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Oakland cop sentenced to 2
years for shooting man in the back
judge sentenced former
BART police Officer
J e aJohannes Mehserle today
Sto the minimum term of
two years in state prison
for fatally shooting
unarmed train rider Oscar
SGrant during a video-
recorded arrest in Oakland
on Jan. 1, 2009.
Johannes Mehserle and Oscar Grant A jury in Los Angeles
County, where the trial was moved, found Mehserle guilty of involuntary
manslaughter in July, acquitting him of the more serious charges of mur-
der and voluntary manslaughter. Mehserle testified that he killed Grant
accidentally, after mistaking his service pistol and his Taser.
The verdict meant that jurors concluded that Mehserle, 28, did not
intend to kill Grant, 22, when he shot him in the back at Fruitvale Station,
but acted negligently and took his life unlawfully.
The jury also found that Mehserle, a Napa County resident, had used a
gun during the crime. However, Judge Robert Perry threw out the gun
conviction today, saying it was not supported by the evidence, and gave
Mehserle two years for the involuntary manslaughter conviction, the
shortest term possible.
NAACP voluntarily dismisses
bias suit against US Airways
PHILADELPHIA, PA What began as a startling NAACP suit accus-
ing US Airways Group Inc. of discriminating against its African
American employees at Philadelphia International Airport has ended
with a settlement and a pledge by the airport's largest carrier to strength-
en workplace diversity. The specifics were undisclosed.
The case was voluntarily dismissed Friday, the same day the NAACP
and US Airways issued a joint statement that the airline would continue
a "strong commitment" to diversity and equal opportunity and would
work with the NAACP to enhance its workplace-diversity programs at
the Philadelphia airport and at Reagan National Airport in Washington.
The lawsuit, filed Jan. 5, alleged a "pervasive and severe hostile work-
ing environment" for African American US Airways employees at
Philadelphia airport and claimed that blacks were discriminated against
in hiring, termination, discipline, promotion, and benefits, as well as gate,
terminal, and ticket-counter assignments based on color.
In the future, US Airways workers with diversity complaints can con-
tact the Philadelphia NAACP, which will discuss the cases with airline
99 suspected pimps arrested
in child prostitute crackdown
WASHINGTON, DC More than five dozen child prostitutes have
been found in the last three days as part of a nationwide crackdown on
the sexual exploitation of children, the FBI announced this week.
69 children were removed from prostitution and 99 suspected pimps
were arrested in 40 cities across 30 states. Authorities arrested 785 other
adults on a variety of state and local charges.
The children were found during Operation Cross Country V, a three-day
roundup targeting child traffickers and pimps. The largest group of child
prostitutes, 24, was found in and around Seattle, Washington, in the
Northwest, according to the FBI.
The children found ranged in age from 12 to 17. Authorities are work-
ing with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to con-
firm their identities.
Child prostitutes are often recruited by loose-knit groups that seek out
kids who may be involved in drugs or runaways looking for a "responsi-
ble adult" to help them.
Since 2003, when the FBI and the Justice Department launched the
Innocence Lost National Initiative, about 1,250 child prostitutes have
been located and removed from prostitution.
CBC Endorses Rep. Clyburn
in House Democratic Race
SRepresentative Barbara Lee, the chairwoman
of the Congressional Black Caucus, has
endorsed Rep. James Clyburn, the highest-rank-
ing African American in the House Democratic
leadership, stating that he should be the party's
second in command in the next Congress.
The Washington Post reports that Lee stated,
"Jim has spent a lifetime working to bridge what
divides us," in a letter urging the Democratic
Caucus to vote for the South Carolina
Democrat. "In the 112th Congress, we will need
Jim's dedication to thwart Republican efforts to repeal all of the progress
we have made." Lee's letter follows Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland's
release of the names of 30 rank-and-file Democrats who endorsed him
for the same post. Hoyer's letter, authored by Rep. Linda Sanchez of
California, praised him as a listener with the ability to stand up to
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Elections Leave Black America Vulnerable
By Cynthia E. Griffin
Some predict impasse, president upbeat
As Americans, politicians, and pundits sift
through the results of the voting yesterday,
the one thing heavy on everyone's mind is
the question: What's next?
President Barack Obama in a one-hour
nationally televised press conference that
found him at times reflective and somber but
still able to laugh, particularly after taking
what he called a "shellacking" at the polls,
refused to accept that the vote was a rejection
of his policies.
Instead, the president described voters'
decision to hand control of the U.S. House of
Representatives to Republicans as a demon-
stration of "their great frustration that we
have not made enough progress on the econ-
omy. They cannot feel progress and they
cannot see it," Obama said. "I've got to take
direct responsibility. We have not made as
much progress as we could have made."
The president added that now it is a matter
of the Democrats and the Republicans sitting
down to develop core areas of agreement on
issues they can agree on such as alleviating
our dependence on foreign oil, and educating
American children so that they are equipped
to compete in the global economy.
David A. Bositis, Ph.D., senior research
associate with the Joint Center for Political
and Economic Studies and an expert on
national Black Electoral Politics, agrees with
the president that the election results were
about the economy.
"If you look at the exit polls, you will see
that it's about the economy, especially
insecurity about the economy. Eighty-
five percent of people who voted said
they were worried about their personal
economic situation and half of those
said they were very worried," pointed
"This election was about punishing
the people in power, and the people in
power were, of course, the
Democrats," added the political
Why Democrats lost depends on who
you talk to. Some say the Democrats
really did very little to mobilize the
youthful base 2008, waiting too late to
begin the kind of heavy-duty stump-
ing Continued on page 3 <
Next Lt. Governor continues celebration at Northwest Classic
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(L-R) Raines High School Drum Major Samara Gray, Lt. Governor elect Jennifer Carroll, Raines
Principal George Maxey and Drum Major Lenard Jackson. Raines went into the football game undefeat-
ed but their perfect season was marred by a Ribault 31-19 victory whose record is now 8-2. Next the Vikings
will face an undefeated First Coast team on Friday.
The weather was cool, but spirits
were high and hot for the 41st
Northwest Classic. The highly con-
tested match up pits neighborhood
rivals Raines High School and
Ribault High School against each
other on the gridiron.
More importantly, the game sym-
bolizes an annual unofficial
reunion of thousands of the
school's alumni. Festivities began a
week earlier with activities that
included a dance for both schools,
church service, alumni basketball
game, student exchange, volleyball
game, social, parade and of course
Cars began parking days prior
along the school grounds that
swelled to house over 7,000 atten-
dees on game day. In addition to
the presentation of seniors, the
halftime show included greetings
by newly elected Lt. Governor
Jennifer Carroll. The election to the
historic office will make her the
highest ranking African-American
in Florida's history. Carroll gra-
ciously greeted attendees and
administrators just four days after
being declared the winner.
For more photo highlights from
the day, see the back page.
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The Ritz Theater and LaVilla Museum continued their tradition of pre-
senting extraordinary hometown talent with the recent Amateur Night
Semi Finals. Taking top honors was young guitarist James "The Kid"
Simpo (shown above) who wowed the crowd with his guitar solo by
Santana. The finals of Amateur Night bringing together the year's win-
ners in competition for a grand finale will be on December 5th. Tickets
should be purchased in advance as the event is always a sellout. TMA photo
(Standing) Vivian Walker, Gail Kenney, Norma White, (seating)
Marguerite Warren and Christella Bryant. B. Davisphoto
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Members of the Bold City and Jacksonville Chapters of the Links,
Inc. held a joint celebration last weekend in honor of their organiza-
tion's founders. Held on a Sunday afternoon at the Epping Forest
Yacht Club, the elegant ladies, many adorned in millinery fashions,
indulged in a high noon tea accompanied by a variety of delicacies.
The celebration was culminated with a champagne toast by the two
chapter presidents. For more sights and scenes, see page 7
Feds strengthen debt settlement rules ,-,
When faced with overwhelm-
ing debt, many people don't
know where to turn: Should
they file for bankruptcy, con-
solidate their debts into one
loan or try to settle with credi-
tors for less than they owe?
Each approach can be fraught
with difficulties and expense if
you don't know what you're
doing, but inaction is probably
the worst course.
