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racial discrimmnation over funding
A civil rights group is suing Maryland's Higher Education Commission
for allegedly discriminating against the state's four historically black col- ~c
leges. The plaintiffs argue that Morgan State University, Coppin State ;
University, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland
Eastern Shore have underdeveloped programs because black schools are a
funded in a manner that puts predominately white schools at a huge
advantage. Administrators at Maryland HBCUs believe their institutions
are deprived of the tools needed to create competitive curricula, while P
being forced to wait much longer to receive appropriated monies. The
results are outdated infrastructures and inferior courses leading to low
student retention. The Baltimore Sun reports that: "Parity among higher-
education institutions has been an issue in the state and country for cen- ~
turies, and the lawsuit recounts 200 years of racist history."
Forgive & Forget ? Shirley '.;
Sherrod returning to the USDA
Shirley Sherrod, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture employee who was forced out after a
portion of a videotape was misleadingly used to
show her making a racially insensitive remark, gg L is .:',- l 'W.~ Q
will start working for the USDA again. But she's aBlL blsB
not getting her old job back. ae
Instead, Sherrod will help the USDA improve its
dismal civil rights record. Sherrod will be a con- 1 C4 eL
tract employee leading one of three field pro- ?c
grams designed to bolster relations between the
USDA and minority farmers and ranchers. Support for the programs is t Ifssi
among several recommendations contained in a sweeping, two-year
study that examined decades of discrimination claims by African
Americans, Latinos, women and Native Americans.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack commissioned the study shortly after
taking office in 2009 and well before he signed off on Sherrod's dis-
missal in July 2010.
Magazine Study claims
Black women are "~unattractive"
Psychology Today has posted a controversial article on their site titled:
"Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other
The article posted by blogger Satoshi Kanazawa is based on a study con-
ducted in which several people were interviewed (number undisclosed)
on the scientific fundamentalist blog.
The post goes into speaking about why African American women are
found to be less attractive. He goes on to disregard differences in Body
Mass Index and intelligence, and focuses on the unfounded claim that
"testosterone" is the reason why.
Philly lawsuit: Whites told
they can't teach blacks
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Four white Philadelphia teachers charge in fed-
eral race-bias lawsuits that a black principal suggested they were unfit to
teach black students.
The teachers work at a predominantly black school in the city's East
Falls neighborhood. Their lawsuits say a former principal had them read
an article that said "white teachers do not have the ability to teach
The Thomas Mifflin Elementary teachers say the principal and others
undermined their' work by reprimanding them, randomly changing their
room assignments and letting black teachers ignore rules that white
teachers had to follow.
The lawsuits were filed last week and first reported on Tuesday by
Courthouse News Service.
A school district spokeswoman had no immediate comment.
threatened By Al-Qaeda
According to the NY Daily '
IhrrNews, President Barack Obama's .R v : ) -
step-grandmother, Sarah Obama.
(pictured), is under 24-7 surveil- I ~-,il :.d 4 '
lance, because Al-Qaeda wants "
revenge for Osama Bin Laden's .i:
murer Somali-based Al-Qaeda weI,
group, Al Shabaab, is said to be jl. 45
furious with the death of their
-leader. So much so, that Kenyan
authorities had to step in to provide protection for her.
Police chief Stephen Cheteka told the African Review:
"We received reports of plans to attack the home of Mama Sarah
Obamna, and we immediately put in place adequate security measures."
According to the NY Daily News, though, this particular threat is just
one of many that was communicated after bin Laden's death:
While Sarah Obama is the second wife of President Obama's grandfa-
ther, and isn't biologically related to him, President Obama has visited
her in Kenya and she came to America to attend Obama's inaugural ball.
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form. That's up from $1.5 million to
$6 million reported invested m
Treasury notes and bills in 2009.
The report uses broad financial
ranges, making a more precise
The president and First Lady
reported no debts.
They also have between
$350,000 and $800,000 invested in
IRAs and other retirement funds,
according to the form.
And the couple has between
$200,000 and $500,000 squirreled
away in 529 college savings plans
for their daughters Malia and Sasha.
Tr ti enpt considerably since the
Obamas reported between $50,000
and $100,000 in such savings.
How to handle a
Much of the Obamas' wealth
comes from his best-selling books
"Dreams from my Father" and
"Audacity of Hope."
Last year, the Obamas earned at
least $1.1 million in royalties from
books. On their 2010 tax returns,
they reported an adjusted gross
income of $1,728,096.
But their book royalties have
dropped from 2009, when they
raked in more than $5 million in
The president's children's book,
"Of Thee I Sing," published last
November, earned him a $134,000
advance. He is donating that and all
proceeds from the book to the non-
profit Fisher House Foundation for
a scholarship for children of fallen
aObd1'se ann lersalary as presi-
dent in 2010 was $395,188.
Michelle Obama received
$10,000 from a trust called the
Hemry G. Freeman Jr. Pin Money
Fund set up for first ladies, who
don't draw a salary. The fund was
set up in 1917 to augment presiden-
When our generation was grow-
ing up, we were taught about
Social Security, and many of us
had grandparents who were rea-
sonably comfortable with a combi-
nation of their investment income
and their government checks.
Today, not so much.
Over the last few years, we
have seen the market crash and
burn, and Social Security is on its
way down. So, if we're scram-
bling to salvage our retirement
income, imagine what it will be
doe at aulre d one ep rvehn
some good news for you.
That's why Rick Rodgers, a
retirement counselor and author of
the new book The New Three-
Legged Stool: A Tax Efficient
Approach To Retirement Planning
(www. TheNewThr~eeLeggedStool .
com), believes that parents can
help their kids safeguard their
Str .btys6t-Jshngnm00 con-
tributed to a Roth IRA each year
for 5 years starting at age 16 could
be worth more than a million by
the time the reach age 65. In a
Roth IRA all that growth would be
tax-free when withdrawn.
*10 Percent Rule Everyone
should save a minimum of 10 per-
cent of their take home pay.
*Shelter Early Ideally, you
should save in a Roth IRA account
at the beginning of your career.
When you reach your peak eamn-
ings (usually around age 40),
switch to a tax-deferred account
like a 401(k).
*Fun or Fund? Take half of
what you have been spending on
gifts (toys, games, etc.) and invest
it in a mutual fund for your child.
*Birthday Booster Encourage
friends and relatives to contribute
sarte dn td ofdba ing itg sf
birthdays and holidays.
*Every Little Bit Helps -
Contributing small amounts on a
regular basis is a better strategy
than waiting to accumulate a larg-
er sum. Get in the habit of saving
*Use the Refund Let the gov-
ernment help. Currently the child
eye crdt is ,e00107per chis1 until
yourself to save the credit when it
is returned to you as a refund.
"It doesn't take a lot to give your
kids long term security," Rodgers
said. "The magic of compounded
interest can do more of the heavy
lifting as long as you start early
and contribute often."
President Obama will donate the $134,000 advance and other pro-
ceeds from his 2010 children's book "Of Thee I Sing."
A big portion of President between $2.8 million and $11.8
Obama's wealth is invested in fed- million in 2010.
eral debt, according to a financial And between $2 million and $10
disclosure form released this week. million of their assets are invested
The president and First Lady in super-safe U.S. Treasury securi
Michelle Obama had assets valued ties, according to the disclosure
by Lynette Cox
A tragic financial story involving
an elderly widow recently had a lot
of people shaking their heads -- yet
it had all the red flags and signs of
a financial scam.
It turns out the woman, a senior
citizen named Mary Kubalak of
Pembroke Pines, Florida, sent
$370,000 to a con artist in Jamaica
who lured her with promises that
she'd won the lottery, but needed to
pay certain fees in order to collect a
supposed $7 million lottery jackpot.
Unfortunately, this unsuspecting
retiree isn't alone in falling victim
to such scams.
At a single agency in West Palm
Beach, Florida, officials at the
Aging Resource Center say they're
processing 400 new cases of finan-
cial fraud like this every month --
all of which are some variation of
the Jamaican lottery scam.
From credit-related scams and
bogus work-from-home schemes to
scholarship programs and shady
investment offers, there are dozens
of scams that could all take their
toll on your pocketbook and
peace of mind. At their worst, major
con jobs like foreclosure rescue
scams can even cause you to lose
a major asset, like your house.
Many common scams are dis-
guised as special offers or infomer-
cials, but many are also easy to
detect when you know what wamn-
ings signs to look out for.
Unfortunately, many people fall
for these types of financial scams
when they are already in a vulnera-
ble position. Losing a job, making
out credit cards or finding yourself
in need of cash could make you a
good target for a financial scam.
Here are some of the most com-
mon red flags of financial scams
Upfront Fees for Services
Many credit repair companies
and even scholarship providers
require customers to pay a hefty fee
to take advantage of the services
available. Sometimes these are
posed as "membership" fees that
provide you with exclusive access
to their resources, while others are
just standard fees for ser-vice. If you
have to pay any type of fee in order
to receive services, you could be
signing up for a bona fide scam.
These are among the most com-
mon financial scams because many
people who need cash fast are ready
to sign up for that "you've been
approved for $X!" offer. Pre-
approval offers from credit card
companies and loan providers can
seem innocent enough, until you
call the number or submit the appli-
cation and find out you are actually
eligible for a high-interest rate and
a much smaller line of credit than
advertised. Many legitimate com-
panies do use low-rate teasers to
attract new customers, but many are
very misleading. Be careful about
what types of offers you sign up for
and submit your personal informa-
tion, such as a Social Security num-
ber and income history to.
Companies trying to earn your
trust and confidence may promise
guaranteed results within a certain
time period or an incredible money-
back-guarantee offer. Be wary of
these types of offers because many
are, unfortunately, a scam.
Companies know that many people
feel more confident when they are
purchasing something backed by a
guarantee, and a lot of people sim-
ply don't follow up to voice a com-
plaint and get their money back.
