortgage lending, at least
27 area churches received foreclo-
One Memphis church, Solid
Rock Christian, took out a $2.9 mil-
lion loan to purchase 40 acres of
land to build a new church.
According to Apostle Bill Anderson
with the church, no one reneged on
the monthly $22,000 mortgage pay-
ment. But when tithes and offerings
dropped, the church wanted to use
its savings account to cover the
shortfall. Both accounts were with
the same lender -- yet the lender
disagreed. As a result, foreclosure
With $2 million in unpaid bills
and a budget gap in the range of
$55-70 million, Garden Grove,
California's mega-church, the
Crystal Cathedral, has seen a 27
percent drop in revenue and has a
mortgage of $35.5 million. To com-
bat the economic crisis, the church
cut its television programming and
its head pastor, Dr. Robert Shuler
and other family members, elected
to take a 50% pay cut for two
months. Other church staff may
face pay cuts between five to 10%.
It is projected that from 2009 to
2012 the economy will lose an esti-
mated $1.9 trillion. State-specific
residential foreclosure projections
are available on CRL's web at:
State data includes foreclosure
projections for 2010, foreclosure
starts by quarter, lost wealth, aver-
age lost home value and more.
Yet there is no dollar value that
can accurately establish all the
effects of closing houses of wor-
ship. In many communities, houses
of worship are not only the place to
be on Sunday mornings; but also
centers of year-round community
In an extended recession with
high and long-term unemployment,
many faithful flocks need now
more than ever the spiritual guid-
ance and hope that churches pro-
vide. If the churches can no longer
feed the souls of its people, where
do those in need of prayer go? To
whom do they turn when churches,
just like troubled homeowners,
have unpaid bills and cannot get
Perhaps it is time for people of
faith and their leaders to exert their
collective moral authority to chal-
lenge lenders to adapt to a failing
economy. It seems it is time for
them to begin volunteering more
often. The churches whose regular
deposits collectively bolstered
lenders' liquidity and growth across
the country now need their good
faith efforts returned.
No one should be forced to pay
before they pray.
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Jacksonville Jaguar fans Wilma Tedlaotao and Patrick Johnson trav-
eled to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida for the game.
A hot play of the game included #10 Josh Scobee who kicked 75
yards from Jacksonville 30 to the Tampa Bay 30 yard line caught by
#22 Clifton Smith for 17 yards. The ball unfortunately was fumbled
out of bounds.
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Free Choral Music Workshop
and Development Seminar
Guided by the theme "Restoring God's music back in the church", there
will be a special development seminar on September 11th at North Pearl
Street Baptist Church. All pastors, choirs, music directors and instrumen-
talists are invited to attend. Registration for the entire day is free of charge.
For more information, call 401-5263 or352-0292.
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.
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.
Dual Day at Mt. Lebanon
Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church located at 9319 Ridge
Boulevard will be celebrating it's annual Dual Day Sunday Sept 12, 2010.
Church school begins at 9:00 a.m. Morning worship service at 1030 a.m.
The speaker for the morning hour is Matron Vanessa Richmond, Mount
Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church.The event's theme is "The Virtuous
Women and the Men of God".
The afternoon service will begin at 3:30 pm with guest speaker, Pastor
Elwyn Jenkins, TruWay Church of the Risen Christ. For more information
contact 904- 527-1762. Rev. Freddie Sumner, pastor.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge. Information must
be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of
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Attendees include Gov. Charlie Crist and Sen. Tony Hill
One Church One Child invites Faith
Community to Prayer Breakfast at Stadium
One Church One Child of Florida,
Family Support Services of North
Florida and the Florida Department
of Children and Families are co-
hosting a free Adoption Prayer
Breakfast to engage churches in
promoting public adoption.
More than 500 leaders from the
faith community are expected to
attend the breakfast scheduled for
Friday, September 17 at EverBank
Stadium. The goal of the event is to
recruit churches who will partner
with One Church One Child to
increase awareness of children
available for adoption and to identi-
fy families interested in public
According to the Department of
Children and Families, Florida has
850 children with no identified fam-
ily. Of these children, more than
450 are African American, and most
are over the age of eight, making
them more difficult to place.
Church leaders and active parish-
ioners are urged to attend the free
prayer breakfast and may register
online at ococfl.org. Registration
will be limited to the first 1,000
guests to rsvp.
Franklintown United Methodist
Church Community Festival
The pastor and members of Franklintown United Methodist Church at
American Beach, invite the community to join in their community festival
on August 29, 2010 at 1100 am. The church hopes to spread the good news
of God's goodness throughout the entire community and feels it does not
only come through preaching or standing in a pulpit but, it comes through
fellowship and personal testimonies. Come and worship while enjoying
food, fun and fellowship. The church is located at 1415 Lewis Street. For
more information please contact the church at 904-277-2726.
