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Hopkins becomes oldest
boxing champion at 46
MONTREAL Bernard Hopkins became the
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last weekend from Jean Pascal at the age of 46.
Hopkins (52-5-2) broke the age record set by
George Foreman in a heavyweight title victory
over Michael Moorer in 1994. Hopkins won at 46 years, 4 months, 6
days. Foreman was 45 years, 10 months.
"I won't retire until I'm 50," Hopkins said.
He won the WBC, IBO and The Ring magazine titles from the 28-year-
old Pascal (26-2-1), the Montreal fighter who was making his fifth
defense. The bout was a rematch of their Dec. 18 draw in Quebec City.
Hopkins will next fight Chad Dawson (30-1).
Herman Cain officially throw$
his hat in the presidential rmng
The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza and Tea
Party favorite Herman Cain, has officially entered -
the 2012 GOP race. The man who famously said,
"Don't condemn me because the first black one was I
bad," has tossed his hat into the ring. The
announcement by the businessman, author and talk I ~
radio show host that he was joining the expanding .
Republican field came after months of traveling I
around the country to introduce himself to voters.
The 65-year-old will see if he can use that grass-roots enthusiasm to turn
a long-shot campaign into a credible bid. Cain supports a strong nation-
al defense, opposes abortion, backs replacing the federal income tax with
a national sales tax and favors a return to the gold standard.
He lost a three-way Republican U.S. Senate primary bid in Georgia in
2004 with one-quarter of the vote. His "Hermanator" political action
committee has taken in just over $ 16,000 this year. Cain has said he's run-
ning "a bottoms-up, outside-the-box campaign."
Casino and cable mogul
Don Barden passes
Don Barden, the first African American to own
a Las Vegas casino and the first to own a major
cable TV franchise, has died.
He started Barden Cablevision and 1979 and
transformed it into one of the nation's biggest
black-owned businesses, selling it in 1994 to Comcast. Then, in 2001, he
became the first black person to own a Las Vegas casino (Fitzgeralds).
Barden's casino empire included the Majestic Star company; two casi-
no boats in Gary, Ind.; and Fitzgerald casinos in Las Vegas, Tunica,
Miss., and Black Hawk, Colo. "I want to leave a legacy," he continued.
"I want to have a company that will go on for many years after I'm gone,
which has not often been the case among most African-American busi-
nesses." Barden, who was fighting lung cancer, was 67.
Jill Scott shares how she shed 50 pds
Well it's almost like Jennifer Hudson take two, but Jill Scott hasn't got
that far yet! The singer and actress has recently lost an
incredible 501bs to become her thinnest in over 20 years.
The 'Shame' singer, who is gearing up to the release of her
first album in four years, is fighting fit.
To help shift the weight, Scott has enlisted the help
of a personal trainer but has claimed that she's not a
fan of working out.
Scott, who gave birth to her son Jett Hamilton
Roberts in April 2009, said: "Anything that makes
me feel like I'm not working out. We go outside and
throw footballs, go for walks".
The 39-year-old is keen to focus on the future and her
son. She said: "I'm past caring about some things that
never mattered in the first place and I'm in love with my
Black moms say no to breastfeeding
Only about 58% of Black mothers ever breast- feed compared to 81%
of Latino and 76% of white mothers. After a year, almost half of Latino
and white momns are still at it while only 13% of Black momns continue to
breast-feed. Compared to bottle-feeding, breast-feeding baby can save a
family about $1,500 in the first year.The issue of breast-feeding is a sen-
sitive one in the African-American community especially given high
rates of premature and low-birth weight babies born to Black mothers.
Studies show reasons for the persistently low rates of breastfeeding
among Black women are not well understood. Black women return to
work faster than white women and more often work at places not sup-
portive of breastfeeding. Income too is indicator of willingness to breast
feed, with higher income families more likely to breastfeed.
The American Pediatric Society has a goal of 90% of babies being breast
feed for the first year of life. First: Lady Michelle Obama has been cam-
paigning for more breast-feeding around her initiatives on childhood
obesity. Breast-fed babies result in slimmer children. Last week, the IRS
finally agreed to allow 2010 taxes to reflect the costs of pumps and milk
Volume 24 No. 32 Jacksonville, Florida May 26 June 1, 2011
2 PaRic, igHOrance mark
~ U.S. debt ceiling debate
OAiS tj''C QLAiLITY BLACt K WEEK t~,L Y 50 Cents
By Charles D. Ellison
WASHINGTON It may not
have showed up in a reality show
and it certainly wasn't the pick of
the week on "American Idol," but it
was important enough to further
rattle ravenous market speculators
and red-eared lawmakers on
Capitol Hill still playing chicken:
On May 16, the national debt hit its
ceiling then kept on moving past
At occasional briefings, press con-
ferences and lectures, U.S.
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy
Geithner appeared as batty as a
heartbroken mad scientist.
"I have written to Congress on
previous occasions regarding the
importance of timely action to
increase the debt limit in order to
protect the full faith and credit of
the United States and avoid cata-
strophic economic consequences
for citizens," said Geithner, last
week. in yet another letter to
Congress, looking as grim-faced
and aged as Professor Lime in the
hit sci-fi series "Fringe." "I again
urge Congress to act to increase the
statutory debt limit as soon as pos-
But, as with most political and
economic crises these days, life
goes on. While the Treasury made
dramatic moves on the day the debt
peaked by temporarily divesting
itself from two major government
pension funds, the news didn't
seem to hit the American public
Continued on page 5
Show~n (L.-R) is Roslyn Phiips looking~ on ats Cong. C`orr-ine Bro~n
gives resume adv-ice to Azya .Moore as4 Jaclie G;ra! obscris.
Thousands of job seekers joined Congresswoman Corrine Brown for her
annual Job Fair Monday at the Prime Osborne Convention Center. 110
companies were in attendance, many giving on the spot interviews. Some
companies said they have hundreds of positions to fill. Among them are
CSX, Walmart, Northrop Grlumman and local hospitals, including Shanlds
Jacksonville Medical Center and St. Vincents Medical Center. meyearlr ~
Shown above is IMayor-Elect Alvin Brownt with Mayor John Peyton in the Mayor's offices at City Hall.
Less than twenty-four hours from
finding out he would be our necxt
Mayor, Alvin Brown went to work.
After declivering his winning
address on the steps of C`ity H-all,
Brown, met with Mayor Jlohn
Peyton for a private discussion. Hie
The Bold City Chapter of the
Links, Inc. welcomed their 12th
class of Links into their bond of sis-
terhood last weekend at the Hyatt
Hotel. The occasion marked the
only new members into the Links,
Inc. this year in Jacksonville.
Marsha Oliver and Cynthia
Griffmn joined the chapter in a fes-
tive celebration rich with tradition
and ceremony. Following their for-
mal welcome, the two new Links
were showered with a bevy of` gills
from their new sisters along with
their official tokens of expression
from the chapter.
Membership into the international
women's service organization is by
invitation only. Prior to their indluc-
tion, the two initiates planned alnd
executed their own service project
targeting childhood obesity. T'hey
also underwent a two month educa-
tion process involving all chapter
"I couldn't be more delighted in
welcoming these two young ladies
into our chapter." said chapter
President Riuth Waters.
was greeted to the Mayor's
Chambers with a "Welcome to City
Campaigning under the mantra
of "One vision, onec city". 13rown
plans on~ working to unite the city.
The Malyor-elect is open~ to bridlging
the: gap of his narrow but potent
2,000 vote lead. "I sat down with
Mike H-ogan last week. I am willing
to work with anybody. I will meet
with top supporters in the commu-
nit-y. I want to be the mayor for
everyone, no matter what side of
town you're on", says Brown.
In regards to the streamlined city
budget, Brown vows to start with
himself. "We will definitely be
streamlining the city. I will cut my
salary 20% and will not take a pen-
sionl," Brown said. :nr. iiustin phorei
* e a e
Shown ar~e newly inducted mecmber~s of thae Bold City Chatpter of L inks: (,- R) Martlsha O)livers Chaspter
President Ruth Waters and Cynthia Gr~iffin.
change the lives
of local young
men one tie
at a time
not just a
30 days to installation and Alvin Brown already at work
W05R MOEYIB M MT ~TE RS
How Much Do I Need to Ret ire?
