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with sending KKK letters
A 28-year-old African-American man from St. Louis, MO has been
indicted for sending threats signed from the KKK to officials in the
southern Illinois community of O'Fallon.
A federal grand jury has indicted Justin Lamar Kidd, on two counts of
maliciously conveying a false threat. Officials claim Kidd is behind two
November 2006 letters to the O'Fallon Police Department and City Hall.
Both are signed "KKK warning."
The letter sent to the police department warns that an apartment com-
plex would be burned down if "all the blacks" aren't removed.
"Get all the blacks out of O'Fallon before we start burning their) hous-
es down. KKK warning," said the letter sent to City Hall.
A judge has ordered a mental evaluation for him, and the results will be
filed with the court within 30 days.
If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up
to three years of supervised release on each charge.
Jesse Jackson, Jr.: Ipad eliminates jobs
When it comes to iPads, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is no fan. The
congressman -- an iPad owner -- took to the House floor on Friday to
address the unemployment crisis in America and claimed the Apple tablet
is "probably responsible for eliminating thousands of jobs."
Jackson cited the recent bankruptcy of bookstore Borders as evidence
of Apple's role in the dwindling economy. "Why do you need to go to
Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes and Noble? Just buy
an iPad and download your book, download your newspaper, download
your magazine," he said, going on to warn Congress about the potential
for a paperless society in the near future. "What becomes of publishing
companies and publishing-company jobs? What becomes of bookstores
and librarians and all of the jobs associated with paper? Well, in the not-
too-distant future, such jobs simply won't exist."
Jackson also criticized Apple creator Steve Jobs for manufacturing the
tablets in China instead of America, which he believes is contributing to
the unemployment problem.
Duke Lacrosse team accuser
now charged with murder
A North Carolina woman who captured national headlines when she
accused three Duke University student-athletes of rape is now herself
accused of murder. Crystal Mangum, 32, has been charged with murder,
after her boyfriend succumbed to stabbing-related injuries at a Durham,
North Carolina, hospital. She also facing two felony charges of larceny.
Police say she stabbed the 46-year-old man in the torso during an argu-
ment early on April 3 at the apartment the couple shared in Durham.
In March 2006, Mangum claimed she was sexually assaulted by three
players on the Duke lacrosse team -- annually one of the best collegiate
squads in the nation -- while performing as a stripper at a team party.
North Carolina's attorney general later found no credible evidence that
the attacks occurred and the charges were dropped.
The scandal forced the cancellation of the men's lacrosse season that
year and the resignation of the team's coach. It also led to widespread
criticism of then-Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, who
was eventually disbarred for his handling of the case.
Census: Hispanics surpass African-
Americans in most large cities
Hispanics now outnumber African-Americans for the first time in most
U.S. metropolitanareas, shifting the political and racial dynamics in
cities once dominated by whites and blacks.
Recently released Census figures highlight the growing diversity of the
366 U.S. metro areas, which were home to a record share of 83.7 percent
of the U.S. population. The numbers from the 2010 count already are
influencing redistricting maps in many states, where political maps are
being redrawn based on population size and racial makeup.
The number of a state's members in the U.S. House of Representatives
is determined by its population. States delineate their own districts, often
taking ethnic voting blocs into consideration.
The new metro areas include Chicago, Illinois; Grand Rapids,
Michigan; and Atlantic City, New Jersey, whose states will lose U.S.
House seats in the 2012 elections because of overall population changes.
Other places seeing rapid Hispanic gains compared to blacks were
Lakeland, Florida; Madison, Wisconsin; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and
Omaha, Nebraska, due to the mid-decade housing boom, which attracted
many new immigrants seeking work in the construction and service
Barry Bonds found guilty of
obstruction of justice; no jail time
A U.S. jury convicted Barry Bonds last week of one count of obstruct-
ing justice but deadlocked on other charges that baseball's home run king
lied to a grand jury about whether he knowingly used steroids.
The jury was dismissed after four days of deliberations in the three-week
perjury trial. His attorney, Allen Ruby, said he would file a motion to dis-
miss the conviction. Bonds faces up to 10 years in prison on the obstruc-
tion conviction but would likely receive far less.
Many fans and sportswriters have long believed that Bonds, who holds
Major League Baseball's career and single-season home run records, took
performance-enhancing drugs. The steroids scandal has tarnished some
of baseball's biggest stars in recent years.
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Volume 24 No. 27 Jacksonville, Florida April 21-27, 2011
Brown giving GOTV new meaning
With less than a month to go
before the General Election to
select Jacksonville's next mayor,
Alvin Brown is leaving no stone
unturned when it comes to moti-
vating Duval voters. His "Get Out
to Vote" campaign, commonly
called GOTV is making sure to
access all facets of the communi-
ty. Last weekend, he held two
innovative events on the city's
South and North side.
The Northside event held at
Boobie Clark Park featured a 3 on
3 basketball tournament for mul-
tiple ages. There was also a live
DJ and free food in addition to
Brown's "One city, one vision"
campaign slogan is designed to
unite all areas of the town. The
last two weeks have seen a cam-
paign surge for the native son
once considered a underdog to
three other candidates. He hopes
that the pledged support and
endorsements will translate to
votes to take over City Hall.
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Shown above is the winning team of the 3 on 3 Basketball team: William Harmon, Anthony Nixon, Dennis
Hodges, Mayoral candidate Alvin Brown, Richard Love and Coach McBride. T Austin photo
Glover talks recruitment and
retention to Meninak Club
Mason's Grand Session held in Jacksonville
The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons
held their annual Grand Session last week in Jacksonville, Fl. The session
brought together hundreds of members from Florida; Belize, Central
Meninak member Noel Parris greets Edward Waters College President America and St. John U.S.V.I., to handle the organizations business.
Nathaniel Glover at their recent meeting. The EWC president spoke to the Shown above is Anthony T. Stafford, Sr 330 Most Worshipful Grand
leadership organization on the importance of recruitment and retention Master of Florida, Augusts H Cox 330 PMEGM oldest member at 96
pertaining to education of the city's youth. The mission of the Meninak years old and Rev. Dr. Michael R. Moore, M.W. Past Grand Master
club which meets monthly and is Jacksonville based, is "lending help of Florida. For more photos, see Sights and Scenes on page 3. FMP
where none is available" to area youth. IFwlhoto Photo.
APRI honor local heroes at conference
The A. Phillip Randolph Institute (APRI) Florida Chapter, held their 10th Annual A. Philip Randolph Memorial
Birthday Celebration last week at the Crown Plaza Riverfront Hotel. Named after the legendary labor organizer
and hometown hero A. Philip Randolph, the conference raises funds to support voter education, oiganiziilg non-
partisan (GOTV) drives and health care awareness programs of the State Chapter.Honored this year during the
awards ceremony were (L-R): Champion of Labor Romia Johnson, Distinguished Legislator Sen. Tony
Hill, Distinguished Community Service Honoree Sollie Mitchell and Keynote Speaker, Distinguished
Community Service Miriam Bunny Baker, Lifetime Achievement Charles F. Spencer, Eminence Honoree
- Cong. Corrine Brown, and Rev. Landon Williams.
now under fire
by Gov. Scon
Two of Florida's four Historically
Black Colleges and Universities
may cease to exist. Republican
governor Rick Scott has proposed
cutting funds to Bethune-Cookman
University and Florida Memorial
Under Scott's proposed budget,
Bethune-Cookman in particular
stands to lose more then $2 million
in state revenue. For decades,
Florida has fully funded both uni-
versities. If Scott's proposed budg-
et is enacted, the universities'
futures are at stake.
