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Philadelphia reaches settlement
in 'stop and frisk' suit
PHILADELPHIA A court-appointed monitor will oversee the use of
"stop and frisk" searches by city police, a high-profile part of the mayor's
efforts to combat violent crime, according to a settlement agreement
unveiled this week.
Authorities also will take additional steps to make sure the stops are
only made when there is reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct.
The settlement stems from a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil
Liberties Union in November alleging that the searches were violating
the rights of blacks and Latinos who had done nothing wrong.
In the lawsuit, the ACLU cited city data showing that 253,333 pedestri-
ans were stopped in 2009, compared with 102,319 in 2005. More than 70
percent of the people stopped were black and only 8.4 percent of the total
stops led to an arrest, the ACLU said.
Southern Baptist Convention
elects first Black Vice President
For the first time in the history of the Southern
Baptist Convention, a Black man has been elected into
the 1st vice president position.
According to the Associated Press, the SBC elected
Pastor Fred Luter to the position last week at their
annual conference in Phoenix. The 54-year-old Luter
has been the head pastor of an SBC affiliate church in
New Orleans since 1986.
Some convention leaders are hoping his election will
mean a rise to the top spot next year when the 2012
convention is held in his hometown.
In recent years, the SBC has seen a decline in overall membership and
attendance. At the meeting in Phoenix delegates were considering a res-
olution that aims to help diversify the denomination.
Herman Cain doesn't want to be
called Black or African-American
One presidential candidate's perspective on race has
ignited commentary and discussion about racial iden-
tity and its importance in the 2012 race.
When Bloomberg News interviewed Republican
presidential candidate Herman Cain, the conservative
said he did not like to be labeled as "African-
American"-instead, he said he preferred "American."
"I don't like people trying to label me. African-
American is socially acceptable for some people, but I
am not some people," Cain said in the interview.
Cain is a radio talk show host and long-shot candidate as a favorite of
the Tea Party movement. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and
Purdue University and worked his way up the corporate ladder before
becoming president and CEO of Godfather's Pizza.
College student thrown off of
US Air plane for sagging pants
When it comes to the sagging pants issue, obviously some people have
had enough. Last week, University of New Mexico football player
Deshon Marman went to the San Mateo County Jail in California and
prosecutors are deciding whether to file charges.
Marman told ABC7 he was confused at first, and then grew angry, when
approached by a pilot of US Airways over his sagging pants.
"I felt harassed, like they were attacking me," Marman said, "but I don't
know why. I paid my ticket like everybody else."
As the attendant took his ticket and he boarded the plane, she asked him
to pull his pants up. He contends he couldn't at that time because his
hands were full but told her he would when he got to his seat. Though he
had on underwear, his pants were almost to his knees.
"I took my seat and pulled up my pants, but an attendant came and told
me get off the plane," Marman said. "I refused to do that."
After being convinced to step off the plan with the promise of a refund,
Marman claims police rushed him and placed him in handcuffs.
The pilot at the center of the case made what's known as a "citizen's
arrest," charging Marman with trespassing, and that's what caused the
police to get involved. Marman said he was unaware he had trespassed,
saying he paid $500 for a ticket to Phoenix and the airliner accepted his
Black employment at staggering 16%
The economy and jobs will be big issues in Washington again this com-
While unemployment among the general population is about 9.1 per-
cent, it's at 16.2 percent African Americans, and a bit higher still for
African American males.
Historically, the unemployment rate for African Americans has always
been higher than the national average. However, now it's at Depression-
era levels. The most recent figures show African American joblessness at
16.2 percent. For black males, it's at 17.5 percent; And for black teens,
it's nearly 41 percent.
For young men of color, especially black males in New York City,
things are especially bad. According to the think tank, the Community
Service Society, 34 percent of New York's young black men age 19 to 24
are not working.
Volume 24 No. 36 Jacksonville, Florida June 23-29, 2011
Black males likely to end up
by George Curry, Defenderonline
Fifty-one percent of Hispanic
male high school graduates ages
15-24 and 45 percent of African-
American males in that category
will end up unemployed, incarcer-
ated or dead, according to a study
issued this week by the College
Board's Advocacy & Policy Center.
"Collectively, the pathway data
show that more than 51 percent of
Hispanic males, 45 percent of
African American males, 42 per-
cent of Native American males and
33 percent of Asian American
males ages 15-24 will end up unem-
ployed, incarcerated or dead," con-
cluded a report titled, "The
Educational Experience of Young
Men of Color: A Review of
Research, Pathways and Progress."
A companion report, "The
jobless, I -
Young Men of
the Student Voice,"
was also released.
The College Board report
on educational experience
observed, "...Men, especially
minority men, lag behind their
female counterparts in college
access, educational attainment and
employment. Minority men outpace
their female counterparts only in
negative post-secondary outcomes:
unemployment, incarceration and
In order to accomplish President
goal of the United States retaking
its position as the world's best edu-
cated nation, improvements must
be made in the rate men of color
enroll in and graduate from college,
the report stated.
"The report seeks to identify not
only what we know but also what
we don't know about men of color,"
Continued on page 9
Fathers cook for scholarships
Shown above are event winners (L-R) John
Coordinator Eugene Eubanks, Tom Sewell and
Taylor at the 2011 Men Who Cook. R. Silver photo
Shown above (L-R) are Coretha Gantling (niece), Scharnell Wells
(niece), Danny Wells (nephew), Jordon Jones (great nephew),
Jeannette Dock (niece), Shawn, Akethia, Mavis Tutson (daughter),
Sharryl Tatham (granddaughter), Justin Tatham (great-grandson),
David Williams (great nephew), Tiffany Tatham granddaughter) ,
Mary Tutson (daughter-in-law), James Tutson (brother-inlaw) and
Over 50 relatives and friends
crammed into the northside home
of Mrs. Mildred Brown to celebrate
her 101st birthday June 20, 2011.
The centennial plus celebration
was billed as a fish fry to accompa-
ny the fun, laughter and good times.
Family members reminisced about
the neighborhood and elders from
near and far came to witness the
lady that sits up proud, smiles for
the cameras and has not forgotten
her birthday date of June 20, 1910.
Ms. Brown was married for 46
years to Ivey Brown (1939-1993)
and their union brought one daugh-
ter, Mrs. Mavis Tutson which led to
the four generations in attendance.
Mrs. Brown's advice to married
couples, "Trust in god and believe
in one another. There's nothing like
understanding, communication and
education." She continues, "I've
seen a lot of things, from the trolley
car to automobiles, to the first black
president of the United States." Her
biggest prize is her daughter.
Mildred expressed her secret to a
long life, "Gods grace, mercy and
the tender loving hands of my
daughter every day."
Mrs. Mildred is a retired florist,
working for over 30 years with
Flowers by Jason. She is also a
faithful member of Shiloh
Metropolitan Baptist Church. The
Jacksonville native is also a gradu-
ate of the Boylan Haven School and
Florida A&M University.
The 2011 "Men who Cook"
fundraiser was held Fathers Day
weekend at the Gateway Mall. Over
3500 food patrons sampled the cui-
sine of men who enjoy fine dining.
The diverse selection of dishes
ranged from Bar-b-q ribs, lasagna,
seafood etoufee and baked fish to
an array of desserts.
The 30 participants were judged
on presentation and taste with win-
ners emerging in 1st 3rd place,
Each winner received gift certifi-
cates from local department stores
and day spas. Over 30 students will
receive scholarships to summer
camp from funds raised from the
event. In addition, they also
received a trophy.
Shown above are Miss Duval pageant participants Alexis, A'zsia, Angelica, Tatiana, Raquell, Sheena,
Yasmein, Tatiania B. and Natasha (bottom center is pageant owner and director Lady Marissa. R. Silver photo.
