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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."
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Jury awards $71M for lawsuit giving
free cigarettes to African-Americans
BOSTON, Mass. A Massachusetts jury has ruled a tobacco company
tried to entice black children to become
S-" smokers by handing out free cigarettes and
has awarded $71 million in compensatory
damages to the estate and son of a woman
who died of lung cancer.
S Willie Evans alleged the Greensboro,
N.C.-based Lorillard Tobacco Co. intro-
duced his mother to smoking as a child in
the 1950s by giving her free Newport ciga-
rettes in her Boston housing project. Evans
S I says his mother smoked for more than 40
years before dying of lung cancer at age 54.
Lawyers for Lorillard say like many other
cigarette companies it gave away free samples decades ago -- but not to
children. The company says it will appeal. A hearing on punitive dam-
ages is set for this week.

Virginia Judge rules Obama's

health care law unconstitutional
President Barack Obama's signature achievement in his administration
has been the immense healthcare law designed to eventually insure that
every American citizen has access to affordable healthcare. Republicans
have long questioned the constitutionality of the law, and promised not to
rest until it is completely repealed.
This week, United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson brought them
closer to accomplishing that goal.
Striking down the law which had previously been upheld in Virginia and
Michigan, Hudson is the first federal judge to declare that the Obama
administration was being intrusive and overstepping their boundaries
when mandating that all citizens purchase insurance policies.
The Justice Department repudiates that claim, saying the mandate is a
proper exercise of the government's authority under the Commerce
Administration officials told reporters last week that a negative ruling
would have virtually no impact on the law's implementation, noting that
its two major provisions the coverage.

Black segregation in US

drops to lowest in century
America's neighborhoods became more integrated last year than during
any time in at least a century as a rising black middle class moved into
fast-growing white areas in the South and West.
Still, ethnic segregation in many parts of the U.S. persisted, particular-
ly for Hispanics.
Segregation among blacks and whites fell in roughly three-quarters of
the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas as the two racial groups spread
more evenly between inner cities and suburbs, acco The race trends also
hint at the upcoming political and legal wrangling over the 2010 census
figures, to be published in the spring. The data will be used to reallocate
congressional districts, drawing new political boundaries. New Hispanic-
dominated districts could emerge, particularly for elected positions at the
state and local level. States are required under the Voting Rights Act to
respect the interests of minority voting blocs, which tend to support
Democratic candidates.
The race trends also hint at the upcoming political and legal wrangling
over the 2010 census figures, to be published in the spring. The data will
be used to reallocate congressional districts, drawing new political
boundaries. New Hispanic-dominated districts could emerge, particular-
ly for elected positions at the state and local level. States are required
under the Voting Rights Act to respect the interests of minority voting
blocs, which tend to support Democratic candidates.

Mississippi NAACP Chapter

gets first white president
JACKSON, Miss. The president of the Mississippi NAACP says the
selection of a white man to lead one of the organization's chapters shows
its real mission to represent more than one race.
Michael Teasley, a white man in his mid-30s who grew up in rural
Mississippi, is the new president of the Jackson State University chap-
ter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Derrick Johnson, NAACP state president, said he's watched Teasley

grow as a leader and described him as committed.
"And this is a great opportunity for people to see that our organization
is not about one race. Many people forget that white people helped organ-
ize the NAACP (in 1909)," Johnson told The Clarion-Ledger. "But I
think Michael's acceptance within the organization shows we practice
what we preach that no person should be discriminated against
because of race."
Teasley served as 2nd vice president in 2008-09 and 2009-10 before
being elected by the 60-plus- member chapter last spring as president for
the 2010-11 term.
As chapter president, Teasley said has plans to address issues such as
delayed student refund checks and the quality of food in the campus cafe-
teria. He also wants to increase the chapter's membership.
On a larger scale, Teasley is forming a movement to change the state
flag, which incorporates the Confederate battle flag.
"It's offensive to a lot of people," he said. "It has to go."

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Volume 24 No. 11 Jacksonville, Florida December 16-22, 2010

S Congressional Black Caucus

opposes tax cut deal

Shown above is Cong. Corrine Brown and retired Sergeant First
Class (SFC) Gary Surrency at his award ceremony. T Austin photo
Medal of Heroism bestowed upon retired
Sergeant First Class (SFC) Gary Surrency
Cong. Corrine Brown awarded Jacksonville veteran retired Sergeant
First Class (SFC) Gary Surrency, the Medal of Heroism this week. He
received the honor for his display of courage and honor outside the call of
duty when he saved a child from a burning structure in 1978. The proud
soldier received the Medal (shown inset) accompanied by his wife Millie
at the AME Building in downtown Jacksonville.

Governor and Cabinet

issue apologies to 1960's St.

Augustine "Freedom Fighters"

mony that was as much moving as
it was historic, long-forgotten pio-
neers of the Civil Rights movement
from St. Augustine collectively
known as the "Freedom Fighters" -
received not only apologies from
Florida's top officials, but a resolu-
tion affirming that their arrest
records on the books for more than
40 years would finally be
"Words are inad-
equate to express
our gratitude to
those heroes who,
throughout their
lives and despite
their persecution,
still rose for school
Sen. Hill each day, lifted their
hands, and repeated with others the
words to the "Pledge of
Allegiance," said Senator Anthony
"Tony" Hill, the driving force
behind the resolution. "Today, they
have truly found the "justice for
all" their pledge has promised all
these many years."
The path to the resolution, unani-
mously issued last Thursday by
Governor Charlie Crist and the 3-
member Florida Cabinet sitting as
Florida's Executive Clemency
Board, was begun after Senator Hill
failed to succeed legislatively in
clearing the hundreds of arrest
records stemming from civil rights
demonstrations in 1963 through
1964. The demonstrators, both
black and white, were attempting to
integrate the beach in St.
Augustine. Many of them were
beaten and jailed.
A list of 50 individuals will mark
the first round of names to be
immediately submitted to begin the
expunging process, Senator Hill

Though the arrest records of the
Freedom Fighters will be
expunged, they will remain with the
state archives, the governor noted,
"to forever serve as a living and
viable testament to their courage,
ideals, and bravery during these
fateful months in 1963 and 1964 in
a city named St. Augustine, St.
Johns County, Florida."

by Zenithia Prince
The Congressional Black Caucus
has said its members overwhelm-
ingly oppose the tax cuts compro-
mise reached between the White
House and congressional
Republicans, saying it is "bad for
African-Americans" and other vul-
nerable communities.
"You can't give tax cuts away like
you're Oprah Winfrey or Santa
Claus," Virginia Democrat Rep.

Bobby Scott, a member of the
House Budget Committee, said
during a Capitol Hill press confer-
ence. "Someone eventually has to
pay for it."
And traditionally, it's been com-
munities of color that have had to
pay, the Black lawmakers said.
President Obama and the
Republican leadership reached a
deal which would extend Bush-era
Continued on page 5

Jaguars have fans in a frenzy With the recent 38-31 win
over the Oakland Raiders and STILL leading the AFC South, the
Jacksonville Jaguars have ignited their fan base to heights that haven't
been seen since 1999. Shown above is Marcedes Lewis catching a touch-
down from quarterback David Girard. Becoming known around the league
as the working man's "blue collar team", the cardiac cats will face off
against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in the most important game of the
season with hopes to improve on their 8-5 record. FMPPhoto

Tis the season: Jack & Jill Mothers Holiday Social

The mothers of the Jacksonville chapter of Jack & Jill of America took a break from raising America's future
leaders to enjoy the holiday season with each other. Hosted by Mrs. Tracee Holzendorf, the mothers discussed
how exciting the new year will be with all ol the community service projects that are scheduled for 2011 over hors
de' oeuvres and libation. Representing over 80 youth from toddlers to 12th grade, their January calendar includes
Founders Day and Martin Luther King Day. Shown above at the Sunday festivities are L-R (FRONT) Kimberly
Holloway, Shameka Brown, Shauna Allen, Priscilla Wilkes, Cynthia Nixon, (MIDDLE) Deidra Williams-
Johnson, Michelle Rawls, Susan Jones, Felicia Cruse, Cassandra Barlow, Wanda Willis, Debbie Cannington,
Felecia Wimbush, Stephanie Oliver, Kimberly Brooks Hall, Thelecia Wilson abd Patricia Sams. (BACK) Danese
Tremble, Wilatreal Curry, Monique Brown, Marti Forchion Chapman, Marsha Oliver, Chandra Jordan, Keysha
Wilcox, Yvonne McClain-Gomes and hostess Tracee Holzendorf.

