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FORE How America's

banks gutted

the Black middle

class and got

away with it
Page 2

Terry McMillan

makes a well
anticipated return

to the literary
world with

"Exhale" sequel
Page 11


Will Jennifer
entrance into the
governor's race
make a difference
to Black voters?
Page 4
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Single father

pens tell all

to daughters

on the power

of women
Page 7


50 Cents

NY Times endorses Rangel's rival
The New York Times endorsed former Seagram executive Joyce
Johnson in the Sept. 14 primary race for Rep. Charles Rangel's Harlem
The Times has been a vocal critic of the former Ways and Means chair-
man and has run several investigative pieces highlighting his ethics woes,
including his use of rent-controlled housing in the city.
Rangel is running ahead of his five opponents in the primary, but a new
Times poll on Friday found that 70 percent of Manhattan voters want him
to end his congressional career (46 percent want him to serve out the end
of his term and 24 percent think he should resign immediately). Rangel
represents about 40 percent of the burrough's residents.
In its endorsement, the Times points out that Rangel "is preparing for
a House hearing on 13 ethics charges, including improper fund-raising
and hoarding rent-stabilized apartments." The Times dismisses
Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV, the most famous Rangel chal-
lenger, as someone who has done little in Albany, even by Albany's do-
little standards."
Instead, the Times writes, the best alternative is Joyce Johnson "who,
while struggling in the primary, has been a strong advocate for women's
rights and civil rights for many years."

Dublin, Ga bans saggy pants
The town of Dublin, Georgia, is putting saggy, baggy pants in the cat-
egory of indecent exposure, with violators facing fines of up to $200.
Dublin Mayor Phil Best said he plans to sign this week an amendment
to the municipality's indecent exposure ordinance. The amendment,
which Best plans to put into immediate effect at the City Council meet-
ing, prohibits the wearing of pants or skirts "more than three inches
below the top of the hips exposing the skin or undergarments."
The mayor said after about a year of fielding complaints, he put the city
attorney to work researching how other localities have dealt with the der-
riere dilemma. The result was that council members decided to put expo-
sure due to baggy clothing in the same category as masturbation, forni-
cation and urination in public places.
Patrolling for offenders will be left to local police in the town about 140
miles southeast of Atlanta. Violators could face fines ranging from $25 to
$200, or court-mandated community service.
Dublin is not alone in its pull-up-the-pants campaign. Riviera Beach,
Florida, and Flint, Michigan, passed bans against sagging pants in recent
years, but the Riviera Beach legislation later was declared unconstitu-
tional after a court challenge.

Kodak settles employee racial

discrimination lawsuit for $24M
ROCHESTER, N.Y. A federal judge approved Eastman Kodak Co.'s
$21.4 million offer to settle class-action lawsuits by black employees
who maintained white counterparts were favored over them for pay and
promotion last week.
In an almost seven-year legal, the deal that pays about 3,000 current
and past Kodak workers amounts ranging from $1,000 to $50,000. The
decision ends a 2004 class-action lawsuit and a similar suit filed by other
black workers in 2007.
The Rochester, N.Y.-based photography products maker was accused
of paying black employees less than white co-workers, passing them over
for promotions and maintaining a racially hostile work environment.
Under the settlement, 3,008 workers get $9.65 million and their lawyers
$9.7 million in fees and expenses. Adjustments to individual awards were
negotiated, with a dozen workers having $75,000 awards reduced by one-
The balance of the settlement will go to administering the claims and
supporting enhanced diversity training for supervisors that Kodak prom-
ised as part of the deal. The company will also hire an industrial psy-
chologist and two labor statisticians to review pay and promotion poli-
cies and recommend improvements.
In a statement, Kodak said the settlement "represents a resolution of
mutual interest and it absolutely does not suggest any wrongdoing" on
the company's part.

Judge rules Bernice King led SCLC
is the only legal organizing body
A faction of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference led by two
men under criminal investigation is out and the group that opposed them
is officially in control of the once-premier civil rights group, a Fulton
County judge ruled last week.
The ruling effectively places control of the organization with the fac-
tion siding with the Rev. Bernice King, who was elected last October to
lead the group.
The SCLC was co-founded by King's father, Martin Luther King Jr.,
Ralph David Abernathy, Joseph Lowery and others in 1957 and was a
leading force in the civil rights struggle of the 1960s.
Last fall, federal and local authorities launched an investigation of alle-
gations that the SCLC chairman and treasurer mismanaged at least
$569,000 of the group's money. The two denied the allegations and have
continued to challenge their dismissal by some board members.
A public struggle for control was taken to court where both sides hoped
to have the final word. The judge ruled it belonged to the group that tried
to push out the leaders under investigation.
The order also found that the defendants illegally interfered with the
SCLC's Atlanta headquarters, which was padlocked by them in May.

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Volume 23 No.49 Jacksonville, Florida September 9-15, 2010

Honoree Dr.C.B. McIntosh throws out the first pitch at the "Rounds
at the Grounds" Softball Game TMA photo
Docs battle at Rounds at the Grounds to
bring awareness to infant mortality epidemic

In recognition of National Infant
Mortality Awareness Month, the
Northeast Florida Healthy Start
Coalition hosted more than 30 area
medical professionals in an inaugu-
ral 70-minute softball game. The
"Rounds at the Grounds," was held
despite a 20 minute rain delay
immediately prior to the
Jacksonville Suns game.
Dr. C.B. McIntosh,
Jacksonville's first African-
American pediatrician, threw out
the first pitch. Eugene Monroe,
Jacksonville Jaguars' offensive
tackle and Healthy Start
Ambassador and teammate Eben
Britton were celebrity coaches.
"It was an honor to be a part of

such an exciting event," said Dr.
C.B. McIntosh, long-time
Jacksonville pediatrician. "It makes
me incredibly proud to see so many
physicians lending their support to
help raise awareness about infant
mortality...with them, Jacksonville
can indeed become a healthier com-
munity for babies and families,"
said McIntosh.
Jacksonville is a leader in the
state and nation in infant mortality
rates with the African-American
community disproportionately
effected. It is through community
outreach events that the NFHSC
helps to eradicate the epidemic
through awareness and education.

Longshoremen celebrate

annual Labor Day picnic

(L-R) First row: Daniel Jackson, Victor Jackson, Brian Jackson,
Jeremiah Jackson. (Second row): Kenneth Thomas, Rico Salters,
Joseph Salters, Sarah Upp, Josephine Salters, Julian Stephens,
Christopher Thomas. (Third row): Michelle Jackson, Victor Jackson,
Sr., Matthew Chambers, Bill Calhoun, Antoinette Calhoun, America
Spencer and former ILA President George Spencer. KFPphoto
The International Longshoreman's Asociation Local 1408 celebrated
their annual Labor Day Picnic over the holiday weekend at Metropolitan
Park. Thousands of Union members and their families participated in the
full day of activities that included games for kids, music, free food, dance
contests and activities for all ages. For more pics, see page 5.

cO -to am
ile. Though Christ.aityM e-
dates Islaht,.the-Muslim popula-
.tionstands strong at 1.2 billion,
repr'iting about 22% of the
world's population.
On the anniversary of the
tragic events of September 11
that forever changed how
Americans live their lives, it is
ironic that some choose to com-
menorate it by violently contra-
ticting the same principles our
country was built upon... free-
dom, liberty and justice for all.
Yes the perpetrators of the ill

"God a iy,
put their pe 'l' d of hate
on the international forefront.
They vilified Malcolm \ in,
the 60s for his "chickens com in
home to roost" analogy of the
president's assassination. It only
makes,.y u wonder as the ever
repeti cycle of history
evolve ret price their& eLe
to pay for the bonfr M e

Tom Joyner Family Reunion: Ray and Toni Alfred, shown
above, were just two of thousands of attendees at the Tom Joyner Family
Reunion last weekend in Orlando, Florida. Held over the Labor Day week-
end, participants attended workshops, concerts and even a little "church"
at the event hosted by DJ Tom Joyner. For more scenes, see page 9.

