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Florida Rep. introduces bill
requiring teachers to grade parents
The late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis famously said, "If we fail as par-
ents, nothing else we do really matters."
If the controversial efforts of Florida State Rep. Kelli Stargel are suc-
cessful, not only will nothing else matter, parents will receive a report
card documenting their ineptitude. Stargel introduced a bill that requires
public school teachers to grade the parents of students in kindergarten
through the third grade as either "satisfactory," "unsatisfactory," or
"needs improvement." The grade will be documented on the student's
"We have student accountability, we have teacher accountability and we
have administration accountability, the GOP legislator said. "This was
the missing link, which was, look at the parent and making sure the par-
ents are held accountable."
In the late 1990s, the implementation of the Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test (FCAT) stirred discontentment throughout communities
across the state as it ushered in an era of renewed accountability.
However, critics didn't see it that way, voicing their valid concerns that
teachers were being distracted from vital lessons to ensure that students
were passing a standardized test.
Ohio Governor facing ire
for hiring all white cabinet
Ohio's new governor is facing ire from across the state for hiring an all
white cabinet. He claims that he is only hiring the best for his adminis-
tration and race does not play a part in his selection. State senator Nina
Turner, a Cleveland Democrat, told Cleveland's Plain Dealer, "Through
his actions and deeds, Gov. John Kasich has seemingly declared that
Ohio is open for business, but if you are African-American, you need not
apply. If you are Hispanic, you need not apply. If you are Asian or Indian,
you need not apply."
She also alleges that in a heated discussion with Kasich he said, "I don't
need your people." Immediately, she had no idea what to do with this
statement. His spokesman has since tried to clear it up saying that he
meant "partisan democrats." But not only is he having a problem adding
color to his administration, there's other racial flags being thrown up. In
January, he signed a resolution to celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King
Jr. holiday on March 17 St. Patrick's Day instead of Jan. 17, the
correct date. He also shunned the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference's invitation to attend the tenth annual Martin Luther King Jr.
celebration while he was in the city. And the list goes on.
Schools can compete nationwide for
Obama commencement address
WASHINGTON The White House is offering public high schools
across the country a chance to win a commencement address by President
For the second year in a row, the White House is challenging students
to demonstrate how their school prepares them for college and a career.
Obama will speak at the winning school's graduation, as he did last year
at Michigan's Kalamazoo Central High School.
The contest is part of Obama's Race to the Top education initiative to
reform the nation's schools.
The White House says more than 1,000 high schools competed in last
SCLC picks new leader
after rebuff by Bernice King
ATLANTA The Southern Christian Leadership Conference has elect-
ed a new president after the daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
refused to take the position earlier this month.
The Rev. Howard Creecy Jr. was elected Sunday in Kenner, La. He is
pastor of Olivet Church in Fayetteville, Ga., and a native of Mobile, Ala.
More recently, he was SCLC's interim president.
Creecy was elected at the civil rights group's annual chapters and affil-
iates meeting, where the SCLC certified 30 new chapters across the
South, raising the number of chapters to 110.
The SCLC was co-founded in 1957 by King. Over the weekend, King's
nephew, Isaac Ferris Jr., was elected vice president. Martin Luther King
III, a former SCLC president, is also on its board of directors.
Malawi set to make "breaking
wind" a punishable crime
Breaking wind is set to be made a crime in an African country.
The government of Malawi plan to punish persistent offenders 'who foul
the air' in a bid to 'mould responsible and disciplined citizens.'
But locals fear that pinning responsibility on the crime will be difficult -
and may lead to miscarriages of justice as 'criminals' attempt to blame
others for their offence.
The crime will be enforceable in a new 'Local Court' system which will
also have powers to punish a range of other crimes in the bill set to be
debated in the country's parliament.
These include insulting the modesty of a woman, challenging to fight a
duel, and trespassing on a burial place.
It also outlaws pretending to be a fortune teller, according to local press
in the country.
Opposition leaders complain the new courts will be 'kangaroo courts'.
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Flanked by members of the state
legislature, local clergy and alum-
nus of the schools in focus, NAACP
President Isaiah Rumlin read a
statement in front of the Duval
County School Board declaring the
looming closure of the areas Black
high schools will not be tolerated.
The schools in question include
Raines, Ribault and Jackson High
Schools in addition to Nothshore K-
8, institutions that all have a pre-
dominantly black student popula-
The state has asked the Duval
County School Board to pick one of
three options: Turn them into char-
ters, close the schools or hand them
over to an outside agency tor man-
agement. Instead, the DCSB devel-
oped a "Plan D" that would create a
unique community board made up
of families, business leaders, clergy
and nonprofit leaders that would
have direct input to the
Superintendent on issues like cur-
riculum, instruction and staffing for
each school. Their unanimous vote
also includes splitting the schools
up into smaller schools, meaning
the schools would still stand, but
inside each would be two separate
schools with specific career or aca-
Isaiah Rumlin, the president of
the NAACP's Jacksonville chapter,
said that if the state ended up forc- "These schools are in our com-
ing one of these options on the dis- munity, and we are are sick and
trict, the NAACP would be willing tired of our children being left
to file a lawsuit. He said the behind because of the actions of the
changes would hurt the communi- Duval County School Board and
ties by driving more children out of superintendent," Rumlin said.
the neighborhoods. Continued on page 5
Matthew Gilbert celebrates
13th all class reunion
Homegoing services set for commu-
nity trustee, noted gospel musician
Shown above are this years Class of 1961 honorees which included
Joyce McCall, Francina Dunbar and Ruth Waters McKay. R Silver photo
The alumni and administration of Matthew Gilbert held their 13th All
Class Reunion at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel last weekend. The
festive gala which included classes from 1952-1970 culminated two days
of activities. This year's event was again chaired by James Daniels and
Jackie Lucas Surrency and took an entire year to plan to bring together
hundreds of Gilbert Panthers. The Class of 1961 received special honors
as they celebrated their 50th year donning white attire and tuxedos. They
were saluted to the tune, This Magic Moment. Also honored with special
awards were Elbert "Ootie" Robinson, Earline Toby Lockett, Rev.
Landon Williams, Judge Henry Adams, Sylvia Bowman and the I.L.A.
Master of Ceremonies Charles Griggs kept the evening flowing with
humor and class. The 'party with a purpose' also furthered the role of edu-
cation with the awarding of scholarships. As in previous years, the event
closed with the much anticipated "Roll Call" provided by legendary Coach
Nathaniel Washington. For more photos see page 9.
Means Born and raised on the
Eastside of Jacksonville, well
known health care advocate
Elizabeth Means passed last week
at the age of 74.
In her noted 41 year career, she
rose from emergency room
licensed practical nurse to vice
president of community relations at
Shands Jacksonville. Along the
way she worked tirelessly to bring
healthcare to the city's underserved
She received numerous honors
and her vast memberships included
Leadership Jacksonville, Leader-
ship Florida, Alpha Kappa Alpha,
Sorority, Inc. Chi Eta Phi Sorority
and the Links, Inc.
She is survived by her nine chil-
dren: David Martin, Lucious
Mobley, Jennell Riley, Darryl
Mobley, Latisha Zink, Latricia
Means, Karen Knight, Timothy
Means Jr., Michelle McGruder and
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, February 4th at St. Matthew
Baptist Church on Moncrief Road.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m.
Saturday at Macedonia Baptist
Church, 1880 Edgewood Ave. W.
Harris Archie Harris Sr. 69 of
Jacksonville. Fl. Passed away after
a long illness in his home on
Saturday January 29, 2011.
He is survived by his wife of 31
years Betty H. Harris, his loved and
devoted children, Archie Bernard
Harris Jr. (Valerie), Latencel
Harris, Sonja Wynn (Byron), Carol
Way (Jeffery), Claris Hawkins
(Calvin,) 9 grand-children, 2 great-
grand, 2 sisters Edith Ross and
Susie Walker, A host of nieces,
nephews, cousins, relatives and
Mr. Harris was employed at
Nimnicht Chevrolet for 48 years
and sung with the Voices of
Jerusalem Gospel singer for 50
years. Donations can be made in
his memory to the Community
Hospice of N.E. Florida.
Family members and Friends will
gather for the wake from 5 to 7
p.m. on Friday Feb. 4, 2011 at the
Christine Cove Club House, 3730
Soutel Dr. Jacksonville Fl 32208.
The Homegoing Service will be
held Saturday Feb.5 at 10 a.m. at
the Greater Zion Grove Baptist
Church 7871 118th St.
February 3-9, 2011
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free P s
Keeping in line with his 7-7-7
plan and his plan to modernize the
Florida Retirement System,
Governor Rick Scott announced
today that he would send the
Legislature a budget proposal that
better aligns government workers'
pensions with those in the private
sector and saves taxpayers $2.8 bil-
lion over two years.
Governor Scott announced that
the savings would be realized by
requiring government employees to
contribute five percent of their
salaries to the system and requiring
new employees to enroll in invest-
ment plans similar to private sector
"We must bring Florida in line
with the private sector and nearly
every other state in the country by
requiring government workers to
contribute towards their own retire-
ment," said Governor Scott.
He also plans on closing the
Deferred Retirement Option
Program to new participants as of
July 1, 2011, and to reduce the
annual service credit to 1.6 percent
for most members (special risk
class members, to two percent).
The Cost of Living Adjustment
on retirement benefits will be elim-
inated for all service earned after
July 1, 2011. Current retirees will
be unaffected. Those members
retiring after July 1, 2011, will
receive a three percent Cost of
Living Adjustment on the retire-
ment benefit attributable to the
service earned prior to July 1, 2011,
and no cost of living adjustment for
service earned after July 1, 2011.
"Government workers, like pri-
vate sector employees, deserve the
opportunity to save for the future,
but taxpayers shouldn't be asked to
foot that bill alone."