"These institutions of higher
learning must continue to exist for
future Thurgood Marshall's, Oprah
Winfrey's and Toni Morrison's, all
HBCU graduates who will forever
impact American history," said
FAMU student Lucas Melton.
"These institutions have historical-
ly offered students like me opportu-
nities that might not otherwise be
April 21-28, 2011
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Shea butter product is lifeline for Ugandan households
by E. Wither, CNNNews civil war, and started a business they did a wonderful thing and "The conflict brought poverty
In northern Uganda, Sarah processing and selling the nuts they increased the price of buying shea northern Uganda, which affect
Omollo, like hundreds of other gather. nuts," she told Beadforlife. "So shea butter production.
women, rises early each day to col- The shea tree grows throughout even if you just bring a little, you "People used to cut the shea tre
lect shea nuts. Sahelian Africa, from Senegal to get a lot of money. Life is better for charcoal production for dome
Omollo, who is now in her thir- Ethiopia. But some say the sub because of the shea." tic usage. However, we ha'
ties, has been gathering the nuts species, nilotica, which grows in The women pick the nuts, shell, brought awareness to the comm
since she was a young child, crush- northern Uganda and Southern dry and process them before they nity and offered cash for shea nu
ing them up and using the oil they Sudan, is particularly special. are bought. The nuts are then made to the farmers, directly creating
produce for "Shea butter is commonly associ- into butter by a Ugandan presser. big market for them."
things ated with West Africa but the Beadforlife says this year it Singh says that shea nut produ
like trees in northern Uganda hopes to press between 20-30 tons tion is slowly increasing ar
.K produce a high-quality of butter, but the aim is to get the Beadforlife believes that once the
oil that, if compared, women to make it themselves, is demand the market could real
is softer and perfect "We have plans in the coming take off.
for cosmetics," years for the women to own a cou- "We are talking to several larp
said Torkin ple of small hand pressers so they and small companies and right no
Wakefield from can sell us the butter instead of the they are raving about this product
Beadforlife. nuts, so the women can make more Wakefield said.
The group money," Wakefield explained. "1 have confidence that on
is on a mis- But this grassroots organization companies start using the product
sion to bring has much bigger plans for the market will develop. Once a mark
local shea future. "The hard thing for develops jobs will be created fi
SI butter to the Ugandans is to build a sustainable thousands of people that can ha
internation- market," Wakefield said. "Many vest nuts across northern Ugand
al cosmetic companies have tried and failed in and Southern Sudan."
and soap the past." For the women farmers it is sti
market by "We're looking at working with one step at a time. Beadforlife
buying the international cosmetic companies also about to launch a trading
w o m e n s because our biggest desire is that process so as well as buying nuts,
S' organic nuts this becomes an industry way big- will let women trade them f(
and turning ger than what our project will do, things like ploughs, school book
Beadforlife is working with 760where the cosmetic and seeds.
women farmers who pick shea nuts companies of the Flo Engol sells the nuts she co
then shell dry and process them world say we want lects in Okwang to Beadforlife. Sh
before they are bought.
cook- -- l
Now it is hopedthis regional tra-
dition could bring hundreds of
women out of poverty and revive
the local economy tom apart by
years of conflict.
Beadforlife has brought together
760 women farmers, many rebuild-
ing their lives after two decades of
JW them into "butter."
Beadforlife says Omollo
has been made a coordinator for a
buying center in Orum. She was
captured by the Lord's Resistance
Army in 1992 when she was 18
years old. Her father was killed by
the rebels and she and her sister
Omollo is one of the many
women in the region trying to
rebuild their lives.
"When Beadforlife came here
this ingredient, this
is a premium, high-
quality ingredient," she continued.
Guru Nanank Oil Mills is a com-
pany that manufactures pure shea
butter in the northern town of Lira.
It says it already sells its product to
cosmetic companies internationally
and claims its business can help
locals affected by civil war.
Manager Surjit Singh said: "We
work in collaboration with farmers
in order to preserve this very high-
value species and also educate
them to protect the trees.
was nearly killed by rebels several
years ago and said that gathering
shea has improved the community
in many ways.
"I have more respect from my
husband because I am earning
money. This has happened to many
women," Engol told Beadforlife.
She added: "Many of the chil-
dren were forced to leave school
during the war, and they are now
just drop outs. Having an income
will make a difference for all of
NAACP Job Diversity Board now up
The NAACP and Personnel
Strategies Inc. (PSI) have
announced today a partnership to
feature a national diversity job
board at www.naacp.org.
The job board, entitled
motes career opportunities to
NAACP members and visitors
from across America. The website
showcases employers and oppor-
tunities from a cross section of
industries and locations.
You know times are tough when
the President takes a pay cut
President Barack Obama is mak-
ing less money than he used to,
though it's still a lot: He and wife
Michelle reported income of $1.73
million last year, mostly from the
books he's written, according to his
tax return. That was down from the
$5.5 million of a year earlier.
The president, who has been
campaigning to raise taxes on the
wealthy, paid the government
$453,770 in federal taxes, about a
quarter of the income. Just last
week, he renewed his push to end
Bush-era tax cuts for households
with annual incomes above
$250,000 -- noting that that would
include him. He would leave them
intact for joint fillers earning under
$250,000 a year and individuals
earning below $200,000.
The president for the first time
drew his full $400,000 salary in
2010, since in 2009 he didn't start
drawing pay until after his inaugu-
ration in late January.
Through withholding and esti-
mated tax payments during the
year, the Obamas paid $466,104 to
the Internal Revenue Service. That
was an overpayment, so they are
getting a $12,334 refund.
The first family's adjusted gross
income for 2010 was $1.728 mil-
lion. Their taxable income after
deductions was $1.34 million.
The income for both years was
mostly driven by royalties from
books written earlier by Obama.
They included his 1995 memoir
"Dreams From My Father" and his
2006 political book, "The Audacity
of Hope." Those were followed by
a children's book last year, "Of
Thee I Sing: A Letter to My
Obama is a former law school
professor and U.S. senator. His
book sales slacked off some from
2009, when they surged after his
inauguration. But last year they
still netted him nearly $1.4 million.
The president and first lady
donated $245,075 -- about 14.2
percent of their adjusted gross
income -- to 36 different charities.
Their contributions were below the
$329,100 they gave to charities in
2009. That year, Obama also
donated his entire $1.4 million
Nobel Peace Prize award, which
wasn't counted as income since it
went directly to 10 charities.
Vice President Biden and his
wife, Jill, reported more modest
earnings, a combined adjusted
gross income of $379,178, on
which they paid $86,626 in federal
taxes for 2010.
Withholding from their salaries
came to just $79,446 -- so they had
a tax bill of $7,180 to settle.
In all, the Obamas paid 26 per-
cent of their adjusted gross income
in federal income taxes. The
Bidens paid 23 percent.
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The US Constitution does not require a candidate for
the President of the United States to be born on
Qualifications for the Office of President
Age and Citizenship requirements US
Constitution, Article II, Section 1
No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the
time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President;
neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the
age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United
Amendment XXII, Section 1
Ratified February 27, 1951
Natural Born Citizen Defined
Title 8 of the U.S. Code Section 1401
In the case of the Current US President, Barack Obama:
Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the
other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with
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April 15-18, 2011
School Board planning to deal with
cuts ranging from $40M to $81M
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Jerusalem Grand Chapter Order of the Easters Star PHA
Jurisdiction Patricia Stafford 33 KYCH Grand Worthy Matron
Melbourne Florida, Tracy A Thomas Grand Associate Matron
Tallahassee, Yvonne Minus Grand Conductress and Elvin Parker
Grand Worthy Patron.
