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McDonalds for making him fat
A former franchise manager blamed the McDonald's corporation for
making him gain 65 pounds over a 12-year employment period, so he
sued the company. A Brazilian court ruled he is entitled to $17,500.
The 32-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, says he was
forced to sample menu items daily as part of his job description. He was
also given free daily lunches.
In the course of the company's 70 years, McDonald's has been the cen-
ter of its fair share of lawsuits and legal entanglements. Just last week, a
New York City judge ruled against a group that filed a joint lawsuit
against McDonald's, claiming the company was the cause of childhood
Campaigning from the grave: Dead
man's family wants Obama out
The more things change, the more they stay the same. In Georgia, the
family of Donald Charles Unsworth has made their thoughts about
President Barack Obama quite clear in an obituary, of all places. In a dis-
play of poor taste and a strong distaste for the president, the family asks
folks to donate memorial funds to campaign against Obama. The obitu-
ary reads: "The family respectfully asked in lieu of flowers that memori-
al contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or to the cam-
paign of whoever is running against President Barack Obama in 2012."
This is how strong some people's hatred is for the nation's first black
president -- they would want funds that could go for cancer research to
go toward keeping Obama out of office in 2012. The 2010 elections have
shown that racism is alive and well, even when coming from the dead,
and that it will continue to be a defining characteristic of the political
landscape and this nation. No words, except "pitiful," again.
New senate will have no African-
There is one African-American in the current Senate: Illinois Sen.
Roland Burris, who was appointed to fill out the rest of Barack Obama's
term after he was elected president.
In the new Senate there will be zero.
All three African-American candidates lost their races: Florida's
Kendrick Meek to Marco Rubio, Georgia's Michael Thurmond to Johnny
Isakson and South Carolina's Alvin Greene to Jim DeMint. (All three are
Democrats.) Burris is retiring, and neither of the contenders to fill his seat
Six African-Americans have served in the Senate. Along with Burris
and Mr. Obama, they are (in reverse chronological order) Carol Moseley
Braun (also of Illinois), Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, and Blanche
K. Bruce and Hiram Revels of Mississippi.
African-Americans are better represented in the House, where there are
currently 41 black members.
Wesley Snipes argues for new tax trial
OCALA, Florida Actor Wesley Snipes is
heading back to court, hoping to convince a
central Florida judge he deserves a new trial
because he claims the jury was biased.
U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell
Hodges will hear arguments Nov. 15.
Snipes argues some jurors decided he was
guilty before hearing any evidence and prosecu-
tors hid damaging information about a key wit-
Snipes faces a three-year prison sentence for
tax-related crimes. Snipes was found guilty of willfully failing to file fed-
eral tax returns.
Defense lawyers say they received e-mails from two jurors who claim
that three other members of the jury made up their minds before the 2008
trial began. An e-mail said the verdicts were a compromise. Snipes has
been free on bond while appealing.
1st southern black Republican elect-
ed to Congress since Reconstruction
South Carolina Republican Tim Scott made history this week by becom-
ing the first African-American Republican to be elected to Congress from
the Deep South since Reconstruction and the first African-American
Republican congressman since J.C. Watts in 2003.
Elected to South Carolina's First District a coastal area running from
Charleston to Myrtle Beach Scott is a veritable Tea Party representa-
tive, not only receiving endorsements from Sarah Palin and Tea Party
activists, but also telling The Daily Caller in July that he was more
inclined to join the Tea Party Caucus than the Congressional Black
Running on a platform of fiscal restraint, repeal of the health care law,
low taxes, and smaller government, Scott's message won the day.
"Nonetheless, the ability of South Carolina's white Republicans to get
behind a black candidate, even a conservative one, may strike some polit-
ical observers as remarkable, particularly because South Carolina is
arguably the most unlikely of all Southern states to host such a racial
breakthrough," wrote Newsweek's Ben Adler.
Volume 24 No. 5 Jacksonville, Florida November 4-10, 2010
Brown easily retains seat
Alil but win is bittersweet
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Shown above are the Fullwood family: Zoe, Reggie, LaTasha and
Garrison at their election night campaign party.
Fullwood wins State House
seat second time around
After a highly contested defeat
four years ago, former two-term
City Councilman and Jacksonville
businessman Reggie Fullwood eas-
ily won the State House seat for
District 15. Currently seated by
Rep. Audrey Gibson, the area rep-
resents northeast Florida.
Fullwood aggressively ran under
the theme "Keep Reggie Fullwood
Working for You" against Tea Party
candidate Randy Travis.
"I look forward to representing
you all in Tallahassee," Fullwood
told his room full of supporters.
He will take office in January.
Annual Celebration of Life yields
scholarships for area students
As one of the most popular representatives in Congress, Rep Brown
says she looks forward to continuing to fight for her district. Shown
above is Eula Thornton, Alvin Martin, Congresswoman Corrine
Brown, Tony Bivins, Beatrice Matthews and Tonya Martin. FMP
Congresswoman Corrine Brown easily retained her congressional seat
last night but the mood was not as jubilant as usual at campaign head-
quarters for the celebration. The Constitutional Ammendents 5 & 6 deal-
ing with congressional redistricting that Rep. Brown fought so hard for
were both voted in by the majority of the state.
Bishop Tom Diamond
With news that shocked the
Jacksonville community, popular
Jacksonville spiritual leader Bishop
Tom Diamond, unexpectedly suc-
cumbed to a heart attack last
Senior Pastor of Abyssinia
Missionary Baptist Church,
Diamond led the church for over
twenty-six years. His final sermon
entitled "How to stay calm in the
midst of the storm" was said to be
one of the best ever by members of
He transformed the church from
its' humble roots on Kings Road to
a 10 acre facility on the Northside
garnering millions to serve the
social service needs of the commu-
nity. He nurtured Abysinnia's mem-
bership from 600 in 1984 to a
mega-church with over 4,000 mem-
Bishop Diamond is survived by
his wife of 46 years, Lois B.
Diamond: sons, Rev. Roderick
Diamond and Rev. Eugene
Bishop Tom E. Diamond
Diamond, eight grandchildren and
Services include a wake at the old
church on Friday at 10 a.m., fol-
lowed by a 2 p.m. wake at the new
church. Final services are set for 11
a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6th in the
Toston La Fran's Funeral Home
are handling arrangements.
City mourns loss of well known
businessman Leo Dennis, Sr.
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Shown above (L-R) is foundation director L.J. Holloway to scholar-
ship recipient T.Cody Floyd. Shown bottom are recipients Morgan
Smith and Fosteria Brown. TMA
The 4th Annual Celebration of Life Benefit Concert was held October
30, 2010 at the University Club on the banks of the St. Johns River.
Themed Masquerade, Music & More, the benefit awarded five scholar-
ships to local students. Each attendee received a masquerade mask with the
opportunity to participate in a silent auction, dinner and cocktails. The
recipients were Fosteria Brown; Tyrone L. Floyd; Clifton Green, III;
Lakeycia Jefferson and Morgan Smith. The scholarship foundation is man-
aged by L.J. Holloway & Associates, Inc. and applications are accepted
year round. TMA photo
Following a lengthy illness, well
known Jacksonville businessman
Leo Dennis, Sr. passed this week.