In some cases, the money back
process is so complicated that it's
not even worth your time to get a
refund. Honest businesses don't
need to offer such extreme guaran-
tees on services and products. They
should be able to provide solid tes-
timonials from happy customers
and have a clean track record.
Negative Reviews Online
Whenever you come across a
company announcing an outrageous
offer that seems incredibly irre-
sistible, do a quick online search to
see if they have been reported to
sites like RipOffReport.com or
even the Better Business Bureau.
Many of today's savvy consumers
are posting reviews and experiences
with these companies online, and
you can leamn more about the com-
pany's history and track record with
a few minutes of Intemet searching.
Take some time to do a quick
"background check" on the compa-
ny or deal to see if it's actually a
scam. Above all, use your gut
instincts. Don't be rushed into any
so-called "limited time offer" deal,
and don't sign anything if it sounds
too good to be true.
by H. Greene
Straight, wavy, curly, fine, curse
- few things generate more passion
or anger among African American
women than their hair. Some critics
note that the emphasis placed on
hair is a double-edged sword aimed
at ones' self esteem. Or when
quaffed well, i.e. "Good Hair"
becomes a passage to acceptance
within the dominate cultures' ideal
Then there are those who view
hair commercial or natural as an
accompaniment to an outfit; like a
hat or that essential accessory that
glams up the whole look. Despite
what stance you view the landscape
from hair African American hair
and the cultivation of that "look"
via the placement of weave is a
multi-billion dollar industry.
Extensions can cost as low as $50
(depending on your geographical
area) and go up to $10,000; based
on the service strand by strand
extensions or weft (track) that are
calculated per weft or a set price for
the entire head, says Atlanta-based
beautician Toni Love, who has
more than 20 years experience
styling hair with the addition of
Factor in maintenance; better
known as touch-ups, required every
four to six weeks determined by
how fast the recipients" natural hair
grows commercial hair placement
can range between $500 to $80,000
a year not including transporta-
tion, child care or lost productivity
incurred by the three to eight hours
required to complete the process.
Despite the cost reductions since
weaves first gained popularity in
the late 70s and early 80's when it
was primarily used for theatrical
purposes, movies, videos and on
fashion runways the expense is
difficult to juggle with real
incomes. Nevertheless, their hyper-
visibility can be seen everywhere
from corporate boardrooms to
inner-city food desert bodeg6nes.
Quest for fashion fabulous hair
speaks volumes about us
Consider this: $46,326 was the
median household income in the
United States according to 2010
U.S. Census data and the average
income for African American fami-
lies was $32,584, well below a mid-
dle-class lifestyle. Yet we over-
spend for the purpose~c of appear- I
ance. Why is this?
"It's not that I thmkh -natural
hair" is now invisible blt
(weave) has become
a way for more
tus if only
call y, "
Professor of American
Studies at Trinity College.
"The culture surrounding
weaves; such as the links between
more traditionally white hair tex-
tures and the pricing system of
weaves, helps to exacerbate the
notion of "good hair" as "non-
Baldwin continued, "Who really
knows if "Indian Remi" (a popular
human hair weft texture) is a reflec-
tion of actual Indian women's hair
or what "Hollywood Italian"
(another texture classification)
actually means, but in hair weave
stores there is certainly a hierarchy
of hairs that is also linked to a hier-
archy of racial value."
But it's just fashion, right?
The psycho-social ramification of
wearing weaves tends not to weigh
heavily on the minds of teen-agers
who encompass the average age
when extensions are first tried.
Stacey Clark, a Washington DC
professional falls in this category.
She first crafted a new look using
weave when she was in high school.
"Back then (in the late 80s) I
believe everyone tried to pretend
(the weave) was theirs," Clark
joked. "Now it's more of a fashion
statement. Come to work one day
with short curly hair, the next day it
can be long with blonde streaks.
Changing hair is like
includes silky long hair and a over-
ly slender silhouette that our fuller
shapes cannot naturally accom-
"We have so many deep rooted
issues that we need to overcome in
Our community to finally make our-
selves whole. It's a
falseness style is divine
African Americans spent $507
billion (out of our total estimated
buying power of; $836 billion) in
2009 on hair care and personal
grooming items, according to an
annual report published by Target
Market News. This figure is up
16 6":. t^ oml the $435T billion spent
the:CI~ p)letion 5ear
Yett for, tho.Se' \\ he are one
w\Ithi thei weave the
-\ worth the sac-
n face. And
be willing to pay
the money to have
good hair put in," Clark
stressed. In fact, human hair is all
she wears, because it easily fits into
her lifestyle. "It has good body,
takes heat well, can get wet and just
lasts longer then synthetic hair," she
This makes a difference since she
visits her stylist twice a month or
once a week when she sports a
shorter cut which is what she
wears when she wants to convey
sassy. Much like Johnny Wright,
whose signature: phrase: "I always
tell people be vain or be forgotten,"
channels the deep seeded quests for
Wright, stylist to the first lady
Michelle Obama, Softsheen-Carson
artistic style director and celebrity
stylist doesn't dabble in the contro-
versy surrounding weave he just
creates. To him weave placement is
just another avenue to crafting a
clients' look t-hat best fits with her
When he works with weave what
remains paramount in his mind iS
maintaining the overall quality and
strength of the clients' natural hair
and scalp. Wright believes you
should interview your beautician as
if she were your doctor because
improper weave placement can lead
to baldness. Furthermore, he
stressed that children should not be
getting weave due to the pressure
on the scalp.
"It's not about how long a period
of time (weave is worn). It's more
so if you are not taking care of your
natural hair and scalp", he said.
When the scalp is continuously
irritated the hair follicles can break
resulting in a form of baldness
known as traction alopecia, a condi-
tion that causes the hair to break
from repeated and severe braiding,
weaving, extensions or tight pony-
Why you got a
problem with my do?
Imagine what could be accom-
plished in the Afr-ican American
community with even half of the
$507 Billion Dollars annually spent
on hair care products. Now stop,
because such fancy is just a pipe
dream and unfortunately the real
economic figures do not bode well
for the African American cormmuni-
ty as critiqued by social scholars.
For no matter how you try to spin
the debate fashion fabulous hair is
connected to our need to be accept-
ed by the dominate culture as
beautiful, as equal as worthy.
"The deep seated psychological
and social conditioning to see white
features and light skin as the most
desirable, and signature of beauty
and acceptance has not dimin-
ished," commented Earl Ofari
Hutchinson, author and social com-
"If anything as we move further
from the black pride and conscious-
ness of the 1960s with an entire new
generation, the psychic recondition-
ing toward a natural style of beauty
has gotten further removed."
H G,~reen is ar writer f,,r theAlanrta Post
But what about when hair place-
ment is more than just a fashion
twist? For many African American
women, the perception of them as
having "Good Hair" is an embed-
ded part of their self esteem. Some
can't and will not: be seen without
weave despite the cost and the time
required to achieve it.
Nikki Walton, a license psy-
chotherapist practicing in North
Carolina, routinely counsels
women on7 issues ranging from self-
esteem and hair issues to depression
and body image.
In fact, since 2000 the number of
African American women now suf-
fering from anorexia and bulimia
has ballooned. Many say that the
increase in these eating disorders
among African American and
Latino women stems from their
buying into the mainstream media
image of white beauty that
where we chose to concen-
trate our efforts," said Walton, who
has chosen to go natural with her
hair and counsels women on how to
do the same.
"In the natural hair community
many of my clients tend to go natu-
ral because it is a healthier choice
for them," she said. "The vast
majority are unfamiliar with their
hair's real texture, because they've
had perms since they were five or
Some of the hair drama that she
counsels about stems from an inter-
nalized bias toward their natural
hair, she said, so she believe they
have to give themselves time to
reconnect with their real beauty.
"Just go out and get comfortable
with your hair," she says. "Just
embrace the anxiety and insecurity
because sometimes you have to
fake it until you can make it."
My Limitless shine and
President discloses assets in the millionS
Should you start planning
Jyour kids' retirement?
Common signs of a financial scam
Unemployment rate for
Black men at record low
If the election of America's first AfErican-American president was
expected to give blacks an economic boost, it hasn't emerged yet. Indeed,
the percentage of Afriican-American men with a job has dropped to its
lowest: level since records began in 1972, according to the government's
monthly jobs report released last week.
Even as the economy added a better-than-expected 244,000 jobs, the
percentage of black males over 20 who are currently employed dropped
slightly to 56.9, the Labor Department's April report shows. For whites,
the equivalent figure is 68.1 percent.
Before this recession, the percentage of black adult men with a job
never dropped below 60 %.
And among blacks, it's not just men who are suffering. Just 51.5 per-
cent of Afr-ican-Americans across the board--compared to 59.5 percent of
whites--have a job, the numbers show. That's the lowest level for blacks
since 1984. (That group includes 16- to 19-year-olds, who are employed
at a far lower rate than their elders.)
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Community Development Corps are chang ing neighborhoods
Holding on to power
at your expense
For decades, the lawmaking process has been an inside
er's game. No matter how detailed the reporting, itwa
hard to follow. Of course all that changed this year wit
new media exposure.
This session was so loaded with bad laws, longtime observers, opinion
leaders and even governors, who normally remain silent, were outraged and
went public. Floridians were treated as the enemy, they said.
Then there were those of us who were just stunned by the complete disre-
gard for the impact on the people. People who are the employers of these
elected officials. These are people who vote. It's the perfect way to get fired
in 2012. So, Florida's GOP followed the national party agenda and became
the symbol for extreme legislation and a bunch of negative ads. The horrors
continued because Governor Rick Scott's insensitivity was magnified by
everything he did including his participation in events for the disabled as he
slashed their budgets by hundreds of millions.
