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Richer minorities seen
living in poorer neighborhoods
The most successful blacks and Hispanics are more likely to have poor
neighbors than are whites, according to a new analysis of Census data.
The average affluent black and Hispanic household -- defined in the
study as earning more than $75,000 a year -- lives in a poorer neighbor-
hood than the average lower-income non-Hispanic white household that
makes less than $40,000 a year.
"Separate translates to unequal even for the most successful black and
Hispanic minorities," says sociologist John Logan, director of US2010
Project at Brown University, which studies trends in American society.
"Blacks are segregated and even affluent blacks are pretty segregated,"
says Logan, who analyzed 2005-09 data for the nation's 384 metropoli-
tan areas. "African Americans who really succeeded live in neighbor-
hoods where people around them have not succeeded to the same extent."
SCLC head dies of heart attack
ATLANTA, Ga. -The president of the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, the Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., has died seven months after tak-
ing office of an apparent heart attack in Atlanta last week. Creecy, 57,
pastor of The Olivet Church in Fayette County, was elected SCLC pres-
ident in January after the position was declined by Bernice King, daugh-
ter of the organization's co-founder, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Before that, Creecy had served as the interim president of the civil rights
organization founded in 1957. He was a native of Alabama.
According to his biography on the Olivet Church website, Creecy was
a third generation preacher who co-pastored at Olivet with his father, the
Rev. Howard Creecy Sr., from 2002 until his death in 2008. He was a
graduate of Morehouse College and earned a doctor of divinity degree
from Abotra Bible Institute and Seminary.
In a statement released Thursday by the SCLC, the'organization
announced that Isaac Newton Farris Jr., the nephew of Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr., will assume the role of interim SCLC president.
ACLU suing the FBI
over racial profiling
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the FBI to uncover infor-
mation on possible unconstitutional investigations of certain racial and
The ACLU wants to expose the use of the FBI's Domestic Intelligence
Operations Guide, which they believe may have been used to map peo-
ple and businesses in Michigan considered "ethnic oriented." Mark
Fancher, an attorney with the ACLU, says that if any unconstitutional
practices are found, the FBI may see more lawsuits against them in the
future. Muslims and immigrants are alleged to have been the target of the
The article states, "When you presume that because of someone's race
or ethnicity that they are inherently criminal or inherently prone to
engage in criminal activity, and therefore subject to special surveillance
or harassment or arrest, then you have violated their rights," says
Fancher. "That is not what America was intended to be and in the minds
of many not what it is."
Man holds up store with syringe
filled with AIDS infection
DENVER, Co. Denver police are looking for a man who reportedly
held up a store with a blood-filled syringe that he claimed had AIDS.
The man, who is currently on the run, robbed Gigi's Cupcake's in down-
town Denver of $300 last week.
One of the clerks, Kendra Jackson, claimed that the robber screamed
that he would stick someone with the needle if they didn't give him
"He had a syringe that he said was filled with blood that had been
infected with AIDS, and he said he was going to stick her if he didn't
open up the cash registers," Jackson reportedly said.
Company offering free genetic
testing for African-Americans
Starting today, personal genomics company 23andMe has begun its
campaign to offer free genetics testing kits-normally a $200 expense-
to 10,000 African-Americans. 23andMe was disappointed that only 1
percent of its customers were Black, despite the fact Blacks make up 13
percent of America, so it's decided to offer the free tests in order to try
and change that disparity. The rules state that participants must be 18 and
have access to a computer, but otherwise any American with African
descent can apply.
"This research initiative presents a tremendous opportunity for African-
Americans to learn essential information about themselves, their families
and their ancestry," says Gates.
Outside of that, it's important to remember how studying one's lineage
can help eradicate racism in America and abroad. For instance, Gates'
program, African-American Lives, notes that 58 percent of Blacks have
at least 12.5 percent European blood and 20 percent have at least 25 per-
cent European blood. The fact is that the majority of Blacks has a signif-
icant amount of white heritage. The sooner everyone learns that all the
races are muddled, the sooner we can get over the silly societal divisions
we've created to separate ourselves.
For more information, visit http://www.23andme.com/roots.
I KlA'b R1 K 1 C OAbI QLALI Y BLACK WEEKLY Ce
Volume 24 No. 42 Jacksonville, Florida August 4-10, 2011
Black middle class disappearing
as unemployment rate soars
by J. Roberts
The unemployment situation
across America is bad, no doubt.
But for African-Americans in some
cities, this is not the great recession.
It's the Great Depression.
Take Charlotte, N.C., for exam-
ple. It is a jewel of the "new South."
The largest financial center outside
of New York City, it's the showcase
for next year's Democratic
National Convention. It was a land
of hope and opportunity for many
blacks with a four-year college
degree or higher.
According to an analysis by the
Economic Policy Institute, in
Charlotte, N.C., the unemployment
rate for African-Americans is 19.2
percent. If you add in people who
have given up looking for jobs, that
number exceeds 20 percent, which,
according to economists Algernon
Austin and William Darity, has
effectively mired blacks in a
"You're looking at a community
that is economically depressed in
my opinion," Austin said. "And we
need action that will address that
Throughout America you have
many cases with people with -
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SAre you readyfor some football?
Shown above at the dedication is the family of the late Ronald Elps (inset)
is Jonathan Stewart, Lashundra Stewart, Jalen Stewart and Sandra Elps.
Soutel Drive designated
Ronald C. Elps Parkway
This past Sunday a road sign was
unveiled on Soutel Rd. dedicated to
Ronald "Track" Elps. The sign,
posted in front of Lonnie Miller
Park, tributes the late community
advocate who spent much of his life
and personal funds trying to make a
"Track was a man that got it done,
and he was also a role model to the
young men in the community,"
said long time family friend Ronnie
Belton. He was joined by many
family and friends along with his
"Old Timers" colleagues. The sign
was sponsored by Councilwoman
"Track", as he was affectionately
called by friends, passed away on
November 7, 2010, leaving a host
of family and friends who cher-
ished his work ethic and dedication
to the Jacksonville community.
His most notable legacy is the
annual MLK Old-timers event
which is still praised for its non-
violent results, bringing the com-
munity together and supporting the
city's youth. The free events held
on holidays such as Martin Luther
King Day, Thanksgiving and Easter
provided free tournaments, food
and safe fellowshipping for thou-
The Jacksonville Jaguars opened their training camp this week to
fans following the end of the infamous NFL Lockout. Fans and foot-
ball enthusiasts are getting a first hand preview of what the Jaguars'
NFL season will be at the NFL star studded sessions. Players are just
as excited to be on and off the field to greet their supporters. Shown
above at the Jaguar training camp is Sheila Williams, Mikeshea Stutts
and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garard. T Austin
City mourns loss of community
trustee Gertrude Hoffman Peele
by Reginald Fullwood
This week it would be easy to
write about the deal struck on the
debt bill in Congress or a number of
other timely issues
affecting our city and
But I can't think of
any topic more relevant
to write about that
usurps the recent pass-
ing of local hero and
I received a text mes-
sage on Sunday from
Senator Tony Hill say-
ing that Gertrude Peele
had passed. I paused
before sending a text
message back, question-
ing what had happened.
Like the Senator, I
was somewhat stunned
because Mrs. Peele had
put both of us to work
on different projects
throughout the years,
and both of us regarded
her as a tireless warrior
for any cause related to
helping people in need.
Senator Hill said that
Mrs. Peele was a giant here in
Jacksonville. I certainly agree.
"Remember that everyone's life is
measured by the power that individ-
ual has to make the world better -
this is all life is," stated Booker T.
Mrs. Peele lived that mantra
every day of her life.
As I reflect on her life, I think
back to the words of Maya Angelou
when she said, "She was a quintes-
sential African-American woman,
born in the small town repressive
South, born of flesh and destined to
become iron, born born a corn-
flower and destined to become a
Angelou added, "She loved her
church fervently. She loved and
adored her husband and her chil-
dren. She cherished her race. She
cherished women. She cared for the
conditions of human beings."