December 16-22, 2010

almlrMAJ I q A Real Resolution: Do the Math

Y181 and Improve Your Financial Health

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by Michael G Shinn, CFP
Contributing Writer
One of the fastest growing prod-
ucts in the financial services indus-
try are Exchange Traded Funds.
(ETFs) Today's typical ETF is an
investment company whose objec-
tive is to mimic the return of a par-
ticular market index. Current ETFs
are similar in performance and
diversification to index mutual
funds, but have some very stock-
like characteristics.
At this point. you might be won-
dering, "why I should be concerned
about ETFs. when I am quite com-
fortable with my traditional mutual
funds?" Well, ETFs are like the
proverbial "new kid" on the block.
According to the Investment
Company Institute, although ETF
assets of $383 billion in October,
pale in comparison to mutual funds
at over $10 trillion. ETFs are grow-
ing at a 45% annual rate, while
mutual funds are only growing
between 1-2% per year.
Additionally, new and more inno-
vative ETFs are being developed
that should only enhance their
future popularity. So like it or not,
if you are a forward looking
investor, ETFs may be in your
Advantages of ETFs
ETFs have some distinct advan-
tages compared to open-ended
mutual funds. ETFs trade on the
national markets, just like stocks
and their value is continuously
priced throughout the day.
Investors can make the same types
of trades that they can with a stock:
they can place limit orders, stop-
loss orders, make short sales and
margin purchases.
ETFs are considered more tax
efficient than comparable mutual
funds. When a mutual fund has to

meet shareholder redemptions, it
must sell shares in underlying
stocks. The resulting gains that are
not offset by realized losses must be
distributed as capital gains to the
remaining shareholders. When
ETF shareholders sell their shares,
the shares are sold to other
investors. This may result in a gain
or loss to the seller, but does not
impact the remaining shareholders.
Occasionally as their underlying
benchmarks change, ETFs may
have to pay out capital gains distri-
butions, but this should happen less
frequently that with mutual funds.
ETFs tend to have lower costs.
including fees and annual expenses.
than comparable mutual funds.
Many mutual funds have upfront or
deferred sales charges in addition to
1% to 3% annual expenses. ETFs
typically charge less than 1% annu-
al expenses and their expenses are
comparable to index mutual finds.
ETFs offer a wide variety of asset
classes to choose from.
Additionally, by choosing an ETF
that tracks a particular market seg-
ment. you can reduce the amount of
style drift that may occur in active-
ly managed mutual funds.
ETF Disadvantages
There are several disadvantages to
using ETFs. Since ETFs are bought
or sold on a stock exchange. there
are brokerage commissions
involved, that may somewhat offset
the lower expenses mentioned carli-
er. Additionally, ETFs may trade
above or below the net asset value
of the underlying securities.
Learning more about ETFS
Barclay's iSharcs Funds has a
twenty minute tutorial at
www.ishares.com and even though
it features iShares products it is
very informative and a good place
to start. Next, discuss EilTFs with

your broker or financial advisor.
There are several key considera-
tions that should be made before
making an investment decision.
- Are the fund's objectives and
investment policies consistent with
your objectives?
- Consider the fund's performance
history and compare it with related
- Look at the continuity and qualifi-
cations of the fund's management.
- Look at the securities in the fund's
- Consider the brokerage conunis-
sion and annual expenses.
Exchange traded funds are a fast
growing investment product and
may deserve consideration as part
of your overall portfolio strategy.
7b determine if the ETFs are an
appropriate investment for you,
carefidly consider the finds' invest-
ment objectives, risk factors and
charges and expenses before invest-
ing. This and other information can
be found in the funds' prospectuses.
Read the prospectus carefully
before investing.
Michael G Shiun, CFP Registered
Representative and Advisory Associate
of and securities offered through
Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit
, ww.shinnfinancial.coin for more

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"bad" debt Good debt would be
like a mortgage that has tax write
off ability. Bad debt would be like
credit cards.
6. Make your equity work for you.
Remember "Balance divided by
Surplus equals Pay Off in years"
7. Reallocate resources and
restructure repayment of debt to
more favorably take advantage of
tax deductions.
8.. Look into tax free investment

tm u y away gihym uigmy
taxed investment vehicles like
401k's and IRA's
This New Year, make a new finan-
cial start. Increase your profit
potential ... don't continue to add
to someone else's bottom line.
Being debt free in less than 15
years is within many peoples reach.
It may sound too good to be true,
but it is more attainable than you
may think, "it's not magic ... it's

Each month of every year, most
people struggle to make ends meet
and find that there is far more
month than there is money. It actu-
ally seems to be the American way.
For years, many Europeans have
been successfully managing their
personal budgets and capitalizing
on the financial tools that are readi-
ly available to all of us.
Unfortunately, no one leaches
these tactics to us in school and we
are left to our own devices. For
the privilege of holding our money
and providing the convenience of
accessibility, we are paid nearly
nothing in interest. Banks essen-
tially loan our money back to us, or
someone else, at a higher rate.
The truth is, conventional banking
and lending institutions are in the
business to make a profit. It is their
right to do so. It doesn't, however,
have to be at our expense.
Every consumer can save thou-
sands of dollars in interest charges.
take advantage of unrealized tax
deductions and eliminate current
debts in a fraction of the time. And
this can all be done without chang-
ing your lifestyle, without getting a
raise and without ballooning pay-
"It's not magic ... it's math". It's
one of the best-kept secrets around.
Just follow these 10 steps to
improve your financial health:
1. Take stock of your financial
portfolio Prepare a personal profile
spreadsheet. A free one is available
at wwvw.ifsdevelopmentgroup.com
2. Look at the big picture
3. Educate yourself about tactics
and available tools
4. Purchase the book called
"Missed Fortune 101" by I)ouglas
R. Andrew.

Have you gotten your

FREE credit report yet?

Visit www.freeannualcreditreport.com to
receive your free annual report from each of
the three major credit reporting bureaus.
It's the law!

The Boomer Generation

at 65 Faces Financial Choices

On Jan. 1, 2011, the first wave of
Baby Boomers 2.8 million of
them in this one year alone will
begin turning 65. The U.S. Census
Bureau reports that almost 8,000
people a day will celebrate that sig-
nificant birthday, and it's a process
that will continue through 2039
when the last of the 78 million
Boomers reaches 65.
The months leading up to this
milestone birthday are fraught with
decisions about retirement, health
care and lifestyles.
But none are as important and
long-reaching as choices about
Medicare. In the months preceding
their 65th birthdays, Boomers will
receive their Medicare cards for the
first time. Although most Boomers
are not eligible for full Social
Security benefits until age 66, they
are eligible for Medicare at age 65.
The questions being asked by this
generation are significant: Do I sign
up for Medicare? When must I
enroll? And, most importantly,
where can I find accurate informa-
tion about my Medicare choices?
It's best to seek out accurate and
trustworthy information on
Medicare when trying to sort out
what's best for you. A great place to
start is the Medicare Rights Center
at www.medicareinteractive.org/ or
the U.S. Government's Medicare
site at www.medicare.gov.
You may also want to contact
your local SHINE (Serving Health
Insurance Needs of Elders) volun-
teer. Operating under the auspices
of the Florida Department of Elder
Affairs, SHINE's statewide net-
work of volunteers can help you
sort out some of the more complex
issues surrounding Medicare.
Contact the Florida Elder Helpline
at 1-800-963-5337 (1-800-96
ELDER) for more information.

Enrolling in Medicare offers
another set of choices. If you are
already receiving Social Security or
Railroad Retirement pensions, you
will be automatically enrolled in
Medicare Part A & B at age 65. If
you are not receiving benefits from
these pension programs, however,
you must actively enroll in
Medicare. You will have a 7-month
period to complete your enroll-
ment, which begins three months
before your 65th birthday.
Don't postpone your decision
because if you miss the initial
enrollment period, you could face
an additional charge, called a
delayed enrollment penalty.
If you have adequate health cov-
erage (called "creditable coverage")
through your workplace, you can
delay enrollment in Medicare with-
out incurring a penalty. The same is
true if you or your spouse work for
an employer with more than 20
Another choice you'll have to
make involves prescription-drug
coverage, under Medicare Part D.
What kind of coverage you need
can take some thought. One excel-
lent resource is AARP's "doughnut
hole" calculator at www.doughnut-
hole.aarp.org/. This useful tool can
help you figure out if, and when,
you might fall into the dreaded
Medicare Part D coverage gap.
Once you successfully navigate
through these Medicare decisions,
you will definitely want to cele-
brate your big day. And there's good
reason to celebrate. I know. My
family and I will save about $9,000
a year on health-care coverage
costs now that I'm enrolled in
You've earned this benefit...so go
ahead and party, in that inimitable
Boomer-gcneration style!



Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.

