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Haiti elects former carnival
musician their new president
Flamboyant carnival musician Michel Martelly
edged out former Haitian first lady Mirlande
Manigat in a presidential runoff vote held last
month. Martelly, 50, took 67.6% of the vote,
while Manigat, 70, received 31.5%, according to
Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council.
After the announcement, streets around the elec-
toral council in Petionville filled with Martelly's
spirited supporters, who chanted "Tete Kale," or
bald head -- one of Martelly's many nicknames.
Martelly made a name for himself as the singer "Sweet Mickey," who
sometimes drank rum straight from a bottle and ripped his clothes off
during performances. But he shed his bad-boy image off-stage to take
care of his family and educate his children.
If the preliminary results stand, Martelly will inherit a job laden with
challenges as the impoverished country struggles to rebuild after last
year's devastating earthquake and a cholera epidemic.
Martelly said in December that Haiti will go nowhere unless the peo-
ple have a president they can trust, a president who is honest.
"I've been on the ground with them for 22 years," he said of his musi-
cal career. "The people know me. I represent the light at the end of the
Noted African -American
Scholar Manning Marable passes
Famed African-American studies scholar
Manning Marable has died. Marable served as
director of the Institute for African-American
Stuqdes at Columbia University, which he found-
ed. He was 60.
Marable was famous for his progressive politi-
cal views and writings penning more than 10
books. He was working on his latest work,
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, set for publi-
cation a few days after his death.
Active in the political movement, Marable was elected chair of the
Movement for the Democratic Society, sat on the board of the Hip Hop
Summit Network, and was a member of the New York Legislature's
Battling recent health problems, he had suffered from lung disease caus-
ing him to get a lung transplant last summer. Last month Marable was
hospitalized for pneumonia.
Pardon unlikely for sisters released
to undergo kidney transplant
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told The
Associated Press on last week he does not
plan to pardon two sisters he released from
prison earlier this year on the condition that
one donates a kidney to the other.
Barbour, a potential 2012 presidential can-
didate, was asked what he'll say to a pardon
request that the attorney for Jamie and
Gladys Scott plans to file.
"I wouldn't hold my breath," Barbour
As previously reported, the women served nearly 16 years of life sen-
tences for an armed robbery they say they didn't commit. They were con-
victed in 1994 of participating in the robbery of two men on Christmas
Eve in 1993. Prosecutors said the women led two men into an ambush.
Court records say the robbery netted between $11 and $200.
Jamie Scott suffers from kidney failure, and Gladys Scott offered to
donate a kidney to her. They're living with relatives in Pensacola, Fla.,
and their surgery has not yet been scheduled. For now, their doctors
won't even test them for compatibility until both lose weight and Gladys
Scott quits smoking.
More Black Men incarcerated in
2011 than enslaved in 1850
A vicious truth about the enslavement of African American men in this
country has just come to light. The period of slavery we thought ended
in 1865 with the 13th amendment has in fact been extended to 2011. The
penitentiary is full of involuntary servitude and when it comes to black
men, it is overflowing.
According to ColorLines, Ohio State law professor and author Michelle
Alexander who wrote "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the
Age of Colorblindness", "more African American men are in prison or
jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil
At this moment there are 40.2% or 846,000 black men behind bars. And
while we are disheveled by this information, it is a clear indicator that the
mental health counseling disparity in the black community may be part
of the reason we can't break the chains. The black community has long
looked at mental health counseling as taboo. But, we also suffer in this
area because we don't have a bevy of psychiatrists that are specialized in
African American psychiatry. It is an area that cannot be treated with
normal or traditional western strategies. We really need to get to the root
of the cycles we are not breaking in the recidivism occurring between us
and the penal system.
Volume 24 No. 25 Jacksonville, Florida April 7-13, 2011
This week President Barack
Obama officially filed to
run again for President.
For some, following a
years, they think the
task is an ambitious
one. His first cam-
paign fundraiser held in
him a cool $1.5
million in one
lightening strike twice in Duval County?
evening. But what makes his elec-
tion even more historic and of sig-
nificance to Jacksonville, Florida -
is that a whopping 115,954 voters
of color went to the polls in 2008
with the majority voting for him.
Fast forward to 2011 and
Jacksonville is once again looking
a major election in the face. Next
month, the city will be choosing
their next mayor that will shape the
city's future amid a serious eco-
nomic crisis. On the ballot will be
career politician Mike Hogan and
hometown success story Alvin
Brown. Brown will make the sec-
ond major democratic attempt to
elect a Black mayor for the city a
reality. In 2003, former Sheriff Nat
Glover received 42% of the votes
(96,714) to Mayor John Peyton's
133,554. The campaign was long
and nasty and basically divided the
city along the color line.
Despite Mike Hogan stating on
election night that this year's
Mayoral race will be clean, it is
doubtful that will hap-
pen. Thus far Hogan
has kept a firm dis-
tance from Black
Jacksonville. He has
refused to appear at
diverse forums and
has done no market-
ing to the urban
page 3 Alvin Brown
Charmettes award scholarships
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Jeremy Taylor, Antonio Posey, Lester Garrison lead their colleagues
at the J-100 Crawl.
100 Black Men lead youth in "Job Crawl"
100 Black Men of Jacksonville (J100), an organization of black men
who volunteer their time and talents to provide training and mentorship
programs for local youth, recently partnered with Chevrolet for Chevy's
first Career Crawl, a day-long traveling career fair. Other partners includ-
ed The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), continued on page 3.
Shown above is Charmettes President synester Jones presenting me
scholarship award to Sandra Gassant and Tiffany Parks. i Porter photo
The Duval County of Charmettes, Inc., presented their 2nd Annual Janice
Austin Memorial Scholarship to two young ladies entering the field of
nursing. Held at the Singleton Senior Center, the ceremonies included a
presentation on health care disparities among women and a festive recep-
tion where all attendees wore pink. The chapter also lauded Mary
Armstrong and Thomas Lee Gary, Sr., for their work in the field of cancer.
Black househol ds' net worth $2,200; Whites' $97,000
by Amir Shaw
The reality of a post-racial
America appears to be light-years
away. Blacks continue to outnum-
ber whites in the prison systems;
black students are dropping out of
high schools at alarming rates; and
the financial gap between black
households and white households is
at an all-time high.
According to a report conducted
by the Economic Policy Institute,
40 percent of black households held
a zero or negative net worth during
It has been four decades
since 13 legislators made
history with the establish-
ment of the Congressional
Black Caucus. Marking
the caucus' 40th anniver-
sary, former and current
members of the organiza-
tion, which has tripled in
size to 43 members,
gathered in the U.S.
Capitol in the Statuary
Hall to toast the milestone.
Considered the conscience
of Congress, the CBC is
one of the most powerful
forces in Democratic
politics in the House -
even seeing one of its own
the recession (2007-2009). The
study also pointed out the discrep-
ancy of wealth between black and
white households. The median net
worth of black households was
$2,200 and the median wealth for
white households was $97,000.
There are several factors that have
led to an unequal distribution of
wealth in the black community. Due
to overt racism during the 20th cen-
tury, very few blacks were given the
opportunity to build and pass along
generational wealth. As a result,
many blacks are often raised in
households that don't teach the
importance of financial literacy.
The study also pointed out that
half of all U.S. households owned
no stocks at all either directly or
indirectly through mutual or retire-
Homes were often the greatest
asset for most black families, how-
ever; the housing bust caused the
value of homes to drop 50 percent.
And with the rising number of
home foreclosures, the banks now
own more stock in homes than citi-
zens. The number of foreclosures
will also increase now that House
Republicans recently voted to do
away with President Obama's anti-
Net worth can be calculated by
subtracting the sum of all liabilities
(mortgages, credit card debt, car
loans, outstanding medical bills and
student loan debt), from the sum of
all assets (real estate, stock hold-
ings, bank account balances, retire-
ment funds and accounts).
lal Black Caucus Celebrates 40 Years
Founding Congressional Black Caucus Members (3rd from left, Louis Stokes, Walter Fauntroy, 5th
from left, and Charles Rangel, 6th from left) are surrounded by current and former members of the CBC,
who gathered in the U.S. Capitol in Statuary Hall to toast the 40th anniversary of the caucus.
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Smart uses for your tax refund
by Jason Alderman
Each spring, millions of
Americans look forward to
receiving a hefty income tax
refund. And it truly is "hefty"
with the average federal refund
in 2010 hovering around
S3,000. That's a lot of money to
be giving the government
through what is essentially a
year-long, interest-free loan.
If you regularly receive large
refunds, you're probably having
too much tax withheld from
your paycheck. Instead, you
might want to withhold less and
put the money to work for you,
by either saving or investing a
comparable amount each
month, or using it to pay down
debt. Your goal should be to
receive little or no refund at the
end of the year.