Miss Duval pageant contestants master the art of illusion Last weekend, the annual
Miss Duval Pageant was held at Club Metro. The evening of extraordinary entertainment featured fierce com-
petition and elegant fashion. Now in its' 32nd year, it has been under the leadership and vision of Lady Marissa
for the past 17 years. Miss America may just need to take notes from the glamorous nine contestants who were
judged on presentation, talent, sportswear, evening gown, question and answer. The reigning Ms. Duval Tanisha
gave up her crown to the newly crowned Miss Duval 2011-12 Yasmein.
Mildred Brown celebrates
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Shown above are Journey to Womanhood participants.
Scholarships and pearls awarded to local young
ladies who completed Journey to Womanhood
Empowerment Resources, Inc.
recently celebrated the accomplish-
ments of young ladies in the
Journey Into Womanhood program
and awarded scholarships to two
local high school seniors. The sev-
enth annual celebration was held at
the Deerwood Country Club.
The program helps young ladies
9-17 cultivate their self-awareness
and develop leadership skills. It
puts them on the path to positively
impact the communities in which
they live through workshops,
enrichment trips and community
This year's graduates are Ashley
Irven and Mone't Yarbrough who
both received scholarships to fur-
ther their education.
Ashley Irven was a senior at The
Bolles School who will attend the
University of Miami, where she
will major in creative writing. Her
school and community activities
include Spanish National Honor
Society, Japanese National Honor
Society, the Epilepsy Foundation of
Florida H.O.P.E. mentor/teen sup-
port group facilitator and serves as
a Duval County Teen Court attor-
ney. Ashley was also awarded a
strand of pearls for the annual Pearl
of Wisdom award. This award is
selected by program mentors and
awarded to the participant who
exceeds program expectations.
Mone't Yarbrough is a recent
graduate of Wolfson High School.
She plans to enlist in the United
States Marine Corp and later study
to become a mortician. Her
extracurricular activities include
singing as a member of the Samuel
Wolfson High School Chorus and
serving as an usher at her church.
The banquet, themed Pearls of
Wisdom, featured a keynote
address with three women in their
30's, 60's and 90's representing
three different generations sharing
with a fourth generation their pearls
of wisdom. Angela Spears, former
Anchor/Reporter for First Coast
News, NBC 12/ABC 25, and now
currently the community liaison at
DaVita, served as mistress of cere-
monies. Nannye Fletcher, author
and former Duval County Public
School teacher and staff nurse for
the the City of Jacksonville Public
Health Department along with
Teala Milton Johnson, a retired
Chief Public Affairs Officer for
JEA also offered inspiring words to
the JIW participants and the audi-
ence of families, friends and volun-
teers. G Miller photo
Kenyan schools pays parents to keep them unwed
Shown above are young ladies in
the Naning'oi Girls Boarding
Schools. Shown right is a young
Maasai girl who has been "bead-
ed" for future marriage.
For many Kenyan girls, traditions
such as childhood marriage, genital
mutilation and even sanctioned rape
are still a fact of life.
But deep in the Kenyan Rift
Valley, Maasai girls are getting an
alternative by their school trading
in early marriage for education.
According to the charity
Childfund International, child mar-
riage is still quite common. The non
profit organization opened the
Naning'oi Girls Boarding School in
1999. It says the Maasai dowry
practice of "Esaiyata" allows girls
to be "booked" at birth for an early
The school uses that same tradi-
tion to give girls an education. It
offers to pay the traditional dowry
of livestock or gifts that is usually
paid to a young girl's father by her
But instead of the young girls
looking forward marriage, they
now have a chance for a different-
future at the school.
For the past decade the school's
principal, Teresia Tikoishi, has been
on a mission to stop traditional
practices that harm girls and focus
on their education instead.
"The traditions should not contin-
ue because we are losing so many
girls from school through the tradi-
tions," she told CNN.
Tikoishi explains that at her insti-
tution, the young girls are given the
chance to be children, but at home
they are told by their mothers that
they are women or somebody's
The first class to attend the school
graduated this year. Tikoishi
believes that if the girls don't come
to the school they will have to go
through things that they are too
young to handle.
"These girls are married when
they are very young, they undergo
FGM (female genital mutilation)
and their bodies' functionality has
been tampered with at an early
age," Tikoishi said.
"You find them even having trou-
ble giving birth because it's like you
have gone to the forest and you
have plucked a fruit that is not yet
ripe," she continued. "They are too
young to carry a pregnancy."
Another form of locking the
young girls into an early marriage is
known as "beading", carried out by
the Samburu tribe. Through it, a
close family relative can become
temporarily "engaged" to a girl,
according to activist Josephine
Girls as young as six will have
beaded necklaces placed around
their necks by a family relative. The
act signals a temporary engagement
between them and means the man
can have sex with the girl.
But girls are not allowed to get
pregnant, leading to crude abortions
and unwanted infants being given
away, says Kulea.
Some tribal elders argue that the
practise stops promiscuity among
Tikoishi says these tribes
are very much male domi-
nated. "It's part of the cul-
ture -- the man speaks and
gives the orders and you
follow," she explains. "The
mother has no choice and
neither does the child.
They are there to listen and
The headmistress also
says its difficult to spread
her message because of her
gender. She says that as a
woman, it is harder for her
to get her message across
to Maasai tribes.
"I have to lie low," Tikoishi said.
"If I want to make them understand
something I have to make sure it's
not coming from my mouth and
have a document from the govern-
ment that says we have to do A, B
Tikoishi added that it is time for
attitudes to change.
"The woman is just to give birth,
work in the home according to the
family, and cook the food, make the
house, get firewood, fetch the water
and that's all," she said.
"Life is not how it used to be so
that's why we are telling them no,
the women should be assisted," she
added. "Even in the Bible, Adam
was given a helper -- not a slave."
CAN BEACH ANNI.,
Shown above is (L-R) Jean Downing and Seabon Dixon after claiming
their first place cash prize as American Beach's 2011 Bid Whist Champs.
Teams played for hours in the "rise and fly" tradition of the classic Bid
Whist game to earn top cash prizes The tournament, sponsored by the
American Beach Property Owners Association (ABPOA), was held in the
historic ocean front community's new Community Center. While playing
their hearts out, players and spectators also enjoyed freshly fried fish and
shrimp dinners. Tournament coordinator Mrs. Anne Jennings said she was
pleased with the turnout and looks forward to next years competition.
"Bid Whist, hot fish and the ocean.... how can we go wrong." Said
Jennings. The activity is one of many provided by ABPOA to keep the cul-
tural identity of American Beach thriving.
Shown above accepting the posthumous honor on behalf of their
mother, the late Delphenia Carter, are Angela Carter, Aceta Carter-
Kelly and Delores Mainor-Woods, with Dr. Brenda Simmons and
Khamil Ojoyo making the presentation.R. Silver photo.
ASALH honors co-founder during
J.W. Johnson 140th birthday tribute
The Jacksonville Chapter of the Association for the Study of African
American Life and History hosted their 16th Annual Membership
Luncheon, celebrating the 140th birthday of James Weldon Johnson's
Birthday (ASALH founder) last weekend at Edward Waters College.
Readings surrounding his life were done by local historians Camilla
Thompson, Lloyd Pearson, Bettye Sessions and Rodney Hurst.
A special posthumous tribute was presented to the late Delphenia M.
Carter who was a founding member of ASALH. Her family (shown above)
received a resolution for her dedication to the organization.
Ground broken for Success Park in New Town
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Shown above (L-R) are Councilman Warren Jones, State Rep. Reggie Fullwood, Mayor John Peyton, State Sen. Tony Hill, EWC President
Nathaniel Glover and Sheriff John Rutherford at the groundbreaking.
Three blocks south of Edward
Waters College at the corner of
Pearce and Dot Streets, local elect-
ed officials joined EWC President
Nathaniel Glover last week to break
ground on Success Park.
Located in the inner city, tSuccess
Park will provide space for neigh-
borhood families and children to
participate in recreational activities.