Maya was giving the eulogy at
Coretta Scott King's funeral, but
her words were so on point for this
Mrs. Peele was one of
Jacksonville's very own civil rights
leaders, educators, fighter for chil-
dren, warrior for the weary, and
rebel with many just causes.
Angelou's words reminded me of a
lady who always had and smile on
her face, a kind word, and unparal-
leled passion for helping the needy
- Gertrude Hoffman Peele.
It is hard to figure out exactly
where to begin a discussion about
Mrs. Peele's many contributions to
our local community.
Her longest associations were
probably the National Council of
Negro Women where she served as
the local chapter's executive direc-
tor and her service as an elder at
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Peele should continue to be
an inspiration to others after her
death. She was also an entrepreneur
- co-owning the Carthage Chapel
She was on the Mayor's
Commission on Children and
Youth, a board member of the Girls
Club of Jacksonville, and president
of the community relations board
for Jacksonville Job Corps.
Mrs. Peele was a trailblazer for
children's program, she founded the
Child Watch Partnership of
Jacksonville, and national coordi-
nator for Child Watch Projects of
the Children's Defense Fund. This
work led to her starting the Reed
Educational Center, an after-school
and summer program for young
ladies in third through fifth grade
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JTA opens Magnet
website and hotline
The Jacksonville Transportation
Authority will provide bus service
to the seven Jacksonville magnet
schools that no longer have dedi-
cated transportation. The bus serv-
ice is part of JTA's regular transit
service. Routes and schedules may
be found at www.jtafla.com by
clicking on the "JTA Magnet
School Transportation" button. A
JTA Magnet School Hotline for
school travel questions has been
opened as well at (904) 632-3810.
A customer service representa-
tive will personally help parents
and students choose the correct
route and schedule. The Magnet
School Hotline is open Monday -
Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
You may also send any questions
via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students using JTA can purchase a
monthly student bus pass (allows
unlimited rides on all JTA buses,
trolleys, shuttles and Skyway) for
$30, or 10 tickets for $6.50.
Individual prices are $1.00 per
bus, per trip, $1.50 Express bus
and $.50 Community Shuttle route
deviation fee .
Summer Day Camp expenses
may qualify for a Tax Credit [
Along with the lazy hazy days of
summer come some extra expenses
including summer day camp. But the
IRS has some good news for parents:
those added expenses may help you
quality for a tax credit. Many parents
who work or are looking for work
must arrange for care of their chil-
dren under 13 years of age during the
school vacation. Here are five facts
the IRS wants you to know about a
tax credit available for child care ex-
penses. The Child and Dependent
Care Credit is available for expenses
incurred during the summer and
throughout the rest of the year.
1. The cost of a day camp may
count as an expense towards the child
and dependent care credit.
2. Expenses for overnight camps do
3. Whether your childcare provider
is a sitter at your home' or a daycare
facility outside the home, you'll get
some tax benefit if you qualify for
4. The credit can be up to 35 per-
cent of your qualifying expenses, de-
pending on your income.
5. You may use up to $3,000 of the
unreimbursed expenses paid in a year
for one qualifying individual or
$6,000 for two of more qualifying
qualify in dividuals to figure the
For more information check out IRS
Publication 503 Child and Depend-
ent Care Expenses. This publication
is available at www.irs.gov or by
calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-
Carroll Named to leadership of Lt. Governors Association
Florida's lieu- sion to governor in all 50 states and braska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy.
tenant governor, the U.S. territories. "Through NLGA, the members dis-
Jennifer Carroll, is Lt. Governor Carroll is serving as cuss shared concerns and seek to in-
serving on the lead- South Regional chair of the NLGA fluence national dialogue."
S ership committee of Executive Committee, a bi-partisan The committee meets three times
the National Lieu- position elected by her peers. a year and is responsible to chart the
tenant Governors "As a NLGA leader, Lt. Governor course of issues and work to be pur-
A s s o c i a t i o n Carroll will work with her peers sued by the nation's second-highest
Carroll (NLGA). NLGA is across the nation to find and foster state and territorial officeholders.
he professional association for the multi-state and regional solutions to The position is a one-year term.
officeholders first in line of succes- problems," said NLGA Chair Ne-
Steps for catching up with your old 401k
Many people expect to retire later
than they had planned a year ago.
Rolling over old 401(k)s is one small
step consumers can take to help make
managing their retirement
The average American will hold 11
jobs between the ages of 18 and 42
according to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics. When you start a new job,
you probably remember to pack your
personal items and update your con-
tact information, but did you con-
sider what to do with your 401(k)
held at your previous employer? It's
easy to leave behind.
A recent Merrill Edge survey
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President appoints Meek to United Nations
President Barack Obama has nom-
inated former gubernatorial candi-
date Kendrick Meek, Representative
of the United States of America to the
66th Session of the General Assem-
bly of the United Nations.
"These fine public servants both
bring a depth of experience and
tremendous dedication to their new
roles. Our nation will be well-served
by these men and women, and I look
forward to working with them in the
months and years to come", said
President Obama of Meek and other
Meeks involvement in politics
started early. When his mother Carrie
Meek, decided to run for the state
legislature, 12 year-old Kendrick
helped out by painting campaign
signs at the kitchen table. As a col-
lege student, he honed his political
leadership skills as the founder and
president of the Florida A&M Uni-
versity's Young Democratic club.
The next year, he became statewide
president of the College Young De-
mocrats. Meek played football at
FAMU under coaches Rudy Hibbard
and Ken Riley. The defensive end
saw action in several games for the
Rattlers. He graduated from FAMU
in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in
criminal justice and a reputation as a
leader on the football field. He
launched his law enforcement career
as a trooper with the Florida High-
He later become a captain and
was assigned to the security detail
traveling with Democratic Lt. Gov.
Buddy MacKay. Still he couldn't
shake the feeling that writing laws
not simple enforcing them was where
he could have his greatest impact. He
resigned from his job and ran for a
seat in the Florida House of Repre-
sentative which he won. He served
there from 1995 to 1998 and in the
Florida Senate from 1999 to 2002. In
2002, Kendrick was elected to repre-
sent the 17th Congressional District
of Florida, which includes parts of
Miami-Dade and Broward Country.
He was elected to his fourth term in
the U.S. House in 2008. The Miami
Herald wrote that Kendrick has
grown in influence and effectiveness
in Congress, working across the aisle
to promote issues and funding for his
district, and that he is tireless creative
and willing to work across party
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McKissick Porter annual Family
Reunion hosts 300+ family members
Shown (L-R) are members of the Jacksonville Chapter of Buffalo
Soldiers at their Gala held at the Hyatt Hotel. Julius Grant, Veronica
Grant, Tory McGowan, Stacey McGowan and Carolyn Whitfield.
Buffalo Soldiers convention bring
thousands of cyclers Jacksonville
This past weekend, the Buffalo
Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle
Club kicked off their annual con-
vention in Jacksonville, Florida.
Over 1500 motorcyclers from
around the country embarked on a
week of fun filled activities.
Historically the "Buffalo Soldiers"
nickname was given to the "Negro
Cavalry" by the Native American
tribes they fought; the term eventu-
ally became synonymous with all
of the African-American regiments
formed in 1866.
Activities included presenting
$5000 to the Clara White Mission,
group rides, workshops, seminars
and a sold out closing Gala.
Host chapter President and Joe
"Hot Wing" Tillmon was instru-
mental in making sure Jacksonville
presented a memorable convention.
On April 21, 2007 the Jacksonville
chapter received their center patch
and became a full chapter with 14
members 8 full members and 6
associate members. The sole pur-
pose of the club is to educate the
community about the history of the
Buffalo Soldiers, and to promote
safe and family friendly events.