The Duval County School Board
met this week to work on revising
budget projections for the 2011-
2012 budget shortfall that ranges
anywhere from $40 to $81 million.
The final outcome will be deter-
mined by what is approved in
Tallahassee in the coming weeks.
Among the options being con-
sidered are teacher and administra-
tor furloughs, limits in magnet
school transportation and cuts to
elementary school arts, music and
physical education are likely to
happen no matter what the state
Teacher furloughs would bring
the biggest return with an estimated
$11 million saved with teachers and
other 10-month employees losing
four days and six days for adminis-
trators and other year-round
The furloughs amount to a 2 per-
cent pay cut for teachers and a 2.3
percent reduction for administra-
tors. Each school will also likely
receive $30 less per student
enrolled -- the equivalent of a 1 per-
cent cut reduction in funding.
If state revenue cuts are project-
ed closer to the $80M mark, items
that would be on the chopping
block are the elimination of sports,
a four-day school week and a com-
plete end to magnet school trans-
No matter what, elementary
music, art and PE instructional time
will probably be reduced by 25 per-
cent, associate teachers will be used
in co-taught classes, there will be
some cuts to magnet school buses at
second schools, some district-level
staff positions will be eliminated
and custodial services will be priva-
Last resorts would be the elimi-
nating funding for after-school
sports and magnet school trans-
portation entirely, along with con-
verting to a four-day week.
"There are some new items
we're looking at that would tem-
porarily preserve these items, but
then again, that could change at any
time," said Duval County Schools
CFO Mike Perrone. "These num-
bers really aren't safe just yet."
In other public school news,
everyone will be waiting for the
results of the FCAT testing current-
ly being administered when it
comes to the four intervene schools.
The state is poised to literally
close Raines, Ribault and Andrew
Jackson high schools and North
Shore K-8 after years of failing or
near-failing scores on state assess-
ment tests if Duval County doesn't
either convert them to charter
schools or hire an outside company
to run them. Superintendent Ed
Pratt-Dannals indicated that he sup-
ports hiring outside management
for the school. If the schools' make
satisfactory scores, they will not
face any admonishment.
Jaxparks opens 2011 youth
summer camp registration
The City of Jacksonville
Recreation and Community
Programming Division (JaxParks)
summer camp program registration
period will open Tuesday, May 17.
Registration for all camps will be
conducted online only unless indi-
GRAM AWARDEES: Dr. Michael R. Moore, M.W. Past Grand cated otherwise. It will remain open
of Florida, Rev. Lorenzo Hall, Anthony T. Stafford, Sr. 330 until all seats are filled. Free public
Norshipful Grand Master of Florida, and Honoree Sen. Tony. online access is available at all
Jacksonville Public Libraries.
To register online visit
www.JaxParks.com and click on
the "Online Registration" link at
the bottom of the page. Enrollment
is first-come, first-served until full.
Most JaxParks camps are offered
for three two-week sessions, from 8
a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Extended day programs for
those camps are offered from 7-8
a.m. and from 5-6 p.m. for an addi-
Session 1: June 27 July 8 (No
Most Worship Union Grand Lodge Annual Memorial Service camp on Independence Day holiday
ld at Second Missionary Baptist Church on Kings Rd. and Monday, July 4)
d by over 500 to honor those that passed away. FMPPHoto
Fair Housin g
Saturday, April 30
8a.m. 2 p.m.
Session 2: July 11 22
Session 3: July 26 -Aug. 5
Targeted at children ages 4-15,
JaxParks Summer Camps feature a
variety of fun opportunities includ-
ing art, nature, sports and aquatics
camps. This year, JaxParks has
added a second Kids Camp for ages
4 to 5, in response to parents'
requests. Kids' Camp activities are
designed to keep younger children
in motion and challenge their
The different camp choices
include: Summer Enrichment
Camp, Teen Power, Kids Camp,
Kidz Creationz, Performing
Arts,Kultivating Kids, Fitness Task,
Sports, Fitness and Nature Camp,
Youth Basketball Camp, Volleyball,
Soccer, Junior Lifeguard Camp at
the Cecil Aquatics Center, Ocean
Camp and Tennis Camp.
For more information call Ben
Pennymon at 630-3426.
Jacksonville celebrates Earth Day
Brownsfield Program Administrator Ken Pennix is shown above at the
Jacksonville Landing Earth Day festivities. He is shown debuting the new
Green Day Stamp sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. It
was the 21st annual "Earth Day and Ecology Fair". Various other activities
were held throughout the city and world for the commemoration.
Since 1970, Earth Day has officially occurred on April 22.
The holiday, inspired by a grassroots movement led by then-U.S. Senator
Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, was developed to bring awareness to envi-
ronmental concerns with a strong emphasis on "green" education.
Although there are many theories as to why the April 22 date was chosen,
Nelson claimed that, in addition to decent weather nationwide, days with-
in the third week of April did not conflict with holidays or school breaks.
The message, he hoped, would thus reach a maximum number of students
and have a greater long-term impact.
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Over two years ago, Americans
elected Barack Obama as President
of the United States. Of course, the
black guy would get elected during
the worse economic crisis since the
Great Depression. But as Albert
Einstein once said, "In the middle
of difficulty lies opportunity."
And while the economy has been
slow to recover, which of course is
key indicator of the way voters tend
to choose their candidates,
President Obama is still "the man."
Well, he is still the man on the
Democratic side of the aisle.
Although the 2012 elections are
still a year and a half away, a new
Washington Post-ABC News poll
shows the President with a clear
advantage over a weak GOP field.
According to the survey,
Obama's job rating is at 47 percent,
which is down seven points since
January. This means almost half of
Americans disapprove of his job
performance, with 37 percent say-
ing they "strongly disapprove,"
which is nearly the worse since he
If you were to create a
Presidential report card for Obama,
it would have subjects like Health
Care Reform, Immigration, Wall
Street Reform, Foreign Affairs,
domestic issues like the gulf oil
spill and budget battles.
Again, considering the slow
recovery in the economy, he clearly
wouldn't be an honor student, but
contrary to what his critics would
say he would have a pretty solid
I just talked about how the econ-
omy affects politics, and with
unemployment still fairly high and
gas prices continuing to climb it
adds to the growing frustration felt
by many Americans. And despite
signs of economic growth, 44 per-
cent of Americans still see the
economy as getting worse.
The economy, the economy it's
almost the very pulse of political
persuasion. Economic conditions
can typically make or break an
incumbents reelection bid.
Let's take a look back in history
for a moment. In 1991, fresh off of
his strong commander and chief
showing in the Gulf War, President
George H.W. Bush seemed pretty
Along comes several Democratic
contenders including a former gov-
ernor of Arkansas and beats Daddy
Bush in the 1992 general election.
So had Bush done a terrible job in
his first term?
That certainly was not the case.
In the now infamous words of Bill
Clinton chief campaign strategist
James Carville, "It's the economy
stupid." The country had fallen
into a recession so it didn't matter
what Bush had done in his first
term people were hurting finan-
cially and where looking for
The Clinton campaign did an
excellent job of painting a strong
contrast between their candidate
and President Bush. Who do you
trust to better turn this economy
around the guy who helped cause
the problems or this smart guy out-
sider with good looks and charm?
