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BET Co-founder blasts Oprah's
OWN network for lack of diversity
J. After posting stellar ratings during its debut
weekend, Oprah Winfrey's anticipated OWN net-
work appeared to be a success with viewers. But
BET co-founder Sheila Johnson had few encour-
4 aging words for Winfrey and her burgeoning net-
work, citing too few African-American faces
among the lineup of featured experts.
"The only advice that I say, let's open up your
Lee circle a little bit more. You know, we love the Dr.
Phils. We love the Suze Ormans. Let's open up. There are other people,"
Johnson said during an interview on "Tell Me More," and NPR talk
show. "And there's also African-American experts out there that I think
she should start bringing on her show that can reach even a wider audi-
While Winfrey has not responded publicly to negative assessments of
the new network, she had this to say about OWN's purpose and goals:
"OWN is the network of self-discovery, connecting people to each other
and to their greatest potential," said Winfrey in a prepared statement
posted on her website. "We tell real life stories that are emotional and
entertaining. We present moments of transformation that inspire action."
Former Detroit Mayor
Kwame Kilpatrick arraigned
Hopefully, this is the beginning of the end of
Detroit's relationship with former mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick was arraigned on charges of running a
criminal enterprise that used his positions of public
trust to rig contracts.
Sitting next to his father Bernard Kilpatrick, he
entered a plea of not guilty.
Unfortunately, the judge in the case said the criminal proceedings will
not be fast-tracked because the case is "unusual and complex."
That's an apt description for Kwame Kilpatrick's relationship with
Detroit. It's a relationship that needs to be severed forever if the city is
going to begin the process of recovery.
The indictment charges that Kilpatrick -- dating back to his time in the
Michigan state legislature -- used his influence to rig contracts. One con-
tractor, Bobby Ferguson, was allegedly given tens of millions of dollars
for work that he never performed or for contracts that were awarded
Kilpatrick allegedly deposited $500,000 in unexplained cash deposits to
his account while his father allegedly deposited $600,000.
Jermaine Jackson can't leave Africa
due to child support debt in U.S.
Jermaine Jackson is stuck in Africa. Why'?
Since Jackson owes thousands of dollars in back
child support, the U.S. government will not issue
him a new passport until he pays up.
The 56-year-old entertainer is currently in
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in West Africa.
Jackson's ex-wife and Mother of his two sons,
Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza, got a child support
order back in May 2008 that demanded $3,000 a month in payments.
Jackson, went in to arrears because he claimed that his monthly income
falls below $1,100.
The former Jackson 5 member went to the L.A. County Superior Court
and unsuccessfully petitioned to have the monthly support payments
lowered to $215. His claims were that Oaziaza was in a much better
financial situation than he was.
So as it stands, Jackson, whose passport expired while visiting Africa,
owes his ex a whopping $91,921 in back child support payments.
California law states that if a person owes more than $2,500 in back
child support, the State Department of Child Support Services immedi-
ately reports it to the FBI. The agency then red flags the delinquent par-
ent's passport, and once it expires, cannot be renewed until the outstand-
ing account is paid in full.
Florida's Allen West becomes first
republican since 1990s to join CBC
Florida Republican Rep. Allen West officially joined the Congressional
Black Caucus last week, becoming the first Republican to join the group
since Rep. Gary Franks (R-Conn.) was defeated in 1996.
West was inducted along with the caucus' other 42 members at a cere-
monial swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol Visitors Center last
Wednesday morning, hours before the 112th Congress convened for the
first time. Members of the CBC were seated onstage in the Capitol
Auditorium for the ceremony; West sat in the back row with the CBC's
five other freshmen, between Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and Rep.
Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.).
West, along with Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), is one of two incoming black
Republicans in the new Congress. But the two have split over whether to
join the CBC; Scott declined the caucus' invitation, saying in a statement
last month that "while I recognize the efforts of the CBC and appreciate
their invitation for me to caucus with them, I will not be joining at this
time. My campaign was never about race."
Volume 24 No. 13 Jacksonville, Florida January 13-19, 2011
King 2011: Prepare for
a day on -notadayoff
The days following the holiday
season are filled with returning
unwanted gifts, going back to
school or work, resolving to lose
d a y
ta s k s
commit our time to. Martin Luther
King Jr. Day is the light at the end
of this very hectic post-New Year.
It is the one Monday that you can
sleep-in in the midst of hustle and
bustle, so it seems fair to embrace
this national holiday as a time of
rest and recuperation.
MLK Day of Service is a day that
allows us to transformnn's Dr. King's
teachings into community actions
that help solve social problems.
King believed in freedom and jus-
tice for all, and constantly encour-
aged all Americans to apply the
principles of nonviolence to make
our country and this world a better
place to live. I believe that there is
no better, non-violent way, to work
towards social change than by serv-
ing others. Volunteering with and
in our own communities helps to
bridge barriers, empower individu-
als, and create solutions.
Consider making this MLK holi-
day a Day ON, and help us make a
difference in our Jacksonville com-
munity. Whether by attending a
local event, volunteering or paying
tribute in your own way his death
was not in vain.
EWC invests in Job Corps youth with higher education partnership
." .. .
Edward Waters College continues
to broaden their brand as en educa-
tional institution and community
resource with the recent announce-
ment of their partnership with Job
President Glover announced the
partnership with EWC and Job
Corps and the community at large.
The collaboration will make the
historically Black college the first
four-year institution of higher
learning to enter into such a part-
nership in Florida. The partnership
will offer Job Corps students an
avenue to pursue higher education
upon graduating from Job Corps.
Job Corps is a no-cost education
and vocational training program
administered by the U.S.
Department of Labor. It helps peo-
ple ages 16 to 24 improve the qual-
I-3U1ity of their lives t through vocational
1 i/-Eand academic training.
So far, five students have enrolled
Shown above (L-R) are Tanya Wiley Senior Strategist for EWC, Ronald Jones President/CEO for and will have access to the same
Cornerstone Solutions, Inc., Wanda Willis Asst. VP for Institutional Advancement, Brenda Priestly- financial aid available to all other
financial aid available to all other
Jackson Special Advisor, Rep. Corrine Brown, Dr. Jim Ewers VP for Student Affairs and Enrollment students.
Management and Nat Glover EWC Interim President. TMA Photo
First Coast seniors kick off new year with celebrations of life
Honoree Mrs. Brenda Thomas-Jones is shown with her sons (L-R)
Bakari Jones, Sr., and Jabari Jones at her birthday celebration.
Looking fabulous at 90 years young is Ms. Henrietta Haynes with her
custom designed birthday cake. FMP
Fresh off the holiday festivities,
two First Coast young ladies still
maintained the spirit with celebra-
tions of life in their honor. Both Ms.
Henrietta Haynes and Mrs. Brenda
Thomas-Jones were feted with par-
ties by family for their birthday.
Celebrating 90 years, Ms. Haynes'
affair was attended by more than
100 family and friends at the
Airport Crowne Plaza. The 1945
graduate of Old Stanton and EWC
worked as an educator until retir-
Mrs. Brenda Thomas-Jones
brought in her 65th birthday
amongst loved ones at Maggiano's
at the Town Center. The
Jacksonville native is a 1963 gradu-
ate of Stanton High School and
Florida Memorial College. The
retired ed educator enjoys spending
time with family and friends espe-
cially her six grandchildren.
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It's official! After a hard fought campaign and celebrations galore,
Jennifer Carroll is now Lt. Governor of the State of Florida. The former
First Coast resident is shown above with Sen. Al Lawson at a reception
held in her honor on the FAMU campus during the inaugural. The Free
Press is proud to congratulate our longtime subscriber and friend in her
historic election as she assists Gov. Rick Scott in empowering Florida.
January 13 19, 2011
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Ms. Perrys Free ress
Just not to your face: Talks about
race change behind c]
e just going to put it out "Two-Faced Racism" published in
Behind closed doors, whites 2007. They surveyed 626 white stu-
ferently about blacks. dents at 28 colleges and universities
cast that's what two sociolo- across the country. They asked the
rund after conducting a study students to keep diaries and record
ege students. any racial events they came across
of the researchers, Joe during the course of a day.
