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S I America's
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Mr. and Mrs.
I % Sharpton hit with
S'- a $3.7M IRS tax bill
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who has vowed to
w/ clean up his fiscal house, has a new tax lien to
Sharpton owes $359,973 to the IRS for 2009
personal income tax, according to documents
on file with the city.
Public records show he owes a total of $3.7
million in city, state and federal taxes, including penalties, dating to
2002. But Sharpton's spokeswoman, Rachel Noerdlinger, said that he had
paid back "well over seven figures" as part of agreements with the state
and IRS and that the liens remained on the books as "a matter of bureau-
Sharpton made $250,000 as head of the nonprofit National Action
Network in 2009, a year that ended with the group owing $1.1 million in
taxes and having just $36,397 cash on hand.
The organization also pays for first-class or charter travel for Sharpton
and other NAN staff, according to its 2009 tax return.
Maryland bill seeks to
rename 'Negro Mountain'
Some state lawmakers are looking to
rename Negro Mountain and Polish
Mountain in western Maryland.
Nine senators, none from the western
region, introduced Senate Joint
Resolution 3 in the General Assembly on
Thursday. It would create a commission
to rename the peaks by the end of this year.
The bill says the names should be changed to more accurately reflect
the region's history and culture.
Western Maryland historians say Negro Mountain honors a free black
man who acted heroically during the French and Indian War. And they
say Polish Mountain may have originally been called Polished Mountain,
but that the name changed over time.
And some legislators aren't too fond of a name change.
"It's just asinine," Delegate Kevin Kelly told the Cumberland Times-
News. "I'm of Irish descent. We'd love to have a mountain named after
us. Let's rename it Irish Mountain."
Unemployment falls to 9%,
black joblessness stuck at 15%
The unemployment rate dropped sharply last month to 9 percent, the
lowest level in nearly two years. But the economy generated only 36,000
net new jobs, the fewest in four months. The January report illustrates
how job growth remains the economy's weakest spot, even as other eco-
nomic indicators point to a recovery that is strengthening.
African-American unemployment remained virtually stagnant going
from 15.8 to 15.7 percent and black teen jobless figures, still the highest
of any group, actually ticked up from 44.2 to 45.4.
Friday's report offered a conflicting picture on hiring. Unemployment
fell because the Labor Department's household survey determined that
more than a half-million people without jobs found work. The depart-
ment conducts a separate survey of businesses, which showed tepid job
creation. The two surveys sometimes diverge.
Nev. high court panel turns
down OJ Simpson appeal
LAS VEGAS A trio of Nevada Supreme Court justices issued a terse
two-word order Wednesday rejecting O.J. Simpson's request to revive the
appeal of his conviction in a Las Vegas casino-hotel room heist.
"Rehearing denied," the three justices said.
Simpson lawyer Malcolm LaVergne told The Associated Press the rul-
ing was expected and said he expects the 63-year-old former football star
will want to appeal to the entire seven-member state high court.
"It's tough to convince the same three justices who denied it the first
time to reconsider," LaVergne said. "
Simpson is serving nine to 33 years in a Nevada prison on kidnapping,
armed robbery and other charges.
Census estimates show big
gains for U.S. minorities
Racial minorities accounted for roughly 85 percent of U.S. population
growth over the last decade -- one of the largest shares ever, with
Hispanics counting for a large share of the gain.
Preliminary census estimates also suggest the number of multiracial
Americans jumped roughly 20 percent since 2000, to over 5 million.
The findings, based on fresh government survey data, offer a glimpse
into 2010 census results that are being released on a state-by-state basis
beginning this week. New Jersey, Mississippi, Virginia and Louisiana are
the first to receive the data, which will be used in the often contentious
process of redrawing political districts based on growing populations and
In all, non-Hispanic whites make up roughly 65 percent of the U.S.
population, down from 69 percent in 2000. Hispanics had a 16 percent
share, compared with 13 percent a decade ago. Blacks represent about 12
percent and Asians roughly 5 percent. Multiracial Americans and other
groups made up the remaining 2 percent.
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Minorities bear the country's
largest burden of AIDS cases
Although blacks make up only Fenton, director of CDC's National
13.6% of the U.S. population, they Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral
account for 50.3% of all diagnosed Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.
cases of HIV, federal health offi- Compared to Hispanic men,
cials reported. black men have twice the rate of
The rate of HIV diagnosis among HIV infection, and black women
black men is eight times that of are four times as likely as Hispanic
whites, and the rate women to have an HIV diagnosis.
for black women is The reasons for
19 times that of these disparities are
whites, finds a new complex, Fenton
analysis of data from m said. "We are not
37 states by the U.S. looking at one core
Centers for Disease issue. There are many factors inter-
Control and acting with each other at different
Prevention. levels within the society," he said.
"What this study For one thing, the background
confirms is the severe and dispro- prevalence of the AIDS-causing
portionate burden of disease borne virus is higher in the black commu-
by African Americans when it nity, he said.
comes to HIV," said Dr. Kevin Continued on Page 3
Raines student athletes net seven scholarships on signing day
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(L-R) Chris Jones (Illinois), Isaiah Stallings (Illinois), Freeman Dozier (University of Miami), Leory Pate (BCU), Head Football Coach Wiley,
Principal James Maxey, Michael Showers (Southern University), Sam Smiley (North Carolina) and Elijah Maxey (FIU). T Austin photo
While the plight of Raines High
School may face an uncertain
future, seven scholar athletes know
exactly where they will be next
year. During National signing Day
last week, several members of the
Viking's prep squad proudly
declared what colleges they will be
attending next fall. Despite the bad
rap Ranies has been receiving from
the Department of Education. All
members of the football team were
Brown campaign continues to secure political royalty
When Alvin Brown invited
America's first Black billionaire
Bob Johnson into town for a
fundraiser he was just geeting start-
ed. His next round of visitors were
no doubt political gold scoring
appearances by former President
Bill Clinton, multi-millionaire rags
to riches attorney Willie Gary and
just this week, former Vice
President Al Gore.
Gore, also an Academy Award
winning film-maker, stomped on
behalf of Brown's Mayoral bid at
the IBEW Local 177 Hall on
Liberty Street. He highlighted
Brown's leadership and issued a
"President Clinton and I trusted
Alvin to rebuild and reshape cities
across America, and I believe that
he can do the same here in
Jacksonville," Gore said.
Brown has a long history with the
beginning in 1993 when he was
appointed senior advisor for Urban
Policy and vice chair of the White
Shown above (L-R) is Mayoral candidate Alvin Brown, State Rep.
Mia Jones and former Vice President Al Gore.
House Community Empowerment his tenure he managed billions of
Board, Brown advised both the vice dollars in multiple initiatives for
president and President Clinton on various agencies in the country
a wide range of domestic issues, "Brown has the knowledge, skill
including community revitalization, set and passion to take Jacksonville
job creation, new business develop- to the next level of great American
ment and expansion of the supply cities." said Gore.
of affordable housing. Throughout
required by Principal Maxey to
have a 3.0 GPA and attend manda-
tory tutoring sessions.
Meanwhile, as far as the plights
facing Raines, Ribault, Jackson
and North Shore K-8 Schools, the
Education Commission turned
down the School Board's plan for
turning the schools around. They
said he plan does not comply with
Last week, the school district sub-
mitted a plan to the state Education
Commission calling for splitting
each of the "intervene schools" into
two magnet programs involving
While the state cannot force the
schools to close or do what they
say, they can withdraw their fund-
ing which amounts to about $1 mil-
lion per school. The final decision
will be up to the Florida Board of
Education, which is to consider the
plans at a meeting next Tuesday.
Duval County's board members
plan to travel to Tallahassee to
attend that meeting.
Last week the NAACP and area
ministers held a press conference
declaring that closing the inner city
schools is not an option.
If the schools pull their FCAT
grades up to a C this year, they will
not be affected by the rulings.
We celebrate Black love for all work to keep their families
of the years that we couldn't. together against the odds. We
Yes at a time a mere 150 years honor, respect and admire you as
ago Oust three generations) our you are the backbone of Black
love was forbidden America.
People of'color consummated We celebrate Black love for all
their relationships by jumping of the marriages who have
across tethered brooms. Their endured the journey 20, 30, 40
vows were read by the few and 50 + years. Weaving the
who were able to memo- Amp I ov- fabric of a family and
rize Bible texts dictating Isetting the example that
vows that only they could love and responsibility
respect. /does conquer all.
We celebrate Black love for We celebrate Black love for
all of the women who dispropor- /all of those who tried love and
tionately survive and thrive didn't make it. They picked up
alone raising our future by and tried and tried again. They
themselves. Their past experi- are still trying because they
ences share glimpses of love but believe in the power of Black
the numbers dictate their futures love.
will be in solitude. Black love we salute you and all
We celebrate Black love for all of the bliss you reward when
of the strong men out there who found.
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February 10-16, 2011
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Black Caucus confronts GOP on budget
Ribault Middle School wins battle of the Bands The William M. Raines Band Boosters
presented the "2nd Annual Battle of the Beats" Drumline Competition last weekend at Raines High School. Bands
frm across the state competed for top honors. Winning the middle school category was Ribault Middle School and
the varsity honors went to Mainland High School from Daytona Beach, Fl. T Austin photo
Is the First Lady's Anti-Obesity effort workings
by D. Superville
Michelle Obama had doubts
about making a campaign against
childhood obesity one of her signa-
"I wondered to myself whether
we could really make a difference,
because when you take on a prob-
lem this big and this complicated, at
times it can be a little overwhelm-
ing," she said in a recent speech.