So it was the economy then, and
it's the economy now.
That's why a once very popular
President Obama has seen his
approval rating continue to drop.
We are a "what have you done for
me lately" society. And when the
economy is bad, incumbents gener-
ally don't fair well especially the
country's chief incumbent.
But there is a slight silver lining
in this dark cloud. The public gen-
eral is not thrilled with the
A Droaaer perspective or our social construct.
Mayor's election about vision not taxes
By Noval Jones All of a su
"The challenge we are going to years some
have here is that this period of time Americans w
has financial reality. How do you in taxes.
think grand and not be constrained It almost s
by that?" Rahm Emanuel, final years
Chicago Mayor-elect, Clinton's ten
By now everyone is well aware was somethii
of the damage that the most recent see as a relev
recession has brought to bear on At the sami
our economy. From the very top of being met ar
the federal structure to our very was being ad
own living rooms, people all over budget is ou
the nation have experienced losses some reason
in the fight to stay out of the poor Well it loo
And even though it is, perhaps,
irresponsible to say that raising taxes
is a non-negotiable, people seem to
think that when a Republican takes
that position it is true gosp
house. Even some of those who
may have thought they were pru-
dent with their savings and invest-
ing strategies found themselves on
the edge of financial disaster.
Many even lost the economic fight
to mental turmoil and other social
For decades we have been told
that the honey flows downstream
from those who have the most
wealth and power to invest back
into the economy. All we needed to
do is provide relief to the rich and
they would smile down on us reg-
ular folk with opportunity and
riches of our own. Well, now that
the jig is up on that one, the prob-
lem has been shifted to the over-
whelming burden of outrageous
hidden in the past 10
eone decided that
ere paying too much
;eems like during the
of President Bill
n, a balanced budget
ng that people didn't
e time, needs were
id the quality of life
dressed. Today, the
it of whack and for
taxes are to blame.
oks like even though
there is enough
proof by economist
that taxes do not
ruin economies (the
United States has
one of the lowest
economies in the
world), this particular talking point
continues to stick in the minds of
Even in the race for
Jacksonville's mayor the very
mention of taxes sends people into
an election agenda frenzy. And
even though it is, perhaps, irre-
sponsible to say that raising taxes
is a non-negotiable, people seem to
think that when a Republican takes
that position it is true gospel. Since
none of the previous three
Republican Jacksonville mayors
have been able to resist tax
increases in some form, we can
reliably deduce that circumstances
and leadership will be the true dic-
tators of such a decision.
So we have two candidates that
are working to make their case to
be the next mayor of Jacksonville.
Two candidates with very differ-
ent visions for the city.
Mike Hogan has, just like John
Peyton did eight years ago (and we
all know what happened there),
pledged not to raise taxes. Let's
face it, that's where he seems to be
getting all of his juice. The so-
called Tea Party has endorsed this
type of empty rhetoric as their
vision for Jacksonville. Using tax
cuts as a vision statement would be
like a football team going to prac-
tice everyday without putting
together a game plan for Sunday.
Sure, you would be good at run-
ning plays, but no one would know
how to apply it to winning.
As a contrast, Alvin Brown has
used his campaign opportunities to
boast about how the city should
come together and think bold
about problem solving. I take that
to mean cutting taxes isn't the only
answer to the many problems of
the community. In other words,
dealing with Jacksonville's finan-
cial realities does not mean the city
has to continue to take on a posi-
tion of social, economic and cul-
tural disadvantage. Brown seems
to be eager to utilize the talents of
Jacksonville's diverse community
to stage an awakening of ideas.
After all, we have been operating
under the same economic agenda
for the past 24 years. The result
has largely been widespread suc-
cess for the good old boy system
and continued depression for the
most needy areas, including edu-
cation and culture.
Many on the conservative side
Republican candidates looking at
challenging Obama. The same poll
showed that less than half of
Republicans and Republican-lean-
ing independents say they are satis-
fied with the field of GOP candi-
That slight silver lining gets pret-
ty faint when you look at the other
factors in the survey data. Obama is
probably weakest he has ever been
amongst independents and voters
over the age of 40. A majority of
voters under 40 gave the president
positive ratings, but most of those
40 and older disapprove.
Among independent voters, who
overwhelming back him in the
2008 election, 55 percent disap-
prove of the job he is doing, near
Despite the current outlook,
elections are marathons not
sprints. So there is plenty of time
for the economy and gas prices to
improve, but Obama has to start
winning those independents back.
As a wise man once said, "The
essential ingredient in politics is
Signing off from an Organizers
For America meeting,
might criticize Brown's idea of
Jacksonville becoming a destina-
tion for tourist and families look-
ing for a place to spend quality
time as pie in the sky. They might
think he is not facing reality by
focusing on ways to make down-
town vibrant again. They may
even call him naive for believing
Jacksonville can draw economic
strength from investing in a
vibrant cultural and entertainment
community. Those critics are sim-
ply shortsighted and wrong.
Thankfully, Brown has not cam-
paigned on the doom and gloom of
tax cuts. Instead, he has focused on
what Jacksonville can be for all
And that's the type of vision vot-
ers should appreciate.
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Two of Malcolm X's daughters take issue with a recent
biography of their father alleging that the marriage
between Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz was strained, and that both partners
may have been unfaithful. Black academicians are having coronaries about
the book: "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention". Compiled by renowned
Black historian Manning Marable, the book is a hot-seller.
Marable worked on the book for 20 years and died just before its publica-
tion in April 2011. Among records Marable used were Malcolm's personal
papers and a letter to Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad where he dis-
cusses his wife's sexual frustrations and says she had threatened to "seek sat-
isfaction elsewhere." A major body of work, Marable's "Malcolm X"
includes interviews, source documents and theories long bantered about, but
never fully denied or proved. Malcolm X's death has long been shrouded by
the dealings of that era: informants, infighting among Black militants, power
struggles within the NOI and allegations of lackluster handling of the initial
investigation. In making Malcolm just a man, Manning broached his private
life saying Betty Shabazz was "Not as subservient as Malcolm may have
wanted her to be". Manning said he sought: "to pay tribute to the slain
activist's life and influence" and avoid portraying him as "a saint without the
normal contradictions and blemishes."
Few portrayals give credit due to the Nation of Islam and its role in the
advancements of African Africans. Foundered in 1930, the Nation of Islam
(NOI) is a religious and social group often referred to as "a militant" African
American organization. Frequently called "anti-Semitic", "racist" and "sex-
ist"; NOI supporters counter that they have been involved in programs toward
the betterment of African Americans for over 70 years. In the beginning, the
NOI was led by Wallace D. Fard Muhammad, whom NOI members consider
"a prophet". Fard Muhammad's agenda was to improve the spiritual, mental,
social, and economic condition of Blacks. When Wallace D. Fard
Muhammad disappeared in 1934, Elijah Muhammad took over and led the
NOI up until 1975. Using practices preached by Booker T. Washington and
Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad proved to be "a great teacher" as he estab-
lished NOI businesses, large real estate holdings, armed forces and schools.
The NOI practice of separatism incorporated into a do-for-self philosophy
resulted in the NOI owning and operating hundreds of businesses and
employing thousands of people nationwide during the 1950s and 60s. The
"mentor" of Malcolm and Farrakhan, Elijah Muhammad led the NOI to pur-
chase and operate food-industry services, bakeries, and restaurants. They
owned a large amount of Georgia farmland. Many NOI members still own
and operate hair-care shops and businesses. Over the years, some of NOI
business ventures have been success stories; others have been criticized as
Amway-style marketing schemes. The official beliefs of the Nation of Islam
have been outlined in books, documents, and articles, but through the years
the NOI has preached that the entire American political structure and econo-
my is based on White supremacy.
