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Serena Williams to return after a
year long absence at Wimbledon
Serena Williams is set to return to tennis at the
Wimbledon warm-up event in Eastbourne starting
on Saturday, after a year sidelined by illness and
The reigning Wimbledon champion was given a
wildcard into the grasscourt event where she will
join sister Venus who herself has been absent from
the tour since January.
"I am so excited to be healthy enough to compete
again," said 13-times grand slam singles champi-
on Serena in a statement from tournament organizers.
"These past 12 months have been extremely tough and character build-
ing. I have so much to be grateful for. I'm thankful to my family, friends,
and fans for all of their support. Serena's back!"
Wimbledon begins on June 20.
Africa's growth prospects dim
as Libya's economy implodes
The conflict in Libya has caused its economy to implode, dimming
growth prospects in a region already reeling from the impact of civil
unrest in Egypt and Tunisia, according to new reports.
Libya's economy will probably shrink 19 percent this year, after grow-
ing 7.4 percent in 2010, while its inflation rate jumps to 12.1 percent
from 4.7 percent, according to the 2011 African Economic Outlook,
released in Lisbon today. The nation's prospects are expected to improve
next year, with growth of 16 percent and 5.1 percent inflation.
Rebels trying to end Muammar Qaddafi's four-decade rule, backed by
air strikes from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, are fighting
troops loyal to the Libyan leader. The conflict has left most of the east in
opposition hands and curbed oil exports. The North African country has
the continent's largest oil reserves.
Pres. Obama's rating hits new low
Americans' disapproval of how President Barack Obama is handling the
economy and its growing budget deficit has reached new highs amid
broad frustration over the slow pace of economic recovery, according to
a Washington Post-ABC New poll released on Tuesday.
The ratings boost Obama received after the killing of Osama bin Laden
has dissipated with his job approval rating back to 47 percent. Forty-nine
percent disapprove of his performance.
Obama's approval rating bounced to 56 immediately after bin Laden
was killed last month.
Fifty-nine percent, a new high, gave Obama negative marks for his han-
dling of the economy, up from 55 percent a month earlier.
Obama's approval rating on the deficit issue hit a new low of 33 percent,
down 6 points since April. The state of the economy poses a challenge for
the president, whose re-election in 2012 may depend on his ability to
convince voters that his economic policies have been successful.
Black farmers receiving
discrimination settlement notification
African-American farmers who faced discrimination at by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture in farm loans are being notified they may
qualify for a part of a $1.25 billion settlement.
A series of class action lawsuits found that between 1981 and 1996 the
USDA systematically discriminated against African-American farmers
on the basis of race.
The notification process is informing members of the class action law-
suit that the most recent court decision opens up the field of eligibility to
those excluded from earlier court decisions, a statement from lawyers
involved in the litigation said on Monday.
Those who experienced the discrimination or their heirs, kin, or legal
representatives should file a claim and comment, or may object to the set-
tlement, with the federal court.
The deadline for filing claims may be as early as February 28, 2012, the
statement from the lawyers said.
By not acting, claimants forfeit their award and the right to sue in the
future, according to a notice being sent to members of previous lawsuits.
Nigerian police free 30 girls in
alleged 'baby industry'
Lagos, Nigeria Police raided a clinic in southeast Nigeria and rescued
about 30 girls last week allegedly used in a "baby industry" in which they
would give birth to children who then would be sold.
"There are about 30 pregnant young ladies -- the eldest was 20 years
old," said Geoffrey Ogbonna, a police spokesman. "Some belong in sec-
ondary, even in primary school."
In addition to the expecting mothers, 12 children were found at the clin-
ic ranging in age from 2 to 12 years old. It was not clear whether the chil-
dren found were related to the pregnant girls and women.
Police stormed the Cross Foundation clinic in Abia state over the week-
end after receiving a tip, but no babies were found at the location, the
Authorities believe there were cases in which babies were sold for
between 640 to $960, with the women receiving about $131. Some of the
women had unwanted pregnancies and wanted to get rid of their babies,
while others were impregnated as part of the operation of the clinic's
Volume 24 No. 34 Jacksonville, Florida June 9-15, 2011
Feds eye Black .a
unemployment .L E
African-Americans or blacks
made up 12 percent of the United
States labor force in 2010. Overall,
18 million blacks were employed or
looking for work, representing 62.2
percent of all black people.
In 2010, about half of blacks aged
16 and older had a job and 17.5 per-
cent of those employed worked
part-time. Blacks are the only racial
or ethnic group where women rep-
resent a larger share of the
employed than do men more
than half (54.3 percent) of
employed blacks in 2010 were
women, compared to 46.3 percent
among employed whites.
Employed black women still earn
less than employed black men.
More than a quarter of employed
black workers aged 25 or older
have earned a college degree, a
share that exceeds that for
Hispanics, but continues to trail
whites. While the share that are col-
lege graduates has risen 20 percent
in the past decade, the gap in the
share of employed blacks and
whites who are college graduates
has not narrowed and a 10 percent-
age point gap remains.
Black workers are more likely to
be employed in the public sector
than Continued on page 2
Over 1,200 people attended the 17th Annual Clara White Mission Miracle
on Ashley Street celebrity servers and chefs event. The unique culinary
fundraiser brings over $50,000 into the Clara White Mission's coffer to ben-
efit worthy programs for the city underserved. For one day only, 30 of the
city's top chefs prepare their gourmet specialties for the benevolent com-
munity and homeless alike. The meal is served by local "celebrities". Shown
above donating their time and talents are celebrity servers businessman
Onasanya Bandele, Executive Michael Balanky and CEO Jackie Perry.
Shown above is Mayor elect Alvin Brown, Paula Wright- School
Board member, Mayor John Peyton, W.C. Gentry- Duval County
School Board President and Ed Pratt-Daniels, Duval County School
City joins forces to raise
students' literacy rates
Just twenty-four hours after
Duval County schools received
their Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test (FCAT) scores,
the school district launched a new
reading initiative aimed at raising
the literacy rate for students
throughout the county.
The Read It Forward Jax cam-
paign will partner city, business,
faith-based and nonprofit leaders
throughout the community and is
designed to teach Jacksonville's
children about the importance of
"For us to move forward as a com-
munity, we have to have our public
school performance move for-
ward," Superintendent Ed Pratt-
Dannals said. "Our goal is to have
every child reading at grade level
every year, and this reading initia-
tive provides the necessary
resources to ensure success."
The program was kicked off at
Matthew Gilbert Middle School,
where hundreds of children sat with
a book in their lap.
According to the school district,
the launch is the culmination of
months of detailed research and
planning, Read It Forward Jax will
focus on improving reading per-
formance for students in grades K-
12. The school district will provide
additional professional develop-
ment opportunities for teachers and
require extended reading instruc-
tion for students who are not yet
The collaboration joins forces
with nonprofits, mentoring agen-
cies along with the business com-
munity to provide human and mate-
rial resources to enhance the liter-
Continued on page 2
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Shown above are participants: Kalicia Stillman, Larnee Mills, Torreka Manning, Amber Williams, Emerald Williams, Kylah Thompson,
Mariah Staggers, Mia Staggers, Ke'yanna Lamar,Brianna Lamar, Adaeze Ikeokwu, Sharania Gathers, Shilah Easton, Nola Carter, Aniyah
Brown, Kaliatou Borjibo,Mariah Bryant, Myamyckel Etienne, Demiele Lindsay,Tiana Meghani, Shana Perry, Aleis Roosa, Eturnity Scott,
Alexsya Simmons, Kiara Smith, Adrionna Smith, Kilanea Sutton, Kolyka Wald, Katrina Thorne, Johminah Douglas. Tonya Austin photo
Gamma Rho Omega and Delta Chairman, Dr. Justine Redding. aging high scholastic achievement The program is the signature pro-
Omicron Chapters of Alpha Kappa The Emerging Young Leaders is through leadership development, gram of the 28th International
Alpha Sorority, Inc. recently held a an international program for middle educational enrichment, civic President and it will continue for
graduation celebration for the school girls (grades 6-8), which is engagement and character. The goal the next three years. The young
Inaugural class of Emerging Young designed to extend the vision of the is to impact the lives of 10,000 ladies meet monthly for workshops
Leaders at the home of Program sorority by cultivating and encour- girls..