The anti-obesity campaign Mrs.
Obama calls "Let's Move!" cele-
brates its first anniversary this
week. Is it working?
In some ways, yes. In others, it's
much too soon to tell.
Advocates who have worked on
the issue for a long time say the first
lady's involvement is raising aware-
ness about the potential future of
the U.S. as a nation of fat,
unhealthy people unless the trend is
reversed, and Mrs. Obama has been
doing it in ways that they can't.
"She has been a spark plug," said
Nancy Brown, chief executive of
the American Heart Association.
Mrs. Obama has addressed gov-
ernors, mayors, school groups, food
makers and other constituencies,
urging them to build more bike
paths and playgrounds, to serve
healthier school lunches and to
make and sell more food that's bet-
ter for you.
She has visited schools across the
country to see what changes they
are making, from planting fruit and
vegetable gardens modeled after
her own celebrated White House
plot to opening salad bars in their
lunchrooms. And she's worked her-
self into a sweat at exercise clinics
with kids, including on the White
House South Lawn.
Her year of
effort has led to
beverage mak- -
ers, food manu-
retailer, to cut the
levels of salt, fat
and sugar in their products.
Lasting change will take years of
effort, though, and some doubt it
will happen at all.
Mrs. Obama said when she
launched the campaign that it will
benefit future generations by help-
ing children born today become
adults at a healthy weight. The issue
is picking up momentum, she said.
"We are seeing a fundamental
shift in our national conversation
about how we make and sell food,"
the first lady said at an appearance
in Washington with Walmart execu-
tives for their announcement last
month. "That's something that was-
n't happening just a year ago."
Walmart promised to reformulate
thousands of its store-brand prod-
ucts to reduce sodium, sugar and
fat, and push its suppliers to do the
same. The company also pledged to
cut fresh fruit and vegetable prices,
build stores in areas without grocers
and develop a logo for products that
meet its health criteria. Walmart's
grocery business accounts for about
15 percent of the U.S. grocery
A new child nutrition law aims to
make all school food more nutri-
tious by letting Washington decide
what kinds of foods may be sold on
school grounds, including in vend-
ing machines and at fundraisers.
The law also increases by 6 cents
the amount of money the govern-
ment reimburses schools for pro-
viding free lunches, but some advo-
cates say that's hardly enough.
The new health care law also
requires restaurants with 20 or more
locations operating under the same
name to list nutrition and calorie
information on their menus or menu
boards. FDA guidance on that is
due soon, said Sue Hensley, a
spokeswoman for the National
WASHINGTON Political ten-
sions on Capitol Hill are as hot as
an Egyptian street fight with
Democrats and Republicans poised
for a bloody face-off over the
nation's finances. It's the necessary,
crucial time of year lawmakers love
to hate, pushing their staffers to
sweat over bulky Power Points and
black ink in a complicated cage
dance over how the federal govern-
ment spends taxpayer money.
"The budget is a bold declaration
of a nation's priorities," argues
Congressional Black Caucus
Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
(D-MO), the loquacious Methodist
minister and former Kansas City
Mayor who barely squeaked past a
Republican challenge in his district
during the 2010 mid-term election.
Hill heads were turning and
brows raised last week when the
Caucus unveiled its budget recom-
mendations for the year in a politi-
co-studded event billing it as the
first ever annual "Commission on
the Budget Deficit, Economic
Crisis and Wealth Creation." Indeed
it was a "first," keeping in fashion
with the dusty classroom clamor of
Black History Month firsts and
The Caucus, that tightly-knit and
reliably Democratic voting bloc
that acts as a noisy thorn in the side
of House Republicans, had been
clowned for years about "the budg-
et no one ever knows about,"
quipped one amused and longtime
senior Congressional aide at a
recent staffer gathering. Press con-
ferences and CBC Member state-
ments were typically sporadic, with
the CBC unable to coordinate an
authoritative voice in annual budget
Starting this year, Cleaver prom-
ises to change all that with an
aggressive campaign waged on the
Hill and beyond Washington. "You
will find that, at least for the next
two years, we will dramatize the
CBC budget," says Cleaver. "It is
useless for us to present a budget
that is virtually useless beyond the
As important to Cleaver is ensur-
ing that the CBC agenda on nation-
al spending priorities resonates loud
Continued from front
"This higher background preva-
lence really continues to drive
transmission within the community,
because it increases the probability
of someone coming into contact
with HIV, even with low-risk
behaviors," Fenton said.
Sharing drug materials and having
unprotected sex are key ways to
Fenton said there is also a higher
rate of sexually transmitted diseases
in the black community, noting
other STDs facilitate the transmis-
sion of HIV.
and clear with a core Black audi-
ence disproportionately crushed
under the weight of a seemingly
Black unemployment, for a mul-
titude of reasons, remains stuck
near 20 percent officially. Many
economists observing the situation
are a bit more frank about the situa-
tion, and Caucus Members seem
less inclined to celebrate incremen-
tal drops in high unemployment
when they head back to districts
where countless constituents are
underemployed, out of benefits or
off the grid.
As a prescription, the CBC
Commission presented a three-
prong approach, with prominent
Black economists and Caucus
Members mingling over topics such
as: the balancing act between
resource demand and fiscal
restraint; getting in recession sur-
vival mode while "accelerating the
recovery;" and finding ways to
responsibly reduce the deficit with-
out hitting communities any harder.
At this point, with political power
greatly diminished by the loss of
Democratic majority last
November, mixing it up by camera,
web and microphone is about as
good as it gets for the embattled
Caucus. Putting a stop to econom-
ic hemorrhaging in the Black com-
munity means the CBC will need to
raise its game in a process where
political dynamics are as complex
and critical as the policy proposed.
Budget handling is an annual
Washington sport, a hazing maze of
winners and losers with a lot of
stalemates in a creamy middle.
But, the stakes are particularly
much higher this year with
Members of all partisan stripes
(even freshman oriented tea
partiers), faced with almost impos-
sible balancing between walking
home federal bacon and talking
bank account restraint. For a
Member like Cleaver, that's even
more precarious given the tenuous
political situation in his Missouri
district, where he'll be backed into
forced moderation by more conser-
vative Midwestern constituents and
representing a population that is
less than 30 percent African
Disparities in access to health care
and poverty also contribute to the
increased risk of HIV among
blacks, Fenton explained.
High rates of male imprisonment
are another factor, he added. "This
leads to imbalances in male-to-
female ratios in the community,
which in turn result in sexual net-
works which facilitate transmission
of HIV," he said.
William Jeffries IV, a CDC
Epidemic Intelligence Service
Officer and co-author of the report,
said this spike is not just the result
of increased HIV screening, which
would by itself uncover many new
cases of HIV.
The CBC Commission, while
days after President Barack
Obama's State of the Union, was
still ahead of House Budget
Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's
(R-WI) announcement recommend-
ing $32 billion in across-the-board
spending cuts, including mind-
numbing 20 percent agency budget
cuts. Not only does it prompt both
Congressional leaders and the
White House to think clearly about
the implications of budget choices
on disadvantaged communities, it's
also an attempt to get an elbow in
The problem, however, are inces-
santly partisan legislators searching
for compromise in a sea where
there is little of it. "How are we
going to pay for last year's tax
cut?" asks Rep. Bobby Scott (D-
VA), the bookish Black Caucus
point-man on all things budget and
the guy now best known for his
voluminous amicus-like brief argu-
ing against the censure of colleague
Rep. Charles Rangel.
Scott believes the $850 billion
tax cut compromise between
President Obama and Senate
Republicans has exacerbated an
"Suggesting that you cut taxes
before you cut spending is absurd,"
adds Scott, ridiculing GOP plans
for simultaneous tax cuts and what
he argues are "draconian" spending
cuts. Between Republican insis-
tence on cutting and Democratic
hopes for more federal spending,
Scott is pessimistic about the
chances of a bipartisan agreement
during this budget cycle.
And when asked if the White
House is giving any sign of absorb-
ing any of the CBC recommenda-
tions, Scott's voice seemed to
retreat, masking any hint of what
are widely known and infamous
tensions between the Caucus and
their former Member. "We make
our recommendations and see what
"We'll see what's in the bill,"
added Scott. "It can't be so good
because we spent all the money last
The number of syphilis cases also
increased, which suggests a rise in
HIV infection, Jeffries said.
The CDC already is testing ways
to expand HIV testing and referral
services within the black communi-
ty, Jeffries said.
Apathy about HIV is a problem,
Fenton said. "We are really grap-
pling with increased complacency
as we enter the fourth decade of this
epidemic," he said. This is particu-
larly true in the black community,
where there are so many health and
economic concerns that HIV
becomes a back-burner issue,
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February 10-16 2011
My love/hate relationship with hip hop
Plato may have been the first to
proclaim that art imitates life.
However, Oscar Wilde was proba-
bly more of a realist when he said,
"Life imitates art far more than art
I can agree with both men.
Sometimes art imitates life, but
then there are those times that life
begins to imitate art. And that hap-
pens often in the world of Hip Hop.
Perhaps the title of this article
should be "Why I love and dislike
Lil Wayne at the same time, "
because Weezy (as fans call him) is
the reason for this article.
