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Fortune 500 Black board
representation falls to a 6% low
The 2010 study Missing Pieces: Women and Minorities on Fortune 500
Boards reports that among the 2010 Fortune 500 companies, Black men
and women only totaled only 4.6 percent of board members.
White men held 4,237 board seats, white women 693 and Black men
and women 252. Also, since 2004, Black board representation in the
Fortune 100 fell from 10.1 percent to 6.3 percent.
Seven Fortune 500 companies had at least two Black members. They
were IBM, MetLife, Prudential Financial, Exelon (a utilities firm),
PG&E (utilities), Eastman Kodak and Northern Trust Corp. (a financial
The Missing Pieces study was sponsored by the Alliance for Board
Diversity (ABD), a coalition of Black, Hispanic, Asian and women cor-
porate executives of every race that decries this corporate myopia as an
illogic approach to business.
There were two other studies about corporate diversity published by the
Urban League on the East Coast and in the Midwest. The Philadelphia
Urban League spotlighted that although 42 percent of the city and 20 per-
cent of the region's population is Black, only 30 out of the 678 members
of 78 of the region's largest corporations were lead by African-
Americans. The second report, focused on Madison, Wisconsin, revealed
that there are only seven Black CEOs in the city, and all but two of those
Malcolm X's daughter free after
pleading guilty in NYC to theft
NEW YORK A daughter of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X was
released from jail last week after pleading guilty to stealing the identity
of an family friend to run up more than $55,000 in credit card bills.
Malikah Shabazz, 46, walked free after entering the plea at a court-
house in Queens. She had been in custody since her arrest in North
Carolina on Feb. 18. Her deal with prosecutors calls for her to pay back
the money and be on probation for five years.
The youngest of Malcolm X's children, Shabazz could have gotten
years in prison if convicted. A judge set a sentencing date for July 28, and
said he intended to accept a punishment of probation and restitution.
Shabazz used the personal financial information of longtime family
friend Khaula Bakr to open credit card accounts in Bakr's name. The 70-
year-old New York City woman's late husband was one of Malcolm X's
bodyguards on the night he was assassinated in 1965.
Bakr discovered the scam when she got a letter from Wells Fargo Bank
demanding payment of $28,789 on an overdue account.
The case is the second legal entanglement for Shabazz over a financial
difficulty. Several years ago, a valuable trove of her father's writings was
auctioned off after she failed to pay rent on a storage locker in Florida.
The collection was later returned to the family and is now on long-term
loan to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Carl Lewis wins NJ Primary
In New Jersey, former Olympic champion Carl Lewis has won that
state's 8th Senate district nomination.
However wrangling continues over his status as a citizen of the Garden
State Republicans filed a complaint in April, alleging that Lewis is not
a resident of the state.
The track and field star voted in California in 2009, and they point to
four-year state residency requirements.
Bill Tambussi, Lewis' lawyer, says the former Olympian's primary res-
idence is in Medford, NJ, and that the political residency requirements
are both 'unconstitutional and unenforceable.'
A federal court this month remanded the issue back to a lower court,
which allowed Lewis to run uncontested for the Democratic nomination.
Single mom selling Obama
letter to save family from eviction
Destiny Mathis, a 26-year-
old single mother of three,
wrote to President Obama in
M. o o November looking for a sign
ii ,of hope. She might get a lot
To more if the handwritten note
she received back from
Obama sells for the $11,000
it's up for. Mathis, who lives
in Hobart, Ind., graduated top
o of her college class in 2005
and worked for six years as a
In January, things took a turn for the worse. She lost her job after com-
plications with the birth of her third child, and she can't find work.
"My ultimate goal is to go back to school for nursing," she wrote in the
letter to the president. "I am so afraid this dreaded economy is going to
have my family homeless."
Mathis is now weeks from being evicted from her apartment.
To her surprise, Obama wrote Mathis back. A handwritten note arrived
on White House stationery, offering the hope she needed.
"You have such a positive spirit," Obama wrote. "Please know that
things will get better for you and your family."
Mathis is selling Obama's note through an online company that has sold
eight such letters for between $10,000 and $20,000.
"I really do trust that I'm making the right decision," she said.
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Volume 24 No. 27 Jacksonville, Florida June 16-22, 2011
New Florida laws may effect
the power of the minority vote
Yo .. pFrOt. %4:st to s ave tennis
Retired tennis pro Mali Vai Washington (shown above) led the charge of
a quiet march in front of the Duval County School Board meeting this
week to protest budget cuts eliminating the public school system's varsity
tennis programs. He was accompanied by many of the youth who attend
his namesake non profit foundation that provides tennis instruction for
urban youth. The board later voted to trim the $3 million from the 2011-
2012 budget by eliminating buses to seven magnet schools. Next, the
board is proposing 2.5 furlough days for 10-month school employees and
4.5 days for 12-month employees, a move that would save $7.1 million.
The Board has to make up for a $91 million dollar budget cut.
Toyota could care less
about Black consumers
Toyota Motor Sales USA execu-
tives have angered National
Association (NNPA) Chairman
Danny Bakewell Sr. and
America's preeminent Black
newspaper publishers after the
troubled carmaker backed out of a
multi-million dollar advertising
campaign targeting Black con-
sumers. In a letter to Mr.
Bakewell and the NNPA, Toyota
executives said that Black con-
sumers of Toyota products receive
their advertising message from a
number of media channels which
include mainstream media (white
media), thus implying that adver-
tising in the Black newspapers
This decision comes after
months of meetings between
Toyota executives and the NNPA,
a network of 200 Black publishers
which represents over 19.8 mil-
lion weekly readers, approximate-
ly half of America's Black popu-
"This is disappointing and intol-
erable behavior from a company
who earned $2.2 billion from -
Continued on page 11
Under a new law passed recently
by the Republican Legislature,
early voting period has been cut
from 14 days to eight days. And the
Sunday voting, before Election Day
- a previously popular voting day
in the city, has been eliminated.
This may not sound like a big deal,
but in the historic presidential 2008
election, more than half the
African-American voters in Florida
who participated did it by voting
early. In contrast, only 27 percent
of the white voters used the early-
voting sites, with another 25 per-
cent using absentee ballots. Some
32.5 percent of Hispanic voters par-
ticipated in early voting.
Democrats among other critics say
the changes (which are part of elec-
tions law that also revamp voter
registration, petition drives and
other voting issues) are designed to
raise barriers to potential
Democratic votes in the nation's -
Contiued on page 5
Pictured receiving the award are Curley Dossman, Vice President of
Operations, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., Dr. Levi McIntosh, Jr.
President, 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc., and Albert E. Dotson,
Jr., Chairman of the Board, 100 Black Men of America, Inc..
Jax's 100 Black Men earns
Chapter of the Year award
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville, Inc. (J100) earned top
honors as Chapter of the Year in
The Jacksonville Journey continues The Jacksonville Journey, Mayor John
Peyton's cornerstone program created in 2007, recently held their last meeting under the Peyton administration.
The committee of concerned community leaders and experts, was designed to help create a plan to combat
Jacksonville's increasing crime rate. The result of their interaction was a plan of action that not only addressed
the presence of police on the streets, but the root cause of crime through prevention, rehabilitation and targeted
intervention. Shown above at the Jacksonville Journey meeting are committee members Rev. Mark Griffin
and Charles Griggs, hearing crime fighting ideas from Sheriff John Rutherford.
Health and Wellness by the 100
Black Men of America, Inc. during
the 25th Anniversary Conference in
San Francisco last week.
The award recognized the local
chapter for its work in men's health
awareness and education. The
J100's Health and Wellness initia-
tives feature the "Men Tackling the
Big C" colorectal and prostate can-
cer education programs that include
an online health risk assessment for
men. The program was developed
in an effort to offer more awareness
to men's health issues. The program
is supported by the Department of
health Office of Minority Health
and the American Cancer Society.
In 2009-2010, J100 Health and
Wellness efforts have reached more
than 3,300 men and provided more
than $156,000 in services free of
charge to the local community. The
chapter is also known for their
mentoring of young Black men.
Next on their calendar is "Real
Men Ball", a 5 on 5 Basketball
Tournament that will be held on
Saturday, June 18th in the Edward
Waters College Gymnasium from
10 a.m. 3 p.m.
The chapter defines it's mission
statement as "seeks, provides and
acts to facilitate the process of edu-
cational, economic and social
mobility to improve the quality of
life for African American males as
they transition from boyhood to
For more information on the J-
100 or to volunteer, call 764-2445.
June 16 22, 2011
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Shown above are Blu Vu hosts (L-R) Anchor Ty Wold, Alyssa Miller and Vince Evans and Gayle Andrews.
Tallahassee-The real impact of
capitol politics is a little easier to nav-
igate thanks to The Blu Vu. The cornn
is the brain child of Executive Pro-
ducer Gayle Andrews a former capitol
reporter, turned executive legislative
staffer, turned political consultant, who
thought it was time for a new perspec-
tive on Republican dominance in
"I thought it was going to be bad, but
not this bad. Some of these folks have
almost total control of every aspect our
lives. People need a news show that
won't hold back and will talk about
what was really going on," Andrews
said. Thebluvu.com is described by
viewers as edgy and honest.
Andrews realized she was on the
right track when the Florida Confer-
ence of Black State Legislators made
their annual January sojourn to the
Governor's Mansion to discuss legisla-
tive issues with Governor Rick Scott.
The Black lawmakers were stunned by
his reaction to their concerns and ques-
tions. Scott was very matter of fact
when he said he would not stop calling
the federal healthcare plan "Oba-
macare." When asked why there were
no Blacks on his executive staff, he
pointed to Lt. Governor Jennifer Car-
roll. His comment that he was just like
the Caucus members because "he grew
up in the projects too and his father
only had a 6th grade education", was
the real shocker. "The insult was be-
yond explanation", Andrews said.
She checked with two lawmakers and
an executive staffer who were present
because she did not believe it was true.
"We had a crew there because we
knew it was going to be weird. I just
couldn't believe that a governor would
The BluVu delivers Florida
politics from the inside out
say anything that patronizing. We
knew then that we had many backsto-
ries to tell. "
The Blu Vu stories are archived on
the site dating back to the March 7th
premiere. It specializes in summariz-
ing the week's political events that
most Floridians miss. Andrews said
there was a need for this kind of polit-
ical information, commentary and dis-
cussion, unusual politics and trends.
And, Floridians are able to access the
information all week long. "Nightly
local news is on and gone. The Blu Vu
is at your fingertips all week. I was
surprised at how many well informed
people had no idea what was going on
in that 21 story building. After this last
legislative session, we should under-
stand now, how important it is to know
what going on. she said.