Born March 17, 1917 in America,
Georgia, Dennis was a graduate of
Stanton High School and honorably
discharged in 1946 after serving in
World War II. After returning to
Jacksonville, he married his wife of
fity-seven years, Mrs. Willye
(Clayton) Dennis and operated a
dry cleaners in downtown
Jacksonville for over sixty-one
Mr. Dennis was known as a
friendly, supportive man, who
loved to read both about health and
many extraordinary subjects, and
He leaves to mourn three
Children: Wilene Dozier, Leo
Dennis, II, and Byron (Lucrecia)
Dennis, five great grand-children
and seven great-granchildren.
Funeral services will be held on
Friday, November 5th at St. Paul
Missionary Baptist Church.
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Will the economy save Obama's job?
The economy was a Democrat's
worst enemy in this year's midterm
elections. Will President Obama
face the same fate in 2012?
Political scientists say the direc-
tion of the economy is what colors
an incumbent's re-election
chances most. And even though
sluggish growth is widely
expected to continue next year,
economists are generally fore-
casting better growth, and
improvements in the job market
in 2012. That could well be
enough to save Obama's job.
"The next two years will be
more important for [Obama's]
prospects than the first half of his
first term," said Douglas Hibbs, a
retired professor at the
University of Gothenburg who
has studied the impact of the
economy on voter choices over
the last 60 years.
stands at 9.6%, just a pinch
below the 10.1% peak hit last
October. Economists surveyed by
CNNMoney.com expect unemploy-
ment will still be barely over 9% a
year from now.
But the long-term outlook is
rosier -- overall, they forecast
unemployment to drop to about
8.1% on Election Day 2012, with
some predicting it'll drop as low as
7% by then.
That kind of improvement could
lift income enough to make Obama
a winner, said Hibbs. His model to
predict elections focuses on average
growth rates in personal income
rather than political polls. It has
proven very accurate in elections
since 1954. And he said gains in
employment would almost certainly
bring about the kind of significant
gain in per capital income that could
help the incumbent.
"If we get into a jobs recovery,
the American economy is capable
of extraordinary growth rates,"
Obama wouldn't be the first pres-
ident to ride the improving job mar-
ket wave. During the 1982 reces-
sion, unemployment peaked at
10.8%. A year later it fell to 8.5%,
and by Election Day 1984, it was
Mark Peterson, a professor of pub-
lic policy at UCLA.
"When people perceive the whole
system is doing better, if we return
to a period where housing is
rebounding and foreclosures are
could be facing an uphill battle, said
Greg Valliere, chief political strate-
gist for the Potomac Research
Group. While economists proclaim
a "recovery," real people are still
hurting. If that doesn't change
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down to 7.4%, allowing Reagan to
run his now-famous "Morning in
America" commercials hyping a
more optimistic outlook for the
economy. The aggressive campaign
was a success, and Reagan was re-
elected in a landslide victory.
But the economy doesn't neces-
sarily need to be strong to get the
president re-elected, according to
Mark Zandi, chief economist at
Moody's Analytics. It just needs to
improve enough to not be consid-
"Right now all incumbents are
being hammered by the bad econo-
my," said Zandi. "Two years from
now, if we're at 8% unemployment,
it'll be moving fast enough in the
right direction to not be the major
But while improvement in
income and employment is impor-
tant, other economic issues could
impact the next election -- namely
voters' view of their own net worth
and the value of their homes, said
down and there's a sense of turning
a corner, that's the kind of thing that
Reagan was able to tap into," said
If the true test will be in the court
of public opinion, the president
before November 2012, Obama
could be in trouble.
"I'm not sure you can make the
case in the next two years that the
public will perceive a clear recov-
ery," said Valliere.
Terri and Curtis Huston
Houston's celebrate 36th
While some couples may choose to take a cruise or celebrate with fam-
ily and friends on the celebration of their union, Jacksonville's Terri and
Curtis Houston chose to commemorate their anniversary by celebrating
their right to vote. Married just one year out of high school, the activist
couple have no regrets in spending their anniversary at the campaign head-
quarters of Cong. Corrine Brown. Given the options of celebrating else-
where, the Houstons say they wouldn't have it any other way. FMP
Democrats keep Senate majority, GOP grabs 5 seats
lost Senate seats in at least five stat-
esthis week, but were guaranteed to
keep the majority thanks to wins in
California and West Virginia.
Republicans scored big wins, tak-
ing Senate seats from Democrats in
Arkansas, North Dakota and
Indiana. The net gain of 10 they
needed for control of the chamber,
however, eluded them.
With Republicans taking over the
House, President Barack Obama
will need a Democratic-run Senate
to champion his legislative agenda.
Veteran Democratic Sens. Russ
Feingold of Wisconsin and Blanche
Lincoln of Arkansas lost their re-
But West Virginia Gov. Joe
Manchin held off millionaire
Republican John Raese to keep a
Democrat in the seat held for half a
century by the late Robert C. Byrd.
And Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif,
won a fourth term despite a spirited
challenge from Republican Carly
Those victories left Republicans
no way to take the majority. They
possibly could achieve a 50-50
split. But Vice President Joe Biden,
the Senate's official president,
would break ties in the Democrats'
Republicans would have to win
all the remaining tight races, and
pull off upsets in California and
Tea party champions won high-
profile races in Florida and
Kentucky, spearheading a likely
cadre of libertarian-leaning
Republicans who will press party
leaders to be more adamant about
lower taxes, less spending and
Rand Paul of Kentucky and
Marco Rubio of Florida rocked the
GOP establishment last spring by
routing leadership favorites in party
primaries. Then they beat back
Democrats' efforts to paint them as
too extreme, winning comfortably.
In Utah, tea party-backed Mike
Lee also won easily after snatching
the Republican nomination from
Sen. Bob Bennett in March.
Tea partiers were hoping for up to
three more Senate victories in west-
ern states. They included Nevada,
where Sharron Angle hoped to beat
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid,
and Colorado, where Ken Buck
took on Democratic Sen. Michael
But a tempestuous three-way race
in Alaska threatened to let
Democrat Scott McAdams win a
once-hopeless race for GOP Sen.
Lisa Murkowski's seat. Murkowski
was running a rare write-in cam-
paign after losing the Republican
primary to another tea partier, Joe
In New Hampshire, Republican
Kelly Ayotte kept her party in con-
trol of the seat being vacated by
Judd Gregg. The former state attor-
ney general defeated Democratic
Rep. Paul Hodes.
Rob Portman won the Ohio
Senate race, keeping a Republican
in the seat that Sen. George
Voinovich is vacating. Portman
spent 12 years in the U.S. House
starting in 1993. He later was budg-
et director and then U.S. trade rep-
resentative under President George
W. Bush. Portman defeated
Democratic Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher.
In Kansas, GOP Rep. Jerry
Moran won the Senate seat vacated
by Republican Sam Brownback,
who was elected governor Tuesday.
And Rep. Roy Blunt kept
Missouri's open Senate seat in
Easily winning re-election as
expected were Sens. Mike Crapo,
R-Idaho, David Vitter, R-La.,
Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, John
McCain, R-Ariz., Jim DeMint, R-
S.C., Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Tom
Coburn, R-Okla., Richard Burr, R-
N.C., John Thune, R-S.D., Johnny
Isakson, R-Ga., Ron Wyden, D-
Ore., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Kirsten
Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Charles
Schumer, D-N.Y., and Barbara
The race to fill the open Illinois
Senate seat once held by Obama
pitted Republican Mark Kirk, a
five-term House member, against
state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.
