IFOREL Five major
Sof the Black
J.P. Morgan buys stake in Ebony/Jet
Ebony and Jet publisher Johnson Publishing has sold a minority stake
to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Johnson will put the fluds toward its growth
plan, including the development of an e-commerce business.
"J.P. Morgan Chase's investment in our firm is a logical outgrowth of
our outstanding relationship. It positions Johnson Publishing for contin-
ued growth as a family-owned publisher of the Black communities most-
trusted brands by providing financial resources to take our iconic Ebony
and Jet magazines to the next level and accelerate our growth strategy for
Fashion Fair Cosmetics," said Johnson publishing chairman Linda
Johnson Rice in a statement.
Johnson Publishing has endured significant losses in magazine circula-
tion and advertising revenue in recent years, as well as executive
turnover. Last June, Anne Sempowski Ward resigned as president and
COO while former White House press secretary (and Johnson consultant)
Desiree Rogers was named CEO. Johnson Rice, who previously served
as CEO, became chairman.
N.C. Mom charged with killing
daughter, selling her for drugs
Antoinette Davis, 27, has turned her-
self in to police in Fayetteville, North
Carolina. Davis has been charged
with first degree murder, taking inde-
cent liberties with a child, child
abuse, sexual servitude, rape of a
child, sexual offense of a child by an
adult offender, human trafficking,
and making a false police report.
Her bail is set at $1.5 million. There is no bail for the muriler charge.
The body of Davis' five-year-old daughter, Shaniya, was found on the
side of a road on November 16, 2009. The Fayetteville Observer reports
that Shaniya had been raped and strangled before her body was dumped.
It is also reported that Antoinette Davis allowed Mario Andrette McNeil,
31, to take her daughter as payment for a drug debt. McNeil was charged
with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder
and has been in jail since his arrest two years ago.
TSA African-American hair search
prompts racism accusation
A Seattle woman is crying "racism" after having her curly hair inspect-
ed by Transportation Security Administration officers after passing
through a security checkpoint at Sea-Tac International Airport.
Laura Adiele, who is of mixed race, filed a complaint against the TSA,
which has a stated policy of inspecting head coverings. She took to the
airwaves to tell to tell an NBC affiliate that the search was "racially moti-
Adiele claimed that other white women with big hair were not searched
and that she felt violated when a female officer fondled her curly coiff. A
TSA spokesman reacted by pointing out that this is the first hair related
TSA scandal, which is actually pretty impressive considering the number
of scandals the TSA has had.
The hair-search controversy is probably a tempest in a teapot, but its
half-life (and the fact it got any traction at all) are a pretty good indicator
of the contempt that people seem to harbor for the TSA.
Black unemployment hovers at 16.2%
Black unemployment today continued to hover at a near record high of
16.2 percent, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The rate is near the highest rate recorded for blacks during President
Obama's tenure, according to department. The highest rate, since Obama
took office, was 16.5 percent in March and April of 2010.
The black unemployment rate for June was 16.2 percent, the same as the
May rate. The May rate was up from April's 16.1 percent, which was the
largest increase since November's 16 percent.
On Thursday, members of the Congressional Black Caucus assailed
Obama for his handling of the rising black unemployment rate.
"Can you imagine a situation where any other group of workers, if 34
percent of white women were out there looking for work and couldn't
find it?" asked Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, the Democratic chairman of the
caucus. "You would see congressional hearings and community gather-
ings. There would be rallies and protest marches. There is no way that
this would be allowed to stand."
NAACP blasts CNN for no
Black primetime anchors
In a press release, the NAACP condemned 24-hour cable news channel
CNN for its recently announced prime time news lineup, calling the lack
of diversity in its collection of news anchors a "glaring omission."
"The NAACP is deeply concerned with the lack of African American
journalists in prime time news, both on cable and national news shows,"
NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said in the state-
ment. "We have come to expect this from the likes of Fox News, but not
other networks. While we understand that news is now a 24-hour cycle,
most Americans get their news from the morning and evening prime time
The newly unveiled CNN news lineup, features John King, Anderson
Cooper, Erin Burnett and Piers Morgan.
CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
the birth of
Jackson has been
hired as executive
director of the not-
charged with tak-
Jackson ing control of
Raines, Ribault and Jackson high
schools and Northshore K-8.
The board of Duval Partners for
Excellent Education has also con-
tracted with National Academic
Education Partners to assist the
group getting the four "intervene"
schools on a course for sustained
The four schools were placed on
"intervene status" by the Florida
Department of Education because
being the bold
city it always
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The audience including the city's voting and civil rights stalwarts such as Cong. Corrine Brown, Dr. Ben Chavis and Rev. Rudolph McKissick.
The redistricting process has
begun around the state and
Jacksonville is not excluded from
the process. This week, officials
held two meetings in Jacksonville
to discuss the process with con-
stituents, answer questions and get
The committee hosting the meet-
ing is comprised both of House and
Senate members and is traveling the
state holding public hearings.
Even though the "Fair Districts"
amendments passed last November
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While the city is still jubilant over the historic election of it's first
African-American Mayor, it is still obvious there is much work to do.
On any given day, society's forgotten citizens can be seen on the streets
of Jacksonville. Shown above, a homeless man sleeps in broad daylight
in front of the city's main post office on Kings Road just seconds from
Downtown. He rests unnoticed and unhelped in the summer heat for
hours until he decides to move on his own accord.
guaranteeing equally drawn "com-
pact" districts as a law, the redraw-
ing process is not new it occurs
once every ten years.
The pros and cons of the tasks sup-
porters and opponents are closely
drawn on partisan lines with
Republicans for and Democrats
After touring the state, lawmak-
ers will draw and vote on the new
map in early next year. After that
vote, most are expecting a raft of
Continued on page 12
of substandard performance in aca-
demic testing, graduation rates and
Jackson, who left the School
Board last year after being term
limited out of an eight year run.
The practicing attorney, is cur-
rently an adviser to the president of
Edward Waters College. Three of
the four troubled schools are within
the School Board district that
"For me, it's a natural evolution
of the work I've been doing,"
Priestly Jackson said.
Priestly Jackson said she proba-
bly won't be hiring and firing teach-
ers or staff, and understands that, in
the end, the School Board is her
boss. She feels her primary job is to
figure out a way to help student
improve their grades.
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We're for Jesus ministries pledges
monthly donation to homeless
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Shown above is (L-R) We're for Jesus Asst. Pastor Dr. Ty Dixon pre-
senting a $500 check to Clara White Mission Executive Director
Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele with First Lady Cornelia Jones. R. Porter photo.
The We're for Jesus Ministries made good on their first financial pledge
of $500 to the Clara White Mission. The funds will be used to assist with
the mission's feeding programs. Due to the extensive cuts on the city's
social service programs, the church has pledged a monetary donation for
the rest of the year.
Attendees shown above included elected officials Mia Jones, Reginald
Brown, Paula Wright and Reginald Fullwood at the recent rally to edu-
cate citizens on the four intervene schools that began with a prayer.
Rally invokes the power of prayer
The Friends of Northwest
Jacksonville, a community-led
group rallied parents, alumni and
students from four ,tI utglinig Duval
County schools met last weekend at
Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist
Church. The rally whose purpose
was to get information out to the
community about the schools
included speeches from
Representative Mia Jones,
Councilman Reginald Brown &
School Board Member Paula
Wright among others.
The Friends of Northwest
Jacksonville Schools, Inc., are
fighting to keep public schools pub-
licly ran by the school district and
board members that were elected to
serve on the community behalf.
The Friends of Northwest
Jacksonville Schools, Inc. do not
want a private company to take
over, which is the planned change.
The group will be traveling to
Tampa, Florida on July 19 to stand
beside the Duval County School
Board and appeal to the SI.nre Board
of Education in a final appeal. They
will be making a decision on the
school districts appeal to keep the
four intervene school under :"lh
control of the district and not a pri-
Priestly-Jackson to lead
areas troubled schools
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Mayor Brown announces
job creation partnership
Ayesha Faines Marsha Oliver
Faines and Oliver among local
Dancing With the Stars participants
A Social Affair Dance Studios,
Inc. is partnering with the
Jacksonville Children's Chorus for
the 2011 Jacksonville's Dancing
with the Stars event.
Among the 10 local celebrities
dancig for the fundraising event
will be the Duval County School
Board's Director of Grant
Development Marsha Oliver and
Channel 4 news reporter Ayesha
Faines. Other "stars" will be
Amanda Warford, Bruce Jones,
Craig Smith, Frank Patterson, Janet
Herrick, Lucy Talley, Marge Hutton
and Mike McGovern.
Local celebrities will compete in
two show dances and your votes
decide who will get to bring home
the mirror ball trophy and be
Jacksonville's favorite dancer! VIP
and Box tickets include cocktails
and catered hors d'oervres by a
selection of local restaurants.
Limite VIP stage tickets are also
The event will be held on
Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the
Jacoby Symphony Hall in the
Times-Union Center for
Performing Arts in downtown
Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown
has unveiled the development of a
new public-private partnership with
the Jacksonville Regional Chamber
of Commerce that will become a
model for job creation in
Jerry Mallot, executive vice pres-
ident of the Chamber and president
of Cornerstone, will join the city as
an economic development execu-
tive on loan to develop this new job
creation partnership. Mallot will
reach out to business organizations
and community leaders to develop
a comprehensive plan to accelerate
Jacksonville's economic growth.
Additionally, he will look to other
business and economic develop-
ment groups to craft recommenda-
tions that will help attract, retain
and grow businesses in Northeast
"I am committed to growing the
local job base and enticing more
employers to move or expand their
operations here in Jacksonville,"
said Mayor Brown. "To accomplish
this, we must have a strong, proper-
ly funded economic development
operation that will allow us to com-
pete more effectively with other
communities. The Chamber of
Commerce has graciously agreed to
partner with the city to develop a
long-range plan that will put
Five major factors causing the
'Decimation' of the Black middle class
by Elahe Izadi
The recession from 2007 to 2009
has hit nearly all sectors and com-
munities in the American economy,
but minorities, and particularly
African Americans, may have been
affected the most. Jesse
Washington's recent Associated
Press story about how the recession
reversed many of the economic
gains that took the black communi-
ty many years to attain contains
some grim statistics: in 2009, the
average black household had only 2
cents for every dollar of wealth held
by the average white household,
and in April 2010, black male
unemployment hit its highest point
since the government began track-
ing it in 1972.