The Republicans outflanked the unions and by passing bills in a matter of
days, before the groups could mobilize effectively. The only thing I can say
about the 2011 session was that the Senate's role as both referee and player
was heightened. With the exception of JD Alexander and Mike Fasano, the
Republican leadership of the upper chamber was AWOL. While the Senate
refused outrageous legislation, it passed the election law overhaul that is
clearly designed to suppress the anticipated high turnout of minority voters in
You may have heard, that the bill prohibits a change of address at the
polling place, which is a 40 year old law. The NAACP, and the League of
Women Voters have only 2 days to turn in voter registration instead of 10. And
the early voting that has worked very effectively for Democrats, would be
reduced to 8 days. Not one State Attorney or Supervisor of Elections has
asked for these changes. It was just a blatant attempt to stop Democrats from
Here's the really crazy justifications for the changes made in Senate debate
by Republican Mike Bennett.
"Do you read the stories about the people in Africa? The people in the-
desert, who literally walk two and three hundred miles so they can have the
opportunity to do what we do, and we want to make it more convenient? How
much more convenient do you want to make it? Do we want to go to their
house? Take the polling booth with us?
"This is a hard-fought privilege. This is something people die for. You want
to make it convenient? The guy who died to give you that right, it was not
convenient. Why would we make it any easier? I want 'em to fight for it. I
want 'em to know what it's like. I want them to go down there, and have to
walk across town to go over and vote."
First, the St. Petersburg Times determined the Bennett's claim that
African's" walked 200-300 miles to vote," was a "pants on fire" lie. But it was
indicative of how far Bennett would go to suppress the Democratic vote.
It was particularly embarrassing knowing Florida's stigma from election
2000. Of course the very changes to the law were made to combat the voter
disenfranchisement Bennett wants.
Bennett is running for Congress against popular Tampa Democrat Kathy
Castor. He knows that the population of the new district has grown, they're
just not his voters. Reapportionment will be tough on the Republicans
because there are already almost 500,000 more D's than R's that can't be ger-
rymandered away like before. Of Course the President will inspire a huge
turnout among minority people and Democrats. And there's the pesky US
Justice Department 100king to throw out laws that violate the Yloting Rights,
Act. Not good for candidate Bennett who admits he wants no make it harder.;
to fire him as an insubordinate employee.
Gayle Andrew~s is memrber of the Capitol Press Corps, was an adjunct Journlalism instructor
at Flor~ida A & M University, where she wvas awarded Distinlguished and Outtstanding Graduate
status. She is a cotpor~ate &r political conlsultanlt inl Tallahassee.
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Corporation (CDC) is a broad term
referring to not-for-profit organiza-
tions incorporated to provide pro-
grams, offer services and engage in
other activities that promote and
support a community. They usually
serve a geographic location such as
a neighborhood or a town. They
often focus on serving lower-
mncome residents or struggling
I couldn't have said it better
myself. Jacksonville's CDCs have
become a critical lifeline to some of
our most challenged communities.
And this infusion of new homes
and other community development
projects is stabling communities
and providing quality housing for
not just low-income families, but
many young professionals as well.
As Florida continues to grow, the
need for quality affordable housing
will also grow. According to
Florida TaxWatch, a not for profit
organization, Florida is the only
state where the rate of increase in
housing has accelerated every year
since 2000. Well, that's before the
market crashed of course.
The American dream is to own a
nice house in a nice neighborhood,
but that dream often is not easily
accomplished. One of the reasons
CDCs are able to do so well is
because there been a move by
many new homeowners to move
back into core city communities.
Many city governments are now
providing the resources that devel-
opers and not-for-profits need to
provide quality infill affordable
housing. But even with this resur-
gence of infill housing and devel-
opment this city and many others
still suffer from a lack of opportu-
nities for families in need.
Even in Jacksonville where
African Americans are more inte-
grated than ever before, over 50
percent of the blacks still live in the
core city or Northside.
The only reason this information
is relevant is because the urban
core is often the oldest part of a
city, which means that the housing
stock and infrastructure is old and
needs to be updated.
When new subdivisions are built,
new infrastructure is built. And
building standards have changed so
much. For example, the state now
requires retention ponds for all new
development. So if you are build-
ing anything in a new neighbor-
hood, you have to be able to hold
and treat your water run-off. That
was not the case when most of the
inner-city communities were built.
A big problem with retrofitting or
constructing infrastructure projects
in urban areas is that you have to
use today's standards, which
increases project cost because of
the density in core city areas.
Normally, it is much more expen-
sive to tear up an existing road and
repipe it for water and sewer than it
is to build a new infrastructure sys-
tem under and new road. So CDCs
face challenges that many for prof-
it developers do not.
But that's why governments and
local public officials have to
encourage and support CDCs. They
are doing work that for profit
developers will not do because
there is no profit or very little in
these infill housing developments.
Even as we weather this foreclo-
sure storm in Jacksonville and
nationwide, community develop-
ment corporations are still able to
help individuals and families get
Many not-for-profits use the
Head Start to HOME Ownership
Program (H2H), which provides
aid mn the form of down payment
and closing cost assistance to eligi-
ble families and individuals inter-
ested in buying a home.
Programs like H2H have been
critical to the infill housing market
in Jacksonville. CDCs are able to
get folks into homes below the
appraised value of the property,
which means homeowner are walk-
ing into the door with equity.
It takes more than a vision and
neighborhood in need to make a
CDC work. Support organizations
like Jacksonville Local Initiatives
Support Corporation (LISC) play a
pivotal role in the success of our
And I can't stress enough the fact
that the housing that CDCs are pro-
viding is not simply for low-
income families. You might be sur-
prised when you look at the hous-
ing stock and the individuals pur
chasing homes. It's not the work-
ing poor that are building new
homes, but many young profes-
sionals are taking advantage of
H2H and other housing initiatives.
So if you know of someone who
is interested in ownmng a home for
the first time there are quality
affordable options available to him
or her. Just give your friendly
neighborhood CDC a call North
Jax CDC, Metro North CDC, Grace
and Truth CDC, Operation New
Hope and several others.
Signing off from Jacksonville
LISC, Reggie Fullwood
All you have to do is drive
thro gh nei hborhoods like 29th &
Chase or Brentwood and take a
good look around. Initially, you
will see some pretty average homes
or even some blighted residences,
but you will also see a transforma-
tion taking place
Old grown up lots that were once
dumping grounds and eyesores
have been replaced by quality
affordable housing. Houses that
were falling apart and havens for
illegal activity have been torn down
and replaced with two-story stucco
and brick homes. Or in many
places, those old crack houses have
been rehabbed and now a family
calls it home.
No, this isn't some massive gov-
ernment initiative and certainly no
private developers are committing
to building these quality homes. If
you go into North Brookside
(Golfair/Gateway Mall area) or
Springfield communities you will
see the work of several not-for-
profit community development
corporations or CDCs.
Although the CDC phenomenon
is not new many of our local
organizations are still not very well
known throughout the city. Most
people have heard of Habijax or
Habitat for Humanity, and most
CDCs operate in the same way, but
the product and financing methods
are much different.
Most of our neighborhood-based
CDCs are building high quality
energy efficient homes that are
comparable or better than many
According to Wikipedia, the
online encyclopedia, "A
Jacksonville's next Mayor.
In spite of history, Jacksonville
has made the choice to grow up and
be like a real city where ideas, not
color, matter. A city with vision and
hope for those who don't rank a cer
tain place on Jacksonville's eco-
nomic ladder. Perhaps, even a city
with an eye towards renewing the
soul of its finest communities.
Continued on page 9
then it might be able to be done
in a city like Jacksonville.
By now we are should be
familiar with the circumstances
that has put us on the doorstep
of this history making moment.
However, let us consider what
happens after we cross the
Let the word go forth this
time, Alvin Brown is going to
Peyton on the other hand had the
backing of the old guard
Republican establishment. He
father Herb was an icon in the busi-
ness community with the ability to
raise the necessary funds to offset a
Glover popularity challenge.
It was a very highly contested
race with racial overtones permeat-
ing throughout the campaigns. It
was a black, and white effort, with
black and white results.
As election night came to an end,
it was clear that race was the deter-
mining factor in the election.
Peyton carried every precinct in the
suburbs and Glover was solid in the
urban core. It was a clear message
that Jacksonville couldn't see
beyond race to elect a black man as
There was enough despair among
African Americans to almost give
up all hope of true equality in
Jacksonville and breaking the code
of the old guard.
Eight years later, not many could
imagine Alvin Brown mounting a
serious campaign to become mayor
of Jacksonville. In fact, thle thought
was that if Glover couldn't do it
By Noval Jones
"Men make history and not the
Other way around. In periods where
there is no leadership, society
stands still. Progress occurs when
courageous, skillful leaders seize
the opportunity to change things for
the better." ~Harry S. Tr-uman
Eight years ago Democrats put
forth one of the most popular
Afr-ican Americans in the city's his-
tory as a nominee to run against a
virtual unknown Republican in a
highly charged Mayor's race.
It was Nat Glover versus John
Glover was the well-known high-
ly successful sheriff. Peyton's claim
to fame was that he was the key fig-
ure in the non-hiring of an Afr-ican
American to head the Jacksonville
After Glover finished first in the
2003 Mayoral primary, most people
in the black community saw this as
an opportunity to make some real
change to the power structure of the
city. And since Glover was a suc-
cessful and popular sheriff, he was
a prime candidate to occupy City
So, where were all Malcolm's
fans on Thursday, May 19, when
the faithful celebrated the 86th
anniversary of his birth? Each
year, people dedicated to the prin-
ciples Malcolm X championed
gather in Westchester County, New
York at his Ferncliff Cemetery
gravesite, although many profess to
embrace Malcolm's teachings, the
sad truth is that the actual number
of practitioners are few. It's regret-
table that so few Black Americans
define "freedom" the way that
Malcolm did. African Americans
have fallen prey and acceptable of
America's institutional racism. In
America and every country that
benefitted off the backs of slaves,
descendants of slaves continue to
allow themselves to be held at bay
Ask yourself: "If Malcolm were
alive today, would he be "for" or
"against" reparations? Or, if you
are a "Mainstreamer" ask yourself
if "the freedom" Malcolm spoke of
was "freedom to associate and
assimilate with Whites?" There
needs to be an awakening among
those Blacks with mainstream
mindsets about the importance of
reasoning and rallying for repara-
tions compensation. Until now,
Blacks have allowed themselves to
be bamboozled by an illusion of
inclusion in American society.
