students $720K in raJoyce Lawson
African Amecan students and their families w80th birthday
California school district to pay
students $720K in racial lawsuit
UNION CITY, Ca. -A Union City school will pay $725,000 to 12
African American students and their families who accused the district of
failing to protect them from racial harassment and violence.
The suit alleged that the New Haven Unified School District ignored
years of complaints that the mostly Latino Decoto gang, was entering
campuses and attacking black students. In 2007, a 14 year old student
was shot and killed on the steps of Barnard-White Middle School. Police
described his attackers as young Latino men but have yet to make an
arrest three years later. Another plaintiff was attacked by a Latino gang
member in front of the high school principal's office in April 2009, the
In addition to the $725,000, which includes attorneys' fees, the district
agreed to require high school students and visitors to carry identification
on campus, to start a high school class on "restorative remedial justice"
that includes issues of gang violence, and to train teachers on gang-relat-
ed issues for two hours each semester.
A spokesman for the 13,000-student district, said its officials agreed to
the settlement on the advice of their insurers and were not acknowledg-
ing any wrongdoing. He said the "so-called remedial policies and pro-
grams" required by the settlement mostly reflected things the district was
Kilpatrick gets parole,
will go free in late July
Ex-mayor still faces federal racketeering,
bribery, extortion and fraud charges
DETROIT, Mi Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be
released from prison and could be headed for Texas before August. The
former politician won parole last week from his five year sentence at the
Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson resulting from a text message
scandal that rocked Detroit. He requested a transfer of supervision of his
two-year parole to Texas, where he can rejoin his wife and sons in the
Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie.
The decision wasn't a shock Kilpatrick was a nonviolent offender
and had a 74 percent chance of winning parole, a state official said in
May, when he was interviewed by a parole board member.
Kilpatrick was sent to prison in March 2010 by a Detroit Circuit Judge
who determined the former mayor violated terms of his probation by hid-
ing personal finances from the court.
Kilpatrick avoided trial on felony charges by accepting a plea-bargain
that required him to plead guilty to obstruction of justice and assault on
a police officer. He agreed to resign as mayor, serve 99 days in the Wayne
County Jail, surrender his law license and not seek elected office for at
least five years. He also agreed to pay $1 million restitution to the city of
Detroit. He still owes more than $861,000.
Terms of Kilpatrick's parole require him to report for two years on a
regular basis to a parole supervisor in Michigan or Texas, and make reg-
ularly scheduled payments toward his restitution.
Reggae star sentenced to 10 years
TAMPA, Florida Grammy award-winning reggae singer Buju Banton
has been sentenced to 10 years in a U.S. federal prison for his conviction
on a cocaine conspiracy charge.
The Jamaican singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, 37, was con-
victed in February on charges of conspiring with two other men to pos-
sess at least 11 pounds (5 kg) of cocaine.
Myrie, 37, argued unsuccessfully that he was entrapped by a govern-
At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge James Moody said the
10-year sentence was the minimum he could give under federal guide-
lines. He said the maximum was 151 months.
Markus asked that Myrie be allowed to serve his sentence as close to
Miami as possible so he could be near his family. He was living there
when he was arrested in December 2009.
He won the Grammy for the best Reggae album of 2010, "Before the
Dawn," on February 13, the day before his trial began.
International Arrest Warrant issued
for Libya's Muamar Qaddafi
The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for Libyan
leader Muammar Qaddafi, his son Saifal Islam Qaddafi and Libya's head
of intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi, who is Qaddafi's brother-in-law, for
war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The warrants name the longtime Libyan leader for the commission of
two categories of crimes against humanity: murder under Article 7(1)(a)
of the Rome Statute, and persecution of crimes against humanity under
Article 7(1)(h) of the Rome Statute.
The court's move comes on the 101st day of aerial bombardment by
NATO warplanes and helicopters of "command and control" sites
belonging to Qaddafi's regime -- a limited military campaign that has
enabled the nation's rebel movement to hold their ground but advance
very little on the regime's strongholds.
If Qaddafi travels to any of the 116 nations that are members of the
court -- including the latest nation, Libya's neighbor, Tunisia (which last
week sent in its documents of accession, and whose membership will
take effect in September) -- they are obliged, under the statute, to arrest
him and turn him over to the court.
tell their side
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Volume 24 No. 37 Jacksonville, Florida June 30 July 6, 2011
Shown above at the National Newspaper Publisher's Association
annual meeting are (L-R) Martin Luther King, III., Dr. Ben Chavis,
Dr. Maulauna Karenga, Dr. Cornel West, Rev. Al Sharpton, NNPA
Chairman Danny Bakewell and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.
Leaders set agenda with Black
publishers at national confab
Leaders from all edges of the
Black diaspora converged on
Chicago, Ill. last week for the sum-
mer meeting of the National
Association, the governing body of
the nation's 200+ Black owned
Throughout the four day meeting,
publishers strategized with experts
regarding the future of their publi-
cations and their intricate value
ranging from integrating social
media to the financial bottom line.
The forum set the backdrop also
for the so called showdown
between Rev. Al Sharpton and Dr.
In widely circulated reports, the
two were at odds about whether
President Obama is doing enough
for Blacks and the poor.
The two prominent leaders have
been the face of the public debate,
where the issues have sometimes
been clouded by the passion each
leader has brought to the discus-
sion, at least once erupting into an
on-air shouting match.
Though they are longtime friends
who continue to work on issues -
Continued on page 5
NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner educates
and celebrates Jacksonville's struggle
Shown above (L-R) Rodney Hurst, award winner Mayor Alvin
Brown, keynote speaker Atty. Morris Dees and Jacksonville Branch
President Isaih Rumlin. FMPphoto
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP held their 46th Annual Freedom Fund
Dinner last week keynoted by none other than civil rights Attorney Morris
Dees. Honorees included Mayor Alvin Brown, Senator Tony Hill, educa-
tor Mary Greene, Atty. Wayne Hogan and School Board Member Betty
Burney. Dees is most noted with bankrupting the Ku Klux Klan amongst
his other noted cases..
4 local students chosen out of 24 for national
Recently twenty-four gifted
African American male high school
students from around the nation
were selected to attend the 2011
Distinguished Young Gentlemen of
America, Inc. (DYG) National
Summer Academy. Four students
from the Jacksonville area were
selected representing Raines, Lee
Atlantic Coast and Mandarin High
Schools. Aspirants of D.Y.G. are
minority males enrolled in 6th -
12th Grade maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
The annual national summer acad-
emy took place on the campus of
Florida A&M University and gradu-
ated their annual session last week-
end. Throughout the two week ses-
sion, the young men learned an array
of life skills in the fields of oratory,
culinary, mechanical, entrepreneur-
ial, technical and even etiquette.
New chapter of the Congress of Black
Women established in Jacksonville
by Susan Ruffin
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
National Congress of Black
Women, Inc.(NCBW) celebrated a
rebirth on Saturday, June 25, 2011
with Dr. E. Faye Williams serving
as the keynote speaker to re-charter
the Jacksonville Chapter. The
event was held on the campus of
Edward Waters College in the
Adams-Jenkins complex. Dr. E.
Faye Williams is the National
Chair for approximately 35 chap-
ters across the country.
The organization is non-profit
organization dedicated to the edu-
cational and social development of
women and youth. It is a non-par-
tisan voice on issues pertaining to
the economic and social empower-
ment of women, their families and
The purpose of NCBW is to
encourage all African American ?
women to participate in the politi-
cal and economic process as voters,
candidates, policy makers, Shown above is the newly established Jacksonville chapter of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc.'
fundraisers, and role models. front row seated are: Lt. Col (ret) Felice Franklin, Dr. E. Faye Williams, National Chair, Dr. Susan Jackson'
To learn more about the NCBW, Chair and Ms. Lillie Vereen 3rd Vice Chair. (2nd row) Dee Quaranta, Benetta Standly, Theresa Gamble, Le
visit www.nationalcongressbw.org. Minor, Macey Mills, Von Alexander, Elonda Barbee, Katherine Cross, Barbara Green, Tracey Mills, Fr
Gonzalez, Sandra Pugh, Callie Williams and Miche ham.
