to a graduate's
We made it
supposed to star
Cleaver says GOP causing
minority jobs tension
Black lawmakers are accusing Republicans of trying to "manufacture
tension" between African-Americans and immigrants on jobs issues.
A congressional hearing this week focused on whether illegal immi-
grants take jobs from minorities.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus,
and other lawmakers say the hearing was an attempt by the GOP to cre-
ate an "us versus them" mentality, while ignoring other issues that con-
tribute to higher unemployment in the black community.
Republicans have been arguing for tougher immigration enforcement
as a way to bring economic recovery and reduce unemployment.
California Republican Elton Gallegly says illegal immigrants compete
for jobs with low-wage workers, including minorities. He and other
Republicans say tougher enforcement would help minority communities.
Woman charged in fatal Houston
home day care fire fled to Nigeria
HOUSTON, TX The 22-year-old owner of a Houston day care center
who was charged after four toddlers died in a fire last week has fled to
Nigeria, her homeland, fire officials say.
Bond had been set at $500,000 for Jessica Rene Tata, who is charged
with reckless injury to a child involving serious bodily injury.
A pot left on a stove is believed to have started in her home center called
Jackie's Child Care, a fire investigator said in court documents. A law
enforcement source told the Houston Chronicle that Tata had gone to the
grocery store and left seven children, ranging in age from 16 months to
3 years, unattended.
Two children remain hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
The documents allege that two witnesses saw Tata drive up to the home
in west Houston and that smoked poured out when she opened the front
door. "Within seconds" witnesses said they heard her scream.
The Houston Fire Department has asked the U.S. Marshal's Service to
locate Tata and seek her return.
BALTIMORE, MD Veterans and civilians gathered together Saturday
at the War Memorial Building to celebrate the 25th consecutive celebra-
tion of African American Patriots Day in commemoration of all Veterans'
services. Participants had a wreath laying ceremony at the Monument to
A little over 25 years ago, a group of Vietnam Veterans sat in the old
'Pharoah's Club' lamenting the lack of appreciation rendered for their
services in the nation's longest war, up to that time.
Instead of crying the blues, Veterans were urged to plan and implement
their own celebration.
The last Saturday of Black History Month, February, was chosen for
this unique celebration.
Twenty-five years later, they're still going strong.
African American Patriots Day has become a permanent fixture and a
celebration of all Veterans.
Texas group offers scholarships
to "white men only"
A new nonprofit group in Texas is offering college scholarships to a
demographic it says has fewer scholarship options than other groups:
white men. The Former Majority Association for Equality, was started by
Colby Bohannon, an Iraq War veteran who decided to return to school
and said he had trouble finding college scholarships for which he quali-
fied. He found many programs willing to grant money to female or
minority students, but not white males like himself.
So Bohannon and some friends founded the FMAE group, which plans
to begin handing out $500 scholarships this summer. Only white men
with at least a 3.0 grade point average can qualify.
Bohannon has since been forced to qualify his group's scholarship
requirements after receiving requests from some students who are of
mixed race or ethnic backgrounds. He now says students are eligible if
they're a quarter non-Hispanic white.
In his home state of Texas, non-Hispanic whites are now a minority
there. According to recent U.S. Census figures, they make up about 42
percent of the state's population, down from more than half 10 years ago.
Atty. General Holder defends
performance on gay marriage, drugs
WASHINGTON Attorney General Eric Holder has defended the Justice
Department's performance on issues like gay rights and trafficking in pre-
scription drugs under pointed questioning by newly energized
Republicans who have taken control of the House.
At a four-hour appropriations subcommittee hearing, Holder was criti-
cized for the administration's decision to stop defending the constitution-
ality of a federal law banning recognition of gay marriage.
The panel's chairman, Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia says the decision was
inappropriate and appeared to be politically motivated.
Holder says the step taken last week was unusual, but is appropriate
because lower courts have declared the Defense of Marriage Act uncon-
stitutional and the legal landscape on gay rights has changed since
DOMA became law 15 years ago.
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Sla a priority
Volume 24 No. 20 Jacksonville, Florida March 3-9, 2011
Shown above are Mayoral Candidates in attendance at the Race Relations Forum sponsored by the Jacksonville Urban League and other
organizations of color. In attendance (L-R) were Alvin Brown, Steve Irvine, Warren Lee and Audrey Moran.
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Mike Hogan Rick Mullaney
The largest Mayoral forum to date
was held this week at LaVilla
School of the Arts. Sponsored by
the Jacksonville Urban League and
other organizations of color, the
forum was focused on race rela-
Race Relations Forum shows Mayoral
candidates who want the minority vote
and two who simply declined the opportunity
tions. Sadly enough, two <
race's big names weren't in
dance. Matter of fact, Mike 1
and Mullaney declined the invita-
tion that 400+ voters crammed the
packed auditorium to attend.
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organizations representing people
of color in Jacksonville and around
the country and they don't even
Ritz unleashes Through Our Eyes 2011 The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum opened their 18th annual Through Our Eyes exhibit this week with a festive reception. This year, fueled
by the dialogue resulting from Tyler Perry's film, For Colored Girls, and the original 1970s choreopoem by
Ntozake Shange, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf", twenty-three
artists created work exploring the complexities of various relationships, ranging from romance, friendship and
conflict, to parenting, politics and more. The works will be on display until May 7, 2011. Shown above admiring
"Stick Art" by Christopher Sampson are Wendy C. Geiger, Michelle Wilson, Roderick Wilson and Tracey Davis.
Fl lawmakers sue
to force Scott to
take Rail money
Prepared to thrust the state in a
constitutional battle two Florida
state Senators asked the Florida
Supreme Court this week to order
Gov. Rick Scott to build a high-
speed train from Orlando to Tampa.
Sens. Thad Altman, R-Viera, and
Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, argue
in the 25-page suit that Scott must
take S2.4 billion in federal funding
and complete the project because
of a law (SB 1212) passed by the
Legislature during a special session
According to Joyner, the suit is
"necessary at this time because our
governor's new to let him know
this is not a monarchy, he is not a
king; this is a democracy."
Altman said he filed the suit -
Continued on Page 9
graduation from FAMU
with a degree in broadcasting,
Joshua remained in Tallahassee
included Alvin Brown, Warren Lee,
Steve Irvine and Audrey Moran.
Continued on page 9
moves ahead with
plan for schools
The Duval County School Board
has moved forward with a plan the
state already rejected. During the
weekly School Board meeting this
week, the Board unveiled a board
of local civic and business leaders
to work together to save Raines,
Ribault and Andrew Jackson high
schools, along with North Shore K-
8, from either being shut down by
the state or turned into charter
In two weeks, Duval County's
superintendent will officially pro-
pose the plan, hoping the state soft-
ens its stance. If the state accepts
the plan, the school district will
split each struggling school into
two distinct and separate schools.
In February, Channel 4 asked
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals
about the plan as he toured a strug-
gling school. He said this is better
than the charter schools plan by the
"The state doesn't have a feel for
our community." Said Rev. Marvin
For 27 year old Joshua Jackson
- he is living a dream come true
For the 2nd year Joshua Jackson
is the "voice" of the
His amazing golden bari-
tone echos throughout the
arena as he welcomes the
fans to the 2011 season of the
Joshua has dreamed of being
an sports announcer since he
was a child barely old enough to
know what radio was. Due to
being diagnosed early on as a
severe asthmatic, he filled the void
of playing sports physically by
learning every aspect of the game.
This has led to his proficiency of
knowing more than the average fan
easily putting seasoned announcers
working for Verizon. He had just
been laid off when he got the call
that an audition was being held in
Jacksonville for a PA announcer for
the newly formed Sharks.
"It was 10 a.m. and I was ironing
my clothes and immediately
jumped in my car and heading
to Jacksonville for the 3 p.m.
audition," he said. "As I
crossed the Main Street
Bridge, I was almost fin-
ished shaving." He says.
That was two years ago, and
now he also announces for
the Sharks, but for the Jacksonville
Giants ABA Basketball team and he
does play by play for most of
Edward Waters College Sports.
"What can I say, I'm just living my
dream." Said Jackson.
Jax native "living his dream"
as professional sports announcer
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- Think twice before tapping retirement plans
Think twice before tapping retirement plans
Teodorin Obiang in fron
JOHANNESBURG The son
of Equatorial Guinea's dictator of
30 years commissioned plans to
build a superyacht costing $380
million, nearly three times what the
country spends on health and edu-
cation each year, a corruption
watchdog said this week.
The statement from Global
Witness said that German company
The proceeds from just ot
these super-cars would ha
bought enough mosquito
for every child in his coun
where malaria is one of th
Kusch Yachts has been asked to
build the yacht, housing a cinema,
restaurant, bar and swimming pool,
though construction has not yet
Global Witness has been urging
Washington to institute sanctions
against Teodorin Obiang, whose
luxury lifestyle currently includes a
$35 million-dollar mansion in
Malibu, California, a $33 million
jet and a fleet of luxury cars, while
earning a salary of $6,799 a month
as agriculture minister.
The government press office in
Equatorial Guinea confirmed that
the president's son had ordered the
yacht design, but said he "then dis-
missed the idea of buying it."
It said that if the order had gone
ahead, he would have bought it
with income from private business
activities and not "with funds
derived from sources of illegal
financing or corruption."
He also bought three Bugatti
Veyron sports cars at 1.9 million
each. .The proceeds from just one
of these super-cars would have
bought enough mosquito nets for
every child in his country, where
malaria is one of the biggest child-
President Teodoro Obiang, who
reportedly is grooming his son to
succeed him as president, took
power in a bloody 1979 coup.
Forbes magazine has estimated his
wealth at around $600 million.
Teodorin Obiang justified his
wealth in a sworn affidavit to a
South African court questioning his
ownership of luxury mansions and
expensive cars in Cape Town in
A U.S. Justice Department inves-
t of one of his mansions.