"History is going to say that the
black middle class was decimated,"
says Maya Wiley, director of the
Center for Social Inclusion. "But
we're not done writing history."
What has led to such extreme
losses? Here are five factors con-
tributing to the "decimation" of the
black middle class:
1. Wealth versus income
The wealth gap between whites
and blacks in the same socioeco-
nomic classes had quadrupled in the
decade preceding the recession.
Wealth is how much a person owns,
minus any debt. So even if African
Americans had made strides to hold
jobs with incomes that took them
into the middle and upper classes,
as a whole, their accumulated
wealth wasn't on par with their
For instance, in 2007, about 63
percent of black Americans' net
worth was tied to their housing,
compared to 38.5 percent for white
Americans A loss of income,
depreciated home values or losing a
home to foreclosure all of those
have a greater power to knock you
out of your socioeconomic class if
you don't have some accumulated
wealth to rely upon.
It's been well-documented that
sub-prime mortgage lending, which
contributed greatly to the foreclo-
sure crisis, targeted minority neigh-
borhoods, regardless of class.
Jacksonville and Florida at large
was hit hard by the crisis.
3. Loss of government jobs
The public sector has cut the
most jobs out of any industry this
year, and black people hold a dis-
proportionately high number of
government jobs. For years, African
Americans have often relied upon
government jobs as alternatives to
the private sector. They presented a
way to circumvent discrimination
that prevented them from private
4. College-educated and unem-
For many Americans, a college
degree translates to better job
opportunities and increased job
security. And although that's dimin-
ished during the recession, college-
educated African Americans are
more likely to be unemployed than
college-educated white Americans.
In 2007, unemployment for col-
lege-educated whites was 1.8 per-
cent; for college-educated blacks it
was 2.7 percent. Now, the college-
educated unemployment rate is 3.9
percent for whites and 7 percent for
The situation is even worse for
recent college grads who don't have
years' of experience in the work-
force to help them: in 2010. the job-
less rate for black college graduates
under 25 was 19 percent, compared
to 8.4 percent for white men.
5. The 'old boys network' and
"It's only been a few decades
since anti-discrimination laws have
been passed and thoroughly
enforced, but it took even longer for
the effects to trickle through the
black community" Wiley says.
That means fewer generations' of
minorities have been able to climb
Jacksonville back to work."
Primary components of Mayor
Brown's campaign were creating
jobs and employing private/public
partnerships. The chamber and city
will work together to increase the
number and quality of jobs within
the local community.
"Creating jobs is the first issue to
tackle," said Hugh Greene, CEO
and president of Baptist Health
System and chair of the Chamber.
"I applaud Mayor Brown for taking
immediate action to address the
most critical issues facing our city."
In addition, Don Shea, executive
director of the Jacksonville Civic
Council, will serve as a loaned
executive to the city to lead a small
task force that will advise on devel-
oping a structure for the downtown
Shea has more than 30 years of
national downtown and economic
development experience. He will
collaborate closely with the private
sector to identify proper roles for
city government, as well as partner
with organizations such as the
Chamber of Commerce,
Cornerstone and the Jacksonville
Civic Council and other stakehold-
ers in the economic future of
Margaret Johnson celebrates 89th birthday
Margaret Johnson celebrated her 89th Birthday at Peaches-in-a-Basket
Adult Day Care Center last week. A native of Midville Georgia, she came
to Jacksonville at the age of 19, and had five children. She worked in the
food service industry for numerous years at the Robert Myers Hotel,
George Washington Hotel, Florida Yacht Club, Timuquana Country Club,
University Country Club and in Home Health Care until her retirement.
She is a member of Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church, whereas she
served in the choir and Usher Board and other auxiliaries in the church.
She is also a fifty year member of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand
Lodge A.F. & A.M., State of Florida (Order of Eastern Star, United Grand
Court Heroines of Jericho, Bessie E Pierce Council #2 Lady Knight, Al-
Shiah Grand Council of Deliberation Daughters of Sphinx).
For numerous years she opened her home to the students attending
Edward Waters College and Massy Business College. FMPphoto
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y luJ 14-20 2011
WIN -I^ Aooi IWO% 09 10" tOM4 I & ZVI~a
Jacksonville finally headed towards
being a bold new progressive city
The election of Mayor Brown not
only shook up the political spec-
trum in Jacksonville and through-
out the state of Florida, but it also
signified a new sense of maturity in
Race relations have certainly
improved drastically, but we still
have some ground to gain.
I am too young to have experi-
enced segregation, but of course
my parents and grandparents where
not. As bad as the concept of segre-
gation sounds many educated
people might argue that many
aspects of black culture (socio-eco-
nomic factors) suffered because of
Black businesses did well mainly
because they had a captive clien-
tele. There was a stronger sense of
pride in African American commu-
nities and black public schools and
colleges were often more coveted
than they are today.
I am certainly not saying that
black businesses are not doing well
today or that there is no pride in
black communities, but I think that
most would agree that when all
minorities were basically forced to
live in certain communities it creat-
ed neighborhood stability.
Think about the fact that you
might have a doctor living next
door to a postal worker or mechan-
ic. This dynamic created not only
diversity in class levels, but also
durability in black communities.
Today, we do not see that sort of
diversity in our neighborhoods. In
fact, instead of people being segre-
gated by race, income levels natu-
rally segregate us. And the reason I
use the word "natural" is because
normally it is not intentional, but
folk like to live in communities
with people who are on their same
Today in America we are more
integrated than ever according to
new numbers released by the cen-
sus this week. Segregation among
blacks and whites has dropped in
around three-fourths of the coun-
try's 100 largest metropolitan
areas, which means that blacks and
whites are now spread more evenly
throughout the nation.
This data is the precursor to the
much more comprehensive num-
bers that will be released soon.
Another interesting part of the data
released was related to Hispanic
Although whites and blacks were
more integrated the numbers
showed that Hispanics still
remained very much segregated in
many large cities.
Integration has hurt the black
community and created some chal-
lenges along the way
So what happens when you take
the majority of African American
middle and upper-middle class
families out of the core city? It
leaves behind a mixture of folks,
most of whom have pride in their
communities, but it's the small per-
centage of folks who don't that can
ruin a neighborhood.
One of the by-products of inte-
gration has been the creation of
more poor communities with high
crime rates accompanied by slum
and blight because of abandoned
As people make more money and
move into these nicer communities,
which by the way always seem to
be outside of the urban core, older
neighborhoods are left without sta-
ble residents. It is no secret the cor-
relation between upper middle
class neighborhoods with crime
Desegregation was critical to the
quality of life for minorities espe-
cially in the South. The thought that
blacks and whites could not attend
the same public schools or drink
from the same water foundations is
The fact that blacks were forced
to live in certain neighborhoods
and forced to educate ourselves in
certain schools speaks volumes,
and it is a testament to our fortitude
in this country.
Look at segregation in today's
terms. America is no longer about
blacks and whites. Hispanics have
become the largest minority and
Asian Americans numbers are
small, but still increasing
America has always been a melt-
ing pot, and today we are more
diverse than ever.
I think that it is safe to say that
despite our different backgrounds,
colors and political disagreements,
the country continues to be the best
nation in the world to live and have
an opportunity for success.
So there is no real debate over
segregation versus integration. The
only debate is over the affects on
the black community. Coretta Scott
King may have said it best,
"Segregation was wrong when it
was forced by white people, and I
believe it is still wrong when it is
requested by black people."
Signing off from City Hall,
Minorities will be the biggest
casualties of Social Security battle
President Obama is well aware of
the devastating impact that any cuts
in Social Security, either through
direct benefit slashes or a formula
change that virtually eliminates or
damps down the already abysmally
low cost of living increases, would
have. In a ringing statement in
2008, then Democratic presidential
candidate Obama flatly said that
more than two-thirds of Social
Security recipients rely on Social
Security for more than half of their
But Obama also gave a guarded
hint that Social Security might not
be the sacred cow that prior
Democratic and even Republican
presidents have regarded it as. He
repeatedly said that his concern
was with the long term "solvency"
of Social Security. He did not spell
out exactly what "solvency" meant
or what steps he would take to
insure that solvency. It was appar-
ent that Obama even then believed
that Social Security was in some
danger and that some steps had to
be taken to shore it up.
Obama, though, left the matter
there. However, three years later
that is no longer the case. With the
GOP breathing down his neck to
cut a deal to slash and burn pro-
grams that have profound effects
on health, education, and infra-
structure spending, nothing is out
of bounds and that obviously
includes Social Security. In a
review of the positions on Social
Security of the top three
Democratic presidential candidate's
position Hillary Clinton, John
Edwards, and Obama in 2008 on
Social Security, a summary ques-
tion was "Does he or she pledge to
NOT cut Social Security benefits?"
The answer for Clinton and
Edwards was an unequivocal "yes."
Obama's answer was "no."
That "no" has now ignited alarm
and anger among House Democrats
at the report that Obama had put the
"tweak" of Social Security on the
bargaining table to get a budget
deal with the GOP. It has stirred
even greater panic and alarm
among those who need and depend
on Social Security the most and
those are minorities. There is good
reason for their anger; in fact, sev-
eral good reasons. Social Security
has been the jewel in the crown of
the Democratic Party's domestic
program since FDR put pen to
paper in August 1935 and signed
the Social Security Act into law. No
Democratic president, and only one
Republican president, has dared to
even breathe a hint that Social
Security should be changed.
George W. Bush tried it with his
scheme to privatize part of the pro-
gram and that failed miserably.
