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Minorities vacating major cities
According to released data from the Census Bureau, the nation's second
largest city Los Angeles is losing its Black population at a fairly rapid
pace. The relocation is part of a national trend in which Blacks are leav-
ing (or being driven out of) major cities all across the country.
In the case of Los Angeles, the Census data showed that the populations
of Asian Americans, Hispanics and whites all increased from 2000 to
2010 but, there was an actual 7.9 percent decrease in the number of
Blacks living in the city. Whites remain the largest population group at
4.9 million barely beating out Latinos at 4.6 million.
The Census Bureau is also reporting declining African American popu-
lations in cities nationwide ranging from Washington, DC and Atlanta,
Georgia to Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. Even in the so-called
"Capitol of Black America" Harlem, New York, is now just 40 percent
Black the lowest percentage of African Americans since the 1920s.
The primary factors driving Blacks from the cities appear to be the
intentional return to family roots in the South; the rapid growth in
Hispanic population (they now have the nation's highest birth rate) and
whites returning to the cities bringing about so-called gentrification and
rising housing costs which many Blacks simply cannot afford.
Taking over: Black polo team makes
history with championship title
While the black athletes getting the most
attention this month are the college basket-
Sball players involved in March Madness,
S'Cowtown-Work to Ride of Philadelphia,
PA quietly made polo history last weekend
SAwhen it became the first all African-
'i American team to win a national title in the
t h sport.
Sf / At the National Interscholastic
Championship at the Virginia Polo center,
Sthe team took home the gold after beating
out the crew from Baltimore.
The team, which entered the tournament as the second seed.
"We're known as a come-from-behind team, but the boys were so explo-
sive in these games," said their Coach Leslie Hiner.
Hiner started the Work To Ride program in 1994 as a way to help under-
privileged children from Philadelphia. She designed it as a nonprofit that
offers students riding lessons in exchange for labor around the barn
The 2005 WTR team won the Northeast regional title with a white play-
er on the squad, and the organization has also traveled to Nigeria for tour-
naments on three occasions.
U.S. deporting 700 haitians
The US government plans to deport 700 people convicted of crimes
back to Haiti before the end of the year.
Recently, more than two dozen Haitian men who say they have been
struggling to rebuild their lives in the quake-hit nation.
The men were part of the first wave of forced removals since the earth-
quake last year that destroyed much of Port-au-Prince.
One of the deportees, Serge Michel Dorval, says he is having a hard
time adjusting to his new surroundings, living in a tent in the middle of
one of the largest refugee camps.
The 25-year-old, who left Haiti as an infant, says he served two years in
a US jail on cocaine possession charges before being released.
He says he was picked up by immigration officials last month and put
on a plane to Port-au-Prince.
Racial disparity grows for graduation
rates in NCAA basketball players
A new study shows growing disparity between graduation rates for
white and black players at schools in the men's NCAA basketball tour-
An annual report by the University of Central Florida's Institute for
Diversity and Ethics in Sport found a 2 percent overall graduation rate
increase to 66 percent for Division I players, but showed the rates for
white players is increasing at a higher rate.
The gap has grown from 22 percent in 2009 to a current level of 32 per-
cent. White players show a 91 percent graduation rate, which is up 7 per-
cent. Black players have a graduation rate at 59 percent, up 3 percent
from last year's study. This is the third straight year the gap has increased.
Church of God In Christ mourning
Bishop Chandler David Owens
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake and the General Board of the Church
of God in Christ (COGIC) are saddened by the passing of General Board
Member and former Presiding Bishop Chandler David Owens.
Bishop Chandler David Owens passed away on Sunday at 79 years of
age in Atlanta, Georgia. An internationally known leader, Bishop Owens
for more than 35 years faithfully served as a member of the General
Board of the Church of God in Christ and from 1995-2000, as Presiding
Bishop of the church.
Bishop Owens served the Church of God in Christ in various leader-
ship roles, including International President of the Youth Congress,
Chairman of the Constitution Committee Second Assistant Presiding
Bishop and First Assistant Presiding Bishop, Preacher, Teacher, Pastor of
the Greater Community Church in Marietta, Georgia and Prelate of
Central Georgia Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.
Volume 24 No. 22 Jacksonville, Florida March 17-23, 2011
Fate of at risk schools in students' hands
After weeks of devising a plan
that the local school board and edu-
cational advocates say would help
save at risk school Raines, Ribault
and Jackson High Schools along
with North Shore K-8 the plight
of the schools will be left in the
hands of the students. This week the
Florida State Board of Education
unanimously rejected a plan pre-
sented by Duval County school
officials to save the four Northwest
Jacksonville schools. Now unless
the FCAT scores of the schools are
raised by the students, the Duval
County School District has until
May 2 to choose one of three
options outlined by the state: clo-
Legends kick off 47th Annual Bob
Hayes and Track & Field Meet
B ob Hayes Track met organizers include (L-R) Lewis James Raines
Track Coach, James Day Director of Bob Hayes and Nathaniel
"Coach" Washington, founder of the Bob Hayes Track Meet. The trio
head off a plethora of volunteers that laud excellence in track.
Over 5,000 students from around the state and southeast will converge
on Jacksonville this weekend for the 47th Bob Hayes Invitational Track
and Field Meet. Headquartered at Raines High School, the annual event
will highlight middle schools on Friday and high schools on Saturday as
the students compete for over fifty awards and scholarships.The primary
meet, which begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday culminates a year of planning
and hard work of over 300 volunteers. The Meet is held in honor of
Olympian and NFL Hall of Famer, Bob "Bullett" Hayes. T Austin photo
Grammy award winner Esperanza
Spalding wows a Ritz audience
Fresh off her Grammy win for 2011's Best New Artist, the first jazz artist
to do so Esperanza Spalding wowed a sold out Ritz Theater audience last
weekend. She is best known as a jazz bassist and singer who draws upon
many genres in her own compositions. At the age of 27, Spalding taught
herself to play violin at the age of five. Almost immediately after gradu-
ating from the Berklee College of music at 20, she was hired by the school
to teach becoming one of the youngest professors in the institution's his-
tory. She has released three solo albums. rT Austin photo.
sure; turn into a charter or outside
The schools are in jeopardy
because of consistent low test
scores since 2006. They have how-
ever been showing a slight increase
over the course of the last year but
not quite enough to pull them out of
the ditch. They all remain on the
state's intervene list, and their
futures are at stake.
The rejected School Board mem-
bers had came up with a plan to
split the high schools up into small-
er schools and make North Shore a
prekindergarten to fifth-grade
school. It also included a communi-
ty group Continued on page 5
Shown above is ACT-SO judge Catherine Russell congratulating
Iman Bethel and first place winner Morgan Danford in the Oratory
competition. R. Porter photo
NAACP 's ACT-SO honors talented youth
The Jacksonville Branch of the
NAACP hosted the annual ACT-
SO competition last weekend at
Douglas Anderson School of The
Arts. Students were allowed to
compete in at least three of the 26
categories in hopes of placing 1st,
2nd or 3rd and competing for a spot
in the upcoming national competi-
tion in Los Angeles, California.
The awards were held following
the competition at the JEA Building
where honorees were presented
with their gold, silver or bronze
medal and enjoyed entertainment
and food with their guests on hand
to see the achievement.
Continued on page 5
All dressed up with 9 miles to go Though he didn't train
for the race, Sam Hall finished the annual Gate River Run in 90 minutes -
dressed in a tuxedo to mark his tenth year of participation. "I woke up the
day before the race and decided to run because I am about to celebrate my
60th Birthday," Hall said. The avid runner routinely runs 4 5 days each
week at 3 to 5 miles just to stay fit.
March 17-23, 2011
read the fine print
By Jason Alderman
How often are you asked to sign
something? I don't mean auto-
graphs or birthday cards, but legal-
ly and financially binding docu-
ments everything from endorsing
a check to signing a sales receipt to
buying a house. Either way, they're
In broad terms, contracts are
mutually binding agreements
between two or more parties to do -
or not do something. Once a con-
tract is in force, it generally cannot
be altered unless all parties agree.
And, with very few exceptions they
cannot easily be broken.
Sometimes contracts are formal,
signed documents that outline spe-
cific conditions and penalties if
those conditions are not met: For
example, if you don't make your
mortgage payments, the lender can
foreclose on your house. Other
times they are verbal or implied
agreements: If you buy spoiled
milk, you can ask for a refund.
Before you enter into a contractu-
al agreement, try to anticipate what
could go wrong. For example:
You sign a lease but later decide
you can't afford the rent or don't
like the neighborhood.
You buy a car you can't afford,
but when you try to sell it, the car is
worth less than your outstanding
SYou buy something on sale and
don't notice the store's "No returns
on sale items" policy.
S You co-sign a lease with a
roommate who later backs out,
leaving you responsible for the rent.
S You rent a car and later learn
you accidentally agreed to optional
insurance coverage or other fea-
tures you didn't want or need.