Shown above (L-R) from Jacksonvile, FL are Michael Hardy,
Fitzgerald Light Jr, Nyle Rice and Ashton Brown.
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expands to bond trading
BET creator Robert L. Johnson, tunity to strengthen our relation-
founder and chairman of The RLJ ships with market participants and
Companies, announces the launch to join in an asset class that is a pri-
of RLJ Fixed Income, mary driver of capital
LLC, as part of the on- access for companies
going strategy to ex- and governments look-
pand RLJ's footprint in ing to raise capital
the financial services using debt instruments
sector. for growth and d(level-
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about launching RLJ Fixed Income
and entering into the bond trading
industry sector," said Johnson.
"Over the last year, we have ex-
panded our asset management offer-
ings including raising a $143
million special purpose acquisition
company (SPAC), through RLJ Ac-
quisition, Inc., and last month suc-
cessfully took our hotel private
equity fund public on the New York
Stock Exchange now called, RLJ
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trading business gives us the oppor-
so much talk going on about how low
interest rates are, it makes sense to
seriously consider home ownership.
If you're considering purchasing
your first house, condo, or town-
house you'll have to get your ducks
in a row.
Duck number one is making sure
your credit reports from the "Big
Three" credit bureaus are free from
errors and are as high as possible.
You are allowed to receive a copy of
each of your credit reports from
Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian
once per year for free from www.An-
nualCreditReport.com. You will not
be able to see your scores unless you
pay from them, but your reports will
allow you to confirm that the names,
addresses, and credit usage history
are all correct. If they are not correct
you'll need to contact each bureau
via letter, phone, or internet and let
them know. They will research the
information and correct it for free. If
there are some negative things on
your credit reports, you'll need to pay
them off or have them removed if the
debt is older than seven years and
you can prove the date the debt was
incurred. Lenders will look at all
three scores, and use the middle
score, so make sure each score is as
strong as possible.
The second duck will be coming
up with the down payment. This is
the piece that has stopped many a
would-be-homeowner in their tracks,
but I promise you it's not as hard as
you might think. The key to coming
up with the down payment is making
the decision that you want to become
a homeowner and then make deci-
sions that are in line with that deci-
sion. Find opportunities to make
small changes that make a big finan-
cial difference. For example, pick up
a second job and put all the money
from that job into a) paying off debt
and b) to building your down pay-
ment up. Even a $9 an hour job that
you work sixteen hours a week will
bring in almost $14,000 over two
years. Start strategically using
coupons. Put all the difference be-
tween what you actually spent and
what you usually spend in a money
market account. Choose not to spend
another dollar eating out until you
have the money to purchase your
own home. Nothing is impossible.
What will you do to get what you
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tered in Bethesda, MD, bills itself
as a business network that provides
strategic investments in a diverse
portfolio of companies. Within The
RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson
owns or holds interests in busi-
nesses operating in hotel real estate
investment; private equity; financial
services; asset management; insur-
ance services; automobile dealer-
ships; sports and entertainment; and
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third duck is going to be getting pre-
approved for a specific loan amount.
Don't confuse being "pre-approved"
with being "pre-qualified". A pre-ap-
proval means that a lender has taken
a look at your income taxes,
paystubs, credit scores, etc. and is
willing to loan you a specific amount
of money to purchase a dwelling.
The lender will provide you with a
letter to show the real estate agent be-
cause most real estate agents won't
even talk to you if you don't have a
pre-approval letter. A pre-qualifica-
tion letter means nothing. It's a letter
than says that the lender has not
looked at any of your actual financial
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By Jason Alderman
One common misconception
among many people who rent their
homes is that they are covered under
their landlord's insurance in case of
an accident, burglary, or other disas-
ter. Let me dispel that myth: Land-
lords typically only insure the
building and any fixtures they own,
so renters are responsible for lost or
damaged possessions. And, if some-
one has an accident in your apart-
ment, you're liable.
Given this level of risk exposure,
it's surprising that up to two-thirds of
renters don't have insurance. You
may feel your belongings aren't
worth insuring, but suppose you had
an electrical fire or burst pipe: Think
how much it would cost to replace
your possessions not to mention
pay for alternate housing during re-
Here are a few tips for finding the
Ask what's covered. Renter's insur-
ance commonly covers property
that's lost, damaged or stolen due to
most occurrences including fire,
lightning, windstorms, hail, explo-
sions, smoke, vandalism, theft,
plumbing leaks, electrical surges or
You're also usually covered away
from home for example, if some-
documents, but they are guessing that
they could provide you a loan based
on what you've told them. Unless the
lender has actually looked at your fi-
nancial documents, they can't really
tell you how much money they
would be willing to loan you. Get a
pre-approval when you're serious
about purchasing a home.
The fourth duck is going to be
finding a real estate agent that you
want to work with. This may seem
like the easiest step, but for many
hopeful homeowners this proves to
be the most difficult step. Realize
that your real estate agent works for
you, so interview as many as it takes
to find one that you can work with.
This person will be guiding you
through the home buying process, so
make sure you feel comfortable ask-
ing questions: *. :
The-last duck i' finding your
home. Don't get too caught up in
finding your dream house as you
probably will move on to another
home at some point. Make a list and
find a home that has the things you
need, once you purchase it you can
make it whatever you want. Don't
It doesn't matter if you have per-
fect credit and a huge down payment
or not-so-great credit and nothing
saved, we'll go through the same
process. Start from where you are.
Figure out what you want, make a
plan to get it, and then do the work to
make it happen. Don't forget to invite
me to have your housewarming!
thing is stolen from your car or hotel
room. or if you get mugged. How-
ever. flood, hurricane and earthquake
damage usually isn't covered, so
you'll need a separate rider.
Catalog everything you own and
how much it would cost to replace.
Consider furniture, clothing, elec-
tronics, jewelry, art and other col-
lectibles, books and CDs. sports
equipment, etc. Many insurance
companies and personal financial
software packages provide free in-
ventory forms. To settle claims faster
and verify losses for tax purposes,
save receipts and photograph or
videotape everything; then store
copies in a safe deposit box or other
Compare payout options. "Actual
cash value" (ACV) coverage pays the
amount needed to repair or replace
your belongings, minus depreciation
and your deductible. The alternative
method, "replacement cost" cover-
age, pays the amount needed to re-
place the items in today's dollars,
Here's the difference: A five-year-
old TV that cost $500 is worth a frac-
tion of that today. ACV would pay
that depreciated amount, while re-
placement coverage would pay
enough to buy a comparable new tel-
evision. Replacement cost coverage
is slightly more expensive, but often
Personal liability coverage protects
you if someone files a claim alleging
you caused them bodily injury or
property damage, provided it's not
vehicle-related or tied to business ac-
tivities. Consider coverage well
above the minimum amount, espe-
cially if you own significant assets.
Loss-of-use coverage. Many poli-
cies pay an allowance for housing
and living expenses if you're forced
to move out temporarily. Check
whether this coverage is included or
costs extra and what the limits are.
High-value items. Standard poli-
cies typically place limits on how
much they'll pay to replace certain
expensive items like jewelry, an-
tiques, art, electronics and computer
equipment often well below re-
placement value. You'll probably
want to purchase additional riders to
fully cover these items.
Here are tips for lowering your
Raise your deductible.
Ask about discounts for non-
smokers or added security devices
like deadbolt locks, alarms and
Many carriers offer multi-line
discounts if you also purchase car in-
surance through them.
Insurance is a competitive busi-
ness, so shop around.
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Perhaps it was all of those years
of working and hanging with
President Clinton or perhaps it was
his humble beginnings and work
ethic, but Mayor-elect Brown has
the confidence and swagger of a
man ready to lead.
And it will take his leadership
and ability to build coalitions to get
him through another tough budget
year and many other land mines
that maybe buried within City Hall.
It is hard not to liken Brown's
victory to that of President Obama.