)r's son orders
tigation into U.S. banks accepting
some $75 million from Teodorin
Obiang said in a 2007 report that "it
is suspected that a large portion of
Teodoro Nguema Obiang's assets
have originated from extortion,
theft of public funds, or other cor-
No action has been taken to sanc-
tion Obiang's son, despite pressure
ie of from groups including
wve Guinea Justice.
nets "To stop the type of
try, large-scale theft of assets
e and corruption carried out
by high-level government
officials, that continues to
make poverty eradication in
African an unattainable goal we
need the full cooperation of
Western nations that provide the
goods and services demanded by
these corrupt millionaires," said the
group's executive director Tutu
The tiny West African nation may
be oil rich, but U.N. statistics show
that 20 percent of children in
Equatorial Guinea die before reach-
ing the age of 5, and the average
citizen is unlikely to live beyond
50. The State Department report on
human rights also has condemned
killings by security forces and the
torture of prisoners.
continued from page 4
To date, Scott has yet to appoint a
single minority or female to a real
leadership role. He has shown to be
openly uncomfortable around the
Legislative Black Caucus. And he
seems to be at ease singling out Lt.
Governor Jennifer Carroll as his
"one." But forget about the cosmet-
ics of his administration. Scott has
yet to show any compassion at all
for Floridians who, due to no fault
of their own, are in need of safety
net services. He has also been
unyielding to debate or comprise on
issues regarding the state's most
So the message is clear, under the
Scott agenda wealth is most likely
to expand for the wealthy. At the
same time, we will witness the fur-
ther collapse of the middle class
while minorities continue to be
swallowed up by the historical
roots of uneven footing.
Welcome to Florida.
Before the housing crisis, it was-
n't uncommon for people to raid
their home-equity piggybanks to
pay off bills. Plummeting home val-
ues and tougher lending standards
helped curb that practice. leading
some people to engage in a far more
disturbing habit: borrowing or with-
drawing money from their retire-
ment accounts to cope with finan-
There may be times when a loan
or withdrawal from an IRA or
401(k) plan is your best or only
option, but you should be aware of
the possible impacts to your taxes
and long-term savings objectives
before raiding your nest egg:
401(k) loans. Many 401(k) plans
let participants borrow from their
account to buy a home, pay educa-
tion or medical expenses, or prevent
eviction or mortgage default.
Generally, you may be allowed to
borrow up to half your vested bal-
ance up to a maximum of $50,000 -
or less if you have other outstand-
ing 401(k) loans.
Loans usually must be repaid
within five years, although the
deadline may be extended if it's
used to purchase your residence.
Potential drawbacks to
401(k) loans include:
If you leave your job. even invol-
untarily, you must pay off the loan
immediately (usually 30 to 90 days)
or you'll owe income tax on the
remainder as well as a 10 percent
early distribution penalty if you're
under age 59 A.
You might be tempted to reduce
your monthly 401(k) contribution,
thereby significantly reducing your
potential long-term savings.
401(k) plan and IRA with-
drawals. Many 401(k) plans allow
hardship withdrawals to pay for
certain medical or higher education
expenses, funerals, buying or
repairing your home or to prevent
eviction or foreclosure. You'll owe
income tax on the withdrawal and
often the 10 percent penalty as well.
Unlike employer plans, with tra-
ditional IRAs you're allowed to
withdraw from your account at any
time for any reason. However,
you'll pay income tax on the with-
drawal and often the 10 percent
penalty as well.
With Roth IRAs, you can with-
draw contributions at any time,
since they've already been taxed.
However. if you withdraw interest
earnings before 59 ',/ you'll likely
face that 10 percent penalty.
Further tax implications. With
401(k) and traditional IRA with-
drawals, the money is added to your
taxable income, which could bump
you into a higher tax bracket or
even jeopardize certain tax credits,
deductions and exemptions tied to
your adjusted gross income (AGI).
You could end up paying half or
more of your withdrawal in taxes,
penalties and lost or reduced tax
Losing compound earnings.
Finally, if you borrow or withdraw
your retirement savings. you'll lose
out on the power of compounding.
where interest earned on your sav-
ings is reinvested and in turn gener-
ates more earnings. You'll lose out
on any gains those funds would
have earned for you. which over a
couple of decades could add up to
tens or hundreds of thousands of
dollars in lost income.
Bottom line: Think long and hard
before tapping your retirement sav-
ings for anything other than retire-
ment itself. If that's your only
recourse, be sure to consult a finan-
cial professional about the tax
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NAACP has moved
1725 Oakhurst Avenue
(across from the Edgewood Avenue)
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Thursday March 10th at 7 p.m.
Bouncing back at 80, Rangel
already preparing for 2012 season
Guyton hosts 13th Black History event Carlottra Guyton culminated Black
History Month with the presentation of the 13th Annual "Weaving the Web of Our History". Started last decade
as an impromptu whim of her and some friends, the event has continued drawing dozens to her Springfield loca-
tion to witness living history, appreciate tributes to ancestors, and partake in a fellowship dinner. Customarily held
the last weekend of the month, the celebration begins with a roundtable discussion where attendees "have the
floor" to discuss a historical topic of their choice. Shared items passed around during the discussion have includ-
ed jewelry pieces, photographs, keepsakes and other family mementos. This year, nearly 90 attendees of all ages
joined in to share in the celebration which included a special presentation on Willie Lynch by Rev. Newton
Williams. Shown above in attendance (L-R) are Ella Simmons, Geri Walker, Derya Williams, Carlottra
Guyton, Camilla Thompson, Sylvia Perry, Virginia Knight and Justina Lockley Greg Miller photo.
It's never too early to start.
Harlem Congressman Charlie
Rangel is "fired up" for the 2012
election season, with hopes of win-
ning his 41st term as representative
of the 15th Congressional District.
Rangel 80. has officially filed the
necessary paperwork with the
Federal Election Commission
allowing him to run in 2012 and
raise funds for his campaign.
The Democratic Party congress-
man hit a few bumps last year when
he was censured by Congress on
ethics charges, and stepped aside
from his position as chair of the
House Ways and Means Committee
before the Democrats lost the
House of Representatives in the fall
elections. However, Rangel's camp
said the congressman is gearing up
for another victory.
"I would assume he's confident,"
said Bob Liff, a spokesman for
Rangel's campaign. "We were up
against some significant obstacles
and went through the toughest elec-
tion since 1994, and it was extreme-
ly gratifying for him. He won every
single part of the district and he
won against five other candidates."
Liff added that Rangel is one of
several sitting representatives who
have already made a running start
for 2012. Michigan Rep. John
Conyers from Detroit said he plans
to run for his 25th term.
Rangel was convicted of 11
ethics violations. They include fail-
ure to pay some taxes and using
Congressional resources to raise
money for an academic center bear-
ing his name. He was censured by
the House; that's the most serious
Congressional penalty short of
Rangel cruised to re-election last
year after winning a crowded
Democratic primary in September.
Rangel, who's 80, has spoken of
his advanced age, leading some to
believe he would not run again.
Rangel won the 2010 Democratic
primary congressional race for the
15th District seat with 51 percent of
the vote against five opponents, and
in the general election he received
81 percent of the vote.
Several candidates from the 2010
election have expressed interest in
running again, including Joyce
Johnson, who was endorsed by the
New York Times for the seat in
2010, Vince Morgan and Craig
Is choosing an HBCU detrimental
to a graduate's earning potential?
W -- TWI's started to teach black
students more effectively. But
.-- also there's a question of effec-
Si tive integration 20 years after
Si the civil rights movement.
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S"H.B.C.U. attendees became
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engaged in social, political,
and philanthropic activities."
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that their wages took a hit
whether they took jobs in the
non-profit and public sectors or
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trol group for "people's occu-
r:' The bottom line is. that over
7 __ c time the black community
.~ found less and less of a reason
Is it true that you chose to go to a to attend HBCU's. As we were
traditionally white institution accepted more and provided a bet-
(TWI) because you were worried ter experience in the classroom of
about how your academic back- TWI's, we apparently, didn't find
ground would be received by any difference between the schools.
employers? No one has ever talked But one significant contributing
about it out loud, but some have factor is that students believe if
said-behind closed doors- that they attend a white school the white
their parents said they would be employers will respect and be
scrutinized or not hired by prospec- familiar with that school.
tive employers for not having a All of this information is disturb-
degree from a TWI. But now it ing because it is possible for all
appears that those type of fears HBCU's to hold the prestige and
have been explored in a study and respect of HBCU's like Howard
there is scientific data to support University, Morehouse, and
those fears. Spelman, if parents made HBCU's
The New York Times reported that their first choice schools for their
the study written in 2007 by Roland first rate students. The athletes that
Fryer and Michael Greenstone, we produce could singlehandedly
found that during the 1970's up save an entire university based on
until the 1990's, HBCU's height- the revenue that the athletic depart-
ened the pay of their graduates, ment brings to schools. Our bright-
afterwards they found that gradu- est and best attend the TWI's and
ates would take a wage cut. But, they reap the benefits while they
one possible reason for the differ- are students and afterwards.
ence over the years was that the
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March 3-9. 2011
March 3-9, 2011
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Let's Make Healthy Living a Priority in 2011
OK, it's officially March of 2011
and how many of us have stuck to
our New Years weight loss resolu-
At some point we all look in the
mirror and after being utterly dis-
gusted or confused (how did this
happen) we commit to ourselves
that we are going to loose weight. I
think that I have one of those
moments about once a month.
But this time I am serious.
Hmmm... I guess I was serious the
last couple dozen times I started a
diet. Nevertheless, it's the summer
time, there is more daylight so why
not attempt to exercise before or
after work and eat better?
Yes, I know that it's easier said
than done. Most of you reading this
article or shall I call it a "confes-
sion" have been there.