You agree to cosign a loan and
the other person stops making pay-
ments, leaving you responsible for
the full amount otherwise your
credit will suffer.
S You buy a car and later notice
that the sales agreement includes an
extended warranty or other features
you didn't verbally authorize.
SYou buy a two-year cell phone
plan, but after the grace period
ends, discover that you have spotty
teenagers and young adults often
make such mistakes, so be sure to
discuss the implications of signing
contracts with your kids before they
A few additional tips:
SMake sure anything you sign
contains no unfilled blank spaces,
even if the other party promises to
fill them in a certain way.
Don't be afraid to ask to take a
contract aside or bring it home for
more careful analysis or to get a
second opinion. A lawyer or finan-
cial advisor can help.
SDon't be pressured into signing
anything: If salespeople try that tac-
tic, walk away.
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interest rates, down payments, dis-
counts and penalties.
Keep a copy of every document
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Interracial dating book
selling big on shock value
by M. McCray, TR
There's a method to the madness
of getting media attention and like
clockwork, we fall for it every
A self-published New York dat-
ing author has figured out the real
way to snatch headlines is to spew
casually racist stereotypes as fact.
Then preying on our proclivity
towards jumping on all things
political incorrect by boldly
defending her argument and using
the ire generated to push more
copies of a book that, in the grand
scheme of things, won't be held up
as a masterpiece of American liter-
ature but will be perpetuating a
cycle of ridiculous, albeit com-
monly believed, racial absurdity.
Auhor J.C. Davies knows exact-
ly what she's doing, whether she
believes what's coming out of her
mouth or not. The 42-year-old is
preparing to release her book, I Got
the Fever: Love, What's Race Gotta
Do With It? where she chronicles
her own dating history with minor-
ity men and does some "investigat-
ing" to answer taboo questions
associated with the races involved.
Are all black men well endowed?
Are all Asian men the opposite? Do
all Indian men have a strange
smell? Are all Hispanic men
The obvious answer to all of
these questions is a resounding no.
Sure, they may be some who easily
fit the profile but there's no way to
use one guy you met as a represen-
tation of the whole. But in a socie-
ty where simply saying stereotypes
are based in truth allows people to
run with the half-truths of some as
undeniable, cultural fact, she's
carved out a market with the oft
offended and outright naive that
will allow her book to sniff relative
Its well-worn territory.
It's hard for me to believe pun-
dits like Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly
or extreme liberally authors of sim-
ilar ilk and intensity actually buy
some of the outlandish things they
say. It's impossible. There's no way
they would have gotten to positions
to be held up in mainstream circles
the way they are now if they gen-
uinely believed a lot of the non-
sense but therein lies the power of
The people who were once-
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Toyota Motor Company Disrespects
and Devalues the Patronage of their
BY DANNY J. BAKEWELL, SR.
I have recently been shocked and appalled by ads that I and other Black publishers saw in several major newspapers (The
New York Times, Chicago Tribune, etc.) confirming that Toyota spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to advertise in white
mainstream daily newspapers "THANKING" their general market consumers for their loyalty and patronage to Toyota during
their time of major controversy and concerns over the safety of Toyota's vehicles.
Thanking their customers is a smart move on Toyota's behalf and one that I applaud. However, we can't overlook the fact
that Black people represent almost 10% of Toyota's American market share, and with a $1.2 billion annual advertising budget
it is not unreasonable for the Black Press to always expect to have a stake in Toyota's advertising (including Black advertising
agencies). Nevertheless, Black newspapers were left off Toyota's latest marketing campaign, sending a clear and direct mes-
sage that the Black consumer is still being taken for granted and Black people are still being disrespected and undervalued.
This is disappointing behavior from a company who was all too eager to send us their press releases and ask us to write sto-
ries and editorials to influence Black America to stay with them in their time of trouble. But now that Toyota's pain has been
essentially eased (for now) by a report issued by the Federal Transportation Department and NASA that found no faults with
Toyota's electronic accelerator controls, the Black press has once again been forgotten along with the Black consumer.
Toyota should note that it is going to take more than a passing grade on a Federal Transportation report card to bring back
the consumer safety confidence enjoyed (for years) by Toyota from American consumers prior to one of the largest vehicle
recalls in U.S. history.
So when the decision was made to advertise in mainstream newspapers from coast to coast "THANKING" their customers
for their loyalty, where was Toyota's loyalty to the 10% of African- American consumers? DON'T WE ALSO DESERVE A
GREAT BIG THANK YOU?
Historically, there has always been an imbalance between what goes out of the Black community and what comes into the
Black community relative to retail goods, services and representation. Despite the fact that the buying power of America's
Blacks is reported to be roughly $1 trillion this year! And it is highly doubtful that Black-owned businesses will report revenue
numbers that are the same and/or reap any of the benefits proportionate to our buying power.
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The days of being silent and complaining among ourselves regarding these unethical and immoral business practices are
When Toyota wanted our help, it had no problem seeking all 200 Black newspapers in America to do just that. Their mes-
sage to Black people was PLEASE HELP US, WE VALUE YOUR BUSINESS. We do not want Toyota to use us for edi-
torial coverage and then overlook us with their advertising dollars.
Black newspapers are not afraid to demand fair representation and a seat to dine at Toyota's table, especially when their food
is purchased with approximately 10% of Black consumer dollars.
We are not interested in fighting with Toyota however, Toyota has enjoyed healthy Aftican- American consumer support,
and despite last year's set back we have remained loyal. If you want to thank Black consumers for our loyalty and keep our
business, do it on the pages of the Black newspapers that Black people READ, RESPECT, TRUST AND OWN!!
As Chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, I represent 200 Black publishers throughout America. I am
challenging Toyota's Chairman and CEO to do the right thing and meet with me to discuss the future of their relationship with
Black consumers and whether or not we as Black newspaper publishers should continue supporting Toyota or should organize
a campaign to take the African American's brand loyalty to Toyota elsewhere. WE WILL NOT BUY WHERE WE ARE DIS-
RESPECTED....THAT IS A PROMISE!
Danny Bakewell, Sr: is the Chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, parent organization to more than 200
independently owned Black newspapers.
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However, the question still remains, why is Toyota undervaluing the Black
consumer and showing our community such blatant disrespect?
Tried, True, and Tested the NNPA (Black Press of America) remains the
gatekeeper for reaching the Black community. Corporations and advertising
agencies wanting and needing to reach the African-American consumer must
understand the relationship of the Black Press with Black people. They must
remember to place their advertising messages on the pages of Black newspa-
pers throughout America, and Black consumers will respond in kind (Black
advertising agencies could help them with this).
When it comes to contracts,
"Don 't we also
deserve a great
big thank you?"
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
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Civil Rights Groups Urge Florida Board of Clemency Not to Further Restrict Voting Rights
TALLAHASSEE, FL Four of
the nation's premier civil rights
organizations, the American Civil
Liberties Union, Brennan Center
for Justice at New York University,
the Sentencing Project, and the
NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund, Inc., recently
sent a letter to Florida's Board of
Executive Clemency ("Board"),
asking the Board not to further
restrict Floridians' voting rights by
requiring every individual with a
criminal conviction to apply for
restoration of their civil rights after
a new waiting period that could be
as long as five years.
Following a meeting with ACLU
of Florida Executive Director
Howard Simon and representatives
from the NAACP, the ACLU
learned that new mandatory waiting
periods and application procedures
may come before the Board as early
as last week. Despite the pending
action, the board has yet to make
the proposal available to the public.
The civil rights groups urged the
board to maintain the current
clemency rules in Florida and to
continue to restore voting rights to
individuals who have served their
sentences and rejoined the commu-
If Florida rolls back its clemency
rules, it will be one of only four
states left in the country (Kentucky,
Virginia, and Iowa are the other
three) that deny the right to vote to
everyone with a felony conviction
for life unless they receive clemen-
cy from the governor. The Board
was scheduled to meet to decide
whether or not to adopt the pro-
posed change of clemency rules.
According to the letter: "As
organizations dedicated to civil
rights and criminal justice, we
believe that the right to vote is not
only fundamental to an inclusive
cy, but '- .
nent of an individual's successful
re-entry into the community. There
is strong evidence that restoring the
right to vote to people exiting the
criminal justice system significant-
ly reduces recidivism, strengthens
public safety, and helps build a
healthier democracy and stronger
The letter also explains that, "It is
Americans, and it continues to have
its intended effect today. The cur-
rent law continues to exclude
African Americans from the polls at
more than twice the rate of other
I kiawm voting fairness in a state
of serious election problems
well documented that Florida's
criminal disenfranchisement laws
are a relic of a discriminatory past.
The voting ban was an attempt to
weaken political power of African
Florida citizens. Currently, nearly a
quarter of those who are disenfran-
chised in Florida are African-
Mrs. Betty Davis
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council
will honor six local women at the
23rd annual Women of Distinction
fundraising luncheon at the Hyatt
Regency Jacksonville Riverfront,
March 30, 2011.