If you're considering debt set-
tlement, be aware that the
Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) recently changed several
key rules governing how for-
profit debt settlement (a.k.a.
"debt relief') companies may
bill for their services and what
information they are required to
Briefly, debt settlement is
where you negotiate with credi-
tors to accept less than the full
amount you owe. You can con-
duct these negotiations your-
self, but some people hire a
debt settlement company to act
on their behalf. There's usually
a hefty fee 15 percent or more
of the negotiated settlement is
In a typical contract, you
might be asked to stop making
payments on unsecured debts,
such as credit cards or medical
bills, and instead put the money
into a dedicated savings
account. Once you've accrued
sufficient funds, the settlement
company attempts to negotiate
with your creditors to accept
lump-sum payments for less
than the amounts owed.
Although many legitimate
debt settlement companies
exist, the FTC found that a
number of businesses were tar-
geting consumers in financial
distress by making unrealistic
claims, such as promising to
reduce debt by as much as 60
percent with no damage to their
credit score in exchange for a
large up-front fee.
Unfortunately, the FTC esti-
mates that approximately two-
thirds of these consumers are
unable to accumulate enough
savings for a sufficient settle-
ment offer and therefore not
only forfeit the fee, but still owe
their debt, plus accumulated
interest and additional penal-
Effective October 27, 2010,
certain for-profit debt settle-
ment, debt negotiation and
credit counseling companies
can no longer collect fees for
their services until they have
renegotiated, reduced or settled
at least one outstanding debt
and the client has made at least
one payment under the new
Other conditions of the new
They apply only to compa-
nies that market their services
by telephone or take phone
calls from customers respond-
ing to print, broadcast or other
They do not cover nonprofit
firms, but do apply to compa-
nies that falsely claim nonprof-
They don't apply to in-person
only or Internet-only sales.
Although settlement compa-
nies can still require you to set
aside savings in a dedicated
account to pay creditors (and
their own fees), you retain con-
trol over the account, earn
interest on its balance and may
withdraw the funds at any time
Companies must disclose
how long it will take to see
results, how much their servic-
es will cost, negative conse-
quences of using debt relief
services and key information
about dedicated savings
accounts, if they require one.
The rules do not limit the
amount of fees, only when they
may be charged.
Before settling on how to
manage your debt, you may
want to speak to a certified
credit counselor. The National
Foundation for Credit
Counseling provides referrals
to free and low-cost non-profit
credit counseling (www.nfcc.org).
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (L-R) (Ret.) Adm. J. Paul Reason, Mrs. Diane Reason, President Northrop
Grumman Shipbuilders Mr. Mike Petters, Ship's sponsor Alma Bernice Clark Gravely, wife of the late Vice
Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Acting Secretary of the Navy BJ Penn, Loretta Penn, Commander U.S. 2nd
Fleet Vice Adm. Mel Williams Jr., and the ship's Commanding Officer Cdr. Douglas Kunzman, pose for a
group photo following the christening ceremony of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer pre-commissioning
unit (PCU) Gravely (DDG-107) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss. The Navy's newest
destroyer is the 57th in her class, and honors Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely who was the first African
American to command and major warship, achieve flag rank, and command a numbered fleet.
Destroyer Named in Honor of Late Black Naval Officer
The late Vice Adm. Samuel L.
Gravely Jr., the first African
American to command a warship
in the U.S. Navy, is to be honored
by having a vessel named for him
when the guided-missile destroyer
USS Gravely is commissioned in
African's bling spending more criticized?
There has been a bit of a tit-for-tat war going on in the South African press between
two outspoken men.
One, Kenny Kunene, a nightclub owner, held a lavish 40th birthday party recent-
ly, during which sushi was reportedly served on the bodies of half-naked women and
Guests drank expensive imported whisky and champagne.
Leading government and African National Congress leaders attended the party,
according to press reports. Other newspapers show photos of the flamboyant Kunene
standing in front of his expensive sports car, which has "So What" written on the
This kind of in-your-face conspicuous consumption has "sickened" the main labur
,| union leader, COSATU's Zwelinzima Vavi, who says this kind of behavior from the
S! new black elite sets a bad example and insults the poor of South Africa.
.' Kunene says he spent more than $100,000 on the one-night bash in a country
.i where unemployment is rife and many families struggle to put food on the table.
1 The question is how much "bling" is too much? Are African high rollers judged
more harshly than, say, big-spending Russian oligarchs? Or is columnist Vavi correct
in saying that South Africa's rich should be more circumspect with their wealth?
Wilmington, N.C. on Nov. 20.
Gravely was born in Richmond,
Va. in 1922, attended Virginia
Union University and later enlisted
in the Naval Reserve, according to
He completed midshipman train-
ing in 1944 and became the first
as an officer in the Navy.
Following a brief stint as an ensign
at the Great Lakes Naval Training
Station, he became the first Black
to serve on a seagoing vessel, the
submarine chaser USS PC-1264.
Among his later achievements, he
was the first African-American to
command a warship, as a lieu-
tenant commander aboard the
destroyer escort USS Falgout in
1962, and the first Black to com-
mand a vessel in combat condi-
tions, as a full commander aboard
the destroyer USS Taussig in 1966.
Gravely was also the first African-
American to achieve the rank of
Vice Admiral and the first to com-
mand a fleet the U.S. 3rd Fleet.
His entire naval career spanned 38
years and included a bevy of dis-
Gravely died at the National
Naval Medical Center in Bethesda,
Md. in 2004.
The first U.S. Navy ship to be
named after an African American
officer was the USS Jesse L.
Brown, a frigate that was decom-
missioned in 1994. It was named
after the first Black aviator in the
U.S. Navy, Lt. Jesse L. Brown,
who was killed in action during the
"It's fitting that this type of ship
be named after a man who was
able to set a true course for our
nation's Navy, and at the same
time transform challenges into
accomplishments and lead the way
for a future generation of naval war
fighters,", Vice Adm. John Harvey,
chief of Naval Personnel, said in a
statement during the initial naming
of the ship.
Entrepreneur Kenny Kunene at his bir y.
Q A Pledge to Cripple Health Care for African Americans
by Lesley Russell
House Republicans' "Pledge to
America" contains one particu-
larly specific public policy pro-
posal worth worrying about the
pledge to repeal the Affordable
Care Act of 2009. This compre-
hensive health reform law,
designed to fix our broken health
S care system over the coming
decade, in particular provides a
unique opportunity to address the
health care disparities that
African Americans experience
from birth to death in the form of
higher infant mortality, higher
rates of disease and disability,
S and a shortened life expectancy.
The "Pledge to America"
would replace health care reform
with a grab bag of isolated meas-
ures that mostly benefit those
who already have health care
coverage. These piecemeal meas-
ures will do nothing to address
Sthe hurdles such as lack of health
insurance, lack of access to pre-
ventive care, and other barriers
that black families face in getting
access to the care they need. Let's
take a closer look at their pledge
to understand just how devastat-
ing their proposals would be to
The pledge will not improve
access to health insurance cover-
age for African Americans.
Twenty-one percent of African
Americans, including 11.5 per-
cent of children, were uninsured
in 2009, the last year for which
complete data is available. This
represents an increase of 818,000
] people without insurance over the
figures for the previous year.
What's more, African Americans
are the least likely to be able to
afford insurance. Of all racial
S and ethnic groups in the United
States, they are most likely to be
poor, 26 percent live in poverty,
p- and the median annual income of
an African-American household
is $17,000 less than that of the
average American household.
Conservatives who want to
repeal the Affordable Care Act
have no plan to expand coverage
to help those who cannot afford
health insurance. They want to
repeal Medicaid expansions,
repeal financial help to small
businesses struggling with the
costs of employee coverage,
and repeal the tax subsidies
that will help working fami-
lies purchase coverage
through health insurance
Their pledge does contain a
claim that Republicans will
make it illegal for an insurance
company to deny coverage to
someone with prior coverage on
the basis of a preexisting condi-
tion, eliminate annual and life-
time spending caps, and prevent
insurers from dropping your cov-
erage just because you get sick.