Rookie Tyson Alualu signs a football for Roslyn Phillips at the
Cornerstone Luncheon.
Cornerstone Luncheon honors

Jag's contribution to Jacksonville
The event, held at Everbank Stadium by the Chamber of Commerce's
economic arm, the Cornerstone Regional Development Partnership, cele-
brates the Jaguars contribution to Northeast Florida. Known as the Jaguars
Kickoff event, it is the biggest Cornerstone luncheon of the year with over
1500 in attendance. For highlights of the recent Jag game, see page 12.

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How banks gutted the Black middle class and got away with it

by Devona Walker, Alternet
The American middle class has
been hammered over the last sever-
al decades. The black middle class
has suffered to an even greater
degree. But the single most crip-
pling blow has been the real estate
and foreclosure crisis. It has
stripped black families of more
wealth than any single event in U.S.
history. Due entirely to subprime
loans, black borrowers are expected
to lose between $71 billion and $92
To fully understand why the fore-
closure crisis has so disproportion-
ately affected working- and middle-
class blacks, it is important to pro-
vide a little background. Many of
these American families watched
on the sidelines as everyone and
their dog seemed to jump into the
real estate game. The communities
they lived in were changing, gentri-
fying, and many blacks unable to
purchase homes were forced out as
new homeowners moved in. They
were fed daily on the benefits of
home ownership. Their communi-
ties, churches and social networks
were inundated by smooth-talking
but shady fly-by-night brokers.
With a home, they believed, came
stability, wealth and good schools
for their children. Home ownership,
which accounts for upwards of 80
percent of the average American
family's wealth, was the basis of
permanent membership into the
American middle class. They were
primed to fall for the American
Dream con job.
Black and Latino minorities have
been disproportionately targeted
and affected by subprime loans. In
California, one-eighth of all resi-
dences, or 702,000 homes, are in
foreclosure. Black and Latino fami-
lies make up more than half that
number. Latino and African-
American borrowers in California,
according to figures from the
Center for Responsible Lending,
have foreclosure rates 2.3 and 1.9
times that of non-Hispanic white
,families. y
S*, Th re is little indication that
things will get much better any time

The Ripple Effect
If anything, the foreclosure crisis
is likely to produce a ripple effect
that will continue to decimate com-
munities of color.
Think about the
long-term impact
of vacant homes
on the value of
and about the cor-
responding .n
increase in crime,
vandalism and
shrinking tax
bases for munici-
pal budgets.
"The American
dream for individ-
uals has now
become the night-
mare for cities," ..:
said James .
Mitchell, a coun- -
cilman in .'r
Charlotte, NC who .
heads the National ..
Black Caucus of
Local Elected "'
Officials. In the '
nearby community The foreclosu
of Peachtree Hills,
he says roughly 115 out of 123
homes are in foreclosure. In that
environment, it's impossible for the
remaining homeowners to sell, as
their property values have been
severely depressed. Their quality of
life, due to increases in vandalism
and crime, diminished. The cities
then feel the strap of a receding tax
base at the same time there is a huge
surge in the demand for public serv-
Charlotte, N.C. Baltimore,
Detroit, Washington D.C.
Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans,
Chicago and Philadelphia have his-
torically been bastions for the black
middle class. In 2008, roughly 10
percent of the nation's 40 million
blacks made upwards of $75,000
per year. But now, just two years
later, many experts say the foreclo-
sure crisis has virtually erased
decades of those slow, hard-fought,
economic gains.
Memphis, where the majority of
residents are black, remains a sym-
bol of black prosperity in the new

South. There, the median income
for black homeowners rose steadily
for two decades. In the last five
years, income levels for black

98.5 percent of metropolitan areas,
according to the National
Community Reinvestment


re crisis has stripped black families of more wealth than any single event

Ire crisis has stripped black families of more wealth than any single event

households have receded to below
what they were in 1990, according
to analysis by Queens College.
As of December 2009, median
white wealth had dipped 34 percent
while median black wealth had
dropped 77 percent, according to
the Economic Policy Institute's
"State of Working America" report.
'Emerging' Markets Scam v.
Black Credit Crunch
While the subprime loans were
flowing, communities of color had
access to a seemingly endless
amount of funding. In 1990, one
million refinance loans were issued.
It was the same for home improve-
ment and refinance loans. By 2003,
15 million refinance loans were
issued. That directly contributed to
billions in loss equity, especially
among minority and elderly home-
owners. Also at the same time,
banks developed "emerging mar-
kets" divisions that specifically tar-
geted under-served communities of-
color. In 2003, subprime loans were
more prevalent among blacks in

How to repair your retirement account

Has your 401(k) become a
201(k)? Wonder if you can save
enough to get back on track to
retire? Concerned about our econo-
my locally and nationally? The
Great Recession has left millions of
baby boomers with worries and
concerns about their financial
future. Here are five ways to get
busy repairing your financial
1. You need to know where you
stand. Developing a retirement
plan is the first step. Only 3 percent
of Americans have written goals for
their financial plan, and this 3 per-
cent have already repaired much of
the damage done by the recession.
There are many good on-line tools
available (www.firecalc.com or
www.quicken.com) or you can hire
a professional planner to help you
review budgets and savings and
provide advice on return assump-
tions and investment mixes that
make sense pre- and post-retire-
ment. If you want an advisor who
doesn't have products to sell and
acts as a fiduciary, the National
Association of Professional
Financial Advisors
(www.NAPFA.org) has a referral
service to advisors in your area who
have met educational, ethical and
professional standards.
2. Contribute "until it
hurts" to your 401(k) or retire-
ment plan at work. Some people
stopped making contributions to
their retirement plans when the
Great Recession hit. If you're one
of those, get back in the game!
Even if your employer hasn't yet
re-started matching some of your
contribution, the discipline and tax
savings this provides are critical to
repair your long term retirement
plans. Set the contribution rate a
notch above where you think is
comfortable you'll find that
stretching a bit won't hurt much as
long as you've paid attention to the
next key.
3. Get control of your spending.
This is easy to say and hard to do. If
you have a good sense of what you
need to save, it's then easier to set
spending goals for yourself and

your family. In this tough economy,
many have become value shoppers
and the bargains are everywhere,
including travel and big ticket items
like appliances and cars. Today you
can treat yourself well and repair
your retirement plan if you become
a savvier consumer. Monitor your
spending through simple monthly
logs or use on-line tools like
Quicken or Mint (www.Mint.com).
4. Balance your investments.
Did you know that the average
return in a balanced stock and bond
portfolio over the last 20 years was
more than 8 percent per year, but
the average investor made less than
3 percent? This is because too
many investors get caught up in the

greed and fear cycle and buy when
they should be selling or vice versa.
Resist the urge to follow the herd
and get sound advice, whether it's a
professional financial advisor or
your Uncle John. Just as being too
aggressive has injured many
investors in recent years, being too
conservative can also result in
retirement plan failure.
5. Sharpen your ax. If your
business or your career isn't stable,
it will be hard to save enough to get
you to your retirement goals. One
of the best investments you can
make is in yourself. Ask your
friends at work what one item they
think you should work on to
become better at what you do.

