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O.J. Simpson appeal denied
by Nevada Supreme Court
The Nevada Supreme Court has refused to overturn O.J. Simpson's
armed robbery and kidnapping convictions stem-
ming from a gunpoint Las Vegas hotel room heist.
The court said in its ruling that it concluded that
all of Simpson's arguments for appeal were with-
The court ordered the conviction of Simpson's co-
defendant Clarence "C.J." Stewart to be reversed
and a new trial held.
The 63-year-old Simpson is serving nine to 33
years at a state prison. His co-defendant, Clarence
"C.J." Stewart, is serving 7 1/2 to 27 years.
Both men were convicted of kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy and
other crimes for what Simpson maintained was an attempt to retrieve
family photos and mementoes.
White supremacist who planned to
kill Obama and Blacks gets 14 years
The White supremacist and self professed devil
worshiper who planned to go on an interstate killing
spree of Blacks that would culminate with the assas-
sination of then-Senator and presidential candidate
Barack Obama was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
At the sentencing, Daniel Cowart apologized to
President Obama and the African-American commu-
nity. His speech was so low, however, that the judge
had to ask him to speak up:
"I apologize to the community, especially African-Americans and the
president and his family," Cowart told U.S. Dist. Judge J. Daniel Breen.
Apparently, the numbers 88 and 14 are symbolic in the world of white
supremacists, so it's only fitting that Cowart will spend the next decade
and a half behind bars. Cowart's accomplice, Paul Schlesselman, also
pled guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison
Eastern European nation of
Slovenia elects first Black mayor
Peter Bossman, a Ghana-bom doctor, is believed to be the first black
man to win a major election in an Eastern European nation.
Bossman, 54, has already drawn the nickname "Obama of Piran" with
his victory and promised to bring electric cars to his city and boost
Slovenia, which broke away from Yugoslavia in
1991, has a population of about 2 million. Piran is a
coastal city of about 17,000 residents and shares sis-
ter city status with Indianapolis.
Bossman moved to the region in the 1970's to study
medicine and stayed after marrying a fellow student
from neighboring Croatia.
Though he isn't a newcomer to the country, Africa;
make up a just a small sliver of the Slovenian population, so it's good .
see that Bossman was able to get voters to look past his race and foc is
on the policies he outlined during his campaign run.
Toledo school districts
investigated for racial bias
TOLEDO, Ohio Complaints alleging racial bias in one of Ohio's
largest school systems have drawn the attention of federal officials.
In a recent e-mail to The Blade newspaper of Toledo, a U.S. Department
of Education spokesman said it's investigating whether the city's school
district provides black students equal access to resources for preparing
for college and careers.
Parents of black students say few college prep courses are offered at a
predominantly black high school compared to other schools they
describe as "identifiably" white. Several groups of parents filed a civil
rights complaint with the Education Department last year.
School district officials deny there's any racial discrimination in the
way classes are provided.
Obama appoints record
number of gay officials
WASHINGTON Less than halfway through his first term, President
Barack Obama has appointed more openly gay officials than any other
president in history.
Gay activists say the estimate of more than 150 appointments so far-
from agency heads and commission members to policy officials and sen-
ior staffers surpasses the previous high of about 140 reached during
two full terms under President Bill Clinton.
The pace of appointments has helped to ease broader disappointment
among gay rights groups that Obama has not acted more quickly on other
fronts, such as ending the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bans gays
from serving openly in the military.
In a sign of how times have changed, few of the appointees about
two dozen required Senate confirmation have stirred much controver-
sy. It's a far cry from the 1993 furor surrounding Clinton's nomination of
then-San Francisco Supervisor Roberta Achtenberg as assistant secretary
for Housing and Urban Development.
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Alpha Kappa Alpha thinks pink!
Members of Gamma Rho Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpa partici-
pated in the 5K Breast Cancer Walk last week. Several members of the
chapter participated doing their pink ribbons and raising over $4500.
Shown above on the front row are Tonya Brown, Angela Hicks, Norma
White, Pat Sims, Phillis Varnado, Johnetta More and Willetta Richie. TMA
Foreclosure Raines con
by J. Cunningham
A resident who is so anxious
about his unstable housing situa-
tion develops digestion problems
and has trouble eating.
A tenant who feels so ashamed
that the bank has begun foreclosure
proceedings on his house bottles up
his depression and isolates himself
A homeowner hasn't had a good .
night's sleep in years because she
constantly worries about whether t
she's done all she can to stop the 5109 1
foreclosure on her house.
These residents are among those
who participated in a landmark
report that found foreclosure not
only has an economic impact, it can
alter the health of an community.
The study, "Rebuilding Neighbor-
hoods, Restoring Health," released
by the Alameda County Public
Health Department surveyed 400
residents about their health while
dealing with foreclosure.
"Residents experiencing foreclo- How about those Vikings! The u
sure and related problems of hous- with a 29-22 win over Baker Coun
ing instability are significantly homefield. This week they will tra
more likely to report that their week is the popular Northwest Cla
Continued on page 2 from Viking territory, see page 5.
Old Floradale celebrates community
Members of the The Old Floradale neighborhood enjoyed their annual
cookout last weekend. The old fashioned block party blocks off the street
and residents along with their invited guests, participate with individual
and collective cookouts, contests, and activities for kids. The day also
included a stop by the area patrol from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
who were thanked for protecting their neighborhood and given certificates
of appreciation. Shown above are Clementine Durant, Linda Wiggins,
David Wiggins, Bobbie Wiggins, Michael Grant, Pattie Hill, Annie
Witherspoon and Ulysses Daniels.. For more sights, see page 5. KFP
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tinues undefeated streak
defeated Raines Vikings stretched their winning streak to 7-0 last week
ity. Shown above is senior Freeman Dozier scoring a touchdown on the
vel to Alachua to play Santa Fe and hopefully keep up their record. Next
assic against arch rivals, the Ribault Trojans. For more sights and scenes
First time voters join elected officials
Meek and Burney to cast their ballot
Senate candidate, Cong. Kendrick Meek, stopped in Jacksonville last
week to stress the importance of voting as the campaign season comes to
a close. While visiting the city, he participated in a press conference with
Cong. Corrine Brown at her headquarters and joined two first time voters
as they cast their early vote ballot at the Supervisor of Elections office.
Shown above are new voter Anton Keys, Cong. Meek, Ahmad Seymour
and School Board member Betty Burney. FMP photo
Ladies: Romance without
finance is not always a bad mix
Thriller re-enacted for national attempt to break the World
Record for Largest Simultaneous Dance Men women and children of all ages
gathered in Main Street's Evergreen Cemetery to re-enact Michael Jackson's famous Thriller video. Thousands of
people in cities around the world learned the Thriller dance and performed it at the same time Participation was-
free, but some instructional classes could be taken for $3. Thrill The World (TTW) started in 2006 and is a world-
wide simultaneous performance of the dance Michael Jackson performed in his Thriller video. In 2009, more than
22,000 people in 32 countries participated in TTW.
Foreclosure can make you sick literally
Continued from front
physical health has become
worse over the past two years," the
The survey found, among other
things, that peo-
p I e
encing some type of
foreclosure were twice as likely to
report mental health problems. It
also found that the likelihood of
experiencing stress, anxiety or
depression over the past month was
doubled in foreclosed residents.
"We've just seen, on a number of
levels, that people are significantly
thrown off by the threat of housing
instability," said Robbie Clark,
Housing Rights Lead Organizer at
Causa Justa :: Just Cause, and one
of the authors of the report.
Clark said her organization was
motivated to complete the report
after noticing the negative impact
foreclosures were having, in East
and West Oakland which are pre-
dominantly communities of color.
And Clark said having hard data
that analyses of the impact of fore-
closure in the community helps
Causa Justa :: Just Cause in advo-
cating for better legislation to pro-
tect residents in foreclosure.
"Oftentimes, when we go to our
city council to lobby them, or other
legislators to lobby them, it's real-
ly hard for us, beyond the indi-
vidual stories, to provide them
with the quantitative data that
really captures the picture that
we're trying to paint," Clark
said. "The report is a good tool
for us to be able to do that."
But compounding the foreclo-
sure threat for some can are
already vulnerable and stressful liv-
ing conditions due to unemploy-
ment, limited access to health care
and high crime rates in neighbor-
hoods already reeling from the
national economic downturn, said
Dr. Robert I. Field, professor of
Health Management and Policy at
the Drexel University School of
"It's not uncommon that the
neighborhoods that were blighted
an have high rates of foreclosure
have these illnesses," Field said,
"but you have to tease out what's
Field said there is a growing body
of evidence that links urban blight
to stress- related diseases like
depression and high blood pressure.
He added that inner city neighbor-
hoods could be more susceptible to
foreclosure than affluent areas, and
residents of inner cities face added
pressures due to foreclosures, like
worries that an abandoned, fore-
closed house will become a magnet
for drug addicts.
Clark agreed that foreclosure
could be an added pressure to pub-
lic health in already at-risk commu-
"We saw a number of people who
are still dealing with the stress of
daily life, but then, in addition, is
this extra, added stress, that's mak-
ing them depressed, feel isolated
and in general, leading to other ill-
nesses that have hospitalized peo-
ple," Clark said.
The "Rebuilding Neighborhoods,
Restoring Health" report lists solu-
tions such as, establishing foreclo-
sure prevention clinics where resi-
dents can go for support in negoti-
ating with banks, engaging home-
owners and tenants in foreclosure
policy making and educating and
training people about their rights in
Cause Justa :: Just Cause offers
foreclosure support services in-
house, and also refers residents to
foreclosure prevention clinics. The
group is also working with local
utilities on laws to keep the water
and electricity on in homes that
have been foreclosed.
"That's really what our work is
about, taking people out of that
position of powerlessness," Clark
said, "and connecting people to a
What woman hasn't dreamed of,
or at least heavily entertained, the
idea of marrying a man rolling in
cash? Glamorous vacations, fancy
dinners, and shopping sprees is the
stuff movies are made of; and
maybe that's where these
dreams should stay.
