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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Publication Date:


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African American newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
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Additional Physical Form:
Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."
Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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Bishop Eddie Long settles case,
Bernice King leaves New Birth
Atlanta-area megachurch founder Bishop Eddie
Long is confirming that the daughter of civil
rights leader Martin Luther King is leaving his
New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
In a statement Long said that he and the Rev.
Bernice King have been "in discussion and
prayer" for some time about her decision to leave
the church to continue the legacy of her parents.
The decision comes days after Long reached a
settlement in the sexual misconduct lawsuits he has fought since
King, who has served as an elder at New Birth, is expected to address
her future ministry plans on a local gospel radio station.

Apple sued for racial

discrimination at New York store
New York, NY Two African-American men have filed a federal law-
suit against Apple that accuses the company of racial discrimination at an
Apple Store in Manhattan.
The plaintiffs, Brian Johnston, 34, and Nile Charles, 25, claim a white
Apple employee in his 50s told them, "I don't want 'your kind' hanging
out in the store" at Apple's retail outlet at 1981 Broadway on Dec. 9,
2010, according to court filings cited by Apple Insider.
Another Apple Store employee allegedly approached the pair, who were
wearing "baggy jeans and large sweaters with hoods" according to the
lawsuit, and said, "Now you have to go. If you want to know why, it's
because I said so. Consider me God. You have to go."
Johnston and Charles entered the store to purchase headphones, the suit
said. They recorded the incident on their cell phones.
He then allegedly demanded they leave the store unless they were pur-
chasing a product or seeing a Mac Specialist, the suit claims.
"And before you say I'm racially discriminating against you, let me stop
you. I am discriminating against you. I don't want 'your kind' hanging out
in the store," the employee allegedly told Johnston and Charles.
The suit also alleges that the Apple Store's head of security ignored their
request to speak to a manager about the incident.

Black-White life expectancy gap

expands, recession may be to blame
For nearly two decades, the expected life spans of black and white
Americans steadily narrowed, offering a hopeful indication of both racial
progress and medical success: Everyone was living longer, and the gap
was closing.
Then came 2009. For all Americans, the average life expectancy again
nudged up for the year, reaching 78 years and two months according to
preliminary figures from the Centers for Disease Control. But black
Americans saw no improvement in life expectancy, remaining at 74 years
and three months.
Some experts construe this unanticipated widening of the black-white
life expectancy gap as a product of the Great Recession. The recession
extracted brutal economic costs from nearly every slice of American
society, particularly from African Americans.
Nearly two years after the recession's official end, black unemployment
remains at 16.1 percent compared to the 8 percent of white Americans
unable to find work. And it's the stress that can come with a job loss that
some experts say may explain the new size of the life expectancy gap.

Animal rights groups

buys Vick's dog kennel
An animal rights group has bought NFL star Michael Vick's former
dogfighting compound in Virginia and plans to turn it into a rehabilita-
tion center for chained and penned dogs.
The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback pleaded guilty to federal felony
charges and served 18 months in prison for running Bad Newz Kennels
from the property. He eventually sold it to a developer who had difficul-
ty unloading it following Vick's conviction.
Dogs Deserve Better ofTipton, Pa., bought the five-bedroom home for
about $600,000. The group plans to use it for a headquarters and raise
more money to build a facility for the dogs.
Group founder Tamira Thayne calls the plan a win for abused dogs.

Naomi Campbell suing for

ad comparing her to chocolate
Naomi Campbell is
suing Cadbury over
an ad campaign that
compares the super-
model to chocolate.
"Move over Naomi,
there's a new diva in
town," reads the Bliss
bar ad that is seen on
billboards and in
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Volume 24 No. 33 Jacksonville, Florida June 2-8, 2011

After 30 Years, AIDS Has Become a "Black Disease"

by George Curry
When AIDS was first detected 30
years ago, it was considered a
White, gay man's disease. In fact, it
was known as GRID gay-related
immune deficiency. Although
African-Americans represent only
12.6 percent of the U.S. population,
Blacks now represent almost half of
all new HIV infections and nearly

50 percent of AIDS-related deaths.
What was once thought to be a
"gay" disease has clearly become a
"Black" disease.
Last Sunday marked the 30th
anniversary of the first public iden-
tification of AIDS. To commemo-
rate the anniversary, the Black
AIDS Institute released a report on
Thursday titled, 30 Years is Enuf:

The History of the AIDS Epidemic
in Black America.
The report is a comprehensive
review of the past three decades,
chronicling missed opportunities,
failed government actions, a med-
ical community that was slow to
react, African-Americans who
underestimated the scope of the dis-
ease in their community and dedi-

cated community activists forcing
health officials to tackle what
would later become known as AIDS
(acquired immune deficiency syn-
drome), the final stage of HIV.
"From the epidemic's earliest
days, it was apparent that Black
Americans were disproportionately
affected by the epidemic," Phill -
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Kappas honor local heros

Pictured is Ms. Mary Setzler holding a photo of her son, PFC
Tavarus Setzler at the official Jacksonville ceremony honoring
Veteran's on Memorial Day. FMPphoto
Fallen military honored on Memorial Day

Lt. Governor Jennifer Carrol and
Mayor John Peyton joined fellow
elected officials along with veter-
ans and their families for the City
of Jacksonville's annual Memorial
Day salute. The Veterans Memorial
Wall honors all Jacksonville men
and women who have died while on
active duty serving their country
since World War I. Three names
were added to the wall this week.
Along with Jonathan Villanueva
were Lt. Robert Huish and Chief
Petty Officer David Gilbert.
Mary Setzler has attended the
Memorial Day ceremonies at the
wall since 2009. Her son, Tavarus
Setzler, died in Iraq in 2008.

Governor signs

bill for screening

aid recipients,

outlaws bath salts
In keeping his promise to require
drug screening for welfare recipi-
ents, Governor Rick Scott today
signed House Bill 353, which
requires adults applying for tempo-
rary cash assistance to undergo
drug screening.
The controversial bill is designed
to increase personal accountability
and prevent tax dollars from subsi-
dizing drug abuse, while still pro-
viding for needy children. Parents
failing the drug test may designate
another individual to receive the
benefits on behalf of the children.
In addition, Governor Scott also
signed a bill which makes "bath
salts" a Schedule 1 controlled sub-
stance, considered in Florida to
have no medical value or usage.
The product, often used for soak-
ing, is now illegal.

"During his enlistment, I often tell
the story I actually saw him trans-
form from a baby boy into a man,"
Mary Setzler said. "To step up and
say, 'Mom, this is what I want to
do.'" A foundation has been estab-
lished in his name.
There are more than 1,600 names
on the wall, representing seven
wars from the past 100 years.

Shown above accepting the award for the 100 Black Men is the
.Jacksonville Chapter President Dr. Levi McIntosh (right) receiving
the award from Cleveland Ferguson, Alumni Chapter President.