Be Prepared Disability Always Strikes Unexpectedly
D id you k now...
-Florida ranks third in the nation in the number of
reported AIDS cases.
-Blacks comprise 15 percent of the adult popula-
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percent of HIV cases.
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Page 2 Ms Perry's Free Press
May 26 June 2, 2011
Your visual "package" is Is
Y~~I~ imlportant~ inl the initial stages of
netw\orkiing as all of that inl'onna-
tion and talent wrapped up inside.
Jolm Mollov,. author of Dress for Success, writes that
90 per-cent of how you present yourself is vlisual.
Your appearance anld demeanor comnuunicate who
you are. your level of self-assurace, and your abili-
ty~ to interact.
Your ability to present yourself as a professional
determnines whether or not people are drawn to you
or comlpelled to flee. H-av~e you ever noticed how a
gathering gravitates away from those who are obvii-
ously- out-of-plaice. while it tends to move toward
and surround those w:ho shine?
There is nothing wrong with asserting your own
unique fashion sense. as long as you don't mind
being the topic of conversation rather than the leader
of it. A tip that I've heard often is that you should
dress for the position that you one day hope to attain.
Tlhatl is pretty much what I began doing when I was
still a janiltor but wanted to be an executive. Sure, mny
bniefense contained nothing more thlan T'he New
York Tlimes, mly dictionary, and a cheese sandwich,
but they didn't know that on the subway-
Howev;er. more than grooming and clothing goes
into your personal presentation:
- Your manners Your posture -Your eye contact
They all come into play. NetwYorkinlg events are out
of necessity quickie hits--and smoking, drinking too
much. talking while you are eating, making sarcastic
conulnents. or displaying any other improper behav-
ior can leave a lasting bad impression.
Bottom Line: Relax and enjoy yourself at net-
working events. You'll never make a good impres-
sion if you are stressed out.
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
"I tell most people that they will
need to save enough to generate
80% of their current income for
retirement. They have to take into
consideration future inflation, taxes
and health care costs. Then we map
out a plan to get them there.
Unfortunately, most people don't
have a clue about hlow much they
will need financially to retire,"
comments TIheron Cyrus, Wealth
Manager and CEiO of Cyrus asset
Ilowy mu1c~h mIoneCy do you need to
retire: comfortably? T'he answer is
not as daunting or as f'ar out of
reach as it may seem. The most
common ways to get the answer are
to either work with u financial advi-
sor, such as Mr. Cyrus, or to do the
calculations yourself. Either way,
you are going to have to think about
your retirement plans and make
some realistic assumptions about
Thinking about you and your fam-
ily's future, answer the following
What is a realistic age for you to
retire?_ Think about your cur-
rent and future job situation,
your health and your desire to con-
tinue to work fillltime.
What is our longevity?
H~ow matny yars do you estimate
that you will live in retire-
ment? Thinjlk about y'our parents.
siblings and firnily's longevit.
- What percenltage of your current
income w\ill you neoed in retire-
A lot w'ill depenld onl how
aIctivc yo(u arne inre~tirement.t Somle
people plain onl traveling. others
will do volunteer work and others
will work part-time.
What is your estimate of long
term inflation?_ Over the past
40 years inflation (CPI)
has averaged about 4.5%/;. Over the
past 5 years it has been in
the 2.5-3.5%/ ra~nge-
What is your estimate of your
future investment returns? Is
your investment risk tolerance
conservative, moderate, aggressive
or somewhere inbetween? Over
the past 70 years eqluities (stocks)
have averaged between 8-11%
What do You have Now?
What is the current value of assets
that can be designated for your
retirement plan? How much is
being contributed to them current-
ly? This would include the follow-
Employer retirement plans-
Look at your annual benefit state-
Defined Contribution plans such
as 401K and 403B.
Social Security- Look at your
Other Retirement Plans such as
IRA, SEP, and Keogh's.
Other Investments such as bro-
kerage and savings accounts real
If you work with a financial advi-
sor. the advisor can calculate an
estimate of your retirement income
and project whether you will
achlieve your retirement goal. If
you do it yourself. there are a num-
ber of retirement calculators avail-
able on the web that can help with
your estimalte. Consider looking at
w~ w~ w mon Ie y en n. com .
Overcoming a Shortfall
Overcoming a retirement income
shortfall can be done in several
ways. Each has its own benefits
-Extend your Retirement date-
This increases the number of years
of contributions and it
reduces the number of years
required to fund your ret ire -
-Save and invest more- Increase
contributions to retirement plans
-Increase the investment return-
Depending on the retirement time
horizon, consider the use of asset
allocation to increase investment
Continue ~working- Consider
working part time during retire-
Lower the retirement income
needed- Consider options such as:
moving to a lower cost retire-
ment location; living in a less afflu-
ent neighborhood; alterna-
tive housing arrangements, etc.
Determining how much you need
to retire is the first step towards a
successful retirement. Without that
knowledge, there is strong possibil-
ity that you will not achieve your
retirement goal. If your financial
position is not where you want it to
be, you must take control and make
Michael G. Shinn, CFP, Registered
Repr-esentative and Investment
Adviser Repr~esen tative of and secu-
r~ities offer-ed through Financial
Neavtork lInvestmlent Corporation,
member SIPC. Misit www~shinnfi-
nancial.coml for more information
or' to send your comments or ques-
tions to shinnm~lfinancialnet-
wsorkX.coml. C Michael G. Shinn
By Jason Alderman
Studies have shown that
Americans of all ages are more
likely to become disabled in a
given y-ear than to die. and necarly
a third are likely to suffer a serious
disability between 35 and 65.
People often buy~ life insurance to
protect their fmlies. but it usually
only pays a benefit upon death,
Workers' compensation pays bene-
fits onlyl if your disability: is job-
related. And Social Securidty covers
sev-erely disabled people. but qluali-
fying is difficult and the benefits
paid are relatively- small.
Bottom line: Should you become
seriously disabled and unable to
work. y:ou could easily wipe out
your savings pa~rticularly if` you
don't have a spouse: or palrtner to
support you. Beforel~ you actua;lly
need it. investigate whatl sorts of
disability covecrage: you already
have and what other options you
Many companies offer sick leave
and/or short-ternn disability cover-
age to reimburse employees during
brief periods of illness or injury.
Some also provide long-tenn dis-
ability (LTD) insurance that
replaces a percentage of pay for an
extended period of time. Check
with your Human Resources
department to see if you qlualify~ for
any of these benefits.
E3ven if your emlployer provides
CLTD, consider purchasing a~ddition-
al coveralge, since employecr-pro-
vided plans usually replace only 40
to 65 percent of pay and it's consid-
ered taxable income. But be pre-
pared: LTD insurance can be
expensive, depending on plan fea-
tures. your age, and whether you
have preexisting conditions.
Ask if your employer's plan
allows you to buy supplemental
coverage (their rates are likely
cheaper) and check whether any
professional or trade organizations
y-ou belong to offer group coverage.
A few LTD considerations:
Policies that pay benefits only if
you can't perform duties of your
OWN occupation are usually more
extpensive than those thalt only pay
if y.ou can't perfonu the duties of
ANY job for which you are realson-
The longer the: awaiting period
before you're eligible fo~r beneflits.
the lowe.r the premiuml cost.
Some policies only pay! benefits
for twvo years. while others provide
lifelong benef`its most covecr somel-
w~here inl between. Tlhe shorter the
te~nn, the lower the cost.
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Things Brown should
have said but couldn't
By Noval Jones
With the vote counting drama of last week's mayoral election over, Mayor-
elect Alvin Brown emerged from City Hall to address supporters and the
media for the first time. And he didn't disappoint either. He was humble, con-
soling and motivating.