Proving Barack Obama's Faith
A startling increase in the number
of Americans who believe, incor-
rectly, that President Barack Obama
is a Muslim is spurring fresh debate
about whether he needs to or
should do more to convince the
public of his Christian faith.
Two surveys released Thursday
indicate that religious rumors that
have dogged the first African
American president since his 2008
presidential campaign are surpris-
ingly widespread, and may have
actually gained traction during his
presidency. One of the polls, com-
missioned by Time magazine, con-
tains a jaw-dropping finding: nearly
half of Republicans-46 percent-
believe Obama is a Muslim.
"We have had a war of attrition
over Obama's religious reputation
since the campaign," said John
Avlon, author of "Wingnuts," a
book on the political fringe. "It all
comes from the same place: this
idea that he's the other alien."
Doubts about his religious views
were stoked, Avlon said, when
Obama quit Trinity United Church
of Christ a prestigious African
American congregation in Chicago
- amid the controversy over Rev.
Jeremiah Wright's incendiary
remarks about race, but didn't
immediately join another church.
When he came to Washington as
president, many expected Obama
would select a new church or sam-
ple many different ones. But in
more than 19 months he's been in
office, he has been seen heading to
the golf course more than to church.
"When Rev. Wright blew up, and
Obama left that church, his failure
to find another congregation was
seen as evidence that it was all a
fraud to begin with for some folks
on the far right," said Avlon, a for-
mer speechwriter to Rudy Giuliani,
referring to the controversy over the
remarks about race. "The fact that
[Obama] hasn't found a new con-
gregation that he attends on a regu-
lar basis is used to just underscore
"There's enough misinformation
out there that it can cause confusion,
'and there aren't photographs of him
attending church every Sunday,"
noted Lee Miringoff, director of the
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Stroke and African-Americans: Know the Facts
Stroke is the third leading cause
of death in the United States after
coronary heart disease and cancer.
There are about 500.000 strokes
each year of which 150.00 are fatal.
Stroke is also a major cause of
physical impairment and the cost of
acute and chronic care exceeds $30
billion a year in this country. A so-
called "stroke belt" exists in the
Southeastern part of the country.
where almost 60 per cent of the
African American population
resides. Even though stroke is gen-
erally thought of as a disorder
affecting the elderly, it should be
recognized that 28 percent of the
victims are under age 65.
stroke mortality rate
twice that for whites. A
rate of decline for stroke
has increased since the 1
has been a recent slowed
decline. This has been
true for AA. and so
reports indicate that stro
Haircare Tips for Beautiful Hair
by Dirk Evans
Whether it is natural, permed,
pressed or locked, hair is an essen-
tial part of one's style and personal-
ity. Hair can accentuate one's mood
and compliment any attire. Though
it can easily be transformed into
what is trendy and fashionable, it is
often overlooked and neglected.
"As wonderful as it is to have your
hair looking great, it is even more
important to invest in keeping it
healthy," says Dirk Evans, the self-
proclaimed "Hair Care Doctor." "If
it is not healthy, it's not 'good' hair."
Evans, a licensed cosmetologist
from Detroit, Michigan recently
released Home Hair Care Help, a
book targeted to young African
American women regarding their
hair care. The 96-page book guides
women through necessary instruc-
tion for maintaining and obtaining
Using his 26 years of hair care
knowledge, Evans gives advice on
such topics as how to prevent hair
breakage and how to produce new
hair growth. He acknowledges that
everyone is different in the type of
maintenance they need. According
to Evans, people with chemically
treated hair should moisturize their
mane daily because of the mixture
of heat and chemicals. Those with
natural hairstyles and fine textured
hair should moisturize as well, but
just not as much.
"Because overheating is a com-
mon problem of black hair, protein
and moisture binding products are
the best for black hair. Currently,
there is a product line available
from Soft Sheen/Carson called
Breakthru, which is enhanced with
a new technology called
"I have had a problem of consis-
tently maintaining my hair while at
school," says Courtney Battle, a
sophomore at Howard University in
Washington, D.C. "I can't always
rely on the salons in the area to do a
proficient job, so I do it myself
when I can." Tonie Stovall, a fresh-
man at Florida A&M University in
Tallahassee, agrees. "It's hard and
expensive trying to keep my hair up
at school. If I did have
the proper hair edu-
cation, I would do
my own hair but
until then, I'll
go the salon."
Dirk Evans, the
Doctor" says he wrote
Care Help with the coll
in mind. He suggests tl
study his tips and instn
work together in applyi
one another's hair in o
down on cost and produ
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tive ways to cut down or
hair maintenance. Pearl
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Report Links Cola to Osteopor4
According to a new research
study. Cola boosts osteoporosis risk
in women. After reading this, you
may think twice about ordering a
Coke with dinner.
"Among women, cola beverages
were associated with lower bone
mineral density," said lead
researcher Katherine Tucker, direc-
tor of the Epidemiology and
Dietary Assessment Program at the
Jean Mayer USDA Human
Nutrition Research Center on Aging
at Tufts University.