There are over 79 Buffalo Solider
chapters in the United States and
The Soldiers motto dictates, "we
gather in honor and we ride for
pride." The club is a non-profit
organization comprised of mostly
minority men and women from the
military, law enforcement and com-
munity businesses all dedicated to
the sport of motorcycling.
20,000 Omegas attend
fraternity's centennial in D.C.
Shown above are members of the host family registering attendees
representing four generations of the McKissick family: Richard
McKissick, Rudolph McKissick, Jr., Estelle McKissick, Kim Law and
Torin Dailey, Jr. (baby), the youngest member of the family. R. Silver
The first family of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, Rudolph and
Estelle McKissick, officially served as the host patriarchs of the 53rd
McKissick Porter Family Reunion last weekend. The theme for the event
that brought over 300 family members to a variety of events over three
days was "Celebrating Generations". The reunion had an official purpose:
"To learn more about their family ties, make bonds stronger and to share a
love that will transcend years to come."
The host committee presented an organized plethora of activities that
began with family members receiving their official souvenir book com-
plete with welcomes from area elected officials. It also included poems, a
detailed family tree weekend's agenda and address book.
Their expansive schedule included a cruise, picnic, shopping trip, wor-
ship service and culminated with a family dinner and a business session.
Gertrude Peele continued from front
Not everyone can say that they
were invited to the White House
for recognition. In 1987, Mrs.
Peele was invited to lunch at the
White House as of one of five
national leaders to be awarded
the Frito-Lay Black Women
Who Make It Happen award.
Not only were education and
human rights important to her,
but also arts. She incorporated
the arts and culture into the
majority of the programs she
ran for children. She was also
chairman of the Ritz Theatre
Board of Directors.
Back in 1990, she received an
Eve award for her lifetime S
achievement in child advocacy pas
causes. She was also a past (lel
recipient of the OneJax gold nin
medallion for her humanitarian
work in 2008.
In closing, I will say this to Mrs.
Peele hoping that she now receives
the Jacksonville Free Press in heav-
en. Some giants appear as mere
mortal men and women, but their
actions make them bigger and taller
than most men. Mrs. Peele was a
Your passion for children and edu-
cation was inspiring. I saw you act
without concern for yourself with
the goal of making life better for
all. You gave and gave, and never
seemed to get tired or weary.
I applauded you in life and I
Shown above with one of her many
ssions is the late Gertrude Peele
Ft) with colleague Raye Gary man-
ig a Childwatch booth.
applaud you in death. This commu-
nity is forever grateful for your will
to fight, yourcourage, and convic-
"If I have seen further than others,
it is by standing upon the shoulders
of giants," said Isaac Newton. Mrs.
Peele,we thank you for allowing us
to stand on your shoulders.
Signing off from the Reed
Services for Mrs. Peele were held
at Woodlawn United Presbyterian
Church at 9 a.m. on Thursday,
August 4, 2011.
Over 20,000 members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., converged
on the nation's capital last week for their organization's 100th con-
vention. Brothers from across the country and around the world
enjoyed five days of full activities and fellowship. The event ended
with a Ecumenical worship service and a salute to their four founding
members. Shown above at the Founders Banquet are brothers Sam
Hall and Tony Hill of Jacksonville enjoying the festivities.
Disappearing Black middle class
Continued from front
those same degrees working hourly
jobs or in the retail sector.
"It's really, actually, a tragedy
because people have invested a
tremendous amount of effort -
devoted the motivation and time to
acquire degrees," he said. "But it
doesn't provide them with the same
degree of protection that it provides
others in this society."
There are jobs to be had in
Jacksonville and around the coun-
try, but African-Americans are not
sharing in the recovery in the way
Devah Pager, a sociologist at
Princeton University, conducted
groundbreaking research in
Wisconsin and found that black
men were less likely to be called
back on a job application than
white men with a criminal record.
The statistics went like this:
White non-criminal: 34%
White criminal: 17%
Black non-criminal: 14%
Black criminal: 5%
According to Darity, "The differ-
ential in unemployment between
blacks and non-blacks in the U.S. is
perhaps one of the most dramatic
indicators of discrimination in this
So what to do about it?
The Congressional Black Caucus
has been leaning on President
Obama to address the epidemic of
black unemployment on his watch.
So far, the president has resisted the
notion of job programs specifically
targeting African-Americans. His
position is that a rising tide will lift
all boats. But the tide remains out
as far as job creation goes.
The Urban League's Patrick
Graham believes small business
should be the major driver to
"It's gonna really not just take
hard work, but it's gonna really take
some creative thinking in terms of
entrepreneurship and other things
to really get us out of this," he said.
The recession or depression -- in
the black community is rapidly
eroding the black middle class.
At its convention in Boston this
week, the National Urban League
released a troubling report on that
topic. It found that the recession has
virtually wiped out all of the eco-
nomic gains blacks made in the past
And a new report from the Pew
Research Center drives home just
how bad things are out there.
It found that in 2005, the average
net worth for white households was
$134, 992. For black households, it
was $12,124. (That's not a typo.)
In 2009, the number dropped to
$113,149 for whites and a paltry
$5,700 for blacks.
Algernon Austin believes the gov-
ernment hasn't taken the problem
seriously enough. "It's just one step
below the scale of the Great
Depression," he said. "But we
haven't treated it as a crisis of that
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August 4-10, 2011
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Why President Obama can't millions still suffering
by E.O. didn't exist. There was
SHutchinson government surplus the
President major debt.
Obama can FDR in effect had cai
probably recite this line in his to do something and do
sleep. Be bold, and rip a page from drastic and fast. The diz;
Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal of alphabet New Deal
playbook: institute Works Project government job creation
Administration and Civilian were applauded by a r
Conservation Corp.-type programs. Americans, and effective
They would put tens of thousands ened the simmering sparl
of jobless people back to work, lion.
pump up consumer spending, stave President Obama has i
off a deeper recession, and trump luxuries FDR had and al
the GOP mantra that only private abilities that FDR did not
industry can create jobs and boost need not speculate abou
the economy. It's a good line, and if that he'd incur from mi
1933 America could be reprised passionately believe tl
again, putting government directly closet socialist and his
in the business of job creation policies have doused t
would not only work, but be a sector if he advocated g
necessity. job programs. The reaci
This isn't 1933. And President stimulus package stirre
Obama can't make like FDR for among most GOP leader
several compelling reasons. The voters and a significant
nation was flat on its back. One in conservative and even
three Americans were unemployed, independents. They railed
The stock market, the banks and naked big government
major industry had collapsed. The and reckless spending b
GOP was ridiculed and discredited. Democratic president. T
The labor movement was on the vilification, political c
ascendancy, the until then small and conservative media
and totally marginalized that Obama would take
Communist Party was getting a the FDR approach to job
hearing from more and more down titanic.
and out unemployed workers. The The valid fiscal and
major financiers and industrialists argument that governme
genuinely feared social upheaval, ation will put dollars in
even revolution. The horror of cre- sumers pockets, boost
ating deficits by government spending, jump-start ,
spending and a drumbeat media medium sized business 1
echo chamber to turn the airwaves, increase business and
(there were no TV networks), into a income tax revenues
electronic bully pulpit to badger, drowned out in the haraI
hector, harangue and pillory FDR WPA style program wol
at every turn for spending too much expensive and too waste
The art of
De FDR on
an actual Obama was willing
en, and no firestorm of protest,
nose at the GOP,
rte blanche chance that he'd get
something of Senate Democrats
zying array ernment job creation
programs Let's turn back the
Programs the 1930s to get a b
majority of what Obama would
'ely damp- to make like FDR a
ks of rebel- ernment jobs. FDR
reelection in 1936.
none of the later in the 1938 mid
1 of the lia- a resurgent GOP dur
have. One Democrats from the
t the wrath House. The issue
llions who latched onto to ramp
hat he's a bers is pretty much
economic the GOP uses to
he private Obama, and that's h
government ures on the economy
tion to the The economy had
ed hysteria nose dive after 19:
s, officials, ployment crept up I
number of still double digit
moderate GOP played hard
ed at it as that the New Deal v
expansion, That it had run out
y a liberal that the real answer
The public economic crisis was
opposition, back over to big bus
pounding run the economic st
if he tried Roosevelt and New
s would be mental restraints, ag
ing and meddling.
economic Roosevelt ignore
nt job cre- tration baiters and n
more con- fireside chat, FDR
consumer with the American p
small and ately after the 1931
hiring, and made it clear he wo
personal course and that he'd
would be he could to "create
ngue that a upturn" by keeping t
uld be too firmly in the busing
ful. Even if jobs and economic s
g to risk the
and thumb his
even a handful
s to back a gov-
Clock again to
better picture of
face if he tried
md create gov-
won a landslide
But two years
nped dozens of
Senate and the
that the GOP
p up their num-
the same issue
his alleged fail-
36, and unem-
higher from its
on the feeling
: of steam and
to the nation's
to turn things
siness and let it
lip without the
v Deal govern-
1 the adminis-
loved left. In a
S election and
uld not reverse
ess of creating
security for the
from the Depression.