They never mention, however,
that all of these protections are
already enacted in the Affordable
The pledge will not rein in the
excesses of the health insurance
industry to protect African
Americans nor will their pledge
rein in the excesses of the health
insurance industry to protect
African Americans and indeed
all Americans from the excesses
of the health insurance industry,
which ACA will deal with effec-
tively and fairly in the coming
years. Specifically, conservative
proposals do nothing to rein in
the discriminatory practices and
price-gouging behavior of the
health insurance industry, such as
those that recently saw one insur-
er, Anthem Blue Cross of
California, attempt to increase
premiums by 39 percent in the
insurance marketplace for indi-
vidual insurance policies.
What's more, the pledge would
do nothing to ensure that health
insurance plans spend
h e a l t h Ia
care. In con-
trast, the Affordable
Care Act requires that at least 80
percent of premium costs are
returned in benefits. The pledge
will not improve access to pri-
mary care for African Americans.
More than a quarter of African
Americans do not have a regular
doctor, compared with only one-
fifth of white Americans.
Twenty-two percent of African
Americans report having little or
no choice in where to seek care,
and many of these people end up
in hospital emergency rooms. A
primary care provider and a facil-
ity where a person receives regu-
lar care substantially improve the
health of Americans with access
to such care. The Affordable Care
Act's emphasis on primary care
will particularly benefit people of
color, especially those who live in
areas that are currently medically
Conservatives have no plan to
improve primary care or increase
the primary care workforce. They Americans ages 18 to 64 are
want to repeal the provisions in obese or overweight. As a conse-
the new law that will boost pri- quence they are twice as likely to
mary care capacity, be diagnosed with diabetes as
establish more whites.
sc h o o I In addition, they are more like-
b a be d ly to suffer complications from
diabetes, such as end-stage renal
disease and lower extremity
i",. .. ,- amputations. African Americans
St experienced 29 percent higher
-- death rates from cardiovascular
disease than white adults, and 40
percent higher death rates from
stroke. Their age-adjusted death
rate for cancer is approximately
25 percent higher than for white
,' ,' Americans, primarily due to late
Black women are less likely to
'receive prenatal care in the first
months of pregnancy and older
S\ '. "cl imni African Americans are far less
and more likely to receive pneumonia or flu
community shots. African Americans face the
health centers targeted most severe burden of HIV in the
to the needs of the communities United States.
they serve, and develop and Better access to prevention and
expand the so-called medical early interventions would help
home model for Medicare and keep the African-American popu-
Medicaid patients. Medical lation healthier throughout their
homes health care settings that lives. Yet conservatives would
provide patients with timely, repeal the provisions in the
well-organized care and Affordable Care Act that will
enhanced access to providers enhance preventive care and
are associated with a reduction in remove the co-payments and
health care disparities for adults deductibles for approved preven-
and better access to preventive tive services such as immuniza-
services. tions, screening for colorectal
The pledge will not provide cancer and diabetes, and mam-
better preventive health services mograms. Among the programs
for African Americans that Republicans want to repeal
Chronic diseases, many of are demonstration projects to
them preventable, place a high develop comprehensive models
burden on African-American for reducing childhood obesity,
communities, where 48 percent and increased funding for a nurse
of adults suffer from a chronic home-visiting program to help
disease compared to 39 percent improve the health and well-
of the general population. being of mothers and their chil-
Obesity is debilitating and is dren.
often a catalyst to chronic dis- The pledge will not improve
ease. Seven out of 10 African the lower health quality and
health care disparities that
African Americans experience.
African Americans are less likely
than white Americans to get time-
ly access to care and good quality
care, and may face some inherent
biases within the health care sys-
tem. Defining and measuring
health care disparities is a prereq-
uisite for understanding and
If the Republicans repeal the
new health care law, they will
repeal requirements that federally
funded programs collect and
report data on race, ethnicity,
socioeconomic status, health lit-
eracy, and primary language,
using methodologies that will
ensure health care disparities can
be measured. They will also undo
the provisions that establish the
Office of Minority Health at the
Department of Health and
Human Services and a network of
minority health offices located
within HHS that elevate the
Office of Minority Health at the
National Institutes of Health
directly into the Office of the
Secretary of Health and Human
Conclusion: The Affordable
Care Act makes significant
advances for African Americans
health coverage, quality of care,
and access to health care services.
It represents an important mile-
stone toward the ultimate goal of
eradicating racial and ethnic dis-
parities in health and health care
in the United States. House
Republicans' "Pledge to
America" represents a devastat-
ing rollback of much-needed
changes to our nation's health
care system a step backward
that will ensure that African
Americans continue to receive
poorer care and live in poorer
health than the rest of the nation.
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Shown are students that just completed their Disaster Management Certification Training.
JLOC now 1st minority organization certified in disaster management
M ayoralforum season off and running One of the first official candi- Beginning Friday, November 5 7th, members of the Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc., a non-
dates forums sponsored by the Multicultural Chamber Alliance was presented Tuesday night at the Hyatt Hotel. profit inter-city organization, went through extensive three day disaster management training by internationally
Seven of the dozen plus Mayoral candidates attended for their chance to say a few words and present their plat- renowned and recognized Disaster Management Training Specialist Arealia Denby. The training qualifies them
form to the Chamber of Commerce and the general public. The elections will be held in March and May of next to work in areas such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods and other natural disasters and acts of terror-
year. Shown above are attendees Vincent Cameron, Leo Dennis, timekeeper Nelson Cuba, Quinton Jones and ism. Held at the Comfort Suites hotel, the class officially certifies JLOC as the first Black organization in
Mayoral candidate Alvin Brown following the event. KFPphoto. Jacksonville in the Disaster Management field. Andr'eXphoto.
Elections leave Black America vulnerable
Continued from page 1
done in the final two weeks
before the election. They were also
tremendously outspent in terms of
campaign advertising money
pumped into Republican races by
But don't consider these election
results a replay of 1994, admonish-
es Professor Morris, who said that
loss was a huge setback for Clinton
and was followed by two years of
immobility and impasses as he bat-
tled Republicans to push his agen-
When he was re-elected two
years later, Morris said his agenda
turned more conservative.
Morris does not think that Obama
will face the same kind of partisan
divide that Clinton faced, in part,
because he believes the conserva-
tives elected to office this term are
much less organized than those
elected by Newt Gingrich and his
Contract for America brigade.
"This group of people, they are so
disorganized. They're like free
electrons knocking into each other.
They just lucked out," contends
Morris. "They are not connected by
any sense of party unity. The
Republicans will be lucky, if they
have an impasse."
Bositis agrees that this
Republican victory does not at all
resemble what happened in 1994.
"First, in a lot of the victories, the
republicans had very, very close
elections ... when politicians have
close elections like that, they get
scared, and it makes them cau-
tious," noted Bositis, who pointed
out that there's a difference
between getting elected and getting
rejected, which is what he thinks
happened with Democrats.
He also believes that while
Republicans may never admit it
publicly they are probably definite-
ly saying to themselves: "Let's not
kid ourselves that these people love
us. They don't. As a matter of fact,
they hate our guts."
The political researcher points to
Harry Reid's re-election in Nevada
as a case in point.
"Do you think Harry Reid was
being embraced by voters in
Nevada? This was his biggest vic-
But people in Nevada don't like
Harry Reid. I don't know if it's his
personality or what, but they voted
for Harry Reid because the
Republicans nominated one of the
Tea Party nuts," explained Bositis.
"Voters in Nevada say there is no
way we are going to have this per-
son as our senator. They were not
voting to say I love Harry Reid. It
was just that voting for the alterna-
tive was unacceptable."
While the president in his press
conference stressed that the key to
making the next two years produc-
tive was for the, top democrats and
Republican leaders to sit down and
find areas of agreement and to work
on moving those items forward,
Bositis and Morris are much less
optimistic about how much is going
to get done.
"If I would guess, my guess
would be no," said Bositis. "On the
other hand, if the more sensible
Republicans start to take a look ...