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Suprise retirement celebration
for LaVonne Mitchell
Marechita Calhoun, Rev. Kelly E. Brown, Jr.,
honoree La Vonne Mitchell, and Armenia Green.
Standing Annie Scott, Mozelle Thomas, Paula Scott, John Scott,
and Michelle Washington. Sitting Marvin Gilliard, Rachelle
Gilliard, Henrietta Newton, Norman Newton andJohnnie Thomas.
Continued from front
the literacy skills of students,
school officials said. School district
business partners have already
begun purchasing new classroom
libraries to increase students' love
of reading and increase their com-
The program will utilize the latest
technology to reach students of all
age levels school officials said.
This summer, state-of-the-art "TV
Textbooks" will be made available
to 50 students in a pilot program,
according to the school district.
These small boxes will hook up to a
standard television and can be used
to teach reading lessons at home.
In the future, parents can eventu-
ally use the boxes to learn new
ways to read with their children.
Business partners have stepped up
to support the development and
more will join, according to the
"We've got to make sure that our
young people know how to read,"
Mayor-elect Alvin Brown said.
The effort will cost the district $5.5
million, much of which will go
toward training teachers over the
summer as part of the initiative.
To help with the campaign, go to
Calling all Gilbert
'58 football players
The search is on for all Matthew
Gilbert Senior High Football
Championship 1958 team, former
players, 1958-1959 students, cheer-
leaders, coaching staff and stu-
dents. There will be a brief program
on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at
Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School.
The Championship team will
present the school a plaque to
Principal Evan Daniel to be placed
in the school. 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 $10.
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.
Saluting our graduating black males Succeeding
against the odds of the majority of America's Black males are (L-R)
Jarrett Williams, Isaiah Stallings, Joshua Roberts The honors gradu-
ates of Raines High School received their diplomas this week and are
all planning to attend college. TAustin photo
Community urged to support local ACT-
SO youth completion in Los Angeles
The community is urge
to join the NAACP in
raising funds to attend
the annual national
ACT_SO competition. In
order to meet their goals,
the talented youth are
holding a talent show-
The 11th DASOTA
Giants Steps Showcase
will be held on Sunday,
June 12th at Douglas
Anderson School of the
Arts at 4 p.m.
Students will partici-
pate in dramatics, dance,
contemporary and clas-
sical vocals, instrumental contemporary and classical, oratory, draw-
ing painting, filmmaking, original essay.
For more information, call 705-8518
Standing Janice Ramsey, Yvette Hampton, Denise Thomas, and
Graylayn Lesesne. Sitting Howard Miller, Mary Miller, Rhonda
Boyd, Waretta Sayer and Robin Bivins.
Standing La Vonne Mitchell, Catherine Massey; Sitting Delia
Covington; Congress Woman Corrine Brown, Beatrice Matthews,
Leola Calhoun, Mary Nelson and Jeanette Kittles.
Over 50 family and friends secretly flocked to the University Club of
Jacksonville for LaVonne Mitchell's surprise retirement party. Lavonne's
son Rashad Medlock chose the South Bank to surprise his mom and cele-
brate her journey. Loved ones headlined the program speaking in detail
about the honorees career, work ethic and tenure as an employee of the
Postal Service. A special tribute from Lavonne's son were eloquent words
from the bible passage proverbs 31: 25-31, "Give her of the fruit of her
hands and let her own works praise her in the gates."
Feds watch unemployment
continued from page' 1
Hispanic counterparts. In 2010,
nearly 1 in 5 employed blacks
worked for the government com-
pared to 14.6 percent of whites and
11.0 percent of Hispanics.
Conversely, blacks are less likely
than Hispanics and nearly as likely
as whites to work in the private sec-
tor, not including the self-
employed. Few blacks are self-
employed only 3.8 percent
reported being self-employed in
2010 making them about half as
likely to be self-employed as whites
Half of black workers employed
full time earned $611 or more per
week in 2010, 80 percent of that
earned by whites. The gap in earn-
ings has been similar throughout
the recession and recovery period.
The average unemployment rate
for blacks in 2010 was 16.0 per-
cent, compared to 8.7 percent for
whites, and 12.5 percent for
Hispanics. Historically, blacks have
persistently higher unemployment
rates than the other major racial and
ethnic groups and the recent reces-
sion and recovery period has large-
ly reflected this pattern.
Nearly half (48.4 percent) of all
unemployed blacks were unem-
ployed 27 weeks or longer in 2010,
compared to 41.9 percent of unem-
ployed whites and 39.3 percent of
unemployed Hispanics. Moreover,
blacks remained unemployed
longer than whites or Hispanics in
2010, with a median duration of
unemployment approaching 26
The unemployment rate for blacks
has remained high. In May 2011,
the unemployment rate for blacks
was 16.2 percent; down only 0.3
percentage points from the peak of
16.5 percent in March and April
The past few months have seen
private sector job growth in areas
such as transportation and ware-
housing as well as continuing
employment gains in health care;
both industries have a large share of
black workers. However, blacks are
more vulnerable to continuing local
government job losses because they
make up a disproportionate share of
public sector workers.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
RE: FY 2011 Section 5307 Formula Grant
URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $13,432,773
RECIPIENT: 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)
Transit Satellite Transfer Amenities
Bus Preventative Maintenance
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
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:
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Post Office Drawer "0"
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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.
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Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Students raise their books at the assembly.
Read It Forward Jax
June 9-15, 2011 ,
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Collier makes history as Duval's
highest elections official of color
Shown above is Dwaine, Jihaan and Avis Sweet.
Jihaan is also shown below at his piano.
Proud parents honor son's
acceptance to Juilliard
Proud parents Avis and Dwaine
Sweet recently feted their talented
son Jahaan Akil Sweet with a cele-
bration honoring his acceptance
into the prestigious Juilliard per-
forming arts conservatory.
A classical pianist since
the age of 6, young
Jahaan has spent the
last 12 years hon-
ing his talent.
In addition to
every day, he
also has a hip
panel with his
rendition of Billy
Strayhorn's "Take !
the A Train". His
back up choices for
higher education were
Florida A&M Universir),
and Berklee School of Music in
His parents said they first knew
their son was something special
after all of his instructors continu-
ously told them he was a special
"I really enjoy just watching him
playing," says father Dwaine. "I
love seeing the joy on his face
when he plays something
he's really into."
The private cele-
out of town fam-
ily, a party at
the Hyatt and
even an 'after
party' at his
School of the
Arts, he will
26th. The school,
,/_located at the Lincoln
Center for the Performing
Arts in New York City, is known to
be one of the most prestigious per-
forming arts conservatories in the
world and graduates 800 students a
year in dance, drama, and music.
While many in Jacksonville are
still celebrating the election of
Jacksoville's first Black Mayor,
Supervisor of Elections Jerry
Holland is making history of his
own. Last week he appointed ten
year elections office veteran Tracie
Collier to the appointment of
The appointment expands her
role from the former position of
Director of Communications.
As the Deputy Supervisor,
Collier will be responsible for all
duties and will act in the role of the
Supervisor of Elections in the
absence of Supervisor Holland
according to Florida Statute 98.015
(8) which states that "Each
Supervisor may select and appoint a
deputy supervisor who shall have
the same powers and whose acts
Deputy Supervisor of Elections
shall have the same effect as the
acts of the Supervisor". The role of
Chi Eta Phi walks against obesity for NCNW
Chi Eta Phi walks against obesity Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, Inc.
participated last week in the "Fit for Life" walk against obesity sponsored
by the National Council of Negro Women. The walk theme was "One
Hundred Women in White, Walking with Girls" and was held at the new
Bob Hayes Sports Complex.. Shown above participating are Julie
Paul,Juanita James, Rometa G. Porter. Wilma Lauray, Barbara
Hopkins, Helen Bargeron and Arlene Coleman. A discussion/dialogue
was held after the walk at the Reed Center, refreshments and information
Deputy Supervisor has been vacant
since the passing of former Deputy
Supervisor of Elections, Sandra
Henderson in 2010.
Tracie Collier brings with her ten
years of experience with the
Elections office. In her position as
Director of Education and
Communications, Ms. Collier was
instrumental in making the voting,
experience positive and accessible
to everyone. As Holland was elect-
ed into office in 2005, Ms. Collier
helped transition the Elections
Office to the highest quality of serv-
ice and the achievement of always
providing an accurate election to
Duval County voters. In her capac-
ity, she has trained thousands of
elections representatives bringing
standards to a new level. She holds
a Masters Degree in Educational
Leadership from UNF and a
Bachelor of Science degree in
Special Education from Edward
Waters College. She also attended
Raines High School and Florida
If history proves to be a factor,
the appointment positions Ms.
