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Iron Mike Tyson selected
for boxing Hall of Fame
Mike Tyson, whose meteoric rise to the pinnacle
of boxing and stunning fall from grace was leg-
endary, was selected this week for induction into
the International Boxing Hall of Fame and
Three-division champion Julio Cesar Chavez of
Mexico and Russian-born Kostya Tszyu, a junior welterweight champi-
on, also were selected, along with Mexican trainer Ignacio "Nacho"
Beristain, referee Joe Cortez, and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone.
Inductees were voted on by members of the Boxing Writers Association
of America and a panel of international boxing historians
Tyson, 44, finished with a 50-6-0-2 record, winning 44 of those fights by
knockout. The heavyweight was the youngest boxer to hold the WBA,
WBC and IBF titles at the same time and the only heavyweight to unify
those titles individually before losing those titles to Buster Douglas in a
massive 1990 upset.
A after serving three years in prison for sexual assault, Tyson engaged
in a series of unsuccessful and controversial comeback fights.
He retired from boxing in 2006.
Mugabe, Mandela and others
named in Wikileaks secret cables
The publication of confidential diplomatic cables on the website
Wikileaks gave ammunition to some African leaders who have com-
plained, without previous proof, of U.S. interference in their country.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe for example, learned from the
cables that the U.S. is leading efforts to remove him from power. In the
leaked memos, former U.S. ambassador Christopher Dell wrote that the
U.S. was taking a leading role to bring Mugabe down and that former
colonizer Britain could not do the job because it was hamstrung by its
As to Kenya, classified U.S. diplomatic messages called Nairobi "a
swamp of flourishing corruption" and had little good to say about the cur-
rent coalition government. Kenyan government spokesman Alfred
Mutua said: "We do not know the details of the leaked cables, but if what
is reported is true then it is totally malicious and a total misrepresentation
of our country and our leaders.... We are surprised and shocked by these
Mutua said the U.S.'s Africa envoy Johnny Carson had called Prime
Minister Raila Odinga this week to apologize for the expected leaks.
Finally, the secret cables revealed that former President Nelson Mandela
was resolutely against the Iraq war, and that he believed President Bush
ignored calls by the United Nations for restraint because the UN's then-
General Secretary Kofi Annan is Black.
Newly elected S.C. Black
Republican refuses to join CBC
What's Tim Scott afraid of?
The new Republican representative from South
Carolina was the focus of many Congressional
watchers after this year's midterm elections in
regards as to whether we would be joining the
Congressional Black Caucus. His membership
would have made him the first Republican in the group since Rep. Gary
Franks was defeated in 1996.
While new Florida congressman Allen West who has accepted the invi-
tation to join, Scott has chosen, quite publicly, to decline the invitation
extended from the CBC. West promised to "shake up" the group -- what-
ever that's supposed to mean.
However, Scott, who will represent South Carolina's 1st District, says
he won't be joining because "the future is more important than the past."
Man gets 2+ years for threatening
President Obama in a poem
A Louisville, Ky., man who wrote a poem threat-
ening to assassinate President Barack Obama with a
rifle was sentenced to 33 months in prison.
fl ^ The self-described "poet," Johnny Logan Spencer
Jr. (pictured), apologized in a federal court for the
loaded words he used in a poem published on
NewSaxon.org, a Website that promotes white sepa-
ration. The 28-year-old claims that he wrote the
poem because he was upset over his mother's death
and he had just been indoctrinated as a white supremacist.
Spencer pleaded guilty to a charge of threatening the life of the presi-
dent, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The poem, titled 'The Sniper,' describes a sniper killing a "tyrant," later
identified as President Obama, and setting off panic in the wake of the
fatal shot. The work was first posted before Obama took office, and then
was immediately reported after his inauguration in 2009.
"The bullet that he has chambered is one of the purest pride, And the
inspiration on the casing reads DIE negro DIE," the four-stanza poem
reads. "The bullet screams toward its mark bringing with it death, and
where there was once a face there is nothing left."
Spencer's family members were present in the courtroom and cried
when the judge announced his sentence. Spencer has already served 10
months in prison. He will also be on supervised release for three years
after he completes the sentence.
Volume 24 No.10 Jacksonville, Florida December 9-15, 2010
Deal made with GOP on
tax cuts, jobless benefits
by Cherl Solomon
President Barack Obama has
reached a compromise with con-
gressional Republicans, though
whether he can get it by lawmakers
in his own party is another matter.
The tentative deal would extend
for two years all the tax breaks set
to expire on Dec. 31, continue
unemployment benefits for an addi-
tional 13 months and cut payroll
taxes for workers in a bid to get
employers to start hiring again.
Those who feared the president
might abandon the needs of his
base can at least point to the 2 mil-
lion unemployed people who won't
run out of benefits next year if the
deal goes through.
It also includes some goodies for
the wealthy, like extending the
Bush tax cuts for them -- something
that Obama had previously said he
opposed -- as well as setting the
estate tax at 35 percent for two
years on inheritances worth more
than $5 million. Both provisions are
expected to face stiff opposition by
But Obama said in remarks this
evening that he had little choice
about caving in to some of the
GOP's demands for the wealthy:
Continued on page 3
Over a thousand seniors from across the First Coast flocked to the Prime
Osborned Convention Center last weekend for the Mayor's Annual
Holiday Festival. Shown above enjoying the event, are (L-R) Velma Hill,
Carol Gamble, Patricia Mays, Eula Mayes, Ruby Homles, and Minnie
Canady. For more photo highlights from the event, see page 3. FMPPhoto
Shown above (L-R) are honorees Dwayne Thomas, Aubrey Simmons,
host pastor Dr. John Guns, Karen Rozier, and Dr. Eugene White fol-
lowing presentations at the One Voice One Sound event. FMP
St Paul unites the community
through song at "One Voice"
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church brought together a cadre of gifted
and talented people to present One Voice, One Sound. The first of its' kind
event held during the holiday season, showcased song, dance, music and
drama on one stage featuring the congregation and neighboring Raines and
Ribault Senior High Schools and the alumnus. Excerpts from Handel's
Messiah to contemporary music was presented in four "Great Balancing
Acts". The event coincided with the church's ongoing 131st anniversary
Northside schools lifted
off of FCAT's fatal "F" list
Raines, Ribault, First Coast and -,.."*
Jackson High Schools received a i. ,
sigh of relief this week as they ,
officially found out that they were
off of the state's "F" graded list.
Now holding a D, the school's '
escaped being taken over by the
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals
attributes the success in part to
hard work and new scoring stan-
dards. This year's calculation
changed, limiting the Florida
Tis the season Hall presents Annual Holiday Soiree
Shown above (L-R) BOTTOM: are Orrin and Pat Mitchell, Howard Taylor, host Sam Hall and Carol
Daniels. BACK: Felice Franklin Ira Daniels, T.C. Newman, Thelecia Wilson, Ruby Newman, Porshe
Daniels and Latrese Badie.