There I was in line at the grocery
store when an elderly black woman
pointed at the cover of Rolling
Stone magazine in disgust and said,
"Lord have mercy, what are these
young people doing to their bod-
I took a quick glance and saw
one of my favorite rappers Lil
Wayne on the cover of the maga-
zine. Fresh out of jail, the title was
something like Exclusive: Lil
Wayne's first interview out of
And I guess that I had not paid
much attention to the fact that
Wayne is now fully covered in tat-
toos well at least the parts shown
on the cover, which include a lot of
The point being made my the
woman in the grocery store was the
outrageousness of putting tattoos
all over your body especially
your face. I chuckled because her
next statement was something like
why would you put a tattoo on your
face. He must not go to church.
You have to love Hip Hop and
artists like Lil Wayne. Like his tats
or not, he's considered by many to
be a musical genius. He is one of a
couple of rappers that can actually
recite the lyrics to a full song with-
out writing a word down on paper.
He and Jay Z are at the top of the
Hip Hop game and considered two
of the best of all time.
Lil Wayne is the ultimate rags to
riches story considering his very
humble beings in New Orleans. I
appreciate his unique rapping abili-
ties, but he also represents what is
wrong in Hip Hop as well.
For me, Jay Z embodies what
hip-hop is really about. He's not a
trend follower, but a trendsetter. He
understands the global business of
hip-hop and knows that it is not all
about tattoos, women and money.
He's the epitome of "grown man
In contrast there is a stark differ-
ent between Jay Z and Wayne's
conduct and maturity level. Yeah I
know, Jay is like 50 years old so it's
hard to compare.
Wayne represents the new age
more brash and irresponsible ver-
sion of Hip Hop. Tattoos every-
where, shirt off, drugs, alcohol and
plenty of attitude. Not that having
an attitude or swagger is bad. Hip
Hop has always been a genre of
music built on bragging and talking
trash, so that's nothing new.
However, many of today's rap-
pers take being braggadocios to a
whole new level. The beauty of a
Jay Z or Tupac was that you at least
got some balance. You would get
mostly street hardcore music on a
album, but you also got a little bit
of "Brenda's got a baby."
Although The Notorious B.I.G.
would rap about selling drugs we
would also let you know that the
"Sky is the Limit," on his album so
that you knew that you could
And that's why I love and dislike
Hip Hop at the same time. If Lil
Wayne is the heart of Hip Hop then
Jay Z is easily the brain.
I love Weezy because he is a lyri-
cal freak, and he's clearly at the top
of the Hip Hop pyramid, but young
adults especially black males
often times get caught up believing
what they see on music videos.
That's when life begins to imitate
art. Hell, sometimes art begins to
imitate art because a lot of these
rappers start believing their own
lies or made up personas.
Many young folks don't realize
that Hip Hop artist are just that -
By the way, if you are worth
$200 million like Lil Wayne, you
can put a tattoo wherever you want.
Until then you might want to keep
them out of sight so that you can
actually get a real job.
I mentioned earlier that Lil
Wayne had just got out of jail for a
gun possession conviction.
Unfortunately, in the world of rap
getting jail time is not a negative
thing, but almost a badge of honor.
It increases your street credit hence
boosting your bad boy image and
which helps sell records.
Wayne is certainly not unique in
his run ins with the law. Like I said,
it's pretty commonplace in Hip
Hop from T.I. to Snoop Dog, P
Diddy and many more it's a dis-
So that's why I love and hate Hip
Hop at times. There is simply not
enough balance anymore. No more
De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest,
Brand Nubians, etc. Now every-
body's a thug.
But I guess you have to take the
good with the bad. Or as Hip Hop
artist Andre 3000 said in a song, "I
met a critic... She said she thought
Hip Hop was only guns and alcohol
I said "Oh hell naw!" but yet it's
that too. You can't discrimahate
because you done read a book or
two. What if I looked at you in a
microscope saw all the dirty organ-
isms Living in your closet would I
stop and would I pause it."
Signing off from Winn Dixie,
Repealing the Health Care Law would be costly for Black America
By Secretary Kathleen Sebelius investments, including billions of other harmful policies like lifetime American seniors enrolled in
Last week, President Obama out- dollars for Community Health dollar limits, which often meant Medicare are also enjoying other
lined his vision for how the United Centers, a quarter of whose patients your benefits disappeared when new benefits like critical preven-
States can win the future through are African-American, and new you needed them most. Repeal tive services, such as mammo-
investments and reforms that will funds for training and placing thou- would make these abuses fair game grams and flu shots, at no addition-
give every family and business the sands of new primary care again, leaving an estimated 12 mil- al cost. Repeal would take these
chance to thrive. Effectively imple- providers in the neighborhoods lion African-Americans with pri- benefits away, leading more seniors
meeting the Affordable Care Act is where they are needed most. vate insurance at the mercy of their to skip medications, cancer screen-
a vital part of this effort. And the law invests in national insurance companies. ings, and other life-saving care.
But some in Congress want to and the community level solutions Along with these new protec- In African-American communi-
refight the political battles of the for problems such as obesity that tions, African-Americans are get- ties, the Affordable Care Act is
past two years and repeal the law disproportionately affect African ting some relief from skyrocketing already giving people the freedom
along with all the new consumer Americans, especially children. premiums. New resources are help- to make their own health care
protections and benefits that go Repealing the law would rob our ing states strengthen their oversight choices, helping families get care,
with it. That would be a major set- children of these future solutions. of insurance companies and new helping businesses compete, and
back for the African-American With the Affordable Care Act, we rules limit the amount of your pre- putting Medicare on a better path
community. are also taking a major step toward mium dollars that insurers may for the future.
Up to 1 in 5 African Americans making sure our economy is grow- spend on marketing and CEO Undoing this progress now
lack health insurance, one of the ing and working for all Americans, bonuses. Repeal would roll back would be a terrible mistake.
highest rates for any group. This, including African-Americans. these reforms, making it easier for
more than any other demographic The law is giving America's insurers to hike your rate by 20 or -
or economic barrier, negatively businesses more freedom from 30 percent or more.
impacts the quality of healthcare ever-increasing health insurance And repeal would also make it
received by African Americans. costs. For example, over the last harder for millions of African-
The Affordable Care Act gives nine months, nearly four million Americans to get the preventive
African-Americans more freedom small businesses have been notified care and screenings they need. The
to get the care they need by extend- that they may be eligible for a tax African-American community suf-
ing overage to 32 million previous cut to help them offer coverage to fers from the highest cancer mortal- i
uninsured Americans. their employees. ity rate in the country. Thanks to
There are also new protections If repeal were to succeed, health the Affordable Care Act, those in 1 ,
for the nearly half of all African- insurance costs would rise for busi- new plans now have access to rec-
Americans who have a disability or nesses across America, including ommended preventive screenings,
chronic disease, making them vul- many of the estimated 70,000 small such as mammograms and colono- rI T
nerable to discrimination by insur- businesses owned by African copies, for free but not if the law '
ance companies. Under the law, Americans, leaving them to choose is repealed.
insurers may not turn away chil- between cutting benefits, dropping There are new benefits for sen-
dren with pre-existing conditions, a coverage and layoffs, iors too. Since the law was enact-
protection that will extend to all African-Americans across the ed, more than three million seniors ,
individuals with pre-existing con- country are also benefiting from the have received a $250 check to help
editions starting in 2014. Repeal new Patient's Bill of Rights, which them afford their medications once
would put millions of African- is giving families freedom from they hit the "donut hole" gap in
Americans with health conditions many of the worst abuses of the Medicare prescription drug cover-
right back at the mercy of their insurance industry. age.
insurance companies. A year ago, insurers could cancel This year, seniors in the donut
The law is also helping African- your coverage when you got sick hole are receiving a 50 percent dis-
Americans get care by bringing just because you made a mistake on count on all of their covered name
more doctors and nurses to chroni- your application. Under the new brand prescription drugs, the next
cally underserved communities. Patient's Bill of Rights, this prac- step toward closing the donut hole.
Repeal would take away these tice has been banned, along with The estimated four million African-
Our involvement with the
by William Reed
In 1950 the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded
its Peace Prize to the first non-White, African- NN
American and United Nations (UN) official Ralph
Bunche. Dr. Bunche sanctioned the "Middle East
Problem" and won the Prize for mediations he held between Arabs and
Jews in the Israeli-Arab war in 1948-1949 and agreements he brought
about between the new state of Israel and four of its Arab neighbors: Egypt,
Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
The events unfolding now in Egypt are the latest example of Black lead-
ers have been co-opted in dubious imperialists' deals. Settling Egyptian
protests requires the U.S. to be "the honest broker" it has never been as
each U.S. administration since World War II has dealt with Arab-Israeli
Egypt is a North African country whose governments have a history of
protecting Western powers' interests in the region. For six decades Egypt
has played a vital strategic and symbolic role in world settings protecting
Colonialist Countries' interests in the region. Beginning with Bunche,
Blacks were played for rubes, bamboozled every step of the way. To
appease the demonstrators, and really earn his claim to a Noble Peace
Prize, Obama will have to change ways the U.S. has traditionally played
the region's people of color.
In Noble Peace Prize ruse 2 in 1978, it was awarded to Muhammad
Anwar El Sadat. Anwar El Sadat was a Black man who served as Egypt's
third President, from October 1970 until his assassination October 1981.
