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ing disparity sought
KANSAS CITY, Mo. A group that
advocates for criminal justice reform is urg-
ing states to remove disparities between
how people are sentenced for crack and
powder cocaine possession.
Last year, President Barack Obama signed
legislation that reduced the federal sentenc-
ing disparity between the two types of
cocaine from 100-to-1 to 18-to-1. Before Obama signed the Fair
Sentencing Act, someone caught with 5 grams of crack cocaine had
received the same sentence as someone caught with 500 grams of pow-
Thirteen states have sentencing laws that treat the drugs differently.
Only two Missouri at 75-to-1 and New Hampshire at 28-to-1 have
ratios higher than the U.S. government's.
The Washington-based Sentencing Project have urged states to get rid
of the disparities, citing fairness and potential savings in prison budgets.
Houston Black Firefighters could
get settlement for discrimination
HOUSTON, Tx Seven black firefighters may receive a $300,000-plus
settlement for a discrimination case they filed in Houston.
The firefighters allege that they were overlooked when promotions were
handed down, while city officials claim that the men did not score high
enough on their 2006 written exams. Refusing to be daunted, the men
fought fire with fire and sued the city two years later for using a racially
The Houston City Council have already approved the settlement.
Supreme Court rejects Davis appeal
SAVANNAH, Ga. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from
the Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis this week paving the way to his
controversial execution. The justices, without comment, refused to order
the llth Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to examine the case and
declined to do so themselves.
Davis was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1989 killing of
Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.
The ruling is just the latest in a complex legal battle that has played out
in the courts for more than 20 years.
Months after U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore in Savannah
said Davis failed to prove his innocence, this is the latest blow to the
efforts to see him freed.
Davis' attorneys said the likeliest route left is the Georgia Board of
Pardons and Paroles. The panel can commute or postpone executions, but
rarely does so.
Right now the state's executions are on hold, after federal agents seized
Georgia's supply of a lethal injection drug.
Postal Service offers
buyout to 7500 employees
The U.S. Post Office has been hit hard by e-mailing and other tech-
nology that allows people to circumvent the use of the service. What we
now call "snail mail" because of seemingly never ending teclmology cre-
ated to communicate with one another instantaneously via a smorgasbord
of communication tools, is on emergency life support to remain in busi-
ness. Now the government is forced to, once again, make serious per-
sonnel cuts and more than entertain losing a day of service.
The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Postal service has offered
buyouts in the amount of $20,000 to 7,500 employees in administrative,
supervisory and postmaster positions. But, in addition to finalizing this
directive, cutting Saturday service is also on the table to assist with the
economical recovery of the service.
Slowly, but surely though, it appears that we may see our local post
offices become a thing of the past-but not without one serious fight.
Black life expectancy not improving
but Black females outliving males
Life expectancy in America has reached an all-time high. According to
figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), a baby born in 2009 can expect to live to 78 years and two
months. However, the improvement in longevity did not affect African
Black life expectancy remained stable. Nevertheless, Black females
continued to outlive both Black males and white males. Between Blacks
and whites, the longest living group was white females.
In 2009, a white female could expect to live to be 80.9 years of age. She
was followed by Black females with a life expectancy of 77.4 years.
White males placed third at 76.2 years while the typical Black male can
expect to live to be 70.9 years of age. This marks the second year in a row
that average Black male life expectancy exceeded 70 years. For decades,
life expectancy for Black male held stubbornly below 70.
The CDC offered no explanation as to why longevity for African
Americans failed to increase in 2009.
Meanwhile, the leading causes of death in America remained heart dis-
ease, cancer, respiratory diseases, strokes, and accidents. While it gets a
lot of media attention, AIDS was not even among the top 15 causes of
LU0 R I A 1R 1 COAb 1 Q LALI 1 L LACL K
Volume 24 No. 24 Jacksonville, Florida March 31 April 6, 2011
Florida education changed again with Student Sucess Act
After July 1 of this year, new
teachers will work on annual con-
tracts, instead of receiving tenure
after three years of satisfactory
evaluations, which is essentially an
employment contract for life.
We must recruit and retain the
best people to make sure every
classroom in Florida has a highly
effective teacher," Governor Scott
Jax Links Capitalize on Government
Shown above at the signing of the Student Success Act into law at the
KIPP School are (L-R) Mia Young, teacher Anna Savitsky, Greyson
Halligan, Sydney Franklin, DeAndre Clark, Kayla Cook Dougie
Lawson and Tom Majdanics, Director of KIPP Jacksonville Schools.
Controversial Governor Rick
Scott was in Jacksonville s last
week to sign Senate Bill 736, the
Student Success Act, into law at the
charter school, KIPP Impact Middle
School in Jacksonville. The historic
bill puts in place begins the
Governor's 7-7-7 Plan by requiring
merit pay for Florida's public edu-
cators based on student achieve-
The legislation changes how
teacher performance is evaluated,
including the following:
Teachers will be evaluated using
a scale of four levels for perform-
ance instead of satisfactory and
At least half of an educator's
evaluation will be based on student
learning gains for classroom teach-
ers instead of 100 percent of the
evaluation being based on principal
or peer review.
Teachers in hard-to-staff sub-
ject areas, like math and science,
will earn more money, instead of
the same rate regardless of subject
Members of he tiiy iad o 1s' oif iEiaks,
Inc., joined their ci s icc, fom arounti st ':ic fo .i'ks Day a;i Cie
('pital in "'aliAlt ssee, i ,. ShoII above i' i ', j! e cksonvill area
on the steps ol ilte old C'ap *ii: e a 'Ilc, ('"I -e ta:naes,
Waters, ', iA As va usan L ones,
Sylvia Perry and ackson-houln. the il day, the
women were ire.ced by icisla;ors nld had he to dis-
cuss issues of concern to the '. ohb si-
ty and tile state of -.
Boys 2 Men: Beautillion presents prepared young men to society
Thirteen young men were fea-
tured at the 10th Annual Les
Beautillion Militaire by the
Jacksonville Chapter of Jack and
Jill of America, Inc.
Held last weekend at the Omni
Hotel, over 300 family, friends, and
well wishers of the community,
gathered to witness the occasion.
Donned in full black tie, the gala
included the traditional waltz by the
beaus and their belles, dinner and
live jazz music. Festivities were
culminated by the "topping ceremo-
ny" which represented their final
transition to manhood. The evening
concluded with a private party in
the hotel's Grand Ballroom for the
beaus and other invited guests.
The young men had an opportu-
nity to participate in a variety of
activities over the past six months.
Workshops were held on an array of
topics ranging from leadership in
the community to educational and
lifetime choices. They also com-
pleted a community service project
at Dignity-u-Wear and attended
numerous hours of rehearsals. A
Gregory Jonathan, Nigel Lax, Tevin Mitchell, Brian Barton, Christopher Greene, Trevian Crawford,
Zachary Rose, Malcolm Chapman, Darius Holliday, Winston Jones, Devon Burton, Brandon Brooks and
mother/son luncheon was also held to be a cultural, educational, social of African-American boys during
prior to their debut at the and leadership program aimed at their junior or senior high school
Beautillion. The event is designed recognizing the accomplishments year.
Florida urged to comply with Voting Rights Act
TALLAHASSEE -- Civil rights
organizations, the NAACP Legal
Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
(LDF), the NAACP, including its
Florida State Conference of
Branches, and Advancement
Project, together urged Florida
Governor Rick Scott and Attorney
General Pam Bondi to comply with
the Voting Rights Act by submitting
newly proposed changes to the
state's rules governing voter regis-
tration for persons with felony con-
victions to the federal government
In a joint letter, the groups
addressed the Florida Cabinet's
recent attempt to require a person
convicted of a non-violent felony to
wait five years after completing a
sentence before that citizen can
even apply for a restoration of her
voting rights. Moreover, under the
proposed new rule, the clock auto-
matically resets if an individual is
arrested during this period, even if
no charges are ultimately filed.
"Fortunately, as our letter today
explains, before these voting
changes can take effect Florida
must first comply with Section 5 of
the Voting Rights Act. Section 5
serves as our democracy's check-
point, requiring Florida to submit
all proposed voting changes to the
United States Department of Justice
or a federal court to first ensure that
they do not discriminate against
minority voters," said John Payton,
LDF President and Director-
"Florida's proposed voting
changes would constitute a com-
plete reversal of the policy enacted
in 2007 by previous Governor
Charlie Crist, under whose leader-
ship more than 100,000 people
regained their voting rights. Under
the former rules, the voting rights of
nonviolent offenders were restored
automatically upon completion of
their sentences," said Benjamin T.
Jealous, President and CEO of the
"Studies clearly show that restor-
ing voting rights to people with
felony convictions both serves to
help reintegrate people with felony
convictions back into society, and
to reduce recidivism, important
goals that Florida's new restoration
process would seriously under-
mine," said Florida State
Conference NAACP President
"It is our expectation, and indeed
the hope of the thousands of
Floridians of color who are dispro-
portionately denied the right to vote
because of a fehn'i conviction, that
Florida will abide by federal law
and submit these changes for
approval." concluded Edward
Hailes, Jr., Advancement Project
Managing Director and General
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Procrastinating paying your
bills costs in the long run
By Jason Alderman cent. are too complicated the list of
I'm the last person to cast However, if you file your excuses goes on. But the simple
aspersions on anyone who pro- return or at least ask for an fact is: The sooner you start
rastinates, given my own extension request on time, the saving, the faster and larger -
ccasional lapses in that area. penalty drops to 0.5 percent per your account can grow.
11 leave it to the self-help month, plus interest. So, even if If your employer offers
urus to supply behavior-modi- you can't calculate your taxes matching contributions (often
cation techniques. What I will by the deadline, at the very 50 percent or more of the first 3
ay, however, is that procrasti- least, file for an extension, percent of pay you save) you
nation can be a very costly Student loan deadlines, should at least contribute
abit. Anyone wanting to apply for enough to reach that match.
Here's how putting off the federal student loans must first Where else will you get a 50
levitable can reap unpleasant complete a Free Application for percent return on your invest-
nancial consequences: Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), ment?
Nuisance fees. Simply failing available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Here are a few other ways
pay fines for overdue library This time-consuming process procrastination can nip your
books or parking violations can involves gathering lots offinan- wallet.
escalate far beyond the original cial data, so it's understandable Miss the vehicle registration
penalties and interest they that many people put it off. But, or emissions check deadlines
ccrue. Many local govern- by missing the filing deadline, and you could get a ticket.
ients trying to balance their you could forfeit thousands of Not keeping up with pre-
udgets are increasingly dollars in assistance, ventive car maintenance could
aggressive at collecting such And, what many people real- result in costly repairs later on.
