is still standing
death and divorce
as RNC Chair
could be coming
to an end soon
Local toddler dies after drinking
methadone from sippy cup
Jacksonville two-year-old Masia Wright died after
ingesting a lethal amount of the drug methadone from
his sippy cup. Investigators said that the toddler got his
hands on the lethal mix after his dad's girlfriend, Dana
Anderson, left it on top of a dresser.
The child's father, Ernest Wright, insists that Anderson
could have never harmed the toddler intentionally.
Methadone is used as a pain reliever and is often given as part of a drug-
addiction detoxification and maintenance program. According to police
reports, the amount of the drug, 80 milligrams, that was discovered in the
toddler's cup was four times the recommended daily dose for an adult.
Anderson, who admitted to police investigators that she left the fatal
substance in the sippy cup, was charged with aggravated manslaugh-
ter.She has had prior arrests and some were drug related.
Bail for Anderson is set at $1 million.
Rangel wants his
censure penalty lightened
WASHINGTON Rep. Charles Rangel wants to tell House colleagues
that censures are for corrupt politicians and he's not one of them.
The House ethics committee voted 9-1 on Nov. 18 to recommend a cen-
sure of the 80-year-old Democrat from New York's Harlem.
Rangel wants his punishment for ethics violations downgraded to a rep-
rimand, according to congressional and nongovernment sources who are
in touch with Rangel but not authorized to be quoted by name.
Rangel will ask ethics committee Chairman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., for
time to plead his case on the floor of the House he has served for 40 years
-- including a stint as Ways and Means Committee chairman.
There is precedent for Rangel's argument that censure -- the most severe
punishment short of expulsion -- is too harsh for his ftundraising and
financial misdeeds. It won't be easy to convince the House, because he'll
have to overcome the overwhelming vote of a committee that has an
equal number of Democrats and Republicans.
Church of God In Christ deposits
$35 million into St. Louis economy
Memphis, TN The Church of God in Christ 103rd Holy Convocation
was a huge success for the city of St. Louis and the organization, bring-
ing a whopping 35 million dollars to the region's economy!
St. Louis welcomed an estimated 35,000 attendees for the Church of
God in Christ's 103rd Holy Convocation in November. The gathering
resulted in direct spending of around $35 million and St. Louis is look-
ing forward to welcoming COGIC back to St. Louis in 2011 and 2012."
Registration for the 2011 Holy Convocation in St. Louis October 31 -
November 9 has begun and to date, there are five downtown hotels that
are completely filled.
The Church of God in Christ is the fourth-largest Protestant religious
denomination in the United States, with churches in 60 countries world-
wide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million members.
33% of South African men admit
to have committed a rape
A study funded by the South African government, has yielded some
disturbing findings about violence against women. According to the
study, one in three men in Johannesburg has committed rape at some
point. Roughly 7% of the men sampled admitted to participating in a
The study also found that more than 51 percent of the 511 women sur-
veyed had been victims of violence from men. Also, 78 percent of men
admitted to committing a violent act against a woman. One-fourth of the
women in the survey said that they'd been raped, but only about 4 percent
of these rapes are reported to police. Furthermore, one-third of the men
said they did not feel guilty for what they'd done. Two-thirds of the men
claimed to have committed rape out of a sense of entitlement, and others
raped out of boredom or a desire to punish women who'd rejected them.
Woman charged for performing
illegal butt boosting injections
A New Jersey model was criminally charged for running an illegal butt-
boosting injection business that sent six of her female clients to the hos-
pital with serious infections.
Anivia Cruz-Dilworth was indicted last week for practicing medicine
without a license. According to court documents, Cruz-Dilworth told the
women that she was a trained professional and that she would inject them
with a substance the 28-year-old called "hydro-gel," which is supposed
to enhance the buttock.
Instead, the New Brunswick resident injected her clients with a silicone
sealant, the same material used to caulk bathtubs. The injection sites were
also sealed with Krazy Glue. Cruz-Dilworth, who has never been med-
ically trained or educated to perform these injections, subjected the
women to serious infections, ranging from cellulitis (a serious bacterial
infection of the skin that spreads) to necrosis (tissue death). Several of
the woman had to undergo multiple surgeries.
According to investigators, Cruz-Dilworth would charge her clients a
discounted rate of $650 to $1,200 for a procedure that would normally
range from $10,000 to $15,000.
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Affirmative Action I
The word "diversity" has popular nesses and colleges? interned at the NAACP Legal sity' now, have a lot of diversity
appeal, maybe more so these days Shirley Wilcher does. The execu- Defense Fund, knows well the dif- programs," Wilcher says. "But if
tive director of the ference between superficial efforts they don't deal with the issue of
American Association and the sound practices that make .-.p|p..ri.,T 1f in terms of hiring and
Sof Affirmative Action workplaces fairer. During the promotions-the representation of
says human resources Clinton administration, she directed women and minorities in the work-
-* professionals who are the Office of Federal Contract place-you might as well call them
members of the Compliance Programs, the Labor 'Kumbaya programs,' as far as I'm
Washington, D.C.- Department agency that enforces concerned. Because they won't
based organization Lyndon Johnson's executive order really address the issue of getting
report that vaguely- requiring federal contractors to take people in the door and retaining
defined diversity pro- affirmative action to ensure they them because they're qualified and
than "affirmative action." But who grams are crowding out or taking have diverse workforces. simply deserve a chance."
knew diversity and affirmative priority over affirmative action. "We've kind of lost in private Continued on page 3
action are in conflict at many busi- The Harvard-trained lawyer, who industry-they use the term 'diver-
Lonnie Miller Park traditional site for First Coast Thanksgivings
Chase Collier, Traci Spellers, Lance Gaskins, Michael Gilliard, "
Aaliyah Morgan, Betram Gilliard, Sloane Collier, Shane Kirkland,
Robin Collier Hill, Ryan Kirkland, Beatrice Gilliard, Chandler Mattie George, Virginia Roberts, Fred Roberts, Rodrick Roberts,
Collier, Ervin T. Collier, Jr., Charles Malcolm O'Kelley, Sydni Coyd, Lil Fred Roberts, Darryll Lucas, Quantesha Roberts, Carolyn
Jennifer Collier, Beagonia Gilliard Collier, Kevean Herring, Jaquis Roberts, David Creech, Shirley Tobler, Charles Dennis, Helen
R. Gaskins (From Virginia), Brittani Spellers, Al Herring and Keion Roberts, and Gwenette Crawford.
While some First Coast families flock to Grandmothers house for the annual Thanksgiving feast, two clans have made Lonnie Miller Park the site
for their holiday. For several years, members of the Roberts and Gilliard families have gathered at the northside park with turkey in tow. According
to the chief cooks, the location is the perfect site due to the low cleanup, space and opportunity for fun. Both families plan to return to the park for
Easter Sunday. FMPowell Photos
Mr. and Mrs. Clint Williams
Fields Williams share wedding bliss
Juliet and Clarence Fields were all smiles at the opportunity to present
their daughter Kendra's new husband to Jacksonville society. Elegantly
accented in sunshine yellow, the former Kendra Fields and Mr. Clint
Williams were honored with a reception. The festivities were the backdrop
for a previously held south Florida formal ceremony. Invited guests
enjoyed an elegant dinner and video presentation of the nuptials at
Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Hundreds of guests shared remem-
brances and fellowship with the young couple as they celebrated their
union. For more sights and scenes, see page 7. FMP Photo
Robin and Nick Malpress enjoy the Jacksonville Landing
First Coast landmark, the Jacksonville Landing was filled with buzz and
holiday cheer las Friday as thousands turned out to witness the lighting of
the Christmas tree.The unofficial city tree this year stands 56-feet-tall and
is decorated with 78,454 lights and more than 240 ornaments. The tree
also performs a 10-minute, synchronized light show set to various selec-
tions of holiday music. The evening as also highlighted by li\e perlorm-
ances of holiday music. The tree will stay up until New Year's lve./ 'iir
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Affirmative action vs. diversity
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Too many of those programs, she
says, do nothing more than make
employees feel good; to cite two
examples: Black History Month
celebrations or speeches about how
diversity improves the bottom line.
Her blunt assessment: "Maybe
they're good for morale, but they
make no change, so therefore they
make no difference."