Collier for another trailblazing
move. Prior to the election of Mr.
Holland, for over two decades, the
Supervisor of Elections office has
been won by former Deputies.
Holland won the election in 2005
after a bid by City Councilman
Warren Jones for the office. The
special election was held to replace
John Stafford (a former Deputy
Supervisor), who passed while in
Kirby Smith selected
as the PTSA of the Year
The Duval County Parent Teacher Association selected Kirby Smith
Middle School PTSA as the Middle School PTA of the Year. Their inno-
vative programs to promote parent engagement in the school helped them
garner the award. The programs included: "Take Your Family to School
Week", Pump It Up with Fitness FCAT Rally, Teacher's Appreciation
Week. Shown are members of the Kirby Smith PTSA Board: (L-R)
Michelle Elisano, Joyce Couch (President), Margaret Godke (Treasurer),
Helen Decerce, and Janet Jefferson-Hastings (Reflections and Teacher
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June 9-15, 2011
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Drug testing welfare recipients is discrimination
Maybe at first thought, the con-
cept of drug testing for welfare
recipients is a good idea. For some
it makes sense to ensure that public
funds are being used "properly."
Well, first thoughts are often not
the best thoughts. And of course
not all ideas are good ideas.
Testing people that apply for tem-
porary assistance from the govern-
ment is a solution looking for a
Arsenio Hall once said, "Most
people think they know the answer.
I am willing to admit I don't even
the know the question."
Let me cut across the field and
get to the heart of the matter. When
a law is passed that discriminates
against a certain group then that
law is typically found unconstitu-
Unfortunately, many "conserva-
tives" think that most poor people
have drug habits and are lazy
because they cannot find good pay-
ing jobs. I know ludicrous right!
But that's exactly the message
that Governor Rick Scott and the
bill supporters are sending to the
public. Before Scott even took
office is campaigned for drug test-
ing of people who receive
Temporary Assistance to Needy
Families (TANF) before they can
Other components of the bill say
that those who refuse tests can be
disqualified from receiving bene-
fits and applicants that test positive
could lose benefits for three years.
In a situations where there is a
two-parent household, both adults
would be tested. If both parents fail
then benefits to children could be
awarded to a third party recipient,
who must also pass a drug screen.
By the way, by signing the bill
Florida just became the only state
in the nation to require drug testing
for welfare recipients.
Message to the Governor: this is
not a new notion. Other states have
studied the issue and decided that
testing all recipients was not cost
effective, according to the Center
for Legal and Social Policy in a
study released in January of this
Let me see here only state that
test poor people needing help and
the most unpopular governor in the
nation according to polling num-
bers. I am certainly no genius or
political scholar, but maybe there is
a connection here.
There are other states that test
welfare recipients, but their testing
requirement is much more narrow.
This means that if a recipient has a
history of drug abuse or a drug
related conviction then testing
maybe required not "just
In fact, a similar law was struck
down in 2003 by a federal court in
Michigan. No doubt that this bill
will be challenged by civil rights
Despite Democrats fighting
against the bill, the Rick Scott Tea
Party train moved ahead and
pushed the bill through the House
of Representative and Senate with
all votes along party lines. Here's
another interesting fact brought out
by opponents of the bill. We have
been here before. A pilot-testing
program in Florida that was shut
down in 2001 after it showed no
significant difference in drug use
between welfare recipients and the
population at large.
Let me write that again in case
you missed it. The state of Florida
shut down a similar program in
2001 after it showed no significant
difference in drug use between wel-
fare recipients and the population at
Under this new testing law, recip-
ients are required to pay for the
tests and periodically be retested at
their expense to continue receiving
benefits. If applicants for funds
pass the drug test, at some point
they will be reimbursed if their
So we are essentially asking poor
people to go get test that could cost
anywhere from $10 to $70. As I
said earlier, this is a ludicrous
So if we are testing welfare
recipients should also be testing
students who get Pell Grants?
Those are public funds right? How
about testing the CEOs of corpora-
tions that get government incen-
tives? Those are public funds right?
If the purpose of testing TANF
recipients is to ensure that the
money is not being used for drugs,
then we need to be consistent and
enforce that same standard on all
people receiving government sup-
In his released statement,
Governor Scott said, "While there
are certainly legitimate needs for
public assistance, it is unfair for
Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug
It's the presumption of drug use
that is the problem here. If the need
to test was narrowed down then
most people would probably under-
One of the groups considering a
lawsuit against the new law fired
off a statements last week after
Governor Scott signed the bill.
"The wasteful program created
by this law subjects Floridians who
are impacted by the economic
downturn, as well as their families,
to a humiliating search of their
urine and body fluids without cause
or even suspicion of drug abuse,"
stated Howard Simon, executive
director of ACLU Florida.
Maybe the goal here is to really
deter people from going after pub-
lic assistance funds.
It's funny how folks forget their
past. The bill sponsor once
received public assistance for his
family, Representative Smith, and
of course the Governor touts the
fact that he lived in public housing
as a child.
Signing off from the Department
of Children and Families,
A broader pcrspcctive ofi our social 1 nstruct.
Governor Rick Scott knows how to
draw a crowd... of lawyers, that is.
by Noval Jones
One might say that timing is
One might say that promises
made, are to be kept.
One might even say that bad leg-
islation is bad legislation no matter
where it's coming from.
However, what one can say for
sure is that Florida Governor Rick
Scott loves a good lawsuit.
Over the past few weeks Scott
has invited attorneys from all over
the country representing various
civil and professional rights groups
to participate in a game of Florida
First up, the voters of the fine
state of Florida. Apparently too
many people have been finding
their way to the polls. Never mind
that they have the right to do so in
an expression of their voice. Scott
and his Republican friends decided
that the path to the polls was much
too easy for Democrats to find. In a
swift stroke of the pen Scott signed
into law a bill that would make it
tougher for citizens moving from
county-to-county to update an
address and vote on site. Scott's
law also reduces the time for early
voting across the state from two
weeks to one week prior to Election
Instead of making it easier for
Florida citizens to vote, Scott has
added another layer to the process.
Even as the voices of Supervisors
of Elections offices from a cross
the state rang out against this meas-
ure, Scott slid his law pen into
As a result, the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a
lawsuit to protect the rights of
Next, things could be better
around here if those pesky welfare
people would just stop taking those
drugs. The rational is that those on
federally funded, state regulated
public assistance are somehow
spending their food stamps on blow
and weed. While this might not
seem like a far stretch to the aver-
age bigot, it only perpetuates out of
date stereotypes of poor people
spending their last dime on some
Also, when Scott fingers welfare
recipients we all know whom he's
really talking about. Black folks.
Never mind that there is no
research to support a law that indi-
cates citizens on public assistance
use more drugs proportionally than
the general population. In fact,
there is no evidence out there that
says the folks targeted for this
abuse of rights have any significant
problems other than a sustained
state of poverty.
Scott says it's worth it to be sure
that no taxpayer dollars are sup-
porting drug habits. If it's the tax
dollars he's so concerned about
then he should be the first in line to
take a test and lead by example.
Added to the cost madness is the
fact that the state will be spending
more than $10 million to imple-
ment this needless effort.
Scott's welfare law is an invasion
of privacy and, in the end, will be
very costly to Florida's taxpayers.
Enter attorneys' efforts to protect
Florida's most vulnerable here.
Let's not forget those lazy public
employees. You know the ones who
are the lowest paid in the entire
country. The ones who haven't had
a raise in pay in going on six years.
The same ones who just took a 3%
salary reduction. The ones who for
some reason have become the scum
of the Florida earth simply because
they are overworked and under-
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Scott is introducing a new drug
testing policy that will call for state
employees to submit regular sam-
ples for testing. Again, there is no
evidence to suggest a problem.
Scott just wants to implement this
form of invasion for kicks and gig-
gles, and to spend more money that
the state does not have.
As stated earlier, if Scott wants
state employees to buy into this
philosophy he should step to the
front of pee cup line.
More, more and even more
lawyers are on their way to chal-
lenge this one as well.