*es sometimes even turning ize too late is that although the The same goes for your
em over to collection agen- federal application deadline is body: Get regular dental exams
es. June 30, deadlines for aid from and physical to prevent serious
Tax penalties. Everybody many states and individual col- medical conditions or catch
knows income taxes are due on leges are often much earlier. It them early.
pril 15 (or in this year's case, really pays to start your Always notify billers of
pril 18). If your tax return or research in the fall for the fol- your new address right away.
quest for an extension isn't lowing year. Missing payments can lead to
ed by then, the penalty on any 401(k) participation. Even late fees and even increased
xes you owe increases dra- though they know their retire- interest rates.
atically. You'll pay an addi- ment savings are inadequate, If any of these scenarios ring
onal 5 percent of taxes owed many people still postpone con- a bell, see if you can't knock off
r each full or partial month tributing to their employer's at least one of them. Who
)u're late, plus interest, up to a 401(k) plan or IRA. I can't knows, you may get on a roll.
afford it, the investment options
Black Business Owners: Pay attention
to new business funding opportunities
In September 2010, President Obama approved
the Small Business Jobs Act a new law that has
become a very significant piece of small business
legislation. The law extends the successful SBA
enhanced loan provisions while offering billions in
lending support, tax cuts, and other opportunities
for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Now in 2011, those provisions have become to
-manifest themselves. Just recently, the U.S.
Treasury Department approved more than $50 mil-
lion to support lending to small businesses in the
states of Connecticut, Missouri and Vermont. That
translates into $534 million in loans. In an earlier
round of funding this year, California, Michigan
and North Carolina were approved for a total of
$293.8 million. As time goes on, the law provides
that even more states will receive funding.
Being that African American business owners
are disadvantaged in many ways, they should espe-
cially pay attention to what's happening and
inquire locally at their banks and credit unions. A
lot of this funding is being allocated to commercial
loans, technology loans, and other loans for com-
panies who have less than 500 employees.
Here are some other facts about the new law:
The law eliminates the "Competitiveness
Demonstration" program, which limited opportu-
nities for small contractors in 11 industries where
they excel, such as construction, landscaping and
The law will provide $90 million in competi-
tive grants over next three years for states to help
small business owners with exporting.
The law provides up to $50 million in grants to
Small Business Development Centers across the
country starting January 2011.
For more information about the Small Business
Jobs Act or business credit in general, visit
Inmates' Added Burden: "Pay to Stay" Fees
By Kenneth J. Cooper
Special to the NNPA from thede-
Inmates in prisons and jails, even
minor offenders, are finding they
not only have to do the time, but
they have to pay-for booking,
rent, routine medical care, and
even electronic monitoring once
they are released. Most states have
long authorized penal officials to
charge those and other fees, but the
current budget crunch on state and
local governments is making more
adopt the controversial practice.
Few legal obstacles stand in the
way of requiring inmates to "pay to
stay," though a federal court has
found fees imposed on suspects
jailed while awaiting trial in Ohio
violated their due process rights
and the highest court in
Massachusetts ruled last year that
state laws do not permit a county
sheriff to charge for rent, health
care, and GED exams.
Supporters say fees relieve a
burden on taxpayers and accustom
offenders to being fiscally respon-
sible. But, prisoners' rights advo-
cates say the fees wind up being
paid by relatives, make prisoners
who have money targets for hostile
extortion, and can cost more to col-
lect than they are worth.
Whatever financial relief may be
provided to governments, minori-
ties are disproportionately affected
because they are overrepresented
in prisons and jails.
A study by the National Institute
of Corrections, part of the Justice
Department, found that Michigan
in 1982 passed the first law requir-
ing state prisoners to make copay-
ments for medical care. By 1997,
at least 41 states allowed jails to
charge fees for a variety of servic-
es rendered to inmates.
No one knows for sure how
many of the more than 3,200 jails
run by counties and cities charge
their inmates, who have either
committed relatively minor offens-
es or who are confined while
awaiting trial. But, another insti-
tute study in 2005 suggests fees are
popular at the nation's largest jails,
though the researchers acknowl-
edged their survey sample may not
Jails raised the most money from
daily rent, which was commonly
$20 but ranged from a dollar to
$60, the 2005 study found. (One
jail in Ohio charges almost $70,
according to a 2010 report by the
American Civil Liberties Union).
The second biggest source of rev-
enue was from inmates who do
have regular jobs outside jail while
on work release.
The American Jails Association
has listed a proliferation of fees for
other services, including telephone
calls, drug tests, substance abuse
treatments, attorney and library
visits, secure transportation to
court appearances, and laundry.
Perhaps because of their rev-
enue-generating potential, jail
room charges appear to be growing
in popularity, particularly in the
Midwest. A Google search found
new or increased rents have been
considered or adopted this year in
counties in Michigan, Minnesota,
and Ohio. Summit County, Ohio,
where Akron is located, has debat-
ed a $100 booking fee and an
unspecified room charge.
The 1997 survey of states, which
appears to be the most recent done,
showed only seven had held out
against the trend: Arkansas,
Massachusetts, New Mexico, New
York, Pennsylvania, Utah, and
Vermont. Researchers found no
information on state laws in Alaska
and Louisiana. Washington, D.C.
did not impose jail fees, nor did
In Massachusetts, the legislature
last year established a special com-
mission to study setting fees for
jail inmates after Republican law-
makers unsuccessfully pushed bills
to adopt the practice in the finan-
The issue came to public atten-
tion there in 2004 when a county
judge stopped a Republican sheriff
in southeastern Massachusetts
from collecting $5 a day for what
he called "custodial care" as a mat-
ter of "inmate responsibility." The
judge in Bristol County, where the
depressed fishing port of New
Bedford is located and a third of
jail inmates are Black or Hispanic,
also halted two years of collection
of $5 per medical and dental visit,
for eyeglasses or a haircut; $3 for
prescription drugs; and $12.50 for
taking the GED exam.
A year ago, the state's Supreme
Judicial Court upheld that deci-
sion, ruling that state law does not
allow county sheriffs to charge
fees for rent or health care, and
limits the price of an inmate hair-
cut to $1.50. Under a settlement, a
total of $830,000, including inter-
est, is to be refunded to 4,500 for-
mer inmates-if they can be found.
A Republican state representa-
tive, Elizabeth Poirier, has for sev-
eral years filed legislation to
authorize the state's sheriffs to
adopt a fee schedule similar to the
one unlawfully imposed by Sheriff
Thomas M. Hodgson in Bristol
County. She says her latest version
would exempt indigent inmates-
if they remained out of incarcera-
tion for two years after their
"Five dollars a day is a small
amount," Poirier says. "In these
hard economic times, why should
these individuals be a greater bur-
den than they should be?"
She maintains many offenders
"enter prison with great sums of
money and put it in their account,"
so paying would not become the
responsibility of their families.
But, James Pingeon, a Boston
lawyer with Prisoners Legal
Services who filed the successful
lawsuit, says the payments did usu-
ally fall on families because unlike
inmates in state prisons, those in
Bristol County jails "don't have
jobs, so they don't get paid."
Those inmates with access to
funds, Pingeon says, faced strong-
arming by other inmates to pay the
fees for them. He also disputed the
argument that the charges promote
personal responsibility among
offenders. "It doesn't, if you're sit-
ting in jail asking your mother to
pay for your stuff," Pingeon says.
A Special Commission to Study
the Feasibility of Establishing
Inmate Fees, which the
Massachusetts Legislature created
last year, is expected to file its
report within weeks. Whatever its
recommendations, it's uncertain
that Republicans, a small minority
in the Democratic-dominated
Legislature, can cobble together
the votes to pass Poirier's bill or a
Governor Deval Patrick, a
Democrat who is the state's first
African American chief executive,
opposes such legislation.
"The Patrick administration does
not favor legislation authorizing
payment of fees by inmates
because their negative and unin-
tended consequences do not lead to
a comprehensive plan focused on
successful re-entry and reducing
recidivism," says Terrel Harris,
spokesman for the state Executive
Office of Public Safety and
Entrepreneur thinks beyond Barbie
Designer Brings Black Dolls to Mainstream
by Mary Worrell fled with the selection when
Walk into any toy store or big- shopping for her two daughters.
box retailer "When I go to the store, the
a n d selection of black dolls is mini-
mal," she said. "People like to see
dolls that look like them."
Graves is a 40-year-old radia-
.. ] tion therapist from Chicago who
in recent years decided to pursue
I her dream of creating dolls that
women. While working full-
time, she is slowly bringing
Trinity Designs onto the mar-
ket with hopes of one day
Being the number one design-
s er and manufacturer of
It's a huge undertaking.
The doll industry is dominat-
ed by a few major players
and those companies aren't
interested in sharing any of
their secrets, Graves said.
Couple that with challenges
such as sourcing materials,
designers, sculptors, and a man-
ufacturer, and you have a venture
that few would decide to pursue.
But Graves is on a mission to cre-
ate something that she can pass
on to her children.
Trinity Designs is fairly young,
you're having launched just two years
sure to find a ago. Graves is a member of the
wall of dolls and accessories, Delta Sigma Theta sorority and
mainly of the Barbie variety. started the company with an idea
Parents can find almost every for a doll that would symbolize
incarnation of Barbie and clothes the sisterhood.
to match every occasion, but "You can find rag dolls, fig-
Niccole Graves is still dissatis- urines, and statues, but you can't
find a fashion doll. I decided I
would make one for myself,"
Graves said. "I decided I wanted
a bigger doll. I went with a 16-
inch doll and had a prototype
made. I have a seamstress that
sews the clothes, a lady that
designs doll hair, and a doll
sculptor. It took a little over a
Graves shared the prototype
with her sorority sisters who also
wanted one. Form there her idea
grew to include other sororities.
Fraternities and sororities may
seem like a small niche market,
but it's a niche that likes to cele-
brate membership with clothing
and other gear reflecting the tra-
dition. Graves designed dolls
with hands that would be able to
move. Each sorority's doll makes
the group's unique hand signal.
They also sing.
Navigating an industry like doll
making, which unlike restaurants
and retail operations lacks any
kind of how-to manual, is chal-
lenging for this first-time entre-
preneur. But Graves doesn't take
the veterans she has working with
her for granted.
"My doll sculptor has been
very helpful and gives recom-
mendations," she said. "But no
company is going to take you
under their wing."
The reaction of people to her
product gave Graves the confi-
dence to begin plans to expand
beyond the sorority market into
children's dolls. The 16-inch
sorority dolls are collectibles
which is reflected in the higher
cially for new businesses."