This event recognizes women
whose accomplishments in careers
and community service exemplify
the values of Girl Scouts. The 2011
Women of Distinction honorees
are: Robin J. Albaneze, Betty
Asque Davis, Davalu Parrish,
Judith C. Rodriguez, Laine
Silverfield, and Cindy Stover.
In addition, Women of Distinction
alumna Delores Barr Weaver will
be presented with the Lois T.
Graessle Community Impact
Award. This award is named for
Lois Thacker Graessle, a former
president of Girl Scouts of
Gateway Council, who committed
her life to advocating and volun-
teering on behalf of children,
women, the poor and the terminal-
The luncheon will take place
from 12:00pm 1:30pm and is
open to the public with advance
Proceeds benefit Girl Scout pro-
grams. For more information, call
The City of Jacksonville has
released their commemorative
poster for the 2011 Jacksonville
Jazz Festival. Each year, the
City of Jacksonville chooses
original artwork that is convert-
ed into the commemorative
poster and as well as other pro-
motional pieces. More than 140
entries were received for consid-
This year's painting, "Drop'n
the Groove," was created by
local artist Pamela Miller who
uses bright, rich and bold colors
to interpret music through
shapes in a groovy place sur-
rounded by palm trees and blue
skies. Funky, flowing shapes hit
the notes in this abstract paint-
ing. This year's festival will kick
off May 27, 2011 in downtown
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March 17-23, 2011
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free P s
Integration: the double edge sword of progress
I am too young to have experi-
enced segregation, but my parents
and grandparents were not. As bad
as the concept of segregation was,
it had many positive impacts on the
Black businesses did well, there
was a stronger sense of pride in our
communities and black public
schools and colleges were often
more coveted than they are today.
I am certainly not saying that
black businesses are not doing well
or that there is no pride in black
communities, but I think that most
would agree that when minorities
were basically forced to live in cer-
tain communities it created neigh-
borhoods that were more stable.
Think about the fact that you
might have a doctor living next
door to a postal worker or mechan-
ic. This dynamic created not only
diversity in class levels, but also
stability in the black communities.
Today, we do not see that sort of
diversity in America. In fact,
instead of people being segregated
by race we are naturally segregated
by income levels. And the reason I
use the word natural is because nor-
mally it is not intentional, but folk
like to live in communities with
folks who are on their same socio-
People who live in Queens
Harbor live there because the
homes and neighborhoods are nice.
Most people who live in the com-
munity are at least upper middle
class individuals and families.
With nicer neighborhoods comes
a certain status level that some peo-
ple have more of an appreciation
for than others.
There are not any gated commu-
nities in "traditional" black com-
munities hence folks have to move
out of the core city to live in one of
So what happens when you take
the majority of African American
middle and upper-middle class
families out of the core city? It
leaves behind a mixture of folks,
most of whom have pride in their
communities, but it's the small per-
centage of folks who don't that can
ruin a neighborhood.
So one of the by-products of inte-
gration has been the creation of
more poor communities with high
crime rates and slum and blight
because of abandoned commercial
One could also argue that deseg-
regation is not the cause of many
blighted communities but simple
socio-economics. As people make
more money they buy nicer homes
and want to send their children to
nicer schools (often private).
As people make more money and
move into these nicer communities,
which by the way always seem to
be outside of the urban core, older
neighborhoods are left without sta-
It's been interesting to see how
different age groups respond to the
question at hand. Older African
Americans definitely feel that it
was necessary, although some are
quick to acknowledge the negative
affect on the black community.
Young black urban youth seem to
be on the other end of the spectrum.
AllHipHop.com asked the same
question that I ponder in this arti-
cle. Integration or segregation?
Most bloggers landed on the side
of segregation, however we are
talking about a bunch of young folk
who probably have no real appreci-
ation or understanding of segrega-
tion and the struggle for equality.
Desegregation was critical to the
quality of life for minorities espe-
cially in the South. The thought that
blacks and whites could not attend
the same public schools or drink
from the same water foundations is
The fact that blacks were forced
to live in certain neighborhoods
and forced to educate ourselves in
certain schools speaks volumes. So
as I read through the AllHipHop
blog I see a lot of extremist views
that speak about the fact that black
youth have not benefited from inte-
gration and how the poverty level
among blacks has dropped since
Again, these tend to be extremist
views that don't outweigh the
bigger picture. It's one thing to
make the argument if the country
was separate, but equal. We all
know that separate often meant
Look at segregation in today's
terms. America is no longer about
blacks and whites. Hispanics have
become the largest minority and
Asian Americans numbers are
small, but still increasing. How
would you enforce segregation? It's
a ridiculous notion no matter what
side you are on.
The most interesting argument
about segregation from my per-
spective is not necessarily if deseg-
regation should have happened, but
how it should have happened. For
example, I think that bussing was
necessary to desegregate schools,
but it hurt many of the neighbor-
hood schools. Youth were being
bussed across the city or county to
But there needed to be drastic
change in order to "force" the issue.
So although no one likes bussing
children across the city, it was the
only means to bring about immedi-
ate change. Now if the Supreme
Court ruled that all barriers used in
segregation had to be removed and
kids were able to enroll in any
school they wanted as long as they
lived in the neighborhood then se
regation would have happened at a
We would probably still have
many all white and all black
schools, but some would ask if
that's a bad thing. As long as they
schools have equal resources and
qualified teachers then is there is
need to "force" segregation?
The collegiate level is a totally
different ball game. When you look
at the college system of admission
there clearly had to be forced
desegregation, but has that hurt
Historically Black Colleges and
The black college experience can
be extremely rewarding and tends
to be much more unique than those
shared by African Americans at
predominately white schools. I can
make such a definitive statement
because I attended both a predomi-
nately black and white colleges,
and I can attest that the experiences
were like day and night.
So again, if we look at desegre-
gation on the college level is some-
what ideal. If blacks and other
minorities have legitimate shots at
being admitted to predominately
white colleges and also have the
option of attending HBCUs then
your options are plenty.
The problem is, not all predomi-
nately white institutions have a
good track record of admitting
minority students, and that's why
affirmative action programs were -
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Will voters vote for another "bad" Black candidate?
by E.O. Hutchinson
Businessman and possible GOP
presidential candidate Herman
Cain delightedly told a group of
conservative New Hampshire
Republicans that they shouldn't
blame him for a "bad" black presi-
dent. The alleged "bad" black pres-
ident of which Cain spoke is
President Obama. Cain ripped
Obama not because of anything
specific Obama had done to raise
his ire but to distance him as a
potential black presidential con-
tender from Obama. The former
CEO of Godfather's Pizza's noise
box remark about Obama was obvi-
ously intended to make clear that
he shouldn't be held accountable
because he's black for Obama's
alleged failing as president. Cain's
preemptive racial strike to deflect
race from being an issue if he runs
raises two intriguing questions. The
first is: will voters, especially white
conservatives that Cain is aggres-
sively courting, hold him to the
same alleged low standard as a
presidential candidate that they
regard Obama? Cain banks that
they won't. But the evidence is
against him on this.
In a 2006 study in the Quarterly
Journal of Economics, a Yale polit-
ical economist found that in 2006
House races, Democrats were near-
ly 40 percent less likely to back a
black Democratic candidate than a
white Democrat. The shift by con-
servative-centrist white Democrats
to GOP presidential contenders is a
staple in recent American politics.
The first big hint that conservative
white Democrats could cause prob-
lems for Obama came in the
Democratic primary in Ohio during
the 2008 Democratic presidential
primary slugfest. Hillary Clinton
beat out Obama in the primary and
she did it mainly with white votes.
But that wasn't the whole story.
Nearly one quarter of whites in
Ohio flatly said race did matter in
voting. Presumably that meant that
they would not vote for a black
candidate no matter how politically
attractive or competent he was.
An even bigger hint of Obama's
race problem in the 2008
Democratic primaries came in
Pennsylvania's primary. The voter
demographics in the state perfectly
matched those in Ohio. A huge per-
centage of Pennsylvania voters are
blue collar, anti-big government,
socially conservative, pro defense,
and intently patriotic, and there's a
tormenting history of a racial polar-
ization in the state. Take the state's
two big, racially diverse cities out
of the voter equation and
Pennsylvania would be rock solid
red state. Clinton, of course,
trounced Obama in the state. The
same percentage of white
Democrats as in Ohio told exit poll
interviewers in Pennsylvania that
they would not back Obama. Race
was the prime reason.
Clinton racked up victories in the
West Virginia, Kentucky and South
Dakota primaries. Again, a signifi-
cant percentage of white
Democrats said they would not
back Obama, and the reason was
race. This time many white
Democrats made no effort to hide
their racial animus toward Obama.
This raises the second intriguing
question about Cain's chances with
voters. If Obama had problems
keeping many Democrats in the
Democratic fold for him in the pri-
maries, would Cain fare any better
with Republicans in the 2012
Republican primary battles?