His full budget proposals will be
sent to the Legislature on Monday,
Carol's Daughter entrepreneur Lisa Price, cooked
JlpiaLnut empire from her Brooklyn kitchen
products, Price went back to her
kitchen to create Khoret Amen, a
hair care oil for dry, damaged or
relaxed African-American hair.
'Sf Her experimentation eventu-
ally led to a mail-order and
online business in 1993,
followed by the first
store opening in
Brooklyn in 1999
During the fall of 2005,
she opened a second
store on 125th Street in
Harlem. Price's busi-
ness has been expanding
ever since, but all of
Carol's Daughter's 300
Lisa Price turned her products are
mother's recipe into a still made by
multi-million dollar business hand with natu-
In 1993, Lisa Price started Carol's
Daughter, a multimillion-dollar
beauty business, with $100 and a
homemade lotion recipe in her
She began working on the prod-
ucts for her line in the 1980s, when
she was working on the set of The
Cosby Show. In her free time she
made organic beauty products in
her kitchen, including pure oils
such s sweet almond, jojoba, and
soy. At the urging of her mother,
Carol, Lisa took to New York flea
markets to sell her concoctions.
When customers asked after hair
There are plans for about ten new
Carol's Daughter stores in the next
few years, including at least three in
Now, Carol's Daughter, the pre-
mium beauty brand Price founded
and owns, has gained national
attention and attracted big-name
clients, including Oprah and Mary
J. Blige. Price's concoctions have
moved from flea markets to Macy's
and beyond with the help of her
business partner, former record
executive Steve Stoute, who
brought on investors including Will
and Jada Pinkett Smith and Jay-Z.
In six states, from New York to
Georgia to California, nine Carol's
Daughter stores sell Price's brand of
lotions and body products to satis-
fied customers, as does beauty
What inspires Lisa?
"From an early age it's always
been my mother, the namesake for
my brand and my constant support
system growing up," Price said.
"My mother worked hard and
encouraged each and every one of
her children to follow their
In her own words ...
"Carol's Daughter has made other
people in the beauty business look
at African-American consumers in
a different way. When I first started
to do this, the black products were
always at the back of the drugstore
on the lower shelves. They were
always dusty, dirty and sticky; they
looked like nobody ever touched
them. That's changing. I can't begin
to tell you how amazing it is that
my products are in Sephora. It's
great to be part of that shift."
A favorite quote ...
"It is a daily affirmation for me --
'This too shall pass,'" Price told
theGrio. "I always have to remind
myself of this so that I don't get too
caught up in the moment at the
moment and while something may
seem impassable and irreconcilable
-- it will pass. It will move on.
Resolution will come."
YUER MOHUE iMrTERS
BY FI-ANCU ANAYST NCILNL SHIN ,
Evaluating your 2011 financial outlook
by Michael G Shinn, CFP advisors are more optimistic about
NNPA Syndicated Writer the future and would give the eco-
During 2010, the U.S. economy nomic recovery a "green light"
transitioned from an economic meaning to proceed more aggres-
recovery driven primarily by gov- sively than in the past couple of
ernment stimulus to one driven by years, but stay within the speed
domestic demand and expanding limit. The record U.S. federal
exports. Even GM has come back deficits, continuing sovereign debt
from bankruptcy and Ford has problems in Europe and the ongo-
announced that it will add 7,000 ing threat of a major terrorist attack
new employees by year end. On the could quickly turn the economic
downside, unemployment remains landscape negative. Consider the
stubbornly high at a reported 9.4% following while working on your
and new housing starts are at about financial plan for 2011.
half their pre-recession level. Diversify your investments and
Most economic forecasts for rebalance your accounts at least
2011 are for 3% plus GDP growth, annually. With the stock market
some easing in unemployment and moving positively, you might con-
inflation remaining in check. sider increasing your equity alloca-
Corporate profits should remain tion. If you hold company stock, it
strong, which should be a boost to should not be more that 5-10% of
the stock market. In Washington, your net worth. If your company
the Republican controlled House hits a rough spot, you may not only
will be a checkmate to the lose your job, but also your lifesav-
Democratically controlled Senate. ings. Diversify the investments in
The Obama Administration contin- your retirement savings account
ues to move from a liberal stance to and other investments.
more of a centralist position as it Build your Emergency Fund- The
prepares for reelection in 2012. objective should be saving the
An Economic Green Light? equivalent of 3-6 months expenses.
The US economic recovery is Your emergency fund will help
moving forward. Many financial carry your family through short
Martin Luther King III
to Buy the NY Mets?
As unlikely as this may sound, but the son of the great-
est Civil Rights leader of all time is considering buying a
piece of the New York Mets baseball team.
Martin Luther King III has joined former Met player
Ed Kranepool and others to explore the idea of purchasing at least a 50 per-
cent share of the team, according to the NY Post.
If this all goes down the way King, 53, would like, he will be the team's
first Black owner.
"It's fitting with the legacy of Jackie Robinson essentially transferring to
the Mets, what better place to have African-American ownership than with
the Mets?" said executive Larry Meli, who is also contemplating the buy.
The Mets opened up 25 percent of the team to buyers/investors in order
to pay off debts from the Bernie Madoff scheme. The team is currently val-
ued at $858 million.
term financial emergencies such as
medical expenses, home and auto
repairs and even unemployment.
An emergency fund should be
invested in relatively liquid instru-
ments such as money market funds,
saving or credit union accounts and
even short term CD's.
Debt is still a four letter word. If
you have credit card debt, work it
down with the objective of reducing
the total amount of debt, lowering
your interest rates and reducing the
number of creditors. Don't make
purchases that add to your unse-
cured debt load.
Do the math and check it twice on
any major financial moves that you
make in 2011. Make sure that the
financial move fits within your
overall financial plan. This would
include items such as major pur-
chases, job changes and invest-
Enhance your job security, by
improving your skill set. Raise
your hand to participate on task-
forces, take job related courses at a
local university, volunteer to partic-
ipate with company sponsored
charitable organizations and seek
out mentors for counsel. Outside of
your company, develop a network
of professionals in related fields
that you can help and that can help
you in the future. Finally, keep
your resume up to date and contin-
uously keep an eye on the market
for jobs in your specialty.
Keep Your Eyes on the Road
The US economy is on the road
to recovery; however there may be
some roadblocks and sharp turns
ahead. Keep your focus on your
family's financial goals and adjust
your plans if there are major
changes in the economy's direction.
Michael G Shinn, CFP Registered
Representative of and securities and investment
advisory services offered through Financial
Network Investment Corporation, member SIPC.
Visit www.shinnfinancial.con for more information
or to send your comments or questions to shin-
Free tax preparation offered to
Jacksonville's disabled residents
The City of Jacksohville's Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled
Services Division has partnered with the United Way's Real$ense
Prosperity Campaign and the Independent Living Resource Center
(ILRC) to offer free tax preparation services to persons with a disability.
The preparations will occur on Friday, Feb. 4 and Friday, Feb. 11 from
10 a.m. 4 p.m. It will take place at the Independent Living Resource
Center, 2709 Art Museum Dr. 32207.
Residents whose household income is less than $57,000 are eligible for
the services. Tax site clients will be able to complete their own federal
returns online (E-file), with the assistance of a certified tax preparer.
Participants will need to bring a photo ID; Social Security cards for self,
spouse, and dependents; copies of all tax documents (i.e. W2, 1099, etc);
and a voided check for direct deposit. If a couple is filing jointly, both
spouses must be present at the time of preparation.
Contact Disabled Services manager, Katie Metz, at (904) 630-4940 for
accommodation requests or visit www.coj.net for additional information.
The Federal Fair Housing Act protects your right to live where you
want. In fact, in any decision regarding rental, sales, or lending, it is
against the law to consider race, color, national origin, religion, sex,
disability, or family status. If you think you've been denied housing,
please call us. Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.
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by modernizing the Florida retirement system
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Shown above athe summit are (L-R) Morehouse President Robert Franklin, Jef Johnson, Education
Secretary Arne Duncan, Cong. John Lewis, Spike Lee and Fl. State Senator Tony Hill.
Education Secretary summits at Morehouse to
convey critical need for Black male teachers
Atlanta, Ga. Jacksonville's own "If you want to make a difference
Senator Tony Hill joined filmmaker in the life of our nation, if you want
Spike Lee and Education Secretary to make a difference in the life of a
Arne Duncan in issuing a call this child, become a teacher," Obama
week for more black men to said in a video address taped for
become teachers, making their plea Monday's event. "Our country
at the country's only all-male his- needs you."
torically black college. The Education Department also
They all participated in a town recorded TV commercials with
hall meeting at Morehouse College Oprah Winfrey, performer John
just a week after President Barack Legend and others to talk about the
Obama urged more people nation- influence of teachers on their lives.
wide to become teachers. Duncan said he will visit Los
Duncan told an audience that Angeles next month, seeking to
more than 1 million educators are recruit more Hispanics for teaching.
expected to retire in the coming Duncan said that while many
school districts are con-
"Less than three percent of the fronting layoffs and tight
nation's teachers are persons of budgets, there are many
color during a time when black chil- high-need areas such as sci-
dren need black teachers as mentors ence, mathematics and spe-
and role models." Arne Duncan cial education facing a
teacher shortage. School
decade and that federal officials are districts nationwide hire between
hoping to harness that opportunity 80,000 and 200,000 new teachers
to create a more diverse teaching each year, even in tough economic
work force, noting that less than 2 times.
percent of the nation's 3 million Duncan pointed to 8,500 unfilled
teachers are black men. teaching jobs currently listed on the
"Everybody can't be a business teach.gov website.
major," Lee told the auditorium The government is working to
packed with male high school and help students obtain more financial
college students. "We have to edu- aid for college and to create loan-
cate ourselves. We have to educate forgiveness programs once they
our young black men." graduate and commit to teaching,
Lee, a Morehouse graduate, said Duncan said. He urged private
he was influenced most -- outside organizations to get involved in
of his own family -- by two of his recruiting minorities to teaching
Morehouse professors. Both of and supporting them once they're in
whom were in attendance and were the classroom.
asked to stand up to be honored. "The government can't begin to
Duncan used the occasion to pro- do this alone," he said.
mote the federal TEACH cam- Social activist Jeff Johnson is
paign. The program was launched joining the effort. The MSNBC
in the fall to persuade more minori- contributor has launched a task
ties -- particularly males -- to enter force that aims at putting 80,000
education. The federal government more black male teachers in class-
has launched the teach.gov website, rooms across the country in the next
a one-stop-shop for anyone wanting four years.
to enter teaching, including profes- Johnson told the audience that
sionals hoping to switch careers, being a teacher isn't considered
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"cool" in the black community and
that perception must change.