Graves received three small
loans from friends and family to
The series currently features different dolls in honor of all four
of the Black female sororities adorned in their colors.
price point of $149. Graves is
working on a prototype for an
11.5-inch doll, the same size as
Barbie, which at $20 to $30 will
be more accessible to the average
One of the biggest challenges
thus far has been access to capi-
"Getting a business loan is next
to impossible and there's no such
thing as grant money even though
they say there is. It's not the real-
ity," she said. "When you have a
start-up, banks want you to have
huge amounts of your own
money. It's very difficult finan-
get a meager base from which she
could start, but all other funds
have come from her own pocket.
"It takes longer to get some-
thing done because you're work-
ing with little funds," she said.
Access to capital and working
full-time with two children are
big challenges for Trinity
Designs, but Graves can see
beyond those hurdles and is
brainstorming the company's
future and looking to diversify its
"One of the biggest costs has
been patents and trademarks. And
the original sculpt was $5,000,"
she said. "Our sculptor has been
phenomenally gracious and has
done more to help me than the
average person would."
Graves's first shipment of dolls
launched last year and the 300
"Essence of a Delta" dolls did
well. However, marketing will
be a bigger focus on the next
round, Graves said.
"Marketing is a really expen-
sive component of any business.
Even two years after the pre-
orders, people don't know I'm
out there," she said. "I have to
keep telling people about it. Now
that I have these 300 in circula-
tion, I'm able to tell others and
show them the product. People
have to see the doll, because it's
hard to show size. People are
stuck on Barbie and she's nothing
Graves is modeling her chil-
dren's doll line after her daugh-
ters and is hoping to sell those
wholesale through retailers and
keep the more expensive, 16-inch
dolls for sale on her website.
"I really think God gave me
this idea as a gift and as some-
thing that has the potential to
make me the largest producer of
African-American dolls," Graves
said. "You don't have a company
with a line dedicated to minori-
ties. Ideally I don't just want to
make black dolls I also have
designs in mind for Hispanic
women. A lot of people get over-
looked in the doll industry."
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FCAT needs to be trashed in favor of performance assessments
As children throughout our love-
ly county and state get prepared to
take the FCAT, the state's version
of a standardize test used to evalu-
ate public school students, it still
awakens the same ill feelings that I
have had for the past several years.
With a son in the tenth grade I
have gone through the whole FCAT
prep and mental motivation thing
more times than I can remember.
And maybe those ill feelings
have increased because I continue
to feel like our public school chil-
dren are being subjected to learning
for the a test versus being taught a
more well-balanced curriculum.
But who am I? I am certainly no
scholar, but I don't see how the
FCAT is helping students or
schools. This is a standardize test
that does more bad than good,
because many students have
become intimidated by the empha-
sis placed on passing it.
Politics can be a treacherous
game, and the public school system
has become a pawn for some law-
makers who would like to disman-
tle our current system. The below
line is simple; the test should be
used as a tool for improvement ver-
sus a hammer.
In contrast to the way the state
uses the FCAT, most private
schools rely on performance
assessment test, which focus more
on what people can do and less on
how well students take tests.
Rather than addressing issues
that would boost achievement, such
as smaller classes, more time for
teacher planning, and equitable
resources for all schools, politi-
cians and policy makers have
imposed the FCAT on students
without providing any evidence
that testing improves teaching or
Question: If we are going to use
the FCAT to determine a student's
success or failure then why are we
even giving quarterly grades?
Doesn't the sheer institution of
standardize testing insinuate that
our teachers and school systems are
not competent enough to properly
evaluate a child based on their
everyday schoolwork and test?
That is what it says to me. Funny
though, the majority of these same
law makers who advocate for the
FCAT and test like it have children
that attend private schools. And a
large percentage of private schools
do not participate in annual stan-
dardize testing of students.
I don't have to tell my educated
Free Press readers this, but the
FCAT will only tell part of what we
should know about student's
achievement. What really bothers
me is that most schools are so
focused on the dang (and I really
want to use another word) FCAT
that they discard their curriculums
to prepare for the exam so a large
percentage of students learning
year is spent on test prep.
The emphasis on testing in our
public schools promotes anxiety
and a preoccupation with test
scores that often undermines stu-
dents' interest in learning and
desire to be challenged.
Students are learning very little
about Civics, Social Studies,
Science and Art because the stakes
are so high that it becomes impera-
tive that teachers focus on "the
That is not what our educational
system should be about. We should
be concentrating on balanced cur-
riculums that introduce children to
all aspects of education not just
those on a standardized test.
Studies have shown repeatedly
that standardized tests like the
FCAT continue to be biased and
inaccurate assessments of the abili-
ties of many of our students. And
not just the FCAT, but other stan-
dardize test including the most pop-
ular one, the SAT, are flawed.
I can give a personal testimony to
the fact that standard test don't
mean much. I took the SAT in high
school and did not do well, but I
made it into college because of my
high GPA. Several of my friends
made at least an 1100 or better on
the SAT and most of them flunked
out of college.
Numerous studies show that SAT
scores explain just about 16 percent
of the variation in actual freshman
college grades. A student's high
school record alone is the best pre-
dictor of performance in the first
year of college.
And my biggest problem with
"standardize test" is the most obvi-
ous in my opinion these test
penalize women and many minori-
ty students. Females tend to do
worse than males on standardized
tests, but consistently earn better
classroom grades than males.
Because of many cultural bias'
associated with standardize test,
minorities, especially blacks do not
do well. It has nothing to do with
African Americans not being as
smart, but everything to do with
our cultural background, the envi-
ronment and type of schools that
we learn in.
If standardize test prove any-
thing, they prove that there is still
tremendous inequality in our public
school system. So what happens as
a result of these lower test scores?
Researchers consistently find that
adding test scores to the admissions
equation results in fewer women
and minorities being accepted into
college versus if their academic
records alone were considered.
Maybe there is a light at the end
of the tunnel. The state department
of education is now slowly migrat-
ing to "End of the Year Exams" for
many subjects. This is a move that
would replace the FCAT in many
But if parents want change then
they must speak up and continue to
pressure the folks representing
them. "It is not light that is needed,
but fire," said Frederick Douglas
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Liberal Democrats Are Hurting
Obama's Presidency Over Libya
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De n nis s
stop at blasting
Obama on his
Libya war policy recently in a
meeting of ultra-liberal
Congressional Democrats. He prac-
tically invited Congress to consider
an impeachment discussion of
Kucinich didn't even stop there.
He rammed the impeachment point
home further in a follow-up inter-
view in which he flatly said that the
The GOP presidential fi
weak, divided, and top hea
controversy and even loati
Just mention Sarah Palin,
Michelle Bachmann, and
Gingrich and listen to the
president went squarely against the
Constitution in approving the
Libya military action. So far, no
other Democrat went quite that far.
But several key Congressional
Democrats including Barbara Lee
(D-Calif.), John Conyers (D-
Mich.), and Charles Rangel (D-
N.Y.), did openly grouse that
Obama went too far in not getting
approval of Congress for his action.
There is no dispute that presi-
dents have a legal, constitutional
and political responsibility to get
approval from Congress when the
issue is waging war. This obliga-
tion is clearly spelled out in the War
Powers Act. And those who made
that point were right to make it. But
Kucinich and the handful of
Democrats who ripped Obama
about Libya certainly know that
there is virtually no possibility that
Obama will blatantly abuse that
power as Bush did in Iraq and
Afghanistan and commit American
ground troops to combat in Libya.
This would be a gross violation of
the provisions of the Act.
Obama backed the Libyan no-fly
zone because the United Nations
Security Council by unanimous
vote backed it. The House Foreign
ld is Affairs and
Ivy with tees backed the action.
thing. More importantly, the
Arab League request-
ed that the United
Newt Nations impose a no-
fly zone over Libya.
And nearly every
humanitarian group around has
But, most important he backed it
because it's the politically and
morally right thing to do. Kucinich
and others would have screamed
the loudest if Obama had done
nothing and Gaddafi slaughtered
thousands in a blood-lust rampage
against the rebel groups. In his
case, and that of every other dicta-
tor that's ever been under siege
from their own people, it always
leads to the slaughter of innocent
women, children and elderly, under
the guise of restoring order. If
Obama hadn't acted, he would have
been even more loudly condemned
as being weak, indecisive and a
chronic ditherer when it comes to
making tough decisions on foreign
The real troubling thing about
Kucinich's far-fetched hint that
Obama could be subject to
impeachment is that there are more
than a few Republicans that would
gladly relish the thought of having
a contentious, distracting, and
uproarious debate over Obama's
conduct not only in Libya but also
over every other one of his policies.
This would be more than a classic
case of politics makes strange bed-
fellows, it would be a major desta-
bilizing debate just at the point
when Obama is gearing up in his
push for re-election in 2012.
The GOP presidential field is
weak, divided, and top heavy with
controversy and even loathing. Just
mention Sarah Palin, Michelle
Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich and
listen to the loud groans among a
majority of voters, and that
includes a significant number of
The outbursts from Kucinich and
other Democrats, then, about
Obama violating Congressional
trust and prerogatives on Libya,
simply adds to the political confu-
sion. And that's political manna
from heaven for the GOP. Kucinich
and Obama's severest Democratic
critics hope they can push Obama
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off his cautious, centrist stance on
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aggressive action on the home fore-
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Any other time and place, it
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Moderate Republicans felt Audrey Moran was a
candidate who could bring Jacksonville together
"Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their
principles for the sake of their party." -Winston Churchill
It wouldn't be a stretch to say that supporters of former mayoral candi-
date Audrey Moran were devastated by her third place showing in the
recent primary. It would probably not be a stretch to also say that many
Alvin Brown supporters thought his so called second place upset was not
so much of an upset after all.
Brown's 24 percent of the vote captured second place in the mayoral pri-
mary election and propelled him into the runoff against Republican Mike
With Moran's loss it appears there will be no moderate Republican
approach to leadership in Jacksonville. There is especially nothing unify-
ing to look forward to in Brown's opponent. Mike Hogan has sold his soul
to the extreme wing of conservative "new racists" of the so-called Tea
So for those moderates from both parties who pinned their hopes of
Jacksonville fmally growing up and having the vision of a real "big boy"
city on a Moran victory, all hope would seem to be lost. Stuck in the mid-
dle of a situation where a city has refused to let go of many of its good old
boy, racist tendencies and opportunities for idealistic progression, these
supporters craved significant change for Jacksonville's future.