Mr. Samuel Hall marked his 15th
Annual Holiday Soiree with a few
hundred of his favorite friends last
weekend. Joined by Leah Hudson,
the two celebrated the holiday sea-
son in grand style with an invitation
only party held at the Cobalt Moon
Schmoozing guests enjoyed
catered delicacies, an open bar, live
DJ and a flowing dessert bar in the
well apportioned gallery. A high-
light of the year ending celebration
was a "purge fire" where guests
were encouraged to write down
something they wanted to get rid of
and bum it in the fire. On their way
home, a peace basket was placed by
the doctor where token sentiments
could be picked up with "love",
"harmony", "openness" and
Now a holiday tradition, guests
look forward to the Hall party every
year and receipt of the coveted invi-
tation. He says he plans to keep up
the tradition as long as people enjoy
attending. If attendance is his meas-
ure, Mr. Hall will be celebrating for
many years to come.
When things began to get criti-
cal at Raines High School,
Principal George Maxey (above)
opened his doors for a public/pri-
vate partnership with the com-
munity and alumni for students.
Comprehensive Assessment Test
scores to only 50 percent of the
grade, and including graduation
rate, college readiness and access
to and performance in honors
coursework as factors in the grade.
The only Duval high school to
receive an F for the year was A.
Philip Randolph Academies.
The state's letter grades are not
just an academic exercise; they can
mean additional money for
schools. A school that is either an
A school or improves by a letter
grade receives an extra $75 per
student for education funding.
The state pays $6,981 for each
student enrolled. Add on the $75
and a school could receive more
than $7,000 per student.
But what happens when the stu-
dents don't attend? That money is
essentially taken from the schools
and placed elsewhere. Raines High
School, once a beacon in the Black
community, now has more stu-
dents that don't attend the school
than do thanks to FCAT vouch-
ers. The critical status launched an
all out effort by faculty and alumni
to change things around. One step
at a time, Jacksonville's northside
schools are making a difference.
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From Ancient Greek Mythology
to the Holy Bible we have learned
from stores of redemption and bad
people transforming to heroes. It's
the main plot in most movies -
good vs. evil.
Well there are also real life situa-
tions when people fall from grace
and later have an opportunity to
redeem themselves. It's essentially
what Christianity is about: if you
believe in the Lord and acknowl-
edge him you can be forgiven for
I have seen articles both good
and bad about Michael Vick this
football season. Some have called
it the "Season of Redemption," and
others continue to point out that he
was an athlete prior to torturing
dozens of dogs so they are not
impressed with his exceptional
In a league that features dozens
of players with domestic violence
charges, assault and battery cases
and even manslaughter, it seems
improbable that a man running a
dog fighting ring would be enemy
number one in the minds of many.
For most African Americans the
Vick story or turn around is worth
acknowledging and certainly worth
does, indeed, make strange bedfel-
lows. How else to characterize one
of Congress's loudest, most outspo-
ken ultraconservatives, Rep. Peter
King of New York, protesting the
House vote to censure Harlem con-
gressman Charles Rangel, an
African-American, a Democrat,
and a longtime paragon of liberal-
Of course, King's defense of
Rangel had nothing to do with
political affection, identification,
outrage over his treatment, or even
fear that the censure vote could set
a dangerous precedent. No, the
point was to ensure that the corrup-
tion spotlight shone brightly on the
Democrats. That's exactly what's
On the one hand, it's hard to feel
much sympathy for Rangel. He
didn't just flaunt the rules -- he
mocked them. As a longtime mem-
ber of the House Ways and Means
Committee, and for the last four
years its chairman, Rangel enjoys
enormous power over tax policy
issues. Yet he blatantly failed to pay
taxes on his own property for sev-
eral years. In his half-hearted pleas
for mercy, even Rangel repeatedly
acknowledged that he had made
"serious mistakes." After the
imbroglio broke, speculation was
rampant about what might happen
to him. Rangel refused a deal. He
won reelection to a 21st term, so
there was not much chance that
he'd be expelled. When the House
Ethics Committee found him
guilty, by a 9-to- 1 vote, of 11 viola-
And let me give a very quick dis-
claimer black folk do care about
dogs, but because we have faced so
many other social, civil and eco-
nomic challenges our perspectives
are often times much different.
The dog lovers out there want
Vick locked up and broke for the
rest of his life. Sure what he did
was wrong, but are we saying that
dogs and human beings should be
equal under the eyes of the law?
On the flip side. If you have been
raised around dog fighting or cock
fighting your view of the despica-
ble act is much different. In a recent
interview with ESPN, Vick said
that while he was dog fighting it
never occurred to him that he was
doing anything wrong.
It's amazing how some people
have more compassion for animals
than human beings who grew up in
poor communities. The environ-
ment in which we are raised cer-
tainly can have a direct affect on
Some have gone as far to say that
Vick should have been released
from jail, but his second chance
should not include the ability to
play in the NFL. Yes, many animal
rights activists wanted him banned
from the league.
So if he worked at
Home Depot prior to
being convicted should he
then be banned from
working at Home Depot?
So how is he supposed to
feed his family?
No one argues that Vick did not
deserve punishment or that his
crimes were not bad, but his crimes
were not related to hurting humans.
He was convicted and sentenced to
serve time in a federal prison.
He lost millions of dollars, and a
couple of years out of his life, yet
some want more than Vick has
Last year, after returning to the
NFL Vick was featured on "60
Minutes," and I am no specialist,
but Vick seemed extremely sincere
when speaking to his interviewer
Vick said, "There is no way to
explain the hurt and guilt that I felt
and that was the reason I cried so
many nights. That put it all in per-
Brown asked, "You cried a num-
ber of nights? About?"
Vick said, "About what I did.
Being away from my family.
Letting so many people down.
Letting myself down. Not being out
on the football field. Being in a
prison bed, in a prison bunk, writ-
ing letters home. .. All because of
the so-called culture I thought was
right, I thought it was cool, I
thought it was fun and exciting. It
Michael Vick on the
Road to Redemption
angel's writing was on the wall
it the others will fair far better
tions of House rules, censure
became a virtual certainty. And in
fact, this week he became the first
member of Congress to be censured
in more than a quarter century.
Now Rangel and, to a lesser
extent, California Rep. Maxine
Waters are firmly imprinted in the
media and public mind as the
poster pair for congressional cor-
ruption. They're black, high-pro-
file, high-ranking Democrats, and
they're outspoken. This instantly
made them inviting targets. Yet the
media crucifixion of Rangel also
absolves Congress from taking any
real action against other of its worst
There are dozens of other law-
makers not named Rangel who are
just as deserving, if not more so, of
being thrust onto the political hot
seat. In October 2009, for example,
27 other members of Congress
were named as being under investi-
gation for possible ethics viola-
tions. When a congressional staffer
leaked a summary of the Ethics
Committee's preliminary report,
the panel made it clear that the
investigations were merely prelim-
inary and the suspected violators
had not been formally charged. But
the checklist of allegations was far
from petty: sweetheart arrange-
ments with lobbyists, illicit cam-
paign and finance dealings, ques-
tionable receipt of gifts, failure to
disclose said gifts and other proper-
ty, and questions about the report-
ing of taxes.