Of course, dating a man with
money comes with perks, but it
also comes with its share of
headaches and heartaches. And
for the average person during
these times, there are fewer rich
guys to go around. More
women than men are graduat-
ing from college these days, so
women are increasingly marry-
ing guys with less education
and income than they have
themselves, according to a
report released by the Pew
Research Center. Also, fewer /
women have suffered job loss
due to recession compared to
men. So don't write him off
right away if his bank account
isn't big. Scientists believe men_
who make less money come with
He's More Likely to Be Faithful
When Tiger Woods apologized,
he implied that he felt entitled by
his success to have affairs. He's not
alone. Research shows that wealthy
men tend to be hypocrites when it
comes to cheating. Also, if he
believes you depend on him, he's
less likely to feel remorseful about
He'll Charm Your Friends
and Family... Genuinely
Low-and middle-income men are
more polite than wealthy guys
when they meet new people,
according to the journal
Psychological Science. When study
authors watched rich and poor guys
get acquainted with strangers, the
less well-off men talked and
laughed more and made more eye
contact than the rich, who exhibited
rude behavior such as fidgeting,
ignoring others and paying too
much attention to their own appear-
ance. Subconsciously, rich men
may not believe they need to make
connections with people as a sur-
vival skill because they have
money, said Dacher Keltner, Ph.D.,
author of Born to Be Good.
He'll Support Your Ambitions
Research published in the Journal
of Applied Psychology says that
successful men can be more sexist
than their lesser-paid counterparts.
This is likely because they're usual-
ly alpha males who feel it's a "man's
duty" to provide, says Beth
Livingston, Ph.D., an assistant pro-
fessor of human resources at
Cornell University. On the
other hand, poorer men are
often more supportive of
their partners' careers and
aspirations. Couples who
encourage each other to ful-
fill their dreams tend to be
Sex Will Sizzle
A guy with lighter pockets
will try to give you in bed
. what he can't buy you with
money, said Bethany
Marshall, Ph. D., author of
Deal Breakers. A good man,
rich or poor, will try to use all
of his resources to keep the
woman he loves. If he can't
kp wine and dine you, he might
find other ways to express his
love, and that includes in the
bedroom. Well, that's the
theory at least.
The bottom line is that love
shouldn't cost a thing. Whether you
fall for a rich man or a poor man,
it's what's inside that counts --- and
we don't mean inside his wallet.
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Rev. Al Sharpton joins spiritual and
elected leadership to rally the Black vote
Mandela shows personal side in new memoir -
Former South Africa's President Nelson Mandela poses with a copy of his
newly released book "Conversations with Myself" next to his daughter
Zindzi (L) and fellow former political prisoner Ahmed Kathrada The
book, now on sale in 22 countries, contains excerpts of his private journals,
letters and personal notes. It is the first published document of his state of
mind while imprisoned. Barack Obama wrote the book's foreword.
Shown above in attendance were (L-R): Dr James Sampson, Pastor First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Paula Wright Duval
County School Board, Elder Lee Harris Pastor, Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, Betty Burney Duval County School Board, State
Senator Tony Hill, Cong. Corrine Brown, Dr. John Allen Newman Senior Pastor, Mt. Calvary, Rev. Al Sharpton civil rights leaders and
President of National Action Network, Bishop Edward Robinson, Jr. Southside Church of God in Christ, State Rep. Audrey Gibson, Keith
Canady Pastor, Central Baptist Institutional Church, Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, Dr. Jeffrey Rumlin
- Pastor, Dayspring Baptist Church. FMPPhoto
Noted civil rights activist, the leg-
endary Rev. Al Sharpton, visited
Jacksonville this week on his
Florida tour to rally area clergy and
elected officials to get the congre-
gations and citizens to the polls.
Black voters have been said to be
the predicted swing vote in this
year's contested elections. Sharpton
met with the pastors and leaders at
Bethel Baptist Church downtown.
Sharpton used a football analogy
to describe the loss of enthusiasm
among black voters, with the
Democratic majority at stake in the
Nov. 2 general election.
"They have said that they will over-
turn Obama-care," Sharpton said.
"Blacks need to vote in record
numbers to prevent a backslide"
said Rev. Sharpton to the city's
He also commented on other
issues, like the firing of NPR com-
mentator Juan Williams.
"I think the fact that he was arguing
against Bill O'Reilly against
Islamophobia, they had the right to
fire him, but that reason, I think, is
one that I would question,"
He made several stops throughout
his Florida tour including Fort
Lauderdale, Miami, Daytona
Beach, Gainesville and concluded
the tour in Jacksonville.
Cracker Barrel beating victim denounces sentence
Jaguars perform off the field The Jacksonville Jaguars
may not be doing much to impress their fans on the field,.but that doesn't
stop them from doing their best off the field. Shown above is #81 Kassim
Osgood who helped to kick off MDA and the annual Jacksonville Fire
and Rescue Boot Drive this week. TMA photo
Atlanta, Ga Army reservist
Tasha Hill denounced the sentenc-
ing of a man who attacked her at a
Georgia Cracker Barrel restaurant
while yelling racial epithets..
Her attacker, Troy West, was sen-
tenced to six-months in prison after
pleading guilty to four misde-
"It's an insult to me. It's an inter-
pretation to me that my self-value
and my daughter's self-value and
our worth was very minimal," Hill
West admitted to repeatedly hit-
ting Hill after she told him not to hit
her daughter with the restaurant's
entrance door last September. He
even said it was sometimes OK to
hit a woman, though not normally.
Hill said she and her daughter
have both have been diagnosed
with post-traumatic stress syn-
In court, she cried that she never
asked to be hit, but the prosecu-
tion's case fell apart as the defense
spotlighted Hill's character.
West said Hill told him, "I'm a
U.S. military soldier. I'll kill you."
Two teens also testified that Hill
had threatened their lives in an
A Cracker Barrel customer said
he witnessed the attack and that Hill
spit on West before he hit her.
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Community Service: So what will
"The Dash" on your gravestone represent?
With mid-term elections less than
a week away no check that. With
mid-term elections here thanks to
early voting of course, I thought
that I would take a brief intermis-
sion from politics since that's all
we have been hearing about over
the past several months.
On Monday night, I attended the
First Annual LISC Jacksonville
Dash Awards. Yes, I know what
you are thinking sounds strange.
On the surface, the "Dash Awards"
does sound a little odd, but once
you understand what the "dash" is
about then it becomes crystal clear
why this award program was truly
The dash simply refers to the
space on a gravestone between the
day you were born and the day you
Poet Linda Ellis is the author of
the now famous poem, The Dash. It
is a poem that has become increas-
ingly popular since she wrote it in
Some people's dash will be sig-
nificant and other's will have a
dash that is filled with dreams
deferred and unfortunate events. If
you think about it the dash is a
simple symbol with an extraordi-
The LISC Jacksonville Dash
awards were related to the organi-
zation's involvement in the federal-
ly funded AmeriCorps program. To
simply state it AmeriCorp is
a domestic ver-
sion of the
is a network of
e n g a g e
ice to meet the
others. We should all be giving
back to our communities in some
way and that's why that dash is so
I know that I am always on this
soapbox, but if we are truly going
to turn communities and neighbor-
"For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
"For it matters not how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash."
needs in education, public safety,
health, and the environment.
So where am I going with all of
this? I love politics and its role in
our everyday lives, but I love com-
munity service even more.
"No one does it alone," said
Oprah Winfrey. And I totally agree.
That dash on our gravestone
shouldn't be just about our profes-
sional and personal accomplish-
ments. That dash should also
include the things we did to help
hoods around -
we have got to
and give back.
service is so
because it pro-
vides a way for
LINDA ELLIS e v e r y o n e
your background to make tangible
differences in our city, state and
nation. It is important that we all
have an understanding of the chal-
lenges that lay outside of our cozy
environments and work towards
solutions to helping at-risk youth
and individuals and families in
Martin Luther King, Jr. may have
said it best when he said,
"Strangely enough, I can never be
what I ought to be until you are
what you ought to be."
Parents must watch out for wolves in
by Dr. Barbara Reynolds
With yet another African-
American clergyman caught up in
legal charges of sexual abuse of
young boys, parents must keep a
more watchful eye on their children
entrusted in the hands of some
It should be no surprise that
sooner or later Black churches
would have to deal with the issue of
homosexuality that has long been
suppressed within their hallowed
walls. Within the Catholic Church
suppressed pedophilia at the hands
of priests has harmed thousands of
children, some of whom have not
only turned their backs on the
church but also on God.
Recently, Pastor Billy McCurdy
of the Las Vegas Church of God in
Christ was arrested on charges that
he forced teen boys into sexual
relationships by using his authority
and Bible Scriptures.
The charges against McCurdy
should make one shudder after
reading the testimony of four
young men who have filed suit
against popular mega-church
leader Bishop Eddie Long alleging
he used his authority as the
church's chief role model to have
sex with them.
While neither McCurdy nor
Long have been proved guilty or
innocent in a court of law, if we are
all part of the court of public opin-
ion, we can at least ask questions
about the fate of our children and
why most clergy are not presenting
guidance on this issue of homosex-
uality within the pews.
Jamal Parrish is one of the young
men, who described how Bishop
Long allegedly used his spiritual
authority and gave them cars,
clothes, and trips to lure them into
sexual relationships while they
were teen members of New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church in sub-
In an interview with Fox News,
Jamal lamented, "I cannot get the
sound of his voice out of my head
and I cannot forget the smell of his
cologne. I was not able to take
enough showers to wipe the smell
of him off my body."
In addition Reuben Armstrong,
author of Snakes In the Pulpit, pub-
lished a book in 2007 which out-
right labeled Long as sleeping with
other men. He told CNN, "Long is
leading God's people to the pits of
hell. He need to confess, repent,
and let God deal with him."
When speaking to his critics,
Long told thousands of admiring
congregates "I am not a perfect
man" and vowed to fight the
Long could well be innocent, but
the scandals orbiting around point
to a larger and dangerous quag-
First, since about 75 percent of
Black homes are headed by single
women, many take their children to
church seeking "spiritual fathers."