The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter
of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
recently held their annual public
meeting in the Jacksonville City
Council Chambers to reflect and
say "thank you" to individuals and
organizations that improve the
quality of life for the community.
This years' recipients included:
Mayor Elect Alvin Brown, 100

Black Men of Jacksonville; St. Jude
Children Research Hospital Sunday
of Hope Honors: St. Paul
Missionary Church, Central
Metropolitan CME Church,
Officer Emmett Matthews,
Buildings Community Through
Institutional Mentorship, MaliVai
Washington Kids Foundation,
Gertrude Peele and New Hope.

Shown above following their crowning are First Runner up Arianna King, Little Miss Duval/Nassau
Alumni Madyson Brinson and 2nd Runner Up Alanna Carter.
Little Miss Duval/Nassau Alumni crowned
Little Miss Madyson Daon Brinson, daughter of Derrick and Regina Brinson, was recently crowned the 2011
Little Miss Duval/Nassau Alumni. The pageant, held at the Modis Building, focused on talent where Madyson
wowed the crowed and the judges with piano selections from "The Lion King" musical. The talented kinder-
gartner attends Simpson United Methodist Church and aspires to become a nurse. The pageant is sponsored by
the Duval/Nassau Alumni Chapter of Bethune Cookman University.

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Shown above is the Championship 1958 Gilbert Football Team in Tallahassee receiving honors from Gov. Crist in 2009.

Gilbert 1958 Championship Team sought for reunion

The search is on for all Matthew Gilbert Senior High Football
Championship 1958 team, former players, 1958-1959 students, cheerlead-
ers, coaching staff and students. There will be a brief program on Thursday,
June 9, 2011 at Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School.
The Championship team will present the Championship team a plaque to
the Principal Evan Daniel to be placed in the school. There will be speak-
ers. There will be a social activity on Saturday June 11th at Butler's place,

located 1121 E 21st St. The owner is Robert Haywood a former Panther
Football player. The 1958-59 Football Team will be there and all former
panthers can attend at a fee of $. Entertainment will be provided by James
Murphy and other live Entertainment:
Sponsors are Bobby Newsome, Jesse Johnson Jr. and Charles Sutton.
For more information call Bobby Newsome at (904) 885-5129 or Lois
Johnson (904) 768-9028.

How to avoid big money mistakes

by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
NNPA Syndicated Writer
As the economy moves to a more
expansionary phase, lenders are
easing credit standards and many
consumers are looking to purchase
"big ticket" items such as appli-
ances and autos or make major
home repairs. This pent up demand
and seemingly mad rush to buy can
cause some people to make finan-
cial decisions that can take years to
unravel. Why do so many well-
meaning people make big money
In their book, "Why Smart
People Make Big Money Mistakes"
Gary Belsky and Thomas Gilovich
describe Behavioral Economics as
combining "the twin disciplines of
psychology and economics to
explain why and how people make
seemingly irrational or illogical
decisions when they spend, invest,
save, and borrow money." I tend to
agree with the authors' basic prem-
ise; however in working with real
clients, I have found five common
money mistakes that many people
Big Money Mistakes
No Goals- The first big money
mistake is not having clearly
defined family financial goals.
Having clear goals guides the finan-
cial decision making process in
both the short and long term. The
first step is to sit down with your
family and discuss your short,
medium and long-term financial
goals. Write down your goals and
review them at least quarterly. If
you can think it, then you can ink it!
Procrastination- Is the next most

common big money mistake. It
stops most people dead in their
tracks, because they just don't do
anything to achieve their financial
goals. We've all heard the sayings,
"talk is cheap" and "time is
money." Well, procrastination costs
money and wastes valuable time
that cannot be made up. Start right
now to work on achieving your
financial goals---tomorrow may be
too late!
The Jones- The media constantly
bombards us with the message that
"keeping up with the Jones' is
American as apple pie." We are
pressured to play a never-ending
game of comparing ourselves with
others who live the "good life." If
only we had a bigger house or a
fancier car or whatever gadget
that's in vogue, then we would be
happy! Well, we must have the
strength and courage to realize that,
"our road to financial success is our
own road." Set your course to
financial success, work hard and
quite frankly forget about what
other people say they have or do.
Credit Card Debt- Credit card
debt goes hand in hand with, "keep-
ing up with the Jones" creating a
mammoth big money mistake. Use
this simple rule, "if you can't afford
to pay for something within the
next thirty days--- don't use your
credit card to buy it." If you have
current credit card debt, first don't
add to it and then figure out a way
to pay it off within the next 12
months. Don't let credit card debt
prevent you from achieving finan-
cial success.
Financial Literacy- Too many

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-Florida ranks third in the nation in the number of reported
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people lack a basic understanding
of how the financial world works.
This lack of understanding makes
them either easy prey for financial
schemes or extremely cautious, to
the point that they don't do any-
thing. Most Americans will spend
more time in a week watching tele-
vision (20 hours) than they will
spend in a year working on or edu-
cating themselves about their per-
sonal finances. Go to the public
library and read investment books,
magazines and newspapers. Watch
the daily financial news reports on
television. Basic financial aware-
ness will help you avoid this money
Your Financial Journey
Avoiding the big money mis-

takes, doesn't necessarily assure
that you will achieve financial suc-
cess. You may need the help of a
financial advisor. A competent
advisor will analyze your current
situation and help you to develop
and implement a strategy to work
toward your financial goals. It has
been said that, "Yesterday is histo-
ry, Tomorrow is a mystery, but
Today is a gift, that's why it's called
the present." Don't waste your
present, start today!

Michael G Shinn, CFP Registered
Representative of and securities and
investment advisory services offered
through Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit

Is the latest person following
you on Twitter or friending you on
Facebook actually a debt collector
in disguise?
That could very well be the case
if you're behind on your bills.
As debt collectors step up their
efforts to collect money, the social
media landscape is becoming the
latest battleground in the war
between cash-strapped consumers
and persistent creditors.
At issue are several murky legal
questions, such as: When is it
acceptable for debt collectors to
track someone down or contact
him or her through social network-
ing sites, including Facebook or
MySpace? And how much infor-
mation, if any, can a debt collector
reveal about a debtor to that per-
son's online friends and social net-
working acquaintances?
Some debt collectors have
reportedly harassed people on
Facebook, trying to get them to
pay debts that were supposedly
owed. Other creditors and third-
party debt collectors have alleged-
ly contacted consumers' friends
and family members online in an
attempt to embarrass the debtors.
All these actions are illegal and
prohibited by the Fair Debt
Collections Practices Act.
"They're using Facebook
because it adds that extra shock
value. The more shocking, the
more harassing, the more outra-
geous, the more these debt collec-
tors get paid," said Florida attorney
Bill Howard.
"What makes it so dangerous is
you can contact somebody's family
and friends very quickly and very
easily, and you can set off a domi-
no effect of panic that can be dev-