Just over half an acre, the green
space will include a walking trail,
and playground equipment in a
much needed area. The park is
expected to be complete by late
The park is a part of the New Town
Success Zone. The City of
Jacksonville, EWC and several
other area nonprofits have part-
nered to support families and their
children's intellectual, emotional
and physical growth from the cradle
to college with the New Town
Success Zone. Modeled after the
successful Harlem Children's Zone
in New York, the goal is to enrich
the lives of the families and stu-
dents in the New Town neighbor-
hood as it prepares participants for
successful and rewarding colle-
giate, military or skilled-labor
The New Town area is located
between Kings Road and West
Beaver Street, extending between
Prioleau and Seminary streets. The
project is chaired by Pam Paul and
former Sheriff and current EWC
President Nat Glover. In collabora-
tive support of New Town's mis-
sion,EWC has agreed to maintain
the park for 20 years upon its com-
pletion so that children living in the
area may play and develop in an
environment conducive to
"Success" in life and education.
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It's no secret that
males are the highest at- Jacksonville Journey continues
risk group for everything
from criminal behavior to
dropping outof schoolto Onwardm Summer Night Lights is back
Identifying the prob- Lights certainly is not a solution, It's critical that we change the way spent time in prison.
lems facing our communities has but it is a decent attempt at provid- these young men think and provide So now that I have painted a pret-
never been an issue, but finding ing fun and safe activities for kids positive mentors for them to emu- ty bleak picture let's figure out how
solutions to those problems has during weekend evenings, late versus the negative elements you attack the issue. Of course
always been a major challenge. Several other cities have imple- they see in their communities, there is no one solution, but it is my
At the heart of the challenges mented similar programs that have Finishing high school is no belief that if black professionals
facing the black community is the been much more robust providing longer cool. Having a legal job is give back to the community
disarray of African American structured sports leagues and other no big deal and an arrest is almost through mentoring we can save one
males. Black men are not stepping activities for youth. The equated to a badge of honor. child at a time.
up as fathers, falling behind in edu- Jacksonville version is a little Former US Senator and presiden- That's where African American
cation and going to jail at alarming watered down, and doesn't have tial candidate John Edwards per- fraternities and other nonprofit
rates, the budget to really have a major haps said it best during an MTV organizations like The 100 Black
The city has stepped up as apart impact, but again it's a start. political forum in 2007. Men come into play.
of the Jacksonville Journey and Organizations like the J100 are "The idea that we can keep incar- Around two years ago I joined
implemented several programs that using some of their internal cerating and keep incarcerating -- the J100 because I was impressed
target youth in an effort to keep resources to fill some of the gaps. pretty soon we're not going to have with their education and mentor-
them off the streets and in positive For example,last year the city a young African-American male ship initiatives. The organization is
environments, allowed vendors to sell food in population in America. They're all basically made of professional
Another one of those programs parks that hosted the program, going to be in prison or dead. One black men from various careers and
is the Jaxparks Summer Night which was good for the vendors, of the two," said Edwards. backgrounds.
Light initiative. Last year, as a but not the kids who may not have In 2000, 65 percent of black male Each member commits to not
member of the 100 Black Men of money to pay for food. high school dropouts in their 20's only being active in the various
Jacksonville, I volunteered at So the J100 stepped up and pro- were jobless that is, unable to programs that the organization sup-
Boobie Clark park and had fun vided hamburgers, hot dogs, chips find work, not seeking it or incar- ports, but you also dedicate your-
mentoring and playing sports with and drinks for the youth and par- cerated. By 2004, that figure had self to be a mentor to a young man.
youth from around the Sherwood ents free of charge. And that's real- grown to 72 percent, compared Even the city of Jacksonville has
community. ly how we all can tackle the issues with 34 percent of white and 19 promoted mentoring through
Well, the city is bringing the pro- facing our neighborhoods part- percent of Hispanic dropouts. organizations like Kessler and Take
gram back this summer.Every nering to achieve one goal. High school graduates were also Stock in Children. Some may say
Friday and Saturday night through- This summer program is espe- included. Fifty percent of black that mentoring is only making a
out the summer, several parks have cially important for the J100 men in their 20's were jobless in marginal difference, but I say if we
been identified for extra recreation- because of the mentoring opportu- 2004, up from 46 percent in 2000. can save a few young men it is well
al activities for our youth. nities it provides. Reaching out to Incarceration rates skyrocketed worth the effort.
The city has asked several non- young black males and providing in the 90's and continue to grow. In "You need a whole community to
profits to step up and one of those positive role models and support 1995, 16 percent of black men in raise a child. I have raised two chil-
groups is the Jacksonville 100 services is one way to start turning their 20s who did not attend college dren, alone," said author Toni
Black Men (J100). It's a perfect fit around the behaviors so prevalent were in jail or prison; by 2004, 21 Morrison.
for the group that focuses on pro- amongst black teen males. percent were incarcerated. By their Signing off from Boobie
grams for youth like scholarships It seems like we have lost sever- mid-30's, 6 in 10 black men who Clark/Sherwood Park,
and mentoring. Summer Night al generations of young black men. had dropped out of school had Reggie Fullwood
By Noval Jones
For a long time in Florida,
Democratic party officials have
been somewhat sleepwalking
through a Republican dominated
decade. Like no other time in histo-
ry have people with so much power
seen so little influence.
That would be the Democrats of
They could barely be heard dur-
ing the 2011 legislative session.
Democratic members of both
chambers suffered as they were
forced to deal with an uncompro-
mising governor and super
Republican majorities. They could-
n't even procedurally block bills if
they needed to. So much so they
became known simply as window
dressing. They were only there to
fill seats to that the rooms would
look completely full.
Now, all of that is about to
During their annual Jefferson-
Jackson dinner held last weekend
in Hollywood, Florida, members of
the state Democratic party declared
a new day in Florida. They seem to
feel that now is the time to take
advantage of the low approval
numbers of Governor Rick Scott.
The state's top Republican is so
unpopular right now that
Democrats feel they have a real
opportunity at change.
How will they do this?
First, democratic state party offi-
cials need to stop being afraid to
call themselves liberals. Up until
now, party officials have let
Republicans own the message.
Over the past 12 years Republicans
have stuck to their talking points
and made sure that potential voters
carried the message as well. Now
it's time for state Democrats stake
out the high road and proclaim it
This strategy will involve pro-
ducing quality candidates for all
races across the state of Florida.
Along with finding candidates for
races, potentials need to be trained
and equipped to stay on message.
This strategy is particularly helpful
during fundraising campaigns.
State Democrats need to also
invest in local parties. They are the
ones who are more useful at
recruiting manpower and imple-
menting field operations. After all,
the more the merrier. The time to
ramp up on resources is now. Not
when you're engaged in an elec-
This was a valuable lesson
implemented during the Alvin
Brown campaign. And while it was
mostly efforts from the national
group, Brown's campaign utilized
the momentum of a gaining ground
game. This strategy worked to neu-
tralize dollars raised by Brown's
But is the Democratic Party of
Florida really serious about win-
ning the state back? Judging by the
hoopla in recent weeks, the answer
And if Democrats are going to be
able to undo all of the business-
friendly, poor peoples neglect and
public employee blame, they'll
need to start at the bottom.
Yes, Jacksonville has a black
mayor. And more importantly to
the party the black mayor is a
Democrat. A lot can be accom-
plished by studying the inner work-
ings of the Brown victory. But if
they are going to take control of
state politics they'll need to walk
proud to show that they are capable
of a return to rule.
It's been a long time since a dem-
ocratic governor was elected to
lead the state of Florida. And even
though it was a different time and
era when they last ruled,
Democrats need to get ready for the
coming wars. Republicans are not
going to release control and power
just by the simple laurels of an
Alvin Brown victory. Now the
challenge is to take that energy and
harness it with more relevant and
viable candidates to fill open seats
and confront already seated ones.
