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BLACK WEL K LY
Blacks leaving large cities
More and more it seems that the big city is just not making it anymore
as far as African Americans are concerned and are either moving out or
not moving in. This could affect African-American political power
according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau's population census.
The population of the nation's capital now exceeds 600,000 residents,
53 percent of whom are African American, and there has been a gain of
nearly 30,000 new Washingtonians since a decade ago. But, according to
Census Bureau data, much of the increase is due to an ongoing influx of
Hispanics and Whites moving into the city.
According to the Washington Post, Blacks in D.C. face being a popula-
tion minority in the city by the time of the next census in 2020.
In New York, the number of Blacks leaving the city has exceeded the
departure of Whites since 2000, and as a result, that city has now suffered
an overall decline in Black population for the first time in history. Los
Angeles has also seen its Black population shrink from around 18 percent
in 1970 to 9.9 percent four years ago.
Though a growing number of people are seeking out warmer climates,
census results show that Blacks appear to be returning to family roots in
the South or relocating to suburbs near the cities they are leaving.
Poll shows President tops "most
admired", Oprah falls behind Palin
For the third straight year, President Barack Obama ranks as the man
most admired by people living in the U.S., according to an annual USA
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most-admired woman
for the ninth year in a row, edging out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
and TV host Oprah Winfrey, as she did last year.
Hillary Clinton has been the most-admired woman in the poll 15 times
since 1992, when she first appeared following her husband's election as
president. She leads this year with 17 percent, followed by Palin with 12
percent, Winfrey with 11 percent, and first lady Michelle Obama with 5
The poll, released this week, asked respondents what man and woman,
living anywhere in the world, they most admired. Rankings from one to
10 were based on total mentions and reported in percentages.
Obama has been the poll's most-admired man since his election in 2008.
With 22 percent choosing him, Obama leads his predecessors, George W.
Bush, with 5 percent, and Bill Clinton, with 4 percent.
Five people killed in New
Orleans in 24 hour period
Between 10:30a.m.last Monday morning and Tuesday night, five peo-
ple were killed on the streets of New Orleans, La.and three men were
injured by gunfire. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpa noted that until the
past weekend -- when two men were killed -- there hadn't been a fatal
shooting in New Orleans for about two weeks. Now there are five, and
just in time for the holidays.
Man charged with felony for reading
his wife's e-mail to track an affair
A Michigan man is now facing up to 5 years in
prison for reading his wife's e-mail to find out if
she was having an affair.
Leon Walker, 33 has been charged with a felony
after reading Clara Walker's GMail account on a
laptop the now-divorced couple shared. He goes to
trial in February.
Oakland County prosecutors used a state statute
Leon Walker typically used to prosecute crimes like identity
theft or stealing trade secrets, the newspaper says.
Leon, Clara Walker's third husband, found out in an e-mail that she was
having an affair with her second husband, who was once arrested for
beating her in front of her small son. He showed the e-mail to that son's
father, her first husband, who filed an emergency motion to obtain cus-
"I was doing what I had to do," Leon Walker, a computer technician,
tells the Free Press. "We're talking about putting a child in danger."
Leon Walker says he routinely used the computer and that she kept all
of her passwords in a small book next to it. "It was a family computer,"
he says. "I did work on it all the time."
San Francisco 49ers
Fire Coach Mike Singletary
Mike Singletary made a name for himself as a
coach with that bold "I want winners!" declaration
more than two years ago.
Ultimately, he didn't produce enough victories to
The Hall of Fame linebacker was fired by the San
Francisco 49ers on Sunday night after two disap-
pointing seasons, including a 5-10 showing this year
for a franchise that expected to win the NFC West.
The team made the announcement upon returning to the Bay Area after
the game several hours after San Francisco was eliminated from playoff
contention with a 25-17 loss at St. Louis. Defensive line coach Jim
Tomsula was promoted to interim coach and will run the team in the sea-
son finale at home against Arizona.
Volume 24 No. 12 Jacksonville, Florida December 30 January 12, 2011
Elected officials, activists, preachers, and representatives from the NAACP flanked educational expert Dr. John Jackson of the Schott
Foundation at the press conference held in front of the Duval County School Board designed to spearhead a course of action for change.
Only 23% of Black males graduate in Duval County
Jacksonville reached a new stage
of shock when it was revealed in
September of this year that only
23% of Black males in the Duval
County School System graduate.
The "Yes We Can" report by the
Schott Foundation revealed that
Duval County is one of the poorest
school districts in the nation when it
comes to the graduation of Black
Declaring that the dismal gradua-
tion rate for black males in Florida
is "critical and unacceptable," State
VI WR -
Florida elects Jennifer Carroll as first Black
Lt. Governor After spending tens of millions of his own dollars,
new Florida Governor Rick Scott won the hearts of Florida voters, bring-
ing with him his running mate, Jacksonville area politician Jennifer Carroll
as Lt. Governor. The post makes her the state's highest elected official of
color in the history of Florida. The highly contested November election
also said goodbye to Cong. Kendrick Meek who came in third in his bid
for the senate and to Alex Sink, who campaigned against Scott.
Senator Anthony "Tony" Hill, Sr.
spearheaded a press conference
launching a movement to turn
things around in Jacksonville.
The outcome included a series of
meetings with a proactive plan that
will consider mentoring initiatives
and other ideas among the public
and private community to improve
the matriculation rate.
EWC President resigns, fori'er
sheriff appointed interim presde-t
Dr. Claudette Williams
Less than three years after the city
joined in a month long of activities
celebrating the inauguration of
Edward Water's Colleges first
female president, Dr. Claudette
Williams, the endeared president
resigned to take a job with a college
The school's Board of Directors
appointed former Jacksonville
Sheriff Nat Glover, a 1966 Edward
Waters graduate, as interim presi-
dent in May whose administration
theme is "EWC on the rise."
Glover stepped into big shoes fac-
ing extreme challenges including
low student enrollment, a 12%
graduation rate and a fragmented
faculty due to dismissals by the pre-
Beloved spiritual leader Bishop Tom Diamond une
Within 24 hours of what some
have said to be his most powerful
sermon, church members and
friends were shocked to learn of the
untimely passing of Bishop Tom E.
Diamond, Senior Pastor of
Abyssinia Missionary Baptist
Bishop Diamond led the church
for over twenty-six years. His final
sermon entitled "How to stay calm
in the midst of the storm"on
October 31st preceded his heart
attack the following morning.
During his two plus decade
tenure, he transformed the church
from its' humble roots on Kings
Road to a 10 acre facility on the
Northside garnering millions to
serve the social service needs of the
He nurtured Abysinnia's mem-
bership from 600 in 1984 to a
mega-church with over 4,000 mem-
His homegoing included two
wakes and over three hours of sei -
ices that was fit for the spirit1.iil
king that he was. In addition t,
thousands of faithful parishionie-
and the spiritual commun.I..
Bishop Diamond will forever be
mourned by his wife of 46
years, Lois B. Diamond and
two sons that followed in his
ft.i..ltep. Rev. Roderick
Diamond and Rev. Eugene
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lack & Jill adopts a military family for the holidays
Kwanzaa celebrated on the First Coast Culturally conscious participants
from around the First Coast converged on the Ritz Theater to celebrate the third day of Kwanzaa called Ujima,
which focuses on the principle of "Collective Work and Responsibility".Kwanzaa is an African-American and
Pan-African cultural holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. It is celebrated from Dec. 26 thru
Jan. 1. The celebration was free and open to the public and featured spoken word, soloists, the Diamond Dancers
and two showings of the documentary "The Black Candle." Other celebrations including an opening at Edward
Waters College and the closing event at the Beaches. Shown above is first time participant Ms. Geraldine Green
making her contribution to the fruit table.
Shown at the presentation are (L-R): Rick Cannington, Kim Holloway, Brian Holloway, Chapter President Shauna
Ray Allen, Austin Cannington, Mearys Hestick-Greene, Kenneth Lewis, Kenneth Lewis Jr., TaWanna Lewis, Jennifer
Ream, Debbie Cannington, Kayla Lewis, Ashley Cannington, Brian Holloway and Brandon Holloway.
The Jacksonville chapter of Jack adopt one military family to spon- Chapter President Shauna Ray
& Jill recently participated in their sor for the yuletide season. Allen thanked the Lewis family for
organization's regional service Chapter mothers donated clothes, their service to the country as the
project "United We Serve" during money, gift cards and toys to a very members showered the family with
the holidays. Their goal was to deserving family. Christmas week, bags of gifts, gift cards and cash.
In words and food, Maya Angelou reflects on this special time of year
For Maya Angelou, the holidays
bring family and friends to the table
to eat, to laugh. and to one-up each
"This is a time when people get to
'show out,' as my grandmother used
to say," says Angelou, poet, mem-
oirist and civil rights icon. "Moe is
going to try to out cook Joe. It
becomes amusing and delightful."
Angelou, whose second cook-
book, Great Food, All Day Long,
features holiday-worthy dishes such
as crown roast and prime rib,
helped a generation understand why
caged birds sing. But what about
how to make prefect veal chops?