There was a pretty clear dose-
response, Tucker added. "Women
who drink cola daily had lower
bone mineral density than those
who drink it only once a week," she
said. "If you are worried about
osteoporosis, it is probably a good
idea to switch to another beverage
or to limit your use."
Osteoporosis is a term that means
"porous bones." Osteoporosis is a
condition in which bones have lost
minerals especially calcium -
making them weaker, more brittle,
and susceptible to fractures (broken
bones). Any bone in the body can
be affected by osteoporosis, but the
most common places where frac-
tures occur are the back (spine),
hips and wrists.
According to HealthDay News,
during the study, Tucker's team col-
lected data on more than 2,500 par-
ticipants averaging just below 60
years of age. The researchers
looked at bone mineral density at
three different hip sites, as well as
They found that in women, drink-
ing cola was associated with lower
bone mineral density at all three hip
sites, regardless of age, menopause,
total calcium and vitamin D intake,
or smoking or drinking alcohol.
Women reported drinking an aver-
age of five carbonated drinks a
week, four of which were cola.
Bone density among women who
drank cola daily was almost 4 per-
cent less, compared with women
who didn't drink cola, Tucker said.
"This is quite significant when you
are talking about the density of the
skeleton," she said.
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Being female and post-
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s have a ty in this group may actually be
which is increasing.
.though the Since it is very difficult to treat
;e mortality stroke once the process has been
1970s, there initiated, much of the focus has
own in this been on primary prevention.
i especially Hypertension is the most powerful
)me recent predictor of stroke (NEJM
ike mortali- 11/23/95). and is found to be a fac-
tor in 70 per cent of the cases.
Control of hypertension therefore
represents the best strategy to pre-
vent stroke, and in fact a meta-
analysis showed that in all studies
combined of the association
between treating to lower blood
pressure and stroke, there was a 42
per cent reduction in the incidence
of stroke and a 45 per cent reduc-
tion in fatal stroke when diastolic
Home Hair blood pressure was reduced by 5-6
ege student mmHg. This meta-analysis is par-
hat students ticularly important because it con-
uctions and tains studies of mild-to-moderate
ng them to hypertension as well as studies
rder to cut involving higher levels of blood
cts. pressure; it showed that any treat-
und altema- ment is likely to be beneficial.
i the cost of In addition, the Systolic
Plumboy, a Hypertension in the Elderly
major, also at Program (SHEP) demonstrated that
's "When I a 36 per cent decrease in stroke risk
wear corn- resulted from mean blood pressure
me money reductions of 11/3.4 mm Hg. This
amount of benefit was seen at all ages studied
ir." Evans and in both sexes. This evidence
nen educate and other data, e.g., from the HOT
niques and Study, support the need for vigor-
ed to their ous drug therapy of hypertension
for the primary prevention of stroke
at all levels of blood pressure, at all
ages, in both sexes,and especially in
African American patients.
o)siS Another approach to prevention
of stroke is through carotid
ig a small endarterectomy (CE) in patients
with high-grade carotid artery
ry of osteo- stenosis, which often leads to
ischemic stroke. Although the latter
conditions, condition occurs more commonly
; anorexia; in African Americans than in
related to whites, African Americans are one-
abnormal third to one-fourth less likely than
riods whites to receive CE to detect
nations, such stenosis. This is an area which qual-
nd anticon- ifies as denial of access based on
race. It deserves further study and a
as lack of change in selection patterns for CE
joking; or procedures may result in a lowering
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Riverside Arts Market
RAM (Riverside Arts Market) is a
high energy weekly arts, farmers,
and food market under the 1-95
bridge on the St Johns River, featur-
ing locally made or grown products.
It will be held on Saturdays starting
at 10:00a.m.until 2 p.m. Leashed
pets are welcome.
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
at the Ritz
Enjoy Amateur Night at the Ritz
Theater on Friday Sept. 3rd with
showtime starting at 7:30 p.m.
Modeled after Harlem's "Amateur
Night at the Apollo", the best talent
in the Jacksonville hits the stage
and the audience is the judge. Call
632-5555 for more information.
Jazz Jamm featuring Pieces of a
Dream, will be at the Ritz Theater
on Sept. 4th at 7 and 10 p.m.
Pieces of a Dream, a Philadelphia
based jazz/funk/ r&b outfit will
rock the Ritz Labor Day weekend!
Guaranteed to be a hip and upbeat
evening of groovy melodies, cool
people and a classy atmosphere in
the Ritz Jazz Lounge. A must to be
Arnez J at the
Comedian Arez J will be at the
Comedy Zone September 3-5.
Diverging from the hard-edged
raunchy and streetwise observation-
al styles of other contemporary
Amez J offers comic routines remi-
niscent of an earlier era of comedy.
For showtimes and tickets call 292-
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.