Mainstream forces keep most
Blacks' minds off the daily doses of
racism they experience and cause
us to focus the energy we should be
using toward our freedom on the
symbolism of keeping Obama in
the White House.
Instead of striving toward the
freedoms Malcolm sought,
"Mainstream Blacks" are happy to
entrust traditional institutions to
look out for our interests. Given
the frightening state of affairs in th~e
White world, mainstream oriented
Blacks have to admit that nothing
is improving for Black people in
general. Just when "Black
Mainstreamers" thought it was safe
to sneak out of the struggle, a
movement called Exodus Two
emerged. The movement promotes
a new philosophy for Blacks "to
rise up and act in our own behalf."
Our current level of "empower-
ment" is not working for us, so
instead of continuing to allow
White peoples' interest to deter-
mine our agenda, Blacks need to
take a "timeout" fr-om the main-
stream and make time to make a
difference in our own communities,
If we continue to blend in, our race
will literally rot in the ghettoes of
America. Whether you live on
Malcolm X Boulevard, or in a
gated community, it's time to repre-
sent descendants of the slave trade
against the injustices that destroyed
Blacks and their forbearers' lives.
Isn't it time that concerned Black
Americans admit that nothing is
improving for us under this sys-
tem? This system was built based
on Blacks providing free labor. It's
also time we each demonstrated on
behalf of the descendants of slaves
and against the U.S. government
for its complicity in the slave trade
and the impoverishment, misery,
distress, and bigotry that continues
to this day.
Isn't it time to make the
American and European govern-
ments accountable for stealing
human beings off of the continent
of Africa and enslaving them for
400 years? The debt from that peri-
od is simple: more than 100 million
Blacks lost their lives, at the same
time; White-run nations that
acquired wealth and power from
one generation to the next contin-
ued to thrive; while slaves and their
descendants lived in wretched chat-
tel squalor. Sadly, most Blacks
seem satisfied with this status quo.
Newly awakened Blacks could
be an enabling force during the
upcoming months and years by
scheduling local lectures and study
groups on reparations. The Exodus
Two movement's goal seeks pas-
sage of a bill for reparations.
Toward that end, Exodus Two is
mounting two public rallies: It's
time to get on the list. E-mail:
Yehudah ben Yaacov at
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May 19-25 2011
innocence, claiming she was pro-
tecting her daughter from people
who she claimed threatened to hurt
her and her family if she were to
report the child missing.
Recently, Judge Penry denied the
defense motion to exclude alleged
identification of the chemical com-
position of human decomposition
odor, or testimony relating to air,
carpet samples or paper towels test-
ed by Oakr-idge Laboratories.
Judge Perry is not only known
as a well-respected judge, but also
for his days as a prosecutor. His
reputation as a sound prosecutor
was solidified in what came to be
known as the Black Widow trial, in
which Judy Buenoano was sen-
tenced to death by electric chair for
the 1971 murder of her husband.
She was also convicted for the mur-
der of her son and attempted mur-
der of her flancC in 1983. She was
also believed to be responsible for
the 1978 death of her boyfriend .
The Court, under the direction of
Judge Perry, kept the location of the
selection of the jury unknown until
the actual day of jury selection.
Currently, the jury is being chosen
in Pinellas County, an area located
on the outskirts of Tampa, Florida.
Reportedly, there are four African
Americans currently in the jury
pool. Once the jurors are selected,
they will be transported to the
Or-lando area where they are
expected to stay in area hotels for
the duration of the trial, which is
expected to take up to eight weeks.
To date, Judge Perry has dismissed
dozens of jurors based on conflicts
with the case. He said, "I do not
want to have to do this again,"
t:: t::';ge:': orth c:h sen
time, energy, and money to retry
this case. Penry said, "I am not
naive enough to think we'll
encounter no one who has heard
this case, but the goal is to find peo-
ple who have not been oversaturat-
ed with the media."
More than 600 media credentials
were requested for this case. The
Florida Sun will be in the court-
room and will report on the trial.
By Rhetta Peoples
Special from The Florida Sun
ORLANDO The American jus-
tice system has often been scruti-
nized for being one-sided or biased
when it comes to justice.
According to the Federal Bureau
of Prisons, an agency of the U.S.
Department of Justice, African
Americans make-up more than 38%
of national prison inmates, who are
also predominantly male.
However, the U.S. Census Bureau
reports Black people are only
approximately 14% of the U.S.
A Chief Judge in Central Florida
is proof that even national statistics
Often referred to as the "Judge's
Judge", Chief Judge Belvin Perry,
Jr., of the Ninth Judicial Circuit
Court, is the highly respected
African American judge with a lead
role in one of the most highly pub-
licized court cases in Florida's his-
tory the Casey Anthony trial.
The irony of his position is sig-
nificant in the overall view of crim-
inal justice in America because
African American men highly pop
ulate U.S. prisons and jails.
Specific to the Casey Anthony case,
it is rare to see White women being
a part of statistics that have been
dominated by African American
men in what is sure to be one of
America's most historical and
Judge Perry is not only an icon
in the African American communi-
ty but also an inspiration to Afr~ican
American men. His direct manner
and voice has been the subject of
Clarissa Marks, Tonda Jordan, Shawanna Jordon, Senna Jordon, Steve
Jordon, Sr., St. Clair Jordan, Jr., Gabski Muguwanda and Patrick Smith.
Florida Judge Belvin Perry
commentaries and radio mocks
because of his southern accent or
lack of what broadcasters may call
a "General American Speech", like
that of President Barack Obama or
General Colin Powell and is typi-
cally what mainstream Americans
expect to hear from a person of a
However, journalists and talk
show hosts neglect the real issues
when they focus on the accent. Dr.
Cornel West, Attorney Willie Gary
and the late Attorney Johnny
Cochran, among others, also spoke
with a certain flare of their culture
yet, each left footprints in their
areas of expertise.
Judge Perry is set to preside over
the trial in which Anthony is
charged with first-degree murder of
her 2-year old daughter Caylee
Anthony. The child had not been
seen for more than a month before
she was reported missing by her
grandmother, Cindy Anthony, after
she admitted to smelling an odor
similar to that of a "dead body" in
her Casey Anthony's car.
Months later, Caylee was found
dead only a short distance from the
Anthony family home. The child's
death was ruled a homicide by the
medical examiner, even though the
cause remains undetermined.
Anthony became a suspect after
she neglected to report her daughter
missing, exhibited strange behavior
and searched numerous times
online for chloroform, an ingredient
in children's medicine that is poten-
tially hazardous. Law enforcement
found a mysterious stain in the back
of her car that resembles a toddler
in the fetal position and she gave
authorities a vivid description of
"zanny the nanny", a female baby-
sitter who she claimed mysteriously
disappeared with her daughter. To
date, none of her allegations have
turned out to be credible.
Anthony still maintains her
Natasha Stokes, Malachi Knowlec with Golf Fore Anyone, Inc. and
The Westside Gazette, and Damien Hack at the Club House.
Studios theme parks.
Most attendees recall the event as
a rite of passage with fond memo-
ries of having fun on rides, socializ-
ing with people from other parts of
the country and dressing up to meet
the event's dress code.
"The fact that the park was closed
to the public it very enticing," said
Wolfson graduate Elliot Gardner.
"They made a big deal out of it, and
they made it feel like you accom-
plished something, that graduating
from high school was a big deal,
and this was your reward."
By Dewayne Bevil
Special from the Outlook
The party's over for Disney
World's longstanding Grad Night.
It's final after-hours event tai-
lored to high-school seniors was
Saturday May 7th. Since 1972,
teenagers have take over the theme
park for concerts, roller-coaster
rides and other late night shenani-
gans on evenings reserved for them.
Disney announced in March that
the event will end with the class of
Increased them-park attendance
during spring has made it difficult
to schedule the event Disney said
after pulling the plug Next Year, the
company will offer the Disney
Senior Class Trip deal to Florida
Starry Nights with
the Four Tops
The City of Jacksonville and the
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
have decided to cancel Starry
Nights featuring The Four Tops
scheduled for this Saturday, May
21. The decision was made due to
low ticket sales leading up to this
Tickets will be refunded at their
original purchase price. If pur-
chased through the Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra Box Office,
school groups; a special one-day,
one park ticket for $55 valid any-
time during the year.
"We hope the Disney Senior
Class Trip will spark the beginning
of a new tradition for the next gen-
eration," Disney World spokes-
woman Andrea Finger said. The
new program will emphasize per-
sonalization and offer more flexi-
bility to seniors she said. Universal
Orlando will continue to throw a
similar event called Grad Bash,
which this year included both
Island of Adventure and Universal
Tonya Austin with comedian/actor Anthony Anderson
The annual Tournament Players Championship kicked off last week with
much fanfare and excitement. One of the highlights was the entrance and
early exit of Tiger Woods who departed early with a latee injury. The event
was won by K.J. Choi who defeated David Toms in a playoff in the final
round of The Players Championship.
State approves plan for
four intervene schools
The state of Florida has given the Duval County School District the
green light to move forward with a plan to fix four struggling schools.
The district's four intervene schools are Raines, Ribault and Andrew
Jackson high schools and North Shore K-8.
The state has warned the district if these schools don't show enough
improvement on their FCAT scores this school year, they'll have to
undergo some major changes.
In the event those schools don't show improvement, the School Board
voted to have an outside entity run those schools.
The education management organization would be the Duval Partners
for Excellent Education, a group of community members formed by the
On Tuesday, that plan was approved by the State Board of Education.
Duval County Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals traveled to the month-
Board members said they feel confident the schools won't have to
resort to this plan.