Yet you can't help but wonder, with all of the theater surrounding the elec-
tion, what might have been on the minds of Brown and many of his campaign
gurus. In a spirit of unity, Brown has been careful not to show any signs of
gloating throughout this entire process. However, if he could, what might he
I can't say for sure but I think it might have gone a little something like
To my dear family, friends, supporters and the citizens of Jacksonville, I
would like to thank you for this opportunity to serve as your next mayor.
However, I would be negligent if I didn't send out a special thank you to
some very special people and groups who helped make this victory possible.
First, I would like to say thank you to local Tea Party supporters who not
only endorsed but also encouraged my opponent to take an extremist
approach to governing. Without your right-wing fanaticism many of the elec-
torate may have simply voted party line. Your rhetoric was even too ven-
omous for some conservatives who believe in a far right-of-center ideology.
You tried to paint me as a tax and spend liberal even after my opponent him-
self proclaimed I am a conservative Democrat (by the way, we had that on
tape). Feel free to continue holding on to your semi-racist philosophy while
the rest of us are working to unify and help our city reach its highest poten-
tial through education anld economic development.
Next, I'd like to thank Governor Rick Scott for endorsing my opponent.
Your pr~o-business at all cost ideology was surely the kiss of death for his
campaign. In case: you hadn't figured it out, Jacksonville voters know that an
educated workforce equals a better economy. That whole cutting education
lin gin ill nm eof tx b eks anedoucd s uatosy fo u Inessj
sessilon behind you, many people have taken notice of your arrogance and
don't like it. You hav~e basically communicated to the citizens of Florida that
if youI'reL not1 a so-called Tea Party supporter, your ideas won't matter. The
good people of Jacksonville sensed your extreme dictator like approach to
governing anld were. quite frankly, frightened that it might manifest itself
locallly in my opponent. Enough is enough. We are here to build bridges. We
may sometimes agree to disagree. However, we will be respectful in our
approach to govern and your philosophy and style has alienated too many of
our har~d wYorking citizens. Thank you again for adding a few more nails to
mly opp)onentI's cofflin. Withlout your endorsement he may have been able to
find his way closer to the conservative middle.
Last but not least, I'd like to thank my opponent Mike Hogan for just being
himself, a plain old empty suit. Your no debate strategy was brilliant (for me).
I guess you figured that since you had no vision for the city of Jacksonville
there would be nothing to talk about. Fortunately for me, Jacksonville voters
are more sophisticated than the Republican strategy of old. You know the
one, label someone a "'liberal" then sit back and watch the votes roll in. Well,
while you were rnmning commercials pointing out things that had nothing to
do with me, I was out talking with people and meeting them in their sur-
roundings. I listened and got to know their concerns. I attended events and
felt the passion and pride of diverse Jacksonville communities. I was earning
Now I suppose that if you had a second chance you might do things a lit-
tle different. You might not call out your moderate conservative friends and
label them "limousine liberals." I'm sure you realize by now that they had
money too and knew how to spend it (on me). You might come to conclusion
that people do want a vibrant downtown. After all, every growing, thriving
city has one. If you could turn back the hands of time, you might have attend-
ed that rael relations debate. That one might have come in handy to help
illustrate your sensitivity to Jacksonville's poor and most vulnerable citizens,
instead of that staged zombie-walk through Etueka Garden.
And I'm sure that you know by now Mr. Hogan that ideas matter and our
electorate is smart enough to realize that as well. They want more than right-
wing talking points. They want a civil process, engagement and bold solu-
So once again, thank you focr being a non-engaginlg, umenllightened oppor-
tunist who s time has run out.
Th'lrough the leadership of' mly administration, Jacksonville is going to
move forward and leave the divisive politics of old behind.
One vision. One: city. Thlank you.
YOS, I'd like to
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Pa e 4 Ms Perry's Free Pre s
past and will undoubtedly continue
that practice in the future, African
Americans should celebrate the
Fourth of July.
We should celebrate because
blacks help make America what it
is today the most powerful nation
in t-he world. And while I may crit-
icize mny country and it's policies I
love being American. Despite our
nations past, I still think that thlis is
the best country in the world for
African Americans to live.
Despite the injustices my grand-
father faced he still served his
country in the military. H-e still
worked as hard as he could to pro-
vide for his family and he still insist
on buying only American cars.
For all of the contradictions of
the past, there will be many oppor-
tunities in the future. Blacks
should celebrate Independence Day
because we can find solace in the
fact that America would not be a
great nation without us. Without
our physical abilities, intellect and
will to survive and achieve the
"American Dream" would be shal-
For we have truly overcome
many' odds, and have achieved in a
system never meant for us to suc-
Enjoy: your Fourth of July!
Sigmnl~g off froml a1 cook out1 nelr
you w\ith a big plate of ribs, baked
beans and potouto salad"
Annually. the most celebrated
sununer holiday rolls around, The
Fourth of July, America's
Independence holiday. And every
year I debate with someone or
sometimes internally the impor-
tance of the holiday for African
And every year I also eat too
much food at someone's barbecue.
It is no secret that blacks have
always played prominent rolls in
building the foundation of this
great country without much recog-
nition of our contributions. It's no
secret that while Independence Day
was celebrated for years blacks
were enslaved and segregated in
this "independent" nation.
A nation founded on the princi-
ples of freedom and justice for all
certainly has never lived up to its
creed. Winston Churchill once said.
"The price of greatness is responsi-
bility~." Our great nation has not
always accepted the responsibility
of providing a level playing field to
all of its citizens.
I often find it ironic that African
Americans have fought and died in
every major American w\ar only to
return to a country divided by
racism and discrimination.
Imagine fighting in World War I
or II with the premise that you are
fighting to protect the livelihood of
ALL Americans. You are fighting
for freedom and justice for all little
boys and girls regardless of color.
You return home from the wiar
and the very people you put your
life on the line for despise you.
They don't want you living in their
neighborhood, eating at the same
lunch counter or even using the
same restroom. They don't want
your children going to school with
their children and you are mandat-
ed to the back of the bus.
But you have just fought for
these same people. Many of your
friends and comrades died for those
samie people. For so many years
America's Declaration of
Independence, the nation's most
chlerishled symbol of liberty was a
The first sentence of the second
paragraph is the htrgest flsehood.
"We hold these truths to be self-evi-
dent, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their
Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life.
Liberty and the pursuit of
In theory it sounds great. It
sounds like the founding fathers
were truly dedicated to eqlualit~.
justice and opportunity,. but ~e
know that history: tells a much dif-
Frederick Douglas. one of the
most prominent African American
figures of all time. on July 5. 1852.
gave a speech to a predominately
white audience at an event com-
memorating the signing of the
Declaration of Independence.
Douglas said, "I say it w\ith a sad
sense of the disparity between us. I
am not included within the pale of
glorious anniversary! Your high
independence only reveals the
inuneasurable distance between us.
The blessings in which you, this
day, rejoice are not enjoyed in
He goes on to say that, "This
Fourth July is yours, not mine. You
may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag
a man in fetters into thlegrand illu-
minatl~ed temple of liberly, and call
upon hlim to join you in joyous
anlthems. were inhuman mockery
aInd salcnlegious ironly."
Again, going back to thle irony
that for years we celebrated this
country's "independence" while a
large portion of our citizens (i.e.
African Amlericans) didn't share the
same liberties as the majority.
Douglas continues saying. "I do
nlot hesitate to declare, with all mly
soul. that the character and conduct
of this nation never looked blacker
to me than on this 4th of July!
Whether we turn to the declarations
of the past. or to the professions of
the present. the conduct of the
nation seems eqlually- hideous and
revolting. America is false to the
past. false to the present. and
solemnly binds herself to be false
to the future."
Interesting how many of
Douglals's comments from 1852
still hav~e some validity in 2007.
But let me say this. while: Amelrica
has contradicted its creed inl the
I 4 gUniversity rneo
professor Cornell West's silly,
shoot-from the lip slur of President
Obama as a black puppet pre-
dictably got the headline that he
knew it would for two reasons. The
first is that the slur came not from
the professional Obama baiters,
Sarah Palin, Limbaugh, and
Michelle Bachman, Tea Party lead-
ers and activists. the shrill pack of
rightwing talk show jocks, bloggers
and websites. It came from West, a
mediagenic, leftist black academic.