"They look at business, engineer-
ing and law as professions that will
make them better men, but the very
profession that determines what the
next generation looks like isn't even
on their radar," Johnson said.
Democrats plan to hold their
2012 nominating convention in
Charlotte, North Carolina, selecting
to fete President Barack Obama in a
newly competitive presidential bat-
tleground in the conservative-lean-
The selection signaled that
Obama plans to aggressively com-
pete in traditionally Republican
states that he won during his first
presidential campaign by cobbling
together a diverse cross-section of
voters. And the apparent theme --
The People's Convention -- indicat-
ed that the president will try to
rekindle the grass-roots flavor of
his ground-breaking 2008 bid.
First Lady Michelle Obama dis-
closed the selection to campaign
supporters in an e-mail, another
step in the president's recent efforts
to ramp up his re-election prepara-
She praised Charlotte as one of
the fastest-growing cities in the
South and "home to innovative,
hardworking folks with big hearts
and open minds. And of course,
She signaled that the gathering
would be "a grassroots convention
for the people" and promised to
finance the convention differently
than has been done in the past but
provided no specifics on either
A personally popular incumbent,
Sharlotte for 2012 Convention
Obama is virtually assured of being Biden for a second term.
nominated again; he faces no seri- Democrats will hold their con
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In an e-mail to backers, Tim
Kaine, the party chairman,
answered speculation that Obama
would choose a different running
mate for 2012, saying the party was
looking forward to nominating both
Obama and Vice President Joe
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A week earlier, Republicans will
nominate their candidate in Tampa,
Florida, another important presi-
dential state, after a primary fight to
sort out a potentially crowded
Ritz accepting applications for new
Young Black Intellectuals Program
The Ritz Theatre and Museum, artistic performances to engage
through The Ritz Institute initia- students in the learning process.
tive, is taking applications now for Sessions will be facilitated every
its Young Black Intellectuals Saturday for eight weeks by schol-
(YBI) program. ars, authors, business leaders,
artists, politicians, lawyers
and specialists in a variety
The spring session begins
March 5 and applications
must be received by Feb.
11. Candidates must be in
the 9 -12 grades. The
includes a written state-
ment of interest in the pro-
YBI is a culturally and histori- gram and an interview. The enroll-
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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
February 3-9. 2011
The story of public school educa-
tion in Jacksonville is as about as
complicated as Rubik's cube. Every
action has caused an effect, and in
some cases devastating effects.
The National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP), once sued the Duval
County School Board over its
inability to provide a balanced, fair
integrated educational system.
This push for equality lead to the
integration of public schools and
later the formation of Magnet
Schools. These magnets, which
seemed like a good idea at the time,
have had a devastating affect.
These "magnets" were supposed-
ly designed to provide parents with
"choice" or various educational
options. The byproduct of school
choice was supposed to be better
equality in education.
The problem with magnet
schools is that they have caused a
major "brain drain" or exodus of
higher achieving students from
urban schools to advanced schools
So what happens when the top
say 30 percent of a neighborhood
school decides to go the magnet
route. Well it leaves a lot of average
and low performing students
behind. But in the case of some
schools, many of the average stu-
dents have opted out as well leav-
ing many low achieving students at
these schools. Draining the schools
of the much needed funds they
were used to operating with,
Many of the students left at these
schools have emotional and social
issues that run much deeper than
the attention or services a teacher
Proponents of magnet schools
and "choice," would disagree.
However, Bruce Fuller, professor
of education and public policy at
the University of California in
Berkeley, who has studied the
effects of school choice programs
around the nation, said that the
highest-achieving students with the
most involved parents are the kids
who attend magnets.
"The evidence is quite clear that
magnets are designed to attract
higher-performing kids and more
committed parents," Fuller said.
"Research has shown that when we
create choice plans, parents who
are more committed to education
work their way into magnet
schools. ... And if you're attracting
better students, you're going to
attract the more enthused, stronger
But the "Brain Drain" is not just
about the smarter students leaving
- it's also about neighborhood
schools losing student leaders and
Having bright, motivated stu-
dents as unofficial role models does
make a difference in our schools.
Fast-forward a few years and
then the FCAT gets implemented
and things really begin to unwind.
Now schools that are already suf-
fering from an exodus of talent are
being labeled with failing grades,
which then allows even more stu-
dents to exit.
So let's couple the brain drain
and lack of equal resources with the
many socio-economic issues
already plaguing the black commu-
nity and you have just created the
nic diversity. But last summer, she
claimed that President Obama was
turning the United States into "a
nation of slaves."
And folks still ask if we really
need a Black History Month?
Actually, it's a fair question if the
inference is March January are
exempt. If that's the case, designat-
ing February as the time to recog-
nize, honor and celebrate our his-
tory smells of tokenism.
But considering the constant
stream of half-truths and whole lies
it must combat, Black History
Month definitely has not outlived
Although we set February aside,
there's no real separation or divi-
sion between black American his-
tory and non-black American histo-
ry. Unraveling the two is no more
possible than separating the mixed
blood that runs through our veins.
So why bother?
Because even today, the full story
still isn't told. Even though society
has made tremendous strides since
1926, when lynchings were com-
munity events that drew entire fam-
ilies, large segments of blacks and
whites still don't see the whole pic-
ture. Their frame of reference is
limited by preconceived notions
and stereotypes of "us" and "them."
Too many blacks have suc-
cumbed to feelings of hopelessness
and powerlessness, blaming "the
man" for their condition, conve-
perfect recipe for a school to fail..
There are four schools in
Jacksonville that the state has iden-
tified to make a drastic changes or
receive decreased funding or some
legislative sanction. Those schools
are William M. Raines, Jean
Ribault, and Andrew Jackson high
schools and Northshore K-8.
The state Dept of Education has
essentially given the school district
three options. Close the schools
and reassign the students, turn the
schools into charters or hire an
Organization to run the schools.
Of course, the community does
not support either of the three and I
take my hat off to the School Board
for holding its ground and not sub-
mitting a plan to the state that
encompasses those three options.
Instead the school board's plan
includes an option to create a
that would help advise and govern
the school district on issues related
to each school.
The wild card in this equation is
each school's performance on the
FCAT this year. If the schools show
significant improvement then the
reform options are off the table and
the district is able to continue down
its current path.
So let's pray for great FCAT
Getting back to magnets for a
moment. While magnet schools
have caused many of the challenges
our inner city schools currently
face, we can still learn from the
structure of the schools.
Magnets are at a higher level of
performance and they simply have
niently ignoring the success stories
of those who defied the odds.
Likewise, too many whites
believe that blacks are hopeless and
powerless, blaming them for that
condition, conveniently ignoring
the centuries of oppression that
prepped the still-fertile soil. But
you can't determine how we arrived
here without re-tracing the steps.
You can't see how the high
absentee rate among black fathers
is related to the historic systemic
emasculation of black males. You
can't see how the achievements of
Obama relate to the accomplish-
ments of a Frederick Douglass.
Without studying the entire story,
you won't know that men such as
John Brown hated oppression as
much as the Bull Connor loved it.
You won't know that society's sex-
ualization of black females is.tied
to teenage pregnancy rates.
And you won't know that
lowlifes and ne'er-do-wells exist on
both sides of the color line, but
only blacks ones seem to besmirch
their whole race.
The truth is, the way Black
History Month is celebrated now --
recognizing an assortment of
achievers while corporate America
tries to market the event -- does as
much harm as good. Our collective
journey is boiled down to a handful
of celebrities and consumer prod-
ucts, a 28-day break before resum-
ing our state of forgetfulness.
more resources than a normal
neighborhood school. I say OK
great let's take that same model
andlevel of commitment and dedi-
cate the same resources,curricu-
lums, energy and effort back into
our neighborhood schools.
One of the options the school
board and staff have talked about is
a "small school" concept, which
has been successful in district
around the country.
The concept would do away with
the district operating Raines,
Ribault, and Jackson as large, com-
prehensive high schools. The insti-
tutions would be broken down in to
small, highly focused and personal-
ized high schools.
This "wrap around" concept of
not only addressing a student's aca-
demic needs, but their emotional,
social and even a parent's econom-
ic needs has been extremely suc-
cessful in the Harlem Children's
The bottom line is simple. We
have to reform our system so that
all schools, especially neighbor-
hood schools become desirable
again for students and parents. This
requires a systematic change.
Harold Washington, former
Mayor of Chicago, once said,
"Most of our problems can be
solved. Some of them will take
brains, and some of them will take
patience, but all of them will have
to be wrestled with like an alligator
in the swamp."
Who ready to wrestle?
Signing off from the Duval
County School Board,
But even if that happened, we
should continue to teach our young
from whence they came.