L said that's why it comes as The students recorded 9.000
prise to him that a powerful accounts, of which 7,500 were "bla-
ian such as Senate Majority tantly racist" events ranging from
Harry Reid would talk about private jokes and conversations to
Obama's skin color and use violent incidents. Feagin said.
m "Negro dialect" in what he About 100 accounts stood up
ered a private conversation, against racism, he said.
king not of Reid but of his The majority of racial events
sions drawn from his were directed at Blacks, but Latinos
;h. Feagin said, "Most whites and Asians also came under attack.
reduced the blatantly racist Feagin and Picca also surveyed
hey do in public, while they African-American students, but that
huge amounts in private." research is still being compiled.
just social correctness in the "In these 7,500 blatant accounts,
stage. The scale of this is most of them are accounts of what
c on the backstage, which is we call backstage racism -- that is
he notion of a post-racial they're doing these performances
ca is laughable," said Feagin, and skits with friends and rela-
:ssor at Texas University. tives," Feagin said.
d I think most whites know it Does it surprise him that some-
se they've been to one with such political clout as
giving dinner with Uncle Reid would use a term such as
nd have heard the n-word "Negro dialect"?
"No," Feagin said, "not after
in and Leslie Picca of the looking at our student diaries."
rsity of Dayton compiled He said Reid "felt safe making"
research in a book called the comment about Obama because
he was in a pri ate setting.
"It's a great teaching moment."
Feagin said. "It shows the differ-
ence between the front stage and
the backstage. He thought he was
saying that in the backstage. and
now it's been brought out in the
public for all to see and discuss."
The controversy is centered on
remarks published in the book
"Game Change" by Mark Halperin
and John Heilemann. The book
cites Reid as saying privately in
2008 that Obama could succeed as
a black candidate partly because of
his "light-skinned" appearance and
speaking patterns "with no Negro
dialect, unless he wanted to have
Reid, D-Nevada, apologized to
the president after excerpts from the
book were released, and Obama
said he considered the issue closed.
"This is a good man who's always
been on the right side of history,"
Obama said Monday in a sit-down
interview with CNN political con-
tributor Roland Martin. "For him to
have used some inartful language in
trying to praise me, and for people
to try to make hay out of that,
makes absolutely no sense."
Reid has received the support of
the Congressional Black Caucus.
He said numerous prominent
including NAACP Chairman
Julian Bond and Attorney
General Eric Holder. called to
offer their support.
Sen. John Cornvn of Texas head
of the GOP's Senate campaign annrm.
has called for Reid to give up his
leadership post after the "embar-
rassing and racially insensitive"
remarks. Republican National
Committee Chair Michael Steele
also called for Reid to step down.
Duke University political science
professor Kerry Haynie said he
doesn't dispute that attitudes toward
race may be viewed differently in
private than in public. But he said
he doesn't feel that came into play
with Reid's remarks.
"Many of us who work in areas of
race and politics asked these same
kinds of questions, about whether
Obama is different for whites than
other black politicians," Haynie
said. "I don't think Sen. Reid was
expressing sentiments he would not
have expressed publicly."
Boyce Watkins, an associate pro-
fessor at Syracuse University, said
the country shouldn't let this
"The takeaway is that there is a
teachable moment, but we can't
allow politicians to do all the teach-
ing," Watkins said.
Forty-something's looking for
some young-lovin' better step
aside because there's a new cougar
in town. Apparently, women in
their 30's who like to date younger
men are being called "pumas,"
reports Women's Health
Pumas have gained some solid
ground in their careers and are
looking to younger men for some
"carefree, relaxed" fun, according
to WH. Also, the fact that these
young men would rather date
them than a woman their own age,
gives the 30-something's a little
boost of confidence, the article
It's no wonder that younger
guys are attracted to these slightly
older women. A lot of women tend
to look their best in our thirties.
After their metabolisms drop
around 26 or so, they finally figure
out how to eat right and exercise
frequently. Furthermore, a lot of
women in their 30's have traveled
and been around the block a time
or two. Their worldliness is prob-
ably appealing to these young
guys who are still figuring strug-
gling with their own identities.
Men are drawn to these women
for their "independence, direction
in life and job success," The
Center of Evolutionary Studies at
Rutgers University's Helen Fisher,
Ph.D. told WH. Moreover, Fisher
said it shows a "shift that changed
what many men desire in a part-
What to think about Banks,
Credit Cards and Raising Fees
by M. Hobson, BAW
Since the announcement of the new credit card reform bill, I am finding
my credit card AND bank fees have skyrocketed! Why is this happening?
I thought this reform was supposed to help me.
Since President Obama signed the credit card reform bill into law, many
banks are taking advantage of the lag time from which the law goes into
effect, by increasing credit card and bank fees. With numerous bank and
credit card companies still feeling the sting of the recession, many feel the
pressure to bolster their financial condition by raising fees before restric-
tions go into effect-putting the brakes on how these businesses charge
their customers. Three primary categories of fees which continue to
increase at alarming rates include: bank overdraft fees; ATM fees; and,
credit card late payments. And because these categories are big sources of
revenue, many banks continue to quietly increase fees and change their
processes making it much easier for their customers to trip up causing
them to pay fees. For example, a customer with a debit card and $5 in their
bank account is about to purchase a shirt for $20. Banks will now say, sure
let that transaction go through. You get a t-shirt and the bank gets a hefty
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and has now increased to $27.50. Fees for using out of network ATMs are
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not sound like much but it adds up if you visit the ATM twice a week like
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there are the late fees assessed when you don't make your credit card pay-
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card companies, including American Express and Bank of American
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January 13-19, 2011 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
Landmark trial could set precedent for
Black students tracked to special education
by Erica Blount
Black parents are often skeptical
when their children are placed on a
special education track.
Sometimes students legitimately
need extra attention, but other times
students have been misplaced, often
just mischievous and acting out
because they are not being chal-
Eight parents in Lower Merion
County in suburban Philadelphia
have decided to fight on behalf of
their children and other African
American children they felt were
improperly classified as special
education or placed in "low-expec-
tation" courses. They filed a class-
action lawsuit against their school
district three years ago and the trial
will begin November 1, 2011.
It is a major achievement because
prior to setting a trial date, a judge
ruled that each case should be han-
dled individually. But Jennifer R.
Clarke. executive director of the
Public Interest Law Center, accord-
ing to the Philadelphia Inquirer, had
"We want to establish a more
objective method of identifying
children for special education and
also a different way in which chil-
dren are being tracked into different
courses..particularly so early on and
particularly in math but also in
other courses. We want parents to
understand more about the process.
And the changes we seek also have
to do with how teachers and admin-
istrators treat African American
kids. We know that if they have
high expectations, the students will
live up to them, and if they have
low expectations, the students will
live down to them."
The district defended itself say-
ing that no students have been
placed in special education that
were not found eligible to receive
services and whose parents that did
not approve in writing that the serv-
ices be provided. They also argue
they have adopted measures to
address the achievement gap.
including a Minority Achievement
Program that has yielded significant
gains in achievement.
But parents say while they are
pleased with some of the achieve-
ments, they have only provided a
band-aid solution to the problem.
If this case sets a precedent for
similar cases around the country.
maybe it will highlight the problem
of black students that are placed in
special education and remedial
courses without merit sometimes
students that are significantly ahead
of their peers but are misunderstood
for cultural differences.
Teen queen represents at Gator Bowl Miss Florida
Teen USA MiKyle Crockett strikes a pose while participating in the Gator
Bowl parade. The Episcopal High School student will represent Florida in
the Miss Teen USA national pageant. The Gator Bowl game, which pitted
the University of Michigan against Mississippi State New Years Day,
pumped millions into the Jacksonville economy. TMA photo
hopes to honor
Lexington, Virginia is causing a
storm of controversy over the way
it is celebrating Lee-Jackson Day.
The local Sons of Confederate
Veterans chapter, asked the city to
put up Confederate flags on
Monday prior to Lee-Jackson Day
and leave them up until Martin
Luther King Jr. Day.
The city council said no, but has
agreed to put the flags up for the
week prior to MLK Day.
Ellestad may not be bothered by
it, but citizens like Anna Browdsky
are. Browdsky is a teacher at a
local school and she doesn't think
the flags should be up at all. She
says its embarrassing to stand
before her students in a town that
allows such a thing to happen.
"There is certainly a sense that for
a lot of people it means discrimina-
tion, injustice and it symbolizes
slavery," Browdsky said.
Bailey says he believes O.J. trial murders were a drug hit
One of O.J. Simpson's attorneys, F.