It's amazing how old folks and
children can be brutally honest with
you? If you look fat, then Auntie
Mary is going to tell you that you
look fat. Your young son or daugh-
ter may say daddy your stomach
sure is big.
Grandmothers are a little more
tactful at times mine might say
something like, I see that you've
been eating well. Thanks Grandma
for the observation.
But hey, sometimes that's what
we need. We need to see ourselves
in a photo or through someone
else's eyes before we realize that
we have gained weight. So what do
you do about it? No use in crying
over spilled milk just put a plan
together and follow it.
In fact, the statistics are scary.
Most Americans are overweight.
According to NetWellness up to
66 percent the US population is
overweight or obese. And when it
comes to black folk we are defi-
nitely a "big-boned" race of people.
Approximately 60 percent of
African American men are over-
weight, and the number is much
higher for black women 78 per-
According to the U.S.
Department of Health and Human
Services Office of Minority
Health, "African American women
have the highest rates of being
overweight or obese compared to
other groups in the U.S. About four
out of five black women are over-
weight or obese."
Wow. That is an amazing statis-
tic. Us black men love us some
"full figured" gals, but black
women have to focus more on their
health. Heart disease is the number
one cause of death for black
women at 25.5 percent.
And no, I am not just singling
out African American women; we
all tend to eat more and are less
active than their ancestors espe-
cially our children. The age of
cable TV, the Internet and video
games have been major contribut-
ing factors. But our children are
often a reflection of us.
"In addition, 28.8 percent of men
and 50.8 percent of African
American women are considered
obese," according to additional
I mentioned our Internet era chil-
dren. but childhood obesity has
become a major issue throughout
The issue is particularly trou-
bling because the extra pounds
often start our youth on a path to
health problems that were once
only found in adults like diabetes,
high blood pressure, and high cho-
So that's essentially the issue at
hand. We are a nation of mostly
over weight people and an African
American race of really overweight
folks. Again, some of it is cultural,
but blacks still have to get more
focused on our health.
And that's why I have a renewed
energy regarding healthier living -
I hit you with the reality of the
obesity issue, but there is some
light at the end of the tunnel. By
eating a more nutritious, low fat
diet and regular exercise in your
daily routine, you can loose weight
and improve your health.
And not to confuse anyone, I am
certainly not the picture of health or
a weigh-loss guru, but it doesn't
take an expert to know that by
reducing your calorie intake, eating
healthier and exercising you can
I don't need Dr. Atkins, Weight
Watchers or Jenny Craig to tell me
that. We all have the same issue
when it comes to dieting a lack of
patience and consistency. We want
quick results and if we don't get
them we really get frustrated.
So we turn to those quick hit
diets like low-carbs and they work
in the short term if you stick to
them. but typically in the long term
they do not. So most experts sug-
gest a life change versus investing
major dollars into fad diets.
That's where the patience and
consistency comes in. Low fat eat-
ing habits and regular physical
activity not only aid in weight
reduction, but can also reduce the
risk of diseases like diabetes, high
blood pressure, heart failure, etc.
Experts say that by reducing your
weight by just 5-10 percent may
reduce the risk of the diseases I just
Not only would your health be
better, but your pocket book would
feel better as well. Less doctor vis-
its and medication means more
money in your pocket.
And black folk, we don't have to
necessarily give up our Soul Food,
but we may have to change some
recipes. Soul foods traditionally
depend on fat, sugar and sodium
for their flavor.
If we use more herbs and spices,
Splenda and smoked meats versus
our traditional seasoning we could
really live healthier lives.
So now I must practice what I
just preached. Remember the
recipe is simple reduced fat
diet/lower calories and consistent
exercise will equal weight loss and
Signing off from the Duval
County Health Department,
Governor's budget encourages racism and elitism
by Noval Jones
"State employees have seen,
since the Bush administration, a
reduction in state employees. I have
been with this agency for many
years. And I've seen where our staff
has been significantly cut. We are
required to do more with less. State
employees haven't received a raise
in five or six years. You're asking us
to contribute to our pension plan
and contribute more to our insur-
ance. My question is simple: What
have you required for the wealthi-
est Floridians to contribute to the
state revenues?" Department of
Corrections employee to Gov. Rick
It has only been two months but
things are pretty clear when it
comes to the priorities of Governor
Rick Scott's agenda; rob from the
poor to give more to the rich.
Elected with only 48 percent of
the vote last November, Scott
believes he has a mandate to shake
up the way business is conducted in
Tallahassee. He said he would find
government waste, eliminate it and
reinvest those dollars into solutions
that would create 700,000 jobs in
the state of Florida. Even if you
didn't vote for Scott you'd have to
root for an ambitious objective like
700,000 jobs, wouldn't you?
Not so fast though, who knew
that Scott's agenda would target an
all out assault on the middle class
with the state's minority population
serving as the bull's eye?
So far Scott's budget proposal
has tasked almost everyone in the
state to make a sacrifice except the
wealthiest among us. In order for
Scott's scheme of attracting big
companies who clear big profits to
Florida in hopes of sharing jobs
with the state, he must do two
things. He must first guarantee
smooth sailing when it comes to
those pesky regulations that work
to protect Florida's rich natural
environments while providing the
cheapest labor pool this side of
Bangladesh. While this may have
been decoded in the rhetoric of the
average Republican in the past,
Scott is prepared to make his dream
of "a rich eat their poor" society
become a reality.
Let's start with education. For
someone who says he's the champi-
on of job creation, the gutting of
the state's education budget is the
number one sign that Scott is not
interested in developing a sustained
long-term economy. Every econo-
mist will tell you that successful
and innovative companies seeking
to strengthen their businesses con-
sider the education of the impend-
ing workforce as major factor to
growth potential. By prescribing as
much as a $4.8 billion cut in his
education budget, Scott is sending
a clear signal to those companies
who would consider Florida as seri-
ous player for cultivation of an
environment of innovation and
growth. The coming projections of
an under educated workforce is no
incentive to relocate. To add fuel to
the fire, education reductions
would hurt the most vulnerable stu-
dents already struggling in the
state's public education system.
Those primarily feeling the effect,
you guessed it, are middle class and
minority students who have the
most to lose from a hallowed out
Understanding that a less than
robust education system will do
nothing to create decent jobs that
the middle class once enjoyed,
Scott seeks to further secure the
balance of power for the wealthy
by applying affirmative action poli-
cies to businesses willing to come
to Florida, except minority busi-
nesses. Scott's budget proposal
seeks to eliminate Florida corpo-
rate tax rate (yes, this is affirmative
action for large corporations who
hardly need the help). This move
would cost the state more than
billionn annually after the third
year. In Scott's world, the most
efficient way to make up the loss
revenue is balance it on the backs
of state workers (union and non-
union) as well as programs that
support the state's most needy citi-
zens. By telling state employees
that they have been getting a free
ride for too long and demanding
they bear the burden of their fair
share, make them an easy target.
Scott has positioned his strategy to
convince non public sector
employees that their tax dollars
have been making their public ser-
vant counterparts rich at the evil
hands of unions. Studies show that
the average public sector employee
is paid nearly the same as those in
the private sector. Yet, Scott has
lead many to believe that state
employees are enjoying some type
of financial windfall. The strategy
here seems to encourage those who
have like interests, such as main-
taining the living wage Florida's
middle class has grown accus-
tomed, to do battle with each other.
At the same time, the governor has
shown preference to those who
have the least to lose. That's right,
the state's wealthiest.
And while divide and conquer is
being perpetrated on the middle
class, Florida will be forced into a
state of haves and have-nots only.
So what does all this mean to the
future of Florida's minority popula-
One might be able to draw a few
conclusions from Scott's current
inner circle and leadership team.
Continued on page 2
What do you consider
The Awards season is going strong. While no Blacks
are nominated in an? coveted Oscar categories this
vear. the one thing Black Americans can count on is
that a bevy of beautiful performers will be on the /
NAACP Image Awards show that airs March 4th on Fox TV.
An NAACP Image Award is an accolade by the 100-year-old National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding
people of color in film. television, music, and literature. At the 42nd Image
Awards. NAACP CEO Ben Jealous will present the 2011 President's
Award to General Colin L. Powell "in recognition of special achievements
and distinguished public service"
Established in 1967 at the height of the civil rights movement, the
NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier event celebrating the out-
standing achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as
well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through
their creative endeavors. The 35 categories of Image Awards are voted on
by members of the NAACP; however the tribute to General Powell, the
President's Award, is honorary.
But, what would Du Bois say? In 1909, W.E.B. Du Bois helped form
America's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based
civil rights organization, the NAACP. In 1910, Du Bois was made direc-
tor of publications and research and established the official journal of the
NAACP, The Crisis. Du Bois' life and work of scholarship and protest
activity is instructive regarding ongoing ways that the legacy of slavery
touches the way Blacks think, talk and treat each other. So, what would Du
Bois, and other Blacks of distinction, say about holding Powell out as "a
person of distinction"? Whether Powell's body of work is deserving of
The President's Award is based on how people nowadays deem the "qual-
ity of his work". Is Powell a nominee just because he was "a first" White
Powell's will not be the NAACP's first controversial award. For exam-
ple, in 1994, Tupac Shakur was a nominee for Outstanding Actor in a
Motion Picture for the film Poetic Justice although he had been charged
with sexual abuse in December 1993. In 2004, R. Kelly's Chocolate
Factory was nominated for Outstanding Album although he was under
indictment at the time for charges related to child pornography.