Karen Jackson-Weaver, an asso-
ciate dean of academic affairs and
diversity at Princeton University,
points to the need to "change cul-
tures and climates" in academic
departments, where faculty mem-
bers recommend who to hire or
grant tenure. It is conceivable that
making these senior White profes-
sors more aware of other cultures
could counteract a tendency to
devalue scholarship about them
and, as a result, to vote against
many minority candidates for
teaching jobs or promotions.
Wilcher concludes that compa-
nies and college have not figured
out how to coordinate conventional
affirmative action steps with the
new-style diversity programs. At
some companies, she says the chief
diversity officer is paid more than
the affirmative action officer,
whose duties may be limited to pro-
ducing a plan for increasing the
numbers of minority employees.
"When they do that, they miss the
whole point," she says. "First it's
the plan, but it's a plan of action-
to try to do something with the
Other companies and colleges
have different organizational mod-
els. The affirmative action officer
may report to the human resources
director instead of the CEO or col-
lege president, as previously, reduc-
ing the officer's clout and inde-
pendence. Or that person has addi-
tional responsibilities for diversity
programs, while still producing
affirmative action plans and han-
dling equal opportunity complaints.
"Sometimes what they've done is
they've put the diversity person
above the affirmative action profes-
sional, and the affirmative action
person reports to the diversity per-
son. But in other cases, there's a
separate office," Wilcher adds.
The emergence of diversity
offices has coincided with the
retirements of many senior execu-
tives who pioneered affirmative
action. Some, she says, are not
being replaced. The successors of
others may not bring the same
sense of mission to the job.
The idea of diversity, as com-
monly used, has come into public
acceptance since appearing in the
decisive opinion of Supreme Court
Justice Lewis F. Powell in 1978 in
the Bakke case. It outlawed racial
quotas in college and graduate-
school admissions but asserted the
educational benefits of having a
diverse mix of students.
In the corporate world, how
much the new diversity offices will
improve employment practices
"For me, the jury is out about the
impact of this new profession,
whether it really makes change in a
way that is meaningful, i.e., in
numbers, representation and pay
and opportunities for promotions-
not only for lower- level manage-
ment jobs, but senior-level jobs,"
"I haven't seen the model that
really, really underscores the effec-
tiveness of the diversity office. I
support the concept of diversity as
being good for business. I don't
support the de-linking of diversity
and affirmative action, because one
needs to work with the other."
Pennsylvania couple hid five kids from authorities
YORK, Pa. They lived outside
society, hidden from the world in a
squalid row house with no heat.
electricity or running water. They
had no birth certificates, no school-
ing, no immunizations or evidence
of medical care nothing whatsoev-
er to prove their existence.
Police in the south-central
Pennsylvania city are still piecing
together how the parents of five
children -- ranging in age from 2
to 13 -- managed to conceal them
for so many years. And why.
"I don't know what would pos-
sess them at all," said detective
Dana Ward Jr., who tracked down
the children after a child welfare
agency received an anonymous tip
about the clandestine family.
Ward charged Louann Bowers.
33, and Sinhue Johnson, 45, with
five felony counts of child endan-
germent. Both are locked up in
York County Prison.
Bowers ran away from "a very
chaotic household" when she was
16 and "didn't want to be found,"
* attorney Ronald Gross said.
a "I think, unfortunately, Mom's
desire to not be found by her fami-
Sly impacted the children's growth,"
She said. "She realizes now, 'I should
have done it differently.'"
Years of isolation have taken
their toll on the siblings. Now liv-
ing in foster homes, "some of the
children suffer health and vision
issues," Ward wrote in an affidavit.
"None of the children are at their
expected education levels, and
there are possible mental health
Since their discovery, the chil-
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That led caseworkers to obtain
a court order granting them per-
mission to enter the dilapidated
house they iived in.
Ward said it appeared that all
seven family members had lived in
a single room on the second floor.
He said all the utilities were shut
off. Rainwater came through the
leaky roof and was collected in
Stellar talent slated for Ritz Amateur
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Grand Finale. The showcase of talent will feature the stellar winners from
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Home prices falling faster in most metro areas
Home prices are falling faster in the nation's largest cities, and a record
number of foreclosures are expected to push prices down further
through next year.
The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home
i ,.' price index fell 0.6 percent in September from
August. Eighteen of the cities recorded monthly
Cleveland recorded the largest decline. Prices
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Prices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, which
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But it remains nearly 28.6 percent below its July 2006 peak.
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President calls for
freeze on federal pay
President Barack Obama has proposed a two-year freeze of the
salaries of some. 2 million federal workers, trying to seize the deficit-
cutting initiative from Republicans with a dramatic stroke. Though sig-'
naling White House concern over record deficits, the fi-eeze would make
only a tiny dent in annual deficits or the nation's $14 trillion debt.
"Small businesses and families are tightening their belts," Obama said
in brief remarks at the White House. "The government should, too." The
administration said the plan was designed to save more than $5 billion
over the first two years.
The proposal, which must be approved by Congress, would not apply
to the military, but it would affect all others on the Executive Branch
payroll. It would not affect members of Congress or their staffs, defense
contractors, postal workers or federal court judges and workers.
Obama's move was an attempt to get in fi-ont of Republican plans to
slash federal pay and the workforce next year, when they will flex more
legislative muscle than now. It, came a day ahead of Obama's meeting at
the White House with both Republicans and Democratic leaders his.
first with Republicans since the midterm elections -- and two days
before the deadline for recommendations by his deficit-reduction com-
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Why Americ ais a "Nation of
Cowards" when it comes to rac
In a recent speech at a
Department of Justice program, the
nation's first black attorney general
said that America is "a nation of
Sure it may sound bad or awk-
ward on the surface, but you have
to take the entire speech into con-
text. Holder was basically saying
that most Americans don't want to
have an open dialogue about race
and racial differences.
Many Americans would rather
not talk about race at all and prefer
to insist that the past is the past and
racial issues no longer exist. I know
Some would even go as far to say
that we should ignore color all
together. I have said time and time
again that that concept is fruitless.
Why ignore color when we can
simply except, respect and embrace
our cultural differences?
That's the point that Holder was
making. He said the workplace is
largely integrated but Americans
still self-segregate on the weekends
and in their private lives.
"Though this nation has proudly
thought of itself as an ethnic melt-
ing pot, in things racial we have
always been and I believe continue
to be, in too many ways, essential-
ly a nation of cowards," Holder
He continued by saying that race
Palin is the
O f a r i
made Iowa a
prime stop on
her latest book tour junket. Iowa is
the bellwether primary state for
every presidential hopeful.
Then the man who unleashed her
on the national scene, John
McCain, sloughed off any talk
about her being divisive, and said
that she'd be formidable as a presi-
Palin flatly told Barbara Walters
"I believe so" to her question
whether she could beat President
Obama in a match-up. Palin has
ducked and dodged the question of
whether she'll run for president.
That's just standard procedure
for all presidential hopefuls. But
barring a cataclysmic scandal, or
fatal verbal stumble, Palin will run,
and she'll run to win.
A Palin presidential bid that GOP
leaders once chuckled at is no
longer a laughing matter. She is the
most polarizing Republican since
Lincoln. But McCain also quickly
added that GOP icon Ronald
Reagan was also called polarizing.
McCain's point was so what, he
still went on to greatness. This was
yet another tip that in the inner
sanctum of GOP political circles, a
Palin presidential bid is expected.
The GOP pragmatists who con-
trol the money, media spin and
party apparatus will do everything
they can to maneuver and massage
the primaries and convention to
does continue to be a topic in polit-
ical discussions but us average
everyday Americans don't talk with
each other enough about racial dif-
ferences and issues.
In the speech, Holder urged peo-
ple of all races to use Black History
Month as a chance for honest dis-
cussion of racial matters, including
issues of health care, education and
He added, "Race is an issue we
have never been at ease with and,
given our nation's history, this is in
some ways understandable... If we
are to make progress in this area,
we must feel comfortable enough
with one another and tolerant
enough of each other to have frank
conversations about the racial mat-
ters that continue to divide us."
So if you are a person that har-
bors racial issues or is uncomfort-
able discussing racial differences
you probably took Holder's com-
ments the wrong way.