American Beach Bid
The American Beach Property
Owners' Association will present a
their 1st Annual American Beach
Bid Whist Tournament on Saturday,
September 11, 2010 from 1:30-
7:30 p.m. All are invited for an
evening of fun, featuring Bid Whist
complimented by fresh fried fish
dinners. Registration required. Call
310-6696 for more information
How Sweet the
Sound Gospel Fest
How Sweet the Sound gospel fes-
tival will be held at the Veterans
Memorial Arena on Saturday,
September 11, 2010. Kicking off at
6 p.m. the show hosted by Donald
Lawrence and CeCe Winans will be
a search for the best church choir in
America. For tickets call 1-800-
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JCCI Food for Thought
Food for Thought is an opportuni-
ty to convene and connect with
fellow JCCI Forward participants.
Only requirements are to show up,
listen, share and have a great time.
It will be held on Thursday,
September 16th from 5:30-7:30pm
at the Bold City Brewery, 2670-7
Rosselle Street. Confirm your reser-
vation to Chandra@jcci.org
North FL HBCU Hall
of Fame Induction
The 3rd Annual North Florida
HBCU Alumni Hall of Fame
Induction ceremony will be held on
Thursday, September 16th at
Edward Waters College. The event
will honor the achievements of
some of north Florida's finest
HBCU alumni. For more informa-
tion call 996-7122.
the Beach Lady
There will be a free Fiber Art
Celebration on American Beach
honoring MaVynne "Beach Lady"
Betsch and the 75th Anniversary of
American Beach. It will be held on
Saturday, September 25th at the
American Beach Community
Center located at 1600 Julia Street
from 5 8 p.m. For more informa-
tion, email Nashvillebill@att.net.
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.
The annual Jacksonville Black
Expo will be held at the Prime F.
Osbom III Convention Center on
Saturday, October 9th, 2010 start-
ing at 11a.m. A highlight will be the
2nd Annual Gospel Best
Competition hosted by David &
Men of Soul Tour
The 2010 Men of Soul tour ill be
in Jacksonville for one night only,
Saturday, October 9 at 8 p.m. at the
Times Union Center for Performing
Arts. On stage will be Howard
Hewett, Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo
Bryson, Freddie Jackson. For tick-
ets, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-
at the Comedy Zone
Earthquake, known for his special
brand of urban comedy, will be at
the Comedy Zone October 14-
16th. For tickets and showtimes
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.
Ponte Vedra Art
& Craft festival
The Ponte Vedra Shopping Center
located at 880 A1A North south of
Sawgrass, will have their annual
Art & Craft festival on November
6-7 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. daily.
There will be fine arts, crafts, food
and free admission and parking. For
more information, call 352-344-
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noon to 1 p.m.. They are held at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority,
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NAACP Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Ax Handle Saturday
Stetson Kennedy, Sen. Arnett Girardeau and Charles Cobb Jr. at the
Dr. James Loewen (seated) signs his book "Lies My Teacher Told
Me" for Lois and Ferdind Juluke following his address.
Actual Ax handle participants: Rodney Hurst, Marjorie Meeks-
Brown, Arnett Girardeau, Iona Godfrey, Rometa G. Porter, Isaac
Carn and Alton Yates.
Dr. Connie Hall presents the NAACP Sally B. Mathis Award to Rev.
Alicia Somers, Altoria White and Marsha Oliver attend the Freedom
Fund Dinner at the Hyatt.
Roslyn Phillips, Mayor John Peyton and Alvin Brown attend the
Mass Meeting at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
commemorated the tumultuous time
surrounding the infamous "Ax
Handle Saturday" with a variety of
events in honor of it's 50th anniver-
Book signing, guest lectures,
receptions and even a "Voices of the
Future" panel forum precluded the
Freedom Fund dinner keynoted by
Festivities kicked off last week
with a reception at the Ritz Theater
where participants were treated to
first hand accounts by activists in
the civil rights movement. The
informal panel included Klan infil-
trator Stetson Kennedy, former State
Sen. Arnett Girardeau, author
Rodney Hurst and SNCC co-
founder Charles Cobb. Thursday,
monsoon rains were braved to hear
"Voices of the Future" where select-
ed 40 and under panelists were
invited to share their post civil rights
Friday events included a "Mass
Meeting" and guest lecture by
author James Loewen at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church.
Trailblazing former Congressman
and NAACP director Kweisi
Mfume keynoted a late night for the
45th Freedom Fund Dinner. His
'address highlighted the importance
of never forgetting the past.
Black men 'least helped,
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A new book has suggested that
among the disadvantaged people in
the United States, the most needy
and least helped are probably
The new book from the
University of Chicago's School of
Social Service Administration says
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black men suffer in a variety of
ways, including being stereotyped
as reckless and having little regard
for their children.