The celebration of Powell for "distinguished public service" causes great
concern as to whether he deserves to be honored by the NAACP or held in
high esteem by people of color. Whether he was a fool or just "a solider
following orders," Colin Powell allowed himself to be "lied to" and
"manipulated" into supporting the costly invasion of Iraq. As US Secretary
of State, Powell was used to present a bogus case for war against Iraq to
the UN Security Council on February 5, 2003. The United States used the
"threat" posed by Iraqi biological weapons to justify invading the country,
and causing years of political unrest and sectarian bloodshed, resulting in
100,000 civilian deaths. No biological weapons were ever found and in an
interview with Barbara Walters on ABC, Powell admitted that his speech
on Iraq at the UN was "a blot" on his reputation.
Instead of the label "war criminal", NAACP CEO Jealous has gone to the
other extreme to give Powell "icon" status, saying: "General Colin Powell
has led an extraordinary life of public service. As the first African
American to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and later first
to serve as Secretary of State, General Powell holds a unique place in
American history. He is a man of conscience and conviction...Although his
position on the Iraq War was controversial he was often the voice of rea-
son in prosecution of that war. He rose from humble roots as the son of
Jamaican immigrants to become an inspiration to us all."
The only thing Powell is an inspiration toward is servitude, and he dar
sure ain't "extraordinary". What Jealous needs to do is investigate what
the good general knew, and what he is telling the world.
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Foreclosures helping change color of suburbs
by C. Williams
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. Three
years ago, Lamar Grace left Detroit
for the suburb of Southfield. He got
a good deal a 3,000-square-foot
colonial that once was worth
S220,000. In foreclosure, he paid
The neighbors were not pleased.
"They don't want to live next
door to ghetto folks," he says.
That his neighbors are black, like
Grace, is immaterial. Many in the
behavior more common in urban
areas increased trash, adults and
children on the streets at all times of
the night, a disregard for others'
"During the summer months, I sat
in the garage and at 3 o'clock in the
morning you see them walking up
and the down the streets on their
cell phones talking," Clanton says.
"They pull up (in cars) in the mid-
dle of the street, and they'll hold a
conversation. You can't get in your
Many in the black middle class moved out of Detroit and settled in the north-
ern suburbs years ago; now, due to foreclosures, it is easy to buy or rent hous-
es cheaply. The result has been a new, poorer wave of arrivals from the city,
and growing tensions between residents and the newcomers. Richard Twiggs
shown above in his house in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Mich. Twiggs
said he left Detroit 23 years ago for the safety, quiet and peace of mind
Southfield offered. Now he feels that's compromised. C. Osario
black middle class moved out of
Detroit and settled in the northern
suburbs years ago; now, due to fore-
closures, it is easy to buy or rent
houses on the cheap here. The result
has been a new, poorer wave of
arrivals from the city, and growing
tensions between established resi-
dents and the newcomers.
"There's a way in which they look
down on people moving in from
Detroit into houses they bought for
lower prices," says Grace, a 39-
year-old telephone analyst. "I
understand you want to keep out the
riffraff, but it's not my fault you
paid $250,000 and I paid a buck."
The neighbors say there's more to
it than that. People like John
Clanton, a retired auto worker, say
the new arrivals have brought
driveway. You blow the horn and
they look back at you and keep on
talking. That's all Detroit."
The tensions have not gone unno-
ticed by local officials.
"I've got people of color who
don't want people of color to move
into the city," says Southfield
Police Chief Joseph Thomas, who
is black. "It's not a black-white
thing. This is a black-black thing.
My six-figure blacks are very con-
cerned about multiple-family, eco-
nomically depressed people moving
into rental homes and apartments,
bringing in their bad behaviors."
For example, "They still think it's
OK to play basketball at 3 o'clock
in the morning; it's OK to play foot-
ball in the streets when there's a car
coming; it's OK to walk down the
streets three abreast. That's unac-
ceptable in this city."
Thomas has seen the desperation
of the new arrivals. His officers.
handling complaints. have found
two or more families living in a sin-
gle house, pooling their money for
rent. They have "no food in the
refrigerator and no furniture."
Thomas says. "They can't afford the
food. They can't afford the furni-
ture." But they were eager to flee
the gunfire of their old neighbor-
hoods in Detroit.
The foreclosure crisis made it
"We had a large number of people
who have purchased homes from
2005 on, where the banks were very
generous with their credit and
they've allowed for people without
documentation and income verifi-
cation to borrow 95 to 100 percent
of home values," Southfield
Treasurer Irv Lowenberg says.
"Many purchased homes when they
had two jobs in the household and
one of the jobs was lost.
"As values began dropping, peo-
ple were looking around and saying
'Why should I stay and pay my
mortgage when other people
aren't?' They decided to hand the
keys back to the bank."
Many of the foreclosed upon
Southfield homes were going for
$40,000 to $60,000. The median
home value dropped from more
than $190,000 to below $130,000
over the same period, according to
With so many empty houses
available, rents also dipped by hun-
dreds of dollars. Renters increased
from about 13,100 in 2006 to
15,400 in 2009.
The lure of low prices to
Detroiters was obvious as was
the likelihood that their arrival
would not be without issues.
"Blacks, like all Americans, want
good schools and a safe community,
and they can find that in the sub-
urbs," says Richard Schragger, who
teaches local government and urban
law at the University of Virginia.
Now, suburbs closest to big cities
are "bedeviled" by the same prob-
lems that helped spur urban flight
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you're seeing further flight out.
Rising crime levels, some rising
levels of disorder."
These were the things that
prompted Richard Twiggs to leave
Detroit 23 ears ago for the safety.
quiet and peace of mind Southfield
"The reason suburbs are the way
they are is because a certain ele-
ment can't afford to live in your
community." adds Twiggs. a 54-
year-old printer. "If you have
S300.000. S400.000. 5500.000
homes you're relatively secure in
the fact that (the homeowners) are Bolles Football honors star players The Bolles
people who can afford it.
"But when you have this crash, School recently held their Football Banquet at River City Brewery honor-
people who normally couldn't ing football players, coaches and cheerleaders who make their program a
afford to live in Southfield are mov- success. The team, which went 12-1 last year, is known for academic and
ing in. When you have a house for athletic success. Shown above are cornerback Jonathan James, Coach Rich
$9,900 on the corner over there Thomann and runningback Milton Revell at the event. James and Revell,
that just destroys my property." both sophomores, received their school letter. R. Porter photo
Farrakhan backs Gadhafi,
issues Obama a
Mmin. a t a
Min. Farrakhan at the annual Saviors Day program.
By Britni Danielle, CLUTCH
Embattled Libyan dictator
Muammar Gadhafi still has a few
friends left. Despite losing the sup-
port of most of his country's people
and the world at large, Minister
Louis Farrakhan says he still con-
siders the dictator a friend.
In an address during the Nation of
Islam's Savior's Day celebration,
the 77-year-old leader said he isn't
ready to give up on Gadhafi just
yet. The two have been friends ever
since Farrakhan visited Lybia in
1980, and Minister Farrakhan said
that the world, and particularly the
U.S., needs to stay out of Libya's
He told the audience on Sunday,
"I'm warning you this is a Libyan
problem, let the Libyans solve their
Many have found it increasingly
difficult to remain silent and "let the
Libyans solve their problems" on
their own, as Minister Farrakhan
suggests. Reports continue to pour
out of the country that Gadhafi and
his armed forces are killing and tor-
turing protesters, and some have
even said that he should be prose-
cuted for crimes against humanity.
But Minister Farrakhan argued that
if the Libyan leader is prosecuted
for war crimes, George W. Bush
should also be charged for the wars
in Afghanistan and Iraq.
During his speech, Minister
Farrakhan also had a few words of
advice for President Obama:
What you see happening there,
you'd better prepare because it will
be coming to your door, America.
Farrakhan added, "I hope that
President Obama will remember his
instructions to all nations -- be care-
ful how you attack and kill innocent
people who are protesting. Take
your own words into your bosom
and be reminded when it comes to
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Celebrate Church and Pastor
Greater Grant Family & Friends Day nnivrri t t_ ..nhn
*' Anniversairies ait St Jonhn
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.
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-
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.
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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
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.
Shown above is Claudette Elps, Brenda Bass, Marguerite Warren -
chair, Beatrice Gilliard, Erskeline Favors, Chandra Ferrette-Lee (2nd
Row) Kimberly Ingram, Cynthia Thomas-Butler, Danny Torrence,
Maurice Grant, Jennifer Leggett and Jamar Torrence.
Crucifixion tributes local history makers The Recruit,
Retain & Revive Committee of the Church of the Crucifixion held their
annual Black History Month program last week honoring the accomplish-
ments of local citizens. The diverse range of honorees included medical
professionals and athletes to military honorees and musicians. The well
attended event culminated with a smorgasbord of ethnic foods in honor of
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Tradition or integration what is the spiritual trend?
M ost black churches, like most
white churches, are overwhelmingly
Their own race.
Studies don't even have to con-
firm this. Just go to church and look
around. So how do African-
American pastors feel about this
lack of spiritual integration?
For the most part, they face reali-
Statistics show that only a small
percentage of Christian congrega-
tions are racially mixed. A study by
Michael Emerson of Rice
University in 2007 gave the break-
down: Just 2 percent to 3 percent of
mainline Protestant congregations,
8 percent of other Protestant congre-
gations and 15 percent of Catholic
parishes are racially mixed, with at
least 20 percent of another race.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
was quoted as saying, "It is
appalling that the most segregated
hour of Christian America is eleven
o'clock on Sunday morning."
Yet most of the area's African-
American pastors interviewed said
integrating their congregations is
not a priority.
"Nonintegration" is not particu-
larly bad, because black churches
are geared to meeting the needs of
their people, and whites' churches to
meeting the needs of theirs, said the
Rev. Ronald Lindsay, a non-denom-
The Rev. Emanuel Cleaver III of
St. James United Methodist Church
in Kansas City agreed that integra-
tion is not a main focus. One reason:
It could mean having to change the
culture and style of the service.