At least someone is bold enough
to speak honestly and say what
needs to be said. We have to start
talking about racial differences in
order to move past racial issues in
Instead of trying to find a way to
go around this wall let's simply
tear it down by addressing issues
A study by the Kaiser Foundation
several years back confirmed that
one of the major problems with
race relations in America is that we
just don't understand each other.
In fact, this study showed what
many African Americans already
know that a large number of
whites have mistaken ideas about
how blacks are faring in American
Again, open dialogue can change
After Holder delivered his
speech he told reporters that he was
inspired by President Obama's
speech addressing race after the
Rev. Jeremiah Wright issues during
the Presidential campaign.
We know that Obama's speech
regarding race in America was crit-
ical to putting the Rev. Wright issue
to bed and really was a bold state-
ment about his strength and forti-
Holder told reporters after his
speech, "If we're going to ever
make progress, we're going to have
to have the guts, we have to have
the determination, to be honest
with each other. It also means we
have to be able to accept criticism
where that is justified."
The backlash against Holder's
comments really has more to do
with American pride and self-
image. Simply stated we don't like
to be told that our stuff stinks. It's
hard to look at the man in
mirror and be critical some-
e But let's not simply focus
on Holder's comments about
America being a nation of
cowards. He also said many posi-
tive things about this great nation.
It's easy to simply focus on the
most provocative statements with-
out even acknowledging that bulk
is his speech was very positive
Holder basically said that this is a
great country, but in order to under-
stand this nation one must under-
stand the history of black
Americans. He said, "To get to
heart of this country, you must
understand its racial soul."
I applaud Holder for being hon-
est and courageous enough to tell it
like it is. We certainly are the great-
est nation is the world. From the
humanitarian efforts we take on
around the world to the advance-
ments in medicine and technology,
the United States is an exceptional
This is the land of opportunity,
but being a proud American doesn't
mean that we can't address the ills
of our nation.
James Baldwin may have said it
best when he said, "I love America
more than any other country in the
world and, exactly for this reason, I
insist on the right to criticize her
Signing off from the Black
Archives at the main Library,
GOPs not Obama's worst nightmare
ensure that the noise and mischief
outsider Palin makes will die
before primary season begins. That
may not happen. The media and
public obsession with Palin, and
the mostly favorable scorecard of
wins by her endorsed picks in the
GOP primaries, did nothing to stir
hope that Palin's political star will
Palin mania, though, is less
important than the cast of GOP
presidential hopeful competitors.
They carry as much baggage as she
does. The three best known Palin
competitors are Newt Gingrich,
Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney.
The knock against Gingrich is that
he's too divisive, polarizing and
washed up. The knock against
Huckabee is that his appeal is lim-
ited to religious fundamentalists.
The knock against Romney is that
he's too tainted by an embrace of
health care reform and not authen-
tically conservative enough. None
of them currently hold any elective
office. They will have to scratch
and claw to prove to the GOP main-
stream leaders that they are viable
Palin starts with another advan-
tage that they don't. Her mug is
seen round the clock on Fox, on
news shows, on book tours, and a
reality show. The overexposure this
early in the presidential hunt makes
it that much easier to raise funds
and build the type of grassroots
organization she'll need to be any
kind of real threat.
The lesser known GOP hopefuls,
governors, ex governors, and sena-
tors say that they can do what
Obama did and come from relative
political obscurity in a relatively
short period of time and make a
serious run. That won't wash.
Obama was not the political rags to
riches story that he was made out to
be. He spent four years building
support in the party, raising money,
writing books, and honing a catchy
and timely message. This created a
groundswell of acclaim, admiration
and support for him, and ultimately
a million-dollar winning political
image for him. One of the currently
obscure GOP presidential hopefuls
could break from the pack and
build the support and garner the
cash it takes to make a serious run.
But to do that they'll also have to
try to sell the Tea Party throngs that
they would be the better choice for
the GOP presidential than their
heroine, Palin. That's a near impos-
sible sale. Palin has already staked
out that turf, and it appears
unshakeable. GOP consultants
have noted the overwhelming
majority of Tea Party-leaning ultra-
conservatives watch Fox News
religiously, and when they do they
see and hear Palin spouting one or
another dig, slam or inanity about
Obama. They love every word of
that. She's also cheer-led by
Limbaugh and Beck and other Tea
Party media gurus, and she utilizes
the social media network.
Palm's strength is to play and
stoke popular rage and frustration
with tin ear politicians who've
turned voters into invisible men
and women. That translates to mil-
lions of disgruntled, frustrated vot-
ers who will be tempted to push,
prod and hector the GOP to give
Palin her due. Many will be just as
sorely tempted to vote for Palin as
a maverick candidate, or if her
name is not on any ballot, stay at
home. This would be tantamount to
a vote for Obama. This would be an
even bigger disaster for the GOP.
Palin, then, is the GOP's textbook
Catch-22: if they nominate her they
almost certainly guarantee Obama
the very thing that Senate Minority
Leader Mitch McConnell has
repeatedly crowed and to blow the
chance to make Obama a one term
president. A Palin presidential
nomination snub would risk incur-
ring the anger of millions of GOP
grassroots voters. Palin is the
GOP's, not Obama's, worst night-
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SFLORIDA'S FIRST COAST QUALITY BLACK
FLORIDA'S FIRST COAST QUALITY BLACK WE''EEKtY
Journey of the Bush Woman
By Sylvia Perry What had I done?
Just about a year ago, sick and The ensuing weeks included me
tired of a lot of things in my life, I stalking Youtube and Facebook for
decided to go "natural" and let go of ideas, support and assistance from
"processed" hair. After watching the natural community. I also talked
Chris Rock's revealing documen- to local veterans that I knew.
tary "Good Hair", it was the cata- The response was overwhelming.
lyst I needed to let it all go. My I had no idea so many people were
poor hair had been lyed, dyed and into it. I soon learned different ways
fried since I could remember to style and work with what God
as a young girl. From the had given me. A newfound sub-
struggles with the liminal confidence also
straightening comb to the emerged.
greasy jheri curl of the This is it, it's me. This is the
80s, I had tried it all and way it is going to be. Love it
my good old hair stuck' or hate it, like it or leave it -
with me through the years. my fro is here to stay.
As a Black woman, we are Oddly enough, I also began to
taught constantly that our garner more "attention" from
hair is our crowning glory. the opposite sex than ever
The sharper the cut, the ) before. Who knew!
flyer we are. The longer Gone are the bi-weekly
the hair, the more men we trips to the salon, shedded hair
will attract. The nappier it is, on the sheets and a fear of
the less sophisticated we water. I now relish in the
become. I ashamedly thought of bathing my hair
remember as a youth and enriching it with natural
laughing at the students influences. Who knows what
with "nappy" hair. We the look of the day is going to
used to call them bush be it's almost like rolling
girls. Whoever thought bul- dice. And believe me, some
lying was a new trend ought days are obviously better than
to know better. Peer pres- others.
sure can be a terrible thing. 1 My crown is now a bush
It was funny then, definite- that goes in many different
ly not so funny now. directions somewhat like me
I called my stylist late one diverse, functional and 100%
November evening and tool .1 me. I can't even envision
advantage of his friend- going back. Sometimes I
ship, demanding he take it miss the ease and versatili-
off right then. My nerve ty of a relaxer but my
was up and it was now or maintenance free lifestyle
never. For those who ven- quickly brings me back to
ture into the natural world, reality.
you have two options "the The get up and go is unmis-
big chop" or transitioning. I chose takably the greatest joy. Sure, some
the more drastic route and got it all are still taken aback, but that is their
cut off at one time. As I sat in his problem. I've thought about cutting
chair he asked me numerous times it into some trendy style that would
while fingering my lifeless shoulder be manageable at the least but
length hair, "you sure you want to what fun would that be?
do this?" After at least the third It's funny how the sisterhood is as
affirming yes, he placed his scissors well. You know how you walk into
1 V2 inches above my scalp and a room with few minorities and
became Edward Scissorhands. when you do lock eyes with some-
"What do we do next I asked?", he one of color, you give yourself the
replied, "close our eyes and hope it customary nod? Well that same kin-
curls." ship holds true of those of the natu-
When I saw my mother all she ral persuasion.You acknowledge
could do was shake her head. "You the bravery it takes to walk that
look like a bulldagger", were her path. It took time and maturity to
first words after the visual shock. enable me to make the decision to
Gee, thanks mom. Known for her accept myself just as I was born.
frankness, I knew not to be insulted. A year ago I cut my hair and
The next morning, looking in the grew a new me.
mirror, I swam in the sea of regret -
December 2-8, 2010
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John Howard Griffin is best
known today as the author of Black
Like Me, which tells of his 1959
journey through the American
South disguised as a black man. But
there is much more to Griffin than
that extraordinary experiment in
race relations. As a new documen-
tary shows, John Howard Griffin
possessed an uncommon vision of
humanity, and spent his life in a
fearless search for truth.