The Blu Vu features investigative re-
porter and commentator Vince Evans,
a FAMUan from Jacksonville. I sat
through 8 hours of committee hearings
on the election law overhaul," Evans
said. I was appalled at how blatant it
was. It was designed to discourage
young people, people of color and De-
mocrats in general from voting. It is
designed to keep us from re-electing
Barack Obama," Evans continues his
commentary on voter suppression and
is featured on Youtube in a confronta-
tional effort to gain access to the exec-
utive branch ( search: Most Unpopular
Rick) Anchor Ty Wold and Alyssa
Miller also work on the weekly news
show providing over forty years of
broadcast and political expertise. A
new show is online each Friday.
Florida will be at the forefront of the
2012 Presidential campaign because
its vote rich, is a huge campaign rev-
enue source that will determine the
presidency. The Blu Vu is one way to
stay connected to the real stories be-
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Send your political story ideas to po-
Financial advice for new graduates
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America's most affluent
Black neighborhood suffer-
ing amid foreclosure crisis
America's wealthiest black county former County Executive Jack John-
is in trouble. son pleaded guilty last month to fed-
Prince George's County, Md., has eral charges stemming from a
gained prominence in recent years as sweeping corruption investigation.
the most affluent county in America Experts say there are a variety of
with a majority African-American reasons why the county ended up in
population. Average income in the the middle of the mortgage mess.
county is almost double the national A decade ago, housing stock in
average for black families, according Prince George's was significantly
to the Census Bureau's 2009 Ameri- less expensive on average than in any
can Community Survey. other suburban county in the D.C.
metro area, so it had strong appeal for
first-time homebuyers, said Anir-
---- ban Basu, economic analyst
and CEO of Sage Policy
ME r Group, a Maryland con-
sulting firm. In general,
-' home prices in low- and
S--- moderate-income neigh-
Prince George County is
filled with thousands of afflu-
ent homes owned by African-Amer-
But the icans. The median household income there is
county, adjacent to the Dis- double what it is in the rest of the U.S.
trict of Columbia, has been laid low
by the recession and the mortgage
meltdown and now holds a more du-
bious distinction: a rising foreclosure
rate that ranks as the worst in Mary-
More than half of all housing sales
in the county so far this year have
been properties in foreclosure, a rate
that dwarfs other counties in the state.
This has caused a domino effect of
social, economic and financial prob-
lems to ripple throughout Prince
Foreclosure sales, which have risen
from 34 percent in 2009 to 51 percent
so far this year, are just one sign of
problems affecting Prince George's.
The county has imposed a hiring
freeze, except for new public safety
workers, and it recently cut $13 mil-
lion from the school budget, although
the county government's finances are
solid enough that all three major rat-
ing agencies recently awarded it their
top AAA bond rating. A wave of
homicides this year has raised con-
cern about safety in the county, and
quickly in the boom and have tallen
more sharply in the bust.
Prince George's County also was a
hotbed for speculative activity among
professional and amateur investors
during the housing upturn, Basu said.
"The demographics of those affected
correspond neatly to the demograph-
ics of a first-time home buyer: lower
and less-stable incomes," he said.
In an effort to slow the foreclosure
wave, the county is promoting non-
profit housing counseling programs
like the Housing Initiative Partner-
ship (HIP), which provides financial
literacy resources and helps home-
owners understand their options.
With one in four people in Prince
George's behind on their mortgage,
and only six counselors on HIP's
staff, their phones have been ringing
off the hooks for the last three years
and their calendars are booked for
weeks, said Mary Hunter, director of
the Housing Counseling Program.
"There's just not enough funding to
support the counseling that's
needed," Hunter said.
If you're struggling to keep
your home, there is help.
Making Home Affordable is a free program from the
U.S. government that has already helped over a million
struggling homeowners at risk of foreclosure.
The sooner you act, the better the chance we can help you.
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Another school year down, but
instead of looking forward to a
summer break and start of a new
school year in the Fall many
teachers are dreading upcoming
Thanks to Republican led legisla-
ture and Governor Scott, teachers
will be scrutinized more than ever.
In theory good teachers would
make more money than bad teach-
ers, and bad teachers would be eas-
ily weeded out.
Of course, that is "in theory"
because the state and most school
districts don't have the money to
institute any sort of pay for per-
formance program because budgets
have been drastically cut.
In fact, in Broward County 1,600
teachers are losing their jobs.
That's right in one county 1,600
teachers will be looking for a new
And the cuts will not stop in
South Florida, every county includ-
ing Duval will be making massive
cuts. Some will cut teachers, but
others will cancel sports programs
and other extracurricular activities.
Many schools are cutting support
staff and doing more with less.
Many politicians have been noto-
rious for attempting to implement
private business practices in the
public sector. Sometimes it makes
sense, but there are times that it's
more like trying to fit a square peg
into a round hole.
Republicans in the Florida
Legislature are doing just that the
concept of pay for performance is a
business practice that I totally agree
with. But when it comes to the pub-
lic sector, pay for performance has
to be carefully implemented.
Typically, whether it is a private
company or municipality, pay for
performance compensation plans
T h e
political article of faith is that pres-
idents and presidential candidates
rise and fall on the economy.
There's much to be said for that.
And presumptive frontrunner for
the 2012 GOP presidential nomina-
tion Mitt Romney is loudly claim-
ing that President Obama has failed
on the economy. Polls show that his
attack is getting some resonance.
He's in a statistical dead heat with
Obama in the race for the White
House. The polls don't mean much
at this point in the still very embry-
onic presidential election season.
But talk of, or rather perception and
reality, about the economy does.
Obama's "frustration index"
according to one poll among voters
is at an high near 70 mark. Even
the momentary bump up in
approval ratings that he got from
the bin Laden death has evaporat-
ed. But that didn't mean much any-
way when it came to the economy.
Obama has been continually
plagued by voter perception that he
is fumbling things on the economy.
The White House protests that it
inherited the economic wreckage
from the Bush administration and
has prevented wholesale collapse
through bail-outs, the stimulus, and
spending cuts. This hasn't had
much resonance with a majority of
Teacher merit pay sounds good,
but the devil is in the details
are win-wins for employees and
executives. When properly imple-
mented, everyone shares a common
goal of doing what's best for the
organization, and there is a clear
reward for your dedication and
hard work more pay.
The higher your students achieve
then the more money teachers are
eligible to receive. At first blush, it
doesn't sound so bad right?
But here's the catch, if my job in
contingent on a number of vari-
ables that I can't control, then pay
for performance is not fair.
The bill basically sets the stan-
dard that if teachers are not per-
forming or getting students to
achieve then the principal or school
system can get rid of that teacher.
And the mechanism in the legisla-
tion used to get rid of a teacher
would be the establishment of
Essentially, no matter how good
or bad the teacher, all classroom
educators will have one-year annu-
al contracts that must be evaluated
and renewed by the school princi-
pal and district every year. So if I
have been a high achieving teacher
for 20 years it doesn't matter, I am
in the same boat as the first year
teacher straight out of college.
School systems around the state
could potentially lose dozens of
teachers every year because they
simply cannot motivate children
from tough environments to learn
at a certain state mandated level.
Under this new bill teacher tenure
and long term achievements go out
Getting back to these other vari-
ables that I mentioned earlier.
Many minority students from core
city neighborhoods are dealing
with so much more than math and
Some of our inner city children
are dealing with real poverty, crime
and drugs not only in their neigh-
borhoods, but also in their homes.
So without giving educators addi-
tional resources for teaching at-risk
children, the Legislature is basical-
ly expecting teachers to be miracle
workers or be fired.
There are so many variables that
go into the education of a child. Of
course, one of the biggest chal-
lenges that school systems around
the country face is trying to get par-
ents involved in their child's educa-
You could hire the best teacher in
the world, but without the proper
resources, institutional support, and
parental involvement that teacher
will struggle to be successful in
Again, the concept of pay for
performance is a good one, but if
this state is to implement this type
of compensation we have to actual-
ly reward good teachers for teach-
ing in tough environments. We also
should not simply look at a students
achievement on a standardize test
to measure a teacher's perform-
Teacher evaluations should be
based on a number of factors
including student improvement
throughout the year.
And every school system is
unique, so local school boards
should decide teacher compensa-
tion. I agree with the former
Democratic Gubernatorial candi-
date Alex Sink who recently said,
"I feel strongly that our local
school districts should be the ones
making these kinds of decisions for
our students and teachers -- not
politicians in Tallahassee."
As someone who served on the
City Council, one of the issues that
local officials really dislike is when
the state forces unfunded mandates
on local government.
I have a serious problem with
placing even more unfunded man-
dates on our local school districts,
as they are already facing signifi-
cant budget concerns.
According to the Foundation for
Florida's Future, and organization
founded by Jeb Bush, the bill will
boost the quality of teachers and
weed out the bad ones. The organi-
zation also claims that the measure
will raise teacher salaries across the
Excuse me, but remember that
this measure is unfunded. The leg-
islature is asking school districts to
implement merit pay, but $1.4 bil-
lion was cut from education in the
budget. So the legislature is in
essence mandating the impossible.
But what's new!
Signing off from Paxon Middle
omney will duel Obama on the
Yet the near 70 frustration index
Obama is saddled with is still a
ways away from the high of 80 in
2008. Obama and the Democrats
used this high frustration voters had
with Bush and the GOP as their
heavy hammer to pound the GOP
and snatch back the White House
and Congress. The GOP turned the
table on the Democrats and used
that same high frustration level
with the Democrats in 2010 to take
back the House.
Romney banks that voters will be
so furious at Obama for the high
number of home foreclosures, ane-
mic job creation numbers, high gas
prices, massive deficits, and gov-
ernment waste that the moderate
and conservative independents that
deserted the GOP in droves in 2008
will flock back to the GOP in 2012.
Romney will flaunt his corporate
and business credentials to make
the case that he will be the nation's
consummate fiscal manager.
But it's not that simple for
Romney and the GOP. Despite the
conventional wisdom, it's not
always the economy that makes or
breaks presidents. Since 1948,
when the economy hit the skids or
appeared to skid, the scorecard for
six of eight presidents that won or
lost because of economic woe is a
draw. Three were beaten and three
beat back their challengers. It came
down to whether voters really per-
but can he win it?
ceived that their economic pain
would show no sign of a cure if
they kept the incumbent in office.
Both Republican and Democratic
presidents won and lost even when
there was public unease over the
economy and many voters believed
things wouldn't get any better. The
presidents who won had to do one
crucial thing in the face of rising
unemployment, recession, infla-
tion, and public grumbles. They
had to assure a majority of voters
that things would and could get bet-
ter with them if they stayed in the
White House and their opponent
couldn't do any better.