Ask your employer for a new
W-4 form and recalculate your
withholding allowance using
the IRS Withholding Calculator
available at www.irs.gov. This
is also a good idea whenever
your pay or family situation
changes significantly (e.g., pay
increase, marriage, divorce,
new child, etc.) Just be careful,
because if too little is deducted,
you might end up owing more
tax next April, and possibly
even interest or penalty fees.
IRS Publication 919 can help
guide you through the decision-
Some people received larger-
than-normal tax refunds in
2009 and 2010 thanks to the
Making Work Pay credit. which
expired December 31. 2010. In
its place, most taxpayers will
see a 2 percent reduction in the
amount being withheld for
Social Security in 2011 pay-
Another change this year was
a Treasury Department pilot
program that offered 600,000
randomly selected low- and
moderate-income families an
opportunity to have their tax
refunds direct- deposited into a
prepaid debit card issued
through Bonneville Bank. The
pilot explored ways to save the
government money (direct
deposits cost 1/10th as much to
process as paper checks) as
well as to give people with no
bank account easier and more
cost-effective access to their tax
Here are ways to put your
refund to good use:
Pay down debt. By increasing
your payment amount on out-
standing loan or credit card bal-
ances you can significantly
lower the total amount of inter-
est paid. Say you're paying $80
a month on a $2,000 credit card
balance at 18 percent interest.
By doubling your payment to
S160. you'll reduce the payoff
time from 32 months to 14. and
shave S295 off the total amount
of interest paid.
Start an emergency fund. To
protect your family against the
impact of a layoff or other
unexpected financial crisis
(such as a medical emergency.
car accident or theft). set aside
enough cash to cover at least
six months of living expenses.
Save for retirement. If your
debt and emergency savings are
under control, add to your IRA
or 401(k) accounts, particularly
if your employer matches con-
tributions a 50 percent match
corresponds to a 50 percent rate
Invest in yourself. Enroll in
college courses or vocational
training to ensure you have
additional skills to fall back on
should you lose your job or
want to change careers.
Invest in your family's future.
Another good use for your
refund is to set up a 529
Qualified State Tuition Plan or
a Coverdell Education Savings
Account to fund your children's
or grandchildren's education -
all while ensuring your contri-
butions will grow tax-free until
Three things to know about credit
Credit is using future income
It is important to understand that every time you
use credit, you are reducing your future monthly
income by the amount of your monthly credit pay-
ment. Make sure the new payment isaffordable.
Excessive credit use can create potential problems
down the road. Make sure any new credit obliga-
tions fit comfortably in your budgetbefore you
commit to it. Debt is the largest obstacle in creat-
ing wealth. Avoid impulse buying and plan ahead
so you can savefor as many purchases as possible.
The terms of the credit
transaction impact your wallet
Every credit transaction (credit card, installment
loan, mortgage loan) has terms and conditions.
Know the payment amount, interest rate and if
there are any prepayment penalties and delinquen-
cy charges. When making a credit purchase,
understand that finance charges increase the pur-
chase price of the item. Add up all the costs asso-
ciated with the purchase to determine if using cred-
it is a wise choice. Make sure you know all the
fees associated with a credit card before you apply.
Read the fine print, not everything is disclosed in
those fancy marketing brochures. Remember,
shop for a car loan just as carefully as you shop for
Credit can help you build wealth
Most people don't realize that credit can also
help build wealth. It can help when the purchase is
an asset, like a home, that will increase in value
over time. Borrowing for a college education can
be a good investment. Using credit this way can
help build net worth that will help you later in life.
Make under $57K? File for
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allows consumers who made under
S57.000 in 2010 to prepare and file
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Now in its third year. the
MyFreeTaxes.com campaign also
offers qualifying taxpayers free,
in-person tax preparation guidance
at local tax help centers nationwide
or via the campaign's National
Tour vans, which are making stops
in communities across the U.S.
With the goal of empowering low
and moderate-income families to
maximize their potential refunds
and take full advantage of any
credits they are eligible to receive,
the campaign is expected to help
return an estimated $1.75 billion to
taxpayers though refunds, credits
and tax prep savings.
New for this year's campaign.
MyFreeTaxes.com has also devel-
oped a free mobile phone app for
iPhone and Android smartphones
that allows consumers to determine
whether they qualify for the
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Each year 25o of eligible families
fail to claim the EITC. Many are
due money back even if they don't
owe any taxes! The app. called
MyTaxBack. is available at:
Black Press makes amends
with national NAACP
Supreme Court denies payments
to man wrongly sentenced for 18 years
The Supreme Court recently that such prosecutorial miscon- Jr. and Justices Anthony M.
overturned, in a 5-4 vote, a $14 duct was a regular occurrence in Kennedy and Samuel A. Alito
million jury award a Black man the New Orleans district attor- Jr. also joined Thomas's opin-
ho was freed from death row nev's office or that it was a ion.
after it was found prosecutors
withheld key evidence in his
The money had been awarded
to John Thompson, who spent
18 years in prison, including 14
years on death row, for a 1984-
armed robbery and a
He was reportedly
just weeks away
when his lawyers
unearthed proof that
ness reports pointing
to a suspect that did
not look like
blood tests that
established he was-
n't at the scene.
dropped the robbery
charges in 1999 and
a state court exoner-
ated him of the mur-
der in a separate trial
Thomp, n then
sued New Orleans
S Connick for withholding evi-
dence that could have resulted
in an acquittal and failing to
properly train prosecutors. He
was awarded $14 million in a
S civil suit, but the prosecutor's
office appealed the verdict and
the case wound up before the
On behalf of the majority,
S Justice Clarence Thomas said
there was an "absence of proof"
result of insufficient training.
"By their own admission, the
prosecutors who tried
Thompson's armed robbery case
failed to carry out (justice),"
Thomas wrote in the opinion.
"But the only issue before us is
Shown above is Thompson literally holding his
"freedom papers" releasing him from prison.
whether Connick, as the policy
maker for the district attorney's
office, was deliberately indiffer-
ent to the need to train the attor-
neys under his authority."
In a concurring note. Justice
Antonin Scalia singled out
assistant district attorney Gerry
Deegan as the only "miscreant
prosecutor" who suppressed
Chief Justice John G. Roberts
But in a dissenting opinion,
supported by Justices Stephen
G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor.
and Elena Kagan, Justice Ruth
Bader Ginsburg wrote that "no
fewer than five prosecutors"
were involved in a violation of
Mr. Thompson's consti-
tutional rights. "They
kept from him, year
upon year, evidence
vital to his defense."
Their actions, she said
in the first dissenting
opinion to be read from
the bench in the term of
the court, were "a fore-
seeable consequence of
Current New Orleans
District Attorney Leon
A. Cannizzaro Jr.
praised the court's deci-
sion at a recent news
conference, saying his
office "should not be
held financially respon-
sible for the intentional,
unethical and illegal acts
of a rogue prosecutor,"
according to The New
The office would
have had to shell out
what now totals nearly
$20 million to pay the judgment
and interest accumulated in the
years since the original ruling.
Thompson harshly criticized
"If I'd spilled hot coffee on
myself. I could have sued the
person who served me the cof-
fee." he told The New York
Times. "But I can't sue the pros-
ecutors who nearly murdered
National Newspaper Publisher's Association President Danny Bakewell with NAACP NAtional
President Benjamin Jealous.
by Walter Smith
Recently there was an issue
between the National Newspaper
Publishers Association (NNPA)
and the NAACP. NNPA member
publishers had become upset when
they discovered that the NAACP
had inserted multi-page Viewer's
Guide advertising for its 42nd
Image Awards in several markets
throughout the US, to the exclu-
sion of African-American newspa-
pers. Upon being informed of this
"mis-step," Chairman, Danny
Bakewell called NAACP President
Benjamin Todd Jealous and sug-
gested a meeting to discuss the
NNPA publishers said they felt
righteous indignation with the
NAACP, as they viewed their
actions as being contrary to their
joint historical struggles. Since the
inception of the Black Press and
some 82 years later when the
NAACP was born, the two had
partnered unconditionally in the
fight for freedom and equality.