"I'm a cook, a serious cook," she
says. "I plan meals not only for their
nutritional value, but for their beau-
ty. I plan them around who's going
to eat them and when. It's ceremo-
nial, for jubilation or commiserat-
ing over something."
Which makes Angelou's cooking
very much like her writing. The 82-
year-old Pulitzer winner approach-
es the kitchen with the same respect
for ingredients that she gives her
"You have to examine and be
familiar with every element," she
says. "So you should know a red
pepper, what it will do in a skillet
with a tablespoon of olive oil, how
it will look. How if you give more
heat what will happen to it. You
know the materials well."
Despite a fractured childhood
shuttling between the families of
her estranged parents, Angelou
learned to cook much the way
everyone wishes at her grand-
"She would say 'Now sit down "My grandmother didn't know
and watch me.'" Angelou says. "I anything about that," says Angelou,
loved her so much that I fol- who was usually put
lowed her "" in charge of the
a r o u n d scrubbing and chop-
People would ping of vegetables.
say, 'You got "I learned both
your shadow I a. techniques."
with you again.' Cooking can be
I watched her ':. a gateway to cre-
carefully." activity of all
When Angelou .,. kinds, Angelou
lived with her s says, if you pay
mother as a careful attention
teenager, she to the craft. "I
watched again, ask folks to
learning shortcuts read poetry, to
like using a gas re d it aloud, so they
stove and making can hear the music, the melody of
shortcake with store-bought cake, it," she says. "I would encourage a
luxuries her grandmother in rural person who wants to cook to buy
Arkansas didn't have. cookbooks."
Angelou estimates her own cook-
book collection at somewhere
around 300 volumes.
And at this time of year, she says,
cooking for others takes on a deep-
er meaning. "When a person cooks
for me, I like to think of the cooking
itself as a gift," she says. "I'm
always glad and really so grateful to
anyone who cooks for me. And I
love to cook for others."
Angelou cooks for her friends,
Hall of Fame songwriters Ashford
and Simpson, every Christmas,
when she is their guest. As per tra-
dition, she creates the dessert,
sometimes a trifle, sometimes a
chocolate cake, but always some-
thing festive. Her other tradition
involves people she has never met,
and likely will never meet again.
"I like to spend one day during
the holidays either serving food at a
shelter or preparing food to be
given to one," she says. "We're told
in the Judeo-Christian bible that it's
more blessed to give than to
receive. And sometimes we just
Now "82 plus," as she says, the
Pulitzer winner has seen Christmas
changes over the decades. And
though like many people she is con-
cerned about the commercialism of
the holiday, she says she still loves
the other sentiments it inspires.
"I like that families still try to
come together," she says. "Quite
often when we go to homes, to give,
we find a lot of young people, black
and white, washing dishes, trying to
seriously be part of the community
and to justify the space they occu-
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Shown above is little Tara Killian with Bethel Pastor, Bishop
R.W. McKissick, Jr., as her family waits in line Christmas morning.
Bethel feeds 600 families Christmas morning
On Christmas morning, members of the Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church reached out to the Jacksonville community by distributing 600
grocery bags including hams and turkeys.from 9 a.m. noon. Bishop
McKissick Jr., joined by his family, welcomed the families and invited
them back for services. Recipients included neighboring apartment com-
plexes, missions and shelters. R. surer photo
#1 Earthquake in Haiti
The magnitude-7.0 earthquake
that struck Haiti on Jan. 12 was a
grim way to ring in 2010. Almost a
quarter million perished, with hun-
dreds of thousands more sustaining
brutal injuries. Of those lucky
enough not to lose their lives, 1 mil-
lion lost their homes, flooding
Haiti's countryside with the dis-
placed. In the aftermath, the costs
of confronting a cholera epidemic
and rebuilding still-leveled city
centers are quickly outstripping for-
eign aid. Sadly, the aftermath is
bound to be a 2011 story as well.
#2 BP Oil Spill
Beginning with an explosion that
killed 11 people in April, the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill gushed
for three months before it was
capped. By that time, almost 200
million gallons of oil had been
dumped into the fauna-rich Gulf of
Mexico. The region's fishermen
found their catches mostly inedible,
with some fisheries and oyster
houses actually closing, making our
nation's greatest environmental
tragedy a financial catastrophe as
well. The cleanup created jobs, but
few of those went to minorities.
Just two years after putting
Barack Obama into office,
American voters took to the polls
on Nov. 2 and voted roundly against
his party, spurred on by months of
fringe fearmongering and concerns
about the economy. In the end, the
Democrats lost just six Senate
seats, keeping their majority, but
gave up 63 House seats, tipping the
balance of power in Congress back
to the GOP. For the next two years,
expect a monolithic Republican
voting bloc to promote gridlock and
thwart the president's ambitions.
#4 Health Care Reform Passes
Hughes Family Christmas For the past 19 years, the Hughes family Christmas is somewhat of a mini family reunion. The
December holiday is commemorated with a festive brunch consisting of siblings and their children, grand children and friends. Shown above in atten-
dance are Linda Norris, Tyrone Malone Jr, Jakoby Gelsey, Zelma Hughes, Dan Hughes, Ivy Paige, Briana Hughes,Tyleshia Malone, Ty'Jon Malone,
Takara Manning, Peggy Malone,Leonard Wilson, Takesha Hughes, Corey Stephens, Patricia Hughes, Ronnie Boatwright Sr, Willie Broom, Tyrone
Malone III, Cynthia Wilson, Trevon Conway, Ernest Stephens, Zara Stephens and Ronald HLughes : Ai'h,, m
Nearly 100 years ago, Teddy
Roosevelt made health care reform
a major thrust of his campaign for
president on the Progressive Party
ticket. Though Roosevelt and sub-
sequent presidents were unsuccess-
ful, Obama picked up where his for-
ward-thinking predecessors left off,
and in March, the Affordable Care
Act became law. The law includes
several programs that will be espe-
cially beneficial to African
Americans. The government esti-
mates that more than 30 million
more people will get medical insur-
ance because of health care reform.
# 5 Sherrod-Gate
On July 19, USDA executive
Shirley Sherrod was forced to
resign after a video of her surfaced
on far-right activist Andrew
Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, in
which she appeared to be making
racist comments. The NAACP
denounced her, and she was hastily
canned. Sherrod was exonerated
when the original video emerged,
showing that Breitbart had manipu-
lated footage to smear her.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
offered her a new position, but she
rejected it. The NAACP apolo-
gized, too. Sherrod now travels the
country speaking about diversity.
#6 Black Jobless Rate
Though the economic slowdown
has caused devastation across the
globe, no group in America has
been hit harder than the black com-
munity. Overall, the national unem-
ployment rate has hovered around
10 percent for months now, but
black unemployment is significant-
ly higher, at 16 percent. And for
black men, that number jumps to
more than 20 percent. With jobs
numbers looking grim, 2011 is
looking to be another bad year for
African Americans seeking work.
#7 NAACP vs. Tea Party
At a convention in Kansas City,
Mo., in July, the NAACP passed a
resolution condemning "extremist
elements within the Tea Party."
Though largely ceremonial, the res-
olution sparked outrage by Tea
Party leaders, some of whom
accused the NAACP of being racist.
Tea Party Express leader Mark
Williams had to step down after
saying that the NAACP should go
to "the trash heap of history" and
writing a racist "satirical" open let-
ter. Though highly publicized, the
resolution couldn't stop the Tea
Party's momentum with voters.
In August of this year, President
Obama signed a bill that was a long
time coming for many black nonvi-
olent drug offenders. Introduced in
late 2009, the Fair Sentencing Act
narrowed, but didn't eliminate, the
sentencing disparity for possession
of crack and powder cocaine. Since
1986 the disparity had been 100 to
1 in an effort to curtail the crack
epidemic of the late '80s. Now the
disparity is 18 to 1. Republican
Senate Judiciary committee mem-
bers refused to agree to eliminate
the disparity completely.
# 9 Charlie Rangel Censured
After being found guilty of 11
infractions by the House ethics
committee -- including not paying
taxes and not disclosing hundreds
of thousands in assets -- 21-term
Rep. Charles Rangel was censured
in December by a vote of 333 to 79.
A censure is the most serious pun-
ishment, short of expulsion, that a
congressperson can face. Rangel
admitted to violating House rules
but pleaded for leniency and said
that he never tried to "enrich" him-
self. The scandal forced him from
his post atop the powerful House
Ways and Means Committee.
#10 Bishop Eddie Long Sued
Eddie Long is the much esteemed
head of the New Birth Missionary
Baptist mega-church in Lithonia,
Ga., where he presides over 25,000
worshippers weekly. An advocate
of "curing" homosexuality, Long
surprised his congregation when, in
September, news broke that he
faced accusations of sexual coer-
cion from four young men, who
claim Long used his power to
intimidate them into sexual rela-
tionships. Long denied all the
charges, but he recently opted for a
private mediation, meaning that the
publicwon't halr, his defense or any
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the Annual MLK Parade
"Economic Justice for All Americans"
This year's Grand Marshalls will -_
be the black bus drives who broke i
the color line to integrate the
Jacksonville, Florida city bus line.
