now a king
i\Ian gets six
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Cong. Rangel found guilty
on all eleven ethics charges
An eight-member House ethics panel has found
S New York Congressman Charles B. Rangel guilty
S* of violating 11 House rules. Rangel, who was not
present at the ruling after walking out of panel
proceedings yesterday, had been charged with 13
counts of financial and fundraising misconduct.
Rangel, who was reelected to a 20th term on
November 2, stepped down as chairman of the
Ways and Means Committee in March after he
Swas caught taking corporate-paid trips to the
Caribbean, a clear flouting of House rules. But the charges he faced today
were separate violations.
Among other offenses, Rangel was accused of failure to declare income
to the IRS, failure to disclose assets and improper use of official
resources (in August, the congressman admitted to using House sta-
tionery to raise money for a college center named after him).
After hearing from prosecutors all day Monday, it took the panel just a
few hours to decide Rangel's fate today.
With the 30-month ethics investigation now closed, all that's left is the
punishment, which will be embarrassing for the 80-year-old Rangel, but
not too painful. At most, he is facing a House vote to admonish his con-
duct and a fine.
Obama's new children's book
hits shelves this week
Half a million copies of a new children's book by President Barack
Obama hit the shelves this week.
First daughters Sasha and Malia inspired the
lA RACtK OI\.AMA president to write "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to
My Daughters," publisher Random House said.
The publisher describes Obama's latest book
as "a moving tribute to 13 groundbreaking
Americans and the ideals that have shaped our
.v p ,,;turr, nation -- from the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe,
to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patri-
otism of George Washington."
'-t The manuscript was completed before
Obama took office in 2009, Random House
said in a statement released in September.
The book "celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans -- the
potential to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths," said Chip
Gibson, head of the publisher's children's books division.
Proceeds from the book, which has a suggested retail price of $17.99,
will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation for a scholarship fund for
children of fallen and disabled soldiers.
He isn't the only White House resident to enter the children's book
In 2008, HarperCollins released "Read All About It!" a book penned by
former first lady Laura Bush and first daughter Jenna Bush.
MD elected official caught with $80k
in her bra after FBI investigation
A married pair of top officials in a Maryland county is accused of tam-
pering with evidence after FBI agents said they recorded the husband
telling his wife to flush a $100,000 check from a real estate developer
down the toilet and to stuff almost $80,000 in cash in her underwear.
Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, whose second term
expires next month, and his wife, Leslie, who was recently elected to the
County Council, were charged with witness and evidence tampering and
destruction, alteration and falsification of records in a federal investiga-
The charges grew out of a 5-year-old investigation into allegations of
real estate developers in the county offering rewards to county officials
in exchange for personal and business favors.
In an affidavit filed in federal court. FBI agents wrote that they record-
ed a mobile phone conversation between the Johnsons after agents went
knocking on their door.
After Johnson told his wife, "Don't answer it," he instructed her over
the phone to go upstairs to their bedroom and destroy the check.
Johnson then told his wife to put cash in her underwear, according to
the affidavit. After FBI agents entered the home, they searched Leslie
Johnson and recovered S79.600 from her bra.
Bob Watson to retire as
MLB Vice President of Discipline
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Bob Watson will retire at the end of the year as
b I... h- I'. v\ice president in charge of discipline.
Watson has decided penalties for brawls, inten-
tional hit batters and other matters since 2002 in
his role as VP of on-field operations.
The 64-year-old Watson was a two-time All-Star
as a player. He was general manager of the
Houston Astros and New York Yankees. He
became the first black GM in baseball to win a
World Series title, with the Yankees in 1996.
He also was the U.S. Baseball Federation's
selection committee chairman, helping staff
Olympic baseball teams.
Is raising the
age 69 racist?
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What effect can we expect politics to have on
by Bill Reed
African Americans play major
roles in running America's govern-
ments. But, many among the
nation's Black American popula-
tion, holding "good government
jobs", likely will be negatively
impacted by the Republicans com-
ing to Congress. In November
American voters said that they want
the public sector spending spree to
end. To save America, the new
Congress will have to: cut the budg-
et, reduce spending, and shrink the
size of government- of which, fed-
eral government employees are a
big target. At least a ten percent
reduction in government spending
is necessary as a means of reigning
in the out-of-control national debt.
The truth Black voters must admit
is that Barack Obama has brought
back burdening Big Government.
Brother Barack heads a 2.2 million
federal work force, the largest in
It is important to understand that
Republican leaders propose a total
of $260 billion in cuts from the cur-
rent year's $1.1 trillion budget for
the military and entitlement pro-
grams like Social Security and
Medicare. While legislation to
enforce such cuts would have to
pass the Democratic-controlled
Senate and be signed into law by
Obama, the Republican-controlled
House could force a showdown on
budget-cutting by the spring, when
Congress must approve a rise in the
federal debt ceiling, currently set at
$14.3 trillion. Without legislation
to raise the debt ceiling, the
Treasury would be unable to bor-
row and the US government would
default on its debt obligations, with
consequences for global financial
markets. As candidates many
Republicans pledged to oppose any
increase in the debt ceiling.
Cost cutting measures by the next
Congress is exemplified by Sen.-
Elect Rand Paul, seemingly set on
Shown above (L-R) are Hallie Williams Bey, Past Commander Post 4761 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW,
Rep. Mia Jones, original Montford Pointer Marine Alpha Ganious stands tall at the age of 87 and Reginald
Lawrence of Jacksonville's Veteran's Center. The four notables, all advocates of veterans' issues, discussed
the festivities of the day following the annual Veterans Day parade. For more highlights, which included a
stop by Governor-Elect Rick Scott, see page 12.FMPphoto
Phelts releases new title
on American Beach homes '
Shown above is author Marsha Phelts (left ) with her American
Beach neighbor Gwen Leapheart enjoying going over old beach mem-
ories at the book release party. T. Boyerphoro
Mrs. Marsha Dean Phelts, author of "An American Beach for African
Americans" and the "American Beach Cookbook", released her much
anticipated latest title last week, "75th Anniversary Edition of The
American Beach Book of Homes". The book release coincided with the
75th anniversary of American Beach, the longstanding north Florida vaca-
tion mecca for African-Americans. It features homes both past and present
that highlight the historical location. Festivities were held at the American
Beach Community Center and included a book signing and discussion of
the book by the author.
reducing federal wages by 10 per-
cent. At the moment, a pay raise of
1.4 percent in 2011 is on the table
for federal employees. But, Paul &
the Republicans can push that num-
ber to zero. A large share of the fed-
eral jobs on the Republican-led
Congress' chopping block is likely
Continued n page 3
The Obama administration has
pushed an ambitious education
agenda in the last two years,
sending $100 billion to states
thorough the stimulus package
and spurring reform in many
locations through the Race to the
But none of the major initia-
tives pushed by President Barack
Obama and Education Secretary
Arne Duncan have been biparti-
san. Most were approved
through large spending bills that
Politicians and experts say the
big Republican gains in
Congress will serve as a road-
block to further Democrat-led
education reform efforts, includ-
ing a likely decrease in spending
as the GOP seeks greater fiscal
Another round of the $4.35 bil-
lion Race to the Top competition
or a cash infusion like the $10
billion aid package Democrats
passed earlier this fall to save
thousands of teacher jobs would
almost certainly be blocked.
Efforts to save Pell Grants for
low- and middle-income stu-
dents and revamp the No Child
Left Behind Act will be compli-
cated with Congress so divided.