One of the challenges of integrat-
ing African-American churches is
that some traditions don't necessari-
ly attract white worshippers.
Most African-American churches
don't take their starting and ending
cues from a clock. Praise and wor-
ship, music, prayer, the reading of
Scripture and other activities could
take place for an hour before the
pastor starts his sermon, which eas-
ily can go for 30 minutes or more.
The style of worship may have a
lot to do with it, too, Cleaver said.
Many white celebrations are shorter.
And most white worshippers aren't
used to the call and response, in
which the congregation talks back
to the preacher during the sermon.
And the music is definitely differ-
"At one point, African-Americans
were limited to specific boundaries
for schools, churches and communi-
ty," she said. "While there were no
barriers preventing other ethnic
groups from attending, people had a
tendency to stay within their own
The Rev. James Terrance Jr. of
Friendship Baptist Church in
Kansas City said that although most
churches are composed of one eth-
nic group, nontraditional, nonde-
nominational mega-churches are
experiencing a change. This is espe-
cially true in the suburbs.
Fletcher said traditional African-
American churches in traditional
black communities have not
changed much. But more multicul-
tural churches have been organized
in the last 20 years, and more black
worshippers are starting to go to
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Scott Sisters Problem: Must shed
pounds to comply with prison release '
The Scott sisters who were
released from a Mississippi prison
last month on the condition that one
donate a kidney to the other will
have to wait until they lose weight
before they can perform an organ
Their doctor told Jamie Scott -
who is 38, 5-feet tall and weighs
254 that she has to lose about
100 pounds before she can receive
her sister's kidney. Gladys who
is 36, 4-feet-9 and weighs 185 -
has to lose about 40 pounds and
The sisters, who were convicted
of robbing two men on a roadside
and served 16 years in prison
together, are now spending their
days in aerobics classes and watch-
ing what they eat.
"I've cut out all fried foods,"
Jamie Scott said. "I want to live."
Jamie Scott, who is also a diabet-
ic, has been on kidney dialysis for
more than a year. She said the daily
procedure leaves her so lethargic
she winds up coming home to nap
She said Gladys Scott had vowed
to give her a kidney long before
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
suspended the sisters' life sentences
on the condition that Gladys give
Jamie a kidney. Barbour gave the
sisters a year in which to complete
"My sister and I we were going to
do that regardless. They didn't need
to make that a stipulation," Jamie
Scott said. "When we were in
prison, Gladys begged the guards to
tell the supervisor that she wanted
to be tested to see if she could
donate a kidney to me."
It's unclear whether Gladys' kid-
ney is compatible. Jamie said the
doctor will not do any tests along
those lines until she is physically
ready to handle a transplant opera-
tion. The drastic weight loss is
required because the kidney will be
transplanted under the belly. Excess
Shown above are youth smoking the highly addictive whoonga.
New drug craze
sweeping South Africa
The exact recipe differs, with
some people preferring to add rat
poison to their mix while others
believe that powered soap gives a
Either way, it is clear that a new
illegal drug called "whoonga" is
catching on in South Africa, and its
highly addictive nature will likely
mean trouble for police and author-
ities going forward.
The drug mixture is blended with
marijuana and smoked. Smoking a
hit of whoonga costs about $3 U.S.,
but like crack cocaine, users need
daily doses of the drug to stay high.
One of the most dangerous
aspects of the drug is that one of its
ingredients comes from anti-retro-
viral drugs, such as Stocrin, for
HIV-positive people. There is no
evidence that any ingredient in
Stocrin enhances a marijuana high.
Reports of robbers stealing anti-
retroviral drugs from poor people
who can least afford to lose them
are increasing. Patients now visit
their clinics in groups to provide
protection from the thieves.
More than 6-million South
Africans are infected with HIV in a
nation of 50-million people.
Aside from threatening the health
of HIV-infected patients, smoking
whoonga itself presents serious
health risks for users, including
internal bleeding and stomach
Users report that physical
dependency on the drug hits almost
immediately as cramps and joint
pain occur once the users don't have
the drug in their system.
Whoonga Free, a two-year-old
community project for recovering
users, opened in a Durban township
and is seeking contributions to help
users kick the habit.
fat would interfere with the process,
Jamie Scott said.
"Their spirits are high, and I see
them every day," their mother,
Evelyn Rasco said. "Jamie just
wishes she could hurry up and have
the surgery. She is working hard to
lose weight, though. She's doing
aerobics, and she is stiff and sore
when she gets out."
Rasco said that if Gladys' kidney
is not compatible, her son Willie
James Scott, Jr., an army staff ser-
geant who is doing his second tour
in Afghanistan, said he would
would be willing to donate one of
It's not clear whether Gladys
Scott will be sent back to prison if
her kidney isn't compatible.
The sisters were convicted in
1993 for an armed robbery that net-
ted $11. Although no one was sev-
erly injured, the sisters were given
double life sentences. The two were
released from prison on Jan. 7, and
are to remain on parole while pay-
ing the state of Florida $52 a month
for the rest of their lives.
The two now share an apartment
"We have always been tight,"
Jamie Scott said. "We have been
through a lot."
How To Protect Your Kidneys
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by removing waste and excess fluids, maintain the balance of salt and min-
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Kidney health is mostly about prevention learning which foods to eat
and avoid, as well as talking with your doctor about the necessary diag-
1. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of kid-
ney failure, get your blood and urine checked for kidney disease.
2. Help educate your faith-based community about the kidney connection.
3. Use spices, herbs and sodium-free seasonings in place of salt.
4. For those recently diagnosed with kidney disease, find out about the
basics of kidney disease and what it means for you.
5. Talk to loved ones with diabetes and high blood pressure about getting
tested for kidney disease.
6. Learn about the best ways to enhance the health of your kidneys by vis-
iting BDO's Kidney Disease Channel.
Remember that if you have additional questions about how to protect
your kidneys, always consult with your doctor.
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Black women gets taken down
For three days, the image (pic-
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stood 29-feet high and 16-feet wide
over the Soho district with the
words "The Most Dangerous Place
for an African American Is In the
As criticism of the racially moti-
vated billboard, labeling the wombs
of African-American women "dan-
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Louisiana-based Lamar Advertising
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New York City.
The Texas-based organization,
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blatantly prejudicial message also
forgot one small detail: They didn't
get permission from the child's
mother to use her daughter's image.
Two years ago, when Tricia
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modeling photos, she thought that
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idea about the ad until a friend told
her about it, and in disbelief, she
and 6-year-old Anesa Frazier, went
to see for themselves.
"[My daughter] said, 'Look
mommy, it's me!'" Ms. Frazier told
Fox5 News. "That's as far as it goes
with her. I would never endorse
something like that, especially with
my child's image. I know what I
went in to that shoot for, and that's
not something that I would have
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through a reputable stock image
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by the Women of Color Policy
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that they would remove the bill-
board in direct response to phone
calls and letters of criticism.
According to Rebecca Wind, a
spokeswoman for the Guttmacher
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compared with other demographic
groups." However, the disparity
stems primarily from "lack of ade-
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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.
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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.
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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-
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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.
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,
PRIDE Book Club
The PRIDE Book CLub, northeast
Florida's largest book club for peo-
ple of color, will hold their next
meeting on Friday March 11th. It
will begin at 7 PM in the home of
Marie Carter. The book for discus-
sion is Don't Bring Home a White
Boy by Karyn Folan. For directions
or more information, call 220-4746
Kem in Concert with Festival
The Jacksonville Blues Festival
Debarge and Ledisi featuring Mel Waiters, Sir Charles
R&B artist Kem will be in concert Jones and more will take place on
on Thursday March 10, 2011 at the 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.
BCU alumni annual
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.
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screenings and the latest skin can-
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Screenings are first come, first
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March 11th from 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
at the Jacksonville Beach Fishing
Pier, 503 1st Street North. For more
info, visit www.SkinCancer.org/Tour.
For Colored Girl
at Stage Aurora
The award winning play "For
Colored Girls will be presented by
Stage Aurora March 18-20 and 25-
27 at the Stage Aurora Performance
Hall, 5188 Norwood Avenue.
Tickets are currently on sale. For
more information call 765-7372.
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
Femandina 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-
ment Friday Sunday. For more
information, visit www.shrimpfesti-
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Runway Fashion Show
Celebrity stylist Dwight Eubanks
from the Atlanta Housewives will
be hosting "The Ultimate Runway
2011 Fashion Show" at The Garden
Club on Saturday, April 30th with
doors opening at 6 p.m. The Garden
Club is located at 105 Riverside
Avenue. For more information, call
The annual FunkFest two day con-
cert will be held May 5 & 6 at
Metropolitan Park. This years head-
liners include Guy, Maze & Frankie
Beverly, Earth Wind & Fire, Ledisi,
MC Hammer, Musiq Soulchild,
Faith Evans and more artists to be
announced. For tickets or more
info, call 1-800-514-3849.
and Kirk Franklin
The Gospel Comedy Tour starring
Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin
will stop in Jacksonville on
Saturday May 21st at the Veterans
Memorial Arena. Showtime is 8
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The National Museum of African American History and Culture at the
Smithsonian Institution seeks historical artifacts from black families
by J. Trescott, TR Society. Bunch was the supervising
When Lonnie G. Bunch III out- curator at the National Museum of
lines plans for the National American History from 1989 to
Museum of African American 1992 and returned to the
History and Culture, the historian Smithsonian in 2005 to build the
can barely sit still. This is a buoyant new museum. Now he's the found-
man on the move, ing director of a high-
Congress in 2003 as part of the
Smithsonian Institution complex.
has progressed beyond projections.
despite the recession. That status
prompts a huge smile from the
bearded and bespectacled Bunch.