These pioneers of 1960 and 1961
will be honored at Metro Park
on January 17, 2011.
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Parade registration is $25.00. The parade route begins at the Federal Reserve Bank (Jefferson &
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r s Free P s
Wow, it's amazing how time flies
when you are having fun or simply
living life. Taking care of your
family, going to work everyday,
paying bills etc. you know every-
Seems like every year I say the
same thing "Where did the year
go?" I am trying to remember what
my New Year's resolutions were
last year and considering that my
weight is the same or heavier -
that's one unkept resolution.
But before we start talking about
resolutions for 2011 let's take a
look back and see what happened
in 2010. But with so much to talk
and so little Free Press column
space, we will have to hit some of
2010 started off with a bang. Or
should I say a major rumble?
Perhaps the biggest story of the
year was the earthquake in Haiti in
According to the Haitian govern-
ment an estimated 230,000 people
died from the quake with another
300,000 injured and over one mil-
But that proverbial silver lining
in this dark cloud may be the fact
that Haiti will be rebuilt physically,
and perhaps politically and social-
ly. After the infusion of internation-
al resources, Haiti will certainly be
forced to change. Prior to the earth-
quake Haiti was considered one of
the most corrupt nations in the
Although the country has been
plagued with problems since it
gained it independence from
France, the nation has a very proud
history. Most may not realize, but
Haiti became the first black repub-
lic to declare independence in
by Sylvester Monroe, TR
With the repeal of the controver-
sial "Don't ask, don't tell" policy
that prevented homosexual soldiers
from serving openly in the U.S.
military, ratification of the new
START Treaty and a surprise 11th-
hour passage of the 9/11 first
responders' health care bill,
President Obama is being hailed as
"the Great Compromiser." But just
a couple of weeks ago, after the
passage of the president's compro-
mise tax- cut extension, many of
Obama's unhappy supporters --
including some in his own party --
were bashing him for repeatedly
caving in to increasingly brazen
Even once-doting, man-on-the-
street African Americans were
questioning his intestinal fortitude.
I've heard a number of people use
street vernacular to refer to the
president as "a punk".
Compromise, it seems, has
become a dirty word, and the art of
giving something to get something
is for wimps. Statesmanship be
damned. Despite the president's
stunning political victories last
week, U.S. politics today is increas-
ingly conducted in an all-or-noth-
ing arena, where getting less than
everything on one's agenda every
time is scored as a total loss.
No one, including many of the
nation's leading media pundits,
seems willing to give any credit at
Let's not forget
The BP Oil Sp
Mexico this year
in terms of death
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that the spill was
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nearly $100 billion
restitution to busi
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criticized, he dida
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story of the year
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as much of a big
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housing index re
home prices fell
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As I wrote abo
this year as the
so does polite
Democrats took a
my will have to ir
if President Obam
all for partial achievement.
Republicans have made it their top
priority to make sure the president
fails at all costs, and Democrats see
his willingness to reach across the
aisle and seek compromise as a sign
of weakness. In fact, until last
week, the president had received
very little credit for having accom-
plished more in 2V2 years than any
chief executive in recent memory
while placing the interests of Main
Street Americans above partisan
Such Obama bashing only bol-
sters the argument that American
politics is badly broken and
increasingly ineffective. But the
real losers are neither Democrats
nor Republicans, but impression-
able young Americans. Instead of
learning the virtues of fair play and
compromise, young people are get-
ting the message from Washington
(and elsewhere) that winning at all
costs is always better than making a
deal for the greater good of the
nation. So much for the banners
that once hung prominently in
schools all over this country pro-
moting the principle that more
important than winning or losing is
how we play the game.
Instead, young Americans see
political leaders at the highest lev-
els of government going at each
other as if they were playing a kick-
ass-and-take-names video game in
which the only objective is to
destroy your opponent and win the
game any way you can. Of course,
it's not just politics where poor
examples are being set for young
people. And it didn't just start with
the assaults on this president. It's
been happening in the United States
for a long time.
Remember the mother of a high
school cheerleader in Texas who
hired a hit man to kill the mother of
her daughter's biggest rival? Or
Olympic figure skater Tonya
Harding, who tried to boost her
chances for victory by getting
someone to kneecap her principal
rival, Nancy Kerrigan? Not to men-
tion the almost-regular occurrence
of professional athletes abusing
steroids and other illegal drugs to
help them win.
Last week, Barack Obama was as
graceful a winner as he was a loser
on Nov. 3, when his party suffered
a humiliating political beating in
the midterm elections.
"Compromise by definition means
taking some things you don't like,"
he said after signing the ratified
START Treaty, which had been
held hostage by GOP opponents,
who would not allow it to come to
a vote unless the tax cut was
extended for those making more
than $250,000 a year. "But the
overall [tax-cut extension] package
that we passed is the right one."
And that's an example Americans
of all ages can be proud of.
about Haiti. a chance of being re-elected.
ill in the Gulf of Perhaps the most controversial
was not as tragic issue of the year was the Arizona
hs as the Haitian Immigration law. The Grand
ts impact on the Canyon state passed an immigra-
d economy has tion law that many felt was the
biggest set back to civil rights since
of the dozens or segregation,
panies associated Many of you may recall Arizona
industry or Gulf was one the last hold out state to
ll is the worst in recognize the MLK holiday. I'm
good news was sensing a pattern here.
s eventually con- The new immigration law essen-
ill end up paying tially makes it a crime to be present
)n in clean up and in the state of Arizona if you are
nesses and home- undocumented. Doesn't it sound
if. like some old Western?
dent Obama was Speaking of civil rights issues -
a great job of put- the Jacksonville City Council got
in place to man- involved in an issue that bordered
ts of the spill. on racism.
y that the biggest One of the mayor's appointees to
was the fact that the Jacksonville Human Rights
tinues to struggle Commission was University of
slowly. Noith Florida professor Parvez
say that the Ahmed. He was criticized or better
md in Congress is yet interrogated at the Rules
story considering Committee and asked questions
o they were boot- like if he would defend the U.S.
ice like Martin Constitution?
Pam and Tommy He was also asked about his past
ent. religious affiliations. The entire
still continues to issue centered on Ahmed being a
s. As the housing Muslim, and was stirred up by a
so will the overall local anti-Muslim group. Note to
*ding to a new "some" Council members it's
leased this week, 2010, not 1910.
1 in the nation's This year we also saw the death
itan areas from of many great Americans. And
ctober, with six since we are talking about civil
w lows. rights, you can't ignore the passing
out several times of the Lioness of the Civil Rights
economy goes Movement Dorothy Height at the
ical leadership. age of 98. For some, she may not
a spanking in the be a household name, but she truly
is, and the econo- was a driving force in the move-
mprove quite a bit ment for racial justice and equality.
la is going to have A local civil rights and religious
leader passed this year as well,
Pastor Tom Diamond of Abyssinia
Baptist Church was a passionate
fighter and will be missed.
On the education front: Former
Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover
took over as interim President at
Edward Waters College. Glover is
an alumnus and well respected
throughout Jacksonville, which
will definitely help the school with
fundraising and recruitment.
After taking over he hired former
school board member and local
attorney, Brenda Priestley Jackson
- a good move considering her
strong community ties and passion
After passing the legislature,
Governor Charlie Crist vetoed the
controversial teacher tenure bill
Amendment 4, which gave him a
campaign boost amongst teachers.
Unfortunately, it didn't do much for
his overall chances in the race for
U.S. Senate he came in last place
The "Don't ask, don't tell" gays
in the military policy was in the
news quite a bit this year. And after
the courts essentially ruled that the
policy was unconstitutional,
Congress and the President passed
legislation to change the rules
regarding gays in the military.
The new policy is "Please don't
tell us, but if you do we'll figure
out what to do about it."
The sporting world also had an
interesting year. The Winter
Olympics were a big hit and the
United States did really well. The
World Cup was an even bigger hit,
despite those stupid horns being
blown the entire time.
Lebron James became a Miami
Heat, and Bret Favre came back for
another season. University of
Florida head football coach Urban
Myers resigned again, and the
Jags passed on Tebow in the NFL
Like I said so much to write
about so little time. So until next
year, as Don Cornelius would say,
"I wish you love, peace and soul."
Happy New Year!
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Diatribes on life in the African-Atnerican Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood
Lessons from the great compromiser
F L ROR IDEA'S FIRST COAST QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY
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What will it take to
start taking Black I
I just had my annual physical. Every December or January I make it a
point to have one. Even after my healthcare provider, some years back,
said that I did not need a yearly physical, I ignored them.
While I was awaiting my doctor, I had an unusual and disturbing con-
versation with a nurse who I see when I come for appointments. She was
very distraught and told me that she was changing jobs (in the medical pro-
fession) for several reasons but what troubled me was how unsettled she
was about the condition of Blapk American health.
I assumed that she was talking about the statistics with which many of us
are familiar, such as the discrepancy in treatment for blacks vs. whites, or
the higher rates of prostate cancer among black men compared with white
men. No, that was not actually what she was talking about. She said, "Mr.