That combination of real and
voter perceived economic woe
helped sink Presidents Gerald Ford
and Bush Sr. It helped and hurt
Carter. It helped Reagan and it hurt
Bush Sr. in their reelection bids.
Bush Sr.'s history did not repeat
itself with George W. Bush in the
2004 election. While unemploy-
ment was high, and economic
growth was slower than during
Clinton's second term, the Clinton
bar was impossibly high to match
anyway. By all economic stan-
dards, his economic track record
was the best of any of the last five
presidents. Even by his inflated
standard, and despite the industrial
erosion in some sections of the
country, during the last two years
of Bush's first term, overall unem-
ployment and economic growth
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Who is and isn't
graduating in 2011
As the 2011 graduation season moves into full swing,
Black Americans are reminded that only about two-
thirds of students who enter the 9th grade will graduate
with a high school diploma four years later. Among minority males the
dropout rate is ominous.
High school dropout is a national crisis for Americans in general and
Blacks in particular. Nationwide, 47 percent of Black males graduate high
school compared with 78 percent of White males. During the past four
years more than six million students between the ages of 16 and 24
dropped out of high school. This problem was the theme at a recent meet-
ing of national civil rights activists in Washington, D.C. when the
Reverend Levy Daugherty of the KingMaker Foundation declared this to
be "a problem that the nation needs to address" and said: "A student drops
out every 26 seconds and 7,000 drop out every day." Daugherty pointed
out that "the highest number of dropouts is among Native Americans, next
are Hispanics and third are African Americans."
"To spot a future high school dropout, look no farther than the third
grade" say educators. Education experts content: "Children who struggle
academically at young ages are far more likely to drop out, though they
typically wait until ninth grade to do so". To combat the problem, local
communities need to establish mentoring and reading programs, support
programs that involve youth mentoring one other, create college scholar-
ship funds, encourage students to take challenging courses and the teach
Over the past four years, 11 percent of young Black males 16 24,
dropped out, compared to eight percent of Black females. It is a crisis sit-
uation because young people who drop out of high school are unlikely to
have minimum skills and credentials necessary to effectively function in
today's society and technological workplace. Young adults with little edu-
cation are more likely to be unemployed, more likely to remain in pover-
ty, more likely to receive government assistance and more like to become
involved in criminal behaviors.
Rev. Daugherty says his non-profit's efforts are designed "to make sure
that all children achieve academic proficiency and gain the educational
skills necessary to success in life". Social activist Dick Gregory and the
Rev. C.T. Vivian joined Daugherty's cause to focus attention on the "drop
out problem" and pass a bill to have a High School Dropout Prevention
Month. The campaign seeks to prevent students from leaving school and
promotes exploration of the causes behind this alarming statistic. The
campaign looks at the many angles of the issue, including poor parental
involvement, low expectations from teachers, boredom, peer pressure, and
lack of positive role models. In the session at the Capital City Public
Charter School, participants presented solutions that include: smaller
classes, single gender classrooms, relevant Afro-centric curriculums,
cooperative learning, motivational speakers, and higher expectations from
teachers, and prevention strategies for administrators and teachers.
A high school graduate can expect to make $1.2 million during their life-
time. People with a college degree earn nearly $1 million more than a high
school graduate. A college graduate will earn $2.1 million working full-
time between ages 25 and 64. A master's degree-holder earns $2.5 million,
while someone with a professional degree, a doctor or lawyer, makes even
more $4.4 million.
"Dr. Vivian a 86-year-old theologian, met then-comic Dick Gregory dur-
ing the civil rights movement. Vivian says "it's time to draw up an agen-
da" and "the greatest issue is education. ... It's a problem we can't run
from." One solution Vivian recommends would be to focus our collective
attention on getting Congress to designate "a high school dropout preven-
The KingMaker Foundation works to bridge the gap between civil rights
leaders and engaging young students in a new movement. KingMaker pro-
grams are designed to: 1) decrease school dropout statistics; 2) lobby
Congress to pass High School Dropout Prevention Month legislation and
3) circulate program strategies to keep young adults in school. It is head-
quartered at 1611 Upshur Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20011.
Telephone (202) 315-0723. (William Reed is available for speaking/semi-
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June 16-22, 2011
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1). Nolan Butler, Ulysses Stocking, Jr., Nellie Tunsil, Lawrence
Tunsil, Jacqueline Williams, Simon Hall, Brook Fowler and Lenora
Witherspoon. 2). Lewis Palmer, Bobby Watson, Kay Palmer, Betty
Carley and Bernice Watson. 3). Thelma Hardeman, A. Roosevelt Pray,
Rebecca Schorenborg, Louise Tippins (Los Angeles,. CA), Jeanette
Boss, Vacina Jones, Rose Wilson, James Mosely, Shirley Mosely,
Constance B. Stephens and John Tolliver. 4) James McCorkle,
Charlesetta McConkle, Virginia Johnson, Ronald Pauline, Patricia
Green, and Mildred Williams. 5). Fredrick Jenkins, Carol Jenkins,
John Ward, Arnett Ward, Willie Clayton, Tammer, Britton and Mary
Clayton. 6). Samuel Elps, Deloris Robinson, Alberta Jones, Elizabeth
Byars, Walter Byars, Armenia Green, Henry Cutland, Rosalyn Moore,
Clara Driggers and Delia Covington. 7). Jeanette Boss, Willie Boss,
Gloria Davis, Betty Donald, Juanita Wilson, Bentley O'Neal, Wilma
Santo, Lillie Weaver, Maxine O'Neal. FMPowellphotos
The Stanton Class '54 showed their 'blue
devil'pride last weekend with a variety of activ-
ities tat brought them together. Classmates
journeyed from as far away as New York and
California to enjoy their camaraderie. Their
three days of activities included a social at the
new Legends Community Center on Soutel and
a trip to American Beach.
The classmates haven't met since 2006, dur-
ing which time 16 of the Class of '54 were
passed on. Their classmates honored their
Black voters may get short end
of the stick of of new voting laws
aued from page 1 it's going to be difficult to make this to make voting available on
st battleground state heading argument." Sunday, and voters responded,"
e 2012 presidential election. McDonald said there are legiti- Levitt wrote in a recent blog post.
ontend the law will have an mate public policy reasons for That analysis was backed up by
on black voters, shortening the early voting period, McDonald's research, which
analysis of state election including reducing the cost to local showed on the final Sunday before
by the Florida Democratic election officials, the 2008 presidential election,
showed that in 2008, 1.1 mil- The new law, although it elimi- black voters accounted for 32 per-
ack voters participated in the nates one day of weekend voting cent of the daily early-voting
I election, in which they had before the election, provides up to turnout in Florida.
portunity to elect the coun- 36 hours of weekend voting, com- State Rep. Reggie Fullwood of
rst Black president. pared to 16 hours under the old law, Jacksonville said eliminating that
y 54 percent of those voters Cate said. final Sunday would impact African-
llots before Election Day at "It's not just the hours," said Justin American voters.
oting sites. The figure does Levitt, an associate law professor at "Traditionally the Sunday before
;lude the 13.6 percent who the Loyola School of Law in Los the election, preachers told their
sentee ballots. Angeles. congregation members 'we're going
endent elections experts say Levitt said Florida has significant- to leave church when church is over
i's decision to shorten its ly changed the system by eliminat- and we're going to the polls',"
oting period may be particu- ing the voting on the Sunday before Fulwood said. "They didn't tell you
ilnerable to a legal challenge the election Studying data from the who to vote for, but on that day that
e of the data showing 2008 and 2010 elections, Levitt was part of what was done at the
s to that system could dis- said he initially saw a steep decline end of the service." The same tactic
ate against black voters, in voting on the final Sunday. was used in the recent election
rtment of State officials said B ut he said a deeper analysis ehich helped to elect Jacksonville's
ere confident that the new showed that wasn't true in the first Black Mayor. Mayor-elect
uld win approval from the largest counties with the largest Alvin Brown won overwhlemingly
government. The confi- African-American voting blocs, in Black districts. I such a close
stems in part from the fact "The larger, more urban counties race, the votes gave him the edgehe
though the law reduces the Miami-Dade, Duval, Palm needed most of them done during
r of early-voting days, it Beach, Broward (in 2008) chose early voting.
keeps the total potential hours the
same by allowing counties the
option of keeping the sites open for
12 hours a day.
In another analysis of the 2008
election in Florida, Michael
McDonald, an assistant professor of
government and politics at George
Mason University, demonstrated
that African-American voters
accounted for roughly 22 percent of
the daily turnout at the early voting
sites in 2008, although they only
accounted for 13.1 percent of the
Based on that data, McDonald
said Florida could face a significant
legal challenge in demonstrating to
the federal government that short-
ening the number of early-voting
days will not negatively impact
He said the state can argue those
effects can be eliminated by using
measures such as providing addi-
tional voting sites, guaranteeing
longer hours and providing more
notification to voters.
But he added: "It looks to me like
There is a proposed class action
Settlement with the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) involving racial
discrimination against African American
farmers between 1981 and 1996. This
Settlement is only for certain people
who tried to file a late claim in the
original Pigford case, or their heirs
(kin) and legal representatives. The
current Settlement (sometimes called
Pigford II) provides benefits to some of
those late filers.
Am I included?
You may be included if you:
* Between 1981 and 1996, were
discouraged or prevented from applying
for or were denied a USDA farm loan
or other benefit, or you were given a
loan with unfair terms because of racial
* Were eligible for a payment in the
original Pigford case, and
* Submitted a late-filing request that was
denied or never considered because it
If you are the heir or kin of someone who
died who fits this description, you may file
a claim for a payment that would become
part of the deceased person's estate. If
you are not sure if you (or someone for
whom you are the legal representative)
are included, please call 1-877-810-8110.
You are not included if you received a
payment in the original Pigford case.
What does the Settlement provide?
You may be eligible for a substantial cash
payment and USDA loan forgiveness
from the Settlement. You will need to file
a claim to be eligible for these benefits.
The claims deadline may be as early
as February 28, 2012. The Court has
appointed lawyers to help you file a claim
under the Settlement. You do not have to
pay them or anyone else to help you with
the claims process. These attorneys will
ask the Court for fees and expenses of
between 4.1% and 7.4% of the Settlement
Fund, and the Court will decide how
much they are paid. You may hire your
own lawyer, if you wish, at your own
expense. If you have questions or need
more information, call 1-877-810-8110.
What else should I know?
The Court will hold a hearing on
September 1, 2011 to consider whether
to approve the Settlement and a request
for attorneys' fees and expenses. If you
want to object to or comment on the
Settlement or appear at the hearing, you
need to file a letter with the Court by
August 12, 2011. If the Court approves
the Settlement, you will not be able
to sue the USDA about your farm loan
discrimination claims in the future.