Jaguars deliver exciting football
- On any given Sunday, professional football is known to give fans a true
rn for their money. This week Jacksonville Jaguar fans were privy to a spe-
cial treat courtesy of the Jaguars #80 Mike Thomas. In the last three sec-
onds of the game, Thomas caught a ball that was a hail mary pass thrown
by jags quarterback David Garrard that had been batted away from its path
by the Texans. Thomas clutched the ball in his arms (shown above) and
stepped over the goal line for a win. His jersey, gloves and ball have since
been requested by the NFL for a display. T Austin photo.
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The Clara White Mission presented the annual "Pearls & Cufflinks" Gala
to celebrate the mission's 106th anniversary of the founder Dr. Eartha
M.M. White. A live and silent auction was held along with compelling sto-
ries from former and current students, detailing drug use, despair and suc-
cess. Shown above are Makesha Allen and Lakisha Hill in attendance.
Gary Williams, Jr and Gary Williams, Sr. enjoy NFL football.
Gary Williams, Jr. and Gary Williams, Sr. enjoy NFL football.
PRIDE Bookclub celebrating at the end of the 17th anniversary meeting shown L-R sitting: Ellen Young, Felice Franklin co-founder, Daniel
L Schafer author, Camilla Thompson, Priscilla Williamson, Bettie Messer, Vanessa Boyer; 2nd row standing Danielle Owens, Shelly Casey,
Iris Butler, Kenneth Lewis, Debra Lewis, Rita churchwell, Gloria Johnson, Donna Padgug,Lounita Armstrong and Delores Brooks. 3rd row
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PRIDE Book Club 17th Anniversary
The People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (PRIDE)
Book Club, north Florida's oldest and largest book club for people of color,
recently celebrated their 17th anniversary at the Clara White Caf&. The
ecstatic group of readers are shown above. They chose Thunder on the
River by Daniel Schafer for their anniversary selection.
The club, organized in 1984 by Felice Franklin and Wilene Dozier, has
over 200 members who have read and discussed over two hundred books
throughout the years. The first book discussed was was Disappearing Acts
Politics and the economy
Continued from front force should be cut by 10 percent
to be middle-class Blacks' jobs. and salaries frozen across the board.
Black Americans are well-repre- Paul argues that such drastic meas-
sented among the public-sector and ures would be justified because
are twice as likely as Whites to "The average federal employee
work for city, state, or federal gov- makes $120,000 a year, while the
ernment. Blacks will suffer if average private sector employee
Republicans go after federal makes $60,000 a year." Though the
employees or their wages. Such salary figures Paul puts forth are
cost-cutting actions run the risk of not credible there appears to be
stalling the already very weak eco- growing sentiment among many
nomic recovery and accelerating Americans that federal government
the decline of the contemporary employees are overpaid and over
Black middle class, compensated. Black federal gov-
Rand Paul's views happen to be in ernment employees are concentrat-
line with those of the Federal Debt ed in professional, administrative
Commission, that the federal work- and technical occupations and pres-
ent "a misleading face of African
American upward mobility". The
federal government outsources
most lower-skilled jobs, such as
janitors and other positions that
require less than a high school edu-
Wider than race and partisan pol-
itics, the situation has reached the
point where the debt ceiling must
be raised and cuts in spending must
be implemented. Without
Congressional approval for addi-
tional debt, the U.S government
by Terry McMillian.
P.R.I.D.E. has met consistently since its inception primarily on the first
Friday of each month. However, anniversary meetings are usually held
during the second weekend November.
Their mission is "To promote literacy in the Jacksonville community
with a focus on African American literature".
Founder Franklin hopes to see the book club expand to a youth compo-
nent and encourage reading among local youth.
cannot pay its bills most notably,
interest payments on treasury
bonds, bills and notes. If America
defaults on those payments, or even
misses them by just one day, the
domino effect would be brutal.
This time the Republicans will not
to raise the debt ceiling. This will
eventually involve elimination of
government programs and agencies
and reductions in the federal work-
force. The easiest and most effec-
tive way Republicans will use to
roll back spending and force reduc-
tions is to block the raising of the
debt ceiling. Over the past decade,
the debt ceiling has been raised rou-
tinely as a means of funding
increases in deficit spending. Each
time the debt ceiling is raised, the
government borrows more money
to cover its obligations.
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Is raising social security to 69 a racist idea?
by Cord Jefferson, TR
The bipartisan co-chairs of a pres-
idential commission that was con-
vened to cut the budget deficit rec-
ommended on raising the Social
Security retirement age to 68 by
2050 and 69 by 2075. Certain phys-
ically taxing jobs would be given a
"hardship exception," according to
the commission's report, but if
Congress enacts the retirement
extensions, the majority of
Americans can look forward to
working until they're almost 70
within the next several decades.
Elsewhere, the American Human
Development Project released a
related report, though, if you
weren't looking for it, the correla-
tion between the two was subtle at
first. According to the AHDP's
research, African Americans living
in Washington, D.C., have a lower
life expectancy, at 71 years, than
African Americans in any state.
Whites in the District, on the other
hand, have a longer life expectancy
than whites in any state, at 83.1
years. The disparity is shocking, but
it's nothing new: In 1999, for exam-
ple, the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention declared that the
average American could expect to
live 77.8 years, while the average
African American could expect to
live only 73.1 years.
In other words, regardless of
where they live, blacks in America
are dying much sooner than their
white counterparts. This is troubling
irrespective of context, but when we
juxtapose this fact with the poten-
tially higher retirement age, we're
smacked with another hard truth: In
another generation, it's very possi-
ble that blacks will receive Social
Security for all of two or three years
before they die, despite having paid
as much as any other Americans
into the system.
Back in 2005, conservative author
Rich Lowry attempted to make the
case that Social Security is racist.
Noting that the average rate of
return from Social Security for
young people in Charlie Rangel's
heavily black New York district
would be negative 8 percent less
than they put in, Lowry concluded
that Social Security was bigoted.
Lowry's conclusion -- and it's a
common conservative talking point
-- is that Social Security should be
privatized in order to fairly distrib-
ute the payouts among the races.
There is perhaps no greater exam-
ple of tossing the baby out with the
bathwater than this line of thinking:
Blacks die sooner than whites, so
let's privatize Social Security in
order to get them some more money
before they die.
First, according to Andrew Biggs,
who served on President George W.
Bush's Social Security commission,
private accounts wouldn't work:
If workers invest part of their
Social Security taxes in personal
accounts, they could indeed earn
higher returns and generate higher
benefits without taking more risk.
But diverting taxes to accounts
leaves the program short of what is
needed to pay benefits to today's
retirees. To cover these "transition
costs," we would need to generate
new revenues for the program.
either by raising taxes, cutting other
programs, or borrowing. But once
transition costs are accounted fbr.
the total rate of return on a person-
al-accounts-based program would
be about the same as the current
What's more troubling, is that
arguments like Lowry's are so clev-
erly racist that their insidiousness is
far worse than any stupid Tea Party
sign. Lowry, and people like him,
don't say, "Perhaps, rather than
focusing on private Social Security
accounts, we should consider why
black people are dying wholesale
much earlier than white people."
Instead they say, "Let's just make
sure to get black people some more
money before they die years before
the rest of us."
To Lowry, that we're dying
absurdly early is a secondary or ter-
tiary problem; what matters most is
ending social-welfare programs.
The U.S. budget deficit is current-
ly $1.3 trillion, and the national debt
is at almost $14 trillion. It's inar-
guable that something needs to
change, and that modifications to
Social Security could certainly help
that change along. It's also inar-
guable that one of those modifica-
tions could be changing the retire-
In fact, as Farhad Manjoo pointed
out in 2005. blacks may benefit
more from Social Security than
Yes. whites do live longer than
blacks, which means that the aver-
age white woman wiill collect more
benefit checks than the average
black man. But ... blacks also gen-
erally make less money than whites,
which means that they get a higher
rate of return on their contributions
to the system. And because African-
Americans suffer higher rates of
disability than whites, they draw
more from Social Security's disabil-
ity benefits than whites. Meanwhile,
spouses and minor children of
African-Americans heavily depend
on the system's survivor benefits.