Consequently, Bakewell invited
NAACP President Benjamin Todd
Jealous to attend an NNPA Board
of Directors meeting in
Washington, DC, to explain his
actions. The meeting proved fruit-
ful and initiated renewed commit-
ments by each association to work
During the meeting NAACP
President Ben Jealous said: "I am
recommitting the NAACP to advo-
cate for increased ad dollars and
support for the Black Press. There
is a long and storied history
between us. I, like many of my
predecessors, including WEB
Dubois and Roy Wilkins, emerged
from the Black Press. As an inves-
tigative reporter and editor for the
Jackson Advocate-the most fre-
quently firebombed Black commu-
nity newspaper in the country-
and former Executive Director of
the National Newspaper
Publishers Association, the mis-
sion and voice of the Black Press is
something I personally hold in the
highest regard. The NAACP and
NNPA share the same mission: the
liberation of our people. The
Black Press is our voice and the
NAACP is a voice for the Black
Press. Together we can be a force
to speak truth to power."
NNPA Chairman Danny
Bakewell said that he appreciates
the frank dialogue between the two
groups, as it presents a better
understanding of their respective
operating procedures, one that will
prevent any such "mis-step" in the
future. Bakewell continued, "The
200-member NNPA has always
supported and will continue to give
voice to NAACP efforts--with or
without advertising support. We
give credit to the NAACP for their
activities that create interesting
copy and graphics. Publication of
these events has kept the Black
communities aware of the
NAACP's actions and leadership
team. The circumstance that ini-
tially brought us together ultimate-
ly proved to be a reminder of the
interconnection of our missions,
and our groups are closer today as
a result. We will forge ahead with a
new and profound commitment to
work together." Bakewell added,
"I commend President Jealous for
his honesty and his apology to the
NNPA publishers. We are brothers
in the struggle against racial injus-
tices, and as the NAACP fights the
battles in the courts, it is our mis-
sion as the Black Press to illumi-
nate the issues and keep our people
Find out how you benefit
from Pres. Obama's tax cut
With Tax Day approaching, the White House has put together a Tax
Cut Calculator and a Tax Cut Checklist that will help taxpayers under-
stand how they are benefitting from some of the more than 40 tax cuts
signed into law by President Obama.
This Tax Cut Calculator looks at the bipartisan tax cut compromise
that President Obama signed into law in 2010, and shows individuals
and families how they are benefitting from these tax cuts in 2011. The
calculator shows the benefits of the payroll tax cut, which is providing
a larger paycheck for millions of workers across the country right now.
It also illustrates how families can benefit from three Recovery Act tax
cuts that the President fought to extend the American Opportunity Tax
Credit (AOTC) and the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
and Child Tax Credit. Visit WhiteHouse.gov.
Urban League Annual
Saturday, April 20th
10 a.m. 4p.m.
Jacksonville Urban League
903 West Union Street
(across from the Ritz Theater)
The Jacksonville Urban League will host its Fourth Annual
Empowerment Summit that will focus on the Urban League's 3-E
strategies: Education & Youth, Employment & Training and
The Summit will feature workshops to empower participants with
tools and knowledge on how to get and keep employment, character
building, personal safety and financial literacy. Participants will also
be able to discuss employment opportunities with potential employers,
receive financial and health wellness counseling, attend career and
youth intervention workshops and register for summer camps and pro-
grams. There will also be free breakfast, medication counseling and
blood pressure monitoring along with simple blood glucose testing.
For more information contact Julia Henry-Wilson at 904-366-
3473 firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is open to the public.
April 7-13, 2011
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Dr. Alvin White receives national education award
Dr. Alvin White receives national education award
Dr. Alvin White
Author and educator Dr. Alvin
White has been honored by
AdvancED with the Leadership
Award for his leadership in promot-
ing and advancing excellence in
education policy beyond a local
level. He received the award dur-
ing the evening Recognition Dinner
and Awards Gala held during the
2011 AdvancED International
Summit in Chicago, IL.
Dr. White's established career
began when he was a science and
physical education teacher and then
a coach. Later he served as a princi-
pal. an Area Superintendent, and an
Assistant Superintendent. He also
served as Chief Operating Officer
for the Duval County School
District where his leadership style
that gained him the respect admira-
tion of many. He retired after serv-
ing 35 years in the Duval County
During Dr. White's time at Duval
County School District. he was
instrumental in unifying two
schools systems during the desegre-
gation of schools in the seventies.
He was at the forefront of develop-
ing education policy geared toward
inclusion and a unitary school sys-
tem. Throughout his career he
championed policy that provided an
equitable system of education for
all children and youth.
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Shown above are ACT-SO students from Jacksonville in the Senate Chambers.
NAACP Students i
Pictured are: Donn Perkins, Levi McIntosh, president 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Charlo Riley,
Malcolm Johnson, 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Jeremy Taylor, Tim Mosley, Ken Pinnix, 100 Black Men
of Jacksonville, Antonio Posey, Lester Garrison, Roguens Stinvil, Tyrone Floyd, Cydni Griggs, Stephen
Jackson, Sheldon Brown and Charles Griggs, 100 Black Men of Jacksonville.
Young males of 100 Black Men learn job advice
in style from the city's best and brightest leaders
Continued from front
Jacksonville Aviation Authority
(JAA) and Jacksonville
Transportation Authority (JTA).
Mentors and mentees from the
J100 traveled in brand-new 2011
Chevy vehicles to the participating
agencies where African-American
leaders spoke to the group about
career opportunities and offered job
seeking advice. Perhaps one of the
most beneficial aspects of the event
was the mock interview sessions at
each of the three stops.
"The impact this event has had on
our young people is so powerful
and such an eye-opener for them,"
said 100 Black Men of Jacksonville
President Dr. Levi Mcintosh. "This
type of programming affords us the
opportunity to not only impact our
local community but the youth that
are coming from our community."
Participants learned the types of
skills and characteristics each local
transportation agency values in job
candidates and how to apply for
employment. One resounding
refrain they heard over and over:
Get an internship, it's an excellent
way to get experience and get your
foot in the door. Participants also
enjoyed lunch at the Airport and
behind-the-scenes tours of the air-
port and seaport.
Members. of the J100 leadership
team and mentees took turns driv-
ing the Chevy vehicles from desti-
nation to destination, which added a
whole new level of meaning to
career "drive" and motivation.
Given the unemployment rate
(above 11% in Jacksonville and
Florida), this Chevy Career Crawl
had real meaning for the partici-
pants. J100 mentee Sheldon Brown
said "It was a tremendous network-
ing opportunity to meet with some
of the top business people in
Jacksonville. I've left every hand
shake with a business card, some-
one I can contact and send a thank
you card and even ask for an intern-
spend their Spring
not a week off
Members of the Jacksonville
Branch NAACP ACT-SO youth
program spent their Spring Break
last week learning about govern-
ment and the infrastructure of city
agencies. The youth and their chap-
erones traveled to Tallahassee,Fl to
visit the Capital and witness their
elected officials at work. While
there they were greeted by local
politicians, toured the Capital and
Senate Chambers and enjoyed
lunch. The week also included a
visit to the Jacksonville
Transportation Authority (JTA)
where JTA Executive Director
Michael Blaylock greeted the
youth and presented the excelling
youth with free bus passes.
Next they will travel to the nation-
al 102nd NAACP Convention this
summer in Los Angeles, Ca.
Shown above during the tour of the Jacksonville Transportation
Authority and the Dames Point Bridge is JTA Director Michael
Blaylock, Lee High School student Helen Sustarich and James Warren
of the JTA. While on their visit, Blaylock presented the students with
a free bus pass. R. Porter photos
Can lightening strike twice in Jacksonville?
Continued from front
"It almost seems like he thinks
he doesn't need our vote," said
Fordham, 63, says she always
votes but is encouraging people to
do so this time because this could
be their opportunity to make a little
bit of history of their own. She met
Brown on one of his several visits
to her church over the past year.
Courting the Black vote has not
been such a bad idea for Alvin
Brown. It was the urban precincts
that gave him the small edge he
needed to make the General
Election over town favorite Audrey
Moran. Not to mention there are
140,000+ Black voters in the city of
Jacksonville. Judging from the
turnout of last month's election,
voters aren't too excited about the
upcoming May 17th date Black or
White. Only 39, 060 voters of color
cast a ballot. But, if Brown finds a
way to energize the community the
same way they were moved in 2008
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to becoming the confidant of
President Bill Clinton and manag-
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since 1991 with offices held includ-
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Representative and the Tax
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Hogan, Fordham said. I just don't
feel he cares about me."
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opportunity to make a choice to
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Mis-education of the Negro in 2011 Whose Fault is it Really?
Actress Alice Childress once
noted "We (Blacks) are the only
racial group within the United
States ever forbidden by law to
read and write." Of course this
quote has little relevance today, but
I start with it to reinforce the fact
that African Americans have come
a mighty long way, as the old
church folk say.
Today's educational system is a
lot different than the systems of the
past. Segregation is no longer legal
and most school systems seem to
make outwardly meaningful efforts
to provide quality education for all
races. Not saying that it always
happens, but it does appear that
most systems try.