In Uncommon Vision: The Life
and Times of John Howard Griffin,
Morgan Atkinson tells the story
of Griffin the journalist, music
scholar, photographer, Texas
farmer, civil rights activist, and j
Catholic convert, a son of the
American South who stirred the
conscience of a nation.
In print for almost fifty years
Black Like Me is an important doc-
ument of the Civil Rights era. It
tells how Griffin, using medication
HBCU grad Leslie Frazier
Coach Leslie Frazier
The former Alcorn State All-
American cornerback is no longer
the NFL's most interviewed coach-
ing candidate of the last decade
now, he is interim coach of the
During perhaps the most tumul-
tuous season in franchise history,
the Minnesota Vikings were look-
ing for a steady hand and a calming
voice to guide them through the rest
of this rocky year.
Frazier will serve as the interim
coach for the remainder of the sea-
son and Vikings owner Zygi Wilf
would not discuss his plans for hir-
ing a permanent replacement.
Frazier is from the Tony Dungy
model of coaches, a quiet leader
with an open-door policy that play-
The 51-year-old Missouri native
has interviewed for seven NFL
head coaching jobs over the last
few seasons, occasionally wonder-
ing if he was brought in simply to
satisfy the Rooney Rule that
requires NFL teams to interview at
least one minority candidate during
Now he is finally getting his first
crack at a job he has long coveted,
but it certainly doesn't come under
"It's not the way I expected it to
(happen)," Frazier said. "I didn't
expect to be at a press conference
under these circumstances. But at
the same time, it's a great opportu-
nity for myself and our team to take
advantage of it and to do what
we've been called to do, what we've
been asked to do."
Frazier has never been a head
coach at a major college program or
in the pros.
He played defensive back on the
1985 Chicago Bears team that won
the Super Bowl and is considered
one of the greatest defenses in
league history. His coaching career
started at Trinity International
University in 1988 and he has also
been an assistant at the University
of Illinois and in the pros with the
Eagles, Bengals and Colts.
that darkened his
skin, disguised him-
self as a black man
through the deep
ing firsthand the
..were part of
everyday life for African
Americans. After the book was
published, Griffin received death
threats and was hanged in effigy on
the main street of his Texas home
town. But he also gained interna-
tional respect and a platform as a
human rights activist. He traveled
the lecture circuit with activist Dick
Gregory, who is interviewed in the
The documentary focuses on
Griffin's social activism, from his
childhood in Texas town, to serv-
ing in World War II. After the war,
his work continued as a civil rights
activist and journalist.
Griffin's life and work testify to
his deep understanding of humani-
ty. "There is no other. The other is
me," Griffin wrote. He died in 1980
at the age of 60. At the time, he had
only fifty dollars in his bank
account. But as Uncommon Vision
shows, he left a rich legacy of
moral clarity, spiritual wisdom, and
by N. Burton
As World AIDS Day passs us
once again, black advocates say
the deadly disease continues to
inflict a staggering human and
financial toll on the African
The AIDS epidemic has claimed
the lives of more than 230,000
over the past three decades. And
although black Americans consti-
tute just 12 percent of the U.S.
population, they account for 46
percent of the 1.1 million
Americans currently living with
To some observers, the fact that
America hasn't yet won the battle
against AIDS boils down to pure
"If we had large numbers of mil-
lionaires, billionaires and those
impacting the economy dying of
AIDS, I guarantee you a cure
would be found virtually
overnight," says LaMont Evans,
CEO of Healthy Black
Communities Inc. in Atlanta.
"It's sad to say," said, "but there's
a lack of urgency in addressing
this problem because those
impacted are seen as disposable
and not economically important."
Whether one agrees with Evans,
he may be on to something:
Wealth and status indeed play a
huge role in the likelihood of
New documentary reveals the remarkable
life of Black Like Me author John Howard
becoming infected with HIV in
In a first of its kind study on the
link between economic status and
HIV, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention found in
2010 that those living in poor
neighborhoods were more than
four times more likely to be strick-
en with HIV, compared with the
national average. Researchers the-
orized that residents in poor areas
had limited access to health care
and other basic services, along
with higher rates of substance
abuse and incarceration -- factors
that heighten one's risk for HIV.
"This study reveals a powerful
link between poverty and HIV risk
and a widespread HIV epidemic in
America's inner cities," said Kevin
Fenton, director of the CDC's
National Center for HIV/AIDS,
Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB
Prevention. "In this country, HIV
clearly strikes the economically
disadvantaged in a devastating
So if it's clear that individuals in
poor communities in general, and
African Americans in particular,
are being disproportionately rav-
aged by AIDS, what is being done
to prevent the disease from spread-
Critics say not nearly enough.
Until this year, America had no
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comprehensive program to fight
the AIDS epidemic. Then, in July
2010, President Obama launched
the first National HIV/AIDS
Strategy, designed to reduce the
number of new HIV infections,
increase access to care for people
living with HIV, and reduce HIV-
related disparities and health
For 2011, Obama's federal budg-
et includes a $27.2 billion request
for HIV and AIDS. That's a 4.6
percent increase over 2010 fund-
ing, which totaled $26 billion.
But just 3 percent of the 2011
AIDS budget, or $900 million, is
earmarked for prevention. Many
AIDS advocates say this is com-
pletely insufficient, especially
considering that one study con-
ducted by the CDC and John
Hopkins University showed that
for every HIV infection prevented,
$355,000 is saved in the costs of
providing lifelong HIV care and
treatment. The study concluded
that an investment of $4.5 billion
in HIV prevention over 10 years
would save $104 billion in med-
With relatively few dollars
devoted toward prevention it's lit-
tle wonder, perhaps, that every
year, about 56,000 Americans are
infected with HIV; 25,000 of them
Our high cost of HIV/AIDS
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The Christian Girls Club Ministries Emancipation Celebration Carols & Chocolate at American Beach
The Christian Girls Club Ministries will celebrate their 20th Anniversary
on December 3rd & 4th, 2010 at The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront. All members who have worked with this organization in the
past 19 years, and wish to participate in the Grand Celebration of Life, are
asked to call 398-8517.
Central Metropolitan CME Church
Presents a Christmas Concert
In celebrating the CME Church rich spiritual legacy, join Pastor Clarence
Kelby Heath and members of Central on the Pearl, 4611 North Pearl Street,
Sunday, December 12, at 4:00 p.m. for a Christmas Concert featuring
Central's Mass Choir. The concert is in honor of the CME Church 140th
Founder's Day Anniversary.
The public is also welcome to join the church on Tuesdays, at 6:00 p.m.
for Prayer Time, 6:30 p.m. for Bible Study, Wednesdays, at noon for Bible
Study, 2:00 p.m., for the Feeding Ministries, and 6:00 p.m. for the Temple
Physical Maintenance Ministries. Wear comfort clothes and sneakers for
fitness class with retired physical educator, Jackie Johnson. Classes are free
and open to the public. For more information, call 904 354-7426. Need
transportation to attend Sunday Church School, Sunday Morning Worship,
and Bible Study call the church one week in advance at 354-7426.
Historic Mt. Zion AME
sponsors Orlando Shopping trip
The Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, Lois J. Roberts Allenites, will be
sponsoring a shopping trip to Orlando. The bus will leave at 7 a.m. on
Saturday, December 11th and return at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $45 round trip.
The church is located at 201 East beaver Street. For more information, con-
tact Olivia Young at 751-0850.
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.