Page 2 Ms Perry's Free s

by George Fraser

The Etiquette of Introductions
, hen NVetworking

Experts in etiquette and networking say that the general rule is to intro-
duce the name of the higher-ranking person first, or the person you most
want to honor first.
When introducing women, rank prevails over gender. If the man is
your boss, introduce him first. if he is a peer, introduce the woman first:
"Michael Jones. I'd like you to meet Jane Walker. Jane Walker, this is
Michael Jones. Michael is the manager of our department."
When introducing a customer to business associates, treat the cus-
tomer as a superior to honor the relationship. Say the customer's name
first: "Gregory Williams, I'd like you to meet Josh Archer. Josh, this is
Gregory Williams. Josh, Greg just purchased our new XL Computer
system. Josh is responsible for our customer service department."
When introducing a superior to a subordinate, use the superior's name
first: "Jim Moore. I'd like you to meet Millicent Lee. Millicent, this is
Jim Moore. Jim is our new director of marketing." Use the first name
only if you are on a first-name basis.
When introducing peers to each other, use either name first.
When introducing older people to younger people, you can ignore
age. but being old-fashioned myself. I use the older person's name first.
When introducing persons with no business status, such as introduc-
ing your parents to a peer, say your parents' names first to honor them.
If you arc outranked by a colleague. say the colleague's name first. In
this case, rank over honor.
Bottom Line: i 'hen making introductions, always show enthusiasm.
Let people know you are glad to meet them, and make sure you stand up
for all introductions, except when seated in a restaurant or when cir-
cwnstances iake standing awkward.


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Childhood obesity battle helped by

Shown above are area pageant holders at the crowning of Mr. Duval Elite (L-R) Tezra DeVoe (Ms. Duval
+), Fantasia Royalle (Ms. Duval Closet), Alphonz Dupree 2010 Mr. Duval Elite, Tanisha Cassendine (Ms.
Duval), Isaiah Hilton (Mr. Duval New Comer) and Kimore Sanchez (Ms. Duval New Coiner).
v... Elite held at Cub Metro Mr. Duval Elite "Fantasy Couture" held their 18th annual
pageant last weekend at the Metro Club giving Mr. Alphonz Dupree top honors. Six contestants competed in the
areas of talent, dancing, fashion and Q&A for the title. All contestants had to answer the question, "What does
the phrase 'once Duval always Duval mean to you". In addition to $2000 cash and other prizes, Mr. Dupree will
represent Duval county throughout the year at alternative pageants all over the country. R. Silver photo.

signing of
President Obama has finally
found an unopposed fight the bat-
tle against childhood obesity.
There may not be any more of
those delicious bite-size pizzas or
that indescribable cafeteria lunch
meat after President Barack Obama
signed the landmark, "Healthy
Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,"
that aims to improve the quality of
school breakfasts, lunches, and
other foods sold in schools.
The landmark bill piggybacks off
First Lady Michelle Obama's goal
of eradicating childhood obesity
which includes her "Let's Move"
initiative. It will also serve to
strengthen nutrition programs that
serve young children, like the WIC
and Child and Adult Care Food
Apparently Republicans care
about the kids, this bill passed with
bipartisan support. Even celebrity
chef Rachael Ray was on hand
offering her support.
"This is the first substantive step
I've seen in my lifetime," Ray said
about the bill's focus on young peo-
ple and nutrition. "I watched the
First Lady and President sign it this
morning and it gave me chills."
Ray, through her youth organiza-
tion, helps children throughout the

landmark nutrition bill

U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids
Act of 2010 with first lady Michelle Obama (R), 3rd-grader Luis
Avilar-Rurcios (2nd R) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi by his side.

boroughs in New York City to plant
their own gardens in the public
schools. She says, as a result, chil-
dren know where their food comes
from, and take food that they grow
directly into the cafeteria to eat.
"It's a beautiful thing to watch kids
make that connection," she says.
The bill will focus on nutrition
and physical activity to address the
problem of obesity as well as allow
for fitness and activity standards in
the schools. Statistics show that
over 130 million Americans are

Donna Brazille tells FAMU students

Veteran Democratic political
strategist Donna Brazile told
more than 700 Florida A&M
University (FAMU) fall
graduates during FAMU's
Commencement Ceremony
that they must struggle to
reach their respective goals.
"It is a special day and I
know you will be excited for
tomorrow," Brazile said.
"There are barriers you are
destined to break. Who here
today will break new
ground? Who here today
will beat the odds and make
FAMU proud? My secret is that we
are meant to struggle. We grow by
our ,lg- lk -i. We mature by how
we handle adversity. FAMU has
prepared you to go out there and

Donna Brazille
conquer the world."
Brazile, a New Orleans native,
admitted that a lot has changed
since her childhood.
"But it is not as different as you

obese or overweight and childhood
and teenage obesity has increased
by four times over the past 40 years.
Over 70 percent of overweight ado-
lescents will be overweight or
obese as adults.
It's good to see that school sys-
tems are taking some responsibility,
particularly as many public schools
reduce recess time. This bill is a
good first step, but much more
needs to be done, particularly by
parents, to seriously reduce the epi-
demic of childhood obesity.

goals take struggle
S- think it is," she said. "We
were young and restless, but
we made noise. Agitation for
change is the duty for youth.
This is your mission. We owe
our freedom to those who
laid down their lives. It's
now your fight to secure the
future for your children's
future and for your grand-
children's future. It's your
moment-seize it. It's your
future-claim it."
FAMU President James H.
Ammons presented Brazile
with the Piesident's Award.
He later encouraged the grad-
uates to make their marks on the
"Go out and change the world,"
said Ammons.

Shown above is Elnora Adkins of the NAACP, Officer Shirley Johnson and Jacksonville Branch NAACP
President Isaiah Rumlin. T. Austin
The Jacksonville Branch of the NAACP honored Officer Shirley Johnson
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December 16-22, 2010

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I am too young to have experi-
enced segregation, but of course
my parents and grandparents where
not. As bad as the concept of segre-
gation sounds many educated
people would argue that many
aspects of black culture (socio-eco-
nomic factors) suffered because of
Black businesses did well mainly
because they had a captive clien-
tele. There was a stronger sense of
pride in African American commu-
nities and black public schools and
colleges were often more coveted
than they are today.
I am certainly not saying that
black businesses are not doing well
today or that there is no pride in
black communities, but I think that
most would agree that when
minorities were basically forced to
live in certain communities it creat-
ed neighborhoods that were more
Well, the past is the past. And
today in America we are more inte-
grated than ever according to new
numbers released by the census.
According to the data, segrega-
tion among blacks and whites has
dropped in around three-fourths of
the country's 100 largest metropol-
itan areas, which essentially means
that blacks and whites are now
spread more evenly throughout the
Not that the days of segregation
were glory days, but they did create
communities with more diverse

Integration has been a double

edged sword over the years

Think about the fact that you
might have a doctor living next
door to a postal worker or mechan-
ic. This dynamic created not only
diversity in class levels, but also
stability in the black communities.
Today, we do not see that sort of
diversity in America. In fact,
instead of people being segregated
by race we are naturally segregated
by income levels. And the reason I
use the word "natural" is because
normally it is not intentional, but
folk like to live in communities
with people who are on their same
income level.
This recently released census
data is the precursor to the much
more comprehensive numbers that
will be released soon. Another
interesting part of the data released
was related to Hispanic families.
Although whites and blacks were
more integrated the numbers
showed that Hispanics still
remained very much segregated in
many large cities.
It is impossible to argue that inte-
gration has hurt the black commu-
nity, but it has created some chal-
So what happens when you take
the majority of African American

middle and upper-middle class
families out of the core city? It
leaves behind a mixture of folks,
most of whom have pride in their
communities, but it's the small per-
centage of folks who don't that can
ruin a neighborhood.
So one of the by-products of inte-
gration has been the creation of
more poor communities with high
crime rates and slum and blight
because of abandoned commercial
One could also argue that deseg-
regation is not the cause of so many
blighted communities but simple
socio-economics. As people make
more money they buy nicer homes
and send their children nicer
schools and of course drive nicer
As people make more money and
move into these nicer communities,
which by the way always seem to
be outside of the urban core, older
neighborhoods are left without sta-
ble residents.
Desegregation was critical to the
quality of life for minorities espe-
cially in the South. The thought that
blacks and whites could not attend
the same public schools or drink
from the same water foundations is
simply amazing.