Lee Bailey, says that there was
strong evidence held back in the
1995 trial that would have proved
Simpson's innocence in the infa-
In a new 20,000-page manuscript,
Bailey talks about four individuals
would have strength-
ened Simpson's case
had it been presented
to the jury. Years
after the "Trial of the
Century," Bailey is
opening up and shar-
ing more perspec-
tives on the case that
put the entire nation
at a standstill.
The document is
called 'The Simpson
I tVerdict' and was
'" i written in 2007 as
part of a book pro-
S *. posal. Bailey argues
that it's time that the
'.' ^ facts of the case be
put before the
American public so that others
might learn more about what went
on behind the scenes.
In his manuscript, Bailey mentions
four individuals who did not testify
at the trial. One is a forensic scien-
tist and the others are a battered
woman's expert, a blood expert and
an eye witness. The eye witness
claims to have seen the individuals
who killed Nicole Brown Simpson
and Ron Goldman.
The witness is believed to have
seen Nicole Brown Simpson argu-
ing with two men, with neither of
them being O.J. Simpson. None of
the four witnesses were called to
testify by the defense primarily
because they feared that more
jurors would be dismissed and that
a mistrial would be declared
because the trial being too long
already; the O.J. Simpson trial last-
ed eight months.
Bailey says he believes that the
killers were out to collect a drug
debt and that they killed Ron and
Nicole by mistake. He doesn't men-
tion who might have actually owed
Bailey goes on to argue that racism
has fueled hatred toward Simpson
over the years, and that he wrote the
manuscript to help clear Simpson's
name in the court of public opinion.
The O.J. Simpson trial was one of
the most telling and provocative
incidents in our nation's history.
When the trial first began, everyone
talked about it and everyone had an
Few offices went untouched each
day where hours were spent
mulling over the new details of the
case, and every new rumor was
mustered up by an overzealous
In addition to being a virtually
unprecedented media circus, the
Simpson trial was a compelling
reminder that racial divisions con-
tinue to plague the United States.
Just three years after the L.A. riots
and the beating of Rodney King, the
trial told America that a black man
accused of killing a beautiful white
woman is going to be dealt an
entirely different style of justice.
Nearly every poll in the United
States, split across racial lines, told
a consistent story about how whites
and blacks viewed O.J.'s guilt in
completely different ways. Many of
those racial divisions continue until
this day, and we can only pray that
we're making progress.
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Fox's Bill O'Reilly will interview
President Obama before Super Bowl
To the surprise of some, President Barack Obama has agreed to be
interviewed by Fox News right before the Super Bowl. If that were not
enough, the man conducting the interview will be Bill O'Reilly. The
interview will be conducted as part of Fox's pregame coverage.
The decision to do such a contentious interview on one of the nation's
largest stages is especially surprising given the White House's decision
to freeze out Fox News during 2009. Since that time, the relationship has
improved, but the White House is still concerned that Fox News has not
been accurate in its coverage.
The White House is also saying that the interview is being conducted
in part because it is a tradition for the sitting president to do a pregame
interview with the network hosting the Super Bowl. Last year, President
Obama did an interview with CBS when they were the hosts.
It's time for the
Annual MLK Parade
"Economic Justice for All Americans" CI
This year's Grand Marshalls will---
be the black bus drives who broke
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.
CALLING ALL CHURCHES ORGANIZATIONS CLUBS FRATERNITIES
SORORITIES SOCIAL GROUPS CONCERNED CITIZENS, ALUMNI ASSO.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. in Downtown Jacksonville
Parade registration is $25.00. The parade route begins at the Federal Reserve Bank (Jefferson &
Water Street) to EverBank Stadium Parking Lot "J" Visit mlkfdn.com to download your registration
form or call 807-8358.
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January 13-19, 2011
January 13-19, 2011
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
by E.O. Hutchinson
NAACP President Ben Jealous
called Mississippi governor Haley
Barbour "a shining example "of a
governor following his approving
the release of Jamie and Gladys
Scott. The two sisters sentenced to
life imprisonment and jailed since
1994 for an $11 armed robbery
have been the focus of an intense
and long term campaign by Jealous
and the NAACP for their release.
The sisters repeatedly declared
their innocence. The praise from
Jealous of Barbour as a "shining
example" was nearly as stunning as
Barbour's action. Despite the
national campaign for their release
and a barrage of public appeals to
Barbour for clemency for the sis-
ters, the governor had given no
indication that mercy for them was
the in the cards.
The likelihood of Barbour show-
ing mercy seemed even remote
given the fire that he has drawn in
recent months for foot-in-the
mouth gaffes that praised
Confederate History Month, the
racist white Citizen's Councils as
good red blooded patriots and citi-
zens that did the right thing to aid
integration, and his downplay of
any racial conflict in Mississippi
during the turbulent 1960s. Haley
back-pedaled fast on his Citizen's
Council tout, and blasted them for
their defense of segregation,
clammed up on lauding
Confederate History Month, and
praised the effort of Martin Luther
King, Jr. and the civil rights move-
ment for their role in smashing seg-
regation in the state. The release of
the Gladys sister fit in with the new
script that Barbour is obviously
rewriting for himself and the GOP.
There are compelling reasons for
his seeming about face. Barbour
sniffs the presidency. The GOP
field is wide open in 2012 and the
candidate with the name, position,
money, and most importantly polit-
ical base has a huge leg up on the
GOP pack. Barbour has all of the
above. As one time Republican
National Committee Chairman and
current Republican Governors
Association Chairman he's raised
tons of money for GOP candidates.
He's got name identification, and is
a force in regional politics in the
South, the white GOP South that is.
The region is still a huge trump
card for any GOP aspirant to the
White House. It's been the spark to
reignite the GOP's traditional con-
servative, lower income white male
loyalists, and increasingly white
female supporter. The 2008 presi-
dential vote was ample proof of
that. While Democratic presidential
candidate Obama made a major
breakthrough in winning a signifi-
cant percent of votes from white
independents and young white vot-
ers, contrary to popular perception,
GOP presidential opponent John
McCain (not Obama) won a slim
majority of their vote in the final
tally. Overall, Obama garnered
slightly more than 40 percent of the
white male vote. Among Southern
and Heartland America white male
voters, Obama made almost no
impact. Overall McCain garnered
nearly 60 percent of the white vote.
But an overreliance by the GOP
and too narrow a regional appeal on
the South is also fraught with polit-
ical peril. The South, Barbour's
comments and the put-down of
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul on
civil rights laws and Virginia
Governor Bob McDonnell in his
unrepentant praise of Confederate
History Month still type the white
South as a region that's still chock
full of unreconstructed racists and
religious and social bigots. During
the past decade a parade of
Republican state and local officials,
conservative talk show jocks and
even some Republican top officials
have made foot-in-the-mouth racist
cracks. Their response when called
on the carpet has always been the
same. They make a duck-and-
dodge denial, claim that they were
misquoted or issue a weak, half-
hearted apology. And each time, the
response from top Republicans is
either silence, or, if the firestorm is
great enough, to give the offender a
much-delayed, mild verbal hand-
That history both past and pres-
ent can do more harm than good to
a Barbour presidential candidacy.
But it also can do just as much
damage to the GOP's chances of
bagging the White House. A near
solid GOP South is not enough to
tip the White House to the GOP any
longer. Obama's competitive 50
state strategy (thanks to Howard
Dean) and his rev up of black,
Hispanic, Asian, and young voters
more than offset the white, male
conservative Southern anchor vote
for the GOP in 2008.
Barbour's release of the Scott sis-
ters though layered with conditions
such as one sister must donate a
kidney to the other sister who
requires daily dialysis must be
placed in that light. The case was
the perfect storm of race, gender,
politics, medical compassion, and a
racially skewered criminal justice
system that came together to cry
out for redress. Barbour deserves
credit for taking the step to right a
colossal legal wrong. But taking
that step can't absolve Barbour, the
GOP and the white South of its
ugly racial history; a history that is
certainly no shining example of
racial justice and fairness.