And as we move on into the general election vetting between Brown and
Hogan, the question for Moran supporters would seem to be, what should
they do now?
During Moran's campaign, she was successful at garnering support from
many of the community's African American leadership, mostly Democrats.
Some at least decided to stay out of the support game as not to promote
Brown but to show shadow backing for Moran. As the money and support
came into the Moran camp it would have been easy for these supporters to
feel as if they were in the right camp. For them the Moran loss at least
leaves an option for support in Brown, even though it might not be a pref-
erence. It might have been a hard pill to swallow after last Tuesday's elec-
tion but in the end they are more than likely to fall in line behind Brown's
Things aren't so simple for moderate Republican Moran supporters, espe-
cially for the former candidate herself. It's funny how things work, during
the Moran campaign it wasn't such a reach to see Democrats supporting
her vision for Jacksonville. Now that she's out, the opposite commitment
of support from moderate Republicans to line up behind Brown would be
considered political suicide.
But why? Isn't the vision the same?
And if these moderate Republicans wanted to defeat Hogan so bad for the
good of the city, wouldn't it be just as easy to support Brown as Moran?
If it is the case where these Moran supporters find their way into the
Hogan camp for fear of party politics, then perhaps they haven't advanced
as far with their political vision as thought to be. It would be same old pol-
itics as usual for the power Republicans.
If big money Moran supporters were to put their dollars behind Brown, it
would send a message to other moderate Republicans that it's alright to
support a Democrat without fear of retribution. It would also bring many
wing-nut conservatives out of hiding in the Hogan camp.
While Hogan has a defined vision that would continue to keep
Jacksonville a divided city, Brown has embraced the concept of growing
one Jacksonville. That cannot happen without paying close attention to
areas of need. Respecting the City's workforce for the job they do to main-
tain a vibrant community. Also, to create an energy that doesn't portray
Jacksonville as "Cowford 2011." In other words, Jacksonville cannot cut
its way into progression and growth.
The obvious move for Moran supporters who are feeling a little out of
sorts right now is to just do what they would have expected Brown to do.
That is to get in line and help defeat Hogan. It's the only strategy that will
keep Jacksonville from turning back the clock.
Moran supporters should know that anyone who is backed by the so-
called Tea Party is incapable of the vision it takes to infuse bold leadership
into this community. Now is the time for these moderates to back the can-
didate that would best protect their previous hopes. And that person is
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Providers sought for summer lunch program
The Jacksonville Children's
Commission (Commission), the
United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) and the
Florida Department of Education
are currently seeking community
organizations to partner with to
serve lunches and snacks this sum-
mer in low-income neighborhoods
free of charge and in a safe, effec-
The Miami-Herald is reporting
that the Florida Senate quietly
slipped language into its newly pro-
posed budget Monday that seeks to
give corporations the chance to run
correctional facilities and probation
services in 18 counties, in what
could signal a massive private
takeover of public prisons.
The move which could shift
nearly $600 million to private firms
- surprised prison guards, their
unions and even the head of the
Senate's Criminal Justice
Appropriations Committee, Mike
Fasano, who said his committee
was opposed to the idea of privatiz-
ing prisons when it was proposed
by Gov. Rick Scott's aides "We
made it clear that we weren't inter-
ested. We moved on without doing
it," said Fasano, R-New Port
Richey. "And now it appears in the
budget. I'm not pleased. It is a
huge, substantive issue. It's a major
policy change and it should have at
least been discussed publicly."
The House's proposed budget,
released Friday, takes a far more
measured approach to privatizing
tive and efficient manner to help
alleviate child hunger.
To qualify as a Summer Lunch
Provider, sites must be in an area
where there is a school with at least
50 percent of its students enrolled
in the free and reduced lunch pro-
gram, allow access to all neighbor-
hood children, provide the food free
of charge and operate for a mini-
mum of 30 days.
From Monday, June 13, through
probation and prisons. It calls for a
private operator to run the facilities
and services in Miami-Dade and
Broward counties. Those two coun-
ties are included in the Senate's
plan, which was spearheaded by
Senate budget chief J.D.
Alexander, seeks to privatize serv-
ices all the way north to Manatee
Should the citizens of Florida be
surprised slipping in a major plan
Friday, Aug. 12. 2011, any Duval
County child under the age of 18
can receive a lunch by visiting one
of the designated Summer Lunch
Program sites across the city.
To apply to serve as a Summer
Lunch Program site, visit
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"Summer Programs" and download
the application and information let-
ter or call (904) 630-6430 by
Friday, April 22, 2011.
Sigma Chapter travels to Atlanta
for Chi Eta Phi Conference
Eleven members of the Sigma Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority journeyed
to Atlanta recently to participate in the 58th Southeast Regional
Conference. Throughout the conference, the medical professionals strate-
gized and fraternized on improving their profession and the health status
of Black America. Shown above is former Southeast Regional Director
Wilma Lauray with Dr. Mildred Fennal, 19th National President of Chi Eta
Phi Nursing Sorority at the conference. Throughout the year, the Sigma
Chapter hosts various activities to bring awareness to obesity, health
reforms and cancer.
to privatize prisons and not inform-
ing unions of the possible policy
change? Republicans keep saying
they want less government. Perhaps
they should change their mantra to
less government, more big busi-
ness. Everything including the pri-
vatization of prisons should be up
for discussion not secretly embed-
ded in a larger piece of legislation
with no mention of it to the parties
that would be directly affected.
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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. hosts youth symposium:
Healthy Choices, Healthy Living, Healthy Generations
It was a health fair for our youth.
Hundreds of kids and their parents
attended a local youth symposium
Saturday, March 26th at the
Regency Square Mall. The ladies of
the Gamma Omicron Sigma
Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority, Inc. hosted the Youth
Symposium "H3: It's AllAboutMe:
Healthy Choices, Healthy Living,
The goal of the symposium was
to promote a healthy generation and
help kids make healthy choices.
Kids of all ages were able to get
child ID, fingerprinting and health
screenings. They were also able to
pick up safety information.
The symposium was educational
yet fun. There was entertainment on
the stage in front of Belk. Many
people enjoyed a self defense
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Florida Legislature makes
stealth move to privatize prisons
The Northeast Florida Community
Action Agency (NFCAA), a nonprofit
organization will have their board of
directors meeting Thursday, March 31,
2011, at 4:00 p.m. It will be held at 4070
Boulevard Center Drive, 4500 Building,
Suite 200, Jacksonville, Florida 32207.
For more information call 398-7472 ext 224.
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Open Arms hosting 5K Walk
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.
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.
7 Last Words of Christ at St. Philip's
The Seven Last Words of Christ (A Sacred Cantata for Soli and Chorus )
by Theodore DuBois, will be performed Good Friday, April 22, 2011 at
7:00 p.m. Performing will be Eugenia Chapman, Soprano, Dr. Lorenzo
McCarthy, Tenor Edwards Witsell, Baritone, Henry A. Mack
Organist/Choir Director. St. Philip's is located at 321 Union St. W.
Jacksonville, Fla., 32202. For more information please call (904) 354-1053
Pack the Pew at New Redeemed
The Women of New Redeem Baptist Church, 1614 E. 30th Street where
Rev. Willie Addison Sr. is Pastor, will be presenting "Pack the Pew" on
Saturday April 16th at 6:00p.m. The speaker will be Rev. James W. Henry
Pastor of Summerville Baptist Church. Everyone one is invited to come out
and worship.. Sis Jessie B. Ward, coordinator.
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NAACP to take on AIDS as a faith and civil rights issue
The NAACP issues a call to
action to the faith community to
champion the importance of HIV
testing and prevention in their
respective congregations and com-
"We need to acknowledge that, in
America, health is a true civil right.
It is essential that we enlist leaders
from every corer of society to fight
back against a disease that is devas-
tating our community," said
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President
and CEO of the NAACP.
"Normalizing the conversation
about HIV/AIDS in our churches is
critical to reducing the stigma, mak-
ing testing a routine part of health
care visits and ensuring those who
test positive receive medical care
earlier all of which can curb the
spread of this disease."
"Dialogue with the Black
Church" is part of NAACP's ongo-
ing two-year national initiative to
address the disparate impact of
HIV/AIDS in the African American
community. The program will create
a strategic roadmap for faith leaders
to follow in helping to reduce the
spread of HIV throughout his or her
community. Key components
In-depth assessments of the barri-
ers and challenges faith leaders face
in trying to effectively educate their
congregations on HIV testing and
prevention. Research to include
interviews, surveys and focus
groups among faith leaders in high-
Toolkits with practical, action-ori-
ented steps, as well as best practices
to shape services currently offered
within communities as well as to
serve as a springboard for those who
may want to initiate these services.
Personal accounts from commu-
Technical assistance to ensure
local faith leaders can effectively
implement the recommended strate-
gies that are in line with their com-
New HIV-focused content and
blogs on the NAACP website.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC), African
Americans represent 13% of the
U.S. population but account for
more than half of all new HIV diag-
noses. 1 in 30 Black women and 1 in
16 Black men will be infected with
HIV in their lifetime. One in five
HIV-positive Americans close to a
quarter of a million people have
yet to be diagnosed. Alarmingly,
African Americans make up the
majority of the undiagnosed.
Evidence shows that individuals
who are unaware of their HIV status
are more likely to transmit HIV and
less likely to access care and treat-
ment that could improve their quali-
ty of life. Additionally, many are
diagnosed late in the course of the
disease when treatment is less effec-
tive. The CDC cite the reasons for
the racial disparity as not just relat-
ed to race, but rather to barriers
faced by many African Americans.
These barriers include poverty,
access to healthcare, and the social
stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
The NAACP maintains a legacy
of serving as a voice for persons
unheard and underserved, and is
therefore committed to its role as an
agent of change in the domestic
HIV/AIDS crisis. Faith leadership
can play a critical role in changing
the course of HIV/AIDS diverse
communities, by reaching those
who need a voice those who are
unaware of their status and those
who do not think they are at risk.
Support for the initiative is pro-
vided by Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Additional information can be
found at http://www.naacp.org/pro-
Can the church make you fat?
A study by Northwestern
University researchers concludes
that young adults who are regularly
involved in religious activities have
a significantly higher chance of
becoming obese by middle age. And
the results are of special concern to
black women, who are some of the
most dedicated churchgoers.
Researchers followed participants
(41% of whom were African
American) for 18 years, and found
that those who attended at least each
one religious event per week had
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middle age, compared to those who
didn't have any religious commit-
The results held true even after
taking into account participants'
sex, socioeconomic status, cardiac
risk factor levels, education and
And the researchers found that the
more actively religious participants
tended to be women, African-
American, and with a larger BMI
(body mass index).