I think one of the things they are
going to discover, is that they're not
very popular. They also know that
come 2012, the electorate is going
to be a lot younger, and a lot more
minority than it was this time
Howard University's Morris sees
the situation as potentially dismal
for African Americans. He thinks
Republicans will attempt to cut
back on things that are vitally
important to Blacks such as the
unemployment structure (particu-
larly in urban areas), educational
subsidies, welfare; criminal justice,
and catastrophic health programs
used by people who are the least
likely able to afford them and fight
Bositis also believes the change
will hurt African Americans
because Republicans are going to
be more influential in the budget
"In terms of money for unem-
ployment, for social services and
things of that sort, those guys' atti-
tudes are going to be "hey, who
cares if you're poor; it's your own
fault. If you're sick, it's your own
"Remember something. In terms
of unemployment Blacks consider
White unemployment a joke.
African American employment is
really bad now. If the government
starts to cut back on spending, that's
only going to make unemployment
worse," Bositis said.
There are a number of other criti-
cal issues to note as a result of the
mid-term elections. First, for the
first time in years there is no
African American in the Senate; the
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Bishop Diamond an Inspiration; Carroll to be 1st Black Lt. Governor
Bishop Diamond an Inspiration; Carroll to be 1st Black Lt. Governor
When talking about car quality
and design, my grandfather used to
say that "they don't' make them
like they used to."
One could make the same argu-
ment about preachers. Many of the
"old school" church leaders under-
stood the connection between civil
rights and their duties as pastors
and community leaders.
Pastor Tom Diamond of
Abyssinia Missionary Baptist was
one of those men. Last week, he
passed unexpectedly and left a
church and community in mourn-
What is so ironic about
Diamond's death early last Monday
morning was that the day before his
passing he led his congregation to
the polls for early voting. Bishop
Diamond chronically preached
about the importance of black folk
not being apathetic about voting
and fighting for equal rights and
What I will remember most
about Bishop Diamond was that he
never backed down from a fight -
especially when there was injustice
or mistreatment involved. Today,
many pastors intentionally stray
away from dealing with politics
and social issues from the pulpit.
Well, Bishop Diamond knew that
it was virtually impossible to do so
- especially as a black pastor repre-
senting an African American con-
gregation. The Civil Rights
Movement is and always will be
the best example of how religion,
politics, and social issues all con-
Bishop Diamond and his wife
were staunch believers that educa-
tion is critical to the betterment of
the black community and not only
preached it, but started a school to
A couple of weeks ago I wrote
about the dash that is used on a
gravestone between your birth date
and the day you die.
Poet Linda Ellis is the author of
the now famous poem, The Dash. It
is a poem that has become increas-
ingly popular since she wrote it in
Some people's dash will be sig-
nificant and other's will have a
dash that is filled with dreams
deferred and unfortunate events.
Pastor Diamond's dash was full of
memorable personal, professional
and community accomplishment.
He will be missed, but certainly not
to be a trailblazer
Good thing I retired my Swami
hat last week before the elections.
So I didn't have to worry about
making any predictions I would
By now it has soaked all the way
in. Republicans kicked some seri-
ous butt around the country, but in
Florida they opened up a really big
can of "you know what." I will be
the first to admit that I didn't see
this GOP landslide coming.
I have been preaching that it's the
economy stupid for a while now,
but didn't quite expect Republicans
to have the gains that they
achieved. Not only did Rick Scott
win the governors race by a narrow
margin, but Republicans also
picked up additional legislative
seats and swept all statewide cabi-
For Republicans you couldn't
ask for a better scenario, but now
there can't be any excuses. Despite
how upset Democrats maybe -
there is a silver lining in the dark
Former Republican State Rep
Jennifer Carroll made history
What the President should do next
by George Curry
the November 2
were about 2012,
not 2010. Senate
made that clear in a speech to the
Heritage Foundation. He said,
"...The fact is, if our primary leg-
islative goals are to repeal and
replace the health spending bill, to
end the bailouts, cut spending and
shrink the size and scope of gov-
ernment, the only way to do all
these things is to put someone else
in the White House."
Welcome to the 2012 slugfest.
And with more than twice as many
Democrats than Republicans up for
re-electioon in two years, embold-
ened Republicans have their sights
set on controlling the House, the
Senate and the White House.
In order to stay in the White
House, the President should adopt
my 12-step recovery program:
1) Stop making concessions
before entering into negotiations
with GOP leaders The recent
Slurpee Summit has not been held
at the White House and President
Obama is already saying he's will-
ing the extend the Bush tax cuts to
the top 2 percent ofAmericans, the
group least likely to place those
dollars back into an ailing econo-
my. The time to make concessions
is during the actual horse-trading,
not in advance. President Obama
and Republican leaders can't even
agree on what beverage to serve at
the upcoming meeting. During the
recent campaign, the President
called Republicans "Slurpee
drinkers" whose brains freeze
when it comes to economics. When
asked at a news conference about
the possibility of a post-election
Slurpee Summit at the White
House, Obama replied, "I might
serve -- they're delicious." But
House Speaker-in-waiting John
Boehner responded, "I don't know
about a Slurpee. How about a glass
2) Assemble a new communi-
cations team It's embarrassing to
see one of the most gifted speakers
of this generation groping for
words when trying to explain why
the White House did a poor job of
selling its accomplishments. Mr.
President, read my lips: Your team
has failed you get a new one
before it's too late.
3) Ignore calls to move to the
right Whenever Democrats lose
an election, there are inevitable
suggestions that the party should
move to the right. The last thing
this country needs is two
Republican parties. The underre-
ported story of this election is that
conservative Democrats, so-called
Blue Dog Democrats, suffered the
bulk of the losses, especially in
House districts previously held by
4) Make conservatives put up
or shut up It's one thing to cam-
paign. It's quite another to govern.
Many Tea Party candidates, includ-
ing those cross-dressing as
Republicans, have pledged to bal-
ance the budget while exempting
defense funding and entitlements
that make up 85 percent of the fed-
eral budget. Insist that they give
specifics on how they can possibly
balance the budget by attacking
only 15 percent of the budget.
5) Use Vice President Joe
Biden as your attack dog Many
presidents have used their vice
presidents as their chief defenders.
Richard Nixon had Spiro Agnew
and George W. Bush used Dick
Chaney in that capacity. Unchain
Biden as your Defender-in-Chief
while you continue to be presiden-
tial, which suits your non-con-
6) Realize the public still trust
Democrats over Republicans on the
big issues A recent USA
Today/Gallup poll showed that
Americans trust Democrats over
Republicans on most of the impor-
tant issues facing America, includ-
ing racial and ethnic discrimina-
tion, unemployment, the size and
power of large corporations, health
care, the environment and disen-
gaging the U.S. from wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan. The GOP was
favored to deal with immigration,
the debt, terrorism and the size and
power of the federal government.
Even in the recent elections.
7) Strengthen the coalition
between Black, Latinos and Asians
- That coalition was the key to
Obama's 2008 victory when the
majority of Whites voted for John
McCain. Latinos returned
Democratic Senators to power in
Nevada and Californaia.
Democrats can't be successful in
2012 without paying special atten-
tion to all people of color, who are
expanding their share of the elec-
8) Re-engage young voters -
Like people of color and women,
this is a critical part of your base.
Looking forward to 2012, its neces-
sary to mobilize young voters to
counter the edge older voters pro-
9) Be a fighter (to be used in
conjunction with Point #4) -
Americans admire fighters, even if
they disagree with them. President
Harry S Truman was often depicted
as giving his opponents hell. He
explained, "I never give anybody
hell. I just told the truth and they
thought it was hell." President "No
Drama Obama" needs to exude
some fire. Ignore the fear that
many Whites don't want to view
their president as "an angry Black
man." The bully pulpit is the last
place you need to sound professori-
10) Deploy First Lady Michelle
Obama to more events In many
ways, Michelle Obama connects
better with audiences than the
President. Like her husband, she
has two Ivy League degrees.
Unlike the President, she comes
across passionate and unscripted.
It's time to take her out of the gar-
den and stop limiting her to speak-
ing before groups concerned about
obesity and military families.
11) Don't be discouraged -
Remember that Bill Clinton and
Ronald Reagan, whose approval
ratings were almost identical to
yours at this point in office, suf-
fered midterm shellackings but
bounced back to get easily re-elect-
ed to a second term. You, too, can
get your groove back.