If a few spiritual fathers are actual-
ly wolves in sheep clothes, the chil-
dren can be easy prey.
Many studies show that children
may not report abuse until much
older, if it is done by authority fig-
ures. In a few case studies, we have
seen how some mothers will force
their children to remain silent, if
enough cash is coming into the
household from boyfriends or even
clergy. And, once young men
climb over the personal embarrass-
ment to speak out about sexual
abuse if they see most adults also
embracing the authority figures,
can you see how they see no gain in
There are some churches that
stand on the Bible that homosexu-
ality, like adultery, is a sin. Others
ignore homosexuality so as not to
disturb their choirs who are some-
times dominated by gays or to
decrease their offering or to shy
away from pro-gay activists.
Even more complicated are those
clergy who are accused of having
sex with young men, while at the
same time crusading against homo-
sexuality. According to messages
that have been printed in pro-gay
publications Long, who has led an
anti-gay demonstration in Atlanta,
has said: "I don't care what scien-
tists say. You can be converted. You
were not born that way.
Homosexuality and lesbianism are
spiritual abortions. God says you
Gay groups point out that hateful
messages contribute to suicide
among homosexual youth and ser-
mons that preach that homosexual-
ity is wrong are hateful and anti-
On the other hand, if church lead-
ers do not condemn homosexuality
and perform marriages for gays,
they are perverting sacred
Scripture, which define marriage as
an act between male and female.
As churches grow more coward-
ly on the issue of homosexuality
and gay marriages, gay sex is
becoming more politically correct
from the bottom to the top of Black
When church leaders speak
against homosexuality, the well-
oiled gay lobby denounces them as
"hateful homophobics." Somehow,
we must find a way to maneuver
between hateful rhetoric targeting
homosexuals and the refusal to
stand upon Scriptures that con-
demn homosexuality, along with
adultery and other forms of fornica-
Churches must have more honest
talk about the realities of sex and
sexuality in the pews. And, the real-
ity is that supporting Biblical doc-
trines on homosexuality does not
make anyone homophobic and nei-
ther does hate language belong in
Christianity, which foundation is
based on love.
Fortunately most adult clergy
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think about the things you want to
be known for. We cannot take
worldly possessions with us, but
we can take our name and our good
Or, as Ellis wrote in the last stan-
"So, when your eulogy is being
read, with your life's actions to
rehash. Would you be proud of the
things they say, about how you
spent your dash?"
Signing off from The Dash
who work with our children are
trustworthy. Nevertheless, it will
not hurt for parents to keep a more
watchful and wary eye on all adult
role models who handle their chil-
dren--both straight and gay.
Dr. Barbara Reynolds is a lectur-
er at universities and seminaries, an
author of six books and a book
coach. Her website is
Each one teach one
While in Knoxville, TN visiting one of my com-
pany's stores, it reminded me of why it holds a spe-
cial place in my heart. It was there I and other spent
four weeks in training. I got to know one of the
C., store's owners really well as wesat side by side. He
is a great gentleman who just happens to be an
Indian-American immigrant AND a neuro-surgeon
resident but also a friend. Why do I bring up his
ancestry? It's key to the story. Read on ...
In all of my meetings I thought that things were going well but at dinner I
noticed a few stares. I was thinking that I must have paper on my shoe or
something hanging from my nose .... but then I looked around and noticed
that I was the only person who looked like me in the building. Having
friends and family of different races, from different cultures, and worshiping
in different ways I love humanity, no matter the background. But there
seemed to be a different feeling here.
And then as I journeyed to the airport ... I saw it. On the back of a truck
was a sign that talked of Pro- Slavery I could not get a picture of the other
sign on the truck that said, "Take them all and put THEM back where they
belong ... in the field". As you all know I am always one for a good joke
so I chuckled to myself as I thought I already work in the "field" for my
Nevertheless, seeing this sign did send a bit of a chill up my spine.
Truthfully, it's a sad commentary on the state of our world today. It is a sad
day when we have franchisers who have said, I can't let anyone know I
own this store because they wouldn't patronize my business simply because
of how I look". A part of our job then is not only marketing our product but
also to use the experience of our interactions where people wouldn't ordi-
narily deal with women or people of color or people who worship different-
ly and through our extended hand they can see that at the end of the day that
we are all just .... people.
I am hopeful that through sharing a brand that I enjoy and love that I am
doing my part to change the world. One experience and ONE WING at a
Rahman Johnson Marketing Manager, Wingstop
Time to end gay discrimination
by Judge Greg Mathis
The United States is suffering from an identity crisis
when it comes to the rights and safety of homosexuals
and lesbians. On the one hand, the government says it
respects the rights of gays to live as domestic partners,
to be free from violence, and to work in whatever field
they choose, even the military. Yet, the government
seems to do very little and even contradicts itself -
when it comes to making these ideas reality.
Recently, a federal court lifted the controversial
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that prohibited gays in
the military from openly declaring their homosexuality.
Anyone caught doing so, under the law, could be imme-
diately discharged from service. President Obama has
often stated that he wanted to bring an end to the policy
during his presidency. However, as soon as the ruling
came down, his Justice Department began working on
an appeal that would keep the ban in place... at least
temporarily. And, they won. The President still main-
tains that he wants "Don't Ask, Don't
Tell" to die, but he says he wants
Congress to bring an end to it. It's
highly unlikely that the President will
get his wish with such strong opposi-
tion from Republicans in Congress, a
group that is expected to take control
after the November elections. Why,
then, didn't his administration let the
ruling stand? Your guess is as good as N
The confusion doesn't end there. In .
recent weeks, we've been sobered with
stories of young gay men across the
country who committed suicide
because they were tired of being bullied
by their peers. Research shows that gay
and lesbian teens are four times more
likely to commit suicide than their het- -"
erosexual counterparts. There is cur-
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rently a national campaign aimed at young homosexu-
als, designed to lift their spirits, encourage them to get
help and let them know that things will get better for
them. In the midst of all this support, one thing is miss-
ing: a government stance on bullying, specifically bul-
lying of gay students. Where is the national policy that
cracks down hard on bullies and charges any young per-
son who bullies a gay teen (or a Black or Latino or
Asian one) with a hate crime? There isn't one.
Gay rights are civil rights and we must protect them.
Any American, regardless of race, gender, religion or
sexual orientation should be free to live life openly and
safely. America, as open as it is in other areas, is not at
. that place yet and it should be. Let's force our elected
officials to take a stand for the rights of all citizens by
standing up for gay rights. How can we do that? We
can do it by casting our vote in the upcoming election
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Criminal justice issues spark frank
discussion at accountability forum
The challenges ex-offenders lace both the organizers and the atten-
upon re-entry, the perpetuation of a dees," said Mr. Shirk. "Nothing can
criminal class when incarceration is give me a better understanding of
favored over rehabilitation and the what my constituents are thinking
social ills realized by one-size-fits- than to get out and engage in dis-
all prosecutions arc front and center cussion with them myself. There
issues in Jacksonville's inner-city are very serious challenges facing
people in our inner-city,
particularly in the criminal
justice system, and I want
to work together with all
interested parties to see
where we can affect needed
The Forum was held at
The Master's Touch
The grassroots audience could get up close Ministry on Jacksonville's
and personal with the panel of experts.
neighborhoods. Those were some
of the hottest topics discussed in
detail during the 'Legal System'
segment at the Third Northeast
Florida Accountability Forum (NO-
FLAF) last Thursday.
Fourth Judicial Circuit Public
Defender Matt Shirk served on the
panel for that segment along with
staff from the State Attorney Office,
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and
the American Civil Liberties
"As a returning panelist to the
series of Accountability Forums
organized by some of
Jacksonville's leading neighbor-
hood activists, I would like to thank
north side. It was the third
such event put together by the
Sherwood Forest/Paradise Park
Neighborhood Association (SFPP-
NA) and the Coalition of Presidents
of Community Associations. The
issues discussed during the event
included a segment on General
Elections/Ballot Amendments fea-
turing Supervisor of Elections Jerry
featuring City Councilman
Reginald Brown and the portion
dedicated to the Legal System.
Moderators for the Forum were
President Eunice Barmum of SFPP-
NA and Mr. Michael Wells of the
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) I Raines Cheerleaders donning their Breast cancer awareness shirts:
Monica Jones, Diamond Odom, Audrey Slomon, Regina Crawford,
Booster club members "thinking pink" : Monica Jones-Brown '77 Santeria Colson, Tiffany Whyte, Ai'Vann Cherry, Jerlexus Cherry,
,Deborah Johnson-Thomas '77 and Frankeshia Thomas '99 selling Shannacoria Wingfield, Tianna Whyte, Ka'Rissi Thompson, Breana
paraphanelia for the Raines Booster Club. FMP Tyson, Aundreya Hartsfield, Erikka Carter and Brittoria O'Neal.
Black women battle triple negative breast cancer at alarming rates
by M. Healy, LAT
In January, 2005, Stephanie
Broady knew she had breast cancer.
"I was just touching [myself] and
thought I might as well do the [self
breast exam] because I had been
doing it on a monthly basis--and I
found the lump," she said.
A month later she received the
sobering news from doctors--she
did in fact have breast cancer.
And she learned the type of breast
cancer she had was more aggressive
"The initial lump was like the
size of my fingernail, but by the
time they removed it, it was the size
of an un-shelled walnut," she said.
Stephanie's cancer is known as
triple negative, a type of breast can-
cer that affects tens of thousands of
women each year, especially young
Dr. Kathie-Ann Joseph is an
assistant professor of surgery at
New York University's Langone
Medical Center. She says women
with triple negative breast cancer
lack three hormone receptors
known to fuel breast cancer tumors-
-which means many of the most
common drugs and therapies won't
The form is rare--it accounts for
roughly 10 to 20% of all breast can-
cer cases nationally--triple negative
does mirror many breast cancer
trends for minority patients.
"About 30 percent of the cases, of
breast cancer in African-Americans
in this country, 20 to 30 percent are
triple negatives versus about 10 to
15 percent in white women," Dr.
