Obama on a
Justice Department will not
re-investigate the case of Malcolm X
The Department of Justice has declined to reopen the 46-year-old case
on the assassination of Civil Rights leader Malcolm X saying the statute
of limitations has expired on any federal laws that could apply.
However, many civil rights advocates still want the Justice Department
to proceed, citing the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of
2007. However, the department insists that the Malcolm X assassination
does not meet the parameters of that act.
"Although the Justice Department recognizes that the murder of
Malcolm X was a tragedy, both for his family and for the community he
served, we have determined that at this time, the matter does not impli-
cate federal interests sufficient to necessitate the use of federal investiga-
tive resources into a matter for which there can be no federal criminal
prosecution," said the Justice Department in their official statement.
In an interview with The New York Times Alvin Sykes, an advocate for
investigation of such unsolved civil rights cases, says the agency can
investigate even if no prosecution is necessary, citing the precedent set
forth with the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.
Sykes says he will appeal to President Obama and the United States
Georgia town to fine citizens
$200 with baggy pants
HAMPTON, Ga. Hampton, Georgia is the most recent in a string of
small towns to outlaw saggyy pants.' The new law states that pants three
inches below the hip line that show skin or underwear are illegal, and a
crime punishable by fine. First time offenders will be charged $50, sec-
ond time offenders $100, and third time $200.
The town's 5,100 inhabitants have mixed opinions about the law. Two
men sporting the newly criminalized style interviewed by a local televi-
sion station insisted that the law was over the top, one arguing that show-
ing underwear isn't "obscene," while the other suggested that the city was
taking the situation "to the extreme."
A proponent of the new legislature, Tommy Morrissey, told 11 Alive that
"It's not a fashion statement...It's just being rude to anybody that might
be walking behind 'em; it's just rude." Hampton City Manager Andy
Pippin denies allegations that this is just another way to collect money for
the city, saying that no complaint or challenge to the law has yet been
Michigan limits welfare benefits to 48
months to become nation's strictest
LANSING; MI Michigan will have the strictest welfare limits in the
Midwest if legislation passed by the Senate is signed into law.
Already, the Senate has passed putting a lifetime cap on recipients of 48
months, a move that would immediately affect about 12,600 families
statewide. The cap would be retroactive and cumulative, so families
would begin to lose payments averaging $515 a month starting Oct. 1.
Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign the legislation into law once it hits
Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri have five-year
limits. Indiana has a 24-month limit, but only for adults; children's bene-
fits have no time cap.
"The purpose of the 48-month limit is to ensure that resources are
directed toward families that truly need them," said Amber McCann,
spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-
Monroe. "As the economy in Michigan improves with the legislation that
has passed over the course of these first six months, we think that 48
months is an adequate amount of time for people to find employment."
The limits come on top of earlier legislation that cuts state jobless ben-
efits to 20 weeks from 26 and a reduction in the earned income tax cred-
it for the working poor. Medicaid benefits and food stamps have not been
The legislation also would discount $200 plus 50 percent of a family's
earnings when determining income eligibility for welfare benefits, allow-
ing families to earn more and still qualify for welfare than under the cur-
rent law, which discounts $200 plus 20 percent. In addition, it would end
benefits for children 19-year-olds who live in a home receiving welfare
The African nation of Ghana
orders the arrest of all homosexuals
Ghana is giving Uganda a run for their money in the Worst Place to be
Ghana's Western Region Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo MP has ordered the
immediate arrest of all homosexuals in the country's west. Aidooo has
tasked Ghana's Bureau of National Investigations and security forces to
"round up" the country's gay population and has called on landlords and
tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexuals.
"All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in the society," he
said. The move by the Minister follows months of campaigning by the
Christian Council of Ghana which last week called on Ghanaians not to
vote for any politician who believes in the rights of homosexuals.
Muslims and Christians in the Western Region have been staging
protests ever since a local media report claimed there were around 8000
homosexuals and lesbians in the district
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Volume 24 No. 41 Jacksonville, Florida July 28 August 3, 2011
Say what? The Debt ceiling debate defined
By August 2, the United States
government will reach a point
where it will begin defaulting on its
debts, according to the U.S.
In response, the White House is
working with lawmakers on a deal
to raise the nation's debt limit in
exchange for major spending cuts
and, potentially, revenue increases
to shrink the deficit.
Here's an in-depth look at what
the problem is, and what the gov-
ernment is doing about it.
What is the debt ceiling?
The debt ceiling is a limit that
Congress has put on how much
money the government can owe to
its own agencies, other countries,
The limit, which has already been
hit, is $14.294 trillion. That's
The government borrows money
to pay for everything from tax
refunds to wars and veterans' bene-
fits, along with creditors, which
include China, Japan, the United
Kingdom, state and local govern-
ments, pension funds and investors
in America and around the world.
How it started
A debt ceiling has existed since
Before that, Congress had to pro-
vide its stamp of approval each time
the Treasury Department wanted to
sell U.S. debt to raise money.
Putting a borrowing limit in place
gave the federal government more
flexibility to fill its coffers without
going to Congress over and over.
Lawmakers in Congress have
raised the debt ceiling on many
occasions, including eight times in
the last decade.
What happens now?
According to Treasury Secretary
Timothy Geithner, consequences
for not raising the ceiling include:
Defaulting on debt payments,
which would lead to a necessary
government spending freeze, which
Geithner says could in turn lead to a
If the government defaults,
everyone -- consumers, cities,
states, corporations and the govern-
ment -- will pay higher borrowing
costs. Continued on page 14
Jacksonville youth honored at 102nd NAACP Convention
Shown above following the presentation of their medals are Jacksonville NAACP ACT-SO recipients (L-
R) Bronze medalists Iman Bethel, Silver Medalists Jahaan Sweet, Program Chair Jackie Holmes and
Bronze Medalists Josua Abbott. Porterphoto.
For many of the twenty
Jacksonville youth boarding a
plane to Los Angeles last week for
a week long adventure, it was their
first flight. Armed with talent, good
attitudes and optimism, winners of
the Jacksonville Branch NAACP
ACT-SO competition were off to
the historic organization's national
convention to try their best to win
cash, money and scholarships.
Competing against over 600
youth from around the country in
twenty-seven categories, three of
Jacksonville's proteges brought
home the medals for their talent.
Leading the pack of Jacksonville
winners was recent Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts gradu-
ate Jahaan Sweet who received a
Silver Medal in the category of
Contemporary Jazz. Also winning
a Silver Medal was Joshua Abbott
for his dance performance. He will
attend Jacksonville University in
the fall. Also placing was classical
performer Iman Bethel who
received a Bronze Medal.
Accompanied by several chaper-
ones, the youth enjoyed sight see-
ing, and fellowshipping with other
youth from around the world.
For full coverage of the trip, see
Eastside celebrates their legacy with their first Community Day
,I -- 1 n, a
Shown above are organizers: Paul Fields, Jr., Harold Jones, Tommy Chandler, Marion Dunbar, Andrew Dumas, Sr., Michael Anderson, Clarence Lee,
Lucille McCloud, James Cotton, John Miles, Charles Sutton, Redd Norman Enoch Webster, Curtis Miranda, Selina Lee, Tonic Lewis, Lillian Green,
and Shotgun Walker.
The first annual "out east"
Eastside reunion took place at A.
Philip Randolph Park last weekend
in the heart of the Eastside. On the
Eastside, every student attended
Matthew Gilbert and participated
with a fond rivalry with students of
Prior to integration, the communi-
ty was a vibrant diamond symboliz-
ing "the village" where everyone
watched over and out for everyone
else, parents and youth alike. The
streets bustled with industry and
community. These days, vacated by
economic plight, the products of
that solid foundation joined forces
to celebrate their heritage. Many of
whom still reside there or have rel-
atives that do.
Former resident and celebrated
athlete Tommy Chandler said he
wouldn't have missed the event.
"The relationships some of us
have had go back sixty+ years", he
Though many have moved on,
:hc\ never hesitate to recognize
where "lionlw" is.
"We have a unmistakable bond.
Eastside yesterday, today and forev-
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I, J i Se A NAACP regains prominence by diversifying agenda
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, with state Rep. Betty Reed to his right and
state Rep. Arthenia Joyner to his left, spoke to several hundred people
at a church in Tampa about the change in the Florida elections law.
Jesse Jackson campaigning in
Florida against new elections law
Rev. Jackson blasts Florida vot-
The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Friday
called for the U.S. Justice
Department to block implementa-
tion of changes to Florida election
laws that he says will suppress
turnout in 2012.