The Black Caucus in
King's Holiday must continue to be a time for reflection
Every year around this time I wasn't perfect, but as I said earlier they got off for MLK day was big- have certainly move past those
reflect back on who Dr. Martin was perfect for the job. ger than the man? I am sure that issues in this country right? Well,
,uther King was and what he It was almost prophetic when Dr. some do, but many do not.. Most of not quite, but we have made
neant to this great nation of ours. King spoke on April 3, 1968, and us deal with the racial realities of tremendous strides, but we still
And every year I come to the said, "I have been to the mountain life in America everyday and the have a long way to go. I always
ame conclusion, top and seen the Promised Land." reality of human nature, and those find it interesting the way blacks
We talk a lot about "his dream," He went on to say that he proba- realities don't lead me to believe and whites view racism in America.
ut King's life can't be defined by bly would not be here on this earth that King's dream may never be Studies show that for the most part
ie March on Washington and his to see it, but he knew that blacks truly realized. But then I think whites feel that racism is no longer
imous "I Have a Dream" speech. would truly gain equality in this about the fact that this has come so a problem in this country.
)r. King's life can not be define by country. far in such a short period of time. And of course, blacks feel the
hose who say that he was a wom- Dr. King said, "We've got some Now I can have dinner with opposite, most African Americans
nizer and had a weakness when it difficult days ahead. But it doesn't friends of any color in any restau- feel that racism is still a problem in
ame to women. One has to look at matter with me now. Because I've rant we choose. I can pretty much America. Some of it is real and
is life for what he fought for and been to the mountaintop. And I live in any neighborhood that I can some of those feelings stem from
ow he helped to change the racial don't mind. Like anybody, I would afford. And my children can pretty the history of the black race in this
indscape of our country. like to live a long life. Longevity much get into any educational insti- country. I guess if Dr. King was
King certainly wasn't the only has its place. But I'm not concerned tution in the country if they have alive today, he probably wouldn't
ne who fought against injustice about that now. I just want to do the right grades and the right funds. be surprised that we were dealing
nd inequality, but much like Rosa God's will. Well I am probably getting a little with some of the same issues some
arks he was the right man at the "And He's allowed me to go up to carried away, there are certainly 40 years after his death.
ght place at the right time. He was the mountain. And I've looked over. educational institutions in this My favorite MLK quote comes
great writer and speaker and an And I've seen the Promised country that still discriminate based from his "I Have a Dream Speech"
outstanding diplomat. He was the Land. I may not get there with you. upon race. when he talks about the promise of
perfect man for the job. With a But I want you to know tonight, African Americans certainly equality given to all Americans by
ible in one hand and the that we, as a people, will get to the have access to the same financial the Constitution. King said, "When
constitution in the other, his intelli- Promised Land. And I'm happy, institutions and get approved for the architects of our republic wrote
ence and vision were unmatched. tonight. I'm not worried about any- loans if we qualify almost as fre- the magnificent words of the
.nd more important than all of that thing. quently as whites. However, there Constitution and the declaration of
e was extremely unselfish and I'm not fearing any man. Mine still are some inequalities in lend- Independence, they were signing a
realized that the movement wasn't eyes have seen the glory of the ing that need to be addressed. promissory note to which every
bout him. coming of the Lord." Studies show that blacks with the American was to fall heir. "This
Every movement, every cause, Or to use some of his most popu- same credit score and income note was a promise that all men
very organization needs a leader lar words, "I have a dream, that my received higher interest loans than would be guaranteed the inalien-
nd Martin Luther King embodied four little children will one day live whites. Blacks can own businesses able rights of life, liberty, and the
*hat it meant to be a true leader. At in a nation where they will not be and be as successful as some, but pursuit of happiness. It is obvious
ie helm of the most important judged by the color of their skin but we still seem to struggle to get today that America has defaulted
movementt in this country's history- by the content of their character." opportunities in numerous indus- on this promissory note insofar as
least in my opinion was a man Each year I ask myself if people tries, her citizens of color are concerned.
named Martin. He was a man who even realize that the Monday that What about racism and hate, we Continued on page 5
Barbour's release of Scott sisters no
shining example of GOP's ugly racial past
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the 112th Congress
As they assembled at the US Capitol for the 112th
Congressional session a record number 44 African -
Americans were sworn in as Members of the House of.
Representatives. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) gained nation-
al recognition when its Members met with President Richard Nixon in
March of 1971 and presented him a list of 60 recommendations for gov-
ernmental action on domestic and foreign issues. Today, the CBC, whose
membership is exclusive to Blacks, represents the political aspirations of
13 percent of the American population and comprises 9.6 percent of the
There are no Blacks in this Senate session. The CBC Chair is Emanuel
Cleaver, a three-term Congressman from Kansas City. Cleaver, elected to
Congress from Missouri's 5th District in 2004, is a United Methodist pas-
tor who was Kansas City's Mayor for two-terms. Joining Cleaver will be
four Members newly elected as CBC officers 2011 2013: Del. Donna M.
Christensen (D- U.S. Virgin Islands) as First Vice-Chair; Representative
G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) as Second Vice-Chair; Representative Yvette D.
Clarke (D-NY) as Secretary; and Representative Andre Carson (D-IN) as
Whip. Like Cleaver's Congressional District, most CBC Members' dis-
tricts are not majority-Black. Except for the D.C. District, a mainland US
Congressional District usually has about 700,000 residents.
The CBC is officially non-partisan, but in practice it has been closely
identified with the Democratic Party, and tends to function as a lobbying
group within that Party. Only four Black Republicans have been elected to
Congress since the CBC was founded: Senator Edward W. Brooke of
Massachusetts, Representative Gary Franks of Connecticut, Delegate
Melvin H. Evans of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Representative J. C. Watts
of Oklahoma, who became the first Black member of Congress that did not
join the CBC citing its close Democratic affiliation and goals. Watts said
of his refusal to join the CBC, "...they said that I had sold out and was an
'Uncle Tom'... and I said well, they deserve to have that view. But I have
my thoughts... and I think they're race-hustling poverty pimps."
Because of their tilt toward the Democratic Party, CBC members were
uniquely impacted when Republicans won control of the House of
Representatives. In the 112th, CBC members lose three full committee
chairmanships and over a dozen subcommittee chairmanships. As a result,
the CBC and its members' clout and influence are greatly diminished and
scrambling to identify ways to leverage their power.
New to congress and the CBC are Hanson Clark who defeated Carolyn
Cheeks Kilpatrick in their Detroit primary; Terri Sewell is the first Black
female Congressperson from Alabama. She replaced Artur Davis who lost
his bid for governor. Karen Bass, who was Speaker of the California
Assembly, replaced retiring Congresswoman Diane Watson. Cedric
Richmond now holds the New Orleans seat formally held by convicted
felon William Jefferson. And Frederica Wilson took over the Florida seat
that has been held by Kendrick Meek and his mother Corrine before him.
All the new Democrat Members are former state or local elected officials.
The two new Black Republican Members come from majority-White dis-
tricts and are split in their allegiance to the CBC agenda. Rep. Allen West
(R-FL) is a retired Army Colonel who will join the CBC, while Rep. Tim
Scott, a former South Carolina state legislator and owner of an insurance
business, will not.
Because of the November 2010 elections, Republicans gained the major-
ity in the House and at their behest, the 112th Congress was opened by
readings of the US Constitution. Each Member of Congress read an aver-
age of 17 words. Georgia Congressman John Lewis was given a standing
ovation when he read the 13th Amendment, which bans "slavery [and]
involuntary servitude." Before the readings, Illinois Congressman Jesse
Jackson, Jr. pointed out that the original document counted "Blacks as
three-fifths of a person". To illustrate the plight of the 14 million
Americans that are either under or unemployed, Congressman Jackson has
asked job-seekers to send their r6sum6s to him at
ResumesforAmerica@mail.house.gov. Or to: 2419 Rayburn House Office
Building, Washington, DC 20009.
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Black flight from big cities
could dilute, shift political power Jrr
Black residents are increasingly
departing large U.S. cities, a shift
that could affect African-American
political power, according to data
from the first results of the U.S.
Census Bureau's population survey.
The population of the nation's
capital now exceeds 600,000 resi-
dents, 53 percent of whom are
Black, and there has been a gain of
nearly 30,000 new Washingtonians
since a decade ago. But, according
to Census Bureau data released last
month and cited by The Washington
Post, much of the increase is due to
an ongoing influx of Hispanics and
Whites moving into the city-a
change brought on by a gentrifica-
tion process that has forced many
Blacks out of city neighborhoods.
According to the Post, Blacks in
D.C. face the prospect of being a
population minority in the city by
the time of the next census in 2020.
In New York, the number of
Blacks leaving the city has exceed-
ed 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, according to GBM
The Post also reported that,
according to census data, Los
Angeles has seen its Black popula-
tion shrink from around 18% in
1970 to 9.9 percent four years ago.