Before you cancel this week's
Bible study in hopes of dropping a
dress size, take note: The results just
show that young people with active
religious involvement are more like-
ly to become obese -- the investiga-
tors stress that the study does not
prove in any way that participating
in services will actually make you
Perhaps the results could be
explained by the food-based tradi-
tions surrounding many religious
events, the fact that these activities
tend to be relatively sedentary
(catching the Holy Spirit does not
count as cardio) or that some people
are choosing them over exercise
(after all, there's only so much time
in the day). The study didn't get to
the bottom of that.
On a more positive note for
churchgoers, the researchers did
find that aside from weight, reli-
gious individuals tend to be in over-
all good health.
The U.S. Fish Summer jobs available for
manages the coun youth in the great outdoors
try's 553 national
wildlife refuges, hopes to hire more
than 2,000 young people this year,
as it did in 2010. Apply now for a
job this summer on a national
wildlife refuge or other public land.
A commitment to youth hiring is
part of President Obama's
America's Great Outdoors initia-
Go to the Refuge System web site
to find 2011 youth job opportunities
in the National Wildlife Refuge
System. Scroll down and click on
Opportunities" to learn about jobs
through program partners such as
the Student Conservation
Association (SCA) and
AmeriCorps. You can apply directly
for some openings on partner web
sites. For other opportunities on
refuges, such as those through the
Youth Conservation Corps (YCC),
contact your local refuge (use the
"Find Your Refuge" feature on the
Refuge System homepage).
Learn about other 2011 conserva-
tion job opportunities with the
Department of the Interior (DOI) at
a new web site, http://www.youth-
go.gov/and explore the Department
of the Interior's Youth in the Great
Outdoors program. Listings are for
both permanent and temporary jobs.
DOI manages the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, the National Park
Service and several other technical
Youth job candidates are consid-
ered without regard to race, color,
religion, sex or national origin.
Most internships include a stipend,
and others are volunteer positions.
Youth jobs on national wildlife
refuges can change lives and career
pathways. They also stimulate
learning and personal growth, say
those with firsthand experience.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
March 31-April 6, 2011
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In the photo above, Maryland Historical Society MdHS Pres. Burt Kummerow presents the award
to Eddie C. & C. Sylvia Brown.
Maryland couple donates
$22 million to worthy causes
Baltimore, Maryland Eddie C.
and C. Sylvia Brown have a talent
for using philanthropy as a tool to
They and their family have con-
tributed more than $22 million to
various charitable causes over the
past fifteen years.
The Maryland Historical Society
(MdHS) announced that Eddie and
Sylvia have been selected as the
society's "Marylanders of the
Year", an award whose recipients
have included Ben Bradlee, Tom
Clancy and R. Sargent Shriver.
Maryland Day commemorates
the founding of Maryland. On
March 25, 1634 settlers stepped
from two small sailing ships, the
Ark and the Dove, onto Maryland
soil. They landed at St. Clements's
Island on what is now St. Mary's
County, Maryland. MdHS leads the
commemoration in Baltimore each
year with a patriotic celebration and
the naming of the Marylander of the
At the awards luncheon held last
week Burt Kummerow, MdHS
President, said, "Eddie and Sylvia
have generated spectacular divi-
dends for impoverished inner-city
residents and leveled playing fields
across the country in the realms of
education, healthcare and art.
However, a number of their gifts
have been targeted to improving the
quality of life in the broader
Brown was bor impoverished in
rural Apopka, Florida, Always a
superb student, his academic
prowess prompted a local business-
woman to fully subsidize his educa-
tion at Howard University, where
he earned an electrical engineering
degree in 1961. He never met his
benefactor but knew he wanted to
do the same for other poor black
youngsters. Sylvia was bor in
King William, Virginia (the daugh-
ter of educators) and as a former
educator shares Eddie's vision
about the importance of education
as an equalizer.
At the Maryland Day awards
luncheon, Eddie Brown said, "We
have tried to create a model of phi-
lanthropy that spurs other African
Americans of means to become
more involved with charitable giv-
ing to our community. Most of our
grants require that other African
Americans give up to a third of our
gift. Both of us have been very
pleased with the results achieved."
After college Eddie joined IBM
as an engineer, earned an MBA and
worked as an investment manager
for T. Rowe Price, before founding
Brown Capital Management in
1983. His Baltimore-based business
was soon able to amass more than
$6 billion in assets under manage-
ment. The Brown's established
their charitable foundation (C.
Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown Family
Foundation) in 1996.
The Brown's $1 million chal-
lenge grant gift to the Enoch Pratt
Free Library is the largest donation
extended to the institution in its
129-year history. Its purpose was to
make widely available the libraries
collection of African American lit-
erature then stored in a basement
Their largest overall gift was the
$6 million that helped fund con-
struction of the $20 million Brown
Center, located on the urban cam-
pus of the Maryland Institute
College of Art (MICA) in
Baltimore. They also underwrote a
number of full scholarships for
African American students to attend
Their second largest single gift of
$5 million was for the Turning the
Corner Achievement Program
(TCAP) that guides inner city
Baltimore youth towards success.
University of Maryland,
Baltimore County (UMBC) is
another educational institution that
has received the Browns assistance.
They provided $1 million to form
the Brown Capital Management
Faculty Institute of
Entrepreneurship to provide faculty
training and activities that help kin-
dle the spirit of entrepreneurship in
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum
of Maryland African American
History & Culture received a $1
million challenge grant from the
Browns for the purpose of helping
the museum establish an endow-
The Brown's mission in the realm
of the arts has been two-pronged:
to provide more opportunities for
African Americans in the arts,
while simultaneously helping to
expose their talents and skills to a
wider audience. Their first gifts
went to The Walters Art Museum
and the Baltimore Museum of Art
to provide more art created by
African American artists to be
added to their permanent collection.
1/3 of EWC
Edward Waters College recog-
nized more than one-third of its
student body for their outstanding
academic achievements at
Academic Honors Convocation last
More than 280 students, com-
prised of all classes, were acknowl-
edged for earning a 3.0 GPA or
higher in 2010, and were given cer-
tificates of achievement for their
accomplishments. Students on the
President's List, those who attained
a 4.0 GPA, were additionally
awarded medallions for their dedi-
cation to scholastic excellence.
As the message "Stretch for
Success" from speaker Rev.
Marvin Zanders resonated at Milne
Auditorium,the crowd cheered for
each scholar who walked across the
stage to shake hands with key
administrators, staff and faculty.
The ceremony also served as an
encouraging administrative bench-
mark for future semesters. With the
college striving to increase its
retention rate, the number of stu-
dents eligible for the ceremony
served as a tangible measurement
for EWC's retention plan.
Academic Honors Convocation
is an annual ceremony coordinated
by the Division of Academic
Dr. Jossie Burton
Dr. Jossie Burton enlightens
ASAALH on Women's History
The James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of
African American Life and History, Inc. (ASALH), presented its 2nd
Annual Women's History Month Celebration "Still I Rise" last weekend at
the Urban League Building The event was celebrated with various par-
ticipants. A dance tribute was presented by Essence Burton a 4th grade
student followed by a poetic expressions in tribute to Dr. Betty Sessions'
book of poetry. "The Whitest Black Girl" was read by Chelsie Boyd, a
10th grade student at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, followed by a
musical selection by Mrs. Linda Whitsell.
Dr. Jossie Burton D.O. keynoted the event with "Rising Up to our Health
Challenges," to the crowd of over 150 guests. She spoke on the many
challenges that women face today and how we should make life changes
and take responsibility for our health issues. She also recommended being
aware of your family history, ask your doctor, questions, exercise daily, eat
healthy and make life style changes if necessary.
Saft is one of the world's largest develop-
ers and manufacturers of Lithium Ion
batteries with operations in 17 countries
around the world and is headquartered in
Paris, France. We are seeking the follow-
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Should relatives be paid to look after elderly family members?
Caring for a family member is a
responsibility many people bear. It
can also be a source of income.
So-called "caregiver agree-
ments" -- formal contracts under
which relatives are hired to care for
elderly family members -- have
been around for a while. But with
the economic downturn, more fam-
ilies may be open to entering into
Financial transfers made under a
caregiver agreement generally
aren't considered gifts, an impor-
tant consideration if an elderly per-
son later hopes to qualify for
Medicaid, the joint federal/state
program that covers nursing-home
care. The contracts can also pro-
vide assurances to other family
members about the cost and quality
of care being delivered and reward
caregivers for the long hours they
put in. The agreements need to be
carefully crafted, and there are tax
To an aging parent, the idea of
being cared for by a trusted family
member may be appealing. And for
those who want to stay in their own
homes, or need to because they
can't sell their property to fund
entry into a continuing-care retire-
ment community, hiring a relative
can be a money-saving strategy.
For adult children who have
more time to devote to mom or
dad, such arrangements can pro-
vide a modest source of income --
or at least cover expenses they
incur in providing care -- at a time
when many families are struggling.
Caregiver agreements, also
known as personal-service or per-
sonal-care contracts, can reduce
tension among family members. In
the absence of such formal
arrangements, a parent may decide
to bequeath a larger slice of an
estate to the primary caregiver, typ-
ically one child, which can lead to
the will being contested by siblings
who feel slighted.
In recent years, caregiver agree-
ments have grown in popularity as
a Medicaid planning tool because
they can reduce the size of an
estate.That's because a rule change
extended the look-back period for
making gifts to family members to
five years from three.
If properly set up, transfers made
under a caregiver agreement aren't
considered gifts but rather compen-
sation because they are payments
made in return for a service,
lawyers say. In order to qualify for
Medicaid, individuals must pass
state-specific means tests for
income and assets. An individual
may not have more than $2,000 in
assets to qualify for Medicaid.
Some property is excluded, includ-
ing the primary residence.
In addition, in order to pass legal
muster, caregiver agreements must
be written contracts that are com-
pleted in advance in which the
compensation is reasonable.
It's also wise to solicit input from
family members, in order to avoid
problems later. Recipients of the
care should have a comprehensive
estate plan in place, including pow-
ers of attorney.
Contracts should specify duties
the caregiver will be expected to
If the shoe fits, you can avoid corns and calluses
that are too big or have irritating
A history of other foot problems
can increase your risk of corns. If
you have a hammertoe or a claw toe
(where the toes bend in the middle),
the awkward position of your toes
may cause corns to develop on the
tops of your toes.
Corns and calluses are easy to
spot. Calluses probably don't need a
doctor's treatment, because they're
rarely a problem and will go away
on their own. A very painful corn,
however, may need a doctor's care.