Since Scott took office, his
obnoxious audacity for the lack of
respect for common and vulnerable
Floridians has been unbelievable at
best. This guy can only be com-
pared to a cartoon, that is, not real
and of no substance.
The only good thing so far about
Scott's tenure in the state's most
powerful seat is that the people of
Florida are waking up. Scott's
approval rating is in the twenties
and his presence is toxic to other
Republicans around the state who
think they have a political future.
Let's just hope these costly laws
get trampled by the lawyers.
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When it comes to looking out for the economic inter-
est of Black Americans do you think that the Obama administration is
doing too much, too little or the right amount?
In the upcoming months, someone is going to tap you to 1) make a dona-
tion, 2) volunteer, and or 3) vote for people and platforms that best repre-
sent you and your views. Don't let the past be prologue in this instance,
in that history influences and sets the context for the future. This time
around why don't we demand that all candidates present a "Black Agenda"
with specific ways to improve the lives of Blacks in America to get our
It's not like Blacks don't need someone to look out for our interests. The
wealth gap between Whites and Blacks continues to increase. Reports say
the annual median income ($32,584) for Black Americans is going down
and the number among those living in poverty (26%) is headed up. And,
who in our representative form of government is trying to change that? In
representative politics, elected "representatives" are supposed to stand up
for us and "represent our interest." Exactly who is representing Blacks'
interests in this representative democracy?
We need a bona fide "Black agenda" to address a range of difficult social
problems which still plague Black America. Under the guise of collective
advancement we should ask ourselves: "What's wrong with critics like
Tavis Smiley requesting that Obama publicly announce his thoughts and
policies regarding a Black agenda. As if the subject is debatable, a chorus
of Black leaders who include such as the Rev. Al Sharpton of the National
Action Network, National Urban League's Marc Morial and the NAACP'S
Ben Jealous have give President Obama cover saying that "he doesn't need
a Black agenda."
What has Obama done for you lately? Here's what's important: The
issues of concern to Black Americans have to be put on paper and sent to
your representative in Congress as well as to the city, county and state
councils where you live. We suggest you make use of the following con-
cepts to let them know your legislative agenda.
The Black Agenda 2012
We want you to:
Promote educational reinvestment in low- income and disadvantaged
African American communities
Guarantee child care assistance to low-income families and promote
Improve student achievement and graduation rates for low income and
minority children, with spe-
cial emphasis on science
and technology education
and training opportunities.
Expand college access
by simplifying and expand-
ing Pell Grant opportunities
and increasing support for
Historically Black College
youth to after-school and
summer programs, job
training and employment.
Increase Access to
Increase funding for
It's not like Blacks don't need
someone to look out for our
interests. The wealth gap
between Whites and Blacks
continues to increase. Reports
say the annual median income
($32,584) for Black Americans
is going down and the number
among those living in poverty
(26%) is headed up. And, who
in our representative
form of government is
trying to change that?
education, job training, and small business opportunities for low- income
and minority communities.
Eliminate Health Disparities
Provide and fully fund programs to increase minority representation at
all levels of the health profession
Address and ensure that the impact of research and all health related
provisions in minority communities is assessed through data collection,
disaggregation and analysis.
Provide Equitable Housing Options
Support comprehensive public housing reform and expansion of the
Section 8 housing voucher programs
Protect renters, especially those affected by housing foreclosures
Prevent foreclosures by increasing the number of loan modifications.
Stop predatory lending, foreclosure rescue fraud and general housing
Strengthen Civil Rights and Judicial Reform
Provide opportunities for individuals with criminal records and their
reintegration into their respective communities.
Eliminate sentencing disparities
Stop the cradle to prison pipeline
Address Global Poverty
Continue Millennium Development goals to end poverty.
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Achieve universal primary education
Promote gender equality
Reduce infant mortality and improve maternal health
Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Ensure environmental sustainability
Expand trade and development assistance
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Armstead, (Honoree) Ruby Dorsey, James Rivers, Vale Dorsey and Charles Fountain R. Silver photo
Vale & Ruby Dorsey celebrate 10th anniversary Vale and Ruby Dorsey cele-
brated their 10th anniversary surrounded by family and friends last weekend at the Arlington Women Center. The
occasion also marked the belated 65th Birthday for Mrs. Ruby Dorsey. The festive event accented by live enter-
tainment, was hosted by their 4 children, Marissa, Melissa, Walter and Kelvin. The sparkling occasion decorated
in purple and gold was highlighted when honorees Val and Ruby were lauded for their loving impressions by all
Florida A&M University's Head Football Coach Joseph
"Joe" Taylor to visit Jacksonville's Alumni Chapter
The JRE Lee Alumni Chapter of
Florida A&M University will hold
its monthly meeting this Saturday,
June 11th, at 10 a.m. at the FAMU
College of Pharmacy- Building,
2050 Art Museum Dr., 4800 Bldg.
Suite 200. The special chapter
meeting will include a visit by the
University's Head Football Coach
Joseph "Joe" Taylor.
Coach Taylor is the 15th head
coach in the history of FAMU foot-
ball and has quickly restored the
razor's edge to the Rattler brand in
his first two seasons.
The Washington D.C. native
came to FAMU after 16 seasons at
the helm of the Hampton (VA)
University football program,
where he was the most successful
coach in school history.
In 2010, Taylor's team started 2-
3, before he declared in front of the
FAMU student body, alumni and
staff, that the Rattlers would run
the table. With a focus like any
other, the Rattlers reeled off six
consecutive wins just as Taylor had
promised. He capped the season
with a 38-27 win over previously
University. That win gave the
Rattlers a share of the 2010 MEAC
Football Championship. As a result
of the attention the Rattlers
received, defensive back Curtis
Holcomb became Taylor's first
NFL draft pick taken by the San
Scholarships honor 40 year education trail and
legacy of Mrs. Thelma Irene Pinkney Geiger
The National Alliance of Black
School Educators recently awarded
a scholarship in honor of the late
Mrs. Thelma Irene Pinkney Geiger.
The students, who both attend
Andrew Jackson High School, are
Michael Morris and Kavaris Simon.
Each Each student received a
$4,000 scholarship awarded over a
four year period, $1,000 yearly
To qualify for the scholarship the
student must have attended
Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School
and graduated from a Duval
County Public School and received
acceptance to Florida A & M
University for the fall.
The students wrote an essay, doc-
umented community service and
had two letters of reference.
The scholarship is awarded as a
memorial and testimonial to Mrs.
Geiger and her legacy tenure and
commitment to education. Her
daughter, Thelma Mumford-Glover
and her siblings, established the
memorial fund in her mothers
memory to honor her county men-
torship which began at Matthew W.
Gilbert Junior-Senior High School
For 40 years, her
career in education
Fletcher Junior '
High, and Eugene J. Mrs. Geiger
Butler Schools. She was twice
voted "Teacher of the Year", and
won numerous awards and recogni-
tions for her students and herself.
She was one of the first African
American administrators selected
to integrate the school district.
"My mother valued education and
her legacy will live forever in the
future deeds of every student who
receives the Thelma Pinkney
Geiger scholarship," said
Church family helps to send youth to China
- Church of the Crucifixion recently assisted two of it's students Czdari
Lee and Breoni Lee with their quest to attend the People to People
Leadership Summit in China this summer. They will be gone for a total of
seventeen days for an experience of a lifetime. The two honors students
were presented the check this week. Shown above is Parish Council
President Ernest Favors Czdari Lee, Breoni Lee and their mother Chandra
Lee. R. Porter Photo
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Good Nutrition for
Women, Infants and Children
WIC offers families:
Checks for free, healthy food
Tips for eating well to
Referrals for healthcare
To apply call
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St. Andrews Family & Friends Day
St. Andrews Missionary Baptist Church located at 2600 West 45th Street,
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
Disciples of Christ Cbristiao Fellowship
* A Full Gospel Baptist Church *
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth & Men celebrated at
Greggs Temple AME Church
Greggs Temple AME Church will be celebrating Youth and Men's Day on
Sunday, June 12, 2011 during its morning worship service at 11:00 a.m.
Youth of the church as well as the Hilltop and Fairway Oaks Communities
will be recognized for their accomplishments during the school year. The
Men's Ministry will celebrate later that evening at 4:00 p.m. The Speaker
will be Rev. Tan Moss, Pastor of Greater Payne Chapel AME Church. All
are welcome to share in these events. For more information, call 571-6451.