Fletcher, our people are just not taking care of themselves."
Once she had started to talk there was no stopping her. She was both
angry and sad at the condition of Black American health. She spoke with
me about how patient after patient refuses to come in for important tests;
that when notified about special clinics, e.g., diabetes, too many Black
patients take a pass; and that appointments that are made, are so quickly
I listened to her and said that there seems to be a high level of denial
when it comes to health among too many African Americans. A friend of
mine, I mentioned to her, who had a history of colon cancer in his family,
refused to get checked out, even after he had presented with troubling
symptoms. By the time he was checked out he was in Stage 4 colon can-
cer and subsequently died.
There is a perverse approach to health that many of us suffer from. If the
problem were only that people could not afford healthcare, this could be
addressed by political demands to expand healthcare coverage (Note:
Which we will need to do in any case given the weaknesses of the health-
care reform legislation passed in 2009 and the potential threat to it by the
Republicans). But that is not what my nurse was talking about. She was
addressing the problem of people who HAVE healthcare coverage but are
in utter denial of the need for regular checkups, screening, preventive care
and addressing problems as soon as they occur.
Too many of us seem to be operating on the basis of the notion that it is
better to not know. I understand that once you find out the truth your life
may change. An associate of mine, years ago, refused to get an HIV test
after his wife was tested positive for HIV and later AIDS. He never, to my
knowledge, got the test, despite pleas from his wife. I am sure that he is
no longer with us.
While we can make excuses for not taking care of ourselves, e.g., we
have too much going on in our lives, at the end of the day it does not add
up. Leaving aside the many contributions most of us can make if we lead
good, productive, long lives, what about those who depend on us? Or is
this really about some sort of collective death wish that emerges from
despair about the conditions in which we find ourselves? In either case, it
is prematurely taking away from the collective us, those we need and love,
and leaving in its place a low-intensity sadness that becomes so very hard
I was told a story recently of a woman who was diagnosed with breast
cancer. It was at the stage where she was informed that she needed a mas-
tectomy. She refused on the grounds that men would no longer find her
attractive following such an operation. Needless to say, she died. I kept
wondering who she left behind when she passed away and whether her
appearance actually mattered when she was in her casket.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy
Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, and the co-
author of "Solidarity Divided." He can be reached at papaq54@hot-
Decembe 30 -WJnuary ,
To eeryhingthee a sasoIa imI~le andlac
Vernon Baker, Soldier
Belatedly received Medal of
Honor for World War II valor at the
age of 77 from President Bill
Clinton after being denied the
award because he was black. He
passed away July 13 at the age of
Ron Banks, Entertainer
A member of the legendary R&B
soul group The Dramatics, died of
a heart attack in Detroit. He was 58.
His group produced such hits as "In
the Rain," "Me and Mrs. Jones"
and "Get Up and Get Down."
David Blackwell, Mathematician
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David Blackwell, Educator Manute Bol, Athlete
A pre-eminent mathematician and Retired NBA player and Sudanese
the first Black scholar in the humanitarian. Manute Bol passed
National Academy of Sciences, away at the University of Virginia
died at 91 of natural causes. Hospital in Charlottesville. He was
Blackwell was the first tenured 47. He was being hospitalized for
Black professor at University of severe kidney trouble and a skin
California, Berkeley, where he condition, prior to his death. He
taught for nearly 35 years, worked to bring help to Sudan
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Solomon Burke, Singer
Legendary singer Solomon Burke died in a Dutch airport of an apparent
heart attack in October. He was 70. Burke, a Grammy Award winner and
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee whose hits include "Everybody
Needs Somebody to Love" and "Cry to Me," was in the nation for an
upcoming show. He left behind 21 children, 90 grandchildren and 19 great-
James E. Cheek, Educator
James E. Cheek, a former presi-
dent of Howard University, died in
a North Carolina hospital on
January 8, 2010. He was 77.
Cheek, who served as president
from 1968-1989, is credited with
several major renovations on cam-
pus, and increasing the university's
budget by more than $350 million.
Cheek was awarded a Presidential
Medal of Freedom in 1983.
Gary Coleman, Actor
42. One-time child star Gary
Coleman died in Provo, Utah, after
suffering an intracranial hemor-
rhage and falling into a coma. He
was 42. Coleman, best known as
the star of the hit '80s sitcom
"Diff'rent Strokes," was hospital-
ized for two days before he died.
He was born with two failed kid-
neys, and by age 14 he had under-
gone two transplants.
Harold Dow, Journalist
Reporter Harold Dow died in
August. He was 62. The veteran,
award-winning journalist, who
helped create the CBS documen-
tary program "48 Hours," passed
away after suffering an apparent
Harvey Fuqua, Singer
Singer, songwriter and record pro-
ducer Harvey Fuqua, an early men-
tor of Marvin Gaye, died in July.
Fuqua was 80. He died of a heart
attack at a Detroit hospital. In 1958,
his first hit with Harvey and the
Moonglows, was the "Ten
Commandments of Love," that
same year. Motown Records hired
Fuqua to develop recording talent.
Walter Hawkins, Singer
Walter Hawkins, a Grammy
Award-winning gospel singer,
composer and pastor from
Oakland,Ca. died on July 11 at his
home in Ripon, Calif He was 61.
The gospel great, whose career
spanned four decades, was behind
such hits as "Oh Happy Day,"
"Going Up Yonder," "Changed"
and many more. Hawkins was
fighting pancreatic cancer.
African-American business com-
munity leader and former Parks
Sausage Co. chief executive offi-
cer, Raymond V. Haysbert Sr., died
in May at age 90. Haysbert led the
Baltimore Urban League as well as
Parks, the first Black-owned busi-
ness to go public in 1969.
Lena Horne, Entertainer
Legendary jazz singer and actress Lena Home
passed away at age 92 at New York-Presbyterian
Hospital in May. In the 1940s, Home was one of the
first Black performers hired to sing with a major
White band, and when she signed with MGM, she
was among a handful of Black actors to have a con-
tract with a major Hollywood studio.
Dorothy Height, Rights Pioneer
The nation lost a civil rights icon
on April 20 with the death of
Dorothy Irene Height. She was 98.
Height was the president of the
National Council of Negro Women
for 40 years, and was awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom in
1994 and the Congressional Gold
Medal in 2004.
Benjamin L. Hooks, Activist
85. An attorney and pastor who
became the South's first black
state trial court judge since
Reconstruction and then led the
flagging NAACP in a strong
rebound where he served as
Executive Director from 1977-
1992. He passed April 15.
Gregory Isaacs, Singer
Reggae star Gregory Isaacs, best
known for his classic "Night
Nurse" album, passed away at his
London home after a battle with
lung cancer. He was 59. Called the
"Cool Ruler" for his smooth sound,
Isaacs had battled drug addiction
and creator of the annual
Ebony Fashion Fair
traveling fashion show,
died on January 3. She
was 93 years old. Mrs.
Johnson, who also
served as the secr'et- ,
and treasurer of
J o h n s o n ,' r. :'..
began her world-
famous fashionii .,
show in 1961 to .- 4/
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metics sported by ,'-- :'
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Teena Marie, Singer
R&B Soul singer Teena Marie, whose 1980s hits
include "Lovergirl" and "Square Biz," passed away
this year at the age of 54. Nicked named "Lady T,"
she was a prot6g6 of funk legend Rick James and a
talented overall performer who played rhythm gui-
tar, keyboards and congas. Cause of death is cur-
Teddy Pendergrass, Singer
Legendary soul singer Teddy Pendergrass, known for monster hits such
as "Close the Door" and "Love T.K.O.," died in suburban Philadelphia at
age 59. The singer's son, Teddy Pendergrass 11, says his father died at Bryn
Mawr Hospital after having a "difficult recovery" from colon cancer sur-
gery in prior months.
Albertina Walker, Singer
Gospel great Albertina
Walker passed away from res-
piratory failure at RML
Specialty Hospital in Chicago.
She was 81. Known as "The
Queen of Gospel," Walker
founded the legendary gospel
group "The Caravans," which
launched the careers of other
greats Shirley Caesar and .
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Vespers and New Years Eve Praise
Party at Palm Coast in December
The First Church of Palm Coast are hosting 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 message.
First Church, under the pastoral ministry of the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, is
located at 91 Old Kings Road North. For more information call (386) 446-
New Year Services at Greater Grant
Greater Grant Memorial AME is also inviting the pubic to ring in the New
Year with them with worship service on Friday, December 31st. The wor-
ship experience will begin at 10:00 p.m. with refreshments immediately
following the service. The church is located at 5533 Gilchrist Road
(Sibbald Avenue @ Gilchrist Road); Reverend F.D. Richardson, Jr. is the
pastor. Call (904) 764-5992 for more information.
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 Linda Jackson-Bell at (904) 713-0973.
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.
Faust Temple end of the year revival
The Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, located at 3328 Moncrief Rd.,
will be hosting an End of Year Revival With Pastor Carlos Hutchison, an
anointed man of God from Panama City, Fl. The Revival begins Wednesday
December 29th thru Friday December 31st. Wednesday and Thursday starts
nightly at 7:30p.m. and Friday Watch Night services begin at 10:00 p.m.
