shares the real
side to the
"Blind Side" in
Detroit ordered to close
half of all public schools
Michigan education officials have ordered the emergency financial
manager for Detroit Public Schools to immediately implement a plan that
balances the district's books by closing half its schools.
The Detroit News says the financial restructuring plan will increase
high school class sizes to 60 students and consolidate operations.
State superintendent of public instruction Mike Flanagan says in a Feb.
8 letter that the state plans to install another financial manager who must
continue to implement Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb's
plan after he leaves June 30. Flanagan's said approval of Bobb's plan
means the district can't declare bankruptcy.
Bobb filed his deficit elimination plan with the state in January, saying it
would wipe out the district's $327 million deficit by 2014
Bobb was hired in March 2009 by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
Judge tosses suit against
Obama health care plan
WASHINGTON A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit
claiming that President Barack Obama's requirement that all Americans
have health insurance violates the religious freedom of those who rely on
God to protect them.
U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington dismissed a lawsuit
filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, a Christian legal group
founded by evangelist Pat Robertson, on behalf of five Americans who
can afford health insurance but have chosen for years not to buy it.
The case was one of several lawsuits filed against Obama's requirement
that Americans either buy health insurance or pay a penalty, beginning in
2014. Kessler is the third Democratic-appointed judge to dismiss a chal-
lenge, while two Republican-appointed judges have ruled part or all of
the law unconstitutional. Kessler wrote that the Supreme Court will need
to settle the constitutional issues.
Malcolm X's daughter arrested
for theft in North Carolina
The children of Malcolm X say they contin-
ue to stand behind one of their sisters who pros-
ecutors accuse of stealing the identity of the
widow of one of the slain civil rights leader's
former bodyguards and using it to run up
$55,000 in credit card bills.
Malikah Shabazz was denied bond in a North
Carolina courtroom this week as authorities
from New York City prepare to pick her up on
warrants issued more than a year ago, her attor-
ney Sean Devereux said.
The judge will reconsider his ruling if Shabazz has not been extradited
by March 4, Devereux said.
Shabazz, 45, was arrested last week after an anonymous caller claimed
Shabazz's daughter was not attending school. Department of Social
Services investigators went to her Mars Hill home in western North
Carolina, and authorities determined Shabazz had several outstanding
warrants issued in 2009 in Queens, N.Y., that include charges for grand
larceny, forgery and identity theft.
Shabazz stole the identity of a family friend who is the widow of a
bodyguard who was with Malcolm X when he was assassinated at the
Audubon Ballroom in New York City in February 1965, Queens District
Attorney Richard Brown said in a press release Tuesday.
She used the fake identity to charge more than $55,000 in the victim's
name between August 2006 and November 2007, Brown said.
Williams returning to Grambling
Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams will return to
Grambling State for a second run as the program's head football coach.
Williams, who had been working as general manager of the UFL's
Virginia Destroyers, will be formally introduced on Wednesday, accord-
ing to the website. He succeeds Ron Broadway, who left Grambling for
North Carolina A&T.
Williams, the MVP of Super Bowl XXII, played for the late Eddie
Robinson at Grambling and succeeded him as coach following
Robinson's retirement. He led the Tigers from 1998 through 2003.
This time, Williams will have the chance to coach his son, D.J.
Williams, who has committed to play next season at Grambling.
"It is very rare that a father gets to coach his son at the college football
level," Williams said in a statement released by the UFL. "I went to
school there, I coached there, and now I have a great opportunity to coach
Reggae star Buju Banton found guilty
TAMPA, Fla. A Florida jury has found Grammy-
winning reggae singer Buju Banton guilty on
.cocaine conspiracy charges.
Jurors returned their verdict after deliberating for
11 hours over two days this week.
The 37-year-old Banton, whose given name is
Mark Myrie, was on trial on accusations that he conspired with two other
men in setting up a drug deal in December of 2009. His album "Before
the Dawn" won a Grammy last week for best reggae album.
This is Banton's second trial. A jury deadlocked in his first trial last
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Black History IS
By T.D. Jakes
With little fanfare paid this year,
it is hard to believe that the end of
February is here and a much less
celebrated Black History Month
has past. February is the month des-
ignated to acknowledge blacks for
their contribution to American his-
tory. I have no doubt that the inten-
tions are well-meaning -- it repre-
sents our country's noble but futile
effort to "get beyond" an embar-
rassing moment in our history.
But it was not just a moment. It
was several centuries, and many
people are still rebounding from it.
But as bleak as the centuries of
slavery were, the greater injury is
that all people don't recognize that
black history is really American
It is part of the American story. I
think more and more people of all
colors understand that for what it is.
We mustn't be afraid to speak about
slavery, because those things we
cover up cannot heal. Nor can we
be held hostage, as if history incar-
cerates our destiny.
Like a molested child doesn't find
it healthy to be defined by the dark-
ness of his or her past, African
Americans can't allow ourselves to
be defined by that reprehensible
period no matter how horrendous it
may have been. All Americans must
learn that honesty does not equate
to disloyalty or make us unpatriotic.
Continued on page 2
Links challenge students to battle obesity -As
First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the first year of her "Let's Move"
program, the Bold City Chapter of Links worked locally to battle child-
hood obsity with the youth of the Mali Vai Washington Kids Foundation.
Through weekly sessions, the. kids are learning about nutrition, healthy
meals and exercise through interactive hands on sessions. Shown above is
event chair Dr. Shelly Thompson explaining different nutrients to par-
ticipants Tayana Ravnell and Jalisco Jordan.
Shown (L-R) Javonte Wilkerson (3rd place), Chelsie Boyd (1st
place), Caleaya Miller (2nd place). TAustin photo
Ritz Oratorical Contest sends winning
student packing for Washington, D. C.
Vying for a two day all expense paid trip to the nation's capital amongst
other prizes, Ms. Chelsie Boyd won first place in the Black History
Oratorical Contest at the Ritz. Participants eloquently delivered their
speeches under the theme "PORTRAITS: Color! Rhythm! Melodies!
Soul!". Students were judged on delivery, effectiveness, content and deliv-
ery. The goal for contestants was to address the culture, the art or the artists
of the African Diaspora that has framed the arts. Second and 3rd runner up
received gift baskets, savings bonds and gift cards.
Lawmakers get a week to save high
speed rail and 70,000 jobs for Florida
The transportation secretary has
set a deadline. Lawmakers have
until Friday to come up with a
plan to save high speed rail.
"If it's not going to Florida, it's
gonna go to another state that has
their application in," said Senator
Nelson and other top lawmakers
met last week with Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood. Their
options to accept the federal funds
include a local government taking
the lead, a newly formed transit
agency overseeing the project or
an outside entity stepping in to run
the rail program.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
argues it's all about jobs.
"With unemployment at 12 per-
cent, we've just gotta work this out
for the people of Florida," said
State Senator Mike Fasano
doesn't think rail proponents have
"I don't believe the votes are in
the Florida legislature to override
a governor's veto," said Fasano.
In addition, The Florida
Department of Transportation
owns the right of way, and
Governor Scott has final say over
WJCT delivers living history with freedom riders
The year was 1961.
Catherine Burks Brooks and
Ernest "Rip" Patton were both stu-
dents at Tennessee State University.
On the eve of their final exams they
received the opportunity of a life-
time to risk their life and work for
the freedom they could only dream
of. Both, chose to participate as a
Freedom Rider sponsored by the
Congress of Racial Equality
(CORE), while others belonged to
the Student Nonviolent
Their stories were shared up close
and personal at a free forum spon-
sored last week by WJCT. It also
included a brief film screening of
the upcoming American Experience
film "Freedom Riders" and a book
signing and discussion with the
author of "Freedom Riders,
Raymond Arsenault. Following the
film excerpt, all took questions
from the audience.
The mission of the college stu-
dents fifty years ago entailed them
boarding Greyhound busses and
riding into the segregated south
with their white comrades. What
they experienced next included
everything from prison and racial
taunts to physical abuse and bombs.
"I knew early on in my life I would
Shown above at the WJCT event during the Q & A session are (L-R)
Freedom Riders Catherine Burks Brooks and Ernest "Rip" Patton.
do something like that," said
Catherine Brooks. Going on a total
of three 'missions', young
Catherine was even personally
escorted by the notorious
Birmingham, AL sheriff Bull
Connor to the state line. When he
dropped she and her colleagues off,
she told him, "I'll see you before
high noon." Three hours later she
was right back in his face.
"Rip" Patton, a popular drum
major at TSU participated to make
a better world. "Our goal was to
make it as hard as we could on
wherever we ended up," said
Patton. They flooded Mississippi's
prison and despite lurid conditions,
made their jailers think they were
author Raymond Arsenault and
Both agreed that the strength of the
movement was through song.
"We used song to get us through
everything to let everyone know we
were still alright," Patton said.
The film will be shown on PBS on
the anniversary of the movement on
May 4, 2011. It can also be seen this
weekend at the Amelia Island Film
February 24 March 2, 2011
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90 percent of how you prt
Your appearance and deime
you are, your level of self-a
ty to interact.
Your ability to present yo
determines whether or not
or compelled to flee. Have
gathering gravitates away fi
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and surround those who shi.