They are also disadvantaged
because changes in the economy
have depleted the number of well-
paying, manual labour jobs, said
Waldo E. Johnson Jr., Associate
Professor at SSA, who is the editor
of Social Work With African
American Males: Health, Mental
Health and Social Policy, recently
published by Oxford University
and depictions suggest that African-
American males harbour a lifelong
disregard for their own personal
development. and a lack of commit-
ment to their loved ones and socie-
ty in general. a societal attitude that
keeps them from being helped." he
Most African-American men do
not fit the popular stereotype and
fulfil their responsibilities to their
families and society. but the stereo-
type persists. fuelled in some ways
b\ media images.
But the problems they face are
real. and social workers should feel
challenged to put the tools and
resources of their profession at
work to help black men in need, he
The book is a collection of stud-
ies, which details the disadvantages
that black men face, and suggests
ways they can be helped.
Despite their problems, few
programs are designed specif-
ically to help black males, and
social workers may not view
them as part the families and
communities that the workers
serve, with the result that
black males' individual needs
f "It is critical to utilize both
social work research and prac-
S,. tice to articulate these and
other challenges that adverse-
ly impact the physical, mental,
'. and social health and well-
S being of African American
males," Johnson said.
In his book, Johnson proposes
that effective programs need to be
replicated, such as well-run after-
school programs that promote edu-
cational achievement and provide
sports and other outlets for boys.
Social service providers need to
open up programs for fathers as
There are also some public policy
steps we can take, said Johnson,
who calls them the "Plan for
They include establishing an
independent education and well-
ness plan for every African-
American male born in this country,
providing a school-to-work link
that enhances opportunities for
African-American men to work and
finally, giving African-American
men access to public housing.
"Many communities discourage
single men from living in public
housing, which signals negative
value and worth as individuals and
members of families who need
places to live," Johnson added.
The plan can help men move for-
ward and become fully participat-
ing members of society.
Black male teachers wanted
continued from page 1
Duncan is leading the charge to get more Black males in the classroom -
either on the elementary or secondary level. But he admits that it's a huge
challenge that may be an uphill battle. Nowhere is that challenge more evi-
dent than in the Lone Star State.
"The research shows that if you can match the ethnicity and race of
teachers and students, teachers tend to be more effective," said Ed Fuller,
associate director of the University Council for Educational
Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. "It's important for role
modeling and pushing those students to go to college. Of course, you want
to make sure teachers are well-qualified and not just thrown into a class-
room because of race or ethnicity."
Why the disparity?
The national epidemic is brought on by a myriad of factors- from low
salaries, to declining Black graduation rates, to changing perceptions about
education. Texas school districts hire about 30,000 to 35,000 new teachers
every year, but the pool of minorities interested in the profession is small,
and is particularly acute in early-childhood and lower grades, and is part-
Other key reasons behind the male-teacher shortage, according to
MenTeach, is the stereotype that teaching is "women's work," as well as
possible fears of lawsuits around accusations of sexual abuse of children.
Black males also leave teaching at a higher rate than their colleagues,
according to a 2003 study by the National Education Association, a nation-
al teacher's union. Half of black males leave the profession before retire-
ment, compared with 30 percent of all teachers.
Attending the Mass Meeting at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
Reggie Brown, Dr. Alvin White and Ken Middleton were Richard McKissick, speaker Rev. R.W. McKissick, Sr., Estelle
McKissick, Margorie Meeks-Brown, Dr. Randolph Bracey, Rodney
Hurst and Rev. Marvin Zanders.
September 2-8, 2010
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SL: S the Free Press File
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.
Jackie Allen and Adrienne Neal attend an arts opening reception
at The Ritz Theater.
Barney Spann and his daughter Amanda.
Reginald Lawrence, Alineice and Victor Andino
The Honorable Judge Peggy Quince and Sen. Tony Hill enjoy
refreshments at the private reception for incoming AKA National Shortly after Gov. Jeb Bush was first elected to office, he instituted the controversial One Florida Plan affecting Florida's public school sys-
President Barbara McKenzie at the home of her friend and soror, tem and institutions of higher learning. The new laws put in place ended racial preferences in college acceptance applications and put in place
Mrs. Ernestine Bivens. plans for standardized testing. The decision ignited a massive march. Shown above are marchers preparing to descend on the state's Capital.
Mr. and Mrs.
|II il I I^ Audrey Gibson, Shirley Cowens, Dr. Lois Gibson and Vanessa Boyer attend the "Legends in
Anthony Rogers attend the annual Fla MEste Wato attn a Holiday Luncheon for Leadership" calender unveiling breakfast during Women's History Month.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church Seniiors.
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Gertrude Peele receives the Equal Opportunity Award in 1999 at the
Annual Urban League Equal Opportunity Luncheon.
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S. Shown above is longtime Free Press subscriber, the late Ms. Curlue
Huger. This photo was taken during the holiday season when the
Betty Davis, the late Hortense Gray and an unidentified gentleman always gracious lady stopped by our office to wish us a happy hoilday
attend the unveiling of the 2000 FCCJ Black History Calender. season. We will greatly miss Mrs. Huger.