Surely, Sadat was "played" in the Camp David Accords. Sadat's negotia-
tions with Israel and the ensuing Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty were vastly
unpopular amongst Arabs, resulting in his assassination and Egypt's sus-
pension from the Arab League. Many say Sadat was "used" in establish-
ment of the state of Israel and the $1.5 billion Egypt is paid by the U.S.
Light-skinned Ralph Bunche was too used by the West. Bunche believed
that the Palestinian Arabs were the big losers in the conflict, and that the
agreements he negotiated sealed the fate of the UN's plan for an independ-
ent Palestinian state. The Palestinians were played as punks as the Israelis
kept almost all land they conquered. Israel had expanded from the UN-
allocated 55% of British ruled Palestine to 79%. Bunche thought that the
armistice agreements were intended as the basis for peace negotiations
within a year, but these never took place. The UN and the U.S. called for
the rights of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, this never
happened. Their fate remains the World's No. 1 unsolved problem.
In 2009, President Barack Obama became the latest Black victim in the
Nobel Peace Prize stunt. In a move widely seen as being primarily a
rebuke of his predecessor, the choice was seen as reversing many of his
predecessors' unilateral policies. Now is the time for Obama to support
the Egyptians by moving away from the imperialistic roles and guidelines
the U.S. has used; and reaching out to the Arab & Islamic worlds by
addressing the core issue in the region: bringing the Israelis and
Palestinians into serious, fruitful negotiations.
Anti-Mubarak protesters are simply "sick-and-tired" of decades of
American-supported shenanigans in their country. Rather than rush to
label whomever the American establishment calls "terrorists", Black
Americans would do well to develop a knowledgeable grasp of the history
behind today's issues. Britain's Foreign Secretary says that the Egyptian
unrest "underlines the need to drive ahead with the Middle East peace
process. I hope that it underlines to Israeli leaders the need to do that." It's
time to stray away from the White-controlled media and its typical White-;
American racist conservative mindset always ready to believe that the U.S.
only fights for good causes. In reality, many of the world's Muslims view
the U.S. as a hostile and oppressive force that blindly supports Israel at the
expense of the legitimate rights of Palestinians, and that the current US's
"war against global terrorism" is actually a war against Islam. Obama must
break from traditions of decades of "double standards", and engage in
respectful ways with moderate Arabs & Islamics.
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Governor's office opens Black
History contest for Florida youth
The Governor's office has
announce Florida's 2011 Black
History Month contest themed
Leaders in Business Past,
Present and Future". Students in
kindergarten through 12th grades
are invited to participate in the art
and essay contests. The Governor
also invites students, parents,
teachers and principals to nomi-
nate full-time African-American
educators in elementary, middle or
high schools for the Black History
Month Excellence in Education
Award. The deadline is Febl5th.
About the Student Contests
Art Contest for Grades K-3 The
Black History Month art contest is
open to all Florida students in
grades K-3, and two winners will
Essay Contest for Grades 4-12 -
The Black History Month essay
contest is open to all 4th through
12th grade students in Florida. Six
winners will be selected to receive
a four-year Florida College Plan
scholarship provided by the
Florida Prepaid College
The Excellence in Education
Award is open to all African-
American, full time educators in
an elementary, middle or high
school in Florida. Three winners
will be selected, one for each cate-
gory, to receive a check for $1500.
Forms for all contest can be found
Joy White, center, birth mother of Carlina White, exits a hotel with
two unidentified women Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 in New York. Carlina
White was abducted in 1987 when she was 19 days old.
Mom seeking relationship
with long lost stolen daughter
The mother of a 23-year-old
woman snatched from a New York
City hospital when she was an
infant says their reunion was a mir-
acle but their relationship is diffi-
Joy White told NBC television
that she and her daughter Carlina
White are like strangers. She says
she wants to spend time with her so
they can get to know each other.
But Joy White says she under-
stands why her daughter, who lives
in Atlanta, would want to continue
her relationship with the people
who raised her. She says that's all
her daughter knows.
Ann Pettway of Raleigh, North
Carolina, is being held without bail
on charges she kidnapped Carlina
in 1987. The FBI says Pettway took
the newborn after her own efforts at
In the heart-wrenching interview,
Joy described the joy of reuniting
with Carlina after a 23-year separa-
tion and explained her new pain,
involving the split between Carlina
and her birth family.
Carlina, who has refused to grant
interviews unless she is paid, seems
to be going through an identity cri-
sis: She's torn between Joy and her
new family and Ann Pettway, the
woman who kidnapped her as an
infant, gave her the name Nejdra
Nance and raised her as her own
Pettway surrendered to police
last month and faces kidnapping
charges. She confessed to taking
White from Harlem Hospital as an
infant in August 1987.
The infant's disappearance trig-
gered a massive manhunt in New
York and a reward was offered for
But it was Carlina who actually
solved her own kidnapping with the
help of a computer database of
As sad as it may be for all
involved, it is understandable that
White is having some problems
adjusting to her new world.
Carlina is now also asking some
uncomfortable financial questions
of Joy White and her birth father,
Joy and Tyson received a
$750,000 financial settlement from
a lawsuit against the city, which
runs Harlem Hospital.
On the 'Today' show, Joy said she
and Tyson had put aside a portion
of the money for their daughter if
they found her by the age of 21;
Carlina was found at 23.
When Carlina asked Joy what
happened to that money, she was
told it was spent raising her biolog-
Joy said that Carlina has moved
back to Atlanta and has been reluc-
tant to have contact with her new
family. Carlina has also returned to
using the name Nejdra.
'One drop rule' debate back in the limelight
by E.O. Hutchinson
Halle Berry opened the lid on one
of the thorniest issues that still
plagues race relations when she
went to war with her ex-boyfriend,
Gabriel Aubry, over custody of their
daughter, Nahla. The issue revolves
around who is or isn't Black. Berry
took a firm stand in Ebony maga-
zine and flatly said that she and her
daughter are black, citing the "one
drop rule" as the reason.
The "one drop rule" that Berry
refers to has nothing to do with sci-
ence, biology, or genealogy. By that
I mean the pseudo-scientific desig-
nation that no matter how faint or
distant in a person's family's geneal-
ogy -- if there's a person of biologi-
cal African descent that makes that
person black. The one-drop rule
was often the law of the land in the
early-to-mid twentieth century,
most notably in Virginia under the
Racial Integrity Act of 1924. This
followed the passage of similar
laws in numerous other states.
However, during slavery, free
African-Americans could have up
to one-eighth to one-quarter African
ancestry (this varied from state to
state) and be considered legally
Before Berry took her stand, the
issue of black versus multiracial
came up repeatedly with President
Obama. The debate was ongoing
during the 2008 election (and in
some circles continues to this day)
over whether he was black, biracial,
multiracial, or even American. to
Obama mercifully put that debate to ty
rest for most Americans when he a:
made it official and checked the box p
"African-American" on his Census fi
2010 form. e
Still, the arguments are really ty
nonsensical since science has long te
since debunked the notion of a pure v
racial type. In America, race has "
never been a scientific or genealog-
ical designation, but a political and t(
social one. Anyone with the slight- r
est trace of African ancestry was tl
and still is consid- c
SHalle Berry and baby Nahla
1ouit with her former lover Gabr
'.lubr): Now estranged, Berry
asserts he's even used the "N"
word towards her.
ered black and p
treated according- tl
Berry, by ii
ing that she and A
her daughter are s
black, and te
Obama, by self- s
describing himself d
as black, effec- c
tively recognize s
the hard and \
unchanging reali- N
ty that race rela- 1
tions and conflict in America are v
still framed in black and white. B
Berry knows that as her daughter a
grows up she can still be ignored or a
given poor service in restaurants, t
fume in anger as taxis pass her by a
on the street and stop a few feet t
away to pick up a white passenger, c
be followed by security guards in l
department stores, and be subjected s
San array of every overt and subtle
ype when trying to get a loan, rent
n apartment, advance up the cor-
orate ladder -- or if she chooses to
follow the path of her famous moth-
r, suffer the indignity of being
typecast as the sexually loose, bois-
erous, or angry African-American
woman. All because she's deemed
Despite the best efforts of some
o overlook this still harsh and ugly
racial reality in America, many of
he approximate 6 million, or 2 per-
ent, of Americans who routinely
designate themselves on the
Census as multiracial share
rel their own bitter experience
with the sting of racial bigotry
in the streets and workplace.
This is still irrefutable and
painful proof that simply checking
he multiracial box on the Census is
little more than a symbolic exercise
n racial correctness.
The majority of African-
Americans, overwhelmingly have
ome near or distant family ances-
or who is white, given the rampant
exual abuse of slaves that occurred
luring that era. Some of the most
celebrated African-American icons
uch as Booker T. Washington,
WEB DuBois, Frederick Douglass,
Malcolm X and even Martin Luther
King, Jr. have well-documented
white ancestry. Most blacks, like
Berry, recognize this and have
avoided pigeonholing themselves
as "multiracial." Their reasons for
his range from political to cultural
nd social. They say that they fear
hat this will weaken the political
clout ofAfrican-Americans. Others,
ike actress Paula Patton, simply
ay that they feel more comfortable
identifying socially and culturally
However, there's another side to
the contentious issue that Berry
raised, and that is it necessarily a
bad thing to designate oneself as
biracial or multiracial, particularly
if their parent is non-African-
American? The argument could be
made that giving individuals the
option of whether to designate
themselves as something other than
African-American is a healthy step
forward in race relations, and in
time would free Americans from
their rigid, in-the-box stereotypical
thinking (and actions) about who is
or isn't black, white, Asian,
Hispanic, American-Indian, or the
literally dozens of other racial and
ethnic mixtures and ancestry in
According to census experts
there's no truth to the claim that
having large numbers of blacks
check off the "multiracial" or other
racial designations on the Census
form will dilute African-American
political numbers' or influence or
diminish federal funding or
resource allocation in urban com-
munities. Some even bristle at the
pressure put on blacks of mixed
racial parentage to conform to a
hard racial standard and designate
them as African-American. They
call this just another form of dis-
crimination against mixed racial
The issue of race has muscled out
the nasty and prolonged custody
fight between Berry and Aubry.