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Central Metropolitan Unity Day
Rev. Clarence Kelby Heath and Central members cordially invite you to
join "Central on the Pearl Glorifying God in the Spirit of Unity" Sunday,
May 22, 2011. Unity Day Sunday school will start at 9:00 am, Sunday
Morning Worship Service, 10:45 a.m. and Tom Thumb Wedding at 4:00
p.m. Location is 4611 North Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL. For more infor-
mation, call 904 354-7426.
Greggs Temple Women s Conference
The Greggs Temple AME Church will present their Women's
Neighborhood Conference during Women's Weekend May 21 and 22, 2011.
On the 21st, things will get started at 9:30 a.m. under the theme
"Generation of Sisters helping each other" with workshops and Food
Distribution. There will be a Pretty Hat Tea at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Church
Service will begin at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dorcas Jackson of St. Stephen AME
Church as the Speaker.
For more information, contact Rev. Roger Williams 904-571-6451.
New Stanton High School Class 1963
The New Stanton Sr. High Class of 1963 will meet the third Sunday of
each month at the Highland Branch Library, 1826 Dunn Ave. from 3:00
p.m. to 5:00p.m., Preparing for Class 50th Reunion, the year 2013. Contact
Gracie Foreman 766-5221. No meetings will be held in June and July.
Slated for Greater Grant AMIE
The Greater Grant Memorial AME Church will celebrate their 122nd
Church Anniversary on Sunday, May 22, 2011 with The Reverend Robert
Herring, Sr. and Presiding Elder Henry E. Green as the guest speakers for
the early morning and mid-morning worship services.
The early morning worship at 8:00 am features the anointed Reverend
Robert Herring, Sr., as the worship preacher. Herring is the pastor of Mount
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church here in the city. Under his leadership,
Mount Bethel has experienced tremendous growth and expansion in their
facility, ministries and congregation.
The Rev. Henry Green, Jr., Presiding Elder of the Tampa District, will
be the speaker for the 11:00 a.m.service Church school will begin at 9:30
a.m. and include guest teachers. Everyone is invited to come and partici-
pate. The church is located at 5533 Gilchrist Road. Reverend F.D.
Richardson, Jr., pastor. Call 764-5992 for more information.
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, contact Julie Watson at 737-0012.
IMt. Lebanon Youth Celebration
Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Freddie Sumner,
Pastor, will be celebrating their Annual Youth Extravaganza beginning
Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 4 p.m. in The L.N.Yarber Multi-Purpose
Building. The events will begin with a Banquet. The Grand Finale" of the
evening, will be a Talent Show followed by Praise Dancing and a special
awards presentation. On Sunday May 15th, Mt. Lebanon Chnistian
Academy Ablaze, Class of 2011 will honor the graduates at their
Baccalaureate during 10:30 a.m. services. Class Theme: Steps toward a
Successful Future." On Thursday, May 26th at 5 p.m., Commencement
exercise and Reception will be held at the Church.
For further information, contact the church at 527-1762.
Call for volunteers for Cong. BrouWH's job fair
The 19th Annual Job And Resource Fair sponsored by Cong Corrine
Brown will be held Monday, May 23rd at the Prime Osborn Convention
Center from 8 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed in all capacities. For more
information, call 354-1652.
Historic Mt. Zion announces youth
Summer camp & Fellowship Day
Historic Mount Zion AME Church will host a Community Fellowship
Fun Day on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. at the church
located at 201 East Beaver Street. The day will meclude free food and fun
for all along with parking and security. hey are also accepting applications
for their Manners & Good Behavior Camp which begins June 13th,
This 9 week Etiquette Camp is held Monday thru Friday for Boys and
Girls ages 5 to 14. Campers will learn practical skills they may use imme-
diately at home, at school and in social situations. Call 355-9475 for more
New Stanton High School Class 1963
The New Stanton Sr. High Class of 1963 will meet the third Sunday of
each month at the Highland Branch Library, 1826 Dunn Ave. from 3:00
p.m. to 5:00p.m., Preparing for Class 50th Reunion, the year 2013. Contact
Gracie Smith Foreman 766-5221. No meetings will be held in June and
Anniversary Celebration at Mt. Bethel
Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church located at 1620 Helena Street,
will celebrate its' 145th Anniversary and 15th of its' Pastor, Dr. Robert E.
Herring, Sr. beginning Friday June 10th thru Sunday June 12th. For more
information, call the church at (904) 764-032.
Robert Mount Pisgah A.M.E.
Church celebrating Dual Day
The church family of Roberts Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church extend an
open invitation for the community to attend their Dual Day program on
May 22, 2011. The church is located at 1915 Jordan Rd. in Atlantic Beach
Florida. The Men's service starting at 11 a.m. will be led by Brother Charles
M. Jones of Greater Grant AME Church who will be speaking on "God's
Fisher's of Men". In the afternoon the celebration will continue with the
women at 3:30 p.m. with Evangelist Johnnie Mae Evans of Renewed Life
Ministries. Pastor Barbara Brown will conclude the day with "Strong
Christian Women Working Toward God's Kingdom". For more information
please call Walter Bell at 403-5101.
Evening of Grilling & Chilling with
Truth for Living Ministries
Truth for Living Ministries will present an Evening of Grilling and
Chilling at Truth Bible College on Monday, may 23rd from 6:30 8:30
p.m. Enjoy fun, fellowship, food, entertainment, music, dancing, gifts and
more. Be sure to bring your own lawn chairs. Drs. Leonard & Carolyn
Love, Pastors. For more information, email sherry@truthworshipcentertcom.
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is $189,000. The median age for a
mega churches' senior pastor is 49.
In a survey conducted by the
Leadership Network, churches with
week end attendance of 2,000 or
more provide their full-time staffers
with medical insurance. Ninety-
three percent of churches with week
end attendances of 1,000, or more,
offer their workers medical insur-
ance. Forty percent offer medical
coverage for employees' depend-
ents. Other benefits provided by a
majority of mega churches include
dental insurance, life insurance,
long-term disability insurance, a
retirement account and a technolo-
gy/cell phone allowance. Four in
five typically contribute to a retire-
ment plan for staff.
There are 1,210 Protestant
churches in the U.S. with a weekly
attendance of 2,000+. A recent sur-
vey showed average mega church
has a Sunday attendance of 3,585.
But not all mega churches are mega.
The survey found that only 16% of
mega churches had 5,000 people in
attendance on a Sunday. On aver-
age, an ordained Protestant pastor
serving a small congregation
received a median salary and hous-
ing package of $31,234.
by William Reed
Rock climbing walls, kids' spaces
that resemble small Disneylands,
bookstores and state-of-the-art
sound systems represent today's
Black church supersized. Black
mega churches draw huge numbers
of worshippers and receive millions
in collection plates. Black Mega
churches are corporate entities that
seek to service all the spiritual and
social needs of their communities.
Black mega churches' pastors are
major corporate CEOs shepherding
large business bases. Mega church-
es are characterized by congrega-
tions of from 10,000 to 25,000 and
spectacular buildings which house
sanctuaries, day-care centers, book-
stores, and health centers. Most
resound with crowds and activities
seven days a week, and own busi-
nesses, subdivisions, and separate
community activity buildings.
Almost all mega churches have TV
pastorates, feature high-tech video
along with foot-tapping music.
There are less than 50 nationwide,
but Dallas-based Bishop T.D. Jakes,
Houston's Kirby Caldwell, Atlanta's
Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar and
Charles E. Blake have grown their
memberships by preaching material
success and sales their books, festi-
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perity and turn their backs on the
struggle for civil rights.
The typical mega church is subur-
ban, has a total budget of over $5
million and often more than 50 full-
time staff. These churches tend to
have a charismatic senior minister
and an active array of social and
outreach ministries. The average
salary for a lead pastor in a mega
church is $147,000. Salaries for lead
pastors go as high as $400,000 to as
low as $40,000. Executive pastors at
churches that have a weekend atten-
dance of 2,000 or more persons
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Generally, staffing costs average
between 40 and 50 percent of many
churches' budget. A church with a
budget of $1-1.99 million provides,
on average, the senior pastor with a
salary of $91,000. The average
salary for a senior pastor at a church
with a $10 million, or more, budget
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Ma 19-25 2011
molested during their lifetimes.
some men felt they could or wanted
to give, Nelson said.
"Men want to know they have top
billing in your life, and for some,
they themselves are dealing with
trauma, bu there are corrqlicating
heavy lifting than most men are
willing to jump into and say 'Let
me rescue this sister.'"
That said, she added, black men
"really wanted to be engaged
in this project. They love us;
they want us back."
For many, the idea a black
woman can have a career, a
loving husband and a happy
home has been personified by
Generation Xers, those
between 35 and 44 years old -
and the largest group of
women were "the first gen-
eration of black women whose
mothers, were Baby Boomers
that prepared us for success
and achievement but without
messages that if you want-
ed love and family it should
hae equal priority," Nelson
Obama showed those
women what was possible.
Nelson said there will be a
comprehensive web site
linked to the book, which will
poiethe detailed studies
onwhich the book was based
because there was so much
data, she could not fit it all into the
And ultimately, she said, she
wants the book to be a source of
encouragement to black women
now and in the future, including her
two young nieces.
"I don't want them to have this
conversation 20 years from now,"
Nelson said. "I want us to stop
being wounded (as portrayed in
Ntozake Shange's play) 'For
Colored Girls.' We are more than
that. We can be more."
by Jackie Jones, BAW
Tired of seeing black women
dissed and dismissed, Sophia A.
Nelson decided to organize a group
of friends and set the record
sTh esult was I Am My Sister's
Keeper now iAsk Inc. an organ-
ization of women who shared their
life stories, accomplishments, joys,
struggles and hopes and provided
support and frankly, sisterhood.
Over time, Nelson decided to
commission statistical research
about black women and survey
1,000 professional black men and
women, whites and others to create
a more accurate picture of black
women and their place in society.
Out of the research came
Nelson's book, "Black Woman
Redefined Dispelling Myths and
Discovering Fulfillment in the Age
of Michelle Obama."