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Madonna Rejects Man Claiming to be
Mercy's Father Madonna is disputing claims
from a man who says he is the biological father of
her adopted Malawian daughter Mercy; and has
squashed his attempts to meet with the child face-to-
James Kambewa, 26, was pressing for a sit down
with the 4-year-old he says is his daughter, but the
validity of his claims is not just questioned by the
"The extended family members had no knowledge
of a father. The village leadership had no knowledge of a father ... the
mother was raped and left," Madonna's spokeswoman Barbara Charone
told the Sunday Times, a South African paper.
Madonna, 52, adopted Mercy last year from a Malawi orphanage after
the Supreme Court of Appeal overturned a lower court. She is
Madonna's second adopted Malawian child. She was born in January
2006 to a 14-year-old mother who died days after giving birth.
Usher up for love again
In a new interview with People, Usher opens
up about his failed marriage to Tameka Foster
However, he doesn't regret the union, despite
the fact it ended in divorce.
"I appreciate the relationship for what it was.
Even though it didn't work out, I'm glad we
got together. I love her as the mother of my
children; we just couldn't be married," he told
Things started going downhill between the two shortly after the birth of
their second child; he and Foster started to disagree over everything from
parenting style to his busy schedule.
So will Usher ever get married again?
"I still believe in love. I believe in marriage. When I fall in love again,
everyone will know. I'll sing about it."
Oprah Winfrey reportedly wants to host the
final episode in a football stadium.
She's planning a star-studded finale in September,
2011 when "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will end its 25
She'll supposedly move the production from her
ClChicago studio to the city's 61,500 capacity Solder
Field, the home of the Chicago Bears football
team, in a bid to pack in a bigger audience.
But Winfrey has admitted the notoriously unpre-
dictable climate in Clicago could scupper plans for an open-air finale.
"I don't know if that's going to happen. You can never count on
Chicago weather," she tells TV Guide magazine.
Remember, she's not retiring, but leaving her syndicated talk show to
run her OWN Oprah Winfrey Network.
Whoopi Quits 'Sister Act' after Mom Suffers Stroke
Whoopi Goldberg has exited the London production of "Sister Act" to
fly back to the U.S. after her mother suffered a stroke.
The actress and co-host of "The View" was due to appear as the Mother
Superior in the convent-set musical until the epd dfl.ti..Month.
Producers say the 54-year-old star flew home immediately after learn--
ing of her mother Emma's illness. They said "the thoughts and sincere
best wishes of the producers and the entire 'Sister Act' company are with
her at this difficult time."
Goldberg is a producer of the stage version of her hit 1992 film about
an on-the-lam singer who hides out among a group of nuns. It is due to
open on Broadway next year.
Jackson kids start school
Home school is now a thing of
the past for Michael Jackson's
two eldest kids.
Prince Michael, 13, and Paris,
12, started last weekat The
Buckley School in the San
Fernando Valley, known as one
of the most exclusive private
schools in the country.
Family sources tell the website that Prince wanted to go to Buckley to
have "a social experience." Initially, Paris was reluctant but changed her
mind. The kids are accompanied by their perspective bodyguards who
follow them from class to class and even watch them have lunch.
Michael's youngest child, 8-year-old Blanket, will remain home
schooled for now. His grandma Katherine Jackson feels he's too young
to venture out.
Other famous Buckley School alums include Matthew Perry, Alyssa
Milano, Nicole Richie, Nicollette Sheridan, Laura Dern, Paris Hilton and
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actor and part time
sex symbol Idris Elba played a
gangster in his very first role.
To some that would make sense.
Elba, 37, gained tough-guy immor-
tality for his portrayal of ruthlessly
calculating drug lord Russell
"Stringer" Bell on HBO's critically
acclaimed "The Wire."
Now he's back in the criminal
swing of things as Gordon Cozier,
the leader of a high-tech band of
bank robbers in "Takers." The
recently released film by Will
Packer that came in a narrow sec-
ond at the box office last week.
But here's the thing. That original
Elba performance? It was as Big
'Jule in a production of the classic-
musical "Guys and Dolls" by
London's National Youth Music
"A great show and a fun charac-
ter," Elba said of that production.
As a teenager he joined London's
National Youth Music Theatre and
landed bit parts on British televi-
sion. His father was displeased
when Elba announced that he did
not want to work with him in the
Ford factory and struck out for
America to pursue an acting career.
As a result of his success in
Britain and the United States, Elba
says, his parents are "very proud
now, overly so."
"It's weird because my parents
don't really understand my busi-
ness," he says. "I get fan mail all
day long, but if a piece happens to
get to their house, they're like, 'Oh,
my God, you've got a fan! You have
to write them back. You have to do
it!' As a teenager, Elba would
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When he moved to the
United States in his late 20s, he
would support himself between act-
ing gigs by DJ-ing at clubs in New
York and Philadelphia. He still DJs,
but mostly because he enjoys it, not
to pay the bills. Still, in some
YouTube videos Elba looks serious
and focused as he works the turnta-
bles, his head and shoulders pump-
ing to the beat. He also dabbles in
music, singing, rapping and mixing.