We all know that the old
"Separate but equal" cry from those
who favored segregation really
meant, "Separate and my kids get
the good stuff and your kids get the
Nevertheless, fast-forward to
today and there certainly are still
some challenges that African
Americans face, but who's to
blame for those challenges? Is it the
school systems, teachers, adminis-
trators, parents or the environments
youth are raised?
In 1933, Carter G. Woodson
wrote what many consider as one
of the most profound pieces of
African American literature "The
Mis-Education of the Negro."
Woodson basically was saying
that the educational system [public
by E. O. Hutchinson
President Obama's reelection bid
announcement was pro forma.
There was never any doubt whether
he'd run again, and if the GOP has
anything to do with it, the odds are
looking better every day that he'll
win in a walk away. It didn't start
out that way, though. The first year
of his White House tenure, things
looked shaky for reelection.
There was double digit unem-
ployment, home foreclosures
soared, the GOP scored wins in key
governor and senate races, the war
without end in Afghanistan raged at
a staggering cost. There were
hordes of livid, screaming Tea
Party activists tromping around the
Capitol. There were defections of
key administration staffers rising.
And the carping, hectoring, and
even fury from liberal Democrats
and progressives of Obama at what
they considered and his timid, cau-
tious, conciliatory, even backslide
on issues and polices rose to a high-
er pitch with each passing day. The
president's precipitous slide in the
polls and popularity came crashing
to a head with "shellacking" the
Democrats took in the November
But in the months since then the
GOP came to the rescue. In rapid
succession it has ticked off millions
with its bellicose threat to meat-ax
spending on every vital govern-
ment program around and -- if it
didn't get the cuts it wanted -- shut
down government. Its parade of
would be presidential candidates
sounded more bizarre, contradicto-
ry, and downright goofy on every-
education] has failed throughout
the years to present authentic
Negro history in schools.
It may sound a like simple issue
of history to some, but Woodson
argued that the lack of black histo-
ry being taught in classrooms was
only the tip of the iceberg. He
argued that the neglect and distor-
tion of facts "deprived the black
child and his whole race of a her-
itage, and relegated him to nothing-
ness and nobodyness."
One could easily argue that
Woodson's concerns were extreme-
ly relevant in the past, but what
about today in America? In this
new Information Age is it so much
easier to get information on literal-
ly any topic imaginable. So whose
fault is it that little Johnny doesn't
know black history?
You can probably see where I am
headed with this. We as parents
have to be willing to step up or in
when the public school system does
not provide the level of education
we are satisfied with.
For example, Civics is rarely
taught in today's public school
classrooms because priorities have
changed. As a parent if civics is an
important subject to me then why
not educate my child by going to
the library or downloading data
from the Internet?
As citizens we are all entitled to
use the library and rent books and
other reference materials for free.
You can also use the Internet for
free at your local libraries.
A few years ago read about Will
Smith and his investment into a
new school that would be a private
institutions, but would aim to 'rev-
olutionize the public school sys-
tem," according with Smith.
Apparently the Fresh Prince had
been home schooling his two
youngest children, Jaden and
Willow, and felt like this would be
a good investment into both the
community and their children's
Smith invested more than S1 mil-
lion to the school so far. My only
question is how do you "revolu-
tionize" public school if your
school is private?
Not to bash Smith, but it kills
when people talk about fixing the
public schools system by creating
private school voucher options,
charters schools, etc. What about
actually addressing the real prob-
lem the actual failing schools. I
am fine with creating "choice" for
parents, but let's not turn our backs
on the neighborhood schools that
Still you can't take away the
effort that folks like Smith put
forth. A lot of us talk a good game,
but when it comes to putting our
money where our mouth is we tend
to back down.
This Smith funded school has
leased Indian Hills High School
campus, which has been renamed
to The New Village Academy of
Calabasas is in California.
I mention this Will Smith educa-
tional initiative because it gets back
to parents playing an active role
their children's education. No not
everyone has Smith's money, but
it's not his money that impresses
me, but his commitment to his chil-
I truly believe that in the past we
could point to the education system
and blame the government for not
properly educating our children,
but today we can't do that.
The education of our children is
so much broader than the schools
they attend, and as parents we can
make education a priority and start
leveling the playing field through
our efforts at home.
So the other option is simple:
man up, cowboy up or whatever
you want to call it. Take ownership
in your child's education. I hear
teachers say it all the time. The stu-
dents who normally succeed are the
one's whose parents are active in
their child's school lives and push
their children to achieve.
There are students that are self-
motivated and need very little
parental support, but those students
are definitely the exception and not
The challenge not only lies with
the students, but with us parents as
Signing off from New Village
Academy at Fullwood Manor,
he GOP Makes Obama's
election Easier by the Day
thing from spouting the phony
Birther line about Obama's birth
certificate to flailing away with
inconsistent and confused state-
ments about Libya.
Polls have consistently shown
that even while Obama's popularity
has edged down mostly over the
handling of the economy, more
Americans than not said they were
disenchanted, even fed up with the
Tea Party's antics, bluster and
intransigence. Even if House
Republicans pull back from mak-
ing the colossally stupid mistake of
padlocking government for a few
days to get the budget slashes they
want (and the likelihood is they
will), they have gone even further
to imprint in the public mind that
the GOP is the party of pig-headed,
nay-saying, whining, intransigence.
Then there's Sarah Palin. She has
gone from at best a political curios-
ity to a downright embarrassment.
Her popularity poll numbers, never
anything to write home about even
in her best days, are hurtling
toward single digit numbers. Even
she's had enough sense to stop hint-
ing that she's a serious contender
for the GOP presidential nomina-
tion. But Palin almost rises to the
stature of Lincoln and FDR when
compared to the clownishness of
real estate mogul Donald Trump,
Michele Bachmann and African-
American businessman Herman
Cain. All have made themselves,
and worse the GOP, into even big-
ger laughingstocks by conning the
press and the party into thinking
that they have a clue about politics
and the presidency.
Trump especially has worked the
con to a tee with his high profile
media appearances slamming
Obama's birth certificate and offer-
ing a few canned soup bromides
about his plan for America.
Bachmann has gone to prodigious
lengths to try and top herself in see-
ing how many Tea Party and media
grabbing odd ball quips she can
make about whatever comes in her
head. Cain, just by being black, and
getting some paper
cheers from Tea Polls have
Party leaders, has while Obamt
managed to keep mostly over
himself in the
media limelight more Amer
for a minute. The disenchanted
three of them send Party's antic,
chills up the spine
of GOP mainstream leaders at the
sight of them gabbing away on talk
shows while wearing the tag of the
Meanwhile, former Minnesota
governor Tim Pawlenty, Indiana
governor Mitch Daniels,
Mississippi governor Haley
Barbour, and former Utah governor
Jon Huntsman have been repeated-
ly mentioned as GOP presidential
challengers. Not one of them has a
prayer. In major polls since
January, none has cracked the 40
percent mark against Obama. Two
real possibilities to make a race
against Obama competitive: Mitt
Romney and former Arkansas gov-
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cautious, and close to the vest.
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State Republican leadership motto:
Lead with greed
Life, liberty and the pursuit of special
interests by the Republican led
Legislature is ruining the Sunshine State
By Noval Jones
"The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other It is not, as pover-
tv was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities
imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern
poor are not pitied...but written off as trash." -John Berger
Have you been to Tallahassee lately?
Have you been tuned into what Florida's legislative leadership is up to
Well, if you haven't I suggest you pop some popcorn and try your best
to visualize what you're about to read.
The politicians that were elected to serve you seem to have gotten their
signals crossed. For some reason, it seems that they believe they were
elected to serve, wait for it, themselves.
Apparently Florida is for sale and legislators and major greed is in play.
Is the popcorn ready? Okay, here we go.
Greed example number one.
Last week, the Republican led legislature decided that it would be a good
thing to pass a law making it alright for them to be bought off by any spe-
cial interest group, individual or corporation with bags of cash big enough
to get their attention.
In 2010, House Bill 1207 was passed during the legislative session. Upon
further review, then-Governor Charlie Crist vetoed the bill. During this
year's session, on March 24th, the Republican led Legislature overrode the
veto, 81-39 in the House and 30-9 in the Senate. In a nutshell, the legisla-
tion allows the Senate and House presidents to accept payments in the form
of "leadership funds" that they can then spread around to candidates of
their choice throughout the state. This type of action is usually left to polit-
ical and party fundraisers. Under this scenario legislative leadership will
have unspeakable power over future candidates who may find themselves
in the pocket of money-swollen special interests before they ever take
office. Now leaders of Florida's Legislature are able to hand pick cronies
willing to carry out the agenda of leadership fund bankrollers. In the face
of potential opportunities for corruption, this type of activity used to be
illegal. And while your elected officials in Tallahassee chose to ignore the
intent of this immoral act, it's still a crime we'll all pay for.