The success of Social Security
has rested on two major pillars. It
provides a financial lifeline for mil-
lions of seniors, and the sick and
disabled. Despite the GOP's con
job that it is an entitlement program
that must be cut, it isn't and never
has been. It is self-supporting, has
not added a nickel to the national
debt, and has provided a major
boost to the economy by pumping
The Social Security "tweak" that
Obama reportedly put on the table
would change the inflation measure
that determines whether recipients
get a cost of living boost or not. But
the bigger reason for the
Democrats' panic and horror at the
thought of this or any other change
to Social Security is that it would
spell even greater destitution for
minorities. Two figures tell the dev-
astating impact that any cut in
Social Security would have on
minorities. Nearly forty percent of
African-American recipients rely
solely on a Social Security check
for their income. One out of three
African-Americans and Hispanics
would sink below the official
poverty line without their Social
The original idea was that Social
Security would strictly be a supple-
ment to the retirement income of
older Americans. But as the figures
on income and poverty show, that
notion has long since been rendered
moot. In 2008, only one out of four
African-Americans got any income
from private assets compared to
nearly 60 percent of whites. While
more than 40 percent of older
whites received income from pen-
sions, the figure for blacks was
slightly more than thirty percent.
The massive shrinking in public
worker employment, the assault on
labor union protections, private
sector outsourcing, and relentless
rises in cost of living, have sledge-
hammered health and pension pro-
grams that traditionally were the
primary income source for minori-
ties and most workers. Social
Security will have to fill even more
of the plunging income void for
them in the coming years.
It's not just the aged among
minorities that stand to be big los-
ers with any benefit cut or cost of
living formula change in Social
Security. The burden will also fall
heavily on the disabled. African
Americans have higher rates of dis-
ability and are more likely to
receive benefits from the Social
Security Disability Insurance pro-
gram. Continued on page 12
A call for Black \
America to respond
You could be "the one." Chances are you're the I
match who could benefit your kin and kind with a life-
saving donation. Every day, thousands of patients with
leukemia and other life-threatening diseases hope for a marrow donor who
could make a transplant possible for them. Black Americans can help one
another by becoming activists and participants in bone marrow donations.
Hundreds of thousands of African Americans long for a bone marrow
transplant. Over the past 40 years, bone marrow and hematopoietic stem
cell transplantation have been used with increased frequency to treat
numerous malignant and nonmalignant diseases. The transplantation suc-
cess rate is tempered by the fact that the chance of finding a match remains
close to 93 percent for Caucasians, but as low as 66 percent for African
Americans. The tissue types used for matching patients with donors are
inherited, so patients are most likely to find a match within their own racial
or ethnic heritage. African Americans need to participate in greater num-
bers in "Be The Match" programs. It's not a decision the government has
to make, in this instance African Americans have the power to help them-
selves. Involvement in the "Be The Match" Registry operated by the
National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) enables African Americans to
help patients with life-threatening diseases receive much needed trans-
plants. The more African Americans who participate in "Be The Match"
programs and events, the more African-American bone marrow will be
available among transplantation programs.
Increasing the national registry rolls requires a movement of volunteers
from across the country to: plan and coordinate local bone marrow dona-
tion events; spread the word; share stories of patients in search of a match
and fundraising. One such connection exists between the National Marrow
Donor Program and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF).
Throughout the month of July, they are raising awareness about the criti-
cal need for African Americans to join the "Be The Match" Registry.
Growing numbers of African Americans are in need of a transplant. Every
year, more than 10,000 patients in the United States are diagnosed with
life-threatening diseases for which the best option for a cure could be a
bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor or donated umbilical cord
blood unit. The National Marrow Donor Program is a leader in the field
of unrelated marrow and umbilical cord blood transplantation. The NMDP
mission is to ensure all patients who need a transplant receive access to
treatment. The organization coordinates the collection of hematopoietic
("blood-forming") cells that are used to perform transplants. Patients who
need a hematopoietic cell transplant but who lack a suitably matched
donor in their family can search the "Be The Match" Registry for a
matched unrelated donor or umbilical cord blood unit. The NMDP is
headquartered in Minneapolis and manages the "Be the Match" Registry.
In its organizational structure, the NMDP operates the C.W. Bill Young
Cell Transplantation Program to provide a single point of access to mar-
row donors and umbilical cord blood units for a global network of hospi-
tals, blood centers, laboratories and recruitment centers. Since 1987,
NMDP has facilitated more than 40,000 transplants.
More African Americans are needed to enlarge the pool of people who
facilitate bone marrow transplants. Too few African Americans know how
to help with bone marrow donations. According to medical experts, the
majority of donation cases involve no surgery, because in most instances
doctors request a non-surgical peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation.
In cases where the marrow donation is a surgical procedure, most donors
go home the same day. Generally, people who donate marrow receive gen-
eral anesthesia and feel no pain during procedures. Most marrow donors
are back to their normal activities in two to seven days. The "Be The
Match" program is worth checking into, in most cases the program will
reimburse travel and other costs associated with donations. For informa-
tion on the "Be The Match" Registry contact: the National Marrow
Donor Program (NMDP), 3001 Broadway Street N.E., Suite 100,
Minneapolis, Minn. 55413-1753 www.marrow.org
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Rev. and Mrs. Marquis
New Pastor for Central CME
Bishop Teresa Snorton, Presiding
Bishop of the The Fifth Episcopal
District of The Christian Methodist
Episcopal(C.M.E.) Church, became
the 59th bishop elected in 2010 and
the first female bishop of the
C.M.E. Church. Bishop Snorton at
the Florida Region Annual
Conference, held July 6-8, 2011 in
Tampa, FL, appointed Rev.
Marquise L. Hardrick as the new
pastor of Central Metropolitan
C.M.E. Church, Jacksonville, FL.
He will replace Rev. Heath who has
been transferred to Tennessee.
Rev. Hardrick received his Masters
of Divinity in Philosophy and
Theology in 2004 from The
Center in Atlanta, Ga, and his B.B.
A. in Management degree from
Valdosta State. University, in 2000.
His is a former educator from
Muscogee County School District
Some of his social and community
involvements include Kappa Alpha
Psi Fraternity Inc., A.F.&Y.
Masonry and 100 Black Men of
Columbus among others. He is
married to Mrs. Deedra Jordan
Hardrick, a 2002 honor graduate of
Spelman College with a BA in
Psychology and a double minor in
Education and Religion. They have
three children Marquise II (10),
Madison (4) and Mason (1).
Rev. Hardrick delivered his first
Sunday morning sermon at Central
Metropolitan C.M.E. Church
Sunday, July 10,2011. Several con-
gregants renewed there lives and
new members joined the church.
The Sunday evening service ended
with joyful celebration in songs by
Central Children's Choir.-
Free dental care
from the N.E.
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)
El Beth-el hosts
Mens Day event
The pastor officers and members
of El Beth-el Divine Holiness
Church, invite the community for
their Annual Mens Day celebration
on July 24th at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Jerry Bass, National Commander
Allied Veterans of the World, Inc. &
Affiliates will be the guest speaker
for the 11a.m. service and TV per-
sonality Chauncey Glover will
speak at the 3 p.m. service.
For questions, call Dr. Lorenzo
Hall Sr. at 710-1586. Dinner will
be served after both services.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
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9:30 a.m. Sunday School
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St. PaulAME Church held their yearly food and fellowship Vacation Bible Study July 10 14, 2011. The Theme
was "Jesus Truth Seekers: Mission Possible," The Parables of Jesus. The Vacation Bible Study agenda consisted of
activities for children and adults of all ages. Study sessions were split into age groups, from elementary, teens to
adults. Andrew Jarrell, Vacation Bible School teacher was in charge of the young adults activities. Trivia Games
such as jeopardy, and bible trivia stirred the minds of his young pupils. The truth Seekers Vacation Bible Seekers
invites member to become armed and equipped to live out God's truths as found in the parables of Jesus Christ!
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SIBLE through Christ Jesus.
Mississippi Baptist Church battles obesity
MISSISSIPPI The Clarion
Ledger is reporting that Sunday
church dinners haven't been the
same at Oak Hill Baptist Church in
northwest Mississippi. Fried chick-
en and soda are banned. Collard and
mustard greens are seasoned with
smoked turkey necks instead of
pork. And on other days, the parking
lot doubles as a walking track.
"It's not about the major things,
but can you do several minor
things? Can we make our congrega-
tion overall healthier?" said Michael
O. Minor, pastor of the Hernando
church, who is spearheading efforts
to get more churches in the Delta to
help reduce the state's high obesity
rate. "Folks think it's hard to get
some things done. This is very sim-
ple. People need ideas. ...They want
to do, but they don't know how to
As everyone from local families
to the federal government try to get
a handle on spiraling health care
costs, a major challenge is the
alarmingly high rate of obesity, par-
ticularly in the South. Alabama,
Louisiana and Mississippi are
among 12 states with obesity rates
above 30 percent, according to a
new report by Trust for America's
Health, a public health research and
Mississippi is the worst, with a 34
percent adult obesity rate and a 21.9
percent childhood obesity rate. But
obesity is not just a Mississippi
"Mississippi gets singled out
because it's at the top of the list. But
there's not a whole lot separating
those top 10 in terms of rates," said
JeffLevi, executive director of Trust
for American's Health, noting that
First Church of Palm Coast hosts self
image workshop for young ladies
The First Church of Palm Coast will have a free seminar focusing on
building self-respect and character for young ladies. It is open to young
ladies 12-18 on the topic "How to build a positive self image". It takes place
on July 14th from 1:30-3:3:30 p.m. It will be held at the church, 91 Old
King Rd N. in Palm Coast. Refreshments will be provided. Youth Activities
Director Sophia Booker can be reached for details at 386-446-5759. The
Reverend Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Senior Pastor.
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Alabama follows closely with a
32.3 percent obesity rate for adults.
"No one is in a good place. No one
is declining. That's the challenge."
Still, Levi said, "the picture is def-
initely more bleak in the South."
Federal and state officials as well
as health care advocates hope the
new health care law enacted last
year plus new efforts in churches,
schools and city halls will help
address the nation's rising obesity
The health care law focuses most-
ly on expanding coverage to mil-
lions of uninsured, but experts say
there are provisions that would help
address obesity, including preven-
tion and wellness programs.
Pastors of predominately black
churches say health risks are high
for their congregations.