Though a growing number of
people are seeking out warmer cli-
mates, census results show that
Blacks appear to be returning to
family roots in the South or relocat-
ing to suburbs near cities they are
The population shift could dilute
Black political power, which first
Eastside Divas show their star power
The Eastside Divas showed they have what it takes to wow
Jacksonville audiences at the season opening Amateur Night at the
Ritz. the stepping youngsters beat out other talent in the youth cate-
gory to take home a cash price and to advance to the semi-finals.
Taking top honors in the adult category was Tasha King who sang
grew from the concentration of
Blacks in major urban jurisdictions,
according to GBM News.
"African-Americans are a large
part of the population in several of
the states that are losing representa-
tives," said Margaret Simms, a fel-
low at The Urban Institute in D.C.
"But they are also a large part of the
population in several states that will
The results of this year's U.S.
Census reveal that, as of this past
spring, the United States is a nation
of more than 308 million people. At
the same time, America's once stag-
gering population growth also
dipped to its lowest point in seven
But not to worry, according to a
spokesman for the Washington,
D.C.-based Population Reference
Bureau. "We have a youthful popu-
lation that will create population
momentum through a large number
of births, relative to deaths, for
years to come," bureau spokesman
Mark Mather told MSNBC.com.
An updated, specific count of the
country's Black population will not
be available until February, when
the Census Bureau will release
demographic data by states on a
rolling basis so their governments
can start the local redistricting
process, according to a Census
"The figures we released on Dec.
21 were only state and national
population numbers. We haven't
released any other information and
it won't be released until next year,"
said spokeswoman Malkia
McLeod. "We don't have numbers
yet for any one group specifically,
we just have an overall population
number. The rest of that informa-
tion will be rolling out throughout
Haiti, a year after the quake, still waiting to rebuild
by J.M. Katz
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti The
man's body was face down, his
white dress shirt shining like wax in
the sun, as he was unearthed in the
ruins of a central Port-au-Prince
restaurant a year after the earth-
That bodies are still being found
in rubble is a sign of how far Haiti
has to go to recover from a disaster
that left the capital in ruins and is
estimated to have killed more than
As the dust was still settling from
the Jan. 12, 2010, disaster, volun-
teers and hundreds of aid groups
flocked in with food, water and first
aid that saved countless lives. But
the effort to rebuild has been
dwarfed by the size of the tragedy,
the extent of the need and, perhaps
most fatally, the lack of leadership
and coordination of more than
10,000 disorganized non-govern-
The international community
"has not done enough to support
good governance and effective
leadership in Haiti," the aid group
Oxfam said in a recent report. "Aid
agencies continue to bypass local
and national authorities in the deliv-
ery of assistance, while donors are
not coordinating their actions or
consulting the Haitian people."
Less than 5 percent of debris has
been cleared, leaving enough to fill
dump trucks parked bumper to
bumper halfway around the world.
In the broken building where the
man was found, workers hired to
clear rubble by hand found two
other people's remains.
Meanwhile, about a million peo-
ple remain homeless and neighbor-
hood-sized homeless camps look
like permanent shantytowns on the
fields and plazas of the capital. A
cholera epidemic erupted outside
the earthquake zone that has killed
more than 3,600 people, and an
electoral crisis threatens to break an
fragile political stability.
The promise of a better Haiti
remains just that.
"The problem is that at a certain
point the international community
gave the impression they could
solve the problem quickly.... I think
there was an excess of optimism,"
said Ericq Pierre, Haiti's representa-
tive to the Inter-American
Development Bank in Washington.
Progress has been slow across the
board, starting with the
The U.S.-based RAND organiza-
tion said donors and the Haitian
government are responsible for
more not being cleared. Haitian
workers are not given personal
equipment while heavy lifters have
been blocked by customs officials
at the border, the report said. The
government has also not designated
sufficient dumping space.
It does not help that the fees col-
lected by customs officials such
as those blocking the large rubble-
removing equipment are one of
the few bright spots in a Haitian
economy that was already the worst
in the hemisphere before contract-
ing by 7 percent over 2010, accord-
ing to the World Bank.
With nowhere to build, construc-
tion of new housing has barely
begun. A key underlying issue is
sorting out Haiti's broken system of
land ownership, where several peo-
ple will hold seemingly equal
claims to the same plot of land.
Meanwhile, only 15 percent of
needed temporary shelters have
been built, with few permanent
water and sanitation facilities.
Internationally financed inspec-
tors have certified houses where
people can return, but indications
are that few have.
The inaugural Jacksonville class is shown above with program coordinator Kim Everett, POPS
CEO Monica Spires, Sen. Tony Hill and program creator Sen. Gary Siplin of Orlando.
Innovative POPS program kicks off at Ribault
Students guaranteed summer internships in professional careers
"POPS" (Professional Opportun-
ities Program for Students, Inc.), a
non-profit community-based organ-
ization, which started in Orlando in
2001, organized a chapter last week
at Ribault High School.
Guided by the motto, "Building
Character In Teens To Believe And
Succeed," forty students were
selected from Raines, Ribault and
A. Phillip Randolph Academy..
Participants are selected by applica-
tion which includes an essay and
mandatory minimum 2.0 GPA.
As part of their curriculum, stu-
dents will attend Saturday work-
shops that work on strengthening
their future in a variety of areas.
They will also participate in college
tours and hands-on interaction with
local success stories. In addition,
their summer will be filled with an
eight week paid internship in their
respective intended career choice.
The kick-off workshop focused on
goal setting presented by Ribault's
Activity Director Rhodesia Butler.
Founded by Sen. Gary Siplin of
Orlando, F1 the program is the
brainchild of his consulting con-
stituents as to how he could best
serve them. The answer was a
resounding "by helping the chil-
dren" according to local program
administrator Kim Everett.
Next, the students will cover
financial management and health
For minorities, new 'digital divide' evident
When the personal computer rev-
olution began decades ago, Latinos
and blacks were much less likely
to use one of the marvelous new
machines. Then, when the Internet
began to change life as we know it,
these groups had less access to the
Web and slower online connec-
tions placing them on the
wrong side of the "digital divide."
Today, as mobile technology puts
computers in our pockets, Latinos
and blacks are more likely than the
general population to access the
Web by cell phone, and to use
them more often to do more things.
But now some see a new "digital
divide" emerging with Latinos
and blacks being challenged by
more, not less, access to technolo-
gy. It's tough to fill out a job appli-
cation on a cell phone, for exam-
ple. Researchers have noticed signs
of segregation online that perpetu-
ate divisions in the physical world.
And blacks and Latinos may be
using their increased Web access
more for entertainment than
'Challenges still there'
Fifty-one percent of Hispanics
and 46 percent of blacks use their
phones to access the Internet, com-
pared with 33 percent of whites,
according to a July 2010 Pew poll.
Forty-seven percent of Latinos and
41 percent of blacks use their
phones for e-mail, compared with
30 percent of whites.
The figures for using social media
like Facebook via phone were 36
percent for Latinos, 33 percent for
blacks and 19 percent for whites.
A greater percentage of whites
than blacks and Latinos still have
broadband access at home, but lap-
top ownership is now about even
for all these groups, after black lap-
top ownership jumped from 34 per-
cent in 2009 to 51 percent in 2010,
according to Pew.
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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.
El Beth-el Come Together Day
The pastor officers and members of the Greater El Beth-el Divine Holiness
Church invite the community to worship for their Come Together Day
Celebration January 23rd at 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be Attorney Seth
Rothstein. There will also be several civic and political leaders to share and
bring greetings. For more information call 710-1586. Dinner will be served
New Year Revival at Greater Grant
Memorial AME begins January 20th
Reclaim and restore in 2011 at the New Year Revival hosted by Greater
Grant Memorial AME Church on Thursday and Friday, January 20th 21st,
with the anointed Reverend Marcius 0. King as the revivalist. Services
begin 7:00 pm nightly. Come experience electrifying preaching and gospel
music at its finest while your soul is revived. The church is located at 5533
Gilchrist Road (Sibbald @ Gilchrist); Reverend F.D. Richardson, Jr. is the
pastor. Call (904) 764-5992 for more information.