With a hard work, organization
and luck Florida's Democratic
party could be poised to regain
Perhaps then Florida will be bal-
anced for debate and innovative
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A true plan to ( .
eliminate racism i
What good is it in having a Black president who ,
won't discuss eliminating the scourge of racism? Isn't
it time Black Americans ask why the U.S. isn't participating in the latest
round of World Conferences against Racism? Of all the racist policies that
exist in the world today, why aren't Black Americans demanding that this
nation support honest and direct dialogue on race and racism and its man-
ifestations and consequences? By withdrawing from the upcoming UN
Conference on Racism scheduled for September in New York, the Obama
administration is mimicking Bush administrations rather than moving for-
ward in the 21st century. The fact that "the president of change" won't
bring himself or us to the table for an honest discussion about race says
a lot about his willingness to lead the nation on the subject.
The World Conferences against Racism are international events organ-
ized as a force to combat racist ideologies and behaviors. Four conferences
have been held so far, in 1978, 1983, 2001 and 2009. The 1978 World
Conference against Racism was held in Geneva, Switzerland. The major
focus of that conference was South Africa's apartheid policies of racial
segregation and discrimination. Curbing "apartheid" continued as the
theme during the 1983 World Conference against Racism. However, things
got off track during the 2001 conference held in Durban, South Africa.
Titled, "World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination,
Xenophobia and Related Intolerance," significant time was spent on the
Israelis' treatment of Palestinians. Midway through the conference,
Canada, the U.S. and Israel walked out over a draft resolution that criti-
cized Israel and compared Zionism to racism. During the 2001 confer-
ence, the European Union also refused to accept demands made by Arab
states which criticized Israel for "racist practices." Then, the European
bloc, led by the U.S. and Israel, decided to boycott the 2009 World
Conference against Racism.
World Conferences against Racism have yet to eradicate racism, or its
legacies. In the conferences, the Europeans have denied any responsibility
for slavery or any role in crimes of colonialism. The Durban Review
Conference occurred in April 2009. The tone of the conference was set on
the first day when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned
Israel for being "totally racist" and accused the West of using the
Holocaust as a "pretext" for aggression against Palestinians. When
Ahmadinejad referred to the Holocaust as an "ambiguous and dubious
question", European Union delegates left the room.
While the Africans and their requests for reparations go wanting, the
U.S. and Israel have spent the past 10 years objecting to what, they say,
equates Zionism with racism. It's a deft political move that pleases Jewish
groups. "We are gratified at President Obama's decision to boycott the so-
called Durban III," said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the
Simon Wiesenthal Center. Congressional Black Caucus chair Rep.
Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), said the CBC was "deeply dismayed" by the pres-
ident's decision. But, former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
has brought widespread attention to the matter by "imploring" the CBC "to
spearhead the participation of the U.S. in the United Nations World
Conference against Racism." There is reason for the American Black elec-
torate to join in questioning the administration's commitment to racial jus-
tice and adherence to bygone administrations' avoidance of mechanisms
designed to combat racial discrimination. It's time the Obama administra-
tion moves beyond glib assurances that the U.S. "remains committed to the
global fight against racism at home and abroad."
Racism has been a major American issue since the colonial and slave
eras and has existed for centuries. The nation's institutional system of
racism results from the social caste system that sustained, and was sus-
tained by, slavery and social segregation. Although the laws that enforced
this system are no longer in place, its basic tenets still stand and result in
Black Americans being confronted daily with racism. Instead of daily dis-
regarding racism, we need to increase awareness about racism and demon-
strate that it is far from being over. It's time that Blacks showed similar
lobbying muscle as the Jewish lobby in these matters. (William Reed is
available for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)
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opening song "Secret Place" yet she also gives you some traditional, soul-
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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
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church presents
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church held its first annual "Father-Daughter"
dance, Friday, June 17th, 2011 in the multipurpose room. Event Coordinator,
Elder Warren Moir, promised this was only the beginning. Food, music,
games, and personalized pictures defined the memorable night held in honor
of Father's Day weekend. R. Silver photo.
Greater New Mt. Moriah
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Sr., Pastor, will present a three
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Do worshippers love church drama?
After the controversies surround-
ing scandalous pastors both nation-
ally and locally continue to be the
fodder for gossip and newsrooms,
some have wondered why do people
continue to attend their churches. In
a recent CNN report, the question is
It used to be on any typical
Sunday morning Bishop Eddie
Long's New Birth Missionary
Church in suburban Atlanta would
be hopping. These days however,
the sprawling complex looks half-
deserted and the mood seemed flat.
Six months after a sex scandal
involving New Birth's senior pastor,
Bishop Eddie Long, became public,
the megachurch no longer packs
them in. Yet there are loyalists, like
C.D. Dixon, who have not joined
"I come back to the church even
more now because the word is more
powerful," she said as she stood
with a serene smile in the parking
lot before a recent service.
Last fall, four young men accused
Long of using his spiritual authority
to pressure them into sexual rela-
tionships, charges that Long has
vehemently denied. Lawyers for the
four men released a statement say-
ing only that "the matter has been
resolved." Insiders say the settle-
ment was in the neighborhood of
For Dixon, though, the allegations
only make Long's sermons more
"The cry tiom ilhe
bishop's bell., is
ing with God' .;
For some, it doc.in'
While most church scandals
revolve around the conduct of a pas-
tor, there's another question lurking
behind the headlines that onlookers
often ask: Why do some people
stick by their pastor even when
everyone else in the church seems to
Some do it because they've placed
a "spiritual firewall" around their
pastor, and in their own mind, said
Sue Thompson, a professional
speaker who attended a church that
disintegrated after a pastor's extra-
marital affair was exposed.
She said some parishioners can-
not leave a pastor because they
credit him or her with a life-chang-
ing event, such as inspiring them to
addiction or turning around a disas-
To accept such a pastor's guilt, she
said, would lead them to contem-
plate another possibility: Is my life-
changing event just as fraudulent as
the pastor who inspired it?
"There is a suspension of com-
mon sense, a refusal to put two and
two together," Thompson said.
Continued on page 7
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Celebration held for Doris Wilson's retirement- Family and friends came from
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Do church members love drama?
Continued from page 6
"For a lot of people, this is the
man who gave them the keys to a
whole new way of living. They
can't separate the good they
received from the man himself, so
they feel it would be a betrayal to
turn on him now."
When outsiders ratchet up criti-
cism against an embattled pastor,
members often go into battle mode,
said Thompson, author of "The
Prodigal Brother: Making Peace
with Your Parents, Your Past, and
the Wayward One in Your Family."
"They circle the wagons to pro-
tect their guy," Thompson said.
"They don't want to see, and they
don't want to be made to see what
'the world' sees. They believe the
world's view is false, so they form
Conditioned by the
language of persecution
Some parishioners can't let go
because of their reading of the
Bible, a religion scholar said.
The Bible is full of persecution
stories: The Egyptian oppression of
the Israelites, the persecution of
Jesus. Some pastors who are fre-
quent targets for criticism condition
their followers to stick by them no
matter what by invoking these sto-
ries, said Jonathan Walton, an assis-
tant professor of religion at Harvard
Divinity School in Massachusetts.
"Many of these churches are con-
ditioned to be under scrutiny,"
Walton said. "They view them-
selves as saints living in exile in the
world. Nobody at the end of the day
wants to be labeled a Judas or,
Peter, the one who denied the faith
at the moment of persecution."
The persecution mentality can
take on another dimension when
race is added to the mix, said Marla
Frederick, author of "Between
Sunday: Black Women and
Everyday Struggles of Faith."
Black history is filled with exam-
ples of charismatic black religious
figures -- the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr.; Malcolm X; Elijah
Muhammad, founder of the Nation
of Islam -- who were targeted by
political forces trying to discredit
them, Frederick said.
"At the time, it was seen as a
white racist society trying to dis-
mantle a strong black organiza-
tion," Frederick said. "They didn't
like to see black men being suc-
cessful. People felt like there were
larger political forces at work."