Just like the Jewish pledge to
"Never Forget," it's imperative that
blacks remember the pain, the suf-
fering, sacrifices and success of
their ancestors. It's crucial to
remember the debt we owe them.
Do we really need a Black
Absolutey. Now as much as ever.
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It would be unfortunate if
Revisionism reminds us why we stillmainstreamAmericadecided
emphasizing the whole story
h was no longer important, not
have a need for Black History Montheven worth the year's shortest
even worth the year's shortest
by Deron Snyder, The Grio
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
was the 16-year-old valedictorian
of his high school class in 1964 --
also known as "Freedom Summer"
-- when the slaying of three civil
rights workers punctuated escalat-
ing racial violence in his state.
What does he remember about the
time? "Not much," he told The
Associated Press recently. What he
does remember is revisionist,
including claims that his generation
attended integrated schools and the
racist White Citizens' Councils
were civil rights champions.
In October, it was discovered that
a textbook in Virginia elementary
and middle schools claimed that
thousands of black soldiers fought
for the South in the Civil War.
According to "Our Virginia,"
among the hordes of African-
Americans fighting for the
Confederacy were "two black bat-
talions under the command of
Stonewall Jackson." Though
Confederate apologists make simi-
lar assertions, most historians reject
the claims, the textbooks have been
pulled and the publisher is replac-
ing them at no cost to the schools.
Then there are clueless wonders
such as Rep. Michele Bachmann
(R-Minn.), who last month insisted
that the founding fathers "worked
tirelessly until slavery was no more
in the United States," a nation she
said was founded on racial and eth-
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Black History Month 2011
The sad state of
Blacks in America
We've got a nice-looking, bright and articulate
mainstream African-American as President. It is this flirt and allure with
mainstream American cultures and values that causes African Americans'
lack of advancements. It was anticipated that an Obama Administration
would bring America a new era of hope, change, and unity; but in reality
this regime has brought about a static hold and regression among African
Americans. Traditional racial barriers such as discrimination and inequal-
ity are merely being swept under the rug and no action is being taken to
break the back of America's institutionalized racism.
Even as an African-American holds the highest office in the land, socie-
tal and economic gaps between Whites and Blacks persist and metastasize.
Blacks remain twice as likely as to be unemployed, three times more like-
ly to live in poverty and more than six times as likely to be imprisoned.
But, in contrast to correcting these structural problems, Obama's election
has caused a "static hold" among the mass of African Americans who have
fell into false senses of accomplishment and self-satisfaction.
Racial apathy and complacency has curtailed any movement among
African American for societal equity and justice. During Black History
Month 2011, African Americans should give thought to: With what culture
do you identify with most? There are 42 million Black/African Americans,
and our population is one of the most unique. Almost all descendants of
American slaves are mixed with some European and Native American
blood. The average Black American is 17-18% White. Large numbers of
Blacks are more than 50% White; many would not be recognized as Black.
"Garveyite" nor "Pan Africanist" world views exist among mainstream-
oriented African Americans. While Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and
Eric Holder are recognized as African American leaders, in reality their
roles involve their maintaining America's imperialist status across the
world. For many years African-American culture developed separately
from mainstream American culture, both because of slavery and the per-
sistence of racial discrimination in America. Today, African-American cul-
ture is accepted as subordinate to that of the American Establishment
and/or Barack's Post-racial society.
The National Urban League's Equality Index statistical measurement
shows Blacks at 71% of the status of Whites; and that economics "remains
the area with the greatest degree of inequality". In 2011, Blacks are over-
whelmed by unemployment, and are twice as likely as whites to be unem-
ployed. In some areas; and nearly one in four young Black men are out of
work. There is a chronic need in communities of color to not just extend
unemployment benefits but to put counselors at employment centers that
have the time, skills and energy to offer concrete help.
Today, 6.4 million Americans have been out of work for 27 weeks or
more; 2 million have exhausted a total of 99 weeks of unemployment ben-
efits and have no resource for more aid as they wait for an improving econ-
omy. It's estimated that the"99ers" will increase by 4 million in 2011. The
economy will have to produce 334,000 new jobs a month just to employ
Too often Black Americans have depended on government to solve their
problems and accept solutions developed by people with "Mainstream
mindsets". Obama's "static hold Presidency" may prove advantageous by
prompting more Blacks in America to "empower" themselves to collec-
tively make better life choices and/or launch private initiatives to improve
our communities. With a combined GDP close to $1 trillion the world's
15th largest economy Black Americans must build upon our strengths
(e.g., our combined GDP and civic engagement rates) to address our chal-
lenges. The National Urban League has a I AM EMPOWERED initiative
that promotes hope and individual empowerment to make a difference in
African Americans" advancements. The I AM EMPOWERED program
asks Blacks to pledge to help the race achieve stipulated goals in education,
employment, housing and healthcare. When will we turn to each other to
blend personal responsibility, principled ideas and pragmatism that
improves our schools, the safety of our streets and the growing of vibrant
Black business districts across America?
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Shown above are Nick Ashford, Cong. Corrine Brown and Valerie
Simpson at the Zora Neale Hurston Festival.FMP hoto
Zora Festival Thousands flocked to historic Eatonville, Florida
outside of Orlando this weekend to celebrate the annual Zora Neale
Hurston Festival. Highlighting the free cultural awareness event was none
other than Motown legends Ashford & Simpson. Held traditionally the
final weekend in January, the festival is held in the birthplace of Harlem
Renaissance artist and author Zora Neale Hurston. Eatonville, Fl is also the
first black township in the state of Florida.
35th Anniversary in Honor
of Dr. Landon L. Williams
Baptist Church is
celebrating its 35th year
honoring their pastor,
Dr. Landon L. Williams Sr.
Dr. Williams has dedicated
his life to serving the Lord
and this community. He has
helped thousands in the
Jacksonville area, from
school age to senior citi-
zens. Please come and join
us during this time of fel-
Dr. Landon Williams lowship and celebration.
February 12, 2011 at 6 p.m. Banquet
Rev. Kelly Brown Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
February 13, 2011 at 11 a.m.Worship Service
Rev. Jeremiah Robertson Jr., New Zion Missionary Baptist Church
February 13, 2011 at 4 p.m. Worship Service
Bishop Virgil Jones Philippian Community Church.
February 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Worship Service
Brian Campbell, Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
The church is located at 1880 Edgewood Avenue West
In preparation for their upcoming Beautillion, the Associates of the Jacksonville Jack and Jill Chapter presented a luncheon for the Belles and their
Moms last weekend at the Holiday Inn Baymeadows. This appreciation luncheon was welcomed by Mrs. Patricia Mitchell (Associate President), and
Carolyn Newton delivered the meditation. "Polishing Your Table Etiquette" was the theme facilitated by Mildred Calhoun. She discussed the history of
table etiquette and provided helpful hints for future events. Alice Venson presented each Belle with a mirror compact, handbag caddy and a cosmetic
bag filled with various goodies compliments of Dillard's Department Store. Shown above (L-R) are Jack & Jill Associates Janice Nelson, Alice
Venson, Helen Polite, Sharon Mills, Carolyn Newton, Patricia H. Mitchell, and Betty Cody. Belles and Moms: (standing) Carla Carter, Madeline
Scales-Taylor, Wanda Willis, (seated) Caila Carter, Cornetta Jones and Joy Willis.
Community joins forces to save Black high schools
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Raines Alumnus Casey Barnum ('88) and Tammie McGriff ('86)
lead a coalition of alumni called Still Raines that return to the school
to inspire and motivate students through mentoring and seminars.
They are shown above during a presentation to the administration.
Continued from front
The state has asked the Duval
County School Board to pick one of
three options: Turn them into char-
ters, close the schools or hand them
over to an outside agency for man-
agement. Instead, the DCSB devel-
oped a "plan D" that would create a
unique community board made up
of families, business leaders, clergy
and nonprofit leaders that would
have direct input to the
Superintendent on issues like cur-
riculum, instruction and staffing for
each school. Their unanimous vote
also includes splitting the schools
up into smaller schools, meaning
the schools would still stand, but
inside each would be two separate
schools with specific career or aca-
demic concentrations like arts or
"When it comes to finding solu-
tions, they ask everyone but us,"
said longtime Raines' Principal
Jimmie Jonson. "They need to give
the educators a chance."
For the past year, the school's
administrators and alumni have
aggressively pursued efforts to get
the schools off of the dreaded "F"
list. All four schools have shown
improvements advancing to a grade
of a D. But North Shore kept its F
grade for the 2009-10 school year.
State school officials said they look
for progress through the controver-
sial FCAT scores enacted by Gov.
Jeb Bush in and how students are
improving overall. One current sta-
tistic that stands out most is the
state reading proficiency rate for
high schools, which is 44%. For the
struggling schools, the proficiency
rates are Andrew Jackson (13%)
Raines (12%) and Ribault (15%).
In his statement, Rumlin also ref-
erenced the path that is contributing
to the status of the historically
Black institutions. As a result of the
magnate programs established in
the 70s which were intended to seg-
regate the schools many of the
neighborhood's best and brightest
are farmed out to other institutions.
In addition, the contribution of the
FCAT and it's grading list allowing
students and their funds to transfer
to private schools haven't aided the
situation either. As a result, the
schools are left underfunded with
education statistics that would be
impossible to reach beyond aver-
"All of the contributors helped
make the perfect storm," said Rep.
Reggie Fullwood. A graduate of
Paxon High School, his alma mater
was turned into a college prep mag-
net. "They've killed the plant and
now want to know why it is dead,"
he said. "Without nurturing,
growth, sunlight and vitamins it
would be difficult for anything to
The School Board's plan will be
presented to the state Board of
Education on Feb. 15.
If the state doesn't approve of the
district's plans, it has a few different
options, ranging from closing the
schools to making them charter
schools, which could bring drastic
changes for students and teachers.