Few can match Elijah Muhammad's and the NOI's urban successes.
Malcolm X is an example of the NOI's record in cleaning up drug addicts,
reforming prostitutes, and keeping Black youth out of gangs. In 1963 James
Baldwin said: "Elijah Muhammad has been able to do what generations of
welfare workers and committees and resolutions and reports and housing
projects and playgrounds have failed to do: heal and redeem drunkards and
junkies, convert people who have come out of prison and to keep them out,
make men chaste and women virtuous, and invest both the male and the
female with pride and a serenity that hang about them like an unfailing light.
He has done things our Christian church has spectacularly failed to do".
During Louis Farrakhan's reign, society has struck back at the NOI. In the
1980s when crack cocaine became very common, the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development employed NOI-run private firms to provide
security in housing projects in Black neighborhoods; but the Anti-Defamation
League successfully lobbied Congress to sever the HUD contracts.
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Trump's presidential hopes tarnished
by African-American comments
WASHINGTON His troubles
with "the blondes" are well-docu-
mented, but now Donald Trump is
in hot water with "the blacks" the
cringe-worthy term he used this
week to describe African-
Americans, a segment of the popu-
lation once warm to his potential
run for U.S. president.
"I have a great relationship with
the blacks," Trump said earlier this
week in a radio interview.
He added that the overwhelming
African-American support for U.S.
President Barack Obama is "fright-
ening." The remarks come on the
heels of the mega-mouthed billion-
aire questioning whether Obama
was bor on U.S. soil.
America's black community, in
fact, recently viewed Trump favor-
ably, an NBC poll found.
The survey was conducted, how-
ever, before Trump revealed him-
self to be one of the "birthers," the
fringe group of Americans many
of them Tea Party adherents who
believe Obama is illegitimately
serving as president because he
wasn't born in the United States
Kenya's Prime Minister Raila
O.Odinga and Florida A&M
University President James H.
Ammons signed a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) last week at
FAMU. It is their intent to form a
social and educational partnership
focusing on matters of common
interest, which include research,
academic programming, health, the
environment and renewable energy.
A presentation was made by Peter
Odhengo, Green Energy / Climate
Change Specialist of the Prime
The leaders of Florida A&M and
Kenyan officials talked about the
educational opportunities that will
come from their partnership. They
plan to strengthen the ties that are
Odinga stressed the need for
trade, and also spoke about both his
but in Kenya.
Trump, whose high-profile
divorces from Ivana Trump and
then Marla Maples hogged head-
lines in the 1990s, says he believes
there "is a big possibility" Obama
may have violated the Constitution
since it prohibits anyone not born
in the United States from serving
"I want to see the birth certifi-
cate," Trump in an interview last
week on NBC's "Today" show.
Officials in Hawaii have certi-
fied that Obama was born in that
state, and many African-
Americans consider suggestions to
the contrary to be downright racist.
Bill Cosby has also assailed
Trump, claiming the only thing
he's running is "his mouth."
The abuse continued on Friday,
the day after his controversial
remarks about "the blacks."
"You're fired," read a piece post-
ed Friday in the African-American
online magazine, The Root.
Entitled "How Trump Lost The
Black Vote," the piece by David
Swerdlick features a photo of the
real estate mogul shmoozing with
rapper Snoop Dogg.
"It's 2011. It's perfectly
respectable to refer to African
Americans as 'black people,' 'the
black community' and maybe even
'black folks' if you can carry it
off. But 'the blacks?' No."
Trump, he added, could have
been "the one candidate in the
2012 Republican field to peel
away a few black votes from
"But once Trump started arguing
that Obama wasn't American,
whatever good will he had in black
world up and vanished."
Nonetheless, a poll released on
Friday suggests Trump is riding
the birther issue to.success among
Republican voters. The survey has
him in first place in the Republican
primary field, ahead of Mike
Huckabee and Mitt Ronmey.
The Public Policy Polling survey
suggests Trump has 26 per cent of
the primary vote, while Huckabee
is at 17 per cent, Romney's at 15
and Newt Gingrich has 11 per cent.
partnership with Kenya
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Rick Scott. '
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Minister was .a
his interest is n
not for AID
companies Prime Minister Odinga receives a presentation from
can come in and do joint ventures, meeting said that he was fond of
Governor Scott during his Thursday Kenya, having travelled extensively
through the country.
State wants to
The Illinois Supreme Court heard
arguments last week in a case that
could determine whether inmates
who have prison jobs owe their
income to the state to cover the cost
of their incarceration.
Inmate Kensley Hawkins, 60
has saved about $11,000 during his
21 years in prison by saving away
the $75 a month he makes as a fur-
niture assembler. Now the Illinois
Department of Corrections (IDOC)
wants the money to help pay for
the cost of housing him.
Under state law, IDOC can
move to recover housing and other
costs form inmates who report
assets of more than $10,000. But,
those assets typically come from
inheritances, pensions or other
windfall not the wages the
inmates have earned in prison.
Critics fear if the state is allowed to
take the income, they'll be less
inclined to get jobs in prison and
gain the kinds of work experience
that would help them upon their
release from custody, Hawkins
The State law also allows the
IDOC to collect 3 percent of
inmates' wages and Hawkins attor-
neys say the department isn't enti-
tled to more. About $751 was
taken out of Hawkins income to
cover the 3 percent. The correc-
tions department says the cost of
Hawkins' incarceration from 1983
to 2005 was $456,000. Hawkins is
serving 60 years for murder,
attempted murder and burglary,
among other charges. His projected
parole date is 2028.
In 2009 the trial court awarded
the state a judgment against
Hawkins for $445,000 but denied
the requested to access his prison to
pay it. The appeals court reversed
that decision in June, saying the
state can take the money from his
bank account. Simonton said he's
hoping the Supreme Court will
overturn both the judgment against
Hawkins and the attempt to take his
ExZOOberation- Adrienne and Jarik Conrad were spot-
ted at the 16th Annual ExZooberation. The annual benefit held at the
Jacksonville Zoo debuted the new DinOAlive exhibit and included a lux-
ury silent auction, live music and buffet dinner. Proceeds from the $175 pp
event benefit the Zoo's programs. The civicly active couple are expecting
their first child in June.
The Northeast Florida Community Action
Agency (NFCAA), a nonprofit organization, will
have a Board of Directors meeting on
Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.
The meeting 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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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.
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 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.
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. The
activities and food are free. For further information please contact the
church office at 744-4833, or e-mail email@example.com.
Resurrection celebration at Church
Fellowship Worship Ministries
Resurrection celebration! Bishop Bruce V. Allen and The Church
Fellowship Worship Ministries located at 8808 Lem Turner Rd. invite
everyone to a Resurrection Celebration for the Jacksonville Community on
April 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. Come, enjoy an event that has something for the
whole family. There will be children learning activities based on the
Resurrection of Christ, live DJ, music, dance, face painting, Easter egg
hunt, treats, talent showcase, plus, free haircuts for children from 6 to 17
years of age, and more. You don't want to miss this celebration of
Summerville Missionary Baptist
Church planning Easter Services
Summerville Missionary Baptist
Church invite you to Rejoice in his
Resurrection with their Easter
Services. On April 24th shared
Sunrise Services will begin at 6a.m.
at Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church. Easter Service will be at
9:30 a.m. in the Summerville
Historical Center followed by
Morning Worship at 11 a.m.