"By restricting voting, they
(Republicans) are able to determine
the outcome," Jackson said. He
described Florida as "ground zero
for the voter suppression move-
ment" in the United States.
Jackson is making rounds at ral-
lies in Florida to mobilize opposi-
tion to the new law. The ACLU of
Florida is circulating a flier
instructing how people can send
emails and letters or make phone
calls to U.S. Attorney General Eric
Holder urging to "stop voter sup-
pression" in Florida.
Proponents say the new laws
were aimed at preventing fraud and
cutting the cost of elections.
They would lessen availability of
early voting in Florida elections,
popular among minorities; make it
harder to vote after an address
change, which critics say would
affect young and minority voters;
restrict petition drives for constitu-
tional amendments, and limit voter
registration drives by non-govern-
"We see the circle coming back
around again. We feel the chilly
winds of a backlash. Those who
denied the right to vote now want to
suppress it." Jackson said this week
at a Tampa church.
But he said all kinds of poor and
middle class people will be affect-
ed. "Black people do not have a
monopoly on pain. We're just the
canary in the coal mine."
Because of past racial discrimi-
nation, new election laws in Florida
require prior federal approval certi-
fying they don't lessen minority
voting power. The Justice Dept. is
expected to decide or request more
information by Aug. 8.
Jackson said comparable law
changes have been proposed or
enacted in 34 states.
Asked who's responsible, he said,
"All I really know is the pattern ...
The evidence is it's obviously a
plan because it's so widespread."
The law (HB 1355), passed by
the Legislature and signed into law
by Gov. Rick Scott, reduces early
voting from 14 days to eight and
requires voters to cast provisional
ballots if their previous voting
address was in another county.
Supporters say the changes will
reduce voter'fraud at the polls.
by C. Hoag
LOS ANGELES Jobs, education,
health, housing the issues driving
the NAACP these days look much
like the concerns of most
Americans, and that's by design.
The National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
kicked off its 102nd convention last
weekend in Los Angeles. The ven-
erable civil rights organization's
policy agenda shows how it has
evolved from its decades-long role
as a leading fighter against racial
inequality to become a staunch
advocate for social justice for all
"They're doing a much better job
by being seen as lobbying for poor,
disenfranchised people of all col-
ors," said Peniel E. Joseph, a Tufts
University history professor and
author of a book on the civil rights
and black power movements.
The strategy has enabled the
NAACP to bounce back after a
decade in which many charged that
the organization had lost its way,
In the 1950s and 1960s, the
NAACP was a standard-bearer of
the struggle for voting rights,
desegregated schools, and equal
access to everything from water
fountains to bus seats. But by four
decades later with a black presi-
dent in the White House the
NAACP's prominence had trickled
to a place in history books.
Membership had dipped from a
high of 625,000 at the NAACP's
apogee in the 1964, to less than
300,000 by the mid-2000s.
Five out of seven regional head-
quarters had closed and an old-
guard leadership appeared aloof
from young people, who were
mainly concerned with the dearth of
economic opportunity. The organi-
zation itself was ailing, operating
for five years in the red, after rev-
enues dipped $9 million.
But the organization has seen a
resurgence in recent years, spear-
headed by a new president,
Benjamin Todd Jealous, in 2008, at
age 35 the group's youngest ever.
Jealous, who had headed a foun-
dation and worked for human rights
International, embarked on a major
revitalization campaign by reaching
out to young African-Americans
and people of varied minority
groups, broadening the scope of the
organization to end discrimination
on all fronts.
"By focusing on the nexus of
great civil rights issues and human
rights issues that are keeping people
of color trapped in poverty, folks
have responded," Jealous said, not-
ing that the recession has resulted in
a lot of shared interests among dif-
ferent groups. "It's much easier to
get folks together to build coalitions
and break barriers."
The number of members, donors
and a network of online partners
who promote the NAACP have
surged to 525,000, with the 18 to
25-year-old group the fastest grow-
ing segment as the organization has
made a point to take up issues
affecting younger people, such as
The flood of new interest has
pushed the organization into the
black with a $31 million budget that
has been pumped up by donations
from foundations and major donors
- $4 million in Jealous' first year -
as well as a doubling in the number
of small donors to 20,000. By fall, it
will have reopened all of the five
shuttered regional offices.
"He's been very energetic,"
Joseph said of Jealous.
Its grassroots base, meanwhile,
has been boosted by an embrace of
the country's multi-ethnic tapestry.
An openly gay black man, Hispanic
immigrants, whites, Asians, and
Native Americans now serve as
chapter presidents across the
nation. "As the country becomes
more diverse, so does the NAACP,"
said Hilary Shelton, senior vice
president of advocacy and policy.
"We are so excited about that
The organization has taken on a
menu of group-specific issues rang-
ing from gay rights to the Dream
Act, which would enable illegal
immigrant students to gain residen-
cy after completing college, as well
as wider issues related to poverty -
joblessness, health care access,
criminal justice, quality public
schools that disenfranchised com-
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Republicans battle over debt with Obama,
Republicans battle over debt with Obama,
It is hard for presidential incum-
bents to get re-elected during tough
economic times, and Republicans
in Congress are trying to do what
they can to make sure that fact
But we are living in unconven-
tional times with an unconvention-
al President so history may not
Most of us have seen or at least
heard of the constant back and forth
between President Obama and
Congressional Republicans over
the debt ceiling. Most of us didn't
know what the heck a debt ceiling
was until this recent political
squabble moved to the forefront of
Well, the President, who some-
times plays Mr. Nice Guy too
much, actually took the battle to
Republicans on Monday night with
a primetime appeal to the public to
put pressure on Congressional
GOP leaders so that a compromise
can be reached.
The President did what he does.
In his smooth, calm, confident way
he urged us "ordinary Americans"
to reach out to our congressional
members and let our opinions be
Obama also went on the offen-
sive stating that compromise
should not be "a dirty word" and
that Americans should not be "col-
lateral damage" to a partisan dead-
Of course, Republican House
Speaker John A. Boehner followed
the President with his own message
about the President's lack of com-
promise and how the people of this
nation are his first concern.
This is the exact reason why the
U.S. Congress is so disliked by the
public. Most feel that
Congressional members are simply
out for themselves and are out of
touch with what is going on in the
Not only is Boehner opposed to
President Obama's plan, but some
even question whether he could
actually get his own party to sup-
port any plan. Apparently, some
conservatives and GOP freshmen
aren't very fond of Mr. Boehner's
plan or his tactics.
With all of this political jockey-
ing it is easy to see why the public
dislikes politicians so much.
According to a new ABC News
poll, the President's approval rat-
ings are sliding and Republican
lawmakers in Washington are in
even worse position. The numbers
show that just as many people
blame Republican policies for the
poor economy as they do President
The troubling numbers for
Republican should be the fact that
caught in the middle
65 percent disapprove of the GOP's
handling of jobs, compared to 52
percent for the president.
The same poll stated that 77 per-
cent of respondents said
Republicans are not willing to com-
promise enough on a debt-ceiling
deal, while 58 percent said the
same of Obama.
In politics there is always a long
game and short game. The Obama
offensive may help him consider-
ably as he tries to bring this debt
issue to a close. The long game is
With the President stepping in
like a parent trying to find compro-
mise between two squabbling chil-
dren, he comes off as being the
Obama essentially ran in 2008 as
being an "outsider" who would
change in Washington. He can't
afford to get caught up in a long
battle with Republicans over debt -
especially debt that is in large part
because of the wars the previous
president got us involved in.
So the long game for Obama has
to be to rise above this issue and
work on job creation initiatives that
will appeal to all Americans.
Many Americans are frustrated
by this nasty partisan battle over
raising the debt ceiling that has
consumed Washington and every
news organization in the country.
The one other good thing that
Obama has going for him is that
according to that same Post-ABC
poll, a majority of Americans still
blame former president George W.
Bush for the state of the economy.
Will that hold true through the elec-
tion I guess we will see?
But the million dollar or trillion
dollar question is can a deal get
done before the U.S. defaults on
many of the country's financial
I think that both side realize that
we are in unchartered waters and
for the United State to default on its
credit obligations and other finan-
cial responsibilities would be
We are talking about an issue that
would turn the country upside
down because it threatens the
nation's credit rating, its financial
markets and its already struggling
economy. Both sides have until
August 2nd to come up with a com-
promise or my grandma may not
get her social security check.
On Monday night, President
Obama said, "Because neither
party is blameless for the decisions
that led to this problem, both par-
ties have a responsibility to solve
Signing off from Washington
Street not DC,
A broader perspective of our social construct.
Teachers are the front line of knowledge development and the key to closing many disparities.