'Watching a train wreck
every Sunday morning'
Sometimes, people stick by an
embattled pastor for voyeuristic
reasons -- they like watching "train
wrecks," said one sociologist who
has studied megachurches.
Shayne Lee, a sociologist and co-
author of "Holy Mavericks:
Evangelical Innovators and the
Spiritual Marketplace," said some
parishioners see scandal as a spiri-
tual spectacle. They view them-
selves as participants in a cosmic
"When you have a spiritual world
view that emphasizes the power of
the Holy Spirit and you see all these
dynamic tensions in church, it's
exciting to see the forces of evil and
the power of God at work," Lee
said. "There's a certain dynamism
that's attractive and keeps people
And then some parishioners
won't let preacher scandals drive
them away because they say that
the message they receive is more
important than the vessel that deliv-
Thomas Kirkpatrick cited that
rationale as he walked to New Birth
for Sunday service. He shrugged at
the allegations surrounding Long.
Long publicly denied the sexual
coercion claims, and compared
himself to David fighting Goliath.
The scandal's impact on New Birth,
though, may already be apparent.
Attendance has dropped, staff is
being laid off and Long recently
announced that he would take a
A New Birth spokesman attrib-
uted the changes to a sour economy
and said the declining attendance is
the result of more people watching
the church service online.
None of this appeared to matter to
Kirkpatrick. He said Long would
have to answer to God, not him.
"I don't think Bishop Long can do
anything worse than what Judas
did, and God still loved him,"
Kirkpatrick compared pastors to
"There are people who we trust
with our lives every day, like doc-
tors, who do all sorts of things, but
we don't question them. This is our
spiritual medicine. We come here to
get what we need and we leave."
When asked if there was anything
that would cause him to stop attend-
ing New Birth, Kirkpatrick lowered
his head and paused before he final-
"The church would have to
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CNN's John Blake.
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Agency (NFCAA), a nonprofit organization, will
hold their monthly Board of Directors meeting:
Thursday, June 30, 2011,
4070 Boulevard Center Drive, 4500
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wake up and eat like you would nor- obe
mally. Eat and count the calories in
everything you eat and drink and
keep track of it on a piece of paper or
on a computer. wer life e
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the number of calories you
ate/drunk. Be as exact as possible.
Once you add it all up, you now have fewer
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less than you normally do. For exam-
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you counted 2000. For the rest of the
week, you would eat 1500 calories a
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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-
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Morris Dees, Founder and Chief
Trial Attorney of the Southern
Poverty Law Center will be the fea-
tured speaker at the Jacksonville
Branch NAACP 46th Annual
Freedom Fund Awards Dinner. The
dinner will be held Thursday, June
23, 2011 at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center in Jacksonville,
Florida and begins at 7:00 pm.
Tickets are $60.00. For tickets or
more information, call 764-7578.
Lawrence in Concert
Comedian Martin Lawrence will
be in concert for one night only,
Thursday, June 23rd, in the Times
Union Center for Performing Arts .
Tickets are on sale now. Visit
Ticketmaster.com for more infor-
mation or call 1-877-356-8493.
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
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.
Old Stanton New Stanton and
Stanton Vocational High Schools
will present their 5th annual gala on
June 25, 2011 at the Prime
Osborne. Tickets are available for
purchase. For more information
visit the official website at
www.stantionhigh.org. or contact
Kenneth Reddick at 764-8795.
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,
and free food on June 25, 2011
from 11a.m. 3 p.m. For more
information call April Jordan at
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.
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.
Gala at UNF
There will be an Africa Night Gala
on Saturday, July 16th at the
University of North Florida. It will
be from 6 10 p.m. in the Student
Union Ball Room. The evening will
include authentic African cuisine
and music. There will also be door
prizes and a silent auction. For
more information, call 924-7444.
Full figured fashions
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-
The Jacksonville Humane
Society's Young Professionals
Group, The Pawfessionals will
present the Second annual pawpuz-
zle crawl fundraiser, July 16th .
The event is a a professional pub
crawl through the beaches town
center. Crawl from 1 6 p.m. at 200
first street courtyard, Neptune
Beach. For more info, contact:
Michelle Gilliam at 725-8766 ext.
Youth Poetry Slam
Jax Youth Poetry Slam: A
Competitive Open Mic Event for
ages 11-18 Wednesday, July 20,
2011 5:30-7:30p Jacksonville
Public Library Downtown Branch -
Hicks Auditorium. Register at (904)
Black Arts Festival
Stage Aurora Jacksonville presents
a Black Arts Festival, a three- day
festival of entertainment showcas-
ing great theatre, dance, and music.
The Festival will be held July 22 -
24. For tickets, contact Stage
Aurora at (904) 765-7372.
Reggae legend Beres
Hammond at Plush
Reggae legend, Beres Hammond
known in particular for his romantic
lover's rock and soulful voice, is
coming to town Wednesday, July
27th at Plush Nightclub. Visit
www.plushjax.com or call (904)
Stage Aurora tributes
Witness "A Rose Among Thorns,
a Tribute to Rosa Parks" July 24th
featuring Ella Joyce (TV Star of
ROC and My Wife and Kids) at the
Stage Aurora Performance Hall
inside of Gateway Town Center
located at 5188 Norwood Avenue.
For ticket information, contact
Stage Aurora at (904) 765-7372.
TRU Roots will present a Natural
Hair Care Workshop on Saturday,
July 30, 2011 at Ventureplex
Training Facility, 7235 Bonneval
Road (off JT Butler & Phillips
Highway) Jacksonville, Florida
32256 Register at http://www.tru-
roots 1 .net/id43.html.
Toast to the Animals
Grab a glass and toast the First
Coast's furriest friends at the
Jacksonville Humane Society's
13th annual Toast to the Animals on
Friday, August 19, 2011 from 6
p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Omni
Jacksonville Hotel. Guests will
enjoy more than 100 varieties of
wine and beer, gourmet hors d'oeu-
vres and desserts at the fundraiser.
Silent and live auctions will feature
fabulous items. Tickets are avail-
able at www.jaxhumane.org or or
call Michelle Gilliam at -725-8766.
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Man to Man Fathers Day The sons of the
Goggins family spent their Fathers Day together enjoying and tributing
their family's patriarch, Mr. Melvin Goggins, Sr. Shown above (L-R) is
Marcus Goggins, Melvin Goggins Sr., and Melvin Goggins Jr., following
their Fathers Day dinner at Joe's Crab Shack at Jacksonville Beach.
Goggins Sr. credits hard work, faith and discipline to raising two strong,
independent Black men. He also credits positive Black women to taking
over where he left off. "Without the sincere love of a good woman, a man
really doesn't have too much," he says.
One of last remaining Negro League
Baseball Stadiums to be fully restored
Alarming facts revealed about the future of young men of color
Continued from front
authors of the study said...It is
our hope that this report will be the
impetus for scholars to investigate
more rigorously the issues affecting
lm young men
of color. We
lems, not that which identifies the
problems all over again."
A different approach would be to
study successful men of color to
determine what elements went into
How well the problems of men of
color are addressed will largely
determine whether the United
States will have a workforce edu-
cated enough to support knowl-
edge-based jobs, which will direct-
ly impact the global competitive-
ness of the nation.
Although high school dropout
rates among most racial and ethnic
groups have declined over the past
three decades, minority dropout
rates remain disproportionately
high, especially among males, the
The dropout rate for White males
in 2008 was 7 percent. But the fig-
ure was 22 percent for Hispanic
males, 17 percent for American
Indian/Alaska Natives, 12 percent
for African-Americans, 8 percent
for Native Hawaiian/Pacific
Islanders and 4 percent for Asians.