The public is welcome to come out and be revived, delivered and set free
and to start the New Year out praising and Blessing God for his wonderful
Central Metropolitan CME St. Paul A.M.E. holds Fresh Start with
New Year's Worship Experience
Join Pastor Clarence Kelby Heath and members of Central
Metropolitan Christian Methodist Episcopal Church at 4611 North Pearl
Street on Friday, December 31, 2010, at 7:00 pm for New Year's Worship
Experience. Rev. Alton McGriff, Pastor of Hosley Temple CME Church is
the guest speaker.
Sunday School celebration January 9th
The Sunday School Department is planning to celebrate Central
Metropolitan CME Church 114th Sunday School Anniversary, Sunday,
January 9, 2011. 'Teaching the Word from Generation to Generation" is the
theme and the scripture is (Colossians 3:16 KJV)
The public is invited to unite with Central on the Pearl Tuesdays 6:00 pm,
Prayer Time, 6:30 pm Bible Study, Wednesdays, 12: 00 pm Bible Study,
Wednesday at 2:00 pm the Feeding Ministry, and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm
Temple Physical Maintenance, Sister Jackie Johnson, Instructor. Classes
are free and open to the public. For more information, call 904-354-7425.
New Years Services and Revival
at Greater Refuge Temple
The Greater Refuge Temple will host its New Year's Eve Service on
Friday, December 31, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. The night will include anointed
singing and a special message. Bishop Gentle Groover & District Elder
Kenneth Groover welcome everyone to fellowship with them during the
final service of 2010.
New Year Revival
The Greater Refuge Temple will welcome Dr. Joseph Dawes of London,
England on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. and bring a prophet-
ic word for the new year. The public isencouraged to attend. The Church is
located at 1317 Rowe Avenue (at the corner of Lem Turner and Rowe
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
Evangel Temple, located at 5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL. 32205,
will be having a New Years Eve Communion Service on December 31st at
Watch Night at Jerusalem Missionary
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church (Southside) under the direction of
Reverend Brian C. Campbell, will have a Watch Night Service on Friday-
December 31, 2010 at 10:00 p.m., For more information call, 396-0855.
The church is located at 2935-1 St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, FL. 32207.
Seeking the lost for Christ
-Matthew 28:19-20 i i h
S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a4m. Sunday School
Pastor Landon Williams
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sumday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
* *A Full Gospel Baptist Church *
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
Many of you who live or grew up
in Black communities in the United
Stateshave probably heard of
"Watch Night Services," the gather-
ing of the faithful in church on New
Year's Eve. The service usually
begins anywhere from 7 p.m. to 10
p.m. and ends at midnight with the
entrance of the New Year.
Some folks come to church first,
before going out to celebrate. For
others, church is the only New
Year's Eve event.
There is a reason for the impor-
tance of New Year's Eve services in
African American congregations.
The Watch Night Services in
Black communities can be traced
back to gatherings on December 31,
1862, also known as "Freedom's
Eve." On that night, Blacks came
together in churches and private
homes all across the nation, anx-
iously awaiting news that the
Emancipation Proclamation actual-
ly had become law. Then, at the
stroke of midnight, it was January
1, 1863, and all slaves in the
Confederate States were declared
Service Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr.
The Saint Paul AME Church family will begin the New Year with contin-
ued faith, praise and a new resolve to keep Christ at the center of their min-
istries and their lives. With this as their focus, a "Fresh Start Commitment
Worship Service" will be held on Sunday January 2, 2011 at 6 p.m. Bishop
Rudolph McKissick, Jr., Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church, will be the guest speaker. Friends, churches and surrounding com-
munities are extended a warm welcome to share in this worship experience.
This hour promises to be one of the most spirit-filled uplifting and inspir-
ing occasion witnessed by worshippers at St Paul. The church is located at
6910 New Kings Rd. The Rev Dr. Marvin Zanders is the Pastor. Contact the
Church office 764-2755 for additional information and transportation
Baptist Ministers plan MLK Events:
Celebration Service & 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Cash prizes will be awarded to
winners in addition to a 1 year family membership to all participants.
Watch Night Services
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Watch Night church services began in 1862 with blacks awaiting the
enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation of New Year's Day, 1863.
legally free. When the news was
received, there were prayers, shouts
and songs of joy as people fell to
their knees and thanked God.
Black folks have gathered in
churches annually on New Year's
Eve ever since, praising God for
bringing us safely through another
It's been 148 years since that first
Freedom's Eve and many of us were
never taught the African American
history of Watch Night, but tradi-
tion still brings us together at this
time every year to celebrate "how
we got over".
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace 0
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
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Shown above (L-R) are Jacksonville Chapter of Links, Inc members Patricia Bivins, Stephanie Scott,
Brenda Simmons, Geraldine Smith, Terry Scepter, (seated) Claudette Williams and Patricia Mitchell. TA
Jacksonville Links support sisterhood and scholarship Enjoying an evening of cul-
ture, celebration and entertainment were members of the Jacksonville Chapter of Links at the recent United Negro
College Fund Evening of Stars viewing. Celebrated locally at the Ritz Theater, the evening included a cocktail
reception and fellowship in support of the nation's historically Black colleges and universities. Locally, Edward
Waters College benefits fi-om UNCF funds. In addition to regularly supporting philanthropic efforts, the institu-
tion's president is also a member of the Links chapter.
Shown above is Laura Dunwoody, Ann parker, Margaret Dyson, Geraldine Griffin, Dorothy Floyd, Mary
Ann Pearson, Marie Wells, Patricia Pearson and Francina King. Seated are honoree and teacher emeritus
Alma Daniels and Conni Neal.
Alma Daniels lauded for 20+ years of teaching God's word For over twenty years,
Mrs. Alma Daniels has faithfully reported on Sunday mornings to Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, not only as
a member, but also as a teacher. In honor of her dedication, colleagues and many of her former students celebrat-
ed her dedication to the Living Faith Church School Class with a luncheon held in her honor.
Shown above is (L-R) Pat Lockett-Felder, Roy Campbell, Elizabeth
Means, andJoan Turner who all assisted in the event.
Locket -Felder presents 3rd Annual Mothers Day
Luncheon Community trustee Pat Lockett-Felder joined forces with
friends and community leaders to present her 3rd Annual Mothers Day
Luncheon. held in honor of seniors in the community. The free catered
event is an afternoon of fellowship, prizes and fun.
Young artist wins scholarship and con-
gressional honor Congresswoman Corrine Brown's 3rd
Congressional District's Annual Art Contest was held in May at Florida
State College at Jacksonville Taking home top prize was Douglas
Anderson Junior Bahja Denard (center) shown above with her parents
Reginald Wilson (left) and Marsha Wilson (right). In addition to winning
a scholarship, her award winning painting Beautiful Mind will hang in the
Women of Color present 6th annual Ebony & Ivory Gala
Honoree Dr.C.B. McIntosh throws out the first pitch at the "Rounds
at the Grounds" Softball Game TMA photo
Docs battle at Rounds at the Grounds to
bring awareness to infant mortality epidemic
In recognition of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, the
Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition hosted more than 30 area med-
ical professionals in an inaugural 70-minute softball game. Dr. C.B.
McIntosh, Jacksonville's first African- American pediatrician, threw out he
first pitch. at the "Rounds at the Grounds".
The Women of Color Cultural Foundation presented their 6th annual Ebony & Ivory Gala honoring local women and their contributions in the
Jacksonville community last weekend at the Omni Hotel.The celebration commemorates the organization's tenth year of service to the community. This
years honorees, shown above include: Betty Burney, Lolita Massengill, Dr. Alesia Ford-Burse, Elba Howington, JuCoby Pittman- Peele, Rosabel Lenim
Hill, Atty. Ava Parker, Rocelia Gonzalez, Lian An and Glenda Bonnet Hopkins. FMP
to give back to alma mater
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Shown above are "Still Raines" team members (L-R) Tammie Shown above is Ben Greene administering the test for sickle cell to
Cannon McGriff ('85), Casey Barnum ('88), Mrs. Deborah Norman, Michelle Evans at the 2010 Black Expo.
Tia Mackey Leathers ('99), Emanuel Washington ('90), Will Williams Thousands educated, entertained
('85) and Steven Mackey ('85).
Raines High School Alumnus
Casey Barnum ('88), feeling
moved and motivated by the recent
negative mainstream headlines
plaguing his alma mater, has joined
with fellow alumni to make a dif-
ference. Accompanied by Tammie
Cannon McGriff ('85), Barnum
presented his idea of "Still Raines"
to current principal George Maxey,
Guidance Department Head
Deborah Norman and Alumni
Association President Anthony
The program would include
'hands on' pride instilling assem-
blies hosted by alumni in addition
to a mentoring initiative.
and enlightened at 2010 Black Expo
Thousands of Jacksonvillians turned out in throngs last weekend for the
annual Black Expo. Held at the Prime Osborne Convention Center, tile day
long event included workshops, celebrities, entrepreneurs, food, health fair
and even a hair competition. New to this year's festivities was a hair com-
petition for area stylists and a choir competition. Visiting celebrities
included Tamela Mann and Mr. Brown of "Meet the Brown's" fame and
Wendy Raquel Robinson and Jose Sanchez from "The Game". The theme
was "Faith,Family and Fun ".