It seems like almost yesterday
when she walked into the room.
Me, with my brand new book case
(not backpack) and her in shiny red
shoes that exclaimed her authority.
The other 25 or so little people of
my size looked around with curios-
ity as she began to take her place at
the front of the room. Yet, even as a
little boy, I could tell this lady
would be an important figure in my
life. Mrs. Gamble was my first
grade teacher and her calming, yet
"In its broadest sense, learn
defined as a process oft
change from ignorance to
from inability to competence
indifference to understanding
the same manner, instruction
tion-can be defined as th
which we systematize the situa
editions, tasks materials, and
ties by which learners acqi
different ways of thinking, f
firm, instruction style gave me an
early confidence as a student that
would never wane.
The image if my first grade
teacher was not only an unmistak-
able role model in my development
as a child, but she also served as a
skilled technician when it came to
teaching. While Mrs. Gamble left
me with a foundation of simple
work ethic and good manners,
many other notables chipped in
along the way to help see me
through. They exercised a keen eye
for areas of potential and sought to
point my skills in the right direc-
Over the years teachers manage
classrooms full of diverse minds
and cultures. Many of these minds
come unprepared to deal with their
ring can be strengths and possi-
progressive abilities life has to
kno offer. From leading
knowledge, the Pledge of
, and from Allegiance during
:...In much morning devotion
n-or educa- to selecting the cap-
e means by tain of the swim-
ming team, teachers
inare constantly man-
opportuni- aging and molding
uire new or their students in
feeling, and hopes that they will
on Fincher one day make their
mark on the world
in a special way.
Teachers exhaust many different
tools in developing the ranks of the
classroom for academic battle.
Inspiration comes in many forms
on the way to developing the dedi-
cation it takes to become success-
ful. Yes, parents are an important
ingredient in the growing and
learning process. However, teach-
ers have always embraced their role
as extended family with a vested
interest in success and failure.
Truth is, the best way to turn
around the lives of America's most
vulnerable citizens is to make sure
they receive a quality education.
And as the attack on the middle
class continues to take hold in this
country, it appears that one of the
main strategies is to cripple public
The total lack of respect that has
been heaped on teachers and the
importance of their offerings are
When did teachers become the
Sure, I'm all for holding employ-
ees accountable. However, the con-
stant lowering of the status of the
contribution of teachers is no moti-
vator to success.
Some might argue that the deci-
sion to target teachers is part of the
larger strategy to keep middle class
and poor American's in a system of
default. All over the country teach-
ers and curriculums that support
broad and diverse thought are being
criticized and harassed as a way to
condemn various forms of ideolo-
gy. The strategy is to cripple the
minds of the most vulnerable, espe-
cially their young, and you will
effectively stifle any possibility of
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Republicans have I
a memory deficit
How did we get into this budget mess?
Republican lawmakers want you to bellhee it ras
because of the two years President Barack C)banma has
been in office? But it was Republicans the professed party of fiscal
responsibility who have presided over the largest splash of red ink.
According to Investment Watch blog:
The deficit was raised 18 times under Ronald Reagan three times in
1981, twice in 1982, twice in 1983, three times in 1984, twice in 1985,
twice in 1986 and four times in 1987 or once every five months;
Under Clinton, the debt was raised only four times twice in 1993 and
once each in 1996 and 1997 an average of once every 24 months;
George W. Bush presided over seven increases in the deficit once
each in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and twice in 2008 or once every 13
Under Obama, the deficit was raised twice in 2009 and 2010 or
once every 15 months.
The New York Times observed in an editorial: "In 2001, President
George W. Bush inherited a surplus, with projections by the Congressional
Budget Office for ever-increasing surpluses, assuming continuation of the
good economy and President Bill Clinton's policies. But every year start-
ing in 2002, the budget fell into deficit. In January 2009, just before
President Obama took office, the budget office projected a $1.2 trillion
deficit for 2009 and deficits in subsequent years, based on continuing Mr.
Bush's policies and the effects of recession. Mr. Obama's policies in 2009
and 2010, including the stimulus package, added to the deficits in those
years but are largely temporary."
The editorial noted that Republican policies, two wars and economic
downturns are responsible for our economic quagmire.
"Under Mr. Bush, tax cuts and war spending were the biggest policy
drivers of the swing from projected surpluses to deficits from 2002 to
2009. Budget estimates that didn't foresee the recessions in 2001 and in
2008 and 2009 also contributed to deficits. Mr. Obama's policies, taken
out to 2017, add to deficits, but not by nearly as much," the Times article
stated. "...The Bush tax cuts have had a huge damaging effect. If all of
them expired as scheduled at the end of 2012, future deficits would be cut
by about half, to sustainable levels."
Republicans are featuring deficit reduction as their central political cam-
paign yet refuse to let the Bush tax cuts expire. And though Democrats
don't agree, they can't muster the backbone to stand up to the GOP.
Republican leaders have adopted the mantra: We have a spending prob-
lem, not an income problem.
According to FactCheck.org, we have both.
"Federal spending is expected to equal 24.1 percent of the nation's gross
domestic product in the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30," the Web
site notes. "The figure was 25 percent in fiscal year 2009, highest since
"On the other hand, federal revenues are expected to drop to 14.8 per-
cent of GDP this year, lower than the 14.9 percent attained in both 2009
and 2010. There has been only one year since World War II when revenues
have been as low as any of these years: 1950, when the figure was 14.4
In fiscal 2000, the year before the first of two Bush tax cuts took effect,
receipts from federal income tax on individuals represented 10.2 percent
of GDP. Last year, that figure had dropped to 6.2 percent of GDP.
Corporate taxes have also been steadily lowered, now making up only 8.9
percent of the federal budget.
David Stockman told talkingpointsmemo.com: "I think the biggest prob-
lem is revenues. It is simply unrealistic to say that raising revenue isn't part
of the solution. It's a measure of how far off the deep end Republicans
have gone with this religious catechism about taxes."
Rather than dealing with a combination of tax increases and spending
cuts, GOP leaders are proposing drastic spending cuts in what is called
domestic discretionary or non-security discretionary spending. The
Economic Policy Institute (EPI) says that portion of the budget "provides
vital services to people in need, protects Americans from corporate abuses
and environmental degradation, and keeps the government itself operat-
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Scott Family Singers Anniversary
The Members of The Scott Family Gospel Singers invite the community
to their First Anniversary. It will be held at the Revelation Prayer House,
1725 W. 28th Street on August 7, 2011 from 5 10 p.m. where Pastor Grady
Dicks is the shepherd.
The following groups will be performing for your enjoyment: Victory,
Spiritualists, Gospel Children, Gospel Shepherds, Angle Dancing, New
Creation, Pastor Royal, Willie Kirkland, Tears of Joy, Cynthia Hardy,
Robert in Christ (praise dance), Kimberly Bryant (praise dance) and the
First Baptist Church from Fernandina Beach in addition to many more
groups. For more information call Brother Frank Gray at (904) 576-7409.
ASALH sponsors trip to D.C.
The James Weldon Johnson of The Association of the Life and Study of
African American Life and History will be sponsoring a bus trip to the
Martin Luther King Memorial Dedication, August 27th to Washington,
D.C. The trip will also include a tour of African American Heritage histor-
ical sites as well and the national monument. A meal package is included
with brunch on Sunday, August 28th at b. Smith's Restaurant and Dinner at
Phillips Flagship on the Potomac River. Lodging continental breakfast and
a box lunch is included for the trip home. Meals traveling to D.C. and din-
ner on the return trip are at your own expense. For more information and to
reserve your seat, please go to http://asalh-jaxfl.org and download the flyer
and registration form. You may also call 551-0372 or 228-3132 if you have
Mens Conference at Joshua Center
The Joshua Christian Faith Church Center located at 924 Saint Clark
Street, will host a Faith for Men Conference, Man Alive, Friday July 29th
at 7:30 p.m. Sunday July 30th at 10:00 a.m. Host: Pastor Frederic
Pinkney, and special event speaker is Dr. James White. To register call
(904) 388-2227ext. 14 or online at www.joshuachristian.org
Family & Friends at New Birth
New Birth Covenant Ministry located at 507 Cassat Ave. where we are,
"Building a Ministry Big Enough for God" invites the community to share
with them to celebrate Family & Friends Day on July 31, 2011 at 4 p.m.
Come expecting your blessing. For more information call (904) 252-3419.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
Bishop R.W. McKissick, Sr.
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist celebrating
Pastor Ernie Murray's Silver Anniversary
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Church is celebrating the 25th
Silver Anniversary of Pastor Emie
L. Murray, Sr..
Festivities will kick off with a
Semi-Formal banquet on Saturday,
August 13, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the St.