He could do that and
make it work because
he still had the broad
support of by now a
powerful union movement and his
intact electoral coalition of farmers,
urban ethnics, and African-
American voters behind him.
In 2010 the GOP took the House
and a good chunk of the Senate
back and it promptly followed the
1938 script with FDR. It claimed
the near sweep was a total rejection
of the Obama administration's pro-
gram on health care, financial
reform, and stimulus spending, and
claim that Americans loudly clam-
or for a return to fiscal conser-
vatism, permanent tax cuts for the
super rich, and a dash backward on
expanding government programs in
education, housing, and highway
and urban infrastructure construc-
tion and reconstruction.
Obama had no choice but to read
the political tea leaves and con-
clude that though job creation was
the real need of Americans and the
only real way to ignite and stimu-
late a floundering economy, there
was no political possibility to get
even a tepid version of FDR's WPA
program in place. The clamor for
Obama to make like FDR ignores
that this is 2011 not 1933. To think
that Obama can make like FDR in
these times is fantasy.
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Conservative economic strategy pushes the country to the brink of disaster
There used to be a time, when I developing a healthy relationship
was a kid, that I wouldn't share my with the youngsters.
ball with my friends. After tossing And yes, there used to be a time
it around in the air by myself, I when we could expect leaders of
quickly found out that it was much men and country to act the part.
more rewarding to include others. American politicians used to pride
Some of the fellas were better than themselves on respectful disagree-
me. Others, not so good. However, ment that often ended in useful col-
we all made the most of it by play- laborations. They even celebrated
ing with the ball together, together after they found common
Then there was a time when I ground on divisive issues. Sort of
became older and began to form like me sharing a ball with the fel-
business relationships. While I was las, considering the useful advice
"But just as they did in of competitors and rivals
Philadelphia when they were or maybe even listening to
my kids with a nontradi-
writing the constitution, sooner or tional e
later, you've got to compromise. The key to these suc-
You've got to start making the cor- cessful progressions has
promises that arrive at a consensus been the ability to under-
and move the country forward stand and benefit from the
Colin Powellart of compromise.
Yet because America is
quickly morphing into a
very knowledgeable about my selfish nation, the spirit of collabo-
craft, it soon became clear that I ration has transformed compromis-
didn't know it all. So listening and ing into a term of surrender equal to
applying the thoughts and input of that of Grant versus Lee.
others became a helpful resource to "People talk about the middle of
success, the road as though it were unac-
Later in life I became a parent. ceptable. Actually, all human prob-
And while "because I said so" lems, excepting morals, come into
sometimes seems like the best strat- the gray areas. Things are not all
egy, it often is not. This can be a black and white. There have to be
decidedly short-term solution. In compromises. The middle of the
the long run, dialogue and under- road is all of the usable surface.
standing can be the best tool in The extremes, right and left, are in
the gutters." Dwight D.
So why is it that Republicans
can't stand to participate in the
potential progress that compromise
Over the past 30 years
Republicans have enjoyed a long-
standing political advantage that
began with the President Reagan
administration. Under Reagan
America started down the path of
trickle-down economics. Cut taxes
for the rich and good times will
Well, the predicted success never
happened under Reagan's scenario.
What's even more insane is that,
even today, many Americans have
still bought into this economic stu-
pidity. The real dagger in the eye is
that the so-called Tea Party has
convinced many conservative
politicians that it's better to destroy
the American foundation than to
compromise on solutions. This is
the same economic strategy that
created the need for the country's
current desperate measures.
President Barack Obama seems
to be caught in the cross hairs of the
centerpiece of his campaign, a
promise to change the tone of con-
versation in the nation's capital.
Since day one, the conservative
game plan has been to deny Obama
any success through the process of
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his Democratic supporters, Obama
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than he has taken. And in doing so
the President has given
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The tactic is high in negatives
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Americans need to wake up and
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Is Social Security
a Ponzi Scheme?
"Social Security is indeed a Ponzi scheme" Texas
Governor Rick Perry, November 2010.
Social Security is one of Americans' most important
The current Social Security program is a mainstay for women. Women
are 52 percent of all adult beneficiaries, including retirees, the disabled,
and the survivors of deceased workers. Twenty-five million adult women
receive Social Security checks every month.
Social Security may be the chief support for adult American women, but
there are warnings that Social Security is in danger. Texas Governor Rick
Perry says Social Security is "bankrupt" and compares the program to a
Ponzi scheme that is a "safety net" young 20-somethings are "not ever
going to see."
There is also reason for auntie to have some angst about the stability of
Social Security. Social Security is actually a social insurance program
that is officially called the federal "Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability
Insurance" (OASDI). It is primarily funded through dedicated payroll
taxes called Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax (FICA). For the
moment, Social Security is solvent, and will be until 2037. Social Security
currently has "$2.6 trillion in reserves. During 2009, total benefits of $686
billion were paid out versus income (taxes and interest) of $807 billion that
produced a $121 billion annual surplus. In 2011, 156 million people paid
into the program as 53 million received benefits a ratio of 2.94 workers
Social Security's main problem is that long-term revenues are smaller
than promised benefits. Starting in 2015 program expenses are expected
to exceed cash revenues. The aging of Baby-boomers has resulted in a
lower ratio of paying workers to retirees, as have continuing low birth rates
and increasing life expectancies. The government has borrowed and spent
the accumulated surplus funds the Social Security Trust Fund. The trust
fund consists of the savings of worker contributions and associated inter-
est, to be used towards future earned benefit payments. Funds are held in
US Treasury bonds and securities. The funds borrowed from worker con-
tributions are part of the total national debt of $14.3 trillion as of March
2011. The U.S. Government has perpetuated a Ponzi scheme by looting
the Social Security Trust Fund. By 2015, the government is expected to
have borrowed nearly $3.25 trillion from the Social Security Trust Fund.
To fix Social Security and other entitlement programs Congress and the
Obama administration are going to have to go beyond the mundane and
employ new and sounder practices and policies. Changes are certainly
needed to keep Social Security working to reach the goals it was estab-
lished to meet. Either benefits will need to be decreased or the government
will need to kick in funding. Between 2015 and 2037, Social Security has
the legal authority to draw amounts from other government tax sources
besides the payroll tax. However, this will liquidate the trust fund, which
by 2037 will be "officially exhausted".
The U.S. Social Security program is the largest government program in
the world and the single greatest expenditure in the federal treasury. It cur-
rently keeps roughly 40 percent of Americans age 65 or older out of pover-
ty. Like auntie, nearly two in every five African Americans expect Social
Security to be a major source of income during their retirement. African
Americans who were low-wage workers receive back more benefits in
relation to past earnings than do high-wage earners. In 2009, among
African Americans receiving Social Security, 29 percent of elderly married
couples and 56 percent of unmarried elderly persons relied on Social
Security for 90 percent or more of their income. In 2010, Social Security's
total income was $781.1 billion and expenditures were $712.5 billion.