Greed example number two.
Let's give tax breaks to the very people who don't need them. Of course,
when this happens they will be kind enough to reinvest that money back
into Florida's economy. In return creating jobs, jobs and more jobs. Not.
Republicans have been telling this lie for so long that, with a straight
face, they still believe it will work. The only problem is the data tells a dif-
ferent story. Under the late former-Governeor Lawton Chiles Florida's
economy created about 1.5 million jobs. Under Republican rule and tax cut
theory, from 2000-2010, Florida's economy produced a little less than half
the amount of jobs it did the previous decade (606,000).
So where did the money go?
According to a recently published letter by former Florida Governor and
United States Senator Bob Graham, the rich simply got richer.
"After 12 years of tax cuts, there is no evidence in these numbers that the
cuts have achieved their purpose of accelerating quality jobs, said Graham
in his op-ed piece. "All of the tax cuts, particularly the total repeal of the
tax on stocks and bonds, primarily benefited the upper 5 percent of
Florida has turned into a state where hard working citizens are being
blamed for the immorality of the rich. Republican leadership is making
room for those who are more than willing to take advantage of every loop-
hole known to man. If there is not one to exploit, one will be created.
Remember, these people have been running the state for almost 13 years
and in that time things have gotten progressively worse.
Greed example number three.
Balancing the budget on the backs of the state's most vulnerable.
There is an old political saying, "Politicians put their money where their
priorities are." During this legislative session, Republican leadership has
followed Governor Rick Scott's budget recommendations to cut funding
for education, health, pay for state employees and some services for the
disabled. They are also working to reduce regulations for the protection of
Florida's natural resources in the name of development in an already over
developed state. Need I say more?
During this Republican led Legislature it's every man for himself. Rich
versus poor. Public versus private. To each his own.
In other words, greed is good.
The battle lines have been drawn by the rich simply to keep the citizens
caught in the middle, and on the bottom, too weak to fight. Unfortunately,
the people who need the most representation are often the ones who exer-
cise the most apathy. It's a losing proposition that is keeping Florida from
becoming greater than its promise.
So, as you make your way to the bottom of that tasty bag of popcorn,
remember greed is the only thing that will make you go beyond the bounds
of the intended and eat the kernels.
Just like the great state of Florida, where greed good.
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Minister Louis Farrakhan
Farrakhan steps up attacks on Obama
administration for war in Libya
by L. Holloway
In a two-hour speech, Min. Louis
Farrakhan recently stepped up his
anti-Obama Administration rheto-
ric for the second time in as many
weeks, condemning officials for
waging war on Libya's Moammar
Farrakhan warned that Obama's
action could result in Biblical-like
destruction of the United States for
its arrogance of power and repres-
The leader of the Nation of Islam
spoke before a packed house of
mostly followers in the sprawling
Mosque Maryam on Chicago's
"I don't care what Gadhafi has
done," he said before a roaring
crowd. "He is not the mad dog you
see on TV. Donald Trump sounds
more like a gangster to me."
Farrakhan referred to the Libyan
leader as "Brother Gadhafi" on
several occasions and expressed
sorrow for his predicament and
invoked the Book of Revelation,
which foretells of unprecedented
natural disasters and war on
unforeseen scales, to illustrate
how God's wrath will destroy
America because of attacks on his
chosen people, such as Gadhafi.
Deonte Bridges Visits Andrew Robinson Elementary
by William Jackson
Deonte Bridges gained national
exposure for his incredible hard
work and ability to overcome chal-
lenges that threatened to lead him
down a path of poverty and lack of
a good education. Deonte is an
example of a young man that over-
came many obstacles.
He was robbed at gunpoint, ver-
bally, socially and academically
stereotyped, and tempted with
drugs. In addition, his brother died
when he was very young and
his mother has been battling
leukemia, a type of cancer.
Deonte graduated from Booker T.
Washington High School in Atlanta,
Georgia, graduating first in his
graduating class. He earned over 1
million dollars in scholarships. His
inspiring words and accounts of his
life growing up were told with pas-
sion and sincerity to the students,
faculty and staff of ARE. Mr.
Bridges inspired students
to continue to do their best in
school and in their communities.
The purpose is to empower and
motivate the third, fourth and fifth
grade students to work hard and
dream big in life. The students had
opportunities to ask questions
of Mr. Bridges, satisfying their
curiosity and need for relevant and
important information as they face
challenges of peer pressure, drugs,
crime, and other distractions that
they may face now and in the future
of their young lives.
Principal Crystal Lewis spoke to
the students about the importance
of continuing to strive for academic
excellence and the rewards of hard
work. Students learned that when
attending college there is a mone-
tary price on everything from
books, meals, housing and classes.
This realization opened the stu-
dent's eyes to the value of scholar-
ships when considering colleges as
they work toward their high school
diplomas and quest to enter into
college for higher education
Ms. Feigert, ELA third grade
teacher guided the visit of Mr.
Bridges, leading the students in
appreciative applause and grateful
smiles and presentations of poems,
posters and written stories of
appreciation. The visitation of
Deonte Bridges and other speakers
that have spoken to the student
body at Andrew Robinson is part of
the multidisciplinary direction of
NOW (No Opportunity Wasted) for
instruction and learning.
Complementing regular classroom
instruction with real world access
through dialogue with people in our
communities that are successful
despite challenges that they face.
Students read a special thank you card to Mr. Bridges (right) for his
wisdom sharing to the class, he is also shown in the inset.
Thousands are being killed in Ivory Coast as world looks elsewhere
by George Curry
While the world's attention is
fixed primarily on turmoil in Libya,
Syria, and Yemen, thousands of
Ivorians are being murdered in
lighting that pits supporters of C6te
d'Ivoire incumbent President
Laurent Gbagbo against challenger
Alassane Ouattara. Both men claim
to have won the disputed election in
a country already torn by a nine-
year civil war.
President Obama, French
President Nicolas Sarkozy and the
United Nations have recognized
Ouattara as the duly elected presi-
dent of C6te d'Ivoire, which is
French for Ivory Coast. What's
loosely referred to as the interna-
tional community has accused
Gbagbo of assorted human rights
violations, including killing some
of his political opponents.
Recently, however, the U.N. was
forced to acknowledge that both
sides have been guilty of killing
civilians. Aid workers said that as
many as 1,000 people were killed
by Ouattara's forces in Duekoue, a
Gbagbo stronghold in western Cote
Amid conflicting reports coming
out of Abidjan, the commercial cap-
ital of the country, it is difficult to
know for certain what is going on
there. Charles Steele, Jr,, former
president of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference (SCLC) and
I visited Abidjan two months ago
and were stunned to see how wide-
spread news reports failed to mirror
the reality we witnessed on the
One-sided reporting is reflected
in reporters, who routinely refer to
Gbagbo as the nation's "strong-
Fighting in Abidjan appeared to be reaching a bloody climax. Gun
battles have left most of the city's five million residents too terrified to
leave their homes.
man" and Ouattara as the "intema-
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have written in this space, few
reporters have read the Ivorian con-
stitution that puts into place a two-
step process that determines how
national leaders are elected.
Under Article 32 and Article 94
of the Ivorian constitution, ballots
are tallied and results are
announced by the Independent
Electoral Commission. The second
and less publicized step is the final
declaration of winners made by the
Constitutional Council, the equiva-
lent of the United States Supreme
In the case of the disputed presi-
dential election, Ouattara was
declared the winner of a run-off on
November 28, 2010 by the
Independent Electoral Commission,
a decision that the U.S., France, and
the European Union cited as the
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basis of their support for the chal-
Pierre Sane, the Paris-based for-
mer general secretary of Amnesty
International, notes that the so-
called Independent Electoral
Commission is anything but inde-
pendent. Of the 31 members, 20 are
from rebel groups and their political
"One way or the other,
the'Independent Commission' is in
point of fact controlled by the oppo-
sition," Sane wrote in an analysis.
"Its chairman is a senior member of
the opposition coalition, and a for-
mer PDCI minister in the Gbagbo
After examining challenged bal-
lots, the Constitutional Council
declared Gbagbo the winner by a
margin of 51.45 percent to 48.55.
Sarkozy, among others, cried foul
because of the seven justices, four
are appointed by Gbagbo and three
are appointed by the president of
the National Assembly. Sarkozy
should be one of the last people to
complain because, as he knows, the
Ivorian constitution is modeled
after the French constitution.