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unique fashion sense, as 1
being the topic of conversati
The Look of Success: Good Grooming
sual "package" is as of it. A tip that I've heard often is that you should
t in the initial stages of dress for the position that you one day hope to attain.
ng as all of that informa- That is pretty much what I began doing when I was
talent wrapped up inside, still a janitor but wanted to be an executive. Sure. my
s for Success. writes that briefcase contained nothing more than The New
sent yourself is visual. York Times, my dictionary, and a cheese sandwich.,
;anor communicate who but they didn't know that on the subway.
assurance, and your abili- However, more than grooming and clothing goes
into your personal presentation:
ourself as a professional Your manners Your posture -Your eye contact
people are drawn to you They all come into play. Networking events are out
you ever noticed how a of necessity quick hits--and smoking, drinking too
rom those who are obvi- much, talking while you are eating, making sarcastic
t tends to move toward comments, or displaying any other improper behav-
ne? ior can leave a lasting bad impression.
with asserting your own Bottom Line: Relax and enjoy yourself at net-
ong as you don't mind working events. You'll never make a good impres-
ion rather than the leader sion if you are stressed out.
Be Prepared Disability Always Strikes Unexpectedly
By Jason Alderman work, you could easily wipe out any of these benefits.
Studies have shown that your savings particularly if you Even if your employer provides
Lmericans of all ages are more don't have a spouse or partner to LTD, consider purchasing addition-
kely to become disabled in a support you. Before you actually al coverage, since employer-pro-
iven year than to die, and nearly need it, investigate what sorts of vided plans usually replace only 40
third are likely to suffer a serious disability coverage you already to 65 percent of pay and it's consid-
isability between 35 and 65. have and what other options you ered taxable income. But be pre-
People often buy life insurance to have available, pared: LTD insurance can be
protect their families, but it usually Many companies offer sick leave expensive, depending on plan fea-
nly pays a benefit upon death, and/or short-term disability cover- tures, your age, and whether you
Workers' compensation pays bene- age to reimburse employees during have preexisting conditions.
ts only if your disability is job- brief periods of illness or injury. Ask if your employer's plan
elated. And Social Security covers Some also provide long-term dis- allows you to buy supplemental
severely disabled people, but quali- ability (LTD) insurance that coverage (their rates are likely
'ing is difficult and the benefits replaces a percentage of pay for an cheaper) and check whether any
aid are relatively small. extended period of time. Check professional or trade organizations
Bottom line: Should you become with your Human Resources you belong to offer group coverage.
nriously disabled and unable to department to see if you qualify for A few LTD considerations:
Policies that pay benefits only if
you can't perform duties of your
Black his tor OWN occupation are usually more
expensive than those that only pay
S-' oif you can't perform the duties of
S o 1 hU ANY job for which you are reason-
The longer the waiting period
Continued from front before you're eligible for benefits.
American history isn't merely a collection of accomplishments without the lower the premium cost.
ntradictions, no more than any one person is a collection of rights with- Some policies only pay benefits
it wrongs. America is a resilient nation with a mandate to move forward, for two years, while others provide
olve, and refuse to go back to old, discredited landmarks. lifelong benefits most cover some-
I am proud to be an American and I embrace its highest and most pris- where in between. The shorter the
ie ideals. But we must face both the strengths and weaknesses in our his- term, the lower the cost.
tory; that is the only way to remain truly great. Like a family in therapy,
let's continue to speak about what we think and feel until we reach "a more
And let's also be careful not to totally Americanize our history. When we
speak of black history we cannot begin the dialogue at the docks where the
slave ships landed. If so, we become a people who remind me of an artifi-
cial Christmas tree, all lit up and shiny, filled with interesting branches, but
displaying no roots.
Without roots, it's difficult to answer or understand the questions: Who
am I? Where do I belong?
Just like black history is American history, it is also African history. A
recent New York Times article reported that more Africans have migrated
into this country since 1990 than all the years of slavery combined.
I challenge African Americans to get to know and appreciate African
people. We might share similar amounts of melanin in our skin, but we are
not, nor do we need to be, monolithic. Africans hold a unique place in our
history and without them, that history is incomplete.
One day, we will fully realize what my theology informs me, "by one
blood God made all men" -- the concept that you and I are inextricably
interconnected and therefore cannot survive independently of each other.
I have a favorite picture hanging in my home. It is an extremely rare
photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is marching down the streets
with blacks, whites and Jews. There is a sign above them and the epitaph
reads, "Men are not our enemy, if we kill them with whom shall we live?"
Let's work harder to live together not with false political correctness or
uncivil acrimonious discourse but with the commitment of a family work-
ing through its issues, held together by the precious bonds of unfailing
love, though we will forever be flawed and faulty men.
VYR1 MjEYu MATIE RS
How Much Do
by Michael G Shinn, CFP
"I tell most people that they will
need to save enough to generate
80% of their current income for
retirement. They have to take into
consideration future inflation, taxes
and health care costs. Then we map
out a plan to get them there.
Unfortunately, most people don't
have a clue about how much they
will need financially to retire,"
comments Theron Cyrus, Wealth
Manager and CEO of Cyrus asset
How much money do you need to
retire comfortably? The answer is
not as daunting or as far out of
reach as it may seem. The most
common ways to get the answer are
to either work with a financial advi-
sor, such as Mr. Cyrus, or to do the
calculations yourself. Either way,
you are going to have to think about
your retirement plans and make
some realistic assumptions about
Thinking about you and your fam-
ily's future, answer the following
- What is a realistic age for you to
retire? Think about your cur-
rent and future job situation,
your health and your desire to con-
tinue to work fulltime.
What is your longevity?_
How many years do you estimate
that you will live in retire-
ment? Think about your parents,
siblings and family's longevity.
- What percentage of your current
income will you need in retire-
A lot will depend on how
active you are in retirement. Some
people plan on traveling, others
Need to Retire?
will do volunteer work and others
will work part-time.
What is your estimate of long
term inflation?_ Over the past
40 years inflation (CPI)
has averaged about 4.5%. Over the
past 5 years it has been in
the 2.5-3.5% range.
What is your estimate of your
future investment returns? Is
your investment risk tolerance
conservative, moderate, aggressive
or somewhere in between? Over
the past 70 years equities (stocks)
have averaged between 8-11%
What do You have Now?
What is the current value of assets
that can be designated for your
retirement plan? How much is
being contributed to them current-
ly? This would include the follow-
Employer retirement plans-
Look at your annual benefit state-
Defined Contribution plans such
as 401K and 403B.
Social Security- Look at your
Other Retirement Plans such as
IRA, SEP, and Keogh's.
Other Investments such as bro-
kerage and savings accounts real
If you work with a financial advi-
sor, the advisor can calculate an
estimate of your retirement income
and project whether you will
achieve your retirement goal. If
you do it yourself, there are a num-
ber of retirement calculators avail-
able on the web that can help with
your estimate. Consider looking at
w w w. money y. c n n. co m,
Overcoming a Shortfall
Overcoming a retirement income
shortfall can be done in several
ways. Each has its own benefits
-Extend your Retirement date-
This increases the number of years
of contributions and it
reduces the number of years
required to fund your r e t i r e -
-Save and invest more- Increase
contributions to retirement plans
-Increase the investment return-
Depending on the retirement time
horizon, consider the use of asset
allocation to increase investment
Continue working- Consider
working part time during retire-
Lower the retirement income
needed- Consider options such as:
moving to a lower cost retire-
ment location; living in a less afflu-
ent neighborhood; alterna-
tive housing arrangements, etc.
Determining how much you need
to retire is the first step towards a
successful retirement. Without that
knowledge, there is strong possibil-
ity that you will not achieve your
retirement goal. If your financial
position is not where you want it to
be, you must take control and make
Michael G Shinn, CFP, Registered
Representative and Investment
Adviser Representative of and secu-
rities offered through Financial
Network Investment Corporation,
member SIPC. Visit www.shinnfi-
nancial.com for more information
or to send your comments or ques-
tions to shinnm@financialnet-
work.com. Michael G Shinn
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The "Blackest" name in America
George Washington's name is
inseparable from America, and not
only from the nation's history. It
identifies countless streets, build-
ings, mountains, bridges, monu-
ments, cities -- and people.
In a puzzling twist, most of these
people are black. The 2000 U.S.
Census counted 163,036 people
with the surname Washington.
Ninety percent of them were
African-American, a far higher
black percentage than for any other
Still, "slaves were the basis of his
fortune," and he would not part
with them, says Ron Chernow,
author of the new biography
"Washington: A Life."
By the standards of the time,
Washington was not a harsh slave-
owner. He recognized marriages
and refused to sell off individual
family members. But he also
worked his slaves quite hard. As
president, he shuttled them between
his Philadelphia residence and
blacks bore the last name of their
owner. Only a handful of George
Washington's hundreds of slaves
did, for example, and he recorded
most as having just a first name,
says Mary Thompson, the historian
at Mount Vernon.
Still, many enslaved blacks had
surnames that went unrecorded,
says historian Henry Wiencek,
author of "An Imperfect God:
George Washington, His Slaves,
and the Creation of America."