Many school board members have
said they do not want the closures
or changes to happen.
"We might have to end up in court
just like we were 40 years ago"
Said Rumlin. "But the closure of
our schools will not be tolerated.
FEBRUARY 3 Spoken Word 17 pm I FREE
FEBRUARY 9 &16
Amateur Night @ the Ritz 1 7:30 pm I $5.50
Jazz Jamm with Roy Ayers 17 & 10 pm I $21 & $25
Get up close and personal with contemporary jazz legend Roy Ay-
ers at Ritz Lounge with jamming music, good food and great vibes!
Black History Film Series 16:30 pm I FREE
Rachelle Ferrell in Concert 18 pm I $37
Soul-diva contemporary jazz vocal sensation who will enchant your
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Black History Film Series I11 am I FREE
Annual Black History Oratory Competition
Portraits: Color! Rhythm! Melodies! Soul! I 1 pm I FREE
Youth 10-12 grades explore African American contributions, style
or types of artistic expressions in this oratorical competition. Also
featured are the Ritz Voices.
Ain't Misbehavin' 18 pm I $20.00
Chase the blues away with Fats Waller's buoyant music, performed
by a Broadway cast of singers, dancers and actors on stage of the
Ritz. This is a show you don't want to miss!
IN THE MUSEUM Permanent Exhibition: Lift Every Voice
Gallery Exhibition Opening Thursday, February 24: Through Our Eyes 2011
For Women and Men of Color: The Art of Relationships
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African Brunch at Mt. Lebanon
Mt Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church will present its Annual African
Brunch on Saturday, February 20th from 10 a.m. noon. The luncheon will
include fun, fellowship. Poetry, music, theatre and authentic African cui-
sine. The church is located at 9319 Ridge Blvd., 32208 (off Soutel). Rev.
Eugene Wiggins, Pastor.
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 permission to participate. Submitted poems will
become the property of JAAGS and mailed / 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 and a 1 year family membership to all participants.
Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
Refreshing Women is looking for Christian Talent, soloist, speakers,
praise dancers and poem readers for a free service that is free to the pub-
lic. The show will be air Saturday mornings at 8A.M. on Comcast 29.
Any Pastor wishing to come on the show in the near future are welcome,
and can have their church name and worship service added to the
Community Shout or Roll, by sending their, church name, address and time
of service to P.O. Box 350117 Jacksonville, Fl. 32235-0117. For more
information, call Rev. Mattie W. Freeman at 220-6400 or email CFIGC-
27th Women in Christ Luncheon
Prime Osborne Convention Center will be the sight of the 27th Women
in Christ Luncheon on Tuesday February 8, 2011, 11:30 a.m.- 1p.m. Last
year over 2,000 women attend) This year's featured speaker is Dee Brestin
a nationally ad internationally recognized author/speaker. Dee has spent the
past 25 years writing, speaking, encouraging and challenging women of all
ages, from all stages of life how to discover a life-changing intimacy with
Jesus. Her book, Friendships of Women has sold millions. Dee brings to life
the truth of God Word through her use of real-life stories, humor, and clips
from classic musicals. It is often said Dee keeps our attention-and helps us
see the truth of Scripture as well as hear it. Dee began connecting with
women with her classic, The Friendships of Women, and continues under-
standing the needs of mothers, singles, and widows. For reservations, go to
St. Simon Baptist Church of Orlando to Celebrate
20th Year Church and Pastor's Anniversary
The St. Simon Baptist Church
Family of Orange Park, FL of which
the Rev. W.H. Randall, is the
Founding Pastor, invites the public
and surrounding communities to
their 20th year Church and Pastor's
Anniversary Celebration. The
theme is: "Glorifying GOD
Through Body Building" as found
in 1st Peter Chapter 2: Verse 5 (Holy
An Open House Celebration is
planned for the entire month of
February. All are invited and wel-
comed to worship and fellowship
during Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.,
Sunday Morning Worship Service,
11:00 a.m., Wednesday Evening
Prayer Service, 6:30 p.m. and Bible
Study 7 p.m.
Special Sunday Services will be
observed during the entire month:
1st Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 -
Consecration and Re-Dedication
Day all dress in White for holiness
2nd Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011 Red
Ribbon Day, dress in Red for (Life)
The Blood of JESUS, and (Love)
For GOD is Love.
3rd Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 -
Grand Celebration Day A Special
4:00 p.m., 20th Year Church, Pastor
and First Lady's Anniversary
Celebration Worship Service
4th Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 -
Youth Day and Black History
Celebration dress in African
The Church is located at 1331
Miller Street, Orange Park, FL. For
further details or directions call
(904) 215-3300 or visit the Church
website at www.stsimonbc.org
DEFINING LOVING RELATIONSHIPS IN A CHRISTIAN WORLD
9 Lies Men Tell Themselves About Women
by J. Ferwerda
So you're wondering ... what
does a woman know about what
guys think? I just so happen to have
some great male perspective for this
article, namely from my insightful
husband, Steve. But also, I used to
be the woman in some of these
points, so I also know how women
play on men's weaknesses.
Christian men and women in the
dating world are met with so much
wrong thinking in their relation-
ships. It's my hope to help you iden-
tify certain destructive lies in your
thinking before it is too late.
LIE #1: She's flirting with me
because she thinks I'm great.
Truth: While it seems innocent
and fun, flirting is not a behavior
that women who are trying to attract
the right kind of man indulge in.
Most women who flirt are looking
for attention from any who will give
them the attention they crave. Why?
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
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9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
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Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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Likely she either has a poor self-
image and she's searching for ego
strokes, or she is desperately look-
ing for approval that she didn't
receive from her father. The trouble
is, flirtatious women often have a
hard time leaving that trait behind
when they get married, and they
inappropriately (and dangerously)
continue to search for the approval
of men long after "I do."
LIE #2: She doesn't realize
what her revealing clothes are
doing to me.
Truth: More likely than not, when
she bought those clothes she was
thinking about how you (and every
other man) would drop his jaw
when she walked by. While many
women don't realize the extent of
men's visual stimulation (since it's
quite different than women), most
know exactly what they are doing to
you. It's called putting you under a
spell to get what they want from
you. Proverbs calls this a "seduc-
tress" with clear warning: "a seduc-
tress is a narrow well. She also lies
in wait as for a victim, and increas-
es the unfaithful among men."
LIE #3: Her lack of faith won't
pull me down.
Truth: Solomon, the wisest man
and king who ever lived, fell for this
lie. Believing he was smarter than
God gave him credit for, he ignored
God's warning not to marry the
pagan women of other nations
because they would turn his heart
after their false gods. Sure enough,
that's exactly what happened-and
it cost him greatly. In the end, he
walked away from his faith. So if
the wisest man who ever lived, the
one who had been visited by God
himself and who even built God's
temple, wasn't strong enough to
stay devoted to God while going
after unbelieving women, how
could you be any different?
LIE #4: She's clingy, but I like
to be needed. She'll settle down
once we're married.
Truth: According to studies, men
thrive on being needed, but this can
backfire because many women out
there are desperate to get married
for the wrong reasons. A woman
with "emotional gaps" will put
expectations on you that you'll
never live up to, no matter how
much time, love, or words of
encouragement you give her,
because she has mistaken you as the
answer to her longings. After the
wedding, you'll disappoint her
because you can't do or be enough,
and she may turn to other things for
comfort-food, other men, alcohol,
or shopping, to name a few..
LIE #5: If she knew who I real-
ly am, she wouldn't want me.
Truth: This fear motivates men to
tell women what they want to hear
instead of being open and honest
about who they really are. When
this happens, the relationship is built
on a lie, increasing the chance of
relationship failure later on. It also
increases a man's anxiety over
exposure and rejection, creating a
cycle of deceit. The woman you're
dating deserves to know exactly
who you are and what kind of per-
son she's agreeing to love. It's not
fair to give her false hope. As an
example, going to church with her
before you are married or pretend-
ing to be a spiritual leader, with no
intention of continuing later, is not
an honest representation of yourself.
If she is a good match for you and
she's operating under grace, she'll
love and accept you, warts and all.
LIE #6: She wouldn't just date
me for financial reasons.
Truth: Think again. A woman's
greatest need is for security, accord-
ing to studies. That doesn't mean
that all women are gold diggers, but
you have to search out motives.
There's many a financially dis-
traught woman thinking that getting
married to someone financially sta-
ble will solve all of her problems,
whether or not the man is right for
her. Watch for a few factors. Does
she manage her own money well? Is
she stable financially on her own?
Does she display expensive tastes
out of her budget? Does she focus
on her lack of finances or on your
comfortable lifestyle? If you are
concerned, be sure to approach this
matter privately with a qualified
pre-marriage counselor (her pas-
tor?) for some objective help in dis-
cerning her motives.
LIE #7: When I marry her, my
lust problem will be solved.
Truth: This is a frequent miscon-
ception for men who are waiting to
have sex until marriage. They think,
"When I'm able to have sex with
my wife, I won't be tempted by
pornography or dwell on lustful
thoughts anymore because I'll have
an outlet for my sexual energy." I
think honest men will tell you that
marriage did not solve their lust
problem. In some cases, it aggravat-
ed it. This is due primarily to the
fact that lust isn't a sex problem. It's
a heart problem. And just like a fire,
when you begin to feed it, it gets
hotter and hungrier, not satisfied.
When a man gets married, he may
be even more focused on sex and
can still feed his lustful thoughts
with images and fantasies. The only
answer is to starve the fire of lust to
make it eventually die down. Flee,
as the Bible says, from sexual temp-
LIE #8: She nags, but what
Truth: Frequent nagging is a con-
trol problem. If you want to be
mothered for the rest of your life,
then go ahead and accept the chal-
lenge. If not, either make sure she
deals with her control problem
before marriage, or move on until
you meet up with a more relaxed
woman who doesn't need to micro-
manage your life.