statingg" says Howard.
What is legal, however, is for a
debt collector to use information
gleaned from social networking
sites in order to reach you for the
purposes of collecting a debt. This
doesn't mean the debt collector can
misrepresent himself or pose as a
friend in order to connect with you
online at Facebook or other sites.
That's in violation of federal law.
But it is perfectly acceptable,
legal experts say, for debt collec-
tors to use social media platforms
to locate you, as long as they
adhere to the FDCPA.
What about writing on some-
one's Facebook wall -- where oth-
ers could see the message? Experts
say that would be deemed inappro-
priate and illegal. But how about
sending you a direct message on
Facebook or Twitter? That may be
within the law.
FTC officials haven't yet issued
any definitive guidance on the
matter, beyond asserting that debt
collectors are required to adhere to
the FDCPA both online and
Still, at the very least, debt col-
lectors' stepped up use of social
media is raising new questions
about what's legal and what's not.
It's also becoming a thorny area for
consumers to navigate, especially
since 61percent of all Americans
over the age of 12 -- including a
huge percentage of Blacks in the
U.S use social networking sites.
African-Americans represent more
than 25% of all users on Twitter
Ultimately, it will be up to fed-
eral and state authorities to deter-
mine when debt collectors go too
far using social media.



RE: FY 2011 Section 5307 Formula Grant


Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an opportunity for a public hearing to consider its FY 2010/2011
Program of Projects from which federal funds are being requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on
an 80/20 matching basis between federal and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all projects listed below.

Expansion/Replacement Vehicles and ADA Vehicle Equipment
Signal and Communications Equipment
Bus Computer Software
Bus Computer Hardware
Bus Shop Equipment
Associated Capital Maintenance Parts
Misc. Support Equipment
Misc. Support Equipment (Office Furnishings)
Program Administration
Transit Satellite Transfer Amenities
Enhancement Projects
Security Equipment
Bus Preventative Maintenance
Planning Studies
JRTC Facility Improvement/Rehab Stations
Fixed Guideway Service Vehicles
Fixed Guideway Rehab/Renovate Rail Stations
Fixed Guideway Rehab line equipment/struct.
Fixed Guideway Enhancement Projects
Fixed Guideway Rehab/Renovate Misc. Support Equipment
Fixed Guideway Program Administration
Fixed Guideway Preventative Maintenance
CTC Facility Improvements
CTC Replacement Vehicles
CTC Preventative Maintenance
Total Projects:

$ 678,363
$ 17,163,560

Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing or email at the address listed below before 5:00 p.m. on July 05, 2011. If requests
are received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled and the public notified. Mail requests to:

Notice of Public Hearing, Section 5307 Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

These projects have been coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) of
the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida TPO) of the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business displacements are ex-
pected to occur as a result of project implementation. These projects will have no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely
affect service levels to the elderly or disabled.

Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through July 05, 2011 during normal business hours.
Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to attend the meeting should contact the JTA Connexion office at 904-265-6001, CTC TDD 636-
7402. This notice will constitute the final notice unless the Program of Projects is amended or if no comments are received.

Kenneth R. Holton
(904) 630-3187
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

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Alvin Brown Defies the Odds Congratulations Mr. Mayor

In politics sometimes timing is
more important than any other fac-
tor. But timing also must also be
met with good planning, a strong
candidate and a motivated base.
A couple of years ago, I wrote an
article about potential candidates
for Mayor of Jacksonville, the lone
Democrat on my list was Alvin
Brown. Brown had touted his abili-
ty to raise money and his DC con-
nections in the past and I basically
said that he would use those rela-
tionships and skills to become
mayor of Jacksonville.
I basically wrote that it was time
for Brown to put up or shut up. A
few months later he announced his
official candidacy for mayor and
the rest is history.
Brown has made headlines
throughout the state of Florida and
even the nation. Most of you know
that Jacksonville has been a
Republican stronghold for the past
20 years. Most of us believe that
Jacksonville would eventually elect
a black mayor, but we figured that
it would take a few election cycles
for it to happen.
Brown put together a strong cam-
paign team and was a good candi-
date. He was a fresh face and was
able to motivate his base, which
has been an issue with many candi-
I have to take my hat off to
Mayor-elect Brown and his team.
It almost felt like November 2008
when Barack Obama became the
first black President of the United

Brown ran a great campaign and
walked by faith. Despite the fact
that many said that he could not
win, the mayor-elect pressed on.
Dr. Martin Luther King said it best;
"Faith is taking the first step, even
when you don't see the whole stair-
Many feel that although we have
come a long way in this city in the
area of race relations, equality and
bigotry still continue to be real
issues for African Americans.
Langston Hughes once said, "I
swear to the Lord I still can't see
why democracy means everybody
but me."
But this election should send a
clear message to blacks. Your vote
does count. Alvin Brown won by
1,662 votes, so that tells you that
every single vote counts. Of course,
it wasn't just blacks that elected
Brown, but having a strong African
American turn out was the key to
his election.
Brown basically won 90 percent
of the vote in the historical African
American precincts and then did
very well in traditional Republican
precincts holding his own win-
ning around 40 percent in most
So I will not belabor the point,
but for all of the young black men
that I talk to in neighborhoods, on
comers, in classrooms who have
said phrases like why vote my
vote won't matter. Well, this is a
prime of example how your vote

did matter and was a game changer.
Many African Americans are still
in shock, but extremely proud of
this city. And for many of us it's
the first time that we have been
proud of a city with such a troubled
racial history.
But the past doesn't stop a good
candidate or his or her campaign
team from fighting for change and
believing that if you work hard and
appeal to moderate voters perhaps
you can win regardless of the color
of your skin.
After President Obama's election
nearly three years ago, Michelle
Obama said that she has never been
proud of the United States until
now. Many Republicans and pun-
dits twisted her words to mean that
she hasn't been proud to be an
What the new First Lady was
really saying was that as an African
American we face so many chal-
lenges and hurdles that it's hard to
be unconditionally proud of your
country. Of course blacks love
America and the opportunities that
this great country represents, but
it's hard to understand the struggles
that blacks face in America unless
you are black.
James Baldwin would remind us
that, "Color is not a human or a per-
sonal reality; it is political reality.
For many, it is hard to fathom
what just happened here in
Jacksonville. I often think of my
favorite quote from Dr. Cornell
West who said, "I am a prisoner of

I worked extremely hard eight
years ago in the Nat Glover cam-
paign for mayor and although we
lost that race to John Peyton, I
remained a "prisoner of hope."
Hope that one day the right sce-
nario would present itself and
Duval County would elect a black
Now the challenge for Brown is
putting together another strong
team his new Mayor's Office.
The new mayor and City Council
take office on July 1, 2011, and
between now and then there is a
tremendous amount of work that
must be done.
Brown's election was historic for
Jacksonville, but it should also
send a message to Republicans.
The extreme right wing of the party
can no longer drive the ship. Most
voters are moderate with many
small issues separating us.
Independent voters certainly can't
be won over by the extreme left or
So if Republicans want to truly
challenge President Obama next
year, and maintain their slim major-
ity in the U.S. House of
Representatives they will have to
change their game plan or better yet
create a real game plan, but that's
different column for a different day.
Again, congratulations to Mayor-
elect Brown and his team for run-
ning a great campaign.
Signing off from City Hall,
Reggie Fullwood

A broader perspective of our social construct.