12) Remain engaged with the
Black Media Part of the problem
this year was President Obama's
effort to arouse the Black commu-
nity came on "CP" Time. It was
what former Nixon aide John
Halderman called TL-square too
little, too late. Given the
President's lateness, perhaps this
will end questions about whether
he's Black enough.
George E. Curry, former editor-in-
chief of Emerge magazine and the
NNPA News Service.
becoming the first African
American to become Lieutenant
Governor of the state of Florida.
When Governor-elect Scott
picked Carroll, she became is the
first black Republican woman to be
part of a statewide ticket in Florida.
Carroll was born in Trinidad and
moved to Florida in 1986.
She has always had an impres-
sive resume with her strong mili-
tary background, but what has
always impressed me the most
about is her continued support of
issues critical to the black commu-
Although her house district did
not include any of Jacksonville's
traditional African American com-
munities, she still fought for issues
like funding for small business
loans for black businesses.
Republicans like Carroll and
General Colin Powell have done a
good job throughout their political
careers of being Conservatives, but
staying true to their African
American roots in many ways.
Congratulations to our new
Lieutenant Governor, Jennifer
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November 11-18, 2010
You have to smile
at the Bush lovefest
by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Former President George W. Bush seems to be about
the only top Republican in the land who hasn't taken a
shot at President Obama. There's not one, I repeat, not one single word of
criticism of Obama's performance to date in the White House in Bush's near
500 page memoir, Decision Points. In fact, forget the word criticism, the
times that Bush mentions Obama in the book he practically gushes over him
on everything from the handling of the Afghanistan war to the economic cri-
The easy answers for why Bush's love fest with the president is that he's a
much maligned, much reviled former president who finds it prudent to take
the statesmanlike high ground, and shower praise on his successor, lest he run
the grave risk of putting his failed; flawed, bumbling and blundering policies
back on the table as fair game for attack. Another answer is that he's simply
following presidential protocol, and that is speak no ill of your successor. Or,
that he's trying to peddle a book, and since it's not a sex and smut gossipy,
tabloid tell all, he and the book must come off looking and sounding politi-
cally revealing, intriguing, and informative, to get the cash registers jingling
on book sales. These undoubtedly are sensible reasons for Bush's gratuitous
deference to Obama. But there are other reasons that are even more com-
Obama has in part through political necessity, pragmatism, and political
belief followed in some of Bush's footsteps. The two most prominent things
that Bush praised him for are the handling of the Afghan war and the eco-
nomic crisis. Obama and Bush have been in lockstep agreement that the war
should be waged, and waged to win, and that the US would spend whatever
it takes, and make whatever military sacrifices that have to be made to insure
that. At every stage of the presidential campaign, Obama's speeches, and his
action to escalate the war once in the White House, confirmed that he meant
business on this. It was virtually the same tough, unrelenting position that
Bush struck on Iraq. If you're George W. Bush you can't help but like this
and cheer lead Obama for it. If you're Bush you also have to like Obama's
willingness to leave virtually untouched the deals worked out to rescue the
banks, the Wall Street houses, and keep in place as your top economic advi-
sors and micro managers those with close ties to the banking and corporate
leaders, and who will play it close to the vest on tax, spending, and budget
Then there's the way things are done in the White House. Obama like Bush
did what every other new president does during his first two years in office.
He used the early public goodwill to make politically favorable appoint-
ments, ink executive orders and push through Congress programs that likely
would draw fire later on, while exerting a tight grip on executive power, and
casting an eye on building a favorable historic legacy. In Bush's first address
to Congress, he cast himself as the education president, talked about health
care reform, and made a vague promise to tackle paying off the national debt.
Obama has repeatedly talked about these issues, up to and including carbon
copying and tweaking one of Bush's few signature achievements, the No
Child Left Behind initiative.
Obama like Bush took big campaign hits for being a foreign policy novice
and has moved just as quickly to meet and talk with foreign leaders, embark
on a busy round of state visits, and try to repair the monumental damage that
Bush did in poisoning relations with America's allies. But at the same time,
Bush staunchly backed a national missile defense system in Europe. So did
Obama initially. He called a missile defense system in the Czech Republic
and Poland the most cost-effective and proven defense system. He tied the
decision to go ahead with it directly to Iran's nuclear threat and international
security concerns. Obama backed away from it on the recommendation from
the Pentagon, but a truncated version of the system is not entirely off the mil-
itary and diplomatic table.
There's much to like and admire from Bush's view about Obama, but that
alone wouldn't be enough to explain his heap of praise on him. The final clue
to why he does came following a meeting with Obama immediately after the
election. He applauded him for shoring up GM and the other automakers.
Bush quipped to his economic team, "I won't dump this mess on them." Bush
did but he didn't just dump it on Obama dumped the mess on the nation too.
For that he can't afford to utter a word of criticism about the effort he's made
to clean up that mess he made.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He hosts nationally
broadcast political affairs radio talk shows on Pacifica and KTYM Radio Los
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 5
72% of black babies born to unwed moms
Seventy-two percent of black
babies are born to unmarried moth-
ers according to government statis-
tics. The African American commu-
nity's 72% rate eclipses that of other '
ethnicities. Seventeen percent of
Asians, 29 percent of whites, 53 "--
percent of Hispanics and 66 percent
of Native Americans were born to '
unwed mothers in 2008. ,
Statistics show just what that fill- "
ness means. Children of unmarried
mothers of any race are more likely ,
to perform poorly in school, go to
prison, use drugs, be poor as adults, .
and have their own children out of
This issue entered the public con-
sciousness in 1965, when a now
famous government report by
future senator Daniel Patrick
Black Caucus said they would
welcome newly elected Republicans
Tim Scott, R-S.C., Republican Congressman elect for South
Carolina's First Congressional District, celebrates his victory at his
election night party in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The Congressional Black Caucus
says it will allow two recently
elected black Republicans to join
the group if they ask.
The all-Democratic caucus had
wavered over the issue since Tim
Scott of South Carolina and Alien
West of Florida were elected last
week. Chairwoman Barbara Lee
had pointed to the group's liberal
mission statement as a potential
point of conflict.
In a released statement, the CBC
said the two would be welcomed if
they request membership.
West has said he wants to join to
bring a new perspective to the
group. Scott hasn't decided.
The 42-member caucus has had
two Republican members in its
four-decade history. The most
recent black Republican in
Congress, J.C. Watts of Oklahoma,
declined to join.
The black caucus includes a hand-
ful of moderates but is mostly made
up of liberals serving in safe
Democratic districts. The addition
of Republicans would likely shake
up its weekly meetings and require
its leaders to navigate around them
to discuss strategy.
West, a former Army officer, said
in an interview he's eager to steer
the group away from "failing liber-
al social welfare policies that have
caused the demise of the black
West said the black caucus must
confront overwhelming issues in
the African-American community
including high teen pregnancy,
incarceration and unemployment
rates. Those are issues that require
"competence and character," not the
caucus' "monolithic voice that con-
tinues to promote victimization and
West defeated Democratic Rep.
Ron Klein despite opposition from
African-American Democrats such
as Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida.
Moynihan described a "tangle of
pathology" among blacks that fed a
24 percent black "illegitimacy" rate.
The white rate then was 4 percent.
Many accused Moynihan, who
was white, of "blaming the victim:"
of saying that black behavior, not
racism, was the main cause of black
problems. That dynamic persists.
Most talk about the 72 percent has
come from conservative circles;
when influential blacks like Bill
Cosby have spoken out about it,
they have been all but shouted
down by liberals saying that a lack
of equal education and opportunity
are the true root of the problem.
Research has increased into links
between behavior and poverty,
scholars say. Historically black
Hampton University recently
launched a National Center on
Afiican American Marriages and
Parenting. There is a Marry Your
Baby Daddy Day, founded by a
black woman who was left at the
altar, and a Black Marriage Day,
which aims "to make healthy mar-
riages the norm rather than the
In September, Princeton
University and the liberal
Brookings Institution released a
collection of "Fragile Families"
reports on unwed parents. And an
online movement called "No
Wedding No Womb" ignited a
fierce debate that included strong
opposition from many black
There are simple arguments for
why so many black women have
children without marriage.