Joseph said. "So it's not exclusive to
African-Americans, but it is cer-
And while triple negative
research is relatively new, experts
agree early detection is still the best
scenario for any patient.
As for Stephanie, who is 51 and a
full-time singer and songwriter, ,
she will soon become a six-year
breast cancer survivor.
"I don't wait to put on my good
clothes anymore," Stephanie said.
"I don't wait to use my good china
anymore. There are no special
things anymore because everyday is
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Jada Dixon, Samaria Harper, Gerkari and Shalora
Gordon, Amari Harper, Amiya Williams and Laura Reed.
Ray Stamper and Ted Kelly
Melvina White andTonya Dixon
Ruth Roberts, Officer Billie Kreeger, Lucille Grant,
Angela Nixon and Clementine Durante
The Old Floradale Neighborhood
Association Annual Cook-out was a
success as over 150 people showed
up to celebrate past, present and
future relationships. People from
all over Jacksonville reminisced
about the good times playing in the
yards of their neighbors and detail-
ing the 70's and how things have
changed yet have stayed the same.
Neighborhood members presented
certificates of appreciation to the
JSO officers, city council, state rep-
resentatives, Winn-Dixie Store #89
and the Northside Church of
Children played across the neigh-
bor's yards and participated in the
new musical chairs championship,
tag racing, and dancing, while the
adults played cards and the elderly
neighbors stood watch.
This is the seventh straight year for
A FIGHTER FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
A record to prove it
An Attorney General
committed to enforcement
Dan Gelber has prosecuted those who violated
anti-discrimination laws. He's gone after drug
dealers and white collar criminals with the same
determination because it was the right thing to do.
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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist
Planning for 91st Anniversary
New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church located at 1824 Prospect
Street, is having their 91 st Church Anniversary under the theme "Restoring
our Faith, Family & Fellowship In God". The Church Banquet is Friday
October 24th at 4 p.m. at the Cypress Community Center, 4012 University
Blvd. North. Praise Night Service is Thursday November llth at 7 p.m.
Visiting Churches Night is Friday November 12th at 7:00p.m. Other special
services on November 14th include Sunday School at 9 a.m., Morning
Service at 11 a.m. and Youth Explosion at 4 p.m. For more information, call
Deacon Keith at (904) 764-9879. Rev Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus.
First New Zion Missionary Baptist
to hold 25th Anniversary Celebration
First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive; invites
the community to the 25th Anniversary Celebration Banquet honoring their
beloved Pastor, Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson. The celebration will com-
mence at 6:10 p.m., Saturday, October 30, 2010, and will be held in the
Church Fellowship Hall, 4810 Soutel Drive (across the street from the
Church. To reserve your space, please call our office at (904) 765-3111.
Sis Sheila Kendrick is Anniversary Chairperson.
Donations needed by MMM
Million More Movement Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee, Inc
is asking the public to donate clothes hangers, shoes all size and school sup-
plies to their Clothes Give-Away. These items can be dropped off at 916
Myrtle Ave, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. For
more information visit www.jaxloc.org.
St. Andrew presents
St. Andrews Missionary Baptist
Church, located at 2600 West 46t Street,
invite the community to their annual
Youth Day. It will be held on Sunday,
October 31st with the Rev Michael
Halyard, Associate Pastor of United
Missionary Baptist Church, as the speak-
er. Rev Halyard is a graduate of Ribault
Sr. High school class 2001 and Carolina
University of Theology. Service will
Rev. Michael Halyard begin at 10:45 a.m. Come out and sup-
port the youth with gospel, singing & preaching. For information contact
Ida Coleman at 765-5553 or Ola Evans 764-2102.
Halloween Gospel Extravaganza
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church will present a Gospel
Extravaganza featuring the Gospel Cavaliers and the Faith Gospel Singers.
The concert will be held on Sunday, October 31st at 5 p.m. The church is
located at 690 West 20th Street, 32206.
Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
Refreshing Women is looking for Christian Talent, soloist, speakers,
praise dancers and poem readers for a free service that is free to the pub-
lic. The show will be air Saturday mornings at 8A.M. on Comcast 29. For
more information call 220-6400 or email CFIGCPUSH TV@Yahoo.com
Any Pastor wishing to come on the show in the near future are welcome,
and can have their church name and worship service added to the
Community Shout or Roll, by sending their, church name, address and time
of service to P.O. Box 350117 Jacksonville, Fl. 32235-0117. Please call to
attention Rev. Mattie W. Freeman.
The Christian Girls Club Ministries
The Christian Girls Club Ministries will celebrate their 20th Anniversary
on December 3rd & 4th, 2010 at The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront. All members who have worked with this organization in the
past 19 years, and wish to participate in the Grand Celebration of Life, are
asked to call 398-8517.
Greater Refuge 47th Anniversary
Bishop Gentle Groover and the Greater Refuge Temple are celebrating
their 47th Church Anniversary in conjunction with their Annual Family &
Friends Gathering on Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31st.
Special guests include the Presiding Bishop & 1st Lady of the Church of
our Lord Jesus Christ, Bishop Matthew & Mother Miriam Norwood and
Pastor Kervy Brown who will be featured along with the Temple's Mass
Choir. This year we are proud to salute Mother Catherine Hester Groover
McNair. The church is located at 1317 Rowe Avenue -that's at the corner
of Rowe and Lem Turner on Jacksonville 's Northside.
For more information, call 904-768-4009.
Bishop Gentle Groover would love to see you there.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge.
Information must be received in the Free Press offices no
later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run.
Information received prior to the event date will be print-
ed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to
765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
The Officers and board members
of The El-Beth-El Development
Center will host its Annual
"Successful Role Model" Banquet
on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at
7:00 p.m. at the Community
Rehabilitation Center Banquet Hall.
Since 1980, dedicated individuals
from the community hve been hon-
ored for outstanding achievements,
leadership and their contributions in
helping Jacksonville build a
stronger and healthier community.
The 2010 honorees are:
Jimmy Holderfield- Chief of
Personnel Division of Jax. Sherriff
-Hallie Williams- Bey Case
Manager For Clara White Mission
Beverly Toney Executive
Director of Six Point Initiative Of
Jerry W. Bass National
Commander of Allied Veterans of
the World, Inc. & Affiliates
David A. Yarborough- Grand
Secretary of Scottish Rites Masons
Stanley Twiggs Director of
operations of Community
Matt Shirk Chief Public
Dr. Robert V. Lee III C.E.O. /
Chairman of Fresh Ministries
Winchester Dunbar Retiree
and Community Activist
All past honorees are invited to
attend and support this extraordi-
nary event. El-Beth-El Community
Center will also present a $100.00
savings bond to eight (8) youth for
their outstanding academic accom-
The speaker for the evening will be
Angela Corey, State of Attorney
from Jacksonville, Florida.
For ticket information, contact
Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall at 710-
1586 or email: Gospell75@aol.com.
Bishop Long's followers stand behind him
Bishop Eddie L. Long, in an apparent reference to his recent legal prob-
lems, told worshippers that he thought he knew who his enemies were, but
it turned out to be the grinnerss in my face."
"You need to watch them people," said Long during a recent empower-
ment service at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Long spent much of
his sermon talking about standing in faith in the wake of life's storms.
Indeed, facing with the trials and tribulations of life and the belief that God
will always be there during times of need have been common themes dur-
ing Sunday and Tuesday services. Tuesday, he said, that the measure of
one's maturity in faith is not measured "by how you do in the sunshine."
Long has been sued by four young men who allege he used his position,
lavish trips, jobs and gifts to coerce them into sexual relations. New Birth
is also named in the suits, which Long has said are untrue.
On top of those lawsuits, the church has been sued by a former employee,
Tama Colson, for sexual harassment and discrimination.
"When you're doing well, everybody ain't happy," he said.
Hope Chapel Clergyfest set for October 30th
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19- 20
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 am. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
* * *A Full Gospel Baptist Church * *
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
The members of Hope Chapel
Ministries have declared October as
National Clergy Appreciation
Month with a month long focus and
appreciation of Pastor Dr. Jeannette
Holmes Vann who has served both
the congregation and the communi-
ty for nearly 28 years.
The basis of the Clergy
Appreciation holiday began 1 years
ago when Rev. H.B. London, Jr.,
vice president of ministry outreach
and pastoral ministries at Focus on
the Family, began to develop the
idea of celebrating clergy as an
annual event. Today 49 out of 50
states recognize the second Sunday
of October as Clergy Appreciation
Day, and it has become a nationally
recognized holiday. And in 1998,
Australia became the first overseas
country to celebrate the event.
Hope Chapel has been the nation-
al holiday for several years and this
weekend will hold its first annual
ClergyFest on the grounds of the
ministry campus located at 9850
Wagner Road, Jacksonville, FL
32219 from 11 3 p.m. on October
The ArtWalk and Bazaar will fea-
ture live entertainment, chili and
barbeque cook-off competitions,
seafood, food courts, activities for
of Clergy Appreciation Day, it has
been estimated that less than 10% of
the 345,000 congregations in the
United States do anything to partic-
ipate in the event. And yet, the need
is tremendous. First, the apprecia-
kids and indoor and outdoor activi-
ties. Dr. Holmes-Vann will also be
recognized for her accomplishments
which include the establishment of
debt free ministries, including a
non-charted, state of the art K-12
Why celebrate it?
Despite the national recognition
tion of those who serve the body of
Christ is mandated in Scripture.The
public is invited to come out and
share in the excitement of the
Clergy Fest on October 30, from
11:0 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For further information, please
visit hopechapelministries.org or
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
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Church school "Miracle at Midday"
9:30 a.m. 12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel Dinner and Bible Study
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Bishop Rudolph
Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sunmay at 4:50 p.m. Senior Pastor
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace I
El-Beth-El presents 2010
Pastor Landon Williams
Wednesday Noon Service
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Republican strategy depends on low minority turnout
By Isaac Adul Haqq
In a stunning display of bigotry
and viciousness, powerful
Republicans are raising millions of
dollars to support an extreme crop
of GOP candidates for the mid-
term elections. They are called
"Tea Party Candidates," and they
are being funded by the Super Rich
who have been promised $4
Trillion Dollars in tax cuts for their
support by the GOP. These Tea
Party Republicans are directly
attacking Blacks, Latinos, women
and gays--and they are winning
votes in the process.