Beyond the seriousness of
Rangel's offenses, there are two
glaring reasons why the other con-
gressmen and women supposedly
under investigation have escaped
the same level of scrutiny. Most of
the other suspected violators aren't
as well known as Rangel. And they
lack his seniority and power. Only
a handful on the list are
Republicans, so House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi and the House
Democratic leadership couldn't use
their names to stoke public fury
about alleged GOP misdeeds,
whereas the other Democrats under
suspicion lack Rangel's visibility,
so going after them offered the
party little advantage on the P.R.
Making an example of Rangel,
on the other hand, allows Pelosi
and the Ethics Committee to self-
righteously claim that the ethics
rules work, that the committee is
doing its job, and that House
Democrats can police their own.
California Rep. Zoe Lofgren, the
Democrat who chaired the House
Ethics Committee (and a close
friend of Pelosi's), boasted that cen-
suring Rangel proves that Congress
will keep its promise to hold its
members to a higher standard of
Those are noble words. But the
rule of thumb in Congress has long
been that you do the deals, take the
money, and bend and twist the rules
-- just not in a way that is so fla-
grant and outrageous that it draws
media and public attention. And
most definitely not when elections
are looming and Republicans can
use charges of corruption to ham-
mer Democrats or--as happened in
2006 -- vice versa.
Rangel has been brought low.
The same may happen to Waters,
who faces an even more hostile,
GOP-controlled Congress when
she returns to face the music next
But don't expect to see any others
on the congressional rogue's list
being held to task. Unless, of
course, their comeuppance carries
major political benefits.
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all led to me lying in a prison bunk
by myself with nobody to talk to
I think it's ridiculous to think that
Vick isn't sincere. Sometimes the
Lord takes us through trials only to
later lift us up.
So what has Vick done since tak-
ing over as the starting quarterback
of the Philadelphia Eagles?
Entering this season, Michael
Vick had two 300-yard passing
games in his entire career.
Vick now has thrown for 300
yards in three of the last four
weeks, including back-to-back
games for the first time in his
career. He is also poised to break
the Eagles record for quarterback
He also leads all quarterbacks
with 467 yards rushing this season,
to go with 4,421 yards for his
What's sad is that although Vick
is having an outstanding year, he
will not be considered for the NFL
MVP award because of his past. So
he may not win the award this year,
but he should at least win the "Most
If he continues to play at the
level that he is playing then who
knows, he may just end up making
history as the second black quarter-
back ever to win a Super Bowl -
now that's redemption.
Signing off from Veterans
Stadium in Philly,
4tP SAAP *
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Are you concerned in any way that the economic plight of Blacks in
America remains such a low priority for the Barack Obama administration?
The numbers tell a story that needs to be heard. According to U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics, in November 2010 the number of unemployed African
American increased to 2.8 million. Be it a Black American President, or
White, Black Americans are always languish in employment. November's
numbers show the nation's unemployment rate having climbed to a seven-
month high 9.8 percent. Fifteen million Americans are currently out of
work: 7.3% of them are Asians, 8.7% are Whites, 12.4% are Hispanic and
16.1% are African Americans.
Black Americans have been out-of-work so long they willingly accept
the Obama Administration's benign neglect. Blacks support Obama 90
percent, yet their employment opportunities have suffered the worse of all.
When Obama took office in Jafiuary 2009, Black employment stood at
12.6 percent. By December 2009, African American unemployment had
increased to 16.2 percent and to the highest rate since July of 1984. The
nation's jobless rate has now topped 9 percent for 19 straight months. The
lack of activity and job production is causing the majority of Americans
great angst, but there's few complaints among African Americans about
Obama sad performance.
A recent Associated Press poll showed 61 percent of people believe the
economy has "stayed the same" or "gotten worse" under Obama and are
"frustrated with the slow rate of progress". Less than half of Americans
approve of Obama's handling of the economy. Republican National
Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele says that "President Obama's
agenda of out-of-control spending, higher taxes, and bigger government
has the economy moving in the wrong direction". Obama says that recov-
ery is coming slowly but surely. "A lot of it is like recovering from an ill-
ness. You get a little bit stronger each day". Obama asserts that we are
moving in the right direction. The economy is getting stronger".
When will Blacks cease being political partisans and call Obama out and
tell him that "the economy is not going in the right direction for us? Look
at these numbers: according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Black
unemployment under George W. Bush was lower than it has been at any
time during Obama's presidency. Those actually interested in improving
economic conditions for Black Americans will have to sever political
alliances unproductive to us.
Since slavery, "unemployment" has been a major part of the African-
American experience. The numbers show Obama's administration dis-
turbingly silent on this important economic issue. When will Blacks pose
questions regarding Obama's personal competency on these issues and ask
"why" that key Obama economic advisors are unable or unwilling to
process and empathize with the depths of Black economic misery in
America? Most of Obama's people don't relate to economic inequality and
seem to have little or no desire to make this a priority issue.
Unemployment is when a person is willing and available to work but is
lacking work. The unemployment rate is defined by the percentage of peo-
ple in the labor force who are currently unemployed. According to histo-
ry and national statistics, the unemployment rate among Blacks is tradi-
tionally twice higher to that of whites. Throughout history, African
Americans have been discriminated against in workplaces and in cases
when they are able to gain employment it is normally at lower pay rates.
The numbers say Blacks are being played by Obama and the Democratic
Party. If Blacks keep voting in mass for Obama, maybe in his second term,
he will lend presidential powers toward confronting economic inequalities
in America. But in reality, how long will it take for Black Americans to
demand the creation of White House initiatives which provide much-need-
ed national conversations and actions on race? There needs to be econom-
ic policies targeted to deal with chronic unemployment among Black teens
and the nation's African American communities. Chronic Black unem-
ployment cannot be ignored because it undermines community safety and
deteriorates African American families.
December 9-15, 2010
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Black farmers settlement
the first step toward justice
A bill approving a $1.25 billion
discrimination settlement for black
farmers was passed by the House
earlier this week and is headed for
President Barack Obama's desk to
The settlement is the culmination
of almost two decades of legal and
political wrangling, not to mention
heartbreak and despair for black
farmers in the Deep South.
But for John Boyd, president of
the National Black Farmers
r Association, the settlement is
k only the beginning. Hours
after the settlement was
passed, he began receiving
calls from black farmers
wanting to know their next
steps and how the process
"I've been swamped by
calls and I'm still explaining
to the farmers that it is a bit
of an administrative process.
But the farmers are not going
to have to do it by them-
selves," Boyd said.
Now begins a process of reaching
out to black farmers, many of
whom are poorly educated in an
effort to teach them about the settle-
ment. The goal is to get as many
black farmers as possible to have
their cases heard by an arbitrator to
avoid a repeat of what happened
during the first settlement of this
case when many found out about it
"Deal made with GOP
Continued from front
What is abundantly clear to everyone in this town is that Republicans will
block a permanent tax cut for the middle class unless they also get a per-
manent tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, regardless of the cost or
impact on the deficit.