LIE #9: Her past is her past-I
don't need to know.
Truth: Wrong! Her past becomes
your past. You need to dig during
the dating relationship to see if there
are any big issues lurking in the
deep waters beneath the surface.
What was her relationship like with
her dad? Has she ever been molest-
ed or abused? How have men treat-
ed her in past relationships? How
has she treated men in the past? All
of this you need to know now, or
you could be shocked and deeply
affected later when huge roadblocks
and past skeletons emerge in her
sexual or emotional intimacy.
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Sweet Potato Pie -
2 cups cooked mashed sweet
1 1/3 cups sugar (brown or
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon ..
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
3/4 stick of butter
Peel and cube sweet pota- -- t-
toes. Mash potatoes with all the
above ingredients. Beat with mixer on medium speed until smooth (or you can mix it by
hand until smooth). Place in pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until firm
when touched in the middle.
Years ago, people could not afford to throw anything away. If they had a lot of leftover
old bread (the bread that was made with flour, not cornmeal), they would crumble and save
it. The whole message behind bread pudding is that people could not afford to waste or
throw away food, so they rexyxled it. With
bread pudding, they used the stale bread to
make this delicious dessert.
4 cups dried bread crumbs
S2 eggs beaten
o2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups raisins
Mix all the above ingredients. Place in 350
degree oven. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the center is firm to the touch. Can be served hot
Fresh Peach Cobbler
4 C. sliced fresh peaches
1/3 C. brown sugar
fresh grated nutmeg
1 T. flour
Pinch of salt (optional)
1 C. all-purpose flour
1/4 C. sugar
1 t. baking powder
Pinch of salt (optional)
3 T. cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 beaten egg
Banana Pound Cake
1 package (18 1/2 ounces) yellow cake
4 eggs (room temperature)
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 1/3 cups mashed bananas (about 4 me-
1 package (3 3/4 ounces) instant vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon .
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
I teaspoon vanilla *
Combine all ingredients in large mixer
bowl. Mix until blended, then beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Turn batter into greased
and lightly floured 10 inch tube pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until done. If
desired, dust with confectioner's sugar before serving.
.. Sprinkle brown sugar in
S.. bottom of well-greased
"6 pan. Dot with butter. Drain
pineapple. Place slices in
pan with cherry in center of
each pineapple slice. Sift
together flour, baking pow-
der and salt. Cream short-
ening. Add sugar gradually
and beat until fluffy. Add
egg and vanilla and beat
well. Add flour mixture, a
little at a time, alternately
with milk. Pour batter over
fruit. Bake at 350 degrees F. until brown. for 50 to 60 minutes. Turn upside down on serv-
ing plate. (Serves 8-10).
In a medium bowl, mix together
peaches, sugar, flour, a couple dashes
of fresh grated nutmeg, and salt (if
using); set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, .
sugar, baking powder and salt. '.
Add butter and cut in with pastry '
blender or rub butter into flour with
fingertips until mixture resembles
coarse crumbs. .
In a separate bowl, beat the egg and
Add the egg mixture all at once to
the flour mixture.
Stir just until combined-don't over mix!
Pour peach mixture into a small baking dish (8"x8"x2"). Drop topping mixture by larg
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Bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven. Topping is done when golden
brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
1 large package banana cream flavored pudding and pie filling (6 serving size)
3 egg yolks slightly beaten, 3 3/4 cups milk, 30 vanilla wafers
2 large ripe but firm bananas, sliced 3 egg whites, dash salt, 1/3 cup sugar
In a saucepan, combine pudding mix, egg yolks, and milk. Cook over medium heat, stir-
ring, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Arrange a layer of vanilla wafers in
bottom of a 2-quart baking dish.
Add a layer of banana slices and then a layer of pudding. Continue layering the vanilla
="- wafers, banana slices, and pudding, ending with the pudding.
.l Beat egg whites with the salt until foamy. Gradually beat in
~ --the sugar then continue to beat until mixture forums stiff
S shiny peaks. Spoon meringue over pudding, spreading all the
way to the edge of dish to seal. Bake at 3750 for about 10 to
15 minutes, until meringue is cooked and lightly browned.
Serve warm or chilled. Store in refrigerator.
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
3 sticks of butter (the real thing is best!) -
1 8oz pkg cream cheese .,
6 eggs 3 cups sugar, 3 cups of flour
1 tsp lemon or vanilla extract
Cream the butter and cream cheese ,..
together with an electric mixer until well
blended. Add 1 cup of sugar and blend
well. Add 1 egg and blend well. Alternate "
1 cup sugar and 1 egg until sugar is de-
pleted. Add 1 cup of flour, blend well. Add
1 egg and alternate flour with egg until ,
flour is depleted. Add extract and blend
well. Pour into a greased and floured tube
pan and bake in a pre-heated 325 degree
oven for 1 hour and 25 minutes. Ice with
About 2 cups of confectioners sugar 1 tbsp butter melted,
milk 3 tbsp lemon juice
(all of these measurements are approximate)
Mix these ingredients until smooth and the consistency of a glaze (thicker than regular
milk, but as thick as Eagle sweetened condensed milk) Pour over the cake.
Poppy Seed Cake
1 package yellow cake mix 1 small package instant vanilla pudding 4 eggs
1/3 cup poppy seeds 1/2 cup cream sherry 1/2 cup corn oil 1 cup sour cream
Mix all ingredients together well. Pour into a greased tube or bundt pan. Bake at 350 de-
grees for 1 hr.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
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Back in this era, most African men were
farmers, cattle raisers and fisherman. Plant-
ing, sowing and harvesting crops were con-
sidered women's work. Cooking was one of
the most important skills a young girl needed
to learn. One traditional dish called fufu was
made of pounded yams. Fufu was served with
soup, stew, roasted meat and different
sauces. During this time in history, cooking
was done over open pits. Africans were very
skilled in roasting, frying, stewing, boiling and
steaming their foods. Their native foods were
yams, okra, watermelon, cassava, ground-
nuts, black-eyed peas and rice.
Indentured Servants and
In August, 1619, the first group of Afri-
cans landed in America at Jamestown, Vir-
ginia. These Africans were indentured ser-
vants. They gave up four to seven years of
labor just to pay for transportation to America.
Southern plantations consisted of Africans
from many different tribal nations. These Afri-
cans made up the slave population in south-
ern America. Verbal exchanges of recipes on
these Southern plantations led to the develop-
ment of an international African cooking style
in America. The slaves enjoyed cooking pork,
yams, sweet potatoes, hominy, corn, ash-
cakes, cabbage, hoecakes, collards and cow-
peas. On these plantations, cooking was
done on an open fireplace with large swing
blackpots and big skillets.
African American cooking techniques
and recipes were also influenced by Native
American Indians all across the United
States. When Africans were first brought to
America in 1619, they lived on farms. In many
areas, local Indians taught them how to hunt
and cook with native plants. Indian cooking
techniques were later introduced into the
southern society by black American cooks.
Dishes such as corn pudding, succotash,
pumpkin pie, Brunswick Stew and hominy
grits are a few examples of Native American
dishes found in African American cooking.
Between 1773 and 1785 thousands of
Africans were brought to America. They were
brought ashore in Virginia, Georgia and the
Carolinas (Sea Island). In America, slaves
were cooks, servants and gardeners. They
worked in the colonial kitchens and on the
plantations as field hands. At the Big House,
slaves cooked such foods as greens, succo-
tash, corn pudding, spoon bread, corn pone
and crab cakes. These foods were cooked on
an open pit or fireplace. On the plantation,
breakfast was an important and an early
meal. Hoecakes and molasses were eaten as
the slaves worked from sun up to sun down.
Both the northern and the southern ar-
mies hired black Americans as cooks. Most of
the cooking throughout the South was done
by black cooks. Slaves created their own reci-
pes and made the best of hard times and
scarce supplies. Cajun and Creole cooking
developed during this period. These foods
included jambalaya, bread pudding, dirty rice,
gumbo and red beans and rice. Cooking was
done on a great big old fireplace with swing
pots and skillets with legs.
Post Reconstruction -
Westward Movement -
At the end of the Civil War, black Ameri-
cans began to move westward. They mi-
grated to Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and
Texas. Black Americans became cowboys
The Classic barbecue was an invention of necessity
and cooks on the cattle drives. Many black
Americans were also pioneers and as farmers
they survived off the land. They adapted their
cooking habits and formed new ones when
necessary. It was a great challenge to create
good food with primitive tools and very limited
ingredients. They cooked such foods as: bis-
cuts, stew, baked beans and barbecued
The Great Migration
During this period, a large number of
black Americans worked as cooks in private
homes, shops restaurants, schools, hotels
and colleges. Many moved to such large cit-
ies as Chicago, New York, Ohio, Detroit and
Pennsylvania to work. Black cooks, chefs and
waiters also worked in Pullman cars of the old
railroads and on the steamboats. Many black
Restaurants such as Paschal's in Atlanta that ca-
tered to Blacks were not only safe havens for good
food and a symbol of entrepreneurship, but they also
were a haven for civil rights leaders.
Americans also started small businesses
such as fish markets, barbeque and soul food
restaurants throughout the United States.
These establishments specialized in fried fish,
homemade rolls, potato salad, turkey and
dressing, fried pork chops, rice and gravy and
southern fried chicken. Cooking was done on
wood burning and gas stoves.