Pastor Landon Williams
The Faith United Miracle Temple will host the North Eastern
Emancipation Celebration Association as it kicks off its 1st Southern
Celebration, January 1, 2011 at 12 Noon. The theme is "148 Years of
Freedom-Let's We Forget". All people welcome. For more information call
(904) 647-5981. Come and relive the day of freedom. The church is locat-
ed at 1860 West 5th Street and is under the guidance of Bishop Desso
Benjamin, Host Pastor and Dr. Rhonda Mitchell-Addo, Coordinator.
Jacksonville's 4th Annual
Downtown Historic Church Tour
The annual Downtown Historic Church Tour tours visits ten historic
churches and begins at the Main Library in Downtown Jacksonville. It will
be on Saturday, December 4, 2010 for one day only from 1 5 p.m.
Participants will tour a century of sanctuaries in one afternoon at ten
Downtown historic churches. Guides at each church will highlight the
architectural and historical significance of the building. The tour begins and
ends at the Main Library and visitors may walk or use the complimentary
trolley service provided along the tour route. For tickets or more informa-
tion call 451-3344.
St Philips Episcopal Church Unity Day
St. Phillips Episcopal Church will celebrate their 30th Annual Unity Day
weekend, starting Friday December 3, 2010 with the annual dinner/dance at
the Clarion Airport and concludes on Sunday December 5, 2010 at 10:00
a.m. Renowned Jacksonville native Al Letson, host of the State of the
Reunion on National Public Radio is the Unity Day Mass of Thanksgiving
speaker. St. Philips located at 321 West Union St. (Corner of Pearl). For
more information, contact the Church at (904) 354-8010 or 354-1053. Rev.
Hugh W. Chapman, Rector.
Matthew Gilbert Annual Reunion
The 13th Annual Alumni Reunion
of Matthew Gilbert will be held
January 28 & 29 at the Hyatt River
walk Hotel. Festivities will begin
with a welcome reception, Friday at
6 p.m. and the Banquet will be
Saturday at 6 p.m.
The event will include two excit-
ing full days celebrating Gilbert
Great Eastside History. The Class of
1961 will be honored. Tickets are on
sale now, no tickets sold at the door.
For more information contact
class leaders or Linda Jackson-Bell
at (904) 713-0973
and toy giveaway
First Lady Productions, Inc.,
under the direction of First Lady,
Prophetess, Dr. Very J. Goodman,
will be having a gift and toy give-a-
way on Saturday, December 4th at
The event will be held a One
Accord Ministries International,
Inc., 2971 Waller Street,
Jacksonville, Florida 32254. To par-
ticipate or for more information,
Donate a crib
Join Healthy Mothers, Healthy
Babies Coalition of North Florida,
Inc's 2nd annual Cribs for
Christmas Campaign. You can help
make sure that all babies can sleep
in a crib. Many of the infant deaths
in our community are due to babies
not having a crib. For $100 you can
provide a safe sleep environment
for a baby. Choose the campaign as
your holiday community service
project you and your friends, fami-
ly or co workers. 2010 Campaign
goal is providing 100 babies with
To donate, visit www.hmhbcjaxn-
fl.org or call 854-7100 ext 14.
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
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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
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for closing 75th Anniversary activity
The American Beach Property Owner's Association invite the communi-
ty to experience "Carols and Chocolate", the final event of the 75th
Anniversary celebration of American Beach. The free holiday concert will
feature performances by "MPACT" performing holiday jazz, The Peck
Community Ensemble, and The Amelia Island Montessori School Chorus.
In the spirit of the season this FREE event will be outdoors, participants are
welcome to bring a blanket, chairs or meal to compliment the evening of
It will begin at 3 p.m. at the American Beach Community Center, 1600
Julia St., American Beach. For more information, call 904-277-7960.
Facebook Pastor only
leaving post temporarily
by Boyce Watkins
Cedric Miller is known nationally
as "the Facebook Pastor," after
telling his congregation to ban
Facebook in order to save their mar-
riages. Miller went as far as telling
his church leaders that if they didn't
give up their Facebook accounts, he
would remove them from their
It turned out that Pastor Miller
may have had his own reasons for
fearing Facebook. The popular
social-networking site may have
been linked to the affair the pastor
had going on involving his male
assistant and his wife. Whether it
was swinging, bisexual activity or
something else, most of us know
that a preacher shouldn't be "getting
freaky" at bible study (which is
where many of the incidents
allegedly took place, according to
Pastor Miller took his humiliation
like a man. In a public display of
what seemed to be sincere contri-
tion, the pastor told his church that
he would step down in response to
his being exposed for living a dou-
ble life. The problem was that his
reaction was only temporary:
Rather than giving up his post per-
manently, the pastor plans to leave
for just a little while and return in 90
days. In other words, it seems that
he plans on stepping down long
enough for the controversy to cool
itself off, and then it may be back to
business as usual.
Miller, who is the pastor at the
Living Word Christian Fellowship
Church in Neptune Township, N.J.,
received a vote of confidence as the
church's spiritual leader before
making his decision public. He also
said that he came to his conclusion
after "prayer and thoughtful consid-
eration" by the members of the
board, according to the church's
Miller must be given credit for
attempting to take a stand against
something that does play a role in
undermining the sanctity of the
marital bond in quite a few families
Pastor Cedric Miller
across America. There is nothing
wrong with a person learning from
his mistakes and using that as cred-
ibility when admonishing the
actions of others. It would have
been better had Miler "fessed up"
from the beginning, rather than try-
ing to appear holier than thou.
The challenge for Pastor Miller,
however, is that he can't stop people
from using Facebook. Facebook,
and sites like it, are never going to
go away. The only thing we can do
is learn to live in a world where
human beings are interconnected.
Telling people to stop using
Facebook and other sites is like
telling men to stop going to work
because women are going to be
As for his own personal choices, I
openly wonder if Pastor Miller
might be perceived to be a hypocrite
for having a zero-tolerance policy
toward members of his church who
possess flaws that are not nearly as
dramatic as his own. I also fear for
the black community, which puts a
tremendous amount of faith in quite
a few spiritual leaders whose spirits
are not nearly as pure as we are led
to believe. Rather than being told
what to believe by our so-called
spiritual leaders, perhaps it makes
sense for us to simply think for our-
Sunday Morning Worship
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The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-i p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
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.
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Matthew 28:19 20 -"
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 am. Sunday School
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sundav ao 4:50 p.m.
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Wedding viewing reception held for family and friends of Kendra Fields Williams
Doshanda Griffey, Chiquila Powell, Tierra Mckuhn, Laura
Morrison, Amanda Shackleford, Caled Powell, Clarecine Powell,
Tonja McKuhn andCharletta Mckuhn.
The Bridal party included groom Clint A. Williams, bride Kendra 1
Fields Williams, brides parents Juliet and Clarence Fields and Belinda Jackson, Moses Williams, Winston Williams, and Ebenezer
Olethia Fields, bride's grandmother. First Lady Derya Williams. FMePhotos
by Maretta Latimer
This past Saturday, local communi-
ty leaders and educators Clarence
and Juliet Fields hosted a fall recep-
tion at Ebenezer United Methodist
Church to celebrate the recent mar-
riage of their daughter Kendra
Fields to Clint Williams.
Hundreds of family and friends
attended the joyous celebration,
which featured music, an elegant
dinner and a video of the couple's
formal marriage ceremony and
reception in Hollywood, FL. The
couple were married on October 10,
2010 by Rev. Frederick Cromity at
the Hillcrest Golf and Country Club
in Hollywood, FL, and had a wed-
ding party of fifteen.
The bride, Kendra Fields-
Williams, is a native of
Jacksonville, and a graduate of
Ribault High and Florida A&M
University. She is also a member of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
and a high school English teacher.
The groom, Clint Williams, is a
native of Massachusetts and of
Jamaican descent. He attended the
University of Miami and is an
industrial engineer. The couple will
reside in Hollywood, FL.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority members Gwendolyn Leapheart,
Marguerite Warren, Juliet Fields, Kendra D Fields Williams The
Bride (seated) Myrtle Turner, Claudette Elps, Amanda
Shacklefordand Derya Williams are shown saluting their Delta sister.