"We saw that in two different votes in the Senate that were taken this
weekend. And without a willingness to give on both sides, there's no rea-
son to believe that this stalemate won't continue well into next year. This
would be a chilling prospect for the American people, whose taxes are cur-
rently scheduled to go up on Jan. 1 because of arrangements that were
made back in 2001 and 2003 under the Bush tax cuts.
"I am not willing to let that happen. I know there's some people in my
own party and in the other party who would rather prolong this battle, even
if we can't reach a compromise. But I'm not willing to let working families
across this country become collateral damage for political warfare here in
Washington. And I'm not willing to let our economy slip backwards just as
we're pulling ourselves out of this devastating recession."
Senior administration officials said they are banking on the upper-income
tax cuts, which they estimate will cost $700 billion, to be a thorn in the
GOP's side during the 2012 presidential campaign. The tax cuts are set to
expire at the end of that year.
Perhaps by then, most Americans will realize that despite their dreams of
joining the ranks of the wealthy, they're better off voting wallets this time
too late or did not file in time.
"The president could sign the bill
as early as next week so we are
going to have to work with these
farmers because with these cases
there is a percentage of farmers not
up on educational skills. We want
them to understand and be able to
explain what happened to them,"
About 30,000 farmers have filed
claims. Boyd said he wants to make
sure everyone has their case heard
by an independent arbitrator.
"My goal is to not leave anyone
out. Now is the time for the farmers
to reach out and say: 'This is what
happened to me and I can tell my
story," Boyd said.
For President Obama, this is a
kept campaign promise that he can
use to show African Americans how
he has been working on their
"President Obama can say this
was resolved on his watch. He
made good on a campaign process.
It behooves the administration to
look at this as something that
directly affects African Americans
in the poorest counties in this coun-
try. Down in places like Mississippi
these are poor communities and
they need this money to help get
their lives together."
Jags players help 'feed the children'- Shown above at the food
distribution are members of the Roar Cheerleaders, Councilman Warren Jones, Albulisha Brooker, Carol
Brady, Malcolm Bloodsaw, Trenton Bloodsaw, Albulisha Brooker, Baby Na-Shawn, lesha Sharif,
Councilman Johnnie Gaffney Jags players Scotty Mcgee, D'Anthony Smith, Jarett Dillard, Kevin Haslam,
Terrell Whitehead and Eugene Monroe. T Austin photo.
Jacksonville Jaguar Eugene
Monroe brought along a few of his
team mates to help "tackle" hunger.
The players joined the Northeast
Florida Healthy Start Coalition in
distributing 22,000 pounds of food
along with Avon and hygiene items
being brought to Jacksonville by
the internationally-recognized Feed
The Children semi-tractor trailer.
Healthy Start ambassador Eugene
Monroe, was joined by Kevin
Haslam (OT), John Estes (C), and
Jarett Dillard (WR) in distributing
goods to nearly 400 families served
by the Azalea Project and other
Healthy Start Coalition agencies.
The families stood in line in freez-
ing temperatures for over four
hours to receive their boxes and
meet members of their hometown
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one of the ten largest international
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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.
Vespers and New Years Eve Praise
Party at Palm Coast in December
The First Church of Palm Coast are planning special events for the holi-
day season. The community is invited to relive the heralding birth of Jesus
Christ through the wonderful world of sacred jazz. First Church will pres-
ent "The Christmas Jazz Vespers" on Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m. They are also host-
ing a "Praise Party" on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, at 10 p.m. The Music
Ministry has planned great music to go along with the pastor's inspiring
First Church, the pastoral ministry of the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, is locat-
ed at 91 Old Kings Road North. For more information call (386) 446-5759.
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 wel-
come reception, Friday at 6 p.m. and the Banquet will be Saturday at 6 p.m.
The event will include two exciting 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)
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.
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Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
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Historic Mt. Zion AME
sponsors Orlando Shopping trip
The Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, Lois J. Roberts Allenites, will be
sponsoring a shopping trip to Orlando. The bus will leave at 7 a.m. on
Saturday, December llth and return at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $45 round trip.
The church is located at 201 East beaver Street. For more information, con-
tact Olivia Young at 751-0850.
Baptist Ministers plan MLK Events:
Celebration Service and annual Prayer Breakfast
The Baptist Ministers Conference of Duval and Adjacent Counties will
have their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Service and Prayer
Breakfast during the weekend preceding the MLK holiday. On Friday,
January 14th at 7 p.m., the Celebration Service will be held at First New
Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel Drive. The speaker will be
Rev. John A. Newman, The Prayer Breakfast will take place on Saturday,
January 15th at 8 a.m. at the Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Multi-
purpose Center, 2407 S.L. Badger Jr. Circle, East.. The breakfast speaker
will be Baptist Ministers Conference President, Rev. Darien K. Bolden.
This year's theme is "Contending for the cause through courage, compe-
tence and commitment". Both events are in honor of the late Bishop Tom
Diamond. For tickets or more information, call 765-3111.
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.
Donate a crib for Christmas
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 envi-
ronment for a baby. Choose the campaign as your holiday community serv-
ice project you and your friends, family or co workers. 2010 Campaign goal
is providing 100 babies with cribs.
To donate, visit www.hmhbcjaxnfl.org or call 854-7100 ext 14.
At a time when it seems African-
Americans are the worst hit in every
category from unemployment to
health care, and social and political
representation, a group of black
church leaders is re-emerging to
help create a unified voice for the
The Conference of National
Black Churches, a collaboration
between nine of the largest black
church denominations in the coun-
try, is convening a meeting in
Washington, D.C. this week.
According to Dr. W. Franklyn
Richardson, CNBC chairman and
pastor of Grace Baptist Church (Mt.
Vernon, NY), is a new manifestation
of an intentional ecumenical rela-
"The potential impact is unend-
ing," Richardson said. "The next
phase of the Civil Rights movement
is emerging. We believe it will
emerge more effectively if the black
church was involved."
Carols & Chocolate at American Beach
for closing 75th Anniversary activity
The American Beach Property Owner's Association invite the communi-
ty to experience "Carols and Chocolate" on Saturday, December 11th, 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 entertainment.
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.
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.
Chorus anniversary at Greater Beulah
The Greater Beulah Missionary Baptist Church located at 9550 Ribault
Avenue, will host their 55th anniversary of the Male Chorus on December
11, 2010 at 5 p.m. The theme is "Tune our hearts to sing his grace making
melody in your heart to the Lord." For more information call 768-2090.
Winter Wonderland at Emmanuel
The Women's Department of Emmanuel Ministries International will
present a Winter Wonderland Christmas Ball on Saturday, December 18,
2010 at 7:00 p.m. Attire is formal for the event. Chair Person is Evangelist
Joyce Hardnett. The church is located at 6858 Old Kings Road,
Jacksonville, FL 32209. Apostle Dr. Edith Moore -Pastor. For more infor-
mation call 379 -0104.
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The purpose of this meeting,
called the National Consultation, is
to bring church leaders together to
determine the needs of the commu-
nity and identify the priorities in the
areas hitting the black community
the hardest, Richardson said.