Peyton's legacy stung

He said he has experienced a
change of heart but his policies say
it all.
By Noval Jones
"Being a civic leader is really
quite different. Return on invest-
ment is often harder to measure,
issues are far more complex and
deep understanding, trust and com-
passion are essential ingredients
for outcomes that are most likely to
succeed." Mayor John Peyton
They say that time heals all
Well, I certainly hope so.
While Jacksonville prepares to
for the Alvin Brown administration
take over, reflection is warranted as
John Peyton's term comes to an
It was eight years ago when a lit-
tle known son of a local good old
boy defeated a popular former sher-
iff to become Jacksonville's next
mayor. The race was heated and
full of racial overtones.
Peyton ran on a platform of busi-
ness-like government reform. After
all, his family had built a successful
local empire and the concept
should be applicable to govern-
ment. At least that's what he sold to
the people of Jacksonville.
Run government like a business.
Over the years this concept
seems to have gotten a lot of trac-
tion with voters. In theory it should
be successful. However, the model

to running government like a busi-
ness has a few flaws. First, govern-
ment operations are based on the
needs of the people, not the market-
place. Second, depending on its
financial status, businesses gener-
ate capital to bring products to mar-
ket. And third, businesses are prof-
it driven and governments are not.
John Peyton's contemplation and
education on how he could or
should have governed came too lit-
tle, too late.
Peyton's rhetoric during the wan-
ing days of his administration has
been almost empathetic to the prob-
lems facing Jacksonville's commu-
nity. During the recent Martin
Luther King Breakfast, Peyton
spoke of "defining moments" that
helped to change the way he
viewed the community. He spoke
of how the death of DreShawna
Davis moved him to action to do
something about senseless crime in
What he probably didn't reflect
on was how some of his policies of
business-like government helped to
create situations like the one that
took DreShawna's life.
Last week, the Florida Times-
Union listed what Peyton consid-
ered "accomplishments" as mayor.
The list included a myriad of budg-
et cuts in vital social service areas.
The cuts came to programs and
services critical to creating safe

city's most vulnerable
environments, community educa- borhoods; no after- school or sum-
tion and building foundations for a mer programs for youth; a de-fund-
better quality of life. Some of the ed juvenile justice system; unsu-
hardest hit were public service pervised children who'd been sus-
grants, the Jacksonville Children's pended from school left to roam
Commission, the Duval County our street," remarked Peyton.
Health Department and the Problems that may have been
Jacksonville Public Library. In all, prevented with continued invest-
cuts to these programs and services ment in people, not policies.
came to nearly $10 million. Add to In the end, Peyton's legacy will
the equation an overall reduction in be the perceived success of the
city services, including recreation Jacksonville Journey. Originally,
and entertainment, and you have a his administration committed $55
recipe for disaster that manifested million to help turn around
itself as a community being torn Jacksonville's moniker as the mur-
apart. der capital of Florida. That's more
Following DreShawna's death than five times more than his cuts
the light bulb came on and Peyton to social services. However, this
initiated the Jacksonville Journey reaction could have been averted
anti-crime effort. To his credit, he with a reasonable annual invest-
engaged the community to come ment in the most vulnerable citi-
together and fix the problem of zens of Jacksonville. Namely the
crime. After the committee work continued support of programs
was done they reported to Peyton already in existence.
information that had been falling The Jacksonville Journey and the
on deaf ears for sometime during effort to deal with the root causes
his administration. He learned that of crime will be something that
many of his task force members Peyton seeks to hang his hat on as
were stunned by the lack of support he rides into the sunset. However,
the most vulnerable were receiving the best policy would have been to
and how it took a toll on them and avoid the need to react to violent
the lives of others. crime in the first place by having
"They (Jacksonville Journey the foresight to see the connection
Task Force members) were between prevention funding and
shocked at what they saw: child- Jacksonville's social makeup.
care centers hardly fit for children Visit our blog @
www.novaljones.wordpress.com. Follow, us on
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Who speaks

for you?

While many have questioned whether Barack Obama was Black enough,
in the 2008 elections 96 percent of African Americans cast their vote for him.
Today, the question has re-emerged. In a recent critique, African-American
scholar Cornel West stated that Obama is "culturally White." This statement
has created new ways to evaluate Obama and has definitely ignited new
debate and increased the divisions existing among African Americans.
Does Obama represent Black Americans' views and issues these days? An
even more relevant question might be: "Do Blacks even want a Black as their

spokesperson"? It seems that not many
are opting to be Blacks' spokesperson.
The leading voices for racial representa-
tion and justice in the past now cop
another tune. The Rev. Al Sharpton has
said that, "the issue comes down to a
misunderstanding of Obama's role. This
is the first time in this country that we
have an African-American president.
[However], he's not the president of
African Americans." But, while Rev. Al
and the gang are no longer in the Black
representation business, former U.S.
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.), has

Does Obama
represent Black
Americans' views and
issues these days? An
even more relevant
question might be: "Do
Blacks even want a
Black as their
spokesperson "