This is a sad reminder that race still
does matter, and matters a lot to
many Americans, no matter what
they or others call themselves.
From (L-R) Multi-racial celebrities most always i.d. themselves as Black CNN reporter Soledad O'Brien, actor
Wentworth Miller, CNN political reporter Suzanne Malveaux, and major league baseball star Grady Sizemore.
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 13th Worship Services
11 a.m. Rev. Jeremiah Robertson Jr., New Zion Miss. Baptist Church
4 p.m. Bishop Virgil Jones Philippian Community Church.
February 20th Worship Services
11 a.m. Brian Campbell, Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
4 p.m. Dr. John Gunns, IV St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
The church is located at 1880 Edgewood Avenue West
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St. Simon Baptist Church of Orange Park to
Celebrating 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 sur-
rounding communities to their 20th year Church and Pastor's Anniversary
Celebration. Continuing special services include 2nd Sunday, Feb. 13th -
Red Ribbon Day, dress in Red for (Life) 3rd Sunday, Feb. 20th Grand
Celebration Day at 4 p.m., 20th Year Church, Pastor and First Lady's
Anniversary Celebration Worship Service; 4th Sunday, Feb. 27th Youth
Day and Black History Celebration dress in African Heritage Attire.
The Church is located at 1331 Miller Street, Orange Park, FL. For fur-
ther details or directions call (904) 215-3300 or visit the Church website at
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).
For more information call 226-1610.
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 emailed / postmarked before 12:00 AM
February 20. 2011. Entries should be mailed to JAAGS 3730 Soutel Drive
#2201, Jacksonville, FL 32208 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cash
prizes 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-
Prayer Brunch at Abundant Life Chik-fil-a isn't the only company
Abundant Life Christian Center II, located at 2121 Kings Road, will pres- .
ent a Prayer Brunch on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 10 a.m. On February With a Christian identity
)A^+T -An1 '); +1, ...W -;11 1Ii- i 1y / p. 7V n r1n't-i fhr iu na "PnnQ2 I r
zt1m and 25th, there will be nightly / p.m. services ocus ng Ion a ilrayeri
for Our Nation". Pastors Benjamin and Joann Clark.Door prizes will be
awarded. For more information, call 207-1850.
West St. Mark Anniversary
and Retirement Celebration
West St. Mark Baptist Church invite the community to share in their
church's 53rd and Pastor's 17th anniversary and retirement celebration. It
will be held on Sundays February 13th, 20th and 27th at 4 p.m. nightly. The
church is located at 1435 West State Street. The public is invited to attend.
Stanton Gala Committee Meeting
Stanton Gala Meeting
Current class leaders, faculty and staff of Old Stanton, New Stanton and
Stanton Vocational high schools are requested to attend a Gala/Reunion
Meeting Monday, February 14, 2011, 6:00 P.M., at Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street (First Street entrance) to dis-
cuss plans for the 5th Stanton Gala on June 25, 2011. For more informa-
tion, visit the Stanton website at www.stantonhigh.org. or call Kenneth
Reddick, Gala Chairman at 904-764-8795.
Mighty Church of the Redeemed to
Connect Youth with Area Leaders
The Mighty Church of the Redeemed will present their annual Black
History Month event under the theme "Building Your Success Team
through Black History". It will be held on Sunday, February 20th at 5 p.m.
The church is located at 2311 West 12th Street.
This program will offer inspiration through song, dance, oratory speech-
es, and visual art displays with information provided by Community Youth
Empowerment Organization along with guest speaker Coach Welton
Coffey of William M. Raines 1998 State Champions. Both young and old
alike are invited to participate in this empowering program. Refreshments
will be served. For more information, call 607-3314.
Free workshops on credit and banking
The War on Poverty Florida is offering a workshop series on credit, bank-
ing and budgeting with MoneySmart every Tuesday throughout February at
5:30 p.m. Their offices are located inside the Gateway Mall at 5196-A
Norwood Ave. Jacksonville, Florida 32208. Budget Boot Camp will be
held on February 18, and 22 If you have any questions please call 904-766-
7275 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Many folks know that Chick-fil-
A, which recently kicked up a con-
troversy by giving food to a group
opposed to gay marriage, has a
strong Christian identity. It's been
branded into the memory of anyone
who's gone to one of the fast-food
stores on a Sunday, only to find its
doors locked and the lights out.
But there are other name-brand
companies that have intensely reli-
gious sides even if they're not
always visible to consumers.
Below are other well-known
companies that don't make religious
products that take their religious
1. Tyson Foods, Inc. The world's
largest chicken company employs a
team of chaplains who minister to
employees at production facilities
and corporate offices. Other corpo-
rations contract out such services,
but it's rare for a company to keep
chaplains on the payroll.
Tyson recently launched the
Tyson Center for Faith and
Spirituality in the Workplace at the
University of Arkansas, one of the
first academic centers of its kind.
"A lot of it has to do with caring
for stakeholders and having a wider
consciousness that it's not just about
profit but about sustainability," says
Judi Neal, Director of the Tyson
Center for Faith and Spirituality in
2. Forever 21. The young
women's clothing company may be
best known for its skimpier and
saucier offerings, but it also exudes
subtle piety. The words John 3:16 -
a citation of a biblical verse popular
among evangelical Christians -
appears at the bottom of its stores'
shopping bags. A spokeswoman for
the company told The New York
Sun that the message is a "demon-
stration of the owners' faith."
3. Whole Foods. John Mackey,
the organic food chain's co-founder
and CEO, is a Buddhist who has
worked to incorporate the eastern
tradition's ideals into his company.
4. Hobby Lobby. The private
chain of more than 450 arts and
crafts stories isn't shy about its
Christian orientation. "Honoring the
Lord in all we do by operating the
company in a manner consistent
with Biblical principles," reads their
mission statement. "We believe that
it is by God's grace and provision
that Hobby Lobby has endured."
The company supports a slate of
Christian interests, from Oral
Roberts University to the conserva-
tive Alliance Defense Fund, and is
known for taking out religious
newspaper ads around the holidays.
7. Herman Miller. The
Michigan-based furniture manufac-
turer's founders were steeped in the
Reformed Protestant tradition. "It
retains a lot of that in practices that
revolve around a notion of respect-
ing the dignity of the human person
and a strong environmental ethic
that grew out of the religious
responsibility," says Yale's Malloch.
Indeed, Herman Miller prides itself
on environmental philanthropy and
on regularly appearing on Fortune's
annual list of best companies to
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
Sign of the times
90+ Georgia churches in foreclosure
At this house of worship lighter offering plate, for
on Martin Luther King others efforts to spend and
Drive in S.W. Atlanta, -----.. expand were disrupted by
Bishop Ralph Lewis has / economic struggles.
prayed for members fac- So Pastor Christopher
ing tough financial times. Chappell invited over a
Now, they're all praying dozen ministers and finan-
for a miracle. cial experts from metro-
"What does a bank want I Atlanta to Grace
with a little church like Community Christian
this?" Church in Kennesaw for a
The Good Shepard New strategy session on ways to
was in good financial the pitfall of foreclosure.
shape in 2007. Then, hard "Ministries and churches
times hit the 150 member fail to understand the
congregation. Some lost process of building a good
their jobs and donations to sound budget...it is a faith
the church declined. A Houses of faith have not been exempt from the con- budget...and sometimes
year-and-a-half ago theory's financial foreclosure crisis. we have to curtail our
church was hit with a fore- you're at the mercy of the people spending."
closure notice. Bishop Lewis has and they're at the mercy of their Pastor Chappell is planning a
been fighting off eviction ever jobs...and what happens to them larger conference on foreclosure
since, effects the church." next month. Bishop Ralph Lewis
Eviction could come any day Research by Equity Depot shows says he could use the help, clinging
now.at least 90 churches inGeorgiahave to the faith that tells him his church
"Unlike a business you don't have been affected by foreclosure notices will still have a home next month.
a product to sell...consequently, since 2006. For some the issue is a "God will work this out."
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share In Holy Communion on Ist Sunday at 4:50 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
February 10-16, 2011
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Racial unrest and violence against African Americans permeated domestic developments in the United States during the post-World War 1 era. From individual
lynching to massive violence against entire African American communities, whites in both the North and the South lashed out against African Americans with a
rage that knew few bounds. From Chicago to Tulsa, to Omaha, East St. Louis, and many communities in between, and finally to Rosewood, white mobs pursued
what can only be described as a reign of terror against African Americans during the period from 1917 to 1923.