The CNBC was birthed out of an
initiative called the Congress of
National Black Churches some 25-
plus years ago, Richardson said. Ten
years ago the group became inactive
and in February 2010 the
Conference of National Black
Churches was born.
Richardson said the need for such
a partnership never subsided.
Some would agree that
Richardson is right. There is a need
in the black community, but
whether or not the black church is
relevant enough to fulfill that need
is the question.
In February 2010, Eddie S.
Glaude, Jr. of Princeton University
wrote an op-ed where he declared
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the black church is dead. One of his
critiques was that the black church
no longer stands at the center of the
black community as they once did.
And Glaude is not alone in his cri-
Dr. Cynthia Hale, pastor of Ray of
Hope in Decatur, GA agrees.
Hale said the reality is the black
church is still needed, which makes
the black church relevant. However,
the black church is not relevant in
"The black church is failing to
move forward," she said. "I know a
lot of people would argue different-
ly with me, but I need to see the evi-
She references the black church's
failure to address inclusivity.
Leaders of the denominations need
to broaden their scope, Hale said.
One way to do that is to do some-
thing about who is being invited to
sit at the leadership tables.
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Shown seated are honoree Linda White and Norma White, committee chairman. Standing (L-R) are
Lester Johnson, Ruby Cogdell, Donald Anderson, Betty Donald, Cleo Jones, Bertha Padgett, Joyce
Holzendorf and Robbie Adams.
Silver Slippers honor Linda White
The Silver Sneakers Class at the
Johnson YMCA honored their
trainer, Linda White at a holiday
luncheon last weekend at the Red
Apple Buffet. It was a "December
to Remember" with sixty plus class
members and guests attending.
The program included a holiday
meditation and mixer, sing-a-long,
entertainment and door prizes. The
highlight of the luncheon was the
presentation of the money tree
made by Mrs. Bertha Padgett and
presented to the honoree,
Silver Sneakers is a exercise pro-
gram that helps older adults take
greater control of their health by
encouraging physical activity and
social events. The class meets daily
at the YMCA from 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
Mega churches unite
Continued from page 6
She references the black church's
failure to address inclusivity.
Leaders of the denominations need
to broaden their scope, Hale said.
One way to do that is to do some-
thing about who is being invited to
sit at the leadership tables.
But some, like Dr. Raphael
Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer
Baptist church in Atlanta, GA does
When the black church
has been at its best, it
has been very productive
for its people not
necessarily it pastors.
not question the black church's rel-
evance. For him it is a no-brainer.
He believes the re-emergence of the
CNBC is an example and critical at
this time in history.
"This represents the latest moment
in a historical continuum of black
churches coming together to fight
collectively," he said. "If anyone
was confused about the black
church's relevance, it has become
very clear in the last few months
leading up to the midterm elec-
The black church, he said, is more
relevant now than ever.
"But we need to find our voice.
Over the next few years the minor-
ity will become the majority," he
What Hale wants to know is what
will be the impact of the CNBC and
this meeting? She said the black
church has a lot of meetings, but
cannot name the last time a meeting
had an impact.
"We need to stop having meetings
if it is not going to matter. Is this
meeting going to matter?" she said.
"Will it make a difference in the
lives of poor people? I believe if I
am not making a difference then I
need to go sit down."
Richardson said two things will
help determine the impact of their
first annual meeting. First, the abil-
ity to handle keeping nine denomi-
nations together and repress egos
will determine their effective-
ness. Secondly, the creation of an
effective strategic platform and
its executive abilities will also
determine their impact.
"If we can get these two things
going, then we have the greatest
opportunity before us," he said.
"We want to end this week with the
beginning of a map, an agreement
and strategic plan with clear and
They are also taking a look at
their leadership, implementing an
initiative to bring more denomina-
tions to the table, as well as women
and youth representatives. He said
they have every intention of bring-
ing more diversity to the table.
When the black church has been
at its best, it has been very produc-
tive for its people, Richardson said
adding that at times the black
church can be entirely too focused
on its past.
"But it is an understanding of that
past that is critical before we can
move into the future," he said.
"While we have reference and
appreciation of our legacy, we must
embrace new technologies, new
ideas and new challenges."
and the second class meets on
Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays
from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Mrs.
White is known to be dedicated,
enthusiastic and committed to her
students while being firm and fair.
It is her goal to involve the total
class in the activities and for every-
one to experience success in the
S/ Reverse mortgages can be risky for seniors
As the market for reverse mort-
gages grows, concerns are mount-
ing that an increasing number of
seniors are being misled into sign-
ing up for a financial product that
may squander their equity prema-
turely or put them at risk for losing
their homes. In a new reportre-
leased today, advocates for con-
sumers and seniors are calling for
stricter oversight of the reverse
mortgage market and new con-
sumer protections for borrowers.
"Reverse mortgages are a very
risky deal for borrowers who don't
understand the complicated terms
of the loan and how quickly fees
and interest charges can add up,"
said Norma Garcia, senior staff
attorney for Consumers Union, the
nonprofit publisher of Consumer
Reports. "Reverse mortgages
should only be a last resort for sen-
iors who want to stay in their homes
and have no other alternatives to
supplement their income."
Consumers Union released the
report along with California
Advocates for Nursing Home
Reform and the Council on Aging
Silicon Valley. The reportand
accompanying tipsfor consumers
are being issued as the newly
authorized Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau (CFPB) exam-
ines reverse mortgages and consid-
ers whether new safeguards are
needed to protect borrowers from
abusive industry practices. The
Federal Reserve Board is also con-
sidering a set of proposed regula-
tions on reverse mortgages.
As the baby boomer generation
Bernice and Alfonso Billingslea
Stanton Reunion re-unites high
school sweethearts 60 years later
Bernice Olivia Garner and Alfonso Billingslea played together as children
as residents of the eastside community. Both attended John E. Ford
Elementary School and Stanton Senior High School graduating in 1950.
After High School they went their separate ways and reunited decades later
at their 60th year class reunion in May, 2010. The re-acquaintance was
love at first site and within two months, Alfonson said goodbye to
Washington, North Carolina and returned home to Jacksonville to marry
On December 4, 2010, both at the age of 79, Bernice Olivia Garner and
Alfonson Billingslea, exchanged marriage vows at Greater Friendly
Missionary Baptist Church of Jacksonville and immediately departed for
their honeymoon in the Bahamas. The father of the bride, Benjamin Smith
Sr. of Jacksonville who turned 100 this summer was in attendance.
retires, the market for reverse mort-
gages is growing fast. Reverse
mortgages enable borrowers who
are 62 or older to obtain income
through cash payment or lines of
credit by tapping the equity in their
home. The reverse mortgage loan
becomes due when the borrower
dies, leaves the home for 12 con-
secutive months or more, or fails to
maintain the property or pay home-
owners insurance or property taxes.
Borrowers must pay a loan origina-
tion fee, closing costs, and com-
pounding interests on the loan prin-
cipal, which can be significant.