The brother is seriously on the
grind, a characteristic he says he
shares with his new character.
And there you have the fascinat-
ing conundrum that is Idris Elba.
Nobody plays smooth, intimidat-
ing characters with as much flair
- arid convictidf'as'this nearly 6-foot-
3-inch child of parents from Siierra
Leone and Ghana.
Yet left to his own devices, Elba
says, he'd be making music all day
"With film and television, you do
your job, but you have no control
over how it turns out," Elba said in
a recent phone conversation from
New York. "Making music is a total
switch. In the studio it's me and
my decisions making music is
my purest piece of creativity. I
adore that I have enough musi-
cal talent to do that."
In his musical alter ego as
Big Driis the Londoner, Elba
has DJ'd in clubs in England
and America and has recently
released several of his own
"I don't make music for
money. I've been doing it for
a long time and only just
started to release stuff. I just
love to make music, and I love
to share it."
Not that he's easing up on his
acting career. In recent years he
has taken a range of roles in proj-
ects as diverse as "American
Gangster" with Denzel Washington,
the zombie epic "28 Weeks Later,"
the "Fatal Attraction"-ish
"Obsessed" with Beyonce, this
spring's action effort "The Losers"
and in the title role of the Brit TV
cop series "Luther."
He has also displayed his
comedic chops in Tyler Perry's
"Daddy's Little Girls" and TV's
Though he is everywhere, you
will never see him in the tabloids.
one place he doesn't show up often
is the tabloids.
"That's by design," says Elba,
who is divorced, has an 8-year-old
daughter. He says that he is not in a
steady relationship and as for mar-
riage, "Been there, done that, and I
don't think I'll be doing that again."
He seems to steer clear of the
celebrity romance merry-go-round,
and although he says he enjoys
hanging out with fellow actors dur-
ing shoots, his closest chums are
longtime friends from England.
His acting choices, Elba said,
have been calculated to show that
he's more'than a movie tough,
although he admits he has long
been fascinated with strong male
"I've always paid attention to
actors. It comes from my dad, I
think. He was a big Yul Brynner
fan. I remember watching Yul
Brynner movies with him and
thinking, 'Wow, that's a freaking
"He also liked Roger Moore,
Anthony Quinn ... actors who
expressed different sorts of machis-
mo. Without quite realizing what I
was doing, I just sort of started pay-
ing attention to actors who had that
Which brings us to Gordon
Jennings, his character in "Takers."
Jennings is solid, thoughtful, well-
heeled. He's a gentleman crook.
"He's smart and really ambi-
tious," Elba said. "This is a guy that
knows if he's ever caught he'll
spend the rest of his life in jail. He's
made the calculations and is willing
to take the risk.
"Personally, I would never risk
my freedom to steal money. So I
had to imagine somebody who sees
this as a fulfilling challenge."
But Cozier isn't all brawn. The
film provides him with a drug-
"That was a story line developed
late in the process after I became
involved in the movie," he said.
"It's a heist movie, so we rely on
the action to keep us entertained.
But there are members of the audi-
ence who want more, who want to
get under a character's skin. And
through his relationship with his
sister we see his human side."
"Takers" simultaneously follows
members of Coziers' gang as they
prepare an armored car robbery, and
a flawed police detective (Matt
Dillon) who is on their trail.
"That was the worst thing about
the experience ... except for one
scene, I didn't get to act with Matt.
We never saw each other."
So what will it be? Music? Or
"How about a fusing of the two?"
Elba said. "I'm a big fan of the
musical film genre. I know that
sounds weird. But it's a genre that
was once great and never regained
its feet again. A real shame, that.
"But I'd like to develop a modem
twist on the whole music-meets-
film thing. I'm a huge admirer of
'Chicago' and 'Moulin Rouge,'
which were really great attempts to
bring back the pleasures of the
"I could see myself very happy
doing that. Very happy."
lets you give students at risk of dropping out the boost they need to make it
through high school. Because over 30% of students in the U.S. aren't graduating.
And they've got a lot more to tackle than just their schoolwork.
.-' Retired Jacksonville teacher rebuilds school in Haiti
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Death of Emmett Till remembered
A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the gravesites of Emmett Till and
his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley in south suburban Alsip, Illinois Sunday.
The ceremony was held by the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation at Burr
Oak Cemetery and concluded a weekend-long commemoration of the
Chicago teenager whose murder was a key moment in the Civil Rights
Till was killed after whistling at a white woman while visiting relatives
in Mississippi 55 years ago. Saturday was the 55th anniversary of his
by T. Lush, APW
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -
When two men barged into Sherrie
Fausey's school a few months after
the quake and demanded all the
food in the pantry, she calmly said
The men threatened to kill her.