If You are African American and
Suffered Farm Loan Discrimination
by the USDA between 1981 and 1996,
You may be eligible for money from
a $1.25 billion class action Settlement Fund
(Heirs/Kin may be included)
Fathers Who Cook
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Gateway Town Center,
This is a fun pre-father's day community
activity. Celebrate Father's! Last year,
our organization was able to assist 50 par-
ents send their child to camp. We had 35
fathers who participated including Winn
Dixie's Celebrity Chef Roberts and the
world-renowned, 5-star Chef A. L. Harvey.
For more information or
to participate, call 591-7568
For more information or to begin the claims filing process:
Call: 1-877-810-8110 Visit: www.BlackFarmerCase.com
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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.
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.
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.
There will be a Victory Cruise sponsored by WCGL and Grapevine News
on Friday, June 24, 2011. Boarding will be from 7:30 8 p.m. and sailing
will be from 8 10 p.m. Your tax deductible donation will include live
entertainment with Mary Speight, music, line dancing and dinner. For tick-
ets or more information, call 766-9955.
Father's Day Celebration Dinner
Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr., officers and members of the The Greater El-
Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, located 723 W. 4th Street Jacksonville
invite the community to attend their family's Father's Day Celebration. It
will be held on Sunday, June 19th from 10 a.m. to Noon. Dinner will be
served. For more information, call 374-3940.
Life Church International
presents Beach Baptisms
The community is invited to share with Life Church International in cel-
ebrating its 3rd Anniversary Baptism at Jacksonville Beach on Sunday,
June 19th from 10 a.m. 2 p.m.
Immediately following Baptism, the church will spring into fun with their
Spring Fling/Summer Fun Fish Fry! This event will feature music, food,
fun and games for kids and adults! If you and/or family members would
like to get baptized at the Baptism, call Rhonda Holt at (904) 765-9224.
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
7, 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.
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 at 338-
S ]I r .. .,
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
Disciples of (brist 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
Summerville observes Fathers Day
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church will formally observe Father's
Day on Sunday, June 19th during the 11 a.m. worship service. Make plans
to be a part of this grand day of praise as we honor the fathers of
Summerville. Festivities will be held in the Worship Center located at 690
W. 20th St. Jacksonville, Florida. For more information, call 598-0510. Dr.
James W. Henry, Pastor.
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 P.O. Box 350117 Jacksonville, Fl. 32235-0117. Please call to
attention Rev. Mattie W. Freeman.
Free dental care from the Northeast
Florida Baptist Association
The Northeast Florida Baptist Association will have their Mobile Dental
Unit out on July 19th from 8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m. The unit will take medical
financial screenings and appointments at Yulee Baptist Church, 85971
Harts Rd. in Yulee, Fla. These appointments are on a first come, first serve
basis. Only basic dental work (fillings and extraction) are provided by the
MU. No cleaning of teeth, dentures or oral surgery will be provided. No
appointment can be made on the phone, you must appear in person to make
an appointment. For more information contact the Northeast Florida Baptist
Association (904) 225-5941.
Annual Musical to be presented
at Greater New Hope AME
Greater New Hope AME Church, located at 2708 N. Davis Street, will
have their Annual Musical featuring high spirited performances by local
talents onn June 26, 2011 at 4 p.m. The musical is sponsored by the Trustee
& Pastor's Assistance Board and Lay Organization.
Rev. Mary F. Davis, Pastor. for more information call (904) 356-2121.
Marital troubles now
dogging Bishop Long
The wife of megachurch leader, defendant Long and oral sexual
Bishop Eddie Long has moved out contact," the suit says.
of the couple's marital home, Earlier this month it was reported
according to reports, that Bishop Long had settled out of
Sources close to the couple claim court with his accusers so that the
that Vanessa Long moved out of sexual misconduct case would not
their Atlanta mansion over the go to trial.
weekend, taking one Long's spokesperson,
of the children with Art Franklin, said in a
her. Y statement that 'after a
Her departure "
comes after months
of speculation about
Bishop Long's inap-
with male members
of his New Birth
Last year it was
alleged that the popu-
lar TV pastor has
coerced four male parishioners of
his church into sex.
One suit detailed Long's sexual
interactions with plaintiff, Anthony
Flagg, 21, stating: "Long shared a
bedroom and engaged in intimate
sexual contact with plaintiff Flagg
including kissing, massaging, mas-
turbating of plaintiff Flagg by
series of discussions'
the case against the
Pastor has been
resolved: "This deci-
sion was made to
bring closure to this
matter and to allow us
S- to move forward with
the plans God has for
this ministry," said
"As is usually the
case when civil lawsuits resolve out
of court, we cannot discuss any
details regarding the resolution or
the resolution process, as they are
He added that the recently final-
ized settlement has been: "the most
reasonable road for everyone to
Tickets on sale
for Stanton Gala
Old Stanton New Stanton and
Stanton Vocational High Schools
will present their 5th annual gala on
June 25, 2011. Tickets are current-
ly will be available for purchase.
For more information visit our web-
site at www.stantionhigh.org. or
contact Chairman Kenneth
Reddick at 764-8795.
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Heart attack warning signs differ for women
Heart disease is the leading cause
of death in the United States.
According to statistics from the
American Heart Association, a
coronary event strikes every 25 sec-
onds in America. And while heart
disease is often considered to be a
health problem that's more preva-
lent among men, the truth of the
matter is that more women die of
heart disease each year than men
making it the number one killer
among women and claiming more
lives than all forms of cancer com-
According to the national
Coalition for Women with Heart
Disease, one woman dies from
heart disease almost every minute
in the U.S. One of the challenges
with heart disease and specifically
heart attacks in women is that the
symptoms can be different to those
experienced by men. And, because
the symptoms don't always present
themselves as classic signs of a
heart attack, women are often prone
to delay seeking emergency treat-
ment risk greater damage to their
Every second counts with a heart
attack and the longer you wait to
seek treatment, the worse the out-
come is likely to be, said Jennifer
Lane M.D. of Mooresville Family
Practice. That's why it's so impor-
tant for women to understand the
warning signs of a heart attack and
how the symptoms may differ from
the classic symptoms that men tend
Women very often experience
physical symptoms well before they
have a heart attack. Of the 515
women in the NIH study, 95 percent
said they experienced new or differ-
ent symptoms a month or more
before the onset of their heart
The most commonly reported
symptoms included unusual
fatigue, sleep disturbance, and
shortness of breath. Among the
study participants fewer than 30
percent of the women reported hav-
ing any chest discomfort prior to
their heart attacks and 43 percent
report no check pain during any
phase of the attack.
Similar studies among men have
African American women:
* Are more at-risk for heart
disease than any major
ethnic group in US
* Have higher incidence
of diabetes and
Are underrepresented in
"-: major research trials
-1 Are up to 60% less likely
to receive aggressive
S diagnostic testing
found that between 17 and 27 per- attack. But it's not always as seve
cent of men do not experience chest as the kind of pain men experien
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have some kind of chest discomfort, one women to the next. Son
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crushing chest pain, tightness or
discomfort while others may have
no chest pain tat all, and have other
symptoms such as fatigue or jaw
pain. "Given that women's heart
attack symptoms are often more
subtle than men's, it's vitally impor-
tant that women educate themselves
on the warning signs that may sig-
nal the onset of a heart attack,"
The sooner that symptoms are
recognized and action is taken, the
3. Unusual fatigue of
4. Nausea or vomiting
7. Feeling of anxiety
higher the likelihood of a positive
Any woman who suspects she's
having a heart attack should call
911 immediately and should take an
aspirin to prevent further blood
clotting, Lane advises. Once at the
hospital, be sure that the emergency
staff takes your complaints serious-
ly and insist that an EKG and/or
blood enzyme test be administered
to determine if you're having a
Should you be paid to look
after elderly family members?
Caring for a family member is a
responsibility many people bear. It
can also be a source of income.
So-called "caregiver agreements"
-- formal contracts under which rel-
atives are hired to care for elderly
family members -- have been
around for a while. But with the
economic downturn, more families
may be open to entering into such
arrangements, some attorneys and
caregiver advocates say.
Financial transfers made under a
caregiver agreement generally
aren't considered gifts, an important
consideration if an elderly person
later hopes to qualify for Medicaid,
the joint federal/state program that
covers nursing-home care. The con-
tracts can also provide assurances
to other family members about the
cost and quality of care being deliv-
ered and reward caregivers for the
long hours they put in. The agree-
ments need to be carefully crafted,
and there are tax consequences.
To an aging parent, the idea of
being cared for by a trusted family
member may be appealing. And for
those who want to stay in their own
homes, or need to because they
can't sell their property to fund
entry into a continuing-care retire-
ment community, hiring a relative
can be a money-saving strategy.
For adult children who have
more time to devote to mom or dad,
such arrangements can provide a
modest source of income -- or at
least cover expenses they incur in
providing care -- at a time when
many families are struggling.
Caregiver agreements, also
known as personal-service or per-
sonal-care contracts, can reduce
tension among family members. In
the absence of such formal arrange-
ments, a parent may decide to
bequeath a larger slice of an estate
to the primary caregiver, typically
one child, which can lead to the will
being contested by siblings who
feel slighted, says Linda Fodrini-
Johnson, president of the National
Association of Professional
Geriatric Care Managers.
In recent years, caregiver agree-
ments have grown in popularity as
a Medicaid planning tool because
they can reduce the size of an
estate. That's because a rule change
extended the look-back period for
making gifts to family members to
five years from three.
If properly set up, transfers made
under a caregiver agreement aren't
considered gifts but rather compen-
sation because they are payments
made in return for a service,
lawyers say. In order to qualify for
Medicaid, individuals must pass
state-specific means tests for
income and assets. In general, an
individual may nbt have more than
$2,000 in assets to qualify for
Medicaid. Some property is exclud-
ed, including the primary residence
(within certain limits).
In addition, in order to pass legal
muster, caregiver agreements must
be arms-length, written contracts
that are completed in advance in
which the compensation for the
services is reasonable.
It's also wise to solicit input from
family members, in order to avoid
problems later. Recipients of the
care should have a comprehensive
estate plan in place, including pow-
ers of attorney, to ensure their wish-
es are respected if they become
Contracts should specify duties
the caregiver will be expected to to
perform. For instance, when Ralph
Gobell and his wife, Ellen, entered
into a caregiver contract with her
elderly father, Richard Holden,
their joint responsibilities included
making sure Mr. Holden took his
medications, preparing and serving
his meals, running errands, keeping
his house clean and tidy, and paying
his bills, among other things.