Even that might not have drawn
mention since West has repeatedly
hectored, harangued, and tweaked
Obama as a sell-out to corporate
interests and for allegedly saying
and doing nothing to alleviate black
suffering. The strong language
West used calling Obama a "black
puppet" guaranteed the momentary
But West's slur got traction for
another reason. It came close on the
heels of a recent Gallup poll that
showed that Obama's approval rat-
ing had taken a dip among blacks.
It's still high, but a dip nonetheless.
The question then is did the presi-
dent's approval ratings drop among
blacks because of the disaffection,
unease, and impatience that an
increasing number of blacks feel
toward Obama? Probably, and the
chill toward Obama is based on a
grossly inflated, wildly unrealistic
expectation of what Obama could
and canl do in the White House, and
The Congressional Black Caucus
was the first to signal impatience
with Obama last year after when
they publicly demanded that he
spend more money and initiate spe-
cial programs to reduce the near
Great Depression levels of jobless-
ness in poor black communities.
There was even some talk that
Caucus members would vote
against his financial reform bill if
he didn't kick in more funds for job
programs for blacks. It was just
talk. But the empty threat got some
attention, and was the first sign that
the near solid black support Obama
had enjoyed during and after his
election win was fraying at the
But Obama has never deviated
from the line that he virtually set in
stone the first day of his presiden-
tial campaign. In his candidate dec-
laration speech in Springfield,
Illinois, in February 2007, he made
only the barest mention of race. He
had little choice. Obama would
have had no hope of winning the
Democratic presidential nomina-
tion, let alone the presidency, if
there had been any hint that he
embraced the race-tinged politics
of Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson.
His campaign would have been
marginalized and compartmental-
ized as merely the politics of racial
symbolism. The month after he got
in the White House he mildly chid-
ed Attorney (CII.~ Geerl EiC lioldex`.
for calling Americans cowairds for
not candidly talking about race.
However, this was not to cold
shoulder talk of race, the plight of
the poor, thel cr~iSiS o` unem)IplOY-
ment, education and thle crimlinlal
justice reform, and the staggering
health care crisis that slams poor
blacks. It's just a matter of style,
timing and nuance. The string of
Obama initiatives on health care
reform, increased funding for edu-
cation, a tough consumer protec-
tion agency, a nod toward drug law
reform, the appointments of legions
of African-Americans to agency
and sub cabinet posts have been
Obama's way to deal with the spe-
cial needs and chronic problems
that confront blacks. At the same
time he walks a fine line. He knows
that he's being watched hawk like
by his powerfill political f~oes for
even the faintest sign that he's tilt-
ing toward blacks. This would be
ammunition to turn the low intensi-
ty war they wage against his initia-
tives into a lbll blown racial count-
er attack against him.
This would fatallly type himi ant
his administr-ation1 as anything but a
race neutranl president and1( ensure
that his legislation and initiatives
would be twisted, tied-up, and
straight-jacketed. It would also stir
a push back among some within his
party. His administration would be
hopelessly hamstrung. His 2012 re-
election bid would instantly be
into a hard, timeu consuming uphill
Then there's the nature of what
the preSidency is and entails.
(3bama, as all presidents, is
tugged hard by corporate and
defen'lse mdu~lstry lobbyists, thle oil
and nuclear power mndustry. gov-
ermecnt regulators, environmental
watchdog groups, conservative
family values groups, conservative
GOP senators anld house members,
foreign diplomats and leaders.
They all have their priorities and
agendas and all vie hard to get
White House support for their pet
legislation, or to kill or cripple leg-
islation that threatens their inter-
ests. The presidency by definition
is a series of deft political compro-
mises, conciliation, give and take-
trade-offs, quid-pro-quos, and
straight out horse trading.
Presidents must navigate through
the treancherous shoals of the myri-
ad special interests that routinely
dominate beltway politics. This is
the price that all presidents must
pa;y to aIchieve pragmatic, effective
White House governance. He's
done that as well as the better pres-
idents. 11> call Obama a black pup-
pet tells more aIbout the name caller
than the president. But it still got
the predictable headline.
Amerricar Media. He~ is host of the weeiv !
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May 26 June 1, 2011
by Crisitin Wilson
Many guys may not remember
the first time they tied a tie, but
Efferem Williams does. He was
with his grandfather and cousin,
and as the story goes, a little ten
year old Efferem was looking on as
his grandfather showed his cousin
how to tie his tie for church.
That lesson stayed with him and
years later, he started his own tie
company, KnotAcess. However
during different community service
events Williams realized many
young men he was giving ties too,
didn't know how to tie them.
"A lot of guys are growing up
without a father in the house, that
was my opportunity to give back,"
In7 2007 Williams established the
non-profit Knots 4 Kids. The goal
was to mentor young boys under
17. The organization supports the
health, education and personal
development of young men that
they come in contact with by pro-
viding a seven week program aimed
at boys that are deemed at risk.
Williams believes they've come
in contact with at least 300 young
men since they've been in exis-
tence. That number is expected to
reach 400 by the end of the year.
Helen Watson, who works to
bring different groups, like K4K to
various housing projects in
Jacksonville, said she's convinced
Knots 4 Kids is having a positive
impact on the lives of the young
boys they mentor.
"My boys absolutely love that
program. They can't wait for them
to come back they love it," she said.
She went on1 to say that it's hav-
ing a positive effect on their appear-
ance as well.
"I've actually seen young men
who didn't know anything about
nutrition learn about nutrition...
I've seen them pull their pants up
and put on belts and tie the ties.
with excitement." said Watson.
Williams said a tie for a young
man is symbolic of his coming of
age, it's the beginning of his jour-
ney into manhood, which is why it s
To make sure as many young men
as poss"ible are able to beneflit Kniots
4 Kids is hosting what they're call-
appearance, etiquette and attitude
will be addressed.
Since the event is being held at
the University of North Florida
which maybe a bit of a trek for
some young people Williams is
offering 15 dollar gas cards and a
10 dollar Wal-mart gift card to the
first 100 people to attend.
Williams hopes many young men
will take this opportunity to partici-
pate because he realizes everyone
isn't as fortunate as he was to have
not only a father but a grandfather
as well that was close by.
"It's a manhood movement.
Other males standing in the gap for
parents and fathers that can't be
there," he said.
For more information and to reg-
ister online visit www.knots4kids.org.
Volunteer Michael Rogers (left) demonstrates how to tie a tie.
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4th, the first ever K4K day will be throughout the city. During the day-
held on UNF:'s campus. long event, issues such as health,
Above is Sen. Tony Hill honoring Brenda and Alvin White in the
White honored in Florida Senate
Dr. Alvin G White recently tray-
eled to the state capital of
Tallahassee for top honors once
again in the field of education.
Senator Anthony (Tony) Hill
awarded Dr. White with a resolu-
tion for his comnuniment and dedi-
cation to Duval County Public
Dr. White and his wife Brenda
took to the senate floor and listened
as Senator Hill requested silence
from the House of the Florida
Senate. Senator Hill read the entire
resolution, recognizing the lifetime
achievement of the long-time
Jacksonville educator and his ongo-
ing contribution to public education
in this state.
Dr. White worked in several
capacities within the Duval County
public school system. After retiring
for the second time, in 2010, Dr.
White published his first book,
Education is Not a Four-Letter
Word. This is the second
State/National award Dr. White has
received within the past three
months. Advanced Ed, a branch of
the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools (SACS)
selected him for a leadership award
in March. He was chosen for that
award from 33 states. 65 countries,
and the Department of Defense.
Budget continued from page 1
It all added to what observers lament is a severe lack of awanreness sur-
rounding the debt ceiling and what it is. While Washington1 wonks can
pick, probe, and pontificate on every aspect of the national debt standing
on their hands, after drowning in Tuesday happy hour alcohol, the averamge
American simply sees it as yet another example of government spenIding
beyond its means and that's if they even know there is a debt problem.