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President Obama answers your
questions about health care reform
When President Obama extend-
ed an invitation at the White House
to answer questions about health-
care reform, we asked our readers
what questions they had. More than
250 peoples responded. Here are
edited highlights of the president's
Q: We've heard from many
people who would like to have
health coverage but just can't
afford it. What does the
reform law offer them?
A: Some things are going to Pr
be made available right away. long
Most people who don't have life
health insurance work for pr
smaller companies. We are new
providing up to 4 million und
small businesses with tax with
credits that essentially pay sur
about a third of the premiums throw
for their employees. p
We will immediately make cov
sure that children with pre- nizi
existing conditions aren't pro- yO
hibited for getting health up
insurance. For adults, that thr
won't take effect until 2014,
but in the meantime we've set up
pre-existing-condition plans so that
they are able to purchase insurance
that's more affordable than what
they could get through the existing
marketplace. By 2014, we'll have
set up exchanges. These are essen-
tially marketplaces where every-
body can buy insurance, and
because it's a big pool, you get a
better deal the same way that big
companies now can get a good deal
from their insurer. And if you still
can't afford it, subsidies are going
to be made available. We anticipate
that 30 million people who current-
ly don't have health insurance are
going to be able to get health insur-
Q: Why wait until 2014?
A: We wanted to get it started
sooner, but the health system has
been broken for a very long time
and it's a huge multi-trillion-dollar
enterprise. Trying to make sure that
these exchanges work properly, that
the rules are in place, that the subsi-
dies are effective, all that takes a
few years. A lot of young people, by
the way also don't have health
insurance, and one of the things tak-
ing effect right away is that you can
stay on your parents' health insur-
ance until you're 26 years old.
Q: Insurers are raising their
REFORMS ALREADY IN PLA(
bipartisan agency, indicated that
premiums would be as much as 14
to 20 percent lower than they would
have been without reform.
We've trying to change the way
that doctors, hospital, and other
providers are operating. Because
the problem is noi .ju i
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alao, frankly, the coast
of health care going up
too fast and people not
getting a good bang
for their buck. There
are a whole series of
reforms-electronic medical records,
making sure that people get tested
once instead of every time you go
to a specialist. Those kinds of
things will lower coasts, but it's not
going to happen overnight.
Q: Is the federal government
up to the job of implementing
such a big law?
A: Even critics have acknowl-
edged that the implementation
process has been better than they
expected. Starting this month, you
will not be dropped from your
health insurance when you need it,
what the insurance industry calls
rescission. If you've been paying
your premiums, you get to keep
your insurance. We've making sure
we don't have lifetime caps, so if
somebody in your family gets can-
cer and the treatment costs more
than anticipated, you're not having
to mortgage your house.
Q: Is there anything about the
law you wish were different?
A: I'm actually placed with the
law I was able to sign. Senior citi-
zens are already receiving checks of
$250 to help close the doughnut
hole that leaves them exposed when
they're buying prescription drugs.
Are there are going to be provi-
sions that we look back and say,
you know what, this to be tweaked,
this isn't working exactly the way
we want, somebody's trying to take
advantage of a loophole and we
need to close it? I'm sure those are
going to crop up.
I should mention that we've
already go t website called
HealthCare.gov I had the chance to
look at it myself and it provides a
treasure trove of information to
consumers. Starting in October it's
going to be tailored so that you can
plug in your Zip code and start
comparing prices for your insur-
ance. We're going to make sure that
hospitals are posting charges for
standard procedures so that people
have a better ability to comparison
shop. We've take a page out of
Consumer Reports. We want to
make sure that people are empow-
ered with information. I think that
will allow them to make better
rates by 15 or 20 percent or more
and blaming it on health reform.
A: Most of these increases were
planned before the law even passed.
The reform law is going to crack
down on some of these unreason-
able rate increases. We've said that
insurance companies should be
spending 80 percent of whatever
premiums they get on actual med-
ical care, not on administration and
profits and CEO bonuses. And we
are empowering states to start
cracking down. But until we get the
entire health reform in place, insur-
ance companies are still going to try
at times to take advantage by charg-
ing people too much.
Q; Can we expect premium
increases to slow as reform con-
A: Yes. The Congressional
Budget Office, an independent,
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Join celebrities from the worlds of
entertaining, etiquette and antiques
at the 2010 Art & Antiques Show,
Dec. 2 Dec 6, 2010. It will be held
at the Prime Osborn Convention
Center. For more information all
PRIDE Book Club
The next meeting of the PRIDE
Book Club, north Florida's oldest
and largest book club for people of
color, will meet on Friday,
December 3, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
The book for discussion is The Help
by Kathryn Stockett and hosted by
Vanessa Boyer. For directions or
more information, call 268-5944.
finals at the Ritz
Enjoy the Ritz Theater's Amateur
Night on Friday, December 3rd.
Fashioned after New York's famed
Apollo Theater, local amateur
artists shows the audience their best
talent and lets them be the judge.
Showtime for the event which
always sells out is 7p.m. For tickets
or more information, call 632-5555.
I'll be Home for
ChrisxiItas stage play
Pastor R.J. Washington will pres-
ent the stage play "I'll be Home for
Christmas" on December 4th and
5th at the Florida Theater. The all
start cast includes Flex Alexander,
Appeal for your excess clothes
The Millions More Movement, Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee
Inc.,a non-profit organization is appealing for your excess clothes,clothes
hangers, shoes of all sizes for women, men,children and school
supplies.These items will be used in their organization's next "Clothes
Give-A-Way". These items can be brought to 916 N.Myrtle Avenue,
Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00a.m. 5:00 p.m.You can
also call us to pickup your donations.Our contact number is 904-240-9133
.If you would like to learn more about JLOC Inc., MMM visit their website,
www.jaxloc.org. Pick ups are available.
Regina Belle, Shanice and James
Avery. Tickets are available now at
Ritz Jazz Jamm
Join the Ritz Theatre for a jazz jam
with Saxtress Pamela Williams. The
concert will be on Sat. December
4th for two shows at 7 & 10 p.m.
Advance tickets start at $21. For
more information call 632-5555.
The 4th Annual Downtown
Historic Church Tour will be on
December 4, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 5
p.m. Tour a century of sanctuaries
in one afternoon and explore the
streets of Downtown with family
and friends. Several churches are
within walking distance and trolley
service is provided along the tour
route that begins at the Main
Library. Call 451-3344 for more
Mayor Peyton will present the
annual Holiday Festival for seniors
on Dec. 4th from 2 5 p.m. at the
Prime Osborne Convention Center.
Fun holiday activities include: visit
with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Holiday
Dinner, live Entertainment and
Dancing, Santa's Door Prizes and
more. Tickets are $10. For more
information call (904)630-3690.
Every year, The Community
Nutcracker delights audiences of all
ages with its holiday classic. This
year it will be held December 9-11
at the Florida Theater. Call the box-
office at 355-2787 for tickets.
Ledisi at the Ritz
Experience the Ritz's holiday soul
featuring jazz R&B vocalist Ledisi
on Saturday Dec. 11th at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20. For more informa-
tion visit www.ritzjacksonville.com
or call 632-5555.
Fashion Extrav at
World Golf Village
St. Gerard Campus will have their
27th Annual Fashion Show at the
World Gold Village in St.
Augustine, Saturday, Dec. 11 from
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Noon to 3:30 p.m. The latest fash-
ions for men, women and children
will be presented. Tickets include a
luncheon, raffle and door prizes, a
silent auction and a $5,000 grand
prize. For tickets call 829-5516.
12/26/10 EverBank Field 1 p.m.
Experience Kwanzaa at the Ritz
heater on Tuesday Dec. 28th at 6
p.m. Admission is free. Come join
the Ritz as they celebrate
Kwanzaa's 3rd principle UJIMA
(collective work & responsibility).
For more info call 632-5555.
Bring in the New Year with come-
dian Rickey Smiley on New Years
Eve. The nationally known comic
will be performing at the Moran
Theatre at 8 p.m. on December
31st. For tickets call ticketmaster.
sponsors trip to DC
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
is sponsoring a trip to Washington
to Witness the swearing in ceremo-
ny of the 112th congress. The $375
fee includes motorcoach transporta-
tion, lodging, site seeing, a capital
tour, luncheon and dinner. The
dates are Jan. 3 6, 2011. For more
information, call Mary Adams at
of Spoken Word
Come out and enjoy an evening of
Spoken Word at the Ritz Theater on
Thursday, January 6, 2011. The
free event will start at 7 p.m.