Agreements also need to state the
cost of the services.
Beauty problems that signal major health concerns
Almost everyone has had a beau-
ty problem that they wished they
could get rid of. Some of them are
so common that there are a wide
range of products available to
address them, and your first inclina-
tion may be to embark on the trial
and error process of finding the
But, sometimes common beauty
problems indicate health concerns
or warrant medical attention.
Moles are common on black skin.
And, they can be very annoying if
they start growing, especially on
your face, neck, or another highly
visible area. But more importantly,
this growth can signal melanoma, a
deadly form of skin cancer. Other
warning signs include changes in
the color or shape of a mole and the
development of one that looks dif-
ferent from those you have or one
that has ragged, fuzzy edges.
To confirm or dismiss the possi-
bility of melanoma, you will need a
biopsy. The disease is highly cur-
able if it is discovered and treated
early enough, but it can be fatal oth-
erwise. Treatment generally
involves surgical removal of the
Maybe you've washed dishes,
cleaned the house, or you were gar-
dening without gloves. Now, you
notice that your nails are turning
white, yellow, or green around the
nail beds or under the nail. You may
prematurely dismiss this problem as
a temporary effect of exposure to
something you don't normally come
into contact with and you may
ignore the problem or hide it with
nail polish. But, there is good possi-
bility that you have a fungal infec-
If so, your nails may thicken and
become distorted. The infection, if
left untreated, can spread to your
skin, hair, and other people. Fungal
infections commonly require a pre-
scription. Topical over-the-counter
treatments are often ineffective.
Even with a prescription, treatment
can span from several weeks to sev-
eral months, with toenail infections
generally requiring the longest
Nail discoloration is sometimes
an indication of a serious health
condition such as diabetes or kid-
ney and liver conditions. This is
beauty problem that a doctor should
Darkness Around the Eyes
If you have dark circles around
your eyes, you may blame it on lack
of sleep, stress or mother nature.
Serum, concealer and foundation
may seem like your best options.
But instead of masking the prob-
lem, you may be able to eliminate it
if there is an underlying cause.
Darkness around the eyes can
result from colds, sinus infections
or allergies and over-the-counter
remedies may be easy fixes. Some
medications, such as those used to
treat blood pressure, may be the
cause. There is a possibility that
your face could be letting you know
that you are suffering from poor
nutrition or dehydration, which you
may be able to correct with changes
in your habits if the problem is not
However, in some cases, dark cir-
cles could indicate serious health
problems such as liver, kidney, or
heart problems. If you attempt to
correct the problem and it persists
or it is accompanied by other symp-
toms, you should see a doctor.
Hair loss is a problem that is so
perplexing that proper marketing
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dies. Falling for ploys may not only
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Dr. Seymour M. Weaver, III,
M.D., a dermatologist who special-
izes in black hair conditions, says
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ment when the scalp condition is
irreversible and hair loss is perma-
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community a problem known as
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increasing amounts of attention.
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mone called DHT. When this is the
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has since began his own design firm.
by E. McLaughlin
Africa is not a country, and
Africans generally do not live in
trees or hunt game with spears.
Nor do they all walk around in the
nude among lions and zebras.
African immigrants to the
United States say cartoonish cari-
catures and a Western media pen-
chant for reporting on Africa's dis-
ease, hunger and war -- rather than
the continent's successes -- trivial-
ize their cultures. They complain
they have trouble dispelling the
stereotypes once they arrive in the
They concede, though, the
myths run both ways and some say
they were surprised to find their
values more often aligned with
those of white Americans than
"I have been laughed at because
of my accent and asked all the
ignorant questions," said Ajah-
Aminata N'daw, 25, of Fall River,
Massachusetts. "Questions like:
Did I live on a tree? Roam the jun-
gles naked? Have wild animals at
N'daw emigrated from Dakar,
Senegal, in 2001. She works in a
salon and has met African-
Americans who share her values of
hard work and family, but in most
cases, "we are raised differently,
taught different values and held up
to a different moral code."
Gaddafi Nkosi, 20, recently
graduated from The Piney Woods
School, a historically African-
American boarding school about
22 miles southeast of Jackson,
Mississippi. He has since returned
to Pretoria, South Africa, but
recalled well the misnomers he
faced in the U.S.
Nkosi's American classmates
acknowledge their misconcep-
tions. Cydney Smith, 17, of
Nashville, Tennessee, said she
once believed Africa was populat-
ed with "uncivilized tribes."
Raphael Craig, 17, of
Hyattsville, Maryland, said the tel-
evision misinformed him as well.
Before Craig visited the conti-
nent in 2005 and 2006, he thought
of Africans as "half-naked, run-
ning around with tigers in the jun-
gle," Craig said, confessing he was
unaware tigers roam only Asia.
But in Ghana and Nigeria, Craig
saw children playing the same
games he and his siblings played.
He saw many signs of modernity,
including Mercedes and other
brands of cars found in the U.S.
"OK, this country is running
how we're running, just two differ-
ent schools," Craig recalled think-
ing. "It really opened my eyes to
the point that everything you see
on TV is not always reality".
If the Western media are doing
Africans no favors, then the
African media are also a disservice
to African-Americans because it
portrays them as criminals, some
Sandi Litia, 19, a Piney Woods
graduate from Limulunga,
Zambia, said she was initially
scared of African-Americans
because the African media show
them "wearing clothes like gang-
sters and killing each other."
Nkosi concurred that African
media "made it seem as if they
were these aggressive people that
did nothing constructive with their
lives except occupy prison space."
Trying to fit in
Chinedu Ezeamuzie, 21, of
Athens, Georgia, arrived in 2003.
He had spent the majority of his
life in Jabriya, Kuwait, and came
to the U.S. to pursue his education.
The recent Georgia Tech gradu-
ate said he considers himself
Nigerian because his parents --
both from the village of Uga --
instilled in their four children
strong Nigerian values of family,
community, spirituality and self-
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In Athens, Ezeamuzie found his
ideals at odds with those who
shared his skin color at Clarke
Central High School, his first stint
in a public school.
Ezeamuzie didn't understand
why so few black students were in
his advanced-placement classes.
He didn't understand the lunch-
room segregation or the accusing
glances he got for eating with
Gaddafi Nkosi says the African
media portray a negative image of
white classmates. One classmate
called him a traitor and asked, "Do
you not like black people?"
"My whole life I had reaped ben-
Gay Jamaicans live and die in fear
KINGSTON, Jamaica Even
now, about three years after a
near-fatal gay bashing, Sherman
gets jittery at dusk. On bad days,
his blood quickens, his eyes dart,
and he seeks refuge indoors.
A group of men kicked him and
slashed him with knives for being
a "batty boy" a slang term for
gay men after he left a party
before dawn in October 2006.
They sliced his throat, torso, and
back, hissed anti-gay epithets, and
left him for dead on a Kingston
"It gets like five, six o'clock, my
heart begins to race. I just need to
go home, I start to get nervous,"
said the 36-year-old outside the
secret office of Jamaica's sole gay
rights group. Like many other
gays, Sherman won't give his full
name for fear of retribution.
Despite the easygoing image
propagated by tourist boards, gays
and their advocates agree that
Jamaica is by far the most hostile
island toward homosexuals in the
already conservative Caribbean.
They say gays, especially those in
poor communities, suffer frequent
abuse. But they have little
recourse because of rampant anti-
gay stigma and a sodomy law ban-
ning sex between men in Jamaica
and 10 other former British
colonies in the Caribbean.
It is impossible to say just how
common gay bashing attacks like
the one against Sherman are in
Jamaica their tormentors are
sometimes the police themselves.
But many homosexuals in Jamaica
say homophobia is pervasive
across the sun-soaked island, from
the pulpit to the floor of the
Hostility toward gays has
reached such a level that four
months ago, gay advocates in
New York City launched a short-
lived boycott against Jamaica at
the site of the Stonewall Inn,
where demonstrations launched
the gay-rights movement in 1969.
In its 2008 report, the U.S. State
Dept. also notes that gays have
faced death and arson threats, and
are hesitant to report incidents
against them because of fear.
For gays, the reality of this
enduring hostility is loneliness
and fear, and sometimes even
Andrew, a 36-year-old volun-
teer for an AIDS education pro-
gram, said he was driven from the
island after his ex-lover was killed
for being gay which police said
was just a robbery gone wrong.
He moved to the U.K. for several
years, but returned to Jamaica in
2008 for personal reasons he
declined to disclose.
Many in this highly Christian
nation perceive homosexuality as
a sin, and insist violence against
gays is blown out of proportion by
gay activists. Some say Jamaica
tolerates homosexuality as long as
it is not advertised a tropical
version of former President Bill
Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell"
policy for the U.S. military.
Jamaica's most prominent evan-
gelical pastor, Bishop Herro Blair,
said he sympathizes with those
who face intolerance, but that
homosexuals themselves are actu-
ally behind most of the attacks
reported against them.
"Among themselves, homosex-
uals are extremely jealous," said
Blair during a recent interview.
"But some of them do cause a
reaction by their own behaviors,
for, in many people's opinions,
homosexuality is distasteful."
Other church leaders have
accused gays of flaunting their
behavior to "recruit" youngsters,
or called for them to undergo
"redemptive work" to break flee
of their sexual orientation.
Perhaps playing to anti-gay con-
stituents, politicians routinely rail
against homosexuals. During a
recent parliamentary session in,
lawmaker Ernest Smith of the rul-
ing Jamaica Labor Party stressed
that gays were "brazen," and "vio-
lent," and expressed anxiety that
the police force was "overrun by
A few weeks later, Prime
Minister Bruce Golding described
gay advocates as "perhaps the
most organized lobby in the
world" and vowed to keep
Jamaica's "buggery law" pun-
ishable by 10 years on the
books. During a BBC interview
last year, Golding vowed to never
allow gays in his Cabinet.
The dread of homosexuality is
so all-encompassing that many
Jamaican men refuse to get digital
rectal examinations for prostate
cancer, even those whose disease
is advanced, said Dr. Trevor
Tulloch of St. Andrews Hospital.
"Because it is a homophobic
society, there's such a fear of the
sexual implications of having the
exam that men won't seek out
help," said Tulloch, adding
Jamaica has a soaring rate of
prostate cancer because men won't
Writer Staceyann Chin, a les-
bian who fled her Caribbean
homeland for New York more
than a decade ago, stressed that
violence in Jamaica is high -
there were 1,611 killings last year,
about 10 times more than the U.S.
rate relative to population but
that it is "extraordinarily" high
"The macho ideal is celebrated,
praised in Jamaica, while homo-
sexuality is paralleled with
pedophilia, rapists," Chin said.