"Miseducation is a big problem," admitted onle Republican House'
describing the electorate's collective intelligence on the issue in not so flat-
tering terms. "One reason Members [of Congress] are playing games whith
it is because it's not a sexy topic. Most people are like 'debt w~hat?!.' liter-
ally looking up to see if a piano is going to fall on them. So, weL can get
away with playing chicken or going to the edge of the cliff` because most
people don't know what this is about."
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Andriantsoly, Imam Umar Sharif, Adilah Sharif, Anthony Smoak, Hallie Williams-Bey and Dr. Umar
Abdullah Johnson (seated)..
On Sunday. Maly 22, 2011 Masjid Al-Salaam ope~ned its doors to the Jacksonville community to participate in
a p~ower'till anld inlsighltlill lecturec by onle of the nation s fast-rising motivational speakers, Dr. Umar Abdullah
Johnson. A psychologist, wvho evaluates children in the Pennsylvania school system (ages 3 21), Dr. Johnson
specializing inl at risk violent. suiicidal aInd depressed Allicanl Americanl boys and girls. He has received awards
fo~r his outstandineii volunteer elliorts iolno the Pun African commnunity, and for 5 years he served as the youngest
of five (5) African Americanll male psychologists in the 5th largest Public School district in America. Some of the
toPics c~overed~ inl his lec~ture wereI. ed~ucatIionaI IC(ll S reform fo ilingll SChoo1Sls ad parental involvement in the tech-
niques used to, edulc at e.. inl~rl,anci stin, i~,lore
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Church and Pastor anniversary
celebrated at N~. Be he
Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, on Jacksonville's Northside, will
soon be celebrating their 145th church anniversary and the 15th of their
Pastor, Dr. Robert E. Herring, Sr, under the theme "Living the Life of
Leadership." 1 Timothy 6:12
The three-day schedule is as follows: Friday, June 10th at 7 p.m. -
Messenger: Pastor Willie Addison, Jr., Ist Chronicles Baptist Chur~ch,
Evergreen Baptist Church, Pastor Leon Washington; Grace and Truth
Community Church, Pastor Donnie Pierce; New Bethlehem Baptist
Church; The Temple of' One Accord Ministry, Bishop J. D. Goodman, Sr.;
and Greater Moncrief' Baptist Church, Pastor Quovadis Thomas.
Saturday, June Ilth 6 p.m. Around the World Celebration (A festival
of international foods); Sunday, June 12th, 8:00a.m. Worship Service:
Messenger, Bishop Shade Herring, Jr., Eastside Church of God. 9:30 a.m. -
Sunday School. 11 a.m. Worship Service: Messenger, Pastor Tyrone Blue,
1st Missionary Baptist Church. 4 p.m. Worship Service: Messenger,
Pastor Brian Campbell, Jerusalem Baptist Church. Other guests: Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church, Pastor Landon Williams, Sr., and 1st New Zion
Baptist Church, Pastor James Sampson. For more information, call 764-
Evergreen Missionary Baptist
Church Gospel Extravaganza
Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Elbert Mooreland, Pastor will
celebrate the 1 st Anniversary of the John Golden &r Faith Gospel Singers of
Jacksonville on Saturday May 28, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. The Mistress of
Ceremony will be Sis. Rosa Kirkland. Featured performers include
Jacksonville's Own Sunbeam Spiritual Singes, The Gospel Tones, Jerry
Cannon &r The Caravans, Elder Robert Jackson & The New Spirit
Travelers, The Gospel Cavalier; The Silverlettes Sinlgers of Titusville, Fl.
Minister Brian Presley & The AGW Singers of Jonesville, Fla. Special
Guest Singe~s Bossmann &r The Sunsett's Ministry of Claxton, Ga. The
church is located at I100 Logan St. For more informlation call 444-5698 or
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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.
New Stanton High School Class 1963
The New Stanton Sr. High Class of 19)63 will meet the third Sulnday of
each month at the Highland Branch Library, 1826 Dunn Ave. from 3:00
p.m. to 5:00p.m., Preparing for Class 50thl Reunion, thle 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.
Praise and Worship Comedy event
Seasons Change Global Ministries,Inc. will present "Laugh Until You
Feel A Praise Coming On: Comedy Night Live". Performing comedians
include Alton Jackson and Terry T" Harris. It will be held on Saturday,
June 4th at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 West Beaver Street.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the praise and worship event that is free
and open to the public. Host Pastor Reginald L. Bryant, SCGM, Inc. For
more information call 502-3043.
ASALH tributes James W7eldon Johnson
The James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of
African-American Life and History, will be celebrating the life of James
Weldon Johnson "The Renaissance Man". It will be held Julne 18, 2011 at
Edwards Waters College, 1743 Kings Rd. Jacksonville, Fla. From 11:30
a.m to 2 p.m.. Panelist are Camilla Thompson. Lloyd Pearson. Rodney
Hurst and Bettye Sessions. For more information call Jean Gaines @ (9040
by Audrey Barick
A group of black pastors is looking
to spread biblical teaching and
qluash the prosperity gospel teach-
ings tha some say have been prolif-
erating in their churches.
Lance Lewis, pastor of Christ
Liberation Fellowship in
Philadelphia, says the health and
wealth gospel is as much a threat to
the historic black church as theolog-
ical liberalism was to the evangeli-
cal church in the early part of the
20th century, as reported by By
"For the balance of the 20th cen-
tury the mainstream historic black
church while not reformed certainly
held to the main tenets of orthodox
faith," he said in a letter to leaders in
the Presbyterian Church in
America. "However towards the
end of the last century the prosperi-
ty gospel (which in its various
forms had always lurked near the
fringe of the black church) moved
closer and closer to becoming the
central theology believed and prac-
ticed by the black church."
"The churches in which we grew
up or came to faith now spout this
destructive form7 of heresy," said
Lewis, whose church is touted as a
multi-ethnic Bible believing, Bible
The prosperity gospel is a highly
criticized theology that teaches
wealth and good health are a sign of
In recent years, a number of black
Christian leaders have come out in
opposition to the teaching and
expressed concern that it was
specifically pervading African-
Dr. Robert M. Franklin wrote in
Crisis in the Village that the pros-
perity gospel was the greatest threat
to black churches.
The nation's largest African
American religious organization -
the 7.5 million-member National
Baptist Convention -has
denounced the teaching and the
Lausanne Theology Working Group
recently noted its popularity in
Lewis of PCA is seeking to bring
reform to the black church.
He insisted, "Our desire is not to
cause any kind of separation. We
only hope to see God work among
our people who as we know have
had little exposure to biblically
reformed theology for over a hun-
dred and fifty years."
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will be Ilet wondering how you got will begin to see all areas (
to the state you are in, as well as try- lives shaping up.
ing to 11gure out how to get out of it. "Sear~ch mte, O God, and kne
Some: may even seemingly be heartr; Try mte, and Imow my
shocked by the results of' prolonged eties. And see ifther~e is any M
sinl in their life. Onle day you will woay iln me, and
look at yourself and wonder "where
did that come from?."... when it was
staring you in the face all along
but you chose to ignore it.
So instead of waiting
until that sin or those sin-
ful ways become too
ahead and address it
now. Spend just as r *
much time working
on yourl inner-man E.
appearance as you
do your outward
Every time you
look in the mirror to
check your face or your ~'.
clothes, pause a moment
longer to reflect on your
inner man and ask yourself,
"What needs adjusting in my
heart, mind or spirit?"
Once we begin making our inner- I eadt
man1I a\IppeaIrance:I as much ofa prior- me in rthe wayr? everlastinlg."
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Ilave you~ e'ver looked inl thle mli.-
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aIway at our joy, conflidence, se~cu~i-
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stopping the progressio ~o Alzheimers disease 2
ALZHEIMER'S DISJEASE NEUROlMAGING INITIATIVE
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 7
6 2 J 1 2011
Americans. Both men and women
experience migraines, although
women are three times as likely to
suffer from them-
Migraline is chlaralcterized by
throbbing head pain, usually lon
one: side of thle head. often accom-
punied by nausea and sensitivity to
light and sound. Most migraine
occurs episodically: however. 10
million Americans halve chronic
headache (15+ days per month).