The groundbreaking national
study of college educated, profes-
sional black women revealed that
87 percent of the black female sur-
vey respondents credited First Lady
Michelle Obama with helping to
dispel negative stereotypes of
accomplished black women in
Further, the book revealed that
contrary to popular culture, profes-
sional black women are more
stressed out by financial responsi-
bilities and being part of the so-
called "sandwich generation" tak-
ing care of both children and aging
parents than they are about reports
that single, professional women are
less likely to be married.
Even though the book doesn't
officially hit bookstores until May
31, it is already on back orders on
Amazon.com, which has begun tak-
ing orders for the second printing,
And Essence magazine has made
the book which opens with an
open letter from Nelson to Michelle
Obama its cover feature.
"I wanted our young sisters in
their 20s particularly to see beauti-
ful images of themselves," Nelson,
a cultural and political critic, opin-
ion writer and former national
columnist for Jet magazine. told
The book comes on the heels of a Even more intriguing, she said,
recent article in Newsweek that was that the black men surveyed
analyzed the negative images of acknowledged that the hurt, anger
successful black women on TV and confusion that resulted from
areality"rshowses i.0.Nn eLeaeba oa treatment affectedwtheir rela-
Apprentice" as well as a Pepsi that "58 percent of black men
Super Bowl ad that portrayed a admitted to being the source of
black woman as a jealous, violent black women's pain."
girlfriend and an ABC network spe- ~1A group of black men in a
cial, "Why Can't a Successful, focus group that was part of
Black Woman Get a Man?" the research
More than half the
women in the survey
earned in excess o
$90,000 a year. O
that group, 41 per-
cent earned more
than $100,000 a year, P1
and all had at least a eta
bachelor's degree. A
majority of the
women had never
married or were cur-
rently single, accord-
ing to the survey.
ever, Nelson said nt
being in a relation- pp
ship was not the I
greatest stressor for
"Over 66 percent
black women saidth
the No. 1 stressor
their lives was not the
lack of romantic love /'
but financial pressure
... because many of u
are doing it on our
own," raising children
as divorced or single process sai J
mothers, while also "es, it is part of the
taking care of aging challenge as they have been
parents. abused or harmed and that they had
"We have to think about our old caused some of that hurt, but when
age and health and retirement, too," they finally found the woman they
Nelson said. "They're under pres- wanted to marry and raise children
sure to keep their jobs (which they with, there was such a barrier of
may not want) causing a lot of chal- pain and hurt" that it was difficult to
lenges that cause us to go inward build a relationship because it like-
instead of leaning on the sister- ly would take a greater investment
hood." of time, love and patience than
Nelson said she also was sur-
prised to learn that almost 50 per- Si ws PQ
cent of the women surveyed said S mo s
they had been sexually abused or
Luncheon chair Barbara Hopkins, scholarship honorees Michele
Kellebrew and Glenda Campbell-Williams and Chapter President
Jan Moore, Pearl Rigby and Karen Durham at the luncheo
n named in honor of Helen Bargeron at Shands Hospital.
Genes, not race, determine
donor kidney survival
by Dr. Tyeese Reid
Donated kidneys from black
donors do not last as long as those
from non-black donors, and new
research from Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center shows why.
The same gene that causes kid-
neys to stop functioning mn blacks is
now found to be responsible for the
failure of kidney transplants from
black donors. The organs are not
failing simply because of the
donors' race, but because those
individuals have differences in a
specific gene: APOL1, says Dr.
Barry I. Freedman, senior investi-
gator on the project.
The APOL1 gene is found in one
out of 10 African-Americans.
Kidney experts believe these
altered genes became common in
Africa because they protected peo-
ple from a parasite infection called
African Sleeping Sickness.
Africans without this altered
gene died, leaving behind a popula-
tion of Africans who continued to
pass on the gene.
"Researchers are hopeful that this
study can provide transplant doc-
tors with a better way to screen for
kidneys that have the best chance of
B. Vereen Chithriki, M.D.
Willam L.Cody M.D.
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tured speaker at the Jacksonville
Branch NAACP 46th Annual
Freedom Fund Awards Dinner. The
dinner will be held Thursday, June
23, 2011 at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center in Jacksonville,
Florida and begins at 7:00 pm.
Tickets are $60.00. For tickets or
more information, call 764-7578.
Lawrence in Concert
Comedian Martin Lawrence will
be in concert for one night only,
TU sd y, .un r23rd, in te Tines
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mation or call 1-877-356-8493.
Gala at UNF
There will be an Africa Night Gala
on Saturday, July 16th at the
University of North Florida. It will
be from 6 10 p.m. in the Student
Union Ball Room. The evening will
include authentic African cuisine
and music. There will also be door
prizes and a silent auction. For
more information, call 924-7444.
three day experience, attendees will
hear the great sounds of artists such
as Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock,
George Duke, Mavis Staples and
more. For a complete schedule,
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
June 2nd at 7 p.m. Call 632-5555.
Save the date for the 2011 Clara
White Mission 17th annual
"Miracle on Ashley Street Celebrity
Chefs & Servers" fundraiser. It will
be held on Friday June 3, 2011 at
11 a.m. and showcase some of the
city's top chefs at the Clara White
Mission for lunch. For more infor-
mation, call 354-4162.
until. Worship Service will be held
at the Greater Bethany Baptist
Church, 402 Stockton Street. All
former and present residents of
these communities are invited to
participate. For ore information,
contact Mildred Lunsford-Van
Buren at 764-3937.
Jacksonville Food Fight
The Jacksonville Food Fight will
be held on Thursday, June 9, 2011,
at the EverBank Field Touchdown
Club for Jacksonville's most excit-
evg tjt wl eatue S0 tsonvil
restaurants in friendly competition.
More than 1,200 guests attend to
taste everything they see accented
by hive music. The event which
raises funds for hunger. For tickets
CATS from Broadway
The touring Broadway production
of the musical CATS will be at the
Owners Association will present
their 2nd Annual Bid Whist
Tournament on Saturday, June
18th. Play will begin at 2 p.m. and
prizes will be awarded. Players and
non players are all welcome at the
American Beach Community
Center, 1600 Julia Street at
American Beach. There is a $15
registration fee and seafood dinners
will be available. For more infor-
mation, call 310-6696, e-mail
Amerbeachevents@aol.com or visit
Real Men Ball
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville will present the "Real
Men Ball" Basketball Tournament
on Saturday, June 18, 2011 in the
EWC Gymnasium from 9 a.m. 3
p.m. Tournament prizes range from
$250 $1000. For vendor informa-
tion or to register for the tourna
ment call 764-2445.
Morris Dees, Founder and Chief
Trial Attorney of the Southern
Poverty Law Center will be the fea-
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: FuB
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
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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
of '72 Boat Cruise
In honor of their 40th Reunion, the
Stanton Class of '72 will host their
2nd Reunion Party Boat Cruise
aboard the "Lady St John", May 21,
2011, at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $30
per person which includes food,
fun, cash bar, and great music as
they cruise down the St John River.
Tickets are available by e-mailing
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. Events include Jimmy
Hill and Angie Cleveland, a health
fair and variety of art in song,
dance, and the spoken word at the A
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ay and open to the public. Mark Green. For tickets or more Milon Town Reunion Performing Arts Moran Theater
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Festival 2011 Mixon Town neighborhoods. It will
Steve Harvey The annual Jacksonville Jazz be held 6/4 at the Johnson Center American Beach Bid
and Kirk Franklin Festival will be held May 26-29 in located at the corner of Jackson and Whist Tournament
The Gospel Comedy Tour starring the downtown area. Throughout the Chelsea St, beginning at 10 a.m. The American Beach Property
Legends Center opens its' doors on the Northside
M~iss Ribault goes to the prom
Shown above are Johnathan James, Miss Ribault Gabrielle
Roseberry and Sylvester Porter, James's grand-father. R. Porter; photo
Gentleman extraordinaire, Master Johnathan James, a junior at
Episcopal High School, promised and delivered a night to remember to
Ribault High School's Queen, Miss Gabrielle Roseberry. Adorned in com-
plimenting lime green attire, the two enjoyed a chauffer driven evening
that included a dinner at Red Lobster and the mardis-gras themed prom at
the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Family members proudly joined in
seeing the youngsters off who both are role models in their respective
schools and community.
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It is a common mistake to underestimate the will of a determined pop-
As a result, many black, white, Democrat and Republican citizens of
Jacksonville have decided that it is more important to come together
than to grow apart. And in doing so have begun to lay the foundation for
a change in attitude among its citizenry and perception of outside com-
As already demonstrated by the election of President Barack Obama,
the seating of Alvin Brown as mayor will user in an era of change. It will
also, like Obama, contain heavy doses of old fashion hatred and defi-
ance. The required patients for these challenges will demand even more
purpose and unity than the election itself.
This is clearly only the first step towards the progress Jacksonville has
been in dire need of for so many years. And in order to continue the
progress of change, the process must be consistent and just.
The torch has been passed and the stage has been set for Brown to lead
towards greatness. He cannot do it in one day. He cannot do it alone.
He'll you're your support, accountability and prayers to help make
Jacksonville the city we all know it can be.
Congratulations to Mayor-elect Alvin Brown.
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Halle Williams Bey previews one of the multi-purpose rooms.
Shown above at the Legends Center Grand Opening are Chief Marty Senterffitt (Emergency Preparedness Division), former Councilmember
King Holzendorf, Mayor John Peyton, RCS Dep. Dir. Kelley Boree, State Rep. Mia Jones, former council member Don Gaffney, Councilman
Reginald L. Brown, architect Steve Lusar and Sen. Tony Hil.