People of color tend to have high-
er rates of obesity, hypertension,
heart disease and diabetes, experts
say. They are also more likely than
white people to die from those con-
And so religious leaders are going
beyond feeding the spirit to trying to
help their congregants with nutrition
"We feel that the Bible said Jesus
came preaching, he came teaching
and he came healing. ... He wants us
whole," said Bartholomew Orr, the
senior pastor at Brown Missionary
Baptist Church in Southaven. "In
order to do that, we have to address
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Diet, exercise and cultural care can prevent or control disease
A healthy diet and exercise pro-
gram are part of the prescription for
people with type 2 diabetes, but two
new research reviews suggest they
can also help to prevent the disease.
A third review
patients from ethnic minorities do
better with diabetes education that
takes their language and culture
Lower fat and higher fiber diets,
combined with moderate weekly
exercise, reduced the relative risk of
developing type 2 diabetes by 37
percent among the 2,241 study par-
ticipants who received the diet and
exercise prescription, according to
the data from a review of eight
studies. Didac Mauricio, M.D., of
the Hospital Universitari Arnau (de
Vilanova in Spain, led the review.
People who participated in these
studies also lost weight, reduced
their waist circumference and
improved their blood pressure -
all key factors related to the risk
of developing diabetes.
However, they had sub-
stantial help from dieti-
cians and exercise phys-
iologists along the way,
and because the
changes in diet and
exercise were moni-
tored so carefully, "we
do not presently know
S how these interventions
perform outside a trial,"
iin another review by Lucie Nield
of the University of Teesside and
colleagues in England, diets rich in
fruits and vegetables and lower in
sugar reduced the incidence of type
2 diabetes among the participants in
one six-year study by 33 percent.
The results from the second review
make it clear that diet can stave off
type 2 diabetes, but it remains
unclear exactly what kind of diet to
recommend to people who might be
vulnerable to developing the dis-
ease, according to Nield.
"Despite the current situation we
are facing with the diabetes epi-
demic, there are not enough long-
term data available to come to any
confident conclusions," Nield said.
Regular visits with dieticians -
every three to six months during the
studies might also have played a
significant role in getting people to
stick with a healthy eating plan,
Nield and her colleagues conclud-
The reviews appear in the latest
issue of The Cochrane Library, a
publication of The Cochrane
Collaboration, an international
organization that evaluates medical
research. Systematic reviews like
this one draw evidence-based con-
clusions about medical practice
after considering both the content
and quality of existing medical tri-
als on a topic.
Ina third Cochrane review,
Yolanda Roblcs, Ph.D., an academ-
ic fellow at Cardiff University, and
colleagues examined how the
health of ethnic minority diabetes
patients might improve if they were
taught about the disease in their
own language, "or by members of
their community using health edu-
cation materials that had been
adapted to that community's cultur-
al needs," Robles said.
This "culturally appropriate" edu-
cation, as the researchers called it,
had a short-term effect of lowering
blood glucose (sugar) levels, but
none of the interventions included
in the review lasted more than a
year. In the 11 studies reviewed,
combination education strategies
seemed to have the greatest positive
impact on the health of the 1,603
"However, it should be borne in
mind that we still do not know the
necessary dose of health education
needed or the level of reinforce-
ment of messages to ensure contin-
ued benefits," Robles cautioned.
"Longer term studies, with more
patient-centered outcomes, are
Research has found that found
that aggressively treating pre-dia-
betes, along with quitting smoking
and lowering cholesterol, could
increase an American's life
expectancy by 1.3 years.
Weight control, quitting smoking,
aspirin therapy and cholesterol-
lowering medications are among
the preventive measures that can
add years to a person's life,
researchers from the three organiza-
"People with diabetes are among
those who would benefit the most
from these prevention strategies,"
said Richard Kahn, Ph.D., chief sci-
entific and medical officer of the
American Diabetes Association.
Food recipes Type 2 diabetics can enjoy
by Chef Cullen
However, regardless of how you
live, everybody needs to know
about Type 2 diabetes and how to
eat to live. Diabetes is one of the
only diseases where food plays a
part in the treatment. Eating too
much can make you overweight,
which raises insulin resistance. The
kinds of food you can affect your
blood glucose levels. Taking good
care of yourself means learning
how to manage food and meals.
Food plays a big part in how well
your blood glucose levels are man-
aged. When you combine this with
the other cornerstones of diabetes-
exercise and medications-you are
on your way to feeling better and
living well. Remember you can
keep your blood glucose levels on
1.Eating smaller meals more
often throughout the day. It can
keep you blood sugar at a more
2. Carbohydrates are one of the
big players in diabetes manage-
ment. Eat whole grain food instead
of processed, sugar laden foods.
3. Increase your intake of vegeta-
bles and fruits. Try for 5 to serving
4. Limit the amount of fatty food
5. Limit alcohol consumption. If
you do drink, keep it to 1 to 2 a day.
Opt for heart-healthy red wine. The
antioxidants, found in wine are ben-
6. Although sweets aren't totally
off limits, it's important to limit
how many sweet foods you do eat.
Check out these diabetic friendly
recipes and share them with some-
one you know with the disease. Do
it because you love them. If you
want more Type 2 diabetes-friendly
recipe and tips feel free to drop me
(Sauteed collard greens with
Cannellini bean and lemon zest)
11/2 pounds collards greens
stemmed and cut into V2 inch rib-
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium garlic, thinly sliced
/2 teaspoon Hot Pepper Flakes
/2 cup low-sodium broth (chicken
1 15-ounce can Cannellini beans
(1 /2 cups) rinsed and drained
2 teaspoons lemon zest
Prep all the ingredients. To prep
the collard greens, fold each leaf in
half and slice off and discard the
stem. Stack all the leaves together,
and thinly slice them crosswise.
Heat oil in a large saute pan over
medium high heat stir in the garlic
and reduce the heat to medium.
Season the garlic with a light sprin-
kling of salt and pep-
per. Cook stirring often
until the garlic is
translucent 2-4 min-
utes. Add the collard
greens to the pan. Cook
stirring often until they
turn bright green 2-4
minutes. Season the
collards with a light ..
sprinkling of salt and
pepper (both the chicken stock and
beans are salty) and stir. Pour in the
chicken broth. Give the greens a
good stir and cover. Cook until the
collards often a little, about 5 min-
utes. Uncover and cook, stirring
often until the collard are tender.
Stir in the white beans and zest and
cook 5 minutes more.
Mango ice cream soda
1 large fresh mango, peeled pit-
ted and cut into chunks
4 /2 cup scoops fat-
free no sugar added
vanilla ice cream
Place mango in a food
processor and pulse to
form a smooth puree.
Divide mango puree
between 4 tall 12-ounce
glasses. Add a scoop of
ice cream to each glass. Fill the
glass with club soda. Add a straw
and serve. Per serving: 114 calories
(0 percent calories from fat), 4 g
protein, 0 total fat (0 saturated fat)
26 g carbohydrates, 1 g dietary
fiber, 0 cholesterol, 182 mg potassi-
um, 80 mg sodium. Diabetic
exchanges: 11/2 carbohydrate (1
bread/starch, /2 fruit).
Ja Michael Brown caught a lot of intention weighing in as a whop-
ping 16 lbs last week.
Bigger is far from better
when it comes to babies
JaMichael Brown broke Texas
records and made international
headlines with his birth weight of
16 pounds. After a short stay in the
intensive care unit to help him with
breathing and high blood sugar,
both mom and baby have a happy
Not all large newborns or their
mothers are that fortunate.
"Most people do not understand
the implications of having a large
baby," says Dr. Ren6e Volny, obste-
trician-gynecologist and former
health policy fellow at The Satcher
Health Leadership Institute in
Atlanta. "Large babies are rejoiced
in certain cultures without aware-
ness of the potential health risks to
both mother and baby."
Babies born larger than 9 pounds
15 ounces have a much higher risk
of complications. As many as 10
percent of newborn babies weigh-in
above that at birth.
Like JaMichael, problems with
breathing and controlling blood
sugar are common among babies
who weigh much more than expect-
ed, also called macrosomia. These
babies can also have heart defects,
slower development and increased
risk of death during their first year.
Babies with macrosomia are more
likely to suffer injuries from birth
due to their size. An emergency
during delivery called shoulder
dystocia is most common.
With shoulder dystocia, the deliv-
ery is complicated because one of
the baby's shoulders is stuck against
the pelvis and cannot come out eas-
ily. Sometimes, the umbilical cord
can get compressed when the baby
is in this position and decrease the
amount of oxygen and blood to the
baby. During these deliveries, the
baby's collarbone or other bones
The mothers are at increased risk
as well. Major lacerations or tears
along the vagina or the urinary tract
can occur. Having a newborn with
macrosomia increases the need for
Ceasarean section, involving the
risks of major surgery. The mothers
can also develop diabetes later on
Macrosomia is most associated
with mothers who gain large
amounts of weight during pregnan-
cy or gestational diabetes -- a con-
dition where the mother develops
diabetes only while she is pregnant,
and it resolves after delivery.
The recommended weight gain is
25 to 35 pounds in women at a nor-
mal weight, 15 to 25 pounds for
women who are overweight and
only 11 to 20 pounds for women
who are obese. However, women
who are already obese are more
likely to gain excessive amounts of
weight during the pregnancy.
As large as JaMichael is, there
have been heftier newborns. The
heaviest baby, according to the
Guinness Book of World Records,
was born in Ohio in 1879 and
weighed 23 pounds, 12 ounces.
More recently, a newborn nick-
named "giant baby" (born 2005 in
Brazil) weighed in at 17 pounds.
(The baby was delivered by C-sec-
tion to the 38-year-old mother, who
was also diabetic.) In Indonesia in
2009 a newborn tipped the scales at
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Tommy Davidson at
Comedian Tommy 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 television
show In Living Color. His talent
ranges from stand-up to feature
films acting. For tickets and reserva-
tions call 904.292.4242. The
Comedy Zone is located inside the
Ramada Inn/mandarin, 3130 Hartley
Comedian Chris Tucker
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.