Rev. Roger Wiliams, Pastor.
Church and Pastor anniversary
celebrated at Mt. Bethel
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 info, call 764-8032.
St. Thomas Inspirational Breakfast
The Trusted Partners Men's Ministry of St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Church invites you to an Inspirational Breakfast at their Family Life Center,
2119 Rowe Ave. It will be held on Saturday June 18, 2011 from 9:30 a.m.
to 11:00a.m. Featured Speaker is the church's own Deacon Henry
Simmons. Featured soloist is Deacon Marvel L. Drayton of Sweetfield
Missionary Baptist Church. Ernie L. Murray, Sr. Pastor St. Thomas
Missionary Baptist Church located at 5863 Moncrief Rd.
Final 2011 Stanton
Gala Planning Meeting
The current class leaders on Old
Stanton New Stanton and Stanton
Vocational High Schools will meet
Monday June 13, 2011 at 6: p.m. at
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church,
215 Bethel Baptist St. (First Street
entrance) to discuss plans for the
5th Stanton Gala June 25, 2011.
Tickets will be available for pur-
chase. Representatives from all
classes are encouraged to attend.
For more information visit our web-
site at www.stantionhigh.org. or
contact Chairman, Kenneth
Reddick at 764-8795
Vacation Bible School
Summerville Missionary Baptist
Church, under the leadership of Dr.
James W. Henry announces their
annual Vacation Bible School.
This week of Bible studies, games,
crafts and fitness activities will
began on Sunday June 12th, from 6
- 9 p.m.. and continue Monday June
13th through Friday, June 17th,
from 6 9 p.m. An exciting time
awaits each family member.
The church is located at 690 W.
20th St. Jacksonville, Florida,
32205 (904) 598-0510.
Nathaniel Washington among
El-Beth-El Banquet honorees
The officers and board members of The El-
Beth-El Development Center will host its Second
Annual "Stop the Violence Recognition Banquet"
on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. This
years' banquet will be held at the Community
Rehabilitation Center Banquet Hall located at 623
Beechwood Street in Jacksonville, Florida.
This is the second event in which the church
will honor dedicated individuals from the commu-
nity for outstanding achievements, leadership and
their contributions in helping Jacksonville build a
stronger and healthier community.
Nathaniel Washington This years Honorees are Coach Nathaniel
Washington and Jacksonville Sheriff Officers Kenneth Jefferson, Det.
Bobby Bowers, Kendall Anderson, Sebrena Long and Det. Dennis Sullivan,
Pastor Ardell Daniels, Publisher Jim Bailey and Fran Futrill.
The speaker for the evening will be Judge Adrian Soud.
For more information, contact Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall at (904) 710 -
1586 or email: Gospell75@aol.com. Proceeds will benefit Sickle Cell
Anemia Patients and The Police Athletic League organizations.
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.
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
Mt. Nebo Celebrating Church
and Pastor Anniversaries
First Lady Saundra
and Pastor Will Waldrop
The Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist
Church family invites the communi-
ty to celebrate their 40th Church
Anniversary and the Shepherd Rev.
Will A. Waldrop's 24th Anniversary.
This year the theme is "Still Serving
God In The Midst Of the Battles".
The scripture theme is II Chronicles
20:15.Thus saith the Lord unto you,
be not afraid or dismayed by reason
of this great multitude; for the battle
is not yours, but God's. Festivities
will take place Sunday June 12th at
4 p.m., Monday June 13th at 7 p.m.,
and Wednesday June 15th at 7 p.m..
If you need additional information,
call 768-8916. The church is located
at 8778 Lake Placid Dr. E.
Jacksonville, Fl. 32208.
Callahan's First Baptist
Church present Gospel Quartet
The smooth rich sounds of Southern Gospel Music will ring loudly in the
Callahan area, as The Palmetto State Quartet, will be featured at the First
Baptist Church, located at 54031 Church Rd. in Callahan, Fla. On Sunday
Junes 12th, this popular Quartet will share their unique, four-part harmony
during an exciting musical event beginning at 10:15 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m.
The Palmetto State Quartet bring energy excitement and musical excellence
to each concert.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
I Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m
Come share In Holy Communiononn 1st Sundiayat 74O and 1040 a.m.
Grace and Peace
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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.
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Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
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Need to shed a few pounds and
don't know where to start? You
may not know it, but there are sev-
eral things that you can start doing
right this moment that can help you
move towards your weight loss
to lose weight fast
Weigh Yourself- One of the most
important parts of any weight loss
program is remaining aware of
your numbers. Select a set time and
day to jump on the scale and track
Get off the Couch Make sure to
limit the amount of TV that you
watch each day. Not only does
watching TV keep you inactive, but
a recent study also showed that
those who watched more than two
hours of TV per day actually con-
sumed more sugary snacks.
Call a Friend Some of the most
successful weight loss programs
involve the buddy system. Whether
it's a friend who is also taking part
in the diet, or just someone who is
willing to lend an ear, make sure to
gab about your weight loss plan
whenever you feel the need for
Keep a Journal A recent study
showed that obese adults who
recorded their food and exercise
habits over a 6-month period actu-
ally lost twenty pounds-nearly
twice the amount of those who did
not keep a record.
Get Enough Sleep Be sure to get
seven hours of sleep at night. Why?
A recent study at the University of
Chicago showed that people who
were deprived of their snooze time
actually had lower levels of the
hormones responsible for control-
___ I( The disturbing health status of the Black male
Shown above is Star Jones before and after weight loss surgery.
Weight loss surgery
popular, but is it safe?
You've heard about it in the
media: Weight loss surgery is '
sweeping the nation by leaps and
bounds. Due to widespread cov- -a -
erage of her rapid weight loss
through surgery, Star Jones has
become the poster child within
the black community and abroad ..,
for this option for losing weight.
Many people are considering
weight loss surgery as a "quickBlues diva Etta James had weight
fix" for a long standing problem. loss surgery after battling the bulge
The question we all have though: for most of her life and career.
Is it safe and is it necessary? Let's
review the facts and you be the
judge for yourself.
FACT #1 There are two main
types of weight loss surgeries:
Bariatric Surgery (Star Jones'
option, also known as gastric
bypass surgery) and Lap-Band
Surgery. The danger: Both surgeries
leave the patient nutritionally defi-
cient with a sentence of lifelong
FACT #2 Candidates for surgery
must be at least 100 lbs overweight
with a BMI over 40. Inherent risks
are even more considerable when a
patient is obese. The danger: Since
all patients are obese, it makes it
particularly dangerous when in
combination with being bed-ridden
after surgery, as blood clots can
form in the legs and lungs. If left
unchecked in the lungs, it can be
FACT #3 Weight loss surgery in
fact changes the body's biochem-
istry. The danger: Once the body's
biochemistry is altered, the body is
thrown out its state of natural bal-
ance. It then becomes the breeding
ground for the very diseases and
even more serious ones that often
result from obesity itself.
FACT #4 Star Jones is living
proof that bariatric surgery can pro-
vide lightening fast weight loss.
The danger: Just like people who
hit the lotto become overnight mil-
lionaires and in one year lose it all,
so too is the case when people lose
the weight too fast. Within two
years they regain the lost weight.
This is because they were not psy-
chologically prepared to handle the
success nor properly educated
about the underlying behavioral,
environmental, etc...causes of obe-
These are some strong facts, and
only a fraction of the dangers that
exist with this very extreme weight
loss option. Many physicians that
have a financial interest involved
will downplay or minimize these
dangers, but they are very real and
Most of us that have just an ounce
of common sense can gather that
weight loss surgery does solve one
problem, but inevitably will cause
many more just by sheer virtue of
its extreme nature.
Our desire should be to not only
get the weight off permanently,
but also to be healthier, to look
healthier, with a glow that can light
up Madison Square Garden.
If you want rapid weight loss that
is accomplished safely and natural-
ly without adverse side effects,
there is an alternative that is help-
ing the masses. More importantly,
people are being educated about the
true causes of obesity and subse-
quently are liberated! They are
indeed free and positively exude a
confidence that can only come from
knowing that they can and will
keep the weight off!
For more information on African
American Health, visit www.black-
doctor.org your most trusted
resource for healthier, happier liv-
In contrast to their white counter-
partners, black men in the United
States live sicker and die younger.