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One former Wells Fargo loan
officer testifying in a lawsuit filed
by the city of Baltimore against the
bank says fellow employers rou-
tinely referred to subprime loans as
"ghetto loans" and black people as
"mud people." He says he was rep-
rimanded for not pushing higher
priced loans to black borrowers
who qualified for prime or cheaper
loans. Another loan officer, Beth
Jacobson, says the black communi-
ty was seen "as fertile ground for
subprime mortgages, as working-
class blacks were hungry to be a
part of the nation's home-owning
"We just went right after them,"
Jacobson said, according to the
New York Times, adding that the
black church was frequently target-
ed as the bank believed church lead-
ers could convince their congrega-
tions to take out loans. There are
numerous reports throughout the
nation of black church leaders


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being paid incentives for drumming
up business.
Due in part to these aggressive
marketing techniques and balloon-
ing emerging
market divisions,
subprime mort-
gage activity
grew an average
of 25 percent per
year from 1994
to 2003, drasti-
cally outpacing
the growth for
prime mortgages.
In 2003, sub-
prime loans made
up 9 percent of
all U.S. mort-
gages, about a
$330 billion busi-
ness; up from
$35 billion a
So c decade earlier.
Now that the
subprime market
has imploded,

but abandoned
those communi-
in U.S. history. ties. Prime lend-
ing in communi-
ties of color has decreased 60 per-
cent while prime lending in white
areas has fallen 28.4 percent.
The banks are also denying cred-
it to small-business owners, who
account for a huge swath of ethnic
minorities. In California ethnic
minorities account for 16 percent of
all small-business loans. In the mid-
2000s roughly 90 percent of busi-
nesses reported they received the
loans they needed. Only half of
small businesses that tried to bor-
row received all or most of what
they needed last year, according to a
survey by the National Federation
of Independent Business.
In addition, minority business
owners often have less capital,
smaller payrolls and shorter histo-
ries with traditional lending institu-
Further complicating matters is
the fact that minority small-busi-
ness owners often serve minority
communities and 1base their busi-

ness decisions on things that tradi-
tional lenders don't fully under-
stand. Think about the black barber
shop or boutique owner, who
knows there is no other "black" bar-
ber shop or boutique specializing in
urban fashions within a 30-minute
drive. While that lender may under-
stand there is such a niche market as
"urban fashions," they likely won't
understand the significance of
being "black-owned" in the market
as opposed to corporate-owned. Or
think of the Hispanic grocer with
significant import ties to Mexico
who knows he can bring in produce,
spices and inventory specific to that
community's needs, things people
cannot get at chain grocery stores.
That lender might only understand
there is a plethora of Wal-Marts in
the community where he wants to
grow his business.
Minority business owners are
often more dependent upon minori-
ty communities for survival, which
of course are disproportionately
depressed due to subprime lending.
Consequently, minority business
owners have a lower chance of suc-
cess. Banks, understanding that, are
even less likely to lend. It's like a
self-fulfilling prophecy, and it's
beginning to resemble the tradition-
al "redlining" of the 1980s and
"After inflicting harm on neigh-
borhoods of color through years of
problematic subprime and option
ARM loans, banks are now pulling
back at a time when communities
are most in need of responsible
loans and investment," said Geoff
Smith, senior vice president of the
Woodstock Institute.
Believe it or not, no one in a
position of power to stop all this
from unfolding was blindsided. Ben
Bernanke was warned years ago
about the long-term implications of
the real estate bubble and subprime
lending. Still, he set idly by. He told
the advocates who warned him that
the market would work it all out.
Perhaps they thought the fallout
would be limited to minority cor.
munities, or perhaps theyjfust didn "r
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Will Caroll's entrance into the

gubernatorial race make a difference?

Republican Gubernatorial candi-
date Rick Scott announced last
week that state Rep. Jennifer
Carroll is his pick for lieutenant
governor. Many of us know Carroll
because she represents parts of
Jacksonville's west side and por-
tions of Clay County.
She also ran against
Congresswoman Corrine Brown a
couple of times before running for
the State House seat she is vacating
to run for Lieutenant Governor.
What is so significant about
Carroll's selection is that she will
become the first African-American
Republican woman to run on a
statewide ticket in Florida.
Carroll's resume is quite impres-
sive. She was born in Trinidad
before "legally immigrating" to the
United States, where she served for
20 years in the U.S. Navy before
becoming a state legislator. She is
also a small business owner.
Rep. Carroll also holds another
very unique distinction she's the
first and only African American
ever elected to the state legislature
as a Republican.
At one point the GOP was active-
ly recruiting and attempting to
groom minority candidates. That
effort has taken a back seat espe-
cially now that the party fringes,
the Tea Party crew, seem to dictate
Republican politics these days.
It's a sign that Republicans still
have not made strides in the Black
community. Carroll's running with
Scott is historical, but probably will
not equate to any additional votes
or support from African Americans.

Carroll's addition to the Scott
team adds someone with a good
public service resume, and of
course adds some color to the team
in addition to legislative experi-
ence. Picking another middle-aged
white guy would have been a bad
But picking a popular Hispanic
legislator from South Florida prob-
ably would have been a better idea.
But I am just a Monday morning
quarterback Scott has some very
highly regarded consultants and
analysts on his campaign team so I
am sure that they feel that Carroll
helps the ticket.
What will be interesting is how
Scott's background comes into play
in the general election. While
Scott's Republican contender, Bill
McCollum was not able to make
Scott's background a major cam-
paign issue, Alex Sink and the
Democrats will.
Don't you love politics? It's one
of the few professions that you can
enter with little or no experience at
all still be elected. In most profes-
sions experience means something.
I want my doctor to be well prac-
ticed and I want my barber to be
very seasoned in this craft.
I certainly want my financial
manager and lawyer to have strong
backgrounds in their arenas. I even
want my lawn guy to have a good
degree of experience. But not in
politics these days no political
experience is a plus in this anti-
establishment era.
You have to love politics think
about the fact that Arnold

Schwarzenegger is Governor of
California. Jesse "The Body"
Ventura was governor of
Minnesota the dude was an actor
and professional wrestler. I was
watching the movie Predator the
other night that starred both men -
who would have thunk it!
My favorite line is when the guy
ask Venture if he's OK because he
was bleeding Ventura replies, "I
ain't got time to bleed." Hell, I
probably would have voted for
Ventura too if I were from
Minnesota. I hear that Prince or the
artist formerly known as Prince
may run next.
OK-enough, back to Florida.
Can Carroll help Scott win over
minorities? No is the Swami's
Again, Carroll is a great choice,
but one has to remember why the
vast majority of blacks are
Democrats and why the South is a
Republican stronghold. When
President Lyndon Johnson signed
the 1964 Civil Rights Act into law,
he said that Democrats have "lost
the South for a generation."
Well as profound as Johnson's
statement was he was wrong. The
South has been lost for several gen-
erations now with no end in sight
for Democrats.
Carroll is well polished, but she
is still a Republican in the eyes of
many blacks and Hispanic voters
who traditionally vote with
Because the Democratic
Gubernatorial nominee is a woman,
state CFO Alex Sink, Scott proba-

bly needed a woman as his running
mate. Some thought that that
woman would be former
Republican Gubernatorial candi-
date and State Senator Paula
Dockery, but Carroll has many
more positives than Dockery.
This race will go down to the
wire. Scott is touring the state try-
ing to mend fences with the same
Republican leadership/establish-
ment that he's been blasting for
While the Republican reunion
tour is going on, Sink has been able
to pull off her first mini-campaign
victory getting the Independent
Democratic candidate Bud Chiles
out of the race.
Lawton "Bud" Chiles is the son
of the late popular governor,
Lawton Chiles and was becoming a
bigger thorn in the Democrats side
as the November elections neared.
In fact, a Quinnipiac University
poll conducted prior to Chiles with-
drawing showed him drawing sup-
port from 12 percent of Florida vot-
ers; Sink had 33 percent, and
Republican Rick Scott received 29
Again, these polls don't mean
much right now with around 60
days still left before the November
General elections.
Regardless of if the Scott and
Carroll ticket wins or not, it is great
to see a well-qualified African
American candidate on the ballot
for Lieutenant Governor.
Signing off from the Supervisor
of Elections Office,
Reggie Fullwood