The 2006 Yale study also found
that white Republicans were 25
percentage points more likely to
cross over and vote for a
Democratic senatorial candidate
against a black Republican foe. The
study also found that in the near
twenty year stretch from 1982 to
2000, when the GOP candidate was
black, the greater majority of white
independent voters backed the
This appeared to change in the
November 2010 mid-term elec-
tions. Black GOP congressional
candidates Allen West in Florida
and Tim Scott in South Carolina
got a majority of white votes and
easily beat their Democratic oppo-
nents. But West and Scott won in
lockdown GOP districts, and
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A broader perspective of our social construct.
Are local African Americans
asleep as others head to the polls?
Too much at stake for blacks to stay home
By Noval Jones
"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of
social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the
appalling silence of the good people." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
With only days left until Jacksonville narrows the process of electing its
next mayor, the excitement level indicates that the city's African American
electorate is not as engaged as it should be.
There have been debates and forums. Even one totally dedicated to race
relations. However, blacks have appeared to be somewhat apathetic
towards the upcoming election and the candidates. With no presidential or
mid-term election to draw from, the local situation perhaps just isn't sexy
enough to cause meaningful turnout.
Or is it?
All six of the mayoral candidates have expressed a fair amount of con-
servatism towards how they would run the city. Two have been very frank
about not raising taxes with an eye towards cutting spending. Translation,
no more investing in the community at-large. That usually means that the
people who have not expressed themselves with a voice .of respect will get
the short end of the stick when cut time comes. In fact, some politicians use
their elected position to exact political retribution on organizations and
individuals in an effort to maintain power and control. You need look no
further than Tallahassee to find an example of this type of payback.
Governor Rick Scott's proposed budget includes hefty cuts to education, an
industry full of professionals who campaigned against his election to
office. Even in the face of Florida's slacking education record, cuts seem
to be on the way in the name of political retribution.
And who suffers? Middle class and poor sector of society, including a
heavy majority of African Americans and Latinos who are the benefactors
of the state's public education system, are the big losers so far.
What does this mean for Jacksonville's local elections?
If local African Americans stay home during the current election cycle,
it may get even tougher to have a significant voice in policy that will affect
the entire city. And in some cases, no voice when it comes to improving
their own communities.
When challenged in the past African Americans have made their way to
the polls to let their voices are heard. Of course, the presidential election
that swept Barack Obama into office was one of Jacksonville's blacks best
turnouts ever. In fact Duval County reported a 77 percent turnout among
registered voters in the 2008 election. That was followed by a 44 percent
turnout for the 2010 mid-term elections. If that trend holds true for
Jacksonville's mayoral election, we can expect no more than a 20 percent
turnout of registered black voters. And that would be a shame.
So why have Jacksonville's African Americans seem to have decided to
take a back seat during the mayor's race? Perhaps it is because of the
exhaustion of the race eight years ago when then candidate John Peyton
squared off in the general election against Sheriff Nate Glover.
Glover came in as a very popular sheriff and viable candidate. Peyton
was a virtual unknown who was able to raise money in droves. In the end,
the election was won straight down racial lines with the urban core going
to Glover and suburban areas carrying Peyton to victory. White versus
black all the way.
As a result, throughout the Peyton administration, blacks were left to feel
as if they had no significant voice in the development of policies that
would help move the entire community of Jacksonville forward with room
for all to prosper.
So here we are again. It may not be Peyton vs. Glover but the strategy is
still the same. That is to separate the city from those who have access from
those who are likely to never stand up to be heard. And if blacks choose to
maintain their position as a silent minority during this and future elections
then they have no one to blame but themselves for the continued neglect of
their communities and needs. After all, they are taxpayers too, and truly
deserve more than their communities receive.
There is an old political saying that goes, "A clear indicator of where
your priorities are can be determined by finding out where you spend your
time and money."
Jacksonville's African American electorate has to decide if it wants to be
a priority or an afterthought. It's time to get into the game and let your
voices be heard at the ballot box.
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College students invited to apply for Gubernatorial Fellowships
Governor Rick Scott invites col-
lege and university students to
apply for the 2011-2012
Gubernatorial Fellows program.
Participation in the program pro-
vides Florida students with first-
hand, high-level experience and
insight into how state government
operates. Participants will have the
unique opportunity to work along-
side state government's top staff for
Students can visit
www.FloridaFellows.com to learn
about the expectations and require-
ments of the program as well as the
Gubernatorial Fellows are
assigned to the Executive Office of
the Governor and the Governor's
agencies, based on their major or
area of concentration. Fellows
work a minimum of 20 hours per
week and are paid for their time on
the job. Fellows also participate in
a weekly lecture series, where they
meet face-to-face with prominent
leaders, including Governor Scott,
Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll,
Cabinet officers, agency heads and
other top government officials.
Fellows also participate in policy
study trips throughout Florida and
in Washington, D.C. These addi-
tional commitments are designed to
broaden the Fellows' exposure to
state government and enhance the
experience of all participants.
To be eligible for a Gubernatorial
Fellowship, candidates should be
enrolled at a Florida college or uni-
versity as an upperclassman (junior
or senior) or a graduate student.
Applicants should exhibit strong
leadership, written and oral com-
munication skills, community
activism and a desire to serve the
people of Florida. Approximately
12 students from around the state
will be selected based on a compet-
itive application process.
Applications are due by Friday,
April 1, 2011. The Fellowship will
follow the university calendar start-
ing in August 2011 and ending in
May 2012. The Governor's screen-
ing and selection committee will
announce the program participants
during the first week of June 2011.
Pictured (L-R) are the Community Educational Oversight
Corporation: Eunice Barnum, Robert Flowers, Kemba Kujichagulia,
Stanley Scott, Rev.Levy Wilcox and Gloria Rivera. Photo by Andr'e X
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that would help oversee the schools.
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals
said he was disappointed in the
decision because the state board
didn't give the district a lot of time
to respond. He did not say which of
the other two options the School
Board would consider taking.
One state board member said
these schools have been in trouble
for several years, and it's about time
something happen. School Board
members, however, said that
despite their appearances, the
schools are showing improvement.
Leading up to Tuesday's meeting,
School Board members said they
were very confident in their plan
and thought it would help students
Board members said the last thing
they want is for students and par-
ents to panic. Each of those schools
still have some time to show some
improvement before any drastic
change takes place.
At odds with both plans are the
Community Educational Oversight
Corporation (CEOC). The group
held a press conference last week to
make their concerns known to the
Duval County School Board about
local public schools performance.
They also sent a letter to the state's
Education Commissioner stating
they saw a pattern of"clear conflict
of interest ,and deceit" in a group of
people trying to gain control of the
four at risk public schools through
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so critical in the past. In fact, those
programs are still needed in many
university systems. So there is no
real debate over segregation versus
The only debate is over the affects
on the black community. Coretta
Scott King may have said it best,
"Segregation was wrong when it
was forced by white people, and I
believe it is still wrong when it is
requested by black people."
Signing off from a desegregated
the process of making them charter
Eunice Barnum of the CEOC said
her concern is that there aren't any
students part of the group that
would oversee the four schools. She
believes the district needs to get
students' input to succeed.
"We would love to have parents
from the affected schools as well as
students," Barnum said. "They
could provide solutions to the prob-
lems if anyone would listen to what
they have to say."
Meanwhile, the community is
reacting to the latest blow that
would affect all Duval County pub-
lic schools the loss of sports pro-
grams. Due to millions of dollars of
budget cuts proposed by Gov. Scott,
all sports programs in public
school will be wiped out next year
unless another solution is reached.
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shocked and unhappy with Howard
Stern were more devoted listeners
to his show. It's really irrational
Davies has allowed the shock
value of her statements to cloud
rational reception of what she's say-
ing. People are so mad they don't
stop to think about why they're even
listening to someone's who only
credentials on the subject is dating a
couple black men. Instead, they're
so fired up that they give the inane
comments the power they need to
grow, when the real story is she's a
laid-off Goldman Sachs employee
with some time on her hands, a cou-
ABC Junkyard Ryders Club of Jacksonville Florida Chignite
Robinson, Floyo Bulls, Kenny, Green, Leon Kirkland, Valerie Robinson,
Dun Rackley, Tudd Robinson, Rose Wallace, Lawerence Wilson, Carl
Graham, Tara Kirkland, William Faison, Brenda Perry, Kelly Jackson, and
Pam Kirkland.FMPoweii photos.
Angel Jackson and Barbara Lewis
pie stories, trying desperately not to
lose her pad in Midtown, not offer-
ing any sort of unique cultural
insight. Calling a black man who is
a Republican an "Oreo" (as she
describes her first black boyfriend)
isn't original or thoughtful. It's a
statement, that sadly, a lot of black
people will make as well.