The famous painting "The Life of George Washington" depicted above shows the nation's first president's
daily interaction with his slaves. George Washington owned other human beings as his property until he
died in 1799. Again, depending upon the source, history records that George and Martha Washington
owned several hundred slaves between them. Although he had the power to free his slaves, George
Washington did not do so. Even upon his death he only freed one slave, William Lee. The rest were given
to his wife for further use.
The story of how Washington
became the "blackest name" begins
with slavery and takes a sharp turn
after the Civil War, when all blacks
were allowed the dignity of a sur-
Even before Emancipation, many
enslaved black people chose their
own surnames to establish their
identities. Afterward, some histori-
ans theorize, large numbers of
blacks chose the name Washington
in the process of asserting their
Today there are black
Washingtons, like this writer, who
are often identified as African-
American by people they have
never met. There are white
Washingtons who are sometimes
misidentified and have felt discrim-
ination. There are Washingtons of
both races who view the name as a
special -- if complicated -- gift.
And there remains the presence
of George, born 279 years ago on
Feb. 22, whose complex relation-
ship with slavery echoes in the
blackness of his name today.
George Washington inherited
land and 10 human beings from his
father, and gained more of both as
he grew older. But over the
decades, as he recognized slavery's
contradiction with the freedoms of
the new nation, Washington grew
opposed to human bondage.
Virginia estate to evade a law that
freed any slave residing in
Pennsylvania for six months.
While in Philadelphia, Oney
Judge, Martha Washington's maid,
learned Martha was planning one
day to give her to an ill-tempered
granddaughter. Judge disappeared.
According to Chernow's book,
Washington abused his presidential
powers and asked the Treasury
Department to kidnap Judge from
her new life in New Hampshire.
The plot was unsuccessful.
"Washington was leading this
schizoid life," Chemow says. "In
theory and on paper he was
opposed to slavery, but he was still
zealously tracking and seeking to
recover his slaves who escaped."
In his final years on his Mount
Vernon plantation, Washington said
that "nothing but the rooting out of
slavery can perpetuate the existence
of our union."
This led to extraordinary instruc-
tions in his will that all 124 of his
slaves should be freed after the
death of his wife. Washington also
ordered that the younger black peo-
ple be educated or taught a trade,
and he set aside money to care for
the sick or aged.
Twelve American presidents
were slaveowners. Washington is
the only one who set all of his black
It's a myth that most enslaved
Some chose names as a mark of
community identity, which could be
the plantation of a current or recent
owner, Wiencek says, and those
names could have provided some
advantages or protection after the
Civil War. Sometimes blacks used
the surname of the owner of their
oldest known ancestor, as a way to
maintain their identity.
Last names also could have been
plucked out of thin air.
The famous ex-slave Booker T.
Washington was a boy when
Emancipation came to his Virginia
plantation. He had been called only
"Booker" until enrolling in school.
"When the teacher asked me what
my full name was, I calmly told
him, 'Booker Washington,'" he
wrote in his autobiography, "Up
He gives no indication why the
name Washington popped into his
head. But George Washington, dead
for only 60-odd years, had immense
fame and respect at the time. His
will had been widely published in
pamphlet form, and it was well
known that he had freed his slaves.
Did enslaved people feel inspired
by Washington and take his name in
tribute? Were they seeking some
benefits from the association? Did
newly freed people take the name
as a mark of devotion to their coun-
"We just don't know," Weincek
But the connection is too strong
for some to ignore.
"There was a lot more conscious-
ness and pride in American history
among African-Americans and
enslaved African-Americans than a
lot of people give them credit for ...
they were thinking about how they
could be Americans," says Adam
Goodheart, a Washington College
professor and author of "1861: Civil
But for black people who chose
the name Washington, it's uncertain
"It's an assumption that the sur-
name is tied to George," says Tony
Burroughs, a black genealogist,
who says 82 to 94 percent of
Washingtons listed in the 1880 to
1930 censuses were black. "As far
as I'm concerned it's a coincidence."
Coincidence or not, today's num-
bers are equally stark. Washington
was listed 138th when the Census
Bureau published the 1,000 most
common American surnames from
the 2000 survey. The project was
not repeated in 2010.
Ninety percent of those
Washingtons, numbering 146,520,
were black. Five percent, or 8,813,
were white. Three percent were two
or more races, 1 percent Hispanic,
and 1 percent Asian or Pacific
Jefferson was the second-black-
est name, at 75 percent. Lincoln
was only 14 percent black
Shown above is student Monterious Phillip with Lt. Governor
Wolfson students delight at visit
and campus tour by Lt. Governor
Lieutenant Governor Jennifer
Carroll recently visited Samuel W.
Wolfson High School where Senior
Class President, Patrick Walker
introduced the Lieutenant Governor
to the senior class, the National
Honor Society, ROTC, Principal
Dr. David Garner, and the faculty.
She gave an inspirational speech
to students about staying in school,
their professional interest, extra
curriculum activities, higher educa-
tion, future goals, and encouraged
students to select majors that will
allow them to compete in emerging
The Lt. Governor also empha-
sized the importance of entering the
workplace successfully and ready
to work. "Stand out from the com-
petition," stated Lt. Governor
Carroll, "Employers are seeking
knowledgeable, skilled, and socia-
ble employees, who are equipped
Chicago's Urban Prep Does it
Again: Every Senior College Bound
For the second consecutive year,
an all-male charter school located
in one of Chicago's worst neigh-
borhoods is sending its entire sen-
ior class to college.
Urban Prep Charter Academy
was founded in 2006, and its goal
from the start was for every one of
its graduates to be attending col-
lege when they left. It was an
unlikely mission, given that only
four percent of the school's first
freshman class was reading at
grade level when they entered.
Last year, the school, founded by
educator Tim King, did just that -
and prepared to meet the demand of
When 11th grader Monterious
Phillip realized who their guest
was, he immediately stood up and
exclaimed "that's huge", then asked
the Lt. Governor for her autograph.
The open dialog gave students an
opportunity to ask the Lt. Governor
about her personal goals and pro-
fessional accomplishments. It also
allowed students to gain a different
perspective about their role in shap-
ing Florida's future and global mar-
The Lt. Governor stressed the
need to have a strong support sys-
tem that includes family members
and trusted professional adults.
At the conclusion of the tour,
Carroll met with and inspected the
ROTC unit. She was very
impressed with the units' sharpness
all 107 graduating seniors were
accepted at the end of the year.
And this year, Urban Prep has
repeated its success.
"No other public [school] in the
country has done this," King said.
Students at the exceptional all-
male school have a uniform of
jacket and tie. It also has a school
day two hours longer than usual,
with two classes per day of
English, and every student is
assigned a mentor from the staff
who has a school-assigned cell
phone that students can call them
on 24 hours a day. About 60 per-
cent of teachers at Urban Prep are,
like their students, black men.
The students also have a creed,
which they recite every morning. It
finishes: "We believe in ourselves.
We believe in each other. We
believe in Urban Prep. WE
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Time to change the way we look at crime and punishment
For Democrats it's no fun in
Tallahassee these days. With a con-
servative Governor and
Republicans having a two-thirds
majority in the House of
Democratic slanted bills or initia-
tives passed is almost impossible.
However, the skies are not totally
gray. There are several Republican-
lead moves that not only make
sense, but I think will have a signif-
icant benefit to the African
For example, one of the issues
that Democrats have pushed for
several years now has been for the
government to focus more on inter-
vention and diversion programs
versus just locking folks up and
throwing away the key.
It's a particularly sensitive sub-
ject when you consider the dispro-
portionate rates in which African
American males are locked up and
convicted to long-term sentences.
I probably will not agree with
Florida Governor Rick Scott much,
but I do agree with his selection of
Ed Buss as Department of
Corrections Secretary. Buss had
great success in Indiana were he
promoted more drug treatment,
giving judges more flexibility in
sentencing and intervention pro-
Although Indiana's prison sys-
tem is much smaller than Florida's
- Buss has proven that he knows
that locking folks up is not the only
Getting back to black male incar-
ceration rates for a moment.
Statistics from the Department of
Justice indicate that black males are
incarcerated at a rate that is over 6
times higher than that for white
In fact, statistics show that for
every 100,000 black males, an esti-
mated 4,777 are held in federal or
state prison or a local jail.
America's criminal justice sys-
tem has historically been cruel to
black men; in particular, the impact
of the mandatory sentencing and
strict drug laws is being felt heavi-
ly in African American communi-
ties. Of the 2.1 million people
incarcerated in jails and prisons in
2005, 548,300 were Black males
between the ages of 20 and 39.
What this state and nation have
been doing with our corrections
system has not worked especially
Governor Bush's 10, 20, Life initia-
This mandatory minimum sen-
tencing law basically states that f
you possess a gun while commit-
ting a crime, you are subject to a
10-year minimum mandatory sen-
tence. If you discharge a gun while
committing a crime, you are sub-
ject to a 20-year minimum manda-
tory. If you discharge a gun and
cause great bodily harm while com-
mitting a crime in Florida, you face
life in prison.
According to the Governor's
office, to house and manage an
inmate in the state of Florida cost
approximately $71 a day per pris-
oner. That's crazy! What's even
crazier is how we are treating black
male juveniles in this state.
Several months ago I was for-
warded an article from the Herald-
Tribune, which is a newspaper
based in Sarasota, Florida. This
article provided some great insight
to the topic at hand.