"The Republicans are pandering
to the most primitive elements of
their base," said Rev. Eric Lee of
the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference. "The pedigrees of
their candidates prove it. The GOP
is running Saboteurs, Satanists,
Scientologists, and Survivalists.
This is just like the Nazis in
Depression Era Germany attacking
the Jews," he said.
At first, many pundits thought
that the GOP was simply disorgan-
ized, and actually hurting their
chances in November by support-
ing the Tea Party Candidates. Who
would possibly support people like
Jim Miller in Alaska, who defends
hate crimes as "free speech," or
Film lovers preview and celebrate the art
of cinema at Jacksonville Film Festival
New book promises to give it to you
According to a popular auhor, in
today's society, every woman needs
a gay best friend, someone who
gives it to her straight, no chaser,
about life, clothes, and relation-
ships. NeNe from "The Real
Housewives of Atlanta," has her
gay best friend, Dwight Eubanks.
"Sex In The City" sweetheart,
Carrie Bradshaw often turns to her
gay best friend, Stanford, and "Will
and Grace" set it off first detailing
the symbiotic relationship between
a woman and her gay best friend.
From the inner-city to suburbia, the
gay best friend smart, sympathet-
ic, and straight-talking is who
every woman needs in her life.
But, just in case you are in need
of some realistic advice and com-
fort and don't have a gay best
friend's door to knock on or number
to text, Terrance Dean is coming to
the rescue with the release of his
latest book, "Straight from your gay
best fioend The Straight-Uup truth
about relationships, work, and hav-
ing a fabulous life".
The book offers direct and to-the-
point insights on some of life's most
challenging issues. Dean helps
women discover the power they
need for a life of abundant success,
prosperity, and happiness with lov-
ing relationships. The book dis-
penses practical advice and tips on
creating healthy relationships from
a place of love. Dean is the quintes-
sential gay best friend speaking
candidly to women on healing their
souls of past hurts in order to tap
into their fabulousness. Be it fami-
ly, friends, career, love,and intimate
relationships of all kinds, he dishes
advice mixed with a little sass, wit,
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wrong. We can also be that Dean also dedi-
go-to person for a listening ear, a cates a chapter to one
of the most controversial topics -
down-low gay men. He expresses,
"Well, the down-low phenomenon
is not just prevalent in the black
community, but in all communities,
including whites, Latinos, and
Asians. Unfortunately, when people
hear the term down-low, they asso-
ciate it with the black community. I
feel there should be more open dis-
cussions in all communities around
sex and sexuality. We're so afraid to
have those discussions, though, that
it's crippling us as a result, we
have an alarming rate of HIV infec-
tion among women. People are
scared to talk about gay sex, bisex-
uality, and down-low. If we talk
about it then we have to admit it
exists. As long as we avoid talking
about it, we are keeping it in the
closet, and we are keeping our-
selves in the dark."
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Christina O'Donnell in Delaware,
who practices witchcraft and wants
to ban masturbation?
But then suddenly, the method to
the Republican madness became
clear in a new GOP document
called... "The Pledge to America."
In this document, the GOP calls
for tax cuts for the wealthiest 2%
in the country. This is the same
2% that now controls more than
50% of the nation's income, thanks
largely to eight years of tax cuts
given to the wealthy under
President George Bush's
Administration. These tax cuts,
according to leading economists,
will add $4 trillion dollars to the
Clearly the cuts are meant to
serve as a powerful inducement for
the rich to fund these extremist Tea
Party candidates, especially now
since the Bush Supreme Court
recently allowed unlimited corpo-
rate spending on elections.
Thus, the mid-term election
strategy of the GOP is patently
obvious: Reward the Super Rich
for financing the Tea Party and
have the Tea Party turn out the
"Joe Six Packs" and the "Hockey
Moms" in November.
"Mid-term elections are base
elections," said a republican strate-
gist who asked to remain
unnamed. "The party that gets its
traditional supporters out to vote is
more likely to carry the day. And,
the Republicans' base, even the
parts of it that are insurgent, unpre-
dictable, and kooky, is highly
motivated right now to topple the
Democrats in November."
To give the Tea Party extremist
Republicans are working hard to
support them and camouflage the
more unsavory characteristics of
their new would-be freshmen. For
example, Republican Senate
Leader Mitch McConnell has
raised thousands of dollars for
Nevada Tea Party candidate
Sharron Angle, a Scientologist
who has called for an "armed
revolt' against the Obama
"Breathtaking," is how
Democratic House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi described the GOP strategy.
"...The Republicans...are raising
taxes on the middle class, attack-
ing social security, and shipping
more jobs overseas. Instead of a
pledge to the American people,
Congressional Republicans made a
pledge to the big special inter-
ests...at the expense of the middle
(L-R) Dee & Pastor Clarence Jackson and June and Pastor Anthony Mincey were seen enjoying the VIP
opening night reception of the Jacksonville film festival at Square Once in San Marco. The Festival con-
sisted of an array of films, workshops, a car raffle, children's red carpet and awards ceremony. The festi-
val highlighted several African-American films at the Ritz Theater including "Everyday Sunshine",
"Streetball", "The Great Debaters", "The 904", "Children of God", and "Family Affair" throughout the
three day event. KFP
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Riverside Arts Market
RAM (Riverside Arts Market) is a
high energy weekly arts, farmers,
and food market under the 1-95
bridge on the St Johns River, featur-
ing locally made or grown products.
It will be held on Saturdays starting
at 10:00a.m.until 2 p.m. Leashed
pets are welcome.
Florida A&M University (FAMU)
has scheduled its annual
Homecoming Saturday, October
23 through Sunday October 31.
This year's homecoming theme is
Lights, Camera, Action: The Reel
Rattler Spirit, homecoming visit
Poppy Love Smoke will host a
twenties themed Halloween party
on Saturday October 30th starting
at 9 p.m. participants are encour-
aged to dress as flappers or mob-
sters. Poppy is located at 112 E.
Adams Street. For more informa-
tion call 214-5058.
Teen and Adult
Fall Poetry Jam
There will be a teen and adult
poetry jam at the Main Library on
Saturday Oct. 30, 2010 from 2- 4
p.m. Get ready to hear teens and
adults perform their poetry in a
event from 2-3 followed by a 30
minute intermission with refresh-
ments. The first round of the com-
petitive Jax Youth Poetry Slam will
follow from 3:30-5:00. For more
information call 630-2665.
El DeBarge in Concert
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum Jazz Jam will present
artist El DeBarge in concert. The
smooth RnB crooner will be in per-
formance Sunday, October 31st at
8 p.m. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call 632-5555.
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
November 4, 2010. The free event
will start at 7 p.m. Spoken word
night is held on the first Thursday
of every month where poets, writ-
ers, vocalists and musicians gather
to present and hear powerful lyrical
voices in a casual open-mic setting.
Call 632-5555 for info.
Festival in St. Aug
The annual Lincolnville Festival
will be held in St. Augustine Nov.
5-7, 2010. Headlining this years
event will be R&B artists Kool &
the Gang. Boyz II Men, The Blind
Boys of Alabama, Percy Sledge, &
Guitar Shorty. Other artists include
The Lee Boys, Willie Green, the
US Army Field Band, & Joy
Dennis. Activities include soul
food, BBQ, craft vendors, balloon
rides, a Kids Zone and more. It will
take place in downtown St.
Augustine on Francis Field. For
more info, call 904-827-6891.
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., for the Millions
More Movement will present
Disaster Management Specialist
Mrs. Arealia Denby for a 3 day
workshop to certify others in her
specialty. Mrs.Denby has worked
the field with over 20 years of veri-
fiable fieldwork. The workshop will
be held November 5-7, 2010.
For more information call 904-
Ponte Vedra Art
& Craft festival
The Ponte Vedra Shopping Center
located at 880 A1A North south of
Sawgrass, will have their annual
Art & Craft festival on November
6-7 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. daily.
There will be fine arts, crafts, food
and free admission and parking. For
more information, call 352-344-
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PRI PRODUCTIONS presents for
"One Night Only" on Tuesday,
November 9th from 6-9 p.m. The
event is an opportunity for both
men and women to experience NFL
football like a player. Participants
will meet players, tour the stadium,
and learn the plays of the game
from the field. Several attendees
will even be given the opportunity
to run plays on the field.Ticket
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playbook and other gifts. To regis-
ter or for more information visit
2010 Pearls and
The Clara White Mission will
present their annual fundraiser,
"Pearls & Cufflinks" on Friday,
November 12, 2010. It will be held
at St. Ephrem's Catholic Church,
4650 Kernan Blvd. For more infor-
mation, call 354-4162.
UNF Alumni hosts
Denim & Diamonds
Come out for an evening of glitz
and denim as the University of
North Florida Alumni Association
hosts its annual Denim &
Diamonds fund-raising event from
7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at
the Museum of Contemporary Art s.
Ticket price includes an open bar,
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auction. To R.S.V.P. for this event,
call (904) 620-4723.
Grammy award winning artist
Fantasia will be in concert with soul
crooner during her "Back to Me"
tour on Saturday, November 13th
at the Times Union Center for
Performing Arts. Tickets are cur-
rently on sale through Ticketmaster.
Make you reservation early for the
17th anniversary of PRIDE Book
club on November 13, 2010. It will
be held at the CLARA WHITE
CAFE, 613 W. Ashley Street,
Jacksonville, Fl. 32202. The book
for discussion will be "Thunder on
the River" by Daniel Schafer.
Call Felice Franklin at 389-8417
or 703-8264 for more information.
vs. Houston Texans
Nov 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
The 26th Annual Empty bowls
Luncheon will be held on Tuesday,
November 16th, 2010 at noon at
the Prime Osborne Convention
Center. The Empty Bowls
Luncheon supports those coping
with hunger in North Florida. It
includes local celebrity servers and
handcrafted bowls to participants.