Donavan Trimble and Torrence Johnson show off their door prizes.
"Man up for Health inspires men to take the lead
in their lives The inaugural Man Up for Health Summit, which was
held June 11-12 at Ribault High School, was a call for men to "man up"
and take control of their health.
100 Black Men and Mentees of Jax Journey to
Fort Lauderdale for Confab The 100 Black Men of America,
Inc. held their 24th annual conference in June in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
The theme of this year's conference was "Mentoring Across a Lifetime."
The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. participated by sending three del-
egates, four mentees and three additional members. Shown above at the
conference are .1100 members : Ronnie King, mentoring chairman, Col.
Robert Porter, president, Eugene Darious and Charles Griggs. Mentees
pictured (L-R) : Michael Thompson, (13), Orbi Richardson (15), Tyliek
White (9) and Corey Thomas (9).
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Shown above at the podium is Rev. Kelly Brown flanked by Councilman Johnny Gaffney, JSO Officer
Wayne Clark and Roslyn Phillips from the Mayor's Office. FMP Photo
Pastors pledge to hinder violence through preaching
The first week of January kicked nessing the bulk of the city's violent people," says Reverend Kelly
of with fifty local pastors estabish- crimes, they chose the corner of Brown who spearheaded the effort.
ing a coalition saying it's time to Myrtle Avenue and Moncrief Road Rev. Brown is senior pastor at
head out of church and into chal- to make the announcement. Greater Mt. Vernon Missionary
lenging crime. With Jacksonville's "What we want to do is preach in Baptist Church located near
urban Northside community wit- a fashion that changes the hearts of Edward Waters College.
Amateur chefs raise thousands for UNCF and AKA- Over 150 culinary tasters converged
on the Omni Hotelin June to support the United Negro College Fund and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for their
Men Who Cook event. Local amateur male chefs brought their best talent forward preparing a dish of their choice
for the fundraiser. Shown above (L-R) are judges Chef Alvin Harvey and AKA Chapter President Bonnie Atwater
with Pedro Cohen who won the competition portion. His dish of Crab cakes with sweet mash potatoes topped with
a spicy tropical mango salsa garnered the top prize. TMA photo
Old Timers Continue Tradition in Honor of Ronald "Track" Elps
Community trustee Ronald "Track" Elps, may have left this earth, but the memory and tradition he helped establish will live on. Motivated
by his memory and dedication, friends and colleagues came together and continued the Annual Old Timer 's Football Game in his honor on the
King Holiday. Shown above are some of the event organizers Victor Nelson, Nathaniel Farley, Shortie Robbins of the City of Jacksonville, James
Brown, Jerome Elps, Sr., and Marvin Roach. Ms. Robbins who helped secure trophies and plaques for the events also presented a plaque for
his dedication to the event. It will be held again on January 17th 2011 at Charles "Boobie" Clark Park.
Jacksonville Links add new members to their ranks
Known for their philanthropic efforts throughout the community, the Links. Inc. added eight new members to their local chapters (Bold City
and Jacksonville) this year. Joining the ranks of America's premiere service organization for Black women were (L-R) Adrian Conrad, Chandra
Jordan, Thelecia Wilson, Ann Gayle, Alice Vinson,Willetta Richie, Sharon Wamble-King and and Gail Kenney. a. Miller ,photo
Local legendary athletes honored during Black History Month
Bob Hayes legacy continues Second generation runner fol-
lowing in the footsteps of her mom, sixteen year old Erica Jenkins won the
300 hurdles race in a time of 43.50. Miss Jenkins was a junior at Wolfson
high and has been running track since her freshman year. She was one of
the hundreds of competitors at the Bob Hayes Invitational Track Meet held
at Raines High School. The Meet, which highlights track and field now it's
47th year, is named after Jacksonville Olympian Bob Hayes. Cameron photo
Shown above in recognition of the founding members accepting on
behalf of their parents (L-R): Gwen Takeall (Mary Smith Robinson),
Rev. Dr. Robert Mitchell (Nedia Mitchell), Deloris Ashley (Josie Watts
Ashley) and original founding member Mattie Chappelle Campbell.
Vie Liedo celebrates 50 years
The Vie Liedo Ladies Social Club
held its 50th Anniversary this year
in tribute to their four founding
members.The organizations was
founded in 1960 in Jacksonville by
area African-American teachers.
The teachers formed the social
bond to meet after work at least
once a month during segregation.
They held their meetings at vari-
ous homes on a rotating basis with
numerous guests invited to share in
the cultural and social events
planned. They still exist today.
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Andreniki "Nikki" Dawson, were inspired and motivated by the annual
February Dreamers weekend hosted by Steve Harvey at Walt Disney
World. The students and one parent joined 100 others from around the
country for an all expense paid weekend designed to inspire, motivate and
thrill teens. In addition to enjoying their choice of Disney Parks, the youth
had a full roster of events and activities with celebrities and experts.
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Knights of Peter Claver
celebrate Mardi Gras
Shown above local politicos (L-R) Mayoral hopeful Warren Lee,
Cong. Kendrick Meek, Sen. Tony Hill and Alvin Brown joining Meek
during his campaign stop in Jacksonville. FMP photo
Meek seals the deal with
petition victory in Jacksonville
U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick
Meek celebrated the completion of
his campaign's history making
drive to qualify for the ballot by
petition with supporters in
Jacksonville in early April. Before
arriving in the city, Meek signed the
final petition of the drive submit-
ting well over the 112,476 petitions
needed to qualify for the ballot.
The submission made Meek the
first statewide candidate in Florida
history to qualify for the ballot by
petition with his 145,000+ signa-
tures. The celebration was held at
the IBEW Local Union 177.
Meek came in third on election
night behind Governor Charlie
Crist with Republican Marc Rubio
headed to Washington as a Senator
Northsiders walk all night
for cancer in Relay for Life
C. Mendez, William Sands andAnthanase J. Jones, Jr.
The Knights of Peter Claver held their first annual Mardi Gras affair in
April at the River City Brewing with over 50 people in attendance. Guests
dined on themed New Orleans style gumbo, chicken and salad while line
dancing and celebrating the festivities with the Grand Marshall of
Ceremonies Williams Sands. Guests wored the requested masked attire
and enjoyed the sounds of DJ Shine exposing many first hand attendees to
the popular New Orleans tradition.
Nassau County proclaims American Beach Sunday,
January 31, 2010 was proclaimed American Beach Day by the Nassau
County Board at a ceremony held at Franklintown United Methodist
Church on Lewis Street on American Beach. Festivities included a panel
discussion by beach historians and residents (shown above) George Green,
Annette Myers, Camilla Thompson and Marsha Dean Phelts. American
Beach a well known established African-American community, cele-
brates 75years this year. It was founded by the Afro American Life
Insurance Company in 1935. T. Austin photo
Hannah Waddell named
city's Most Beautiful Baby
The Healthy Mothers, Healthy
Babies Coalition (HMHBC) of ,
North Florida recently concluded "
their Most Beautiful Baby Contest
handing Hannah Waddell the top
prize. The daughter of Feleycha
Watson, and Mike Waddell
received a $3000 savings bond for
her good looks. The contest was
open to all children under the age
The HMHBC promotes healthy
pregnancies through education,
support services and positive advo-
cacy of maternal and child issues.
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Little Miss Hannah Waddell
Shown (L-R) is Team Hampton: Altoria White, Rhonda Motley, Rita
Scott, Delta Clayton, Breona Hayes, Crystal James, Kristi Kincaid,
Kim Grant Christina Stallings Chelsea Reeves, Katrina Holt-
Mondy and Kim Holloway. T.Ausiin photo
Driven by the event theme that "cancer can be conquered" over twenty
teams participated in the Northside Relay for Life last weekend.
Headquartered at Paxon Middle School, the all night event featured walk-
ing teams that take turns walking the track overnight in an effort to fight
cancer. Along the way, attendees campout and do everything from eat and
play game to engage in friendly competition of all sorts.
Stanton Class of '47 still giving back
Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge Prince
Hall Affiliated Masons hold 140th Grand Lodge
The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge Prince Hall Affiliated Masons
held their 140th Grand Lodge Communication in Jacksonville with a host
Over a three day period, members participated in receptions, concerts
and meeting headquartered at the historic Masonic Temple on Broad
Street. Shown above attending the Memorial Service honoring 135 broth-
ers and sisters who have passed on are (L-R) Past Grand Master Henry
Simmons, eldest member in attendance Past Most Eminent Grand Master
Augustush Cox of Knights Templar Masons, and the new Most Worshipful
Grand Master Anthony Stafford, 33, KYCH Most Worshipful Union Grand
Lodge F & A. M. P. H. A. -,mr rih,,,,
Shown above receiving their awards are Pastor R.J. Washington,
presenter HAAFA President Jacques Giullaume, Cong. Corrine
Brown and Rev. John Newman.