"Mv thought was that the fundrais-
ing would pick up after we had
drawings and a model. But we had
$70 million before the drawings,"
says Bunch. Congress has
pledged half of the goal,
with S125 million in the
2012 budget and $85
million penciled in for
the next year.
with building a
/ scratch is developing
the content and col-
lecting the artifacts. All
Along, Bunch has said he
wanted several large
objects, not only to be show-
through "Save Our African
American Treasures" sponsoring
workshops around the country.
where the public brings articles to
be inspected, donations of collec-
tions and the spontaneous "over the
transom" inquiry. Additional unex-
pected exposure happened recently
when Bunch received a BET Honor.
the first to be given to a person from
the museum world. And a cache of
700 garments and 300 accessories
from the defunct Black Fashion
Museum was donated by Joyce
Bailey, the daughter of the muse-
um's founder, Lois Alexander Lane.
The subjects to be emphasized in
the National Museum of African
American History and Culture con-
tinue to evolve, Bunch says, and the
materials will be a strong guide. So
far, the museum will cover slavery,
segregation, the civil rights move-
ment, and sports and entertainment;
it will also establish a Center for
/ Shown left is the artist's rendering of the museum African American
being built on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Media Arts. "We
design for what
could be the last major building on
the National Mall; urging citizens to
bring their family mementos out of
the attic; deciding which stories out
of more than 400 years of American
history should be told; and preach-
ing the necessity of this enterprise.
"This is a museum about African-
American life, and African-
American life is a lens on what it
means to be an American. And we
talk about how this is everyone's
story. And anyone I can get in front
of ends up understanding our pur-
pose," says Bunch, 58, a native of
New Jersey, and a specialist in
19th-century American history. His
professional career has been
steeped in museum building and
expansion, including the California
African American Museum in Los
Angeles and the Chicago Historical
in Washington that
everyone is watching closely.
Bunch describes the status of the
critical elements needed for the
museum to open in late 2015. He
walks over to a refined museum
model, designed by Freelon Adjaye
Bond and SmithGroup. On a 5-acre
site, directly in the shadow of the
Washington Monument, the build-
ing will have three coronas of shin-
ing metals, and the exterior walls
will reflect some of the signature
styles of New Orleans and
Charleston, S.C., ironworkers. The
proposed design has been con-
densed from an original model.
"Now it sits on the earth as a pris-
tine jewel box," says Bunch,
reviewing all the details that will
make it a destination.
The fundraising for the $500 mil-
lion project, authorized by
stoppers but also to reflect the
work, achievements, joys and
tragedies of black life. The museum
was given an original railroad car,
divided into colored and white sec-
tions. Bunch also has his eye on a
In 2009, the family of Emmett
Till, the 14-year-old boy killed in
Mississippi in 1955, gave the muse-
um his original coffin. (In 2005
Till's body was exhumed for a fed-
eral investigation into the crime,
and the body was reburied in a new
casket.) The photographs of the
slain boy lying in an open casket in
publications like Jet magazine
became a pivotal rallying cry for the
modem civil rights movement. Also
on the museum's wish list is an air-
plane flown by the Tuskegee
Airmen, the famed black fliers of
World War II.
The collection has been built
have about 10,000 artifacts -- and
we need 20,000 more," he explains.
He wants to tell the rich experience
of men and women in the military
and is scouring for more materials
from the World War II era, as well
as the rich records of black clubs.
While the monumental objects
are the keys to the visual story,
Bunch says that smaller items are
also important connections for visi-
tors: an 1850 slave badge from
Charleston; a letter signed by
Toussaint L'Ouverture; a sign from
a Nashville, Tenn., bus that reads,
"This part of the bus for colored
race"; and a Selmer trumpet once
owned by Louis Armstrong.
Recently the museum acquired a
collection of rare photographs of
the great writer James Baldwin.
These photos were taken in casual
moments in Turkey by photojour-
nalist Sedat Pakay. Lena Home's
Macabre items such as the original casket of Emmett Till is among
items that will be housed in the museum.
family recently donated a gown that
the groundbreaking singer and
actress wore. Bunch has also col-
lected a costume and turntable from
hip-hop pioneers Public Enemy,
plus a bleacher seat from Atlanta's
Perry Stadium, where the Negro
League baseball teams played.
"A woman in Birmingham had
lived in the city at the time of the
bombing of the 16th Street Baptist
Church. She picked up glass shards
from the church windows and saved
them," says Bunch, confident that
the tiny glass remnants will have
the same emotional impact that they
had on him.
To keep reminders of the muse-
um's progress in'front of its poten-
tial audience, and to test the curato-
rial ideas, the museum has mounted
exhibitions in Washington and
around the country. The traveling
multimedia exhibition "Ain't
Nothing Like the Real Thing," a
history of the famed Apollo
Theater, is now in New York City
and is scheduled to visit Atlanta.
"These shows give me a model to
show the public and give the staff a
way to show off their expertise,"
It's all a foreshadowing of the sto-
ries that all Americans will walk
February babies celebrate
their birthday at the Zodiac Club
Mayoral forum on race relations largest to date
Continued from front
Each one had the opportunity to
lay out their platform which also
transcended into the questions
answered by the diverse panel and
audience. Questions came candidly
from the panel that included Jarik
Conrad, Jim Crooks and WOKV
personality Tiffany Griffiths.
As Jacksonville continues to
struggle with racial issues, the
intent of the forum was to give all
candidates seeking the office of
Mayor an opportunity to express
leadership in the area of race rela-
tions. The prepared questions were
based on information from JCCI's
Race Relations Study and subse-
quent report updates.
Some of the questions included:
Please tell us how you have person-
ally been involved with working to
improve race relations in our com-
munity?; As mayor, how will you
ensure that economic development
occurs on an equal basis within the
African American Neighborhoods
where poverty and unemployment
is high? and As our Mayor how will
you ensure that minority contrac-
tors are given an opportunity to
receive a fair and equal priority of
Being politicians by nature, each
of the candidates present brought
their own brand of charisma to the
Forum as they connected with the
audience. Attendees appeared to be
captivated by the answers and was
awed at the wealth of each candi-
dates qualifications and feedback
on each question.
Alvin Brown riled the crowd
with his make it happen and take
Jacksonville to the next level state-
ments" He said this could be done
by closing the economic and educa-
tion gaps between citizens. If elect-
ed, he vowed to do this by working
closely with business partnership
slinking his administration with
small companies. He always said
each month he would spend time in
Audrey Moran was extremely
calm and answered each question
eloquently and earnestly. She
leaned heavily on rebuilding public
trust and said that she would tackle
race relations "head on". When it
came to our beleaguered schools, "
we'll let Tallahassee know that the
schools should have local and not
state control" she said.
The lesser known Steve Irvine
filled the room with laughter as his
statements made sense and were on
target. "Hispanics, blacks,
Caucasians, Asians what we all
have in common is family", he said,
reminding the audience despite the
sensitive subject we are all one.
Warren Lee was quite serious
with his answer and made sure that
the audience knew he was the only
candidate that registered for mayor
by obtaining the necessary signa-
tures to get his name on the ballot.
He stressed equality and accounta-
bility and vowed to make sure "all
challenges are met" within his
The format of the forum was
designed so that candidates could
provide answers to as many ques-
tions as possible. At
In a later news interview, Rick
Mullaney did apologize for his
absence and acknowledged the
forum was important. The Hogan
camp had yet to have any response.
"I guess you really can't even be
surprised on the no shows. You're
hard pressed to even find a Black
person in their commercials" Lake
F1 lawmakers sue to force Scott to take
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because Scott, a Republican, is overstepping his constitutional bounds,
putting Florida's government "in crisis; [it] is in jeopardy."
No tax dollars will be spent on the suit, Altman said, because everyone
involved was working for free, including the Melbourne lawyer who draft-
ed it, Clifton McClelland Jr. Altman and Joyner sued as citizens, not on
behalf of the Senate.
"My position remains unchanged, I've yet to see any evidence that
Florida taxpayers would not be on the hook. Senators Altman and Joyner's
disrespect for taxpayers is clear by their lawsuit trying to force the state to
spend this money." Gov. Scott said in a statement.
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Haters now see First Lady
as fair game for attacks
Obama. a Harvard Law
School graduate, was as
accomplished as Clinton
when she became first
lady, but from the begin-
ning sought a relatively
low profile in the White
Asked by POLITI-
CO recently if it's a
first lady's role to
delve into policy
issues, Obama said:
"We talked about this
when I first came in,
and I think every first
i lady has the right to-
S or the privilege of
determining what their
agenda will be and
every first lady's agen-
da is as different as
more political and thus fed these
kinds of attacks," he said.
Still, even the Charlotte com-
ments were fairly innocuous.
"Vibrant, diverse and full of
opportunity, the Queen City is
home to innovative, hardworking
folks with big hearts and open
minds," Obama wrote. "And of
course, great barbecue."
But some Republicans saw the
move as political because as one
Republican strategist put it, "a party
convention is inherently political"
and not something a first lady usu-
ally deals with.
As Obama marked the first
anniversary of the Let's Move!
campaign and began to ramp up
efforts for the second year, the
scrutiny that had largely escaped
her became intense.
When the White House served up
items like milk.
"No wonder Michelle Obama is
telling everybody. 'You'd better
breastfeed your baby,'" she said. In
a column, Michelle Malkin also
chimed in, saying that the first lady
and her "food cops" aren't "inter-
ested in slimming down kids' waist-
lines but rather "boosting govern-
ment and public union payrolls."
Big Government then ran its car-
toon portraying an overweight
Obama eating a plate full of ham-
burgers and French fries. And last
week, after the first lady indugled in
spareribs with her daughters over
the holiday weekend in Colorado,
Limbaugh weighed in like
Breitbart on her appearance.