America's government is broke and Social Security is evolving into
more of a "feather bed" than safety net. For Social Security to be relied
upon and more relevant we will have to require much more in legislation
and practices from government officials. Stop staying stuck on stupid,
remember: When government increases its debt limit, it's still a debt
Americans have to pay.
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FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 2 8, 2011
SIAC Sports Photo
GREG MOORE: SIAC
Commissioner looks for-
CHANGES ward to East/West football
format, first Championship
AFOOT Game in November.
SIAC AND MEAC ROUND UP 2011 GRIDIRON
PREVIEWS; BLACK COLLEGE FA SIGNEES
1 0 1S IA PRESESONFO TB L P EDCI ONSI
2011 SIAC PREDICTED
ORDER OF FINISH
1. Albany State
2. Fort Valley State
4. Clark Atlanta
3. Kentucky State
SIAC Champion: Albany State
QB Stanley Jennings SR
RB David Carter JR
RB Tony Reid JR
WR Derrick Hector SR
WR Octavius Staton SR
TE Tony Davis SR
OL Mike Mavromichalis SR
OL Travis Walker JR
OL Marion Jones JR
OL Jessie Mitchell SR
OL Norris Byrd SR
DL Justin Blash JR
DL Antorio Wells SR
DL Tyrone Davis SR
DL Darel Strong SR
LB Ricky Moore SR
LB Ricky Johnson SR
LB Isaiah Person SR
DB D'inique Patterson JR
DB Dejuan Williams JR
DB Darrius Williams SR
DB DeQuan Starling SR
KR Jamar Rodriquez SR
PR Demario Barber SR
K Andy Polanco SR
P Ronnie Partridge SR
Marietta, GA Albany State
Marietta, GA Morehouse
Albany, GA Ft, Valley St.
Mobile, AL Morehouse
Greenville, NC Albany State
Fort Valley, GA Ft. Valley St.
Savannah, GA Albany State
Cordele, GA Albany State
Atlanta, GA Morehouse
E. St. Louis, IL Kentucky St.
Atlanta, GA Albany State
Alma, GA Albany State
Rome, GA Albany State
Olympia, WA Benedict
Ft. L'dale, FL Clark Atlanta
Brooklyn, NY Clark Atlanta
Stone Mtn., GA Ft. Valley St.
Auburn, AL Tuskegee
Brunswick, GA Ft. Valley St.
Baxley, GA Ft. Valley St.
Detroit, MI Morehouse
H'nsville, GA Benedict
Houston, TX Morehouse
Ashburn, GA Ft. Valley St.
LosAng., CA Benedict
Ridge Spr., SC Stillman
QB Jerrel Noland SR
RB Emmanuel Houston SO
RB Jordan Lewis JR
WR Wayne Williams SR
WR Demario Barber SR
TE Jovan Washington SR
OL Jarvis Canty SR
OL Mike Coke JR
OL Jared Garrett SR
OL Ky'Arye Hubert SO
OL Ryan Jackson SR
DL Chigbo Annunoby SR
DL Aramide AdefemiwaSR
DL Carlos Ware JR
DL Mykel Green SR
LB Charlie Wilson SR
LB Brandon Houston JR
LB Reginald Goodrum SR
DB Keith Massey SR
DB H. Farquharson SR
DB Kenneth Bakler SR
DB Justin Oliver JR
KR Anderson Davis SO
PR H. Farquharson SR
K Eduardo Murillo JR
P Stewart Moody SO
Detroit, MI Kentucky St.
Newnan, GA Benedict
B'ham, AL Miles
M'geville, GA Tuskegee
Ashburn, GA Ft. Valley St.
Cleveland, OH Kentucky State
Great Falls, SC Morehouse
Lithonia, GA Morehouse
Richmond, KY Kentucky State
Columbus, OH Kentucky State
Albany, GA Tuskegee
Jeff. City, MO Morehouse
Lagos, Nigeria Clark Atlanta
Cincinnati, OH Kentucky State
Augusta, GA Morehouse
M'gomery, AL Morehouse
Atlanta, GA Morehouse
Griffin, GA Ft. Valley St.
Columbus, OH Kentucky State
Miami, FL Clark Atlanta
B'ham, AL Tuskegee
P'sauken, NJ Morehouse
Competition, change comes to 2011 SIAC football
First team QB
Stanley Jennings of
First team RB David Carter of Morehouse
Overheard at the SIAC Press Luncheon
"We were blessed this summer to get a leader
on offense. We never did have a leader. Now we do
have a leader at quarterback and he's going to be a
big impact to the team, for us and for the conference.
Matter of fact, if I was thinking out of the box and
had enough nerve, I'd say he's going to be a Harlon
Hill winner in two years."
Fort Valley State head coach
Donald Pittman on transfer QB Antonio Henton
2010 champion Albany State and Tuskegee have won or shared the
last 11 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football champi-
onships. But that domination of the championship circle may be about to
As the conference announced the 2011 SIAC Preseason Football
All-Conference Team and Predicted Order of Finish here last Wednesday,
one thing stood out. It's not just Albany State's and Tuskegee's party any-
Albany State (11-1, 9-0) appears vulnerable with just five starters
returning on both sides of the ball. ASU head coach James "Mike"
White also announced Wednesday that two offensive lineman named to
the preseason first team are academically ineligible. Tuskegee (9-2, 7-2),
who had won four straight titles under head coach Willie Slater prior to
last season, had just one player selected to the preseason all-conference
Morehouse (8-3, 7-2), who made its first-ever NCAA Div. II playoff
appearance last season in the fourth year of head coach Rich Freeman's
tenure, tops the league with 12 players selected to the 2011 preseason all-
conference teams. The MaroonTigers' selectees are ledby senior quarterback
Byron Ingram and 1,000-yard rusher, junior David Carter.
Fort Valley State (8-3, 7-2), who battled to a three-way tie for sec-
ond with Tuskegee and Morehouse a year ago, returns a solid nucleus, six
preseason all-SIAC first-teamers buoyed by the debut of Ohio State and
Georgia Southern transfer Antonio Henton at quarterback and blue-chip
freshman running back Travis Richmond.
Also standing out this season is the SIAC's splitting into an East/West
division format and the staging of the first-ever SIAC Championship Game
on Nov. 12 in Columbus, Ga.
Albany State, Fort Valley State, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta and Bene-
dict make up the East while Tuskegee, Miles, Kentucky State, Stillman
and Lane will play in the West.
Standings will be determined first by a four-game division schedule.
Head-to-head matchups will be the next tie-breaker followed by conference
records. Each school will play a total of seven conference games.
In preseason voting by the head coaches, Albany State was picked to
Photo by Willie Tucker / Wet Media
2011 SIAC HEAD COACHES: SIAC head coaches pose after Wednesday's
press conference and luncheon in Atlanta. (L to R, front row) Reginald Ruf-
fin of Miles, Teddy Keaton of Stillman, Donald Pittman of Fort Valley State
and Stan Conner of Benedict. (Back row) Willie Slater of Tuskegee, Derrick
Burroughs of Lane, James "Mike" White of Albany State, Rich Freeman of
Morehouse and Darryl McNeill of Clark Atlanta. Absent is Wayne Dickens
of Kentucky State.
win the East Division while Tuskegee was selected to win the West. The
ASU Golden Rams were also selected to repeat as SIAC champions.
The 2011 preseason first team is led by Albany State quarterback Stan-
ley Jennings, Fort Valley State linebacker Ricky Johnson, and Stillman
punter Ronnie Partridge.
In 2010, Jennings led the SIAC with 2,392 yards passing and 26 touch-
downs while leading Albany State to an 11-1 record including an SIAC
regular season title and a berth in the NCAA playoffs. The Marietta, Ga.
native also led the conference in passing efficiency, completion percentage,
and total offense. For his efforts, Jennings was named 2010 SIAC Most
Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year.