While the title of her book ques-
tions what race has to do with the
concept of love, the strings she's
pulling to create buzz for it repeat
tactics sure to get black attention.
Race has everything to do with the
attention she's received. A white
woman saying things we may well
say amongst ourselves is an awk-
ward situation. By even engaging in
a debate with her on the issue,
you're only championing her cru-
sade to be the person that says
things everybody else is thinking.
You're giving the subject life it
doesn't deserve, falling for her
media pump fake to get local
NAACP chapters and the casual
reader enraged but you feel this
urge to say something because
allow such statements to exist, even
in a vacuum is unsettling.
For some, there's no such thing as
bad press. But they are bad tactics
used to get that press.
Unfortunately, by making out-
landish statements, Davies made
her headlines too juicy to ignore,
even if it's in our collective best
interests to go ahead and do so. Not
so shocking but true.
I'm not even mad at her, I'm mad
that its working
We Support Alvin Brown!
You should too.
Alvin's vision is taking Jacksonville into the future. That's why these people are supporting him.
Former President Bill Clinton; former Vice President Al Gore; U.S. Rep. Corrine Brow\n; State
Sen. Tony Hill; State Reps. Mia ones & Reggie Full\\ood; former State Reps. Terr Fields &
Audrey Gibson; former State Sen. Betty Holzendorf; Cit Council NMembers Reggie Bro ,n,
Johnny Gaffney & Warren Jones; former City Council Members Rodney HIurst, Pat Lockett-
Felder, Eric Smith & King Holzendorf; School Board Members Paula \Vright & Betty Burney
Pastor A.D. Denard; Pastor Brian C. Campbell; Pastor C.R. hMorgan; Pastor E.I. Norman; Pastor E.L. MNurra.:
Bishop Edward Roblinson; Pastor ElKin lenkins; Pastor Eugene Diamond-I Pastii Flederick Richardson; Pastor
Gar\ L. Hall; Pastor GaI \Williams: Pastor Granmille Reed: Pastor H.T. Rhim: Bishop lames Brandt: Pastor
James Merritt; Pastor James SampJon; Pastor Jar\ is Brac: FPastor leffer) Rumlin. Pastor John Guns, Pastor Kell)
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Williams; Pastor Louis Parker; Pastor Marcius King; Pastor Marl Griffin; FPastor Mar\ in C Zanders, II; Pastor
Michael Edwards; Pastor Quo\adis Thoma,- Pastor Pernell Raggins. Pastor Reginaldc Gund\: Pastor Rudolph
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Fate of at risk schools up to the students
NAACP Act-So first place winners
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First Place Winners will travel to Los Angeles, California July 21-24,
2011. FIRST PLACE WINNERS: Original essay Iman Bethel,
Playwriting Brenda King, Poetry Christina Mattis, Dance Joshua
Abbott, Dramatics -Deja Seigler, Instrumental Contemporary -
Johaan Sweet, Vocal Classical Frank Humphrey, Vocal
Contemporary Courtnee Carter Oratory Morgan Danford, Visual
Art Drawing Shacara Young Film making Adrian Johnson, Painting
- Chantel Green and Photography Marquale Ashley. Anyone wishing to
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Celebrate Church and Pastor Leona Daniels Day at New Fountain IBI
Anniversaries at St. John
St. John Missionary Baptist Church, located at 135 Brickyard Road in
Middleburg, FL 32068. will be celebrating the Church's 130 years of exis-
tence and Dr. C. Edward Preston Sr.'s, 21 years of service. The celebration
will be continued throughout the month of March as follows: Friday -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
Family and Friends Day at El Beth El
The pastor, officers and members of El Beth El Divine Holiness Church
invite the community to worship with them and be their special guest at
their Annual Family and Friends Day Celebration. It will be held on April
20th at 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. The Honorable Sheriff John Rutherford
will be the guest speaker for the 11 a.m.. service and Pastor Frederick
Jacob, Pastor of Great Awakening Ministries Church, will speak at the 3
p.m. service. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Lorenzo Hall
Sr. at 904-710-1586. Dinner will be serving after both services.
The church is located at 723 West 4th Street Jacksonville, Fla.
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-
Morgan State Univ. Choir in Concert
Christ Episcopal Church's Music Ministry will present Morgan State
University Choir in Concert on March 24, at 7 p.m. This critically
acclaimed choir of over 130 singers performs classical, gospel and contem-
porary popular music. Known for their excellent performances, the choir
has performed with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic
Orchestra, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and the Los Angles
Philharmonic. An offering basket will be available for donations. The
church is located at 400 San Juan Dr, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. For infor-
mation call (904) 285-6127 or e-mail to www.christepiscopalchurch.org.
The members of New Fountain Chapel AME Church cordially invite the
public to attend their Pre-Leona Daniel s Day Celebration on March 20,
2011. Worship service with the Reverend Bernard Wright and his congre-
gation Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Titusville, Fla. The church is
located at 737 Jessie St. For more information call 358-2258.
Minister ordinations at Greater New
Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist
Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church located at 1953
West 9th St. with Dr. Perry Jackson Sr. Pastor invites the public to witness
the Ordination Services of Minister Milledge Smalls, Sr. and Minister
David L. Scott. It will take place on Sunday March 20, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
For more information call 475-0141.
Open Arms hosting 5K Walk
and Womens Conference
On April 16, 2011, hundreds of civic, community and
business leaders will join together alongside The Open Arms Christian
Fellowship as they host the Annual 5K Charity Walk. The walk begins
promptly at 8:30 a.m. with on-site registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the
church which is located 2763 Dunn Avenue on the Northside. The 5K
Annual Charity Walk in its 3rd year, raises money to benefit Garden City
Elementary School and Highlands Middle School allowing them to provide
a hot breakfast before FCAT testing, purchase basic school supplies and
assist with field trips.
To register for the charity walk or vendor booth, call the church at (904)
766-5797 or register online at www.oacfchurch.com.
They will also be hosting their First Women's Conference March 17-19
under the theme "Developing Godly Women for Kingdom Living". The
conference are for ladies 18 and up. Festivities will continue on Friday
March 18th at 6:30 p.m. with guest psalmist Tara Jones, Pastor Lena -
Thompson New Creations Christian Ministry and Bishop Carolyn Love -
Truth for Living Ministries. On Saturday March 19, 2011 at 9 a.m., there
will be classes for Married and Singles Ladies with a A Sista to Sista rap
session where lunch will be provided.
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Greater Macedonia presents
2011 Women's Conference
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will present their 2011 Women's
Conference march 25-27 under the theme "For Such a Time As This".
Workshop topics will include th Word, submission, finances, health, prayer,
beauty and dance. The guest speaker lineup will include Mrs. Bessie
Herring of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church on Friday from 6:30 8 p.m.; Mrs.
Lois Diamond of Abyssinia Baptist Church on Saturday from 8 a.m. 1:30
p.m. and Mrs. Michelle Lomax of Titus Harvest Dome Ministries on
Sunday at th e 8 a.m. service. All women are asked to wear white. The
church s located at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue. Dr. Landon Williams,
Pastor. For more information, call 764-9257.
Family & Friends Day at Summerville
Treat your family like friends and your friends like family because the
family that prays together stays together. The Summerville family will
rejoice in its annual Family and Friends Day on March 20, 2011 at 11:00
a.m. This worship is also dedicated to the sacrificial groups "The Twelve
Tribes of Israel. Trophies will be awarded to the sacrificial groups with the
largest number of members, family and friends in attendance. Dr. James W.
Henry Pastor. Summerville Missionary Baptist Church is located at 690
W. 20th St. Jacksonville, Fla., 32206.For more information, call 598-0510.
Anointing Revival at Historic Mt. Zion
Historic Mt. Zion AME Church under the leadership of Pastor Pearce
Ewing, Sr., will be hosting a "Fresh Anointing Revival" March 23-25 night-
ly at 7:30 p.m. Special guests includes the Edward Waters Choir
(Wednesday) and Dr. Walter Thomas Richardson of Sweet Home
Missionary Baptist Church in Perrine, FL. The church is located at 201 East
For more information, call 355-9475.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
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Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
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Millions observe Ash Wednesday, 1st Day of Lent
by The Christian Post
Millions of Christians worldwide
will usher in the 40-day season of
Lent by imposing the sign of the
cross on their foreheads with ash on
Ash Wednesday, which falls 46
days before Easter 40 if not count-
ing Sundays marks the beginning
of a season of reflection and peni-
tence for Christians of the Western
While most Protestants do not
mark their foreheads with ashes
from last year's Palm Sunday cere-
monies a tradition mainly
observed in the Catholic and
Anglican churches they hold spe-
cial services and give special
prayers for repentance and renewal
on the first day of Lent.