Summerville Missionary Baptist
Church is under the direction of Dr.
James W. Henry, Pastor.
The Worship Center is located at
690 West 20th Street. Call 598-
0510 for more information..
Beaches Ministerial Association
61st Annual Easter Sunrise Service
The Beaches Ministerial Association has scheduled its 61st Easter Sunrise
Service for Sunday, April 24th, 6:30 AM, at the Oceanfront Pavilion in
This annual service has become a beaches tradition, as each year, two to
three thousand Jacksonville area residents and visitors worship together in
Jacksonville Beach. Reverend Peyton Hopkins of Community Presbyterian
Church will deliver the Easter sermon, with music provided by The
Grateful Bread. Last year, funds collected during the offertory were dis-
tributed to three Beach charities: BEAM (Beaches Emergency Assistance
Ministry), Mission House, and St. Andrew's Lighthouse.
The Beaches Ministerial Association was instrumental in the formation of
BEAM and Mission House in Jacksonville Beach. The group of Beaches
area ministers and ministries meets monthly and welcomes new members.
Contact BMA President Mike Blaker at 249-4575 or email pas-
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mt. Ararat Baptist Church
The public is invited to celebrate with the Mt. Ararat family on Easter
Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. for Sunrise Service and Easter
Morning Service at 11:00 a.m. The church is located at 2503 N. Myrtle
Avenue, David A. Lattimore Jr., Pastor. Call 354-7893 for more informa-
Health Fair at Greater Macedonia
The Greater Macedonia Baptist Church under the direction of Pastor
Landon L. Williams Sr.,will host a Health Fair for the Jacksonville com-
munity. You are welcomed to come and get screened, educated, informed
and have some fun too. The church is located at 1880 W. Edgewood Ave.
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765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
Central CME preparing for Spring Revivial and Unity Worship Service
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.an.
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.
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:email@example.com
Jacquelyn Johnson, Gladys Brown, Doris Pitts, Etta R. Sanders, Shirley Smith, Rev. & Mrs. Clarence
Heath, Shantel Pitts, Sallie Moore, Peter Knox. (Row 2): Marion Sheffield, Yvonne Williams, Annette Dues,
Ann Sneed, Deloris Payne, Pearl West, Mamie Burke, Peggy Jackson, Sharon Coon, Kendra H. Johnson,
Chelsey B. Washington, and Debra Dickenson Photo by: Allen Moore.
Central Metropolitan C.M.E. will
have their Spring Revival Thursday,
April 21, and Friday, April 22, at
7:00 pm. The Thursday night guest
speaker is Rev. Kenneth Thomas of
Mobile, Ala. Friday's speaker is Dr.
Vanessee Burns, Orlando, FL.
Other services include Prayer
Meeting on Tuesdays, at 6:30 p.m.,
and Wednesday services include
Bible Study at noon, Feeding
Ministry from 2 3 p.m. and Temple
Maintenance (Fitness Ministry)
from 5-6 p.m. These ministries are
all open to the Jacksonville commu-
"Central on the Pearl Glorifying
God in the Spirit of Unity" and
Romans 15:5-6 is the theme for this
year's Unity Worship Service.
Officers and members under the
leadership of Sister Shirley Smith
are making plans for Unity Day
which will be held Sunday, May 22,
2011 at 10:45 a.m. Join Pastor
Clarence Kelby Heath and Central
CME Church at 4611 North Pearl
Street, to witness ministering love in
action in the community. For more
information call 354-7426.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
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Church school "Miracle at Midday"
9:30 a.m. 12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel Dinner and Bible Study
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Bishop Rudolph
Come share In Holy Communion on Ist Sunday at 4:50 p.m. Senior Pastor
'1 6. Radio Ministry
SWCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
\ AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
i WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
RIi I Grace and Peace '
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Pineapple upside down cake
This pineapple upside-down cake is often a family
favorite recipe.. The cake is wonderfully dense, with
a slight almond flavor and with sweetness from
caramel and pineapple.
Cook time: 1:20 minutes
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 can (20 oz) of pineapple slices
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
6 Tbsp cake flour
6 Tbsp of ground almonds (from
about 2 oz of whole almonds)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups of sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at
4 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
1. Start by making the caramel
topping. Take brown sugar and but-
ter and combine and melt in a
saucepan on medium heat until
sugar dissolves and the mixture is
bubbly, this should take several
minutes. (After sugar melts, don't
stir.) Pour mixture into a 10 inch
diameter stick-free cake pan with 2
inch high sides. Arrange pineapple
slices in a single layer ontop of the
2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Whisk the flours, almonds, baking
powder, and salt in a large mixing
bowl. In a separate bowl, use an
electric mixer to beat the sugar and
butter together until light. Add eggs
one at a time, beating after each
addition. Beat in the vanilla. Add
dry ingredients alternately with
sour cream in 2 additions each,
beating well after each addition.
Pour cake batter over caramel and
pineapple in pan.
3. Bake cake until tester inserted
into the center comes out clean,
about 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.
Cool cake in pan on a rack for 10
minutes. Turn cake out onto a plat-
ter. Serve warm or at room temper-
Makes 12 to 14 servings.
A popular alternative topping is
2 cups granulated sugar, 1/2 cup
water, 1/4 cup butter. Combine
sugar and water in a medium
saucepan. Heat on medium until all
sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to
medium high and bring to a boil.
Boil until syrup becomes warm
amber in color (about 10 minutes).
Add 1/4 cup butter, carefully as it
will foam up a bit. Swirl the pan so
that the butter is all incorporated,
stirring with a wooden spoon if
necessary. Remove from heat and
pour out into cake pan. Continue
with recipe as noted.
taints views on
By Charlene Muhammad
Special from The Final Call
According to findings by a
national policy institute for race
and economic justice, racial ten-
sions in America undergird the
debate over national health
In a study titled, "The Role of
Race in the Healthcare Debate,"
researchers with the Greenlining
Institute reported that Blacks,
Latinos, and other people of
color are more likely than
Whites to support the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care
Act. In addition, the act is more
likely to be opposed by Whites
who are racially biased or show
In analyzing data from the
2008- 2009 American National
Election Survey, conducted by
researchers at the University of
Michigan and Stanford
University, Byrd, Carla Saporta
and Rosa Martinez, Greenlining
Health Program managers,
accounted for variables like age,
gender, education, income, polit-
ical ideology, and whether or not
those surveyed had health insur-
ance. People harboring racial
resentment argue Blacks lag
behind in society because they
don't work hard enough, not
because of discrimination, Dr.
Byrd told The Final Call.
This study is related to work
by other researchers who argued
since the president is Black,
Americans were more sensitive
to race and President Obama's
association with issues and poli-
cies made debates and opinions
more racialized, Dr. Byrd said.
The 2008-2009 American
National Election Survey found
38.4 percent of Whites supported
the healthcare law, compared to
78.6 percent of Blacks, 52.6 per-
cent of Latinos and 43.6 of peo-
ple from other racial groups.
During the summer of 2010,
44.3 percent of Americans
favored the health care legisla-
tion compared to 35.8 percent
who opposed it.