Juvenile incarceration rates in
Florida have become extremely
embarrassing. Florida has become
the toughest state in the nation as it
relates to sentencing juvenile
offenders especially black males.
Hats off to Tribune Journalist
Lloyd Dunkelberger for his work
on this issue.
The figures are staggering.
Dunkelberger states, "Outside of
Florida, no other prisoner in the
nation is serving a life sentence
without parole for a juvenile bur-
He adds, "Records show that
Florida has handed out more life
sentences to juveniles for non-mur-
der crimes than have all other states
combined." Wait a minute; let me
restate that fact in case you missed
the significance of it.
Florida has handed out more life
sentences to juveniles for non-mur-
der crimes than have all other states
How do you begin to explain or
justify that fact?
Dunkelberger's article was based
on a preliminary study being con-
ducted by Florida State University.
"Florida has sentenced 77 young
men to spend their lives in prison,
without any chance of release,
based on non-homicide crimes they
committed when they were 17
years old or younger, according to
the research. Data also showed that
six of those 77 youth were 13 or 14
at the time of their crimes.
We all know young folks who
have done stupid things for one rea-
son or another. Those youth
deserve to be punished in some
form, but how do you justify sen-
tencing these young black men to
life in jail for non-murder crimes?
Anyone can turn their life around
despite the crimes they committed
as youth. That's where those diver-
sion programs come in to play. And
not only can you salvage a kids life,
but you can save the state millions
of dollars a year. The costs of
diversion programs are as little as
one tenth of the cost of incarcera-
I can't say it enough, but "If you
always do what you've always done
you'll always get what you've
always got." It's time for a change
in our prison system.
Signing off from the P-farm,
Labor Unions are joining the fight for survival
by George Curry
The showdown between public
unions and the governor of
Wisconsin is drama likely to be
replayed in other budget-chal-
lenged states during the next few
months and may determine
whether American unions rebound
or become a fading fixture of the
According to the National
Conference of State Legislatures,
44 states and Puerto Rico have
introduced legislation governing
labor unions and collective bar-
Because so much is at stake, both
pro- and anti-labor groups around
the nation have sent protesters to
Wisconsin during the past week to
support their cause. Thousands of
protesters, including teachers, ral-
lied in Madison, the state capital, to
voice their concerns. Anti-labor
protesters have also marched in the
streets to express their support for a
proposed measure to strip public
unions of much of their power.
At the center of the debate is
Governor Scott Walker's proposal
to save $330 million through mid-
2013. Under the plan, government
workers will have to pay more than
half the costs of their pensions and
at least 12.6 percent of their health-
care premiums. Unions would still
be allowed to represent workers,
but could not seek pay increases
above the Consumer Price Index
unless approved by a public refer-
endum. Firefighters, police offi-
cers, and state troopers would be
exempted under the new plan.
Labor officials say they are will-
ing to compromise on pension and
healthcare benefits, but not their
ability to freely negotiate on behalf
of government workers. At the
national level, the budget battles
feature organize labor, a key base
of Democrats, and fiscally conser-
vative Republicans, the key to GOP
election gains last November.
Although public unions are being
blamed for many of Wisconsin's
woes, they are not the real culprits.
The Associated Press reported on
February 1st, that a "new analysis
released Monday showed that
Wisconsin's budget could be
between $79 and $340 million
short by June 30, 2013 due largely
to anticipated Medicaid expenses
and a court-ordered repayment to a
fund that was raided four years
Wisconsin is obligated to pay
Minnesota $58.7 million after the
end of a tax-reciprocity agreement
between the two neighboring
states. The state is under court
order to pay $200 million that was
illegally transferred in 2007 from a
state medical malpractice fund,
according to the Milwaukee
Further complicating matters,
Governor Walker pushed through
tax cuts in his first month in office
that are estimated to bring in $117
million less in projected state taxes
during the next two year. Another
$72 million drop is a result of lower
than expected tax revenues.
Like his federal counterparts,
Walker argued that the lower tax
cuts will create economic growth.
This is the same argument that
President George W. Bush used in
getting two federal tax reductions
through Congress. But, the prom-
ised economic growth never mate-
In Wisconsin, organized labor is
losing the public relations battle as
anti-labor Republicans enjoy a
larger share of state houses and
According to a survey conducted
earlier this month by the Pew
Research Center for the People &
the Press, "The favorability ratings
for labor unions remain at nearly
their lowest level in a quarter cen-
tury with 45% expressing a positive
view. Yet the public expresses sim-
ilar opinions about business corpo-
rations 47% have a favorable
impression and this rating is also
near a historic low."
The Pew report observes:
"Americans express mixed .views
of the impact of labor unions on
salaries and working conditions,
international competitiveness, job
availability and productivity. About
half (53%) say unions have had a
positive effect on the salaries and
benefits of union workers, while
just 17% say they have had a nega-
tive effect. Views are similar about
the impact of unions on working
conditions for all workers (51%
positive, 17% negative)."
It is ironic that the debate over
the role of unions is being played
out in Wisconsin, the first state to
enact of major collective bargain-
ing law in 1959. The American
Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees was founded
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Why political capital
is worth billions
So many people say they hate politics, and I always say,
"You must be dead, because politics is life." Negotiating
with your parents, your husband, wife, professor, boss, judge, jury and near-
ly everything we do in life is built on varying degrees of compromise.
Politics is all about compromise. It's an art. The best at it are generally elect-
ed to public office to represent us, because they're good at making the
Barak Obama's a politician. He is a smart effective politician. He repre-
sents the concerns of millions very effectively. We like him. That 30% that
does not, will never like hini no matter what. The politics of that group is
non-negotiable isn't it?
For the first time we may hear a hue and cry for the return of the politician
to the governor's office because of Rick Scott's very bad form regard-
ing...well, everything. He has no allegiance to anyone because his cam-
paign was a $ 70 million TV blitz. Some people may say that's good. But
frankly that's not the American way because we elect people to answer to us.
Scott is having big problems with 160 lawmakers who are in the business of
representing 18 million Floridians.
Rick Scott's biggest problem is that he has a very small constituency base
and few allies. He has few friends among the Republicans in charge. And
zero among Democrats. He has breached the most sacred of protocols with
his legislative turf violations. Scott's flaky politics where he rejected the
$2.4 billion High Speed Rail federal appropriation, resulted in the immedi-
ate alliance of 26 of the Senate's D's and R's who want the state to get the
money That's a veto proof majority. And a stem message in the form of a
letter signed and sent by the 26 coalition members. Meanwhile those
Senators plan to meet the one week deadline granted by the Obama admin-
istration to allow Florida keep the allotment. The High Speed Rail would
mean upwards of 70,000 road construction jobs in our struggling economy.
On top of it all, Scott does not have the authority to unilaterally reject the
money, nor did he have the authority to sell the state jets. The senators also
told him that in the letter. He sold the King and Queen Air for half of the
market value. There was no thought of how the CFO, Attorney General and
Agriculture Commissioner are supposed to travel in a state where the com-
mercial air fares run $500 -$900 no matter how early reservations are made.
That little stunt actually cost the state triple the cost of using the state planes.
So he flies around on his private jet without having to disclose what he's
doing or who he's meeting with.
The Black Caucus luncheon at the mansion was the crowning insult. It
was awful. First he suggests that they had much in common because he "
grew up in the projects and his father only had a 6th grade education." When
asked why he had made no Black appointments, he pointed to his Black Lt.
Governor Jenifer Carroll. The whole lunch just continued to deteriorate with
more disrespectful comments about the President. He also said he eliminat-
ed the order to "encourage his agencies to use minority businesses because
"he does not believe in quotas."
Well now. We have a governor who has been in office less than 60 days
and has managed to make himself irrelevant before his term begins in
earnest. Stay tuned, the show is just beginning!
Gayle Andrews is a former member of the Capitol Press Corps, adjunct
Journalism instructor at Florida A & M University, where she was awarded
Distinguished and Outstanding Graduate status. She is a corporate & political
consultant in Tallahassee.
Iraq's Impact on Arab Revolts?
By Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Something very weird is afoot. I have been hearing commentators suggest
that the invasion of Iraq and the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003 set the stage
for the current Arab democratic revolt. The story goes something like this:
The people of the Arab world saw that a dictator could be overthrown and they
then saw the benefits of an alleged democracy. This, according to the story,
sparked their desire to move to overthrow various Arab despots.
When I first heard this, I assumed that someone was joking or being sarcas-
tic. The thought that the U.S./British invasion of Iraq, in clear violation of
international law, followed by the installation of puppet regimes would have
inspired a democratic revolt eight years later is a bit absurd. If you leave aside
some level of delusion, what is one to make of these suggestions?
The foreign policy view of the so-called neo-conservatives--the largely
Republican group that dominated foreign policy debates during the George W.