Civil Rights Movement
In the early 60s and 70s, soul food, the
traditional food of black Americans, was very
popular. Soul foods were candied yams, okra,
fried chicken, pig's feet, chitlin's, cornbread,
collard greens with ham hocks and black-
eyed peas. Today in the 90s, soul food prepa-
ration has changed. Black Americans are be-
coming increasingly health conscious, thus,
they are avoiding foods with high levels of fat
and cholesterol, and increasing their intake of
fruit, vegetables and fiber. Black Americans
are still in the kitchen cooking, but now they
are owners and managers of restaurants. To-
day cooking is done on electric, gas and mi-
dish. Place in 450 degree oven to brown
and dry out excess fat. Serve with greens.
dry. Lightly season with salt and pepper
and set aside. Combine seasoned salt and
next 6 ingredients and mix well. Dip fillets
in eggs, then in cornmeal mixture. Place
fillets on a wax paper-covered plate and
refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow corn-
meal coating to set. In a large, heavy fry-
ing pan, preferably cast iron, heat bacon
drippings and shortening to 370 degrees F.
Steak and Gravy
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 beef round steak, about 2 pounds and 1
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups unsalted beef broth
1 cup light cream
Combine flour and next 5 ingredients.
Pound mixture into both sides of the meat
with a mallet. Saute meat in 2 tablespoons
of the butter and all of the oil over medium
heat until brown, about 5 minutes on each
side. Remove meat from skillet to a 2-
quart baking dish, cover, and keep warm.
In the same skillet, saute onion and garlic
over medium heat until onion is transpar-
ent; add to meat. Pour over additional but-
ter if necessary. Melt the remaining 2 ta-
blespoons of butter in skillet, blend in the 2
tablespoons flour, stirring constantly and
scraping bottom and sides of skillet, until
the mixture is smooth and brown. Cook
until thick, approximately 3 minutes. Stir
in broth and cook, stirring constantly, until
bubbly; simmer over low heat an addi-
tional 5 minutes. Pour over meat and bake,
covered, at 325 degrees F. for 2 hours or
until meat is tender. Remover cover and
bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Add
cream, stir, and serve. (4 servings)
Smothered Pork Chops
4 pork chops
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 cup bacon drippings or vegetable
1 large onion, sliced
3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup water
Wash pork chops and pat dry. Mix sea-
sonings together. Rub on chops
(approximately 1/4 teaspoon per chop).
Reserve remaining seasoning for gravy.
Lightly dust chops with flour. Heat drip-
pings in a large, heavy skillet. Add chops
and brown each side, approximately 5 to
10 minutes. Remove chops from pan to a
warm, paper towel-covered platter. Re-
move all but 1/4 cup drippings from the
pan. Add sliced onion and brown. The
trick is to get the flour as brown as possi-
ble without burning it or the onion. Add
water and stir. Return chops to pan and add
sufficient water to cover. Bring to a quick
boil; reduce heat to low; cover and simmer
about an hour or. until chops are fork ten-
der. Season to taste with additional season-
ing mix, if desired. (4 servings)-
Fried Pork Chops
4 pork chops
1/2 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups oil for frying
Wash pork chops. Mix flour, salt and
pepper together. Put chops in bag and
shake until covered. Drop chops in hot oil.
Fry until golden brown for 20 minutes.
Drain on paper towels. (Serves 2-4)
2-4 ham hocks (allow 1 per person)
pinch of salt
Put hock in a large pot. Add just
enough water to cover. Add a pinch of salt.
Cover the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce
heat and simmer 2-1/2 to 3 hours until
hocks are tender. Put hocks in a baking
1 1/2 2 cups chicken (cooked)
1/2 cup water
2 cans water chestnuts, sliced
2 cans cream celery soup
1 cup mayonaise
1 cup chopped celery
1 pkg pepperidge cornbread stuffing
4 cups noodles cooked
1/2 stick butter, melted
Combine soup, water, mayonaise. Add
chicken or tuna, noodles, celery, water
chestnuts. If you use tuna, add a little
lemon juice.) Put in buttered casserole
dish. Sprinkle cornbread crumbs on top.
Sprinkle melted butter over crumbs. Bake
at 350 degrees F. uncovered for about 45
minutes. (8 generous servings)
Fried Catfish Fillets
8 to 10 catfish fillets
Salt and Pepper
3 teaspoons sea-
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon onion
1 1/4 teaspoons
3 tablespoons all-
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/4 cups cornmeal
1/4 cup bacon drip-
shortening to deep-fry
(2 1/2 to 3 cups) Grits
Wash fish and pat _
Oil is sufficiently hot when a hze fonns
above the oil and a drop of water can
dance across the surface. Deep-fry fish
until golden brown, drain on paper towels,
and serve immediately. Excellent with
slaw and Hush Puppy Patties. (4 to 5 serv-
5 pounds frozen chitterlings thawed
5 cups water
2 stalks celery with leaves
2 large onions chopped
2 bay leaves
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 red pepper cut in pieces (optional)
Soak chitterlings in cold water for at
least 6 hours. Cover pot. Drain. Strip as
much fat as possible from each piece and
wash thoroughly in cold water. Make sure
it is entirely free of dirt. Cut into small
pieces about 1 inch. Place in full pot of
water with salt and pepper. Add other in-
gredients to the pot and cover. Cook over
medium heat until tender about 2 1/2 or 3
hours. Serve with vinegar or hot sauce.
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Joe Sampson, Aziz Khati, Melvin Jones and John L. Green
Lt. Colonel Robert Porter (Honoray Judge) and Josephine Porter
Barbara Jones and Reverend Carlton Jones
Terry and Cheryl Taylor
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WaR: fOitd TOiw
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
Feb. 3rd at 7 p.m. Call 632-5555.
at the Ritz
Come visit the best local talent out
there at Amateur Night at the Ritz
on Friday, Feb. 4th at 7:30 p.m.
The monthly event always sells out.
For more info call 632-5555 or visit
Jazz Jamm at the Ritz
This month's Ritz Jazz Jamm will
feature Roy Ayers. It will be held on
Sat. Feb. 5th at 7 and 10 p.m. at
the Ritz. For more info visit
www.ritzjacksonville.com or call
Kings of Comedy
The Jacksonville Clean Kings of
Comedy will be in performance on
Saturday, February 5th at the
Times Union Center. Showtime is 7
p.m. Entertainers include Funny-
bone, Mr. Charles, Cousin Wayne,
Mr. Charlie and Mello D.
For tickets, call 800-745-3000.
Town Hall Meeting
There will be a public Town Hall
Meeting on Saturday, February 5th
at 3 p.m. at Love Missionary
Church. Up for discussion will be
topics such as education, police
brutality, leadership and the econo-
my. Guest speaker will be Atty.
Malik Zulu Shabazz. For more
information call: (904) 705-8556
PRIDE Book Club
The February meeting of the
PRIDE Book Club, northeast
Florida's largest and oldest book
club of color, will be held Saturday,
February 5th at 3:00 PM. The
meeting will be held at the Main
Library downtown on the 4th Floor.
For more information, call Pat
Morisson at 630-2665. The book
for discussion is Noble Hand Up by
Free testing on
Black AIDS Day
River Region Human Services will
recognize Black AIDS Awareness
Day on Saturday, February 5th,
2011, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on
the campus of Edward Waters
College, 1606 Dot St #1306. The
event will feature free AIDS and
STD testing, flu shots and food.
Candidates for the office of Mayor
and City Council will be featured at
a candidates' forum on Monday,
February 7, 2011, at 7 p.m.The
event will take place at the
Northwest / Bradham-Brooks
Library, 1755 Edgewood Avenue
West. Candidates will be asked
questions from a panel and the audi-
ence. The forum is sponsored by
Herkemba, Inc. For more informa-
tion call (904)654-2816.
Black History Film
The Ritz Theatre will be host to a
Black Film Series Feb. 9th, 16th &
19th All movies will be shown
FREE. The first showing will be Ax
Handle Saturday: 50 Years Later- A
Documentary at 6 p.m. For more
info on film times/film showings
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 Jacksonville Association of
Black Journalist has scheduled their
first meeting of 2011 for 10:00 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m., Saturday, February
12th at a location to be determined.
Up for discussion will be a variety
of items including JABJ's partici-
pation in an upcoming jointly spon-
sored mayoral candidates' debate
scheduled for February 28. For
more information call 607-0660.
Rachelle Ferrell will be in con-
cert at the Ritz Theatre, Sat., Feb.
13th at 8 p.m.. Tickets $37. For
more info visit www.ritzjack-
sonville.com or call 632-5555.
EWC Alumni Night
The Edward Waters College Office
of Alumni Affairs will host an
alumni night and reception on
Saturday, February 13, 2011 at 6
p.m. in the Adams-Jenkins Sports &
Music Complex. All Jacksonville
area alumni and former students of
Edward Waters College are invited
to attend. The event will also
include a basketball doubleheader.
For more information, call (904)
470-8252 or visit www.ewc.edu.
The 13th Annual Kingsley
Heritage Celebration will be held
on February 19th and 26th featur-
ing a series of events free to the
public. The annual celebration
explores the cultural traditions
which originated during the planta-
tion period. The lineup includes his-
torian Rodney Hurst, Auntie Roz
and the Afro-Caribbean Dance
Theatre and a master storyteller.
The plantation is located off
Heckscher Drive/A1A, 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-
black tie event
"Social Graces" is hosting the 1st
Annual Jacksonville Community
Awards Gala with the red carpet
theme of "A Night at The Oscars".
It will be held on Saturday
February 26th at 3390 Kori Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32257. Social
Graces is a non-profit organization
that supports, develops and trains
individuals with disabilities. For
more information call 402-1351.
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.
The Miracle in Rwanda
On March 11, 2011, at the Times-
Union Center for the Performing
Arts Terry Theatre, St. Gerard
Campus will host a presentation of
a one-woman performance based
on the true story of Immaculee
Ilibagiza, a survivor of the genocide
in Rwanda. This amazing perform-
ance is both spiritual and powerful.