Often times, in the days leading to
Easter, Presbyterians, Lutherans,
Methodists, and Episcopalians
choose to abstain from eating,
drinking or doing certain things to
remind them of the Lord's sacrifice
Devout Catholics, meanwhile,
observe Ash Wednesday by fasting,
abstinence from meat, and repen-
tance a day of contemplating one's
The Church is located at:
215 Bethel Baptist St.
Fax: (904) 353-9993
"Fasting, which can have various
motivations, takes on a profoundly
religious significance for the
Christian," Pope Benedict noted
recetnly.. "For Christians, fasting,
far from being depressing, opens us
ever more to God and to the needs
of others, thus allowing love of God
to become love of our neighbor."
Conversely, the practice of alms-
giving, Benedict noted, "is a
reminder of God's primacy and
turns our attention towards others,
so that we may rediscover how good
our Father is, and receive his
This year, Easter will be observed
on Sunday, April 24, and will be
preceded two days before by Good
Friday and one week before by
In Eastern Christianity, the spiri-
tual preparation for the week lead-
ing to Easter begins with Great
Lent, which starts on Clean Monday
and lasts for 40 continuous days
(including Sundays). Clean
Monday, this year, was observed on
The Macedonia Call
If you retired, perhaps you feel left out on
Sunday Mornings, or you were waiting for that
perfect opportunity to give a helping hand.
We need Sunday school Teachers!
There are six positions currently open.
Come my brother, my sister and help us. A starter
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church celebrate their Pastor, Bishop
Rudolph McKissick, Jr. for 15 ears as the church Pastor and 25
years preaching God's word. He has dedicated his life to serving
the Lord and his community. Please come and join us during this
time of fellowship and celebration.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Special Family Fun Day "Gaming With The Bishop"
From 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
Sunday, March 20, 2011
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Worship Services
Pastor Corey Brown
Providence Baptist Church in Newport News, Virginia
6:00 p.m. Anniversary Worship Service
Pastor Jamal Bryant
Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Maryland
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With more black women single, some ask is the church possibly to blame?
love as a single Christian is one he
is often asked.
The frequency of the question led
him to respond through a sermon
series titled "Purpose-Dive Life."
"I would hope faith plays an
important role in dating," said The
Rev. Hobbs, who estimated the sin-
gle to married ratio in his church to
be 2:1 and 3:1 including young
adults between the ages of 18 to 35.
"As you choose a mate in the will of
God, then you will end up choosing
someone who is compatible and
meets your needs."
Although he advocates that
Christians date each other, he
reminds singles who are ready for
more that church is not meant to
serve as a place to find a date.
"Everyone who goes to church
and professes to be a Christian is
not a Christian," said Hobbs. "All
women in the church are not
focused on Christianity. Some are
just there looking ."
The Rev. Hobbs also reminds that
marriage is not for everyone.
"God said he wants us to be
happy. Being happy doesn't neces-
sarily mean being married. Being
happy means being in the will he
has for our lives," he said. "Some
people are just not happy being
married, and if they are content
with that, then that's fine."
Melanie White, 44, watches TV at home Sunday evening. White is among a
growing population of single, black women over the age of 30. She has never
been married and says she is looking for someone who shares her strong
Christian faith. G. Martin.
by G. Platenburg
Melanie White is determined to
be married by the time she turns 50.
The 44-year-old bank teller and
mother of two has already given her
long-distance boyfriend of three
years the ultimatum.
"I'm almost at that half-a century
mark. I'm wondering if I will I ever
get married," said White. "All I can
do is pray about it and put it in
For White, the marriage will be
her first, if it does come to fruition.
White is just one of a growing
number of black women who are
over 30 and still single.
A recent Yale study found 42% of
African-American women remain
unmarried, compared to only 23 %
of Caucasian women.
Deborrah Cooper, an online rela-
tionship and dating advice colum-
nist recently made claims on her
SurvivingDating.com, that predom-
inantly black protestant churches,
such as African Methodist,
Pentecostal, and certain denomina-
tions of Evangelical and Baptist
churches account for why so many
black women are still single.
One controversial post in particu-
lar titled "The Black Church: How
Black Churches Keep African-
American Women Single and
Lonely" attracted national attention
for its claims that stringent beliefs
established by the black church hin-
der women in their search for love.
"An examination of any congre-
gation of the average Black church
shows that single black females fill
the pews," Cooper wrote. "Black
women go to church week after
week, hearing the message that they
should be seeking a God-fearing
man. Sisters in church are instruct-
ed by their pastor that there should
be no room in their lives for a man
without faith in the Lord."
Cooper, who is black and claims
not to be strictly religious, contin-
ued, "Black women should abandon
black churches and focus more on
themselves, their needs and those of
their children than those of black
men or a religion which black men
use to castigate and control an
entire race of women."
Cooper's argument is one that is
seemingly supported by statistics.
While 90 percent of black
Americans expressed an "absolute-
ly certain belief in God," men were
still significantly more likely than
women to claim no religious affilia-
tion, according to The PEW
Center's U.S. Religious Landscape
Additional survey data showed
that 62 percent of black Americans
reportedly interpret scripture literal-
ly true word for word.
Those men who are single and in
the church do not necessarily pres-
ent good dating options either,
according to Cooper's blog.
She described many of the single
black men in church as being elder-
ly reformed players, closeted homo-
sexuals, opportunistic players or
losers working on a 12-step pro-
White, who is a Christian, said
excluding her current beau, it has
been hard to find a good, single
Christian man who was open to
Admittedly, she has limited her
dating pool to black Baptist men.
"I need someone who is a child of
God, has been saved and has
accepted God as the head of their
life because He's definitely the head
of mine," she said.
These dating criteria are some-
thing that Lydia Hobbs can relate
Hobbs, a 42-year-old mother of
three, said a difference in religious
beliefs is what led to her divorce
from her husband of 11 years.
"Christianity is the most impor-
tant aspect in a relationship,
because I'm a Christian" said
Hobbs. "I was married to a non-
Christian. Religion was not a main
focus in his life. It was not impor-
tant that he went to church or set
moral standards for our children."
Since getting back into the dating
scene, Hobbs said anyone she con-
siders dating must be Christian,
have a job, do volunteer work, have
a good personality and be attractive.
"I would like to look at him in the
face," she chuckled.
Hobbs said being a good
Christian does not entail meeting a
scripture reading quota or attending
church services a certain number
times a week.
"Many single women are in
church for women's groups, Bible
study twice a week, some special
committee meetings, singles min-
istry, fellowshipping through the
community and attending service
all day on Sunday. When exactly is
it that this single black woman
would have time for a man in her
life?" Cooper asked in her blog. "In
reality, she doesn't."
For The Rev. Fred Hobbs, pastor
of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, the
question of how to go about finding
Join Bishop McKissick in celebrating 25 years of
changing lives through ministry, music and family
All of his life Rudolph ity of Senior Pastor along with his found for the historic church.
McKissick, Jr. has been a head father, Bishop Rudolph McKissick, "Bethel has moved away from
turner. Like most PKs (i.e. preach- Sr., who has served the church for being traditional to more liberal in
ers kids), the eye of the church decades as Pastor. Their Pastorate everything from style of worship to
always kept him a star in the spot- of Bethel is unique, not only women in ministry." McKissick
light. But it was his own skills as because they are father and son, says proudly. It has become a
an accomplished musician, spiritu- but also because both McKissicks place that is open to any one
al orator, gospel performer, were born and raised in the Bethel regardless of age and educational
ordained Bishop and congregation church, both serving in various or economical social status." .
leader that has earned him his capacities before entering into Bishop McKissick, Jr. is also
respect as one of the most profound ministry and eventually the pas- widely known and respected,,
theologians in the country. torate. nationally throughout the spiritual
His call to the altar is genuine as Under his tutelage, Bishop community. So much so that in
he never felt any pressure to join McKissick only sees big things in 2008, he was consecrated
the pulpit. Bethels future. This includes and elevated into the office f
"My father never mentioned expanding to an even more diverse of Bishop in the Lord's
preaching to me", he said membership and the church Church within the Full
He first realized his desire to increasing involvement effecting Gospel Baptist Fellowship
spread the Gospel while a student economic change to the congrega- International, under the
at Florida State University. One tion and the city at large, leadership of Bishop Paul
weekend while visiting home, he "I see Bethel becoming an eco- S. Morton, Sr. and serves
heard his father, the renowned nomic power providing jobs, hous- as the Bishop of the State
Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr., es and resources for people finan- of Florida for the
preach a sermon called "When cially," says Bishop McKissick. Fellowship. He also serves
Selfness Mixes with God's His vision shouldn't be too hard on various Boards, which
Business". That Sunday morning a to put in place as many of include being a board
passion was ignited in young Jacksonville's mainstream member of the National
"Rudy" as he was affectionately "movers and shakers" are already Action Network, found-
called by the congregation in those amongst the rolls of Bethel's mem- ed by Rev. Al Sharpton
days that would change his life and bership. It has even been said that and the Advisory Board
bring thousands of souls to Christ. the church is a town within itself of the College of
Anyone who knows anything complete with a cadre of doctors, Visual Arts, Theatre
about Bishop McKissick also lawyers, politicians, PR profes- and Dance at Florida
knows his passion for music. He's sionals, entrepreneurs, etc. If there State University. ing ministry," he says when
released CDs, recorded with is a candidate running for office, Grounded in Christ, he places asked how he balances it all.
national recording artists and won Bethel Baptist Institutional Church his foremost responsibility to his Fortunately that sacrifice has paid
awards for his contributions to the is usually the first stop that is made family. He and his wife Kimberly off, throughout his tenure he has
Gospel industry. Trained in the when courting the Black vote. are parents of three and for the helped thousands of youth and sen-
classics, he feels if he wasn't called Having grown up in the church Bishop who wears many hats iors in Jacksonville and he wants to
to preach, he would be spreading (Bishop McKissick, Sr. has been in family is his top priority. share his special anniversaries with
the knowledge of music by teach- the pulpit for 40+ years), he has "You make the decision to refuse the church and community. Call
ing opera or vocal training as a pro- seen subtle but viable changes. The to sacrifice the priority of family 354-1464 for more information on
fessor on a college campus. past fifteen years have been pro- from anything or anybody includ- the special celebrations.