Your podiatrist will inspect the
corn, and determine whether the
skin needs to be trimmed away to
relieve pain and pressure. He or she
can also diagnose a deformity that
may be causing recurring corns, and
may suggest surgery to alleviate the
So when picking out shoes, con-
sider your feet for a moment. Thick,
rough calluses and painful corns are
a steep price to pay for fashion.
Treat your feet to comfortable
shoes, and you'll be protecting
them from corns and calluses.
by DeLaney Roland, BDO
Whether you're a slave to shoe
fashion or you pay little attention to
what you wear on your feet, ignor-
ing basic foot care can often lead to
corns and calluses. Those unsightly
lumps and bumps on your toes or
heels certainly do not add to your
attractiveness during sandal weath-
er, and can actually bring on a host
of problems, including pain.
Described as thick, hard sections
of skin that form from too much
pressure or friction on the feet,
corns and calluses can be caused by
a number of problems, but especial-
ly by wearing poorly fitting shoes.
These conditions aren't serious, but
they can result in serious foot pain.
Calluses and corns are an
increase in the thickness of the skin
overlying a bony prominence.
Calluses are typically on the bottom
of the foot; corns are calluses that
occur on the toes at the joint. They
can be painful when you walk, and
cause pain when you put on shoes.
These thick layers of dead skin
cells are usually white or yellow in
color, and appear tough and thick.
Corns and calluses may also look
flaky, or seem like really dry skin. A
corn tends to be small and round,
with a very sore spot in the middle
and yellowish skin surrounding it.
Calluses, on the other hand, are
usually larger and may be a little
sore but are generally not as
Causes and Risk Factors
Most often, corns and calluses
develop when shoes are too small,
or have very high heels, forcing
excess pressure to be placed on the
ball of your foot. The style of shoe
matters, too. If a seam or other part
of the shoe rubs against your toe, a
painful corn can develop. Corns and
calluses may also result from not
wearing socks, or wearing socks
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Like everyone else, people with
developmental disabilities can have
a healthy mouth if these three steps
1. Brush every day.
2. Floss every day.
3. Visit a dentist regularly.
Step 1. Brush Every Day
If the person you care for is
unable to brush, these sugges-
tions might be helpful.
First, wash your hands
and put on disposable gloves.
Sit or stand where you can see
all of the surfaces of the teeth.
Be sure to use a regular or
power toothbrush with soft bristles.
Step 2. Floss Every Day
Flossing cleans between the teeth
where a toothbrush can't reach.
Many people with disabilities need
a caregiver to help them floss.
Flossing is a tough job that takes a
lot of practice. Waxed, unwaxed,
flavored, or plain floss all do the
same thing. The person you care for
might like one more than another,
or a certain type might be easier.
1. Grip the floss between the
thumb and index finger.
2. Start with the lower front teeth,
then floss the upper front teeth.
Next, work your way around to all
Step 3. Visit a Dentist Regularly
You should' have regular dental
appointments. Professional clean-
ings are just as important as brush-
ing and flossing every day. Regular
examinations can identify problems
before they cause unnecessary pain.
Easy steps to
a healthy mouth
Be careful where your straps fall on your toes.
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in Povwntown Jack5onviLLe
Your Dental 1
8:30 AM 5 PM
Saturday Appointments Available
Dental Insurance and Medicaid Accepted
Charles E. Simmons, III, M.D.
Have your ne wom or sick* chi seen
in fhe hospil by f ir own Docor.
Baptist-Wolfson Children's Hospital
St. Vincents- Mem orial & St. Lukes H hospital
Primary Care Hours:
9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. M-F
1771 Edgewood Avenue, W., Ste 1
Jacksonville, Florida 32208
March 31-April 6, 2011
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
There will be a Community Town
Hall Meeting on education and
crime on Thursday, March 31st at
6:30 p.m. The meeting will be at
Phillipi Missionary Baptist Church
located at 9232 Gibson Avenue in
the Sherwood Forest area. In atten-
dance will be elected officials and
representatives from area city agen-
cies. For more information, contact
Eunice Barnum at 525-4491, or e-
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
There will be a cleanup of the
Eastside neighborhood on Saturday,
April 2nd from 9 a.m. noon.
Participants are asked to meet at the
PAL located at 1050 Franklin
Street. Lunch will be served. For
more information, call 854-6770.
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
info or to register, call 765-6002.
Live theater at the Ritz
The classic stage play "YOUR
ARMS TOO SHORT TO BOX
WITH GOD" will be performed on
the stage of the Ritz Theatre,
Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. For
tickets or more information, call
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.
Jackson Class of 1976
The Andrew Jackson Class of 1976
will be having a meeting to plan for
their 35th Class Reunion. It will
take place on Saturday, April 16th
from 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. at
Joseph's Italian Restaurant on Main
Street. For more information, call
Rhoda L. Martin
The 4th annual Rhoda L. Martin
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$40.50 Outside of City
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Golf Classic will be held on
Monday, April 18th at 11:30 a.m.
The Shotgun Start will begin at
12:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Beach Golf Club on Penman.Road
South. The tournament fee includes
lunch before golf, 18 holes of golf,
and awards dinner after play. Entry
deadline: Friday, April 15. For more
information, call 241-6293.
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: Exploring
whether it is simply 'access to
healthcare' or 'best healthcare'.
R S V P t o
The annual Shrimp Festival in
Fernandina Beach will be held the
weekend of April 29th. Attendees
will be able to treat themselves to a
feast of the sea and lively entertain-
ment in the birthplace of the mod-
ern shrimping industry. There will
be food, music, arts, crafts, antiques
and live entertainment Friday -
Sunday. For more information, visit
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
concert 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.
Cultural Arts Festival
The Jacksonville African American
Cultural arts Festival is set for May
20th and 21, 2011 featuring live
performers, food from a half dozen
countries and people from around
the world. Friday, May 20th, the
legendary Jimmy Hill and Angie
Cleveland will open the mainstage
Friday night at the St. Thomas
Family Life Center. Saturday will
include a health fair and variety of
art in song, dance, and the spoken
word at the A Philip Randolph
Heritage Park and is free all day and
open to the public.
For more information go to our
website at: www.africanamerican-
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
p.m. Call ticketmaster for tickets.
Trail of Tails: Fun
Walk & Festival
Join the Jacksonville Humane
Society for the third annual Trail of
Tails: Fun Walk & Festival on
Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Landing. Registration includes a
T-shirt and goodie bag. A festival
featuring food, fun and free kid's
crafts follows the event. Call 725-
8766 or visit www.jaxhumane.org.
The 2011 Humanitarian Awards
dinner will be held Thursday, May
26, 2011 at the Hyatt Hotel starting
a 6 p.m. This years honorees
include Nathaniel Glover, Delores
Barr Weaver, Martha Barrett and
Mark Green. For tickets or more
information, call 354-1Jax.
Save the date for the 2011 Clara
White Mission 17th annual
"Miracle on Ashley Street Celebrity
Chefs & Servers" fundraiser. It will
be held on Friday June 3, 2011 at
11 a.m. and showcase some of the
city's top chefs at the Clara White
Mission for lunch. For more infor-
mation, call 354-4162..
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From 'Passing Strange' to 'Limitless,' Jacksonville native
Daniel Breaker makes smooth transition to film world
Remake of Sparkle planned
S *"Sparkle" the remake has been green
lighted by Sony productions and is set to
begin filming soon.
It's not "Dreamgirls" and it certainly isn't
anything like it, let's just put that out there
right now, at least that's what producer
S Debra Martin-Chase told Sister 2 Sister
and now you know.
Although the story is also inspired by the
story of The Supremes, the plot is a bit
thicker and a bit darker than most are used
To be written and directed by film couple Mara and Salim Akil (known
for "Girlfriends" and "The Game"), the film takes place in the late 50s
in Harlem. It takes a journey with the Williams sisters who encounter
some obstacles along the way on their path to success.
"The plots are very different. I mean, Sparkle's much darker," Debra
said. "It has some real things about 'what price are you willing to pay for
The original "Sparkle" was released by Warner Bros. in 1976 and
starred Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara and Lonette McKee.
Rosie O'Donnell taking over vacated Harpo Studios
Oprah Winfrey may be vacating her Harpo Studios on Chicago's West
Side once her talk show ends in
May, but the complex won't be
vacant for long.
Executives at Harpo announced
this morning that the facility will
serve as home base for Rosie
O'Donnell's new talk show
debuting this fall on OWN: The
Oprah Winfrey Network.
In a statement, Winfrey says
she's delighted to welcome O'Donnell to the studio that's been her home
The final episode of Winfrey's show is scheduled to air May 25.
OWN is based out of Los Angeles.
Angie Stone arrested for speeding, suspended license
Soul singer Angie Stone was pulled over Sunday
in the Atlanta area because like many impatient
drivers, she wasn't obeying the posted speed limit.
After being pulled over, the officer discovered her
suspended license. What happened next, you
The singer was arrested and cited for speeding.
She was released an hour after being taken into
She has yet to release a statement about the incident.
Stone, 49, has recorded 5 albums, most recently releasing 'Unexpected'
in 2009. She is a three-time Grammy nominee for her work alongside
Joe on 2003's 'More Than a Woman,' 2004's 'U-Haul' and 2008's 'Baby'
featuring Betty Wright. The singer also appeared in the fourth season of
the reality weight loss show 'Celebrity Fit Club' on VH1.
ABC wants to invite Rihanna
and Chris Brown back for talk
In the wake of Chris Brown's notori-
ous window-smashing blowup at
ABC's "Good Morning America," the
network reportedly wants to book him
for a sit-down interview together with
In a surprising twist of events, a
source close to ABC News told E! the
network wants to "milk this event for
everything it's worth," adding, "It's all
about the ratings ... at all other costs."
As the whole world knows by now, last week Brown had a violent
outburst following an interview with GMA's Robin Roberts, because she
asked him questions about his 2009 beatdown of Rihanna. Brown was
halfway cool during the interview, but afterwards went crazy backstage
as he broke a window in his dressing room, tore off his shirt and stormed
out of the studio without performing his second scheduled song for the
by Wilson Morales. ABV
Currently, the number-one film in
America is 'Limitless,' which stars
Bradley Cooper and Robert De
Among the supporting cast is
Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel and
For Breaker, who received a Tony
Award nomination for his role in
the critically acclaimed and Tony
Award-winning musical 'Passing
Strange' and last starred in the stage
musical of'Shrek,' making the tran-
sition to the film world and having
the film be seen by many is certain-
ly a joy. It represents a life already
full circle for the 30 year old who
graduated from Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts.