Bush administration--was one calling for an active and interventionist role in
installing pro-U.S. governments. The neo-cons called these governments
"democratic," but what they meant by that was permitting people to vote as
long as they vote for pro-U.S. candidates. This is why U.S. ruling circles so
bitterly hate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Bolivian President Evo
Morales. These leaders were both elected legitimately and have moved to take
their countries in a direction that U.S. ruling circles have failed to approve. As
such, the neo-con view has nothing to do with democracy but revolves instead
around whether a regime is perceived as being pro- or anti- the objectives of
the U.S. ruling circles. Two other examples of this the cynical manner in
which this plays out were the coups that overthrew Haitian President Aristide
(2004) and Honduran President Zelaya (2009). In both cases, democratically
elected leaders were overthrown with either the active support or at least the
knowledge and permission of the U.S. government, yet this was not at all seen
as a threat to democracy by the neo-cons.
The Arab revolt that we are witnessing has nothing to do with Iraq. The Iraq
invasion and occupation was reprehensible as far as the Arab World was con-
cerned. Today's revolt is a revolt against tyrannies, including those openly sup-
ported by the U.S.A. (such as Egypt). As such these are not only revolts
against domestic tyrants but they also represent revolts against a global system
that has helped to place such tyrants into power and keep them for decades.
The next time that you hear someone suggest that the Iraq invasion was a step
forward for democracy and that it inspired the Arab masses to revolt, well, it is
fine to laugh.
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Have you heard of the Jacksonville
Pathers? They were the first Semi-
Pro Black football team based in
The teams name was later changed
to The Jacksonville Raiders. This
team was formed in August 1968 by
Marvin (Roach) Robinson. The
team played in both the Florida and
Georgia League. Mr. Robinson con-
tinued as coach/general manager
until 1973. The Team continued for
many years however later disband-
ed. The team was the first Black
team to play in Jacksonville's Gator
Bowl where they were coached by
Tommy Chandler. He continued as
the coach for numerous years.
Some of the teams first recruit
were John Danzer (running back)
Elroy Green Sr. (wide-out) Pemell
Stevenson (linebacker) and Charles
Sutton (player/coach). The team
enjoyed a very successful first year
with record of 14-0. The years that
followed were equally as successful
with records of 12-0, 14-0, 11-1 and
continuing. The team holds the
record as the winningness team
among both the Florida and Georgia
The majority of the players matric-
ulated at various colleges and some
continued their careers by playing
for other professional and semi-pro-
fessional football team. Coach
(Roach) Robinson continues to
reside in Jacksonville, Florida and
at age of 75 is active as a communi-
UNF hosting Teen
The Small Business Development Center at the University of North
Florida is hosting its 6th annual Teen Entrepreneurship Conference-It's
HER Business from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday, March 4, at the
University Center on campus for girls age 15 to 18 who are enrolled in
The free one-day conference is designed to encourage financial litera-
cy and help girls learn about starting businesses and managing personal
finances through interactive games and hands-on activities. Breakfast,
lunch and conference materials will be provided.
An application and waiver are required to be filled out and signed by a
parent or guardian. Forms can be downloaded at www.sbdc.unf.edu. A
copy needs to be sent to the student's guidance counselor and to UNF
by e-mail at email@example.com or by fax to (904) 620-2567.
More than 30 successful'local women business owners and profes-
sionals will participate as conference mentors and guide the girls
through various activities throughout the day. For more information
contact Marice Hague, SBDC, at (904) 620-107.
Ebenezer United Methodist
Observes Heritage Sunday
IN THE KITCHEN: The history of Black haircare
There is so much history regard-
ing black hair care. In honor of
Black History Month, Dr. Linda
Amerson (pictured), board certified
trichologist, shares some important
facts about just how far we have
come with technology, product for-
mulations, and effective treatment
therapies. The hair care industry is a
utensil used by slaves to curl their
Dr. Amerson: A table knife heated
on the stove, because this was all
In present day: Technology has
advanced where hair rollers, pin
curls, and curling irons of various
types, are used to achieve a curly or
The black hair care module was evolutionized by Madame C.J.
Walker. One of her hair schools is shown above.
billion dollar industry. We salute
our pioneers who paved the road to
such economic success!
Q: What was the first kitchen
utensil used by slaves to comb
Dr. Amerson: A table fork,
because this was all they had.
In present day: A variety of
combs are used which include:
detangling, picks, wood, rattail, etc.
Furthermore, hairbrushes are used
to style and finish a person's hair.
Weekly cleaning of grooming tools
Q. What was the first kitchen
wavy hair design. Silk or satin caps
are also wom to preserve the hair-
Q. What did the slaves use as a
dry shampoo to cleanse their
Dr. Amerson: Commeal, grits,
and powdered charcoal, because
this is all they had. They were very
In present day: Hair care compa-
nies offer various types of sham-
poos to cleanse the hair including:
shampoos for color treated hair, dry,
oily, volumizing, chemically treat-
ed, hair thinning, hair restoration,
just to name a few.
Q. Why were head and body
lice a major problems for slaves?
Dr. Amerson: This was a major
problem, because the slaves had to
sleep in barns on the hay where the
animals slept...further transmitting
the lice to their hair and body.
In present day: Thank God for
mattresses! Head lice are almost
unheard of in the African American
communities, because most con-
sumers sleep on mattresses...fur-
thermore, for scalp conditions and
Alopecia, consumers will seek the
expertise of a board certified
Q. What type of product did
slaves use on their scalp as an oil?
Dr. Amerson: Warm bacon
In present day: Many hair care
manufacturers offer a variety of
soothing scalp oils to lubricate and
moisturize the scalp. The ingredi-
ents used are of a high standard
from consumer needs and requests.
Q. What type of water did the
slaves use to rinse their hair?
Dr. Amerson: Dishwater, because
it was believed that the nutrients in
the dishwater would help with
In present day: Thank God for a
filtered water system! A few con-
sumers prefer rainwater when they
can get enough of it, yet most con-
sumers are able to achieve clean
hair and scalp from a filtered water
Q. Was braiding of the hair in
certain braid patterns symbolic
to female slaves?
Dr. Amerson: Yes, a woman
wearing her hair in a certain braid
pattern was often symbolic if she
was in mourning, getting married, a
In present day: In American,
wearing a sculptured braid design is
not symbolic, but is considered a
creative way of wearing braids.
However, in Africa, many tribes
still maintain their culture by wear-
ing symbolic braid patterns, specif-
ic hair color, feathers, hand crafted
hair accessories, etc.
Q. Where did the male slaves
receive their hair cuts every
Dr. Amerson: On the front porch.
In present day: We have Barber
Shops and Hair Salons who offer
haircuts by licensed professionals.
Sanitation and Sterilization Laws
are enforced to protect the public.
Senator Anthony, Rev. Newton E. Williams and children of Ebenezer
United Methodist Church following the program.
On Sunday, February 20, 2011, Ebenezer United Methodist Church,
where Rev. Newton E. Williams is Pastor, Observed their annual Heritage
Sunday. Senator Anthony Hill spoke on "We've Come This Far By Faith."
He reminded us that no one has a future if they fail to remember from
whence they have come. He said that the legacy that we not rest upon is
one of strength, yet, if we don't activate it, we will be immobilized. His
motivation to the congregation was not to let our current history be marred
with apathy and a failure to commit.
Senator Hill is leading an initiative encouraging African American males
to go to college and major in Education. The absence of positive African
American males in the lives of young children can only be corrected if we
change the values of families and school, he stressed. The Ebenezer UMC
congregation sanctioned the initiative and is committed to making it hap-
pen. The service was followed by a Soul Fest in the Fellowship Hall.
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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-
Black History at
Church of the Crucifixion
Church of the Crucifixion will present "Recruit, Retain & Revive", a
Black history program, on Saturday, February 26th from 4 6 p.m. It will
feature local African-American history makers, ethnic foods and fellow-
ship. The church is located at 3183 Edgewood Avenue West. For more
information, call 705-8518.
Disciples of Christ Celebrating
Church and Pastor Anniversaries
Pastor Robert Le Count and the Disciples of Christ church family
extend an open invitation to the community to worship with them during
their 8th Church and Pastor Anniversary services. These services will be
held Thursday, March 3 Friday March 4, 2011 at 7 p.m. nightly. A Musical
Celebration will be held on Saturday March 5, 2011 at 6 p.m. and festivi-
ties will culminate on Sunday March 6, 2011 at 5 p.m., The Anniversary
theme is Listening to God Voice. For more information, call 765-5683.
Black History Program at El Beth El
The Annual Black History Day celebration will be held on February 27th
at 11:00 a.m. & 3 p.m. 11 a.m.guest speaker is State Attorney Angela
Corey and 3 p.m. speaker will be Pastor Anthony Mincey. of Fisher of Men
International Harvest Center. Music will be rendered by New Creation
Gospel Singers. If you have any questions please contact our pastor Bishop
Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. at 904-710-1586 or the office manager Miguel Zapata
at 904-374-3940. Dinner will be serving after each service.
Prayer Brunch at Abundant Life
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
24th and 25th, there will be nightly 7 p.m. services focusing on a "Prayer
for Our Nation". Pastors Benjamin and Joann Clark.Door prizes will be
awarded. For more information, call 207-1850.