Thomas Family Life Center located
at 2119 Rowe Avenue. Dr. James B.
Sampson, President of the Florida
General Baptist Convention will be
the guest speaker.
The anniversary will climax with
Worship Services, Sunday August
14, 2011 beginning at 8 a.m. with
Pastor Jimmie Green of the Zion
Missionary Baptist Church,
Blackshear, Georgia as the guest
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
preacher. Pastor Murray will take to
the pulpit for 10:45a.m.
services.That afternoon, a 4 p.m.
celebration service will take place
featuring Bishop Rudolph W.
McKissick Sr. of the Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church bringing the
spoken word. Churches from
throughout the city will be the spe-
cial guests. The community is invit-
ed to share in these services.
The church is located at 5863
Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, Fl.
32209: For information call 768-
8880 or E-mail:
Shown above is Mrs. Patricia Graham Wallace receiving a plaque
from N.S. Church of Christ's Brother Charlie McLendon.
Northside Church of Christ honors
Stone Family fo 13 years of contributions
The Northside Church of Christ recently honored the descendents of the
Edith Stone family for their contributions to the church. For the past 13
years, the family has donated thousands of dollars to benefit the church's
youth programs during their annual family reunion. This year 70 attendees
presented her legacy at the Reunion held in Jacksonville, FL.
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Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
Mt. Zion AME
Historic Mt. Zion AME Church,
located at 201 E. Beaver Street in
Downtown Jacksonville, will be
having a food tasting extravaganza
after Sunday morning service, start-
ing at 1 p.m. Come and taste a vari-
ety of home cooked dishes for a
donation of $10.
For more information call Wanda
Mitchell at 355-9475.
Throughout the country, a surging
trend is developing in the black
church. Increasingly, women are
seeking ordination and assuming
senior leadership positions in
AME, Presbyterian, Baptist and
The change is mostly welcomed
by churchgoers, though some tradi-
tionalists have said they prefer male
pastors. But even those who resist
the tide note that women are just as
likely as men to feel called to serve,
and that they often bring welcomed
attributes to the job, according to
local church leaders.
What's more, the growing number
of women leaders finally is helping
churches achieve a certain gender
equilibrium. About two-thirds of
most congregations (black and
white) consist of women, yet
women have remained underrepre-
sented in leadership positions, local
observers have said.
"Thirty years ago, the AME
Church in Florida had no female
pastors", said past Presiding Elder
Dr. Robert L. Mitchell. The first in
our area was appointed in the mid
80s. At the point of his retirement
last year, roughly 1/3 of the AME
l1th Episcopal District's 450 pas-
tors were female. In addition, three
of the church's 20 bishops, are
The AME Church requires four
years of divinity school for pastor
Eliza Smith Brown, communica-
tions director for the Association of
Theological Schools, which tracks
seminary statistics in the U.S. and
Canada, said black women consti-
tute about half of all blacks pursu-
ing Master of Divinity degrees in
the U.S., a figure significantly high-
er than all other racial and ethnic
The number of black women in
Master of Divinity programs in the
U.S. is about equal to the number of
black men, "while white women are
still represented in lower numbers,"
Brown wrote in an email.
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Shenequa Taylor, Hilary Standifer, Bianca Sessions, Ashleigh Willis, Aierress Hanna.
Debs stay fit together with a taste ofZuumba
The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter
of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
2011 Debutantes joined together on
last Friday for an evening of fun
and fitness. Zumba is an effective,
easy-to-follow, Latin inspired calo-
rie-burning dance that's moving
people across the country to have
fun while staying healthy. The class
was led by Erica Schell at the Best
Western on Chaffee Point Road.
The event was held at the Best
Western at Chaffee Point in honor
of Debutante Hilary Standifer,
daughter of Mr and Mrs Ernest
Standifer. Hilary is sponsored by
Mrs. Bertha Padgett, Debutante
The Debs and guests enjoyed a
dinner and received monogramed
fitness gift bags.
What is your dentist looking for?
Routine dental visits aid in the
prevention, early detection, and
treatment of tooth decay, oral soft
tissue disease, and periodontal dis-
eases. A complete dental exam
should include the following.
A soft tissue examination. The
purpose of the soft tissue examina-
tion is to spot precancerous and
cancerous changes in the oral tis-
sues. If detected at an early stage,
oral cancer can be successfully
treated. A thorough soft tissue
examination should include a visual
inspection and finger exploration of
the tongue, floor of the mouth,
palate, salivary glands, insides of
the cheek, and back of the throat.
The tongue should be moved to
allow for the inspection of its sides
and base. The face, head, and neck
should also be examined, and any
enlarged lymph nodes identified.
A screening and examination
for periodontal (gum) diseases.
Using a periodontal probe, your
dentist or hygienist will measure
the band of gum tissue that sur-
rounds the tooth. Gum disease is
easiest to treat when detected dur-
ing the early stages.
A detailed charting of cavities,
existing restorations (fillings and
crowns), and other tooth condi-
tions. Every tooth surface is
inspected for new decay and the
status of existing restorations.
Dental radiographs (X-rays) may be
part of your routine dental visit and
will assist the dentist in locating
disease that cannot be seen by the
eye, such as cavities between the
teeth or bone loss beneath the
Although annual (or more fre-
quent) dental examinations are
often recommended, there is little
scientific evidence that this fre-
quency is necessary for the mainte-
nance of oral health in healthy chil-
dren or adults. How often you visit
the dentist should be based on your
Obama certifies end of military's gay ban
President Barack Obama on has
certified the repeal of "Don't Ask
Don't Tell," the policy preventing
gays from openly serving in the
"Our military will no longer be
deprived of the talents and skills of
patriotic Americans just because
they happen to be gay or lesbian,"
Obama said in a statement.
The move came after Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta and the
Joint Chiefs of Staff certified that
the military was ready to end the
ban. Each member of the Joint
Chiefs had to submit a recommen-
dation, indicating that they are far
enough in their training to repeal
DADT, and that it will not have an
impact on military readiness.
Obama's certification starts a 60-
day waiting period to implement
the repeal before "Don't Ask
Don't Tell" is officially a thing of
"As of September 20th, service
members will no longer be forced
to hide who they are in order to
serve our country," Obama said.
The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" poli-
cy forced gays to keep their sexual
orientation secret if they wanted to
serve in the U.S. armed forces. Last
year, Obama signed a landmark law
repealing the policy.
Ending the policy, enacted under
President Clinton in 1993, has been
a top priority of gay rights activists,
along with advancing same-sex
marriage rights. Since it was enact-
ed, an estimated 13,000 people
have been expelled from the armed
forces for violating the rules.
Critics of repeal within the
Pentagon had long argued it was
too risky to pursue the change at a
time when the military was
stretched by two wars.
The financial costs of caring for your aging parents
By Jason Alderman
Kudos to the millions of "sand-
wich-generation" Americans. These
exhausted souls spend their time
and money caring for and support-
ing not only their own children (and
sometimes, grandchildren), but
their parents as well. It's no wonder
that so many people caught in this
situation have trouble paying their
bills and saving for retirement.
If you are primary caregiver for
one or both parents or support them
financially, these ideas may help
you keep your own finances on
You may be able to claim your
,parents as dependents for tax pur-
You provide more than half their
financial support. If they live in
your home, you can count the fair-
market rental value of their lodging,
including utilities, in that calcula-
Their gross income (excluding
Social Security payments and other
tax-exempt income), is less than
$3,700 a year.
They did not file a joint tax return
- unless it was to claim a refund.
The rules are complicated, so
consult a tax professional or review
IRS Publication 503 at www.irs.gov
to see if you qualify.
Even if you can't claim your par-
ents as dependents because of the
gross income limit, if you itemize
deductions you still may be able to
deduct their medical expenses you
paid for provided you supply over
half their financial support. The
deduction applies only to medical
expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of
your adjusted gross income, so pay-
ing for their expenses just may help
put you over that threshold. For a
complete list of qualifying expenses
see IRS Publication 502 at
Another way to lower your tax
bite is to participate in employer-
provided flexible spending
accounts (FSAs), where you pay for
eligible health and dependent care
expenses (including those for
dependent parents) on a pretax
basis that is, before federal, state
and Social Security taxes have been
deducted. This lowers your taxable
income and therefore, your taxes.
To learn more about FSAs, visit
Practical Money Skills for Life, a
free personal financial management
program sponsored by Visa Inc.