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 email@example.com. Cash prizes will be awarded to
winners in addition to a 1 year family membership to all participants.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
White preacher reflects on 40 years at a Black Church
by D. Bradley McClatchy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- His
preaching days over, the Rev. Sam
Mann wants to set the record
Shame, the other way would
make a great movie:
White boy grows up in Alabama
small town during the civil rights
era, his father a hard-drinking racist.
The son rejects dad, marches with
King and becomes a hippie preach-
er. At a black church in Kansas City,
he spends 40 years doing good
deeds for his flock.
True all. But Mann says he can't
let stand the notion that his story is
what he did for others; that he was
some sort of white savior.
"The black community saved
me," he said. "My own people didn't
want me. I had nowhere to go."
By 1968, Mann had essentially
been exiled by the white Methodist
church around Kansas City. Took
the pony-tailed, motorcycle-riding
preacher all of two years to earn that
Two congregations ran him off
because of his constant harping on
civil rights and opposition to the
war in Vietnam.
Then another chance. A black
church on Kansas City's east side
offered a job to a white guy from the
heart of Dixie, who drawled like
George Wallace, and whose father, a
traveling salesman, would stay only
in motels that guaranteed a "colored
person" never had slept in the bed.
But it was at St. Mark Union
where the young preacher found a
home. For 40 years he served the
church as a beloved pastor and
advocate for its community. He took
that southern drawl and learned to
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Rev. Sam Mann says "Thank God for Black folks" in his life experience.
"whoop" with the best black preach- been in the trenches with him. He's
ers in town. a warrior and a beautiful brother."
That was the easy part, said He was born in 1940 in Eufaula,
Mann, 70, the ponytail now gray. Ala., a small town on the banks of
The biggest challenge, he said in the Chattahoochee River, about 90
an interview last week, was his miles southeast of Montgomery.
"unacknowledged white privilege." The oldest of three boys, his
"I had to give it up everyday." father sold clothes and his mother
A nebulous term "unacknowl- worked in a sock mill. His father
edged white privilege," but general- drank, his mother, a "long-suffering,
ly considered the societal and insti- saintly woman," took his abuse.
tutional benefits of being a white Mann was on the small side, but
man in a black culture. captained the high school football
The Rev. Nelson "Fuzzy" team.
Thompson said Mann never played At age 15, Mann heard his calling
that card. and began to preach at the
"And that's what made him so Methodist church in Eufaula. About
respected in the black community," that same time, Rosa Parks refused
said Thompson, who heads the to give up her seat on a
Kansas City chapter of the Southern Montgomery bus.
Christian Leadership Conference. Sam Mann hardly has sat down
"He just wanted to serve. I've since.
To him, preaching meant speak-
ing out for social justice, which he
did throughout his years at
Birmingham Southern College and
later at seminary school at Duke
University. The Civil Rights Era
boiled over with marches, clashes
and violence that played out nightly
on Walter Cronkite.
On a day in 1963, Mann returned
home to Eufaula on break to work
with youth at a local church. He
made clear his outrage over Gov.
George Wallace's stand at the
University of Alabama's door to
block entry for two African-
That night his father, having heard
of what his son told the Eufaula
teens, came home late, drunk,
roused him from sleep and accused
him of speaking out in favor of
"That was the beginning of the
end for my father and me," Mann
said. "He was embarrassed I was his
"It was the end at that church, too.
They never invited me back."
Lobster covered the plate, but a
scolding would be the main course
that 1966 day at the Carriage Club.
Mann knew he was in trouble
when the board member for St.
John's United Methodist Church
invited him to lunch.
Things had turned rocky since the
church had recruited him out of
Duke to be an associate pastor. It
was a great job for a young minister.
Nice house, connections.
Continued on page 7
Over 1,000 churches participating
in 21 day "Awakening" fast
Over 1,000 churches representing
more than 1 million people in vari-
ous faiths are participating in a a
21-day Awakening fast that began
on Jan. 10. The goal of the fast is to
refocus and reconnect spiritually
and strengthen one's relationship
"This will be your best year ever
- if it is your best year spiritually,"
said Pastor Stovall Weems, founder
and pastor of Celebration Church,
which leads the Awakening fast.
Stovall Weems began cultivating
a culture of prayer and fasting with
his staff during the early years of
Celebration Church and later
encouraged the entire congregation
to participate. Three years ago, they
began inviting churches across the
country to participate in the three
week fast. Since then, the results of
the Awakening 21-day commitment
have been inspiring: participants
have received spiritual renewness;
churches have seen tremendous
growth and revival; and non-believ-
ers have dedicated their lives to
Christ. There have also been testi-
monies of marriages being restored,
physical healing and many other
answers to prayers.
While many churches, including
Craig Groeschel's LIfechurch.tv,
Jentezen Franklin's Free Chapel,
Steven Furtick's Elevation Church,
Greg Surratt's Seacoast Church and
Ed Young's Fellowship Church,
will be participating collectively,
individuals will also be able to log
onto http://www.awake21.org to get
their "spiritual meal" each day.
Online, participants in the fast will
be able to hear unique sermons and
devotions from pastors across the
country that will correspond with
In late 2010, Stovall Weems
released a book, "Awakening: A
New Approach to Faith, Fasting
and Spiritual Freedom". Through
the book, which corresponds with
the principles behind the
Awakening fast, Stovall Weems
shows readers how to recharge spir-
itually through a 21-day guide
focusing on prayer and fasting.
Through the book and the
Awakening fast, Stovall Weems
shows churches and believers how
to develop passionate Christianity,
which Stovall Weems says should
be the norm for every believer not
"Fasting is something that has
become very trendy in the secular
world for health reasons but for
Christians the spiritual benefits of
fasting are even greater," Stovall
Weems said. "Making fasting and
prayer a part of your life will have a
bigger impact on your life than you
In Stovall Weem's book,
"Awakening," he walks the reader
through the spiritual and health
benefits of fasting. He explains the
"new school of fasting" and rebuts
some misperceptions of the fasting
experience. The book also contains
personal testimonies from people
who have participated in the fast.
For more information about the
21-day fast or the book, visit:
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What's a man to do when his part-
ner is going through "the change?"
Menopause is about more than just
a woman's period stopping, and you
can both survive the challenges if
you know what to expect. Many
women don't know what to expect
when the change starts and
because of this, their husbands and
continued from page 6
But the young preacher quickly
irritated some in the congregation
by speaking out on civil rights, fire
hoses in Selma, the military indus-
trial complex and the U.S. escala-
tion in Vietnam.
He was "relocated" to several
church before finding his perma-
For 40 years he worked tirelessly
to feed the hungry, house the home-
less, train the unskilled and help
minority entrepreneurs open busi-
nesses. He helped organize the first
National Urban Peace and Justice
Summit to address gang violence.
He was part of a local effort to
riise money to replace black
churches burned in the South.
In 1993, when a jury acquitted
two Los Angeles police officers in
the Rodney King beating case, set-
ting off riots across the country,
Mann told The Kansas City Star he
was amazed at the media frenzy.
"He's never been afraid to speak
out, and he's certainly been worth
getting out of bed for on Sunday
Mann is a husband, father of
three and grandfather. He tries to
get back yearly to Alabama, usual-
ly in time for fresh lady peas.
Mann retired because he thinks
St. Mark needs new leadership -
someone younger, more detailed
oriented and better with new tech-
"I'm pretty sloppy with details,
and I can use a cell phone and I can
text that's about it," he said,
He has retired, but he is not quit-
ting. The man has hardly sat down
since Rosa Parks refused to get up.
"I'll always be down along 12th
It's the place that took him in
when no one else would; the street
that saved him, and took him home
significant others can be even more
As a woman approaches
menopause, the stage of life where
menstrual cycles permanently stop,
hormone levels in her body can
fluctuate, resulting in mood swings,
tiredness, and bothersome
menopause symptoms like hot
flashes. With all of these changes, it
can be difficult to figure out what to
do and what not to do to keep
both you and your partner happy
News Flash: How to
Survive Her Hot Flashes
To help keep the peace at home,
consider the following tips:
*Prepare for grumpiness. Unless
you're with one of the few lucky
women who aren't bothered with
menopause symptoms, mood
swings are likely. This happens as
the female hormones estrogen and
progesterone surge and ebb in the
body. Grumpiness can also result
from poor sleep, which menopausal
women experience as they deal
with hot flashes and night sweats.
Flexibility is the key to dealing with
mood swings, even the ones that
seem to be caused by ... nothing. If
your partner is steamed because
you brought home the wrong brand
of milk, for example, give her some
space instead of getting defensive.