Why we are marching on October 2nd

by B.T. Jealous, National
NAACP President
The past two years have been
marked by major progress despite
massive challenges, and a worrying
resurgence of far-right activity, urg-
ing massive resistance to our
momentum. We must keep pushing
forward. We have come too far to
let ourselves be turned back now.
Together with our allies in the
civil and human rights community,
the NAACP and our allies have
advanced an agenda that has suc-
cessfully increased rights for
women at work, expanded health-
care coverage to tens of millions of
Americans, cut the sentencing dis-
parity between crack and powder
by more than 80 percent, saved
more that 150,000 teacher's jobs,
and created more than 3 million
more jobs throughout the economy.
At the same time, we know 8
million American jobs have been
lost and not replaced, more than 2.5
million Americans have lost their
homes and 5 million are at high risk
of losing their homes, schools are
closing at unprecedented rates, and
Americans continue to be impris-
oned at an alarming rate. In each
case, people of color are generally
worse off, and black Americans are
bearing an especially high portion
of the burden.
Despite having such evidence of
what we can accomplish together,
we have seen voter participation
rates plummet--from Shelby

County, Tennessee to Alameda
County, California. This has been
especially true amongst Black
Simultaneously, far-right
extremists have found their way
back into the nation's political dis-
course and helped reenergize a ret-
rograde agenda that includes
attacks on every pillar of our civil
rights protections from the Voting
Rights Act to the Civil Rights Act
to the 14th Amendment itself.
Now is the time to get everyone
off the sidelines and back on to the
We must be bold and aggressive
in turning this situation around and
we cannot remain quiet in the face
of such clear and imminent danger.
Our faith tradition teaches us to run
and not get weary, walk and not
faint. We have made great
progress and many strides, but we
must press forward because our
work is not simply for us-but for
the future of our children and their
The history of the NAACP and
our allies has always called on us,
in the face of disparity, injustice,
and rising hate to build big diverse
coalitions that dream bold dreams
and win big victories. Mobilization
is our core value. Building big
coalitions to fundamentally push
America forward has always been
our guiding principle.
We did it when we fought the
rampart lynching of the south,

when we desegregated the military,
when we dismantled Jim Crow,
passed the Voting Rights Act, and
when we made health care reform a
reality for 32 million Americans.
All of these victories were won
because we worked to build large
and diverse coalitions, and dared to
dream big victories. Today is no
This is why we are building a
broad coalition of ONE NATION
Working Together. A coalition that
will work to bring America togeth-
er and put America back to work-
for its most precious resource- it's
Alaska will be there. Alabama
will be there. New York will be
there. North Carolina will be there.
Texas will be there. California will
be there. And we need you and
your members there in unprece-
dented numbers too.
This effort is unifying the civil
and human rights community, stu-
dent activists, faith communities,
immigration activists, small busi-
ness leaders, and labor activists
behind a common agenda for
increasing opportunity in America,
--Increasing job creation
--Defending and enforcing civil
rights protections, including ending
racial profiling
--Increasing support for public
education from pre-K to post-col-
--Increasing access to credit for

small businesses and bankruptcy
protection for homeowners
--Ensuring every worker has a
voice on the job
--And fixing our nation's broken
immigration system.
Fighting for educational equali-
ty, Continued on page 5

September 9-15, 2010

Blacks in the White House
America's first "Black President" could teach Barack
Obama about reaching out to Black Americans. Unlike. 4.
Bill Clinton & Crew, Obama and his advisors lack the jj r
central African-American experience needed to under-
stand and engage Black Americans.
Obama's failure or refusal to communicate with Blacks continues ques-
tions of his relative blackness. Discussions and debates among Blacks over
"how effective he is" have amplified. Barack may be more White on the
inside than he is Black. Surely, the people around him are. House Majority
Whip James E. Clyburn says Obama "needs some Black people around
him." Clyburn says Obama's inner circle keeps "screwing up" on race:
"Some people over there are not sensitive at all about race. They really feel
that the extent to which he allows himself to talk about race would tend to
cost him support".
Barack needs to do more "Louie Martin-style politics" and less mainte-
nance of the status quo. Louis E. Martin's adapt work behind the scenes in
the White House as an adviser to three Democratic Presidents brought
Blacks into high-levels into government public policy-making positions. In
these decision-making jobs Blacks brought about major leveling programs.
Martin's political acumen during the 1960s and 70s set the tone for
Presidents that saw the need for and sought Black outreach and inclusion.
Louis Martin set the way toward African American political and econom-
ic empowerment. A Black journalist, newspaper publisher and civil rights
activist, Martin advised Presidents John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and
Jimmy Carter. Well founded in who and what he was, Martin helped start
America's "Black Press. He helped initiate the Joint Center for Political and
Economic Studies, a research organization in Washington, D.C. providing
technical support for Black officeholders and scholars. Martin joined
Senator John F. Kennedy's 1960 Presidential campaign and was instrumen-
tal in persuading Candidate Kennedy to call Coretta Scott King and express
dismay over the jailing of her husband, Martin Luther King Jr. That phone
call was widely credited with helping Kennedy win a majority of the Black
vote. After Kenney's assassination in 1963, Martin transitioned to Lyndon
B. Johnson's administration and influenced American policy from 1963 to
1968. Martin was instrument for much of Great Society social reforms that
addressed education, medical care, urban problems, and transportation with
new and greater government funding. It was on Martin's say that President
Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court in 1967.
Martin came out of retirement to serve as Special Assistant to President
Jimmy Carter from 1978-81.
After Martin, Presidents that followed his era had Blacks of varying lev-
els of clout in their operations until Bill Clinton appointed the largest num-
ber of African American cabinet officials ever. Clinton elevated the impor-
tance of Black outreach in the White House with high-ranking Black
appointees such as: Alexis Herman and Ben Johnson. Obama's cabinet is
whiter than that of George W. Bush. Through their own prisms, White
Americans believe that Blacks "have equal opportunity" and are "treated
equally". Obama followed the path of the Bush Presidents and made Black
Outreach a position of low-importance. Corey Ealons, Obama's African
American Media and Coordinator of Special Projects, recently left that job.
Even with full knowledge of the facts of American Blacks' history of dis-
enfranchisement, President Obama is bent toward the conscious of the
majority and afraid of being seen as "too friendly" toward African
Americans. As opposed to the Louie Martin or Clinton approach of politi-
cal staffing; Obama just follows America's Establishment's view of "fair
employment" surrounding himself with what he thinks to be the "best and
brightest" and "most capable and qualified". What Obama needs is a high-
level operation for Black Outreach. A long-time civil rights and political
campaigner, Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.'s Delegate to Congress, agrees:
"The president needs some advisers or friends who have a greater sense of
the pulse of the African-American community." As young Ealons leaves his
White House portfolio behind, now would be a good time to appoint a staff
member not afraid to speak out about and be Black during White House dis-


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Why we are marching

Continued from page 4
equal protection under the law,
good jobs, economic empowerment
and labor rights all are central core
values of our work in the past, pres-
ent, and will continue to be the cor-
nerstone surely in the future.
Bringing attention to dispariites is a
key mandate of our constitution.
This why we must mobilize. This
is why we must hold on to victories
and press forward with hope.
This mobilization on 10-2-10 will
wake up our communities; make
visible our unity, resolve, and
majority; re-energize every activist
who joins us; and change the
national discourse in ways that will
remind our neighbors that the 2010
election matters.
This mobilization will set the
stage for turning out our neighbors
on 11-2-10. It will pay dividends in
expanding and empowering our
base of volunteers for voter mobi-

lization. It will make real progress
possible beyond 2010. It will
ensure our agenda is empowered in
the next Congress (as it was in this
one) by allies who came together
and made their demands known
BEFORE the election.
This mobilization will celebrate
our victories, celebrate the power of
collective unity to promote change
and call on our friends and allies
from across this great nation to
fight with us until our agenda is
fully in line with reality---one
nation indivisible with liberty and
justice for ALL.
One Nation. One Dream. One
Nation Working Together For All
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Eta Phi Beta swears in new officers
Eta Phi Beta Sorority recently held a second induction for officers to
serve in the upcoming year. Shown above are President Betty Howard,
Keeper of the Peace Christina Jenkins, Journalist Cassandra Mitchell and
Membership Chair Priscilla Simmons. The induction was held at the sum-
mer Executive Board meeting. Eta Phi Beta Sorority is a national women's
service organization, first introduced in 1942, it is comprised of business
minded women of color. In addition to providing scholarships to area stu-
dents, the local chapter also encourages education in the community.