"That's really sad," the 62-year-
old said, matter-of-factly. "Because
I'm going to heaven and you're
going to prison."
The men ran away.
That's the kind of attitude -
maybe it's brash American opti-
mism that has paid off for
Fausey, a retired schoolteacher
from Jacksonville, Fla. Her
Christian school in Haiti was
destroyed in the earthquake in
January, and one child was killed.
But classes will started again this
week more than a month before the
rest of the country's schools.
Like everything else in post-
earthquake Haiti. the reconstruction
of the education system is moving
President and First Lady tour a New New Orleans
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama tour the Columbia Parc Housing Development
in New Orleans, La., with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, right, and Housing and Urban
Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Aug. 29, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Sou.za)
slow. So in the meantime, it's up to
private school owners like Fausey
and other aid groups to improvise.
Before the earthquake, few chil-
dren in Haiti got beyond the sixth
grade, and a million children didn't
attend school at all. Most parents
sent their children to private school,
and the poorest parents paid up to
half their income for a education.
Even then, schooling isn't exten-
sive; one nonprofit figures that the
average Haitian adult has about 2.8
years of education. Add these grim
statistics to the picture 40,000
students and 1,000 teachers died in
the quake, and some 80 percent of
school buildings in Port-au-Prince
In 1999, Fausey retired from the
Jacksonville school system and
came to Haiti on a weeklong mis-
sion trip. Her only son was grown,
and she sold her house in Florida to
return to Haiti the same year. She
didn't speak Creole, or French, but
she wasn't concerned. God, she
said, had told her to open a school.
In the years that followed, Fausey
started a feeding program for a few
hundred kids in the area, handed out
prenatal and newborn vitamins to
malnourished mothers in a nearby
shantytown, and, in 2008, adopted
26 orphans who were stranded on a
roof of a building after deadly
Her school swelled to 214 stu-
dents. She accepted only kinder-
gartners that way they could
begin their education with her cur-
riculum and follow it through the
years. The kids learned geography,
math and the Bible, along with lan-
guages, science and history.
While most Haitian schools ran
from 8 a.m. to noon, Fausey kept
her kids in class from 7:30 a.m. to 3
p.m., like in America.
"I don't know what we would do
without Miss Sherrie," said
Jacqueline Auguste, a 45-year-old
single mother whose three kids
attend school there. Auguste said
her kids probably wouldn't be able
to attend school at all without
Fausey and now, her 14-year-old
son speaks English, French,
Spanish and Creole.
Sherrie Fausey, 62, background center right, from Jacksonville, Fla., talks
with workers and children at the Christian Light Ministries school in Port-au-
Prince, Haiti. In the seven months since the earthquake, the 62-year-old for-
mer teacher has constructed a new school building for her 200 students. She's
also tripled the salaries for her 22 teachers, and will begin classes on Sept. 30,
2010. While Haiti waits for a $5 billion plan to overhaul schools, people like
Fausey are improvising so kids can attend class. (A. Franco)
Donations pay for breakfast, volunteers to nearby tent cities to
lunch, uniforms and teacher feed children under the age of six.
salaries. Fausey's early retirement She wrangled food donations from
check buys books, nonprofits at the airport, met with
Parents pay $1.25 a year 10 architects about rebuilding, took in
Haitian dollars to send their a malnourished child abandoned by
child to the school, her parents.
"Anything that you give away Fausey, a Baptist, is driven by her
free is not respected," Fausey said. faith. She credits the Lord for help-
Classes weren't in session at ing her through the past seven
Fausey's Christian Light Mission months but also her teachers and
school when the earthquake struck the volunteers. And she says she
on Jan. 12. Only Fausey and the believes God will guide to her the
orphans were in the building. necessary money and manpower to
The back of the main school expand the school in the future.
which was also home for her and In May, Fausey needed a break. A
the orphans collapsed. respite from the rubble, the chaos,
A half-constructed second build- the never-ending need that is Haiti.
ing was located across the street She hadn't stopped since the
and had a large yard secured with a earthquake. Hadn't stopped to
metal gate. She moved the orphans, grieve or cry or even think.
the staff and the school's four tawny She flew to rural Pennsylvania to
guard dogs there, and everyone stay with friends. On a walk in a
slept in tents. Nobody wanted to woods, she paused to pick wild
return inside. raspberries, a delicacy not found in
Fausey started school on Jan. 18, any store or on any bush in Haiti.
five days after the quake. Classes Fausey says also had a chat with
were held in a tent. God.
"They needed to get back to "I said, Lord, I'm tired. I've had it.
something that was normal," I don't think I can keep going," she
Fausey said. "People said it couldn't recalled.
be done." "And the Lord said, it's OK. Just
Volunteers from the US and eat raspberries, and keep walking."
Canada arrived, as did $90,000 in So she did. Two weeks later, she
donations. Fausey dispatched the returned to Haiti.
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