used an unpopular war in Africa to take over the role of international
spokesperson for Black Americans.
As traditional Black political and religious leaders scamper like mice
around the issue; McKinney has taken the position that Obama's actions and
practices are primarily based on his "White conqueror mindset." McKinney
said that Obama's practices and policies are "a continuation of George Bush"
and "do not represent the views of African Americans." On state-sponsored
broadcasts in Libya the 2008 Green Party presidential candidate said, "cate-
gorically and very clearly that these policies of war ... are not what the peo-
ple of the United States stand for, and it's not what African Americans stand
By labeling Obama and his NATO allies, as "warmongers" McKinney
sought to focus listeners' attention on the aggression of the West. "It's very
important people understand what is happening here... and to see the truth...
I am here .... to understand the truth," McKinney said. At one point, during
an interview McKinney, who watched live NATO airstrikes occur on
Gaddafi's compound, said that the U.S. had no business being involved in the
Mainstream media carries an "imperialist" point of view and portrays
McKinney as a rube "lending aid and comfort to America's enemies" as she
fans flames of American hatred by telling Muslims in Libya and Iran that the
United States is exactly what they believe it is a fat, bloated nation con-
trolled by Israel that exploits the poor in order to line the pockets of the
wealthy. Attired in a white scarf wrapped around her shoulders, McKinney
told viewers, that "the profile of an African American is one that advocates
for truth, justice and human dignity."
McKinney scolded the Obama administration and said that under their eco-
nomic policies "those who have the least are losing the most. And those with
the most are getting even more. The last thing we need to do is to spend
money on death, destruction and war," McKinney said. Despite western
media portrayals of Gaddafi as a 'crazy mad man,' to McKinney and other
African-oriented activists, he's "a hero of African rights."
The war in Libya is about increasing the wealth of a few. It cost Americans
$4 million a day. In what way does this war benefit Black Americans? It
doesn't matter that Nelson Mandela supports Gaddafi and his works, to Black
Americans who believe "Obama is heaven-sent," McKinney's and West's
utterances are "blasphemy." In the eyes of Post-racial Blacks, McKinney and
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan parrot Libyan government propa-
ganda and paint the regime as "a harbinger of peace" on the African conti-
nent. In the eyes of McKinney and Farrakhan, Blacks have bought into an
imperialist system and actively glorify America's militarism and dominance
in the name of unlimited personal fortunes of a few.
In the case of whether the U.S. should be allowed to continue assaulting
this Black African country, what say you? (William Reed is available for
speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)
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Clarence Fields, Dottie Young,Marquerite Gay-Kuti, Arnold Grant,Pam Grant-Adams, Eric Nealey, herub Stewart, C.Ronald Belton, Khari Stewart, Clarence Johnson, Lauretta Hansberry, Pam Gordon,Chloe Mims,
Marcus Stewart, Ron Bristol, Joyce Bristol,Dennis Stewart, Michael Stewart, Todd Harris, Maya Stewart, Ralph Stewart, Lydia Stewart, Adrienne Huntley, Mie Stewart, Kolleen Matthews, Adrien Matthews, Leslie
Stewart, Francis Daniels, Andria Lang, Tasha Lang, Veronica Bristol, Edwin Lang, Dominique Daniels, Desiree Daniels, Shay, Ken Daniels, Reeda Havis and Chris Harris. Members of the Daniels, Stewart and Dwight
families gathered over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend for a family reunion and to celebrate the retirement and birthday of Sharon Stewart Gordon. The reunion was headquartered at the Wyndham Hotel.

New pastor installed at Christ

Missionary Baptist Church

First Lady and Pastor Anderson
Christ Tabernacle Missionary

Baptist Church located at 2335 N.
Davis St,is pleased to announce the
installation of their new Pastor
Reverend Kim C. Anderson.
The recent Acts of Installation
were administered and officiated by
several pastors including Dr. Kelly
Brown (Greater Mount Vernon
Missionary Church), Dr. H.T. Rhim
(St. Joseph Missionary Baptist
Church), Dr. E.C. Gregory (St.
Joseph Missionary Baptist Church)
and Dr. David Lattimore (Mt.
Ararat Missionary Baptist Church).
At the soul stirring experience, 13
souls were been added by baptism
and one by Christian experience.

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Shown above is Miss Ayanna Thomas and DevRon Lester
Raines crowns new Queen & King

By: Willie B. Hall
William M. Raines High School
held their 46th Annual "Royal
Pageant" on Thursday, May 26,
2011. The theme of this year's pag-
eant was "Safari Soiree". The stage
and auditorium was magically
transformed into an African Safari.
Entering the event one would have
the allusion they were hunting or
exploring in eastern Africa. Adding
to the events scene was a grand run-
way that allowed the pageants con-
testants to be displayed close to the
Four very talented and gifted
young ladies pursued the title of
"Miss Raines 2011-2012": Brittany
Brooks, Ayanna Thomas, Courtney
Banks and Delisha Ransom. The
title of "Mr. Raines 2011-2012"
was sought by two equally talented
young men: Kristopher Crowden
& DevRon Lester.
When the final scores that includ-
ed: student body vote, contestant
interviews & pageant scores were
counted, Mr. DevRon Lester & Ms.
Ayanna Thomas were crowned the
King and Queen.
Readers may remember Thomas
& Lester from the student body
protest they lead and organized
back in April 2011; rejecting the
Duval County School Boards 4-3
vote to hire an Educational

Management Organization to run
its school. The students led over 50
students as they marched from
Jacksonville's Treaty Oak Park to
Duval County Public Schools head-
quarters where they were granted a
meeting with Superintendent Ed
Pratt-Dannals to discuss the fate of
their school.
"I feel that I already represent my
school in a positive light, but with
the title of Miss Raines, I will bring
an even more positive light and
leadership to not only my school,
but my peers surrounding me", said
When asked why he wanted to be
"Mr. Raines" Lester stated the fol-
lowing: "I am responsible for my
own actions, respectful, and I am a
very dedicated person. "I've learned
that people will forget what you
said, people will forget what you
did, but people will never forget
how you made them feel. With my
new position I plan to help make
people feel that Raines High School
is a great institution", said Lester.
Other title holders included: Mr.
Raines 1st Runner up Kristofer
Crowden-Richardson, Miss Raines
1st Runner up Delisha Ransom,
Miss Raines 2nd Runner up -
Courtney Banks, Miss Raines 3rd
Runner up Brittney Brooks.

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St. Andrews Family & Friends Day Church and Pastor anniversary
St. Andrews Missionary Baptist Church located at 2600 West 45th Street, celebrated at Mt. Bethel
will hold their annual Family and Friends Day celebration on Sunday June

12th 2011. Sunday school will start at 9:45 a.m. and Morning praise serv-
ice will begin at 10:45a.m. For more information, call 444-9345.

Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church
Celebrates Pastor's 11th Anniversary
The community is invited to share with Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church in celebrating the 11th Anniversary of Dr. Herb Anderson as Pastor.
Pastor Anderson will be honored with a concert and banquet on Saturday,
June 4, 2011, at 6 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. Special guests from
throughout the city will headline the program with songs of praise and wor-
ship. This special celebration will close with a 4:00 p.m. service on
Sunday, June 5, 2011. Pastor H. B. Charles and the Shiloh Metropolitan
Baptist Church family will be the special guests. Emanuel is located at
2407 Rev. S. L. Badger Jr. Circle, East. For tickets or more information,
call (904) 356-9371.

Community Awareness
Day at Believers of Christ
On Saturday June 11th, the Mighty Rushing Wind Outreach (MRWO) of
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries will join with organizations through-
out the community in hosting its annual Community Awareness Event.
Activities will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. including vendors,
health fairs and employment assistance. There will also be children's activ-
ities including food, and live entertainment. The church is located at 5318
Avenue B. Jacksonville, FL 32209. Everything is free and open to the pub-
lic. For more information, call Michelle Drinks at 413-8087 or 904-765-
Ask a Lawyer at Faust Temple
The Jacksonville Bar Association and the Northwest Jacksonville
Community Development Corporation invite you to a free ASK-A-
LAWYER event on Saturday, June 18, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Faust
Temple Church of God in Christ, 3328 Moncrief Road. Attorneys will con-
duct individual, 10-to-15-minute consultations and can provide guidance
regarding family law, employment, landlord/tenant, wills and estates, crim-
inal law, bankruptcy, and foreclosures to name a few. For more informa-
tion, call Kathy Para at 356-8371, ext. 363.