Family Fun Day
at the Landing
Make plans for the whole family to
attend The Landing's 2nd Annual
Family Fun Day. The downtown
extravaganza will be filled with
bounce houses, water activities, arts
and crafts and more. It wil be held
on Saturday, July 16, 2011starting
at 10 a.m. inside the Jacksonville
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
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Saturday, July 16th at the Wyndham
Hotel. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more
info call 422-7961.
The Jacksonville Humane
Society's Young Professionals
Group, The Pawfessionals will pres-
ent the Second annual pawpuzzle
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 1st
Street courtyard, Neptune Beach.
For more info, call 725-8766 ext.
Television and Def Comedy come-
dian fixture Earthquake will be at
the Comedy Zone, July 28 30,
2011, located inside the Mandarin
Ramada Inn, 3130 Harts Rd Harts
Rd., For more information visit
www.comedyzone.com, or call 292-
Youth Poetry Slam
Jax Youth Poetry Slam: A
Competitive Open Mic Event for
ages 11-18 Wednesday, July 20,
2011 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jacksonville
Public Library Downtown Branch -
Hicks Auditorium. Register at (904)
The American Beach Property
Association will present Jazz at
Burney Park on Historic American
Beach. Bring your chairs and come
listen to the music, Saturday, July
23rd from 5 8 p.m. For more
information call Ruth Waters at 514-
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.
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)
Aaron Bing in concert
Saxophonist Aaron Bing will be in
concert Saturday, July 30, 2011,
7:30 p.m. at the Times Union Terry
Theater. For tickets visit www.tick-
etmaster.com or call Century
Records at 310-684-2554.
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
August 4th at 7 p.m. Call 632-
Cocktails for a Cause
The University Club/Young
Executive Society will present
"Cocktails for a Cause". The event
will raise funds for "Save Africa
Global Tonight!". The private club
will be opened to the public on
Friday, August 5, 2011 from 5-9
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'oeu-
vres, desserts and a silent and live
concert at the Comedy Zone,
August 19 20, 2011. 3130 Harts
Rd. inside the Ramada Inn. Call
292-4242 for more information.
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
LaDor uay weeKena will oe me
time for a grand evening of smooth
jazz on A Jazz on the Water Cruise.
It will be held on Saturday,
September 3rd from 10 p.m.-1:30
a.m. taking off from 1501
Riverplace (next to Charthouse
Restaurant). The evening will fea-
ture include live jazz, hors d'oeuvres
served and TJ The DJ. For more
information call Ms. Charo at 520-
"92 at the Zoo"
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens announces its 2011 summer pro-
motion, 92 at the Zoo. From July 5 through August 31, 2011, when the
temperature is predicted to be higher than 92 degrees, guests can get
half-off admission with a coupon from jacksonvillezoo.org. If two of the
three local weather authorities predict the weather to be a high of 92
degrees or higher, a coupon will be posted on the Zoo's website. Each
coupon is good for up to four individuals. Call 757-4463, ext. 210.
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.
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July 14-20, 2011
South Sudanese celebrate the birth of their nation
Northern and Southern officers holda
farewell party, also held to commemorate the
demobilization of 16,000 Southern officers and
soldiers serving with the Sudan Defense Force.
Man holds up South Sudan's new flag as South Sudanese children
rehearse their dance routine in Juba
Juba, South Sudan (CNN) --
South Sudanese wept openly as
they celebrated their independence
Saturday, cheering, whistling and
dancing down the streets in a cere-
mony fitting for the birth of a new
"We are free at last," some chant-
ed, flags draped around their shoul-
A man on his knees kissed the
The red, white and green flag of
the newborn nation, readied at half-
staff the day before, was hoisted
over the capital of Juba.
Among the world leaders bearing
witness on this historic day: United
Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-
moon, Sudanese President Omar al-
Bashir and South African President
"This is liberation, a new chap-
ter," said Abuk Makuac, who
escaped to the United States in 1984
and came back home to attend the
independence day activities.
"No more war. We were bom in
the war, grew up in the war and
married in war."
South Sudan's sovereignty offi-
cially breaks Africa's largest nation
NEW ORLEANS A former
police detective testified Monday
that he participated in a plot to fab-
ricate witnesses, falsify reports and
plant a gun to make it seem police
were justified in shooting unarmed
residents on a New Orleans bridge
after Hurricane Katrina.
Jeffrey Lehrmann, a government
witness in the federal trial of five
current or former officers, said he
saw Sgt. Arthur "Archie" Kaufman
retrieve a gun from his home sever-
al weeks after the deadly shootings
on the Danziger Bridge. Kaufman
later turned the gun in as evidence,
claiming he found it under the
bridge a day after the 2005 shoot-
ings that left two people dead and
four others wounded.
Lehrmann said Kaufman instruct-
ed him to fill out paperwork that
claimed the gun belonged to Lance
Madison, whose mentally disabled
brother, Ronald, was shot and killed
on the bridge. Lance Madison was
arrested on attempted murder
charges and held for more than
three weeks before a judge freed
Lehrmann said Kaufman, his
supervisor, had grown concerned
because the judge who freed
Madison didn't believe Kaufman's
testimony at the hearing.
"Therefore, we needed a gun,"
Lehrmann said Sgts. Robert
Gisevius and Kenneth Bowen
joined him and Kaufman when they
drove to Kaufman's house to
retrieve a gun. Kaufman emerged
from his garage carrying the gun in
a brown paper bag, calling it a "ham
sandwich," Lehrmann said.
Kaufman's attorney, Stephen
London, suggested during cross-
examination that Lehrmann was
trying to shift blame to his client
and has changed his story over
time. Lehrmann accused London of
"nitpicking," while London chided
Lehrmann for smiling during his
"My client is on trial. Is that
funny?" London asked.
"No, it's not funny at all," he
On Sept. 4, 2005, Lehrmann
drove himself to the Danziger
Bridge after a truckload of officers
into two, the result of a January ref-
erendum overwhelmingly approved
The referendum was part of a
2005 peace deal that ended decades
of civil war pitting a government
dominated by Arab Muslims in the
north against black Christians and
animists in the south. The war
killed about 2 million people.
Amid the independence celebra-
tions, some residents paid tribute to
relatives killed in the war.
"It is very emotional. I'm excited,
but I'm also thinking of all the peo-
ple who died for this to happen,"
said Victoria Bol, who lost dozens
of family members.
Salva Kiir Mayardit, a former
rebel leader who is South Sudan's
first president, said his people can-
not forget years of bloodshed but
must now forgive and move for-
ward. He vowed his people would
never again be marginalized.
"As we celebrate our freedom
and independence today, I want to
assure the people of Darfur, Abyei
and South Kordofan, we have not
forgotten you," he said referring to
three conflict-mired regions.
"When you cry, we cry," he said.
"When you bleed, we also bleed.
In Washington, President Barack
Obama issued a statement recogniz-
ing South Sudan's sovereignty.
"Today is a reminder that after the
darkness of war, the light of a new
dawn is possible," Obama said. "A
proud flag flies over Juba and the
map of the world has been
There were shouts of joy, big
hugs and hearty handshakes at
South Sudan's new Washington
embassy on Saturday. Others cried
as a colorful new flag was raised.
"This day means a lot to me
because we achieved our victory.
We got our own country." says Anai
Aluong. "We are a new nation now.
We are very happy because God
answered our prayer."
Along said she lost her father,
brother, sister and friends during the
decades-long civil war.
British Foreign Secretary
William Hague told the dignitaries
gathered in Juba that his nation has
opened an embassy there and
appointed an ambassador.
Al-Bashir stood with his former
enemies from South Sudan and
,congratulated them on their new
homeland. He said he believed a
united Sudan was still the best
option but supported the dream of
the South Sudanese.
The gracious tones sparked a ray
of hope that the two sides would get
past a bitter relationship to forge
ahead. That journey will hardly be
easy as many challenges await.
South Sudan is among the world's
poorest, with scores who fled the
long conflict coming home to a
region that has not changed much
over the years.
The infrastructure is still lacking -
- with few paved roads in the new
nation the size of Texas. Most vil-
lages have no electricity or running
South Sudan sits near the bottom
of most human development
indices, according to the United
Nations, including the highest
maternal mortality and female illit-
Although the north has flour-
ished, the South has not changed
much over the years, said South
Sudan native Moses Chol.
"They have schools and clean
water, and their children are not
dying of simple diseases," Chol
he helped cover up Katrina shootings
Retired New Orleans police sergeant Arthur Kaufman, center,
charged with covering up the deadly shootings of unarmed residents
on the Danziger bridge in Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath,
enters Federal Court for the start of his trial in New Orleans.
responded to another officer's dis-
tress call and began shooting. He
isn't accused of firing his gun that
Lehrmann said he handcuffed
Ronald Madison on the west side of
the bridge after he was shot, then
felt badly about it when another
officer told him he already was
Lehrmann said the officers imme-
diately afterward started to "get
their stories straight."
"We had a lot of problems
because it was a bad shoot," he said.
"What was the goal of the cover-
up?" prosecutor Cindy Chung
"Protect the officers from legal
ramifications," he said.
Lehrmann said he helped
Kaufman with an initial, 32-page
report that was bounced back by Lt.
Michael Lohman, who also has
pleaded guilty to participating in a
"Lt. Lohman became irate with
Archie because he thought Archie's
report was garbage," Lehrmann
Lehrmann said the false accounts
of what officers did on the bridge
continually changed as they honed
their cover story.
"The lies changed whenever we
needed to change them," he said.
Lehrmann said he made up the
name "Lakeisha" for a phony wit-
ness to the shootings when
Kaufman called out, "Hey, some-
also fabricated a witness named
"James Youngman" and reported he
lived at a large, storm-damaged
apartment complex where it would
be hard to prove the witness didn't
Weeks after the shooting,
Lehrmann said he and Bowen
returned to the bridge a day before
crime scene technicians were to col-
lect evidence. Lehrmann said he
saw Bowen kick shell casings off
the bridge where police shot sever-
Gisevius, Bowen, Officer
Anthony Villavaso and former offi-
cer Robert Faulcon are on trial for
charges stemming from the shoot-
ings. Kaufman is charged in the
Lehnnann, who already has been
sentenced to three years in prison, is
one of five former officers who
pleaded guilty to participating in a
cover-up. He is the fourth of those
officers to testify at the trial, now
entering its third week.
said, referring to the north. "In the
south, people still drink stagnant
water. They have nothing."