Of course, the president's win was
of a much larger magnitude, but
most African Americans are ever
hopeful while being extremely
doubtful about politics. We have
supported black candidates for
mayor before only to have those
hopes shattered on election night.
The Alvin Brown race was dif-
ferent of course he won. But it
was also different because of the
way the momentum began to build,
and unlike campaigns before his,
the mayor-elect was able to cross
over and tap into independents and
moderate Republican voters.
Undoubtedly, it was his ability to
appeal to a diverse audience that
made him so appealing to many
voters who have traditionally voted
for Republicans. Or perhaps it was
Mayor Brown takes office
confident and ready to lead
his life story and vision that
appealed to so many people. Or
maybe it was that "swag" as the
kids call it that made the difference.
I still remember President
Obama's speech at the 2004
Democratic convention where he
declared that there was no white or
black America, but a United States
It's a message that resonates well
with most Americans regardless of
their background. Common
dreams, hopes and love for this
great country were the constant
sound bites from Obama. It was a
message of unity and bi-partisan-
ship that allow him to make history.
Alvin Brown's message very
similar and very appropriate for
Jacksonville. This is a city that has
a history of racial issues. But the
biggest problem has been the per-
ception of the city's race relations.
Historically, blacks have said race
relations were bad and whites have
said that they were pretty good.
Well, the right message can
Caution: They are who
we think they are
Unity efforts aside, Mayor-elect Brown should
keep one eye on his new conservative friends
By Noval Jones
While poised to inaugurate new
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown,
many people are overjoyed with the
overwhelming attitudes of unity
expressed so far during the transi-
tion effort. Brown's transition
team, as well as its subcommittees,
looks very much like the diverse
demographic make up of
And that's good.
For far too long many
Jacksonville citizens have felt left
out of the political power structure
time when there are very few rev-
enue-generating options to consid-
er. Then there's the bigger political
picture to be considered. If Brown
is successful in solving
Jacksonville's concerns, it could
cause a shift in the very ideology of
local politics and do serious dam-
age to Republican state and nation-
Brown's optimism for a
Jacksonville that competes on the
same level as like Atlanta and
Charlotte reminds me of a Monday
Night Football Game in October of
of something is at the
root of hate for others, and hate
within will eventually destroy the
hater. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
that develop and implement local
policy. Brown says he intends to
change all of that. His inclusive
nature has won fans on both sides
of the political isle as he ramps up
for the mayor's seat. And as
impressive as his efforts have been
to this point, Brown has been
somewhat masterful in his
approach to unify the county that
helped elect Rick Scott as its cur-
And just as we're all ready to
hold hands around City Hall and
sing Kumbaya, Brown must
remember that the power he is
about to assume is being wrestled
away from Republican control
kicking and screaming. Brown
must also give thought to the fact
that some are almost giddy at the
prospect that a Democrat is inherit-
ing Jacksonville's fiscal mess at a
2006. The Arizona Cardinals were
beating the snot out of the Chicago
Bears by 20 points. For three-quar-
ters of the game the Cardinals
could do no wrong against the
Bears. The balance of power was
shifting to a team that hadn't
enjoyed success in some time. All
of a sudden the bottom fell out. The
Bears found a weakness in the
Cardinals' mental will to win and
exploited it over and over and over
again. In a very short period of time
what once looked like a sure
Cardinals' victory turned into a
calamity that ended in a heartbreak-
After the game, Cardinals head
coach Dennis Green threw a his-
toric tantrum during his post game
"The Bears are who we thought
they were!" Green yelled. "And we
bridge that gap of understanding
and trust. Much like President
Obama in 2008, mayor-elect
Brown had the right message and
strategy to appeal to those who love
this city and want progress.
The Brown campaign didn't get
trapped like other Democrats were
in 2010. Whether it was the federal,
state or local level many Democrats
had no real message. Most
Democratic candidates were on the
defensive most of their campaigns
- defending health care reform, the
deficit and the stimulus.
The mayor-elect had a clear plat-
form that was centered on key
issues that resonate with most resi-
dents of our city -job creation, no
new taxes and education. In
essence, it was a somewhat conser-
vative, but progressive message at
the same time.
Again, that is the beauty of poli-
tics. It is a fluid, ever changing
substance that is often hard to
Brown's election was historic for
Jacksonville, but it should also
send a message to Republicans.
The extreme right wing of the party
can no longer steer the ship. Most
voters are moderate with many
small issues separating us.
Independent voters certainly can't
be won over by the extreme left or
right. Hopefully, we are starting to
see the end of tea party politics.
Abraham Lincoln said it best,
"You may fool all the people some
of the time, you can even fool some
of the people all of the time, but
you cannot fool all of the people all
Mayor-elect Brown was not only
the right man at the right time, but
he was the right man with the right
This week our new mayor takes
office and despite facing a substan-
tial budget deficit and a handful of
other issues, he has the experience,
intelligence and "swag" to do a
Signing off from City Hall,
A broader perspective of our social construct.
let 'em off the hook!"
Green's tirade was meant to illus-
trate how the Cardinals, as a team,
recognized the obvious flaws of the
Bears and their failure to capitalize
on that knowledge. The Cardinals
took their short-term success for
granted and let the opponent gain
enough momentum to overtake
And just like the Bears, Brown's
political opponents are out there
waiting for him to show the first
moment of weakness so that the
previous practices of exclusion and
narrow policy development can be
If they are who we think they are,
that means diehard Republicans
haven't forgotten May 17 and the
bitter feeling of that stolen
moment. Looking back, it was a
fairly eventless transition from a
shocking victory to mended fences.
I'm not advocating that Brown
should ostracize Republicans from
his administration's efforts to put
Jacksonville on the map. That has
been a practice long held by
Republicans that has only proved to
silo this community almost to the
point of being the laughing stock of
Florida's metro cities. And while
Jacksonville is looking to grow its
image as well as economic prosper-
ity, the practices of good old boy
exclusion cannot be tolerated.
However, since they are who we
think they are, we know that in a
minute they will be looking for that
opening that will cause irreversible
calamities to Brown's efforts. The
endeavor of changing the momen-
tum and shifting the balance of
power to a more liberal approach of
governing and inclusion could be
harmed if Brown isn't careful about
They are who we think they are.
The same people who think invest-
ing in prevention and improving
the quality of life is not a wise con-
cept. For the past eight years they
have rolled to dice on our future in'
hopes that we could avoid the dis-
asters that neglect ignite. Well, that
didn't happen. And now that the
public has awakened from the
nightmare of "it's all about my tax
dollars," Jacksonville can now get
on with the business of focusing on
an improved quality of life.
Something cities with less, enjoy
So, Mayor Brown, please
remember they are who we think
they are. Please don't let them off
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Blacks and Toyota .
A scrap has broken out between the world's largest *
automobile manufacturer and the Black Press of Sk"-
America. The Black publishers' issues involve "race,
respect and reciprocity." Earlier this year, Toyota ran a
series of full-page "Thank you" adverts targeted to its
American consumers, but those messages only ran in
mainstream newspapers and not in any of the nation's Black newspapers.
The Black Press of America has embarked upon a campaign to get com-
panies that sell to Black American consumers to recognize the value of
using their publications as advertising mediums. To sell automotive adver-
tisers on using their publications will involve the publishers getting meas-
urable support from their readers. According to automotive marketing
research data; Black consumers are 10 percent of Toyota's American mar-
ket share and 15 out of every 100 vehicles that Blacks buy is a Toyota.
the conversation the Bla6k publishers want to have with Toyota man-
agement revolves around recognition and reciprocity. New York Beacon
publisher Walter Smith accuses Toyota of "a long history of insulting and
ignoring African Americans." Those publishers say "Black Americans rep-
resent a multi-billion dollar market, automotive manufacturers should
want to retain" and that their newspapers represent a way to reach these
Toyota is already reaching many Black consumers. In 2010, Toyota
brands accounted for 15 percent of all new car sales to African Americans.