For tickets or more information,
There will be a night of comedy
on Friday, November 19th.
Headlining the concert will be
Earthquake, Gary Owen, Huggy
Lowdown & Chris Paul. It will be
held at the Hyatt Hotel starting at
8p.m. Call Ticketmaster for tickets
The Civil War
The Timucuan Ecological and
Historic Preserve will present a spe-
cial event entitled "The Civil War in
Jacksonville." This living history
weekend will be held at Fort
Caroline National Memorial and
will highlight how the Civil War
affected Northeast Florida. The
event will be free to the public 10 -
4 p.m. Saturday, November 21st
and 10 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, the
22nd. For more info call -641-7155.
Art & Craft Festival
There will be a free Art & Craft
Festival at the St. Augustine Beach
Pier, A1A Beach Blvd on
November 20-21. It will include an
array of fine art, crafts and food.
Admission and parking is free. For
more info call 352-344-0657.
vs. Cleveland Browns
Nov 21, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Spice up your day by making
Spiced Apple-butter on Monday,
November 22nd at the Jacksonville
Canning Center which is located at
2525 Commonwealth Ave. You can
sign up for the 9:00 AM Noon
session or the 1:00 PM 4 PM ses-
sion. The .cost is $20 for each ses-
sion. You will go home with 2-3
pints of the product. Call 387-8850
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.
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Tea party members
are shown with some of their signs at a recent
by Andy Barr, Politico
The NAACP is accusing the tea
party movement of providing a
platform for "anti-Semites, racists
"The Tea Party movement has
unleashed a still inchoate political
movement who are in their numeri-
cal majority, angry middle-class
white people who believe their
country, their nation, has been taken
from them," reads the report, posted
on a NAACP sponsored website,
Tea Party Nationalism.
The movement is "permeated
with concerns about race," the
report finds, and has "given plat-
form to anti-Semites, racists and
NAACP commissioned Leonard
Zeskind and Devin Burghart of the
Institute for Research & Education
on Human Rights to write the study.
The report includes numerous pic-
tures of signs at tea party rallies
using racial rhetoric. It also uses
maps and other data to show the
growth of the movement though
one map cites Wikipedia as its
source of information.
The civil rights group and tea
party organizers have been in fie-
quent conflict since NAACP con-
demned the conservative movement
as "racist" in a resolution passed in
In his introduction to the report,
NAACP President Ben Jealous
asserts that tea party supporters are
"sincere, principled people of good
will." The report also notes that
several tea party leaders have been
expelled after making controversial
"I hope the leadership and mem-
bers of the tea party movement will
read this report and take additional
steps to distance themselves from
those tea party leaders who espouse
racist ideas, advocate violence, or
are formally affiliated with white
supremacist organizations," Jealous
wrote. "In our effort to strengthen
our democracy and ensure rights for
all, it is important that we have a
reasoned political debate without
the use of epithets, the threat of vio-
lence, or the resurrection of long
discredited racial hierarchies."
Tea Party Express founder Sal
Russo called the report "ridicu-
"To attack a grassroots movement
of this magnitude with sundry iso-
lated incidents only goes to show
the NAACP has abandoned the
cause of civil rights for the
advancement of liberal Democrat
politics," Russo said. "They should
be ashamed of themselves. The dra-
matic change in American politics
over the last 20 months since the tea
party movement started demon-
strates that people want their gov-
ernment to stop the fiscal insanity
in Washington, D.C. It has nothing
to do with race."
After the NAACP resolution this
summer, Andrew Breitbart, a con-
servative media icon with ties to the
tea party movement, responded by
releasing a video showing former
Agriculture Department official
Shirley Sherrod appearing to say
that she did not provide the same
level of assistance to white farmers
that she provided to black farmers.
The video was later proven to be
edited in a misleading way -
Sherrod in fact was telling a story
about how she overcame the mur-
der of her father by a white man -
but not before Sherrod lost her job
Janet says no
Janet Jackson is dismissing
reports she's engaged to her
wealthy Arab businessman
boyfriend Wissam Al Mana.
Appearing on "Good Morning
America" this week to promote her
new film "For Colored Girls," the
singer-actress said, "He's a very,
very private man so I don't talk
about our relationship but I really
think it's important that I just say
this: they've (the press) been trying
to marry me off for a very, very
long time. But I'm not engaged so I
will say that."
Also during her "GMA" inter-
view, Jackson told co-host Robin
Roberts how excited she is to play a
character "so bold and so shrewd"
in "For Colored Girls." Asked if
she'll stick with acting or go back
to music, Janet says her "first pas-
sion is acting" but she's not turning
her back on music, either. "I'll
always do both, God willing," she
Meanwhile, Janet's mother
Katherine has reportedly told Oprah
Winfrey that she has not received
any money from her late son
Michael's estate, and is planning a.
and was condemned by the
NAACP. Jealous subsequently tried
to downplay the resolution and
made amends with Sherrod.
"This malicious 'report' is crafted
and timed as a cynical means to
scare the black community to the
voting booth, and is dutifully
played up by the same media that
ignores the aforementioned black
conservative candidates because it
goes against the 'narrative,'" he
"There is no evidence that tea
party adherents are any more racist
than other Republicans, and indeed
many other Americans," Breitbart
added. "But getting them to spend
their time purging their ranks and
having candidates distance them-
selves should help Democrats win
in November. Having one's oppo-
nent rebut charges of racism is far
better than discussing joblessness."
gives 'racists' platform
engagement, helping to support Mike's kids
In an apparent bid to generate
funds, The Jackson Family
Foundation which lists Katherine
Jackson as vice chairman and her
husband Joe as chairman are to
host a tribute concert in honor of
Michael, who died of acute
SPropofol intoxication in June 2009,
Dubbed a "money grab" by pals,
the event faces criticism from the
singer's siblings, with sister Rebbie
and brother Randy expected to
voice their objections.
A preliminary draft of a statement
expected to be released by Randy
says: "It has been bought to my
attention that The Jackson Family
Foundation is staging a 'Legacy of
Jant and billionaire boyfriend Wissam Al Mana. the Legend' concert Nov. 13 in
memorial concert in order to raise An unnamed source told gossip Atlanta. That show is being billed
funds to pay off his debts. blog The Scoop: "Katherine told as a tribute to my brother, Michael
Katherine who has custody of Oprah Winfrey that she hasn't Jackson.
the late star's three children, Prince received a penny from the estate "Reportedly, I and others are
Michael, 13, Paris, 12, and eight- since Michael died. What the scheduled to perform at this concert
year-old Prince Michael II, known lawyers for the estate have told her ... I am in no way associated with
as Blanket is reportedly receiving is that they have been busy trying to this event or the foundation and I
financial support from Janet as the retire some of Michael's massive wish to make that clear because I do
money left to her by Michael is cur- debt and they have maintained bills .not want to be party to anything that
rently being diverted elsewhere by at Hayvenhurst, the Jackson family could potentially pose legal or other
those in charge of his affairs. home and the kids' school." problems now or in the future."
40 college students sought by PBS to
retrace civil rights era freedom rides
PBS's Anzel-ican Expet-ience, in the original Rides, the bus Will
America's most-watched history roll through Virginia, North
series, has launched the 2011 Carolina, South Carolina,
Student Freedom Ride, a journey Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and
retracing the historic civil rights Mississippi, stopping along the
.bus rides that changed America. way at historically significant
Accompanied by original locations. The students will spend
Freedom Riders, foity college stu- time with original Freedom Riders
dents will be chosen to participate who will share their memories of
in the bus ride which will take the experiment in the fight for
place from May 6 16, 2011 in equal rights. Students will also
conjunction with the 50th anniver- meet with today's leaders in civic
sary of the original rides. A once- engagement..
in-a-lifetime opportunity for col- Students should have strong
lege students committed to learn- written communication skills and
ing from history and applying a commitment to civic engage-
those lessons today, the ride is ment. All backgrounds are
also a, catalyst for a national con- encouraged to apply.
version about the role of civic Applications for college student
engagement today. participation are being accepted
Kicking off in Washington, DC through January 17, 2011 and can
with a major public event that will be accessed at www.pbs.org/free-
gather many who were involved Iomriders.
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Killing Black Women...most murdered with gun by men they know
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females shot and killed by their
husbands or an intimate acquain-
tance was more than four times as
high as the total number murdered
by male strangers using all weapons
combined in incidents in 2008.
Most often, Black females were
killed by males in the course of an
argument and 10 percent of Black
female victims were 18 or younger.
"There are identifiable, preventa-
tive measures to be taken to prevent
these sorts of homicides," said
Some domestic violence experts
cite jealousy, anger, and rage as rea-
sons behind the numbers. Police
and social workers continue to be
baffled by how someone can kill a
supposed loved one.
The fact that the women were
most often killed with a handgun is
troubling to Rand. She questions
whether or not law enforcement is
cracking down on gun ownership
by people with histories of domes-
tic abuse, which is prohibited by
law. She takes the position that the
presence of guns can escalate
domestic violence to homicide.
"More resources need to be
directed to preventing these sorts of
incidences. Local shelters need to
be better funded and local authori-
ties need to be better educated
about this risk and removing guns
from the home," said Rand.
The VPC study also ranked each
state by its rate of total homicides
for females of all races. Nevada
ranked first followed by Vermont,
Alabama, North Carolina, and
Tennessee to round out the top five.
The majority of the top 10 states
were located in the South- states
with a strong gun culture. Indiana
was tied at 27 with Wyoming.
While the study focuses on Black
women, the truth is, domestic abuse
knows no race or socioeconomic
status-it can happen to anyone.
"People don't understand. It's
almost like it's a taboo subject,"
said Julie Marsh, CEO of the
Domestic Violence Network of
Marsh is not surprised by the cen-
ter's findings and suggests that all
people become educated on the
signs of domestic abuse. She
encourages people, particularly
women, to be proactive in protect-
ing their lives. Red flags include
hurtful comments, constant calling,
and checking on where she is and
who she's with, control over things
such as finances or ward-robe,
punching or slapping, and isolation
from family and friends.