The fact that blacks were forced
to live in certain neighborhoods
and forced to educate ourselves in
certain schools speaks volumes,
and it is a testament to our fortitude
in this country.
Look at segregation in today's
terms. America is no longer about
blacks and whites. Hispanics have
become the largest minority and
Asian Americans numbers are
small, but still increasing
America has always been a melt-
ing pot, and today we are more
diverse than ever.
I think that it is safe to say that
despite our different backgrounds,
colors and political disagreements,
the country continues to be the best
nation in the world to live and have
an opportunity for success.
So there is no real debate over
segregation versus integration. The
only debate is over the affects on
the black community. Coretta Scott
King may have said it best,
"Segregation was wrong when it
was forced by white people, and I
believe it is still wrong when it is
requested by black people."
Signing off the most diverse
lunch counter in Jacksonville -
Reggie Fullwood

When will it end? Now polls showing

Bush on same likeability level as Obama

i The CNN
poll in
S*IOctober that
found that almost as many people
said they liked George W. Bush as
President Obama seemed like it
was either a case of some drunk
counting the numbers, or a headline
grabbing ploy by CNN on a slow
news day. The poll seemed to add
even more insult to absurdity when
it found that a statistically insignif-
icant 2 percent said that Bush was a
worse president than Obama. A
year earlier Obama had more than a
20 percent edge over Bush in the
number that ranked him a far better
president than Bush. But now
Gallup has weighed in with its poll
on Bush's alleged renewed popu-
larity. It went even than the earlier
poll and found that Bush has edged
past Obama by one percentage
point as the better ranked president.
Gallup just crunches the numbers
and doesn't really go to deep into
why the supposed stunning turn-
around in Bush's popularity other
than to chalk it up to the passage of
time, short memories, a little histor-
ical revisionism, and of course,
Bush's well orchestrated and
scripted book tour filled with adu-
latory, and puff ball interviews.
That's much too simple. It's true
that the passage of time does dim
memories and presidents that left
office with abominable ratings
(Truman) or were driven from
office in public disgrace (Nixon),
or suffered a landslide loss (Carter)
get cut some slack with age, and
are benevolently viewed as harm-
less, even wizened elder statesman.
With the passage of time, historians
pick and highlight the favorable

things that low rated presidents did.
In Truman's case, it was the
Marshall Plan and his hanging
tough against the Soviets during the
early stages of the Cold War. In
Nixon's case it was his China thaw,
and accepting the wind down of the
Vietnam War. With Carter, he's gar-
nered admiration as a better presi-
dent outside the White House than
inside the White House with his
thoughtful books, commentaries,
and insights on foreign policy and
his globetrotting peace keeping and
humanitarian efforts.
But that took years, even decades
before the public rehabilitation of
former presidents. Bush is getting
the historical pass barely two years
out of office. The colossal give-
aways to the corporate rich and
Wall Street, a failed, flawed, and
absolutely unnecessary war, a bun-
gled Katrina response, off the chart
sex, and corruption scandals within
the GOP, a tanked economy, and a
general clueless, governing incom-
petence that defied political belief
have seemingly vanished from
public and historical view faster
than a Houdini disappearing act.
The disappearance doesn't totally
explain why so many now pine for
a return of Bush over Obama. Bush
has rally done nothing to deserve
this nostalgia, and history has cer-
tainly not absolved him, let alone
vindicated him of, his colossal pol-
icy failures.
Bush gets the early pass in part
because of the two year relentless,
and structured GOP campaign of
denigration, vilification, and
assault on Obama's policy initia-
tives and Obama personally. Its
shock troops, the Tea Party horde,

Glenn Beck, Limbaugh, Palin and
the endless pack of shrill, hatchet
job rightside bloggers, websites,
and talk show hacks have effective-
ly painted a picture of an Obama as
an alien, anti-American, a closet
Muslim terrorist sympathizer, a
socialist, communist, and an invet-
erate America basher and hater.
The other part is the confusion,
frustration, and even anger at
Obama for not selling the positive
accomplishments that his adminis-
tration has accomplished in the face
of the GOP assault and the mess
that Bush's failures have littered his
presidential path with. There's also
the anger at him from the throng of
progressive and liberal Democrats
for not hitting, and hitting back
hard ala Truman and FDR at the
GOP's bullying, badgering and
hectoring. The term that was once
heard in only the faintest of whis-
pers "cave" in in regards to his pol-
icy compromises with the GOP has
now progressed to a roar. The latest
being the compromise agreement
to extend the Bush tax cuts for the
wealthy. Even though his back was
to the wall and there were pluses in
the compromise-unemployment
extension, social security tax cuts,
and cuts for small business- the
president will be endlessly remind-
ed he broke his cornerstone cam-
paign promise that he would not
back the tax cut extension for the
rich. That's now ancient history.
Bush's rehabilitation can be
chalked up in part to the penchant
to give lambasted presidents good
marks when they are safely out of'
the White House and can do no
more harm and in bigger part to the
calculated assault on Obama. But

the desire of so many to compare
the man who was the architect of so
many towering policy failures to
Obama and then believe the worst
of the worst about Obama still
grates to no end.
Earl /Oait i f/tchinson isv an author and polili-
cal analy. /lie hosts nationally broadcast political
afillis r Iho taul shows on facilica and KTYsM
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The state of Sudan
Oil has turned Sudan's economy into one of the
fastest growing economies in the world. While
Western media and governments and activists label
Sudan as having "one of the world's worst humanitar-
ian crises" they in turn portray it as a land of cracked
earth and starving people. Sudan is booming in spite
of Western sanctions and declarations. American sanctions have kept most
Western companies out of Sudan, but firms from China, Malaysia, India,
Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates will make up to $3 billion in direct
investment this year.
Sudan is the largest country in Africa and the tenth largest in the world.
It houses the type of mineral resources Western countries want. So, note
the latest West scheme to get the land: It will occur in January 2011 when
the people of Southern Sudan will likely vote to succeed from the North.
The US wants the south to secede. Then, they can get their hands on the
oil and energy resources. The Southerners will take with them about 80
percent of the country's oil revenue. But with little governance and poor
infrastructure, many fear, the South could be at risk of becoming a failed
state from the outset.
The civil war between North and South Sudan is the longest in African
history, claimed 2 million people's lives and finally ended in 2005 with the
signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Since then, the
two sides have been slowly working their way toward the referendum. But
many issues from how to distribute oil wealth to even where the border
would be drawn still must be resolved. Even though most of Sudan's oil
is in the South, it can only be exported through the North to Port Sudan.
North or South, "What is the best way to deal with Sudan" is the ques-
tion. Among President Obama's inner circle of foreign policy advisers is
Susan E. Rice an African-American that is U.S. Ambassador to the United
Nations. Rice and her supporters are adversarial and like taking "a hard
line" to bring Sudan "into line". They charge Sudan's President Omar el-
Bashir of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Scott
Gration, a retired Air Force general who is Special Envoy to Sudan.
Gration recommends the US remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors
of terrorism and suggests that constructive engagement with Sudan would
better advance US goals.
Oil and real estate investment currently drive Sudan's economy. Unified
Sudan's G.D.P. is predicted to increase by 12 percent this year. Cotton and
other agricultural products are traditionally engines of the economy, but the
new growth comes largely because of Sudan's increased its crude oil pro-
duction. The economic boom also strengthens President el-Bashir's hand
at home with an infrastructure binge that poured hundreds of millions of
dollars into roads, bridges, power plants, hospitals and schools, projects
that has boosted his popularity substantially.
On the other hand, in Juba, the capital of the South, there are just three
paved roads. From hard scrabbled Juba, Salva Kiir is the man the U.S. has
helped operate as president of Southern Sudan. Kiir is former rebel guer-
rilla in a rebel army that Western activists have been supporting for
decades. His regime has long been a rebel darling of donors from the Bush
years. His blend of defiant nationalism and Christian piety resonates
among hard line Washington ideologues that seek to reshape Sudan. In the
Obama's era, the U.S. has been poured than $600 million annually into
Southern Sudan to bolster Kiir's government. Obama inherited the
Sudanese nation-building from his the Bush administration that crafted the
CPA. Since 2005, America has injected some $6 billion into the country
and is the largest single donor to Sudan, and Sudan is one of the top recip-
ients of USAID disbursements, behind only Afghanistan and Pakistan.
As activists celebrate their election victories in Southern Sudan, the
question should be posed as to whether this is just another case of
Westerners leaving natives with Bibles while they take the land?

A 'used up' Michael Steele to

seek second term as GOP leader

by George Curry
Although the Republican Party
appears to have gotten as much use
as they wanted out of Michael
Steele, the embattled chairman of
the Republican National Committee
told supporters Monday night he
will seek re-election next month.
"Yes, I have stumbled along the
way, but have always accounted to
you for such shortcomings," he told
the 168-member committee in an e-
mail sent after a telephone confer-
ence call with them. "No excuses.
No lies, No hidden agenda. "Going
forward, I ask for your support and
your vote for a second term."
Going forward, Steele will face
an uphill battle. At least a few
prominent Republicans, including
former RNC chairwoman Ann
Wagner, has announced they are run-
ning for Steele's position. Many
have complained about lavish
spending and slumping donations
during Steele's tenure. Some urged
donors not to give to the party for
races in November and instead
donate to alternative organizations
such as the Republican Governors

Association. And, many donors did
just that.
Whenever I think about Steele,
the lyrics of Bill Withers'Use Me
come to mind:
My friends feel it's their
appointed duty
They keep trying to tell me all
you want to do is use me
But my answer
yeah to all that use me stuff
Is I wanna spread the news that
if it feels this good getting used
Oh you keep on using me until
you use me up
Michael Steele has willingly
allowed himself to be used by the
GOP. And, now that they have no
more use for him, they plan to dis-
card him like a used tissue. Still, he
is under the illusion that he can be
Steele has never been a popular
figure as chairman, winning on the
sixth round of balloting. And, the
only reason he won then was so that
the GOP could use a Black man to
counter the nation's first Black pres-
ident. It was a role Steele relished.
He said at the time, "Having a

Black president of the
United States and a
Black leader of the oppo-
sition is a wonderful tes-

tament to our country."
Even though the GOP made
impressive gains in the last election,
most Republicans think they were
successful in spite of Michael
Steele, not because of him.
Over the past two years, Steele
may have set a record for gaffes.
Last year, he said: "In the history
of mankind and womankind, gov-
ernment federal, state or local -
has never created one job. It's
destroyed a lot of them."
According to the U.S. Labor
Department's Bureau of Statistics,
of the 153.7 million people in the
civilian labor force, approximately
22.5 million held government jobs
as of January 2009.
Steele can't even get it right when
trying to woo Black voters.
When he was asked last year
about Republican efforts to reach
diverse populations, Steele told a
group of bloggers, "My plan is to
say, 'Y'all come' because of lot of
you are already here." When some-
one in the audience yelled, "I'll
bring the collard greens," Steele
added, continued on page 13.