"Markers that other people per-
ceive as gay they walk a certain
way, wear tight pants, or are over-
ly friendly with a male friend -
make them targets. It's a little
pressure cooker waiting to pop."
In 1996, when she was 20, Chin
came out as lesbian on the
Kingston UWI campus. She said
she was ostracized by her peers,
and one day was herded into a
campus bathroom by a group of
male students, who ripped off her
clothes and sexually assaulted her.
"They told me what God wanted
from me, that God made women
to enjoy sex with men," recalled
Chin, a poet, performer and lectur-
er who closes her just-published
memoir "The Other Side of
Paradise" with her searing account
of the attack.
Jamaican nationalism has
always been tied in deeply with
bugbears about masculinity, mak-
ing for a "potent brew" where
those who violate accepted stan-
dards of manliness are easy tar-
gets, said Scott Long of Human
Many gays from poorer areas in
Jamaica say they congregate in
private to find safety and compan-
ionship. Once a month, they have
underground church services at
revolving locations across the
Sherman, meanwhile, is simply
trying to move on with his life.
But he said he will always remem-
ber how, after his attack, patrol-
men roughly lifted his bloodied
body out of their squad car when a
man admonished them for aiding a
"batty boy." A woman shamed
them into driving him to a hospi-
tal; they stuffed him in the trunk.
"Being gay in Jamaica, it's like,
don't tell anybody. Just keep it to
yourself," he said.
Emeka Aniukwu, of Ebenebe, Nigeria, married Sonya Roberts, an
African-American, last month.
efits from being in different circles
and bridging them," so he wanted
to fit in, he said.
He found clothes akin to what he
saw many African-Americans
wearing --- baggy pants and an
oversized T-shirt. He relaxed his
British-trained tongue and tried
out for the basketball team, the 6-
foot-5 Ezeamuzie said.
Ezeamuzie recalled finding him-
self more confused by his experi-
ence with some African-
Americans: Why were they so
cliquish? Why did they mock stu-
dents for being intelligent? Why
were they homophobic and bent on
using the n-word? Why did every
conversation seem to involve
drugs, girls or materialism?
"They kind of accepted me.
They saw me a little differently,
but I was thinking this is a very
narrow mindset," Ezeamuzie said.
Ezeamuzie and other Africans
say they feel African-Americans
too often dwell on slavery and the
racism that has persisted for more
than a century since the
"We have all been tortured," said
iReporter Vera Ezimora, 24, a
Nigerian student living in
Baltimore, Maryland. "Now that
we are free, holding on to the sins
of white men who have long died
and gone to meet their maker is
more torture than anything we
Values at core
Martin Mohammed, president of
the U.S. African Chamber of
Commerce, estimates there are 3
million African immigrants in the
U.S. -- about twice the U.S.
Census Bureau estimate. He has
heard from numerous immigrants
struggling to find commonalities
with Americans who share thei
Mohammed emigrated from
Somalia in 1998 and is now natu-
ralized. He considers himself
African-American, but "it does not
mean that I have already assimilat-
ed into the culture."
Values and upbringings may lie
at the center of the cultures' misun-
derstanding of each other, he said.
Many Africans come to the U.S.
to escape dire conditions such as
poverty or civil war. Their objec-
tives are often advancing their
education or finding good jobs,
They also strive to reunite their
families, or at least support them
back home. Remittances from the
U.S. to Africa total about $20 bil-
lion annually, according to the
However, African immigrants
find that education and good jobs
elude their African-American
brethren, and there is a perception
that many African-American men
aren't committed to supporting
their families, Mohammed said.
The two cultures have much to
teach each other -- especially polit-
ically and economically -- but they
must accept they have something
Myths thrive on ignorance
Emeka Aniukwu, 35, hails from
Ebenebe, Nigeria, and said he has
heard all the American mispercep-
tions about Africa, but the cure to
ignorance is communication.
He began dating Sonya Roberts,
25, of Austin, Texas, shortly after
he arrived in the U.S. in March
2005. She taught him about
African-American culture, and he
taught her about Nigeria. The cou-
ple married two years ago.
"Talk to people, stop showing
ugly face and don't be shy about
your accent," he advised African
immigrants. "Most of the media
coverage about Africa is all about
hunger, diseases and war, so what
do you expect? So calm down and
educate them as much as you can."
At Piney Woods, where about 35
of the 200 students emigrate from
Africa, the school's president,
Reginald Nichols, concurs that
education is integral to under-
He's heard Africans say the
African-Americans are aggressive,
while the African-Americans
accuse Africans of being reserved -
- but the more they mingle the
more they mesh, he said.
Mohammed, too, said he'd like
to see more African-Americans
dispelling myths about Africa,
which is increasingly important as
Africans in the U.S. begin wield-
ing more economic influence.
The chamber estimates African
immigrants have about $50 billion
in annual purchasing power.
Numbers from the University of
Georgia's Selig Center of
Economic Growth indicate the
number is just behind the nation's
Native American community,
which had $61.8 billion in buying
power last year. The entire
African-American market was
estimated at $913 billion and the
Hispanic market at $951 billion.
History dictates that economic
power precedes political power.
Mohammed said Africans can
learn much about politics from
African-Americans because of
their "level of influence in
Faraji Goredenna, 53, of Layton,
Utah, said he encourages African-
Americans to learn more about
Africa and lend a hand to Africans
so they know "America's institu-
tions and opportunities are open to
But he'd like a symbiotic rela-
tionship, he said, explaining, "We
African-Americans want to learn
more about our history and culture
as it exists in Africa, but we have
also created a culture for ourselves
here that we ask our brothers and
sisters from Africa to respect."
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Gwendolyn Leapheart, and RCP Director Terrance Patterson. Held at
the Times Union Center for Performing Arts, the performance
marked the Player's season finale. FMPphoto
Shown above (L-R) Redd Norman ('65), James Murphy ('61), Milton Griffin ('59), Leon Smith ('62), Eddie Griffin ('62), Arnold Jones ('61),
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1958 Matthew Gilbert Senior the heat by BBQing and enjoying days. Chair Bobby Newsome, Lois plaque to their alma mai
School State Championship the company of their classmates. Smith and Leon Smith danced to Matthew Gilbert Principal
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lers Place, located on the championship "superbowl" ring sounds of old school music. Earlier Football Player, for placer
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Emory Launches Website to trace origins of African Slaves
Little is known of the ancestry of Africans
pulled into the trans-Atlantic slave trade but a
new website called African-Origins launched at
Emory University aims to change that.
The website provides a rare glimpse of the
identities of Africans aboard early 19th century
slaving vessels and through this information, the
possibility of tracing the origins of millions of
other African forcibly transported to the
Americas according to David Eltis Woodruff
Professor of History and leader of the project.
For most of the duration of the slave trade, once
an African was boarded onto a slaving vessel, her
identity and history became effectively lost, said
Eltis. "She became a number and in the Americas
was usually given a new name. With this new
data and through widespread public participation
made possible by this website, we have a chance
to get some of that history back." he says.
The rare listing of African names in the
African-Origins database comes from registers
created by various maritime courts located
around the Atlantic. These courts decided cases
of slaving ships intercepted by anti-slave trade
cruisers after the British slave trade was out-
lawed in 1807. Currently the site has information
nearly 10,000 Africans who were liberated in
Havana, Cuba. Once information is added from
registers in Freetown, Sierra Leone the number
of named African in the database will expand to
The historical records from which this site is
built contains a unique and valued piece of infor-
mation the African name which is missing from
so many other record of the slave trade. For more
information visit www.africanorigins.org
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Scott, Chris Blue, Trina Dillard and Marion Scott, were among the
thousands plus attendees at the Jacksonville Food Fight. The Annual
fundraiser which benefits the hungry, brings together the city's finest
restaurants for a sampling of their signature dishes. Patrons enjoy live
music, all they can eat gourmet dishes, libations and a silent auction in
the luxury of Everbank Field's West Club.
WIC is an equal opportunity provider.
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
HFLORIDA DEPARTMLN Of
DC ERM HALT
DUVAL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT .
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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-
at the Comedy Zone
Comedian Lavell Crawford will
be appearing June 16-18 at the
Comedy Zone. Crawford is quickly
climbing the comedic ranks and
becoming one comedy star to
watch. From his numerous televi-
sion appearances and on stage per-
formances, audiences are becoming
increasingly familiar with Lavell's
giant sized talent. Call 292-4242 for
Talk politics at the First
Coast Tiger Bay Club
Duval Delegation Representatives
Reggie Fullwood and Charles
McBurney will be giving their
opinions on Duval County and the
State of Florida. Jacksonville, FL,
June 17, 2011 at the University
Club, 1301 Riverplace. For more
Raines c/o '73
The William Raines Class of
1973 wil hold their 2011 Spring
Raffle 2011 on June 18th. For fur-
ther information or email
email@example.com or contact
Julius Finney at 904-708-9683.
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 ofAfrican
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-
Family Fun Day
at Prince Center
The First Annual Family Fun Day
will be held on Saturday, June 18th
from 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. at
Prince Community Center and
Banquet Hall located at 3315 N
Liberty St. Free Admission, food
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 applica-
tion, visit ww.truth2powermin-
istries.org. For more information,
call 591-7568 or (904) 354-1464.
The St. Joseph Homeownership is
hosting their third annual
Community Day on Saturday, June
18 from 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. The
event will be held at 485 West First
Street The FREE event is for cur-
rent and future homeowners and
will include a day of workshops to
empower individuals and increase
neighborhood pride. Contact
LaTasha Green-Cobb at 294-4386.
Fathers Day Fish Fry
The Rhoda L. Martin Cultural
Heritage Center welcomes all to a
Father's Day Fish Fry Fundraiser
on Saturday, June 18th, from 5:30-
7:30 p.m. at the Center, 376 4th
Street South in Jax Beach. The
Center is celebrating Father's Day
with a free exhibit called Real
Fathers, Real Men. For more infor-
mation call Lillie Sullivan at 305-
Free Zoo admission on
Father's Day for dads
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
will give fathers receive free admis-
sion to the Zoo on Father's Day,
Sunday, June 19, 2011 with the
purchase of another admission at
regular price. Coupon is required
and can be printed from www.jack-
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
at the Alhambra
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of
this family classic with this limited
engagement of the classic rags to
riches tale, Willy Wonka at the
Alhambra Theatre! Showtime
dates are June 22nd to July 24th.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with
dinner from 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Show starts at 7:30 p.m. To pur-
chase tickets or call the box office
today at 641-1212.
Are you single? Would like to
meet a other urban professionals?
Well here is your chance to meet
and mingle with some of the suc-
cessful single 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 www.jaxur-
efbevent.eventbrite.com to register.