After Toyota, Blacks bought Fords second, 11.7 percent; followed by
Chevrolet, 11.4 percent; Honda 11.3 percent; and Nissan, 10.2 percent.
Though these automobile manufacturers captured nearly 60 percent of
African Americans' vehicle purchases; media operators such as Smith con-
tend that it's "a struggle to convince advertisers that the Black community
is worth their money." It's important to do the math: last year, Toyota
made $2.2 billion from Black Americans' purchases of their vehicles, but
Toyota only paid Black advertisers $66 million to promote their products.
What is happening in regard to "Diversity Marketing" at Toyota and
across the automotive industry? The boon Black media operators enjoyed
from "Diversity Marketing" programs that car companies used to reach
new audiences in the 1980s- 2000s are definitely on the wane. Over the
past 50 years, the importance of Blacks as consumers increased. Auto
makers poured substantial money into diversity programs and hired agen-
cies and specialists to market their products to Blacks.
The National Association of Market Developers, Inc. (NAMD) was cre-
ated in 1953 to design and implement specialized marketing and public
relations programs toward Negro consumers. From the 1940s to the
1980s, companies began to bring their full marketing strategies to bear
upon gaining acceptance and marketplace advantage with the African-
American market. More companies began to place advertisements in
Black media. Pat Tobin became a fixture at Black conventions and events
representing Toyota after the 1987 comments made by Japanese Prime
Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone that disparaged African Americans. Tobin
worked on brand building, community relations and publicizing Toyota in
ethnic communities for more than 20 years. Someone like Tobin is need-
ed again to educate the company and its culture on ways to reach and
respect Black audiences.
"What we see today is that minority-owned media firms do not receive
a fair share of corporate and governmental advertising expenditures,"
that's what the Reverend Al Sharpton said when he formed the Madison
Avenue Initiative. It's a subject Black publishers aren't alone in singing.
Sharpton and other civil rights leaders have been pushing companies to
make advertising purchases equaling the level of minority customer
patronage of their products. Toyota and other automotive manufacturers
would do well to use Black media specialists to reach African-American
consumers with language and content that resonates among them.
According to Advertising Age, ad spending on African-American media
remains about $75 million versus almost $10 billion for advertising in
mainstream media. It is hopeful that respectful and earnest negotiations
between the Black publishers and Toyota will produce an agreement that
can serve as a standard for the industry.
Black newspaper operators need to hear from allies of every race on this
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1 McCray Family Reunion include .
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Gullah Geechee laud community
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On Saturday June 25th The
Jacksonville Gullah Geechee
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Levi Wilcox with the prestigious
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Hampton's fight for desegregation
has made Jacksonville a better
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Keynote speaker Clarence Bostick
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- together and have privately discussed their
disagreements, NNPA members were con-
cerned that the personalities of the leaders
were overshadowing the issues that needed
to be addressed.
It was a concern that Sharpton addressed
"I want to get (something) out of the way
early," said Sharpton, leader of the National
Action Network. "Folks have been saying
that Cornel West and I are going to have a
'showdown' today." If you're looking for a
circus "there's a Chicago zoo," he said.
The two men sat at a table with Martin
Luther King III, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, and
wife Rev. Marcia Dyson, Dr. Maulana
Divas on the beach" Patricia Shell McCray, Patricia Ward Medlock,
Bonita McCray Williams, Lorraine Ward Tolbert, Rosalyn Ward
Sumter, Latrice Murphy, Yolanda McCray, Danielle McCray, Lisa
The Kelly-Ward-McCray recently held their first three family reunion
funday at Little Talbot Island. Family members from as far away as
Virginia, South Florida, Michigan, and Georgia joined in the fun. Johnny
McCray, president of the reunion committee, had been planning the soiree
for two years. Activities consisted of a picnic at Lonnie Miller Park, a
Sunday morning family worship at New Redeem Missionary Baptist
Church and dinner at Golden Corral.
Karenga, and Rev. Ben Chavis, embracing as
they talked about their 30 years of activism
During a point-counterpoint discussion
coated with laughter, the men talked about an
"inside, outside" strategy that can elevate
issues of concern to Blacks and the poor
without the distractions that media outlets
and gossip bloggers can manipulate.
West, a professor at Princeton University,
encouraged Rev. Sharpton to use his access
to the White House to raise critical issues of
Black unemployment, the homeless, inade-
quate health care and the needs of America's
children. Sharpton reminded West that he's
been at the forefront of those issues and chal-
lenged the Black press to maintain its posi-
tion as an advocate for justice.
The controversy erupted after a television
panel discussion about the Black agenda fea-
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Forest, Cheryna Whetstone, Mercedes Parker, Jacksonville City
Council Warren Jones, Tyler Wright, John Kelly, Officer J.J.Edwards
Summer Night Lights reopens
The City of Jacksonville recently reopened their Summei Night Lights
(JaxSNL) series. This is the second summer for the anti-violence program
that targets at-risk youth. This year, it will be offered in eight neighbor-
hoods designated as high crime areas by The Jacksonville Journey. The
program will run eight consecutive Friday and Saturday nights that kicked
off June 24th. SNL's mission is to provide a safe place for teens and fam-
ilies and have a positive
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turning Sharpton, West and several others.
That show ended with raised voices about
the president's focus, or lack thereof, on
"The mainstream media has played up a lot
of strife and exploited Rev. Sharpton and
Prof. West and used their disagreement for
their own purposes," said outgoing NNPA
chairman Danny Bakewell. "We wanted to
have a discussion in an environment where
we would print (a firsthand account) from
our own perspective."
NNPA members overwhelmingly expressed
support for President Obama, even as they
listed issues of concern to Blacks and their
objection to the U.S.-led wars in Iraq,
Afghanistan and Libya. Many were hopeful
of a second term for the president, who they
believe would push more forcefully against
the ruling elite as a lame duck.
impact on the reduction of violent crimes in
However, if Blacks are debating who is
right-Sharpton or West-and taking sides,
then it doesn't help Black America raise
issues now where the president or Congress
will be responsive, NNPA members said
"The question is not is President Obama
doing enough," said Dr. Karenga, a Los
Angeles-based cultural activist who estab-
lished the Kwanzaa holiday. "The question
becomes, is what (Obama) is doing con-
tributing to confronting and solving these
No person is immune from criticism, he
said. Since Whites have constructed an
oppressive system where they dominate in
wealth, power and status, Blacks must focus
on changing the system, not on personalities,
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programs with far-reaching impact.
Challenged and nurtured by their
coaches and supported by the
community, Jacksonville athletes
not only went on to fill the ranks of
college and professional teams, but
also became leaders in the fields of
and countless other professions.
This proud heritage and the spirit
of conquering adversity must never
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"Evening Wrapped In Praise & COGIC Bishop J.O. Patterson Jr., first
Worship" with Tarra F. Jones
Wrapped In Worship Publishing & The Integrity Solution announces the
debut CD release concert of Tarra F. Jones on Friday, July 8, 2011 at Truth
For Living Ministries, located 159 Clark Road, at 7:00 p.m..
"Wrapped In Worship.The Prelude" is a collection of anointed praise and
worship songs that is best described as an awe-inspiring, soulful sounding,
lyrical masterpiece that offers songs of joy, faith and encouragement.
This project was birthed from pain, pressure, sacrifice and the yearning to
have an increased level of pure worship. Each song will catapult you into a
refreshing place in the presence of God. Tarra brings high energy with the
opening song "Secret Place" yet she also gives you some traditional, soul-
stirring, gut-wrenching church. For more information contact Kishia
Kimbrough at (904) 772-1490. The event is FREE and open to the public.
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.
Three day revival at
Mt. Moriah Missionary
Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, under the direction
of Dr. Percy Jackson, Sr., Pastor, will present a three Night Revival June
29, 30 and July 1, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. nightly.
Guest speaker Bishop L.W. Bolton Jr. Pastor of It Is Written Evangelist
Baptist Church Center Ministries, Kansas City, MO and Atlanta, Ga.