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Tax cuts
continued from front tax cuts in
exchange for also extending unem-
ployment benefits and other pro-
grams favored by Obama.
According to the Congressional
Budget Office, the tax deal is pro-
jected to increase the national
deficit by almost $900 billion-a
figure larger than the recent finan-
cial stimulus measures-adding to
an already towering debt. And, to
reduce that balance, Republicans
will likely impose "draconian" cuts

on programs important to minority
communities such as Medicare,
Medicaid, Social Security, and
health care, CBC members said.
"There are tough choices that will
have to be made next year [and] we
know what will happen-it's going
to be low-income communities,
poor communities of color that are
going to pay," Caucus Chairwoman
Rep. Barbara Lee told reporters.
The Black lawmakers said though
they object to the deal, they under-
stand the president felt jammed
against a wall.

Jag got talent! Opening up for award winning artist Ledisi was
Teneese Thomas and Tina Wilson backed by the Ritz Voices at the Ritz
Theater last weekend. The duo performed Christmas songs that brought
the sold out crowds to their feet. TAusim.

Senior Olympians This weekend Jacksonville was represented
in the Senior State Championships in Fort Myers last weekend by Ed
Lundy, Melinda Henry & Dennis Trubey. As gold medalists in powerlift-
ing on Saturday and track on Sunday, the fit trio are moving on to the
National Senior Games to be held in Houston, Texas in June 2011.

Retired educators still giving back The Duval Retired
Educators Association chose the City Rescue Mission as the recipient of
their holiday gift. Members donated cash and useful gifts to present to the
agency for its' clients which was established to help area alcoholics that
now assists the homeless and needy of the community. Shown above at the
presentation are (1-r) Sandra English and Dr. Norma White of the DCREA
with Penny Kievet, a director at the City Rescue Mission.

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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 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
invites all to special services
Join Pastor Clarence Kelby Heath and members of Central on the Pearl,
4611 North Pearl Street for a variety of their regular church offerings. 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.

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.

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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.

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.

Emancipation Celebration
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.

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Summerville Sunday School

Ministry Christmas Service
The Sunday School Ministry 6f Summerville Missionary Baptist Church
will present a Christmas service recognizing and honoring the birth of
Jesus. It will be held on Sunday, December 19th at 5 p.m. For more infor-
mation call 598-0510.

Black History Month

Poetry contest for Youth
The Jacksonville African American Genealogy Society will present it
Fifth Annual Black History Month Poetry Competition for elementary-
high school students. The theme for the contest is "Remembering the Past
for Future Generation Longevity".
All entries submitted must be original and include the student's name
birthdate, address, grade, school, homeroom teacher, and parental permis-
sion to participate. Submitted poems will become the property of JAAGS
and emailed / postmarked before 12:00 AM February 20. 2011. Entries
should be mailed to JAAGS 3730 Soutel Drive #2201, Jacksonville, FL
32208 or emailed to flossyl4@aol.com. Cash prizes will be awarded to
winners in addition to a 1 year family membership to all participants.

St. Paul AME Christmas

pageant and Candle Light Service
St. Paul AME Church will present "The Perfect Gift" Christmas pag-
eant.It will be presented by the Christian Education and the Fine Arts
Department. This special production will be held on Sunday, December
19th at 11 a.m. There will be a Candle Light Service on Friday, December
24, 2010 at 7 p.m. The community is invited to all events. The church is
located at 6910 New Kings Road. Call 764-2755 for more information, Dr.
Marvin C. Zanders, Pastor.

Why Did Eddie Long Agree to Mediation and Avoid a Public Trial?

by Dr. Boyce Watkins,
I was up working one night when
someone reached out to me on
Facebook messenger.
The brother was asking me why
Bishop Eddie Long chose mediation
in his sexual-coercion suit, rather
than aiming for a public trial. In
case you've been buried under a
rock, Long has been in the media
quite a bit these days, after being

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accused of using his authority to
coerce four young men into having
sex with him.
Long has vowed to fight the
charges, but he never really said
much about whether he was inno-
cent. Actually, he simply said that
he is "not a perfect man." That could
easily translate to Long admitting
that there are a few things about his
personal life that he wouldn't want
to see on the 6 o'clock news.
At any rate, I thought about the
question being asked by my friend
and realized that he had a point.
Why is Long avoiding the public
hearing that his followers at the
Church deserve? 1 sought to see
what others were saying.
I saw a very interesting piece
written by Morris Kelly from the
Huffington Post. In his article, Kelly
makes the clear point that Long's
efforts to avoid a public trial practi-
cally scream that the man is guilty
of something. Given the magnitude
of these allegations, even the tiniest
amount of guilt immediately paints
him as a hypocrite of the worst pro-
portions. It may even make him into
a child molester, since these boys
were teens when they allege that
some of the sexual interactions took
The stunning reality that an indi-
vidual who's been granted so much
of the public trust would go out of
his way to hurt children might be a
wake-up call for those in the black
church who act as if their pastors
can walk on water. Also, the extent
to which Long is guilty of any of
this leaves me disappointed that he

spent so many years attacking,
insulting and admonishing law-
abiding members of the gay com-
munity who've never done him any
Long needs to explain clearly
why he is avoiding a public trial.
As Kelly correctly notes, an inno-
cent man wants the trial to be public
so that the world can see that his
accusers are making false allega-
tions. A person who asks to settle
things behind closed doors may be
hoping that he can salvage a small
piece of his reputation and rely on
the blind faith of those who've been
convinced that he can do no wrong.
Long is a smooth talker, as are many
heads of the black church. The ques-
tion is not if he is an imperfect man.
Instead, it is a question of just how
deep are those imperfections.
It must be noted that if the media-
tion doesn't work, a trial will then

take place. But if the mediation is
successful, then the plaintiffs attor-
ney will get her money, and Long
may then get his privacy. While
both parties may be satisfied with
this particular outcome, they should
realize that they aren't the only
stakeholders in all of this. The thou-
sands of members of the New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church and
those who've trusted Bishop Long
with their souls and their children
need to know the truth.
For some, a private settlement
would be okay. But for a spiritual
leader and man of God, there is a
higher standard. Long owes his fol-
lowers a public hearing to address
the allegations against him. If he
didn't do anything to those boys,
then such a trial would fully clear
his name. But if the unthinkable did
occur, he certainly has reason to

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Senior Pastor

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The Word from the Sons
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Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
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The Summerbrook Choir
PRIDE Book Club savors the season PRIDE Book Club, northeast Florida's largest book Praise filled Christmas Extravaganza at Summerbrook Summerbrook Health Care
club of people color, has remembered the 'reason for the season' with the purchase of a crib for a needy fam- Center hosted their 11th Annual Christmas Extravaganza on Sunday, December 12, 2010. The event was kicked
ily during the holidays. The purchase was part of the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of North off with a tree lighting and well wishes by the center's CEO DeWayne Harvey. The evening of packed entertain-
Florida "Cribs for Christmas campaign. Among the members present for the presentation shown above are ment included performances by Evergreen Baptist Church Choirm Good Sherpherd M.B.C., Ronald Vicker,
(L-R) Standing: Vanessa Boyer, Ingrid Fluellen and Jennifer King,Donna Padgug and Justina Lockley. Seated: Praise Dancers of St. Thomas, Brenda Albertie, Emanuel M.B.C., Armour of God Steppers and Summerbrook's
Priscilla Williamson and Felice Franklin. For more information on how to donate or participate, call 854- own host choir. Elder Tyrone Brown served as Master of Ceremony of the event that was filled with spirit and
7100. Greg Miller photo. praise for both residents and their special guests. R. Silver photo