No woman deserves to be abused
under any circumstances because
the abuser always has a choice,
Marsh said. Things might be bad,
but the domestic abuse educator
went on to say that a woman should
never tell her abuser she is leaving
because breaking away from him is
the most dangerous period of the
"Don't do that unless you have a
full safety plan in place," said
Marsh. "Leave when he's not there
and do not go to a relative's house,
either. Seek out a place like a shel-
ter and get help from a domestic
To find safety, she suggests call-
ing 211 from a secure phone. If in
immediate danger, just get out of
the house and go to a place he
would not think you'd go.
If there's no way to get out of the
home, an abused woman should
think of safe places to find solace in
To reduce the numbers of abused
women and murdered women due
to abuse, experts believe people
should be more vocal about domes-
tic violence. Rand, the Violence
Policy Center administrator, said
there should be more focus on gun
violence and how it relates to
domestic violence, and recom-
mends people share this informa-
tion with local officials.
"Black women should also make
people understand it's just not
acceptable that they're at such an
increased risk," said Rand. "There
should probably be special pro-
grams for them and the men in their
As our next State Representative, Reggie Fullwood will make creating more
good jobs with good benefits his top priority.
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Reggie put our families first helping create new jobs here locally.
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Miss Nappturality Pageant seeks
"America's Next Natural Model"
Who will be crowned Miss Nappturality 2011? A lady with locs, or a
beauty with Bantus? The pageant, also known as America's Next
Natural Model, is looking for a new face to grace the pages of a nation-
al magazine and to represent one of its sponsors.
The competition, which is in its third year, celebrates the beauty and
versatility of natural hair. It began in 2008 as a collaboration between
the site owners of Going-Natural.com and Nappturality.com, Mireille
Liong and Patricia Gaines, respectively. Together their sites form a
social network of well over 150,000 users who share information
beyond the common interest of natural hair care.
"I am really excited about this event," says
Liong who is also the author of Going Natural,
How to Fall in Love with Nappy Hair. "It's like
America's Next Top Model meets American -
Idol in an interactive social network environ- .
The ultimate goal of America's Next Natural
Model is to spread awareness about the hair and
scalp disorders that plague a large majority of
Black women. According to Dr. Jeffery J.
Miller, dermatologist at the Milton S. Hershey
Medical Center in Pennsylvania, 73 percent of
African-American women suffer from relaxer-induced alopecia and
complain of hair breakage, split ends and dryness caused by relaxers.
America's Next Natural Model takes on the lingering issue by prov-
ing that African hair can be extremely beautiful without the need for
hazardous chemicals, extensions or damaging weaves. At the same
time, the organizers strive to make the case for a corporate dress code
policy that is updated to include natural hairstyles to ease the pressure
on ethnic women to straighten their strands.
Photos of the models have been used in commercials of sponsoring
companies all over the country. The winning photos and respective
interviews of the winners can be found on www.Going-Natural.com.
For more information about the competition, email miss-np@going-
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A false rape conviction, 22 years in
prison and now an $18.5 million award
What does a former bank teller
from the Bronx, New York do with
$18.5 million after spending more
than two decades behind bars for a
rape he did not commit?
Alan Newton isn't quite sure yet.
A day after a federal jury in
Manhattan ordered the city of New
York to pay him the award for
botching his case, Newton said the
decision is still sinking in.
"It's been a long time getting to
this point," Newton said. "I'm still
going through mixed emotions
because I always felt that this
should have been taken care of a lot
In reaching its verdict, the jury
concluded that the city had violated
Newton's constitutional rights and
that two police officers had failed to
produce Newton's evidence when
Newton, now 49, was freed in
July 2006 after serving nearly 22
years in prison for a rape, robbery
and assault conviction. Newton had
asked for DNA testing in 1994, but
it wasn't until 2005 that the city was
able to locate a rape kit of biologi-
cal samples taken from the victim.
The genetic tests proved that he was
not the perpetrator.
"It validates that my struggle was
valid. It validates that corrections
need to be made. It validates that
there's more people out there simi-
larly situated that are still locked up
... and they're still living with the
stigma." Newton said.
A spokeswoman for the city's
Law Department told the New York
Times the city was disappointed
with the verdict and planned to
appeal it meaning it could be a
while before Newton actually sees
Newton had been sentenced in
1985 to up to 40 years in prison
after being convicted of raping a
woman in an abandoned building in
the Bronx and cutting her face with
According to The Innocence
Project, a nonprofit legal clinic that
works to exonerate wrongfully con-
victed people through DNA testing
and that pursued Newton's case and
helped win his release, officials at
the Property Clerk's Office claimed
they could not find the rape kit over
the course of 11 years and pre-
sumed it had been destroyed. In
November 2005, the kit was found
after a search of evidence barrels at
a Queens warehouse.
The woman who was raped was
25 years old at the time of the 1984
incident. She picked Newton's pic-
ture out from a series of nearly 200
photos while in the hospital recov-
ering from surgery. She also identi-
fied Newton in a lineup and again at
trial. She is now deceased.
Newton maintained his inno-
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S FAMU Presidential Scholarship
Program, which includes the Life
Gets Better Scholarship and the
Distinguished Scholar Award.
The scholars were so over-
whelmed that it left one scholar
"I am truly speechless," said
Nellena Adekoya, a biology major
from Grayson, Ga. "I have never
had so much available at my finger-
Paige Edwards (left) expressed how excited she was to receive a lap-
top and iPad as Quesly Daniel and Porschia Tolbert looks on.
With smiles stretching from ear to
ear and sounds of students saying
'Yes,' 22 Florida A&M University
(FAMU) scholars were full of joy
and excitement when FAMU
President James H. Ammons pre-
sented them with a couple of items
to assist them with their studies.
This group of scholars is from
Florida, Georgia, Alabama,
Delaware, Maryland, Michigan and
Virginia. One scholar, Joel Sankar,
is a native of Tunapuna, Trinadad.
Aubrey Upsher, a journalism
major, expressed that he was very
"I received more than I expected,"
said Upsher. "These are some
excellent tools to have. This will
definitely help me in my classes."
Alan Newton says he's not bitter
about the 20-plus years he spent
imprisoned on a wrongful rape con-
cence all along. He said on the day
of the attack he went to see the
movie "Ghostbusters" in Brooklyn
with his fiancee, her daughter and
other relatives, then went back to
his fiancee's home in Queens.
Newton enrolled at Medgar Evers
College in Brooklyn after his 2006
release, got a degree and is now
working full-time at the City
University of New York's Black
Male Initiative, a program that
focuses on recruiting, retaining and
assisting black men in college.
He nowlives in an apartment in
Manhattan and figures he'll throw a
party for his 50th birthday on Aug.
1. He also said he'd like to enroll in
law school in fall 2011. But he isn't
sure what he will do long-term with
the $18.5 million an award he
calls "positive" once it's in his
"Everything I've been doing since
I've gotten exonerated has been to
stay on that positive way. I don't
see myself deviating from that
path," Newton said.
"My life now will change a little,
of course, but what's inside me
that's important that won't
Jacksonville students who participated in last years academy were
(L-R) Carmelyn Grant, Deja Jackson and Andreniki Dawson.
Final week for students to apply
for Harvey's Dreamer's Academy
There are only a few weeks left to
submit nominations for the 2011
Disney's Dreamers Academy with
Steve Harvey. High school students
ages 13-19 who are legal residents
of the United States must submit
their nominations by Oct. 31, 2010.
The nationwide search looks for
students who want to ignite their
lives, dreams and passions.
Disney's Dreamers Academy is
known for motivating, empowering
and inspiring young adults to live
life to its fullest potential.
Developed in 2007 by Disney
Parks, Disney's Dreamers Academy
continues to inspire teens to dream
big and pursue their passion.
Motivational speakers, Disney
experts and celebrities participate
in the program every year to share
their stories and provide insight on
how to achieve success. The pro-
gram brings together high school
students from all walks of life and
from across the country for interac-
tive workshops and seminars,
showing kids a world of possibili-
ties. During hands-on experiences,
participants explore a world of
career options from animation,
through entrepreneurship, to zoolo-
gy. past guests have included Mary
J. Blige, Sherri Shepherd, Magic
Jonson, Robert Johnson and may
Every fall thousands of teens are
nominated by their relatives,
friends, teachers, mentors and
themselves. Only 100 Dreamers are
selected by a panel of leaders from
the communications, education and
entertainment industries. The win-
ners receive an all-expense paid trip
to Disney World during which they
learn how to "dream big," form life-
long friendships with like-minded
individuals from across the nation
and indulge in all of Disney's parks.
It will also increase their efforts
to help teens get started on their
professional journey. Dreamers will
learn interview skills and tech-
niques and the importance of net-
The 2011Disney's Dreamers
Academy will take place March 3-
6, 2011 For more information and
to apply visit www.disneysdream-
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Midterm Elections: Black voters
Ijcould make the difference
One of America's leading think-
tanks recently released a report
that shows that African-American
voters are located in key states and
congressional districts which
could decide the balance of power
in Washington and statehouses
across the country.
The report is called "In
Anticipation of November 2:
Black Voters and Candidates and
the 2010 Midterm Elections".
David Bositis, a senior political
analyst for the Joint Center and
the author of the report, said that
contrary to what has been reported
in the media, the Democrats have
a chance to keep some power with
the help of Black voters.
"The extent of the Democrats'
losses will depend on their ability
to turn out their most loyal voters,
and no voting bloc will be more
important to them than African
Americans," he said.
"If they can mobilize a strong
Black turnout, the Democrats can
significantly reduce their potential
Jacksonville Firefighters show their
assets at Southern Women's Show
The Equal Opportunity Award was presented to the Association For The Study of African American Life And History. Shown above (L-R)
are Camilla Thompson, Eleanor Hughes, Flora Parker, Khamil L. Ojoyo, President, Delphenia Carter, Aceta Cater, Dr. Richard Danford, Lydia
Wooden, Patricia Morrison, Karim Shepherd, J. Randolph Gaines, 2nd Vice-President. ia''P
Jacksonville Urban League salutes diversity and equal opportunity
By Tanya Downs
The Jacksonville Urban League
hosted its 37th Annual Equal
Opportunity Awards last week at
the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville.