Having not yet marked his 50th
year on the planet, this weekend
Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr.
will celebrate his 15th Pastoral and
25th year in the Ministry at Bethel (O, ,
Baptist Institutional Church. l
The schedule will kick off on '
Saturday, March 19th from
10:00a.m 2 p.m with a fun com-
munity family day of festivities i
where lunch will be served. The
Church has extended an open invi- '
station to the community to join
them for a day of festivities, fun *
and fellowship, with great prizes *N. Wi):
including a cruise, flat screen TV, '
tickets to Disney and more.
On Sunday, Worship services. "'
will be at 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
keynotedd by Pastor Corey Brown
of Providence Baptist Church in
Newport News, Virginia. The 6
p.m Anniversary Service will fea-
ture Pastor Jamal Bryant of The
Empowerment Temple in
Since his return to Bethel in
1995, over 10,000 thousand souls .
have been added to the ministry,
bringing the active discipleship to
well over 14,000. Bishop
McKissick, Jr. serves in the capac-
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No Basketball Wives for Gabby
Just because Gabrielle Union is dating NBA star
Dwyane Wade, don't go looking for her on
nobody's reality show. She made it very clear that
she will not be on "Basketball Wives" or anything
of the sort.
"I pay my own bills, first off, so I've never put
myself in a position to have to be jackass or to have
S to sell myself down the river for a reality show,"
S B Union told HipHollywood. "I was just raised a lit-
tle differently and my situation is a lot different being that I have my own
career, my own celebrity status on my own, independent and before him.
But, I don't knock anybody's hustle, it's just not my path."
Oh and don't go believing rumors either. She also commented on the
recent gossip that's she's about to be a baby mama. It ain't true.
"There would be a wedding before there would be a bambino, so all these
reports of mystery babies that they like to keep giving me-there'll be no
baby until you've heard about a wedding."
Diddy is now hip-hops highest earner
There's a new, old no. 1 in town. Forbes just named
Diddy as the wealthiest Hip Hop artists with Jay-Z in
close second. The media mogul moved his peer from
the top spot he'd been hogging for four years straight.
Now Diddy is worth $475 million while Jay-Z is at
Behind Diddy and Hova is Dr. Dre with $125 mil-
lion, 50 Cent at $100 million and Birdman with $100
million. Diddy makes his money in several ways
including his stakes in Bad Boy Worldwide Records, Sean John Clothing
and his joint business deal with Ciroc vodka.
In this frame grab from video released by WBAL-TV 11, Drug
Enforcement Administration agents escort Felicia "Snoop" Pearson,
from an early morning drug raid.
Wire actress arrested for bei e life
gangster- Actress Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, who played a murder-
ous member of a Baltimore drug gang in the hit HBO series "The Wire,"
is facing charges of conspiring to sell heroin, her attorney said.
Pearson, 30, who was ordered held without bail last Friday, denies the
charges. She is one of 64 people charged in "Operation Usual Suspects,"
a joint state-federal prosecution of an alleged east Baltimore drug gang. Of
the 38 people arrested by last week, 22, including Pearson, are facing state
charges. An indictment charges her with conspiring with two men to dis-
tribute heroin and aiding and abetting.
The federal indictment states that since 2008, members of the conspiracy
bought heroin from New York and marijuana from California and sold the
drugs on the streets of Baltimore neighborhoods. As part of the conspira-
cy, the indictment alleges, members discussed how those who failed to per-
form required tasks were dealt with violently.
The judge stated in precedings that the state has audio of Pearson putting
in a large amount of money to fund the drug operation. She told him she
doesn't know what prosecutors are talking about because she doesn't sell
drugs, he said.
by R. Hazell
The dust has officially settled on the season
preimere of Donald Trump's "Celebrity
Apprentice" and the drama is slowly beginning
to unfold. Though some often throw the term
"Reality TV star" around like a gypsy curse, oth-
ers embrace the 5 to 10 years of fame that
becoming a reality show favorite or villain can
On "Real Housewives of Atlanta" we thought
NeNe Leakes enjoyed kicking over every sand
castle and raining on every parade that she came
across, but in a previously published interview,
Leakes says that isn't so. She doesn't enjoy
being cast as the bad guy at all. She says that, in
fact, her reasoning behind agreeing to appear on
"Celebrity Apprentice" was altruistic and pure.
"They asked me to do the show last season and
I said no," NeNe said. "They asked me to do the
show again this season and I said yes because I
really thought it would be a good look for me to
be on the show fighting for my charity. That's
what I thought. I wasn't thinking anything else.
I just thought that I would do the show and have
something outside the 'Housewives of Atlanta'.
You get to see the business side of me which you
really didn't get a chance to see on 'Real
Housewives'. People probably thought that all I
wanted to do was fight and get in people's face
"This past year I've gone through something
that was very life changing for me," said Leakes.
"It was already out there that my husband and I
were having trouble and I filed for divorce. We
are no longer living together, we are legally sep-
arated and we're trying to work on things while
we are separated. I've been with him for 14
years. It was the hardest time in my life. I know
I didn't show a lot of emotions ii tiie
'Housewives' show, but it made me be somne-
thing that I never thought I could be. I've al'.. a,, S
been able to control everything in my ]tfe and
this is one thing I wasn't able to control md it
almost destroyed me."
With all that being said one has to ask, it llere'
is a fourth season of "Real Housewi'cs ot
Atlanta" will Leakes be there?
"What you see on the show is a lot of '.. nIcii
that are one thing, but then something different
when the camera's aren't there," co:irinucd
Leakes. "I say all that to say that I don't ino"\. if
there's going to be a fourth season and if diei e
is going to be a fourth season I don't kno-'. it
I'm going to do it. I'm just saying tha:',
how I feel today. I just want to be cleai
about that. I'm not saying that next
month I won't be ready to do the show,
I'm just saying I'm not feeling it right
now. Im just not, Im just not. The
reunion show if you watched it I really
didn't want to be there."
If we recall the reunion show it appeared as
though it was open season on NeNe Leakes
because everybody took their shot.
"I'm just in a better place today that I was
when I shot either one of those shows," she
explained. "The New Year came in and I decid-
ed to work on getting my happy back and I want-
ed to be in a better place. I'm not where I need to
be, but I'm in a much better place today than I
was then. And I just don't want to be surround-
ed by a bunch of negative people and bitterness
If Leakes is so adamant about not wanting to
be around what she dubs as "fake" people then
why not just say goodbye with the whole thing?
ken," she explained. "They can. It's just a lot of
stuff that me and the producers have to talk
about. Can I go away? And if I continue to do it
can they change up the editing? When work
becomes work it's not fun anymore. I want to get
back to my happy and I want to have fun. I love
television, but I certainly don't want to go to
work everyday and be arguing. I don't want to
go to work everyday and be around people who
are negative and don't give a damn about you. I
just don't want to do it anymore. I want the char-
acter to be portrayed fairly. I don't want them to
take a piece of what I said and don't show all of
what the other people said."
Watch NeNe Leaks on "Celebrity Apprentice"
Sunday on NBC at 9pm (8pm/c).
Hair stylist Andre Walker dishes on Oprah's hair
Talk show maven Oprah Winfrey and longtime stylist Andre Walker.
It all started in 1985 with a note, her hair looking healthy ever since. Walker shares in the April issue of
simply stating "I'm dying to get my "I'm happiest with the [looks] O, The Oprah Magazine. "For her
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Not only did Chicago salon
owner Andre Walker book the job
of Oprah Winfrey's personal hair
stylist with that note, but he's kept H
py look with a bit of a flip. She
often looks back and says, 'I really
love that hairstyle.' "
However, there have been some
not-so-happy hair moments in
Winfrey's past. "She also reminds
me of the styles that weren't so
great," Walker admits. "But in my
defense: It was the '80s!"