Many of these people experienced
episodic mligraline that evolved over
time to chronic mligraine.
Many things may trigger a
migraine. Triggers may include
One or more of the following cate-
gories: diet. stress, enviromnent,
odors/perfumes, emotions, medica-
tionls and hormonal fluctuations.
With proper diagnosis and treat-
mlent, migraine can be et~lectively
Cluster- Thecre arre aln estimated
one mlillion clurster hea~dache sulle~r-
ers in the U1S: about 90%, of these
suffecrers are ma:le. Cluster is one of
the least collnunon types of
henduche. anud the cause is
Cluster headache refers to the
characteristic grouping or cluster-
ing of attacks. The headache peri-
ods can last several weeks or
months and then disappear for
months or years. Sufferers aIre gen-
erally affected in the spring or
to better understand thle cause of
primaryI? healdalches. Armed with
more education about headache
types, their causes and available
trealtmenlts. people with headaches
no longer hav\e to suffer needlessly.
78 percent of adults experience a
tension-type headache at some
point in their lives, making it the
most conulnon. The pain is often
described as pressing or tightening,
of milld to mloderatfe intensity and
occurs on both sides of the head.
There are two general classifica-
tions of tension-type headache:
episodic and chronic, differentiated
by frequency and severity.
Chronic tension-type headache
can be the result of anxiety or
depression. Changes in sleep pat-
terns or insomnia, early morning or
late day occurrence of headache,
feelings of guilt, weight loss, dizzi-
ness, poor concentration, ongoing
fatigue and nausea occur.
As common aIs tension-type
headarches are, the caluses aInd
symptoms of these headalches are
more complicarted and runique than
many might realize. Often1 people
do not seek medical arttention hen
they should because they assume
that the cause of their headache is
Migraine More than just a "bad
headache" migraine pain and asso-
ciated symptoms affect 29.5 million
Although headaches are rarcly life
threatening. they: can nulke work
more difieult or takle the en~joyment
out of your favorite leisure activity.
While painfill aInd sometimes debil-
itating. the mq!jority of headaches
encountered by sufferers do not
indicate a more serious problem.
With all the different headache
types and the v~ariety~ of symptoms
out there. the National Headache
Foundation recommnends seeing a
doctor as the first step in dealing
with persistent headaches. The
good news is that help is available
and treatment options are increas-
ing. Unfortunately,. many headache
sufferers don't know about treat-
ment options, or fail to see a health-
care provider for diagnosis.
According to a recent American
Migraine Study II:
Fifty-two percent of thle people
whose headaches fit the medical
definition of migraine remain undi-
agnosed. Nearly sixr out of 10 (57
percent) people with migraine con-
tinue to rely solely- on general over-
the-counter pain relievers or on nlo
medications at all to relieve pain.
Migraine is misdiagnosed as
sinus or tension-type headache
almost as often as it is correctly
There is no single cause of
headaches. However. headaches are
legitimate neuro-biological disor-
ders. Science is rapidly progressing
autumnn, and, due to their seasonal
nature, cluster headaches are often
mistakenly associated with aller-
With typical cluster hleadachles, the
pain is almost aIlways one-sided,
usuallly localized behind the eye or
in the eye region and maly radiate
on the samne side to the face or neck-
Thel eye lid ma~y dro~op nld the sinu1s
become conlgested onl thle side of the
hea~d where thle palin occurs.
Cluster suffrerc~s report thart even
small amnounlts of alcohol or smok-
ing will precipitate an attack during
a cluster cycle but not during clus-
If you are experiencing headache
pain that affects your life, make an
appointment with your healthcare
provider specifically to discuss
your headache problem and seek
accurate diagnosis and treatment.
By Dr. Tyeese Gaines Rieid
"At age 11 the excruciating pain
began. I actually started menstruat-
ing when I was in school", Melanic
Reyes, now 44, of West Palm
Beach, Fla. recalled. "T'he nurse
came to me when I was laying on
the floor of th~e bathroom, writhing
in pain and vomiting and said, 'Oh,
you just have your period. You just
need a tampon'."
For years, Reyes would become
debilitated with monthly pain and
vomiting. Yet she was repeatedly
told the same things; bad menstrual
cramp, or a rough period. It wasn't
until six years later, at the urging of
her college nursing instructor, that
Reyes sought medical help for her
symptoms. She was told her symp-
toms were not normal to be in so
much pain and vomiting. Two
years later, after a Laparascopic
::::.:nsdefh r abomn o t
a surgical camera, her doctors con-
firmed the reason for her pain:
Reyes is among a disproportionate-
ly large number of African-
American women with chronic
pelvic pain which was misdiag-
nosed. Endometriosis affects in
every 10 women. It is thought to
occur- when cells from inside of the
uterus travel to other parts of the
abdomen-instead of leaving the
body during a menstrual period.
Those cells canl then attach to the
woman's organs and continue to
spread or grow larger with each
menstrual period. Over a short peri-
od of time, a woman with
endometriosis can develop internal
scarring and large growths leading
to painful menstrual periods and
painful intercourse and intestinal
symptoms. One-third of women
with endometriosis are infertile.
Despite being only 19 years old
the endometriosis had spread sig-
nificantly inside of Reyes abdomen
and doctors were already concerned
about her ability to have children.
"I feel like if I was given the right
advice at a younger age, my life
would have been very different,"
seE ometriosis can only be diag-
nosed with certainty through a
laparascopic examination where the
growths are visualized and a biopsy
is taken. For the reason, timely
diagnosis depends on whether a
doctor suspects endometriosis
strongly enough to take the woman
whether adolescent or adult to the
books mn large print. The most cur-
rent fiction and non-fiction books
are now both in regular and large
9. Recognize and accept that you
are a senlior. When dnymng your car
becomes dangerous. turn in your
license and ker\s befo~re \our chlil-
dren sta~rt to pressure you.
10). Youl shoullld a1\lwas regard
yourself as numberhL' oneC. Your c~hil-
dlrenl will re~spect you forl your inlde-
So get lyu d1`!01cult and1 liveC ec;h
or. !cs evenl~ a new' spouse to sha~re
keep onl looksugii. It is niever too latec.
great they really- are and
what the both of y-ou ha-e
achieved. You should be
proud of them. but more
important. they should be
proud of rou.
4. Your opinions and
view points are important to
you and you should not
be aIshamed to
express them n
anrd trying to
stay- up w\ith
5. Try traveling to see different
parts of this country as well as for-
eign countries. There are many
organizations that cater to seniors--
-Elderhostels. Tauck TIours,
Cruises, to name but a fe.
6. Go, to, mlovies in the aLfternoon
(popcorn is free onlueilsday). F~or
hearing problems. looki fo~r fo~reign
films that have Enlglish subtitles.
7. Tak~e charteredl bus toulrs to
park~s. mluseumns. thealtres. andlc easi-
nos. Take~L little moneyL'\ to thle e;Si-
nos and aIlw\ays look; for thle f~ree or
inex~pensivec buffects. Th~le ride is
relaxuing w\ith bealutilill scellner.
8. C'heck~ out( books in the
libraries thatl hlave a~ big selectio nl of
by Susan Owens
You get up achy, stiff
and tired. You check
the obituary listings to ,
~E;""" i s h
Ja ckso nville, FL
305 E. Union St.
""1."". :; ee i"thre~ndse ad
"tordeb fannly nume bnu ness
are still around. Your opinions are
never taken seriously and you feel
your relatives are resenting you for
living too long and spending what
would have been their inheritance.
Sounds familiar and depressing.
T ea ple site ae eeit goi
away. But we can change, even
slightly, and prove to ourselves that
we are still vital and productive
seniors. Now is the time to update
our own personal ten command-
ments. Here are ten ways in which
senior citizens, or anybody, can
change for the better.