Bishop Bolton is not only an anointed and dynamic preacher, but also a
powerful gospel singer of The Bolton Brothers.
Come hear this awesome man of God" For more information, call the at
(904) 475-0141 or Pastor Jackson at (904) 318-7314. The church is located
at 1953 West 19th Street.
Black Ma or of Memphis dies at 76
Bishop Patterson also served as a
delegate to the Tennessee
Constitutional Convention and the
Democratic National Convention in
1972, 1976 and 1980.
The Patterson family has long
been a presence in the religious,
political and commercial landscape
of Memphis, beginning with the
founding of the Church of God in
Christ by Bishop Patterson's grand-
father, Bishop Charles Harrison
Mason. His father, J.O. Patterson
Sr., became the first international
presiding bishop of the church and
Bishop Patterson himself served as
bishop and was chairman of the
General Assembly for more than 10
Before entering politics, Bishop
Patterson practiced law in Memphis
after earning a law degree in 1963
from DePaul University in Chicago.
However, he encountered numerous
racial barriers to his law practice
and eventually decided to try his
hand at state and local politics
"He was motivated by law but he
found out later the importance of
politics and that's why he continued
to run," Lowery said.
Bishop Patterson served one term
as a state representative and two as a
state senator. He also sat on the
Memphis City Council for five
terms, during which time he acted as
Bishop J.O. Patterson
MEMPHIS, Tenn. Bishop J.O.
Patterson Jr., the prominent politi-
cian and clergyman who became the
first African-American to occupy
the office of mayor of Memphis, has
passed at the age of 76.
He was appointed interim mayor
in 1982 after Wyeth Chandler
stepped down to become a Circuit
Court judge. He served as mayor for
20 days, making several high-pro-
file appointments and key decisions
during the brief stint.
Bishop Patterson was born on
May 28, 1935, and graduated with a
B.A. in business administration
from Fisk University in Nashville in
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He proved himself to be "a wise
and faithful chairman, who served
in one of the highest offices of the
Church of God in Christ," according
to Presiding Bishop Charles E.
"This is certainly a great loss to
us," said Jurisdictional Bishop
Brandon B. Porter. "He made such a
tremendous contribution to the
church. With both his business
savvy and political savvy, he was
able to bridge some gaps between
the church and the community."
He eventually became the presi-
dent of the funeral home founded by
his father in 1939, J.O. Patterson
FINALLY: Prominent Pastor Bishop Paul
S. Morton speaks out against Eddie Long
In what appears to be an unprece-
dented gesture, Bishop Paul S.
Morton, founder of the Full Gospel
Baptist Church Fellowship
(FGBCF) that ordained Eddie Long
as a bishop, has openly rebuked him
for remaining completely mum after
settling a sexual coercion scandal
involving four young men from his
church, New Birth Cathedral (New
Birth) in Georgia.
To date Long, who is under a gag
order, has not so much as offered
parishioners, the community or the
Full Gospel Baptist Church
Fellowship an acknowledgement,
apology or admission of innocence
or guilt about the allegedly licen-
An audio recording of Morton
addressing the matter in a Father's
Day message appears on YouTube.
Indicating Long stopped returning
his phone calls, Morton said in the
"Tell me something ... those that
have stood with you. Tell us some-
thing. Tell your church something.
We all make mistakes and come
short of the glory of God, but tell us
something ... I know there's a gag
order, but you can apologize. "
Morton rebuked Long and said
the embattled pastor must repent if
he wants forgiveness, based on the
authority of scripture (Luke 17: 3-
"I can't forgive somebody that
does not repent," said Morton, pas-
tor of Greater St. Stephens FGBCF
in New Orleans.
Reportedly members are leaving
New Birth in droves. Bishop
Morton understandably wants the
pastor he promoted to Bishop to
take responsibility for the fall out.
Despite the public outrage over
the case, this may be the first time
since the ordeal surfaced last
September that a senior church
leader has publicly called for
accountability and outright decried
Long's nonchalance. In fact, shortly
after the settlement, friend and fel-
low Georgia-based pastor Creflo
Dollar declared his support for
Long and urged members who
left New Birth to return
because as Dollar put it,
Long is "still anoint-
In contrast, politi-
cians had a ready
answer when the .
sex scandal bug
struck now for-
m e r
leagues did not
more than an apol-
ogy, but a resigna-
By the same token,
in 2006 church over-
seers insisted that Pastor
Tedd Haggard leave New Life
Church in Colorado Springs, CO
amid allegations of a gay tryst.
We do not know if other clergy
have asked Bishop Long to step
down, but considering the swift
intervention of peers in similar
cases, the legnth of time it has taken
for an authority figure in the chruch
to address the moral and spiritual
aspect of this scandal is unusual.
This lag may be a sign that "The
Black Church" at large lacks a sys-
tem of restoration protocol or cor-
rective actions for recalcitrant lead-
At last, Bishop Morton has made
his position known formally and is
asking Long to face the conse-
quences of the allegations.
Sounding flustered, Morton con-
"The settlement has already been
made. They can't sue you again.
Some people are gonna stay with
you some people are going to leave,
but you gotta leave that up to God.
Those are the consequences for the
sins that we do."
For those who are saying Long's
actions are a blow to the "Body of
Christ" Morton's reproof has been a
long time coming, but better late
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Joyce Lawson's 80th
Granddaughter Rebecca Lawson; nephew George Gamble; cousins
Deborah and Mitchell Harris from Troy, Michigan; son Douglas
Lawson; the honoree; husband Edwin "Butch" Lawson; cousin Jane
Logan from Chicago; cousins Gary and Carol Hammond from
Sister Edyal Alexander, Aunt Pearl Mackey, sister Francina Gamble,
husband Edwin Lawson, the honoree and sister Marguerite Warren.
by Trymaine Lee
Republican presidential hopeful
Newt Gingrich has joined other
conservatives in using high unem-
ployment rates among African-
Americans as a bid against
President Obama, saying that the
president has performed so poorly
that blacks will vote Republican in
"No administration in modem
times has failed younger blacks
more than the Obama administra-
tion," said Gingrich during the
keynote speech at the Maryland
GOP's annual Red, White & Blue
banquet in Baltimore.
Gingrich cited high unemploy-
ment rates among African-
American teenagers and said that
the black vote is ripe for the pick-
"Think of the social catastrophe of
41% of a community not being able
to find a job. But we have to have
the courage to walk into that neigh-
borhood, to talk to that preacher, to
visit that small business, to talk to
that mother. And we have to have a
convincing case that we actually
know how to create jobs," he said,
as reported on talking-
pointsmemo.com. "The morning
they believe that, you're going to
see margins in percent you never
dreamed of decide there's a better
future," Gingrich said. "It takes
courage, it takes hard work, it takes
discipline and it's doable."
Gingrich stepped in it earlier by
calling Obama "the food stamp
president," but said that if elected
he would be a "paycheck presi-
dent." Gingrich, a former Speaker
of the House, invoked the phrase
again during Thursday's speech,
adding a bit of nuance, suggesting
that blacks might have a come-to-
Jesus moment this election and dis-
tance themselves from the presi-
"I will bet you there is not a single
precinct in this state in which the
majority will pick for their children
food stamps over paychecks," he
Gingrich's remarks ring similar to
those of Rep. Michele Bachmann,
who is also running for the
Republican presidential nomination
and told a group at the Republican
Leadership Conference in New
Orleans last week that Obama "has
failed the African-American com-
munity" for not doing more to bol-
ster employment rates.
Gingrich has a long history of
making what some have seen as
patronizing, bigoted or outright
racists remarks about minorities,
women and the LGBT
An article last year on
cled what it called "Newt
Gingrich's history of big-
oted remarks," from over
Here's just a taste:
In August Gingrich
compared the proposed
Islamic center near
Ground Zero to Nazis
erecting a sign near the
Holocaust Museum or a
Japanese memorial near
In 2007 he said that bilingual edu-
cation teaches "the language of liv-
ing in a ghetto."