"I'm trying to say that our first
lady does not project the image of
women that you might see on the
cover of the Sports Illustrated
Except for an ill-advised trip to
an expensive Spanish resort last
summer, Michelle Obama has
escaped much of the criticism that
has been directed at her husband,
keeping a relatively low-profile
while primarily focusing on child-
hood obesity, military families and
so much anger in the criticism sur-
rounding Michelle Obama," said
Myra Gutin, a Rider University pro-
fessor and author of a biography of
Barbara Bush and a book on 20th
century first ladies. "It seems
almost personal to me."
Republicans have a simple
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The right wing first took off their gloves to negatively publicize a trip
Michelle Obama made last year with her daughter Sasha to Spain. She
is shown above greeting the King Juan Carlos of Spain.
These critics failed to see that the Obamas, both attorneys, could
afford a trip like this before they made it to the White House. Aside
from the fact that we have no idea where they vacationed before
Barack Obama became president of the United States, and the fact
that they don't have a compound to retreat to like other American
During her first two years in the
White House, she was more Laura
Bush rather than Hillary Clinton,
but that has begun to change. Now,
for conservative critics, it is open
season on the first lady.
Obama's admonishments on
nutrition and advice on breastfeed-
ing are examples of big government
"nanny state" intrusion according to
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-
Minn.); her eating habits are evi-
dence of her hypocrisy, according
to Rush Limbaugh; her athletic
physique is something to be lam-
pooned on Andrew Breitbart's Big
Government website, which posted
a cartoon showing her as over-
weight and eating a plate full of
To date, the East Wing has man-
aged to stay above the fray, not
wanting to take part in a point-
counterpoint kind of debate. But to
one academic expert on first ladies,
the attacks seem unusually pointed.
response: Obama is now fair game
because she is playing an increas-
ingly political role in her husband's
When Obama made a string of
campaign stops for Democratic
candidates during the 2010 cam-
paign, Republicans generally
refrained from any attacks. But
many of them point to the first
lady's e-mail to supporters earlier
this month announcing the news
that Charlotte had been picked as
the host city of the 2012
Democratic National Convention as
an example of her slow movement
onto political turf.
And they say her support for the
government playing a bigger role in
advancing better nutrition is inher-
ently political. "If the first lady
doesn't want criticism, then she
shouldn't propose policy," said
Republican strategist Mark
"While no one disagrees with
encouraging good health, against
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said Mary Matalin, a former aide to
President George H.W. Bush and
Vice President Dick Cheney.
In contrast to Hillary Clinton,
who was put in charge of her hus-
band Bill Clinton's health care ini-
tiative shortly after he became pres-
ident, Obama's role in health care
policy has been minimal. Clinton, a
former senator who is now secre-
tary of state, was an entirely new
model of a first lady and quickly
became a target of what she called
"the vast right wing conspiracy"
before dialing back her public
involvement in policy after health
care crashed and burned.
This % eek Michelle Obama launched a new campaign on behalf of U.S. troops and their families that will
encourage the public to step up to help make military families' lives a little easier. She says it's America's
obligation to look out for the 1 percent of the population that's serving in the military.
e\el fir- t lady."
In heir case, she made childhood
obesity her main focus, though
recently she has also spent time
publicizing the needs of military
families. Her kitchen garden and
warnings about the dangers of junk
food seemed fairly benign at least
in the beginning. But as the first
lady began to talk specifics and a
more policy-oriented role, her crit-
ics saw an opening.
Last summer, when she talked
about telling her kids that "dessert
is not a right," it became an instant
headline. Former Gov. Sarah Palin
took a swipe at the line on her real-
ity show as she made s'mores with
her daughter. "This is in honor of
deep dish pizza and bratwurst at its
Super Bowl party earlier this
month, Obama was asked why.
"It's about balance," she told
reporters during a luncheon at the
White House earlier this month to
mark the first anniversary of Let's
Move! "It's always been about bal-
At the luncheon, the first lady
briefly mentioned breastfeeding
and how children who are nursed
swimsuit issue or of a woman Alex
Rodriguez might date every six
months or what have you,"
The Washington Post's Dana
Milbank wrote that Limbaugh was
the right person to comment "being
perhaps the finest example of the
male form since Michelangelo
sculpted David," but the White
House said nothing.
Not all Republicans think that
The first Lady recently celebrated her one year anniversary of the
Let's Move campaign to battle childhood obesity. Conservative talk
show host weighed in his opinion publicly recently calling her a hyp-
ocrite for publicly enjoying barbecue ribs.
Andrew Breitbart's Big Government website, which posted a cartoon
showing her as overweight and eating a plate full of hamburgers.
Republican strategist John
Feehery said conservatives may be
seizing on the fact that Michelle
Obama, like Hillary Clinton, is per-
ceived to be more liberal than her
husband. But he sees a difference
between the current first lady and
Clinton, who was perceived as a
"real ideological threat."
"Michelle Obama isn't heading
up a health care task force,"
Feehery said, referring to Clinton.
"Michelle Obama is talking about
issues that are relatively important.
I think she's a traditional first lady."
In that sense she has resembled
her predecessor, Laura Bush, who
promoted literacy and woman's
issues in Afghanistan as first lady,
and never attracted much contro-
"The thought of attacking [Laura
Bush] was just not in the main-
stream," said Anita McBride, who
served as Bush's chief of staff. "I
can't really say she took a pounding
on anything like this. Sure, she had
her missteps but you really didn't
see much criticism. I think people
saw her as someone who softened
Michelle Obama, who said the
other day we should not have
dessert," she said.
Around the same time, the first
lady took heat for taking the private
trip to Spain as unemployment
plagued millions of Americans.
"longer have a lower tendency to be
"We also want to focus on the
important touch points in a child's
life. And we're learning now is that
early intervention is key," she said.
Her comments received wide
coverage. At the same time, the IRS
announced that breast pumps could
be tax deductible. And just like
attacking Obama is smart politics.
"Cheap shots against Michelle
Obama are stupid," Feehery said.
"She's a good first lady and I think
that conservatives are better off
keeping their focus on President
Obama. There's nothing I've seen
from Michelle Obama that I've
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Some expected the attacks to con-
tinue when she hit the campaign
trail to stump for Democrats in the
midterm elections last fall. But her
role in the campaign did not
become an issue.
Julian Zelizer, a professor of his-
tory and public affairs at Princeton
University, said Obama "became an
easier target" by becoming more
political recently with the DNC
announcement. "She made herself
that, the story was on The Drudge
The next day, Bachmann took the
first swipe, criticizing Obama for
trying to implement a "nanny state"
based on her push to get mothers to
breastfeed their children in order to
help combat childhood obesity.
Palin joined in two days later, tak-
ing a shot at the first lady while
blaming her husband's policies for
the rising cost of commodities and
Huckabee, who has an interest in
nutrition thanks to his own strug-
gles with weight, was even more
"She's been criticized...out of
reflex rather than out of thoughtful
expression," he said at a session
with reporters in Washington. "It's
exactly what Republicans say they
believe, which is you put an empha-
sis on personal responsibility...I
thought that's what we were about."
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Lena Horne NYC apartment arti-
facts sold Lena Home was known for her
elegance as much as for her sultry voice.
> Last week. 200 items that once filled her
S Manhattan apartment were sold by her estate at
| Doyle New York auction house, objects that
Epitomized her sophisticated taste: French-style
furnishings elegant costumes, jewelry and fine
Many admirers of the singer and actress may find that owning a piece
of the legendary star's belongings may not be out of reach.
A sequined cardigan evening coat is estimated to sell for as little as
5100-S200, while a small Louis Vuitton trunk with stickers inscribed
"Lena Home Hayton" was being offered with a pre-sale price of $500-
S700. And a soft leather vanity case inscribed "LH" was estimated at
DaBrat released from prison
Rapper Da Brat is a free woman.
The rapper, real name Shawntae Harris. has com-
pleted her three-year sentence for aggravated assault,
according to a tweet from her mentor Jermaine
"Happy day for me and all So So Def fans, Da Brat
is finally home," Dupri posted on his Twitter page.
The artist was sprung Monday (Feb. 28) from a jail in Alto, Georgia.
Brat was convicted for attacking a waitress at a club in Atlanta in
2007. She is also the sister of actress Lisa Raye.
Universal Pictures Developing Film about MLK
Assassination Universal Pictures is moving forward with
"Memphis," a feature film that explores the assassination of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.
Production will begin in June, according to Deadline. The script will
follow the murder of the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize lau-
reate, who was shot down at a Memphis Motel in 1968.
"Bourne Ultimatum" and "Green Zone" director Paul Greengrass will
write and direct the project.
Jackson fans can appear in next video
Starting March 7, Michael Jackson fans will be
given the opportunity to be a part of a new music
video called "Behind the Mask," a Sony Music col-
laboration with the estate of Michael Jackson estate.
The promotion is basically a display of talent from
fans all over the world to showcase their best moon-
walk, anti-gravity, or MJ dance move. Clips can be
uploaded on the website and the best dancers, fan
reaction makers, or lyric workers will be chosen.
"Behind the Mask" is a crowd favorite off of the late pop star's most
recent release, "Michael."
We made it our own: Movies THAT
What a difference a year makes.
When the list of 2011 Academy
Award nominees was announced
last month, there was one glaring
difference. Compared to last year's
contenders. which included Morgan
Freeman for Invictus. Gabourey
Sidibe for Precious and Mo'Nique
who brought home the gold man for
her portrayal in Precious, there was
an obvious lack of people of color.
Truth be told. the 2011 awards
show represents the Whitest group
of nominees in the major acting cat-
egories since the 73rd Oscars, 10
years ago. Whether the Academy
recognizes our brilliance or not,
Black stars are proven celluloid
moneymakers and box office
draws, and can even take a role
meant for a White performer and
turn it into movie gold. With the
famed awards ceremony having
taken place devoid of honoring any
Black talent, wethought it only
right to take a look at a few
instances where Black actors suc-
ceeded at selling characters bigger
than their intended color.