The Rosewood Massacre is now written in
history as one of the worst race riots in
American history, in which hundreds of an-
gry whites killed an undetermined number
of blacks and burnt down their Florida com-
In 1922 Rosewood, Florida, was a small,
predominantly black town. During the win-
ter of 1922, two events in the vicinity of
Rosewood aggravated local race relations:
the murder of a white schoolteacher in
nearby Perry, which led to the murder of
three blacks, and a Ku Klux Klan rally in
Gainesville on New Year's Eve.
On New Year's Day of 1923, Fannie Tay-
lor, a young white woman living in Sumner,
claimed that a black man sexually assaulted
her in her home. A small group of whites
began searching for a recently escaped black
convict named Jesse Hunter, whom they
believed to be responsible. They incarcer-
ated one suspected accomplice, Aaron Car-
rier, and lynched another, Sam Carter. The
men then targeted Aaron's cousin Sylvester
Carrier, a fur trapper and private music in-
structor, who was rumored to be harboring
Jesse Hunter.A group of 20 to 30 white men
went to Sylvester Carrier's house to confront
him. They shot his dog, and when his
mother, Sarah, stepped outside to talk with
the men, they shot her.
Sylvester killed two men and wounded
four in the shoot-out that ensued. After the
men left, the women and children, who prior
to this had gathered in Carrier's house for
protection, fled to the swamp where the ma-
jority of Rosewood's residents had already
The white men returned to Carrier's house
the following evening. After a brief shoot-
out, they entered the house, found the bodies
of Sarah Carrier and a black man whom they
believed to be Sylvester Carrier, and set the
residence on fire.
The men then proceeded to rampage
through Rosewood, torching other buildings
and slaughtering animals. They were joined
by a mob of about 200 whites who con-
verged on Rosewood after finding out that a
black man had killed two whites.That night
two local white train conductors, John and
William Bryce, who knew all of Rosewood's
residents, picked up the black women and
children and took them to Gainesville. John
Wright, a white general store owner who hid
a number of black women and children in
his home during the riot, planned and helped
carry out this evacuation effort. The African
Americans who escaped by foot headed for
Gainesville or for other cities in the northern
By the end of the weekend all of Rose-
wood was leveled except for the Wright
house and the general store. Although the
state of Florida claimed that only eight peo-
ple died in the Rosewood riot-two whites
and six blacks-testimonies by survivors
suggest that more African Americans per-
ished. No one was charged with the Rose-
wood murders. After the riot, the town was
deserted and even blacks living in surround-
ing communities moved out of the area.
Although the Rosewood riot received na-
tional coverage in the New York Times and
the Washington Post as it unfolded, it was
neglected by historians. Survivors of Rose-
wood did not come forward to tell their story
because of the shame they felt for having
been connected with the riot. They also kept
silent out of fear of being persecuted or
killed. In 1993 the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement conducted an investiga-
tion into the case, and this led to the drafting
of a bill to compensate the survivors of the
After an extended debate and several hear-
ings, the Rosewood Bill, which awarded
$150,000 to each of the riot's nine eligible
black survivors, was passed in April 1994.
In spite of the state's financial compensation,
the survivors remained frightened. When
asked if he would go back to Rosewood,
survivor Wilson Hall said, "No, ... They still
don't want me down there."
Although the number of lynching had de- schools.
dined from 64 in 1921 to 57 in 1922. In On May 30, 1921, a 19-ye
1921 Tulsa was the site of one of the worst American shoeshine man nar
race riots in U.S. history. From the evening land entered the Drexal buil
of May 31"t, to the afternoon of June 1, to use the segregated restro
1921, more Americans killed fellow Ameri- preaching the elevator, wh
cans in the Tulsa riot than probably anytime hadn't stopped evenly with
since the Civil War. Rowland tripped and fell on
The official death count in the days fol- 17-year-old white girl name
lowing the riot was around 35, but evidence Ms. Page not knowing it wa
has surfaced through an investigation to sug- tempts to hit Mr. Rowland
gest that at least 300 people were killed. Mr. Rowland grabs Ms. Pag
Rumors still persist that hundreds, not doz- stop her assault. Ms. Page
ens, of people were killed and that bodies Rowland runs out of the el
were crudely buried in mass graves, stuffed building. Ms. Page tells the
into coal mines and tossed into the Arkansas man had attempted to crimin,
River. If so, the Tulsa race riot would go Ms. Page later changes her st
down as the worst single act of domestic grabbed her. Authorities arre
violence on U. S. soil since the Civil War; land and held him overigh
worse than the 1965 Watts riot, the 1967 jail, though Ms. Page dec
Detroit riot, the 1992 Los Angeles riot and charges.
the 1995 Oklahoma city bombing. The following day, the Tu
Those events left a total of 301 dead. Two a story in the afternoon edi
days of violence and arson directed by "Nab Negro For Attacking G
whites against African American neighbor- and added a racially charged
hoods left hundreds dead, hundreds injured, for a lynching. That evenir
and more than 1500 African American about 400 whites gather al
owned homes and 600 businesses destroyed. some say to help with or vie'
Also destroyed in the African American Shortly there after, the nev
neighborhoods were 21 churches, 21 restau- African American communil
rants, 30 stores, 2 movie theaters, a hospital, about 25 African Americans,
a bank, the post office, libraries, and to the jail.
ned Dick Row-
om. While ap-
the floor, Mr.
the operator, a
d Sarah Page.
s accidental at-
with her purse.
e, attempting to
evator and the
police that the
ally assault her.
ory and said he
;sted Mr. Row-
t in the county
lined to press
Isa Tribune ran
irl In Elevator,"
ig a crowd of
round the jail,
w the lynching.
vs reached the
ty. A group of
all armed head
:e Riots, May 30, 1921
When they arrive, they find out the story to the local police. Within a week of the riot,
had been exaggerated. After talking to the
deputy sheriff, whom reassured them no
harm would come to Mr. Rowland, the Afri-
can Americans went home. But later they
returned, this time numbering about 75.
Again the sheriff convinced them no harm
would come to Mr. Rowland. As they were
leaving a white man (possibly a deputy)
attempted to disarm one of them. A shot was
fired. By 10pm shots were being fired indis-
criminately by both sides, 12 men were dead
(2 African Americans, 10 whites). The fight-
ing continued until around midnight.
The African Americans, being outnum-
bered, begin to retreat back to their section
of town. Mobs of whites began to drive
around the streets, shooting any African
American person they saw. Sometime near
lam, the mayor and the chief of police sent a
message to the governor, informing him that
the riot was out of control and requested
assistance. The governor activated the Okla-
homa National Guard and requested two
companies of soldiers from Fort Sill. The
first group of guardsmen arrived before
2:30am. By 5am, a mob of 10,000-15,000
whites gathered near First St. and Elgin then
marched on Greenwood, setting fire to every
Friday, June 3rd martial law was revoked
and the national guard returned the city back
African Americans were made to carry
"green cards". African Americans working
in a permanent jobs wore "green cards",
signed by their employer as a matter of iden-
tification. Employers would go to the issuing
location to identify the employee, then the
employee would be issued the "green card".
Any African American found in the streets
without a "green card" were to be arrested
after Tuesday, June 7th and taken to the fair-
grounds camp to help the African American
victims of the riot. More than 7,500 cards
The Greenwood District was rebuilt, but
never again achieved the national reknown
and economic status it had enjoyed as the
country's "Negro Wall Street". Now Okla-
homa officials are opening up a nearly 80-
year-old wound, conducting an investigation
to find out once and for all what happened in
Tulsa on May 31st and June 1,1921. Investi-
gators intend to sweep metal-detection de-
vices over a suspected site in search of belt
buckles, shoe nails and other evidence that
might suggest a mass grave. If investigators
find something, they may excavate the site
to search for remains. The main aims of the
project are to spur healing and closure in
Tulsa and possibly to offer survivors and
descendants of victims some sort of repara-
A burning house in Rosewood, FL in January 4, 1923.
The Tuskegee Experiment,
Decimated Black Communities
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Lynchings were often photographed and highly popular, well attended social events in the southern states.
Lynching Practices Terrorize
Blacks in the South for Decades ,
t ^ 'f
Lynching is the practice whereby a mob--usually several
dozen or several hundred persons--takes the law into its own
hands in order to injure and kill a person accused of some
wrongdoing. The alleged offense can range from a serious
crime like theft or murder to a mere violation of local cus-
toms and sensibilities. The issue of the victim's guilt is usu-
ally secondary, since the mob serves as prosecutor, judge,
jury, and executioner. Due process yields to momentary
passions and expedient objectives.
Vigilantism, or summary justice, has a long history, but
the term lynch law originated during the American Revolu-
tion with Col. Charles Lynch and his Virginia associates,
who responded to unsettled times by making their own rules
white dominance. Occasionally, this complemented the
profit motive, when the lynching of a successful black
farmer or immigrant merchant opened new economic oppor-
tunities for local whites and simultaneously reaffirmed eve-
ryone's "place" in the social hierarchy. Sometimes lynching
was aimed at unpopular ideas: labor union organizers, po-
litical radicals, critics of America's role in World War I, and
civil rights advocates were targets.
African-Americans suffered grievously under lynch law.
With the close of Reconstruction in the late 1870s, southern
whites were determined to end northern and black participa-
tion in the region's affairs, and northerners exhibited a
growing indifference toward the civil rights of black Ameri-
for confronting Tories and criminal elements. "Lynching"
found an easy acceptance as the nation expanded. Raw fron-
tier conditions encouraged swift punishment for real, imag-
ined, or anticipated criminal behavior. Historically, social
control has been an essential aspect of mob rule.