To keep Winfrey's locks lush on a
regular basis, Walker avoids using
blow dryers or irons on her hair
more than three times per week.
Lately, I've been doing ponytails
to stretch the time between blow
dries," he shares. "With a little
height on the top, a pony can look
And his cardinal hair care rule?
"Condition. Condition. Condition,"
he says. "Whether you think you
need it or not, use a conditioner
every time you shampoo, and
slather on a thick hair mask once a
week. Restoring moisture to the
hair is really important to help
repair dry ends and add shine."
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
Art After Dark
The 15th Annual Art After Dark
will take place at the Florida
Theatre on Friday, March 18th
from 6-10 p.m.. The evening fea-
tures a silent auction, live music
and heavy hors d'oeuvres and
desserts. An of course, lots of art by
local artists and student artisans.
Tickets are only $15. For tickets or
more information, call 355-5661.
Bob Hayes Track Meet
The 47th annual Bob Hayes Track
Meet will be held March 18-19 at
Raines High School. The finals will
begin Saturday at 1:30 p.m. For
more information call 924-3049.
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
Ms. Delta Teen Pageant
The 57th Miss Delta Teen Pageant
will take place on Saturday, March
19, 2011 at 8 p.m. at the Florida
Theatre. The theme this year, Lift
Ev'ry Voice: A Celebration of
Jacksonville Sights and Sounds,
features our contestants portraying
Walked Off Wid Alla
On Thursday, March 24th at 7:00
p., join Dr. Maxine Montgomery at
the Stage Aurora Performance
Hall, 5188 Norwood Avenue for
"Somebody Almost Walked Off
Wid Alla My Stuff:" The evening
will include a discussion and ques-
tion / answer session about Ntozake
Shange's For Colored Girls Who
Have Considered Suicide When the
Rainbow is Enuf and the African-
American woman's literary tradi-
tion. Call 765-7372 for more infor-
at the Ritz
Come visit the best local talent out
there at Amateur Night at the Ritz
on Friday, April 1st at 7:30 p.m.
The monthly event always sells out.
For more info call 632-5555 or visit
The Edward Waters College 1st
Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament
will be held on Monday April 4,
2011 at the Deerwood Country
Club. Jacksonville Jaguar player
Rasheen Mathis is the honorary
Chairperson. The tournament will
be played as a four person Captains
Choice. For more information, call
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
April 7 at 7 p.m. Call 632-5555.
Do you love and enjoy fitness,
physical activity, and being
healthy? Would you like to teach it
to others and get paid? On Saturday,
April 9, 2011, at DEEN Wellness
Center formally ABz-Solute Fitness
located at 5290-4 Norwood Avenue,
there will be a certification work-
shop from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. For more
information or to register, call 765-
Jax Facts Speed Dating
JCCI is highlighting the innova-
tive people, programs and results
that serve middle school students in
Duval County Public Schools
before and after the regular school
day. Dinner is provided. It will be
held on Tuesday, April 12th from
5:30 8 p.m. at DuPont Middle
School. To RSVP for the free
forum, email RSVP@jcci.org
(Subject line: JAXFacts).
Kevin Hart at the
Comedian Kevin Hart will be in
performance on Friday, April 15th
at the Florida Theatre. Showtime is
8 p.m. Call the box office at 1-800-
The BET Music Matters tour will
feature Marsha Ambrosius, Melanie
Fiona and Anthony Day. The artists
are committed to giving their audi-
ence a complete musical experience
by combining meaningful lyrics
with passionate performances. It
will be on Saturday, April 16th at
8 p.m. at the Florida Theatre.
Keith Sweat in concert
Keith Sweat, Silk and TruSoul
will be in concert on Friday, April
22 at the Times Union Center.
Showtime is a 8 p.m. For tickets 1-
Join the Diversity Network for
fellowship and a discussion on
Tuesday, April 26th. The meeting
will be from 6:30-8:30 at the River
House, 1878 King Street next to St.
Viincents Hospital. The subject is
Our HealthCareViews: What does
that mean. And exploring whether
it is simply 'access to healthcare' or
'best healthcare'. RSVP to
The annual Shrimp Festival in
Fernandina Beach has been moved
up to the weekend of April 29th.
Attendees will be able to treat them-
selves to a feast of the sea and live-
ly entertainment in the birthplace of
the modern shrimping industry.
There will be food, music, arts,
crafts, antiques and live entertain-
ment Friday Sunday. For more
information, visit www.shrimpfesti-
Dwight Eubanks hosts
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.
Through Our Eyes Exhibit
The Ritz Theatre and Museum is currently exhibiting Through Our Eyes
2011 For Women and Men of Color: The Art ofRelationships through May
7, 2011. The artwork is fueled by the dialogue resulting from the recent
film, For Colored Girls, and the original 1970 choreopoem, For Colored
Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Artwork
explores the complexities of various female-male relationships. You are
also welcome to join for Gallery Talk on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from
7-9 p.m. For more information, call 632-5555.
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March 17-23, 2011
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Surprise 85th Birthday Celebration held for Willye Dennis
The Mary Singleton Senior -
Center was the backdrop for a sur-
prise birthday celebration last ........
Saturday for community trustee .
Mrs. Willye F. Dennis. Friends,
family, and Delta sorors joined in
the festivities to honor the coura-
geous woman who mentored many
and loved all. r .
Well wishers filled the communi-
ty room for an informal program
that included food, song, birthday 16
cake and a plethora of commenda- i'
tions and proclamations of 85 years
Over the course of her decades in ..
the city, Mrs. Dennis worked as a
librarian, day care owner and State
Representative. But it was her lega-
cy as the Jacksonville Branch
NAACP President for many years
that placed her name in the history
books of Jacksonville. A
Under her leadership, the
NAACP successfully served as a
catalyst in establishing the current
magnet programs which desegre-
gated Jacksonville schools. Mrs. 7.
Dennis is currently residing in Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida with her son
Byron and daughter-in-law Shown above at the celebration (L-R) are Alvin Brown, Sollie Mitchell, Joan Barney, Lloyd Pearson, and
LucByron and daughter-in-law Ken Johnson surrounding the honoree, Mrs. Willye Dennis (seated) at the celebration in her honor.
Lucretia. R. Sihed Aristide planning a return to devastated Haitiphoto
Ousted Aristide planning a return to devastated Haiti
The Associated Press is reporting
that South African and Haitian offi-
cials have said former Haitian
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
will return to the country after
spending seven years in exile.
Aristide emerged as a leading
voice for Haiti's poor and helped
lead a popular revolt that forced an
end to the Duvalier family's 29-year
dictatorship. He became the trou-
bled country's first democratically
elected president, despite opposi-
tion from the army and Haiti's elite.
During his exile, Aristide has said
many times that he wants to return
home as a private citizen and work
as an educator.
It would be the second return
from exile for Aristide, who is both
loved and reviled. He first was oust-
ed by a military coup in 1991. Pres.
Bill Clinton returned him to power
in 1994 following a U.S. military
intervention that forced out the mil-
A supporter of former Haitian President Aristide
itary regime. Then, thousands of his
supporters gathered around the
National Palace to watch U.S.
Marines fly him in on a helicopter.
Aristide later fled Haiti again on
Feb. 29, 2004, leaving before dawn
on a U.S. plane as rebels
approached the capital.
The U.S. has warned his presence
"would prove to be an unfortunate
distraction to the people of Haiti."
With elections coming up this
month, the potential consequences
for the struggling country of that
distraction can't be overstated.
US state department spokesman
Mark Toner said that for Mr
Aristide to return this week "could
only be seen as a conscious choice
to impact Haiti's elections".
Mr Aristide's lawyer collected a
Haitian passport for him last month,
but said the former president want-
ed to dedicate himself to education
African migrants under attack in Libya
Workers from sub-Saharan Africa are coming under attack from fighters
seeking to overthrow Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. The workers are
being mistaken for mercenaries fighting on behalf of the government.
Witnesses say that dozens of black laborers have been killed and scores
of others have gone into hiding because anti-government protesters have
formed gangs to hunt the workers down.
This is truly a terrible time for the workers, who leave behind the pover-
ty and government corruption of their home nations in search of better
employment opportunities mostly in the oil industry to the north.
More than one million black African migrants work in Libya.
Bulls honor championship team
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were together again for another
championship celebration, this time to commemorate the 20th anniver-
sary of the Chicago Bulls' first title.
The Hall of Famers along with some teammates and coaches were on
hand for a halftime ceremony during Saturday's game against the Utah
Jazz, reliving their past glory.
There was Jordan dunking over Patrick Ewing again. Pippen was
wreaking havoc on both ends, John Paxson was nailing jumpers, the
Pistons were hurrying off the court and the Bulls were hoisting the tro-
phy, drenched in champagne after knocking off the Lakers.
It was all there during a video set to Tom Petty's "Learning to Fly" that
kicked off the festivities.
March 17-23, 2011
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