In Pennsylvania, Democratic
Rep. Joe Sestak beat Republican-
turned-Democratic Sen. Arlen
Specter in the Senate primary, and
he faced GOP nominee Pat Toomey.
Democrats technically hold 57
Senate seats, but two independent
senators caucus with the party.
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Bonfire, "Raines & Ribault" Alumni 'Mixer' featuring a live band
& DJ: Friday November 5, 2010; Social- In The Courtyard of William
M. Raines, Mix begins At 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.
"Raines Vs Ribault" Alumni Tailgating Saturday November 6,
2010; campus grounds of Raines; Practice fields near school tailgate
parking ($20); Raines campus between stadium and Moncrief Rd. des-
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Wwnnebago's (Call E. Kitchens 904-652-5649; S. Bellamy 904-236-
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Saturday November 6, 2010; Parade March on Moncrief Rd. beginning
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November 4-10 2010
November 4-10, 2010
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
by Dr. Ben Chavis
During the last several weeks
there have been many published
opinion articles about the state of
the American dream in 2010 for
people who live in the U.S. Most
notably was journalist Fareed
Zakaria cover story, "Restoring the
American Dream," in the
November 1, 2010 edition of
TIME. He asserted, "the grim real-
ity is that technology and globaliza-
tion are shattering the middle class.
With the midterms around the cor-
ner, the good news is that a biparti-
san policy agenda can return the
country to prosperity." What is the
state of Black America today?
What is our share of the economy?
Are our children receiving a quali-
ty education? With the nation
polarized again with partisan poli-
tics, who is going to assert and pro-
tect the interests of Blacks?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his
historic "I Have a Dream" speech 3
clearly articulated the aspirations,
hopes, and dreams of millions of
Black Americans that one day we
would all have the opportunity to
share in the reality of the American
Dream. That was 47 years ago. We
have made real progress since that
time in some areas, but today we
must remind ourselves of the chal-
lenges that still exist. When we
sang, "We Shall Overcome," back
in the 1960s, it was against a back-
drop of harsh racial, economic, and
political realities. But, we kept our
faith and marched on in spite of the
threats, and acts of violent domes-
tic terrorism against us.
Today, we must keep our faith
and keep marching on. We must
keep our struggle for freedom, jus-
tice, and equality alive with a
renewal vigor, spirit, and self-
determination. We have more rea-
sons today to demand equal justice
and fairness. There are some who
think we should keep quiet and not
make too much protest noise about
our social condition as a people in
America because we have a brother
in the White House. I am very
proud that we have President
Barack Obama in the White House.
Thus far, he has been a great
President. However, we should not
be less vocal today. We should not
be less concerned about our reali-
ties in the United States. We should
be more outspoken.
Our children deserve a much bet-
ter quality education. We should be
not less willing to speak out for the
sake of our children and communi-
ties. We have always known that
education is a major key to our lib-
eration from poverty and racial
injustice. That is why I am a strong
advocate for our Historically Black
Colleges and Universities
(HBCUs). These historic institu-
tions of high achievement and aca-
demic excellence are needed now
more than ever before because of
the consequential prerequisite for a
college education into the main-
stream of American life.
Too many of our young students,
however, in high school and junior
high school drop out before even
getting a chance to complete high
school and to apply to a college.
Grades K through 12 have got to be
our focus as well. In New York, the
failure rate percentage of the third
grade reading tests statewide are
used to determined how many juve-
nile prisons are going to be built.
Across the nation in too many
instances incarceration has sup-
planted the education of our young
men and women.
Because of the current economy
and high unemployment rates,
Black people in the U.S. are wit-
nessing a severe downturn in eco-
nomic status with respect to wealth
attainment and empowerment.
Fifty million African Americans
spend more than a trillion dollars a
year now, but primarily as con-
sumers. We have to be more
focused on developing a stronger
economic development and African
American-owned businesses in our
communities. But again, education
and apprenticeship training are key.
Zarkaria was right to call nation-
al attention to what's happening to
the American Dream. For too
many in our communities it is more
of the American Nightmare when it
comes to poverty and self-destruc-
tion. We all must face the future
with a renewed sense of struggle
and commitment. Yes, it will not be
easy to turn our situation around.
But, how and when our situation
will change for the better is more in
our own hands to determine. The
Black Press, in all of its dimensions
will continue to be the most reliable
source of information and action
agendas for all of us to participate.
Let's work together to further
change ourselves as we further
change America for the better. We
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr is Senior Advisor to
the Black Alliance for Educational Options
(BAEO) and President of Education Online
Clean Haiti's water
by Judge Greg Mathis
Shortly after the New Year began, Haiti was hit by a devastating earth-
quake that killed more than 200,000 people and left more than one mil-
lion homeless. The promise of help came from around the world: indi-
viduals donated what they could and richer nations, including our own,
pledged millions of dollars in support.
Unfortunately, a significant number of those commitments have not
been met. As the anniversary of the earthquake approaches, Haiti is still
a broken country. To make matters worse, the tiny nation is battling a
disease outbreak that, under better conditions, would be simple to treat.
Cases of cholera began popping up in rural Haiti in early October.
Cholera is a disease that causes intestinal distress in its victims: vomit-
ing, diarrhea and stomach pain. These symptoms can lead to dehydra-
tion; if not treated, an infected person could die. And, that's just what's
been happening in Haiti. To date, there have been more than 3,000 cases
of the disease and more than 250 deaths.
Cholera is primarily spread through contaminated drinking water. In
wealthier countries, water is treated and the bacteria that cause the dis-
ease are killed. Haiti hasn't had a cholera outbreak in more than 100
years; medical professionals are unsure of what brought this on. One
thing is for certain: the nation's medical system was weakened by the
quake and health officials are having a hard time battling the disease.
With experts worried that the disease may soon spread to nearby
Dominican Republic, it's critical that the international pledged commu-
nity makes good on its promises of support to Haiti. Current funding for
Haiti should be redirected and used to build filtration centers, so that
individuals there are guaranteed clean drinking water. Additionally,
money should be spent on cholera vaccines and medical outreach so that
those who have not been infected don't get infected.
While it's important any nation in a position to do so help Haiti get back
on its feet and put the country in a position to prosper the immediate
focus should not be on rebuilding infrastructure, but on preserving life.
Racial profiling and why you should read
Charles Ogletree's "The Presumption of Guilt"
by Bill Fletcher
In 1981 a good friend of mine
and I drove from Boston to Detroit
for a labor conference. At the tail
end of the conference, I was asked
if I could give a ride to a
Scandinavian woman who was
attending the conference.
Apparently she wanted to get back
to the East Coast. My friend (an
African American man) and I
looked at each other and immedi-
ately declined to offer her a ride.
Though I felt guilty about it, what
crossed my mind was the idea of
two Black men driving long dis-
tance with a very attractive, young,
blond white woman in the same
car, and the potential ramifications.
As I read Charles Ogletree's The
Presumption of Guilt: The arrest of
Henry Louis Gates Jr. and race,
class and crime in America I found
myself reliving that experience
from 1981. The fact that my friend
and I had to take into account what
could happen to us driving from
Detroit to Boston with a white
woman in the car was simply not an
experience that most white people
would ever imagine, let alone take
into account. Yet any African
American man who did not think
through potential ramifications was
and is living in a fool's paradise.