The legacy of segregation, the
logic goes, means blacks are more
likely to attend inferior schools.
This creates a high proportion of
blacks unprepared to compete for
jobs in today's economy, where
middle-class industrial work for
unskilled laborers has largely disap-
The drug epidemic sent dispro-
portionate numbers of black men to
prison, and crushed the job opportu-
nities for those who served their
time. Women don't want to many
men who can't provide for their
families, and welfare laws created a
financial incentive for poor mothers
to stay single.
If you remove these inequalities,
some say, the 72 percent will
"It's all connected. The question
should be, how has the black fami-
ly survived at all?" says Maria
Kefalas, co-author of Promises I
Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put
Motherhood Before Marriage.
The book is based on interviews
with 162 low-income, single moth-
ers. One of its conclusions is that
these women see motherhood as
one of life's most fulfilling roles -
a rare opportunity for love and joy,
husband or no husband.
Demetria Lucas, relationships
editor at Essence, is author of the
forthcoming book A Belle in
Brooklyn: Advice for Living Your
Single Life & Enjoying Mr. Right
Now, says plenty of black women
want to be married but have a hard
time finding suitable black hus-
Lucas says 42 percent of all black
women and 70 percent of profes-
sional black women are unmarried.
"If you can't get a husband, who am
I to tell you no, you can't be a
mom?" she asks. "A lot of women
resent the idea that you're telling me
my chances of being married are
like 1 in 2, it's a crapshoot right
now, but whether I can have a fam-
ily of my own is based on whether
a guy asks me to marry him or not."
Much has been made of the lack
of marriageable black men, Lucas
says, which has created the message
that "there's no real chance of me
being married, but because some
black men can't get their stuff
together I got to let my whole world
fall apart. That's what the logic is
for some women."
That logic rings false to author
Amy Wax, whose book Race,
Wrongs and Remedies: Group
Justice in the 21st Century argues
that even though discrimination
caused blacks' current problems,
only black action can cure them.
"The black community has fallen
into this horribly dysfunctional
equilibrium" with unwed mothers,
Wax says in an interview. "It just
"The 21st century for the black
community is about building
human capital," says Wax, who is
white. "That is the undone business.
That is the unmet need. That is the
completion of the civil rights mis-
Beaver Street Enterprise Center Executive Director Jackie Perry
plants the American Flag symbolizing the spirit of growth and
entrepreneurship on Beaver Street II.
Cong. Corrine Brown was one of the many dignitaries in atten-
dance. She is joined by Joe Hutchinson, the incubator tenant
responsible for the Beaver Street II renovation.
Beaver Street Enterprise Center
"tops off" expansion Beaver Street II
Blue skies, the aroma of delicious barbecue, and a beautiful cool
breeze recently greeted visitors to the Topping Off Ceremony for
Beaver Street II The ceremony symbolizes when the highest point of
steel is set in a building.
The event was hosted by Joe Hutchinson, President of Xeye, Inc.
Building Contractors, who, with LEED Consultant Mary Tappouni of
Breaking Ground Contractors, has been responsible for the renovation
of Beaver Street II. The ceremony was especially meaningful for
Hutchinson, as he is a graduate of the business incubator and is now an
integral part of its expansion to the next level.
Among the approximately seventy in attendance were Congresswoman
Corrine Brown, City Councilman Warren Jones, The Rev. Dr. Robert V.
Lee, III, founder and CEO of FreshMinistries, as well as several Beaver
Street Enterprise Center Board Members, community partners, tenants
With completion slated for Spring 2011, Beaver Street II at 728
Blanche Street (across from Beaver Street Enterprise Center) will offer
ten new office suites to accommodate the "G2" entrepreneur (entrepre-
neurs with revenues of at least $500,000 but who have the ability to
scale to a Stage II company with revenues of $700,000 to $50 Million).
"We are getting closer to more jobs, closer to more potential Stage
II companies coming in and a lot more trades working out on the con-
struction site," BSEC Executive Drector Jackie Perry said. "More jobs
mean more economic impact for our city."
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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist
Planning for 91st Anniversary
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 11th 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.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
The 91st Interfaith Thanksgiving Gratitude Service will be held on
Thursday, November 18th at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, located at
4001 Hendricks Avenue at 4 p.m. This event is typically held a week or two
prior to Thanksgiving. Celebrating the prayers, music, and ceremonial dress
of different religions, this service brings together people of different beliefs
and backgrounds to give thanks for all that is great and good. For more
information, call 354-1529
A fellowship reception will be held immediately following the service.
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.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
Central Metropolitan CME Northside C.O.C. continues Homecoming
Planning for the 27th Harvest Day and Anniversary Celebrations
Plans are in the making to celebrate Central Metropolitan CME Church's The Northside Ch
27th Annual Harvest Day and Fellowship Dinner. The theme for the activ- celebrations honor
ities are "Family and Friends Celebrating in Unity "On the Pearl" and Anniversary thru Nc
Expecting a Bountiful." The 2010 theme is
Join Pastor Clarence Kelby Heath, Brother Allen L. Moore, Sr., off last Saturday wit
Chairman, Brother George Washington, III, and Brother A.J. Jones, Co- The Gospel/Reviv
Chairs, and members of the Church, Sunday, November 14, 2010, 9 a.m. 12th nightly starting
for Sunday School Church with guest teachers and other participants from Bobby Green of C1
the faith community, and November 14, 10:45 a.m. for the Morning Hallendale, Florida
Worship Service. Morning speaker is The Rev. Roscoe C. McKinney, Each day they will
Presiding Elder of the Fifth Episcopal District of the CME Florida Region ful time in the Lord
Jacksonville-Orlando District. A fellowship dinner will follow the morning The celebration ci
worship service. The community is also, invited on Tuesdays, for Prayer "Gospel Acapella Sc
Time at 6:00 pm and Bible Study at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays at 12:00 noon from all over the sot
Bible Study, and Wednesdays at 2:00 pm the Feeding Ministry. Brother C.L. White
For more information, call 904 354-7426. just to name a few tl
Epiphany Baptist Church Sunday, Novembe
ning at 7a.m. with th
14th Annual Thanksgiving Feast 8:45am, and Mid-M
Epiphany Baptist Church will celebrate their 14th Annual Thanksgiving The public is
Feast on Saturday. November 20, 2010. The church is located at 663 South McLendon and the e
McDuff Avenue. From noon to 3 p.m., the scrumptious menu of dressing, If you have any qu,
greens, rice, yams, turkey, ham and more will be open to the community to at 904-765-9830.
partake in. For more information, call 384-8129. Rev. William Robinson,
Why Christians fall sho
by Austin Pryor
If I said this column was going to
be based on the Parable of the
Talents in Matthew 25, you would
rightly conclude (perhaps with a
groan) that the topic was going to be
stewardship. It seems to be the uni-
versal "go-to" passage because it
covers a lot of ground-the money
belongs to the Master rather than the
investors, it's a long-term assign-
ment, the rate of return matters,
faithfulness matters more. This
parable has probably become a
favorite of pastors and Bible teach-
ers because it communicates two
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foundational stewardship principles
in one convenient bite-size piece-
ownership and accountability.
There are other verses that teach
individual principles, such as the
ones that remind us of the warnings
against being in debt (Proverbs
22:7), the importance of saving for
the future (Proverbs 21:20), why we
should diversify our risk
(Ecclesiastes 11:2), and how God
feels about our giving to help others
(2 Corinthians 9: 6-15). These are
all helpful in teaching us what we
should do. However, there's still
something missing. Many years
ago, I learned to add a verse that is
extremely important in this regard,
yet is rarely used in the context of
A friend and I were talking
finances over lunch, and I asked him
what he thought the single most
important stewardship passage was.
Without hesitation, he replied,
"Galatians 5:16." That threw me off
because I (supposedly a financial
stewardship guru) had no clue as to
what Galatians 5:16 says. Do you?