1. Get up and force yourself to
exercise every morning. Anything
that you do will make you feel both
mentally and physically better
2. As long as you don't see your
own name in the obituary list, you
are better off than those who are
listed,tand you can begin to chal-
3. Instead of always complain-
ing about your family, recall how
IS it Just a Headache or Something Else?
Attention M~atthew W. Gilbert
Senior High Football Championship teamn, formerly players, 19)58-19)59
Calling all students, cheerleader-s, coaching, staff` andc students. There
will be a br-ief` program on Thlursday, June 9, 2011 at Matthew W.
Gilbert Middle School. T'he Championship team will present a plaque
Principal Evan Daniel to be placed in the school. You are asked to
attend. There will be a social activity on Saturday June 11, 2011 at
Butler's place, 1121 E3 21st St. The owner is Robert Haywood a former
Panther Football player. 19)58-59 football T~eam will be there and all for-
mer panthers canl attend at a f`ee of $7:00. Entertainment by James
Murphy and other live Entertainment, Bobby Newsome, Jesse Johnson
Jr. and Charles Sutton sponsors. For more information call Bobby
Newsome (904) 885-5129 or Lois Johnson (904) 768-9028.
Chronic pelvic pain often
mis diagnosed in Black Women
Ten Way s Senior Citizens Can Chang e
e s. erry s ree
Mike Tyson's Tattoo Artist Sues Warner Bros over
'HangoverII' S. Victor Whitmill, the tattooist who gave boxer Mike
Tyson his Maori-inspired facial tattoo, went through with his threat to file
a lawsuit against Warner Bros. over a character who sports the same ink in
"The Hangover Part II."
~Whitmill is claiming copy-
1 I~s C' right infringement and said
Sin the lawsuit, as quoted by
sh N ew eo T'ims d that
11 permission for, and has
never consented to, the use,
reproduction or creation of a derivative work based on his original tattoo."
In other Tyson/Hangover news, it really surfaced that he was the lowest
paid star in the film, according to TheSmokingGun.com. The athlete/actor
received $200,000 in pocket change for his small role in the movie as well
as for recording the cover of the song "One Night in Bangkok."
He received $100,000 for the initial film. The films other stars Bradley
Cooper, Zack Galiafinakis, and Ed Helms were paid $5M for the sequel.
Is TD. Jakes the new Tyler Perry? ..,p p .
Jumping the Broom" was a hit and show's ''
T.D. Jakes abilities to produce a good flick.
So with the new success, the
preacher/movie mogul is moymng forward to
co-produce a new production based on a
"Heaven is For Real: A Little Boy's
Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and .
Back" was originally written by Todd Jakes produced and starred in
Burpo and sold over 4.5 million copies. It Jumping thte Broom with Paula
chronicles the story of how Burpo's now Patton.
11-year-old son Colton took a journey to the afterlife after he died during
an emergency appendectomy operation. But he recovered.
After coming back to earth, the young man told his family that he "went
to Heaven, actually looking down at the doctors operating on him and his
family praying in the waiting room. And he slowly began telling them
details about his miscarried sister, and his long-dead grandfather, none of
which he should have known about. He then revealed to his family what it
was like during his visit in Heaven, before he was sent back to his family."
No word yet when the film will begin production or when to expect a
Actress/'momager' Lisa Raye supports
daug hter's dream of full figure modeling
II t~l~ 1
May 26 June 2, 2011
8 M P
They have performed for
Presidents, Kings and Queens. And
for 50 years this year, hundreds of
thousands of people throughout the
world have spontaneously jumped
to their feet, waved their arms and
shouted while giving them stand-
ing ovations. They are still the fab-
ulous Temptaatioen te reoe
of the most famous icons of male
singing groups. Since 1961, the
magic of the Temptation Sound still
remains one of the most endearing
American musical experiences in
our memories. The following is an
interview with Otis Williams, the
only remaining original
Temptation, the Temptation
ofpeopleb lives. It is very relative
to relate to. Take "My Girl", every
guy would like to have a "m~y girl ".
It just became a par~t of~nmericana
because at that time, music was
coming out of Motown at a time
when there was craziness in the
world. Like I always tell people,
Mtwn a bronuogh hero a e-
son, for a purpose because it came
along at a very tumultuous time.
The 60s were known for the most
tumultuous decade within the last
100 years. And through all that,
here comes this little two-story, fJlat
(Motown), with all those talented
people who made such a tremen-
dous impact, it just weathered a lot
grab the Bible and read the 23
Psalms and a ~few others which I
still do today. So dealing with that
kind of upbringing, it taught me to
stay positive during various times.
t our gnml e m an my mteor
I was instilled with strong religion
beliefs, and character.
Q: People of all ages crave that
group sound that you guys creat-
ed. Is there any comparison
between the old guys and the
OTIS: Oh there is no compari-
son. The new guys are carrying on
the banner We rehearse and I try
to keep upholding what the
Temps are known
Q: What would you tell the
youth of today in relationship to
the youth of yesterday?
OTIS: Well I think there is a run-
ning thread through it all. The
dea re oomk i istere readde
the ups and downs. I think the dry-
ference now is things are so instan-
taneous. We didn't have You Tube.
W~le didn 't have instant gratification.
To make it now is not as traumatic
as it was yesterday. We were from
an era when Artist Development
was at Motown. We had to go to the
Motown School from about 10:00
a.m. to 6 p.m. in the evening learn-
ing how to talk, dress and how to
carry ourselves properly. It
instilled in us a vocation not an
Q: Do you think that those
things The Temptations had to go
through helped to sustained you
all these years?
Q: Oh Sure! Perseverance! We
wouldn't let anyone or anything
stand in our way. a strong persever-
storms. It brought people
together even in the
worst conditions. So
Motown was brought
here for a reason, and -
we were here. It was -
chaotic ever-ywhere wve
went, but for some
urnknowvn reason the
music would become like Ia
a soothing ointment to Ier
Q: Do you think the r
difference then may
have been that at
Motown, Berry Gordy treated
everyone like family?
OTIS: Definitely Motow~n wtas a
family. Whlen wve got off the r~oad
dlriv'ing ourr cars anurd stations wag5-
ons, because wve wvent home, we
headed straight to Motown.,l let
threm knlowv we wvere back in townl.
We wcourld get back in ourrs car and
then go h~omec to showoer andt shavec.
get thre duts t off Now your knlow~ afier
dir~iving longK distalnc~s fa~mt a gig to
stop" at Motown'r, antd thenl go homre
anrd un~pack that showse you the
magic, the power being at Motowvn.
Q: With such turmoil in 60s
and 70s, what do you think got
you through it all?
OTIS: A strong faith and belie~fin
God. Myv grandmtother told me that
whlen I had troubled times to jurst
guardian that keeps that sound
Q: Otis, this year you have
reached a huge milestone:
50years with the Temptations
and you're the only surviving
founder. Was there anything in
your childhood that helped moti-
vate you through such a long suc-
OTTIS: I moved to Detroit wuitht m~y
mlother in 1952. TheLre I started
going to the Fox Theater andt saw
The Cadillacs. That 's when l knewv l
wanted to sing. Frvmt that moment
on, it' whatlI'mtstil/dcoing 50 years
later: Matter of fact. I woas talking to
Spedlo, thre lead singer ~fem the
Cadillacs about a week ago. I told
Sped'co abhout seeingl them'n at the Fox
Theater: I told hrim hre upyset the
house so, I toldl myVse~lfthath wvhat I
wvantedi to do. I vars about 14 years
old then and when I got to be 31,
.just 7 years later; we' w(ere on1 thre
samre stage doing the same things.
It wars.jurst sro ironic. Said to nor \I
"Wov, herer I amn nlow wcith the
crowdt going crazy over the
Q:The 60s and 70s were a dif-
ferent, more conservative
America. Some of today's rap-
pers and artist may not have sur-
vived like you all did. But The
Temptations still survive today.
How is that Otis?
OTIS: I think that the mulsic th~at
Motown was coming for-th wvith
touched on a lot of different stages
be available in sizes 4-18 and
lengths short to extra long.