Likewise, if she's sobbing at a cat
lend her a shoul-
der to cry on. And,
complain if she
turns the thermo-
stat to just a few
Be patient in the
can, quite literal-
ly, be a sore spot
for a woman
S going through
drop, the tissue in
and around the
vagina can dry
out, making it
When women go
t h r o u g h
menopause, it just
They can get cuts just from using
toilet paper. Many women also tend
to lose interest in sex during
menopause because their levels of
the male hormone testosterone,
which helps fuel libido, can drop
along with other hormones. The
bottom line? Be patient. If your
partner just isn't in the mood
(again), don't press the issue. Most
women's libidos usually revive
after menopause is complete. If
she's willing but has physical pain,
suggest she talk to her doctor about
vaginal estrogen creams to help
relieve the dryness.
*Make her feel beautiful. Many
women feel less than feminine as
they go through menopause. Some
mourn the loss of their reproductive
abilities. Others may find their
weight creeping up, even if they're
maintaining their normal diet and
exercise routines. Add that to the
constant hot flashes, the body's
function is in overdrive and
you've got a recipe for one sweaty,
unhappy woman. To help improve
your wife's self-image, remind her
that she looks great. You can also
suggest a date night, a leisurely din-
ner out over a glass of wine, for
example, or even just an evening on
the couch with some movies or
Know that menopause is not for-
ever. Menopause may seem like the
bad gift that keeps on giving, but
you can take comfort in knowing
that things do get better. The transi-
tion into menopause can last up to
eight years or so, but most women
feel their symptoms most acutely
for only about two years. But it
does get better. Things will go back
to the way they were before. Just
offer support. She'll notice that, and
The men's guide to menopause
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out juvenile crime
DEEN Wellness Center and the
E3 Business Group, Inc. are team-
ing up to increase worthwhile activ-
ities for Duval County youth by
showcasing a "Brawl at the Mall".
The boxing exhibition will intro-
duce a new program to promote
healthy lifestyles and encourage
youth to become involved in
The event will feature local
youth and young adults showcasing
their developing talents in boxing
and feature a special appearance by
former heavyweight champion
Pinklon Thomas. The night of box-
ing will be held on Saturday,
January 15, 2011 at DEEN
Wellness Center. (5290-4 Norwood
Ave. at the Gateway Mall) at 8 p.m.
The event will be hosted by Senator
Tony Hill who will also pay tribute
to Dr Martin Luther King's birthday
as a "Champion for Civil Rights".
The event was inspired by Coach
Yasin Majjid who developed a sim-
ilar project in Cleveland, Ohio.
Yasin is a fitness trainer who pro-
motes fitness through boxing.
For more info or ticket informa-
tion contact DEEN Wellness Center
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of community service while others
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FLORIDA March of Dimes Florida Chapter is seeking proposals for
grant projects for community-based programs addressing the health con-
cerns of pregnant women and infants in Florida.
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available on our web site at marchofdimes.com/florida. Completed
applications are due no later than February 15, 2011. Please contact
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are available in amounts of up to $3,000.
"These grants are one way the March of Dimes pursues its mission to
give every baby a healthy start," according to Valerie Browne-Krimsley,
RN, Ph.D., March of Dimes Program Services Committee Chair.
The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mis-
sion is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, pre-
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
EWC Alumni will be Friday, January 14th from will include a Youth Basketball
11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Center is Tournament and Old Timers
membership drive located across from the Tax Football Game featuring DJ Roach.
The Edward Waters College Collector's Office and walk-ins are Bring your own grill. All children
Office of Alumni Affairs will host welcome. Free services include will eat free. For more information,
an alumni membership drive on health screenings (blood pressure, call Cookie Brown at 405-3723.
blood sugar, choles-
_d a iterol) and MLK Parade
Spend MLK Day with The annual MLK day Parade will
Hands on Jacksonville take place on Monday, January
Help HandsOn Jacksonville celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a 17th, 2011. To register or more
fun day of service and celebration on Monday, January 17, 2011. information, visit mlkfdn.com
Together, HandsOn Jacksonville and the Teacher's Supply Depot are hosting a or call 807-8358. The parade
family crafting event from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., supplying many area nonprof- travels through downtown
its with items to help the community in need. Later there will be a showing of Jacksonville starting at 10 a.m.
the History Channel's inspiring film King, with a community discussion fol-
lowing. The documentary will be at two separate times, 3:15 to 5 p.m., and Lift Ev'ry Voice and
from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Events are free, but pre-registration is required to Sing MLK Concert
attend. You can register or find out more about these events at
www.handsonjacksonville.com. The Jacksonville Children's
wChorus will present the 2nd Annual
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.
Free health checks
at Shands Gateway
The Grand Opening of the new
Shands Welness and Education
Center located at the Gateway Mall
health education. For more info,
call Cheryl Kinson at (904) 244-
T. Valentine to honor
The Tillman Valentine Consistory
#22 will honor all Past
Commanders at their 38th. Annual
Election Banquet to be held on
January 15th, 2011, 7:30 p.m. at
the Wilbur Femander Scottish Rite
Center, 29 West 6th. Street. For
more information regarding the
Banquet or Tillman Valentine
Consistory #22, contact Peer,
Arther J. Mincey, Commander-in-
Chief at 813-5288.
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
King Day "Lift Ev'ry Voice and
Sing" Concert, Monday, January
17, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Times-
Union Center. Channel 12 anchor
Joy Purdy and author Rodney Hurst
will serve as Masters of
Ceremonies. Performers include
choruses from local schools and
churches. Call 353-1636 for more
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.
The Boylan-Haven Alumnae
Association will host their 25th
Annual Martin Luther King Jr.
Birthday Celebration on Monday,
January 17th at St. Gabriel's
Episcopal Church, 5235 Moncrief
Road W. The program begins at
11:00 a.m. and is free and open to
the public. For more information,
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.
Ringling Bro. Circus
The annual Ringling Brothers and
Barnum and Bailey Circus will be
at the Veterans Memorial Arena
January 20-23. For tickets and
showtimes, call 355-2787.
Drum Line Live
Come experience a professional
drum line live at the Times Union
Center for Performing Arts.
Drumline Live, a show-stopping
attraction created by the music team
behind the hit movie Drumline,
brings show-style marching bands
to the theatrical stage. The one time
performance will be held on
Saturday, January 22nd. Call
632-3015 for tickets or more info.
Learn to grow
vegetables from seeds
There will ne a class that will teach
you how to grow vegetables from
seeds on Saturday, January 22
from 10:00 AM Noon.
Participants will learn how to start
their own vegetable garden by plan-
ning seeds. They will take home
their own planted seed tray. The
cost for the class is $15. The class
will be at the Duval County
Extension Office, 1010 N McDuff
Ave. Pre-registration is required.
Call Jeannie at 904-387-8850.
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.
The Duval County extension
Service will host a vegetable work-
shop on Saturday, February 5th
from 10 AM Noon. This work-
shop will cover the basics of grow-
ing warm season vegetables and go
into some detail concerning the par-
ticular vegetables grown in the
warm season. The DCES is located
at 1010 N. McDuff Avenue. Call
Jeannie at 387-8850 to pre-register.
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.
The 13th Annual Kingsley Heritage
Celebration will be held on
February 19th and 26th featuring
a series of events free to the public.
The annual celebration explores the
cultural traditions found in modem
American society, which originated
during the plantation period. The
lineup includes historian Rodney
Hurst, performances by Auntie Roz
and the Afro-Caribbean Dance
Theatre and a master storyteller.
The plantation is located off
Heckscher Drive/AlA, Call 251-
3537 for more detailed information.
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-
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Motown greats remember Teena Marie
Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Queen
Latifah, Shanice Wilson and Motown founder
Berry Gordy Junior were among the luminaries
who honored singer Teena Marie at a private
Gordy and Wonder spoke and Robinson and
Wilson sang as they celebrated the singer's life at
Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
Marie's daughter, Alia Rose Brockert, also remembered her mother.
50 Cent earn 8 million in one day for tweeting
Rapper and actor 50 Cent earned $8.7 million in real
money this week all thanks to some tweets, the New
York Post reported.
The rap star helped pop the shares of the penny stock of
H&H Imports, in which he has a stake, by talking it up
.t on Twitter over the weekend.