Donna Brooks, Cathy Graves, David Graves, Margaret Lamkin,
Steve Maddox, Don Brooks, William Pinkney, James Banks, Max
Johnson and John Lam Kin. (Standing) Renee Branck, Herma
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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.

Old Fashion Pentecostal Service
United Church In Christ will host an Old Fashion Pentecostal Church
service on Sunday, September 12th at 11 a.m. The program will be spon-
sored by the Youth Department. The church is located at 2050 Emerson
Street, Faustina M. Andrews, Pastor. For more information, call 442-8242.

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 10:30 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. They will also have their Annual "Women in White" Fruit of the
Spirit Worship service on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 10:00 a.m.
to 12:00 p.m. For more information contact 904- 527-1762. Rev. Freddie
Sumner, pastor.
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One Church One Child invites Faith
Community to Prayer Breakfast at Stadium U _.

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 interested families.
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.

Patricia Handy and The Gospel
Truth 2nd Anniversary Extravaganza
Patricia Handy and the Gospel truth will celebrate their 2nd Anniversary
Sunday September 12, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. at the Provision of Promise Center
Ministries, 2078 Liberty St. (11th & Liberty), Rev. Joseph Pierce, Minister.
Appearing on the program will be Rev. Raymond Robinson, The Singing
Trumpets: The Gospel Shepherds, The Gospel Tones, Ms. Deloris
Quaranta, The Gospel Caravans, The Sunbeam Singers, Lil Jessie & The
Miracles, Elder Robert Jackson and The New Travelers, Bro Floyd
Perkins, New Creations and Bishop Laney & Choir. Sis. Bessie Brown,
Bro. Sidney Guilyard and Bishop Larry Boston will be honored.

Men in Black at Sweetfield Missionary
Sweetfield Missionary Baptist Church located at1365 Harrison Street,
Rev. Richard R. Russ, Pastor, invite the community to their 2nd annual Men
in Black Program on September 12, 2010 at 4:00p.m. Rev. Walter Scott,
Pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church ofFolkston, Ga. will be the Guest
Speaker: For more information, please contact Sis Nicolla Mack at (904)
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.

A photo from last year's conference shows the church was filled with
praise and worhip.
First Baptist of Mandarin's Man to
Man to Empower and Encourage
First Baptist Church of Mandarin hosts MAN TO MAN 2010 for three
consecutive Monday nights September 13th, 20th and 27th at 7 p.m. at
First Baptist of Mandarin, 3990 Loretto Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223.
MAN to MAN is a free conference aimed at addressing economic, social
and spiritual and matters which impact the whole man. After hearing the
Word of God, Man to Man will have onsite agencies, programs and vendors
that will provide assistance and information about employment, education,
health matters, legal concerns and much more. For more information call
904-268-2422 or visit the website, BeTheMan.org or register online at

Jazz Vespers at Hendricks
Avenue Baptist Church
The Noel Freidline Quintet will appear in concert celebrating a Jazz
Vespers service on Sunday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hendricks
Avenue Baptist Church. Admission is free, but seating is limited and will
be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
This program is in keeping with Hendricks Avenue Baptist's tradition of
offering excellent music to the community in a concert series. The Jazz
Vespers demonstrates HAB's conviction that the interpretation of sacred
music renews itself as it evolves from generation to generation and from
talent to talent. Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church is located at 4001
Hendricks Avenue, one block south, of Emerson Street, next door to
Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home.

Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 am. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

A church

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worship with

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and power!

Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
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* Permit and Death
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship

7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 .m.

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

Grace and Peace

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10 red flags and other dating secrets women must know

'Women Have All of the Power' is a book full of a father's dating tips to his daughters

Before pilot Michael Lockwood married celebrity WNBA player Lisa Leslie, he was a self admitted "play-
er". The jet setting bachelor was internationally known and there parties frequently for a few hundred
friends. After the birth of his daughters, he began to view his role of a man differently especially as that
of a father.Thus, prompting him to give away all the "manly" secrets to his daughters to try and prevent
them from falling victim to the inevitable broken heart from a man that means them no good.
Years later, he's turned those thoughts and advice into a book "Women Have All the Power, Too Bad
They Don't Know It." It's a wake-up call to women who make mistakes in the dating game. An excerpt is
below. The book is available at local retailers.

Just Because it Glitters
Doesn't Mean It's Gold
Don't be impressed by the unim-
pressive. Too many women sell
themselves short by settling for a
man with an attractive exterior. A
man who is overly concerned with

foolishness. Now, if he has no prob-
lem affording lavish gifts, that's
another story. But if the brother is
broke, you have to question his
motivations (and his sanity). He
must use whatever tactics are at his
disposal to get the go-ahead for inti-
macy from a woman. Applaud your

you can best be revealed by the
dumb questions people ask. I've
heard people say things like,
"What's wrong? Why aren't you
married yet? What are you waiting
for? You're so pretty. Why can't
you find a husband?" I cringe every
time I hear those types of questions.

Don't let
this pres-

but I am willing to bet you've done
it or you're in the process of doing
it right now. Here are ten tips that
will help you keep the hunt alive:
1. Don't invite yourself to activi-
ties or complain that you weren't
invited. If he had wanted you to go

along, he would have asked.
2. Don't invest in a man
by moving to another city to
be with him unless he
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1. If your man is living in his mother's house for more than a couple of pung a ring
months I give a small grace period, on your
2. If he drives an expensive car, but rents an apartment, fin-
3. If he overaccessorizes.
4. If your man wears more than one ring per hand, more than one bracelet per wrist, and more than
one necklace per neck.
5. If he is always the one who's overdressed for the occasion .
6. If your man is constantly spending money on you without regard to price (i.e., clothes, trips, jew-
elry) and he can't afford it.
7. If your man constantly asks to "hold" some money or expect you to pay while on dates.
8. If he approaches you with a flattering, yet rehearsed line. gr.
9. If he says he has a job but can't articulate say what it is he does for a living. No w ,

10. If he talks himself than more about he inquires about you.

man when he exercises good judg-
ment. Don't reward foolishness.
This brings me to my next point:
red flags.
Don't ignore the red flags. Some
women are notorious for turning a
blind eye to the warning signs, even
if they're staring them right in the
face. Instead of those flags just sit-
ting there while you ignore them,
let me wave a few of them for you.
The Thrill of the Hunt
Relationships will always frus-
trate you until you understand this
very important concept: Men need
to be challenged. Men are aggres-
sive by nature, and once we devour
our prey, we're off on the next hunt.
This means that once a man feels he
has you effectively under control,
he will move on to the next prey
that presents a greater challenge. As
a rule, you should be elusive
enough to keep the hunter hunting
and accessible enough for him not
to quit. That means for you should
to continue to live your life. Don't
drop everything to be at his beck
and call. Continue to spend time
with friends and family.
Demonstrate that you have a fulfill-
ing life. Men look forward to shar-
ing the excitement of your world,
but that's impossible if you've
made the man you're dating your
Society basically dictates that a
woman should have a man on her
arm. This additional pressure has
changed some rules of the game.
Once a woman passes the age of
thirty or so, she is expected to be
married and have a couple of crumb
snatchers. What society thinks of