Tackling the myths of diet and diabetes for African-Americans

Living with diabetes isn't easy: it
demands overall lifestyle changes,
especially when it comes to food.
But like anything else when it
comes to health, there are probably
just as many myths about what dia-
betics should and shouldn't eat as
there are facts.
Do you know the difference?
True or False: Eating Too
Much Sugar Causes Diabetes
False. While the exact causes are
not totally understood, it is known
that simply eating too much sugar is
unlikely to cause diabetes. Instead,
diabetes begins when something
disrupts your body's ability to turn
the food you eat into energy. Why is
this a problem? Basically, your
body breaks down much of the food
you eat into glucose, a type of sugar
needed to power your cells. A hor-
mone called insulin is made in the
pancreas. Insulin helps the cells in
the body use glucose for fuel.
Here are the most common types
of diabetes and what researchers
know about their causes:
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the
pancreas cannot make insulin.
Without insulin, sugar piles up in
your blood vessels. People with
type 1 diabetes must take insulin to
help get the sugar into the cells.
Type 1 diabetes often starts in
younger people or in children.
Researchers believe that it may
occur when something goes wrong
with the immune system.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the
pancreas does not make enough
insulin, the insulin does not work
properly, or both. Being overweight
makes type 2 diabetes more likely
to occur. It can happen in a person
of any age.
Gestational diabetes occurs dur-
ing pregnancy in some women.
Hormone changes during pregnan-
cy prevent insulin from working
properly. Women with gestational
diabetes usually need to take

insulin. The condition may resolve
after birth of the child.
True or False: You Need to
Eat Special Diabetic Meals.
The truth is that there really is no
such as thing as a "diabetic diet."
The foods that are healthy for peo-
ple with diabetes are also good
choices for the rest of your family.
Usually, there is no need to prepare
special diabetic meals.
The difference between a dia-
betes diet and your family's "nor-
mal" diet is this: If you have dia-
betes, you need to monitor what
you eat a little more closely. This
includes the total amount of calo-
ries you consume and the amounts
and types of carbohydrates, fats,
and protein you eat. A diabetes edu-
cator or dietitian can help you learn
how to do this.
Will you need to make changes to

what you now eat? Probably. But
perhaps not that drastically.
True or False: Carbohydrates
Are Bad for Diabetes
False. In fact, carbohydrates -- or
"carbs" as most of us refer to them -
- are good for diabetes. They form
the foundation of a healthy diabetes
diet -- or of any healthy diet.
Carbohydrates have the greatest
effect on blood sugar levels, which
is why you are asked to monitor
how many carbohydrates you eat
when following a diabetes diet.
However, carbohydrate foods
contain many essential nutrients,
including vitamins, minerals, and
fiber. So one diabetes diet tip is to
choose those with the most nutri-
ents, like whole-grain breads and
baked goods, and high-fiber fruits
and vegetables. You may find it eas-
ier to select the best carbs if you

meet with a dietitian.
True or False: Protein is Better
than Carbohydrates for Diabetes
False. Because carbs affect blood
sugar levels so quickly, if you have
diabetes, you may be tempted to eat
less of them and substitute more
protein. But too much protein may
lead to problems for people with
The main problem is that many
foods rich in protein, such as meat,
may also be filled with saturated
fat. Eating too much of these fats
increases your risk of heart disease.
Protein should account for about
15% to 20% of the total calories
that a diabetic eats each day.
True or False: You'll Need to
Give Up Your Favorite Foods
False. There is no reason to give
up your favorite foods on a diabetes
diet. Instead, try:

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Changing the way your favorite
foods are prepared.
Changing the other foods you
usually eat along with your favorite
Reducing the serving sizes of
your favorite foods.
Using your favorite foods as a
reward for following your meal
True or False: You Have to Give
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False (thank goodness)! You can
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Use artificial sweeteners in
Cut back on the amount of
dessert. For example, instead of two
scoops of ice cream, have one. Or
share a dessert with a friend.
Use desserts as an occasional
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Preparing a special holiday dinner doesn't have
to be complicated. Use the recipes and tips
provided here or log on to publix.com.

For a 4 1/2-lb rib roast (8 servings) prepare roast
following recipe instructions; begin the roast
about 3 hours before you would like to serve.

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Remove your roast from the oven when your
meat thermometer-inserted into the thickest
part (not touching bone or fat)-reaches 145F
or desired temperature.

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medium onions Roast (4-5 Ib)
4-oz) bag baby potatoes 1 teaspoon kosher salt
lery ribs 3/4 cup horseradish sauce
blespoon fresh rosemary 1 1/2 teaspoons
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blespoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon coarsely
ground pepper

* Preheat oven to 4750F.
* Cut carrots, onions, potatoes, and celery into 1-inch pieces.
* Chop rosemary (leaves only); set aside.
1. Combine vegetables and olive oil until evenly coated;
transfer to medium-size roasting pan. Season roast on all sides
with salt. Place roast on rack arranged over vegetables (wash
hands). Place roast in oven and immediately reduce heat to
3250F. Bake 1 hour.
2. Combine rosemary, horseradish sauce, Worcestershire, and
pepper. Remove roast from oven. Coat roast with horseradish
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3. Transfer roast to cutting board; transfer vegetables to serv-
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Total Time: 20 minutes
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2 Ib fresh green beans
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 cup sliced almonds

1. Microwave green beans (covered) on HIGH
4-5 minutes or until almost tender.
2. Preheat large saute pan on medium-high
2-3 minutes. Place butter and seasoned salt in
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3. Add green beans; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or
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Total Time: 25 minutes
(Makes 8 servings.)
6 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese
8 Publix Bakery Potato Rolls
4 teaspoons herb garlic butter, divided
1 (24x12-inch) sheet aluminum foil

1. Preheat oven to 450F. Cut cheese into 3/4-inch-
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open slightly.
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each roll; top cheese with 1/2 teaspoon of
the butter.
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up foil sides; then double-fold top and
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When rolls and
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Flipping Through

CthSe FreePreLLss

the ree ress


On the eve of our twenty-fifth anniversary, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join
us as we glimpse back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.

Jamese Quiller, a Ribault Graduate
was chosen as B-CC's Miss Junior 2002.

Jacksonville Resident Herbert "Herb" Barnhill, played for the
Jacksonville Red Caps in the Negro Leagues, His career
spanned 12 years. He is shown above in a file photo sharing some
of his memorabilia.

The creators of Blacksonville. com, Michael Jones
and Jermyn Shannon share their inspiration for
their entrepreneurial spirit.

-I $F1" "The Meninak Club presents their 6th Annual Leadership Grant Awards
Barbara Young, Rebecca Williams, Derya Williams, Taffeta Young (Bride to be) to Oana Condorateanu-Oroveanu, Courtney J. Patterson, Rohit. Agarwal,
and Carlottra Slayton (Hostess) pose at the wedding shower of the honoree. Elizabeth Ann Brotman and Christina Isipconde.

Atty. Tosha Andrews, is one of the participants in
the annual FCCJ Job Fair sponsored by Cong.
Corrine Brown.

Connie Butler tests Emmitt Alexander at the Clay
County's NAACP Come Together "Promoting Health
Initiatives Health Fair.

Sf l Atty. Victor Murray is all smiles as daughter, Victoria Murray, Miss Delta
Lawrence Walton (rear) attends the Project Male Conference with Teen 2001-2002, presented a special Fathers Day tribute "What about the
his kids Jawayne, Jawren and J'wroyce. "The Importance of Children" at a Evening of Elegance sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Fatherhood." The series of workshops was sponsored by River Region
Human Services. 1 0 .

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=Screening i* Stion, Food. E71eraimme//,

Otis Story, CEO of Shands Jacksonville is shown above with Selena
Webster- Bass, Director of Shands' Family Practice Center &
Community Medicine at a Health Explosion held to show Community
Holistic Approach. (Shown below are some other participants)

Wanda Jackson, Family Support Worker, Healthy Families

Emmanuel Appiadu-UNF RN Student poses with "X
Bobby Marcus of the Shands Jacksonville Community Reginald Bythewood talks with Lindsay Fields, Aprile Morrison and Larry Reese as they
Education & Wellness Center. visit the Community Outreach booth for Florida Kid Care at the Health Explosion.

Theodore Holmes, with jazz great Herbie Mann and Joe
Moseley at a CD signing held at the Ritz Theater.

Soil & Water Comm. Rahman Johnson with supporters on the steps of City Hall
announcing the clearance of charges brought on him by fellow commissioners for ille-
gal use of a cell phone in this 2002 photo.

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Shown above at the Ritz Theater Wall of Fame dedication honoring
JTA's first Black bus drivers are Janice Sampson, Amos Ealy (retired
JTA & Ilonoree) and JTA Director Michael Blavlock.