Johnson is the SIAC's leading returning tackler with 85 stops includ-
ing 42 solo tackles. In 2010, the Stone Mountain, GA native led a Wildcat
defense that was the best in the nation in total defense and was an all-SIAC
first team selection.
1 2011 MEAC PRESEASON FOOT BALL PREDICT IONS I
Bethune-Cookman Delaware State
LB Ryan Lewis WR Justin Wilson
Overheard at the MEAC Press Luncheon
"Of course, everybody knows we signed Mr.
Florida, Quentin Williams, and that's the talk of the
Bethune-Cookman head coach
Brian Jenkins on his top recruit
THE STAT CORNER
WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
BLACK COLLEGE UNDRAFTED
ROOKIE FREE AGENTS
SIGNED BY NFL TEAMS IN 2011
Sidney Tarver (LB, Tennessee State)
Andre Carroll (DL, Delaware State)
Raymond Webber (WR, Arkansas Pine-Bluff)
David Mims (OL, Virginia Union)
Laronne Moore (WR/KR Delaware State)
Quinton Spears (LB, Prarie View A&M)
Brandon Pegues (DE, Hampton)
Philip Sylvester (RB, Florida A&M)
Brandon Buford (DB, Howard)
DeJuan Fulghum (OLB, Texas-Southern)
Ricardo Silva (S, Hampton)
Arthur Thomas (DT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff)
Dionte Dinkins (CB, Fort Valley State)
Teryl White (DT, North Carolina Central)
Walter Sanders (RB, Saint Augustine)
Michael Ricks (S, Stillman)
Eugene Clifford (DB, Tennessee State)
Dante Barnes (DB, Norfolk State)
Ricardo Lockette (WR, Fort Valley State)
Josh Harrison, (OG, S. C. State)
Joe Hills (WR, Tenn State)
Anquez Jackson (OL, Alabama A&M)
Chris Adingupu (S, Prarie View)
AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XVIII, No. 1
2011 MEAC PREDICTED
ORDER OF FINISH
1. South Carolina State (6) 468
2. Bethune-Cookman (8) 454
3. Florida A&M (5)
4. Hampton (1)321
5. Norfolk State (1) 274
6. Morgan State 250
7. North Carolina Central 162
8. Delaware State 158
9. North Carolina A&T 128
10. Howard 96
11. Savannah State (1) 63
(FIRST PLACE VOTES IN PARENTHESES)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Justin Wilson, Delaware State
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Ryan Lewis, Bethune Cookman
A rt (1.1i
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB Chris Walley
RB Mike Mayhew
RB* Antwon Chisholm
RB* Jaashawn Jones
TE Antuanne Kerr
WR Willie Carter
WR Justin Wilson
OL Alex Monroe
OL Juavahr Nathan
OL Kendall Noble
OL* Lawrence Brewer
OL* Robert Hartley
C Natiel Curry
DL Ryan Davis
DL Sackie Kerkulah
DL Josh Tumer
DL Pat Washington
LB Ryan Lewis
LB Keith Pough
LB R. Sandilands
DB Michael Williams
DB Micah Pellerin
DB D'Vonte Graham
DB Dominique Ellis
P Brandon Holdren
P/K Blake Erickson
Ret Justin Ferrell
S. C. State
S. C. State
N. C. A&T
S. C. State
S. C. State
N. C. A&T
Belle Glade, Fla.
Asbury Park, N.J.
Goose Neck, S.C.
Rocky Mount, N.C.
Ft. Washington, Md.
Lake City, Fla.
Pomp. Beach, Fla.
New Orleans, La.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB David Legree Sr.
RB Isidore Jackson So
RB Asheton Jordan Sr
TE Ryan Langdon Jr
WR Javaris Brown Jr
WR Eddie Poole r-So
OL Brandon Curry r-Sr
OL David Luckett Jr
OL Brenton Walker Sr
OL Marquell Rozier So
C Shelley Anthony r-Jr
DL Ronnell Ferguson Sr
DL Zary Stewart Sr
DL Roger Stewart Sr
DL Jerry Willis Sr
LB Corwin Hammond Sr
LB Donovan Richard r-Sr
LB Allen Stephens Jr
DB Justin Ferrell Sr
DB Darren Hunter Sr
DB Reshaude Miller Sr
DB John Ojo r-Jr
P Nicholas Adams Jr
P/K Trevor Scott r-Sr
Ret Arthur Goforth Jr
[*] Indicates Tie
S. C. State
N. C. A&T
S. C. State
N. C. Central
S. C. State
N. C. Central
Mossy Head, Fl.
B. Glade, Fla.
St. Paul's, N.C.
U. M'boro, Md.
S'tion River, Fla.
Five coaches, two teams added to MEAC mix
NORFOLK, Va. What can Bethune-Cookman do for an encore?
That's one of the big questions headed into the 2011 Mid Eastern
Athletic Conference football season, a year after new B-CU head coach
Brian Jenkins and the Wildcats took the league by storm.
Jenkins led the Wildcats picked in the preseason to finish eighth
in the nine-team MEAC a year ago to a shocking ten straight victories
including ending two-time defending champion South Carolina State's
21-game conference win streak. B-CU (10-2, 7-1) lost its final regular
season game to Florida A&M, but grabbed a share of the 2010 MEAC
title with S. C. State and FAMU and the conference's automatic bid to the
Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs.
But for the fourth straight year, head coaches and sports information
directors picked South Carolina State to win the 2011 title. The Bulldogs
(9-3, 7-1) were picked ahead of Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M
(8-3, 7-1) in the preseason poll. Hampton was voted fourth followed by
Norfolk State and Morgan State.
Also this season, North Carolina Central and Savannah State begin
their first seasons as full-fledged MEAC members bringing the total to 11
teams vying for the coveted football title. Additionally, five new coaches
will patrol the sidelines this season. That list includes Kermit Blount of
Delaware State, Rod Broadway at North Carolina A&T, Steve Davenport
of Savannah State. Henry Frazier of N. C. Central and Gary Harrell of
Buddy Pough's S.C. State Bulldogs will be likely choosing between
2010 back-up Derrick Wiley and Richard Cue at the offensive controls
after a dominant run under departed senior quarterback Malcolm Long.
B-CU also has to replace its signal caller, 2010 MEAC Offensive Player
Blount Broadway Davenport Frazier
of the Year, Matt Johnson. Sophomore Jackie Wilson, who quarterbacked
the 'Cats when Johnson went down vs. FAMU and in a playoffs loss vs.
New Hampshire as a true freshman, is back. But a lot of talk has centered
on freshman Quentin Williams, a record-setting quarterback from Tampa,
Fla. that was named Mr. Football last year in that football-crazy state.
Florida A&M returns Austin Trainor at quarterback who played in
seven games a year ago. Trainor will be challenged by University of Mem-
phis transfer Tyler Bass who started three games for the Tigers in 2009.
Norfolk State returns preseason first team quarterback Chris Walley
while Hampton QB David Legree was voted to the second team.
Delaware State wide receiver Justin Wilson and linebacker Ryan
Lewis of Bethune-Cookman received top preseason player honors in voting
by the MEAC head football coaches and sports information directors.
Wilson was selected as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year
after leading the MEAC as a sophomore in 2010 in receptions (59, 5.4 per
game) and receiving yards (937 yards, 85.2 per game). Lewis was named
the preseason Defensive Player of the Year coming off a year where he led
B-CU with 81 tackles, 44 solos, garnered five sacks and had four intercep-
Bethune-Cookman leads the preseason selections with nine players
voted to the first and second teams. South Carolina State and FloridaA&M
are next with seven.