In a January interview with me,
Gbagbo said the Ivorian judicial
system is not unlike the one in the
U.S. where the president appoints
Supreme Court justices, subject to
On March 9, when most of the
world was looking at dramatic
events in Libya, President Obama
issued a three-paragraph statement
deploring violence in C6te d'Ivoire
that he blamed on "security forces
loyal to former President Laurent
He added, "As we have said since
the election results in C6te d'Ivoire
were certified, the people of C6te
d'Ivoire elected Alassane Ouattara
as their President and Laurent
Gbagbo lost the election. Former
President Gbagbo's efforts to hold
on to power at the expense of his
own country are an insult to the uni-
versal rights of his people, and the
democracy that C6te d'Ivoire
deserves... It is time for former
President Gbagbo to heed the will
of his people, and to complete a
peaceful transition of power to
President Obama is wrong. It's
time for the United States, France,
and even some African countries to
stop trying to force their will on a
sovereign country. Democracy can
often be a messy process and the
U.S. can't intervene in every coun-
try that elects a leader it opposes.
Clearly, mistakes have been made
by supporters of both Gbagbo and
Ouattara. Regardless of which side
one favors, Ivorians followed their
constitution in choosing Gbagbo
over his challenger and that process
should be respected.
Considering the sharp political
divisions in C6te d'Ivoire, it is
unlikely that either Ouattara or
Gbagbo could be an effective leader
under current circumstances.
Therefore, the so-called internation-
al community should stop favoring
one candidate over the other and
instead call for an immediate halt to
the killing. Once that's accom-
plished, a new election should be
held with each candidate obliged to
honor the outcome.
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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.
Gospel Explosion at Abundant Life
Abundant Life Christian Center # 2 will host a "Gospel Explosion" on
April 16, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. The church is asking that your choir/praise team
render two selections of your choice to participate. Congregations are also
invited. For more information call 291-2575. The church is located at 2121
kings Rd. Jacksonville, Fl. 32209. Pastors Benjamin & Joann Clark.
Garage and Bake Sale at Summerville
Summerville Baptist Church will host a Garage and Bake Sale on Saturday
April 9, 2011 at from 8 1 p.m. The purpose is to support the Building
Fund Ministry. The church is located at 2842 Mars Avenue. For more infor-
mation, call 993-2498.
AME Churches Holy Week
Celebration slated for April 19-24
The annual Holy Week Services presented jointly by three local AME
churches Greater Grant Memorial, Greater Payne, and AME Church of the
Master, is scheduled for April 19 -24, 2011 and culminates with a sunrise
service on Easter morning. The worship services will begin nightly at 7:00
pm and the Good Friday observance starting at 12:00 noon. All services are
open to the public.
The Holy Tuesday worship service will be on April 19th with the
Reverend F.D. Richardson, Jr., pastor of Greater Grant Memorial AME
Church, as the proclaimer of the Word, and will be held at AME Church of
the Master located at 5637 Vernon Road.
The Reverend Mose Thomas, III is the preacher for the Maunday Thursday
worship at Greater Grant Memorial AME Church located at 5533 Gilchrist
Road. Thomas is the pastor of AME Church of the Master.
The AME Ministers Alliance will host their Good Friday observance, "The
7 Last Words of Christ" beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 22nd at
Greater Payne AME Church, located at 1230 Claudia Spencer Street and
the Reverend Tan C, Moss is the pastor.
The Easter Sunrise Service begins at 6:00 a.m. with Presiding Elder Tony
D. Hansberry delivering the Easter message of salvation. The sunrise serv-
ice will be held at Greater Payne AME Church, 1230 Claudia Spencer
Street; Rev. Tan C. Moss, pastor.
For additional information and transportation, call the Greater Grant
Memorial AME church office at (904) 764-5992.
St. Thomas Missionary to begin
Holy Week Revival April 18th
Holy week Revival will begin
Monday April 18, thru Thursday
April 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. nightly.
Special nightly speakers promise a
Scheduled to keynote are: Monday
April 18 Bishop Rudolph W
McKissick Jr. (Bethel Baptist
Gre ate rMaceonia
Seeking the lost for Christ "
Matthew 28:19 20 -
Pastor Landon Williams
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
* A Full Gospel Baptist Church **
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Institution Church); Tuesday April
19 Bishop Zameriko Jackson (
Kingdom People Christian Center);
Wednesday April 20 Pastor
Darien W. Bolden (First Missionary
Baptist Church); Thursday April 21
- Pastor H.B. Charles, Jr. (Shiloh
Metropolitan Baptist Church) and
Good Friday April 22 nd at 7:00
p.m. old Hymns of the Church with
Sis. Mary L. Moore and the St.
Thomas Sanctuary Choir.
The public is invited to all servic-
es. The church is located at 5863
Moncrief Rd. Ernie L. Murray, Sr.
If you've been waiting for the
perfect opportunity to see gospel
music legends BeBe & CeCe
Winans in concert, it's here.
BeBe, one half of the long-run-
ning, Grammy-winning brother-sis-
ter duo, says the current run with his
sister is their last. And "Still," the
reunion album that won them a pair
of Grammys this year, is their final
"This is it," Winans says. "There
are a couple of things I'm allergic
to, and touring is one of them. It's a
different story when you're 25 or 26
and waking up in one city and going
to bed in another city. But when
you're 49 ..."
Global Day of Prayer
The Global Day of Prayer will be celebrated locally at the Veterans
Memorial Arena. Christians'will be united across the country as festivities
will be streamed live from 6 10 p.m. Approximately 400 million
Christians in 220 countries participate in the Global Day of Prayer. The pur-
pose of the event is to unite Christians for worship through praise and
prayer while mobilizing the church to become involved in social issues
such as redeveloping urban areas, feeding the poor, clothing the unclothed
and supporting the oppressed. The annual event will take place on
Pentecost Sunday, June 12, 2011 and is expected to draw 15,000+ atten-
dees. For more information, log on to www.globaldayofprayer.com or con-
tact Julie Watson at 737-0012.
Arlington Church of Christ
Annual Ladies' Inspirational Day
Edification, rejuvenation, and education is the focus of this year's Ladies
Inspirational Day, at the Arlington Church of Christ. The event will be held
Saturday, April 30, 2011, at 6215 Arlington Road North. Registration and
continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m.; the program starts at 9 a.m. and
will feature three dynamic speakers: Cindy Rodgers, Lee Brooker, and
Linda Lockett-Brown. Lunch will be served immediately following the pro-
gram. Other activities include: poetry, prizes, games, and gift bags.
The theme is "Developing the Godly Personality," with focus scripture:
Ephesians 3:14-21. At this empowering event, every woman will receive
practical tools she can use to evaluate her personal Christian values. All
participants will be challenged with the following questions, "Am I grow-
ing spiritually as I should; And if not, why not?"
The activities and food are free. For further information please contact
the church office at 744-4833, or e-mail email@example.com.
Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge
141st Grand Communication
The 141st Grand Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge
will take place on Sunday Morning April 17, 2011 (Palm Sunday). Services
will include Praise & Worship Service at 11 a.m. on the 5th Floor
Auditorium of the Masonic Temple which is located at 410 Broad Street.
Brother Randall Gavin, Praise Team Leader. All are welcome.
New Bethel presents 3 Night of Praise
Rev. Roger J. Burton Pastor will be presenting a special program entitled
"Three Nights of Praise and Worship". The services will be Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday, April 13th 14th and 15th beginning at 7:00 p.m.
nightly and will feature fantastic choirs and singers from throughout the
area rendering heart and soul touching music and song. Various preachers
will be delivering the message. The church is located at 9864 New Berlin
Rd. Jacksonville, Fl. (At the foot of the Dames Point Bridge) For more
information, contact Bro. Washington at 576-2346 or the church at (904)
Despite this "goodbye album and
tour," Winans and his sister will
always continue to be close, even if
they're not making music together,
The tour features sets by the
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.
Winans siblings as well as by sister
act Mary Mary. The two groups will
share the stage at some point.
"What people will see is the love
between us all," Winans says. "It's a
good time, no holds barred, and
people will get a bit of the new, a bit
of the old and a bit of older people
trying to be hip."
Letting go of those good times is
bittersweet for Winans, although he
is coming to terms with his deci-
"People retire," he says. "We've
been doing this for 27 years. It's
time to retire. And it's been 15 years
between the last album and this one.
There's not another 15 years to wait
to do another."
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 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.
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Bebe and Cece on final tour
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
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The recipe said what?
Simmer or saute? Braise or Base? Not everyone knows the difference.
That's why we're starting by providing a list popular cooking terms and
what they mean.
AL DENTE: To the tooth in
Italian, The pasta is cooked just
enough to maintain a firm texture.