"Women need a jean like this
because not all of us are a size 2 or
a size 4 or a size 6 and wer always
have that problem in the waist."
said LisaRaye, whlo fell in love with
the PZI brand from the moment she
first tried a pair on. "These jeans
FIT! I'm putting on my designer
hat and I'm really exscited about
Meanwhile, daughter Kai is
standing tall as the new face of the
latest Apple Bouoi11a by Nelly
campaign for full-figured women.
LisaRaye was by her side during
her first photo shoot with celebrity
photographer Derek Blanks to pro-
vide modeling tips to help her
achieve the best shot.
"I'm actually supporting Kai and
teaching her at the same time
because mommy has been there,
done that," said LisaRaye. "I'm
excited that she's embraced her
own curves and who she is. This is
not something that I have given her.
This is something that she is earn-
ing for herself and I'm very proud."
can't be touched. Thte original
temlps had th~at magic. I could feel it
on stage, whenever we got together
The last CD wve did for Motown,
wcas a CD called "Legacy ". I start-
ed off telling about how onl a cold
January night five guys walker into
music history. And it's very true
because ve weant to record "Th~e
Way: Your Do the Th~ings Your Do".
We wvere going to Motown to record
it. It wcas as if' God spoke anrd said
to mle. "Nowv Oris, these ar~e five
guys~i that arec going to make a namle
foryoursehles and all five of us,
David. Paurl, Eddlie, Melvint and
my~self: We all had long coats on
because it was a COLD night I
remember it as though it was yes-
ter-day. Those guys were a veryL spe-
cial unlique bunch ofguys.
ance, all five of us. Short of break-
ing the law and hurting somebody,
we went through the fire and brim-
stone and it paid off for us. Strong
perseverance, strong desire, strong
commitment, we had all those nec-
essary ingredients to get through
and to make it.
Q: What was the most exciting
moment of your 50 years career?
OTIS: ;Well, I've had such a long
lustrous career you can 't take out
just one. There have been so many
highs thre many times we were on
th~eEd Sullivan Shows, the all exist-
ing attendance records at the
Apollo, all existing records at the
Copacabana, getting our first
Gr~ammy. There's so many I can't
ev~en think of th~em all.
Lisa Raye (left) and her daughter Kai
Actress and business woman
LisaRaye is letting loose her mater-
nal instincts by managing her
daughter Kai's budding career on
the fashion runway while launching
her own clothing line with PZI
Jeans, called The LisaRaye
In preparation for the launch this
summer, LisaRaye came to Los
Angeles to select models with
curves to wear her signature white
jeans a brand that will fit the con-
tour of women who have hips and
small waists, without the dreaded
gapping in the rear. The jeans will
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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
Barr Weaver, Martha Barrett and
Mark Green. For tickets or more
information, call 354-llax.
The annual Jacksonville Jazz
Festival will be held May 26-29 in
the downtown area. Throughout the
three day experience, attendees will
hear the great sounds of artists such
as Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock,
George Dulke, Mavis Staples and
more. For a complete schedule,
at The Bridge
The First Amiual Family Affair
Celebration with BET reality TV
star Toya Carter will be Monday,
.May 3rd at The Bridge of
Northeast Florida 1824 N Pearl
Street. From 11 a.m. -3 p.m., there
will be food, bounce houses, live
music. For more info call 419-8336.
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network will present their 6th New
Diversity Network Discussion.
Participants are welcome to join in
an evening of fellowship and dis-
cussion. It will be held on Tuesday,
May 31, 6:30-8:30 at 'River
House'( next to St. Vincent Hospital
), 1878 King Street. The subject
will be: Education Funding :
Private or Pubhic. RSVP to
S oken Word
at the RitZ
Join thle Ritz Theatre forl a free
evening of Spoken Word. Thursday,
June 2nd at 7 p.m. Call 6.32-5555.
Save the date for the 2011 Clara
White Mission 17th annual
"Miracle on Ashley Street Celebrity
Chefs & Servers" fulndraiser. 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 hm~ch. For more infor-
mation, call 354-4162.
Ritz Jazz Jamm
channels Billy DaniellS
The Ritz Jazz Jamm will remember
Billy Daniels with an old black
magic cabaret featuring a musical
review, jazz show, food and danc-
ing. It will be held on Saturday,
June 4th at 8 p.m. For more inf~or-
mation, call 632-5555Tickets are
7th Journey into
T~he 7th1 Annual Jlourney ilto
womanhiood banlquet will be held
on Saturday, June 4th at the
Deerwood Country Club, froml 1-4
p'm. Ticket price includes f~ood and
entertainment. For more1. inorm~a-
Brooklyn, Campbell Hill '
Mixon Town Reunion
It's reunion time again on Saturda~y
June 4th and Sunday June 5th for
thle Brooklyn, Campbell Hill and
Mix~on Town neighborhoods. It will
be held 6/4 at the Johnson Center
located (corner of Jackson &
Chelsea St.), from 10 a.m. until.
Worship Service will be held at the
Greater Bethany Baptist Church,
402 Stockton Street. All former and
present reCsidecnts of these communi-
ties are invited to participate. For
more information, contact Mildred
Lunsford-Van Buren at 764-3937.
Jacksonville Foodl Fight
The Jacksonville Food Fight will
be held on Thursday, June 9, 2011,
at theL EveIr~lank Fieldl Touchdown
Club fo~r Jacksonvdlec's mnost excit-
ing culinary event. T'he 21st annual
event will fecature 50.acktsonvlle ll
recstaurnuts in friendly competition.
More thian 1,200( guests attend to
taste everything they see accented
by live music. TIhe event which
raises limds fo~r hunger. F~or tickets
The June meeting of the PRIDE
Book Club, northeast Florida's
largest and oldest book club of
color. will be held on Friday, June
10, 2011 at 7 p.m. It will be hosted
by Linda Johnson Riley. The book
for discussion will be The Last
Great Days of` Ptolemy by Walter
Mosley. For rnore information or
directions. call 683-9854.
Man Up for Health
The 2011 Man Up for H~ealth month
will be held throughout June with
activities including Blue Tie
Sunday (12th), Young Males
Summit (17th), Adult Males
Summit (18th) and a Bike Riide
(18th). Activities ar~e fr-ee andi will
be headquartered at FSCJ
Downtown campus. F~or more info~r
Nation, call 253-23 13.
CATS from Broadwa
The touring Broadway production
of the musical CATS will be at the
Times Union's Center for
Performing Arts Moran Theater
June 17-19 for multiple shows. For
tickets or more information, call 1-
American Beach Bid
The American Beach Property
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 dimlers
will be available. For more infor-
mation. call 310-6696. e-mail
Amerbeachevents~tiaol.com or visit
Real Men Ball
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville will present the "Real
Men Ball" Basketball Tournament
on7 Saturday, June 18, 2011 mn the
liWC Gymnasium from 9 a.m. 3
p'm. Tournament prizes range from
$250 $1000. For vendor informa-
tion or to register for the tourna-
inent call 764-2445.
Morris Dees, Founder and Chief
Trial Attorney of the Southern
Poverty Law Center will be the fea-
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,
Thursday. June 23rd, in the Times
Union Center for Performing Arts .
Tickets are on sale now. Visit
Ticketmaster.com for more infor-
mation or call 1-877-356-8493.
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For me, the week's not complete without a big Sunday Dinner with lots of family and friends. I plan my
menu all week and then head to Publix. Nothing but the finest, freshest ingredients go into my spread!
My specialty is making traditional dishes healthier. For instance, I'II add flavor with fresh herbs instead
of salt. That's why every Sunday people ask me the same two questions: "Beverly, how do you Dbi
make your food taste so good and so good for you?" and "What's for dinner next Sunday?".
Herb Chicken with Red Pepper Sauce, Sugar Snap Peas
and Rosemary Garlic Potatoes
Find recipes, tips and rnore at publ ix.com/sundaydinners
Don't forget your neighborhood I: -I will be openi du~ring!
regular store hours Memorial Day, Monday May 30, 2011.
PUBLIC: SUNDr~lAY DINNJ~ER CH-EF.