Here it is, straight from the apostle
"So I say, live by the Spirit, and
you will not gratify the desires of
the sinful nature" (NIV) or as the
Living paraphrase puts it: "I advise
you to obey only the Holy Spirit's
instructions. He will tell you where
to go and what to do, and then you
won't always be doing the wrong
things your evil nature wants you
I immediately saw the wisdom of
my friend's answer. The primary
thing that keeps us from living up to
a high level of commendable stew-
ardship is usually not because we
don't understand what needs to be
lurch of Christ located at 4736 Avenue B is continuing
ring their 33rd Annual Homecoming and 55th
S"GOD WILL PROVIDE". The week's festivities kick-
h the Annual "Fisher of Men", free community fish fry.
val Week continues November 8th through November
g at 7:00pm Additional guest ministers are Brother
harleston, South Carolina, Brother Corey Glover of
and Brother Leonard Chatman of Orlando, Florida.
be delivering a powerful message and promising a joy-
and His Word.
continues Saturday, November 13th with our Annual
ongfest" starting at 6 p.m. with awesome singing groups
utheast. We'll hear Total Praise of Jacksonville, Florida,
of Lawtey Florida, Nu Image of Nashville, Tennessee
he night will be full of surprise, song and rejoicing.
r 14th is also the Homecoming Day Celebration begin-
le Annual Memorial Breakfast, Early Morning Worship
morning Worship 10:45am. The day culminates with the
g Dinner and Program starting at 12:45pm.
invited to attend along with Pastor Brother Charlie
entire Northside Church of Christ family.
estions, or need transportation, call the church of office
know what ..
needs to be
done, thanks to verses
like those I initially men-
tioned, but we don't do it.
We don't execute the game plan.
Why not? Because the game plan
requires us to master, to a signifi-
cant degree, our old natures-the
nature that wants what it wants, puts
self-gratification at the center of the
decision-making process, and hates
That's why we fall short, isn't it?
Most Christians who are in debt are
there because they spend too much
on their wants. Most of those who
haven't gotten around to setting
aside money for that emergency
fund or IRA/401K account have
failed for the same reason and ditto
for those who are relatively stingy
toward the Lord in their giving.
Christians, like everyone else, have
a tendency to "gratify the desires of
the sinful nature."
I'm not saying that the things we
spend money on are necessarily sin-
ful in themselves. I'm saying that
the impulse to elevate spending on
our wants above:
Paying our creditors what we
Saving for the future
Giving to help others in Christ's
comes from a drive to satisfy our
fleshly desires. That drive, unfortu-
nately, is often stronger than our
desire to obey God and please Him
with our stewardship. We need to
take control of our appetites, or
inevitably, our appetites take control
of us. How do we do this? We can't,
but God's Holy Spirit, who lives
within every Christian, can. He is
the one who strengthens and
empowers. When we put ourselves
under His direction and control, He
builds the fruit of His life (one of
which is self-control) into us
(Galatians 5:22-23). If we will ask
Him, if we will let Him, He is the
one who can make us the kind of
people He wants us to be...will
make us as good as we wish we
could be. That's why Paul says
"Live by the Spirit!" It's the indis-
pensable stewardship verse, the one
that makes following all the other
stewardship passages possible.
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7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
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3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
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Male high school youth inducted into prestigious organizations
By: Willie B. Hall
At a time when Duval County is
being reported as one of the poorest
school districts in the nation when it
comes to the graduation of Black
males. With only 23% matriculat-
ing, some might say the future of
African American male youth looks
dim in Duval County. However, I
recently attended two events that
give great hope to a growing epi-
The first was the "Gentleman of
Randolph" fall 2010 induction cere-
mony held recently. This is a male
organization at the Asa Philip
Randolph Academies of
Technology. The organizations
principles are: Confidence,
Integrity, Sophistication, Manners,
Respect, Etiquette and Academics.
Through this organization young
men are mentored by their sponsor
Mr. Johnnie Miller, Jr., on the vari-
ous aspects of matriculation from
boyhood to manhood. The theme of
the program was "The Renaissance
Man: Making Strides towards
Excellency". The young men cele-
brated the arts in Literature, Music
& Art by demonstrating various
prepared dance production numbers
and reciting of poems. Mr. Gregory
Strowbridge was the speaker and
told the inductees "You will have
three names in your lifetime, the
one you are given, the one you
inherit and the one you make for
yourself." The following gentle-
men were inducted: Brandon Allen,
John Boyd, Jason Fountain,
Samuel Gonzales, Michael Lord,
Christopher Masauding, Demagio
Mansell, Joshua McMillian,
Houston Needham, Manuel
O'Neal, Eric Parody, Darrell
Pressley, Tariq Russell and Mereno
The second event was the fall 2010
induction of The RAINESMEN of
William Marion Raines High
School. At the time Raines opened
in January of 1965 the school did
not have a Dean of Boys so the
Vice-Principal, Dr. Nathaniel
"Lurch" Davis decided he needed
to select a group of young men that
would serve as his model male stu-
dents. Dr. Davis decided to invite
21 of Raines most prestigious male
students to a meeting, in that meet-
ing those 21 young men decided to
create an organization that would
forever exemplify what a Raines
Man really is. The young men
decided to call themselves The
RAINESMEN and built the organi-
zation on three guiding principles
"Service, Brotherhood &
Leadership". The mission of the
RAINESMEN is to be dedicated to
responsible citizenship and service
to William M. Raines and the com-
munity. Forty five years after that
meeting graduates, former faculty
members, parents and community
officials gathered to induct its
newest members the fall 2010
RAINEMEN induction was held on
November 4, 2010.
RAINESMEN is the oldest stu-
dent organization at Raines and
after 6 years of inactively the organ-
ization was re-chartered by spon-
sors J.C. St. Fleur and Willie B.
Hall. Members must meet strict
membership requirements that
Shown above are new members of the Rainesmen Club: Sponsors Willie Hall (left) and J.C. St. Fluer
(right) are shown with inductees (2nd left-right): Jerry Brown, Darious Young, Devron Lester and Ian
Tyler Mobley at their recent induction ceremony.
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Chapter presidents Ruth Waters and Geraldine Smith
include maintaining a 2.8 GP.A and
completing numerous hours of
community service. The theme of
the induction was "A New
Beginning" and the young men
chose to highlight the historical
legacy of its organization and give a
glimpse into its future. The program
consisted of various recitations of
poems and a historical video that
highlighted the school and organi-
Mr. Irvin "Pedro" Cohen served as
the key note speaker. Mr. Cohen is a
1987 graduate of Raines and a for-
mer President of the RAINESMEN
organization. Cohen spoke of his
memories of his years as a member
of RAINESMEN and urged the
young men to dedicate themselves
to a lifetime of service and pursuit
"The only things I wanted to be
when I came to Raines was a mem-
ber of the football team and a mem-
ber of RAINESMEN", said Cohen.
The principal of Raines High
School George E. Maxey ended the
program by vowing to attendees to
support the organization and its
"RAINESMEN was the first and is
the oldest here at Raines. I am so
happy after 6 years this organiza-
tion is back and I promise it will
never disappear again", said
Thelecia Wilson and Gracie Chandler
Wanda Willis and Pat Mitchell
Links celebrate Founders
Day with elegant High Tea
All of the grandeur and elegance of the Epping Forest Yacht Club was
the perfect backdrop as members of the Jacksonville and Bold City
Chapters of The Links, Inc. honored their organization's founders.
Held in conjunction with "Friendship Month", members of the women's
service entity engage in actitivities across the nation that foster and and
inspire friendship. A friendship game and good conversation occurred at
each table that was set with antique china courtesy of the Huey Collection.
The menu consisted of mini/tea sandwiches, sconces and petit fours. A
champagne toast was made in honor of of the two founders and in salute
to Friendship by both chapter presidents.
The Links Inc. was founded in 1946 in Philadelphia, PA by Sarah Scott
and Margaret Hawkins on November 9, 1946. Today the non-profit serv-
ice organization consists of 12,000 women of color in 270 chapters in 42
states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
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Riverside Arts Market
RAM (Riverside Arts Market) is a
high energy weekly arts, farmers,
and food market under the 1-95
bridge on the St Johns River, featur-
ing locally made or grown products.