Shown above is barber Bro.Todd Davis, James Robinson, Bro.Leslie, Henry Cross, Bro.Tony and
Lawrence Cash (seated), all participants in the JLOC hair cutting event. Photo byAndr'eX
JLOC sponsors free hair cuts for Harts Harbor residents
The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee (JLOC) for the Millions More Movement served the Harts
Harbor Health Center this week by providing free hair cuts for their male residents. "This is our 3rd year serving
the residents of Harts Harbor with free barbering services," said JLOC spokesman Bro. Andre X. "We have been
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7 ways to walk off the weight fast
There are so many health advan-
tages to simply taking a walk. It can
help to reduce the risk of heart dis-
ease and stroke, lower blood pres-
sure and cholesterol levels, and
improve the efficiency of both the
heart and lungs. Walking also helps
to combat anxiety and depression,
and recent research suggests that as
little as 8 miles a week can help to
stave off Alzheimer's disease. In
addition, walking is a great exercise
to do to lose weight fast!
Following are 8 ways to boost
your calorie-burn big time-with-
out much extra effort:
Skip killer hills
Don't assume the biggest inclines
are the best for burning fat. It's
actually better to maintain your
speed on a moderate hill than to
slow down substantially on a steep-
Use your arms
Vigorously pumping your bent
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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-
Jacksonville Sharks vs.
The theme is 80's Night with edu-
cation appreciation! All students,
teachers and school personnel with
current school ID receive a buy one,
get one free ticket. See live Arena
Football on Saturday April 23rd at
7 p.m. in the Veterans Arena.
Freedom Fund Dinner
The Flagler County NAACP will
present its Annual Freedom Fund
Dinner on Saturday, April
23rd from 6 to 11 p.m. The formal
attire affair takes place at the
Hammock Beach Resort at 200
Ocean Crest Drive in Palm Coast.
The guest speaker is Dale Landry,
M.S.W., fifth vice president of the
NAACP Florida State Conference
(FSC) and a widely known as an
expert on juvenile justice.
For tickets, call Jimmy Sims at
Nweze, Speaker for
The Flagler County NAACP will
hold its monthly meeting on
Tuesday, April 26, 6 p.m., at the
African-American Cultural Society,
4422 North U.S. 1 in Palm Coast.
The speaker will be NAACP
Florida State Conference President
Adora Obi Nweze, who will speak
on issues concerning Flagler
County. For additional details,
call the NAACP at (386) 446-7822.
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
World of Nations
Come experience the 19th Annual
World of Nations Celebration April
29 May 1 at Metropolitan Park.
Take an adventure with friends and
family without leaving
Jacksonville. Travelers may experi-
ence the sights, sounds and scents
of the more than 30 countries as
their wind their way through exqui-
site cuisines and colorful entertain-
ment. It will be free on Friday from
5-9 p.m. All other mission is $5 for
a complete schedule of events call
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-
Staff at the Duval County
Extension office will host a Spring
Gardening Workshop on Tuesday,
May 3rd at the Mandarin Garden
Club, 2892 Loretto Road. It will be
from 10:00AM until 1:00PM.
Learn about Color for the
Landscape, Pass-Along Plants, and
Heat Tolerant Vegetables and
Herbs. Cost to attend is $5.00. To
register, call Becky @ 387-8850.
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
May 5th at 7 p.m. Call 632-5555.
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.
Ritz Jazz Jam
featuring Kim Waters
Come experience the sweet jazz
sounds of saxophonost Kim Waters
who will make a return perform-
ance at the Ritz Theatre. The show
will be on Saturday, May 7th. For
tickets or more info call 632-5555.
Mary Mary in Concert
Gospel artists Mary Mary will be
in concert on Sunday, May 8th at
the Florida Theatre. Showtime is at
The Jacksonville Community
Council, Inc. (JCCI), will host JAX
Jeopardy- An Evening of
Competitive Trivia on Tuesday,
May 10, 2011. It will be an evening
of fim and prizes as your knowledge
of Jacksonville is tested. The event
is free and includes drinks and din-
ner but seating is limited. It will be
from 5:30.-8 p.m. at the Florida
Coastal School of Law-
Baymeadows. Register for the free
event by mailing RSVP@jcci.org
(Subject line: Trivia).
Mental Health and
the Black Community
The 29th Annual Conference
Mental Health and the Black
Community Building Coalitions for
Community Empowerment A
Model for Collective Responsibility
will be held May 12-14, 2011 at
Edward Waters College. It is spon-
sored by the Northwest Behavioral
Health Services and EWC.
PRIDE Book Club
The May meeting for PRIDE
Book Club, northeast Florid'as old-
est and largest book club for people
of color, will meet on Friday, May
13th at 7 p.m. The book for discus-
sion is Perfectly Legal: The Covert
Campaign to Rig the Tax System by
David Cay Johnston. It will be in
the home of Iris Butler on the
Westside at 7 p.m. For directions or
more information, call 703-8264.
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
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.
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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.
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A ril 21-28 2011
Mark your calendars Oprah is down to less than twenty-
five shows. Next week on April 27th the talk show maven will have the
Obama's on for a live interview.
. Essence Music Festival preparing
2 for another year of star power
Gloria Chaplain celebrates 55th birthday with seafood bash Gloria
Chaplain celebrated her 55th birthday in grand style last weekend with a seafood bash for nearly 100 guests.
Throughout the evening, guests circulated throughout her spacious Arlington home enjoying a live DJ, freshly
cooked seafood, fully stocked bar and a plentiful buffet of fresh dishes. The birthday girl didn't have one cake -
but several sweet delicacies for every palette. The gracious hostess personally greeted all of her attendees making
each one feel special. Shown above with her fellow special celebrants at the "cake table" are Eugene
Eubanks,Velda Scott, honoree and hostess Gloria Chaplain, Robin Gundy, Pat Scantling and Pat Gundy.
Chaka Khan Jennifer Hudson
Grammy Award winners Chaka
Khan and Jennifer Hudson are join-
ing the 2011 lineup for the Essence
Music Festival, which will be held
over the Fourth of July holiday
weekend in New Orleans.
Festival officials said this week
they also added Kem, Marcia
Ambrosius, New Edition, Hal
Linton, Eric Benet, Doug E. Fresh,
Naughty By Nature and Vanessa
Bell Armstrong to the roster of
artists scheduled to perform in the
Louisiana Superdome. They will be
joining Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz,
Jill Scott and Kanye West.
This year the Superlounges will
be as hot as ever. Scheduled lineup
which isn't finished yet, includes
SLuther Campbell filing
'L to run for
Samuel Jackson to play MLK on Broadway
He's played many memorable characters on screen, ..
but now Samuel L. Jackson will portray a legend on ..
stage. The actor is set to make his Broadway debut
portraying Martin Luther King, in the upcoming
drama "The Mountaintop," which takes place on April
3, 1968-the night before the civil rights leader was
assassinated. The story will follow Dr. King as he
retires to Room 306 in Memphis' Lorraine Motel fol-
lowing the legendary "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech.
When a mysterious woman delivers his room-service, he is forced to con-
front his past and his legacy.
"The Mountaintop" will begin performances on September 22 at the
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, with an official opening on October 13.
BET renews The Game
BET's top-rated African American show "The Game," has been renewed
for a fifth season. After CW axed it two years ago, BET has had nothing
but ratings success with the series, which drew a record 7.7 million for its
BET premiere. The season finale bowed out to 4.4 million.
In addition, the network has picked up a second season of the comedy
"Let's Stay Together" and has given a series order to the sitcom "Reed
Between the Lines." As previously reported, the project stars Tracee Ellis
Ross as a psychiatrist juggling her professional and personal lives.