Haitian Association presents
fundraising and appreciation dinner
The Haitian American Association for Advancement (HAAFA) joined
forces with Jacksonville's ecumenical community for the first annual
Fundraising and Appreciation Dinner. Held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel,
the cultural event included the Haitian and American national anthem and
an awards presentation to those vital in the revitalization of the country.
Immediately after the tragic earthquake in Haiti, several Jacksonville
churches joined Cong. Brown to provide relief. The celebration concluded
on a high note with dancing until the next morning. R. Silver photo
Shown (L-R) in May are Maple Jones and Doris Henry present a
$500 check to Gertrude Peele, and Doris Thornton,Class President.
KFPPhoto Though their days walking the halls of Stanton are long over,
the Class of '47 still embody the qualities of giving back. Sixty three
years later classmates are still strengthening their legacy most recent-
ly to the Reed Educational Campus. A campus that offers free servic-
es to tween girls ages 9 thru 12 attending elementary school in
Northwest Jacksonville's Royal Palm/Bethune District.
Mfume keynotes 50th anniversary of Axe Handle
Saturday -September kicked off with Kweisi Mfuime, former longtime
executive director of the NAACP capping several days of activities com-
memorating Ax Handle Saturday a day lodged in Jacksonville's history
during the civil rights movement. Shown above is NAACP Jacksonville
Branch President Isiah Rumlin, activist and NMA President Kweisi
Mfume and NAACP commemorative activity chair Rodney Hurst at the
Freedom Fund Dinner. ,tAiisim photo
700+ attend Stanton's 4th All class gala honoring the Class of 1960
Shown above (L-R) are Rev. Bernard Wright (1964), Clara Whiteside (1971), Sandra Jones (1966), Julie Boulware (1967), Sandra Thompson
(1960), Helen Bailey (1964), Norma L. Brown (1954), Henry Newman (1973), James Tippins (1953), Larletta Reddick (1964) and event chair (on
stage) Kenneth Reddick (1963). FM1' ioto With all of the pomp and circumstance befitting an institution of historic proportion, Stanton, New stanton
and Stanton Vocational celebrated their 4th Annual Gala at the Prime Osborn Convention Center honoring the Clas of 1960. This year, the classes hon-
ored the late Kernaa D."Mr. Mac" McFarlin, longtime professor and bandleader. His award was accepted by his daughter.
Shown above is Sen. Hill and Dr. Robinson in Benin, Africa.
Hill and Robinson visit Benin, Africa
to bring business to the First Coast
Senator Tony Hill and Dr. Carlton
Robinson, President of the First
Coast African American Chamber
of Commerce, recently returned to
Jacksonville from a successful
business mission to the Republic of
The trip was designed to build on
the agreement signed between the
First Coast African American
Chamber of Commerce and the
Benin Chamber of Commerce of
Industry and Business. Since last
August both men have sustained a
relationship with key members of
the African delegation leading to
this business mission. During their
time there Benin was celebrating
their 50th Anniversary of
Independence, 1960 to 2010.
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December 30 January 12 1
Wi hat to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
New Years Eve
at the Landing
Enjoy New Year's Eve fireworks
and ring in the New Year in
Downtown Jacksonville with live
entertainment, Gator Bowl team
pep rallies and more. All will be
headquartered at the Jacksonville
Landing on December 31st starting
at 9 p.m.
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 in a casual open-
mic setting. Call 632-5555 for info.
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.
Audition for an
upcoming feature film
T. Robinson Productions will be
holding open auditions for their
upcoming feature "Decision". It
will be held on Saturday, January
8th at the FCSJ South Campus,
Building M2, Room 2202 from 9
a.m. noon. Actors are asked to
prepare a monologue or be prepared
to do a cold reading, bring a head-
shot or be photographed. Open to
union and non-union members. For
more information call 444-2882.
Ritz Jazz series presents
The Ritz Jazz & Jamm series will
present jazz saxophonist Marion
Meadows in concert for two shows
on Saturday, January 8th at the
Ritz Theatre. For more information
or showtimes, call 632-5555.
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 Edward Waters College
Office of Alumni Affairs will host
an alumni membership drive on
Thursday, January 13th at 6 p.m. in
the Milne Auditorium.
The evenings agenda will include
membership information, staff pre-
sentations and a social. All alumni
and former students of EWC are
invited to attend
For more information call (904)
470-8252 or visit www.ewc.edu.
Annual Martin Luther
King Jr. Breakfast
Tickets for individuals and corpo-
rate tables are on sale now for the
24th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.
Breakfast held on Friday, January
14, 2011 at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. Doors open at 7
a.m. Program from 7:30 9:30 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Triple Threat Tour
The Triple Threat tour featuring
feat. Tank, Chrisette Michelle &
Marsha Ambrosius will be in
Jacksonville on Friday, January
28th at 7:30 p.m. at the Times
Union Center. contact Ticketmaster
for more information.
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, Dougie
Fresh, M.C. Lyte, Whodini, Kurtis
Blow, and more. The concert will
be on Friday, February 25th at 8
p.m. For tickets call 1-800-745-
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.
The world famous Harlem
Globetrotters will be doing an expe-
dition game in Jacksonville on at 7
p.m. on March llth. It will be held
in the Veterans Memorial Arena.
For tickets or more information,
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.
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Hydeia Broadbent: "Living
with AIDS is no death sentence" m v 0
International HIV/AIDS activist
and motivational speaker, Hydeia
Broadbent, didn't choose her career
path, it chose her. Abandoned by
her drug-addicted biological mom,
Broadbent, who was born HIV pos-
itive, has turned what many might
have considered a tragic tale into a
triumphant one, dedicating her life
to helping keep others from getting
Since the age of six the Las Vegas
native-who was adopted as an
infant-has been a renowned public
speaker, traveling to universities
like Duke, UCLA and Howard, and
appearing on such television pro-
grams as The Oprah Winfrey Show,
20/20 and Good Morning America
to warn teens and young adults
about the dangers of unsafe sex.
In March Broadbent teamed up
with the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention to help
launch a new social media initiative
called "I Know." Its purpose is to
encourage African Americans ages
18-24 to talk openly about HIV, to
know their status and to get tested.
The campaign features public serv-
ice announcements starring celebri-
ties such as Jamie Foxx and
Ludacris, and utilizes social media
outlets like FaceBook and Twitter
THOUGHT HIV WAS UGLY?
to get the word out.
Broadbent says it's critical for
young people to understand that
HIV changes your life.
"I lead a pretty normal life but the
medicine that helps keep me
healthy is very expensive," says the
activist, who relies on the state to
foot the enormous bill. "Nowadays
kids don't see HIV as a death sen-
tence. Some of them know people
with HIV and assume it's as easy as
popping some pills every now and
then. It's not; each pill I take costs
The money is just one of
Broadbent's many hardships.
"The medication can also make
you really sick," admits the 26-
year-old, who says she spends more
time than she'd like inside a doc-
tor's office. Broadbent also points
to the lingering stigma around hav-
ing HIV/AIDS and says despite
having an active social life, dating
isn't easy. "I was once in love with
someone who wasn't strong enough
to deal with me having AIDS," she
shares. "That affected me a lot
because AIDS is part of me."
"People sometimes think because
I was born with HIV my story does
not apply to them," she adds. "But
I've had it all my life. Who better to
tell you about the disease than
someone who has never lived a day
without it? My message to young
people is that having HIV affects
you mind, body and soul. It's not a
death sentence but it does make
things a whole lot more complicat-
Resolve to improve your finances in 2011
By Jason Alderman
If you dread making New Year's
resolutions because you're afraid
you'll fall short, take heart: One
minor setback doesn't mean having
to write off the rest of the year.
You'll probably have more success
if you start out with small steps and
gain momentum as you go, whether
it's losing weight, lowering debt or
boosting retirement savings.
If your goal is to improve your
personal finances, here are a few
ideas to get you started:
Most dieters know that the key to
success using Weight Watchers is to
monitor every morsel you eat. You
become more aware of and thus,
more likely to change, behavioral
patterns that caused you to overeat
in the first place. You can use the
same strategy when designing a liv-
For a month or two, write down
every cent you spend: rent, food,
gas, clothes, cable, insurance
(health, auto, home), 401(k) contri-
butions, entertainment every-
thing. The list will probably be eye-
opening. Along with the usual sug-
gestions like brown-bagging lunch
more often and fewer to-go coffees,
try these relatively painless ways to
Pay bills on time and send at least
the minimum amount due. You'll
avoid late fees and related interest
rate increases, and it will improve
your credit score.
Balance your checking account
regularly and use in-network ATMs
to avoid fees.
If your employer offers flexible
spending accounts, use them to pay
health and dependent care expenses
with pretax dollars. If you're in the
25 percent tax bracket that means
expenses you'd have paid for any-
way will cost 25 percent less.