Svlvester Stallone playing the lead.
But when Murphy was cast as Det.
Axel Foley the film was rewritten
and wound up holding the honor of
being one of the highest grossing R-
rated films in the US until 20 years
later when The Passion of the Christ
was released in 2004. To date the
film has grossed over S300 million
worldwide and spawned two equal-
ly successful sequels.
"DR. JOHN DOLITTLE" LN
DR. DOLITTLE (1998)
The central character in a series
of children's books by Hugh
Lofting (1920-1952). Doctor John
Dolittle shuns human patients in
favor of animals that he can com-
municate with in their own lan-
guages. Actor Rex Harrison played
the lead role in the 1967 film adap-
tation, but Murphy helped revive
the character with his 1998 remake,
which grossed over $250 million
worldwide and spawned several
to star Black actors
sentence. Before Freeman was cast.
Clint Eastxood. Harrison Ford.
Paul Newman. and even Robert
Redford were all said to be consid-
ered for the part. Although the char-
acter was described as a middle-
aged Irishman with graying red hair
in the novel the film was adapted
from, director Frank Darabont is
often credited as saying he couldn't
see anyone else but Freeman as
WILL SMITH AS "JAMES
WEST" IN WILD WILD WEST
from a classic
show that ran
on CBS for
(1965 to '4
Wild West was initially rumored to
be made into a theatrical release as
early as 1992 with Mel Gibson
playing Secret Service Agent James
West. Later Tom Cruise was report-
edly attached to the project as its
lead. but after substantial changes
to the characters. West was re-
imagined as a Black man, exploring
issues of race in the 1800s.
Although the studio barely broke
even on its S170 million budget.
having Smith as a headliner helped
the film gross over S222 million
MICHAEL CLARK DUNCAN
AS "WILSON 'THE KINGPIN'
FISK" IN DAREDEVIL (2003)
Based on a comic character creat-
ed by Stan Lee and John Romita.
The Kingpin is a
one of the most
feared and fig-
ures in the
Universe e -.'"
depicted on page
as an imposing
bald White man, the casting of
Duncan in the role for Daredevil
painted a new picture of the super
villain and the film muscled its way
to over $179 million in worldwide
Puttin' on the Ritz
SIDNEY POITIER AS
"HOMER SMITH" IN LILIES
OF THE FIELD (1963)
Poitier plays Homer Smith, an
unemployed construction worker
that encounters five nuns who
escaped from beyond the Berlin
Wall. He's initially hired to do a
few odd jobs before continuing on
his road trip but quickly forms a
tight bond with the sisters and helps
them build a church in the desert.
Taking home an Oscar in 1964 for
his portrayal, Poitier made history
with the first win of a Best Actor
Academy Award by any Black
DENZEL WASHINGTON AS
"GRAY GRANTHAM" IN
THE PELICAN BRIEF (1993)
Based on a John Grisham (The
Firm, A Time to Kill) novel, The
Pelican Brief tells the story of Gray
Grantham, an investigative reporter
looking for the next big story. After
a series of judges get murdered, he
befriends a law student that's tight-
ly wrapped up in the web. Although
the novel described Grantham as a
White character, Washington skill-
fully took on the role when it hit the
big screen. His portrayal, coupled
with Julia Roberts, resulted in over
$195 million in worldwide ticket
Shown above are Sugar Ray Leonard, Wendy Williams and Romeo
New Dancing with the Stars cast revealed
Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver
Hines Ward are among the cast ofABC's new season of"Dancing With the
Stars," joining previously-leaked celebs Wendy Williams, rapper Romeo,
actress Kirstie Alley, ex Playboy bunny Kendra Wilkinson, Disney
Channel star Chelsea Kane and professional wrestler Chris Jericho
Rounding out the 11 contestants are supermodel Petra Nemcova who
survived the Indian Ocean tsunami, "Loveline" radio show co-host Mike
Catherwood and Ralph Macchio, star of the original "Karate Kid" Leonard
had a holistic description of his competitive approach.
"I think it's all psychological. I think it's spiritual," he said. "I think it's
all the mental preparation."
The 12th season of "Dancing with the Stars" begins March 21.
EDDIE MURPHY AS AXELL
FOLEY" IN BEVERLEY
HILLS COP (1984)
It's hard to believe that this popu-
lar action comedy was initially sup-
posed to be all action, with
MORGAN FREEMAN AS
"ELLIS 'RED' REDDING" IN
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMP-
Falsely convicted of murdering
his wife and her love, Andy
Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins)
is sentenced to Shawshank State
Penitentiary where he's befriended
by Ellis "Red" Redding (played by
Freeman), an inmate serving a life
The Broadway award winning play "Ain't Misbehavin'" performed at the
Ritz last weekend to a sold out audience. Shown above, Curtis Farrow
one of the cast members of the play went in to the audience and brought
Mrs.Betty Ratliff on stage. You would have thought the Jacksonville native
was a part of the show. Farrow sang to Gloria and even did a little dance
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Continuing a favorite White
House tradition, the President and
First Lady welcomed renowned
musical artists to the White House
to celebrate music that's at the heart
of the American story. As Black
History Month drew to a close, the
performance fittingly paid tribute to
the legendary sound of Motown.
Smokey Robinson and Stevie
Wonder took the stage alongside
those influenced by generations of
While the East Room of the
White House has hosted some of
the most talented musicians in the
world representing an array of gen-
res, the President pointed out that
Motown is different, sharing a bit of
No one knows exactly when jazz
began. Nobody knows who the first
person was to sing a freedom song.
But we know where Motown came
from. We know it was born in the
basement of a house on West Grand
Boulevard in the Motor City --
Detroit. (Applause.) And we know
it started with a man named Berry
Gordy, who is here with us tonight.
Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, President Barack Obama
and First Lady Michelle Obama join the standing ovation for Stevie
Wonder during "The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White
House," concert celebrating Black History Month and the legacy of
Motown Records, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 24, 2011.
Stand up, Berry. (Applause.)?"
Now, apparently Berry tried a lot
of things before following his heart
into music. A high school dropout,
he failed as a record store owner,
competed as an amateur boxer,
finally took a job earning $85 a
week on the assembly line at the
local Lincoln-Mercury plant. And
it was there, watching the bare
African LollipopS The mixed media piece "African Lollipos by local artist Billie McCray (shown
inset), is one of the meany unique works of art currently on display at the Ritz Theater's Through Our Eyes
Exhibit. The piece was designed with African fabric, clothes line rope and beads.
metal frames transformed into
gleaming automobiles, that Berry
wondered why he couldn't do the
same :hing with musicians, and
help turn new talent into stars."
As it turned out. Berry could rec-
ognize talent and potential better
than anybody else in the business.
It began with Smokey Robinson.
who stopped by the Motown house
with a group of friends calling
themselves the Miracles. Pretty
soon, the basement studio was turn-
ing out hits faster than Detroit was
turning out cars. From 1961 to
1971. Motown produced 110 Top
10 hits from artists like Marvin
Gaye, The Temptations, The Four
Tops and The Supremes.
Along the way, songs like
"Dancing in the Streets" and
"What's Going On" became the
soundtrack of the civil rights era.
So, today, more than 50 years
later, that's the Motown legacy.
Bor at a time of so much struggle,
so much strife, it taught us that what
unites us will always be stronger
than what divides us. And in the
decades since, those catchy beats
and simple chords have influenced
generations of musicians, from
Sheryl Crow to the Jonas Brothers.
Andrew Young Receives
Lifetime Achievement Emmy
In a star-studded event that involved singer and social activist Harry
Belafonte, iconic newsman Dan Rather (pictured left), baseball legend
Hank Aaron (pictured middle), former New York Mayor David Dinkins
and Dr. Martin L. King Jr.'s eldest son Martin L. King III. civil rights leg-
end Andrew Young (pictured right) received the Trustees Emmy Award for
Lifetime Achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts and
Sciences (NATAS) on Friday night in New York City.
NATAS gave Young the award for being one of the first to integrate tel-
evision in the Peabody award-winning CBS series "Look Up and Live,"
where Young served as a host from 1957 to 1960 at a time when blacks
were hardly seen on television. NATAS also recognized his current award-
winning quarterly series "Andrew Young Presents," where positive stories
on Africa, the message of Mahatma Ghandhi, the Civil Rights Movement
and gun control have been brought to life.
Shakeisha Colman crowned Miss National UNCF
UNCF(United Negro College
Fund) recently announced the win-
ner of its 53rd Annual Miss
National UNCF competition,
Shakeisha Chanel Colman, a junior
majoring in biology at Wiley
College in Marshall, Texas, one of
UNCF's 39 member institutions.
Ms. Coleman was crowned Miss
National UNCF at the annual joint
conference held in Birmingham,
AL February 2-6.
Each year, teams of students at
UNCF member historically black
colleges and universities compete
by raising funds to help UNCF, its
students and member institutions.
The leader of the team that raises
the highest amount is given the title
of Miss National UNCF. This year,
under Miss Coleman's leadership,
students from Wiley College raised
a total of $36,140 for UNCF.
Miss National UNCF
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana,
Miss Coleman will receive a $3,000
scholarship. An active member of
the Wiley College student body, her
affiliations include serving as the
President of Sigma Gama Rho
Sorority, Incorporated, member of
the Honda All-Star Trivia
Challenge Team, member of the
Pre-Alumni Council and the
President and CEO of the Real
Advocates of the Movement. Miss.
Coleman aspires to attend medical
school and pursue a career in
obstetrics and gynecology.
"I was honored to compete for the
title of Miss National UNCF.
UNCF helps thousands of students
get a college education each year so
they can be prepared to compete in
the global economy," Miss.
Coleman said after receiving her
crown. "I believe that the more you
serve, the more our communities
and our nation will progress."
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