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Jacksonville Jaguars defeat Oakland Raiders

Lee and Clanzetta Brown

Investigations show Haitians locked out of rebuilding process

by M. Mendza, APNW
Out of every $100 of U.S. con-
tracts now paid out to rebuild Haiti,
Haitian firms have successfully
won $1.60,according to a recent
investigation by the Associated
Press in a review of contracts since
the earthquake on Jan. 12. And the
largest initial U.S. contractors hired
fewer Haitians than planned.
There are many reasons for the
disparity. Among them, US AID is
more familiar with some U.S. con-
tractors and gave out some no-bid
contracts out of urgency, and fears
the corruption that is rife in Haiti.
On the Haitian side, there is a limit-
ed understanding of U.S. govern-
ment practices.
But using foreign aid to give local
companies contracts is one of the
most important aspects of recon-
struction, says Clare Lockhart,
chief executive officer of the
Institute for State Effectiveness.
"You can't just provide manual
jobs. You need to contract with
companies so that the middle tier
managers and owners of companies
have a stake in the legal system and
rule of law, and ultimately a stake in
the success of their political system
and their economy," she says.
Of the 1,583 U.S. contracts given
so far in Haiti totaling $267 million,
only 20 worth $4.3 million are
going to Haitian-owned companies.
And an audit this fall by US AID's
Inspector General found that more
than 70 percent of the funds given
to the two largest U.S. contractors
for a cash for work project in Haiti
was spent on equipment and materi-
als. As a result, just 8,000 Haitians

a day were being hired by June,
instead of the planned 25,000 a day,
according to the IG.
The contractors, Development
Alternatives Inc. of Bethesda, Md.
and Chemonics International of
Washington D.C., which received
more than $31 million each in no-
bid contracts said they had
employed 25,000 Haitians a day.
Now, they said, 10 months after the
earthquake, "priorities have
evolved beyond a focus on tempo-
rary employment," a program that
has paid Haitian workers $18 mil-
lion in wages.
Economists say giving contracts
to local businesses creates jobs,
which help build the private sector.
Also, most donors would rather see
local businesses thrive than foreign
companies profiting from a disaster.
But there are many hurdles to
signing a contract with Haitians.
The first is a no-bid process: 25
percent of the contracts went direct-
ly to U.S. contractors without even

giving Haitians a chance to bid on.
them, sometimes because the needs
were so urgent there wasn't time to
go through a formal bidding
process. In addition, some govern-
ment requests for local Haitian sub-
contractors and expertise are pub-
lished only in English, limiting
many Haitians who speak Creole.
Also, at times of catastrophe, it
can be easier to use an established
contractor with a strong record than
a previously unknown local one.
The Haitian economy was so deci-
mated by the earthquake that it was
hard at first even to get wood or
traps for shelters without importing
them. Now, even though there are
Haitian companies providing many
products and services, the pattern of
using foreign ones continues.
The unprecedented promise of $9
billion in aid, with the U.S. as a top
giver, at first raised hope of rebuild-
ing and even of a new and brighter
future for the tragedy-prone island.
But fewer than 10 percent of those

funds have made it past the
"promise" stage.
While Chemonics and DAI are
the largest single recipients, the
bulk of the funds have gone to belt-
way contractors as well: firms in
Virginia received the most funds of
any state, $45.3 million, followed
closely by Maryland, $44.6 million.
Another $31.7 million went to com-
panies based in D.C.
The U.S. foreign aid contracts to
Haiti since the earthquake have
gone to an array of almost entirely
U.S.-based goods and services,
from bullet-proof vehicles ordered
Nov. 18 by the Centers for Disease
Control from a Miami-based firm to
$24,000 in dental supplies for US
Navy medical providers in June
from a Chesapeake, Va. firm. Yet
bullet-proof vehicles and dental
supplies are available from Haitian
companies, according to the non-
profit Peace Dividend Trust.
The lack of local spending in
Haiti is similar to that in most other
countries receiving U.S. aid,
although economist Werker said
Haiti is likely at the low end of the
spectrum. But Rees contrasts Haiti
with Afghanistan, where backed
by Peace Dividend Trust U.S.
Army General David H. Petraeus
ordered his commanders to "Hire
Afghans first, buy Afghan products,
and build Afghan capacity."
The results in Afghanistan are
encouraging: A recent study found
that 37 percent of $2 billion in
annual international aid is now
being used to buy locally-produced
Afghan goods and services, up from
31 percent a few years ago.

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
What to do from social, volunteer; political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

New Stanton Class
of 1955 Meeting
The New Stanton Class of 1955
will hold a meeting on Friday,
December 17, 2010 at 4 p.m. The
meeting will be held at the
Bradham-Brooks Library in
Conference Room A and B.

Clothes Give-a-way
The Jacksonville Local Organi-
zing Conunittee for the Millions
More Movement will have a free
clothes Give-A-Way on Saturday,
December 18th at 916 N.Myrtle
Ave., between Kings Road and
Beaver Street from 11 a.m. 4:30
p.m. If you have any questions or
just want to learn more about the
MMM,visit www.jaxloc.org., or
call 240-9133. Financial and other
donations are always accepted.

Motown Xmas
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 765-7372.

Raines Class of
1976 Meeting
The Raines Class of 1976 will
meet on Monday, December 20,
2010 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be
held at the Bradham-Brooks
Library in the Community Room.

Jaguars vs.
Washington Redskins
12/26/10 EverBank Field 1 p.m.

Kwanzaa Celebration
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.

Ricky Smiley
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.

Cong. Brown
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.

Free Evening
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.

Stanton Class
of 1945 meeting
The Stanton class of 1945 will
meet on Saturday, January 8, 2011
at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be
held at the Bradham-Brooks
Library in the community room.

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.

Old Timers MLK Day
The Old Timers will have a trib-
ute and celebration to the memory
of Ronald Elps on MLK Day,
Monday, January 17th. The event
will include a Youth Basketball
Tournament and Old Timers
Football Game featuring DJ Roach.
Bring your own grill. All children
will eat free. For more information,
call Cookie Brown at 405-3723.

MLK Parade
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.

Stanton Class
of 1942 meeting
The Stanton class of 1942 will
meet on Friday, January 14, 2011
at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held
at the Bradham-Brooks Library in
the community room.

Stanton Class
of 1947 meeting
The Stanton class of 1947 will
meet on Tuesday, January 18th
noon. The meeting will be held at
the Bradham-Brooks Library in the

Community Room. The purpose of
the monthly meeting is to maintain
contact with class members and
preparation for the upcoming annu-
al class reunion.

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 a
dialogue on the state of racism and
prejudice in NE Florida. Expert
panelists will discuss workplace
prejudice, racism, class and "pimp-
ing 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.
Call 888-525-2299 xll7for info.

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-

Zora Neale Hurston
Festival Bus Trip
On January 29, 2011, the Clara
White Mission will sponsor a bus
trip to the Zora Neale Ilurston
Festival in Orlando, FL. The bus
will leave the Clara White
Mission atl :30 a.m. and depart
Orlando at 7:30 p.m. Bus cost
includes transportation and refresh-
ments. For more information call

The Royal
Comedy Tour
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.

Legends of
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.

Diana Ross in concert
Music icon Diana Ross will be in
Jacksonville for her "More Today
Then Yesterday" greatest hits tour.
It will be held on Friday, March 4,
2011 at 8 p.m. in the Times-Union
Center Moran Theater. Tickets start
at $58. Call ticketmaster for tickets.

Harlem Globetrotters
The world famous Harlem
Globetrotters will be doing an expe-
dition game in Jacksonville on at 7
p.m. on March 11th. It will be held
in the Veterans Memorial Arena.
For tickets or more information,
contact Ticketmaster.

Jacksonville Blues
The Jacksonville Blues Festival
featuring Mel Waiters, Sir Charles
Jones and more will take place on
Friday, March 11th at the Times
Union Center. Contact Ticketmaster
for tickets and showtimes.

Become a better public speaker
The Jacksonville Toastmaster's Club invite the community to become e a
better public speaker by joining them at their weekly meetings from noon
to 1 p.m.. They are held at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority,
Administrative Building located at 14201 Pecan Park Road on the 2nd
Floor in the Training Room. For more information, call 904-741-2226 or
E-mail jhkern@comcast.net

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Festive holiday parties highlight First Coast Christmas season

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Jeannie Hardwick, Tamer Britton, Wilma Louray, Vivian Hill,
Euelyn Jackson, Annie Cooper Sr, and Beverly Stone.

Stanton Class of 1952 Shirley Harris, Aletrice Harris, Dewitt Cooper, Victoria Terrell, Thelma Johnson, Marvin Mitchell, Vivian
Hill, Rose Jones, Trixie Andrews, Clement Hall, Delores Saunders, William Young, Freddie McLendon, Dennis McLendon, Constance Young,
Brodes Hardley, William Bryant, Ruby Williams and Laura Lee. FMP photo


Susan Harper, Vickie Bellamy, Bernice King, Victoria Terrell, Athea
Wilson, Valnita Smith, Gary Kitt, and Rose Jones.

Yuwonga Thornton, Judy Bullock, George Moses ,Valencia Moses,
Joan Demery, Aletrice Harris, Vanesee Mungin and Trixie Andrews.