"You know, it's pretty thrilling.
It's fairly new for me. The only
other movie I've done was this
movie called 'Passing Strange,' the
Spike Lee film that was a musical
he filmed on stage. So it wasn't nec-
essarily a full-on movie event.
Whereas this one is actually a good,
old thriller. So it's very exciting to
come to shape."
'Limitless' is an action thriller
about an unsuccessful writer
(played by Bradley) whose life is
transformed by a secret "smart
drug" that allows him to use 100%
of his brain and become a perfect
version of himself. His enhanced
abilities soon attract bad forces that
threaten his new life in this sus-
penseful and provocative film.
The film is filled with some
twists, and Breaker is keen enough
not to reveal spoilers, including his
by Jawn Murray
Amber Riley is the breakout star
from 'Glee' who is helping to
change the way Hollywood views
shapely women. Turned down by
'American Idol' after auditioning
for season two, Riley is now living
her dream as both a singer and an
actress on the hit Fox series.
I spoke to the self-proclaimed
"church girl" who talked about the
popularity of 'Glee,' which artists
she'd love to guest star on the show
and her own upcoming music
Q: 'Glee' has become a pop cul-
ture phenomenon. What's the
"I don't want to give it away
because there's a lot of things that
happen at the end of that film, but
basically I'm a leading man's sort of
campaign manager at a certain part
of his life. But that's sort of all I can
tell you because I don't want to ruin
As the neophyte on a film set, the
Kansas native got to watch and
learn the process and interact with
De Niro, a master pro at this game.
"To be near Robert De Niro was
absolutely nerve wracking. I don't
typically get nervous around certain
people, but the guy from 'Raging
Bull' is one that you would feel a
little intimidated by. We talked
briefly about things, about weather
and just small talk. I was just excit-
ed to be talking to him."
Breaker doesn't think an omnipo-
tent drug exists but can imagine
people looking for one.
"I don't know if that drug exists at
this size, but I think many people
are already trying to create that
feeling, whether it be with an illegal
drug or with caffeine -- or whatever
you have near you."
Whether 'Limitless' will parlay
more film roles for Breaker, he's
certainly not waiting for his next
role to come along, as he's current-
ly rehearsing for his play, which is
opposite Sanaa Lathan.
"I try to go in as many different
directions as I can. I think it's been
a fortunate couple of years in the
career, but also I got married and I
have a son now. So it's been quite
fulfilling to have all those things
right now. I'm back into the world
of theater. I'm doing a play right
most overwhelming part of it?
Probably the attention you get in
general is overwhelming. There are
so many different emotions you feel
when you find this type of success -
disbelief, excitement, fear and anx-
iety. Mainly, I am overjoyed with
living my dream.
Q: 'Glee' offers the best of both
worlds music and acting. Which
one is your first love?
Music was my first love because it
was the first gift that I realized I
had, but acting and singing go hand
and hand. When I'm on stage I
become whatever character I need
now over at Second Stage, 'By the
Way, Meet Vera Drake,' the new
play by Lynn Nottage and directed
by Jo Bonney. I play two charac-
ters. In the first half I play a
jazzman from the '30s. A fictional
character, a trumpeter named Leroy
Barksdale, who later he falls in
love with Vera Stark,
played by Sanaa Lathan.
But it ends tragically.
And in ,the second half. *
I plain this acadernic
from earl:, 2.'..o nrdamed .
Herb Forrester He's.
bit of an intellectual .
and it almost reminds ,
\inI of Cornel \ iest in
lul, look But this pl3a. Is
\er. thrilling It take. place
in foul different t ime pern-
Id> -- the '30s.
the 1s ,;').I,
t h e
1970s and then the early 2000s.
And this show also has a lot of film
in it. We've actually filmed part of a
movie to be projected in the play.
So it's a bit of a mash up of differ-
ent styles. So it's kind of exciting to
be bouncing off to different events.
always try to do some-
thing that I've never
done before. So as
long as it'~ some-
t hirng I'ie ne\er
stepped into. I'm
happy. A\nd so in
an ideal worldd I
can Just be
plugged into film
and musicals and
plaqs and wO hate er
cones nlm \%a.
iley: 'Glee' star talks
is-sized in Hollywood
to be to relay the message in the
song I'm singing.
Q: If you could pick three of
your favorite singers to theme
'Glee' episodes after, which
artists would you chose and why?
Chaka Khan, because she is one of
my vocal idols. Beyonce, because
she has so much music it would be
like a musical smorgasbord. So
many different genres of songs.
Sara Vaughan, because we've never
really done a blues and jazz tribute
and she's one of my favorite voices
to listen to.
Q: You've become a fashion icon
in a short time even being
named Best Dressed at the SAG
Awards by Joan Rivers' 'Fashion
Police.' As a full-figured woman,
how does that make you feel?
It makes me feel amazing. I'm a
plus-sized girl, but I know how to
dress myself and I know what looks
good on me. With the character I
play, I feel there is a lot of responsi-
bility and I'm okay with being a role
model. I think that recognition
made a lot of girls feel like they can
be beautiful and be confident no
matter what size or color they are.
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"They Lived "Til Death Do Us Part"
In honor of Women's /
History Month the
presents "Black Women
in the Struggle" as a
tribute to all Black
women who have borne
the pain during the :
struggle alongside Black w
men, often times % '
unrewarded and '"
unnoticed. HARRIET S
Black women have
always sacrificed and shared the
burden of responsibility along with
Black men throughout the Black
Liberation Struggle. They suffered
equally through tragedies and in
some cases, they did so "silently"
Sometimes they never received the
recognition and the respect that
equal partners deserve. These are
Black women whose
husbands have helped to secure a
bigger space and a better place for
Black people the world over, and
have left large footprints in the
sands of time. And through much
has been done there is still a left to
When Dred Scott sued his master in the landmark case, Dred Scott
Vs John Sanford, his wife, Harriet was also named as a co-plaintiff in
the lawsuit. Since they were co-equals as husband and wife, they
shared the same fate as slaves who jointly sued their slave-masters.
She had also been denied her freedom along with her husband.
Harriett Robinson and Dred Scott were married during the time that
Scott accompanied his master in the territories that Congress had pro-
hibited slavery under the rules of the Missouri Compromise. (Their
marriage observed all the legal trappings since they were in free ter-
ritory). They had two children whom Harriett took care of while Scott
was away working: The children were Eliza and Lizzie. After their
slave-master died in 1843, his (slave-master's) wife took over own-
ership of the Scotts and hired them and their children out to work for
other White families. It was the widow of John Emerson, Irene Emerson,
whom Harriet and Dred Scott first sued for their freedom in 1846. Ms.
Emerson eventually turned over position to her brother. John F.A.
Sandford (Sanford) and he continued the legal action until it ended with
the infamous landmark case, "Scott vs. Sanford" in 1857, commonly
known as the Dred Scott decision. Harriet Scott and her children survived
her husband and lived beyond the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865,
when they become legally free.
SHIRLEY GRAHAM DU BOIS
Born Shirley Lola Graham in 1896 on a farm in Indiana, her birthplace
was part of the Underground Railroad that served as a stopping off point
for slaves escaping to Canada. She became a playwright, composer and an
author, and even received her master's degree before she married W.E.B
Du Bois, her second husband. Graham had two sons during her first mar-
riage: Robert and David. As an avid historian she wrote biographies
about Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglas, George Washington Carver,
Benjamin Banneker and Paul Robeson. Her role as an activist paralleled
that of her husband who was a well-known Pan-Africanist, educator and
During the first ten years of their marriage, they wew engaged in many
legal battles with the U.S. government over his/their involvement in the
Communist Party that ended when they moved to Ghana, Africa at the
reported request of its president, Kwame Nkrumah and became citizens of
that country. After her husband's death in 1963, she moved to Cairo,
Egypt, where she lived for many years. The U.S. State Department
refused her a visa to return to this country but eventually allowed her brief
visits in 1971 and 1975. She died in Peking China in 1977 after having
gone there for treatment of breast cancer.
AMY JACQUES GARVEY
She was the second wife of Marcus Garvey and like him, she was born
in Jamaica around 1885. Amy Garvey was a pioneer Pan African emanci-
pator and the mother of Marcus Garvey's two children: Marcus, Jr. and
Julius. She was a lifelong toiler for the Universal Negro Improvement
Association and a dedicated international organizer and race leader in her
SHIRLEY GRAHAM DUBOIS
CORETTA SCOTT KING
own right. In the fight for Black liberation, her spirit and devotion were
equal to that of her husband's for she was genuinely concerned with the
plight of her fellow "Africans" Blacks in Africans and in the Diaspora.
And it was for that reason she became the secretary general of the UNIA
in 1919 where, she toiled unceasingly from youth to old age helping to
spread the teachings o African solidarity and independence.
Amy Garvey was described as an exemplary politician and a devoted
wife to the Honorable Marcus Garvey. One of her best roles was a publi-
cist for Garveyism and as one of the editors of the "Negro World" news-
paper. Her activism during and after the death of her husband in 1940,
clearly demonstrated the indispensable role she played in the disintegra-
tion of the colonialism system. In 1945 she was instrumental in conven-
ing the fifth Pan African Congress (PAC) and later on she visited West
Africa at the request of President Kwame Nkrumah. She co-sponsored the
sixth PAC in Dar Es Salaam and in her final years she wrote and published
"Garvey and Garveyism" in addition to her collection of essays of Black
Power in America, and the impact of Garvey in Africa and Jamaica. She
died as she lived as a fighter for the Liberation Black people in 1973.
When the voice of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad stirred teaching
Islam to Black people, Sister Clara Muhammad was always his perfect
helper-mother and wife-and the best example and purposeful witness to
all Black women. She was born Clara Evans in 1899 in Georgia and they
were married in 1917. She had eight children for the Honorable Elijah
Muhammad: six boys and two girls. They were named Emmanuel,
Nathaniel, Ethel, Lottie, Herbert, Elijah Jr., Wallace and Akbar. Like most
Black families at the time she and her family migrated North to Detroit
in search of a better quality of life and a higher standard of living than the
South was able to produce for Black people. She was there when her hus-
band received his mission to lead the Nation of Islam and also when he
accused convicted and sent to prison.
While he was away, Sister Clara Muhammad carried on his work; her
leadership and support proved invaluable to the preservation of the young
Nation of Islam. During the time the Honorable Elijah Muhammad was
away, she often faced virulent opposition especially when she took her
children out of the public school system and
pioneered home schooling. She reportedly
said "I will die before I allow my children to
attend public school". She lighted a virtuous
path for Muslim women in general and Black
women in particular, as she sought the restora-
tion of the Black women as the Queen of the
Universe. She departed from this world in
1972 and it was a fitting tribute to her that the
Sister Clara Muhammad School system was
named in her honor.