Opponents of slavery in pre-Civil War America and cattle
rustlers, gamblers, horse thieves, and other "desperadoes" in
the South and Old West were nineteenth-century targets.
From the 1880s onward, however, mob violence increas-
ingly reflected white America's contempt for various racial,
ethnic, and cultural groups. African-Americans especially,
and sometimes Native Americans, Latinos, Jews, Asian
immigrants, and European newcomers, felt the mob's fury.
In an era when racist theories prompted "true Americans" to
assert their imagined superiority through imperialist ven-
tures, mob violence became the domestic means of asserting
cans. Taking its cue from this intersectional white harmony,
the federal government abandoned its oversight of constitu-
tional protections. Southern and border states responded
with the Jim Crow laws of the 1890s, and white mobs flour-
ished. With blacks barred from voting, public office, and
jury service, officials felt no obligation to respect minority
interests or safeguard minority lives. In addition to lynch-
ings of individuals, dozens of race riots--with blacks as vic-
tims--scarred the national landscape from Wilmington,
North Carolina, in 1898 to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1921.
Between 1882 (when reliable statistics were first col-
lected) and 1968 (when the classic forms of lynching had
disappeared), 4,743 persons died of lynching, 3,446 of them
black men and women. Mississippi (539 black victims, 42
white) led this grim parade of death, followed by Georgia
(492, 39), Texas (352, 141), Louisiana (335, 56), and Ala-
bama (299, 48). From 1882 to 1901, the annual number na-
tionally usually exceeded 100; 1892 had a record 230 deaths
(161 black, 69 white). Although lynchings declined some-
what in the twentieth century, there were still 97 in 1908 (89
black, 8 white), 83 in the racially troubled postwar year of
1919 (76, 7, plus some 25 race riots), 30 in 1926 (23, 7), and
28 in 1933 (24, 4).
Statistics do not tell the entire story, however. These were
recorded lynchings; others were never reported beyond the
community involved. Furthermore, mobs used especially
sadistic tactics when blacks were the prime targets. By the
1890s lynchers increasingly employed burning, torture, and
dismemberment to prolong suffering and excite a "festive
atmosphere" among the killers and onlookers. White fami-
lies brought small children to watch, newspapers sometimes
carried advance notices, railroad agents sold excursion tick-
ets to announced lynching sites, and mobs cut off black vic-
tims' fingers, toes, ears, or genitalia as souvenirs. Nor was it
necessarily the handiwork of a local rabble; not infre-
quently, the mob was encouraged or led by people promi-
nent in the area's political and business circles. Lynching
had become a ritual of interracial social control and recrea-
tion rather than simply a punishment for crime.
FUNCTIONS OF LYNCHING
*first, to maintain social order over the black population through terrorism;
* second, to suppress of eliminate black competitors for economic, political, or social rewards
* third, to stabilize the white class structure and preserve the privileged status of the white aristocracy"
BI No Equity in Adoption for Black Children
It is altogether
Fosberg calls his i
Am e r i c a n
Odyssey of Race
since his story is
as old as time.
Once again we
are reminded that art mirrors life.
Mr. Fosberg's story is about, in his
30's, finding his father. Raised in
Waukegan, Illinois by his
Caucasian mother and stepfather
who adopted him, Fosberg grew up
in a comfortable home with two
siblings several years younger than
he. (His artist sister Lora provides
beautiful illustrations to this book.)
He always felt that something was
just not quite right as he was grow-
ing up, but he was unable to pin the
problem down. When he learns that
his parents are getting divorced, he
asks his mother for the name and
possible city where he might find
his birth father. He knows nothing
about his father except that he and
his mother divorced years ago.
Armed with 7 names from the
Detroit telephone directory, he calls
the first name on thelist, and in at
also that he is African American.
What follows is a roller-coaster ride
of discovery as Mr. Fosberg finds
and meets his relatives from his
father's side of the family.
Mr. Fosberg's odyssey is not with-
out pain. His task is to somehow
navigate the often difficult waters
between his mother, his brother and
sister, his adopted father of
Swedish heritage, his mother's fam-
ily and his newly discovered Black
relatives. You would have to love
his newly-found grandmother in
It is important to note that there
are no family villains here. To a
person, everyone in Fosberg's two
families are decent people. On the
other hand, he on a trip to
Wilmington, North Carolina to visit
a now-married friend whom he had
a crush on as a teenager comes face
to face with her husband, an unre-
constructed bigot, who unaware of
Fosberg's heritage, tells him a racist
by Michael Fosberg
joke. Unfortunately many of the
stereotypes about the South are
often grounded in truth.
T Mr. Fosberg's story ought to
resonate with many people.
While it is of course unique to
him, the implications are univer-
sal. As he reminds us of the
advice a wise second cousin
gave him: "Because it seems to
me that to be robbed of a parent
and thus that parent's family and
history, as you were at an early age,
is in fact to be every bit as crippled
as a person who is missing an arm,
or a leg, or an eye... You can never
know who you truly are until you
have some sense of where you and
your kind have been." Mr. Fosberg
on diversity and discrimination:
"More often than not people of
color, along with other minority
whe are viewed as a
Stha san racial group,
rather than as
brac t Those who can't
Pass for white
learn to live with
ip g the common
o occurrence of
being pulled over
black or being
watched by sales
shopping. It's not
black/white thing: it permeates the
whole of our richly diverse socie-
ty." He goes on to lament the fact
that so many people with the means
to travel to another country and
embrace another culture choose not
to do so. "After all, as Americans,
we're all from someplace else."
It would be a great shame if a
major publisher does not pick up
this privately-published book and
provide the large readership that a
book of this quality so richly
By Chris Levister
The numbers for Black foster
children is glaring. There are more
than half a million children in the
foster care system in the United
States, and African-Americans
make up nearly 40 percent of that
number. U.S. Census data shows
Black children in foster care, espe-
cially older ones, are less likely
than White children to be adopted.
Although studies show there is
little difference, according to racial
group, in the incidence of abuse and
neglect that would lead to a child or
youth's placement in foster care,
Black children are more likely to be
steered into foster care at dispropor-
tionate rates than Whites, and are
often "negatively characterized and
labeled" by child welfare workers,
explained U.C. Riverside Professor
of Psychology Dr. Carolyn Murray
during a recent lecture series on the
"Psychological Development of
"Here is where racism comes in -
situations among Black families are
more reported, substantiated, and
investigated, and Black children are
removed and placed at higher
rates," said Murray. The circum-
stances of an overburdened foster
care system compounded by institu-
tional racism and cultural ignorance
bring them more attention."
Zena F. Oglesby Jr., MSW, direc-
tor of the Institute for Black
Parenting (IBP) asserts that Black
families face many of the same
obstacles they did 35 years ago.
Most agencies still operate under
guidelines and practices developed
from a White middle-class perspec-
tive. Outside of large cities, most
public agency staff members are
White. Some White workers are
uncomfortable venturing into Black
parts of town to recruit families,
and some Black families are equal-
ly reluctant to approach a White
Oglesby, a respected author,
speaker and founder of (IBP)
claims that the greatest barrier to
adoption is workers' belief that
Black families "don't have what it
takes" to adopted from foster care.
He cited several studies including
a 1988 federal study of 800 Black
families targeted for recruitment as
adoptive parents. Of these only two
were approved. According to the
study, the mostly White recruiters
gave reasons for denial such as the
applicants were 'obese or were of
below average intelligence'.
Oglesby recalled a San
Bernardino family was denied
mother had to
drive to her job
in Los Angeles.
"She had to get
up too early."
ed a blown out
light bulb in a
leading to the bed-
rooms signalled "a
family culture of
Oglesby said were
largely based on a
theory that you
could not find
minority families for
minority children, a
theory that lead to the
formation of the
nation's first licensed
Black adoption agen-
cies in the mid-1980s.
Since the Multiethnic Placement
Act (MEPA) was passed in 1994,
workers have also struggled to
understand what placement prac-
tices are now legal. High rates of
worker turnover and fear of govern-
ment reprisal hamper understanding
of the law. Some workers even
believe that MEPA prohibits agen-
cies from placing Black children
with Black families.
When another student asked why
Black children were not equally
promoted by White agencies
Oglesby responded. "The system
was not designed for Black children
or Black families. The reality is
slavery and Jim Crow are difficult
facts of life for American descen-
dants of Africans. If you believe
you can't find families, you can't,"
In 1988 Oglesby created the non-
profit Institute for Black Parenting.
IBP is the first licensed private,
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The Ritz Theatre will be host to a
Black Film Series February 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.
12th at 8 p.m.. Tickets $37. For
more info visit www.ritzjack-
sonville.com or call 632-5555.
The I:d\warid Waters College Office
ot' Alumni Aftiairs 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.
Join WJCT Studios for a special
interactive forum featuring a con-
versation with author Raymond
Arsenault and a sneak peek of the
film, American Experience:
Freedom Riders. Also, a panel of
original Freedom Riders will share
their fascinating experience of this
historic event. The event will be on
Wednesday Feb. 16th and begin
with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m.
The program starts at 8 p.m. To reg-
ister for the free event email cleno-
firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 353-7770.