In their examination of reverse
mortgages, the groups documented
a number of concerns that under-
score the need for stronger over-
sight by the CFPB, including:
Misleading marketing claims:
Borrowers can be duped by mis-
leading marketing claims. A review
by the Government Accountability
Office (GAO) found that 26 mar-
keters of Home Equity Conversion
Mortgages (HECMs) engaged in
questionable sales tactics and made
potentially misleading claims that
minimized the risk for borrowers.
Seniors are particularly vulnera-
ble to misleading marketing:
Recent research has indicated that
seniors are particularly susceptible
to fraudulent marketing.
Cross promotion of other unsuit-
able financial products: Seniors are
also targeted with aggressive cross
promotion of other financial prod-
ucts like long term care insurance
or annuities that may not be suitable
for them. While lenders and bro-
kers selling HECM loans are pro-
hibited from promoting annuities or
insurance, insurance agents can
legally direct senior clients to get a
reverse mortgage to fund insurance
Reverse mortgage defaults are
triggering foreclosures: HUD
found that an increasing number of
borrowers had defaulted because
they had not paid their taxes or
homeowners insurance premiums
as required. As of March 2010,
20,631 reverse mortgage loans
were in default.
Reverse mortgage loan bailouts
are on the rise: A Consumer
Reports investigation found more
cause for concern: loan bailouts
have soared. The annual sum of
reverse mortgages taken over by a
federal insurance fund has more
than quadrupled in four years, from
$81.3 million in 2004 to $381.3
million in 2008.
The groups recommended a num-
ber of reforms, including:
Ensure loans are suitable for
borrowers: Lenders and brokers
should be required to consider
whether the loans put borrowers at
risk of losing their homes, if the
borrower understands the complex
nature of the contract, and if there
are more viable alternatives avail-
able to the borrower.
Establish a fiduciary responsi-
bility for the loan: Lenders and
brokers must be required to act in
the best interests of the borrower
and should be held liable for violat-
ing this fiduciary duty.
Outlaw deceptive marketing:
All reverse mortgages should be
required to include information to
help borrowers determine whether
the loans are suitable for them.
Adopt stronger prohibitions on
cross promotions: Prohibitions
against cross promotions of other
financial products by lenders and
brokers. Insurance agents and bro-
kers should be held liable for sell-
ing an annuity when it is purchased
with reverse mortgage funds.
Strengthen the quality and con-
tent of counseling: HUD coun-
selors should be required to hold an
in-person session with prospective
borrowers to determine whether a
reverse mortgage is suitable for the
borrower. The counselor should
deny a counseling certificate to the
borrower if the loan is not in the
best interest of the senior.
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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.
Carols & Chocolate
at American Beach
The American Beach Property
Owner's Association invite the
community to experience "Carols
and Chocolate" on Saturday,
December 11th, the final event of
the 75th Anniversary celebration of
American Beach. The free holiday
concert will feature live music and
is free of charge. Participants are
welcome to bring a blanket, chairs
or meal to compliment the evening
of entertainment. It will begin at 3
p.m. at the American Beach
Community Center, 1600 Julia St.,
American Beach. For more infor-
mation, call 904-277-7960.
Breakfast with Santa
Stage Aurora will present their
annual Breakfast with Santa on
Saturday, December 11th, from 9
a.m. noon at the Gateway Town
Center, 5188 Norwood Avenue. For
$5, participants enjoy a full break-
fast buffet and receive a picture
with Santa. For tickets, contact
Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7372.
Train to be a docent for
The first United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibition to
visit Jacksonville will open December 13, 2010, at the Jacksonville
Main Library. Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race will be on
display through March 13, 2011. Trained docents will interpret and add
meaning to the displays for weekend visitors and provide group tours by
request throughout the week.
USHMM docent training manuals are provided at registration, and for-
mal training will take place at the Main Library once the exhibition is
installed. The first session will be held 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, December
llth; the second session will be held 1-5 p.m. on Sunday,
Decemberl2th. Volunteer by contacting Leslie Kirkwood, Chairperson,
at (904) 246-0457 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fashion Extrav at
World Golf Village
St. Gerard Campus will have their
27th Annual Fashion Show at the
World Gold Village in St.
Augustine, Saturday, Dec. 11 from
Noon to 3:30 p.m. The latest fash-
ions for men, women and children
will be presented. Tickets include a
luncheon, raffle and door prizes, a
silent auction and a $5,000 grand
prize. For tickets call 829-5516.
Come out and enjoy the Stage
Aurora 100 Youth Voices sing some
of your favorite Christmas melodies
as sung by famous Motown groups
as Gladys Knight and the Pips, the
Supremes, and the Temptations.
The youth will the Stage Aurora
stage in the Gateway Mallon
Saturday, Decemer 18th at 5 p.m.
For tickets or more information,
contact Stage Aurora at (904) 765-
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
info, call Mary Adams at 765-3600.
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.
Lift Ev'ry Voice and
Sing MLK Concert
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus will present the Second
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing"
Concert, Monday, January 17,
2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Times-
Union Center for the Performing
Arts. Channel 12 anchor Joy Purdy
and author Rodney Hurst will serve
as Masters of Ceremonies. Featured
performers include choruses from
local schools and churches. Call
353-1636 for more information.
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-
Open dialogue on
Jax race relations
E3 Business group will present
"Real Talk Real Change Are you
living color?" The open forum is
meant to be a dialogue on the cur-
rent state of racism and prejudice in
NE Florida. Expert panelists will
discuss workplace prejudice,
racism, class and "pimping your
pedigree". It will be held Thursday,
January 27th from 6 8:30 p.m. at
the Main Library The forum is free
and open to the public. For more
info call 888-525-2299 x117.
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.
Zora Neale Hurston
Festival Bus Trip
On January 29, 2011, the Clara
White Mission will sponsor a bus
trip to the Zora Neale Hurston
Festival in Orlando, FL. The bus
will leave the Clara White Mission
at 8:30 a.m. and depart Orlando at
7:30 p.m. Bus cost includes trans-
portation and refreshments. For
more information call 354-4162.
Comedians Sommore, Bruce
Bruce, DL Hughley and others will
be in concert on Friday, February
11th at the Jacksonville Veterans
Memorial Arena. Tickets are on sale
now through Ticketmaster.
Hip Hop Tour
Legends of the 80s hip hop scenes
will be in Jacksonville for one night
only for the Legends of Hip Hop
tour. At the Veterans Memorial
Arena will be Salt-N-
Pepa,Whodini, Kurtis Blow, and
more. The concert will be on
Friday, February 25th at 8 p.m. .
For tickets call 1-800-745-3000.
Stageplay "What my
husband doesn't know"
David E. Talberts hit urban stage-
play "What My Husband Doesn't
Know" will be at the Florida
Theatre on Saturday, February
26th for two shows at 3 p.m. and 7
p.m. For tickets call 355-2787.
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Michael Jackson glove fetches $330,000 at auction
More than a year after his death, Michael Jackson
is still big business.
Items from the Michael Jackson's stage wardrobe,
including one of the King of Pop's famous gloves,
attracted furious bidding at an auction of celebrity
memorabilia in Beverly Hills, reports the AP.