A broad range of federal, state
and private assistance programs are
available to help low-income sen-
iors (and others) pay their bills,
Medical coverage through
Medicaid and Medicare. For a good
overview of these programs, see
"Get Financial Help" at
Most pharmaceutical companies
offer patient assistance programs
that provide uninsured and low-
income people access to prescrip-
tion drugs they couldn't otherwise
afford. Ask your doctor or pharma-
cist for details.
The Low-Income Home Energy
Assistance Program provides grants
to help pay utility bills. To see if
your parents qualify, go to
The Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program helps lower-
income Americans buy nutritious
food. Visit www.fns.usda.gov/snap
for qualification requirements.
Rental assistance for low-income
people is available from several
Department of Housing and Urban
Development programs as well as
other state and local agencies (see
"Find Rental Assistance" at
www.hud.gov for details).
AARP has an excellent guide to
finding public benefit programs in
your area at www.aarpkb.bene-
fitscheckup.org. They also have a
robust Caregiving Resource Center
And finally, if your parents live
far away, consider hiring a local
geriatric care manager to help
develop a game plan. It's not cheap,
but you'll appreciate the peace of
mind. A good resource is the
National Association of
Professional Geriatric Care
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Natural Hair Workshop
TRU Roots will present a Natural
Hair Care Workshop on Saturday,
July 30, 2011 at Ventureplex
Training Facility, 7235 Bonneval
Road (off JT Butler & Phillips
Highway) Jacksonville, Florida
32256 Register at http://www.tru-
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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.
Back to School Festival
Over 30 corporations and non-
profits will work together to provide
Jacksonville students with back to
school supplies. The give-a-way
will take place Saturday, July 30,
2011, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Landing. Free back-
packs, school supplies, samples,
vision screenings and additional
screenings, entertainment, mascot
appearances, ROAR cheerleaders,
fashion shows and more. For more
information, call 353-1188.
concert at Outre
A Fashion Showcase of hot new
designers with performances by the
Outre Dancers and an Outre Fantasy
Hair show featuring live music from
Fantasia and Derek J from Real
Housewives Of Atlanta. It will be
held July 30th from 6-9 p.m. at the
Prime Osborne Center. For more
information visit www.outre.com or
call (888) 731-5131.
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
August 4th at 7 p.m. Call 632-
at First Fridays
David Hollister will host and per-
form at the First Friday Leo Bash,
scheduled for Friday, August 5th at
the Hyatt Hotel Riverfront in
Downtown Jacksonville at 9 p.m..
For tickets call (904) 405-7333.
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 5th from 5-9 p.m.
Masons of the World, Inc., will
hold their 16th Annual Masons of
the World, Inc., Annual Community
We Care Day school supply give-a-
way on Saturday, August 6, 2011,
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at
the Alton Lloyd Spencer Masonic
Temple, 2802 Pearl Street. Children
pre-k through 12th grade and par-
ents will peruse school supplies,
resource information, games and
other activities. Contact person:
Sister Linnie Finley, Chairperson,
Save the date for Jacksonville's
"Prime" Bridal Show on Sunday,
August 7, 2011, from noon. to 5
p.m. at The Prime Osborn
Convention Center. Come meet face
to face with leading local wedding
professionals to help plan the per-
fect event for your special day! For
more information visit www.wed-
dingexhibit.com or contact Krissy
Weeks at (904) 860-8004.
Arena Bowl XXIV
Are you ready for some football!
Jacksonville Sharks Arena Bowl
XXIV, Friday, August 12, 2011 at
8:00 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial
Arena. For tickets visit www.ticket-
master.com or call the Sharks office
at (904) 621- 0700.
C4aCz for Clara
The University Club will host
"Cocktails For A Cause" supporting
The Clara White Mission. It will be
held Friday, August 12th from 5:30
- 7 p.m. at the University Club. For
more info visit www.clarawhitemis-
sion.org or call (904) 354-4162.
P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
The August meeting of the
P.R.I.D.E Book Club will be held
Saturday, August 13th at 4 p.m.
Author and socialite Marsha Phelts
will host a discussion with Yolanda
M. Tucker, author of the book "All
I Ever Wanted To Do Is Love You."
The reading will be held at 5400
Ocean Blvd, American Beach. For
more info call 389-8417 or 703-
Eat Up Downtown
Downtown Vision, Inc. is dishing
out exquisite cuisine at an afford-
able price during Eat Up
Downtown. From hip caf6s to ele-
gant steak houses, Downtown's
finest restaurants collaborate each
year to bring you a three course
meal at one unbeatable price. Save
the dates and your appetite!. Eat Up
Downtown will run for two weeks,
August 15 August 28, 2011, you
have two weeks to dine!
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 hours
d'oeuvres, desserts and a silent and
live auction. Tickets are available at
www.jaxhumane.org or 725-8766.
Sheryl Underwood the comedian
that continues to push the envelope
discussing sex, politics, current
events and relationships will be in
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
Regency Riverfront. The full day
event will feature speakers, break-
out sessions with local health and
wellness experts, free health screen-
ings, continental breakfast, catered
lunch and more. For tickets visit
www.wjct.org or call 549-
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Labor Day Weekend will be the
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-
Erykah Badu, The O'Jays and
Ricky Smiley will be in concert
together on Saturday, September
17, 2011 at the arena. For tickets
call (800) 745-3000, or visit online
Florida Black Expo
The 2011 Florida Black Expo is set
for Saturday, October 8th at the
Prime Osbom Convention Center.
Guests include CNN commentator
Roland Martin, vocalist Oleta
Adams, actress Wendy Raquel
Robinson, and House of Payne actor
David Mann. For more information
visit www.blackexposouth.com or
The Riverside Fine Arts Series wil
present Regina Carter, the distinc-
tively diverse and musical personal-
ity in concert on Thursday, Oct. 20,
at the Florida Theatre. The show
begins at 8 p.m., for tickets visit
Become a better public speaker
The Jacksonville Toastmaster's Club invite the community to become e
a better public speaker by joining them at their weekly meetings from
noon to 1 p.m.. They are held at the Jacksonville Aviation Authority,
Administrative Building located at 14201 Pecan Park Road on the 2nd
Floor in the Training Room. For more information, call 904-741-2226
or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for the Senior Games
Seniors 50 years and older are encouraged to register for the Forever
Fit 50 & Beyond: 2011 Jacksonville Senior Games presented by the City
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Eastsiders present their first reunion of their neighborhood's legacy
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Everyone that grew up on
m -- the eastside, from the old
7 w I~ "! Gator bowl to Phoenix
,~.. '17L Avenue was in attendance.
SOver 700 old school chums,
neighbors, family and friends
k! gathered to reminisce about
the past, present and future.
k Once a stronghold of
Jacksonville's Black commu-
nity, the eastside was the
foundation for many
SI Jacksonville families
Committee member Loretta
Bartley commented on the
outcome, "We were surprised
at the turn-out; the eastside is
a real prize."
Set your calendar for next
years "outeast" reunion. To
serve on the committee con-
G L L B n s o i e i M i s ltact Loretta Bartley at (904)-
Gladys Loyd, Louise Bostic, Florence Bostic, Johnny Mike, Renee, Linda, Marna Riley, S. Jackson, Sylvia Precious Jones, Robin Wiley and Nicias Mitchell. 803-9227.
Stripling, Tonie Lewis, Selina Robinson and Lillian Green.
Terika Williams, Asyha Brown, Willie Holmes and Normidie Brown
By Kyle Taylor
When Anthony Johnson first
stepped foot on the University of
Maryland College Park campus, he
didn't give much thought to joining
a Greek fraternity, let alone one that
was not even on the school's cam-
pus at the time. Yet when word got
to him that the 15-year suspension
of Omega Psi Phi at UMD would be
lifted, his interest in joining was
piqued to say the least.
"I watched how different fraterni-
ties interacted with each other at
different events, and their friend-
ships seemed more genuine," said
Johnson, who ended up crossing in
2009, his senior year at UMD. "I
had never thought about joining any
other fraternity. I did my research
and learned about the organization
and its members, and I liked the
outspoken nature of the fraternity as
well-the brotherhood behind it all
was also enticing."
Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. marks centennial in D.C.
Johnson belongs to the Chi Delta
chapter at UMD, one of hundreds of
chapters that will converge on
Washington D.C. during the week
of July 27 through July 31 to be a
part of Omega Psi Phi's Centennial
Celebration. The friendships and
the brotherhood that Johnson spoke
of are the core of the fraternity, and
undoubtedly, an essential reason the
fraternity has withstood the test of
The first international fraternal
organization to be founded on the
campus of a historically Black col-
lege, Omega Psi Phi was founded
Nov. 17, 1911 at Howard
University in Washington D.C. by
three undergraduates there-Edgar
Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper
and Frank Coleman-and their fac-
ulty advisor, Dr. Ernest Everett Just.