This longstanding phenomenon is
sharply reflected in the poor inter-
national health status of black
males. The past NMA president
discusses major health issues facing
black males and posits a multidi-
mensional strategy for addressing
racial disparities in men's health,
with a national focus on health pro-
motion and disease prevention,
improving healthcare quality and
access, and eliminating structual
In 1990, an article in the New
England Journal of Medicine
reported that "Black men in Harlem
were less likely to reach the age of
65 than men in Bangladesh." A
recent comparison of current feder-
al health data with the 2005 Human
Development Index published by
the United Nations shows that the
poor international health status of
black men in the United States per-
sists in the new millennium. Today,
the average American can expect to
live 5 years longer than a
Palestinian-unless that American
is a black male, in which case he
can expect to die three years sooner.
The life expectancy at birth for
black males in the U.S. (68.8) is
lower than that for males in Iran
(69.0), Colombia (69.3), and Sri
Lanka (71.5)-populations identi-
fied by the United Nations as hav-
ing "medium human development."
In fact, the average life expectancy
for black males is much closer to
that of Viet Nam, El Salvador, and
Iraq than it is to the life expectancy
of white males in the U.S. What
accounts for this strikingly poor
international health status for black
males in the U.S.? And, most
importantly, what should we dp
A reflection of racial
disparities in health
The peculiar paradox of a "Third
World" health status for a group liv-
ing in the richest and most medical-
ly advanced country in the world is
deeply unsettling. Grasping this
phenomenon requires a core under-
standing of the enduring racial dif-
ferences in men's health in the
United States. Black males have
the shortest life span of all racial or
ethnic groups in the nation-a fact
that has remained unchanged for at
least the past 100 years. In fact,
black men have the highest overall
mortality rate across all geographic
regions in the U.S. and across all
age groups from birth to age 84,
with the widest racial gaps in mor-
tality occurring in the prime adult
years, ages 25-54.
Racial disparities in men's health
exist across virtually all major
chronic diseases. For example, in
comparison to their white male
counterparts, black men have a 40%
higher incidence of type 2 diabetes
and they are 20% more likely to die
from heart disease. Black males
ages 22 44 are 20 times more like-
ly to develop kidney failure due to
high blood pressure than are white
males in the same age group. Black
men also have the highest overall
cancer incidence and mortality in
the country and the highest rates of
hypertension in the world.
Healthy teeth not difficult with maintenance
What is the most often overlooked
foundation of a healthy lifestyle?
Dental health. Working out and eat-
ing a nutritious diet aren't the only
foundations of a healthy lifestyle:
proper daily dental care is essential
According to the American Dental
Association, an estimated 85 to 90
percent of Americans fail to floss
regularly. And chew on this: If you
only brush, you miss cleaning more
than 30 percent of your tooth sur-
face. Flossing helps remove the
plaque and bacteria between teeth,
where a toothbrush can't reach. The
consequences of failing to floss?
Plaque buildup can lead to gum dis-
ease and tooth loss
So, if you're part of the majority,
it's time to start taking better care of
your teeth. Besides taking a trip to
your dentist, check out these funda-
mentals on keeping healthy pearly
You have to clean your teeth at
least twice a day, preferably after
meals and before bed. Choose a
toothbrush with soft bristles. You
know you need a new brush when
the bristles get worn down.
Place the brush at a 45-degree
angle where the teeth meet the
Douglas Anderson female students of color
treated to personal enrichment workshop
Elegance and dignity recently
found a place in the limelight at the
day-long Young Women of Color
Empowerment Workshop. The
event was hosted by Debbie Lee-
Rouse, a teacher at Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts.
This year's workshop featured
lunch, artistic entertainment, beauty
and self-imaging consultations, and
inspirational and engaging talks
from some of Jacksonville's most
prestigious African-American lead-
ing ladies. Forty female students of
color were invited to take part in a r
grass root campaign to serve the ..
needs of the school's community.
"I personally believe that young
women can do better once they are
challenged to do so," says Rouse.
This year's theme was Turning
Our Dreams into Voices. The work- Shown above are students at the workshop
shop was launched with lunch and JanaMarae Bradley, teacher and ant Lianna Knight.
inspirational performances with stu- entertainer Michelita Taylor, Delta "It is my belief that we may not be
dents showing their talent. This was Sigma Theta president Karen able to create miracles, but we all
followed by "Talks of Engagement", Kincaid, and radio personality have it within us to manifest mirac-
interactive lectures conducted by Daysha "Deja Vu" Parker.. The day ulous moments and this affair is my
author Penny Dickerson, life-coach concluded with beauty and health effort to do just that" exclaimed
BJ Barrow, film director and actress consultations by MaryKay consult- Rouse.
gums. Press firmly and gently rock
the brush back and forth using
small, circular movements. Do not
scrub. "Brushing too hard can cause
gum recession and can wear away
the enamel, which is the first of
three tooth layers," says Dr. Marc
Lowenberg, a cosmetic dentist in
New York City. "Brushing the sec-
ond layer, called the dentin, too vig-
orously causes tremendous sensitiv-
ity because it wears away the tooth
structure and gets closer to the third
layer, which is the nerve tissue
directly under it." Brush all sides of
the teeth, using short back-and-
forth strokes for the chewing sur-
faces. Don't forget your tongue;
plaque and bacteria collect there
Floss at least once a day, choosing
the type and flavor you like best.
For the finger-wrap method, use a
piece of floss about 18 inches long.
Wrap one end around the left mid-
dle finger and the other around the
right middle finger, until your
hands are about two inches apart.
Work the floss between the teeth
toward the gums. Curve the floss
around each tooth into a U-shape
and gently slide under the gum line.
Move the floss firmly up and down
several times to scrape off plaque.
And don't be too quick popping
the floss in and out between your
teeth without scraping will not
remove much plaque and can hurt
These days, with so many options
and differing opinions, choosing
toothpaste can be a confusing
undertaking. We asked two dentists
to give us their evaluations of the
more popular choices.
One thing they both agree on: It's
the actual brushing and flossing to
remove plaque that's most effective
in preventing decay, gum disease
and bad breath, not the type of
toothpaste. That's more about per-
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_-_ What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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 50 Jacksonville
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
The Road to
Join JCCI for a lunchtime discus-
sion Thursday, June 9th on holis-
tic health with Elaine Pace,
President of Sanoviv Medical
Institute. The discussion begins at
noon in the JCCI Conference Room
at 2434 Atlantic Blvd. Bring a
bagged lunch. For more
information call 396-3052.
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.
Benefit Dance Concert
The Jacksonville Centre of the
Arts and The Performers Academy
is hosting a benefit to celebrate a
year of mutual growth in perform-
ing arts training and future scholar-
ship opportunities. The Benefit
Dance Concert is being held on
June 11th, from 7:30-9:00 pm.
Tickets for Jacksonville Genesis are
available online at www.jaxgene-
sis.com or call (904) 322-7672.
Island Art Association
James McKinney is the featured
artist at the Island Art Association
for the month of June. The public is
invited to the reception at the Island
Art Association on June 11th, 2011
at 5 p.m. The event is located at 18
North 2nd Street, Femrnandina
Beach, Florida. For more informa-
tion call 904-261-7020.
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.
Jazz at the Beach
The Jacksonville Beach Summer
Jazz Concert Series will continue
on June 12th from 5 9 p.m.
Headlining this week will be Spyro
Gyra at the Sea Walk Pavilion. Visit
www.jaxbeachjazz.com for more info.
Man Up for Health
The 2011 Man Up for Health month
will be held throughout June with
activities including Blue Tie
Sunday (12th), Young Males
Summit (17th), Adult Males
Summit (18th) and a Bike Ride
(18th). Activities are free and will
be headquartered at FSCJ
Downtown campus. For more infor-
mation, call 253-2313.
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-
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The community is invited to
attend the 16th Annual Membership
Luncheon, celebrating the 141st
Anniversary of James Weldon
Johnson's Birthday for the
Association for the Study of African
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-
The annual fundraiser,
Jacksonville Fathers Who Cook,
will be held Saturday, June 18th,
Noon 3p.m. at the Gateway Town
Center. The event will aid sending
youth to summer camp. For an
application to register as a chef, or
youth camp scholarship appli-
cation, visit ww.truth2power-
ministries.org. For more infor-
mation, call 591-7568 or (904)
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 dinners
will be available. For more infor-
mation, call 310-6696, e-mail
Amerbeachevents@aol.com or visit
Real Men Ball
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville will present the "Real
Men Ball" Basketball Tournament
on Saturday, June 18, 2011 in the
EWC Gymnasium from 9 a.m. 3
p.m. Tournament prizes range from
$250 $1000. For vendor informa-
tion or to register for the tourna-
ment call 764-2445.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their regular
meeting on June 18, 2011 at 1:30 at
the Webb-Wesconnett Branch
Library, 6887 103rd Street on the
westside. The program is: World
War II Photograph Album. For
more information email
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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.