Reduce energy bills by turning
down the thermostat, weatherproof-
ing your home, turning off "energy
vampire" appliances when not in
use and buying energy-efficient
Raise insurance deductibles and
shop around for better rates.
With the money you save, start
paying down debts more quickly.
One strategy that often works is to
list all outstanding balances and
their corresponding interest rates.
Then each month pay the minimum
amount due on each account -
except pay as much as possible on
the highest-rate account or loan.
Once it's paid off, move to the next-
highest-rate account, and so on.
At the same time, start building
an emergency fund. Although the
ideal of having six to nine months'
worth of expenses saved may sound
insurmountable, don't be discour-
aged. Start slowly with a few dol-
lars each month. It won't be missed
and might just save you from need-
ing an expensive short-term loan to
cover emergency car repairs or
another unexpected bill.
And finally, look to the future.
Buying a home, paying for college
and retirement are all big-ticket
items that require sound budgeting
and credit management skills. Here
are several helpful resources:
Find free budgeting tools, includ-
ing interactive budget calculators,
at the government's
www.mymoney.gov, the National
Foundation for Credit Counseling
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The ten richest Black
Americans in 2010
It is widely known that the
wealthiest Black person in
America is television talk-show
diva Oprah Winfrey. No one else
even comes close. Winfrey had
reached a net worth of $2.7 bil-
However, culling information
from a variety of sources, the
recession was not kind to Winfrey
and she finished 2010 with wealth
between $2.4 billion and $2.5 bil-
Despite a disastrous year in golf
and a divorce, second place still
goes to golfer Tiger Woods.
However, Woods was projected to
have reached billionaire status this
year. It did not happen. We esti-
mate Woods lost $200 million in
endorsement money due to his
much publicized infidelities and
that he settle;&i th his ex-wifebfor
roughly $1 06million leaving him
with a net worth of somewhere
between $650 million and $700
The third richest Black person
in America is most probably for-
mer basketball great Earvin
"Magic" Johnson. Johnson's
wealth has come mostly from
restaurants, movie theaters and
real estate. Johnson did not really
have a fantastic year in 2010 but
the two of the Blacks who were
richer simply had worse years. We
place Johnson's wealth at $500
ber four posi-
tion goes to
,b ball great
w turned entre-
Jordan Jordan still
pulls in major endorsement
money. In addition, he had suffi-
cient bank to be part of the deal
which purchased the Charlotte
Bobcats of the NBA from BET
founder Bob Johnson. Jordan has
est im ated
lion. I .
Bla c k Johnson
Entertainment Television founder
Bob Johnson the nation's first
Black billionaire. Johnson walked
away with a bundle when he sold
BET to media giant Viacom. But a
substantial portion of that money
went to his ex-wife Sheila
Johnson. In addition, Johnson's
venture into sports franchises
proved a financial mistake. He lost
substantially with the Charlotte
Bobcats. He is now focusing
almost entirely on real estate and
the hotel industry. His wealth cur-
rently stands at around $450 mil-
The African Americans com-
pleting the top ten wealthiest list
#6 William "Bill" Cosby -
#7 Sheila Johnson ex-wife
of BET founder Bob Johnson and
owner of the Washington Mystics
of the WNBA $400 million
#8 R. Donahue Peeples head
of the largest Black-owned real
estate development firm in the
nation $350 million
#9- The legendary Berry Gordy
is Black America's ninth richest
person. The 80-year-old sold
Motown Records Company in
1988 for $61 million and since
became involved in movies and
other entertainment ventures
building an estimated wealth of
#10 The top ten is rounded out
by another real estate giant:
/ Primo III.
4 wealth of
Teena Marie, who made history
as Motown's first white act but
developed a lasting legacy with her
silky soul pipes and with hits like
Lovergirl, Square Biz, and Fire and
Desire with mentor Rick James,
died this week at the age of 54.
She became known as the "Ivory
Queen of Soul," and was certainly
not the first white act to sing soul
music, but she was arguably among
the most gifted and respected, and
was thoroughly embraced by the
black audience. For celebrated
singer Teena Marie, rhythm and
blues music was more than a fad or
foray into the infamous blue-eyed
soul regime, it was a way of life.
Raised in Oakwood, Calif., a pre-
dominately Black enclave, the pow-
erhouse singer became acclimated
with the vocal acrobatics and emo-
tion that drives R&B music at an
edrly age. Her innate childhood
musical abilities flourished into a
prosperous career that included
songwriting, four Grammy Award
nominations and a kindred career
with late R&B singer Rick James.
And, for her legion of fans, the
"Ivory Queen of Soul's" music
On Dec. 26, the singer's daugh-
ter Alia Rose found her mom dead
at her California home.. In
November, Marie suffered a grand
mal seizure which causes dramat-
ic muscle spasms and loss of con-
sciousness and reportedly faced a
similar episode shortly before her
death. The family has not released
the exact cause of death but its is
believed to be natural cases.
Ironically, Alia Rose, who per-
fomins undei the name Rose Le
Beau, had celebrated her 19th birth-
day hours before on Christmas Day
and on Dec. 24, Marie tweeted, "19
yrs ago today, I was in labor! My
heavenly father gave me the most
glorious gift I could ever receive. A
Baby girl on Christmas!"
Born Mary Christine Brockert in
1956, Marie's most popular hits
included "Portuguese Love," "Ooo
La La La" and "Square Biz," which
have been sampled by popular acts
such as The Fugees, Foxy Brown,
and Dru Hill. Throughout her near
35-year career, Marie sang under
several record labels, including
Epic, Cash Money Classics, and
However, Marie stormed the
Black music scene as a fresh faced
19-year-old with Motown Records
in 1976. Her debut album, Wild
and Peaceful, spawned the hit "I'm
Just a Sucker for Your Love" with
outspoken croonem Rick
James. According to her
website, many Wild and
Peaceful fans incorrectly
assumed Marie was
African American until her
TV debut on "Soul Train"
She went on to release
a slew of albums in the fol-
lowing decades, including
her sophomore release
Lady T, Passion Play
(1994), La Dona (2004)
and her most recent album,
Congo Square (2009). In
all, she released 13 studio
albums, six of which went
platinum on the U.S. R&B
chart. Marie received four
Grammy nominations dur-
ing her career, performing
on the Motown, Epic and
Cash Money Classics
Lakers' Artest raffles off championship ring
Artest came up with the idea to
ive awaa his first NBA title rini
L r ca spot ght o,,w -
tal health by thanking his psychi-
Inatrist after Game 7 of the Lakers'
Aktriumph over Boston last June.
FoWhile some laughed at another
stunt by one of the NBA's
biggest characters, Artest's can-
LOS ANGELES Ron Artest
has absolutely no regrets about
giving away his Los Angeles
Lakers championship ring to
boost mental health awareness.
In fact, it just encourages him to
go out and get another ring.
Artest announced the winner
of the charity raffle for his ring
late Saturday night at a club
across the street from Staples
Center, where the Lakers were
trounced by the Miami Heat 96-
80 in the NBA's Christmas show-
did declaration sparked an inter-
est in normalizing mental health
are "which snowballento this
unique charitable gift. He raised
"I'm so anxious to get out at it
again," Artest said. "I get more
fuel, I burn it all up. I'm moti-
NN 1 6 11" remember
Teena as a legend
1. Motown Loved the White Chick:
Marie's 1979 debut album, Wild and
Peaceful, didn't feature her face on the
cover, presumably because Motown
Records feared she would be rejected by
black audiences. But R&B fans adored her
silky smooth voice and embraced the self- :
proclaimed "Ivory Queen of Soul." "I'm a ,
black artist with white skin," she told
Essence magazine last year. At the end
of the day you have to sing what's in your
2. She Was a Hip-Hop Pioneer: Teena
Marie had a profound impact on the hip- '
hop world as one of the first artists to ever
rap on one of her singles ("Square Biz"). :
She also was one of the most sampled of
R&B divas. The Fugees honored her by .
sampling her 1988 hit "Ooo, La, La, La"
on their popular tune "Fu-Gee-La."
3. She Changed Music Law: After a
contract dispute with label boss Berry
Gordy, Motown sued its platinum-record
star in 1982 when Marie told the label she
no longer wanted to perform. Her success-
ful countersuit, which came to be known
as "The Brockert Initiative," made it ille-
gal for Lecord companies to keep an artist .
unldei f'ftul t without relI'ing new
material for that artist.
4. She Met Jed Clampett: Teena Marie .
was also a child actress, scoring a role in
the '60s cult classic The Beverly .
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Jaguar fans brave 30 degree
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In what was no doubt one of the most dissapointing
games of the season, Jacksonville Jaguar fans cheered
to the end their teal cats, just to witness a 20-17 defeat
by the Washington Redskins. Following last week's
loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Jags all but sealed
their fate to be locked out of the playoff season. The
Jags (8-7) will conclude their season next week
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Chestnut gives back with free gas to the community
Joined by a dozen volunteers, Atty. Chris Chestnut presented his annual gas give-a-way last week giving away
ten gallons of gas to over 140 customers. Some patrons waited as long as 8 hours for the gas. After the gas ran
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