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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 Femandina 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
Mt. Zion AME celebrates
145th Anniversary August 21st
Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, located at 201 E. Beaver Street in
Downtown Jacksonville, invites the public to join in celebrating their 145th
anniversary. The celebration will begin on Sunday, August 21st with morm-
ing service at 10 a.m. Historic Mt. Zion AME Church is the second oldest
AME church in the state of Florida. It was founded in 1866. It is also, the
second oldest AME church in the City of Jacksonville. There will also be
a special service from 1 2:30 p.m.
For more information call Wanda Mitchell at 355-4475.
Women's Day at First Church
Palm Coast "Women's Day" will be celebrated August 14th at the First
Church of Palm Coast. "Standing On The Promises of God" will be the
theme preached by the Rev. Cheryl Daniels for the 8 a.m. service, and the
Rev. Mattie Riley-Hayes, for the 10 a.m. service.
First Church, under the pastorate of the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, is at 91
Old Kings Road North. The church can be reached at 386-446-5759.
Seafood Bayou Bash at Greater Grant
The Lay organization of Greater Grant A.M.E. Church located at 5533
Gilchrist Rd. 32219, along with Pastor Frederick Richardson will celebrate
their 1st Seafood Feast on Saturday August 6th from 4 8 p.m.
For more information, call 764-5992.
Christ Resurrection 4th Anniversary
The Christ Resurrection Power Assembly located at 1127 Bert Rd.
Jacksonville, Fl 32211, will be celebrating their 4th Anniversary
Convention and Celebration. The theme for the event is "Arise Shine" and
will be held August 18-21st, at 7 p.m.nightly and 10 a.m on Sunday.
Sharing the Word will be Bishop Francis Wale Oke, Dr. Ade Ajala Host
Bishop and Rev Mrs. Abiola Idown.
Hat Show at Friendship Primitive Baptist
The Usher Board Number 1 of Friendship Primitive Baptist Church is
having a Hat Fashion Show on Saturday August 13, 2011 at 4 p.m. This is
a FREE event. The church is located at 1106 Pearce St. Elder Bobbie
Sheffield is Pastor. For more information contact Mother Gloria Wilcox at
Free school supplies, clothes and food
at New Birth Christian Assembly
The Love Reach Ministry of New Birth Christian Assembly where the
Pastor is Rev. Michael J. McClendon, is hosting a FREE clothing and food
giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. onAugust 13, 2011 on the church grounds.
There will be school supplies available for the youth to help prepare them
for success. For more information please contact Lady Janice E.
McClendon or Sister Cynthia Matthews at (904) 396-4949. The church is
located at 2185 Jernigan Road.
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist celebrating
Pastor Ernie Murray's Silver Anniversary
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Church is celebrating the 25th
Silver Anniversary of Pastor Ernie
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
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 Road. For more informa-
tion call 768-8880 or E-mail:
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Gospel world loses legend Delois Barrett Campbell
CHICAGO Delois Barrett
Campbell, a member of the award-
winning Barrett Sisters trio who
electrified audiences worldwide
with their powerful gospel har-
monies, died Tuesday. She was 85.
Campbell died at a Chicago hospi-
tal after a long illness, her daughter,
Mary Campbell said.
The Barrett Sisters, raised on
Chicago's South Side and coached
to sing by an aunt, grew up to
become what music critic Howard
Reich of the Chicago Tribune has
called "the greatest female trio in
gospel history." Campbell was the
oldest of the three.
"I believe she was born to sing,"
Mary Campbell said of her mother
in a July 2011 interview with The
Associated Press. "Each time she
sang it was as if she were perform-
ing to a cathedral full of people, no
matter how small the group was."
The trio shared a gospel lineage
with the greats. In the girls' youth,
Thomas A. Dorsey, now considered
the father of gospel, was stirring up
change as music director of the
city's Pilgrim Baptist Church,
where he mixed the worldly and the
sacred during the Great Depression.
The Roberta Martin Singers, a
touring gospel group, emerged from
Pilgrim Baptist's youth choir, and
Campbell joined it when she was in
high school. The popular music of
the Andrews Sisters also influenced
Campbell and her sisters. When
they were young, they practiced
blending their voices on both reli-
gious and secular songs. The sisters
recorded their first album together,
"Jesus Loves Me," in the mid-
New generations discovered the
Barrett Sisters when they appeared
in the 1982 documentary "Say
New Yorker film critic
Pauline Kael described
the trio as "dramatic,
S he .
they create a\ /
music, less talking,
in the film.
The film opened doors for
the Barrett Sisters, Mary
Campbell said. "That's when they
began their European travels," she
said. "It gave them the publicity
they couldn't afford."
The sisters appeared in Patti
LaBelle's 1990 television special
"Going Home to Gospel." In 2008,
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they received the Ambassador
Bobby Jones Legend Award at the
Stellar Awards, the national gospel
music awards show.
Campbell's husband, the Rev.
Frank Campbell, died in 2000. The
couple had four children; two are
The surviving members of the
Barrett Sisters, Rodessa Barrett
Porter and Billie Barrett GreenBey,
sang with guest vocalist Tina
Brown in March 2011 to celebrate
Campbell's 85th birthday at a
gospel concert in a Chicago church.
Campbell, her voice diminished to a
whisper, watched from a chair near
In a video clip from the concert,
Brown paid tribute to Campbell.
"She is my personal queen of the
gospel," Brown said.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
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Sunday Morning Worship Midweek Services
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. Wednesday Noon Service
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Church school 12 noon-1 p.m.
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Caring for a loved one with cancer no easy task
Many cancer patients today
receive part of their care at home.
People with cancer are living
longer, and many patients want to
be cared for at home as much as
possible. This support is often given
by family caregivers, who may be
spouses, partners, children, rela-
tives or friends.
Today, family caregivers do
many things that used to be done in
the hospital or a doctor's office. In
fact they play a large role in the
health care system in the United
States. Your life will change in
many ways when you begin to pro-
vide care for someone with cancer.
As the patients needs change during
Many African-American Black women obese because
women in Jacksonville
spend a lot of money buy-they don't want to "ruin their hair"
ing and maintaining their
weave and hair extensions.
They look good, but the fear of
"messing up my weave" prevents
some women from exercising reg-
ularly. A lack of exercise increases
the chances a person will be over-
weight or obese and at higher risk
for diabetes, high blood pressure,
heart disease and some cancers.
A 2008 study conducted by the
Wake Forest University Baptist
Medical Center in Winston-Salem,
N.C., showed that 31 percent of
the 103 African-American women
surveyed said they exercised less
because it might harm their hair-
styles. All the women agreed that
exercise was important but fewer
than a quarter actually met the rec-
Everyone can benefit from exer-
cise especially African-American
women. Seventy-eight percent of
Black women are overweight and
50 percent can be categorized as
obese, according to the American
Obesity Association. In Duval
County, 50% are what is consid-
ered overweight or obese. The
CDC recommends 2 hours and 30
minutes of exercise each week.
Some things women can try to
keep their hairstyle yet remain
active include wearing a native
hairstyle, a style that can be
wrapped or pulled back, a short
haircut and braids twists or locks.
For more information talk to
your hair stylist about a hair care
routine and style that fit your
and after cancer treatment, your
role will also change, and the entire
experience can affect your quality
of life. There may be physical and
emotional demands from care giv-
ing and for some social and finan-
cial issues as well.
Cancer patients may need help
with many basic activities during
the day, such as using the toilet
moving around the house and
changing positions in bed. As you
try to meet the physical demands of
caregiver you need to take care of
yourself. Some caregivers have
found that they don't get enough
rest and don't let their own health
needs get met. Engaging in healthy
habits such as exercise, a healthy
diet and regular medical checkups
may keep you from developing
health problems or making existing
In the beginning there may be a
lot of support from your friends and
you may be able to continue work-
ing and keep up your relationships.
But some caregivers note that as
they continue to care for their loved
one, the time demands may
increase, and friends may call or
visit less often. If this happens to
you and if there are problems in
your relationship with the patient,
your sense of isolation can become
a problem and you may want to
seek outside help. On the other
hand, the challenges of caregiver
can also bring you closer to the
patient as you help them cope with
the challenges cancer brings.