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 ses-
sion on Tuesday, June 23rd to
explore JCCI's Interactive
Community Snapshot! The
training will cover using this
interactive tool to have access
and control over the 125 communi-
ty indicators, including comparing
indicators in your geographic area,
over time, and in context with
progress in other geographic areas.
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
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.
Come share in the Pajama Party
Book Discussion to be held on
Friday June 24th and Saturday
June 25th at the Marriott at
Sawgrass. Featured authors include
ReShonda Tate Billingsley and
Victoria Christopher Murray. Come
have lots of fun and talk about some
grown folk issues. To register, send
an email to info@faithandfictionre-
treat.com or visit the website at
The Nonprofit Center is hosting an
important workshop for area non-
profit organizations: How to
Navigate City Hall and the Budget
Process. The workshop will be held
at City Hall, 117 W. Duval Street,
Jacksonville, City Council
Chambers, Friday, June 24th 2011
from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For
more information contact Andrea L.
Spencer at 904.390.3290 or visit
Nu Ryders Fundraiser
Motor Cycle Club Nu Ryders is
holding a fundraiser, June 25th.
Kick stands up at 1 p.m, 2851 N
Edgewood Ave. This event is for all
Bikers that have fallen. Location is
Darlene's Banquet Hall. Contact
Lady at 699-4089.
Ms. Senior Jacksonville Pageant
is being held at the Times Union
Center for Performing Arts,
Saturday, June 25th at 2:00 p.m.
The pageant Empowers women age
60 years young in acknowledging
their inner beauty and create new
beginnings. Voting for the Ms.
Senior Jacksonville will start on
June 12, 2011 at midnight and end
on June 19th. Call 1-877-356-8493
for more information.
check and testing
The Respect Yourself, Check
Yourself, and Protect Yourself,
(RCP) Movement will be provid-
ing free HIV testing, blood pressure
screenings, free school supplies,
ana free oodu on June 25, LU1
from lla.m. 3 p.m. For more
information call April Jordan at
Reggae legend Yellow
Man in concert
King Yellow Man, King of
Dancehall will visit Jacksonville,
Wednesday, June 27th at Plush
nightclub, Concert starts at 5:00
p.m. Call 743-1845 for tickets.
Cirque du Soleil:
Cirque du Soleil, a baroque ode to
the energy, grace and power of
youth will have' a run on June 29th
at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
arena. Visit www.ticketmaster.com
for more information or call 1-877-
checks at Winn Dixie
There will be free cholesterol and
diabetes screenings at the Winn-
Dixie Pharmacy, 2261 W.
Edgewood Avenue. The screening
will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on
July 7th. For more information
call Cholestcheck: 800-713-3301
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
July 7th at 7 p.m. Call 632-5555.
Tucker in Concert
After a brief hiatus from the stage
Chris Tucker makes his triumphant
return to the stage. The comedian
will be performing live on Friday,
July 15th at The Moran Theatre at
the Times Union Center at 8:00
p.m. Call 1-877-356-8493 for tix.
Dangerous Curves Full
Figured Fashion Show
The Dangerous Curves full figured
fashion show will be held on
Saturday, July 16th at the
Wyndham Hotel. Showtime is 7
p.m. For more information call 422-
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Keep Your Memories for a Lifetime
- Special events
Call "The Picture Lady" 874-0591
Appeal for your excess clothes
The Millions More Movement, Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee
Inc.,a non-profit organization is appealing for your excess clothes,clothes
hangers, shoes of all sizes for women, men,children and school supplies.These
items will be used in their organization's next "Clothes Give-A-Way". These
items can be brought to 916 N.Myrtle Avenue, Monday through Friday
between the hours of 9:00a.m. 5:00 p.m.You can also call us to pickup your
donations.Our contact number is 904-240-9133 .If you would like to learn
more about JLOC Inc., MMM visit their website, www.jaxloc.org. Pick ups are
Kuumba Festival wants your old
newspapers for fund raising efforts
The Kuumba African-American Arts Festival is raising funds by recycling
your old papers. Bring your newspapers to their special recycling bin located
at the WinnDixie on Moncrief and Soutel.
Stage Aurora Youth Performing
Arts Summer Institute
Calling all campers, youth ages 8 to 17 years interested in the Performing
Arts. If your child has an interest in the performing arts: Theatre, Drama,
Dance, Music, and TAE KWAN DO and would like to grow and share their tal-
ent with other talented youth. Camp dates are June 13 July 8, 2011, Monday-
Friday, 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Call now to enroll them in the Aurora
Performing Arts Summer Institute! Visit www.stageaurora.org or call 904 765-
7372 for registration.
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Pa e 10 Ms Perry's Free s
The importance of divorced fathers to celebrate Father's Day
by William Jackson
The actions of divorce force men
to start over. The time represents
starting a new beginning and
rebuilding of relationships with
children. It also is a time for men to
renew their spirituality and the redi-
rection of personal priorities in life.
No matter what your socio-eco-
nomic status, divorce can be over-
whelming, demeaning, financially
draining (especially if you are prov-
ing child support and or alimony),
and a emotional roller coaster that
never seems to end.
In Matthew 6:33 states, "..seekye
first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness..", when searching
for direction through this challeng-
ing time. The best guide is the read-
ing of the Bible and seeking under-
standing of the Word. Reading and
interpretation can refocus your life,
redirect your spirituality in scrip-
ture and provides comfort and sol-
Having gone through divorce, it
forced an understanding on what I
need to improve in myself, not
focusing on the faults or shortcom-
ings of others.
Not blaming, arguing about per-
ceptions of right and wrong. The
thoughts and emotional turmoil of
blame, anger, self-pity, shame and
defeatism have been cried over,
cursed about and are now distant
memories, stored away in a heart
,Toyota disrespects consumer
Continued from front
Black consumers last year and who was all too eager to send us their
press releases asking us to write stories and editorials to influence Blacks
to remain loyal in their time of trouble," said Chairman Bakewell. "But
now that Toyota's pain has been eased by a Federal Transportation
Department and NASA report, once again the Black consumer and the
Black press have been forgotten."
Earlier this year, Toyota's president and CEO, Mr. Toyoda said,
"Everyone at Toyota will continuously maintain a sense of gratitude to
Mr. Bakewell said, "Based on Toyota's actions, it appears that Mr.
Toyota's statement applies to everyone but the Black consumer."
The issue first surfaced with Toyota's unwillingness to run "Thank you"
ads in Black newspapers. This was after Toyota spent millions advertising
in white newspapers with me after last year's safety recall.
"Black people stood by Toyota during their time of crisis to the tune of
$2.2 billion," said Mr. Bakewell. "Where is the thank you to Black con-
sumers for their support and loyalty to Toyota? We just can't stand by and
let Toyota disrespect our people that way."
NNPA publishers plan to run full page ads in their newspapers beginning
next week in response to what they feel is another example of Toyota send-
ing a clear and direct message that Toyota disrespects, undervalues and
takes the Black consumer for granted. The ads will ask Mr. Toyoda, to stop
disrespecting and exploiting Black consumers... their customers.
Even though African-Americans contributed $2.2 billion to Toyota's
annual sales, this was the second time that Black newspapers and Black
consumers were not included in Toyota's advertising campaign, the first
being Toyota's immediate response to its sticky gas pedal defect which
resulted in full page newspaper ads in white newspapers in 25 cities.
According to research from leading automotive marketing research firm
R.L. Polk & Company, Black consumers represent almost 10 percent of
Toyota's American market share, 15 out of every 100 Black consumers
purchased a Toyota.
Last week, Toyota's Vice-President of Product Communications Mr.
James Colon left a phone message for Mr. Bakewell instructing him that
he planned to reach out directly to NNPA's publishers in an effort to bypass
the organization's leadership and speak directly to the organization's mem-
ber newspapers, an unprecedented move which clearly violates protocol.
In an attempt to defend the letter Mike Michels, Toyota spokesperson
stated, "We communicate with advertising media directly all of the time,
so a communication to a variety of news media one kind or another I don't
think is unusual. The discussion with NNPA chairman and his negotiating
team hasn't had a satisfactory outcome certainly for NNPA. And so the
purpose of the communication was to express our commitment to the
African-American community and to reiterate that while it's being said
that we don't have a commitment we do indeed. Long story short, we
wanted the members to know our side of the story."
Currently, Toyota's spends $1.6 billion annually advertising in America
of which $20 million is spent in total in Black media, including radio,
print, television, and digital advertising. However, Mr. Bakewell pointed
out, the media Toyota uses to reach Black people is not always Black
owned even though Toyota claims to spend $20 million with Black owned
"Black newspapers are tried, true, and trusted when it comes to Black
people in America," commented Mr. Bakewell. "We are the gatekeepers
for reaching Black people. Ford and GM understand that, as do other cor-
porations like AT&T and Wells Fargo. When corporations want and need
to reach the African-American consumer they see Black newspapers as the
vehicle through which to reach Black people. Toyota needs to stop trivial-
izing the power the of the Black press and understand that all we want is
for Toyota to give Black people the same kind of respect and reciprocity
that they give their white consumers."
in deeds and duties, sons will fol-
low as an example of behavior.
In accordance with sons, daugh-
ters should be taught to be inde-
pendent thinkers and aspire to be
self supportive, not leaning on
being reliant on any man to provide
for them. Daughters will seek a man
similar to their father's actions.
demeanor and emotional statues
even if it is self-destructive at times.
Fathers set the foundation on whom
daughters will look for in a mate.
Just as sons, fathers must teach
daughters who will be mothers one
day to put God first in their lives
and seek Godly men. Not men who
follow the latest trends in fashions,
cars and other material things
which are not long lasting.
Fathers must teach their little
girls that they are empowered with
dreams and aspirations to be suc-
cessful and can achieve greatness.
Stated in John 10:30. "I and my
father ire one" Jesus makes this
statement as a testimony to his
father. The same holds true for
fathers and their children, you are
one in many ways with your chil-
dren. Some of these ways are visu-
ally evident and some ways will
manifest themselves as your child
matures into adulthood.
Men and fathers have obtained
wisdom that we should pass on to
our children. In Proverbs 4:1-27
there is discussion of wisdom, gain-
ing it through life experiences and
reading of the Word. "Wisdom is
the principal thing; therefore get
wisdom..." (Proverbs 4:7), and
share it so children will not make
the same mistakes as parents have.
Real fathers guide their children,
helping them to "deviate from the
possible path of the wicked, and not
go in the way of evil men (ultimate
self destruction)" (Proverbs 4:14).
This Fathers Day and beyond, be
the father your father may not have
been to you, be the dad that your
children can be proud of and seek
for guidance. Fathers this is your
day to be recognized and no one can
take that from you. Starting over is
not easy, but the path can be poace-
ful, comforting and less challenging
if we recognize the heavenly father
first and continue to do the right
thing by him and children.