BASTE: To brush or spoon liq-
uid fat or juices over meat during
roasting to add flavor and to pre-
vent it from drying out.
BLANCH: to boil briefly to
loosen the skin of a fruit or a veg-
etable. After 30 seconds in boiling
water the fruit or vegetable should
be plunged into ice water to stop
the cooking action, and then the
skin easily slice off.
BRAISE: A cooking technique
that requires browning meat in oil
or other fat and then cooling slowly
in liquid. The effect of braising is to
tenderize the meat.
CLARIFY: Remove impurities
from butter or stock by heating the
liquid then straining or skimming it.
CORE: To remove the inedible
center of fruits such as pineapples.
CREAM: To beat vegetable
shorting, butter, or margarine, with
or without sugar, until light and
fluffy. This process traps in air bub-
bles, later used to create height in
cookies and cakes
CURE: To preserve or add flavor
with an ingredient, usually salt
DICE: To cut into cubes.
DIPPINGS: Used for gravies
and sauce, drippings are the liquids
left in the bottom of a roasting or
frying pan after meat is cooked.
FILLET: To remove the bones
from meat or fish for cooking.
FOLD: To cut and mix lightly
with a spoon to keep as much air in
the mixture as possible.
GRATE: To shred or cust down
a food ito fine pieces by rubbing it
against a rough surface.
JULIENNE: To cut into long,
JUS: The natural juices released
by roasting meats.
MARINATE: to combine food
with aromatic ingredients to add
MINCE: To chop food into tiny,
PAN BROIL: to cook a food in a
skilled without assed fat removing
any fat as it accumulates
PAY FRY: To cook in a pan with
small amount of hot oil, butter, or
other fat, turning the food over once
PARCHMENT: A heavy, heat-
resistant paper used in cooking.
POACH: To simmer in liquid
PUREE: to mash or sieve food
into a thick liquid
RECONSTITUTE: to take a
dried food such as milk back to its
original state by adding liquid.
REDUCE: To cook liquids down
so that some of the liquid evapo-
RENDER: To melt down fat to
ROUX; A cooked paste usually
made from flour and butter used to
the thicken sauces
SAUTE: To Cook food quickly
in a small amount of oil in a skillet
or saut6 pan over direct heat.
SEAR: Sealing in a meat's juices
by cooking it quickly under very
SIFT: To remove large lumps
from a dry ingredient such as flour
of confections sugar by passing it
through a fine mesh. The process
also incorporates air into the ingre-
dients, making them lighter
SIMMER: Cooking food in a
liquid at a low enough temperature
that small bubbles begin to break
SKIM: To remove the top fat
layer from stocks, soups, sauces, or
other liquids such as cream or milk.
STEAM: To Cook over boiling
water in a covered pan, this method
keeps foods shape texture and
nutritional value intact better than
methods such as boiling.
STEEP: to soak dry ingredients
(tea leaves, ground coffee, herbs,
spices, etc.) in liquid until the fla-
vor is infused into the liquid.
STEWING: Browning small
pieces of meat, poultry or fish, then
simmering them with vegetables or
other ingredients in enough liquid
to cover them usually in a closed
pot on the stove, in the oven, or
with a slow cooker.
STIR FRY: The fast frying of
small pieces of meat and vegetable
over very high heat with continual
and rapid stirring.
WATER BATH: A gentle cook-
ing technique in which a container
is set in a pan of simmering water.
WHIP: To incorporate air into
ingredients such as cream or egg
whites by beating until light and
fluffy; also refers to the utensil used
for this action.
WISK: To mix of fluff by beat-
ing, also refers to the utensil used
for this action
ZEST: The thin, brightly colored
outer part of the rind of citrus fruits.
It contains volatile oils used as a
Family gets $54K refund for adopting children
by B. Ellis, CNNMONEY
SMITHFIELD, N.C. The
Wards couldn't believe the news
when their tax preparer called to
tell them they're getting a S54,000
refund this year.
Thelma Ward was speechless.
She had to hand the phone to her
husband so she could dance around
the living room floor in shock.
"I was thanking God like never
before," she said. "We're just over-
whelmed that amount was so
huge it was unbelievable."
So what's bringing this windfall?
The federal adoption tax credit.
In recent years, the Wards have
expanded their family of seven
children by adopting five kids. For
each of these adopted children,
they are eligible for a one-time tax
credit of up to $13,170.
The credit has been around since
1997, but this tax season it is
refundable for the first time --
which is the tax equivalent of hit-
ting the jackpot.
A refundable tax credit lets you
get the cash even if you owe no
taxes. A non-refundable credit just
offsets any taxes you owe, and then
rolls anything remaining to the
next tax year.
The Wards adopted the five chil-
dren over a span of three years, so
they've filed for the tax credit each
year. But because they didn't make
enough money, the tax credit sim-
ply rolled over from year to year
This year, because the credit
became refundable, they are get-
ting all the previous years' left-
overs in a lump sum.
While the Wards haven't
received the refund check yet,
H&R Block calculated that the
unused adoption credits from the
past five years add up to $45,560 -
- making up the majority of the
$54,000 refund they're expecting.
A typical private adoption runs
about $30,000, so the credit was
intended to help families by reim-
bursing expenses, such as court
fees. But the tax law allows parents
who adopt "special needs" children
to receive the entire credit even if
they had no expenses.
All of the Wards' foster children
qualified as special ,
needs, so Thelma
was able to claim
the full credit even
though there were
The refund is
quite significant to
the Wards, who
only make about
$39,000 per year.
"We didn't get
into foster care to
adopt anyone, butDavid and Thelma Ward have adopted five chil-
adoptwhen we started dren, which is netting them a $54,000 refund.
when we started dren, which is netting them a $54,000 refund.
being foster parents we couldn't let
a child leave us without a place to
call home," said Thelma.
She had to quit her job at a day-
care to take care of her new chil-
dren. And her husband, David,
who works at a concrete company,
had to take a significant pay cut
last year to keep his job. The one
saving grace: As foster parents,
they receive about $3,300 a month
from the state of North Carolina
until the children turn 18.
"Any little bit helps, but it still
doesn't cover it," said Thelma, who
has had to learn to stay on a tight
budget to afford giving her chil-
dren the care they need.
They hope to use their windfall
refund to take their family on a
vacation, pay bills, and buy new
windows for their home which has-
n't seen any upgrades in five years.
"We'll have to see what we can
afford," said Thelma. "Money
comes and money goes, so we
want to make sure we spend it all
Colorectal Cancer: What you should know about screening
It may be one of your parents. It
may be a co-worker, or someone
from your church. It could be a
neighbor, a girlfriend from your
book club, or the favorite uncle or
aunt who always organizes the
summer family reunion. It could
even be you who will face colorec-
tal cancer one day. It can be unset-
tling to think about it, but know that
you can turn to the National Cancer
Institute for information if you are
faced with this situation.
Also, there is something you can
do to help prevent colorectal cancer
in your life and in the lives of those
you associate with and love: get
regularly screened for colorectal
cancer. Read on to learn more
information about colorectal cancer
and colorectal cancer screening so
you will be fully informed.
Although deaths from colorectal
cancer have declined in recent
decades, it remains the third most
frequently diagnosed cancer in both
men and women, and the second
leading cause of cancer deaths, in
the United States. And, rates of
colorectal cancer diagnosis and
death are higher for African
Americans than for all other racial
and ethnic groups in the United
Because colorectal cancer can
take many years to develop, early
detection and treatment of the dis-
ease greatly improve the chances of
a cure. Screening also enables doc-
tors to detect and remove abnormal
colorectal growths, or polyps,
before they even become cancer.
According to most current guide-
lines, people at average risk for this
disease should be screened regular-
ly starting at age 50. If any family
members have had colorectal can-
cer, you should talk to your doctor
about when and how often you
should be screened, because you are
at a higher risk.
Unfortunately, almost half of
people aged 50 to 75 are not being
screened regularly for colorectal
cancer. If cost is keeping you from
making that appointment, remem-
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
Expo at YMCA
"Closing the Gap by Connecting
the Community" is a free upcoming
Health Expo at the Johnson Branch
YMCA. It will be held on Saturday,
April 9th from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. The
branch is located at 5700 Cleveland
Road Jacksonville, FL 32209. The
fair will include workshops and
screenings on HIV/AIDS, diabetes,
cancer, dental health, infant mortal-
ity and more. For more information,
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.
Connection Health Fair
Baptist Health is sponsoring
FREE heart screenings with imme-
diate results and counseling, cook-
ing and fitness demonstrations. It
will be held on Saturday, April
16th at the Main Library downtown
from 9-4 p.m. Pre-register at
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
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.