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Dennis McLendon, Freddie McLendon, Shirley Harris, Janet
Brunson andVeronica Jennings.

Naomi Johnson, Dorothy Carson, David Williams, Vondonner
Williams, Ruby Williams and Robbin Ingram.

Clovia and Lucious Lewis, Marvin and Marva Mitchell, Juanita
Wilson, Laura Lee, Gwendolyn Patterson and Delores Sanders.

,Jiicne Johnson, Theliiia Johnson, Thelma Hall Clement Hall, Jesse
Bryant, Taunya Bryant, Jacquelyn Hartley and Brodes Hartley.
The Stanton Class of 1952 recently held their
annual Christmas Party at the Clarion Hotel at
the airport. In addition to enjoying Christmas
Carols and fellowship, each classmate also
invites several guests to partake in the festivi-
ties. Shown above are the classmates and
their guests for the festive Bluedevil celebra-
tion. FMP Photos

Andrew Jackson Class of 1973 enjoy semi-annual gathering

The home of Kenneth and Debra Lewis was the backdrop for the Andrew Jackson Class of 1972. The festive classmates enjcoy gellting together twice a year. Shown above at the event arc: Carl Jones, Harold Felder, Earl Woods,
Algie Jackson, Lynett Harley, Ferando McGhee, Carolyn Anderson, Betty Felder, Gail Hires, Sherine Bolden, (Carl Bradford, Angette Perkins, Laverne I lawkins, Kenneth Lewis, Marcia Stamper, Gloria Smith, Vivian Bradford,
Nathan Lennon, Lou Brady, Patricia Randolph, Dawn Bailey, Sharon Martin, Alfreda Davis, Freddiw McQueen, lHenery Davis, Gail Nixon, Debra Jones Lewis, Lva Frazier, Lawerence Johnson, Bertha Johnson, Barbara Todd,
Deborah Bailey, Lelean Bradford, and Frank M Powell. IM'P photo

Michael Steele
Continued from page 4
"I got the fried chicken and pota-
to salad."
Many African-Americans saw
nothing funny in Steele's comment.
In his eagerness to attack Obama,
Steele said last summer that the
Afghan war was a "war ofObama's
choosing." Evidently everyone

except Michael Steele knows that
the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
were initiated by George W. Bush
in retaliation for the September 11
attacks on the World Trade Center
in New York and the Pentagon.
Though quick to attack President
Obama even when the facts
proved him wrong -- Steele was
even quicker to defend ridiculous
statements by conservatives and
genuflect for Rush Limbaugh.

Playing to the ridiculous views of
birthers who contend that President
Obama was not born in the United
States, Steele defended an assertion
by former House Speaker and
potential Republican presidential
candidate Newt Gingrich that
Obama may hold a "Kenyan, anti-
colonial view."
On his short-lived CNN program,
comedian D.L. Hughley called
Rush Limbaugh the "de facto

leader of the Republican Party."
Steele strongly disagreed, saying:
"-'inl the de facto leader of the
Republican Party."
Steele dismissed Limbaugh as an
incendiary entertainer. Hut after
iimbaugh lashed out at Steele on
his radio program, Steele backed
off, saying "Maybe I was a little bit
inarticulate." -le added, "What I
was trying to say was a lot of peo-
ple...want to make Rush the scape-

goat. the bogeyman, and he's not."
Ironically, the Republican Party
Ihas grown more conservative dur-
ing Steele s tenure. That had more
to do with a Tea Party movement
thal challenged both moderate and
conservative Republican incum-
bents thain a leadership failure on
Steele's partt.
Meanwhile, Black voters were not
eating from Steele's political menu.
In ('act, the share of Blacks voting

Republican in congressional races
decreased from 11 percent in 2006,
the previous off year election, to 9
percent in November.
Michael Steele could not offer
enough chicken and potato salad to
change that outcome. And nor is the
likely outcome of next month's bal-
loting likely to favor Steele.
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Willow Smith and Justin Bieber on Tour in 2011
Willow Smith hit it big with ,f .
her debut song "Whip My Hair"
and is now getting ready to take .*
the world with Justin Bieber on .
tour starting in 2011.
The nine-year-old star revealed
the news on Twitter..
"Got news that my big bro V
(ajustinbieber invited me on his '
European Tour in March. so exciting! Maybe 1'll let Jaden come.,"she
A Willow joining Justin tour doesn't come as as surprise after she unex-
pectedly popped up at Justin's sold-out concert at L.A.'s Staples Center in
October earlier this year.
Now the two will be in Europe together next year.
Ja Rule to Serve Two Years in Gun Case
He's due back in court for sentencing in February, but
Ja Rule has reportedly struck a plea deal with prosecu-
tors that will see him do two years in prison after
pleading guilty in his gun case, reports MTV.
The charges stem from a gun bust in July 2007, when
both Ja and Lil Wayne were arrested separately fol-
S "A lowing a concert performance.
The Murder Inc. star pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of
a weapon, a class D felony in the second degree.
"Minor setback for a major comeback," Ja tweeted after reaching the
Ja Rule is expected to be sentenced in February, following a court appear-
ance that same month to report his progress to the judge.
Chilli Back for a New Season of Love
Chili needs to find love once again, so she's get-
ting ready to start up the next season of her VH1 .
series, "What Chili Wants." She and her partner in
crime, Tionna Smalls, are going to be gearing up
to test the men who are lined up for a date with -
The new season premiere's Sunday, January 2,
2011 at 9:30pm.
"In the second season of 'What Chilli Wants,'
Tiomnna takes to the road on a nationwide search to focus on 'high value'
targets that will not only turn Chilli's head, but open her heart as well,"
VH1 states. View a sneak peak of the show staring Dec 27 at VHl.com.
Jackson fans trying to stop autopsy special
Michael Jackson fans have launched a petition to
keep the Discovery Channel from airing the special
"Michael Jackson's Autopsy: What Really Killed
Michael Jackson" next month in the U.K.
The MJ Justice Project and MJ Children group has
received about 1,500 signatures so far, short of its
goal of 50,000 to keep what is being desired as a
gruesome reenactment off the air, according to the
Hollywood Reporter.
The group calls the special "an affront to human
dignity," and says, "This type of sensational and unscrupulous reporting
can only cause harm."
Jackson's posthumous album, "Michael," is due in stores Tuesday.
Chris Tucker Set to Make Film Comeback in The Rabbit
Variety says funnyman Chris Tucker may making
his comeback in movie Warner Bros recently
bought called "The Rabbit."
The action-comedy focuses on a Las Vegas magi- .-<|
cian and escape artist who flees the country and
takes on work for hire, in the process breaking
loved ones and clients out of prison.
Although not many details have been released,
many people are suspecting that the movie will be a similar style to the
Robert De Niro movie "Midnight Run."
Tucker's last film 2007's "Rush Hour 3" in which he reprised his role
as Detective James Carter from the 1998 and 2001 comedies.
TI. Emails and Talks Twice Daily to His Wife from Prison
Although T.I. is behind bars, isolated from the free world, he stays in con-
stant contact with his partner in crime and wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle.
According to the former Xscape singer, the couple is in touch every day
whether through email or telephone.
"He called me checking in," she told Atlanta radio station V103. "He told
me to tell you 'thank you and everybody thank you.' I told him I was com-
ing up here so he wanted me to tell everybody thank you for going out to
buy [his new album, 'No Mercy'] and getting in and supporting him."
Tiny explained that her hubby calls twice a clay and is able to contact
her through the Internet, limited to email, which is the extent of his online

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He recently released I.i' .AIbuiii
"M r. Isley," and ha, .1 i ii.i',
nomination for one .1 ilie ke'
tracks: a duet w Ailal \ith.i /
Franklin on the classic '', I. e
Got a Friend."
"I was always fasL .i.d .i ,
how this man who i.lde I ".'
his first song in 1951,
was able to reinv nv
himself decade aft.t,
decade after decade,"
said Antonio "L.A.'
Reid, chairman .--
Island Def Jam, which released
Isley's latest project. "This man is
as much of an icon as Mick Jagger.
This man is as much of an icon as
Elton John ... Stevie Wonder."
While Isley's name isn't as iconic
as those men, there's a strong argu-
ment that his music has been as
influential. As part of The Isley
Brothers, his contributions to music
have been formidable: "Fight the
Power," "Between the Sheets," "For
the Love of You," "It's Your Thing"
and "That Lady" have become pop
and soul classics and, through sam-
pling, hip-hop favorites over five
And when other veterans found
themselves singing cover tunes to
remain relevant, Isley connected
with a new generation through the
gangster alter-ego Mr. Biggs, link-
ing with R. Kelly, Lil Kim and oth-
ers to generate hits.
Isley had just released an album
with his brother Ernie, "Baby
Makin' Music," and had another hit,
"Just Came IHere to Chill," when he
was sentenced in 2006 to three
years in prison for failure to pay

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