It will be held on Saturdays starting
at 10:00a.m.until 2 p.m. Leashed
pets are welcome.
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.
Theater at the Beach
August Wilson's play "Gem of the
Ocean will be performed at
Players by the Sea November 5-
20th at 8 p.m. They are located at
106 Sixth Street North at
Jacksonville Beach. For tickets or
more information call 249-0214.
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 Kernan 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. 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.
vs. Cleveland Browns
Nov 21, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Spice up your day by making
Spiced Apple-butter on Monday,
November 22nd at the Jacksonville
Canning Center which is located at
2525 Commonwealth Ave. You can
sign up for the 9:00 AM Noon
session or the 1:00 PM 4 PM ses-
sion. The cost is $20 for each ses-
sion. You will go home with 2-3
pints of the product. Call 387-8850
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
December 2, 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.
Fashion Extrav at
World Golf Village
St. Gerard Campus will have their
27th Annual Fashion Show at the
World Gold Village in St.
Augustine, Saturday, Dec. 11 from
Noon to 3:30 p.m. The latest fash-
ions and holiday wear for men,
women and children will be pre-
sented. Tickets include a gourmet
luncheon, raffle and door prizes, a
silent auction and a $5,000 grand
prize. For tickets call 829-5516.
Gilbert Jr/Sr. Reunion
The 13th Annual Alumni Reunion
to be held January 28 & 29 at the
Hyatt River walk Hotel. Festivities
include a welcome reception and
banquet on Saturday, starting at 6
p.m. The Class of 1961 will be hon-
ored. Tickets are on sale now, No
tickets sold at the door. For more
information contact class leaders or
Linda Jackson-Bell at (904) 713-
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SINGER FAITH EVANS TO PLAY SUPREME
FLORENCE BALLARD R & B singer Faith Evans has been
tapped to play Florence Ballard in the biopic
L t 'Blondie -- The Florence
Ballard Story' from Spirit of
A Detroit native, Ballard
was the Supremes' original
A e lead singer. She paved the
Sway for female entertainers,
Sbut she has yet to be accurate-
ly portrayed. The biopic will
reveal shocking details of
Ballard's life, from her
moments of joy and success to her premature death at the age of 32.
ARETHA FRANKLIN MYSTERIOUSLY RELEASED
A new spokesperson for the Queen of Soul issued
a statement on her behalf today about her being
released from the hospital.
Only thing is ... no one knew she was ever admit-
Tracey Jordan, who has worked with Motown
Records and other old-school music projects for
years, alerted the media this morning the Aretha
Franklin was released from Detroit's Sinai Grace
Hospital on Oct. 30 "following a brief stay."
The Grammy Award-winning icon was allegedly admitted to the hospital
at the recommendation of her doctors.
"[With For Colored Girls], she real-
ly centralized the issues of black
women's lives in a way no other
cultural document had done.
"Her command of language and
her ability to use language to cap-
by Nia Meeks, BAW
Ntozake Shange has played a
host of roles in her life play-
wright, novelist, essayist, children's
book author, professor, daughter,
wife and mother. But above all, she
is a poet. And a survivor.
And today, nearly 40 years after
emerging on the national scene, her
name and her writings are receiving
revived attention as Tyler Perry's
latest project, "For Colored Girls,"
is set to open nationwide today.
With an all-star cast of black
Hollywood's best, ranging from
Phylicia Rashad to Thande Newton,
this latest film is set to keep box
office tills full throughout this
weekend and beyond.
It's led to a barrage of interviews,
requests for readings and appear-
ances, as well as increased the like-
lihood of a long-awaited Broadway
revival of her landmark 1975 work,
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focuses on law and literature.
Beyonce returns to ABC with new concert special this Thanksgiving
It seems like Thanksgiving is start-
ing to become an annual Beyonc6
Knowles night of entertainment as
the pop star returns for her second
Thanksgiving night special.The
new 90-minute special called
'Beyonc6 I Am...World Tour' pieces
together performances from over 90
of the singer's most recent 32-coun-
try, 6-continent world tour stops.
Cameras followed the 16-time
Grammy Award-winner from
March 2009 through Feb. 2010 as
she traveled the world to places like
China, Africa, Australia and Abu
Dhabi. Viewers will get an inside
look at the work behind the over-
the-top production, including creat-
ing choreography, backstage
moments, costume creation, not to
mention dynamic performances of
her biggest hits.
Unlike last year's 'I Am...Yours:
An Intimate Performance at Wynn
Las Vegas' this time around, the
'Single Ladies' diva took a step
behind the camera and produced,
directed and edited both the special
and a full-length theatrical film of
her tour for her own Parkwood
Pictures film company.
Beyonc6's husband, Jay-Z, and
Kanye West also turns up in the
And, the day after the special airs
(Nov.26) the DVD of'I Am...World
Ready for more Steve Harvey? Check out
his latest gig coming to your television soon
Steve Harvey is at the height of
Just a few weeks ago, the come-
dian started a new gig as the host of
the long-running game show
He's mastered radio with his
'Steve Harvey Morning Show,'
topped the New York Times Best-
Seller List with his 'Act Like a
Lady, Think Like a Man' book,
taken his philanthropic efforts to
the next level and stood the test of
time as an original King of
Comedy. Now, he has another
major television gig under his belt.
Harvey's new venture, 'The Steve
Harvey Project,' will give his sup-
porters a taste of what goes into his
daily radio show.
Harvey couldn't be more excited
to be teaming up with BET's sister
"I am elated to present 'The Steve
Harvey Project' on Centric, a net-
work that is committed to providing
programming that is innovative and
new. It's going to be fun to show
fans of the 'Steve Harvey Morning
Show' all that goes on behind the
scenes and how much their support
inspires us every day," Harvey said
in a statement.
His sidekick, Nephew Tommy,
and co-hosts Shirley Strawberry
and Carla Ferrell will also appear
on the show, which will feature live
studio guests and celebrity inter-
views, as well as listener call-ins.
The 53-year-old funnyman will
let fans participate in his signature
relationship segment 'Strawberry
Letter' by submitting questions to
Harvey previously hosted 'It's
Showtime at the Apollo,' from 1993
until 2000, and starred on his own
sitcom, 'The Steve Harvey Show,'
from 1996 until 2002.
'The Steve Harvey Project' will
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and four children's books to her
credit, along with a litany of
awards, including the Obie.
Now comes Perry's film adapta-
tion, which has amped the demand
for the 62-year-old artist.
While she understands and appre-
ciates the passions of purists and
legions of loyal fans who were
shocked at the thought of Madea's
creator taking on her masterpiece,
Shange did not share their appre-
hensions about her "baby."
Perry engaged her early. She met
with him and his team about the
project six times, and even sat in on
a reading and visited a film shoot.
"[The play] has been in hundreds
of productions for the last 30
years," Shange said. "I learned a
long time ago to let her be, and let
her stand on her own.
"My biggest concern was that she
was not bastardized, made into
plastic," she said. "I saw the film
last week. She was not. I was look-
ing at it as a whole new work.
Everybody has a right to their own
vision, of almost anything. The play
still exists. The movie is just an
interpretation of the work."
While the current attention was
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somewhat unexpected, she has
learned to pace herself these days.
Strokes in 2004 and in 2007 left
her at one point unable to walk or
speak, much less write.
Her rehabilitation has been
from learning to
read again from the children's
books Maya Angelou sent to pen-
ning a new novel, "Some Sing,
Some Cry" (St. Martin's Press
2010), with her sister, Ifa Bayeza.
Shange has regained control of
her world and is determined to keep
influencing the wider one with her
gift of words.
She lives by a credo that art is
always available for the artist to
share regardless of race, gender or
background. Ups and downs that
exist in the publishing industry
should never stop an artist, she said.
Do your art and keep a day job
to eat. After all, she kept her bills in
check with university gigs through
the years. But she never stopped
writing. She couldn't.
"You can't expect to make thou-
sands of dollars. But there are
always opportunities for writers if
you're willing to do your own craft,
find your own venues to read in,
build your own audience, develop
relationships with other audiences,"
Shange said. "Or find a computer
and do it yourself, make your own
little books. The audience, they will
come back to see you."
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