Larenz Tate to host
Super star Larenz Tate of Love
Jones, FX's "Rescue Me," Crash,
and many more blockbuster films
will be in Jacksonville hosting,
Wednesday's On The Water" a
weekly event at Fela's Sports Bar &
Grill, 8132 Trout River Dr. With a
young professional setting, doors
will open at 6 p.m. on April 20th.
Tate will also be doing a meet &
greet. For more info call 297-5830
The Jacksonville Urban League
will host its 4th Annual
Empowerment Summit, April 20th
from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at
their headquarters, 903 West Union
Street across from the Ritz Theater.
The Summit will feature workshops
on how to get and keep employ-
ment, character building, personal
safety and financial literacy. There
will also be free breakfast, medica-
tion counseling and health screen-
ings. For more information contact
Julia Henry-Wilson at 904-366-
3473 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This
event is open to the public.
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
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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-
em 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 info call 356-
The annual FunkFest two day
concert will be held May 6 & 7 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.
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
May 5th at 7 p.m. Call 632-5555.
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.
New Stanton Class of 1963
The New Stanton Sr. High School Class of 1963 will meet the third
Sunday of each month at the Highlands Branch Library, 1826 Dunn
Avenue from 3-5 p.m. They are currently preparing for their 50th Class
Reunion in 2013. There will be no meetings in June or July.
For more information, contact Gracie Smith Foreman at 766-5221.
Appeal for your excess clothes
The Millions More Movement, Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.,a non-profit organization is appealing for your excess
clothes,clothes hangers, shoes of all sizes for women, men,children and
school supplies.These items will be used in their organization's next
"Clothes Give-A-Way". These items can be brought to 916 N.Myrtle
Avenue, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00a.m. 5:00
p.m.You can also call us to pickup your donations.Our contact number is
904-240-9133 .If you would like to learn more about JLOC Inc., MMM
visit their website, www.jaxloc.org. Pick ups are available.
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Bobby Brown: Reality TV was a
wakeup call to change my life!
Bobby Brown now says he was driven to confront his
various drug and alcohol demons after watching his
2005 reality series "Being Bobby Brown" and becom-
ing horrified by his behavior.
"(The TV show) was partly why I got clean. I saw
exactly what I didn't want to see about myself," the
42-year-old singer tells People magazine.
Brown claims he has turned his life around since
famously battling problems with cocaine and heroin abuse during his
tumultuous marriage to Whitney Houston. He is currently celebrating six
years of sobriety.
Now married to manager Alicia Etheridge, Brown says he's determined
to be a hands-on father to their baby son Cassius after failing to fully
support his four eldest children from previous relationships, including
18-year-old Bobbi Kristina, his daughter with Houston.
"When I used to get high, I wasn't there for my older kids. I always
had a drink in my hand or disappeared," he said.
Brown confesses that during his darkest days, he couldn't see himself
living through his fourth decade: "All the things I've done and been
through, I never thought I'd reach 40. I did drugs because I was lonely
and thought no one cared for me. I take full responsibility for everything
I've done. I'm just grateful to be where I am now."
He adds, "My past has made me the man I am now. I had to grow. I
got my passion back for music, for loving myself. I'm a better person, so
I can be a better partner and father. They are my support system, my
everything. Without them, I don't know where I'd be."
Terry McMillan's advice
for aspiring writers
by Terry McMillan
1. Write as if no one is ever going to read it.
2. Try not to read, revise or rewrite what you've
written until you've had a chance to let it simmer.
3. Don't believe your family, friends or lovers j
when they tell you: "It's great!" What else are they /
going to say? ,
4. Try not to think of an idea for a good story. In I '
fact, leave your brain out of it. .
5. Write about what frightens you. What you find perplexing.
Disturbing. What breaks your heart. And what you wish you could
6. Write as if you're telling a story to an old friend you haven't seen in
years. It's one way to find your own voice.
7. Read work by writers that you respect and admire. Just don't try to
8. You want your reader to see what's on the page, not read the words,
so paint a moving picture.
9. Don't compare what you're writing to published authors. They were
once in your shoes.
10. Remember that a story is about someone who wants something and
someone is preventing them from getting it. Whatever that might be.
11. All of us have flaws. Pass some of yours on to your characters!
12. You want your reader to care about your characters, worry about
them and hope they can get out of whatever mess you put them in.
13.You have to have conflict in your story. Even fairy tales and car-
toons have them.
14. Even if your early work gets rejected, don't beat yourself up. It
doesn't mean your work isn't good. It may not be ready yet.
15. If you feel the same after you finish writing something as you did
when you started, you've wasted your time.
16. Fiction is a way of making a lie believable.
17. Write the kind of story you'd like to read.
18. Read everything you write aloud. Pets make great listeners. They
19. Don't forget that a story should be life affirming. There's enough
negativity in the world as it is.
20. Tell the story from your character's point of view instead of yours.
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- t Move over Centric, BET and TV1 Bounce TV
to debut as 1st free African American network
by K. Daniels. BV
While the overall television land-
scape is littered with all kinds of
specialty channels,. many of which
seem redundant and directionless.
what remains clear is that the medi-
um is in dire need of more diversi-
Even with the much anticipated
debut of Oprah's OWN (Oprah
Winfrey Network) at the top of the
year, the lane is still fairly wide
open for more niche programming.
This week. former Atlanta Mayor
Andrew Young and a group of busi-
nessmen and entertainment industry
luminaries announced the forma-
tion of Bounce TV, with the aim of
presenting the nation's first-ever,
free, over-the-air broadcast televi-
sion network designed exclusively
for African-American audiences.
Set to launch this fall, the channel
will target African-Americans pri-
marily between the ages of 25-54
with 24-hour programming that will
include movies, live sporting
events, documentaries, inspirational
faith-based programs, off-net series
and original dramas.
Bounce TV's founding group and
leadership team include
Ambassador Young, Martin Luther
King III, Andrew "Bo" Young III,
television executives Ryan Glover
and Jonathan Katz and filmmakers
Rob Hardy and Will Packer.
"I am proud that our network will
deliver free programming exclu-
sively for our underserved commu-
nity and be accessible to all homes
around the country, and not just
those who pay for television," said
Young. "We look forward to
Bounce TV entertaining African-
American viewers for many years
The founders of Bounce include Martin Luther King, III, film mak-
ers Will Packer and Rod Hardy and Andrew Young.
Hardy and Packer are the co-
founders of Rainforest Films, one
of the film industry's top black pro-
duction companies. With films such
as 'Stomp the Yard,' 'This
Christmas,' and 'Takers' under their
belt, the duo have become a formi-
dable creative and box-office force
Hardy will serve as chief content
officer for Bounce TV, while Packer
will be chief strategy and marketing
The newly formed network also
announced that it had acquired the
television rights to nearly 400
African-American motion pictures
in four individual, multi-year
licensing agreements with NBC
Universal Domestic Television
Distribution, Sony Pictures
Entertainment and Image
"[This is] one of the most signifi-
cant advances African Americans
have made in the
entertainment indus- IV
try," said Hollywood
Black Film Festival
founder Tanya Ray The Hu
Kersey. "It will be Do the i
interesting to see Mo Bett
how Bounce's entry Phladelp
into the TV business Poetic Justic
will affect the other
networks, as African Americans are
a large and loyal audience. It has
the potential to dramatically alter
the numbers for some of TV's top
series who enjoy a large percentage
of African-American viewers."
According to a spokesperson.
Bounce TV will be majority owned
and operated by African Americans.
with Young. Hardy. Packer. and
Glover as part of the initial owxner-
ship team. The network plans to
leverage the marketing. digital.
post-production. and operational
resources of Atlanta-based CSE --
one of the country's leading inde-
pendently owned sports. entertain-
ment and television production
In targeting the black demograph-
ic, Bounce TV is moving into terri-
tory already occupied by basic
cable networks such as Viacom's
BET and Centric. and TV One. a
joint venture of Comcast. NBC
Universal and DirecTV. In 2008.
the former chart-topping rapper
Master P announced plans for
Better Black TV (BBTV). a net-
work designated to serve up "posi-
tive" programming for the African-
American audience. Oscar winner
Denzel Washington was reportedly
a board member of the network,
which never came to fruition.
Former BET producer and film-
maker Stefanie Frederic for one
movies to be
wn on BOUNCE
urricaine The Bone Collector -
Right Thing Jungle Fever -
er Blues Nutty Professor -
hia Glory Soldiers Story -
ce Car Wash + hundreds more
thinks Bounce TV comes at an
opportune time, and is eager to see
what it will offer. "Competition is
good," says Frederic, "and there's
plenty of room at the table."
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April 7 13, 2011
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