And in 1995 he said that women
were not fit for front line combat in
the trenches because "they get
One of the more offensive of
Gingrich's comments came in a
1994 interview with The New York
Times, in which he proposed that
the government should abandon
giving poor young mothers welfare
and instead start building more
And during a radio show earlier
this week with host Laura
Ingraham, Gingrich criticized First
Lady Michelle Obama's trip to
Africa, again invoking black unem-
"Well you know when you had
45% African-American teenage
unemployment in January in the
United States, it would have been
nice for the president to have
focused on bringing that hope and
optimism to young Americans as
well as young Africans."
Annetta Walker pays tribute to the honoree, with the honoree's son
Doug Lawson (left), the honoree's sisters Francina Gamble, Gwen
Baker, Edyal Alexander and brother-in-law Ellsworth Alexander.
Cheryl Riddick, Alice and Louis Venson.
Deborah and Frank Perron.
by M. Latimer
This past Saturday, one of
Jacksonville's longtime educators
and community leaders, Barbara
Joyce Lawson, celebrated her 80th
birthday with a lavish gathering of
about 150 family and friends.
Held at Woodlawn Presbyterian
Church, the event featured a catered
buffet, live band, soloist, liturgical
dancer, and a video of her life titled
Guests from around the country
traveled to honor Lawson through
reflections on her life and the con-
tributions she has made her trade-
mark on the lives of people on the
Lifelong friends Annetta Walker
and Johnestine Young-Daigeau
made touching tributes to the hon-
oree, sharing the important role
Lawson played in both their lives.
Attendees included her fellow
members of the Stanton Class of
1948, Hampton University alumni,
Jack and Jill, The Links,
Incorporated, and the Presbyterian
Following the birthday celebra-
tion, festivities continued for out-
of-town guests with a visit to
Lawson's second home on historic
"I am tremendously humbled, first
of all, by God's permitting me to
live to help my family and others,"
said Lawson. "My humble back-
ground and losing my parents early
helped me to develop a great love
for my fellow man. This weekend
was a wonderful celebration of
Gingrich: Obama "The Food Stamp
President" and Blacks to switch sides
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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 through 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 purchase tick-
ets or call the box office today at
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-
Free Bebe and Cece
Councilwoman Kimberly Daniels
is hosting the Community Unity
Rally Event (C.U.R.E.). The theme
is "Unity is the C.U.R.E." It will be
held Friday, July 1st at the
Jacksonville Landing in Downtown
Jacksonville. Showtime is 7 p.m.
for Gospel headliners Bebe and
CeCe Winans. Call Glorious
Johnson at 962-4412 for more
Free entry to
On July 2 & 3, 2011 through
Museums on Us, Bank of America
is helping its customers kick-off
their summer with a cultural adven-
ture. Bank cardholders receive free
admission to the Museum of
Contemporary Art Jacksonville and
The Museum of Science and
History, both in downtown
Jacksonville. For more information,
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.
From a cadre of professionals to a
major investment in technology, the
Diabetico International Clinic at
Deen Wellness Center offers pro-
grams in weight loss, drugless pain
management, diabetic, cardiac
rehab and telemedicine. It will open
to the community on Saturday,
July 9th at 10 a.m. with Sen Tony
Hill cutting the ribbon. There will
be food, fun, and door prizes. Visit
the the Center at 5290-4 Norwood
Avenue or call 904-765-6002.
Audition for a play
Limelight Theatre will hold audi-
tions for their next show, "A Funny
Thing Happened on the Way to the
Forum", Sunday, July 10th from
6 9 p.m. Auditioners are asked to
arrive 30 minutes in advance to fill
out audition forms and warm up.
The Theatre is located at 11 Old
Mission Avenue, St. Augustine
32084 or contact (904) 825-1164.
Tommy Davidson at
Comedian Tormny Davidson will
be headlining at the Jacksonville
Comedy Zone, July 14-17th.
Davidson, is best known as one of
the original stars of the hit televi-
sion show In Living Color. His tal-
ent ranges from stand-up to feature
films acting. For tickets and reser-
vations call 904.292.4242. The
Comedy Zone is located inside the
Ramada Inn/mandarin, 3130
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, con-
tact Stage Aurora at (904) 765-
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 to
9 p.m. at the Omni Hotel. Guests
will enjoy more than 100 varieties
of wine and beer, gourmet hors
d'oeuvres and desserts. Silent and
live auctions will feature fabulous
items. Tickets are available at
www.jaxhumane.org or or call
Michelle Gilliam at -725-8766.
Channel 7 Symposium
The Annual WJCT Women's
Health symposium is scheduled for
Saturday, August 20th from 7:30
a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hyatt
Regency Riverfront. The full day
event will feature speakers, break-
out sessions with local health and
wellness experts, free health screen-
ings, continental breakfast, catered
lunch and more. For tickets visit
www.wjct.org or call 549-2938.
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 available.
Kuumba Festival wants your old
newspapers for fund raising efforts
The Kuumba African-American Arts Festival is raising funds by recy-
cling your old papers. Bring your newspapers to their special recycling bin
located at the WinnDixie on Moncrief and Soutel.
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NC forced sterilization victims voice grief, pain
by T. Breen (AP)
RALEIGH, N.C. There is noth-
ing the state of North Carolina can
do, Elaine Riddick says, to make up
for forcing her to be sterilized when
she was 14 years old.
"They cut me open like I was a
hog," the woman who now lives in
Atlanta said at a Wednesday hear-
ing in Raleigh held by a panel
working to determine compensation
for thousands of victims of the
state's defunct eugenics program.
"My heart bleeds every single day.
I'm crushed. What can they do for
Riddick, 57, was one of 13 people
who spoke at the meeting, and one
of nearly 3,000 living victims of the
program, which was shuttered in
1977, three years after the last ster-
Above, Elaine Riddick, right, is comforted by her son Tony Riddick
as she testifies before the Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation
task force compensation hearing in Raleigh, N.C., last week. Victims
of a state-sponsored sterilization program and their family members
S are urging a governor-appointed task force to recommend financial
compensation for the suffering they endured under North Carolina's
discontinued eugenics program. Shown left, Delores Marks holds a
photograph of her mother, Margaret Helen Cheek, far left, at her
ilization was performed. The public
hearing is part of a process unprece-
dented not just in North Carolina,
but nationally. About a half dozen
other states have joined North
Carolina in apologizing for past
eugenics programs, but none of the
others have put together a plan to
compensate victims of involuntary
"It's hard for me to accept or
understand or even try to figure out
why these kinds of atrocious acts
could be carried out in this coun-
try," said Gov. Beverly Perdue, who
appointed the Eugenics Task Force
that convened Wednesday's hear-
Any plan that involves financial
compensation will be a hard sell,
though, in a year when the state
budget includes deep cuts to numer-
ous programs. The General
Assembly passed the $19.7 billion
.spending plan over Perdue's veto.
Bills in the legislature aimed at pro-
viding specific financial and med-
ical compensation for victims have
"We've made some baby steps,
but as we get closer to the big one,
there's some pushback," said state
Rep. Larry Womble, D-Forsyth, the
lawmaker who's been most active
on the issue.
Womble initially sought pay-
ments of $50,000 for each victim,
but said the state Industrial
Commission, which pays claims
from lawsuits and other matters,
suggested $20,000 as a more realis-
tic figure. The task force hasn't yet
settled on an amount or type of
compensation to recommend. It's
scheduled to send a draft report to
Perdue by Aug. 1.
The possibility that the state
would only offer symbolic or low-
stakes compensation .rankled some
victims and their family members.
"It's still being said to my mother
47 years later," said Deborah
Chesson, whose mother was steril-
ized in the 1960s after giving birth,
and who was too ill to travel to the
hearing. "You are still saying that
she means nothing."
Some victims expressed a raw
anger that hasn't lessened over the
decades, while others voiced regret
that a procedure done to them as
adolescents shaped the rest of their
"That's the only thing I hated
about being operated on, 'cause I
couldn't have kids," said Willis
Lynch, 77, who was sterilized at 14.