self and his
things has no room to value you.
This is a dynamic that has always
baffled me. Just because a man is
good- looking, wears a shiny new
suit, sports some Now and Later
gators, drives a shiny new car, and
profiles a new Rolex on his wrist
does not mean he is a good man. As
a matter of fact, that's usually the
joker who can't rub two nickels
together. What's wrong with the
guy in jeans and a T-shirt, driving a
Camry, checking his Timex to see
exactly when his check is going to
hit the bank? You're tripping over
dollars to get to pennies. Never
allow yourself to be impressed by a
man's depreciating assets (cars,
clothes, expensive rental apart-
ment). That's just a reflection of his
debt. If you're going to be
impressed with material things, at
least be smart enough to start with
his net worth.
Watch out for men who spend
money frivolously. I had a woman
tell me how flattered she was when
her boyfriend booked her a posh
hotel room, filled it from corer to
corner with freshly cut roses, and
had an expensive dress lying across
the bed just as a surprise to show
her how much he cared about her.
Granted, I'd have to give the broth-
er an "A" for style and originality,
but when I said to her, "Wow, he
must be paid!" she said, with a
glowing smile, "No, not at all. He's
living with his mother right now,
but he just really likes me." All I
could think was, This fool must
have fallen and bumped her head. I
understand it may have been a flat-
tering gesture, but don't reward a
man with attention and praise for

sure lead you to become the type of
prey that lies at the hunter's feet.
Better alone than poorly accompa-
As a hunter hunts, he is very
observant of everything around
him. Therefore, it's great to show
your man you have a variety of
skills, but don't overdo it. Show
him you can cook and clean and
you can be the breadwinner if need
be and that you can meet his needs
both in the home and out. Just don't
do it to the point that he comes to
expect it. What you're ultimately
trying to accomplish is to show him
that you're a very enterprising
woman, which reveals to him that
you're more of a benefit to his life
than a liability. You want him to
crave those qualities you possess by
not receiving them all of the time.
Let him know, for instance, that
you'll only cook every day for your
husband. Show him you're willing
to stand by his side-to a point.
When he feels completely comfort-
able and content, you've lost him.
You must keep some of the cookies
in the jar. You want him to see the
benefits of marrying you rather than
keeping you merely as a girlfriend.
These are the things that keep a
hunter hunting. He can think you're
the finest thing walking the earth,
but if you become the aggressor,
taking his rightful place, he will
divert his attention elsewhere. A
hunter will hunt a prey who hides,
one who runs, even one who bites,
but hunters never hunt something
that's hunting them back.
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self, I would never do such a thing,



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how often have you
heard of one of your girl-
Sfriends doing this one?
3. Don't use shameful attempts
to pressure him into marrying you.
For example, don't suggest going to
look at engagement rings, don't
introduce him as your future hus-
band, don't put your friends up to
questioning him about when he's
going to pop the question, and
never try to trap him by getting
pregnant. When a hunter sees what
he wants, he will go after it.
4. Eliminate the following phras-
es from your vocabulary: "Where is
this going?" "I'm not going to date
you forever." "When are we getting
married?" "I might be pregnant,"

A now happily married Lockwood is shown above with his wife Lisa
Leslie on a recent taping of the Today Show.

Understanding the Playa
Some hunters hunt to survive; others hunt as a hobby.
The playa hunts for the sheer sport of it. As the saying
goes, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."
Well, the same goes for men. Women are often cautious
of the infamous playas, but these are the men you want
to keep close. A man can't be a playa unless he has
something women want. It could come in the form of
money, power, fame, or just game in general. Keep these
guys close. Study them carefully. Be mindful not to get
caught up, now, because these are the very men who are
capable of selling ice to an Eskimo and breaking down
the most defiant woman.

5. If you've chosen to abstain
from sex until you're married, don't
change your mind for fear of losing
him. Stick to your morals and val-
ues. If he wants you, he will stay.
6. Don't abandon your friends,
hobbies, or goals in an effort to be
with him all the time. Keep a
healthy lifestyle. Many women find
the man they think is the one and
they drop everything to pursue the
relationship. Don't do that.
7. Don't attempt to accommodate
his every need. Leave something
for marriage.
8. If you choose to make sex a
part of your relationship, don't give
up all the goods. Again, leave
something for him after marriage.

9. Don't agree with everything he
says. Freely voice your opinion. It's
better to find out you're not com-
patible sooner than later. Besides,
it's obvious when you're doing this.
10. Never start doing anything
you can't continue doing for the
duration of the relationship.
One more attempt to drive this
point home: Men are not content to
acquire "the low-lying fruit." A
friend of mine once told me that
"Men can have hundreds of suitable
apples all around their feet, but
they're not happy unless they go for
that big, shiny apple on the highest
,His number pipie tip; is "Always
keep the hunter hunting. "

Town Hall Meeting

City Council District 10


Council District 10 Town Hall Meeting Notices

1. Westside Precincts:
(10C, 10D, 10L, 10N, 10P, 10Q, 10S, 10T and 10V)
Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Edward H. White High School
1700 Old Middleburg Road
Jacksonville, FL 32210

2. Northside Precincts:
(10, 10A, 10B, 10E, 10F, 10G 10H, 10J, 10L and 10R)
Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: William M. Raines High School
3663 Raines Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32209

Please come to discuss various issues and projects going
your neighborhoods. Representatives from various

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

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.

Club Meeting
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.

Stop the Violence Rally
There will be a Stop the Violence
Rally on Saturday, September
11th. The purpose is for the com-
munity to come together as one and
stop the violence. There will be
refreshments, motivational speak-
ers and performers. It will be held at
3055 Lenox Ave off McDuff Ave
from 11 a.m. 2:30 p.m. For more

information, call Tye Brooks at

American Beach Bid
Whist Tournament
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-

Ride for Justice honors
heroes and victims
The Justice Coalition will sponsor
the 2010 Ride for Justice on

Saturday September 11, 2010.
Check in will be from 8 a.m. 10
a.m. and the motorcycle ride will
start at 10:30 a.m.
It will begin at the River City
Marketplace and end at Old Plank
Road Baptist Church, 8964 Old
Plank Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32220.
Participants can register by calling
the Justice Coalition at (904) 783-
6312 or online at www.justicecoali-

Genealogy Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their next meeting
on Saturday, September 11th at
1:30 at 1:30 p.m. at the Webb-
Wesconnett Branch Library, 6887
103rd St., Jacksonville, Fl. The
topic will be "Claws or Clues-
Scratching for the Elusive Ancestor.
This lecture is designed to start the
thought processes with a systemic
research approach. For additional
information call (904) 264-0743.

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.

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Celebration honoring
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.

Free Evening
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
October 7, 2010. The free event
will start at 7 p.m. Spoken word
night is held on the first Thursday
of every month where poets, writ-
ers, vocalists and sometimes musi-
cians gather to present and hear
some of the area's most powerful
lyrical voices in a casual open-mic
setting. Call 632-5555 for info.

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.

Eddie Griffin at
the Comedy Zone
Comedian Eddie Griffin will be at
the Comedy Zone October 8-9
bringing his stand up routine to
Jacksonville. Known as a television
and film star, Griffin is sure to
please. For showtimes and tickets
call 292-4242.

Black Expo
The annual Jacksonville Black
Expo will be held at the Prime F.
Osborn III Convention Center on
Saturday, October 9th, 2010 start-
ing at 1la.m. A highlight will be the
2nd Annual Gospel Best
Competition hosted by David &
Tamela Mann.

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-

Comedian Earthquake
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
call 292-4242.

Jerry Seinfeld
in Concert
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.