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-
Black History Film EWC Alumnni Night
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.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society's 2011 Spring seminar will
be held on Saturday, February
19th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be
held at St. Paul's Church Hall, 2609
Park Street, Jacksonville, Fl.,
32204. Registration begins at 8:30
a.m. Among the topics will be
"Understanding Your Ancestors'
Probate Files". For more info call
Jim Laird, (904) 264-0743.
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.
Whale of a Sale
The Annual Junior League Whale
of a Sale will take place on
Saturday, February 26th from
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greater
Jacksonville Fair and Expo Center.
For just $2 admission and $5 for
parking, shoppers can buy great
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prices. For more information, call
at the Ritz
Experience the classic Broadway
show Ain't Misbehavin' at the Ritz
Theater on Saturday, February
26th. Chase the blues away with
Fats Waller's buoyant music, per-
formed by a Broadway cast of
singers, dancers and actors.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Call 632-5555.
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.
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
March 3rd at 7 p.m. Call 632-
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.
at the Ritz
Come visit the best local talent out
there at Amateur Night at the Ritz
on Friday, March 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 Rene Marie. It will be held
on Sat. March 5th at 7 and 10
p.m. at the Ritz. For more info visit
www.ritzjacksonville.com or call
The world famous Harlem
Globetrotters will be doing an expe-
dition game in Jacksonville on at 7
p.m. on March 11th. It will be held
in the Veterans Memorial Arena.
For tickets or more information,
The Jacksonville Blues Festival
featuring Mel Waiters, Sir Charles
Jones and more will take place on
Friday, March 11th at the Times
Union Center. Contact Ticketmaster
for tickets and showtimes.
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better public speaker by joining them at their weekly meetings from noon
to 1 p.m.. They are held at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority,
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Floor in the Training Room. For more information, call 904-741-2226 or
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Kem in Concert with
Debarge and Ledisi
R&B artist Kem will be in concert
on Thursday March 10, 2011 at the
Times Union Center. Also appear-
ing with him will be El DeBarge
and Ledisi. Showtime is 8 p.m. For
tickets, call ticketmaster.
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.
at the Ritz
The Ritz Theater will conclude
their Ladies of Jazz series with
Diane Reeves. The performance
will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday,
March 19th at 8 p.m. For tickets
The annual Shrimp Festival in
Fernandina Beach has been moved
up to the weekend of April 29th.
Attendees will be able to treat them-
selves to a feast of the sea and live-
ly entertainment in the birthplace of
the modern shrimping industry.
There will be food, music, arts,
crafts, antiques and live entertain-
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Magic's Arenas served court
petition during game
Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas was served
with child support and custody papers as he left the
court during halftime of the Magic's loss to Miami
The court documents were a California petition
j filed by Laura Mendoza Govan. She identified her-
self as his ex-girlfriend in the documents.
The petition seeks custody and child support for three children that
Govan says Arenas fathered and has since "financially cut off." She is
also seeking support for another unborn child, as well as monthly sup-
port for the other children. In the petition, she is seeking $109,000 in
monthly support payments from Arenas and $1.3 million annually.
"I don't pay much attention to it because this is who she is as a person,"
he said. She gets money. I mean when a girl asks for $100,000 a month
and you say no, that doesn't mean you're cut off. She tells the world that
she's not getting money. She gets $20,000 a month."
Dr. Jgoing to courtfor swindling senior citizen
Legendary b-baller, Dr. J is being sued for nearly a half million dollars.
According to a lawsuit filed by 71-year-old Mary Gilbert, Julius Erving
tricked her into investing in a "lucrative" limited partnership called
The wealthy Manhattan woman is asking for more than $420,000 and
is blaming the star for the loss of funds, reports the NY Post.
Gilert claims that both former NBA star Erving and shady money man-
ager Kenneth Starr told her "that Erving was facing a capital call from
the partnership and that if Gilbert would finance a portion of this capital
call, Erving would assign to her a percentage of his interest in the part-
nership," her Manhattan federal court filing says.
In exchange for nearly $257,000 in cash, Erving, 60, allegedly prom-
ised Gilbert 33 percent of all his Commonwealth distributions until she
was paid back and 30 percent of his returns after that.
NeNe: They've "formed an alliance"
The ninth annual Honda Battle of
the Bands Invitational Showcase
delivered on its promise to bring the
ultimate party with a purpose to the
people, offering a little something
for everyone from Hip-Hops very
own Bow Wow in live perform-
ance, to spirited marching band ren-
ditions of the latest chart-topping
soul, R&B and Hip-Hop hits.
Popular Atlanta DJ Ryan HBCU friends, fans, students and
Cameron, introduced the bands, alumni from all parts of the country
while Bow Wow treated fans to a made their annual pilgrimage to
special performance of Aunt support their favorite bands.
Thinkin Bout You, from his new This year Showcase bands
album, Underrated. included: Albany State University,
The 2011 Invitational Showcase, Bethune Cookman University,
themed Hollywood Lights featured Clark Atlanta University, Jackson
a mass band performance medley of State University, South Carolina
music in film, as nearly 60,000 State University, Tennessee State
University, Virginia State
University and Winston-Salem
The eight bands selected to par-
ticipate in the Invitational
Showcase were awarded $20,000
each for their music scholarship
programs, plus an additional $1,000
grant for their participation in the
qualifying Celebration Tour.
Steve Harvey fights back, court releases countering documents
Atlanta housewife Nene Leakes (inset) now believes her fellow housewives
has formed a conspiracy against her. Included on the show are (L-R) Phaedra
Parks, Kim Zolciak, Kandi Buress and Sheree Whitfield.
Season 3 of Bravo's Real
Housewives of Atlanta has come to
a close, but the drama between the
Hotlanta Housewives doesn't seem
to be ending any time soon. As her
feud with co-star Kim Zolciak con-
tinues to escalate, NeNe Leakes
now says that the rest of the
Housewives, with the exception of
Cynthia Bailey, have "formed an
alliance" against her.
"These ladies have apparently
formed an alliance except for
Cynthia [Bailey] who happens to
have a brain of her own," NeNe
Leakes wrote in her blog after the
finale of The Real Housewives of
Atlanta aired on Bravo.
"I don't have the energy nor do I
have the time to stoop to their level
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of ignorance," says NeNe. "I under-
stand that everything about me is
under attack, from the color of my
polish to the style of my shoes,
because I'm a threat! I refuse to fol-
low the leader. I am the leader!"
But somehow, "the leader"
recently found time to tweet about
Kim Zolciak's three kids with three
different fathers. Still, Leakes says
that she refuses to fight back.
"Life is about changing for the
better, becoming the very best,
learning from your mistakes and
doing it better the next time
around," says Leakes. "So if I
attack back that would make me
appear low. I'm a star in the sky so
I'll just stay up high because
through it all, I'm still standing!"
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In the midst of a firestorm of neg-
ative publicity surrounding Steve
Harvey, a judge has approved the
release of legal documents that
prove allegations from Harvey's ex-
wife, Mary Shackelford, were
In recent weeks, the disgruntled
spouse released a series of viral
videos accusing her ex-husband of
leaving her with nothing, including
custody of their son, Wynton, fol-
lowing their 2005 divorce.
"He turned my son against me,
had me evicted from our house,"
she said in the clip, which hit the
mainstream media in a flash of
lightening. "I woke up and every-
thing was gone."
Contrary to Shackleford's mali-
cious accusations, the new docu-
ment states that she was not left
homeless by Harvey following their
divorce, but was awarded three
homes as a result of their property
settlement. Adding to that, she was
also paid $40,000 a month until
March 2009 and then paid a lump
sum of $1.5 million.
As for the basis behind Harvey's
custody of the ex-couple's 15-year-
old son, the legal record stated that
Shackleford willingly put the unac-
companied minor on an airplane to
visit his father without Harvey's
Among Shackleford's other
claims was that the burgeoning
Best selling author Steve Harvey is fighting back lurid allegations by his ex-
wife, Mary Harvey (left). he is now married to Marjorie Harvey (right).
media darling also left her for his According to the document, the
current wife, Marjorie Bridges couple's divorce was granted on the
Harvey, whom she blames for being grounds of irreconcilable differ-
responsible for the their 2005 ences. His current wife was not
divorce, named in the original divorce pro-
ceeding nor was she the cause of
the marital breakup.
Judge Dry of the District Court in
Collin County, Texas, has temporar-
ily lifted a gag order so Harvey can
defend himself against
Shackleford's inflammatory allega-
According to Black Voices, the
new Mrs. Harvey is not taking the
allegations laying down either.
Marjorie Harvey has retained an
attorney to fight the allegations that
she was the other woman, some-
thing that she said has left her both
"shocked and dismayed."
Mrs. Harvey is pursuing a lawsuit
"As a wife and a mother, I cannot
stand back and allow the defama-
tion of my character or actions that
will malign my family," the philan-
thropist said in a statement released
through her attorney C. Anthony
Mulrain, exclusively released to
"So, I will do what I need to do
to the greatest extent of the law."
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ISN'T JUST ABOUT THE PAST.
IT'S ABOUT WHAT'S
Filled with favorite foods and full of unforgettable stories, the serving
dishes that have graced dinner tables for generations are more
than just plates. They're treasured pieces of family history that
remind us that the past isn't just facts. And it's those wonderful
traditions that have nourished families and kept them strong
for centuries. So, enjoy a big plate of history this month.
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