"You can double your money right now. Just get what
you can afford," he tweeted.
H&H owns a marketing firm called TV Goods that was founded by Kevin
Harrington of ABC reality show "Shark Tank" fame. 50 later added:
"Check out TVGoods.com official site of Kevin Harrington."
H&H stock gained 29 cents to 39 cents on Monday. That helped boost the
value of the singer's stake by $8.7 million, according to Post reports.
50 Cent, aka Curtis Jackson, reportedly received 30 million shares of
H&H in a private placement last October. In March, the firm's auditor
raised questions about its ability "to continue as a going concern."
Former Thomas girlfriend has book deal
A former girlfriend of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas has a deal
for a "sexually driven" memoir.
Lillian McEwen, who dated Thomas in the 1980s, has signed with
TitleTown Publishing, a Green Bay, Wis.-based publisher specializing in
true crime and "inspirational" survivor stories. "D.C. Unmasked and
Undressed" is scheduled to come out in early February, TitleTown
announced Tuesday, adding that the book was "sexually driven."
McEwen, a retired administrative law judge, broke a long public silence
last fall when she told The Washington Post that Thomas often made inap-
propriate comments and was "obsessed with porn," allegations made by
former Thomas colleague Anita Hill during his 1991 confirmation hear-
ings. Thomas vehemently denied such behavior.
Jay Z invests in chicken restaurant
We know Jay-Z has made sizable investments in
clubs, hotels, and organized sports, etc. Well,
apparently he doesn't have a problem with small
investments, either. .
In fact, you could say he's putting his money "
where his mouth is ... in the chicken wang bidness. ,
The Z, along with his mother Gloria and sister -
Andrea secretly invested in a buffalo wing outlet in Brooklyn called
Buffalo Boss is already making a positive impact in the community -
recently rewarding outstanding students at a local middle school with
Jamie Foxx complains about racial profiling
Like many Black men in America, Jamie Foxx is feel-
l'd ing the sting of racial profiling.
-., 0 He's had a taste of it in Los Angeles when cops pulled
Jhim over in the affluent Westlake area. He feels the inci-
dent was spurred from racial profiling.
"I get pulled over all the time. I live in Westlake. A
Black man in Westlake? That just don't happen," WENN quoted Foxx as
saying. "I got pulled over the other day for being Black and happy. 'What's
all that smiling about? You're smiling back there.' I was guilty."
The murder investigation of Notorious B.I.G warming up
The case of Christopher Wallace, better
known to world as the Notorious B.I.G, has
been cold for some time now, but according
to a report from CNN, things have been
heating up lately.
A task force made up of local and federal
law-enforcement agencies is now actively i
pursuing leads, reports CNN.
The investigation into the Brooklyn rap- ,.
per's 1997 murder in Los Angeles was
"reinvigorated" several months ago, accord- .
ing to one source, as a result of new infor-
Theories abound regarding Wallace's murder, the prevailing one being
that it was payback for the murder of Tupac Shakur six months earlier.
Retired Los Angeles Police Detective Russell Poole, who worked on the
Wallace case, says Shakur's record label's owner (Suge Knight) ordered
the hit from prison, and that a rogue policeman helped carry it out.
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..A They're back: 'The Game' cast talks season four
BET just presented the cast of
"The Game" at the Television
Critics Association Press Tour to
discuss the show's return for season
four and its transition from the CW
- including moving production
from Los Angeles to Atlanta, work-
ing with new sets (after the old ones
were destroyed) and the challenge
of actors picking up where the char-
acters left off two years earlier.
The first order of business for
executive producer Mara Brock
Akil was getting the original cast
back together and on board for new
episodes once it was cancelled by
the CW. With everyone under con-
tract and ready to work, writers
were finally given the green light to
begin working on new scripts.
"Our writers were chomping at
the bit," said co-executive producer
Salim Akil. "Everybody came into
that room with stories to tell. We
really pulled all of our stories from
our own lives. We knew these char-
When the new season began this
week, we saw Derwin Davis (Pooch
Hall) and Melanie Bamett-Davis
(Tia Mowry Hardrict) their wed-
ding as the celebrity "it" couple.
Derwin is now a star, and Melanie
The cast of the Game has returned to primetime.
has willingly traded in her residen- future in reality television.
cy for the demands of being an ath- Meanwhile, former San Diego
lete's wife. Sabers' star team captain Jason Pitts
Tasha Mack (Wendy Raquel (Coby Bell) has found a new career
Robinson) continues to make her in sports commentating, and the
mark in sports management now fun-loving Malik Wright (Hosea
that she has rebuilt Derwin's career. Chanchez) continues to be the life
Kelly Pitts (Brittany Daniel), the of the party, but may take things too
former Mrs. Jason Pitts, tries to far this time around.
finesse her past as a football play- Moving the show's sets from
her's wife to leverage a lucrative L.A. to the ATL wasn't even an
issue, considering the characters
had all moved on to lives that
required different surroundings
"In all honesty, I think the [L.A.]
sets were destroyed," noted Brock
Akil. "But even if they weren't, I
remember Derwin and Melanie;
they couldn't stay in that apartment
any longer, so they had to move.
Malik had been building his house
for three seasons now. It started off
mother and son living together, then
son moved out; he moved to a loft
while his house was being built. So
yeah, it makes sense the sets would
change. We got to shoot a lot on
location in Atlanta, too. "
As for the challenge of getting the
gang back together, said Hall, "I
think I can speak for the cast noth-
ing meant more to us."
"All of us, we're definitely like a
big family," added Mowry. "To be
built back up together is an amazing
Bell said, "We all knew from the
very beginning we had a really spe-
cial thing. None of us wanted it to
end. When we knew there was a
chance to have it back, we all tried
our best to make it happen."
Vick headed to Pro Bowl following Cinderella season
Michael Vick's comeback is what dreams are made of.
It's all over for Michael Vick and because the Eagles (10-7) are going
the Philadelphia Eagles. Sunday home.
they were defeated by the Green This was Green Bay's third
Bay Packers 21-16. The game, ,straight wjn ill ai elimination game.
ended in the final 45 second when The Packers routed the Giants on
Vick threw an interception that was Dec. 26 to stay alive in the playoff
picked off by a Green Bay defend-
race, and beat Chicago last week to
secure a playoff berth.
The Eagles were the talk of the
NFL after a sensational comeback
win at the New York Giants on Dec.
19. But a stunning loss to lowly
Minnesota on Dec. 28 cost the NFC
East champions a chance at a first-
round bye, and it seemed their
Super Bowl hopes went down with
Then again, the Eagles might
have advanced if Pro Bowl kicker
David Akers hadn't missed field
goals of 41 and 34 yards.
"We can all count, and those
points would have helped," Eagles
coach Andy Reid said.
The supposedly one-dimensional
Packers found a running game by
giving the ball to Starks. The sixth-
round pick who played in just three
games had 101 yards rushing all
year. The Packers had trouble run-r
ning all year after Ryan Grant went
down for the season in Week 1. But
they exposed weaknesses in
The Eagles got within 21-16
when Vick sneaked in from the 1
with 4:02 left. The 2-point conver-
sion failed, but the defense held and
Philadelphia got the ball back at the
Packers 34 with 1:45 left.
Vick completed passes of 28
yards to DeSean Jackson and 11
yards to Cooper before he threw the
pick from the 27.
Jackson and Cooper both thought
Vick should've spiked the ball and
called a huddle. But he had other
"I just feel we rushed that last
play and we didn't have to rush it,"
Jackson said. "That's what I was
trying to say. 'Just down the ball,
just spike the ball, just kind of get
back to the huddle and regroup.'
But he called 'All go." We just ran
whavt .i, cAlle so thai's neither
here nor there. It's just unfortu-
"I feel like I got greedy and took
a shot at the end zone," Vick said
about his last pass. "I didn't throw
the ball I wanted and got picked.
It's not the way I wanted to go out,
but I went down swinging. I have to
learn from it."
Vick has come a long way since
he was one of the game's biggest
stars during his days in Atlanta. He
missed two seasons while serving
18 months in prison for his role in a
dogfighting operation, played spar-
ingly in a backup role last year and
only got his chance after Matthews
knocked Kevin Kolb out in Green
Bay's 27-20 win in Philadelphia in
Vick made the most of the oppor-
tunity. He had the best season of his
career and was selected to start the
Pro Bowl for the NFC.
Vick can go to Hawaii now
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