Sometimes doing the right thing
is the hardest thing, sometimes
doing the right thing is not the pop-
ular thing, sometimes doing the
right thing will put us against what
other people say, but at the end of
the day what will our children and
God say about you doing the right
Divorce is not the end of father-
hood just a new beginning and an
opportunity to grow.
What legacy do you want to
leave for your children? God Bless
divorced fathers, they are still
fathers and dads in children's lives,
divorced fathers must stay involved
and in prayer for wisdom and guid-
mending itself together.
As a divorced father I questioned
how can I move on with my life? I
had to find a way to mplify my spir-
ituality as a Christian man and still
be in my children's lives as a posi-
tive force. My goal is to be a posi-
tive role model, and support mech-
I understand that I need to be a
highly involved father. Research
has shown that being an involved
father can be a big source of healing
for a man and his children. Men
need to re-bond with their kids to
keep them motivated in fathering.
This Fathers Day instead of
focusing on you, refocus on the
responsibilities of being a father, a
man, a role model, renewing and
recharging the commitment and
covenant you have with your chil-
Children are a blessing from God
as written in Psalm 127:3, with this
knowledge, children being bless-
ings, men/fathers have a responsi-
bility to be a part of children's lives
and accept them as blessings from
God the heavenly father.
Children are not commodities to
be traded, fought over, or bargained
Their well being should be placed
first during time of upheaval and
Children do not cause divorce,
but are directly affected by it.
Fathers Day is especially for
divorced fathers because of the hard
work and sacrifices that are
required to stay in children's lives.
No one can take away that fathers
are a parent and aid children's
growth in dynamic ways. A
divorced father may not physically
be in the home, but the teachings,
modeling and prayers are present in
The first responsibility that
fathers must continue is to teach
sons is to be respectful in order to
get respect, the importance of edu-
cation to obtain a career, provide for
oneself and family and putting God
first in all they do. In being fathers
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Date set for Cedric the Entertainer
A new game show is getting ready to make its
way to NBC called "It's Worth What?" and
hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, the show
explores the value of hidden treasures in the
attics of America.
According to HollywoodReporter.com, con-
testants will be taken through a series of chal-
lenges that increase in difficulty as they work
to discover the value of items in various rounds
as they compete for a $1 million prize.
The series marks the latest in the buried treas-
ure shows craze; Fox recently green-lit Buried Treasure; Spike TV has
Auction Hunters; Discovery runs Auction Kings and TLC airs What the
Sell?! It premieres July 12 at 8 p.m.
Coasters lead singer Carl Gardner
Carl Gardner, the original lead singer of the
R&B group the Coasters, has died in Port St. *
Lucie, Florida. He was 83.
He passed following a lengthy battle with con-
gestive heart failure and vascular dementia. L "'
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 1987, the Coasters had a string of hits in the \
late 1950s, including "Searchin'," "Poison Ivy":
and "Young Blood." Their single "Yakety Yak"
reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 follow-
ing its 1958 release. It also spent seven weeks as
the No. I rhythm and blues song.
The Coasters had 14 songs on the R&B charts, and eight of them crossed
over to the pop Top 40, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Tyson inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame
Last week a star-studded event was held honor-
ing some of the greatest athletes in boxing, includ-
ing Mike Tyson. He, along with "Rocky" star,
Sylvester Stallone was among the group inducted
into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Tyson became emotional in his acceptance
speech as he spoke to former trainer and mentor
"When I met Cus, we talked a little bit about
money, but we wanted to be great fighters," said
Clearly overwhelmed, Tyson promptly ended the
speech, saying: "Hey guys, I can't even finish this stuff. Thank you."
And how did an actor end up on the list? It was all about the role he played
in telling the story of Philadelphia club fighter, Rocky Balboa.
"I"ve never pretended to be a boxer, I don't possess those skills," said
Stallone. "What I do think I have is an understanding of what goes on out-
side the ring. Outside the ring is sometimes maybe even a bigger struggle
than what goes on inside the ring and if I was able to capture that, then I
believe you can identify more with the fighter."
Suge Knight to do ad for PETA
Wow, who knew the thugged out, roughnecked Marion "Suge" Knight
had a soft side?
Well, according to reports, the man who co-founded Death Row Records,
will soon be appearing in an advert for PETA (People for Ethical Treatment
of Animals). His ad aimed at putting a stop to chaining dogs.
"Dogs deserve our love and attention not a life of 'solitary confinement'
at the end of a chain," Knight said in a statement. "Dogs depend on us to
take care of them, to keep them safe and healthy. Chaining a dog is one of
the cruelest things you can to do them they are social animals."
Knight is expected to begin shooting the ad in the next few weeks.
Since falling on hard times and declaring bankruptcy, Knight has since
started a new record label, Blackball Records. He also made known that
he's working on a reality show, but it has yet to be picked up.
Fantasia to play Mahalia Jackson
S/ It's official; Fantasia will play the role of
SMahalia Jackson in the upcoming film "Mahalia"
based on Jules Schwerin's 1993 book, "Got to Tell
It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel."
According to the New York Post, the budget for
the production is $23.9 million and the singer will
earn a percentage of the film's gross profits.
K ^-- -. For those of you who don't know, Mahalia
S1-- '-' Jackson, fared as one of- if not the most influ-
ential Gospel singers in the world, was the preem-
inent voice of Gospel for decades. Her voice was
the voice of the Civil Rights Movement and she
was a well-respected woman.
No word yet about when the film will begin production.
Up c e and person with
Later this year, she will
return in the sequel which
'will also feature her daugh-
Jada is an avid writer
and her children's book
"Girls Hold Up This
World" became a New
York Times bestseller
and continues to inspire
girls all across the
globe. A native of
Maryland, Jada studied
dance and acting at the
Baltimore School for
the Arts and at the
North Carolina School
of the Arts. Her big
break came when she
landed a role on the
long-running NBC series
"A Different World."
Below, she talks about
the premiere of the third
season of her hit series,
.. HawthoRNe, and about the
challenge of handling the title
role of Christina. The show airs
on Tuesday at 10 p.m.
f Congratulations on your third
season. How does it feel?
JPS: Oh, it feels good. It really
feels good. We're glad to be back,
and I feel like we have an exciting
season in store for all the
by K. Williams HawthoRNe fans.
Jada Pinkett Smith stars as KW: What should fans be
Christina Hawthorne in TNT's med- anticipating seeing on the show
ical drama "Hawthorne." In the role this season?
of Chief Nursing Officer at James JPS: They should anticipate a
River Hospital, Christina is forced highly-charged, dramatic, intense
to juggle the roles and subsequent season with a lot of romance and
relationships that are demanded of adult issues. It's going to be a hellu-
her as a professional, mother, friend va ride!
and love interest. Jada notably KW: I told my readers I'd be
serves as Executive Producer on the interviewing you and asked them
show through Overbrook to send in questions. One of them,
Entertainment following her initial Lowery Gibson, says: Your char-
foray into the role of Executive acter is marrying a white doctor
Producer of the "The Secret Life of this season. Are you concerned
Bees" starring Alicia Keys, Queen about the fans reaction?
Latifah and Dakota Fanning.
The film captured hearts and
went on to win two NAACP Image
Awards along with two People's
Choice Awards. More recently, Jada -r
produced the global blockbuster "
"The Karate Kid" starring her son ,
Jaden. Beyond the medium of film
and TV, Jada together with her hus- ,
band Will Smith and record indus-
try mogul Jay-Z, produced the
three-time Tony Award-winning
musical "Fela"' which went on to
enjoy a run in London at the
As an actress, Jada is perhaps
best known for taking-charge in the
hugely successful sequels "Matrix
Reloaded" and "Matrix
Revolutions." In addition, Jada has
played pivotal roles opposite Tom
Cruise and Jamie Foxx in Michael
Jada also teamed up with Adam
Sandler and Don Cheadle in "Reign
Over Me," and her voiceover work
includes the role of Gloria in -
"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa." ..
Family and HawthoRNe
JPS: No, not at all. I've been in a
relationship with this particular
doctor (Tom Wakefield played by
Michael Vartan) for the last two
seasons, so I'm not really concerned
KW: Editor/Legist Patricia
Turnier asks: What's the most
emotionally challenging part
about playing Christina
JPS: Well, this year, the most
challenging aspect of the role is the
fact that Christina goes through an
extreme trauma starting with the
first episode. This whole season has
actually been very emotional and
highly dramatic, so I would say
that, overall, it's been a pretty diffi-
cult season to shoot.
KW: What key quality do you
believe all successful people
JPS: Our commitment. I think
that's the key quality. You just have
to keep at it. People who enjoy sus-
tained success understand the fact
that you have to remain very com-
mitted to whatever it is you're
doing, especially in this instant-
KW: What has been the most
important moment of your life?
JPS: I'd have to say the birth of
KW: Will got to work with
Jaden on screen in The Pursuit of
Happyness. She asks: Would you
like to work with Jaden or
JPS: [Chuckles] I do work with
them, just in a different capacity.
It's kind of hard for mommy to be
on screen at this point. Now that
Jaden's getting a little older, his
needs of me are different. There's
definitely a project that he and I
have talked about doing together.
But first, I just have to make sure
that he doesn't need so much of
mommy off screen as well. He's
getting to that point, so I definitely
anticipate doing stuff like that with
both of them when they're older.
KW: Do you worry about the
effect of celebrity on your kids,
given the trouble so many child
stars have handling fame.
JPS: No, this is part of their lives.
They've been members of a very
high-profile family since they were
born. That's just what it is.
KW: How do you prioritize
doing a TV series? How does it fit
into your family's extremely full
JPS: Everybody has to work
around mommy's schedule when
I'm working. Everybody has to
stand down, basically. Willow and
Jaden can't really do anything out-
side of L.A. That's just how we
worked it out.
KW: Do you ever wish you
could have your anonymity back?
JPS: Oh, I still have my anonymi-
ty whenever I want it. I have a great
way of disappearing, and I'm able
to do things people would never
imagine. I'm often not recognized
because I'm easy to hide if I change
my hairstyle or put on a hat. I dis-
appear very easily. That's not hard
for me to do.
KW: What is your earliest
JPS: Probably walking to school
by myself in the first grade.
KW: What is your guiltiest
KW: Who is your favorite
KW: What's the best thing
about being a parent?
JPS: The love of a child is differ-
ent from any other type of love on
the planet. And being loved by your
children is a love that is immense.
I'm always so overwhelmed by how
much my children love me. I think
the best part of being a parent is
feeling the love of a child.
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