Julien's Auctions says a lone glove worn by
Jackson during the "Bad" tour in the late 1980s sold
for $330,000 at the "Icons & Idols" auction
Saturday night. A jacket signed by Jackson brought
in $96,000 and a fedora he wore on stage went for $72,000 at the Julien's
Other highlights from the auction were an x-ray of Albert Einstein's
brain, which brought $38,750, and a pair of Marilyn Monroe's empty
prescription bottles sold for $18,750.
A military-style jacket worn by John Lennon for a 1966 Life Magazine
photo shoot sold for $240,000.
Julien's Auctions says the two-day event brought in more than $3 mil-
Judge denies Snipes' request to delay surrender date
An attempt by Wesley Snipes to have his surrender date pushed back
until after the holidays has been rejected by a judge.
The actor filed a request last week to
begin his three-year prison sentence for tax
evasion on Jan. 6, 2011 instead of Dec. 9,
Snipes argued he has "four minor chil- ,
dren" and didn't want to get locked up "in
the middle of the holiday season." -
But according to documents filed in
Florida, the judge denied the request citing
the fact that Wesley was originally sen-
tenced over two-and-a-half years ago ...
and therefore the actor had "all of that time to place his affairs in order."
The judge also wrote, "The sooner he begins his sentence, the sooner
it will end."
Kathy Griffin calls Bristol Palin 'the White Precious'
Not only did comedian Kathy Griffin show off her new "starvation
body" at the VH1 Divas Salute the Troops concert last week, she also
incurred a round of boos by daring to insult Bristol Palin and her weight.
"She's the only contestant in the history of the show to actually gain
weight," Kathy said of Bristol's long run on "Dancing With the Stars" as
the troops loudly booed.
"No, come on, come on," she continued. "She gained like 30 pounds a
week, I swear to God, it was fantastic. She's like the white Precious."
As expected, Bristol has responded.
In a statement to Fox News' Pop Tarts, she writes: "The audience's
reaction to this 'comedian' spoke volumes, and the decent people I know
would probably have booed her, too. I hope people didn't have to pay
money to hear her negativity and criticisms."
Kathy has famously flirted with Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol's
child, and even joked she was pregnant with his baby.
K Janet gets her own Barbie doll
j a net Jackson is trying out her entrepreneurial skills and
going about fundraising in a quite unorthodox fashion.
The legendary singer and performer has teamed with
toy manufacturer Mattel to release her very own, spe-
cial edition Barbie doll, "Divinely Janet."
The collector's item will be auctioned off and all
proceeds will benefit Project Angel Food, an organ-
ization that provides meals for the needy and those
disabled by HIV/AIDS in the Los Angeles area.
The look-a-like doll valued at $15,000 is the most up-
to-date artistic impression of Janet, with a short hair-
do, red and black gown copied from her perform-
ance on American Idol earlier this year. But this
ain't no typical Barbie gown. Like the
original, it features hand-placed
Swarovski crystals on the fabric,
and a sleek cat suit underneath.
Winner of the 2005 NAACP Image Award as the "Outstanding
Actress in a Motion Picture" for Ray, Kerry Washington is a versatile,
talented and fearless actress who has built an impressive list of credits
over the course of her relatively brief career. She has also garnered crit-
ical acclaim for recent roles in Mother and Child, The Last King of
Scotland, The Dead Girl and Lakeview Terrace.
Kerry made her feature film debut in Our Song in 2000, and has since
co-starred in Fantastic Four and its sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer, I
Think I Love My Wife, Little Man, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, She Hate Me,
Against the Ropes, The Human Stain, and Save the Last Dance for
which she received a Teen Choice Award for Best Breakout
She will soon be seen opposite Eddie Murphy in A Thousand Words
and then in We the Peeples, an ensemble comedy featuring Craig
Robinson, David Alan Grier, Tyler James Williams and S. Epatha
Merkerson. She currently has two films in theaters, For Colored Girls
and Night Catches Us. Interniew by K. Williams
KW: What attracted you to the
role of Kelly in For Colored Girls?
Kerry: I really just wanted to be
a part of the production. I had heard
a rumor that Tyler [Perry] was
directing it, I so I approached him at
one of these industry parties, and
said, "If it's true, I want in, it's such
an important piece of literature."
KW: This play was written some
time ago. Do you think it is still rel-
evant to today's black woman?
Kerry: I do. I do. I think the play
is still relevant to all human beings,
not just black women.
KW: What is it about Tyler Perry
that enabled him to assemble such
an accomplished cast?
Kerry: He's a very inspiring per-
son, when you look at the empire
that he has created and built on his
own. He wasn't born into it.
KW: With a text this powerful,
what was the self-discovery factor
like? Were there any traits that
unexpectedly came to the surface?
Kerry: It was really fun for me to
do this because I was coming off
doing the David Mamet play
"Race," on Broadway. And that
character was so forceful and angry
and smart and sharp and verbally
articulate. Kelly is almost the oppo-
site. She's very vulnerable and soft
in a good way. Her role is to be a
witness of these women and their
journeys. It was a wonderful chal-
lenge for me as an actor to have to
immediately exhibit the opposite
qualities of those that I had been
cultivating for almost a year.
KW: How was it having Hill
Harper play your husband?
Kerry: It was great to have the
opportunity to work with Hill, since
he's a friend, and we've traveled
together along this political/artistic
path. It was also nice to be able to
tell this story of supportive, positive
love between a black man and
woman. I know that was important
to Tyler and we felt very blessed to
take on that responsibility.
KW: What African-American
icon would you like to portray in a
Kerry: Angela Davis is some-
body I have my eye on. Also
KW: What do you struggle with
as an actress: honesty in your roles,
diving into the depth of your char-
acters, or just navigating the crazy
landscape of Hollywood and audi-
Kerry: D, all of the above!
KW: How do you feel about the
recent backlash against President
Obama? Why hasn't there been a
massive pushback by the
Democratic Party against all the
recent unfair rhetoric?
Kerry: It's exciting to me that
people know that I'm someone
who's very political. For full disclo-
sure, it's important for me to say
that I'm a member of the adminis-
tration now because I'm on the
President Obama's Committee for
the Arts and Humanities. So, I'm
not unbiased. I'm really proud of
everything that he's accomplished
already. But now, the most impor-
tant thing people can do in this rep-
resentative democracy is to stay
active and interested, if we want to
continue the momentum of change.
KW: Is there any question no one
ever asks you, that you wish some-
KW: Are you happy?
Kerry: I think I am, for the most
part. But everybody has ups and
downs, right? I have bad moments,
but not many bad days.
KW: Guiltiest pleasure?
Kerry: Popcorn and massages.
KW: What is your favorite dish to
Kerry: Baking and decorating
cakes, but I don't even eat them,
because I try to stay away from
wheat. I just made my own icing
from scratch the other day, but it
didn't come out very well. I'm
working on refining that.
KW: What was the last book you
Kerry: Jane Alexander's mem-
oirs called "Command
KW: What was the last song you
Kerry: Hot Tottie by Usher.
KW: What do you consider your
Kerry: I don't know. I really
don't know. If I ever have a family
one day, everything else will pale in
importance to that.