Lela Dunston was sterilized after
giving birth to a son at 13. She
wanted to have daughters one day,
and mourns her inability to have
children with her husband.
"They did away with me," she
said. "I can't have no babies."
About 7,600 people were steril-
ized under North Carolina's eugen-
ics program. Roughly 85 percent of
home in Durham, N.C.
the victims were women or girls.
Unlike most states, North Carolina
ramped up its sterilizations after
World War II, despite associations
between eugenics and Nazi
Germany, which took eugenics to
even more horrifying lengths.
Around 70 percent of all North
Carolina's sterilizations were per-
formed after the war, peaking in the
1950s, according to state records.
In 2002, then-Gov. Mike Easley
formally apologized for the pro-
Nationwide, there were more
than 60,000 known victims of ster-
ilization programs, with perhaps
another 40,000 sterilized through
"unofficial" channels like hospitals
or local health departments working
on their own initiative. Eugenics
was aimed at creating a better soci-
ety by filtering out people consid-
ered undesirable, ranging from
criminals to those imprecisely des-
ignated as "feeble-minded."
People as young as 10 in North
Carolina were sterilized for not get-
ting along with schoolmates, being
promiscuous or running afoul of
local social workers or doctors. The
state's law, which allowed such pro-
fessionals to refer people to the
state Eugenics Board for steriliza-
tion, was more open-ended than
similar statutes in other states,
The James Weldon Johnson Branch of the
Association for the stuay of African
American life and History (ASALH)
is sponsoring a bus tour to the
MLK Memorial Dedication
Ceremony in Washington, D.C.,
August 27 -29, 2011
Trip cost includes hotel, breakfast, transportation
on motor coach, admission to historical sites for
tour and bus refreshments.
For more information, call 551-0372
where people had to be jailed or
institutionalized before they could
"Where did all this come from?
This came from doctors, medical
practitioners, professors, not guys
in pickup trucks wearing white
sheets," said Edwin Black, author
of the eugenics history "War
Against the Weak."
Black said financial compensa-
tion alone won't address the scope
of the wrongdoing. He said states
where sterilization took place
should also make additions to
school curricula and erect public
monuments to acknowledge what
"You can't just write a check, you
have to right the wrong," he said.
Victims who spoke at the hearing
said they were glad the process that
began with Easley's apology has
enabled them to learn they weren't
"I thank God I'm still alive so I
could get up here and tell this
story," Dunston said. "They did this
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Everyone knows you have to cut back on or eliminate certain
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But there are also foods that can help with managing type 2 dia-
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\/ hurt, then you have a headache. But there are
three types of headaches that you could endure.
Although a bad migraine might make you wish
'-- -- for the end of everything, headaches are not usu-
ally life threatening. However, a severe headache can signal something
much more serious, requiring emergency attention such as stroke,
aneurysm, and meningitis. These are not terribly common, but it's worth
watching for a headache that feels markedly different from normal-
even if normal is agonizing. Signs to watch for:
*A stiff neck and fever. This could be a sign of meningitis, an inflam-
mation of the membranes surrounding the central nervous system,
which can quickly become critical.
*Severe nausea or vomiting and any neuro-deficit (such as difficulty
speaking or walking), which could be signs of a hemorrhagic stroke.
*A headache that's far worse than anything you've ever had. "The
thing we're taught to look for is someone claiming to have 'the worst
headache of their life,'" says Adam Wilkes, MD, an ER specialist at
Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pa. "It may mean that they have an
aneurysm in the brain that has begun to leak a little blood, but could turn
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Douglas Anderson graduates headlin-
ing Hong Kong Casino- Jacksonville's talented youth
are showing the world what they've got. This summer, former members of
local youth jazz band, P.M. Experience, currently on sabbatical from
FAMU's music program, are in China headlining at the Shangri-La Macau
Casino. The quartet performs to sell out crowds nightly and have already
been invited back for another season in the orient.
Byron Allen launching new HDTV
channel for Black audiences
Entertainment Studios, the company owned by Byron Allen, has
announced that is will launch a new high-definition channel early next year
with programming intended for an African-American audience. Legacy
TV, which has not yet made a deal with a TV or satellite provider for car-
riage, is expected to offer programs on black history and biographies of
"The mission of Legacy.TV is to celebrate African-American excellence
everywhere," said Allen, the former comedian who heads Entertainment
Studios. "Our goal and commitment is to make Legacy.TV an engaging
and compelling platform which communicates the entire African-
American journey. All content will be originally produced in-house to
insure the highest level of creative quality, as well as the ability to distrib-
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Just call him the comeback kid
You can call Chris Brown the
comeback kid, at least if his stand-
out performance and sweeping vic-
tory at the 2011 BET Awards is any
indication of the much-maligned
R&B star's buoyant popularity.
He was nominated for six awards
and took home four, including the
viewer's choice award. And he
killed it with a performance of his
hit "Look At Me Now" with Busta
What a difference a year makes.
At last years BET Awards he was
a snotty-nosed mess, weeping hys-
terically and unable to finish his
part in a Michael Jackson tribute. In
2009 he was nixed from the show -
- still too much lingering hate from
the Rihanna beating incident.
But last night Brown was in rare
form, generating nothing but love.
"All my fans are everything to
me," he said after taking the stage
to accept his first award of the
night. "I know it's been a long road.
I just appreciate every blessing
that's been put in front of me."
While Brown has rebounded in the
eyes of many fans and for a
moment, the court of public opin-
ion, he still seems to be struggling
to keep out of controversy.
Months ago he trashed a dressing
room at Good Morning America
after host Robin Roberts pressed
him about the whooping he gave
Rihanna and his path since.
And more recently the gay lobby
has attacked him after what many
perceived as an anti-gay slur when
he lashed out at paparazzi that he
believed called the police on him to
Soul Train headed to the Smithsonian
Jacqueline Trescott of the
Washington Post is reporting that
the National Museum of African
American History and Culture has
decided to collect items from Soul
Train, the "hippest trip in America."
For 37 years and more than 1,000
episodes, Soul Train spotlighted in
its signature dance line the latest
r born in
stop as the
of the time
The five donations include the
10-foot-long neon "Train" sign,
which was used from 1993 to 2006,
and signs from the program's
awards show in 2006 and 2007.
The acquisitions will be formally
announced on June 30 at a special
panel discussion and dance party,
beginning at the Smithsonian
Folklife Festival. This year's festi-
val will focus on the culture of
Colombia, the 50th anniversary of
the Peace Corps and R&B music.
The Soul Train events on the
National Mall include Kenard
Gibbs, the CEO of Soul Train
Holdings; Tony Cornelius, the son
of Don Cornelius; Nicholas Puzo, a
disc jockey and founder of
SoulTrainFans; and Questlove, a
disc jockey and drummer for the
Roots. Tuliza Fleming, the museum
curator who initiated the acquisi-
tion, will moderate the panel.
Tyrone Proctor, one of the original
Soul Train dancers, will also
demonstrate some dance moves and
host the party.
incite a reaction.
"Yall n**gas is weak. Did you all
call them to try and film me? Yall
n**gas is gay," Brown said, accord-
ing to reports and video taken at the
scene. He then took to twitter to
apologize to the gay community.
Some might be wondering how
Brown has managed to crawl back
from the bowels of public opinion
to the top of the game (and the
It's all about performance. He has
two songs in the top 10 on
Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop charts
and continues to deliver solid stage
The brazen and boastful "Look At
Me Now," featuring Busta Rhymes
and Lil Wayne speaks best to
Brown's post-scandal attitude, an
attitude that, paired with his
unquestioned talent as an entertain-
er, is the sure fire prescription to
"Look at me now," the chorus
goes, "I'm getting paper."
It's a page out of the R. Kelly book
In the shadow of pedophilia
rumors and an alleged sex-tape
with an underage girl, R. Kelly kept
pumping out hits. That's what mat-
ters to people. As long as the rela-
tionship between artist and audi-
ence is mutually beneficial, almost
any act short of murder, well, prob-
ably including murder if we're talk-
ing the rap game, can be forgiven.