Kimora Simmons denies eating disorder Model-turned-design-
er Kimora Lee Simmons is swiping back at reports that she's starving her-
self to stay thin. Last week, PopEater quoted her as saying she recently lost
25 pounds by simply cutting out food. "I shed the fat by not eating," she
told the website. "But I don't like to tell the kids that so they think they
shouldn't eat." She later backtracked and said she watches her portions,
eats leaner proteins, vegetables "and stuff like that." She even clarified
"stuff like that," saying some days she eats fruit, smoothies and protein
Last month, news spread of
Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell's
taking an even deeper dive into the
politic tank. Now, the former mem-
ber of controversial hip-hop group
2 Live Crew is one of dozens to file
the necessary paperwork to run for
mayor of Florida's Miami-Dade
County, hoping to improve the
quality of life the section of the
While filing to have his name
placed on the May 24 special elec-
tion ballot, the 50-year-old ex-rap-
per spoke to a crowd on taking the
job seriously. "My major hurdle is
people taking me seriously, a lot of
people think this is a joke," he said.
"I call it a banana republic and I'm
serious about it. You look at the
commission and they make their
own rules as they go, regardless of
what the county attorney says, they
make their own rules, just do what
they want. They have no respect for
Campbell outlined his plans if he
were elected mayor, focusing on
revitalizing the small business envi-
ronment, redeveloping the area by
stabilizing neighborhoods and
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the county. Additionally, he voiced
his public safety concerns by pro-
Sposing to build stronger links
between the law and community, as
well as provide affordable housing
and encourage adults to engage
with the youth.
The shift in careers may come as
a surprise to those familiar with 2
Live Crew. Founded in 1985, the
group offered explicit content and
images with their albums, while
their 1989 offering 'As Nasty As
They Wanna Be' become one of the
first LPs to get a Parental Advisory
sticker for its graphic content.
George Clinton, Stephanie Mills,
Kelly Price, Mavis Staples, Mint
Condition, Tank, MC Lyte, Eric
Benet, Dwele and many more.
The Empowerment speakers will
continue to be stellar as well. The
lineup will include experts and
celebrities such as Tavis Smiley,
Juanita Bynum, Steve Harvey,
Terry McMillan, Soledad O'Brien,
Shaunie O'Neal, Cornel West and
lyanla VanZant among others.
The event, now in its 17th year,
started in 1995 to mark the 25th
anniversary of Essence magazine
and has since grown into a major
national venue celebrating black
culture and R&B music.
Halle Berry: I'm not
the marrying kind
Halle Berry made a stunning con-
fession recently about her past rela-
tionships and lessons learned. In an
unexpected and quite disturbing
revelation, the Oscar ..
award winning actress ..r", .
said she's just "not the
"I made all the wrong ."
choices when it came to
love. I have been an
idiot," she told the Sun
newspaper. "I wish I had
known then that I'm not
the marrying kind. It
would have saved me a
lot of time, heartache and
grief over the years," she
The twice divorced
Berry also concluded
that her relationship with
her father may have
played a role in it all as
Her first marriage with
baseball player David
Justice lasted only four
year while her second
failed union with singer
Eric Benet was short lived as well
And of course her most recent
break-up with Gabriel Aubry
appeared to be one of the worst as
she and her ex were engaged in a
custody battle for their daughter.
To be so beautiful and yet so alone
for Berry seems to be the trending
She said two times of heartbreak
and vow making is enough. Never
"I have done it twice and I am not
going to do it again. The traditional
form of marriage is not for me."
April 21-27, 2011
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Matthew Gilbert students enjoy trip to D.C.
Abysinnia Church family walks for M.S. in honor of Vivian Freeman
The church family of Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church joined
Tiger Woods' niece wins ACC title
thousands of others in Jacksonville
to participate in the 2011 Walk MS.
The Abysinnia team walked in
honor of longtime church member
Vivian Freeman who has MS.
Raised funds benefitted the
National Multiple Sclerosis
Society, North Florida Chapter and
go toward research and programs
and services. T Austin photo
How long will
Pictured abo e is Senator Nelson sharing a
story with the students from Nlatthe% Gilbert
Nliddle School. ShoNwn left are the students on
the capital steps.
national dents The field trip \as sponsored
nonprofit b% Fidellr In\esrments, a large
t h a t emplo er in Jackson\ille and
places national partner \ ith Teach for
teachers America The field trip program is
In urban designed to enhance educational
and rural opportunities for middle and high
The visit, part of a "Fidelity public schools in low-income com- schools around the country by pro-
Investments Field Trip" to munities, including Matthew viding out-of-classroom learning
Washington, D.C., was led by Gilbert, with the goal of expanding experiences.
teachers in Teach for America, a educational opportunity for all stu-
the disrespect continue? Republican official
issues public apology for likening president to a monkey
It may have been awhile since
Tiger Woods has won a tournament,
but thanks to his niece, Cheyenne,
the Woods name is back on top of
The Wake Forest junior won the
ACC women's individual title last
weekend after finishing a career-
best 5-under par.
It was her first ACC title; she is the
third straight Wake Forest golfer to
win the individual championship.
"I really felt confident this week,"
she told wakeforestsports.com.
"I was hitting the ball well in prac-
tice I was able to hit the ball where
On Twitter, the golf great congrat-
ulated his niece, who is the daugh-
ter of his half brother, Earl Jr.
"My niece, Cheyenne, just won
the ACC golf title by 7 shots!" he
wrote. "That's awesome, I'm so
proud of her."
Tiger Woods' last victory was at
the Australian Masters in
November 2009, less than two
weeks before reports surfaced that
he had cheated on his wife with a
cadre of porn stars and party girls
that revealed themselves in the
A California Republican official
has apologized for sending an email
that depicts President Barack
Obama as a young chimpanzee.
"To my fellow Americans and to
everyone else who has seen the
e-mail I forwarded and was offended
by my action, I humbly apologize
and ask for your forgiveness of my
unwise behavior," Marilyn
Davenport said in a statement
obtained by CNN.
Davenport, who is a Tea Party
activist and an elected member of
the central committee of the
Republican Party of Orange
County, said she felt the email was
The email contains a doctored
photo of what appears to be a fami-
ly portrait of two adult chimpanzees
posing with a young chimpanzee
with Obama's face pasted on it.
The caption that ran with the
photo says "Now you know why no
birth certificate," the affiliate
Davenport said she would not
repeat her error in the apology that
included two Bible passages.
"I am an imperfect Christian lady
who tries her best to live a Christ-
like honoring life," the statement
said. "I would never do anything to
intentionally harm or berate others
regardless of ethnicity. So I ask for
your forgiveness, I am truly sorry."
Despite criticism, Davenport told
the affiliate that she does not need
to resign her position because of the
Scott Baugh, chairman of the
Republican Party of Orange
County, said he was surprised by
"There's no question the e-mail is
racist. The only question is what
was in Marilyn's heart, what was
her intent. But
I don't think
body on her
the world real-
ly that doesn't
see it as a
said on CNN's
"The bottom The disrespectful photo is neither cute nor funny. We
line is being are publishing it as a reminder and wake up call that
sorry for some- the fight for equality is far from over.
thing and hav- and what she's done will continue to
ing a sincere apology doesn't undo bring controversy to my party so
the action, it doesn't stop the conse- I'm inclined to think at this time that
quences," Baugh said. "There's still she should still resign from the
consequences for what she's done committee."