Spoken word night is held on the
first Thursday of every month
where poets, writers, vocalists and
musicians gather to present and
hear powerful lyrical voices in a
casual open-mic setting. Call 632-
5555 for info.
PRIDE Book Club
The next meeting of the PRIDE
Book Club, north Florida's oldest
and largest book club for people of
color, will meet on Saturday,
January 8, 2011 at 4 p.m. The
book for discussion will be Open
Wide the Freedom Gates: A
Memoir by Dorothy Height and
hosted by Jennifer King. For direc-
tions or more info, call 703-8264.
The annual MLK day Parade will
take place on Monday, January
17th, 2011. To register or more
information, visit mlkfdn.com or
call 807-8358. The parade travels
through downtown Jacksonville
starting at 9 a.m.
Drum Line Live
Come experience a professional
drum line live at the Times Union
Center for Performing Arts. The
one time performance will be held
on Saturday, January 22nd. Call
632-3015 for tickets or more infor-
Gilbert Jr/Sr. Reunion
The 13th Annual Alumni Reunion
to be held January 28 & 29 at the
Hyatt River walk Hotel. Festivities
include a welcome reception and
banquet on Saturday, starting at 6
p.m. The Class of 1961 will be hon-
ored. Tickets are on sale now, No
tickets sold at the door. For more
information contact class leaders or
Linda Jackson-Bell at 713-0973.
Comedians Sommore, Bruce
Bruce, DL Hughley and others will
be in concert on Friday, February
llth at the Jacksonville Veterans
Memorial Arena. Tickets are on sale
now through Ticketmaster.
Hip Hop Tour
Legends of the 80s hip hop scenes
will be in Jacksonville for one night
only for the Legends of Hip Hop
tour. At the Veterans Memorial
Arena will be Salt-N-
Pepa,Whodini, Kurtis Blow, and
more. The concert will be on
Friday, February 25th at 8 p.m. .
For tickets call 1-800-745-3000.
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Black Eyed Peas tapped for SuperBowl
The Black Eyed Peas will be
the featured halftime per- ,
former at the Super Bowl. ".
The Grammy award-winning 1 I
group will perform Feb. 6 at .- "'
Cowboys Stadium. Since ;
forming in 1995, The Black
Eyed Peas have sold more
than 28 million albums world-
wide and nearly 31 million
digital tracks. \ Last year's featured performer was The Who. Other
halftime acts have included U2, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen &
The E Street Band, Paul McCartney and Prince.
Montell Jordan becomes a minister
Remember 90s RnB artist Montell Jordan? He had a few hits in the 90s
such as "This is How We Do It" and "Get it on tonight"? Well, accord-
ing to his most recent Twitter messages, he has officially given up R&B
and will become a licensed minister. He will become the new worship
pastor at Victory World Church in Norcross, Georgia.
'Ugly Betty' actor says he killed his
mom because of demon inside of her
A n actor accused of hacking his mother to
death with a sword felt like the character Neo
from the movie "The Matrix" -- "hearing voices
and feeling powerful" -- before the attack, he said
in a newspaper interview.
S"I didn't kill her. I killed the demon inside her,"
s "- -' Michael Brea, 31, told the Daily News from a
hospital prison ward where he was being held after his arrest on murder
and other charges.
Brea, who had small roles in ABC's now-canceled show "Ugly Betty"
and the movie "Step Up 3D," was in the bedroom with a 3-foot-long
sword, police said. His mother was found in the bathroom with cuts to
He told the Daily News he had been living in a private world filled with
Masonic symbolism and black magic that led to his act.
Rihanna: Discussing Chris Brown
'Makes Me Look Bitter'
Rihanna says she hates being asked about her
bust-up with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown because
she's convinced it makes her look "bitter, pitiful,* "'
spiteful and angry." ~
The singer was left battered and bruised follow-
ing an altercation with Brown in early 2009 .
while he was left with an assault conviction.
The violent dispute and the couple's subsequent
split continues to make headlines whenever RiRi reveals more details,
but the artist would prefer to put the past behind her for good.
"People won't stop askin (about) it! It's f**kin (sic) annoying! Nobody
wants to relive that, but some ppl (people) can't respect that!," Rihanna
recently tweeted. "I get it, they wanna raise awareness to young girls!
But it ends up just making me look bitter, pitiful, spiteful and angry!"
L New career for Uncle Luke
... He changed the rules of rap, managed
world reknown strip clubs and now the
,.,.,,. King of raunch has a new career as a
high school coach.
The one-time raunchy rapper and
,- .' leader of Miami's 2 Live Crew is now an
assistant football coach at Miami Central
High School, where he instructs line-
backers, and in his home neighborhood
of Liberty City, where he coaches boys
."7"e in the Optimist league he founded.
x- Once celebrated and loathed for his
sexually explicit lyrics, Campbell, near-
ly 50, is now a mentor to inner city kids.
"I'm happy and proud of what we
S B accomplished but that part of my life is
over," he told the Miami Herald. "The entertainer I left him on stage."
Iyanla Vanzant has led one full
life. The acclaimed author and
motivational speaker survived
childhood rape, physical and verbal
abuse, teen pregnancy, abusive rela-
tionships -- all by the time she was
30. The next 25 years would be
marked by celebratory highs -- a
successful career; five New York
Times best-selling books; a place
on The Oprah Winfrey Show; the
launch of her nationally syndicated
television show, lyanla -- and dev-
AJ: You and Dr. Phil used to
alternate appearances on
Oprah in the late '90s, until
Barbara Walters lured you
away during your contract
negotiations with Winfrey.
Now Dr. Phil has his own
Winfrey-produced TV show
and will be a featured expert on
the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Do you find yourself looking
back, thinking, "If only ... "?
IV: I really am at peace v i
stating lows: dismissal from
Oprah, the cancellation of her tv
show, her daughter's death, her third
divorce, going broke and losing her
home to foreclosure. How could an
educated, millionaire spiritual guru
like Vanzant experience this?
It's a question explored honestly
in her revealing new book, Peace
From Broken Pieces: How to Get
Through What You're Going
Through. While these tragedies
could be enough to push some peo-
ple over the edge -- and yes, she did
consider taking that leap -- Vanzant
instead freed herself from the grasp
of self-pity and took a thorough,
honest examination of her life.
Aisha Jefferson spoke with
Vanzant about how she has man-
aged to endure, the lessons she's
learned, the truth about her relation-
ship with Oprah and the failure of
her own show, as well as her deter-
mination not to pass on to her
grandchildren the problems that
have plagued her and her family.
AJ: A lot has changed for you in
10 years. Two obvious changes are
that your daughter Gemmia died
and you divorced your husband.
What else is different?
lyanla Vanzant: I'm a lot wiser
now, having gone through so many
losses and changes and transforma-
tions in my life that I know what
matters. And I know who matters.
The people who love and support
me are still the people who love and
support me. And that matters more
to me now than the drive that I once
had to build a career. And I'm not
trying to build a career any more.
My choice is to really be present
and enjoy and engage in my life.
what has happened because I know
that what God has for me, it is for
me. I know that if I'm supposed to
be on television, I will be on televi-
sion. If I [were] supposed to be on
Oprah, I would be on Oprah. And
every choice has a consequence.
And I made certain choices that had
AJ: Many people enjoyed you on
the show and missed you after your
departure. There were also a lot of
rumors out there about why you
IV: Personally, for me, I would
love to have a reunion with her just
to tell the story. Whenever black
women stand side by side, of
course, there's always going to be
rumors about why they stop stand-
ing side by side. And it's black peo-
ple making up these rumors. Most
white people, they don't care one
way or the other.
And they do it to black women.
They don't do it to black men. Is
anybody talking about why Eddie
Murphy and Chris Rock ain't
TR: In your book, you wrote that
Barbara Walters asked you to prom-
ise to call her if you ever needed
anything. Have you made that call?