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., 1st Chronicles Baptist Church,
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 11th 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-

Western Hoedown at New Bethel AME
New Bethel A.M.E. Church located at 1231 Tyler Street in Jacksonville,
will host a Community Western Hoe Down on Saturday, June 18th from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the church grounds. The Western themed com-
munity event, hosted by the church's HOPE Ministry, features a mini-
Health Fair, music, fun and games for kids and adults, food and fellowship.
The church is located at 1231 Tyler Street. For more information call R.
Williams at 333-0806.

Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
Refreshing Women is looking for Christian Talent, soloist, speakers,
praise dancers and poem readers for a free service that is free to the pub-
lic. The show will be air Saturday mornings at 8A.M. on Comcast 29. For
more information call 220-6400 or email CFIGCPUSH TV@Yahoo.com
Any Pastor wishing to come on the show in the near future are welcome,
and can have their church name and worship service added to the
Community Shout or Roll, by sending their, church name, address and time
of service to Rev. Mattie Freeman, P.O. Box 350117 Jacksonville, Fl.

Global Day of Prayer
The Global Day of Prayer will be celebrated locally at the Veterans
Memorial Arena. Christianis 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 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.

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 Weldon 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 June 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

Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.


Seeking the lost for Christ
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Faster Landon Williams

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM


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Weekly Services

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Bible Study
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The Stupidity of

Black "Colorism"

A new documentary reminds us that many African-
Americans can be just as racist as any white bigot
by Cord Jefferson, BETN skin-bleaching creams are all the
Ask most any African-American rage amongst the darker citizens.
if racism is alive and well in In some places, like South Africa,
America and chances are most of white oppressors even came up
them will answer in the affirma- with ratings systems in which
tive. Race relations are still prob- lighter people of color were given
lematic with many whites, they preference over the darker people.
might add, and the rapidly diversi- That minorities have come to seg-
fying American landscape means ment themselves is frequently a
growing ethnic tensions between learned behavior, and one of the
Blacks and Latinos and Blacks and more despicable ones at that.
Asians, as well. This is right, of Beyond that, European stan-
course-many African-Americans dards of beauty, in which lighter
do still suffer prejudice at the Black women with unnaturally
hands of other races. straight hair are heralded, have
The buzz around the upcoming frequently been foisted upon con-
documentary Dark Girls once sumers by unthinking marketing
again brings to the forefront the agencies and the fashion industry.
awful "colorism" in the Black With so many companies telling
community. Focusing on how dif- people that lighter women are the
ficult it can be for the darkest of ideal, it was only a matter of time
Black women to feel accepted in a before people started believing it.
world that seems to celebrate only It should go without saying, but
Beyonc6s, Dark Girls finds Blacks have enough to worry
women admitting awful bouts of about without attacks from one
self-loathing: "I can remember another. That all African-
being in the bathtub asking my Americans haven't yet learned that
mom to put bleach in the water so judging someone based on the
that my skin would be lighter and color-or, in this case, shade-of
so that I could escape the feelings their skin is wrong is indicative of
I had about not being as beautiful, a deep problem in the community.
as acceptable, as lovable." It also means we have a long way
Colorism is one of the lingering to go if we're going to actually
side effects of racism and colonial- defeat racism. If we can't respect
ism throughout much of the world. ourselves enough to not hate oth-
In parts of Asia, where British set- ers' colors, we'll never be able to
tlers tormented natives for years, get others to respect us.

continued from front
Wilson, founder and CEO of the
Black AIDS Institute, wrote in the
introduction to his organization's
report. "Yet, the epidemic in its
early years was consistently por-
trayed as a problem for white gay
men. Neither our national leaders,
nor Black America itself, responded
as they should have to the clear
signs of an emerging health crisis
among Black people."
Initially, medical experts were
baffled by the new disease.
The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention reported in its June
5, 1981 Morbidity and Mortality
Weekly Report (MMWR): "In the
period October 1980-May 1981, 5
young men, all active homosexuals,
were treated for biopsy-confirmed
Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia at
3 different hospitals in Los Angeles,
California. Two of the patients
died. All five had laboratory-con-
firmed previous or current
cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection
and candida mucosal infection."
In its editorial note, the CDC
observed: "Pneumocystis pneumo-
nia in the United States is almost
exclusively limited to severely
immunosuppressed patients. The

occurrence of Pneumocystosis in
these 5 previously healthy individu-
als without clinically apparent
underlying immunodeficiency is
unusual. The fact that these
patients were all homosexuals sug-
gests an association between some
aspect of a homosexual lifestyle or
disease acquired through sexual
contact and Pneumocystis pneumo-
nia in this population."
It would take another three years
to identify HIV, the virus that caus-
es AIDS. Epidemiologists deter-
mined that HIV could be transmit-
ted by men having sex with men,
heterosexual couples, from infected
women to their newboms, blood
transfusions, and through contami-
nated needles. An estimated 1.1
million people live with HIV/AIDS
today, including 500,000 African-
Although early attention was
understandably focused on White,
gay men, there was sufficient evi-
dence often ignored that Blacks
were disproportionately affected.
One of the enduring myths of the
epidemic is that AIDS almost
exclusively affected white gay men
in the U.S. during the early years,"
the Black AIDS Institute report

AgtM 8 steps to greater health after menopause

African American women are liv-
ing long lives there's a good
chance you have more than a third
of your life ahead of you after
menopause. And it's more impor-
tant than ever to take an active role
in protecting your health post-
menopause, especially since some
conditions, like cardiovascular dis-
ease and osteoporosis, are more
likely to occur during this time.
A drop in levels of estrogen and
other hormones during menopause,
unhealthy lifestyle habits, and mid-
life stress can all add up to an
increased risk of disease in women

post-menopause. And since
menopause is a life transition, it's
an excellent time to take stock of
your overall health. Making smart
lifestyle decisions can help prevent
or delay the onset of many of these
problems, including complications
due to cardiovascular disease and
Stop smoking
Smoking greatly increases your
risk of lung cancer, heart disease,
and stroke. Compared with non-
smokers, women who smoke expe-

states. In reality, AIDS had a dis-
proportionate effect on Black
America from the very beginning.
It continued, "Outside sub-
Saharan Africa, only four countries
have HIV prevalence as high as the
conservative estimates of the HIV
burden in Black America. Indeed,
were Black America its own coun-
try, it would have the 16th largest
number of people living with HIV,
with levels of infection rivaling
numerous countries in Africa."
The first drug approved by the
Food and Drug Administration to
treat HIV infection was AZT, or
zidovudine. But a more effective
class of antiretroviral drugs, called
protease inhibitors, were developed
in the mid-1990s. Researchers dis-
covered that by combining multiple
classes of drugs, they could limit
the viral replication process. The
combination treatment was called
Highly Active Antiretroviral
Therapy (HAART).
Over the years, public awareness
increased in unexpected ways.
"The AIDS-related death of actor
Rock Hudson in 1985 shocked the
country and dramatically increased
AIDS awareness," the Black AIDS
Institute report noted.