Celebrate Church and Pastor
Anniversaries at St. John
St. John Missionary Baptist Church, located at 135 Brickyard Road in
Middleburg, FL 32068. will be celebrating the Church's 130 years of exis-
tence and Dr. C. Edward Preston Sr.'s, 21 years of service. The celebration
will be held during the month of March as follows: Friday 4th, 11th, 18th
& 25th at 7 p.m. Wednesday 23rd at 7 p.m. and Sunday 13th, 20th &
27th at 4 p.m. Come and experience the move of God and be blessed with
singing, praying, and preaching at these services, For further information
Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll headlines
Greater Grant Family & Friends Day
The Greater Grant Memorial AME Church will celebrate their annual
Family & Friends Day on Sunday, March 13, 2011 with Bishop Virgil Jones
and Florida's Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll as the guest speakers for the
early and mid-morning worship services. Church school will begin at 9:30
a.m. and will include visiting guest teachers. Everyone is invited to come
out and share in this wonderful celebration.
The early morning worship at 8:00 am features the Bishop Virgil C. Jones,
Sr., pastor of Philippian Community Church, as the messenger of the Word.
Jennifer Carroll, Lieutenant Governor of the state of Florida, will be the
guest speaker for the mid-morning worship experience beginning at 11:00
am. Carroll made history as the first African American and the first woman
elected to this position. She previously served as the Florida House of
Representatives for seven years.
Greater Grant Memorial AME Church is located at 5533 Gilchrist Road
(Sibbald Avenue at Gilchrist Road) and the Reverend F.D. Richardson, Jr.
is the pastor. Call (904) 764-5992 for more information.
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Church Fellowship Worship
Ministries Anniversary Celebration
Join Bishop Bruce V. Allen and the Church Fellowship Worship
Ministries, March 9-13, as they celebrate their 13th Pastor and Church
Anniversary. The theme is "The Year of Turn-Around." The dynamic roster
of speakers include: Wednesday 3/9 Pastor Louis Fields, Grace
International Church Thursday 3/10 Pastor Eugene Diamond, Abyssinia
Missionary Baptist Church Friday 3/11 Pastor Leofric Thomas, Open
Arms Christian Fellowship (all services at 7 p.m.); Saturday 3/12 9 a.m.
Men's Prayer Breakfast with Bishop A.C. Richardson, New Life
Evangelistic Center; Sunday 3/13 10 a.m. service with Apostle Fred
Gooden III, Divine Influence Worship Ministries; Sunday 3/13 5 p.m.
Bishop Allen T.D. Wiggins, The Hope Church of Orlando. Saturday events
also include a Women's Luncheon at 1 p.m. and youth activities at 5 p.m.
The Church is located at 8808 Lem Turner Road. For more information,
First Church of Palm Coast
hosts Elder Source hearing
ElderSource will hold a public hearing on March 2, 3:30 to 5 p.m., at
Palm Harbor Academy, on the campus of First Church of Palm Coast, 95
Old Kings Road North, just one mile north of Palm Coast Parkway on 1-95
at exit 289. ElderSource serves as the state-designated Area Agency on
Aging and as a provider of funding for Northeast Florida in senior programs
and services. It is hoped that community members will share their con-
cerns, comments and ideas regarding services for seniors in Flagler County:
ElderSource seeks input on services regarding homemaking, personal care,
Meals on Wheels, transportation and more.
Community members are encouraged to take this opportunity to impact
and shape the direction of future services to seniors, caregivers and family
members in Flagler County and Northeast Florida.
For more information, visit the website at www.myeldersource.org, or
call ElderSource planner Cori Suha at 904-391-6639.
Black History celebrated at
Summerville Miss. Baptist Church
On February 27th at 5 p.m. the church family of Summerville
Missionary Baptist Church will reminisce and acknowledge the struggle of
Africans in America while celebrating and commemorating those of us
who changed the world during their Black History Program. It will be held
in the Fellowship Hall located at 2842 Mars Street. Dr. James Henry, Pastor.
For more information, call 354-8186.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
Supreme 7 Anniversary
Big Twins Music and The Integrity Solution will pres-
ent the 17th Anniversary Concert Celebration of
Supreme 7, a Jacksonville Based quarter group on
Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. The concert
will be at the New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist
Church, 1824 Prospect Street. Special guests include:
The Straughter Sisters of Valdosta, Ga. Rev.. J.D. Sapp
& the Angelic Voices, The Voices of Faith of
Montgomery, Al and The Brightside Gospel Singers of
Tallahassee, Fla. The MC will be Bro. Freddie Rhodes
of WCGL-AM 1360. For ticket information call
Antwone Peterson at 505-5750 or 517-6629.
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.
God's Temple of Love cele-
brating 18th Anniversary
God's Temple of Love located at 358 Martin Luther
King Blvd. in Kingsland Ga. and Pastor Marvin Young
will present the 18th Anniversary of The Outreach
Ministry For Jesus Christ. It will be held on February
27, 2011 at 12 noon. The overseer is Bro. Nathaniel
Goosby. Special guests are: Evg. Sandy Goosby, Evg.
Mae Demps, Evg. Inda Lawson, Deacon Daniel
Lawson, Minister David Scott, Young Evg. Latisha
Tucker, Prophet Sonny Singletary, Min. of Music Evg.
Earnest Stezler, Gospel Artist Blacklite & Ladybug
along with our guest speaker Prophet Nathaniel Gardner
of The Upper Room Ministry.
Church Rule Prohibiting Gay Adoption Taken to Court
SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. A city's
official condemnation of Catholic
Church teachings as "discriminato-
ry," "insulting," "callous" and
"defamatory" is being taken to the
U.S. Supreme Court because of the
Constitution's requirement that gov-
ernment not be "hostile" to faith.
The case stems from a 2006 non-
binding resolution from the San
Francisco Board of Supervisors that
called the Catholic Church's teach-
ings "an insult to all San
Franciscans" and accused the
Vatican of being a "foreign country"
that "meddles with and attempts to
negatively influence this great city's
existing and established customs
The case is being fought by the
Thomas More Law Center, which is
arguing that the Supreme Court
should take this opportunity "to
secure and maintain uniformity of
decisions on an important issue of
"The crux of the problem is that
this court's Establishment Clause
jurisprudence ... tends to be hostile
toward religion," the petition to the
WND reported earlier when the
case was submitted to the 9th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals, which
issued a fractured ruling that offered
Three judges found for the peti-
tioners, three found for the defen-
dants and five decided there was no
standing in the case.
The formal statement from the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
attacked the church's belief because
it prohibits the adoption of children
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
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AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
Seeking the lost for Christ
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Shown above is (L-R) Francina King, Dick Gregory and Mary Mitchell in New York during Mitchell's
retirement celebration. While there, the two Jacksonville ladies had the opportunity to meet Gregory.
Mary Mitchell celebrates retirement in NYC Mary Mitchell recently
celebrated her retirement after 32 years in civil service with her daughter Pilar and best friend Francina King in
The Big Apple. The trio trekked to New York City for a weekend excursion that included a variety of highlights
including fine dining at B. Smiths, the Broadway show "Memphis" complete with backstage passes and a meet
and greet with comedian activist Dick Gregory. She plans to spend her spare time enjoying family and friends
and continuing her active service at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
The Duval/Nassau Alumni
Chapter of Bethune-Cookman
University will host its Annual Dr.
Mary McLeod Bethune
Community Leadership Breakfast
on Saturday, March 12th at 9 a.m.
It will be held at the Crown Plaza
Hotel Jacksonville International
Airport. Tickets are now available.
For more information, call 307-
8492or visit us www.duvalnas-
The Skin Cancer Foundation's
Road to Healthy Skin Tour will
offer FREE, full body skin cancer
screenings and the latest skin can-
cer information to the public.
Screenings are first come, first
serve and will be held on Friday,
March llth from 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
at the Jacksonville Beach Fishing
Pier, 503 1st Street North. For more
Shown above (L-R) is James Richardson, Sr., Barbara Richards and B.J.
Richardson at the birthday and anniversary celebrations.
Richardson brothers celebrate
joint birthdays and anniversary
Mrs. Barbara Richardson and her husband B.J., graciously shared their
54th wedding anniversary with her brother-in-law James Richardson who
marked 90 years.
Held in Dublin, Ga. the celebration was also the sight for B.J.'s 78th
birthday. In remembrance of the ancestors, highlights of the event includ-
ed a Candle Lighting in memory of the late Eloise Todd Richardson. There
were also Words of Inspiration, song and dinner. The legacy of Eloise and
James Richardson has yielded 8 children, 21 grand children, 22 great grand
children and 6 great great grandchildren.
Educators seek out more minorities
Sade Adeyina smiles during an interview at
Temple University, in Philadelphia. When
Adeyina's college roommate started bugging her
about studying abroad together, she never
thought she could afford a semester in Italy. Yet
the friendly peer pressure combined with finan-
cial aid and timely academic advising led
Adeyina to say "Arrivederci!" to Temple
University in Philadelphia and head overseas for
the first time.
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roommate started bugging her funds,
about studying abroad together, she funds, fe
never thought she could afford a models-
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and head overseas for the first time.