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Live like a rock star Diddy puts NJ
mansion on the market for $13M Sean
"Diddy" Combs is selling his seven-bedroom
New Jersey mansion of seven years, the New
York Post is reporting.
The hip-hop mogul's 12,000-square-foot
Colonial-style home on the border of the exclu-
sive enclaves of Alpine and Closter hit the market
for $13.5 million, the broker for the listing con-
Combs paid $6 million in 2004 for the house for
himself, his then-longtime girlfriend, Kim Porter, S
and their son, Christian.
Porter and Combs, who had twin daughters together in 2006 and split in
2007, have been spending more time in Los Angeles, sources tell the news-
Alicia Keys is expanding her busi-
ness portfolio to include Broadway. -
The singer, whose hits include "Fallin"' and "A
Woman's Worth," will help produce Lydia R.
Diamond's play "Stick Fly" this fall.
V0 The work is a contemporary comedy of man-
L, ners revolving around an affluent black family
"S whose insecurities gradually reveal themselves
during a vacation to Martha's Vineyard.
"I'm passionate about this play because it is
so beautifully written and portrays black
America in a way that we don't often get to see
in entertainment," Keys said in a statement. "I know it will touch all audi-
ences who will find a piece of themselves somewhere inside this house."
It's set to begin performances at the Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street on
Nov. 18 and officially opens Dec. 8.
The director will be Kenny Leon, whose Broadway production of
"Fences" earned 10 Tony Award nominations. His other credits include "A
Raisin in the Sun" and "Radio Golf."
Diamond, a playwriting professor at Boston University, previously adapt-
ed Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye" for the stage and has written "Stage
Black" and "The Gift Horse."
Smiley to sit down with wrongly convicted
Tavis Smiley will sit down with four wrongfully-convicted men who,
despite their innocence, spent more than a combined 50 years in prison.
The conversation airs on the award-winning PBS program Tavis Smiley,
on public television Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1, 2011.
Recorded during Rainbow/PUSH Coalition's 40th anniversary confer-
ence, Smiley is also joined by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson. Jackson and
others have been working to address social injustices around the country.
A recent study by the Better Government Association, finds that 85 peo-
ple wrongfully convicted in Illinois spent a total of 926 years in prison.
These 85 wrongful convictions cost Illinois' taxpayers 214 million dollars.
Smiley talks with four men who are a part of those statistics:
To learn more about the four men and the Illinois' Innocence Project,
Oakland transit authority to pay $1.3M for taped murder t A, 3,'
OAKLAND, Calif. A San
Francisco Bay area transit agency
has agreed to pay $1.3 million to
the mother of a 22-year-old
unarmed man who was fatally shot
by a white transit officer in 2009.
The settlement between Bay Area
Rapid Transit and Wanda Johnson
resolves a $50 million wrongful
death and civil rights suit filed in
LIFT THEM UP: New Creation honors their
own Young Darius Williams, a student at North Florida Education
Institute, received an Award of Excellence from his Pastor Lena
Thompson of the New Creation Church. Shown above is his proud
mother Teresa Damon, Darius and his brother Tyree Damon. Darius was
lauded for a consistent grade point average of 3.85 and will head to the
8th grade where his goals are to complete his studies, prepare for high
school, then head to college to study theology and business.
federal court by Grant's family.
"No amount of money could
replace Oscar. Not one dollar or
$100 million," said Johnson during
a news conference in Oakland. "My
heart feels broken for the loss of my
"It didn't have to be this way."
Former BART officer Johannes
Mehserle, 29, was convicted last
year of involuntary manslaughter
for fatally shooting Grant on an
Oakland train station platform on
New Year's Day in 2009.
Mehserle was released this month
after serving one year in Los
Angeles jail after his high-profile
trial was moved to Southern
The shooting was recorded by
bystanders and within hours videos
of the incident were posted online
showing Mehserle firing a bullet
into the back of Grant as he lay face
down after being pulled off a train,
supposedly for fighting.
The videos were subsequently
used as evidence during Mehserle's
murder trial, further stoking the
racial tensions brought on by the
Mehserle tearfully testified that
tearfully testified that he meant to
use his stun gun instead of his .40-
But the shooting continued to
spark debate and protests that on
occasion turned violent. Last fall,
more than 150 people were arrested
in Oakland hours after Mehserle's
sentencing. The most recent protest
was a peaceful march to downtown
Oakland a day ahead of Mehserle's
June 13 release. Only one arrest
was made at that rally.
Dale Allen, an attorney for BART,
said the settlement was reached
after both sides met multiple times.
Venus and Serena Williams
Richard Williams blames daughters'
double Wimbledon loss on technique
WIMBLEDON Venus and Serena's father, Richard Williams blames
the sisters double outing at this year's Wimbledon tournament on their lack
of technique. Both Williams sisters, who have won nine of the last 11 titles
at Wimbledon, returned to the court after grave injuries, however, their
coach and father does not theorize that to be the cause of defeat in London.
"There's a time when they were sick and hurting," Richard Williams
said. "That wasn't the problem. The problem was technique. They have to
decide whether they're really ready to play every ball or whether they're
going to be out there reaching for it.
Williams' comments come after both tennis stars were ejected from
Wimbledon after devastating fourth-round losses. Serena lost 6-3, 7-6 (6)
to the ninth seed Marion Bartoli, while Venus lost miserably to Tsvetana
Pironkova, 6-2, 6-3.
HBCU Presidents meet in Atlanta to discuss strategies and financial crisis
As American colleges and univer-
sities gear up to meet a presidential
goal to deepen the nation's pool of
college grads, historically black
institutions face extra pressure from
threats to the financial support that
many of their students depend on,
the presidents of some colleges said
at the meeting.
About 100 presidents of histori-
cally black colleges are meeting in
Atlanta and will discuss their role in
President Barack Obama's call for
America to have the highest propor-
tion of college graduates in the
world by 2020.
Meanwhile, Pell Grants are under
fire as some members of Congress
look at cutting such programs to
trim the budget. Many minority stu-
dents depend on the needs-based
grants to stay in school.
To meet the president's goal, John
Wilson, executive director of the
White House Initiative on
Historically Black Colleges and
Universities, says the country will
need to produce about 8 million
more graduates 2 million of whom
need to be African-American, and
200,000 from historically black col-
"HBCUs and their productivity
are built into the way we see this
problem being solved," Wilson
said. "That means we have to go
from about 36,000 graduates per
year to somewhere north of 50,000
a year. That is a big challenge."
Wilson said Obama is committed
to preserving the Pell Grant pro-
gram, which has grown from 6 mil-
lion recipients when he took office
to 9 million, and is expected to
reach 10 million by 2012. He point-
ed out that while the program chan-
Presidents from the nation's HBCU's are in Atlanta, Ga. this week to
strategize their future together with White House participation.
nels almost $1 billion into HBCUs
alone, far more white students
receive the grant.
"That is very significant," Wilson
said. "When you defend Pell,
you're defending America. This is a
national thing. If the others had suc-
ceeded in going back to 2008 lev-
els, it would've been immediately
Morgan State University
President David Wilson said he has
been talking with Maryland's con-
gressional delegation to address the
"If the Pell Grant is reduced in
the next budget a I can see where
our enrollment at Morgan could
very well suffer a huge decrease,"
said Wilson. He said 90 percent of
his students receive a form of finan-
cial aid. "On one hand, we have a
complete college America goal, and
on the other hand, we are talking
about not investing in those stu-
dents who would be critical in the
nation achieving that goal."
Kentucky State University
President Mary Evan Sias agreed.
"You shouldn't have to divide
and say access or success," she said.
"At a time when we need to be
graduating more students, we can't
afford to drop the amount of money
that we're giving those students."
Clark Atlanta University
President Carlton Brown said the
president's goal is realistic, but only
under certain conditions.
"We have to understand that there
has to be some investment in pre-
college education and a whole new
standard of outcomes," Brown said.
"It's possible, but we need the polit-
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