rience menopause about 2 years
sooner and have a much greater risk
of developing blood clots when tak-
ing estrogens. Smokers are urged to
quit before starting on hormone
therapy. Ask your health care pro-
fessional about modem tools to
help you quit smoking.
Exercise daily
Regular exercise benefits the
heart and bones, helps you maintain
a healthy weight, and may help pro-
mote weight loss in women who are
overweight or obese. Walking is
one of the best forms of exercise.
Eat wisely

Eating wisely also helps maintain
good postmenopausal health.
Eating a variety of foods from the
major food groups provides most of
the nutrients you need to stay
healthy. Foods rich in calcium and
vitamin D help you maintain strong
bones. According to the National
Osteoporosis Foundation, the rec-
ommended daily intake of calcium
is 1200 to 1500 mg/day, to be
accompanied by the daily intake of
600 to 1000 IU of Vitamin D.
Limiting fat, sugar, and alcohol
consumption can contribute to post-
menopausal weight loss or help you
maintain a healthy weight as well.
Your health care professional can

check your cholesterol level and
advise you about dietary changes
that could curb heart disease. Don't
forget to drink plenty of water.
Practice safe sex
Many pregnancies in women
over 40 are not planned. It's danger-
ous to assume that you won't get
pregnant until you've gone at least a
year without a period. And
menopause does not protect you
against sexually transmitted dis-
eases. If you don't use male or
female condoms, you are not pro-
tected from disease.
See your health care profes-
sional regularly
Your health care professional per-
forms routine screening tests, such
as checking for high blood pressure
or cholesterol, examining your
breasts for breast cancer, and per-
forming a Pap smear to check for
cervical cancer. After age 50, you
should also be checked for colon
cancer. You can work with your
health care professional to prevent
or manage diseases.
Stay active
Staying physically and mentally
active is good for your overall post-
menopausal health and well-being.
Regular physical activity like exer-
cise offers women many benefits
such as the ability to handle stress
more effectively and maintain a
healthy weight. Staying mentally
active also offers many benefits to
postmenopausal women. Engaging
in regular mental activity such as
reading or taking classes can help
build new neural connections in the
brain and could potentially stimu-
late brain cell growth, which may
help keep you mentally sharp and
reduce memory loss. Use this new
stage of your life to explore new
opportunities, indulge in your hob-
bies, and enjoy yourself!
Prevent Cardiovascular
It's believed that estrogen pro-
vides some protection against heart
disease in young women. But
menopause changes the game. After
age 55, more than half of all deaths
among American women are
caused by cardiovascular disease.
Some risk factors are out of your
control others you can manage.

Here's what you can do to lower
your risk:
*Control your blood pressure.
Keeping your blood pressure below
120/80 mm Hg is ideal. Even slight
elevations can double the risk of
stroke or heart attack. Almost half
of women over age 55 have high
blood pressure (a reading equal to
or greater than 140/90 mm Hg).
High blood pressure, or hyperten-
sion, has been dubbed a silent killer
because it usually doesn't cause any
symptoms early on. After years of
living with high blood pressure,
however, your risk of stroke, heart
attack, and kidney failure increase
significantly. Cutting back on salt,
limiting alcohol, losing weight, and
getting regular exercise are impor-
tant ways to keep the lid on hyper-
tension. If lifestyle changes aren't
enough, your doctor can prescribe
medication to lower your blood
*Control your cholesterol. Fatty
substances in the blood can build up
in your arteries, causing blockages
that can lead to a heart attack or
stroke. Know your cholesterol
numbers. Total cholesterol readings
should be less than 200 mg/dL.
Keeping your LDL cholesterol
("bad" cholesterol) and triglyc-
erides low is key, along with trying
to keep your "good" cholesterol
(HDL) number high since HDL
cholesterol can actually protect you
from developing cardiovascular
disease. Regular exercise, eating a
low-fat diet, and avoiding hydro-
genated oils and trans-fatty acids
can help you achieve these goals.
Talk to your doctor about specific
diet and exercise strategies to man-
age your cholesterol. If necessary,
your doctor may suggest medica-
tion to lower your cholesterol.
Avert Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis causes bones to
become weak and brittle. Since
estrogen helps contribute to bone
strength in younger women, the risk
of developing osteoporosis increas-
es post-menopause. The hips, spine,
and wrists are most at risk of frac-
ture due to osteoporosis. A bone
mineral density test can help evalu-
ate your bone strength. Ask your
doctor if this test is right for you.

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An annual favorite returned to
Northeast Florida last weekend.
The 2011 Jazz Festival began
Thursday and ran through Sunday.
Some of the headliners included
Natalie Cole, Noel Friedline, Mavis
Staples, David Sanborn, George
Duke and Herbie Hancock. All
together, the festival encompased

Actor Philip Michael Thomas
three days, four stages and more
than 50 artists.
This year also honored UNF
Director of Jazz Studies Bunky
Green. He was inducted Friday into
the Jackonville Jazz Hall of Fame.
The saxophonist has appeared on
dozens of albums (his first one was
released in 1960), played in Charles

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Spoken Word
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
June 2nd at 7 p.m. Call 632-5555.

Miracle on
Ashley Street
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.

Ritz Jazz Jamm
channels Billy Daniels
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 infor-
mation, call 632-5555Tickets are

7th Journey into
Womanhood banquet
The 7th Annual Journey into
womanhood banquet will be held
on Saturday, June 4th at the

Deerwood Country C(lub, from 1-4
p.m. Ticket price includes food and
entertainment. For more informa-
tion, ca11268-8287.

Brooklyn, Campbell Hill,
Mixon Town Reunion
It's reunion time again on Saturday
June 4th and Sunday June 5th for
the Brooklyn, Campbell Hill and
Mixon 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 residents of these communi-
ties are invited to participate. For
more information, contact Mildred
Lunsford-Van Buren at 764-3937.

Comedy with Joe Torry
First Sunday Comedy on June 5th
will present comedian Joe Tonry at
8 p.m. at the Leopard Lounge, 845
University Blvd. The nationally
known comic is known for HBO
Def Comedy Jam, BET Comic
view, & more. Admission is /$20 at
the door.

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-
ing culinary event. The 21st annual
event will feature 50Jacksonville
restaurants in friendly competition.
More than 1,200 guests attend to
taste everything they see accented
by live music. The event which
raises funds for hunger. For tickets
call 730-8284.

Club Meeting
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 more information or
directions, call 683-9854.

Celebrity Men
Who Cook
The United Negro College Fund
(UNCF), along with Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, Inc. will present the
2nd Annual Celebrity Men Who
Cook on Sunday, June 12th from 3
- 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Hotel .
Admission is $25.

Man Up for Health
The 2011 Man Up for Health month
will be held throughout June with

activity ; inicludil' Blue Tie
Sunday (121li), Young Males
Summil (17th), Adult Males
Suminit (181h) indi a Bike Ride
(18th). Activities; aie frcc and will
be headquatt_-rcd at FSCJ
Downtown canm)pus. Ior more infor-
mation, call 253-2313.