There is also the threat of
renewed fighting between the two
Clashes have erupted recently in
the disputed border regions of
Abyei and South Kordofan.
And despite the 2005 peace deal
brokered by the George W. Bush
administration, forces aligned with
both sides continue to clash.
Abyei was a battleground in the
brutal civil war between forces of
both sides. A referendum on
whether the area should be part of
the north or the South has been
delayed amid disagreements on
who is eligible to vote.
The two countries look set to
divorce in name only -- they have
not reached an agreement on the
borders, the oil or the status of their
The U.N. Security Council,
which voted to send up to 7,000
peacekeepers and 900 uniformed
police to South Sudan, is expected
to meet Wednesday to discuss U.N.
membership for the new nation.
As dignitaries gathered in the
new capital to celebrate the new
nation, world leaders warned of a
tough road ahead.
"Their economic prospects are
dim unless the two sides can come
to agreement on how to share pre-
cious resources, cooperate in other
economic areas and together pro-
mote the viability and stability of
each other," the U.S. special envoy
to Sudan, Princeton N. Lyman, said
in an editorial to CNN.
Lyman, who attended the cere-
mony, said both sides want food,
education and security for their
"They want the freedom to be
able to express their opinions,
choose their leaders and become
active participants in political and
social life," he said.
South Sudan natives such as
Makuac admit there are challenges
ahead. However, she is pushing
those thoughts to the back-burner
"We have waited so long to get
here ... I will worry about that
later," she said. "This weekend, we
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Colorado law will require day care centers to
carry dolls in three colors The state of Colorado has pro-
posed a long list of new regulations for day care centers, including a
requirement that they provide dolls of at least three different races (not
to mention other rules governing issues including the amount of juice
and snack served, and providers' shoulder coverage).
Some childcare providers in the state aren't too happy about it. One day-
care owner told a local news station why she's against the proposal:
"They are infringing on a lot of our rights. [...] We're not giving parents
a choice. We're not giving children a choice. We're not giving caregivers
body give me a name!" He said they ______
$50M lawsuit filed against Marables Malcolm X biography
On what would have been the
Malcolm Z's 86th birthday, crimi-
nal defense attorney and former
Plainfield, N.J. Mayor Mark Fury
filed a $50 million lawsuit against
Columbia University, Viking Press
and the estate of Manning Marable
regarding Marable's posthumously
published biography, Malcolm X: A
Life of Reinvention.
Fury is representing former
Nation of Islam Minister Linward
X Cathcart in the lawsuit filed in
Newark federal court. In his book,
Marable suggests Cathcart may
have been involved in the murder or
worse physically supervised and the
assassination of Malcolm X on the
night of February 21, 1965 in the
Audubon Ballroom in New York
City. The author also wrote that
"Malcolm appears to have begun an
illicit sexual affair with an eighteen
year-old secretary and that both Mr.
Carthcart and Malcolm X were
involved with that same woman
right up to the night of Malcolm's
Mr. Carhcart vehemently denies
these allegations. He was seated in
the auditorium the night Malcolm X
was killed and was the only per-
son searched at the door of the
Audubon that night. He was per-
mitted a seat downs front because
of his close relationship with
Malcolm. He came as did several
hundred others to hear what
Malcolm had to say about his sep-
aration from the Nation of Islam
and his plans for the Organization
of African American Unity
Within 25 hours of the shooting,
Mr. Cartcart was among the first
to be interviewed by the FBI.
"They found no evidence of his
involvement. From that time to the
present, no one has offered any
basis for the claims in Manning
Marable's book", attorney Mark
Fury said. According to the 500
plus page volume (which sat on
Marable's shelf lor 30 years before
being rushed to press alter the
author was diagnosed with a termi-
nal lung disease in 2010, Mr.
Cathcart and Malcolm X shared the
previously mentioned girl friend
that Mr. Carthcart actually did not
formally meet until after the death
of Malcolm X. Manning Marable
Shown above is the book and its' author, the late Manning Marable.
suggests that Malcoln X was both a
homosexual and a whore-monger:
that his wife Betty Shabazz slept
with other men during their mar-
riage with the knowledge and cotn-
sent of Malcolm X, and that his
alleged mistress niay have spent the
night with hi in in a hotel on the
night before his death.
"This egregious twisting of facts,
the licentious use of innuendo ;and
the proliferation of outright lies is
beneath the dignity of the last pro-
fessor and the institution that help
him research and finance the proj-
ect for more than 30 years," said
Fury. "There is no basis for any of
these statements or conclusions.
This book is a libelous slanderous
attack on several of the most impor-
tant figures in American history
(the writer also raises serious ques-
tions about the motives and credi-
bility of the co-author of The
Autobiography of Malcoln X. Alex
Hlaley. everyone should feel cheat-
ed and attacked. This is an attack on
all of us." Fury said.
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Former Detroit Mayor's tell-all
covers affair and misconduct
Detroit, MI Disgraced former
mayor Kwame Kilpatrick claims in
an upcoming book that an unspo-
ken alliance of political adver-
saries, Detroit business leaders and
an aggressive media capitalized on
a sex and perjury scandal to send
him from leading one of America's
largest cities to a prison cell.
The former politician bills
Surrendered! The Rise, Fall and
Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick as
the true tale of his saga. While he
takes responsibility for an affair
aide and lies told during a civil trial,
he also blames plenty of others for
"When I perjured myself, I gave
my enemies a lane. And they turned
that lane into a highway,"
Kilpatrick writes, according to an
advance copy obtained by The
Associated Press. "My intent enter-
ing office was to empower
Detroiters, and my actions heading
into my second term suggested that
we had the ability to do it. And that
threatened too many people's bot-
tom line. Their bottom lines for me,
then, became simple. Get rid of me.
And they're not finished."
Kilpatrick, dubbed the "Hip-Hop
Mayor" when he was elected at age
31, was charged with perjury after
text messages on city-issued pagers
contradicted testimony he gave dur-
ing a 2007 police whistle-blowers'
trial. The sexually explicit text mes-
sages showed he lied when he
denied under oath that he had a
romantic relationship with the aide.
Throughout the book, he levels
criticism at the aggressive Wayne
County prosecutor, Kym Worthy,
who charged him as well as two
judges who heard the case as it
went through the court system.
Kilpatrick is open, however,
about the affair with one-time
chief of staff Christine Beatty
and falsehoods he told, even in
front of the Wayne County
Circuit Court judge who would
decide his future and his free-
"I stood before Judge David
Groner, who requested my plea.
'I lied under oath,' I said, 'with
the intent to mislead the court
and jury and to impede and
obstruct the fair administration
of justice,'" Kilpatrick writes.
"For the record, I lied when I
made that statement. The real
reason I lied under oath was
Because I didn't want my wife to
know I cheated. But be clear.
There was absolutely no justice
to obstruct in the whistle-blow-
ers' suit. The case was manufac-
tured. I was just cornered."
Kilpatrick, 41, eventually plead-
ed guilty to obstruction of justice
and no contest to assault and served
time in the county jail. Groner sent
him to state prison last year for not
adhering to the terms of his proba-
tion, which called for the truthful
disclosure of his finances. The for-
mer mayor is set to be paroled with-
in weeks from state prison for vio-
lating probation in the 2008 crimi-
The book, co-written by Khary
Turner, is set to be released Aug. 1.
Coach Farley tells former student
athletics was "more than a game"
Well known Jacksonville coach Nathaniel Farley (left), stopped by the
Ritz Theater and LaVilla Museum to preview the new "More than a
Game" Black sports exhibit when he ran into former student Casey
Baurnm (right). While there, Coach Farley had the opportunity to share
with his former student athlete of his days playing for the legendary James
P. Smalls in the 60s at Stanton High School Coach Smalls' impression
was so strong on young Farley, he decided to professionally enter the
coaching arena himself. He coached Barnum at Northwestern High
School who remains a living legacy of his coach's guidance. Barnum went i : .
on to excel and graduate athletically and scholastically from Raines High
School and the University of Georgia. Today he is an executive at CitiBank
and still relishes his deep Northside roots.
"I lived for the game," Barnum said of his school years. "The coaches Lavisha Hayward and Lynetta Stonewall strike a pose together for
didn't play bad academics. We had to perform on and off the field." photographer Frank Powell on the oceanfront at Hugenot Park.
Atlanta removes 4 top officials in cheating scandal
ATLANTA, Ga. Antlanta's
Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis
replaced four area superintendents
with principals this week and for-
mer school board chairman
Khaatim Sherrer El announced his
resignation in the continuing fallout
from a cheating scandal that has
overwhelmed their public schools.
"I just concluded in the end it just
shouldn't be this hard to do the right
things for kids," El said, his voice
wavering with emotion as he fought
back tears. "I failed to protect thou-
sands of children who come from
homes like mine. It remains to be
seen, no matter how deep this thing
goes, whether the soul of Atlanta
has been stirred."
El had been removed last month
as school board chairman but able
to retain his seat on the board. El
has accepted a new job as chief of
staff for the Foundation for
Newark's Future in Newark, N.J.
He was one of the first on the board
last year to question APS whether
was doing enough to respond to
The four removed from area
superintendent jobs -- Sharon
Davis-Williams, Michael Pitts,
Robin Hall and Tamara Cotman --
were implicated in the scandal.
Davis did not say whether they will
remain with the district.
Davis also said that two year-
round elementary schools named in
a state investigative report made
public last week will receive new
principals before classes start.
The 800-page report released
Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal casti-
gated the district and former
Superintendent Beverly Hall for a
deeply embedded culture of cheat-
ing, cover-ups and obstruction. Hall
stressed annual academic targets by
whatever means necessary, investi-
gators said, ignoring mounting evi-
dence of misconduct over the past
decade and willfully hindering the
investigation by destroying or alter-
Former Attorney General Mike
Bowers appeared with former
DeKalb County District Attorney
Bob Wilson before the Atlanta
Rotary Club and said in their first
public remarks since their report
was released last week that there
are other educators the investiga-
tion didn't catch.