Dropout rates vary significantly
within the ethnic group. Among
Hispanics, for example, the high
school dropout rate was 25.8 per-
cent for Salvadorans but only 6 per-
cent for Cuban males. The dropout
rate was 22.2 percent for Mexicans
but only 8 percent for South
Troubling statistics were also evi-
dent at the college level
As of 2008, only 30.3 percent of
African-Americans ages 25 to 34
and 19.8 percent of Latinos in that
age bracket had attained an associ-
ate degree or higher. By compari-
son, 49 percent of Whites and 70.7
percent of Asian Americans had
earned at least a degree from a two-
year college. In every group,
women had higher graduation rates
than their male counterparts.
College enrollment figures show
that 25.8 percent of African-
American males 18-24 were in col-
lege in 1990, slightly higher than
the 24.7 percent rate for Black
women. By 2008, however, not
only had Black women overtaken
Black men, they had done so by a
comfortable margin. In 2008, 29.7
percent of Black men ages 18-24
were enrolled in college. But the
figure for African-American
females in that age bracket had
risen to 34.2 percent.
To learn more, visit youngmenof-
Hinchliffe Stadium as it stands today since closing its doors in
1997.In 1932, Mayor John V. Hinchliffe authorized the construction of
a stadium for the Paterson school system as a public works project. It
was used for this purpose until 1997. It now has trees and weeds grow-
ing in the field and stands and almost every square inch of concrete
has graffiti on it.
approval from the state legislature. included about $11.5 million for the
Since the National Trust named stadium.
Hinchliffe one of America's 11 Estimated overall costs to restore
Most Endangered Historic Places the facility as sports and entertain-
last June, other potential restoration ment space are still unknown, but
funds have rolled in: A 2009 city Hinchliffe appears to be making a
vote passed a bond referendum that comeback.
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Women, Infants and Children
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Checks for free, healthy food
Tips for eating well to
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June 23-29 2011
PATERSON, NJ On The heels of
the unveiling of the 2011 America's
11 Most Endangered Historic
Places (NTHP) by the non-profit
National Trust for Historic
Preservation, comes an update on
one of last year's sites.
Hinchcliffe Stadium, home of the
Negro Baseball League's New York
Black Yankees, fell into disrepair
since it's closing in 1997. On May
19, 2010, the stadium was designat-
ed one of the 11 Most Endangered
Historic Places for 2010 by the
Located in Paterson, NJ, the
staduim hosted the Negro League's
Colored Championship of the
Nation, it's version of the World
Series in 1933.
According to NTHP's site the
10,000-seat Hinchliffe, once at the
center of Paterson's thriving athletic
tradition, has sat vacant and fading
on its perch overlooking Great Falls
National Historical Park since it
closed its doors in 1997.
As one of only three significant
Negro League stadiums still stand-
ing, and the site where legends like
Hall of Famer Larry Doby got their
start, Hinchliffe has earned a dedi-
cated following such as the non-
profit Friends of Hinchliffe
Stadium and local residents who
remember the stadium's years as not
only a venue for African American
baseball, but boxing, high school
football, and motorcycle racing.
Nearly 80 years after the New
York Black Yankees took on the
Philadelphia Stars in the Colored
Championship of the Nation in
New Jersey's legendary Hinchliffe
Stadium, the Art Deco, poured-con-
crete structure is taking another
swing at vitality.
New Jersey Governor Chris
Christie recently announced plans
to grant $500,000 to repair the dete-
riorating structure in Paterson, one
of 58 historic preservation projects
proposed around the state to receive
a portion of $10 million in match-
ing funds. Christie has signed off on
the measure that now awaits final
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First step of Florida redistricting
process is now underway
Last fall when Florida voters
voted overwhelmingly for Fair
Districts, the results no doubt is a
game changer for politics as we
The new constitutional mandate
orders more fairly drawn legislative
and congressional districts.
Currently, the districts are drawn to
make the election of minority repre-
sentation more favorable. This
week begins lawmakers 26-stop
state hearings tour to begin the
once-a-decade chore of redrawing
the state's political lines.
Florida's redistricting battle is
already mired with lawsuits. And
before it culminates with new maps
in March, lawmakers on both sides
are poised for a battle of partisan
control of the Florida Legislature
and Congress not to mention
incensed fights over racial and eth-
Over the past 10 years, the popu-
lation of Florida is nearing 18.8
million. This represents a 17.6 per-
cent increase or nearly 3 million.
Tall of these new citizens must be
evenly apportioned among 120
state House, 40 Senate districts and
two new congressional districts that
will be added to the current 25. All
of this to ensure the 14th
Amendment protection of "one per-
son, one vote."
African-Americans are no longer
the state's leading minority group.
Hispanics have grown to 22.5 per-
cent of the population. The heat is
on to expand representation of the
significant Hispanic growth in
Central Florida which has only one
elected Hispanic legislator. At the
same time, many districts previous-
ly engineered to elect minorities
have become too small, in part
because South Florida counties
haven't grown as rapidly as those in
Central and Southwest Florida.
Of the five congressional districts
that have grown the least since
2000, three elect the state's only
black members of Congress. Two of
the five slowest-growing state
Senate districts are majority
African-American. And out of the
30 slowest-growing House districts,
one-third are so-called "minority-
And finally, lawmakers must com-
ply with the federal Voting Rights
Act, which in practice prohibits
Florida from redrawing the maps in
a manner that limits minority
groups from electing politicians of
But unlike previous rounds of
redistricting, voters have mandated
that lawmakers take politics and
self-interest out of the equation.
Last year, Florida voters adopted
the "Fair Districts" constitutional
amendments requiring that con-
gressional and legislative districts
be drawn more compactly, follow-
ing existing city and county bound-
aries where feasible and without
the intent to help incumbents or
As the battle begins to heat up,
House Minority Leader Ron
Saunders, D-Key West has already
directed his caucus not to use pub-
lic computers to draw maps with
the Legislature's redistricting soft-
This mandate to keep quiet plus
lawmakers' decision not to release
even tentative new maps until early
next year prompted backers of
Fair Districts to denounce the
upcoming hearings as a "charade."
In a letter to legislative leaders,
leaders of the NAACP, League of
Women Voters and Democracia
complained: "An order to remain
silent creates the impression that
there is something to hide. We urge
you to reconsider this gag order and
encourage a productive give-and-
take at each of the hearings."
But even before lawmakers can
begin to draw their first maps, a
federal judge in Miami will have to
rule in a challenge to the amend-
ments filed by Cong. Corrine
Brown and fellow U.S. Rep. Mario
Diaz-Balart, R-Miami. Their suit,
joined by House Speaker Dean
Cannon, R-Winter Park, argues that
the reforms will dilute minority-
It is doubtful that will be the last
lawsuit. Lawmakers have set aside
$30 million to be used in part to
defend the new maps in court.
"It all works up until the point
where there's a map," said
Democratic strategist Steve Schale.
"Once there's a map, personal inter-
ests come into play."
The public is welcome to join in
the joint public hearings around the
state. Senators and Representatives
want to hear from you before
redrawing your districts to comply
with federal and state law.
The Jacksonville meeting will be
held Monday, July 11, 2011 from
2-4 p.m. and 6- 8 p.m. at the
Florida State College at
Jacksonville Downtown Campus.
Shown above are Demaris Devaughn, Kathy Outler, Miss Ribault Gabrielle Roseberry, Sarafina Hinton
and Deja Wigfall-Shine. R. Porter photo
Eta Phi Beta debs learn tips from a queen
The 2011 Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Debutante coterie began their workshop series last week-
end with a luncheon hosted by Rometa G. Porter and Sharon Porter Thompson. The afternoon
workshop was facilitated by Gloria Rhett and focused on etiquette and dining rules. There was
also a guest appearance by Miss Ribault Gabrielle Roseberry who spoke on the importance of
her parents support. She also gave insight to her extra-curricular activities and the role of Miss
Ribault. Next the young ladies will learn the value of community service with volunteer activ-
ities with the Sickle Cell Disease Association.