Disaster Management
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.,for the Millions
More Movement will present
Disaster Management Specialist
Mrs. Arealia Denby for a 3 day
workshop to certify others in her
specialty. Mrs.Denby has worked
the field with over 20 years of veri-
fiable fieldwork. The workshop will
be held November 5-7, 2010
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The Jacksonville Toastmaster's Club invite the community to
become e a better public speaker by joining them at their weekly meet-
ings from noon to 1 p.m.. They are held at the Jacksonville Aviation
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Tom Joyner Family Reunion

Reggie Bush to be

stripped of Heisman

The new Orleans Saints running back would become the first
player in the award's 75 year history to be stripped of it

Yahoo! sports is reporting that
2005 Heisman Trophy winner
Reggie Bush is expected to be
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The NCAA found major viola-
tions in USC's football program and
levied serious sanctions against the
school in June.

"I can tell you
the Heisman
Trophy trust has
made no decision
regarding the
Reggie Bush sit-
.- uation," said
Robert Whalen,
executive direc-
tor of the
Heisman Trophy
The website
cited two anony-
mous sources
Formerly of Southern California, Bush now plays close to the
for the Super Bowl winning New Orleans Saints.
Heisman Trophy
The former Southern Cal running Trust, who say the group's investi-
back would become the first player gation is almost complete and
in the 75-year history of the award would agree with the NCAA's find-
to have the Heisman Trophy taken ing that Bush was ineligible during
away. The report also says the the '05 season.

Judith Jamison honored
at the White House
The stately White House East Room, home
to many a bill signing and ceremonial gather-
ing, became a stage this week for pirouettes,
jetes, gravity-defying leaps and a few bumps
and grinds as Michelle Obama inaugurated a
new dance series.
Dancers of all types -- ballet, modern, hip
hop and Broadway -- took over the room,
first for a series of workshops in which stu-
dents from around the country had a chance
to learn from the pros.
But the main attraction was the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater,
whose celebrated artistic director, Judith Jamison, soon to retire after
two decades in the job, was the honoree of the event.
The 67-year-old Jamison is an icon of the dance world. She joined the
Ailey company in 1965 and became the choreographer's muse, her dra-
matic power as a dancer epitomized in the unforgettable 1971 solo
piece "Cry." In 1989, after Alley's death, she took over as artistic direc-
tor. She is scheduled to step down in 2011.
"What a rare opportunity, to be invited by your country's first lady to
be honored like this," Jamison said in a weekend interview.
"This will be another clarion call to people: Pay attention to your
arts!" Jamison said. "My dancers are so excited."
Though the Obamas have spotlighted many varieties of music since
they came to the White House -- there have been events celebrating
Latin music, rock, jazz, country, classical and Broadway show tunes --
the dance world might have felt ignored, until now.
But Michelle Obama seems to be a dance fan. Jamison noted proudly
that the Obamas and their daughters spent one of their first nights out
as first family taking in an Ailey performance at the John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts.

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It was another successful Labor
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Reunion in Orlando, Florida over
the holiday weekend.
The TJFR is held annually dur-
ing Labor Day weekend at the
Gaylord Palms Convention Center
in Kissimmee, Florida. The four
day event includes activities for
every family member.
Festivities kicked off with an
incoming chicken and waffles
reception on Thursday morning to
welcome guests to the event. Every
day is Tom Joyner day with events
scheduled to Universal Studios,
Seaworld and a premier basketball
camp hosted by Jason Richardson.
A "leadership for the next gener-
ation," conversation was held for
teens. The comedy line-up includ-
ed comedy acts from the J-Spot a
renowned comedy club in Los
Angeles, California owned by
Comedian and TJ host, J. Anthony
Brown. Also on Friday at the Expo
stage was the TJMS live broadcast
featuring Eric Benet, Faith Evans,
and comedian Gary Owens. Expo
stage activities included Sybil's
Book Club featuring the book
"Kinsey Collection."
McDonalds 365 was on location
with the Black history Challenge,
hosted by CNN Commentator
Roland Martin. Entertainment for
Friday's Expos stage jam were
groups Jagged Edge and Jaheim.
Friday night was also the place for
the teen dance party, while The
Cartoon Network was in the house
for ages 4 12. The Coors Light
after party held on Friday night

included The Barkays, Sugarfoots
Ohio players, Slave, Dazz Band
and hosted by Huggy Low Down
with Chris Paul, Tito Jackson and
comedian Jay Lamont.
On Saturday it was an all day
affair at the Expo where vendors
and authors showcased their wares.
Ford Motor Company showcased
their 2010 automobile collection
and was instrumental in sponsoring
Playdate. Other TJFR activities
were trips to the premium outlets
and expo conversations discussu-
ing: "Black beauty: the allure of
Black Women and what is consid-
ered beautifid today." Saturdays
Expo entertainment included,
Corrine Bailey Rae, Dru Hill and
Donnell Jones. To top off Saturdays
"grown folks, take it on home till
the break of dawn night" was the
tweens "parents just don't under-
stand" concert jam featuring: DJ
Khaked, Cali Swag District, B-
Hamp, Rang & Hi-Rex hosted by
Lil JJ. For the adults it was Robin
Thicke, Fantasia with the break of
dawn premier host, Dougie Fresh
with old school presence of Kid-n-
Play, Arrested Development, Slick
Rick, Chubb Rock, and Monie
Festivities concluded Sunday
with a spiritual awakening with the
gospel sounds of Dr. Bobby Jones,
Tye Tribbett, Vicki Winans, Bryon
Cage & Le'Andria Johnson, God's
Image and Malcolm Hawkins. The
entire reunion could be dubbed a
blast from for the future and past!
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Flipping Through

the Free Press Files
On the eve of our 25th Anniversary, we continue to pay tribute to the many people, places and events,
that have graced the Free Press pages. Though our celebration has officially yet to begin, we received
such overwhelming response to the "Flipping" page, we will continue the page occasionally to continue
to share with you some of the many memories that have shaped our publication through the years.

Jacksonville business and civic leader Dr. Chester Aikens talks shop Wendy Hinton, and husband Jerry (right) join hostess Priscilla Fans of American Beach, Mrs. Ernestine Smith and Dr. Carolyn
with Times Union columnist Tonyaa Weathersbea and Marc Kerrin. Williams for her annual Africa and history party. Williams share a moment to pose.

The Annual Miracle on Ashley Street has traditionally been a time for civic and business leaders in addi-
tion to the Clara White Mission's volunteers to fellowship and raise funds. Shown above at the annual __
event (in different years) are (L-R) Yvette Ridley, Eleanor Gay, Dee Shaw and Gwen Leaphart, board- Jay Baker and Dr. Barbara Young enjoy the
members the late Rodney Gregory and Ron Baker, Vanessa Boyer and Greg Miller. dance, the oldest Black Tie Gala in the city.

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In 2002, the YMCA's really Caring Campaign raised over $88,000 for the Johnson Shown above are Homer St. Clair, Cleve Warren, Skitch Holland and Gene Coleman. Shown right are Betty Foster, Denise
Branch YMCA. Shown above are campaign leaders Atty. Gregory Atwater (Board Coleman, Delando Williams, Javida Jackson and Stacie Cooper at a holiday social in the 80s.
Chair), Ken Covington, YMCA Exec. Dir. Pop Alexander and Campaign Chair Dr.-- I- m -
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Hall, Pat Lockett Felder and Wilene Dozier, Willye Dennis took her leadership skills Atty.. Willy Walker chats it up with businessman Pi Phi Fraternity were a picture of elegance at their annual Holiday Social.
to the next level following several successful terms as NAACP President. Shown above T.J. Hasty at the Walker Law Offices annual holi- Shown included in the bevy of beauties are Jean Aikens, Lydia Stewart,
is everyone gathered on election night after learning Mrs. Dennis would be headed to day social when their offices were located across Marion Gregory, Pat Mitchell, Pam Payne, Elizabeth Cline and Cristella
the Capital as State Representative. the street from the old City Hall. Bryant among others.