When economists have studied all
that blacks put into the system com-
pared with all they get out of it, ...
blacks, as a group, aren't being
treated unfairly -- and they may
even be doing better than whites.
Reliance on social-welfare pro-
grams isn't anything to be proud of,
of course, but Manjoo's argument
pokes holes in the conservative
tagline that Social Security is racist
-- a tagline best described as a sub-
terfuge to try and privatize an
important piece of government.
Though I'm sure Lowry would
disagree, if we're going to make
Social Security fair, we shouldn't
start with Social Security. We
should instead work on improving
comprehensive health care in the
African-American community. By
ensuring that millions of black peo-
Obama Should Reject Bush Tax Breaks
by George Curry
should set the tone
for his next two
V years by insisting
that the Bush tax
cuts remain in
place temporarily for 98 percent of
Americans, but not the top 2 per-
cent who already enjoy a dispro-
portionate share of the benefits. All
signs are pointing to the President
caving in to obstinate Republicans
in Congress who want to extend the
cuts, set to expire at the end of the
year, for everyone including the top
President Obama campaigned on
a pledge to end the Bush tax cuts
for the top 2 percent of taxpayers,
defined as an individual earning at
least $200,000 a year and couples
earning a minimum of $250,000.
But it appears he is on the brink of
breaking that promise. If neither
President Obama nor Republicans
are willing to take such a modest
step of extending the tax breaks
only to those who need them the
most, they are not serious about
wanting to reduce the deficit.
President Obama repeatedly
reminds us that he inherited a mess
from George W. Bush. And he is
correct. "If not for the tax cuts
enacted during the presidency of
George W. Bush that Congress did
not pay for, the cost of the wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan that were ini-
tiated during that period, and the
effects of the worst economic
slump since the Great Depression
(including the cost of steps neces-
sary to combat it), we would not be
facing these huge deficits in the
near term," observed the Center on
Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-
partisan think tank in Washington,
In case no one has noticed, Bush
has not lived in the White House
for the past two years. And the per-
son who does live there moved in
after volunteering to clean up after
the Bush circus left town. This
should begin with President Obama
stating that unlike Republicans, he
will not serve as a mouthpiece for
big business and people with big
"In 2010, when all of the Bush tax
cuts are finally phased in, a stag-
gering 52.5 percent of the benefits
will go to the richest 5 percent of
taxpayers," noted Citizens for Tax
Justice. According to the Treasury
Department, extending the Bush
tax cuts to the top 2 percent of tax-
payers would cost $678 billion over
the next decade.
"In the long term, many econo-
mists believe that investments in
education, infrastructure, alterna-
tive energy and other public goods
are far more beneficial to our eco-
nomic growth than the parts of the
Bush tax cuts for the wealthy,"
Citizens for Tax Justice stated.
The federal deficit for fiscal 2009
was $1.4 trillion. It represents
nearly 10 percent of the Gross
Domestic Product (GDP), the
largest proportion of the economy
since World War II. If nothing is
done to curb the deficit, it is
expected to remain near $1 trillion
a year for the next 10 years.
Mounting deficits requires borrow-
ing more money from abroad and
continuing to pay interests on those
and other loans, leaving less money
available to invest in future pro-
grams. Some call it mortgaging the
Alan Greenspan, the former
Federal Reserve chairman, and
David Stockman, who was
President Reagan's budget director,
advocate letting all of the Bush tax
cuts expire on December 31.
According to the Organization for
Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD), the total
federal, state and local taxes in the
U.S. are among the lowest in the
industrialized world, with only
Turkey and Mexico lower.
The Republican solution to
attacking the deficit, if it can be
called that, is to cut non-security
discretionary programs. A plan
outlined by incoming House
Speaker John Boehner would
reduce such spending by $101 bil-
lion or 21 percent. Exempt from
the cuts would be spending for
defense, homeland security, mili-
tary and veterans appropriations.
There is no way to come close to
making a serious dent in the deficit
without touching many programs
According to the Congressional
Budget Office, Social Security is
projected to account for 21 percent
of the federal budget, Defense 16
percent, Medicare 14 percent,
Medicaid 10 percent, net interest
14 percent and other spending 22
Slashing budgets could have a
devastating impact on many pro-
grams, including education. A 21
percent decrease in K-12 education
funding, for example, would mean
a loss of more than $8.7 billion.
The Center on Budget and Policy
Priorities said such a cut could
mean reducing housing programs
by $6.9 billion, children and family
services by nearly $2.2 billion and
the nutritional program for at-risk
pregnant women, infants and chil-
dren (WIC) by $1.6 billion.
Federal aid to cities and states
would compound deep cuts already
made at that level. According to
the Center on Budget and Policy
Priorities, 46 states have balanced
their budgets during this fiscal cri-
sis by cutting funds to education,
health and other programs for the
Another GOP priority is to scuttle
health care legislation. Estimates
from the Citizens for Tax Justice
demonstrate that the Bush tax cuts
cost almost $2.5 trillion over the
decade they wer enacted (2001-
2010). The Congressional Budget
Office says health care reform will
cost approximately $1 trillion over
the next decade which means the
Bush tax cuts cost two and a half
times as much as health care.
"Many of the lawmakers who
argue that the health care reform
legislation is 'too costly' are the
same lawmakers who supported the
Bush tax cuts," Citizens for Tax
Justice observed. And now they
favor extending those tax cuts to
the wealthiest 2 percent of the pop-
President Obama should just say
no to the Party of No.
George E. Curry, former editor-in-
chief of Emerge magazine and the
NNPA News Service.
ple don't die of cancer at dispropor-
tionate rates, come down with easi-
ly preventable illnesses like type 2
diabetes or live next to trash dumps,
we would find that Social Security
eventually balances out. Obama's
health care reform law is attempting
to do some of that, but it's been
threatened at every turn by a mono-
lithic conservative bloc, the same
bloc that says Social Security is
racist and should be privatized
So who's looking out for whom?
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What do we think of the rising
tide of Black Republicans
By Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Columnist
In the aftermath of the November 2010 election I found myself won-
dering about a statement that I kept hearing: in 2010 there were more
Black Republicans running for office in the South than at any time since
I think that we have arrived at a moment when we need a 'time out.'
Let's be very clear on a few things. The Black Republicans who ran for
(and won!) elected office during the period of Reconstruction (1865-
1877) were, by and large, individuals who were fighting to expand
democracy, including the rights of the poor. They were fighting against
any and all forms of racist oppression. These were individuals, for
instance, who fought for the introduction of free public education, but
also in many cases, for the rights of workers. These were not individ-
uals who sided with the rich and the powerful, but were those who saw
in Reconstruction a moment in the history of the USA where democra-
cy could come to represent more than a platitude.
When I look at most of today's Black Republicans I see something
very different. While I am sure that there are many Black Republicans
who are concerned about the poor (though, in the interest of full dis-
closure, I have never met any), that is not the predominant characteris-
tic. We are not talking about Black politicians who continue to be
Republicans because that was the party of Abraham Lincoln, but rather
individuals who are comfortable with a party that openly despises peo-
ple of color and will perpetuate various forms of voter suppression
against people of color.
Let me mention two things that have led me to wonder about today's
Black Republicans. A few weeks prior to the elections, in Nevada, ele-
ments associated with the Republican Party became involved in an
aborted campaign to discourage Latino voters from turning out
November 2nd. This was unbelievable, and fortunately, was halted.
Nevertheless, this wasa targeted campaign against voters of color
encouraging them to NOT exercise their Constitutional rights but,
instead, to stay home. I did not hear any Black Republicans criticizing
On election evening at 7:30 p.m. I received a call on my home line.
A recorded voice said that "we" had done our work, the Democrats had
won, and that there was nothing more that "we" needed to do now but
stay home and watch the results of the election on TV. Interesting,
except in my state the polls close at 8 p.m.! In other words, we were
being told that there was no further need to vote, if you had not already.
This incident, and several other voter suppression incidents around the
country, is being investigated for violations of the law. But here is my
point: I did not hear any Black Republicans criticizing this behavior
So, while it may be true that there are all of these Black Republicans
running for office, I keep wondering about their souls and consciences.
Who are these people? How can they remain silent, or in some cases
actively support, actions that are explicitly targeted at misleading
and/or suppressing the voting strength of voters of color?
Are they that cynical? Are they actually black? I am open to being
Bill Fletcher Jr. is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy
Studies, the immediate past president ofTransAfrica Forum, and the co-
author of "Solidarity Divided." He can be reached at papaq54@hot-
CONTRIBUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood,
E.O.Huthchinson, William Reed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta
Latimer, Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver,
Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson.
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Shown above are members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Theta Phi Chapter of Jacksonville who
presented the appreciation dinner. Shown (L-R) are: Andre Williamson, CJ Wellington, Ronnie King,
Xavier Santiago, Krishna Douglas, Charlo Riley, Perez Charlton, Trevor Clayton, Glen Davis, Ed Grant,
Kamau Leitner, Senator Tony Hill and Will Laws.
Duval Omegas give area
teachers an appreciation dinner
Fraternity uncovers not one Black male in local
middle schools are in an advanced program
The members of Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity, Inc., Theta Phi Chapter,
during their annual Achievement
Week, recently honored Duval
County teachers with an
One of their main objectives of
the event was to find out directly
from the teachers what they could
do to help them with the problems
they were having keeping young
Black males interested in school.
During the open discussion it was
learned that currently there is not
one Black male in Duval County on
the middle school level in the
Advance Placement Program.
Senator Hill states "I find this
very disturbing that not one African
American male qualifies or scores
at the level to be in the Advance
Placement program. What are we
doing wrong? Or What are we not
doing that we should be doing to
help our young boys want to learn
and understand how important their
education is to them surviving in
The teachers suggested to the
members of the fraternity that they
felt it would be very beneficial if
the young boys saw them standing
in the halls throughout their school
day. They also stressed the need for
school supplies because they run
out of them so quickly. Other sug-
gestions included collecting books
for classroom libraries specifically
for boys; start a Chess Club; read to
the students; plan week-end activi-
ties and nutrition education.
It was decided that they would
work on as many of the projects as
they could to help bring up the level
of learning of the Black Males in
the classes of the teachers present
and others who wished their help as
Flags flew. bands played, and
hands saluted as the nation payed
tribute to veterans who have served.
sacrificed and even died while serv-
ing our country last week.
But while the parades went by for
Veterans Day. one segment of the
population were far away from the
celebrations the homeless veter-
The Veterans Administration esti-
mates that on any given night,
107,000 veterans are homeless. And
more than half of that number 56
percent are black, even though
blacks account for only 12.8 per-
cent of the U.S. population.
"If you want to help veterans, you
have to address the issue of home-
lessness," says Richard Kingsberry,
North Carolina state commander
for the National Association of
Black Veterans (NABVETS).
"The military gets you in; they
mold you and send you back home
a different person than you were
when you went in," Kingsberry
said. "The problem for black veter-
ans is that many are Vietnam vets.
They experienced a backlash when
they returned" and some still can't
deal with it, he said.
Kingsberry spent three years in
the Navy during the Vietnam era
and 28 years in the Army National
Guard. Today, he spends much of
his time reaching out to veterans,
especially the homeless, to help
them get the benefits they have
earned so that they can have a bet-
Many of the veterans who are
homeless also have problems with
substance abuse or mental health.
"If we can go into a community
and help five, 10 or 15 vets get the
benefits they have earned, that
impacts their families, and it makes
a difference in their communities,"
William Jackson, NABVETS'
Georgia state commander, has seen
similar challenges with homeless
veterans in Atlanta and other parts
of the state.
While a majority of the homeless
veterans he encounters are from the
Vietnam era, a growing number are
from the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan, and more black
women vets also are now homeless,
"A lot of National Guard soldiers
were sent to this war. Many of them
only had income from their drill
checks before they went off to war.
When they come back home, they
still have nothing," Jackson said.
And they often have the added
problem of post-traumatic stress
disorder or mental illness.
"No one is going to give you a
job when you have PTSD. What
insurance company is going to
cover you ? These are obstacles our
veterans are facing," he said.
This combination increases the
risk of homelessness for men and
Both Jackson and Kingsberry
said the work of NABVETS is cru-
"A lot of people think black vets
can go to organizations like VFW
or the American Legion and get the
help they need, but that's not true.
Some will say, 'We can't help you
unless you have a Purple Heart,' or
you must have fought on foreign
soil to get benefits," Kingsberry
NABVETS, on a low budget,
attempts to stand in the gap for
black vets who get little or no help
from other veterans organizations,
"We don't have a lot. Fundraising
is difficult," he said. "We do the
best we can with what we have."
State trooper pleads guilty to
Alabama killing 45 years later
Jimmie Lee Jackson James Fowler
Forty-five years after he was
killed by an Alabama State Trooper
Jimmie Lee Jackson, whose death
lead to the first civil rights march
on Selma, is finally getting a small
measure of justice.
James Bonard Fowler, 77, the
former state trooper in question,
pled guilty to shooting Jackson and
will serve six months in prison. He
also apologized for his actions but
still claimed the shooting was in
"I was coming over here to save
lives," said Fowler. "I didn't mean
to take lives. I wish I could redo it."
It is the conclusion of a court case
that has lingered since the 1960s,
but the conclusion still seems to not
value Jackson's life.
Albert Turner Jr., Perry County
commissioner, called the verdict "a
slap in the face of the people of this
District Attorney Michael
Jackson's offered reasoning as to
why he accepted Fowler's plea of
"Time was starting to run out,"
Mr. Jackson said. "We wanted to
make sure justice was done."
Fowler finally confessed to an
Anniston Star newspaper reporter
in 2004, saying he fired the gun:
"Jimmie Lee Jackson was not
murdered," he said in the interview.
"He was trying to kill me, and I
have no doubt in my mind that
under the emotional situation at the
time, that if he would have gotten
complete control of my pistol, that
he would have killed me or shot
me. That's why my conscience is
Jackson's family says he was
unarmed and killed while trying to
protect his mother.
This marks the 24th "unpunished
civil rights-era killings that have
been reprosecuted since 1994,
when a Mississippi jury convicted
Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963
assassination of Medgar Evers.The
conviction also marks the first time
that someone serving in law
enforcement at the time of the
crime has been convicted in these
unpunished cases," the AP reports.
"Any conviction in these kinds of
cases is significant," former U.S.
Attorney Doug Jones of
Birmingham, who successfully
prosecuted two former Klansmen in
2001 and 2002 for their involve-
ment in the 1963 Birmingham
church bombing that killed four
girls, told the AP.
Jimmie Lee Jackson's family can
also take solace that his death was
not in vain. The protests and move-
ment that it helped to spark has
changed the world.
John Fleming, the Anniston
reporter to whom Mr. Fowler con-
fessed, told a reporter that Fowler's
admission was similar to what may
have happened in a truth and recon-
"One thing we've never experi-
enced in the South is anything close
to a truth and reconciliation com-
mission," he said. "What happened
today was a moment of that experi-
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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.
Central CME invites all to
Thanksgiving Worship Experience
The community is invited to join Pastor Clarence Kelby Heath and mem-
bers of Central Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church located
at 4611 North Pearl Street on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. for
a Thanksgiving Worship Experience. Guest speaker is The Rev. Da' Henri
R. Thurmond, Sr., Pastor of St. Paul C.M.E. Church, Savannah, Ga. For
more information, call 904-354-7425.
Epiphany Baptist Church
14th Annual Thanksgiving Feast
Epiphany Baptist Church will celebrate their 14th Annual Thanksgiving
Feast on Saturday. November 20, 2010. The church is located at 663 South
McDuff Avenue. From noon to 3 p.m., the scrumptious menu of dressing,
greens, rice, yams, turkey, ham and more will be open to the community to
partake in. For more info, call 384-8129. Rev. William Robinson, Pastor.
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 11th 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.
Word of Faith presents Turn Back to God
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and Rhonda and Ken Jefferson at the Turn Back to God Event at the Riz Theatre last weekend. Sponsored by the Word of Faith Church of the
AFC, the two day event was held at Hemming Plaza and the Ritz Theatre. The two days of spiritual prominence ministers to the entire community and
is a celebration of preaching, singing and praise. There was also free furniture and appliances along with community vendors at the Hemming Plaza event.
NOTI "It's a blessing to meet the needs of the people and turn this city back to God," said Bishop Williams.
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by Dr. Joyce Myers
Being excessively concerned
about what other people think is an
open door to torment. Of course,
we all enjoy being well thought of,
but it is not possible to be liked by
everyone all the time. Someone is
going to think something negative
about you and there is nothing you
can do about it. If it isn't one per-
son, it will be another. But then
again, sometimes we worry about
what people think and the truth is
they are not thinking about us at all.
The Bible says we should cast all
of our cares upon God for He cares
for us (see 1 Peter 5:7), and that
includes the care of what people
think. I can only live my life to
please God and if people are not sat-
isfied, then they will have to take it
up with God, not with me. If I try to
please both God and people, life
gets too complicated and I get con-
fused and frustrated. I experienced
rejection at first when I decided to
live to please God, but after a while,
God gave me new friends who were
pursuing the same thing I was, and
together we stand against the fear of
what people think.
In God's economy, we usually
have to be willing to lose something
we have in order to gain what we
really want. Why hang on to some-
thing that is never going to satisfy
you anyway? Don't live under the
tyranny of what people think. Stop
trying to convince them of your
good intentions and let them think
what they want to think. God is
your defender; He will vindicate
you in due time.
What can someone's thoughts do
to you anyway? Why live your life
being afraid of a thought? God has
not given us His Holy Spirit so we
can be in bondage to fear (see
Romans 8:15). Make the choice to
care about what God thinks more
than anyone else and it will simplify
much in your life.
It pays to be a pastor in Atlanta
Being a pastor of a church pays, especially a megachurch. While hundreds
of churches across the U.S. have experienced some hardship, along with
their congregations, others have apparently prospered.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
"In metro Atlanta and elsewhere, the number of megachurches, which
have long been defined as having a weekly attendance of 2,000 or more, are
still drawing huge numbers of worshippers and receiving millions of dol-
lars in the collection plate."
Amazingly, the North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, GA, has an
annual budget of $40 million only $10.3 million less than the city of
While some megachurches have hit hard times (the Rev. Robert Schuller's
Crystal Cathedral recently filed for bankruptcy), their leaders have, histor-
ically, lived quite well.
Creflo A. Dollar, pastor of Atlanta's World Changers Church, preaches the
"prosperity gospel," which has definitely made him prosperous.
Dollar and his wife Taffi live in a $3 million Atlanta mansion, as well as
a $2.44 million Manhattan condo. They get around in a private jet, two
Rolls-Royces (although Creflo insists they only have one), and a Hummer.
It was this sort of profligate spending that piqued the interest of Senator
Charles Grassley in 2007, when he requested detailed financial documents
from Dollar and five other megachurch leaders to ensure they were not in
violation of their tax-exempt status.
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King Peggy, who is wearing traditional red funeral fabric, is
fanned by attendants. She is the first woman ruler of Otuam, G
by Ofeiba Arcton, NPR
It was two years ago, at 4 a.m. at
her apartment in Maryland, that
Peggielene Bartels got the news
from West Africa. A relative called
from Ghana to say that her uncle,
the king of the fishing village of
Otuam, had died.
The news didn't end there. She
was also informed that she had been
anointed his successor: King Peggy.
"He said, 'No, no, no, no, Nana,
don't hang up,'" Bartels recalls.
"'We chose so many names, male
and everybody, and somebody sug-
gested that we choose your name,
also. And when we poured libation
and did the rituals, as soon as we
mentioned your name, it started
vaporing and we were surprised. So
we did it three times. So that's when
we got to know that you are the
Nana Amuah-Afenyi VI is
Bartels' new title, but she is better
known as King Peggy. This
straight-talking, 57-year-old is the
first woman in her fishing commu-
nity of 7,000 people in Ghana's
Central Region to be anointed a
king, or "nana."
She now juggles two lives -
from the palace in Otuam and from
a modest condo outside
Washington, D.C. Since the 1970s,
Bartels, a naturalized U.S. citizen,
has been a secretary at Ghana's
Embassy in Washington where she
still spends most of her time, run-
ning royal affairs back home in
Otuam over the phone and on trips.
"So, when they told me, I was a
little bit reluctant to accept it,
because it comes with responsibili-
ties. And here is a secretary in the
United States, I have my own obli-
gations, bills and stuff and becom-
ing a king, you have to be really
rich," she says.
With help from her friends and
scraping together her own savings,
King Peggy says she is determined
to help her people in Ghana to
On a sweltering day in Ghana,
Peggy is overseeing her uncle's
funeral. In the sandy courtyard,
drums are beating while a man in a
trance performs a frenzied dance
before a sea of red and black -
mourners dressed for a royal burial.
The former king died in 2008, but
his body was kept in a mortuary
until King Peggy could save up
enough money to give him a proper
send-off. She's dressed like a king
- albeit with a touch of lipstick -
wrapped toga-style in regal red tra-
ditional fabric and seated u
Dignitaries attending the
include another royal, Nana B
Asafo Adjei, the rule
Asamankese Traditional A
king in Ghana
tough challenge because the\x were
just collecting our family fishing
fees and they were misusing the
S funds. But I came on so strong." she
says. "So I had a tough time
straightening that out."
King Pegog insisted future pro-
ceeds go directly into an account in
a rural bank the\ opened in her vil-
lage. She rejuvenated her royal
council to include people she trust-
ed, and has turned her attention to
S The next project is to build a high
school for students who have fin-
ished ninth grade. she says.
Colleton and more than a dozen
S other Americans accompanied her
from Maryland to Ghana this fall
being and traveled to Otuam. along the
;hana. shores of what used to be part of
upon a West Africa's Atlantic slave coast.
"We have covenant with Nana,
funeral the king we as a church to
3oakye help her to better her community of
r, of people to bring fresh water," he
rea in says. "Now we're moving toward
Dressed in customary black and red funeral clothing, villagers from the
Otuam fishing community carry the casket of their late ruler Nana Amuah-
Afenyi V, who died two years ago. He is succeeded by his niece, King Peggy, a
secretary at the Ghanaian embassy in Washington, who says she had to save
up to give her uncle a fitting send-off.
He said he had nothing but
respect for King Peggy.
"I've been really surprised by
what she has done because I
thought being a woman, she can't,"
he said. "But she has competed with
the men, so I give her congratula-
tions. She is now a king, so she has
a lot to handle."
Bartels says most people are will-
ing to work with a woman as their
"The women are so happy for me,
they are really on my side," she
says. "But it's only a few elderly
men because they are used to
bossing females around. And I don't
give them the chance. They are the
people resisting me."
She adds that during meetings, if
they feel she is coming on too
strong, they say: "'Listen you're a
woman, so you listen to us.' Then I
also say, 'I'm in the States, I'm a
woman and, in the rituals with the
ancestors, you chose me in the
name of God, so shut up and sit
down.' And they will sit."
Back in the U.S., King Peggy is
on the lecture circuit, talking about
Ghana, its traditions and her fishing
community. While she's in Otuam,
she presides over fisherfolk and has
confronted many hurdles, includ-
ing, she says, tackling graft and dis-
honesty within the royal circle.
"At first when I started, it was a
the possibility of establishing a
Report reveals Black males still fall
short despite socio-economic status
A report released this week on
academic performance offered dis-
turbing news for black males:
Regardless of socio-economic sta-
tus, black males tend to perform
more poorly than whites.
Among the most disheartening
news in the study released Tuesday
by the Council of the Great City
Schools was that black males who
are not poor do no better than poor
white males or white males with a
The study analyzed data from
the National Assessment of
Educational Progress study of
black male academic performance,
looking at major cities particularly
because that is where nearly 30%
of all black males in the U.S. are
educated, according to the report.
The analysis looked at reading
and math achievement scores,
tracked student performance and
compared performance by black
and white pupils across economic
strata, disability, dropout rates,
school experiences, college
entrance exam scores, college
readiness, enrollment figures and
The report also provides
"Profiles of Excellence," which
document the stories of black
males who "beat the odds" and
succeeded in their chosen fields. It
also lists a series of steps in an
effort to effect change, including:
Convening a panel of civic,
academic, religious and elected
leaders to formulate strategies for
Identifying scholars to write
papers not only about the prob-
lems, but offer recommendations
Ask reviewers to comment on
the feasibility of the recommenda-
Marshal organizations to sup-
port a "Call to Action" to improve
academic achievement among
Even though some schools dis-
tricts have begun to show improve-
ment. the progress has been incre-
mental, and no one clear pattern
has emerged to explain what can
be done. said Michael Casserly,
executive director of the council.
"We're of mixed minds about
this." he said, "but as we look
at places that have had some
success, like New York,
Boston, Atlanta and
Houston and Baltimore
and a couple other places
that have done it, our first
thought is, What is it that
they are doing?"
But after talking with some
school leaders, Casserly said, "It
was not a single program, a single
strategy. It was a whole bunch of
things that they threw at these
Asked if low expectations of stu-
dents might be a factor in student
performance, Casserly said, "I
think it was a combination of
things. I think it's partly expecta-
tions from society that is probably
being internalized by parents and
children alike. Part of it is the par-
ents don't always have the
resources to help their children
achieve; part of it is that the par-
ents themselves didn't have a good
experience in school. There's at
least some evidence around to sug-
gest that what we expect is what
George E. Leonard, founder and
former chief executive officer of
Friends of Bedford, an innovative
program in New York that helped
turn around schools there, brought
that program to Washington, D.C.,
to work with two targeted senior
high schools there.
Leonard, now head administrator
at historically black Dunbar Senior
High School in Washington, D.C.
said, "I'm not buying any of this"
information in the council's report.
"The study is false. It sends out
some false indicators, and I would
stand in the face of any educator
and say that it is wrong," Leonard
due to an innate inability to learn.
The way society views race affects
the psyche of those students who
are on the same playing field" as
other students, he said. "We're
tired of being studied, tired of
white America always trying to
correlate innate abilities based on
What students are contending
with, he said, are a range of issues
from biased treatment and grading
in the classroom and, often, a lack
of resources for parents who can-
not get their children additional
tutoring that some of their peers
get outside of school that make it
appear they are learning better in
the classroom when, in fact, they
are getting additional help.
In essence, Leonard said, the dis-
parities are a fact of life across the
country in American education.
"Once you accept it, understand
it and are clear about it, it will put
things in perspective so that you
can rise above the racist regimes,
the racist professors, to achieve
and be successful."
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I .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. through
Dec. 5th. Leashed pets welcome.
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.
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.
at the Ritz
Enjoy the Ritz Theater's Amateur
Night on Friday, November 19th.
Fashioned after New York's famed
Apollo Theater, local amateur
artists shows the audience their best
talent and lets them be the judge.
Showtime for the event which
always sells out is 7p.m. For tickets
or more information, call 632-5555.
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
Sample more than 50 of the latest
in luscious, liquid libations while
sampling great food and dancing to
the sounds of The James Harp
Project. It will be Friday,
November 19th at 6 p.m. atl
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. Auustine 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
to pre-register .
24th Christmas Tree
Lighting at the Landing
The 24th Annual Christmas Tree
Lighting Ceremony at The
Jacksonville Landing will take
place Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, at 7
p.m. in The Landing's Courtyard.
The ceremony will include chorus
and orchestra from Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts and
performances by national recording
artist and American Idol finalist
Phil Stacey. The evening will con-
clude with a large fireworks display
on the St. Johns River shortly
before 8 p.m.
Issues & Answers
After the Election Now What ?
Join Dr. Matt Corrigan and Abel
Harding for an unbiased assessment
of the outcome of the November 2
election for our region. This will
mean touching on the Governor's
race, U.S. Congressional outcomes,
other state officer and legislative
races, local boards, and the several
Constitutional amendments. The
Issues and Answers brown bag
lunch will be on Tuesday,
November 30th from noon to 1
p.m. at JCCI-Jacksonville
Community Council Inc., 2434
Atlantic Blvd. For more informa-
tion or to RSVP, call 396-3052.
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network will present their 2nd
Discussion Night on Tuesday, Nov.
30th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event
will include an evening of fun, fel-
lowship and discussion. It will be
held at River House (next to St.
Vincent Hospital ), 1878 King
Street. It is the last building at the
riverfront. The topic is Our
Political Diversity. The two
"Poles" and in-between.
Appeal for your excess clothes
The Millions More Movement, Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee
Inc.,a non-profit organization is appealing for your excess clothes,clothes
hangers, shoes of all sizes for women, men,children and school
supplies.These items will be used in their organization's next "Clothes Give-
A-Way". These items can be brought to 916 N.Myrtle Avenue, Monday
through Friday between the hours of 9:00a.m. 5:00 p.m.You can also call us
to pickup your donations.Our contact number is 904-240-9133 .If you would
like to learn more about JLOC Inc., MMM visit their website,
www.jaxloc.org. Pick ups are available.
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Spoken Word at
the The Cummer
The Cummer Museum of Art and
gardens will present an evening of
Spoken Word featuring featuring
national artists Al Letson and
Bonny Barry Sanders. It will be
held on Tuesday, Nov. 30th from 6-
8 p.m. The event is free and open to
the public. The Museum is located
at 829 Riverside Ave. For more
information, call 355-0630.
an Urban Safari
Jacksonville Community Council,
Inc. will be trekking through Jax's
downtown, exploring all the newest
and best arts, culture and recreation
offerings for an Urban Safari. The
tour will include a visit to the Main
Library, MOSH, Downtown's sky-
way, art galleries and the ArtWalk.
It will be held on Wednesday,
December 1st from 1-5 p.m. start-
ing at the Children's Section of the
Main Library. RSVP to
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.
Mayor Peyton will present the
annual Holiday Festival for seniors
on Dec. 4th from 2 5 p.m. at the
Prime Osborne Convention Center.
Fun holiday activities include: visit
with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Holiday
Dinner, live Entertainment and
Dancing, Santa's Door Prizes and
more. Tickets are S10. For more
information call (904)630-3690.
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.
12/26/10 EverBank Field 1 p.m.
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-
November 18-24, 2010
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S\ Why Denzel is still Mr. Right
Beyonce's parents fail to appear for divorce hearing
TMZ is reporting that Beyonce's parents Mathew Knowles and Tina
Knowles have called off their divorce... at least
place Monday (Nov. 15) in
Harris County, Texas, but
nobody showed up, so the judge
dismissed the case.
It's unclear if the two have actu-
ally gotten back together, or just
forgot about the court date.
Tina filed for divorce in Nov.
2009 one month after Mathew
was hit with a paternity suit by Alexsandra Wright. A DNA test later
proved the child was indeed Mathew's.
Walters nabs the Obama'sfor one hour special
Barbara Walters has announced
she will interview President Barack i
Obama and the First Lady for a
prime time special to air the day
after Thanksgiving on ABC.
In addition to focusing on some of
the major challenges facing the
President today, part of the conver- ,-" /
station will be a discussion of how ,,
the whole family reacted to the .
President's political reversal. This interview will be Mrs. Obama's first
since the mid-term elections.
The special marks the second time the President and First Lady have sat
for a joint interview with Walters; the first was November of 2008, imme-
diately following the presidential election.
The interview will tape at the White House on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd. It will
air Friday, Nov. 26 in the "20/20" time period (10- 1 1p.m. ET) on ABC.
Could LeBron James become Time's Person of the Year?
How times have changed. Up for Time Magazine's Person of the Year are
unlikely candidates: LeBron James and President
The Associated Press has reported that the Miami '
Heat player seemed a bit embarrassed when he
learned that he was one of the final 25 names on
the list for the award.
The award will go to the person who 'has done
the most to influence the events of the year."
"I am who I am and I think I'm in a position of
my life where I'm going to get better every day,"
James said after Miami wrapped up its practice
Monday. "But it's too much."
by Mychal Smith, TG
During the golden era of
Hollywood, Humphrey Bogart was
the man. There was something
about Bogey, as he was affection-
ately nicknamed, be it his dashing
good looks, quiet charisma, or the
brooding, intense "cool" that
endeared him to audiences and
made him into the quintessential
"leading man." Everyone who fol-
lowed borrowed something from
Bogart, or sought to emulate his
electric screen presence, but none
really captured the magic that made
Bogey, Bogey. Except maybe
In a career stretching across three
decades, the 55 year-old actor is
well established as one of the pre-
mier film stars of this generation,
becoming a proven box-office draw
as well as one of the most critically
acclaimed actors of all time. With a
new film opening this weekend,
Unstoppable, Washington looks to
continue his reign as one of
America's most popular figures on
the big screen. Oh, and he just so
happens to be black.
Given Hollywood's sketchy racial
politics, this isn't an aspect of
Washington's career that can be
glossed over. Black stars of his
magnitude are few and far between,
with many shining brightly for
short periods of time then burning
out before any substantive body of
work can be established. This is
especially true for black Academy
Award winners, of which
Washington is a two-time recipient.
Typically, after an Oscar win, the
opportunities for black actors dwin-
dle and the roles they are offered
are not nearly as meaty as the one
which secured the award in the first
place (think Lou Gossett, Jr., Cuba
Gooding, Jr., Forest Whitaker,
Jamie Foxx). But more than twenty
Walter Mosley takes on
aging in his latest book
By T. Pendleton, BAW
Author Walter Mosley may not
be a household name in every
household, but if you've ever seen
the Denzel Washington/Don
Cheadle movie "Devil in a Blue
Dress," you know his work. The
1995 movie that provided
Cheadle's breakthrough role
was based on Mosley's first
book about Easy Rawlins, the
1940s Los Angeles-based private
detective. It was a breakthrough
for Mosley as well, as his Rawlins
series spawned 11 mystery novels
between 1990 and 2007.
Mosley is perhaps the most pro-
lific and best known African-
American writer of hard-boiled
detective novels in the spirit of
writers like Raymond Chandler. He
has created books around other
memorable characters as well,
including Fearless Jones and
Leonid McGill, writing 30 novels
In his latest book, "The Last Days
of Ptolemy Grey," Mosley once
again writes a mystery, but this time
with a 91-year-old protagonist. The
"Grey" of the title is an old man
falling into dementia who is offered
a pill that will give
weeks of clarity,
though it will eventually kill
him. Grey decides the trade-off is
worthwhile as it gives him time to
solve the death of his much-loved
Mosley writes from his own per-
spective as the son of an aging
mother, using the mystery genre he
knows well to probe the challenges
of aging, death and the vagaries of
Booklist had this to say about
"The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey:"
"Mosley's dramatic departure from
his Easy Rawlins and Leonid
McGill crime novels appears to be a
very personal one, a deeply
thoughtful, provocative and often
beautiful meditation on aging,
memory, family, loss, and love ...
Mosley's story is ultimately life
affirming, and his writing is by
turns gritty and sublime. Baby
boomers caring for aged parents
or thinking about their own mor-
tality will line up for 'The Last Days
of Ptolemy Grey.' Mosley's fans of
any age will also embrace it, and
every library will be better for
years after his first Oscar win for
breakout role in the Civil War-era
drama Glory. Washington has built
an impressive resume, a dedicated
fanbase, and become the mold from
which all young black actors wish
to shape their respective careers. He
is, quite frankly, the perfect black
No, he's not the "hundred million
dollar man" that Will Smith is, as
Smith is the single largest box-
office draw in terms of pure num-
bers. But what his career lacks that
Washington has plenty of is that
elusive critical acclaim. Smith
gravitates toward large, explosive,
blockbuster thrillers that essentially
only require him to show up and
turn on the Will-Smith-charm,
flashing a grin and saving the day
from the alien invaders. Not neces-
sarily roles that require one to dig
and bring to life memorable charac-
ters and convey complex emotions
to move the story forward.
Washington has chosen a differ-
ent path, taking on characters like
American Gangster's Frank Lucas,
Training Day's Alonzo Harris (for
which he won his second Oscar),
and He Got Game's Jake
Shuttlesworth, all possessing depth,
nuance, contradiction, and a sense
of frail humanity that challenge the
audience to go beyond the linear
thinking of "good vs. evil."
In taking on these more demand-
ing roles. Washington has
impressed upon audiences a regali-
ty that hearkens back to the days of
Sidney Poitier. There is a refined air
of sophistication and dignity that
appeals to older black patrons who
define themselves and their genera-
tion on the ideas of respectability.
Simultaneously, younger audiences
are drawn to the bit of edge he dis-
plays, not shying away from char-
acters that are controversial.
Another thing that sets him apart
from his contemporaries is a will-
ingness to play the "race man."
Where others may wish to prolong
their careers by constantly embody-
ing "race neutral" characters,
Washington has put himself square-
ly in the middle of racial firestorms
in films such as A Soldier's Story,
Cry Freedom, the aforementioned
Glory, Remember the Titans, The
Great Debaters, and of course, his
seminal work as the one of the most
misunderstood, hugely complicated
and highly important figures in
American history, Malcolm X.
Through his talents, he has made
America discuss its dirty little
secret, telling uniquely black stories
to a much wider audience.
And while he may have portrayed
controversial men on screen, his
own life has been largely scandal
free. He has been married for twen-
ty-seven years, raised four children,
and done notable charitable work
with the Boys and Girls Club of
America. Washington has never
been in the news for drunken
arrests, valid infidelity claims, or
jumping up and down on Oprah's
couch. He has managed to be an A-
list star without falling into the trap-
pings of he A-list lifestyle.
As of late, Washington may seem
to be "coasting" in regards to his
career choices, taking roles where
he can essentially phone in his
appearances because they don't
require the same gravitas that some
of his more memorable work has
called for. But truly at this point he
has earned a bit of a break. He has
supplied us with bevy of awe-
inspiring performances, encapsulat-
ing myriad forms of black man-
hood, and become a major
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Jacksonville Veterans Day Parade 2010
Governor Elect Scott selects Jacksonville for Veterans Day salute Governor
elect Rick Scott participated in Jacksonville's Veterans Day Parade, meeting his future constituents and shaking
hands along the parade route. Show above are Terrence Hemming, Anthony Jackson, Michelle Thomas, Alleanae
Uppermon, Alyssa Fleming and the Governor elect posing for a shot on the streets of Jacksonville. FMP Photos.
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Lee High School Band: Chris Adams, Angelique Davic, Cristine Baker, Sierra Mitchell, Ebony Paxon High School Cheerleaders: Keri Adams, Meghan Hughes, Kallie Kearney, Jordan
Miller, Devon Jiles, Darius Chives, Tnessa Beal, Gerald Coney, Janae Johnson, Nicollette Kohn, Kiaccia Payne, Alexis Drayton, Julia Scott, Raemonica Scott, Shaniece Gallon, Alexis Rogers, Alexa Cronine, Alexis
King Butler, Ellis Thomas, Monique Frett, Charles Smith, Rayshawn Bates and Kendall Haywood. Alitodor, Ashley Ballard and Karissa Hall.
November 18-24, 2010
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type 2 diabetes
in your future
Photo courtesy of Getty Images
he holidays are known as a time for family gatherings, catching up with relatives, and sometimes even
the occasional family conflict. Like drama at the holiday dinner table, in many ways your health for
better or for worse is influenced by your family. This year, why not start a conversation that benefits
everyone? Gather your family health history.
Why it's important
Family history of disease is an important part of understanding
your risk for developing a number of serious diseases, including
type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease that, if left untreated,
can lead to serious health problems including blindness, loss of
limb, kidney failure, heart disease, and early death. In fact, most
people with type 2 diabetes have a family member such as a
mother, father, brother, or sister with the disease.
The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) encourages
all families to gather their family health history this holiday season
and help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in future generations.
By knowing your family health history, sharing it with your
health care team, and taking important steps such as maintaining
a healthy weight or losing a small amount of weight if you are
overweight, making healthy food choices, and being physically
active, you can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes (as well as other
serious diseases) and help ensure that you will be enjoying holiday
family gatherings for years to come.
Four questions you should ask
The answers to these key questions could help you prevent type 2
diabetes in your future.
Does anyone in the family have type 2 diabetes? Who has
type 2 diabetes'?
a Has anyone in the family been told they might get diabetes?
Has anyone in the family been told they need to lower their
weight or increase their physical activity to prevent type 2
Did your mother get diabetes when she was pregnant? This is
also known as gestational diabetes (GDM).
If the answer to any of these is yes, or you have a mother, father,
brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes, you may be at an increased
risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Talk to your doctor and visit
www.YourDiabeteslnfo.org to learn more about managing your
risk and preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.
Your history affects your child's future
While you're gathering your family's history. you need to take
your own into consideration as well.
Gestational diabetes mellitus. or GDM, is a type of diabetes
that occurs during pregnancy and affects about 7 percent of all
U.S. pregnancies or about 200,000 pregnancies each year. If
you had gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, you and
your child have a lifelong risk for getting diabetes.
Women with a history of gestational diabetes have a 40 to 60
percent chance of developing diabetes in the 5 to 10 years
The children of pregnancies where the mother had gesta-
tional diabetes are also at increased risk for obesity and
type 2 diabetes.
a Women who have had gestational diabetes should be tested
for diabetes six to 12 weeks after their baby is born, and at
least every three years after that. Mothers should let their
child's doctor know that they had gestational diabetes.
Women with a history of gestational diabetes can lower their
risk for developing diabetes by making an effort to reach and
maintain a healthy weight, making healthy food choices, and
being active for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Keeping
a healthy lifestyle helps mother and child lower their risk for
getting diabetes in the future.
For a free tip sheet on gestational diabetes, including steps to
reduce the risk of developing diabetes, call the National Diabetes
Education Program (NDEP) at 1-888-693-NDEP (6337) or visit
its website at www.YourDiabetesInfo.org.
Losing weight by making healthy food choices is one way to help reduce the risk of
developing type 2 diabetes. Serve your family a quick and healthy dish like this as you
gather around the holiday dinner table.
Cumin Pork and Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Butter
2 8-ounce sweet potatoes, pierced
in several areas with fork
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Paprika to taste
4 4-ounce boneless pork cutlets,
trimmed of fat
2 tablespoons reduced-fat
2 tablespoons packed dark brown
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon vanilla, butter, and nut
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 small oranges, quartered
Cook potatoes in microwave on HIGH
setting for 10 to 11 minutes or until fork
tender. Meanwhile, place a large nonstick
skillet over medium-high heat until hot.
Sprinkle cumin and paprika evenly over
pork chops and season lightly with salt
and pepper if desired. Cook pork chops
4 minutes on each side or until barely pink
in small bowl, stir together topping ingre-
dients until well blended.
Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, fluff with
a fork, and spoon equal amounts topping
mixture on each half. Serve with quartered
Nutritional Information: Calories 335.
Calories from Fat 90, Total Fat 10.0 g.
Saturated Fat 3.4 g, Trans Fat 0.0 g,
C Ii. ..r. .. 60 mg, Sodium 125 mg.
Total Carbohydrate 37 g, Dietary Fiber 5 g.
Sugars 22 g, Protein 24 g
Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors
In addition to family history and gestational diabetes, there are other
factors that increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
If one or more of the following items apply to you, be sure to talk
with your health care team about your risk for developing type 2
diabetes and whether you should be tested.
* I am 45 years of age or older.
* I have been told by my doctor to lose weight.
* My family background is African American, Hispanic/Latino,
American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander.
* I have been told that my blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are
higher than normal.
* My blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, or I have been told that
I have high blood pressure.
* My cholesterol (lipid) levels are not normal. My HDL cholesterol
("good" cholesterol) is less than 35 or my triglyceride level is
higher than 250.
* I am physically active less than three times a week.
* I have been told that I have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
* The skin around my neck or in my armpits appears dirty no matter
how much I scrub it. The skin appears dark, thick, and velvety.
* I have been told that I have blood vessel problems affecting my
heart, brain, or legs.
Photo courtesy of Burwell and Burwell Photography
Copyright 2010 American Diabetes
Association. From 15-Minute Diabetic
Meals. Reprinted with permission from
The American Diabetes Association.
To order this book, call 1-800-232-6733
or order online at http://store.diabetes.org.
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WE'VE DONE THE WORK.
You CAN TAKE THE CREDIT.
PUBLIC DELI HOLIDAY TURKEY DINNERS
Visit publix.com/entertaining to see our complete selection of mouth-watering
holiday foods. From turkey or ham dinners to a la carte side dishes and meats,
you'll find selections just right for your gathering.
And look for the Thanksgiving Event Planning Center at your neighborhood Publix.
During select times, associates will help you plan your menu so all you have to do
is order and then pick up your fresh selections at one place in the store.
So hurry to Publix and plan your holiday meal.
Then plan to relax with friends and loved ones on Thanksgiving.
Regular Turkey Dinner (7-10 servings) $39.99
Includes 10- to 12-lb cooked turkey, 8-oz cranberry-orange relish,
old-fashioned cornbread dressing, homestyle mashed potatoes,
32-oz gravy, and apple-cranberry cobbler.
Heating required before serving.
Please place dinner orders in advance. Complete packages start at $39.99.
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