Every year, more people come to the same place for their family reunion.
Family reunions are meant for catching up with uncles,
aunts, cousins and Big Mama, not for running all over town.
Especially when you can get everything at one place:
Publix. Where shopping is a pleasure.
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Spike Lee returns to film directing with
Spike Lee is heading back to the world of feature /
filmmaking, coming on board to direct "Old Boy,"
Mandate's remake of the South Korean film. The
film is described as tie story "of a man who is kid-
napped and imprisoned on his daughter's birthday.
For fifteen years, he is held captive, and, upon his
release, must begin his journey to find the reason for
his imprisonment. He soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him
more tortuous than his solitary confinement."
The original movie won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes
Film Festival and is considered a high-mark of Asian cinema. As previ-
ously reported, the English-language remake has had some high-profile
flirtations, with Steven Spielberg and Will Smith once circling.
Bosh to marry in a $300K wedding
Chris Bosh is pulling out all the stops on his
The Miami Heat player's walk down the isle is
rumored to cost $300,000!
Although Bosh and his love, Adrienne Williams,
are getting ready to take the great leap in front of
friends and family on July 16, the two actually
legally wed back in April, according to tmz.
The ceremony will take place at a disclosed
beachfront location in the Miami area. The food
by the way, it's supposed to be costing the NBA
player $250,000. And the couple has put down deposits of 100 rooms for
guests and are planning a three-day weekend that will include a welcome
dinner and Sunday brunch.
This is it for Bosh. He celebrated his "freedom" in June with friends on
a star-studded Vegas bachelor's party he called "The Hangover 3."
Follow up to Waiting to Exhale almost ready!
The sequel to "Waiting to Exhale" is bout ready to start. -
At the Essence Music Festival, the author Terry b
McMillian said she's working on the third draft of a |
script and hopes to have it finished by July.
"This won't be on the screen until sometime in 2012 ,
though," she warns.
McMillan broke the story on Twitter a few months ago,
tweeting, "We are working on the script for 'HAPPY.'
Will know in about a month or so when we'll begin production."
And on Whitney Houston, she's still hopeful she'll come around and
recover in time.
"We'll know soon enough," she said. "I've been told that's she wants to
do it, and I think the studio wants her to do it. We all want her to do it... I
just hope she's healthy."
Oprah to teach at her
South African school
The girls at the Oprah Winfrey
Leadership Academy for Girls in
South Africa are already a very
lucky bunch, but now they're going
to have a class taught by Miss 0
In a letter to fans, Winfrey talked
about her recent visit to South
Africa where she spent time with
the girls. "They were all stressed for
tests, but doing fine," she said.
But now she's taking advantage
of her time off and is planning to
take on the role of teacher when she
returns to the school in the fall
(Miss O, by the way, has always
said that if she wasn't a big media
titan, she would have wanted to be
The class, she says, is called
"Life 101," and it'll be taught to the
school's 12th graders.
"I'm going back this fall to teach
a class; calling it Life 101... All the
stuff I wish someone had told me
about how the world works," Oprah
said in her e-mail. "Should be fun
since I love to teach. And they're
"Like 12th graders everywhere,
this first class is both anxious and
excited about going to college," she
added. "Most will be the first in
their family. So it's a very big deal
for them, and they're feeling the
Who better to teach the master
class? I feel another OWN show in
Oprah also joined the school's
first graduating class stateside earli-
er this year as they flew over to
check out colleges.
Samuel Jackson to play
MLK on Broadway
Sa iI I jlCKSoil
Samuel L. Jackson has been cast
as Martin Luther King, Jr. in the
Broadway production of the play
"The Mountaintop" a dramatic
exploration of the Nobel Prize win-
ning civil rights leader's final night
before being assassinated.
The production will open in
October. Jackson had long been
rumored to star. Rumored co-star
Halle Berry was unable to join due
to her ongoing child custody issues
with ex Gabriel Aubry.
Taking place on April 3, 1968,
The Mountaintop is a reimagining
of events the night before the assas-
sination of civil rights leader Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.. It begins as
he retires to Room 306 in the new
infamous Lorraine Motel in
Memphis, after delivering his leg-
endary "I've Been To the
Mountaintop" speech to a massive
church congregation. When room
service is delivered by a young
woman, whose identity is puzzled
over, King is forced to confront his
past, as well as his legacy to his
In the speech, King alluded to the
threats on his life and in the play he
examines his life and decisions as
he unknowingly closes in on the
last moments of his life. In a joint
statement, producers Jean
Doumanian and Sonia Friedman
said, "The Mountaintop is a bril-
liantly conceived gem of a play. An
ambitious work of fiction that is
powerful, heartbreaking, humorous
and exhilarating. And we are hon-
ored to be presenting the Broadway
debut of the great Samuel L.
hJ 1ad ii
Top left going clockwise are network owners: Martin Luther King III,
Will Packer, Andrew Young III and Rob Hardy.
Free African-American network sets a start date
Bounce TV, a new broadcast network geared toward African-American
viewers, will debut on Sept. 26, the network announced.
Founded by Martin Luther King III, Andrew Young III, television exec-
utives Ryan Glover and Jonathan Katz, and filmmakers Rob Hardy and
Will Packer, the channel will go live at noon with a 24-hour programming
mix of movies, sports, documentaries and original programming.
As previously reported, it will be available to viewers who don't have
cable and feel underserved by the major broadcasters. Like Centric and TV
One, it will target viewers 25 and older.
Reality TV and its damaging effect on Black women
If you didn't know a thing about
Black folks, what would you think
if you turned on your TV?
Whether it's "Basketball Wives,"
"Love & Hip-Hop," "The Real
Housewives of Atlanta" series, or
"Single Ladies" (although not a
reality show, it's along the same
lines), chances are, you would leave
those shows with a negative view of
Black women. In this world of fic-
tion portrayed as reality, what is the
message being sent to those in the
community and the rest of the
world'? As a Black woman working
diligently to empower and embold-
en other women, I can unequivocal-
ly say that I'm downright frustrated.
On a daily basis, we are bom-
barded with images of women of The cast of "Basketball wives" of whom none are always deliver plenty of drama.
color dancing half-naked in music popular programming; there are image on TV is all they have to go decided that it's worth the cost of
videos, or prancing around fighting countless others around the planet by. selling our souls and misleading our
each other on one of these TV that may never come across a Black Even though there may be exten- children?
shows. If reality TV is purported to woman in his/her entire life and the sive money in reality TV, have we
depict real lives, what does that say
about us and what others think of
us? What sorts of examples are we
setting for young, impressionable
women out there? ",
These days, it's very difficult for .
me to pinpoint a single reality pro-
gram that showcases positive, accu-
rate images of Black women and .
our role in society. As doctors,
lawyers, educators, mothers, care
takers, political activists and more,
we are responsible for calling out
networks that don't correctly por- A a
tray who we are as women and as a
people. But, is the ugly truth that -
there are more women conducting
themselves in the manner we see on
reality shows than those doing actu- C
al, constructive things in real life?
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Black migration changes the
political landscape in many states
by Nadra Kareem
African-Americans once were
clustered so heavily in urban areas
that the terms "Black" and "inner
city" came to be used almost syn-
onymously. According to the 2010
U.S. Census results, that time is his-
While Blacks have not vanished
from cities, unprecedented numbers
have headed for the suburbs or left
the big cities of the North and head-
ed south. As legislative districts are
redrawn, nonpartisan groups and
both political parties are watching
how this unexpected migration will
affect future elections.
Moreover, redistricting experts
say the Black exodus from cities
such as Detroit, Cleveland and
Philadelphia contributed to placing
among the 10 states that will lose
congressional seats because of
reapportionment after the census.
With Republican governors in 29
states, the GOP has greater influ-
ence over redistricting than
But it is unclear whether the
migration of African-American vot-
ers will change the number of con-
gressional districts where bBack
candidates can win. Rob Richie,
executive director of FairVote,
based in Takoma Park, Md., notes
that Republicans often join civil
rights leaders in supporting
African-American legislative dis-
tricts rather than creating politically
diverse districts where the Black
vote could decide close elections.
Republicans have a political
Minorities will be the biggest battle
Continued from page 4
They have even less chance than able-bodied retirees of supplementing
their Social Security benefits with outside income.
The GOP and President Obama will battle over how to slash Social
Security. And, as always, the biggest casualties of that battle will be those
who rely on Social security the most. And that's minorities.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst and Monday co-
host of the Al Sharpton Show. He is an associate editor of New America
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Michigan. Ohio and Pennsylvania
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legal challenges, which could
extend the timeframe even longer.
Cong. Corrine Brown and other
lawmakers have raised $30 mil-
lion for the fight. They say chang-
ing the process will hurts minorities
access to the district.
The committee's leadership said it
simply wants public input prior to
penning any maps.
"We did not want maps drawn
entirely by politicians," said Sen.
Don Gaetz, one of the committee's
Many African-Americans feel
that without proper attention, they
could lose their elected representa-
interest in concentrating the
tive and the ability to elect minority
"When America has a cold, the
African-American community has
Corrine Brown told the committee.
"It is very important that we remain
in the room."
Brown's district, which snakes
from Jacksonville to Orlando, has
been the cause celeb for those who
want the districts to be redrawn dif-
"We're all for fairness and fol-
lowing the law," said Sen. Tony
Hill. "We just don't want to go
African-American vote," Richie
says. "When Blacks are concentrat-
ed, they can't have their votes in as
many districts. It's a trade-off."
Experts on redistricting foresee
multicultural coalitions emerging in
formerly all-Black communities
and people of color eventually gain-
ing more political clout in suburbs
While Republicans may not gain
power where blacks have departed,
blacks who have headed south will
probably not be able to turn red
states blue in the near future, says
Herb Tyson of Tyson Innovative
Government Relations Solutions in
The Black migration "doesn't
help Democrats because the South
is so heavily skewed Republican
you would have to have a huge rep-
resentation of African-Americans
to make a difference statewide," he
On the other hand, in cities such
as Atlanta, the black population is
so large that African-Americans
relocated there from throughout the
nation won't change the political
landscape. The Atlanta area now
has the greatest number of Blacks
in the country outside of New York
City. For years, Chicago held that
distinction. Moreover, three-fourths
of the 25 counties in which the
Black population rose most over the
past decade are in the South.