NJCDC encourages homeownership
with Neighborhoods Day & Job Fair
(L-R) Brandi Johnson, Rachonda Grover, Shelia Campfield, and
The Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation host-
ed its the 8th Annual Health and Neighborhoods Day and Job Fair on June
18, 2011. There were an array of vendors present and NJCDC gave the
community information concerning employment opportunities with
NJCDC's development in the community. Work Source, the Florida Bar in
conjunction with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, and St. Vincents Health bus
provided screenings. The Fla/ Ga. Blood Alliance were also among the
participants. The event had a Bar-b-que cook off contest to go along with
radio personality Jo-Joe of 101.5 adding fun to the mix. NJCDC gave $125
in food gift cards in a drawing to 100 attendees present.
Shown above are some of the tournament's participants.
100 Black Men show "real men ball to
help educate on health disparities The 100
Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. sponsored the first annual Real Men
Ball basketball tournament last Saturday at Edward Waters College.
The tournament was intended help spread the message of prostate and
colorectal cancer prevention. The J100 crowned Jacksonville's Team
U-Ball champions of the inaugural tournament by a score of 47-42.
The J100 plans to continue to spread their men's health outreach
through various community projects and events such as bowling tour-
naments, basketball tournaments and publishing a healthy cookbook.
June 23-29, 2011
Page 10 Ms. Perry's Free Press
T1 Serena relishes tennis return to Wimbledon
Shown above are campers inside of the press box at Everbank
Field as Camp Director Sandra Thompson looks on.
AKA Camper experience includes everything
from field trips and exercise to finances
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Education Committee sponsored its' annual
Summer Camp from June 13 -17 at the AKA Sorority House, 1011 West
8th Street. The camp was open to children, ages 6-13, and was a huge suc-
cess. Students were recruited from the community and a neighboring
childcare center-Tomorrow's Stars. Sorors and The B.R.A.T.S. (volunteer
teen group) gave of their time and expertise to inspire the campers.
Sessions were held in reading, math skills, etiquette, and the First Lady's
"Let's Get Moving" exercises were held daily. Campers also participated
in arts and crafts projects.
Campers earned AKA dollars daily for attendance, good behavior, class
participation and resourcefulness. These dollars allowed campers to shop
at the "AKA Store" on the last day to purchase school supplies, books, toys
and other goodies. Camp store items were supplied by the newly initiated
sorors, who also volunteered at the camp.
The highlight of the week was an exclusive tour of "Everbank Field"
(home of the Jacksonville Jaguars) Campers got to see the behind the
scenes workings of the organization. Most were very impressed when they
got to actually touch the "special grass" which covers the field. They got
to see the luxury areas, the media rooms and players quarters.
The camp is directed by Sandra Thompson and Ada Standford. The pres-
ident of the chapter is Bonnie Atwater. Tonya Austin, photo
Serena Williams insists she does-
n't care if she completes a hat-trick
of Wimbledon titles because she is
just happy to be playing again after
a nightmare year marred by life-
threatening health problems.
The star returned to Grand Slam
action for the first time in a year this
week as the four-time Wimbledon
champion began the defence of her
women's singles' crown with a win
against France's Aravane Rezai.
The last time she played, she
defeating Vera Zvonareva in
straight sets at the All England Club
to clinch the 13th Grand Slam title
of her magnificent career.
That victory proved to be her last
for 12 months as she battled to
overcome life-threatening blood
clots that needed emergency sur-
gery and a serious foot injury when
she stepped on broken glass.
Serena is finally back in action
after playing at Eastbourne last
week and, despite her long lay-off,
is regarded as favorite to win a third
successive Wimbledon title.
But the 29-year-old refuses to
contemplate lifting the Venus
Rosewater Dish awarded to the
women's champion because she is
simply relishing the chance to have
a normal life again.
"It would be awesome and amaz-
ing to win, but that's not my thought
Moments make memories. And
memories last a lifetime. What
makes your grandparents extraordi-
nary? What have you learned
watching your parent transform
into a loving grandparents? What
makes being a grandparent so spe-
cial? Go to GrandparentsDay2011.com
to view stories from some of last
year's participants and enter your
own essay of video. When you do
you'll be entered to win a
Caribbean cruise for you and three
family members. The contest,
sponsored by Consumer Cellular, is
process. My thought process is just
to play the best I can and to be pos-
itive," Serena said.
"I'm happy to have been here.
Like we were saying, six or seven
weeks of just trying to get myself
together isn't a tremendous amount
of time, but the fact that I can even
compete and be in a position I was-
n't sure I'd have a chance to be at
again is more than enough."
At times, Serena felt lower than
she had ever been in her life as she
struggled to recover from the
Yet she never considered the pos-
sibility that she might have to quit
tennis to protect her health and the
moment she was finally given the
all-clear to return to the practice
courts was one of the great joys of
"I'd say the lowest moment was
probably just the disaster, the
haematoma that I suffered," Serena
"After I had the lung problem, it
was like, 'Okay, I got through that'.
Then having to have a surgery,
removing the haematoma, was just
my low point. I felt it was never
"Physically I was obviously not
excellent. But mentally I was just
down. I think that's normal.
"At that point, I was just pretty
upset and just wondering when this
string of things would stop happen-
"I always thought I would want to
continue to play. I thought I would
play a lot sooner but things didn't
Following her victory she shed
newfound tears of joy. is pretty awesome. I didn't expect to
"It's been a disaster year, but I've play. And I didn't expect to even do
been praying," Williams said. "To anything. So I'm just excited. I've
be able to come back at Wimbledon never cried with joy for anything."
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)
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.
For more information or to begin the claims filing process:
June 23-29, 2011
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.Tnne 23-29. 2011
A Night at the Ritz Jacksonville's monthly semi-finals for the Ritz Theatre's Amateur Night featured native thespian Rahman
Johnson (left) as the host. Renowned for his acting skills, Johnson is also the Regional Manager for Wingstop Enterprises. While in town for the
weekend, he filled in for Ritz Executive Director Carol Alexander who was on duty with the teens of the Ritz Voices in New York City. Taking top
honors in the adult category won by audience applause was Mr. RonShad Daniels (shown right). TAustinphoto.
Nia Long pregnant with her second child
The former "Third Watch" actress and her boyfriend, pro-
fessional basketball player Ime Udoka, are expecting their
first child together, according to People. "This is the most
exciting time in our lives," the couple told the mag. "Words
can't explain how thrilled we are by the new addition to our
family. We feel truly blessed and appreciate all the well wish-
es and prayers." This will be the first child for Ime, who most
recently played for the San Antonio Spurs.
Toya Carter, Lil Wayne's ex remarries
Toya Carter, ex-wife of Lil Wayne and mother of Regginae Carter, Lil
Wayne's daughter got married yesterday to super producer Memphitz at
The Atlanta National Golf Club. As Lil Wayne took to twitter to wish the
newlyweds a heart felt congrats, the couple was celebrating their weddings
with some A-List guests. Singer Monica, Real Housewife Kandi Burress
and also singer Nivea and actress Lauren London, both who have a child
by Lil Wayne. The affair was filmed for Toya's BET reality show.
Although it was raining, everyone still managed to enjoy the celebration
to the fullest with a performance by Kelly Price and another performance
Tyson Tatoo artist settles with Hangover II
A settlement was reached between the tattoo artist who inked
Mike Tyson's face and Warner Bros, which featured a similar
S tatt on Ed Helms' face in "The Hangover Part II."
SiWhitmill claimed the filmmakers ripped off the design that
he tattooed on Tyson in 2003 in Las Vegas.
As previously reported, the lawsuit filed in federal court in
St. Louis tried to block the film's release, but a judge ruled just
two days before the film's May 26 debut that it could open as
Tyson, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, had a small role
in the first "Hangover" film in 2009 and also appears in the sequel.
Aretha recovering from broken toe
Aretha Franklin's toe has been done in by a Jimmy Choo.
The Queen of Soul, 69, broke a toe on her left foot after
stumbling over a Jimmy Choo spiked heel in a hotel room.