Educators want more minority sathinking
students to follow the lead of Mark Sal
Adeyina, an African-American Congre
graphic design major. Foreign study Congdisparity
is seen as crucial to student devel- disparity
opment and even as a key to nation- Gilman s
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tion badly lags their overall pres- 2001. Al
ence on college campuses. year's
"It's really a matter of persuading yeaminoritie's
young students of color that this is mInstitute
possible for them and this is neces- which ad
sary for them," said Peggy U.S. S
vice president of the
Institute of International
Education. "You come
back changed, more self-
About 81 percent of
study-abroad students are
white, although whites
represent 63 percent of
enrollment in higher edu-
cation, according to 2008-
09 data released in
November by the New
Blacks comprise 4.2
percent of study-abroad
students but are 13.5 per-
cent of the college popula-
tion. Latinos are 6 per-
cent of study-abroad par-
ticipants but nearly 12
percent of higher ed stu-
representing 6.8 percent
of college students, are
in study abroad at 7.3
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ar of racism, worries about
graduation, and few role
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ss began to address the
with the federally funded
scholarship, which has pro-
dy-abroad funds for low-
'ell Grant recipients since
bout 55 percent of last
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of International Education,
ministers the program.
en. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.,
wants to expand foreign learning
opportunities overall with a bill to
create the $80 million Sen. Paul
Simon Study Abroad Foundation, a
public-private entity that would
In January, North Carolina A&T
State University began working
with the American Council on
Education to promote international
learning at historically black insti-
tutions, a project partly funded by
the U.S. Department of Education.
Minnie Battle Mayes, director of
A&T's international programs
office, said it can be hard to get stu-
dents who are from small towns,
would love to
event with our
and without any worldly frame of
reference, to look beyond campus.
"Many times our students are
North Carolinians, and coming to
Greensboro is coming to the big
city," Mayes said. "In this 21 st cen-
tury, you've got to be global."
Among the efforts at A&T is a
new annual $10 student fee to cre-
ate an international education fund
that offsets study abroad expenses.
Mayes hopes it will help alleviate
financial anxieties sometimes
unfounded that can deter students
At Temple, about 9 percent of
students in the study-abroad pro-
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gram are black, more than double
the national average.
Though the university has a
diverse student body to begin with -
about one-third minority Temple
also starts "sending the message
very, very early" that foreign study
is essential, said Denise Connerty,
assistant vice president for interna-
Promotion is ubiquitous, from
open houses for prospective stu-
dents through freshman orientation
and beyond. University President
Ann Weaver Hart pays the process-
ing fees for students getting their
For Adeyina, a 21-year-old from
Burlington, N.J., the key was early
academic advising that showed she
could graduate on time if she went
abroad as a sophomore. If she went
junior year, she'd miss too many
required classes in her graphic
Now a vocal advocate for study
abroad, Adeyina described her time
in Rome as a challenge she met and
embraced. She already feels it influ-
encing in her art.
"The experience of a lifetime,
definitely," Adeyina said.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
The 13th Annual Kingsley
Heritage Celebration will conclude
on February 26th. The annual
event featured a series of events
free to the public. The annual cele-
bration explores the cultural tradi-
tions which originated during the
plantation period. The lineup
includes historian Rodney Hurst,
the Afro-Caribbean Dance Theatre
and a master storyteller.
The plantation is located off
Heckscher Drive/A1A, Call 251-
3537 for more detailed information.
Through Our Eyes
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum will have an Opening
Reception for the annual Through
Our Eyes exhibit. This year's theme
is "For Women and Men of Color:
The Art of Relationships".
Festivities will kick off on
Thursday, February 24th from
5:30-7:30 p.m. For more informa-
tion on the free opening call 632-
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.
The Art of Hip Hop
This one-day event features
exhibits and panel discussions in
using Hip Hop as a lens to educate.
It will be held on Saturday,
February 26th from 10 a.m. 3
p.m. at the Museum of
Contemporary Art, 333 North Laura
Street. Call 366-6911.
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
gently used merchandise at low
prices. For more information, call
Day at MOSH
Celebrate black history at the
Museum of Science and History by
participating in hands-on activities,
presentations and live performanc-
es. It will be held on Thursday,
February 26th, 2011 from 10 a.m.
- 2 p.m. Call 396-MOSH.
There will be a Book Signing of
local author Bruce Brown and a
special performance by The Ritz
Voices, a combination of 100 of the
best youth voices in northeast
Florida. It will be Saturday,
February 26, 2011 from 5:30-7:30
p.m. at the Rhoda L. Martin
Cultural Heritage Center, 376 4th
Street South in Jacksonville Beach.
For more information, call 241-
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.
Urban League hosts
The Jacksonville Urban League
and a coalition of African-
American organizations will host a
Mayoral Forum on Monday,
February 28th at the LaVilla
School of the Arts. It will be held
from 6-8 p.m., 501 N. Davis Street.
Call 366-3461 for more info.
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
Church Mess the Play
The national touring play "Church
Mess" will be in Jacksonville on
Saturday, March 5th at the Times
Union Center. Tickets start at $35.
For more information and show-
times, call Ticketmaster.
Jazz Jamm at the Ritz
This month's Ritz Jazz Jamm will
feature Rene Marie. It will be held
on Saturday, March 5th for two
shows at 7 and 10 p.m. at the Ritz.
For more info visit www.ritzjack-
sonville.com or call 632-5555.
The Jacksonville Bar Association
will be offering an "Ask-A-
Lawyer" event on Saturday, March
5th from 9 a.m.- noon, at the
Gateway Town Center, 5000
Norwood Avenue. The service is
free-of-charge. Attorneys will con-
duct individual, 10-to-15-minute
consultations regarding family law
matters, employment, landlord/ten-
ant, wills and estates, criminal law,
bankruptcy, and foreclosures
among other items. For more infor-
mation, call 356-8371, ext. 363.
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 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.
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.
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Gabrelle Union gets job from
Along with a star-studded career in
Hollywood, Gabrielle Union can now add the
White House to her latest list of employers. The
gorgeous model-turned-actress was recently
handpicked by President Obama to work for the
National Advisory Committee on Violence
Against Women, a national board dedicated to
addressing women's rights and domestic violence.
President Obama contacted Union about the new gig after hearing the
pilot for her TV show "Army Wives" fell through. The actress, who her-
self testified in 2009 about being raped, said she's excited to take on
such a big cause.
"I was lucky enough that the president kind of said, 'You know I hear
you're without a job let me give you something to do' so he appointed
me to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women,"
Union told NBC. "That to me is a little more fulfilling right now...I think
I'm going to ride out working with the President."
First Lady gets apology from designer Von Furstenberg
Perhaps there are many people out there who have so much to say
about the First Lady and her style, fashion sense and even her edgy lead-
Diane Von Furstenberg is one of those
people. She recently criticized Mrs.
Obama about the dress she wore to the
state dinner designed by British designer
Alexander McQueen, saying she should
have worn an American designer.
But now she is taking back her com-
ments because she feels a bit "embar-
"She has been super supportive to
American designers," she said.
But it wasn't just Von Furstenberg who
felt that way. Ms. Obama's decision to
wear the McQueen dress has definitely caused quite the stir in the fash-
ion world. Designer Oscar de La Renta was among the many to disap-
prove, and New York Times T Magazine editor Sally Singer said that the
gown worked better for a younger woman.
Aretha Franklin talks return to stage,
weight loss, and new diet changes
Aretha Franklin, who says she's
back at "150 percent," is planning
to return to the stage in May for her
first post-surgery performance.
The Grammy Award-winning
singer will also release an album
that month with Wal-Mart Stores
Inc. More personally, she's working
on losing more weight from her
frame, which is noticeably slimmer
since her December surgery.
"I want to not only maintain the
weight I am at now, but better it, by
one dress size," the Queen of Soul
said in a recent interview.
The 68-year-old Franklin under-
went surgery for an undisclosed ail-
ment in December. She calls it
"more than minor surgery."
At the time, word spread
that her situation was dire,
and she received a multitude
of prayers and well wishes
from fans. She dismissed
reports that had her on her
death bed: "You can't stop
people from saying whatever
it is they're going to say; you
have no control over that."
Since her surgery, Franklin
has been working out and
walking on a track three times
I f a week for at least a mile.
But she said her biggest
health change has been in her
diet: She's given up her
beloved chitterlings, pigs' feet
and ham hocks in favor of a
Whole Foods-type diet, and
she hopes to get down to a
"They're off my diet. They
just really don't fit with
Whole Foods," she said. "I
had it for enough years that I
don't miss it. You can't contin-
ue to eat things that are not
good for you."
- She acknowledges, that
after she resumes performing, it'll
be hard to eat diet foods.
"When you come off (a high-
energy concert), a carrot or some
celery just isn't going to work," she
said. "I've gotta do a fresh fruit
thing ... and come up with some
tasty and satisfying recipes that are
going to work for me after con-
"Blind Side" feature Michael Oher writes I Beat the Odds
Michael Oher was born on May 28, 1986 in Memphis, Tennessee, where he negotiated a perilous path
through the foster care system, experiencing periods of homelessness.
He eventually attended Briarcrest Christian School and met Sean and Leigh-Anne Tuohy, who became his
adoptive parents. His inspirational story is the subject of the 2009 film "The Blind Side", starring Sandra
Bullock in an Oscar-winning performance.
Oher currently lives in Maryland where he is an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens of the National
Football League. After playing college football at the University of Mississippi, he was drafted by the Ravens
in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Following his first year in the league, he was named to both the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie team and
the USA Today All-Joe Team. He also earned NFL Rookie of the Month honors for December and recently
completed a second successful season with the Ravens, making the playoffs.