After three years of planning, local "I am confident that it will serve The Legends Center will provide wellness. The 35,000-square-foot
elected officials that had a part in its as a intergenerational hub where space for area residents to partici- multipurpose facility, which can
fruition, officially opened the children can find a safe haven and pate in recreational activities and also serve as an emergency shelter,
Legends Center, a new multi-use pleasant after school environment," community programs that will is equipped with a gymnasium, fit-
facility on the city's northside. said Rep. Mia Jones. focus on education and health and ness center, elevated walking track,
A young lady sits among the exercise equipment in the gym.
computer lab, class rooms, confer-
ence room, auditorium, restrooms,
locker rooms and a kitchen,
The Legends Center will be open
8 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through
Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on
Saturday. For additional informa-
tion about the Legend Center grand
opening call 630-CITY or visit
Continued from page 7
create jobs as executive director
of the White House Community
*Former advisor to Pres.Bill
*Former advisor for Urban
Policy to Vice President Al Gore
*Former advisor to late Secretary
Ronl Brown on Defense
"Alvin was working for the peo-
ple of Jacksonville when they did-
n't even know it," said Aikens. "He
is a fine young men I've admired
from day one and he is the one to
unite our .city. Alvin will be a peo-
Push to Destiny
"To God be the glory", were the
first words to his supporters after
fatefully entering the runoff with
front runner Mike Hogan. Standing
with his family by his side, he
humbly reignited his vision for
leading the city.
With less than a month to go
before the General Election to
select Jacksonville's next mayor,
the Brown campaign left no stone
unturned when it came to motivat-
ing Duval voters. His "Get Out to
Vote" campaign, commonly called
GOTV, made sure to access all
facets of the community. His events
included everything from a 3 on 3
basketball tournament for multiple
ages to bringing in renowned cul-
tural analysts Michael Eric Dyson.
Brown's "One city, one vision"
campaign slogan succeeded in unit-
ing all areas of the town. While he
overwhelmingly received the sup-
port of urban Jacksonville at least
50,000 white voters entrusted him
as well. The endorsements of the
usually conservative daily newspa-
per in addition to visits by Bill
Clinton, Al Gore, Andrew Young,
Martin Luther King, III, Bob
Johnson and more helped give him
the added attention needed to
H-Iis sival, career candidate Mike
Hogan, didn't pay much attention
to Brown's urban base. He refused
to attend community forms and
only publicly debated him once in a
televised forum. Late in the cam-
paign he visited the crime ridden
Eureka Gardens Apartment
Complex to talk to its' largely
minority population. It was
vote that put Alvin Brown over the
top in the close, highly contested
Driven by the mantra, "a better
Jacksonville for all", and a dedica-
tion to make the city "more than a
'pass through Brown is deter-
mined to unite all areas of our city.
After July 1, he will have his
chance to put his experience into
Shown above are Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Sigma Chapter found-
ing members (L-R) Alberta Bevel, Helen Bargeron and Barbara
Shuman. They were all honored at the luncheon. R. Porte,; photo
Members of Chi Eta Phi Sorority's
Sigma Chapter gathered last week-
end for their annual Helen
Bargeron Scholarship Luncheon.
Held at Shands Jacksonville, the
sorority (composed of nursing pro-
fessionals), paid homage to their
chapter's founding members in
addition to awarding scholarships
to deserving recipients.
Continued from page 2
These employment rates are cal-
culated differently from the top-
line unemployment rate, which
includes only those actively look-
ing for work, and inched back up
last month to 9 percent.
Heather Boushey, an economist
with the liberal Center for
American Progress, said it's not
just African-Americans who have
been hit particularly hard. It's also
other traditionally struggling
groups, such as ex-offenders and
those without a college degree.
"Anyone who would be last on
an employer's list to get a job is
really in bad shape" in the cur-rent
downturn, Boushey said.
And employers' hiring practices
may be making the problem worse.
Online job listings telling the
unemployed not to apply have pro-
liferated in recent years. The feder-
al government is currently probing
whether such listings illegally dis-
criminate against African
Americans, who are disproportion-
ately likely to be among the job-
Nonetheless, much of the media
has focused on the travails of edu-
cated white men--still a compara-
tively flourishing group--during
FRONT ROW: Ronna Keitt-Iglesas, Tanya Nunn, Walette Stanford, LaTisha Thompson, Shannon Perry, Bar English. Michelle Davis
Singleton, LaShanta Holliday. BACK ROW: LaTasha Fullwood, Nichole Rodgers, Sonja Armstrong, Joyce Couch, Shanel McKenzie, Deborn
Brown, Rita Scott, Vanessa McNair, Teresa Hockett, Robbin Bray, Janister Herr~ing and Kia Kemp.
The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack May 15, 2011 at the Glen Kernan guests included charter member er and also the Co-Chair for the
and Jill of America inducted new Golf & Country Club. Betty Asquie-Davis, chapter father Aulxiliary.
mothers into the organization last Mothers were presented by their President Shauna Allen, and Tim All members were precsent to wel-
weekend. A ceremony was held on husbands and or escorts. Special Brown who was the key note speak- come the new members.
Alvin Brown makes history
Chi Eta Phi honors founders,
J &CK & J111 iu Gucts Ia ew traembsers
May 19-25, 2011
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A.B. with Cong. Corrine Brown and Rev. H.T. Rhim
City's First Family Santhea and Alvin Brown
A.B. addressing reporters after finding out he will be in a runoff
A.B. greets Bishops Rudolph McKissick Jr., and
Rudolph McKissick, Sr. of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
A.B. and Michael Eric Dyson
A.B. with the Jacksonville Stars Dance Troupe
A.B. with supporter Ty~rone Townsend
Shown above is the winning team of the 3 on 3 Basketball team, an
innovative campaign event: William Harmon, Anthony Nixon, Dennis
Hodges, Alvin Brown, Richard Love and Coach McBride.
Shown above local politicos (L-R) Mayoral hopeful Warren Lee,
Cong. Kendrick Meek, Sen. Tony Hill and Alvin Brown joining Meek
during his campaign stop in Jacksonville during his bid for Senate.
Alvin Brown, State Rep. M~ia Jones and former Vice President Al
Gore during Gore's visit to endorse Brown in Jacksonville.
On the campaign trail with Steve Irvine and Audrey Moran
Willye Dennis, A.B. and Ronnie Ferguson
The city of Jacksonville use to
popularly claim the slogan, "the
bold new city of the south". To
many of its minority citizens, that
meant unspoken racism and a histo-
ry of the "good ol' boy" priorities in
practice. This week voters made the
decision to take a step it's never
made before with the election of
Alvin Brown as Mayor.
Some people thought it was a joke,
not taking the homegrown talent
seriously when he decided he was
going to run for Mayor. But Alvin
Brown didn't pay any attention to
naysayers. With a burning desire
for public advocacy that flamed
back over a decade ago with a failed
attempt to unseat Cong. Corrine
Brown, he kept his eye on the prize.
This week that path to destiny
came into fruition. Brown's under-
dog campaign which flourished at
the infighting of republican candi-
dates will make him the first
African-American mayor in the
city's history and the first Democrat
in nearly twenty years.
A professed self made man, our
next Mayor "worked his way up by
the bootstraps". Unlike previous
mayors blessed with a silver spoon
and the anointing of friends in high
places. Brown attributes his suc-
cesses to the blessings of God, a
supportive family and hard work.
He unashamedly tells you he
attended public schools and worked
his way through college by wor-king
His storied path includes a myri-
ad of connections to the conmon
citizen from attending HBCU
Edward Waters College and pledg-
ing Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity to
managing billion dollar budgets
affecting millions of citizens in
America. His work in the Clinton-
Gore administration garnered so
much respect, the world leaders vis-
ited Jacksonville to stomp on his
behalf during his mayoral cam-
A man of promise
All that know him personally
speak a profound respect for him
and his work.
Mentor and friend Dr. Chester
Aikens met Brown decades ago
while a student at EW;C. He along
with councilman Reggie Brown
were both pledging a fraternity and
came to Aikens for guidance.
"You knew back then he was
someone special." Said Aikens.
When Aikens headed the selection
committee for a new president of
the Jacksonville Urban League, he
reluctantly had to back present
director Dr. Richard Danford for the
"Alvin would have been great for
the job then, but I knew with all of
his potential he was destined for
much more," Aikens says proudly.
Their friendship has lasted for
decades and included his support in
his campaign against Cong. Corrine
Brown and professional guidance
throughout the years.
Brown's impressive professional
experiences has included:
- Managed $4 billion initiative to
Continued on page 9
Mayor John Peyton and A.B. with Rabbi Mathison
The Brown family with billionaire Bob Johnson
May 1 5, 2
Biggie 's Son Gets $20 Weekly
Allowance Fromt Momt Faith- The son
of slain rap icon Notorious B.I.G. sees $20 per
week from his Hollywood paychecks, thanks to
t mom Faith Evans who rules the purse strings.
Christopher "CJ" Wallace, 14, made his big
screen debut in 2009's "Notorious," starring as
Sthe younger version of his father in a biopic
About the slain rapper. This month, he returns to
theaters opposite Will Farrell in the dark come-
dy "Everything Must Go."
Wallace admits he never considered acting as a career until his grandma'
Voletta Wallace, urged him to try out for the "Notorious" part a role
which proved to be a learning experience in more ways than one.
"I didn't really want to do it, but I did it anyway," he says. "After I got it'
I found out stuff that I didn't even know about my dad."
The youngster is now planning to study film at college and will enroll in
his first acting course later this year.
Alicia Keys says home wrecker talk has got to stop
After Alicia Keys and now husband Swizz Beatz got together, there was
just a little fuss about the singer being a possible home wrecker. In fact,
many praised the union and totally dismissed the n
producer's previous marriage.
But now that things are on recovery mode 6
from (his) divorce, the whispers that eventually "la
turned in to screams needed to be addressed.
The singer opened up in Essence magazine
about why she won't claim that kind of fame.
"We didn't start seeing each other until months..
after they had separated," Keys told Essence. "I /
was aware of all the false things that were being
said about me it definitely hurt." C
Things weren't exactly pretty when the two got
together. The now settled M~ashonda used all of
her might to ensure the world saw Keys as the devil she thought she was.
She blamed the singer for destroying her family.