In Texas, the Black population
grew by 22 percent, in part because
of Hurricane Katrina refugees who
relocated there permanently. With
the Latino population also growing,
by 42 percent, minorities could
alter the political landscape that
Republicans have controlled.
Meanwhile, five counties with
the greatest number of Blacks 10
years ago--Los Angeles County,
Philadelphia County, Wayne
(Detroit), Cook (Chicago) and
Kings (New York City)-all lost
pollster Ron Lester stresses that
populations in northeastern states
dropped overall but says he doesn't
expect that to have much political
Did you know the first Black
semi-pro football team was called
the "Jacksonville Rattlers/Raiders"
nd was based in Jacksonville,
This team, assembled under the
leadership of their General
Manager, Marvin Robinson;
Manager, Joy Wyatt; Head coach,
Tommy Chandler; Play Coach and
Running Back, Charles Sutton and
Play Coach and Linebacker Pernell
Stevenson. The players on this
team were given an opportunity to
demonstrate their talents and skills
necessary to perform at a level
where any challenge was an honor
as a black team.
In 1968 this team was the first
black semi-pro football team to
have played in the Gator Bowl dur-
ing a period of time where there
was segregation and prejudice.
However, the team made it through
those tough times in spite of all the
divisions. They played in both the
Florida and Georgia leagues fight-
ing through sweat and pain as win-
ners, earning respect as they played
during these times.
Following the Semi-Pro era,
Marvin Robinson positioned him-
self as an Athletic Director known
as Coach Roach who entered into
the City Pop Warner football league
with the Police Athletic League
(PAL). His Assistant Director was
Mr. Joe Wyatt, a long time com-
rade. The team names were the
Ribault Panthers, Ribault Rattlers,
3-W Rattlers and L.S.C. Rattlers.
During this period of coaching foot-
ball, the coaching staff consisted of
Maurice McFarland, Roderick
Smith, and Booker T. Haynes.
This team of coaches provided an
avenue for young men to release
energy that demonstrated to have
produced positive outcomes in
rewards. Communities came
together in sharing the accomplish-
ments of what each child had pro-
duced in terms of displaying their
individual skills and strengths.
Most satisfying was the rewards
(trophies and ribbons) that the chil-
dren received for demonstrating
teamwork, skills, obedience and
enthusiasm, whether they won or
lost. There were several young foot-
ball players who went on in life to
play high school, college and even
pro football following the leader-
ship and training under Coach
Roach and his dynamic team of
coaches. What a more profitable
way of receiving honor by touching
the lives of children who eventually
lead in the city or in a place in
which you may live.
After coaching for at least ten
years, Marvin Robinson now 75
years old began entertaining the
Jacksonville and some surrounding
cities with playing music for peace
and serenity. Now he is known as
D. J. Roach, playing for the com-
munity and churches. There is no
occasion that he is not ready to
entertain, as long as it is decent and
Special thanks to these men who
took time out to make a difference
in Jacksonville athletics.
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SCLC finally has a new leader
by Lynn Jones
I'm on location at
Cabin Bluff, a
retreat located in
Monroe, Georgia, just a
short 27 miles from
mately 45 minutes from
The only information I
have in advance is an
adventure itinerary list-
ing activities and the
words "historic cabin"
in the woods. As I drive
through the gate, there's
a long road that takes
you to the river, I am
amazed at the serenity,
the cabins, and the cozi-
ness. Nestled in the back
woods of Georgia, this Michigan
native was reminded that experi-
encing true nature is the joy of the
South alligators and all!
It's Friday evening and you know
its happy hour so I'm ready for my
cocktail. There is no front desk in
this rustic retreat. AS Ireach the end
of the road, resident rangers reach
for my hand and lead me to my
cabin and wouldn't you know my
cabin is the original domain where
President Calvin Coolidge took his
daily swig and quail fished!
I'm informed that this historic area
was established in 1928 as a world
class hunting and fishing destina-
tion. Cabin Bluff has hosted
Presidents and distinguished sport-
ing enthusiasts from around the
world. After a brief history lesson it
was time for dinner, As I prepared
for my unknown culinary treat, I
canvassed the stuffed animals that
lurked in the living room. There
were a myriad of alligators, squir-
rels, wolves, bobcats and other
wildlife staring right at me.
Shown above is traveler Lynn Jones on location at the rustic Cabin Bluff.
Dinner that night was fried shrimp,
fish, stone ground grits, apple pie,
corbread, and all the fixins accom-
panied by a full bar that actually
followed you wherever you went.
After dinner, it was time for the
classic Italian bowling game,
Saturday morning guests awoke to
a hearty home-style buffet break-
fast. There were twenty other media
representatives with myself eager to
get the day started. Everyone had a
schedule. Cabin Bluff offers fish-
ing, golf, tennis, sporting clay
shooting on the menu of activities.
My first activity was the quail
hunt dogs. I watched the dogs hunt
a quail; it was impressive as their
scent and their style makes them
unique. Next it was on to the Clay
Shooting. I've never held a rifle so
I had to learn the basics. Once I
started shooting, I was on a roll, up,
under, shooting the clay, I was now
an expert! What a thrill and a chal-
Next it was swimming in the lap
pool, then out on the boat for a pri-
vate ride across the river to
Cumberland Island for a tour of the
Carnegie mansion. Dinner that
night was even more exquisite as
we ate wild boar chops, the best key
lime in Florida, Mahi Mahi, etc.
Cabin Bluff is an all inclusive
resort serving their limited number
of 40 guests midday meals to marsh
side oyster roasts, open-air cook-
outs and special functions. The fare
at Cabin Bluff is hearty and dis-
tinctly Southern. Cabin Bluff is a
rustic outdoors experience that
sooths your spirit with nature.
There is also a golf course designed
by David Love IlI. Cabin Bluff is a
great place for a singles retreat, a
conference or just you and your
mate! Thanks to my hosts Brandon
the Bartender, Scott the tour guide
and Sales Manager Andy Ippensen.
Call 912-729-5960 or visit
www.cabinbluff.com for more
insight into this historic monument
just minutes away from
by Stan Washington
ATLANTA It seemed for a time
that the iconic Southern Christian
Leadership Conference (SCLC)
had encountered an enemy more
powerful than the Ku Klux Klan or
the White Citizens Council a foe
that might finally destroy the organ-
ization that survived the assassina-
tion of its most famous leader, Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Ironically, this enemy was the
Southern Christian Leadership
Charges of mismanagement and
institutional infighting largely
over who should lead the historic
civil rights group appeared to
threaten the viability of the Atlanta-
The conflict, which ultimately
landed in court, also delayed the
installation of its president-elect
Bernice King, the youngest daugh-
ter of the slain civil rights leader.
When a Fulton County judge
ruled, last year, on which board was
legitimate, King opted not to be
installed as president, saying that
she and the court-sanctioned board
had a difference of opinion on how
she should govern.
The board then appointed a new
president, Atlanta minister and for-
mer Fulton County Chaplin
Howard Creecy Jr., whose late
father was involved in the civil
rights movement and was a college
roommate of former SCLC presi-
dent, Ralph D. Abernathy.
In one of his first interviews since
taking office, Creecy expressed
confidence that he can repair
SCLC's image and restore the
organization to its former role as a
leader in the fight against injustice.
"SCLC is in my DNA," said
Creecy, a third-generation minister
who pastors The Olivet Church in
The following are excerpts from
Q: Why did you decide to accept
the position of president?
Creecy: Being on the inside, I
knew the truth was not being told.
The story was being spun inaccu-
rately and what we were fighting
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for in terms of the court struggle
was not being reported by the press.
The press made this an internal
fight about personalities, politics,
positions and power and that never
was what the fight was about. It
was about governing according to
laws and the constitution of the
Q: In light of what has hap-
pened with the SCLC over the
past few years, some people
believe the organization has out-
lived its usefulness. How do you
view the organization in the 21st
Creecy: I often wonder how could
that assertion be made by any cred-
ible thinker when, in reality, in
many ways, statistically and demo-
graphically, as a people, we are
worse off than we were 40 years
There are more homeless and hun-
gry African Americans living on the
streets or on the verge of being put
into the streets today than there
were in 1960. Why is that question
always raised specifically in the
Black community about Black
organizations and institutions? No
one is raising that question about
the JDL or the ADL or the
American Irish Catholic Society or
the Italian American Society.
Voice: So, what are some of your
plans to clear up the false notion
that SCLC is not relevant?
Creecy: The time is right for a new
generation of leadership to emerge.
I'm not the new generation of lead-
ership. I'm the bridge between the
past and the future.
The first thing we have to do is re-
brand ourselves and separate our-
selves from our conflictual contem-
porary history. We want people to
know that we are SCLC Today.
To some, SCLC is considered a
museum of the movement. SCLC
Today must be a movement.
TODAY stands for Transforming
Our Destiny through Activism and
The first thing we will do is
rebuild our credibility, our visibility
and our viability. SCLC has to
return to its chapters and to its
churches. We must restore our his-
torical relationship with labor and
with students. That was our base.
We were always the direct social
action arm of the civil rights move-
ment. We got our army out of the
church, from college campuses, and
then somebody told us that the
movement had transitioned from
the streets to the suites. And though
enough there are one or two of us
(African Americans) in the corpo-
rate suites, but we had no strength
in the suites because we had no
presence in the streets.
We didn't understand the connec-
tivity between the two and by not
understanding that, we lost all of
our strength to make anything hap-
pen. We have been celebrating
marches and victories that are 40
years old. Someone took us from
labor to celebration as if victory had
Q: Is the organization currently
in good financial shape?
A: Creecy: America is not in good
financial shape. The federal gov-
ernment is running historical
deficits. Every nonprofit in
America is struggling to get the
kind of support to sustain itself.
We, like every nonprofit in
America, are caught in the crisis of
this unprecedented recession. Of
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