Ogletree does a remarkable job
of taking the reader through the
basic facts of the Gates case. In a
calm and deliberate fashion he
presents the case. It is particularly
striking that Ogletree is in no way
impassioned in his writing style,
but nevertheless manages to hit
every emotional chord that most
African Americans I know felt at
the time of the Gates incident.
There are really three parts to the
book. The first part concerns the
Gates case. After reading it there is
no way that any reasonable reader
could draw the conclusion that
Gates had been in the wrong. What
is clear is that it was a highly
charged incident on both sides, but
the bottom line was that Sgt. James
Crowley presumed that he had the
right to challenge Professor Gates
in a manner that he would never
have considered had Gates been
white. The initial remarks by
President Obama suggesting that
the Cambridge, MA police had
handled this stupidly were ones
with which most African
Americans could immediately
identify given our experiences with
the police. Most white Americans,
however, either could not accept or
refused to consider the disparate
treatment received by African
Americans at the hands of the
police, and many of them were
unsettled by Obama's comments.
The second part of the book
demonstrates that the Gates inci-
dent was not isolated. Ogletree
exposes the reader to detailed
examples of abusive police behav-
ior. The third part is an unusual
appendix. It is a compilation of
stories from well-educated African
American men, many quite estab-
lished in business, government and
academia, re-tell experiences with
police harassment and racial profil-
ing. In the interest of full disclo-
sure, this writer has an experience
detailed in that section.
Ogletree concentrates on the
experiences of African American
men and especially those who soci-
ety claims, all things being equal,
should be above suspicion for com-
mon crimes. In that sense Ogletree
touches on matters of class, show-
ing that irrespective of the wealth
or degrees possessed by an African
American, they remain subject to
police profiling and abuse. What
Ogletree does not examine, but
would be well worth further explo-
ration, is another side to class,
specifically, what I would call the
class resentment on the part of
white police officers that becomes
racialized. In other words, a ten-
dency among many white police
officers who resent the rich but
focusing their resentment not on
the rich in general but on the
African American well-to-do based
on the notion that Blacks should
not be doing any better than they
(white police) happen to be.
This book is a must-read, and one
that should be used in classrooms
and meeting rooms in order to
advance a discussion regarding the
way that race and power play out in
modern U.S. society. One of the
ironies that is touched upon in the
book is that even Black police offi-
cers can and will racially profile
African Americans, pointing to
some peculiar ways that even mem-
bers of an oppressed group can
come to demonize their own.
Read this book and use it broad-
Black American reality and the American dream
'GOP Is the New Black' billboard targets African Americans
A billboard sponsored
by the Raging Elephants
and stating, "G.O.P. Is the
New Black," is posted in
If the GOP is the "new
black," then the Raging
Elephants must be the
"new wack," since blacks
have been Republicans
since the founding of the
Even when the Re-pub-
lican party turned their
backs on issues and con-
cerns of Black interests -
a few still remained -_ IM
Perhaps they should
change their name to
Raging Bull, because that
sums up this billboard. .
The unmitigated gall to pretend Terrell, A. Philip Randolph,
that being a black Republican is Harriett Tubman, Sammy Davis
something new. Frederick Jr., Lynn Swann, Tony Dorsett,
Douglass, Mary McLeod Bethune, James Brown, J.C. Watts, Dr.
Ida B. Wells, Blanche Bruce, Mildred Jefferson -- we could go
Booker T. Washington, Mary on, but we'll stop. The ad is
apalling and serves as an example
that other people still continue to
try and teach us our history. The
good, the bad and the ugly.
.Shaking our heads over here at
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Will Blacks extend the
same patience to the GOP?
Now that the Republicans are set to be in charge of the
U.S. House of Representatives what are Black
Americans to do? For the majority of Blacks, Barack
Obama fulfilled "the impossible dream" just by taking
office. Obama's election was an aberration. Nobody "I,.
had ever motivated Blacks to vote in such high num- '
bers. With Obama in office African Americans willing-
ly believed in a government that hadn't always treated
them fairly. Blacks went along with Obama's alignment
and defense of the status quo saying: "be patient with
Not as patient or tolerant as Blacks, Americans have rejected Obama and
his ilk and the Republicans seem downright frothy. Haley Barbour, Governor
of Mississippi and Chairman of the Republican Governors Association calls
the elections "a repudiation of Obama's policies". As Republicans take con-
trol of the House after the costliest mid-terms in history, Ohio's John Boehner
the likely House Speaker says: "This is not a time for compromise and
we...will not compromise on our principles". The prospects for bipartisan-
ship are dim, with the Senate's top Republican, Mitch McConnell, saying:
"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for Obama to be a
To keep the Republicans from gaining U.S. Congress and state and local
seats that they now have, President Barack Obama and Black Democrats
pounded pavement in Black haunts to drum up election support among
African Americans. So, as the GOP takes the House questions abound about
how newly aligned Republicans will regard Blacks. Are Obama and Blacks
out of synch with Mainstream America? Democrats are despondent and dis-
appointed with Obama's collapse in popularity. A few tried to blame "a
Right-wing conspiracy" of vaguely racist motivation. But most were frankly
critical of the strategic mistakes the White House made and inability of the
President to connect with the people in an engaging way. But, through it all
Blacks remained a loyal constituency. Sadly, many Blacks do not see how
and why the party that promises them so much actually delivers so little.
Again, Blacks voted overwhelmingly Democratic. Now the Democrats'
experts' scare tactics say "Blacks could feel the brunt of the blow of power
shifts in Washington". The current the 43-member, all Democratic,
Congressional Black Caucus body of legislators have time and again sup-
ported President Obama and his agenda. All will lose their committee chair-
manships. Black House Majority Whip James Clyburn says, "We could very
well see ourselves turning the clock back on so many issues that were very
important to Black communities." And Anthony Robinson, president of the
Minority Business Legal Defense and Education Fund, says initiatives such
as the $30 billion Small Business Lending Fund "would not take place under
a Republican-led Congress, which tends to favor big business". Robinson
says he believes the GOP is less concerned about inclusion while Democrats
understand the benefits of creating provisions to aid minority businesses that
have historically created jobs for people of color. As the GOP gains control
of Congress it is expected that far more emphasis will be placed on deficit
reduction and lowering taxes than providing services to help individuals hurt
by the downturn. "This is not a party that historically has sought to provide
jobs for lower middle-income and working-class people. That's not their con-
stituency," maintains Robinson. He does say that Democrats have been
"mostly indifferent" to specific concerns of African Americans, but labels
But to improve their status, Blacks need to have the same "patience" with
Republicans as they did with Obama. In reality Republicans' issues are our
issues and they should be expected to impact: joblessness, home foreclosures
and lack of health care, all of which all resonate within the African-American
community. Tim Scott from South Carolina's First District, a largely urban
majority white district in Charleston, will be the House's lone Black
Republican. A 13-year councilman and one-term state legislator, Scott
espouses standard Republican ideals of smaller government, less regulation
and lower taxes and is opposed to earmarks. He believes that the
"Obamacare" healthcare reform legislation is unconstitutional.
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NnvemberI-- -5. 2
The Jacksonville Public Library
today announced, "Our World, Our
Words, Our Future" as the 2010
theme for its biennial bookmark
contest. The popular contest began
more than 10 years ago and draws
artists and book lovers of all ages
from around the community.