Recession Recovery
and Beyond
The Jacksonville Community
Council, Inc. (JCCI), encourage the
community to their upcoming study
release Recession Recovery and
Beyond. Speakers will be Study
Chair Elaine Brown and Gov. Rick
Scott. It will be held on
Wednesday, June 15th at 11:30
a.m. at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront. For tickets or more
information, call 396-3052.

CATS from Broadway
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-

Black History
Membership Luncheon
The community is invited to
attend the 16th Annual

1 I $3ianu ll lc al( 22p C ds ) $ t s i

Membership Luncheon, celebrating
the 141st Anniversary of James
Weldon Johnson's Birthday for the
Association for the Study of Afric-an
American Life and History. It will
be held on Saturday, June 18th
from 11:30 2 p.m. at EWC in the
Collins Building. For more infor-
mation, email flparker0618@bell-

American Beach Bid
Whist Tournament
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 dinners
will be available. For more infor-
mation, call 310-6696, e-mail
Amerbeachevents@aol.com or visit

Real Men Ball
Basketball Tournament
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.

Speed dating
Are you single? Would like to
meet a other urban professionals?
Are you sick of going to a club and
thinking this isn't for me? Or this
just isn't my type of crowd? Well

here your chance to meet and min-
gle with some of the successful sin-
gle African American men and
women in the city at a sped dating
event. It will be held Thursday
June 23rd at 7pm. 8:30 check-in
Round Two Starts at 9 p.m. at the A
Loft Hotel in Tinseltown. Visit
efbevent.eventbrite.com to register
or for more information.

NAACP Freedom
Fund Dinner
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.

Comedian Martin
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.

Africa Night
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.

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At 74, Ernestine Shepherd is one of the world's fittest

At 74, Baltimore grandmother
Ernestine Shepherd is the Guinness
World Records' oldest female body-
But less than 20 years ago, she
was a pudgy, middle-aged woman
who hated what she saw in the
dressing room mirror as she tried on
swimsuit after swimsuit.
"I was too prissy to exercise," she
said. "I just didn't want to have my
hair messed up. Didn't want my fin-
gernails broken."
That all changed when Shepherd
decided her health trumped all and
hit the gym.
Here's how Shepherd made her
jaw-dropping transformation:
She started out slow. Those rip-
pling muscles didn't appear
overnight. Shepherd said she began
her workout regimen alongside her
sister, starting with a simple aeoro-

bics class.
She increased her
workout incremen-
tally. Shepherd/
said she had
never given/
much thought
to body-
until a
trainer at
her gym
she start
lift i n g
She thinks
big. Once she\
began to see
the effects of
lifting weights,
Shepherd dedicated
herself to becoming

the oldest fitness competitor.
Then. she took up run-
ning, which led to her
completing eight
- She eats
s m a r t .
Shepherd's diet
may not be for
everyone. but
her focus on
healthy foods
is a lesson in
said she eats
several small
meals a day as
part of a diet plan
she formulated
with her trainers.
She takes in 1,700
calories a day, mostly

comprised of boiled egg whites,
chicken, vegetables and a liquid egg
white drink. And she is adamant
that she does not use performance-
enhancing drugs or even supple-
ments beyond vitamin D.
From Flab to Fab:
Amazing Transformation
She doesn't overdo it. Shepherd
said she bench presses about 150
pounds, but her trainer is careful not
to push her and cause an injury.
"I have old things in my body,"
she said. 1e
She had an inspiration. p
Shepherd's quest to become buff G
was launched alongside her sister, 0
Mildred Blackwell.
But when Blackwell died in
1992, a year into the sisters' train-
ing, Shepherd vowed to continue on
in her memory. A Night in the village benefits Monique Burr
She gives back. Shepherd said With the sell-out success of previous events in mind, Roy's Restaurant
she wants other people, especially hosted the annual "A Night in the Village," benefiting the Monique Burr
those who are older, to know it's not Foundation for Children, Inc. This year's party took place at 6 p.m. on
too late to get healthy. Wednesday, May 25, at Roy's Restaurant and at Third Street Village in
In addition to working as a per- Jacksonville Beach. Guests were treated to a fashion show and delectable
sonal trainer, Shepherd leads exer- Hawaiian-fusion cuisine inspired by celebrity chef and restaurant founder
cise classes for seniors at the Union Roy Yamaguchi. The evening also included a silent auction. Shown above
Memorial United Methodist Church are (L-R) Dr. Holyfield Parker, Tonya Robinson, Diane Parker and
in Baltimore. Diena Thompson. KFPphoto

Revolutionary poet, musician Gil Scott-Heron dies

Links enjoy the Big Easy Nearly 1,000 members of the Links, Inc. from around the south
converged on New Orleans, Louisiana last week for their 41st Southern Area Conference. For four days women
from 77 chapters strategized, fellowshipped and were educated on how to better enrich their chapter and com-
munities. They also elected a new executive leadership council which includes Janice Nelson of Jacksonvlle's
Bold City Chapter as Southern Area Treasurer. The women's service organization will hold their national con-
ference next June in Orlando, FL. Shown above taking a break from their rigorous schedule on New Orleans'
famous Bourbon Street with street performers are (L-R) Rometa Porter, Ja'serius Moore, Thelecia Wilson,
Morris Candolet and Liz Honore (Birmingham, Al.).

Gil Scott-Heron, dubbed the
"godfather of rap" for his mix of
poetry and music, died Friday in
New York. He was 62.
It was not immediately known
what killed Scott-Heron, who was
best known for the 1970 song "The
Revolution Will Not Be Televised," a
politically and socially charged
song that examined the African
American condition in America at
the time. The song was banned by
some radio stations.
Scott-Heron defined the genre,
long-time friend and former band-
mate Charlie Saunders said.
Saunders worked on Scott-Heron's
1970 debut album "Small Talk At
125th & Lenox."
Saunders, a percussionist, said
the last time he saw Scott-Heron
was about two years ago when he
needed a place to stay.
"He came by our house to get

Gil Scott-Heron
himself together, spent 4 to 5 days
and then moved on," Saunders said.
Much of Scott-Heron's poetry
and music reflected his struggles
with drugs and alcohol.
Born in 1949, Scott-Heron first

gained fame for his poetry and spo-
ken word performances in the late
1960s. By the mid-1970s, he had
published two books of poetry and
recorded four albums, including
"Small Talk At 125th & Lenox."
His early albums, "Pieces of a
Man" and "Winter in America,"
have been credited with influencing
other musical genres, such as hip
hop. But "The Revolution Will Not
Be Televised" that put Scott-Heron
on the musical map.
After a 13-year hiatus from mak-
ing music, Scott-Heron put out a
new album last year called "I'm
New Here."
In a 2008 interview with New
York magazine, Scott-Heron
revealed he had contracted HIV
after years of battling drug and
alcohol addictions. In 2001 and
2007, he was jailed on drug

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