She initially opted not to receive medical attention, saying
through her spokesperson: "It hurt like heck for a minute, but
seemed to subside.
But two days later, she decided to get an x-ray at Community
North Hospital in Indianapolis and discovered the toe was actually frac-
"I'm so grateful it wasn't my right piano peddle foot, I have a gig on July
27 at the Jones Beach Theatre in New York!" she stated.
While Aretha knows the injury could have been worse, she is now left
with another problem after her foot was heavily strapped up.
She joked: "How am I supposed to match my new Marc Jacobs gown
with this wooden blue hospital shoe?"
Basketball Wives star prepares
to launch book, earring line
you hear what goes on with the
staff, and just living in that circle
I don't think anybody can relate
unless you live in it. So I figure
why not come out and make a juicy
book about it."
Lozada, currently engaged to
Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad
Ochocinco, says she will team with
ghost writer Courtney Parker
("Law & Order: LA") and pen any-
where from 3 to 10 books under the
Wives Association banner,
"depending on how things go."
In the meantime, the 34-year-old
Bronx-bred entrepreneur continues
to run her shoe boutique Dulce in
Miami, and has launched a new line
by Lee Bailey
Evelyn Lozada, one of the stars
of VHl's "Basketball Wives," is
planning to release a series of nov-
els called "The Wives Association,"
which will fictionalize some of her
own experiences of being romanti-
cally involved with a professional
athlete but through her alter ego
character, Eve Inez-Landon.
"I have a bunch of journals from
when I was in my previous relation-
ship and I would write down every-
thing that was going on of how I
felt, or what was going on in my
life," Lozada tells EUR's Lee
Bailey. "And then when I started
moving out, I found these journals
and I started reading them. And I'm
like, 'Oh my God, this is crazy -
everything that I went through!'"
Much of that relationship, with
ex-fiance Antoine Walker, has
already been in the gossip rags.
"And all of it's not bad, obvious-
ly, there's good too," she says of
their run. "But I figured why not
put all of this into a book and peo-
ple not know what's real from fake.
"I have a lot of girlfriends that
were married, and still married to a
lot of these players. And the stories
CATS Night Out Enjoying the opening night of "Cats" are the
Brooks family. (L-R) Matthew, Jay, Allison and Villette Brooks. The
traveling troupe of the long running Broadway production hit the stage
of the Times Union Performing Arts Center over the Father's Day week-
end to sold out crowds.
Former teammate tried to break Dwight
Gooden out of "Celebrity Rehab"
Former Major League Baseball shocked when
player Dwight "Doc" Gooden is Dykstra just
among the new class of stars hop- popped up carry-
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Recovery Center. did not like what
The ex-New York Mets and Dr. Pinsky was
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is one of nine stars set to appear on Gooden was able to talk to Lenny
the show's fifth season, which pre- and assured his friend he was fine,
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Several weeks ago, there were bags. Asked if Dykstra already
reports that his former teammate returned his things, Doc says "No"
Lenny Dykstra surprised him on while laughing.
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Pat~e 14 Ms. Perry's Free Press June 23-29, 2011
Black Panther Party rallies behind
local 12 year old charged as an adult
Shown in front of the Duval County Court House are Kojo
Khayralla, State Chairman Mikhail Muhammad, Sister Jessica and
JACKSONVILLE, Fl. This
week on the steps of the City of
Jacksonville's State Attorney's
office, the New Black Panther party
of Jacksonville announced their
support for Christian Fernandez and
his mother Bienela Susana. 12 year
old Fernandez came into the public
eyes just weeks ago after the State
Attorney announced they would be
charging him as an adult for the
beating death of his 2 year old
THE NBPP also wants to call on
the Black and Hispanic community
to support a petition drive to have
State Attorney Angela Corey
recalled from office. "Her decision
to prosecute a 12 year old as an
adult shows her disregard for
Supreme Court ruling:
Reports are showing that the Appeals in San Francisco. By a 5-4 S
Supreme Court. decided in Wal- vote along ideological lines, the the
Mart's favor against women seeking court said that there were too many er,
a class-action suit against the cor- women in too many jobs at Wal- Ji
portion for sex bias. The resulting Mart to wrap into one lawsuit. wrii
lawsuit makes it harder to mount The lawsuit could have involved just
large-scale bias claims against the up to 1.6 million women, with Wal- thai
nation's biggest companies. Mart facing potentially billions of "Wa
The justices all agreed that the dollars in damages. The handful of tion
lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores women who brought the case may polio
Inc. could not proceed as a class pursue their claims on their own, stor
action in its current form, reversing with much less money at stake and T
a decision by a Circuit Court of less pressure on Wal-Mart to settle. Chr
revealing facts that shows this case
does not belong in adult court," said
State Chairman Mikhail
Muhammad. If we as a commu-
nity do stand against this abuse of
power, before long there will be 5
and 6 year olds in adult court. Has
Angela Corey lost her mind, where
is the outrage?"
Muhammad believes this is a
test for future cases. "The facts
revealed Cristian needs treatment,
not punishment. His mother is a
victim as well. She needs treatment,
not a stiff prison sentence. Is this
the new form of genocide state
sponsored destruction of Black and
Hispanic youth? We must band
together," he says.
The charge makes Fernandez the
youngest person in Jacksonville to
be indicted on murder charges as an
adult. He has pleaded not guilty and
his mother is also incarcerated.
His public defender has been try-
ing to get the case heard in juvenile
court, saying Fernandez is emotion-
ally and psychologically younger
than 12. He also has a documented
history of abuse.
The case has reignited the debate
over whether children accused of
heinous crimes can be rehabilitated.
Fernandez's next scheduled court
appearance is July 21.
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama with the former South African President, Nelson Mandela
Johannesburg this week.
First Lady pays a house call to Nelson Mandela
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama
and her family paid their respects
on Tuesday, June 21st to Nelson
Mandela during a private visit at the
home of the former South African
President and revered statesman.
It was the first meeting, and likely
a moving one, between America's
first African-American First Lady
and the political prisoner who later
became his country's first elected
Ms. Obama, daughters Malia (12)
and Sasha (10) and her mother
Marian Robinson were being
shown some of Mr. Mandela's per-
Wal-Mart wins against women
calia said of the lawsuit against
nation's largest private employ-
'That is entirely absent here."
justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
ting for the court's four liberal
ices, said that there was more
m enough uniting the claims.
al-Mart's delegation of discre-
n over pay and promotions is a
icy uniform throughout all
es," Ginsburg said.
wo of the named plaintiffs,
*istine Kwapnoski and Betty
Dukes, attended the argument.
Kwapnoski is an assistant manager
at a Sam's Club in Concord, Calif.
Dukes is a greeter at the Walmart in
Dukes and Kwapnoski said they
were disappointed with the ruling
but vowed to push ahead with their
claims. Both women spoke on a
conference call with reporters.
"We still are determined to go
forward to present our case in court.
We believe we will prevail there,"
Dukes said. Justice Antonin Scalia
led the conservative majority, say-
ing that there need to be common
elements tying together "literally
millions of employment decisions
In a statement, Wal-Mart said,
"The court today unanimously
rejected class certification and, as
the majority made clear, the plain-
tiffs' claims were worlds away from
showing a companywide discrimi-
natory pay and promotion policy."
sonal papers during a stop at his
foundation when, according to
White House officials, he sent word
from his nearby home that he want-
ed to meet the Obamas. The family
was then driven to Mr. Mandela's
home in a Johannesburg neighbour-
hood, where they spent about 20
minutes with him and his wife,
Graca Machel, who is a former
First Lady of Mozambique.
US officials have billed the trip as
her first major solo overseas trip as
first lady. The focus will be on
young women leaders and the lega-
cy of the anti-apartheid struggle.
She will also give the keynote
address at a conference of the
Young African Women Leaders
Forum, a two-day meeting of 75
women aged 16 to 30 who are play-
ing leadership roles across the con-
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