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Terry McMillan releases well

Judge gives Chris rown a thumbs up
The Los Angeles judge overseeing Chris
Brown's probation for beating ex-girlfriend
Rihanna gave the R&B star a thumbs up in
S his last court session and urged him to keep
-" up the good work regarding his community
service requirement.
"You're doing very well on probation,"
a Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg told
Brown. "You're doing a great job."
He also said Brown has been consistent in his efforts to satisfy the six-
month community labor sentence he was given, but she did not say how
many hours he had completed.
Schnegg also noted she had read positive reports from a domestic vio-
lence counseling program attended by Brown.
In 2009, the singer was sentenced to five years probation and six
months of community labor for assaulting Rihanna in February 2009
after a pre-Grammy Awards party.
Hearing date set for Joe Jackson estate case
Joe Jackson will have his day in court next month.
California's Second District Court of Appeal today scheduled Oct. 6 for
Michael Jackson's father to begin arguing that he deserves to receive
monthly checks from his late son's estate.
Michael Jackson's 2002 will left out Papa Joe, and a ruling after the
King of Pop's 2009 death placed his attorney John Branca and family
friend John McClain in charge of his affairs.
Joe Jackson appealed the ruling in November.
Snoop wants to be American Idol judge
Snoop Dogg says it's time that "American Idol" added some "pizzazz"
to its judging panel.
The rapper believe it or not has been in the rumor mill of possible
replacements for Simon Cowell. Snoop says he'd be willing, if the
money is right.
"I like that show. I think it's missing some pizzazz and I can give it
what it's missing if they get their bread together, cut me in and cut me
out. I got to get paid," he told WENN.
As previously reported, Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler is the
rumored frontrunner to join Randy Jackson on the panel.
Jennifer Hudson still coping with family's murder
It's been almost two years since her mother, brother, and nephew were
brutally murdered in their home. Jennifer
Hudson's family has been through a lot over
the years and is still recovering from the
aftermath of the tragedy.
William Balfour was charged with triple
homicide in 2008, but the case still has not
gone on trial. The court recently granted the
suspect a continuance .
Balfour, 29, has been sitting in Cook
County jail in Chicago since he was arrested
on Dec. 1 2008.
Jennifer's mother Darnell Hudson
Jennifer (center) with Donerson, her brother Jason Hudson and her
-her slain family-members nephew Julian-Hudson-King,-who was only-7- -
prior to their death, years-old at the time of his death.
But this kind of thing isn't new to the sus-
pect. He previously served seven years for attempted murder and vehic-
ular hijacking.
"It's all a blur, it was surreal," Chicago native Jennifer Hudson, 28, said
in her first interview since the event with VHl's Behind the music. "It
was like I was outside of myself for almost two weeks straight ... [I
was] inside one room with just family and friends coming in and out,
because the press was everywhere and it was like, 'Where's Jennifer?"'
Although it has been a challenge for her to move on, Hudson has given
birth to her first child and recently celebrated what would have been her
nephew's ninth birthday.
Serena Williams says she's single and ready to mingle
After ending her two-year relationship with rapper/actor Common in
April, the tennis star tells People magazine she's on the hunt or Mr.
And the best way for potential candidates to get a date?
"Call me! It's that easy," the 28-year-old said last week at the USTA
and Heineken U.S. Open Player Party in New York. "Just pick up the
phone and call me!"
Williams says she wants to date a man with strong family values.
"I'm looking for a guy who is close to his parents his mom mostly
because you can learn a lot about a guy by the way he treats his mom,"
she says. "And someone who loves themselves because if they take care
of themselves, they are able to take care of you."
As for dating deal-breakers, the athlete reveals, "I don't like smokers,
and of course people who disrespect their parents and families. Family
is very important to me."

For her new novel Getting to
Happy, which was released this
week, Terry McMillan fans will
find familiar faces from her classic
Waiting to Exhale. The four women
from the 90s film Bernadine,
Robin, Gloria, and Savannah -
return 15 years after the ground-
breaking classic.
In her new book, McMillan takes
her innovative piece one step fur-
ther by exploring the lives of the
women in their 40s and 50s through
issues ranging from menopause to
experiencing loss.
All four women are back, but this
time, of course, they're middle-
aged. The issues of their youth have
morphed into new ones. There are
children now from failed relation-

A&M University.
debuting his first film "Chocolate
City" in Lee Hall Auditorium in the
mid-90s for his classmates, to an
advance screening of his latest film
"Takers" in a packed AMC theater,
Florida A&M University (FAMU)
alumnus Will Packer has made it.
Packer, who graduated magna
cum laude in 1997 with a degree in
electrical engineering, made his
way back to the campus to encour-
age the freshman class to make the
most of their days at FAMU.
"It's amazing for me to be back at
FAMU speaking to all of you,"
Packer told a group of nearly 150
freshmen during a luncheon held in
the Grand Ballroom. "I came to
FAMU and met people who have
become life-long friends and busi-
ness partners. You are here now
starting a new chapter in your life.
You are now defining who you will
be for the rest of your life."
Packer started his production
company, Rainforest Films, with
fellow FAMU alum Rob Hardy in

sequel to "Waiting to Exhale"
ships and grandchildren, too, along porn and spends more time
with failed businesses and second on the computer than with his
mortgages. Each of the four is in wife. And he's a Republican,
her 50s, or about to be, and not which Savannah finds unac-
quite sure what to do with herself, ceptable.
The plot unfolds by showing the Robin is an insurance exec-
different ways the women recover. utive, a single mother and a
"Some women are afraid of it and compulsive shopper. The
ignore it, continuing to be sad, father of her
when they should be celebrating daughter is .
who they are, whether they are in jail. She
lonely or finding out they are get- has a long
ting old," McMillan said. history of
The characters America fell in sexual rela-
love with are still somewhat the tionships with
same. men that go
There's Savannah, a TV news nowhere, but she
producer. She's unhappily married clings to one -
to Isaac, a landscaper "in love with dream: getting .' 7
wood." Isaac is also in love with married in a white // .. :.. __ ff_

dress. She recently discovered
online dating.
Bernadine is between jobs and
the former owner of Sweet Tooth, a
defunct restaurant. Her children are
away at school, leaving her alone to
mull over her failed romances. Her
first husband left her for his recep-
tionist, and No. 2 betrayed her, too.
Bernadine has retreated into pre-
scription drugs and spends most of
her days anaesthetizing herself.
Gloria is the only one seemingly
happily married. The former hair-
dresser now manages her own
salon. Her son is a policeman with
three children and a wife of ques-
tionable moral stature.
The difference between this book
and "Waiting to Exhale" is that
"happy" has a different meaning
now. For these women, it's no
longer about the perfect job or the
perfect man. It's a more complicat-
ed notion. The theme of addiction
carries through the novel, and that's
no accident. McMillan suggests
that Bernadine's struggle with anti-
depressants, Robin's trips to the
mall and Gloria's struggle with food
are all symptoms of the same thing.
The notion of "getting to happy"
means doing away with self-delu-
sion. And, according to McMillan,
i alo means fogiveess.'; :'"-:
"I didn't set out to write a Waiting
to Exhale sequel," she says on her
website. "As the story unfolded, the
women I found myself speaking
through were reminiscent of
Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria and
Robin years later."
Alongside the release of her new
novel is the launch of her new web-
site (www.TerryMcMillan.com).

1994. One of their most successful
projects, "Stomp the Yard," grossed
more than $65 million and held the
No. 1 position at the box office for
two weekends in January of 2007.
Later that year, the company pro-
duced "This Christmas," which
made $50 million. The success of
both projects landed the duo
amongst the "Top 25 Entertainers
and Moneymakers" in Black

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Packer stressed, to the audience
members that if he had never
attained success in the film indus-
try, he was secure because he
attained a degree from FAMU.
No matter what, always give 110
percent," he said. "I want you to
enjoy your time at FAMU. The
power is in you. You really define
your success."

FAMU alum director Will Packer treats

students to premiere his new film "Takers"

Filmmaker Will Packer signs a "Takers" poster for a student during his visit to his alma mater, Florida



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