IV: I saw her once at the Emmy
Awards, and she didn't know who I
was. I had to remind her who I was.
It would probably
make absolutely no
sense whatsoever for me to call
her. And I will give her [this]:
Barbara said to me, "I feel like I
have ruined your life. You know,
you were doing so well. You know,
it's like I stepped in and created all
of this for you."
And I said to her, "Well, I agreed
to it. So you can't take responsibili-
ty. Nobody has the power to destroy
my life but me." There is nothing
that I want from any of them.
AJ: You are very adamant about
breaking the cycle of negative
behavioral patterns -- such as
domestic violence, incarceration,
low self-esteem and single mother-
hood -- in your family and not pass-
ing them on to your grandchildren.
How do people end these cycles?
IV: Well, what I've discovered is
that pathologies manifest as pat-
terns of behavior that very often are
unconscious. When you start dis-
covering a pattern of behavior that
brings you anything other than
peace, you have to change the pat-
tern. To do so, we have to be willing
to do two things: You've got to be
willing to give up everything you
believe that you need, and you've
got to be willing to do the work to
get along without it. And I think
that's where we have a challenge as
people of color -- doing the work
letting the stuff and people go.
AJ: African Americans now have
greater access to formal education
and material wealth than before and
might not want to put it at risk.
What affect do you think this is
having on the problems in our com-
IV: I had it all, and that's what I
learned. I would have given up the
car, the house, the career, all of the
money, to keep my daughter alive.
And I couldn't. And so what I dis-
covered is that those things really
don't matter because if you've got to
be stripped of a few things, let it be
those things. Let it not be your
health, your good sense, your mind
or your ability to create. That's what
Peace From Broken Pieces is all
about. I learned that I could live
without all of that.
I didn't think I could live without
my daughter. She was my best
friend. Nothing will ever replace
her, but I can sure live without her.
All of the money, I thought I could
not live without it. My house -- I
lost it all, and I am so grateful to
know that I could live without it. If
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as GOP chief may be nearing end
Michelle Obama join daughters Malia and Sasha in admiring the White House holiday tree.
First daughters give White House Christmas tree thumbs up An 18 /2 foot Douglas-
fir arrived at the White House this week by horse-drawn carriage to the delight of it's youngest residents. It'll
serve as the official White House Christmas tree. The tree will be decorated and put up in the Blue Room of the
Haitian elections show more turmoil than ever
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti The
island nation ripped by poverty,
earthquake, cholera and storm dam-
age can now add political collapse
to the list of ills since Sunday's vot-
ing for presidential candidates ran
headlong in to allegations of fraud
and total disarray at polling places.
Voters didn't know where to cast
ballots, and when they did find a
precinct, they often found their
names weren't listed on rolls allow-
ing them to vote. At other polling
places, gangs took over the ballot
places and scattered paperwork.
Some ballots were even burned.
Of the 19 candidates running for
the presidency, 12 candidates
joined the call for the election to be
canceled because of the problems.
The candidates also denounced
Haitian President Rene Preval for
According to accounts from the
New York Times, crowds ran
through the streets, carrying tree
branches, to stop the elections.
The national election council,
though, reported that there were
election problems at just 56 of
1,500 voting centers, meaning that
Election workers pick up ballots off of a precinct floor in Haiti.
election results would likely be reli- parliament.
able. Results won't be available
until after Dec. 7th.
Haiti, which has endured near
constant health and environmental
crises, is facing a growing cholera
epidemic affecting nearly 70,000
people that many feared could fur-
ther scare voters from the polls.
Tensions rose ahead of the elec-
tions, in which 18 candidates were
running for the post of president.
Seats were also up for grabs in the
Senate and in the lower house of
Nearly all of the candidates cam-
paigned on similar platforms --
fighting corruption, creating jobs,
and addressing natural disasters that
has left the Caribbean nation reel-
ing and prompted many to urge for
a postponement of Sunday's vote.
According to electoral law, a can-
didate must win 50 percent of the
vote or else the election goes to a
second-round runoff -- a possibility
in such a crowded field of con-
Michael Steel, NRC Chair
by P. Elliott
A significant block of Republican
National Committee members
wants it's controversial chairman
Michael Steele to step aside, but the
rank and file have failed to settle on
a clear alternative.
More than four dozen interviews
by the Associated Press with mem-
bers of the 168-member central
committee found fear that a badly
damaged Steele could emerge from
the wreckage of a knockdown,
drag-out fight to head the party as it
challenges President Barack
Obama in 2012. While most agree
that Steele's time has been rough --
and costly -- the members also rec-
ognize that a leadership fight could
overshadow gains that Republicans
made in the midterm elections.
With balloting set to take place in
just two months, many just want
Steele to go.
"You can't keep spending the
kind of money they're spending
every month just to operate the
RNC," said committee member Ada
Fisher of North Carolina. "I would
hope he would step aside."
"The question is who should be
hired for the next two years, It's not
a matter of firing anybody," said
James Bopp, a committee member
from Indiana who holds great sway
among social conservatives on the
panel. "I just don't think Steele has
performed at the level we need for
the presidential cycle."
In interviews with 51 committee
members, 39 said they preferred
Steele not be on the ballot when
they meet near Washington in mid-
January to pick their leader.
For his part, Steele hasn't said
whether he will pursue the 85-vote
majority needed for a second term.
Already, members have been hear-
ing from others interested in that
Others say they still like the
chairman -- and his doting atten-
tion, his speedy replies -- but
believe it's time for him to go.
"He's a wonderful man. He's done
a good job," said Cindy Costa, a
committee member from South
Carolina. "But it would be better for
him -- and I want the best for him -
- to step down knowing he gave an
honest shot and did a good job this
Congressional Black Caucus
gains power, focuses on jobs
by Boyce Watkins
While the midterm elections were terrible for Democrats, one group that
came out unscathed was the Congressional Black Caucus. Members of the
CBC and the Hispanic Caucus will hold roughly one-third of all
Democratic seats in Congress (61 out of 190), increasing their power.
They also plan to use this influence to focus on job creation.
Democrats who took the greatest drubbing during midterms tended to be
the centrists of the party. The
Black and Hispanic caucuses,
however, only lost four out of
60 bids for re-election.
Silvestre Reyes of Texas, a
member of the Hispanic cau-
cus, is now the ranking mem-
ber of the Armed Services
Committee, and Maxine
Waters will be the second lead-
ing Democrat on the Financial
Services Committee. Their
increases in power came largely The CBC is composed of our nationally
because of the defeats of other elected officials in Washington, D.C.
"We'll have to make our case for our priorities from a minority position
so it will obviously be more difficult to advance the CBC agenda," Rep.
Bobby Scott told the Wall Street Journal. "What we spend our time on will
depend to a large extent on what the majority does."
One area in which the CBC will focus their energy is job creation. Rep.
Jesse Jackson Jr. is planning to introduce legislation to create a jobs bill
that he compares to the Works Progress Administration of 1935. He argues
that Democrats should push for such a bill to prove that they are worthy of
being in power.
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Great for Pies, Desserts, Fruit Salads,
or Just as a Healthy Snack, 6-oz pkg.
SURPRISINGLY LOW PRICE
Banana Walnut Loaf Cake.................
Made With Real Bananas, Butter, and English Walnuts,
From the Publix Bakery, 16-oz pkg.
SAVE UP TO 1.00
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Assorted Varieties, 11 to 15.25-oz can
(Excluding Specialty Corn Varieties,
Three Bean Salad, and Asparagus.)
Quantity rights reserved.
SAVE UP TO 1.33
Long Grain, 5-lb bag
Quantity rights reserved.
SAVE UP TO 6.99
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Potato Chips .......
Assorted Varieties, 9 to 10-oz bag
(Excluding Baked, Light, and Natural.)
Quantity rights reserved.
SAVE UP TO 3.99
(Lay's Dip, Assorted Varieties, 15-oz jar ... 2/6.00)
Ice Cream ...
Or Frozen Yogurt or Sherbet
Assorted Varieties, 1.5-qt ct
Quantity rights reserved.
SAVE UP TO 5.29
Prices effective Thursday, December 2 through Wednesday, December 8, 2010.
Only in Duval, Clay, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns, Counties in Fla. Quantity rights reserved.
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