This year's contest theme will
encourage people to think about
wildlife conservation and their role
in the ecosystem.
"This is going to give entrants an
opportunity to allow poetry to
inspire their visual artistic expres-
sions," said Lisa Buggs, communi-
ty education supervisor for the
Winners will receive a framed
copy of their bookmark. In addi-
tion, full-color bookmarks of win-
ning designs will be distributed in
all library locations to be used by
customers year round.
Entry forms and a list of LOC
poems to inspire the bookmark
design can be downloaded from
jaxpubliclibrary.org or picked up at
any library location. Entrants must
be library cardholders. Entries may
be submitted from Oct. 18-Dec. 17,
2010. A special reception announc-
ing the contest winners will be held
during National Library Week,
April 10-16, 2011.
Decades later Clarence Thomas' wife
seeks apology, but, a new woman emerges
Alabama elects first Black female represesentative
Terri Sewell celebrates her victory, as the first African American woman
to be elected to for the 7th Congressional District seat in Alabama, with
family and friends at the St. James Hotel election night in Selma, Ala.
Lawrence Taylor, right, is accompanied by his attorney Arthur
Aidala as he leaves a court appearance at the Rockland County court-
house in New City, N.Y.
No plea deal for Taylor Lawrence Taylor's lawyer says
there's no plea offer on the table, at least now, in the rape case against the
pro football great. Taylor appeared last week in a suburban New York
court on charges of having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute. He remains
free on bail.
Nineteen years after Anita Hill
accused her former boss at Equal
Employment Opportunity, now-
Supreme Court Associate Justice
Clarence Thomas, of making sexu-
al comments, she received what
appeared to be a mysterious voice-
mail allegedly from Thomas' wife
rekindling the incident.
"Good morning Anita Hill, it's
Ginny Thomas," the Oct. 9 message
said, according to ABC News. "I
just want to reach across the air-
waves and the years and ask you to
consider something. I would love
you to consider an apology some-
time and some full explanation of
why you did what you did with my
husband. So give it some thought
and certainly pray about this and
come to understand why you did
what you did. OK, have a good
Hill, now teaching law at
Brandeis University in
Massachusetts, said she initially
thought the call was a prank and
forwarded the message to campus
police. But when a reporter from an
ABC News affiliate sent an e-mail
to Virginia Thomas, the identity of
the voice was confirmed as that of
the Supreme Court justice's wife.
"I did place a call to Ms. Hill at
her office extending an olive branch
to her after all these years, in hopes
that we could ultimately get past
what happened so long ago,"
Thomas wrote in an e-mail
response. "That offer still stands, I
would be very happy to meet and
talk with her if she would be willing
to do the same. Certainly no
offense was ever intended."
Hill told ABC News, "I don't
apologize. I have no intention of
apologizing, and I stand by my tes-
timony in 1991."
During confirmation hearings
before the Senate Judiciary
Committee nearly two decades ago,
Hill testified that Thomas, at the
time chairman of the Equal
Commission, uttered sexual innu-
endos to Hill and made references
On Oct. 15, 1991, the Senate con-
firmed his nomination to the High
Court in a 52-48 vote.
Lillian McEwen, a former Senate
Judiciary Committee lawyer who
dated Thomas indicated in a recent
interview with The Washington
Post that Hill's claims were certain-
ly not far-fetched in light of
Thomas' lifestyle at the time.
"The Clarence I know was cer-
tainly capable not only of doing the
Things that Anita Hill said he did,
but it would be totally consistent
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife are shown
above. Anita Hill is shown in the inset.
to her about pornographic films
during working hours. Thomas
rebutted the eleventh-hour accusa-
tions, characterizing Hill's testimo-
ny and other assaults on his morali-
ty and behavior as a "high-tech
with the way he lived his personal
life then," McEwen told the Post.
She added that she was not sur-
prised that Virginia Thomas would
leave a message for Hill nearly two
decades after the case was closed.
Tea Partier says Black Men prefer drug dealing to education
Republican Party leaders in cen-
tral Illinois are calling on their own
candidate for state senate to step
down following racist remarks he
made at a candidate's forum last
week, reports the Huffington Post.
Al Reynolds, who is considered
the Tea Party candidate in Illinois'
52nd District, has been unavailable
to the media since saying that
African American men preferred
dealing drugs to going to college,
because it's "easier."
"I've been in the city and the
dichotomy of the women and the
men in the minorities, there is a dif-
ference in the fact that most minor-
ity women, either the single parent
or coming from a poor neighbor-
hood, are motivated more so than
the minority men," Reynolds said,
when asked what he would do to
increase diversity at state colleges.
"And it's a pretty good reason.
Most of the women who are single
parents have to find work to support
their family. The minority men find
it more lucrative to be able to do
drugs or other avenues rather than
do education. It's easier."
The room was silent as Reynolds
made his remarks. He continued:
"We need to provide ways that
are more incentive, other than just
sports avenues, for the men for the
minorities to want to go to college
and get an education and better
themselves before the women have
to support them all."
The comments were made at a
forum co-sponsored by the League
of Women Voters and the
Champaign County NAACP.
The comments gave Reynolds'
Democratic opponent, incumbent
Sen. Mike Frerichs, plenty to
"I've been in this community for
a long time now," Frerichs said.
"I've been working in this commu-
nity for a long time and I've worked
with a lot of African-American
men. They're not pursuing careers
in sports. They're not trying to sell
drugs. They're trying to support
their families. They're trying to be
According to the Commercial-
News in Illinois, GOP leadership in
Vermilion and Champaign counties
called on Reynolds to withdraw
from the race-but his campaign has
yet to respond to multiple calls for
comment by various local news
agencies, and he has not withdrawn.
"Mr. Reynolds' opinions are in
stark contrast to the core values of
the Champaign County Republican
Party and are personally offensive
to me," party Chairman Jason
Barickman told the News-Gazette.
In loving memory
of Ronald C. Elps
October 8, 1945-November 7, 2009
Our lives go on without you;
however, nothing is the same
We find ourselves hiding our heartache
When someone speaks your name
Sad are the tears that love you
Silent are the tears that fall
Living without you is the hardest part of all
You did so many things for us
Your heart was so kind and true
And when we needed someone
We could always count on you
You left us wonderful memories
Your love is still our guide
And although we cannot see you
You are always by our side
Your Loving Wife Sandra,
La'Shundra (Daughter), Jonnathan (Son-in-law),
Jalen (Grandson) & Family
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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Central Metropolitan CME
Planning for 91st Anniversary Planning for the 27th Harvest Day
New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church located at 1824 Prospect
Street, is having their 91st Church Anniversary under the theme "Restoring
our Faith, Family & Fellowship In God". Praise Night Service is Thursday
November 1 th at 7 p.m. Visiting Churches Night is Friday November 12th
at 7:00p.m. Other special services on November 14th include Sunday
School at 9 a.m., Morning Service at 11 a.m. and Youth Explosion at 4 p.m.
For more information, call Deacon Keith at (904) 764-9879. Rev Joe
Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus.
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.
Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
Refreshing Women is looking for Christian Talent, soloist, speakers,
praise dancers and poem readers for a free service that is free to the pub-
lic. The show will be air Saturday mornings at 8A.M. on Comcast 29. For
more information call 220-6400 or email CFIGCPUSH TV@Yahoo.com
Any Pastor wishing to come on the show in the near future are welcome,
and can have their church name and worship service added to the
Community Shout or Roll, by sending their, church name, address and time
of service to P.O. Box 350117 Jacksonville, Fl. 32235-0117. Please call to
attention Rev. Mattie W. Freeman.
The Christian Girls Club Ministries
The Christian Girls Club Ministries will celebrate their 20th Anniversary
on December 3rd & 4th, 2010 at The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront. All members who have worked with this organization in the
past 19 years, and wish to participate in the Grand Celebration of Life, are
asked to call 398-8517.
Historic Mt. Zion AME
sponsors Orlando Shopping trip
The Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, Lois J. Roberts Allenites, will be
sponsoring a shopping trip to Orlando. The bus will leave at 7 a.m. on
Saturday, December llth and return at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $45 round trip.
The church is located at 201 East beaver Street. For more information, con-
tact Olivia Young at 751-0850.
Plans are in the making to celebrate Central Metropolitan CME Church's
27th Annual Harvest Day and Fellowship Dinner. The theme for the activ-
ities are "Family and Friends Celebrating in Unity "On the Pearl" and
Expecting a Bountiful."
Join Pastor Clarence Kelby Heath, Brother Allen L. Moore, Sr.,
Chairman, Brother George Washington, III, and Brother A.J. Jones, Co-
Chairs, and members of the Church, Sunday, November 14, 2010, 9 a.m.
for Sunday School Church with guest teachers and other participants from
the faith community, and November 14, 10:45 a.m. for the Morning
Worship Service. Morning speaker is The Rev. Roscoe C. McKinney,
Presiding Elder of the Fifth Episcopal District of the CME Florida Region
Jacksonville-Orlando District. A fellowship dinner will follow the morning
worship service. The community is also, invited on Tuesdays, for Prayer
Time at 6:00 pm and Bible Study at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays at 12:00 noon
Bible Study, and Wednesdays at 2:00 pm the Feeding Ministry.
For more information, call 904 354-7426.
NPower Ministries International will host the annual Regional Conference
for WomenNPower on Friday, Nov. 5th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 6th
from 9 am -noon and noon-2 p.m. a luncheon. Apostle Joyce Street is the
keynote speaker for Friday service. The conference will be held at the
Jacksonville Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Road. For more information, call
Flora Coleman at 757-6589.
Eddie Long Files Responses
to Sexual Coercion Lawsuits
Bishop Eddie Long has just filed
four responses in Georgia's DeKalb
County state court denying allega-
tions that he coerced young men
into sexual relationships.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
is reporting that the responses are
lengthy and ask for the four lawsuits
to be dismissed and judgment to be
entered in his favor. No further
details were given at press time.
Long has been sued by four men:
Anthony Flagg, Spencer LeGrande,
Maurice Robinson and Jamal Parris,
They allege that Long coerced them
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into sexual relations using his influ-
ence, lavish trips, gifts and jobs.
Long, who continues to lead
weekly services, has denied the alle-
gations in a statement issued by his
MA man gets 9 years for torching
Black church after Obama election
A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for
torching a predominantly black church hours after Barack Obama was
Benjamin Haskell, of Springfield, was sentenced this week in federal
court after pleading guilty to civil rights charges in June. His plea deal
called for the nine-year sentence.
The fire destroyed the Macedonia Church of God in Christ in Springfield
in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, 2008, the day after Obama was elect-
ed America's first black president.
The church, under construction at the time, had about 300 members, most
of whom were black.
Haskell is one of three white men charged in the fire. Thomas Gleason
Jr. is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in June. Michael Jacques is
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ronment. Church members of all ages participated in the event. Shown above (L-R) is Dr. Kelly E. Brown, Jr.,
Randall Carter, Bro. Derek White, Theophilus Tabb, Deacon General Robinson and Deacon Louis Fields. FMP
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MaYa Angelou papers headed to Schomburg Center
B al IJ in
and se\ eral
scribbled re\ visions
of the poem she wrote to
celebrate President Bill Clinton's
inauguration, will soon find a home
at the Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture.
Angelou, 82, said she sought out
the Harlem institution a
research unit of the New York
meod oteranuae, o e si
h r Pulse of
tAngelou a aid that
she revised the poem about 10
times before getting it right. "I had
to continue to go back for the
melody of the language," she said
in a telephone interview. "People
all over the world use words; (then)
the writer comes along and has to
use these most-in-use objects, put
together a few nouns, pronouns,
verbs, adjectives ... and pull them
together and make them bounce,
throw them against the wall and
make people say, 'I never thought
of it that way."'
The Schomburg Center said the
poem's draft is in one of nearly 350
boxes containing personal and pro-
fessional correspondence, drafts,
handwritten manuscripts and fan
mail. It said that it has barely
skimmed the surface of the materi-
al and that processing it will take
up to two years.
"This is the essence that covers
her literary career," Schomburg
director Howard Dodson said.
The deal was sealed after a
two-year negotiation, said
Dodson, who has known
Angelou for 20 years. He
declined to reveal the terms.
Deciding to put her col-
lection at the Schomburg
was a "no-brainer,"
Angelou said. "It is the
principal repository in the
world of literature and
affairs for, by and about
African-Americans, in par-
ticular, and Africans any-
] where in the diaspora."
Angelou, who has homes
S in Harlem and Winston-
Salem, N.C., said her many
scribbled drafts are proof of
how she can agonize over her
"I want to write so well that the
reader is 20 pages in a book of
mine before she knows she's read-
ing," she said.
Maya Angelou reads her poem,
"On the Pulse of the Morning," at
the inauguration of President
William J. Clinton, Jan. 20, 1993.
For example, a typewritten draft
of "On the Pulse of Morning"
shows that she changed "Welsh" to
"Irish" in the line: "The Irish, the
Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh."
The collection contains manu-
scripts, typescript, proofs or gal-
leys for a number of her published
works, including "A Song Flung
Up to Heaven" and "All God's
Children"; correspondence with
writers Marshall Davis, Mari
Evans and Chester Himes; photog-
rapher Gordon Parks; and jazz
singer Abbey Lincoln.
In a six-page letter written Nov.
20, 1970, Baldwin the author of
"Go Tell it on the Mountain" and
"Native Son" who died in 1987 -
begins with the salutation "Dear,
dear Sister," and continues: "I did-
n't know how much I needed to
hear from a solid, loving funky ...
"This is a truly remarkable
human being," Dodson said. "The
life record that she's created, espe-
cially as a writer, is of great signif-
icance ... not only of the times, but
as an understanding of ourselves as
In a July 11, 1964, letter, typed
on letterhead from the University
of Ghana, where she was teaching,
Angelou told Malcolm X:
"Malcolm, I'm sure that we have
not had a leader like you since the
dead days of Frederick Douglass."
Five years before the publication
of "I Know Why the Caged Bird
Sings," Malcolm X foretold her lit-
"Your analysis of our peoples
(sic) tendency to talk over the head
of the masses in a language that is
too far above and beyond them is
certainly true. You can communi-
cate because you have plenty of
(soul) and you always keep your
feet firmly rooted on the ground,"
he told her in a Jan. 15, 1965, letter.
In terms of scholarly relevance,
Angelou said she hoped some of
her papers would show that Martin
Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X
"were not demigods."