The annual event recognized indi-
viduals and corporations that have
made significant contributions
toward diversity and equal opportu-
nity. The Centennial celebration
included keynote speaker, John
Hofmeister, Chairman of the
National Urban League, Founder &
Chief Executive of Citizens for
Affordable Energy and Former
President of Shell Oil Company.
Mr. Hofmeister emphasized the
importance of not only reflecting on
the history of the past 100 years of
the Urban League movement; but to
also plan for the next 100 years,
"because there is still much work to
The Whitney M. Young National
Leadership Award was presented to
John D. Baker in recognition of his
leadership toward promoting excel-
lence in education by establishing
both the Knowledge Is Power
Program (KIPP) and Tiger
Academy. The Clanzel T. Brown
Award was presented to Rep.
Audrey Gibson for her service
toward criminal justice in the
Jacksonville community and sup-
port of legislation that empowers
victimized families. In addition,
two Equal Opportunity Awards
were presented: Association For
The Study of African American
Life And History (ASALH) in
appreciation of their outstanding
"I Love My Hair"
A plucky little muppet in a pretty
pink dress, her brown hair a perky
'fro, is helping little girls and
their moms to accept themselves
just the way they are by loving their
The nameless muppet manages to
trim away generations of yearning
for long, silky locks with her song,
"I Love My Hair" and has become
an Internet sensation.
Now her creator wants to give her
a life beyond YouTube.
The video is being shared on
Twitter, and posted on gossip sites
It is popping up on Facebook
pages and discussed in the com-
ments section on YouTube, where
the original clip gets a steady
efforts toward the preservation and
promotion of Black History and
accomplishments of African
Americans within Northeast
Florida; and Onejax in recognition
of Project Breakthrough and its
innovative efforts toward building
racial harmony, unity and equality
within the Jacksonville community
resulting in a momentum of posi-
muppet inspiring p.
stream of views.
It was posted Oct. 12, and had
tive and lasting change.
The Luncheon was concluded
with an emotional video, "Lift
Every Voice and Sing" that includ-
ed pictures of some of the greatest
African American leaders and their
greatest accomplishments, hard
work, dedication and path to
more than 600,000 views on
YouTube as of Wednesday, and tens
of thousands more at other sites.
The tune is breezy and bouncy, the
lyrics simple and filled with pride:
"Don't need a trip to the beauty
shop, 'cause I love what I got on top
- it's curly and it's brown and it's
right up there. You know what I
love? My hair!"
With fast cuts, the Muppet changes
hair styles braids, pouffy pony-
tail, curly top. And no matter what
the style, "I want to make the world
aware, I love my hair," she sings
with happy confidence.
"When I first did the song, it real-
ly touched me because I really love
my hair," said Johnson.
Members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, weren't
worried about putting out fires, they were trying to start them at the
recent Southern Women's Show. Held at the Prime Osborne
Convention Center, many of the calendar quality civil service person-
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Reggae legend Gregory Isaacs passes
Reggae legend Gregory Isaacs was called the ,
"Cool Ruler" for good reason.
During the 1970s and 1980s, with a plaintive
crooning style that evoked images of slow grind- V *.S ,
ing with a pretty girl on a smoky dance floor,
Isaacs carved out his own chapter in reggae
Bob Marley may have been more popular, and
Burning Spear may have been more true to the
roots, but no reggae legend has ever been cooler than Issac, who penned
his classic song "Night Nurse" in 1982.
Isaacs lost a long battle with cancer and died at his London home. He
was a too-young 59 when he passed.
Report: Iverson agrees to two-year deal
Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Allen Iverson has
agreed in principle on a two-year, $4 million con-
tract with the Turkish pro team Besiktas.
The former NBA star is expected to sign the deal
this week and report to the Turkish first division
club next week, according to the report.
The deal would allow Iverson, an 11-time NBA
All-Star, to opt out after the first season, but does not include an NBA
Iverson, 35, is 17th on the NBA's career scoring list with 24,368 points
over a 14-year career, averaging 26.7 points per game. He won the MVP
in 2001 when he led the Philadelphia 76ers to the Finals.
Iverson played in only three games with the Memphis Grizzlies last
season before leaving the team to attend to personal problems. He
returned later in the season with the Sixers, but took a leave of absence
from the team in March and never returned.
NBC adds Jamie Foxx mafia drama
NBC has given the green light to a Mafia-inspired drama from Jamie
Foxx. The peacock made a deal for "Tommy's Little Girl," which cen-
ters on a young girl raised in a Mafia family who is hidden away in an
orphanage after her family is murdered by a rival crime boss. Now an
attorney, she has a double life as an assassin avenging her family's mur-
der as she attempts to locate her last living relative. It is executive pro-
duced by Foxx.
Chris Rock on Broadway in 2011
Look who's coming to Broadway. Comedian
Chris Rock will make his debut on the Great
White Way in a new play about love and fideli-
ty with an X-rated title. ;,
Rock will be in a production of Stephen Adly
Guirgis' play "The Mother ... With the Hat." -,
(The title includes an expletive.) The 14-week
gig starts with previews on March 22 at the
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
Black wives becoming the latest 'in' thing on TV
By T. Pendleton, BAW
If you were worried that black
women couldn't get a man, reality
TV has dispelled that notion with a
host of shows around wives. From
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"
to "Basketball Wives," it appears
that not only can some sisters get a
man, but they can get a rich man
and a TV show to boot. And now
that Vanessa Williams has joined
the desperate wives of Wisteria
Lane, black women's prospects
have apparently moved beyond
reality TV and into the scripted
Here's where to find TV's hottest
black housewives with a one to 10
rating on how watchable they are.
"THE REAL HOUSEWIVES
Monday at 10 p.m. on Bravo
Despite the addition of two new
cast members to replace DeShawn
Snow and Lisa Wu Hartwell, the
reigning diva remains the always
watchable NeNe Leakes. Season
Three has not had any "Who's
gonna check me, boo?" moments
just yet, but hey, the season's just
begun. Of course, Kim's already
admitted to a lesbian affair, and
Nene's marriage is in trouble, but
hey, who said the Atlanta house-
wives weren't fun to watch?
Watch Quotient: 8. These wives
always have something crazy going
HOUSEWIVES OF D.C."
Bravo, Thursdays at 9 p.m.
D.C. real estate mogul Stacie
Turner brought the color to the D.C.
"Housewives," but even her com-
pelling story of being biracial,
adopted and trying to find her father
in Nigeria couldn't make this the
most exciting of the Bravo
"Housewives" franchise. The
Atlanta "Housewives" still rule the
airwaves with their bickering and
twittering, among other things. But
Turner classed up the franchise
some as she resisted the weave-
pulling, ghetto fabulous antics of
her cronies further past the
Mason-Dixon Line. The show did
involve the husbands more,
though, and Stacie and husband
Jason's upcoming trip to Nigeria
to see her birth father should be
Watch Quotient: 7. It just goes to
show you that the D.C.
"Housewives" entry was as adver-
tised; a little more of a politically
correct and less dramatic existence
for the wives there meant less
great TV moments.
Returning in 2011 on VH1
Yes, honey, the basketball
"wives" will be back. Well, the ex-
wives, baby mamas and former
fiances are all coming back for a
second season on VH-1. Shaunie
O'Neal sure found a way to stay
relevant after her break up from
Shaquille O'Neal, but didn't she
always seem like a hustler? We
can't wait to see what happens now
that Gloria Govan and NBA
hubby-to-be Matt Barnes not only
called off their engagement, but he
was arrested on domestic violence
charges. Wasn't she the one with
the "perfect" relation-
ship? We don't
know if it's ihe
Miami loca- -
tion or the
but we kind
of dig this
ought to be
can't wait for the
drama to begin again.
Premieres Sunday, Oct. 24 on VH1
I guess what's good for the NBA
is good for the NFL. The latest
entry in the VH-1 "wives" franchise
is the Dallas-based "Football
The growing varying"wives" franchises will now
add Football Wives (shown above) to its ranks.
Wives." Former NFL and MLB star can imagine that the women who
Deion Sanders' wife Pilar is one of can put up with those kind of guys
the wives, as well as current must be a little nuts themselves.
Cowboys player Marion Barber's "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES"
ex Mercedes Nelson. Former NFL ABC, Sundays at 9 p.m.
player Rocket Ismail's wife Melani Does art imitate life or life imitate
Ismail and Dallas Cowboys kicker art? Well, Vanessa Williams must
David Buehler's girlfriend Brittany be wondering the same thing as
Pigrenet are all on the show with a Renee Perry, her character on
few others. We think this oughta "Desperate Housewives" is mar-
"wbe real interesting, given the ried to a professional athlete.
-_ shorter season and more free Hmmm, sounds familiar. Williams
time that NFL players have. is just the latest resident of Wisteria
Plus, we figure that anyone Lane, and, following the sports
married to the flamboyant analogy, she's basically joining a
Vanessa Williams has joined the team that's already headed
~ women on Wisteria Lane on ABC's to the playoffs. "Desperate
hit drama, "Desperate Housewives." Housewives" is afran
chise show for ABC, and
Sanders must be pretty inter- Williams fits right in. With equal
testing in her own right. I'd amounts of drama and twisted com-
o just hope Nelson does some edy, the show remains a ratings win
oversharing, as Marion Barber is for the network, and Williams will
hot. just add to those numbers, especial-
Watch Quotient: 7.5. The NFL is ly as she appears to be the resident
full of crazy dudes just look at homewrecker this season.
Brett Favre sending photos of his, Watch Quotient: 8. Whether she's
ahem, manly parts to a TV reporter, doing dramatic turns as a conniving
as well as the drama that ensued magazine editor or as a housewife
during Terrell Owens' and Chad with issues, we love watching
Ochocinco's VH-1 shows. So we Williams do her thing.
RICK SCOTT and JENNIFER CARROLL
Have a Plan to Turn Florida Around.
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