Here, Michael talks about his new autobiography, I Beat the Odds with celebrity interviewer Kam Williams.
KW: Let me start by asking
how did you manage to make it
all the way to the NFL, given the
neighborhood you came from and
your challenging childhood?
MO: There's a big difference
between where I came from and the
NFL. Things like this don't happen
to people from there often. It just
took a lot of hard work and dedica-
tion, staying on the right path,
believing in myself, and having an
KW: Why did you write your
autobiography? Was it because
you felt misrepresented by The
MO: I kinda wanted to clear some
things up after I got thousands of
letters from people who looked up
to me, telling me I was such an
inspiration, and that they wanted to
follow in my footsteps. And that if I
could do it, they could do it. I want-
ed to send out a positive message
and let them know that you don't
need a wealthy family to come in
and save you, like they saw in The
Blind Side, because I felt that I
always had an inner drive deep,
down inside. So, I just want to be an
encouraging voice for those who
don't believe they can make it.
KW: Kathy Ancar says: In the
movie, there is a restaurant scene
where you embrace a young wait-
er who turns to be your brother.
Have you reconnected with your
MO: I've always been connected
to them and maintained those rela-
tionships. That scene in the movie
was just Hollywood.
KW: Larry Greenberg says:
You have a personal story that
seems like the stuff of an epic
saga. Where do you weigh in on
the relative importance of des-
tiny, luck, and perseverance?
MO: All of them are important
factors. I'd say you need all three.
KW: Mirah Riben asks: What
was it like being black and join-
ing a white family?
MO: That really wasn't a big deal
for me, although obviously there
were some adjustments, since the
Tuohy's had a different lifestyle
from what I was accustomed to. But
there was a lot of love, and that's
what helped to spark a great rela-
KW: Teresa Emerson asks: Are
you still close with the Tuohys?
MO: Yes, they're still family. We
talk every day, and they come to
every one of my games.
KW: Teresa would also like to
know if you have any contact
with your birth mother.
MO: We're not as close as we
used to be but, hopefully, we'll get
back to where we once were in the
KW: Editor/Legist Patricia
Turnier was wondering if you have
a message of hope for kids and
young people who are in a similar
predicament to the one that you
MO: Like I said before, you don't
need to win the lottery or for some-
body to come save you. I'm a living
testimony to that. If you want to do
it, it is possible.
KW: Attorney Bernadette
Beekman says: Your story is
incredibly moving and it's a joy
to see your success. Many
African-American youth who
have not been blessed with the
same good fortune of a loving
adoptive family and benefactors
suffer from an incredible achieve-
ment gap, mostly due to lack of
educational opportunities. How
do you think we can help them?
MO: By devoting the time to sit
down with a kid, one-on-one, and
just letting them know that they can
do it. That's all that it takes, giving
them the confidence.
KW: Harriet Pakula Teweles
says: Your story is not just about
beating the odds; it's nothing
short of a miracle. Can we engi-
neer miracles-without the help of
MO: That's the same as asking do
you believe in God. Of course, we
all need angels. I had to have one
over my head
throughout my life,
even right now. The
odds of my making
it were slim to
none. So you have
to have an angel.
You have to
Haney asks: Do
you plan to be a
foster or adoptive
MO: I can't say /
right now. I'd have
to see down the
road. But I'd love to
look into it and,
hopefully, save a
life as well.
asks: What would
be the one thing
you would most
like to change
about the foster
MO: I think there's a need for
more oversight by social workers,
because there are a lot of foster par-
ents who are just collecting checks.
They need to look closely into the
backgrounds of the people whose
hands you're putting the kids into
and then continue to monitor them.
KW: Is there any question no
one ever asks you, that you wish
KW: Thanks again for the inter-
view, Michael, and best of luck with
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Franklin, who canceled several
performances last year because of
illness, has set her first concert
since surgery on May 28 at the
Seneca Niagara Casino in Buffalo,
N.Y., and is set to release her long-
awaited album, "Aretha: A Woman
Falling Out of Love," the first week
of May. R. Kelly is one of the
"It's definitely going to take the
boomers back ... but it's also con-
temporary with respect to other
writers and production," she said.
Franklin was feted by the
Grammys this week, as the show
opened with a tribute to her featur-
ing Christina Aguilera, Jennifer
Hudson, Florence Welch, Martina
McBride and Yolanda Adams.
Franklin herself hadn't sang for a
month which she believes was her
longest time between singing as
she convalesced at home. She had
to sing four or five times a day to
get her voice back where it was, but
she said it's "right on the money."
Franklin recently attended a
Detroit Pistons game with the Rev.
Jesse Jackson and said Wednesday
that she was at a boat show loung-
ing on a luxurious boat and she
planned to purchase it afterward.
Fans can expect to see more of
Franklin in the coming months.
When asked how her health is now,
and whether she'd need follow-up
for her surgery, Franklin said: "You
have to just maintain good health
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Phi Delta Kappa Inc. Delta Delta Chapter presents African
American History/Commission on Civil Rights Banquet
These kids need too much help for
.. me to quit.
Glover continued, "I owe it to
,somebody to help somebody. The
statistics are alarming. It's not
.. _. about racism, it's about fact: 85% of
police, are white; 92% if prosecu-
tors are white; 95% of judges are
white; while 50 percent of the
pprison populations are Black males.
; A Community Service Award
:..was presented to Officer Ken
> "Jefferson for his twenty-four years
of service to the community.
The evening climaxed with the
,o audience joining the singing of
"Reach Out and Touch.
Birthday surprise for Sherri Rutledge A surprise 50th
birthday celebration was held for Sherri Lynette Rutledge last week in her
mother's Lydia Estate's home. Friends and family secretly planned the
event that included a complete program of dinner and birthday wishes.
Shown above is Birthday Girl Sherri Rutledge (left) and gal pal Johnetta
Moore. R. Silver photo
The ladies of Phi Delta Kappa, Delta Delta Chapter. R. Silver photos
By Rhonda Silver expressed the profound impact of
"Educating Tomorrow's Leaders" the trials and tribulations endured
was the theme for the Delta Delta by those that struggled to bring our
Chapter, National Sorority of Phi Civil Rights to the forefront. She
Delta Kappa Inc. African American also stressed the importance of
History/Commission on Civil motivating, enhancing and develop-
Rights Banquet, held Saturday ing the lives of our youth, our great-
evening, February 19, 2011. The est asset, future and responsibility.
She stressed the importance of
educating youth now instead of
rehabilitating them later.
Banquet Committee Co-
Chairperson addressed atten-
dees expressed that the task is
a Leaders" to become productive
citizens in today's world of
technology. She stressed the
Se ceneed to prepare our youth for
the challenges that will con-
front them. She said,
Leaders" is the task at the fore-
Sandra Milton presents the Community front, while remembering the
Service Award to Ken Jefferson.frnt ere soou
past and the struggles of our
banquet was presented at the
Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church Fellowship Hall. Delta
Delta Chapter Basileus Olester Pat
Williams welcomed guests and
Sandra L. Bailey-Milton expressed
appreciation to attendees for their
interest and contributions to the
educational success of our youth, as
she stressed the meaning of the
occasion- to challenge, inspire, and
educate our future leaders. She
pointed out that it was the sacrifices
of our ancestors that have made our
people able to achieve success
today as public figures in every
spectrum, in the television news-
rooms, as well as, city, state and
national government, and the White
The Honorable Nathaniel Glover
Jr., President, Edward Waters
College, and former Jacksonville
Sheriff, delivered the keynote
address. Noting that it was his
honor to participate in this histori-
cal program, Glover pointed out
that he had spent over 37 years
locking up Black males, and makes
no apology. He stressed that now as
president of EWC he takes pride in
the theme: "Educating Tomorrow's
Leaders," with the goal of "putting
people like us in decision making
positions that will lead us to make a
significant changes. It's time to step
up, he continued, "I want to retire, I
want to chill, I want to hang out.
Pictured above is Mrs. Betty Conner, a participant in the Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc.,
Millions More Movement 'Clothes Give-A-Way '. photo byAndr'eX
Millions More Movement serves community with Clothes
Give-a-way On Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 on what could be termed "A Chamber Of Commerce Day by
the Florida tourist industry, the Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc., for the Millions More Movement
held their bi-monthly clothes give-a-way to serve the needy of the community. "We want to especially thank our
members and our volunteers for their hard work. Also we want to personally thank all the citizens that donated
their clothes to us." said chairman Jerome Noisette. "Because of generous donations and God's blessing, we are
allowed to do what we do best serve the people". The free event allows people to receive free, clean and use-
ful items without a lot of headache. Items and sometimes food are given out with dignity and no questions asked
- just need. If you want to give a financial donation for school supplies or gently used clothes, and shoes for
babies, children men or women, contact JLOC Inc. at 240-9133 or visit www.jaxloc.org.
It's Publix, and the
savings are easy.
Every week we publish our hundreds of sales items
in the newspaper insert and also online, so you can
take advantage of all our special offers. Our easy-to-spot
shelf signs point out the deals and your register receipt
will tally up your savings for you. Go to publix.com/save
right now to make plans to save this week.
to save here.
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