"Both those men were good men,
strong and courageous, but they
were men," she said. "I hope that in
my papers people will find evi-
dence that some of the people they
would like to sit on pedestals were
just like them, and so each of us
has the possibility of being effec-
tive in changing our world, even if
it's just the world around us."
The Schomburg archive also
contains the papers of Malcolm X;
Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph
Bunche; singer Nat King Cole; "A
Raisin in the Sun" playwright
Lorraine Hansberry; and tennis
great Arthur Ashe.
Delphinia Carter Celebrates 45th Shown above at the
birthday celebration are (L-R) Michael Brinson, honoree Aceta Carter
Kelly, Delphinia Carter, Michael Carter and Joyce Carter. The family cel-
ebration was held in the home of Delphinia Carter.R. Silver Photo
Thomas and Alice Denson
Alice Denson feted by daughters Mrs. Alice Denson
recently celebrated her birthday with a host of family and friends at the
Ramada Inn on San Jose. The wife of Thomas Denson she is the mother
of 4 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grands. Mrs. Denson retired
from the Duval County School System after 37 years as a teacher and guid-
ance counselor. Her community activism includes Phi Delta Kappa soror-
ity and Eastern Star, prior to a stroke in April 2008. Since then, she con-
tinues to enjoy traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Charles E. Simmons, III, M.D.
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Your help is needed to document the History and
Legacy of William M. Raines. If so we would like to
interview you for our up-coming documentary film:
"WE REMEMBER RAINES"
Producers will be doing interviews at Raines High School on Saturday mornings. If
you are interested in sharing your memories, please call to set-up an appointment 607-
3314 or 365-1906.
B. Vercen Chithriki, M.D.
William L. Cody, M.D.
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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.
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
November 4, 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 musicians gather
to present and hear powerful lyrical
voices in a casual open-mic setting.
Call 632-5555 for info.
Festival in St. Aug
The annual Lincolnville Festival
will be held in St. Augustine Nov.
5-7, 2010. Headlining this years
event will be R&B artists Kool &
the Gang. Boyz II Men, The Blind
Boys of Alabama, Percy Sledge, &
Guitar Shorty. Other artists include
The Lee Boys, Willie Green, the
US Army Field Band, & Joy
Dennis. Activities include soul
food, BBQ, craft vendors, balloon
rides, a Kids Zone and more. It will
take place in downtown St.
Augustine on Francis Field. For
more info, call 904-827-6891.
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.
For more info call 904-240-9133.
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,
free admission and parking. For
more info call 352-344-0657.
Veasley at the Ritz
Bass guitarist Gerald Veasley will
be in concert at the Ritz Theater on
Saturday, November 6th for two
shows, 7 10 p.m. For tickets or
more information, call 632-5555.
NFL like a player
PRI PRODUCTIONS presents for
"One Night Only" on Tuesday,
November 9th from 6-9 p.m. The
event is for men and women to
experience the NFL like a player.
Participants will meet players, tour
the stadium, and learn the plays of
the game.. Attendees will even be
given the opportunity to run plays
on the field. Tickets includes
refreshments, a playbook and gifts.
To register or for more information
The 75th Anniversary of American
Beach will be celebrated on
November 11th with a Gala Book
Party at the new American Beach
Community Center from Noon to
4:00 p.m., 1600 Julia Street in
Historic American Beach. For more
information call 261-0175.
2010 Pearls and
The Clara White Mission will
present their annual fundraiser,
"Pearls & Cufflinks" on Friday,
November 12, 2010. It will be held
at St. Ephrem's Catholic Church,
4650 Keran Blvd. For more infor-
mation, call 354-4162.
UNF Alumni hosts
Denim & Diamonds
Come out for an evening of glitz
and denim as the University of
North Florida Alumni Association
hosts its annual Denim &
Diamonds fund-raising event from
7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at
the Museum of Contemporary Art s.
Ticket price includes an open bar,
appetizers, a raffle ticket, music,
dancing and participation in a silent
auction. To R.S.V.P. call 620-4723.
The Willie Gary Classic will pres-
ent the 8th Annual "Dream Big
Dreams" College and Vocational
Recruiting Fair on Saturday
November 13, 2010 at the
Jacksonville Public Library from
10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Students
can meet with recruiters from col-
leges and universities from around
the country. Students should come
prepared with copies of their tran-
scripts and be prepared for work-
shops for parents and students.
Register online at www.williegary-
Grammy award winning artist
Fantasia will be in concert with soul
crooner during her "Back to Me"
tour on Saturday, November 13th
at the Times Union Center for
Performing Arts. Tickets are cur-
rently on sale through Ticketmaster.
Make you reservation early for the
17th anniversary of PRIDE Book
club on November 13, 2010. It will
be held at the CLARA WHITE
CAFE, 613 W. Ashley Street,
Jacksonville, Fl. 32202. The book
for discussion will be "Thunder on
the River" by Daniel Schafer.
Call Felice Franklin at 389-8417
or 703-8264 for more information.
vs. Houston Texans
No.v 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
The 26th Annual Empty bowls
Luncheon will be held on Tuesday,
November 16th, 2010 at noon at
the Prime Osborne Convention
Center. The Empty Bowls
Luncheon supports those coping
with hunger in North Florida. It
includes local celebrity servers and
handcrafted bowls to participants.
For tickets or more information,
After the Election
Join Dr. Matt Corrigan and Abel
Harding for an assessment of the
November 2nd election for our
region. The discussion includes
local and state races, boards, and
Constitutional amendments. The
JCCI Issues & Answers forum will
be held Thursday, November 18
from noon to 1 p.m., bring your
own lunch to at 2434 Atlantic Blvd.
Reservations required For more
info call 396-3052.
There will be a night of comedy
on Friday, November 19th.
Headlining the concert will be
Earthquake, Gary Owen, Huggy
Lowdown & Chris Paul. It will be
held at the Hyatt Hotel starting at
8p.m. Call Ticketmaster for tickets
The Civil War
The Timucuan Ecological and
Historic Preserve will present a spe-
cial event entitled "The Civil War in
Jacksonville." This living history
weekend will be held at Fort
Caroline National Memorial and
will highlight how the Civil War
affected Northeast Florida. The
event will be free to the public 10 -
4 p.m. Saturday, November 21st
and 10 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, the
22nd. For more info call -641-7155.
Art & Craft Festival
There will be a free Art & Craft
Festival at the St. Augustine Beach
Pier, A1A Beach Blvd on
November 20-21. It will include an
array of fine art, crafts and food.
Admission and parking is free. For
more info call 352-344-0657.
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New Kind of Superstar: -Lri
Tiny charged with drug pos-
The Los Angeles County district attorney S
filed a misdemeanor drug possession charge ,
against "Tiny" Tameka Cottle,35, the wife
of rapper T.I., last week. She was arrested
along with her husband after police found ,
suspected drugs during a West Hollywood
traffic stop last month. She is accused of
possessing ecstasy, according to the court
filing. Drug charges against T.I., were '
dropped in light of the act causing a proba-
tion violation, sending him back to prison for 11 months.
Katherine Jackson on Oprah next week
Katherine Jackson will discuss the death of her son, pop superstar
Michael Jackson, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. She will also dis-
cuss the day her son died and reflect
,b on his life as a childhood star.
The interview will air Nov. 8 on
"The Oprah Winfrey Show."
Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, and his
three children will also appear during
ea backyard visit taped for the
~' p Winfrey and Katherine Jackson
filmed the interview at the family's
Home in Encino, Calif.
He had the top-selling album in
the country a few weeks ago. He's
on the president's iPod. He's on the
charts with two singles and a col-
laboration on a third. He's on
Facebook with 14 million people
following him. He is everywhere.
By the way, Lil Wayne's in jail.
But his public persona is anything
but locked away.
He is currently serving eight
months in a gun case and the first
artist in 15 years to release a No. 1
album while serving a sentence.
His "I Am Not a Human Being"
spent a week in the top slot and has
sold more than 323,000 copies
since its Sept. 27th release.
It's hardly a coveted distinction.
But it is both a reflection of Lil
Wayne's popularity he went to
jail a multiplatinum-selling
Grammy Award winner and
remains at the top of media.
"The challenge was to make sure
you feel like he never left," says
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, the
Cash Money Records co-founder
who has fostered Lil Wayne's career
since the rapper's teens.
Members of the rapper's manage-
ment team carefully scheduled
releases of music and saw to it that
his responses to the deluge of fan
mail that has descended on the
city's Rikers Island jail complex
were typed up and posted online.
They have become regulars at
Rikers' visiting hours and have
played, and recorded, music over a
The Lil Wayne campaign even
comes with its own insider-y slogan
- "free Weezy," one of his nick-
names circulated through chan-
nels ranging from T-shirts to a
For the rapper, his jail term has
been a difficult exile from the
recording studio where he generally
likes to spend time every night, his
associates say. "When you take
somebody's passion away, it's got to
be frustrating," Williams said in an
But for his fans, it has provided
not only a steady stream of new
music, but an unusually direct con-
nection to one of music's
megastars. On a blog he
set up for fans, he's
offered insights into his
daily doings and
responses to some of
the listener letters that,
he says, anchor his day.
The rapper, born
Dwayne Carter Jr., plead-
ed guilty in October 2004
to having a loaded gun on
his tour bus after a NYconicen
in 2007. He began servinii liis
one-year sentence in March
He's expected to get out ea.rl'i
because of time off for good beh.i -
ior, despite the electronic contra-
band that landed him in solitary
confinement for the last month of
his term: a charger and headphones
for a digital music player were
found in his cell, jail officials said.
While at Rikers, he also pleaded
guilty to an Arizona drug charge
and was sentenced to three years'
Lil Wayne joined a roster of suc-
ces:- -- A 5P
who have spent time behind bars, a
list that has muddied the line
between art and life in a genre that
arose from inner-city streets and
often chronicles crime and vio-
lence. Big names including Tupac
Shakur, Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown,
Shyne, Mystikal, Gucci Mane and
T.I. have been incarcerated for peri-
ods ranging from months to years.
Jones comes clean on drug scandal, prison in new book
Disgraced Olympic sprinter
Marion Jones apologizes repeatedly
in a new memoir
over the doping
but she doesn't
to ever see the
"big picture." .
"I can help one .'
million kids not
make bad deci-
sions in their
lives, and those
critics will still be
talking about per-
because that's the
bubble they live
in," said Jones,
who is opening
up in her book
"On the Right
Track" and a new
on U.S. sports channel, ESPN.
"I've paid the consequences for
my lie, and now I want to help peo-
ple not make certain choices," she
Jones won three gold and two
bronze medals for the United States
at the 2000 Sydney Olympics,
where she was the golden girl of the
Games with a smiling face that was
perfect for television. But she was
forced to return the medals after
admitting she lied about using per-
formance-enhancing drugs, though
she has never admitted to knowing-
ly doing so.
"On the Right Track," just pub-
lished by Simon and Schuster
imprint Howard Books, traces
Jones' fall from grace -- including a
six-month prison sentence and 48
days in solitary confinement stem-
ming from a fight with a fellow
inmate -- and her comeback as a
professional basketball player.
Press Pause," will air November 2
on cable's ESPN network.
Once hailed as the
fastest woman in the
world, Jones for years
claimed she was not dop-
ing. In 2008, however, she
admitted lying to investi-
gators when denying that
she knowingly took the
banned substance tetrahy-
before the 2000
Olympics. She was sen-
tenced to six months at
Carswell federal prison in
Fort Worth -- a women's
prison that she writes
could "deaden the spirit."
"I'm the type of person,
I like to be in control. I
like to know what's going
on and I like to prepare,"
she said. "In terms of
perks, I certainly got
Her husband Obadele
S Thompson, a former
Olympic sprinter, visited
her often, but Jones did not allow
her two children because she didn't
want them to see their mother
VIOLENT, FILTHY PRISON
Jones describes prison as violent
and filthy, but also where she bond-
ed with some of her fellow inmates
and learned how to bake. Shortly
into her sentence, she writes that
she was attacked by a fellow inmate
"I felt like my life was in danger.
And I just lost it. I hit her in the face
with my cooler and kicked her in
the ribs," she writes.
While Jones says she fought in
self-defense and suffered no
injuries, the other woman was
"bruised and bloody." Jones was
given more than a month in "the
hole," or special housing unit,
which she writes was, "like the next
stop to hell."
Since her release from prison,
Jones gives inspirational talks
where she advises young people to
"take a break" before making a
potentially bad decision, and she
said she is using her book tour to
advocate for prison reform.
"Because I lived it and I lived
with those women, I realize that
they are not being given the
resources to succeed when they are
released," she said.
Jones, who at 35 still has an ath-
lete's physique, also wants to revive
her sports career. In March, she
signed a contract to play with the
WNBA's Tulsa Shock.
"I have reached the pinnacle of
my track and field career," she said.
"Now I am trying to get to the pin-
El DeBarge grooves the Ritz Old school crooner El
DeBarge of 80s DeBarge fame, took a break from touring with Mary J.
Blige to entertain a Jacksonville audience on Halloween night. His reper-
tois included a mix of his chart topping hits that put DeBarge on the map
and even a taste of his new music backed up by a full band. TMA photo
A documentary, "Marion Jones: in a dispute over laundry duties.
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Wilson Halloween Howl Socialite Thelecia Wilson threw her annual Halloween bash in her south-
side home complete with ghouls, goblins and plenty of treats. In between fellowship and libation, the live DJ kept
the party rocking to old and new school favorites as guests arrived in costume. Shown above are LaMesha Sumlar,
Darlene Berkley and Shenae Lundy striking a pose.
Treats galore for old Floradale Kids in the Old Floradale neighborhood were met with many
houselights an bags full of candy. Accompanied by their parents, the above grou tricked and treated under their
moms watchful eye. Shown above are Samaria Harper, Amari Harper, Shalara Gordon, Deric Bower, Amy West,
Jamari White, Kenyan Donaldson and Lanesha Sanglin.
UnderDaScope Entertainment held their inaugural Halloween Costume Ball at the Aetna
Building for a night of horrific fun. A contest was held for best costume with prizes awarded in gift certificates
and cash. DJ Goodlife rocked the house while Frankenstein was designated as security, Minnie Mouse was in the
kitchen cooking and Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf were designated drivers. Shown above are
Fred Weary, Omar Payne, Antoine Alexander, Corey Green, Marcel Thomas and Spencer Jones at the event.
Halloween at the White House President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hand
out Halloween treats to children on the North Portico of the White House, Oct. 31, 2010. (Official White House Photo by
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