KW: When you look in the mir-
ror, what do you see?
Kerry: An ever-unfolding
KW: If you could have one wish
granted, what would that be for?
Kerry: For a million more.
KW: What advice do you have
for anyone who wants to follow in
Kerry: Study! Study Study! Get
KW: How can your fans help
Kerry: It would be super if peo-
ple visited my new website,
KW: The Zane question: Do you
have any regrets?
Kerry: I do. I do. I think every-
thing in life happens for a reason. I
always think there's room for me to
improve as a person.
KW: How do you get through the
Kerry: Through prayer and med-
itation. And I have really good
friends and family, and a great ther-
KW: What do you want your
legacy to be, and where are you in
relation at this point in your life?
Kerry: I'm not really sure. I
don't think in those terms, exactly. I
just want to keep having the
courage to raise the bar for myself,
and to keep striving for excellence
in artistic integrity and public serv-
ice. And to continue to challenge
myself to move outside of my com-
fort zone, personally and profes-
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Oprah, Jones among Kennedy Center Honorees
The Kennedy Center honorees for 2010, Merle Haggard, top left, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney, and from
bottom left, Jerry Herman, and Oprah Winfrey, pose for a photograph after a dinner held at the State
Department honoring the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, in Washington last weekend.
Oprah Winfrey and Bill T. Jones
were honored along with three oth-
ers with the Kennedy Center
Honors Sunday in Washington.
Country singer Merle Haggard,
Broadway composer Jerry Herman
and Winfrey's idol Paul McCartney
were also among the honorees
saluted during a ceremony that
included the president and first lady
Julia Roberts opened the show
with a surprise nod to her friend,
"It's a universal conversation
starter: Did you see what was on
'Oprah' today?" Roberts said. "The
first time I heard of a better fitting
bra ... or a fascinating politician
named Barack Obama was on 'The
Oprah Winfrey Show.'"
John Travolta took the stage to
host a mock version of Winfrey's
show with Barbara Walters as his
guest. He recounted a phone call he
got from Winfrey when Hurricane
Katrina struck New Orleans. She
told him to fill his plane with sup-
plies and meet her in Louisiana.
"So when Oprah calls, you
answer," he said. "Oprah makes it
exciting to be responsible."
"Simply put, she is the best inter-
viewer ever," Walters said. "No one
comes close not even me. And
those of you who know me know
how painful it was for me to say
Jennifer Hudson sang "I'm Here"
from "The Color Purple," and was
joined by a choir from Winfrey's
alma mater, Tennessee State
For Winfrey, the prize comes dur-
ing the 25th and final season of her
talk show and just before she
launches her new cable network,
OWN, on Jan. 1. After her
Washington visit, Winfrey will take
about 300 audience members to
After the honors were announced
in September, Bill T. Jones, the son
of potato pickers, said he could
recall dreaming of big things as a 9-
year-old boy in upstate New York.
He went on to create the Bill T.
Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
in 1982 with his partner Arnie Zane
who died of AIDS six years later.
Jones has tackled tough issues with
his work, such as racism and mor-
tality, sometimes sparking outrage.
On Sunday, he was hailed as a
rule breaker and revolutionary by
playwright Edward Albee, Claire
Danes and others.
On Sunday, he was hailed as a
rule breaker and revolutionary by
playwright Edward Albee, Claire
Danes and others.
Jones said he's often felt like an
Africa's most eligible bachelor
says fat and short need not apply
outsider, yet he's being honored for
helping to shape the country.
Jones said he could "feel the
love" and said he was thrilled to be
receiving the award while Obama is
president. Still, he said he's dis-
couraged by the country's direction.
"I am trembling a little bit, actually.
The discourse is so poisonous."
In recent years, Jones has shared
his talents with Broadway, winning
Tony awards for his choreography
in "Spring Awakening" and this
year for his show "Fela!," playing
currently in New York and London.
He said he hopes more artists will
bridge the gap between the dance
world and mainstream theater.
"We don't want to be marginal-
ized anymore," he said.
"Indifference is worse than dislike."
Alec Baldwin introduced the trib-
ute for McCartney, 68, lamenting
the singer's "long and winding
road" to a solo career, being forced
to sing in stadiums and requiring
"The National Institutes of
Health called the epidemic
Beatlemania," Baldwin said.
"There was no cure."
The former Beatle was making
his second visit to Washington this
year for a culture award. In June, he
won the Gershwin Prize for Popular
Song from the Library of Congress.
"You know, great things just
come in bundles," he said.
"Although the honorees on this
stage each possess a staggering
amount of talent, the truth is, they
aren't being recognized tonight
simply because of their careers as
great lyricists or songwriters or
dancers or entertainers," Obama
said. "Instead, they're being hon-
ored for their unique ability to bring
us closer together and to capture
something larger about who we are
not just as Americans, but as
The show will be broadcast Dec.
28 on CBS.
The slim, fit-looking president of
Botswana -- considered one of
Africa's most eligible bachelors --
says he is finally ready to get mar-
ried but made it clear that over-
weight women need not apply.
President Ian Khama, 57, has
never been married, but at a polit-
ical party meeting last month he
said his top requirement for a
future wife is that she needs to be
tall, slim and beautiful in a coun-
try known for short, heavy set
To drive the point home he
pointed to the Assistant Minister
of Local Government Botlhogile
Tshreletso and said, "I don't want
one like this one. She may fail to
pass through the door, breaking
furniture with her heavy weight
and even break the vehicle's shock
The crowd, including the minis-
ter who had been singled out,
reportedly laughed at the presi-
Khama claims he's been too
busy running the country to find a
wife, and has dispatched presiden-
tial aides to find a suitable mate.
The president's status as a bach-
elor is of general national concern.
Khama, elected in 2009, is not
only president, he's also the chief
of the Bamangwato people,
Botswana's largest ethnic group.
Marriage is a requirement of tribal
tradition, something that Khama,
so far, has defied.
Khama's standing as the presi-
dent as well as a prominent chief
has virtually ruled out scolding
him for his attitude towards
women, and no women' groups in
the country have publicly criti-
cized him for his comments.
The chairwoman of the
woman's wing of Khama's ruling
party even proposed he marry cur-
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President Ian Khama
rent Miss Botswana, Emma
Wareus, a runner-up in the Miss
World pageant. Others said his
comments were simply meant to
be a joke.
But critics say joke or not, the
president's comments were
uncalled for and sexist.
Khama has always been a bit of
a rebel in following traditions. A
certified pilot and former army
commander, he flies Botswana's
version of Airforce 1 on official
trips. He's also known to be some-
what of a fitness fanatic. Even his
birth was controversial. His father,
Seretse Khama was deposed as the
Bamangwato chief and exiled by
the British in 1951 because he
married Khama's mother, a white
There are rumors that President
Khama was once engaged to a
doctor from Mozambique, but that
the engagement was called off.
Despite his recent comments
regarding marriage, most people
in Botswana believe President
Khama will treat the act the same
he's lived, says the reporter.
Regardless of tradition, when or if
he marries it will be because he
wants to and he will do it his way.