There are many financial costs of
cancer. Families must pay insur-
ance deductibles, copayments, and
the cost of services that are not cov-
ered by insurance such as trans-
portation and home care help. Some
caregivers give up their jobs and
income so they can say home with
the patient which can make it hard-
er to pay for everything. And finan-
cial stress often causes additional
emotional stress. All of these
changing circumstances, new feel-
ings and major demands on your
time can be overwhelming. But this
is a crucial time to care for your
own mind, body and spirit. Giving
care and support during cancer isn't
easy, yet many caregivers find that
it helps them look at life in new
ways. Some have said that it's an
honor and a privilege to care for
someone they love. You may think
more about the purpose of life, and
recognize more clearly which peo-
ple and aspects of life mean the
most to you. Looking for meaning
can be a way to cope.
Other caregivers discover they
can be strong during hard times,
and develop a better sense of self
worth or personal growth. Getting
support from health care profes-
sional may help you take better care
of your loved one and yourself. You
can also find support from caregiv-
er groups and cancer organizations,
where you can talk with other fam-
ilies. Some caregivers find it help-
ful to join a support group or to talk
to a counselor, psychologist, or
other mental health professional.
Many people who are active in their
faith or spiritual community will
find support and resources readily
Advice about caregiver is avail-
able from the National Cancer
Institute INCI) in the booklet
"When Someone You Love is
Being Treated for Cancer" More
information can be found at the
Coping with Cancer: Supportive
and Palliative Care page of the NCI
N.C. works on
RALEIGH, N.C. A couple
thousand people in North Carolina
who were forced to undergo steril-
izations decades ago should get
compensation from state govern-
ment, a task force investigating the
involuntary procedures said in a
report this week
North Carolina is one of about a
half dozen states to apologize for
past eugenics programs, but it is
alone in trying to put together a plan
to compensate victims.
Figures ranging from $20,000 to
$50,000 have been suggested for
the victims, but the Eugenics Task
Force said in its' draft report that it
needs more time to consider those
and other amounts. The task force
said it doesn't want to trivialize the
suffering and that no am
damages is meant to place
on a victim's life or life losi
"I don't think it's fair to
tims that they're doing this
own pace," said 57-year-ol
Riddick of Atlanta, who we
ized when she was 14 ye
"People die every day. Anc
they need to get on up and
they need to do. Can you
how much money they have
just to study this case?"
State Rep. Larry Wom
lawmaker most involved
issue, has been working (
pensation for victims for 1
but said the state seems to b
than ever to paying victim
Democrat urged patience a
iount of he looked forward to the final fits to 1
a value report, due Feb. 1. compens
t. About. 7,600 people, most of Austra
the vic- them women or girls, were steril- Helen C
at their ized under North Carolina's eugen- schizoph
d Elaine ics program. Unlike most states, after hav
as steril- North Carolina ramped up its steril- believes
ears old. izations after World War II, despite stroke in
d I think associations between eugenics and fered front
do what Nazi Germany, which took eugen- "There
imagine ics to even more horrifying lengths. state, and
e put out Around 70 percent of all North is going t
Carolina's sterilizations were per- appointed
ble, the formed after the war, peaking in the the decii
in the 1950s, according to state records, dead, the
on com- The program was shuttered in 1977. would g
0 years, The task force members said any 64, of D
be closer compensation should be exempt dollars is
ms. The from state taxes. They also want to lion wou
and said consider offering state health bene- The sl
for sterilization victims
iving victims and weigh
ation to victims' estates.
lia Clay's mother, Margaret
heek, was diagnosed as a
renic and sterilized in 1965
ving three children. Clay
her mother, who died of a
February 1978, only suf-
m post-partum depression.
just was a holocaust in our
1 this is something the state
:o have to pay for. I am dis-
d that they did not make
sion that if the victim is
: amount of compensation
o to the estate," said Clay,
Snot enough. Well, $1 mil-
ldn't be enough."
tate would have to find
compensation money in a tight
budget year and the Legislature
would have to approve payments.
"We know that in a period of tight
budgets, compensation may not be
popular among your constituents,"
the task force said in a letter to Gov.
Beverly Perdue that accompanies
the report. "For many citizens, it
may be hard to justify spending
millions when the state is cutting
back on other essential services.
But the fact is, there never will be a
good time to redress these wrongs
and the victims have already waited
Nationwide, there were more
than 60,000 known victims of ster-
ilization programs, with perhaps
another 40,000 sterilized through
"unofficial" channels like hospitals
or local health departments working
on their own initiative. Eugenics
was aimed at creating a better soci-
ety by filtering out people consid-
ered undesirable, ranging from
criminals to those imprecisely des-
ignated as "feeble-minded."
In North Carolina, people as
young as 10 were sterilized for
offenses as minor as not getting
along with schoolmates, being
promiscuous or running afoul of
local social workers or doctors. The
state's law allowed such profession-
als to refer people to the state
Eugenics Board for sterilization. In
other states, people had to be jailed
or institutionalized before they
could be sterilized.
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I "hat to do fromnt social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
New Art Exhibition
The Society of Mixed Media
Artists presents 'Stones in the
Water' an exhibition of contempo-
rary mixed media artwork reflecting
the history and images of the
Jacksonville beaches. It opens
August 5th October 3rd at the
Beaches Museum and History
Center, 380 Pablo Avenue in
Jacksonville Beach and is open to
the public and artwork is for sale.
The public is welcome to celebrate
the opening reception and awards
ceremony, Friday August 5, from
5-7 p.m. For more information call
of 1972 Dance
The Stanton Senior High School
Class of '72 will host "An Evening
Out" dance at the Prince
Community Center (23rd & Liberty
Street), Friday, August 6th from 9
p.m. until 2 a.m.
For further information email
FAMU Alumni New
The JRE Lee Alumni Chapter of
Florida A&M University will host
their New Student Reception. rain
or shine as they share the "Ole
Rattler Spirit" together. Join the fun
at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 6th at
the Emanuel Baptist Church
Fellowship Hall, 2407 S.L. Badger
Jr. Circle E. (OffDivision Street)
Jacksonville, Florida 32209.
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.
Call all BCC alumni
Come out for a free event and join
Alumni from around the city for a
night of food, fun, door prizes, and
entertainment at the Zodiac Bar N'
Grill, located at 120 W. Adams
Street on Friday, August 12, 2011
from 6-8 p.m. Pick-up information
on Wildcat football, tickets, bus
trips, upcoming Duval/Nassau
Alumni Chapter events, and current
B-CU news For further information
contact Channell Jones at 764-9924
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Florida Blue 5K
Register now for the Florida Blue
5K Stadium Challenge, Saturday,
August 13th, 6-10 p.m. at
EverBank Field. The "stadium run"
will take runners up all seven levels
of the stadium. This event is a
fundraising event with proceeds
benefitting Duval County Sports to
help save athletic programs in
Duval County Public High Schools.
To register visit www.lstplaces-
ports.com or call (904) 731-3676.
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-
Issues & Answers
The Jacksonville Community
Council Inc. (JCCI) next Issues and
Answers Lunchtime Discussion
will be on Wednesday, August 17th
from noon to 1 p.m. The discussion
will be "taking the mystery out of
the FCAT". Bring a bag lunch!
Location is the JCCI Conference
Room, 2434 Atlantic Blvd.For more
information call 396-3052.
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 vari-
eties 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 549-2938.
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
September 1st at 7 p.m. Call 632-
The 7th Annual Jacksonville Tattoo
Convention will be held this year at
the Renaissance Resort at World
Golf Village, 500 S. Legacy Trail,
St. Augustine, Florida, September
2nd at 11 a.m. and September 4th at
8:00 p.m. For more information call
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-
Mali Vai Washington
Golf & