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Ebony sells Chicago headquarters
CHICAGO, Ill. The only black owned 'downtown' building in a major
city is no more.
Johnson Publishing Co. Inc., publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines,
has sold its home of nearly 40 years on Chicago's Michigan Avenue.
The company, which has gone through a painful down- sizing typical
for the publishing business, is selling its 820 S. Michigan building to
Columbia College Chicago. Johnson Publishing plans to lease the 11-
story building for 18 months, then move elsewhere in Chicago.
Sources said the sale, which includes a parking garage was for almost
In that case, a main creditor of Johnson Publishing may have sustained
a loss. In 2009, Johnson Publishing had trouble paying its printing bill to
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., so Donnelley took out mortgages for about
$12 million on the Johnson-owned properties. Also, several contractors
filed liens on the properties because of unpaid bills. Many of those were
released in August, according to Cook County records.
Under its founder, the late John Johnson, the company moved into the
building after its completion in 1972. In his biography, Johnson wrote of
having to buy the property through a proxy because of unwillingness to
sell to an African American.
FBI reports hate crime incidents,
victims numbers down
The number of hate crime incidents and victims declined in 2009 com-
pared with the previous year, the FBI reported.
Of more than 6,000 hate crime offenders, over six in 10 were white
while nearly two in 10 were black.
Nearly half of the crime incidents in 2009 were motivated by racial bias,
nearly 20 percent by religious bias and over 18 percent by sexual orien-
tation bias. More than half the reported hate crimes against individual
people were assaults, said the FBI. There were 6,604 hate crime inci-
dents reported last year, down from 7,783 in 2008. There were 8,336
reported victims, down from 9,691 in 2008. The victim totals include not
only individuals but also businesses, religious buildings and other insti-
The year-to-year figures in the FBI reports for 2009 and 2008 are not
exactly comparable because the number of law enforcement agencies
providing data to the bureau on hate crime went up last year to more than
14,000, compared to 13,690 in 2008. Nearly 4,000 police jurisdictions do
not participate in the program, said the group Human Rights First.
Angelou and Lewis among
Medal of Freedom Recipients
Writer Maya Angelou and civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, D-GA,
were among 15 announced recipients of the Presidential Medal of
Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. It singles out those wvho
have made contributions to the security or national interests of the U.S.,
to world peace or other significant endeavors.
Among the other honorees were President George H.W. Bush, billionaire
Warren Buffett, civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez, basketball legend Bill
Russell and president emeritus of the AFL-CIO, John J. Sweeney.
The award ceremony will take place at the White House in early 2011.
Black Farmers finally get their money
The Senate unanimously approved a bill on Friday funding $1.15 bil-
lion in compensation to black farmers in a decades-old bias lawsuit that
is one of the largest civil rights settlements in U.S. history.
The Pigford v. Glickman case was settled in 1999 and provided that
qualified farmers could receive $50,000 each to settle claims they were
denied farm loans or subjected to longer waits for loan approval because
But tens of thousands of farmers missed the filing deadline. The settle-
ment, reached in February, allowed those farmers to pursue their claims.
The lawsuit was named for North Carolina farmer Timothy Pigford.
"This is a huge, huge victory for myself and black farmers, many of
whom have died waiting for justice," said John Boyd of the National
Black Farmers Association. "I have been working on this thing for 26
years. I've been hearing 'no' for so very long."
Fla. mom found slain along with
kids was seeking child support
Police investigators have discovered that the Tallahassee, Fla., mom,
who was brutally murdered along with her three children, was in a court-
room only four days earlier seeking child support for her set of 6-year-
The 27-year-old slain Brandi Peters and her children, twins Tamiyah and
Taniyah Peters (pictured above) and 3-year-old son Jovante Segura, were
found dead in their home Saturday morning.
Tallahassee police are working overtime to piece together the crime,
which has left an entire community baffled.
Reportedly, investigators stumbled upon some information regarding
Peters' whereabouts last Tuesday: The single mom was in family court
signing a child-support order. The father of her twins, Antonio L.
Anthony, 44, was obligated by the courts to pay Peters $307 per month,
plus a retroactive support payment of $22,925. Peters also took Henry
Segura Jr., the dad of the youngest boy, to court last summer and was
granted $744.47 per month for her son and $20,100 in retroactive child
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Volume 24 No. 8 Jacksonville, Florida Nov. 25 Dec. 1, 2010
Dismal achievement gap starts at home
by Scott Walton, TR
Recent studies show that little
white boys who go to school hun-
gry still perform better on achieve-
ment tests than black boys who
come from privileged homes.
If that's truly the case, then black
parents who wonder why there's
such a wide gap in grades and test
results between the races have only
themselves to blame.
According to a deflating assess-
ment of black boys' scholastic sta-
tus nationwide, a stable home is no
guarantee of success. This comes as
troubling news to households like
mine -- where Mommy and Daddy
have overextended themselves to
make sure their first-grader attains
every educational advantage avail-
able in an inner-city setting.
Schools must also be held more
accountable when there's proof that
black boys rank far below whites in
basic assessments. But the new data
-- and experts' opinions on how to
counteract the problem -- highlight
more than ever that black parents
aren't emphasizing schoolwork
The Council of the Great City
Schools' recent report about dis-
crepancies between black and white
boys' scores on math and reading
tests paints a dire picture of what
the future holds. Culled from dis-
turbing data accumulated by the
National Assessment for
Educational Progress, the report
suggests that even the few Fresh
Princes among us are likely to per-
form worse in school than their
Slim Shady peers. More
forebodingly, the coun-
cil's "Call for Action"
report cites congres-
sional intervention as a
prime solution to the
Just how likely are the
Tea Partiers taking hold
in Congress to address
the plight of black boys
in the coming years?
And if President Barack
Obama dared to pick up the mantle
on behalf of a generation of boys
whose educational prospects appear
dimmer now than they did during
the Brown v. Board of Education of
Topeka era, how would stingy con-
Continued on page 7
Feed the City kicks off holiday season of giving
Shown above at the recent "Feed the City" event hosted by the Clara White Mission and hundreds of vol-
unteers is Mr. Warren Maddox being served an early Thanksgiving style meal by Celine Smith.
Among the 81,000+ in attendance at the Orlando Classic were
Eleanor Mumford, Shayla Holmes, Linda Sue Holmes, and Oshea
Rattlers ruin Wildcats perfect season at
Florida Classic Thousands of First Coast friends and alum-
ni'of Florida A&M University and Bethune Cookman University flocked
to Orlando for the Florida Classic weekend. The annual matchup high-
lights a weekend filled with a variety of organized events ranging from job
fairs to banquets in Orlando, Florida. This year, FAMU ruined BCUs
unbeaten season with a 38-27 defeat. For more sights and scenes of atten-
dees, see page 5.
The Clara White Mission held its
16th annual Feed the City event
last weekend kicking off the holi-
day season of giving and living.
Over 800 people from all walks of
life sat down to a Thankgiving feast
including turkey, dressing, candied
yams, green beans and cobbler. The
meal was served by hundreds of
volunteers who helped make the
Also on hand was a clothes clos-
et donated by Dignity-u-Wear.
Clear Channel Dj's Jojo, Ian and
Shaunie volunteered and hosted the
event live keeping the mood fes-
tive. Over 100 volunteers from
various companies and restaurant
served the homeless and disadvan-
Throughout the holiday season,
Jacksonville is known of being a
givingcity with everything from
hot meals and clothes to toys and
shelter through a variety of venues.
Next they will be hosting a
"December to Remember" answer-
ing the dreams of entire families for
the holiday season.
For more information on volun-
teering at the Clara White Mission
or call 354-4162.
Jaguar fans loaded with teal pride
Wayne Barlow, Vimalakshi Archer, Von Barlow, and Mary J Ford are
all smiles at the game held at Everbank Field.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are finally giving fans a season to be proud of.
After last week's 24-20 win over the Cleveland Browns in the game's final
minutes, the Jaguars have etched their way into the AFC South Division
top spot a position they haven't held since 1999. Next up for the Jaguars
on Sunday a highly contested game with the (6-4) New York Giants that
we all hope that will be another successful thriller from the cardiac cats..
for 2012 election
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Pane 2 Ms. Perrv's Free Press
The 401K Divide
Can You Afford to Retire?
Are you saving enough for retire-
Apparently not. according to a
new study by Ariel Mutual Funds
and Charles Schwab Corp. The two
investment companies say African-
Americans save far less money in
their 401K plans than Whites. And
they are saving no more than they
did 10 years ago. In fact. despite the
stock market boom of the last sev-
eral years. blacks are no more like-
ly to be investors, preferring more
cautious plans that offer less risk
and much less reward. And even
when offered company-matched
401K plans. African-Americans
invest in them at a much lower rate.
Truth is most Americans are not
saving enough for retirement, but
for African-Americans who often
have fewer family resources and
who are often responsible for sup-
porting an extended family, the
consequences can be dire. In addi-
tion, Ariel Mutual Funds President
Mellody IIobson says blacks tend
to invest more in less liquid real
estate, so this foreclosure mess may
have even graver consequences.
Hobson says we should follow
the flight attendant's rules: Put the
oxygen mask on your face first
before helping others.
Here are some of the highlights
from Ariel-Schw ab Black Investor
Of the 500 Blacks and 500
Whites earning more than $50.000
annually, the median amount of
money saved by Blacks is less than
half of their White counterparts
($48.000 versus $100,000). On a
monthly basis, median savings is
$182 for Blacks vs. $261 for
In 1998, when 57% of Blacks
and 81% of Whites said they owned
individual stocks or stock mutual
funds. A decade later, still just 57%
of Blacks are stock investors, com-
pared to 76% of Whites. During the
past ten years, the number of
Blacks who own stocks or mutual
funds rose as high as 74% (in 2002)
only to fall again, while White par-
ticipation has consistently hovered
within a few percentage points of
Retired Blacks have median sav-
ings of just $73,000 compared to
$210,000 for Whites. Blacks, on
average, also retired earlier than
Whites (59 vs. 61) and are more
likely to rely on a pension or Social
Security rather than a defined con-
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tribution plan. such as a 401(k).
Fewer Blacks than Whites have
gone through some of the basic
steps of retirement planning, such
as calculating the amount of money
they need to live comfortably in
retirement. However, those who
consulted with financial profession-
als were much more likely to have
saved more than $100,000 by the
time they retired, and were much
less likely to have retired early.
For more information, visit
www.aboutschwab.com to read the
Don't let spending fears ruin your holiday cheer
By Jason Alderman
At this time of year. most people
fall into two types: Those who look
forward to the holiday season, and
those who dread it. Many people
end up in the latter camp because of
money worries. You know how
easy it is to overspend on holiday
gifts, travel and entertainment and
how long it can take to recover.
These tips might help move you
from apprehension to anticipation:
Know your budget. First calcu-
late what you can afford to spend
overall and then decide how you'll
spend not the other way around. If
you haven't been saving for a fami-
ly getaway or a big-screen TV,
those purchases could put you in
debt for months to come. It's far
better to arrive at a figure you can
comfortably pay off. and tailor your
Don't forget the other 11 months.
If property tax is due in February or
you'll owe income tax in April. you
should be setting aside money right
now, not racking up holiday debt.
It's challenging, but if you budget
all year for recurring expenses, you
won't be caught off guard when
your car insurance comes due.
Banish Santa guilt. Somehow
many of us have bought into the
myths that our kids will be disap-
pointed if they don't get a mountain
of toys and that neighbors and
coworkers expect pricey gift certifi-
cates as a measure of friendship.
Think of all the unnecessary pres-
ents you receive each year. Would
you like someone any less without
these gifts? Would they?
Along the same lines, ask your
family (and your friends) about
holding a gift lottery, where you
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getting just the right gift for that
Comparison shop online. Even if
you decide to buy your gifts in per-
son. websites like
www.shopping.com and www.shop-
ping.yahoo.com can supply creative
ideas and help you find great deals.
A little planning and a disci-
plined approach to holiday spend-
ing can help ensure holiday cheer,
not holiday fear
YIOIR MOJ EY MATTERS
Year End Tax Sav
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
There are just a few weeks left
]before the end of 2010, but there are
;still some opportunities to success-
:fully manage your tax burden.
"The general rule of deferring
income and accelerating deductions
;at year-end is good tax planning
;strategy and still applies for 2010.
SFor most people, procrastination is
their biggest tax enemy," states
.James W. Oliver, Jr., a tax consult-
ant and financial planner.If you
,used a tax advisor in the past, you
should meet with your advisor to
assess your tax situation and dis-
:cuss how the following tips apply to
#1- Determine where you are?
Start by taking out last year's tax
returns, your most recent pay stubs
;and your investment account state-
Make a copy of your Form 1040
and pencil in estimates of your
2010 income. Look at your invest-
iment account statements to estimate
:your interest and dividend income.
If you have a business, estimate
:your business income for 2007.
:Using your investment account
,statements, determine whether you
have investment capital gains or
losses. If you have rental property,
estimate your full year income and
1 Estimate your itemized deductions
;for 2010. These include: allowable
:medical expenses, all state and
local taxes, allowable interest, char-
:itable contributions, allowable loss-
.es and miscellaneous deductions.
iPencil in your total deductions on
:your Form 1040 and subtract it
from your adjusted gross income to have to be securities that you are
determine your Taxable
Income. Use the tax tables to deter-
mine your estimated tax. Subtract
any applicable credits from your
total tax. Using your pay stubs, esti-
mate your withholding for the year
and add quarterly tax payments.
Subtract your payments from the
total to determine the amount of
your tax due.
#2- Accelerate Deductions
Allowable deductions reduce your
taxable income and your tax bill.
The following is a sample list of
actions that you can take before
year-end to help reduce your tax
-Pay state and local estimated
income taxes before the years' end
n addition to property taxes.
-Pay your January, 2011 mortgage
payment in December-The interest
will be deductible this year.
-Be charitable- Make contribu-
tions to your favorite charities.
Additionally non-cash contribu-
tions such as clothing, household
goods and appreciated securities
can be deducted at their fair value.
#3- Dump the Losers
Analyze your investment portfolio
with the objective of balancing out
capital gains and losses. If you have
stocks that have "paper" losses, try
to sell enough losers to offset your
realized capital gains for the year.
Additionally, you can deduct an
additional $3,000 ($1,500 for mar-
ried filing separately) of losses
from your regular income. Two
words of caution: Be careful to
avoid a "wash sale" that is re-buy-
ing the same security within 30
days before or after you sold shares.
Additionally, losers that you dump
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comfortable selling at this time.
Tip #4 Defer Income
The basic intent of deferring
income is to lower your taxable
income for the current year. This is
limited for most wage earners,
however there are some opportuni-
Deferring a year-end bonus to
January 2008 will escape taxation
in 2010. Investment property, such
as real estate, which is being sold
near the end of the year, could have
the closing delayed until 2010..
#5- Get Ready
First, setup a tax filing system for
all of you tax related receipts and
statements. Keep a copy of your tax
returns forever. If you anticipate
receiving a large refund because of
over withholding, consider filing a
new W-4 to reduce your payroll
withholding. Plan ahead for your
2008 IRA, 401K, and similar retire-
ment account contributions. If you
have a medical or child-care flexi-
ble spending account, make sure
you use the full balance this year
and plan ahead for next year.
Watch out for the AMT You might
be subject to the alternative mini-
mum tax, (AMT) if your income is
above $75,000, had significant
write-offs, exercised incentive
stock options or had significant
capital gains. When it applies, the
AMT is an "add-on" tax that is over
and above your "regular" tax. To
determine your AMT exposure, get
the most recent version of Form
6251 and make the calculations.
The information provided here is
a basic guideline to get you started.
It is recommended that you consult
a qualified tax professional to
assess your personal situation.
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Diabetes awareness held at UNF to battle high local statistics
by Kortney Wesley
To raise awareness for the increas-
ing number of Jacksonville resi-
dents who suffer from diabetes and
to recognize American Diabetes
Month, the Duval County Health
Department (DCH-D) recently host-
ed its first annual "Power to End
Diabetes" community health expo
at the University of North Florida.
A host of local healthcare profes-
sionals provided guests with infor-
Shown above (L-R) Ada Standford, Kaci Smith, Sandra Thompson,
Devritt Thompson, II, Amber Smith, Kelsy Smith and Kim Smith.
Gamma Rho Omega BRATS
recomitted to community service
The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter's B.R.A.T.S. have recommitted their
vow to community service. The youth oriented component of Alpha
Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc., is a community service group of teens 9th-
12th grade established in 2006. Their first project of the season will be as
Red Kettle Bell ringers. B.R.A.T.S. is the acronym for Brilliant,
Responsible. Alert, Talented, Scholars.
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Versallie Sales at the New DEAL (Defeating Diabetes through
Education, Awareness, and Leadership) Program table where she was
conducting diabetes risk assessments and explaining the services
offered by A New DEAL.
mation on how to prevent and man-
age diabetes. Various exhibitors
including nutritionists, Trisha
Howell and DCHD Community
Relations Director, Jocelyn Turner
who were also on site to give atten-
dees updates on the latest treat-
ments available for the disease.
More than 9 percent of the popula-
tion living in Duval County suffers
from diabetes, a rate higher than the
state's average of 8.7 percent.
According to the DCHD, the coun-
ty rate is highest in areas of the city
where the socioeconomic status is
below the national average and peo-
ple have limited access to health-
care and healthy food choices.
For more information on how to
prevent or manage diabetes, contact
the Duval County Health
Department's New DEAL Program
Jerry Pegram and Nadege Etienne
The Harper Family
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Rangel's supporters urge
'no' vote on censure
NEW YORK Supporters of Rep. Charles Rangel said Sunday that
the Democratic lawmaker has been punished enough by the House
ethics committee's two-year investigation and should not by censured
by the full Congress.
"Charlie Rangel is a giant," said former Mayor David Dinkins. "He's
a man who has served not only the 15th Congressional District but this
city. He's served this nation. .... There's nothing to be gained by seeking
to further humiliate this great man."
The House ethics committee voted 9-1 on Thursday to recommend
censure for Rangel after the same panel convicted him of 11 violations,
including failure to pay taxes on rental income from a villa in the
1 Dominican Republic. Censure is
Sthe most serious congressional
discipline short of expulsion.
The full House is expected to
S- vote after the Thanksgiving
SState Assemblyman Keith
Wright said Congress should
"I will be making phone calls,"
Wright said. "All of us will be
making phone calls. And we will urge all congresspeople throughout
this nation to vote no on this process."
Rangel told the ethics panel that he was not a crooked politician out
for personal gain.
Supporters at the news conference in Harlem said the 20-term
Democrat had done nothing illegal.
"He had sloppy bookkeeping, yes," said City Councilwoman Inez
Dickens. "Illegal, no."
The 80-year-old Rangel has spent 40 years in Congress and has steered
millions in federal funds toward the revitalization of Harlem, where he
is a beloved figure for many.
The Rangel supporters ended their news conference outside the
Mother AME Zion Church by singing "We Shall Overcome."
Nov. 25 Dec. 1. 2010
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
Nov. 25 Dec. 1, 2010
Page 4 Ms Perry's Free s
Democrats have to focus on fundraising and message for 2012
Most political folks will tell you
"All politics is local." Former U.S.
Rep and Speaker of the House
made that phrase famous and for
the most part it's typically true.
It doesn't matter what a politi-
cian gets involved in Washington
DC or Tallahassee, if he or she is
seen fighting for their constituents
and delivering projects and pro-
grams then re-election is typically
This election cycle was a com-
plete contradiction of that belief.
Politics wasn't local it was nation-
al, and the national wave against
Democrats hurt a lot of good elect-
ed officials. I don't know if I
should call it a wave or simply rage
against the machine.
Democrats were spanked pretty
good essentially losing control of
the U.S. House of Reps, but nar-
rowly maintaining control of the
It was just four years ago that the
GOP lost the House and Senate as
well as governors' races in a broad
countrywide Democratic wave. I
guess the pendulum does swing
back and forth.
On the Florida front, Dems faired
about the same. The Governors
office, all cabinet seats were won
by Republicans and the GOP now
controls the Florida House with a
two-thirds super majority. In
essence, the Governor's veto power
no longer exists because of that
So the 2010 mid-term elections
are over. Democrats are still ana-
lyzing what happened and
Republicans are flexing their mus-
cles getting ready for the big take
over in a couple of years.
I have said it time and time again
- the economy will dictate the 2012
election. But what can Democrats
do to stem the strong GOP tide?
Here are a couple of areas that
Democrats need to focus their
efforts over the next two years.
Fundraising: Although President
Obama broke campaign funding
records in 2008 he and Democrats
desperately need to match GOP
efforts. The problem is that
Republican efforts are being aided
greatly by campaign committees
and 527s, which are essential
groups that are formed to support a
particular political issue or ideolo-
gy and they can raise unlimited
amounts of money.
It also does not help that the
Democratic President pushed hard
for Wall Street regulation, which
most Americans agreed with by the
way. But now that the Supreme
Court has ruled that corporations
can give to parties without limits -
Republicans are reaping the bene-
According Federal Election
records, conservative political
committee groups outspent their
liberal rivals two to one this elec-
The question is will Obama's
fundraising strategy from 2008
work four years later? I am not
sure. He declined contributions
from corporate political action
committees, and relied mostly on
small to medium-size donors to
raise close to $750 million.
His aides seem to think that it
will, but they also understand that
there may be a need modify that
strategy like accepting help from
Democratic leaning political com-
mittees and 527s.
Now that the campaign finance
gloves are off Democrats will
have to use some of the same
fundraising strategies as the GOP.
Message and Marketing:
Messaging is at the heart of the
strategy used by Republicans this
election cycle. Messaging does not
have to be true or fair. Often time's
campaigns are like warfare. There
is a set of rules, but those rules are
broad enough so that you can get
away with all kinds of dirty strate-
For example the GOP and
Conservative messaging was really
simple: The stimulus did nothing,
we will immediately reduce the
federal debt, Obama and his
Obamacare will bankrupt the coun-
try, let's take back our country.
It was simple and it worked.
Wasn't true in most cases, but why
let a little truth get in the way of
good marketing and strategy?
One of the funniest notions I
heard from Conservative candi-
dates was that they would reduce
the deficit by lowering taxes.
Impossible, but I guess it sounds
Why Carville will not apologize for insulting
O f a r i
alwa y s
when it come to knocking President
Obama Democratic strategist
James Carville was petulant and
defiant when asked whether he'd
apologize for his latest Obama
wisecrack. The dig was Carville's
supposedly play on an old joke
when he cracked that Hillary
Clinton should give Obama one of
Carville, of course, got several
things out of this supposed joke. He
got attention from the White
House. No surprise there, it didn't
like the offensive crack. He got
media attention which was guaran-
teed considering that Carville made
it and the butt of the joke/attack
was Obama. He got a virtual guar-
antee that he'll continue to get a
microphone and a camera stuck in
front of him on a slow day when a
chatter box TV or radio show needs
a colorful quote about Obama.
But more disturbing, he got
applause from some quarters for
allegedly saying what needs to be
said about Obama. The something
that supposedly needs to be said is
the relentless, drumbeat refrain
from progressive and liberal
Democrats that the president needs
to take the velvet gloves off and
show the iron fist to the GOP hit
attackers. Obama has had to hear
that demand, plea, pillory for
The plea for a harder edge from
the White House is certainly a
legitimate one. The GOP, Tea Party,
and the pack of rightwing shrill
bloggers, web sites, talk show jocks
are waging a second political civil
war against Obama. They've made
it clear their goal is one goal and
that's to do everything possible to
tar him and his presidency, as
flawed, failed and one term. If it
take everything from sabotaging
every initiative and piece of legisla-
tion which even remotely carries
his fingerprint on it they'll do it. If
it means telling the president to
shove his courtesy, protocol invita-
tion to come to the White House to
meet and greet and discuss ways to
work together on issues where
there is mutual agreement, they'll
do that too. The call for Obama to
punch back will continue to
But there's a right and a wrong
way to say it, and a right venue in
which to say it. An off color alleged
joke that doesn't sound much like a
joke from a professional quipster is
hardly the right way to get a legiti-
mate criticism across. Carville
knew this and knew that he would
be asked to apologize. It was a
foregone conclusion that he would-
I say forgone because Carville's
offensive, and demeaning crack fits
into a by now well-established pat-
tern in packs of Obama critics say
whatever comes to mind no matter
how crass, crude, and thoughtless
publicly about Obama. It could be a
off color race tinged slur, a crack
about his patriotism, citizenship,
his trips, his looks, First Lady
Michelle, his dog, or even an
innocuous children's book. It's
open season on this president, and
anything no matter how off the wall
goes, and will be quoted, cited, and
whipped around the blogosphere as
truth and fact.
The added guarantee that any
silly and offensive inanity about
Obama will make the rounds is that
the ones that purse their lips to utter
the dumb stuff are not the usual
suspects in the GOP and Tea Party,
Limbaugh, Beck and Sarah Palin,
that's expected. The ones taking the
shots at him are supposedly Obama
friends and allies. Carville remem-
ber is a Democrat's Democrat.
Others from billionaire Democratic
Party bankroller George Soros and
good to some not so smart voters.
The problem for Dems was that
was no real message. Most
Democratic candidates were on the
defensive most of their campaigns
defending health care reform, the
deficit and the stimulus.
If Democrats are going to keep
the White House and Senate, and
attempt to pull the House away
from Republicans then there will
need to be a clear message coming
from the national party that trans-
lates well all the way down to the
In 2008, Obama not only ener-
gized the Democratic base, but he
expanded that base as well. Young
people are back to not voting con-
sistently. How do you counter the
tea party movement? Get the young
energize folks who voted for
Obama back in to play.
The Conservative mantra of
"Democrats did it! Vote for Real
Change," has to be matched with
some of the same folks that Team
Obama tapped in 2008.
Democrats are also going to need
a lot of luck in essence. The econo-
my has to start moving again or the
party is in for much of what it just
received this month.
The joys of politics, sometimes it
doesn't matter who is right or
wrong. It matters who can get vot-
ers to believe what they're selling.
Signing off from a boarded up
liberal funnyman Bill Maher have
taken their shots at the president for
one alleged failing or another, and
as expected. It's front page news
when they do.
Obama can expect more blame,
finger pointing, and cheap shots, to
be take at and heaped on him.
Carville was just the latest to open
his mouth and rag on the president,
but by no means the last. Expect no
apologies from any of them during
this very open season on the presi-
dent and presidency.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and politi-
cal analyst. He hosts nationally broadcastpolitical
affairs radio talk shows on Pacifica and KTYM
Radio Los Angeles.
By George E. Curry
Michael Vick has been sensation-
al on the football field this season
as quarterback of the Philadelphia
Eagles. Two weeks ago, he put on a
phenomenal show against the
Washington Redskins, setting a sin-
gle game record by throwing for
333 yards, including four touch-
downs, and rushing for 80 yards
and two more touchdowns. The vis-
iting Eagles routed the Redskins
NFL analyst and former Eagle
Quarterback Ron Jaworski called
it, "the most remarkable perform-
ance I've ever seen on Monday
However, the most remarkable
part of the rise, fall and second rise
of Michael Vick is what happened
off the field. The Atlanta Falcons
selected Vick as its top pick in
2001, the first Black quarterback to
be the No. 1 overall pick in an NFL
draft. Vick signed the largest con-
tract ever for a rookie, $82 million
for six years.
The nadir came in 2007 when he
pleaded guilty to dog fighting-relat-
ed charges. Vick was sentenced to
23 months in prison and served 18
months at the federal prison in
Leavenworth, Kansas, followed by
five months of home confinement
in Virginia. In 2008, he filed for
Rather than throwing Vick to the
dogs, former Indianapolis Colts
Coach Tony Dungy reached out to
the gifted but troubled athlete, vis-
iting him in prison, counseling him
after his release and advocating on
his behalf with NFL brass.
When the NFL agreed to allow
Vick to return to pro football under
a strict set of guidelines, Dungy
was there to help guide Vick, keep-
ing his spirits up while he was
ridiculed and hounded by animal
rights activists. Some critics have
suggested that justice for Vick
The world's rich Blacks
By Bill Reed
Black Americans perceive the occupational roles and personality char-
acteristics portrayed on American media about Africa as real or true to life.
Operating under gross delusions, Black Americans think of themselves as
"the world's richest Blacks". But, if African Americans took at look at
Black Africans they'd see who's moving ahead in building wealth.
South Africa is a nation of 50 million people. Seventy-five percent of the
population is of Black African ancestry. Black South Africans are literally
"sitting on (a) gold mine" South Africa is a country with an abundant sup-
ply of resources, well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy,
and transport sectors. South Africa is ranked 25th in the world in terms of
GDP. The country's advanced development is significantly localized
around four areas: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, and
Pretoria/Johannesburg. Beyond these four economic centers, development
is marginal and poverty is still prevalent despite, consequently the vast
majority of South Africans are poor. Unemployment is extremely high and
South Africa is ranked in the top 10 countries in the world for income
Many Black South Africans are a world away from the images of starv-
ing Africans that routinely fill western television screens. In ways unimag-
inable to their grandparents or Black Americans, second and third genera-
tion Black middle-class professionals exists across industrial sectors from
Cape Town to Johannesburg. Just like in America, a racial wealth and
income disparity exists. The average White household still earns more
than six times the average Black household, and is ten times wealthier.
But, since the demise of apartheid, there has been measurable Black eco-
nomic growth. Affirmative action policies, called Black Economic
Empowerment (BEE), have spawned Black economic wealth and a middle
class. Black professionals and entrepreneurs own shopping centers that are
replacing the comer groceries and market stalls that used to cater to town-
ship residents. East of Johannesburg, the multi-million, Black-owned
Lesedi City mall, houses 53 black businesses, including a supermarket,
video library, disco and off-track betting parlor, and a local witch doctor
Some have jobs, but greater numbers of Black South Africans, than
African Americans, are accumulating wealth. The world's richest Black
man is a South African. Gold magnate Patrice Motsepe is worth $2.3 bil-
lion. The biggest shareholder of the world's fifth-largest gold mining com-
pany, Motsepe controls 19.8 per cent of Harmony Gold Mining Company
Limited and owns the Mamelodi Sundowns, one of South Africa's most
successful soccer teams. Like many wealthy South Africans, Motsepe is a
45 year-old second-generation businessman. Patrice's dad, ABC Motsepe
was one of the country's most successful businessmen. Black South
Africans have entrepreneurial bloodlines with hundreds of current Black
millionaire entrepreneurs. Former union executive and African National
Congress (ANC) leader, Cyril Ramaphosa is a 55-year-old lawyer that left
politics to became a millionaire. Mosima Gabriel Sexwale, commonly
known as Tokyo Sexwale, is a 57-year-old South African millionaire busi-
nessman and former politician, anti-apartheid activist, and political prison-
er. He is a director of companies such as Absa Group Limited, Allied
Electronics Corporation Ltd. (more commonly known as Altech) and Gold
Those with patronizing attitudes about Africa would find it hard to
believe a Zimbabwean "left politics because I realized that there was no
money in that field". A former MP, Philip Chiyangwa has a mansion with
15 carports, 18 bedrooms, 4 balconies, 9 servant quarters, 2 swimming
pools and 3 heliports. Chiyangwa's wealth is estimated at around US$30
million. He owns a 10-seater private jet, hotels and several other small
businesses in and outside Zimbabwe.
Too much of Black Americans' world view is based on politics, main-
stream media portrayals, and who and what we are suppose to "like" or not.
And, the myths between us and Africans runs both ways. Isn't it time to
pull down the veil between us and plot our ways forward? If African-
Americans joined into increased interactions with people in Africa, partic-
ularly in areas of business and investments, it could benefit us all.
Ironically, the South Africans would be ideal mentors for us.
Vick after his advisers approached
the group about the fallen athlete's
embarking on a speaking tour to
discourage urban youth from
engaging in dog fighting. So far,
Vick has spoken to more than a
dozen groups about his bad behav-
ior. In a fact sheet, the Humane
Society stated, "Vick was a role
model for many young people, and
he lost everything because of what
he did to dogs. His story is the
strongest possible example of why
dogfighting is a dead end. Just as
former drug addicts are able to
reach people with addiction, former
dogfighters are some of the most
effective voices against this crime."
One of the most effective voices
lobbying for the Eagles to sign
Vick upon his release from prison
was quarterback Donovan
McNabb, a friend who had played
with Vick in the Pro Bowl.
Continued on page 9
would be his dying and coming
back as a fire hydrant.
Last year, the Eagles signed Vick
to a $1.6 million contract, with a $5
million option for 2010, which it
People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals (PETA), issued a state-
ment saying, "PETA and millions
of decent football fans around the
world are disappointed that the
Philadelphia Eagles have chosen to
sign a man who hanged dogs from
trees, electrocuted them with
jumper cables, held them underwa-
ter until they drowned in his swim-
ming pool, and even threw his own
family dog into the fighting pit to
be torn to shreds while he laughed.
What sort of message does this
send to young fans who care about
animals and don't want to see them
Fortunately, the Humane Society
of the United States took a more
humane approach toward Michael
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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.
Central Metropolitan CME Church
Presents a Christmas Concert
In celebrating the CME Church rich spiritual legacy, join Pastor Clarence
Kelby Heath and members of Central on the Pearl, 4611 North Pearl Street,
Sunday, December 12, at 4:00 p.m. for a Christmas Concert featuring
Central's Mass Choir. The concert is in honor of the CME Church 140th
Founder's Day Anniversary.
The public is also welcome to join the church on Tuesdays, at 6:00 p.m.
for Prayer Time, 6:30 p.m. for Bible Study, Wednesdays, at noon for Bible
Study, 2:00 p.m., for the Feeding Ministries, and 6:00 p.m. for the Temple
Physical Maintenance Ministries. Wear comfort clothes and sneakers for
fitness class with retired physical educator, Jackie Johnson. Classes are free
and open to the public. For more information, call 904 354-7426. Need
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and Bible Study call the church one week in advance at 354-7426.
Historic Mt. Zion AME
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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-
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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-
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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 Faith United Miracle Temple will host the North Eastern
Emancipation Celebration Association as it kicks off its 1st Southern
Celebration, January 1, 2011 at 12 Noon. The theme is "148 Years of
Freedom-Let's We Forget". All people welcome. For more information call
(904) 647-5981. Come and relive the day of freedom. The church is locat-
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Benjamin, Host Pastor and Dr. Rhonda Mitchell-Addo, Coordinator.
Jacksonville's 4th Annual
Downtown Historic Church Tour
The annual Downtown Historic Church Tour tours visits ten historic
churches and begins at the Main Library in Downtown Jacksonville. It will
be on Saturday, December 4, 2010 for one day only from 1 5 p.m.
Participants will tour a century of sanctuaries in one afternoon at ten
Downtown historic churches. Guides at each church will highlight the
architectural and historical significance of the building. The tour begins and
ends at the Main Library and visitors may walk or use the complimentary
trolley service provided along the tour route. For tickets or more informa-
tion call 451-3344.
St Philips Episcopal Church Unity Day
St. Phillips Episcopal Church will celebrate their 30th Annual Unity Day
weekend, starting Friday December 3, 2010 with the annual dinner/dance at
the Clarion Airport and concludes on Sunday December 5, 2010 at 10:00
a.m. Renowned Jacksonville native Al Letson, host of the State of the
Reunion on National Public Radio is the Unity Day Mass of Thanksgiving
speaker. St. Philips located at 321 West Union St. (Comer of Pearl). For
more information, contact the Church at (904) 354-8010 or 354-1053. Rev.
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Matthew Gilbert Annual Reunion
The 13th Annual Alumni Reunion
of Matthew Gilbert will be held
January 28 & 29 at the Hyatt River
Festivities will kick off with a eel-
come reception, Friday at 6 p.m.
and the Banquet will be Saturday at
The event will include two excit-
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Great Eastside History. The Class of
1961 will be honored. Tickets are on
sale now, no tickets sold at the door.
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class leaders or Linda Jackson-Bell
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The American Heart Association
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Gospel Music Channel and Music
World Gospel to educate people
about stroke through an online
gospel singing competition.
From now until
Valentine's Day, Most
Powerful Voices will host a
choirs and artists on behalf
of the American Heart
Association's Power to
End Stroke campaign.
Voters across the country
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select their favorite artists
or choirs among the top 40
choirs and several independent
Each entrant is required to upload
a video or MP3 of a recording of
one song by Dec. 3. Public votes
will move competitors to the next
Mathew Knowles, CEO and pres-
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is among the judges.
"It is our dream at Music World
Entertainment to empower people
and bring an uplifting message to
the world. The partnerships with
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American Heart Association's
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is consistent with our mission," said
Mathew Knowles. "Gospel music is
a meaningful and powerful vehicle
of expression and inspiration. I am
excited and look forward to meeting
and hearing these individual artists
and talented choirs from across the
The judges will select the top 20
contestants, but the public will
choose the ultimate winner.
Winners will receive:
One song recorded by Music
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A professional coaching session
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ATLANTA, Ga. The first court
hearing in the Bishop Eddie Long
sexual misconduct case was held
last week, and the case is already
headed for settlement talks.
Lawyers for the bishop and the four
young men who have filed suits
against him said they want to avoid
a trial and resolve the dispute in
mediation early next year.
During the status conference,
lawyers for both sides gave a road
map of what's going to happen
throughout the case, when it's going
to happen and why it's going to hap-
On the way into the courthouse,
Bishop Eddie Long's attorney Craig
Gillen, and the young accusers'
attorney, B.J. Bernstein, had little to
say. But after a short status confer-
ence, one thing was clear: Both
sides were ready to resolve the case.
Jamal Parris and three other
young men have filed sexual mis-
conduct lawsuits against the popular
Bishop and his 10,000-seat New
Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
The lawsuits allege the bishop sent
the three young men provocative
pictures and lavished money and
gifts on the then-teenagers, while
having sex with the young men.
Bishop Eddie Long
Bishop Long has filed an answer
to all four lawsuits, claiming in bold
letters on the first page the claims of
sexual misconduct are not true.
In all four of the lawsuits, Bishop
Long admitted he was a mentor to a
number of young men, trying to
build stability in their lives. He
admitted to traveling with the young
men and at times sharing a room
In an exclusive interview, Parris
said the Bishop lavished money,
gifts, and support in exchange for
sex and always wanted the young
men to consider him their "daddy."
"You finally have a father that
you've always wanted for and
always dreamed of. He would just
walk away from you if you don't
give him what he wants. So you end
up turning into something you never
thought you would be, which is now
a slave to a man that you love," said
Parris in a televised interview.
In the lawsuit, Bishop Eddie Long
admitted young men in the church
called him "daddy" or sometimes
"granddaddy," and he specifically
denied in every lawsuit that he ever
had sex with any of the four young
Lawyers for both sides say they
want to avoid a trial and resolve
the dispute as quickly as possible.
During the status conference, both
sides said they want to try to avoid
trial, and have a mediator resolve
the explosive allegations. Judge
Johnny Panos set a February date
for mediation. If the case is not set-
tled in mediation, expect the first of
possibly four separate trials in July
Attorneys also said that during the
course of the case, the court will
hear from expert witnesses who will
talk about the relationship that
should be there between a profes-
sional, like a bishop, and a parish-
ioner, like the young men who have
filed suit against him.
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As the holiday season approach-
es. we think of celebrations with
family and friends, and of food!
Whether it is turkey and stuffing,
ham, pumpkin pies, potato latkes or
Christmas cookies, food is an inte-
gral part of the holiday season.Yet
for millions of Americans who
worry about their weight, anticipat-
ing this myriad of delights creates
How can I go to all of those parties
and not overeat?" or "Why do I get
through the whole evening without
cheating and then find myself
overeating at home?" are two of the
common concerns expressed by
dieters. While the ability to avoid
fattening foods often leads to feel-
ings of deprivation, indulging in
these forbidden foods usually leads
to feelings of guilt and weight gain,
which interfere with the joy of the
season. Here are five ways to enjoy
eating the season without worry:
1. End the deprivation
When you tell yourself that you
can't have certain foods because
they are "too fattening," you set
yourself up to overeat those very
foods. It is human nature to want
what we can't have. Eliminating
"forbidden" foods in order to lose
weight for the holidays frequently
leads to overeating at parties and
gatherings. By incorporating all
types of foods into your diet
throughout the year, you can avoid
the overeating and holiday weight
gain that results from deprivation.
2. Become an attuned eater
Attuned eaters use internal, phys-
ical cues to tell them when, what
and how much to eat. This way of
feeding yourself helps you to tune
into hunger and satiation, rather
than eating something just because
it's there. Becoming an attuned
eater allows you to feel in charge of
your eating when you are at holiday
parties and celebrations.
There are three steps to attuned
eating. First. learn to recognize
when you are physically
hungry. This requires
tuning into your
hunger. In order
to match your
hunger with the food
that will satisfy you, have a '
variety of foods available and with-
hold judgments about what you are
supposed to eat. When you are at a
party, try to pick the food(s) that
comes closest to what your body
craves. Finally, pay attention to
your fullness in order to know how
much to eat. If you begin with a
sensation of physical hunger, you
will be able to identify a feeling of
satisfaction when you have eaten
enough. Honoring your hunger will
keep you eating the right amount
for your body and prevent weight
gain due to overeating.
3. Remind yourself that you can
have it later
Who says you can't make your
sweet potato time any time you
want? If you believe that you can-
not have a special holiday food for
another whole year, you are likely
to have it whether you are really in
the mood for it or not. Instead,
promise yourself that you can make
turkey and mashed potatoes any
time of year, and that special
desserts can be baked or bought
when you desire. Knowing that
these foods can be available to you
will reduce the need to eat some-
thing at a holiday celebration you
don't really want at that moment.
Avoid becoming too hungry
It can be tempting to "save up"
your hunger for parties and special
events. However, when you go
without food for a long period of
time, you become ravenous. At this
stage of physical hunger, you are
likely to eat anything and every-
thing in sight, leading to that out of
control feeling and weight gain.
Instead, eat in accordance with
your physical hunger throughout
the day. If you want to ensure that
you have a good appetite when you
arrive at an event, try to eat enough
to take the edge off before you
5. Stay compassionate with
Just about everyone overeats
sometime, especially during the
holiday season. If you yell at your-
self for your transgression, you are
likely to create anxiety, which fuels
overeating and weight gain. You
are also likely to fall into the trap of
telling yourself that you might as
well eat whatever you want right
now because as of tomorrow -or
next week or January 1 you will
have to restrict your eating. This
w ude will
increase your sense of guilt
and feeling out of control, and guar-
antees that you will eat more food
than your body needs.
Instead, remain gentle with your-
self. Attuned eaters notice when
they feel too full, and then naturally
wait for their next sign of physical
hunger to eat again. Acknowledge
the discomfort you feel from
overeating, and promise yourself
that you will do your best to wait
for the next cue of internal hunger
to let you know that it is time.
Focus on family and friends,
rather than on food.Although food
is an integral part of holiday events,
the real purpose of getting together
is to celebrate with people who are
important to you. Eat for satiation
and pleasure, and then turn your
attention to connecting with others,
rather than continuing to eat. By
learning to feel in charge of your
eating, you can break the diet/binge
cycle and prevent weight gain from
holiday overeating. Instead, as you
greet the New Year, enjoy the sense
of calm and hope that comes with
this healthy attitude toward eating
Narrowing the achievement gap
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The findings -- which the council
calls "jaw-dropping" -- spark
debate among academics, social-
policy experts and bloggers over
what's actually causing the drastic
achievement gap, and whether
there's a viable solution.
While it's treated as a given that
the preponderance of black boys
being raised by (overwhelmed and
underaged) single mothers can neg-
atively influence scholastic
achievement rates, the NAEP test
results from boys in the fourth
through eighth grades show that
economic status doesn't matter.
According to the data, white boys
from families receiving public
assistance perform just as well as,
or better than, black boys from fam-
ilies that don't.
The data show that while 38 per-
cent of white boys in the fourth
grade are proficient readers, only
12 percent of black boys are. Forty-
four percent of whites are proficient
at math, compared with only 14
percent of blacks. Data regarding
high school dropout rates and col-
lege matriculation contribute fur-
ther to a dismal picture.
What's going on? Dr. Robin
Saunders, president of the
Consultants group, said that the gap
won't narrow until teachers are
retrained to respond to the racial
sensitivities that black boys carry to
the classroom. "If they bring a
'white cloud' card home from
school because they had a good
day, and a 'black cloud' goes home
because they had a bad day, what
does that say to the child?" Dr.
Still, it's obvious in classrooms
nationwide that too many black
boys seem destined to get left
Why? Because they lack the kind
of nurturing at home that would
instill in them the self-discipline,
self-esteem and self-assertion it
takes to succeed in school.
Back in 1984, when I was strug-
gling through my first year at
Vanderbilt University in Nashville
(where minorities made up less
than 5 percent of the student body),
the Rev. Jesse Jackson stated,
"There is no such thing as a
parental aide to a teacher. The
teacher is an aide to the parents. It's
the parents who rear the children."
Those words couldn't ring truer
Unless more of us step up to guide
black boys to the chalkboard, the
future of a generation risks being
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Final week for
Riverside Arts Market
The RAM (Riverside Arts
Market) a high energy weekly arts,
farmers, and food market under the
1-95 bridge on the St Johns River
featuring locally made or grown
products will conclude this week. It
will be held on Saturday from
10:00a.m.until 2 p.m. on Dec. 5th.
Leashed pets welcome.
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
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November 30th from noon to 1
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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.
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.
The Women's Board
Join celebrities from the worlds of
entertaining, etiquette and antiques
at the 2010 Art & Antiques Show,
Dec. 2 Dec 6, 2010. It will be held
at the Prime Osborn Convention
Center. For more information all
PRIDE Book Club
The next meeting of the PRIDE
Book Club, north Florida's oldest
and largest book club for people of
color, will meet on Friday,
December 3, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
The book for discussion is The Help
by Kathryn Stockett and hosted by
Vanessa Boyer. For directions or
more information, call 268-5944.
finals at the Ritz
Enjoy the Ritz Theater's Amateur
Night on Friday, December 3rd.
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.
I'll be Home for
Christmas stage play
Pastor R.J. Washington will pres-
ent the stage play "I'll be Home for
Christmas" on December 4th and
5th at the Florida Theater. The all
start cast includes Flex Alexander,
Regina Belle, Shanice and James
Avery. Tickets are available now at
Ritz Jazz Jamm
Join the Ritz Theatre for a jazz jam
with Saxtress Pamela Williams. The
concert will be on Sat. December
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Advance tickets start at $21. For
more information call 632-5555.
The 4th Annual Downtown
Historic Church Tour will be on
December 4, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 5
p.m. Tour a century of sanctuaries
in one afternoon and explore the
streets of Downtown with family
and friends. Several churches are
within walking distance and trolley
service is provided along the tour
route that begins at the Main
Library. Call 451-3344 for more
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 $10. For more
information call (904)630-3690.
Every year, The Community
Nutcracker delights audiences of all
ages with its holiday classic. This
year it will be held December 9-11
at the Florida Theater. Call the box-
office at 355-2787 for tickets.
Ledisi at the Ritz
Experience the Ritz's holiday soul
featuring jazz R&B vocalist Ledisi
on Saturday Dec. 11th at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20. For more informa-
tion visit www.ritzjacksonville.com
or call 632-5555.
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 for men, women and children
will be presented. Tickets include a
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.
Experience Kwanzaa at the Ritz
heater on Tuesday Dec. 28th at 6
p.m. Admission is tree. Come join
the Ritz as they celebrate
Kwanzaa's 3rd principle UJIMA
(collective work & responsibility).
For more info call 632-5555.
Bring in the New Year with come-
dian Rickey Smiley on New Years
Eve. The nationally known comic
will be performing at the Moran
Theatre at 8 p.m. on December
31st. For tickets call ticketmaster.
PRIDE Book Club
The next meeting of the PRIDE
Book Club, north Florida's oldest
and largest book club for people of
color, will meet on Saturday,
January 8, 2011 at 4 p.m. The
book for discussion will be Open
Wide the Freedom Gates: A
Memoir By Dorothy Height and
hosted by Jennifer King. For direc-
tions or more information call 703-
The annual MLK day Parade will
take place on Monday, January
17th, 2011. To register or more
information, visit mlkfdn.com or
call 807-8358. The parade travels
through downtown Jacksonville
starting at 9 a.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 713-0973.
Comedians Sommore, Bruce
Bruce, DL Hughley and others will
be in concert on Friday, February
11th at the Jacksonville Veterans
Memorial Arena. Tickets are on sale
now through Ticketmaster.
Hip Hop Tour
Legends of the 80s hip hop scenes
will be in Jacksonville for one night
only for the Legends of Hip Hop
tour. At the Veterans Memorial
Arena will be Salt-N-
Pepa,Whodini, Kurtis Blow, and
more. The concert will be on
Friday, February 25th at 8 p.m..
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Nick Cannon: Millionaire to broke before 19
Nick Cannon has revealed that he earned a million dollars by the time he
turned 18, but blew all of it within a year.
The "America's Got Talent" host admitted that
he wishes he had listened when Will Smith told
him not to spend all his money on cars.
"I became a millionaire and went broke all
before the age of 19. I spent it right away and did
a lot of frivolous, unintelligent things with the
money," he told the Wall Street Journal. "I
bought jewelry and Range Rovers... instead of
buying property I was leasing the most expen-
sive property, and then you turn around and you
owe the government 44% of what you made and
you don't understand that, even when people you
"I would encourage people who do get a little bit of money to save it and
invest it and hold on to it. And make sure you pay your taxes."
Harvey teaming up with Kirk Franklin
Radio and TV personality Steve Harvey is already worried about keep-
ing his material clean on his upcoming comedy tour because he'll be
joined by gospel star Kirk Franklin.
The comedian and the gospel star announced this morning that they're
heading out on the road together starting in
March, and Harvey says it'll be a challenge
trying to make sure he doesn't offend the
/ Franklin sums it up this way: "Steve brings
the jokes and I bring that Jesus!"
Harvey is the new host of the TV game
show "Family Feud." Next month, he
releases the book "Straight Talk No
SChaser," the follow-up to his best-selling
"Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man."
Franklin recently released his own book
called "The Blueprint."
The tour begins in Atlanta on March 19 and will make stops in Tampa,
Nashville, North Charleston and Jacksonville. Dates are still being added.
More drama for Kwame
Bad news for former mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick. Lawyers say
a stripper was paid $1000 to perform at a dope infested party at the
mayor's mansion and his wife attacked the woman giving her husband a
According to the Associated Press, Tamika .
Ruffin's statement comes in documents released
Sunday by Norman Yatooma, lawyer for another
stripper killed months after the long-rumored 2002
The lawyers fillings come in response to
Kilpatrick's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit filed by
the Tamara Greene family, a stripper who was
killed months after the rumored 2002 party.
The 27-year-old exotic dancer was shot to death in 2003 and her family
says city officials suppressed the investigation. So Ruffin is claiming that
Carlita Kilpatrick, the former mayor's wife, attacked Greene with a table
leg or board. We shall see how this story develops.
Wesley Snipes did not surrender to authorities
Despite reports that Wesley Snipes had surrendered to federal authori-
ties, his lawyer says he has yet to do so.
Snipes was due to begin serving a three-year prison sentence for a tax
conviction after being ordered to do so last week by a Florida federal
judge, however, a surrender date was not set at the time, according to
Snipes' attorney Daniel Meachum. He has yet to surrender and the lawyer
is more focused on trying to free his client rather than a surrender date.
Snipes has been free on bail for two years while appealing his 2008 con-
viction for willful failure to file income tax returns.
TI hooked on pain pills
In an interview with Vibe magazine, T.I. says his drug problem started
when he received prescriptions for Oxycontin and hydrocodone after a
series of dental surgeries this year.
"After the pain went away, I kept taking it. I had like five, six prescrip-
tions. So, I had, like 80 pills. Everybody else might drink or smoke a blunt;
I took a pain pill," the 30-year-old says in the magazine's
T.I. said he is now clean and sober, thanks in part to his September arrest
in Los Angeles. Police found ecstasy pills on him, and while the case was
eventually dropped, a judge found him in violation of his probation stem-
ming from a 366-day prison stint for trying to buy illegal guns and sen-
tenced him to 11 months in jail.
Prior to going back to jail, the Atlanta rapper attended one-on-one and
group therapy sessions to help kick his addiction to pills and codeine,
which he was drinking to get high.
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Not many NFL quarterbacks
would volunteer to serve as Vick's
big brother and even fewer would
ask his team to bring in a talented
player who could possibly be his
replacement. To his credit, McNabb
did just that.
By all accounts, Vick became a
changed player in Philadelphia. In
Atlanta, he had been accused of
being the last player in the locker
room and the first to exit. Under
McNabb's tutelage, Vick became
more of a student of the game,
spending more time studying film
and learning to remain in the pock-
et instead of eyeing the nearest lane
In a surprise move, the Eagles
traded McNabb to the Washington
Redskins, a division rival, prior to
the start of this season. Eagles
Coach Andy Reid declared young
Kelvin Kolb as his quarterback of
the future. But when Kolb was
sidelined with an injury in the
opening game, Michael Vick was
given the opportunity to display his
upgraded talent; the quarterback of
the future quickly became the quar-
terback of the past. Vick played so
well that Reid, who had said Kolb
wouldn't lose his starting job
because of an injury, had to reverse
himself and anoint Vick as his quar-
terback. Vick was sidelined for
three games with a rib injury but
returned to his starting role. Vick
has won every game he started this
year and there is even talk of him
becoming selected the league's
most valuable player.
Sunday night, Vick led his team to
a 27-17 victory over the New York
Giants, placing the Eagles atop the
NFC East for the first time this sea-
son. It was a game marred by
dropped touchdown passes, mind-
less penalties and two fumbles by
Vick, who had not fumbled or
thrown an interception all year.
"This was an important game for
him," his coach said after the game.
"It's very important to battle
through when a team is coming
after you, bringing extra people,
you're getting hit and knocked
around, and things might not be
going as smoothly as you want. You
have to fight and that's what he
Vick has fought his way back to
George E. Curry, former editor-in-
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Questions with Real Housewives
stylist Lawrence Washington
There's certainly been a breakout star on the new season of 'The Real
Housewives of Atlanta.' But that star isn't one of the housewives. It's actu-
ally Sheree Whitfield's mainstay hairdresser, Lawrence Washington -- a
twentysomething flamboyant, bald-headed, high-heel-wearing personality
who was born and raised in Hotlanta and is now pursuing a music career.
Bridget Bland sat down with the no-holds-barred cross-dresser for his
take on whether Kim Zolciak can sing, how Beyonce's been influenced by
dragqueens and why he's not apologizing for calling Dwight Eubanks out
as a "stunt queen."
BB: What do you think about the Atlanta scene? It's quite a different place
now from the city you grew up in.
Lawrence Washington: I like the Atlanta scene. It's home, and I love it for
being home. I'm not slaying Atlanta; it's just not my favorite place to party
anymore. The freedom of self-expression is truly on the rise here, which is
different from when I grew up. Another difference is it's turned into a mini-
Hollywood. There is way more opportunity now.
BB: Do you think the show reflects badly on specific groups or perpet-
LW: That is just one group of women, and they can't make African
American women look bad. They are just who they are. I live and breathe
for all of them. I love Nene (Leakes) and Kim and all their foolishness. I
look at people as spirits. A lot of people just don't know how to see that and
say a lot of stuff out of hate.
BB: We see you with makeup and heels on the show. How do you iden-
tify yourself? Are you a man who just wears high heels?
LW: It's so simple. I identify myself as Miss Lawrence, and basically I
cross-dress. That's the word for it -- I'm a cross-dresser. I don't do drag. I
don't wear fake boobs or a bunch of hair. I just cross-dress.
BB: But you still identify as being a man?
LW: If someone calls me that, it wouldn't bother me. I guess so.
BB: Sheree talked about you being the first man to walk into her boutique
wearing heels. When did you start wearing stilettos?
LW: Jot this down; I am the blueprint of the boys of "the cross" in Atlanta.
I started this a long time ago. I put on my first pair of pumps when I was
going to a Prince concert years ago. I thought it was appropriate, and I
never stumbled. And I've never fallen or anything unless I'm dancing and
get real full. It just became real natural.
BB: Talking a little more about the show. Do you dislike Dwight? Why'd
you call him a stunt queen?
LW: I've known Dwight for years, and I know a lot about his background.
He did some things in the past that I really didn't care for. So, me calling
him a stunt queen is not just a figure of speech -- it is fact. He's done things
in the past to make ends meet. To say he loaned out money, I know that's
not true, and you happen to be talking about one of my best friends.
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