The motto of the fraternity comes
from the initials of the Greek phrase
meaning, "Friendship is essential to
the soul," and is the source of the
The cardinal principles of the
organization are manhood, scholar-
ship, perseverance, and uplift.
Those principles are what got John
"Tony" Berkley hooked. Berkley,
the 2011 Second District Omega
Man of the Year and a member of
the Beta Kappa chapter, crossed as
a sophomore in 1981 at Frostburg
State College (now Frostburg State
"The most important thing for the
fraternity is that for 100 years the
fraternity has been supporting and
training men of color to serve in
their community and make contri-
butions in their community,"
Berkley said. "We train leaders."
Members have gone on to
become leaders in a variety of fields
including the military, politics, ath-
letics and the entertainment indus-
try. Some of the more famous
members include Jesse Jackson,
Bill Cosby. Michael Jordan,
Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Harvey
and Charles Drew.
The fraternity takes its goal of
having members give back to their
community very seriously. Chapters
are obligated to administer certain
programs each year, including
social action programs aimed at
uplifting society such as voter reg-
istrations, mentoring programs, var-
ious fundraisers and health initia-
Johnson said his chapter hosts a
number of events, with the proceeds
normally going to charities. They
also schedule visits to detention
centers. Members even did a step
show at halftime of a basketball
game in southeast D.C., an area
notorious for violence.
"It was an opportunity to show
the men in the neighborhood that
there are other avenues you can take
instead of going down the wrong
path," Johnson said of the step
show. "It showed them that these
are young Black men who are going
to college and getting degrees, and
they look just like you."
There is also a talent hunt pro-
gram that encourages the youth and
young adults to expose themselves
to the performing arts, with the win-
ner receiving an award such as a
scholarship. A similar talent hunt is
scheduled to take place during the
With more 700 chapters across
the globe, the location of the cele-
bration was also significant. With
thousands of members from those
chapters scheduled to attend,
Kenneth Rodgers, the Second
District representative, said he
thinks the general public will be
impressed by the spectacle.
"They're going to see a group of
African American men who stand
for something more than them-
selves and who are doing things in
their communities," said Rodgers, a
member of the Rho Mu chapter.
"When they created this organiza-
tion 100 years ago, they set aside
some values that lived through the
test of time. We have a foundation
that is the epitome of what a man
should be and what a fraternity
should be-to uplift our communi-
Rodgers said he hopes current
members will attend the celebration
realizing that they are only here due
to those who paved the way.
"I hope my brothers come with a
lot of pride and love, recognizing
that many of us are here because of
the sweat of our forefathers' backs,"
he said. "I hope they give reverence
and respect to the organization and
re-convince themselves about what
this fraternity is about."
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July 28 August 3, 2011
NAACP Youth & College celebrates 75 years at 102nd
Convention in Los Angeles; ACT-SO takes center stage
Chaperone Brenda White with celebrity stylist Elgin
Charles at his studio on Rodeo Drive.
Jacksonville ACT-SO youth attendees at the Staple Center in Los Angeles, CA during the 2011 NAACP convention.
Shacara Yung and chaperone Joyce
Morgan Danford at the Westin Hotel.
For a typical 75th anniversary,
diamonds are the traditional symbol
of celebration. For the NAACP's
Youth & College Division, the most
fitting way to celebrate 75 years of
civil rights advocacy involves feed-
ing thousands of homeless on Los
Angeles' Skid Row, and hosting
panels to examine the flaws in the
juvenile justice system.
From July 23 28, the NAACP
Youth & College Division will hold
its annual conference in Los
Angeles as part of the 102nd
Convention. This year's convention
makes the 75th anniversary of the
division, which has grown to over
25,000 members under the age of
From lunch counter sit-ins during
the civil rights movement to voter
registration efforts during the 2008
elections, the Youth & College
Division has not only ushered in a
spirit of activism over the last 75
years, but has also served as a train-
ing ground for future NAACP lead-
ers, including Chairman Roslyn M.
Hollywood hunk Laman Rucker was
a judge for the ACT-SO competition.
Deja Seigler in awe of the Magic Johnson statue
in front of the Staple Center.
Brock and President Benjamin
"My experience coming up
through the Youth & College
Division helped shape me into the
leader I am today," noted NAACP
Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. "I am
so proud of what this division has
accomplished over the last 75 years
and look forward to all that they
will achieve in the next 75. I am
excited for all of the outstanding
sessions and events on this year's
"This is a milestone year for the
Youth & College Division," said
Stefanie Brown, Director of the
Youth & College Division and
National Field Director. "The youth
movement has played such a vital
role in the NAACP for the last 75
years. We plan to continue that tra-
dition by tackling the important
issues facing our community."
The division will host a series of
sessions to discuss critical problems
facing young people of color today,
including childhood obesity, cli-
mate justice concerns, and the
impact of media on youth. On
Monday, July 25th, the next genera-
tion of civil rights leaders will help
take a stand against hunger and
head to the Midnight Mission in
downtown Los Angeles to serve
meals to the homeless.
"Giving back to the community is
one of the key principles of our
Youth & College Division," noted
Brown. "We are so excited to part-
ner with Midnight Mission and
Yum Brands to provide meals to
homeless men, women, and chil-
dren in Los Angeles."
In addition to the Youth &
College events, the NAACP
National Convention also boasts the
33rd annual Academic, Cultural,
Technological and Scientific
Olympics (ACT-SO) competition.
The competition, which runs from
July 20 24, is a major youth initia-
tive of the NAACP that attracts
hundreds of the nation's most gifted
young people to compete in the
areas of sciences, humanities, per-
forming arts, visual arts, and busi-
"The ACT-SO program is an
opportunity for young African
Americans from all walks of life to
come together, exchange ideas and
flourish in a supportive environ-
ment," stated NAACP President &
CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.
Founded by renowned author and
journalist Vernon Jarrett in 1978,
the program has recognizable alum-
ni in all fields, including actress
Jada Pinkett-Smith, musician
Kanye West, and filmmaker John
"ACT-SO has a record of produc-
ing leaders in the arts, sciences and
business world," stated NAACP
President & CEO Benjamin Todd
Last year contestants from Texas,
Florida, and Illinois took home
many of the top honors. However,
each year is a new beginning with
undiscovered talent waiting to
Participants in both the Youth &
College and ACT-SO events are
also encouraged participate in the
sessions and workshops presented
during the national convention,
including a panel on voting rights
and a health symposium featuring
sitting Surgeon General Dr. Regina
Benjamin and former Surgeons
General Dr. Joycelyn Elders and Dr.
"This is a great opportunity for
the next generation of civil rights
leaders to learn more about the
important issues we face and to start
shaping the present and future,"
Despite civil rights successes, wealth gap growing wider
There's long been a big gap
between the wealth of white fami-
lies and the wealth of African-
Americans and Hispanics. But the
Great Recession has made it much
worse the divide is almost twice
what it used to be.
That's according to a new study
by the Pew Research Center, which
says that the decline in the housing
market is the main cause.
The numbers are astounding.
The median wealth of a white fam-
ily in 2009 was 20 times greater
than that of the average black fam-
ily, and 18 times greater than the
average Hispanic family. In other
words, the average white family
had $113,149 in net worth, com-
pared to $6,325 for Hispanics and
$5,677 for blacks.
That's the largest gap since the
government began collecting the
data a quarter of a century ago, and
twice what it was before the start of
the Great Recession.
Rakesh Kochhar, one
of the authors of the
report, says white
households went into
the recession in a much
stronger position and,
as a result, were better
able to weather the
One reason was
* 2005 2009
investment in real
estate. Minority fami-
lies had most of their wealth in
their homes, so when the housing
bubble burst, Kochhar says, those
households took a bigger hit.
"Especially Hispanics, for exam-
ple. Sixty-six percent of their net
worth derives from home equity,"
Kochhar says. "And they are con-
centrated geographically in parts of
the country such as California,
Arizona, Florida and Nevada,
where the housing downturn was
The result is that the average
Hispanic family lost two-thirds of
its wealth between 2005 and 2009,
according to the Pew report. Black
families lost more than half of
White households, on the other
hand, were more diversified. They
had a greater share of their money
in stocks, mutual funds and pen-
sions. They lost wealth, but only
about 16 percent on average.
of the Recession
But there were other factors at
Take Helena Edwards of San
Francisco. Two years ago, she
found herself, her partner and three
children facing eviction from an
apartment. Their landlord had fore-
closed on the property, but didn't
tell them. Edwards, who is African-
American, was able to eventually
buy a home with the help of a non-
profit group called EARN, which
promotes savings by low-income
But she says it's not easy balanc-
ing all of her bills. Her partner lost
his job, and she had her pay and
health benefits cut back because of
the economic downturn.