Tickets are $55 for adults, $35 for
students and are available through
Ticketmaster or the Box Office.
The annual Shrimp Festival in
Fernandina Beach has been moved
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Page 10 Ms. Perry's Free Press
February 3-9, 2011
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Steve Harvey's ex says she wants an apology
for his alleged mistreatment during marriage
Multi-talented entertainer Sean
"Diddy" Combs, is upset with
President Barack Obama, and he
took his beef where most Hip-Hop
artists do... straight to The Source.
In the January issue of "The Hip-
Hop Bible," the entrepreneur extra-
ordinaire claims that President
Obama, in the infamous words of
Kanye West, "doesn't care about
"I love the president like most of
us. I just want the president to do
better. There's a difference between
us voting for somebody and us
believing in somebody. He's the
person that we believed in so I pray
night and day that he understands
how God ordained his presidency. I
feel there was a promise made to
God to look after people that was
less fortunate, and [many] of those
people are African-American..."
Combs' bold 2004 "Vote or Die"
campaign was revisited in the his-
toric 2008 election with a more par-
tisan mantra "Obama or Die." The
mogul's support and loyalty appar-
Mary Shackleford Harvey surprised many when she recently uploaded three videos to
YouTube alleging bad treatment from her former husband, comedian and TV personality
Steve Harvey. No one was more surprised than Harvey, who had legal restrictions in place
that should have precluded either of them from talking about their marriage or divorce.
The former Mrs. Harvey alleges that Harvey used his celebrity and the money that she
helped him earn during their 16 years together to take advantage of her in court, leaving
her broke, homeless and without custody of their son, Wynton, now 12.
Shackleford Harvey also alleges that the author of two popular New York Times best-
selling relationship books "Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man" and "Straight Talk, No
Chaser: How To Find, Keep and Understand a Man" has misled the public that believes
in his advice. She alleges that Harvey's third wife, Marjorie, was his longtime mistress and
that the two of them have willfully ignored the pain they put her through. And although the
Harveys were divorced in 2005, Shackleford Harvey is coming out now, she says, because
S Nick and Mariah naming twins
Nick Cannon says he and his wife Mariah
SCarey have picked out names for their twins
/ due in April but they're keeping it a secret.
ui "We're building nurseries in both Los
Angeles and New York. They won't be getting
crazy but they're definitely unique," Nick, 30,
S-/ tells People.com.
The TV personality who married the 40-
year-old singer in 2008 also explained Mariah
isn't afraid of pandering to her pregnancy cravings, but he often ends up
finishing off her dishes as by the time they have been cooked she usual-
ly doesn't want them.
"Last night we had smothered pork chops, collard greens, red beans
and rice and a pecan pie with homemade whipped cream," he said. "She
cooks it, tastes it, but instead of laying up and eating it, I end up eating
it. I think she craves it, but once she cooks it and smells it then the crav-
ings go away."
Halle Berry quits film to fight for
custody Halle Berry has pulled out of a film
job to prepare for a custody fight over her young
A spokeswoman for the Oscar-winning actress
says Berry backed out of a role in "New Year's
Eve" that was scheduled to shoot in New York
this week "due to pending custody litigation
involving her daughter."
Berry and her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry, have a daughter, Nahla,
who will turn 3 in March.
Tyler Perry to Take on Morgan
Freeman Character Alex Cross
SFor his next film, "Madea" mastermind Tyler
f u. Perry will take on a popular fictional character
crafted by author James Patterson and made
-* famous on the big screen by Morgan Freeman in
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Perry
will take on the role of detective-psychologist
Alex Cross in an untitled film to be directed by Rob Cohen ("The
Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor").
Freeman played the role in two studio movies, 1997's "Kiss The
Girls" and 2001's "Along Came a Spider," based on Patterson's first
novel in 1993. His 18th novel featuring Cross will be released this year.
Idris Elba ("The Wire") was supposed to portray the detective in an
indie due to be directed by David Twohy, but that adaptation appears to
be shelved for now, per the Hollywood Reporter.
Perry is best known for his voluminous work as a director-screen-
writer-producer of urban dramas and for playing the outspoken black
female character of Madea in many of his movies. This would be the
first major role Perry has undertaken that doesn't involve one of his
BlackAmerica Web. com.
by T. Pendleton
BAW: After being divorced
from Steve Harvey for six years,
what made you decide to speak
MSH: In time to get back on my
feet mentally and emotionally from
this whole situation, I have been
working on myself, going to thera-
py and working out and eating
healthy. In that process, I was hop-
ing that Steve would face me, and I
would have rather that he had apol-
ogized and worked with me to help
me have a good relationship with
[our son] Wynton. I was hoping that
we could reconcile about our prop-
erty and our wealth, things that
never got dealt with. He just kind of
left that door open and went and re-
started his life with someone else
and left me holding the emotional
bag of it and the mental bag of it
and the financial bag of it.
BAW: You have talked about
how you were unfairly treated in
the divorce. Did you have a pre-
nuptial agreement at all?
MSH: There was nothing to pre-
nup. He didn't have anything. I did-
n't have anything. Steve and I mar-
ried in 1996, but had lived together
five and a half years prior.
BAW: So, when you married,
he was just starting the career he
MSH: Yes, he was getting $25 to
$400 a week, depending on the
BAW: Is it true that you and
Steve used the same divorce
MSH: He was our family attor-
ney. I filed in the state of Texas, and
Steve and I decided to use our fam-
ily attorney, as the whole thing was
not to create what's actually hap-
pening right now. I decided I no
longer wanted to be his wife. The
whole thing was making me sick,
physically. I burned my thyroid out
and I was literally getting sick. My
thing was not to destroy Steve pub-
licly or financially. So I agreed,.....
let's go to court and work this out
with our lawyer. But that was not
BAW: So, you used the lawyer
to work out certain terms of the
divorce, and you're saying that
although certain things were
agreed upon, they never hap-
MSH: The attorney said that in 30
days, everything would be divided
equally. Thirty days after that, noth-
ing happened. I started to call the
family attorney; he wouldn't take
my calls. The accountants, the
bankers everybody acted like they
didn't know who I was. I actually
gave Steve two years to set this
right with me, and he didn't. I did-
n't get an outside attorney until
January of 2007. That's how all of
this got out.
BAW: Steve is a public figure,
so he's someone who can be
found. How did it turn out that
you received nothing in the
MSH: Steve decided that he was
going to pay me $40,000 a month
until everything got rectified. He
paid me $40,000 for 10 months. By
the time he dragged it all out, I had
three Texas attorneys. Six, seven
months later, I'm out of money and
Steve has totally exhausted me -
appeal this and appeal that and all
three of these lawyers get intimidat-
ed by him; they get glassy eyed
because he's the star and the fire
Barack: He owes us
Sean "Diddy" Combs on the campaign trail for Barack Obama
ently makes him an authority on have a black president that was man
what the POTUS should do for the enough to say that he was doing
African-American community. something for black people have
"It's something he might not get one term than a president who
reelected for, but we elected him," played the politics game have two
Diddy said. "He owes us. I'd rather terms."
they had at the
beginning is not
even there any-
I don't own
anything. I have a
L.A. The place
Steve calls the
ranch where the
takes the kids and
does his mentor-
ing I sold *my
share of that to
Steve for $1.5
million and that's
what I've been
living off of. That's all I could do. I
couldn't win no way, no how.
BAW: By bringing this infor-
mation to light, how do hope to
see this resolved?
culture, and there's a reward for it -
disrespect your wife. marry your
mistress, and there's a reward from
God for it I was not going to let
that happen, not anymore.
BAW: A lot of time, when there
is a wife, a mistress and husband,
the mistress takes a great deal of
blame for that situation, but
you've already said that Steve
wasn't good to you. So, if Steve
was not a nice guy, is this a
reward or is his new wife getting
what she deserves?
MSH: That statement was not to
say that this has been a reward. She
wanted to be Mrs. Harvey. Now
she's getting the good and the bad
of it. So she's actually getting what
she absolutely deserves. They both
are getting what they absolutely
deserve. They had no qualms or
Mary Harvey recently bared all on her ex husband's rival,
The Tom Joyner Morning Show and via YouTub videos.
MSH: Because Steve insists in conscience about what they were
bringing me up publicly and mak- doing. He wanted what he wanted,
ing me the heavy in the breakup of which was her, and she wanted
our marriage, what I want the pub- what she wanted, which was the
lic to be is more informed about this lifestyle. The two of them were just
man that they are calling the rela- thinking of themselves.
tionship expert and the love guru. BAW: How do you feel about
People need to understand who it is Steve now? You were married to
that they're dealing with. His disre- him. You had a child together.
specting me, Marjorie disrespecting How do you feel about him
me, not allowing me to establish a today?
relationship with my son, that-had---- MSH: Part of-me not speaking
to stop. out until now was because of my
BAW: You've alleged that affection for Steve, still. I don't
Marjorie, Steve's current wife, hate him, but I definitely don't like
had a relationship with Steve dur- what he did. Steve is going to have
ing your marriage. At this point, to step up to the plate and face what
what do you have to say about he's done. I want him to be man
Marjorie? enough to face what he's done. He's
MSH: Marjorie interfered with going to have to apologize, and I
my family. She had no thoughts don't mean over the phone. He pub-
about how it was going to impact licly brought our divorce into this,
Wynton and how it was going to and he's publicly going to have to
change him. She didn't act like a make it right. He's going to have to
lady. She came into this totally face his deceit to the women that
wrong to disrupt my family, and bought that book under the premise
that's what she did. So for her and that he's this all-around guy, and
Steve to present this perfect picture he's the relationship expert for
like they're the reflection of our everybody.
of Harvey's references to her in the media.
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