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.
Join JCCI for a training session on
Tuesday, June 23rd to explore
JCCI's Interactive Community
Snapshot! The training will cover
using this interactive tool to have
full access and control over the 125
community indicators, including
comparing indicators in your geo-
graphic area, over time, and in con-
text with progress in other geo-
graphic areas. You will also learn
how to customize reports, graphs
and charts. Training is scheduled
from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
is included with your registration
fee. For more information visit
www.jcci.org or call 904-396-3052.
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Have you ever wondered if you were related to
someone famous? Did you grow up hearing stories
about a distant relative and wonder if they were
true? Or are you curious about what part of the
world your family really came from?
If so, you 're not alone. Millions of people are ask-
ing the same questions and trying to find the
A success story
Amanda Bloom, of Huntington Beach, Calif., heard a family mystery
story from her mother that she just had to solve. Amanda's grandfather
served in World War II. While he was gone, his first wife placed their son
and two daughters in an orphanage. Amanda's mother, born from a second
marriage, didn't find out about these siblings until she was a teenager and
had always wondered what had become of them. As a present for her moth-
er's 60th birthday, Amanda began the search to find them.
Does Your family
have a historian?
Why not you! Take the
summer months to learn
from your elders.
Also family reunions
are fantastic opportunities
to document collective
stories of our
She started by joining
Ancestry.com, the largest
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tory information. She was
able to learn some research
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"I made my mother's lifelong dream of knowing her siblings come true,"
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Involving children in your genealogy
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There's a wealth of data available online, but you need
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Join the Jacksonville Genealogical Society between. Participants will explore the terminolo-
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Locally you can explore your roots by joining the Jacksonville states and public land states. Discovery will focus on why the will is just
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June 18, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett Branch Library, 6887 tors divorce dockets.
103rd Street. This months program is "World War II Photograph Album". For the love ofBlack history Focusing on Black History
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Wesconnett Branch Library. The program is: The Three D's: Deeds, American Life and History, Inc., will have their 16th Annual
Death and Divorce. In this talk Debra S. Fleming will be looking at the Membership Luncheon, celebrating the Anniversary of James Weldon
three ways property can be transferred in America. They will review the Johnson's Birthday on Saturday, June 18th from 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m. at the
history of property transfers from Grants to Deeds and everything in EWC Collins Building. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Supreme Court rejects Wesley Snipes appeal
Actor Wesley Snipes, serving a three-year prison sentence
for failing to file income tax returns, suffered a legal set-
back this week when the U.S. Supreme Court refused
to review his case.
victed in 2008 in a Florida court for willful failure to file
federal tax returns from 1999 through 2001.
He has served nearly one year of his three-year term. He was
Accused of not filing personal income tax returns and not
paying any taxes from 1999 through 2004 despite earn-
ing more than $37 million as an actor and producer.
Attorneys for Snipes said the case was improperly
brought in Florida and should have been moved to New York, but the trial
judge and a U.S. appeals court rejected those arguments. Defense attorneys
said that, during the earlier tax years in question, Snipes lived with his fam-
ily in New York City and then moved to a home in the northern New Jersey
suburbs. He also had a residence near Los Angeles.
The Supreme Court case is Wesley Snipes v. United States, No. 10-1075.
Jennifer Hudson signs deal for
weight loss memoir
Reports are out that Jennifer Hudson has
signed a deal to publish a memoir about
her dramatic weight loss. The as-yet unti-
tled book is expected to be released by
Dutton next January.
"I've lost 80 pounds," the Oscar and
Grammy winning mom of one told Oprah
Winfrey in February.
Hudson has said she decided to lose the
weight when she was pregnant with her
g rson, who turns two in August. The mem-
oir will detail Hudson's "experience grow-
ing up in an environment where healthy
living was not a priority," as well as talk of
her weight while competing on "American
Idol," according to statement from Dutton.
"Hudson wants to inspire anyone coping
with weight issues, share some of her own best tips for losing and main-
taining weight loss, fitting in exercise and keeping it fun," the statement
Hudson, a celebrity spokesperson for Weight Watchers, went from a size
16 to a size 6.
"It's like a brand-new me," says Hudson.. "Sometimes I don't even rec-
Jill Scott fires trainer for being
unsupportive Raise your hand if you think
Jill Scott looks good in her thick 'n lovely fig-
ure? Well for those of you who raised your r
hands, perhaps you'll appreciate her recent t.
gesture toward her trainer.
The Philadelphia born singer/actress revealed
that she had to fire the negative exercise freak
when she was told she couldn't sell a record. .
"I don't know ifI necessarily thought about it .
because this is all hindsight," Scott tells e n
Singersroom about her past appearance. "But
now that I think about it, I had gotten a trainer t
because I wanted to have more stamina. The
trainer told me that if I didn't lose weight, I
would never sell a record. Of course he was
fired [Laughs]. To completely spite him I
decided not to I think I probably gained
weight. I was mad! The way I saw it was, how
are you going to tell me I can't? I didn't appre- $
Flavor Flay says he spent $5M on drugs
Flavor Flay holds nothing back in his new memoir, dubbed 'Flavor Flay:
Icon,' in which he takes readers on a journey from being the court jester of
rap to the court jester of Reality TV. In between there were years of wall-
to-wall cocaine addiction and it's a wonder the New York native can
remember any of it (he's amazed as well). Public Enemy's ebullient hype
man tells all on how he got clean, the "difficult" experience of starring in
a dating show even though he had a girlfriend the whole time, his plans to
get married "real soon" and talks about a debt owed to MC Hammer.
He admits to spending $2,600 a day, for six years, every single day on
drugs. "I don't know how much that is but if you did the math, wow, I went
through a lot of money. If I did the math I'd probably be shocked on how
much money I spent, I'd probably punch myself in the face." says Flay.
Mathematically, at $2,600 a day, the total equals $5,696,600.
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from an early age that Shad "Bow
Wow" Moss was destined for the
spotlight. At just 5, he was discov-
ered by Snoop Dogg and featured
on the rap icon's groundbreaking
"Doggystyle" album. Renamed
Bow Wow for his solo debut, he
teamed up with chart-topping/hit-
making producer Jermaine Dupri to
release "Beware of Dog" in 2000,
the kickoff to a string of platinum
and gold albums that spawned a
half-dozen #1 singles and platinum
songs. Bow Wow is the "Youngest
Solo Rapper to Ever Hit No. 1," as
recognized by the Guinness World
Records. All told, he's sold more
than 10 million CDs and 14 million
digital assets to date.
Last year, he starred in the hit
motion picture Lottery Ticket, and
he also enjoyed a recurring role on
the HBO hit series Entourage. His
impressive list of screen credits
includes: "Hurricane Season"
(2009), "The Fast and the Furious:
Tokyo Drift" (2006), "Roll
Bounce" (2005), "Johnson Family
Vacation" (2004) and "Like Mike"
(2002). Here, Bow Wow talks about
playing Byron in Madea's Big
Kam Williams: How you been,
Bow Wow: I'm alright, Kam, just
KW: The last time we spoke,
you had all your fans interacting
with you on Skype at the same
time I was interviewing you about
BW: Yeah, man, that was crazy. I
remember it like it was yesterday.
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t h e
h a d
his being a
t o p
ing up to him at a
Janet Jackson con-
cert and going like,
"Yo, man, you gotta put
me in one of your
movies," as if he'd be crazy
if he didn't. I thought he'd prob-
ably forget, because I have people
come up to me trying to talk busi-
ness all the time, but I guess he kept
me in mind. It was like a blessing
from God when I heard he wanted
me to play Byron.
KW: Editor/Legist Patricia
Turnier asks: What was it like
working with Tyler Perry?