"Am I able to save $5 a month?
Not really no more. Do I still live
paycheck to paycheck with the
house? I still live paycheck to pay-
check with the house," Edwards
Kochhar says Hispanics and
African-Americans are far more
likely to be unemployed because of
the recession, and that has put an
additional strain on assets. It means
tapping into savings and pension
funds, or going into debt just to
make ends meet.
As a result, about a third of black
and Hispanic households had zero
or negative net worth at the end of
the recession in 2009. That's twice
the level of white families.
Tom Shapiro of Brandeis
University, who has studied the
racial wealth gap for years, says
he's concerned about the long-term
impact. He thinks the wealth gap
will likely grow even more, unless
the economy turns around soon.
"If a family doesn't have enough
for a safety net for itself, it can't
think about moving forward or
moving ahead," he says.
That means fewer resources for
things like education or buying a
house or starting a business.
Shapiro says that only puts the
average minority family further
behind, and less able to weather the
next economic stomm.
It's a cycle Edwards hopes to
break by scraping together the
money for her mortgage payments.
She wants to pass her house on to
her daughter, so her daughter has
the head start Edwards never had.
Chaperone Rometa Porter on Hollywood
Boulevard's Walk of Fame.
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s Free Press
Up in the air: Will Black unemployment
rates affect Obama re-election bid?
Citing "gross misconduct", the
lawyer representing Democratic
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
(D-CA) is asking the House Ethics
Committee to dismiss all charges
against his client.
In a letter addressed to the
Chairman of the House Ethics
Committee, Republican Jo Bonner,
of Alabama, and the committee's
top Democrat, Linda Sanchez, of
Lakewood, Waters' attorney
Stanley Brand cited internal docu-
ments showing a close relationship
between two former committee
lawyers in the case and Republican
committee members, saying "any
further action by the committee
would be irremediablyy tainted and
without legal foundation."
Waters, a California Democrat, is
a senior member of the House
Financial Services Committee. The
committee alleges that Waters tried
to obtain a federal bailout for a
minority-owned bank where her
husband is an investor.
"Based on the facts of the case
and the record of committee mis-
conduct, the only remedy that vin-
dicates the principals of the quasi-
judicial functions of the committee
is immediate dismissal with preju-
dice. No other remedy exists to
cure this misconduct," Brand wrote.
Waters has repeatedly denied
wrong doing, saying she had no
role in the Obama administration's
decision to bail out Boston-based
OneUnited Bank. The congress-
woman's husband, Sidney
Williams, owns stock in the bank,
and his investment was in danger of
becoming worthless during the
near-financial collapse of late 2008.
OneUnited received $12 million
in bailout money in December
2008. But Treasury Department
officials have told House investiga-
tors that Waters was not involved in
Waters contended she had sup-
ported legislation to help all trou-
owned banks like
that were hurt
in the then-
giants Fannie \
that the two for-
mer lawyers regu-
year with Rep.
Bonner, then the rank-
ing Republican and now
the ethics chairman.
The two lawyers, C.
Morgan Kim and Stacy
Sovereign, were suspended last
year by the previous Democratic
chairman, Zoe Lofgren of
California. Neither accepted
Bonner's offer earlier this year to
The committee had charged
Waters with violating House rules
and was ready to begin a proceed-
ing on her conduct late last year, but
the case was sent back for further
investigation after the controversy
erupted over the conduct of the two
Brand said in his statement that if
there is prosecutorial misconduct in
a criminal case, a judge would usu-
ally dismiss the charges. He also
said the case was flawed.
"Given that both current mem-
bers and staff are implicated in
these documents, any other sug-
gested remedy would lack legal
credibility and would confirm an
unprecedented level of bias against
Meanwhile ethics watchdogs are
calling on Rep. Bonner to step
down as chairman of the House
Ethics Committee -- at least tem-
porarily -- for his role in the on
going turmoil over Rep. Waters'
"I think there needs to be an
investigation into the whole matter.
including Mr. Bonner's role and that
Mr. Bonner should step aside dur-
ing the course of that investiga-
tion," said Melanie Sloan, execu-
tive director of Citizens for
Responsibility and Ethics in
"If Mr. Bonner is found to have
broken the committee's rules, he
should be sanctioned by the full
walqaro WEMnto e.
to Politic365, Black voting patterns
will remain the same.
"...African Americans have
remained loyal to the Democrat
party, whether they're economical-
ly prosperous or impoverished," the
David Bositis, a senior researcher
at the Joint Center for Political and
Economic Studies, agreed. He said
Blacks understand Obama is strug-
gling to get initiatives, such as
health care reform, implemented
because of the Congress divide.
"He's not God. There's a limit to
what he can do while Republicans
are in control," Bositis said. "I
doubt it's going to have much effect
on the election."
But a New York Times, writer
and statistician Nate Silver called
the prediction of another Black vote
sweep by Obama "quite fuzzy."
In an article titled, "On the
Maddeningly Inexact Relationship
Between Unemployment and Re-
Election" published June 2 in the
Times, he wrote: "Historically, the
relationship between the unemploy-
ment rate and a president's per-
formance on Election Day is com-
plicated and tenuous."
Silver's analysis of presidential
election results and unemployment
rates show a correlation between
voting and job rates.
"Unemployment increased by 1.9
percentage points over the course of
Richard M. Nixon's first term, but
he won re-election easily," he
wrote. "The unemployment rate
fell to 3.9 percent from 5.3 percent,
meanwhile, in Bill Clinton's second
term-but his vice president, Al
Gore, could not beat Mr. Bush in
the Electoral College."
"history shows the correlation
between high unemployment and a
president's electoral performance
has been essentially zero," he said.
He also mentioned that presidents
Jimmy Carter and George H.W.
Bush senior faced high unemploy-
ment rates when they lost their re-
In the DOL report, unemploy-
ment rates have increased from
March to June, with 545,000 being
added to the jobless pool. At 9.2
percent, men had the highest unem-
ployment rate over women, who
were at an 8.1 percent rate.
Former State Representative
Terry Fields kicked off his cam-
paign for State Senate, District 1
recently at the Fraternal Order of
Police Lodge. Fields was joined by
more than four hundred supporters
including family, friends, and long-
Addressing the crowd Fields
spoke about the future of the people
in Senate District 1. "I'm running
for the Florida Senate to help bring
jobs to the district, put people to
work, and ensure our best and
brightest days are ahead of us,"
shared Terry Fields. He expressed
his gratitude to the crowd, many of
whom had supported Fields in his
previous elections to the
Jacksonville City Council and the
Florida House of Representatives
Terry Fields continues to draw
support from people all over Senate
District 1 who recognize his skill,
integrity, and tireless devotion to
those in his community.
Fields pledged to run a strong
grassroots campaign for the State
Senate. He said, "I'll be focusing
on the issues that matter most to the
constituents of this district and
challenges facing the State of
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Recent U.S. Department of Labor
(DOL) statistics show that Blacks
are still the group hardest hit by the
economic recession-showing a
16.2 percent unemployment rate in
June. According to Politic365.com,
it is unclear how Blacks will vote in
2012 and if Black joblessness will
affect President Obama's 2012 re-
Out of 14.1 million unemployed
people, Hispanics are the second
hardest hit with an 11.6 percent
rate. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, chair-
man of the Congressional Black
Caucus, said that if Whites had the
highest unemployment percentages,
Congress would be outraged.
"Can you imagine a situation
with any other group of workers...
if 34 percent of white women were
out there looking for work and
couldn't find it?" he said. "You
would see congressional hearings
and community gatherings. There
would be rallies and protest march-
es. There is no way that this would
be allowed to stand."
The question remains whether
unemployment rates will affect the
Black presidential vote. According
Page 13 Mrs. Perry's Free Press
Camille and Bill Cosby
Cosby to fund aspiring screenwriters
For years, minority organizations have complained about the lack of
But now, if you're an African-American writer hoping to break into the
entertainment industry, a screenwriting program held at the University of
Southern California could be your opportunity.
For the 18th consecutive year, the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller
Screenwriting Program will be taking place at USC's School of Cinematic
Arts. The program, also known as The Cosby Program, was established by
Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby with the intent to develop the pool of quali-
fied African-American writers in the entertainment industry. It has intro-
duced more successful African-American writers into the entertainment
industry than any other program of its type.