S'' She was with Malcolm to the very end -on
S'the day he was assassinated. She was inextri-
cably tied to her husband in life and in death.
However after he departed she made an indeli-
Sble impact on the Black Liberation struggle
and created her own legacy, alongside her hus-
band's. She was a nurse, an educator, a human
LQUES GARVEY rights activist, an inspiration and a mentor to
women (especially women of color) all over
As Betty Jean Sanders, she grew up in a middle class home and
attended the Methodist church. In 1956, she met Malcolm X, who
was the a minister in the Nation of Islam, in Harlem, New York. She
stated "I never dated Malcolm, in the traditional way as expressed in
society". She became Betty Shabazz in 1958 and during the next
seven years, they had six children: Attallah, Qubilah, IIyasah,
-s Gamilah, Malaak and Malikah all girls. Their marriage ended abrupt-
Sly on February 21, 1965, when Malcolm was killed. Thereafter, she
made the hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca. This was the start of her recov-
ery process and of the reality that she had to raise her children as a
single parent. Being the strong Black woman that she was, she
returned to school an earned a PHD in the field of education.
In 1976 she became as associate professor at Medgar Evers College
in Brooklyn. Through she was a private person she became involved
in civil rights issues and gradually began to pursue Malcolm's lega-
cy that had been distorted and misrepresented by "instant experts."
Almost 30 years after her husband's death, Shabazz spoke out against
the Nation of Islam in response to questions about his death. In 1995
the Honorable Louis Farrakhan and Shabazz shook hands at a
fundraiser at the Apollo theater in Harlem, and she also spoke at the
Million Man March.
In June 1997 Shabazz suffered third-degree bums in a fire that was
allegedly started by her grandson, at her home in Yonkers, New York.
SShe was in critical condition, and this became the final tragedy of her
life- a precious life that was filled with hope and healing. She passed
away on June 23, 1997.
CORETTA SCOTT KING
When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed just before he was to
lead a protest march in Memphis in 1968, his wife Coretta Scott
King, despite her grief, continued his work by leading that march.
She established the King Center for Nonviolent Social in his name
and turned his burial place into a national shrine. She took the torch
that he had lit, brightened the flame and become the First Lady of the
Civil Rights Movement. She took their children: Dexter, Martin III,
Yolanda and Bernice, and continued the fight taking his legacy to the
next level. Her commitment was unswerving and unyielding; her
style was dignified and regal her focus was uncompromising and
total. According to the Rev. Jesse Jackson She was fundamentally a
freedom fighter with Dr. King. Their home was bombed together.
When he was stabbed she absorbed the blow. She was a visionary
who push for peace all over the world. The ceremony she received at
her funeral in 2006 signaled the quality of life she lived. She was
Afforded the honor of lying in state in the Georgia State Capitol-an
honor denied her husband by the state governor and flags were flow
half-staffed. The President of the United States and his wife, along with
three ex-presidents-Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush (41) and Bill
Clinton were there to bid her farewell. Many who walked with Dr. King
were also there, including Rev Jesse Jackson, former ambassador Andrew
Young, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Dr. Dorothy Height and Rep. John Lewis. A
final tribute by Evelyn K. Dudley, entitle "The Journey" read like this: I'll
gladly accept and sit on the porch of the kingdom to recap my travels and
realize that this.journey was just as important as the destination.
Myrlie Evans was widowed in 1963 when a white racist gunned down
Medgar Evers, her husband, in the driveway of their home in Jackson
Mississippi, leaving her to raise their three children. Her shattered child-
hood in Vicksburg, Mississippi-where she was born as Myrlie Beasley-
seemed destined to prepare her for violent realities of her adult life. Her
husband was involved with the NAACP and she was determined to carry
on after he was killed, despite threats on her own life. After two mistrials
of her husband's killer, Myrlie Evers moved with her children to
California. She earned a degree from Pomona College and was eventual-
ly appointed to the Los Angles Commission of Public Works. In 1975 she
married Walter Williams. Myn-lie Evers-Williams was relentless after jus-
tice for her first husband's killer and that materialized in 1994. Shortly
after her second husband died, she became the first woman to chair the
NAACP. She had traveled a long way to becoming a community leader in
her own right-and she wrote about it in her memoirs, Watch Me Fly: What
I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be. With
her help three movies were made about her husband's assassination titled
"For Us, The Living the Story of Medgar Evers "Ghost of Mississippi"
and also a documentary titled Southern Justice: The Murder of Megar
Evers. After the final trial she reportedly explained her reason for bring-
ing up the pain and anger again, "I walked side by side with Medgar in
everything he did." Evers-Williams is now the lone member of the
Assassinated Husband's Club a club that does not seek new members.
Legends is the brainchild of Danny J. Bakewell Sr. executive publish-
er of te Los Angeles Sentinel aind Chairman of the National Newspaper
Publisher 's Association.
In honor of Women's History Month, the Jacksonville Free Press is proud to present this feature courtesy of the Los Angeles Sentinel
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March 31 April 6, 2011
SNew Town women's project
changing communities through
Strengthening the Voices of L
Women in New Town, a PhotoVoice
Project, will culminate their pro-
gram year with the opening of their '
upcoming exhibit. The NEIGHE RHOOD
exhibit features documentary pho- WATCH r M
tographs taken by the 8 participants .
living in the New Town neighbor- "
hood of Jacksonville. The women
were given cameras and asked to *..
document positive and negative JACKSON'ILLE SHERIFF'S OFFIC
aspects of their neighborhood. The
displayed photos depict the con-
cerns and strengths of the area, and ,
their hopes for a safe and appealing
place to live. The exhibit will be
located on the 3rd floor of the Main
Library opening on April 6th at 5 Shown above on Tyler Street is a Neighborhood Crin
p.m. For more information, call with 14 bullet holes in it with a gang sign. Through the
405-5170. tic irony, more police were eventually assigned to the a
Descendants ot Distinguished BlacK JfuDlishers accept Enshrinement plaques for cloves campDell, ar. ana
Dr. Charles Campbell, Arizona Informant; Charles W. Cherry, Daytona Times and Florida Courier; N.A.
Sweets, St. Louis American to be displayed in the Gallery of Distinguished Black Publishers at the
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University. Charles W. Cherry, Daytona Times and
Florida Courier (left), Fred Sweets, St. Louis American (center) and Cloves Campbell, Jr., Arizona
WASHINGTON, D.C. A fitting
climax to Black Press Week 2011
was the enshrinement of four
deceased publishers to the Gallery
of Distinguished Black Publishers
at the Moorland Spingam Research
Center at Howard University.
The Browsing Room at the
Center was filled with National
Newspaper Publishers Association
(NNPA) publishers and guests
when the plaques were presented to
Dr. Clifford L. Muse, Jr., University
Archivist at the Research Center.
Enshrinees, which joined 63 oth-
ers in the gallery, were: Cloves
Campbell, Sr. and Dr. Charles
Campbell, deceased publishers of
the Arizona Informant; Charles W.
Cherry, publisher of the Daytona
Times and Florida Courier; and N.
A. Sweets, publisher of the St.
Accepting on behalf of the
Campbells was the son of Cloves
Campbell, Sr., Cloves Campbell,
Jr., who now, along with Dr.
Campbell's son are serving as pub-
lishers of The Arizona Informant.
Campbell spoke emotionally about
the elder Campbell's dedication to
the Black community and his
refusal to leave that community as
so many successful persons have
done in recent history. He recount-
ed how he was attending a NNPA
convention in New Orleans when
he received word that his father,
who was also an Arizona State
Senator, had died at the newspaper,
doing what he loved most.
Leavell recalled how NNPA came
for a Mid-Winter workshop in 1984
and left in protest when the state of
Arizona resisted honoring Dr.
King's birthday as a holiday in that
state. She said that it was one of
the brightest hours for the Black
Press of AmerPersonal accounts
added much to the presentations by
Leavell. She noted that N.A.
Sweets and his family were so
accepting of her as a young wid-
owed publisher and that it was a
opportunity to preside at the
enshrinement of Mr. Sweets.
Adding some remarks jokingly
during the presentations Leavell
said however, it was no joke about
the contributions to the Black Press
(newspapers and radio) that Charles
W. Cherry Sr. made in Florida.
Accepting the plaque in his honor
was Charles W. Cherry II, who elo-
quently recounted a speech that his
father had made in accepting anoth-
er honor during his lifetime. The
elder Cherry talked about the
importance of owning Black media
and lauded the strong tradition
started by his ancestors to improv-
ing the education and entrepreneur-
ship of each subsequent generation.
John B. Smith, publisher of the
Atlanta Inquirer, made remarks in
his presentation that the elder
Cherry was his friend and fellow
ne Watch Sign
Newark parents protest charter schools
being moved into public buildings
by Ida Siegel, NBCNY
NEWARK, N.J. Parents in
Newark, N.J., were fired up this
week over a proposal to move char-
ter schools into district public
Called co-location, the plan drew
hundreds of parents, students and
teachers to an advisory board meet-
ing at Barringer High School.
"We have before us a tale of two
school systems," said Newark
Teachers Union President Joseph
He referred to the Charles Dickens
classic tale because many parents
and teachers fear that moving char-
ter schools into existing school
buildings will make public students
Charter schools can seek and
accept private money, therefore
offering more amenities, whereas
district schools cannot.
"Charter schools ... should not be
barter schools that bargain for space
in our schools ... at the expense of
our children in our community,"
said Del Grosso as the crowd erupt-
ed in applause.
But the State Education
Department says schools currently
being considered for co-location are
under-utilized. Acting schools
Commissioner Chris Cerfsaid char-
ter schools receive 75 percent of the
money that district schools do and
none of this funding pays for facili-
"It simply makes no sense for
some Newark public school build-
ings to sit half-empty while public
charter schools are forced to use
their scarce dollars to seek and pay
for private facilities," said Cerf.
Parents who back charter schools
say they are the only opportunities
for many to receive a quality educa-
tion in a school system that has his-
torically failed -- and is currently
under state control.
Shaquille Finch is glad to be send-
ing her children to charter schools.
"It is about choices ...every child
deserves the opportunity to attend a
great public school," she said.
Parent Boyette Johnson says that
battling over space helps none of
the children in the system.
"Space has never been a reason to
fight," she said. "Your child not get-
ting a good education, that's a rea-
son to fight."
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