But things are better between the two mothers and they've accepted each
other's roles in their children's lives.
Kid Rock fulfills goal of donaktintg $50k
In keeping with his philanthropic efforts and maintaining his NAACP
status of a good helper in the community, Kid Rock donated $10,000 to
five community organizations in order to fulfill a promise he made at the
Shreki the Musical performs before sell out
CTOwd The world's most famous fairytailed ogre Shrek head-
lined his own musical and most famous Ogre fairytaled into
Jacksonville's for "Shrek the Musical" at the Florida Time Union
for a sellout performance. Shown above enjoying the show was
Winston Peele and mom JuCoby Pittman-Peele. The smile on his
face says it all Shrek is still a winner!
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 11
Cash Money re-releasing
Iceberg Slim series
Cash Money Content and Atria life on the streets of Southside
Books will re-release "Pimp: The Chicago, where he was born, raised
Story of My Life", an autobiograph- and initiated into the pimp game.
ical novel from bestselling author, Written in authentic Chicago street
Iceberg Slim. Pimp: The Story of slang, Slim brings to life personal
My Life, the debut novel from tales of death, drug and jail. The
Iceberg Slim, (aka Robert Beck) was novel takes you into Slim's shocking
first released in 1969, world with vivid detail that
and emerged as the I, ,JI~~~;P /~ you can nearly smell, taste
definitive chronicle ofd BPse B and feel his experiences.
street life, selling 2.5 I-clga "Pimp' shows the intelli-
million copies. --nl gence of a hustler who
The book is the first- B1ILegEf 11 from age 18 to 40 con-
ever look inside the ....... trolled manipulated and
underground world of brutalized women, becom-
Black pimps, a world ing the nation's most noto-
still alive and well rious Pimp.
today. As a brutally In 1960 after several
hns trtle wrote about the world J1 10 months in solitary con-
of a ruthless hustler, a finement, Slim made the
world he knew all too well, Slim decision to abandon the pimp life. In
became the originator of urban street 1969 with a wife and kids to feed,
literature. Slim folded his life into the pages of
Similar to rap lyrics, Slim's words "Pimp: The Story of My Life" Slim
explore a subculture of the inner city was catapulted into the public eye as
underworld. Brothers Bryan "Baby" a new American hero, known for
Williams and Ronald "Slim" speaking the truth whether that truth
Williams of Cash Money Records was ugly, sexy, rude or blunt. Slim
new book imprint Cash Money died at age 73, one day before the
Content have acquired the rights to Los Angeles riots. Iceberg Slim's
Iceberg Slis entire catalogue of seven novels have earned more than
books and will release all seven nov- 7 million dollars. Cash Money
els from the series. Content will re-release all seven
"Pimp" is the story of Iceberg Slim novels from Iceberg Slim.
unprecedented numbers. think mostly-Black casts would
When it comes to scripted TV abound, right? Not so.
shows, is it better to be in the mix When it comes to the major net-
or be the whole enchilada? works AMC, CBS, NBC, FOX and
In the 90s, all-Black casts, pre- THE CW, here's the not-so-good
dominantly-Black ensembles, and news: there are far fewer brown
casts with Black main characters faces on each show. The good
were everywhere on network TV's news: we abound, alright, on many
primetime dramas and comedies: more shows overall. From Grey's
Good Times, The Jeffersons, The Anatomy to Gossip Girl, from SVU
Cosby Show, A Different World, to CSI, from Desperate
Martin, Eve, Living Single, Housewives to Parenthood and
Everybody Hates Chris, many more, African-Americans are
Girlfriends. And though I'd like to sprinkled throughout current
forget Malcolm and Eddie and ensemble casts in unprecedented
Homeboys in Outer Space, they numbers.
represented too. Only cable channels BET and%
Niel~ie'Efecently rep~i~ted t t Si``~` iFi~ have Il'N'don~nhanil Blackc'
African-Americans have the high- casts in full effect: BET's The
est TV-watching rate in comparison Game, Let's Stay Together, the
to other ethnicities. That average is upcoming Reed Between the Lines;
7 hours 12 minutes each day-- TBS' Tyler Perry juggernauts just-
above the national average of 5 cancelled House of Payne, Meet
hours 11 minutes. the Browns and upcoming For
With so much tube time, you'd Better or for Worse.
recent Fight for Freedom Fund dinner where he
Rock, a suburban Detroiter whose real name
is Robert Ritchie, presented the checks to lead-
ers of the Mlosaic Youth Theater of Detroit,
Youthville Detroit, Friends of Belle Isle,
Habitat for Humanity and the Detroit
"I'm just happy I can do it," said Rock, who
donned glasses, a Wrangler jean jacket and a cap emblazoned with the
words "Made in Detroit" during an event at City Hall .
-- The N.LACP's decision to honor Rock at its May dinner caused some
contn\rate~rq leuue he sometinki ly~ es the Confederate battle flag as a
backdrop at concerts. But Detroit's Mayor Dave Bing said Rock works
hard for the beleaguered city.
"Here's a guy that's Detroit through and through," Bing said. "Whether
it's here locally, regionally or globally, I always see him promoting
Detroit. We need more people like this who just care about people."
Jermaine Jackson pays ex 80K to settle
child support Jermaine Jackson has settled his
child support drama with ex-wife Alejandra by fork
ing over $80,000 in overdue payments.
Alejandra first took the singer to court in 2009 after /
he failed to pay support for their two children, a
Jermajesty and Jaffar.
Jermaine finally put the legal tussle to rest after
agreeing on a settlement with Alejandra last month
and paying her approximately $80,000, according to court documents filed
this week and obtained by TMZ. The couple married in 1995 and Jermaine
filed for divorce in 2004.
Shown above are some t.v. favorites: 227, Everybody Hates Chris,
Girlfriends and Good Times
Back in the day, you could turn to
just about any major TV network
and see predominantly- or all-
Black casts on primetime shows.
Now, those casts have .. well, just
about faded to black. Game over,
Turn on the small screen today.
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peep mostly-white ensembles, with
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Missionary Baptist Church where Dr. Herb Anderson is Pastor Pastor, held a fund raiser and community carnival to raise funds for much need-
ed supplies. Shown above in attendance are Angela Hudson, Azaria Joyner, Evelyn Fuller, Cutrina Brown, Ann King, Brandon Smith, Udell
Weatherington, Nigel Brown, Nadia Brown, Shayla Martin, Vera Davis, Jordan Thomas, Signy Moreland, Donnisha Gainers, Fay Moreland,
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Lester becomes first Black Grand Am winner
Bill Lester became the first I a
black driver to win a Grand-Am
Road Racing event, teaming with ~r
Jordan Taylor to top the Rolex
Series' GT class Saturday in the .
Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia
nWe're ecstatic," Lester said.
nEverything came together for us.
We knew at the beginning of the ~ CQ _ls5
season that this team had a lot of
The breakthrough victory in the ~1'~ B L
Autohaus Motorsports Chevrolet
Camaro came in the hometown of
auto racing pioneer Wendell Scott,
the only black driver to win
NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
"'Tm sure that the Scott family
would be happy about what I was
able to accomplish," Lester said. "I
actually spent some time at the 1da3;1
Scott residence in Danville and
saw Wendell's old garage and sat
in one of his race cars. It was quite
an honor for me." FMP photo
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May 19-25, 2011
Marleine Bastien, left, and other legal officials, on the right, listen as
Claudine Magloire, center, an U.S. permanent resident, talks about her fiance,
Wildrick Guerrier, during a press conference in Miami.
The government is giving Haitian
immigrants who fled their island
nation after last year's devastating
earthquake more time to live and
work in the U.S. legally while their
The Department of Homeland
Security said it was extending a
temporary protective status for
qualified Haitian immigrants for
another 18 months. It was due to
expire in July for at least 48,000
Homeland Security officials said
in a statement that Haitian immi-
grants who have "continuously
resided" in the U.S. since Jan. 12,
2011, will also be eligible for the
protection. The rule had previously
applied only to immigrants who
arrived in the immediate aftermath
of the devastating earthquake.
city had violated his civil rights and
found two police officers liable for
intentional infliction of emotional
distress by denying his right to gain
access to DNA evidence.
For his trouble, Newton was
awarded $18.5 million in damages,
the largest compensation sum of its
kind ever awarded -- $96 for every
hour of the 22 years he spent in
prison. Newton's lawyers argued
that the city had shown a reckless
disregard for Newton's rights
because the system for safeguard-
ing DNA evidence and a defen-
dant's access to it was slipshod.
But last week, federal judge Shira
A. Scheindlin took away Newton's
compensation, ruling that Newton
had not proved that any city
employees "withheld evidence in
deliberate contravention or disre-
gard of his right to due process."
Showing of negligence was not
enough, she wrote in her opinion.
"Newton's due process claim can-
not be sustained absent proof that a
city official acted with the requisite
constitutional culpability in with-
Scheindlin noted that the courts
"repeatedly granted Newton the
right to test the DNA evidence," but
it took years for the police to find
the rape kit.
According to her 31-page deci-
sion, the city did not intentionally
violate his civil rights. "It is not
enough for Newton to have shown
that the city's post-trial evidence
management system is disorgan~
ized. As disturbing as such negli-
gence may be, in the end that is
what it is: mere negligence."
"I'm totally shocked," Newton
told the News after the decision
came down. "The city's saying I'm
not entitled to anything, and no one
has to answer for what happened to
me anymore. ... This is the last
thing I expected." Newton's lawyer
says he plans to appeal the decision.
Meanwhile, a case against the state
is still pending.
By Stacey Patton
In 1985 Alan Newton, a Bronx
man, was convicted for rape, rob-
bery, and assault and was impris-
oned for 22 years of a 40O-year sen-
tence before being cleared by DNA
evidence and finally released in
2006. Four years later, thanks to lit-
igation support from the Innocence
Project, a Manhattan Federal
District Court jury ruled that the
$18.5M Iawsuit taken from wrongfully convicted man
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