The 15-week, tuition-free program starts in February 2012. Writers will
complete a television or feature script while examining African-American
iconography, history and culture.
The program was designed for those who have studied television or writ-
ing through workshops and classes, and are on "the brink of great success."
A degree in cinematic writing or filmmaking is not required, but begin-
ning-level writers are not desired.
An application includes a statement expressing interest in the program; a
completed script for a feature film, sitcom or one hour drama; a treatment
or outline for a new unscripted feature or television script for a show that
is currently on air, a resume and a description of coursework taken in
Applications must be postmarked by September 15, 2011.
Alums of the program have gone on to participate in the Fox Diversity
Program, the CBS Television Program, the Nickelodeon Writers' Program
and the Warner Brothers Comedy and Drama Writing Program.
For more information or to obtain an application visit Cosbyprogram.com.
Even Oprah's businesses
struggling in the economy
IL. ,in' -: i:
Beyonce says 40 a good
age to start a family
Though she's been married for for Best Thing I Never Had, and
more than a minute, child bearing the beauty says it was "creepy" to
is not number one on pop diva be re-enacting such a special
Beyonce's priority list. The moment with a stand-in actor. The
American songstress released her songstress added the promo was so
fourth studio album entitled 4 at believable, people on set were
the end of last month after taking a cooing over the mock nuptials.
break from the industry. The "It was a little strange. And def-
superstar has now revealed her initely when I walked down the
plans to turn her back on her aisle I was like, 'This is kind of
career for a little longer in a bid to creepy there's some other man
start a family with her husband standing there!" she quipped.
Jay-Z, 41. "It was really beautiful. People
The 29-year-old platinum-sell- were all really excited like it was
ing artist has previously sparked really my wedding. My mother
rumours of a planned pregnancy, was even like, 'Aww,' and I was
after speaking of her desire to start like, 'Mom, it's a video. This is not
her own brood. She says within the my dress. This is not the real wed-
next 10 years, she hopes to have ding.' But I think it's just one of
begun her family. those moments that every woman
"Forty, that's a good one," she kind of fantasises and relives."
told Access Hollywood. Beyonc6 has joked that despite
"Before I hit the age of 40, I'd only being a music promo, it was
love to have some children. I probably more chaotic than her
would love to direct, continue to actual wedding. The stunning star,
learn videos and maybe by then a who wed Jay-Z in an intimate cer-
film, a short film... I love docu- emony in 2008, says the fact that
mentaries. I just hope that I'm she had to play up to camera for
happy and into my children and the whole duration made it slight-
well-adjusted and still making ly more difficult.
music, if that makes me happy at "This may have been a little
that time." more crazy, actually," she
Beyonc6 is seen in a stunning revealed. "I had to sing at the same
wedding gown in her new video time!"
Oprah Winfrey's cable network
isn't the only part of her media
empire facing challenges.
While her young network, OWN,
faces lackluster ratings, O
Magazine reportedly continues to
struggle with ad sales, according to
stats cited by the Hollywood
According to the Media Industry
Newsletter, the magazine world as
a whole has been confronted with a
7 percent ad drop for all monthlies.
0 Hearst's second-most prof-
itable title behind Cosmopolitan -
is down 31.4 percent, dropping 81.4
ad pages in August.
The New York Post reports that
September's crucial numbers saw a
rebound in Vogue, In Style,
Glamour and a number of other
publications, but O failed to earn
gains. The September issue will see
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ness, not ours."
"The magazine is
Really the purest plat-
form for Oprah's mes-
sage, and the best place
for fans who miss the
*' show to stay engaged
With the brand," the
Though the statement may be
true, a former Hearst insider ques-
tioned the level of demand for
"I think that the Oprah brand has
gotten slightly weaker," the source
said. "Ratings are down significant-
ly for the new network, and there is
a sense some of the magic is gone."
In an attempt to boost the brand,
Winfrey herself has been enlisted
for more promotional efforts,
including an "O You" event at the
Georgia Convention Center. The
Atlanta function reportedly has
potential to gross $725,000 if the
5,000 expected attendees each pay
Also 'itrlggliiig are Martha
Stewart Living and EveryDay with
Rachael Ray, with August numbers
falling 14 and 25 percent respec-
Queen Latifah and her longtime companion Jeanette Jenkins
ng:Usiil En irera claims Li pifh t1v-
ing ta patle it up wtiv'i her 'gTrlff-i'res'
The National Enquirer is claim-
ing that Queen Latifah has cut out
junk food and started exercising
like crazy in order to win back her
iillii end and somehow, former
"'UBigeI Loser" coach Jillian
Michaels is involved.
Latifah and her rumored long-
time partner, personal trainer
Jeanette Jenkins, are said to be
patching up their differences after
nearly splitting over Latifah's poor
eating habits, the Enquirer reports,
The tabloid continues...
Astonishingly, it took Jillian to
turn Latifah's life around -- with a
heartfelt conversation that brought
the Golden Globe winner to tears.
As The ENQUIRER reported
exclusively, the actress and her gal-
pal Jeanette were K.mliiI over the
Queen's junk food binges, drinking
"Latifah is tough as nails and is
as stubborn as a mule once her
mind is set, it takes a lot to chai.ige
it," revealed an insider.
But the "-Bigetr Loser" star
gave a big dose of tough love to her
pal Latifah, who is hoping to start a
family with Jeanette through adop-
tion, surrogate birth or one of them
carrying the baby.
"Jillian told her if she is planning
to raise children, it is her responsi-
bility to be a good role model," said
the insider. "'lic also reminded
Latifah that if she continued down
the junk food, cigar-cliiinpirg
highway, there was a possibility
that she wouldn't be around to see
her kids graduate high school."
After the dramatic heart-to-heart,
a tearful Latifah vowed to Jeanette
to change her ways, confided the
insider. "And Jeanette promised
Latifth she'll do whatever it takes
to help her."
Jillian's advice has already
worked wonders. The couple, who
began dating in 21103. were spotted
smiling and working out to'gtler
near their home over the Fourth of
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ISts n d Scenes-AmeicanB*eahJazEls
Line dancing on the dunes.
Veronica Tutt, Jacqueline Marshall, and Alice Bennett.
The Billups family: Jakira Billups, Brandon Billups, Elaine Billups,
Robert Billups, Reniya Billups, Takaria Tucker and Imani Tucker.
Saxophonist played classic and contemporary
tunes to the delight of the arts patrons.
The American Beach Homeowners Association hosted a
Jazz Explosion at Burney Park last weekend. Held amongst
the dunes of the historic Black owned beach, arts patrons
were treated to free live music by very talented local per-
formers. Participants of all ages brought lawn chairs, grills
and good attitudes for the festive free event. The next Jazz
event wil be held in August. FMPowellphotos
Gloria Gardner, Jefferie Townsend, Cheryl
Townsend and Brian Davis enjoy the live music.
Ebony publisher John H. Johnson to
be honored with USPS forever stamp
The United States Postal Service 1996.
will honor legendary publisher The stamp, designed by art director
John H. Johnson next year with Howard Paine, features a color
the forever stamp. His photograph of John H.
stamp will be the latest Johnson taken by Bachrach
inductee into the Black Studios. The photographer
Heritage stamp series. was David McCann.
Johnson was the trailblazing The Postal Service has
publisher of Ebony, Jet and recognized the achieve-
other magazines as well as an ments of prominent
entrepreneur. In 1982, he African Americans
became the first black person through the Black Heritage series
to appear on Forbes magazine's since 1978. The series highlights
annual list of the 400 wealthiest outstanding individuals who helped
people in America. President shape American culture. Forever
Clinton awarded him the stamps are always good for postage
Presidential Medal of Freedom in no matter how rates are raised.
15 year old DaVario Gordon stands with his piece.
City Kids developing young
artists in free summer camp
The City Kids Art Factory, a non-profit arts studio located in the heart
of Durkeeville is currently hosting a free arts camp for area youth. The
program is open to youth and teens 8-17 with a desire to learn the arts.
The goal of the Center is to promote positive youth development and
fine arts education to underserved communities. To become involved or
learn more about the Center, call 355-2523. They are located at the cor-
ner of Myrtle Avenue and 6th Street. Tonya Austin photo
Publix is the real deal.
With all the claims of low prices and great values,
which grocery store really does offer you the most?
Bottom line, it's Publix. No gimmicks. No come-ons.
Just straight-up savings that will help keep your
grocery budget in check. Go to publix.com/save
right now to make plans to save this week.
*e-zr, to save here.
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