BW: It was dope! I had a lot of
fun working with him. He's a hard
worker. And he works extremely
fast, which is how I like to operate,
because he comes to the set know-
ing what shots he wants to get. He's
very professional and doesn't waste
any time. I definitely can't wait to
do another Tyler Perry movie, espe-
cially since I liked the moral of the
KW: What would you say is the
BW: That tomorrow is never
promised and that family is very
important. So, make sure you tell
your family you love them each and
every day because you don't know
when it might be your last opportu-
KW: Tyler certainly has a
knack for crafting morality plays
which touch folks deeply.
BW: Most definitely. He does a
terrific job with those dramatic
moments. I think it comes from his
own life experiences and from mak-
ing it after everything he had to
KW: How was it acting oppo-
site Lauren London who played
your girlfriend, Renee, and work-
ing with the rest of the ensemble?
BW: I've known Lauren for a
while, I had just worked with
Loretta Devine on Lottery Ticket,
and I'd worked with the majority of
the cast before, so it was really
comfortable for me on set.
KW: Larry Greenberg says:
Tyler Perry plays so many parts
in this film. Were you worried
that he was going to take your
BW: [LOL] No, I wasn't worried
about that at all.
KW: Brian Stimson says: I'd
like to know whether you faced
any difficulties making the transi-
tion from childhood to adulthood.
Most of us not in the spotlight can
easily shed those childhood per-
sonas, but I wonder if it's the
same for someone who is both a
music and film star?
BW: I always say, "It's all about
the work." That's one thing I've
done. I've just committed to my
work, which I think is what has
enabled me to make it over that hur-
dle that a lot of other child stars
don't. You can become greater than
what you already are. That's what
I'm always about.
KW: Children's book author
Irene Smalls asks: How has show
business changed since you start-
BW: Dramatically! In music,
everything's digital now. But I think
change is normal. There's always a
natural progression. Even in
Hollywood, where you see many
more independent films being shot.
KW: Irene also asks: What
achievement in your career
makes you proudest?
BW: I'm too young to say at this
point in my career. I have way too
much more to accomplish.
KW: Irene's last question: Acting
or rapping, which is your prefer-
BW: Acting in movies.
KW: Harriet Pakula Teweles
says: When you got older, you
removed the 'Lil' from your
name. As you age and mature,
might you shorten it again?
BW: No, I think if I ever changed
my stage name again, I'd just start
using my real name, Shad.
KW: Is there any question no
one ever asks you, that you wish
BW: That's crazy! [Chuckles]
Yeah, one question people rarely
ask me is whether I'm happy doing
what I do?
KW: Okay, are you happy
doing what you do?
BW: Honestly? Sometimes.
When it comes to movies, I love it.
No complaints. But with music, I'm
only happy 75% of the time
because there's a lot of nonsense
you have to deal with in the indus-
try, although I still give it 110%. It's
a constant struggle for artists in the
KW: Do you ever wish you
could have your anonymity back?
BW: In my eyes, I feel like I'm
still a regular dude. For instance, I
went to the movies last night. I can
go to the busiest places and not get
noticed, even in Manhattan.
KW: Well, thanks again Bow
Wow, and I look forward to
speaking to you about your next
BW: Definitely, man, definitely
June 9-15, 2011
Page 12 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Former Black Panther
Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt dies
Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt spent 27 years in prison for a murder he
says he didn't commit. His conviction was later overturned.
Former Black Panther Elmer murder of Caroline Olsen on a
"Geronimo" Pratt, who was wrong- Santa Monica tennis court. He
ly imprisoned for 27 years on a spent 27 years in prison before the
murder conviction, died last week conviction was overturned in 1997
in Tanzania at the age of 63. after a judge ruled that prosecutors
Stuart Hanlon, a San Francisco- had concealed evidence.
based lawyer who helped overturn The victim's husband, wounded
- Pratt was convicted in a 1968 murder during the robbery
of a California woman attempt, originally iden-
He was released in 1997, 27 years tified another man as the
later killer. But the jury was
Pratt said he was not bitter for the not informed of that, the
wrongful conviction judge said.
Pratt's murder conviction, said he Johnnie Cochran also helped in the
did not know the exact cause of legal battle to get Pratt released
death. from prison. Pratt spoke at
Pratt died in a small village in Cochran's funeral in 2005.
Tanzania where he lived with his After his release, Pratt told CNN
wife and child, Hanlon said. that he held no bitterness about the
Hanlon called Pratt a "true many years he spent behind bars.
American," saying that he was an "I don't think bitterness has a
Army veteran who served two tours place. I'm more understanding,"
in Vietnam before joining the Black Pratt said in a 1999 interview.
Panther Party. "Understanding doesn't leave any
"He could've been a great leader room for bitterness or anger."
Hanlon said. "His legacy is that he Of the 27 years he spent in
never gave up. He never got prison, Pratt said eight was in soli-
despondent or angry." tary confinement. He said his spiri-
Pratt's conviction became a rally- tuality and love of music helped
ing cry for rights groups that said him through that period.
he had been framed for his strident "My mantra was the blues. It
activism during the turbulent civil would go through my head when I
rights era. was going through my medita-
Pratt was convicted for the 1968 tions," Pratt said.
Ritz Amateur Night honors local talent The Ritz Theatre continued in their Apollo style entertainment tradi-
tion last week honoring the best local talent with the audience selecting the winner. Competing in a variety of genres, individuals and groups
display their best in front of the consistently sold out audience. Shown above with Ritz Theatre Executive Director Carol Alexander are the Adult
Winners the Fusion Step Team who wowed the crowd with their stepping abilities and (right) the Pinedale Dancers who won in the youth cat-
egory. The winners will now advance to the semi-finals with hopes of the big money and bragging honors in the December finale. T Austin photo
Plax i c o
a New York
months on a
Plaxico Buress weapons charge
stemming from a shooting incident
at a nightclub.
The former New York Giants play-
er accidentally shot himself in the
leg with a semiautomatic pistol he
was carrying in his waistband. The
incident occurred in November
2008, in the VIP area of the Latin
Quarter nightclub in Manhattan.
Burress was not licensed to carry a
pistol in either New York or New
Jersey, where he lived.
In August 2009, he pleaded guilty
to a charge of attempted criminal
possession of a weapon and agreed
to serve two years under a plea
agreement. He spent the last 20
months at the Oneida Correctional
Facility in Rome, New York.
badly:Plaxico Buress released from prison
Burress became a hero to New
York Giants fans in the 2008 Super
Bowl when he caught the game-
winning touchdown with 35 sec-
onds remaining in the game.
After the nightclub incident,
Burress was suspended from the
Giants. The team later released him.
Per the terms of his parole, which
was transferred to Florida, Burress's
immediate plans are to meet with
his parole officer in Pompano
Beach, and continue workouts with
friends and professional players
near his estate in Lighthouse Point.
Inside the prison's red-brick walls,
he worked as a porter and ground
laborer as part of an Aggression
Replacement program. To maintain
his fitness, he focused on strength-
ening his core while improving
speed with sprints. His agent Drew
Rosenhaus said that Burress will be
a top free agent when the lockout is
over, insisting all 32 teams in the
NFL, including the Giants, will be
considered if interest is reciprocal.
Inmate sues state for sex change or threatens suicide
DILLWYN, Va. Crouched in
her cell, Ophelia De'lonta hoped
three green disposable razors from
the prison commissary would give
her what the Virginia Department
of Corrections will not -- a sex
It had been several years since
she had felt the urges, but she had
been fighting them for weeks. But
like numerous other times, she
failed to get rid of what she calls
"that thing" between her legs, the
last evidence she was born a male.
Months after the October castra-
tion attempt, De'lonta filed a feder-
al lawsuit claiming the state has
failed its duty to provide adequate
medical care because it won't give
her the operation. She says the sur-
gery is needed to treat her gender
identity disorder, a mental illness
in which people believe they were
born the wrong gender.
If she wins, De'lonta would be the
nation's first inmate to receive a
state-funded sex change operation.
Similar lawsuits have failed in a
handful of other states, and law-
makers in some states are trying to
ban the use of taxpayer money for
If she loses, she says she will con-
tinue to try self-surgery --
acknowledging another attempt
could kill her.
"That's a ,
possibility," / .
old said dur-
ing a recent
at the end I
peace." Ophelia Delonta
The behavior is not totally for-
eign. At least 12 other inmates
from throughout the country have
successfully castrated themselves
with many others trying.
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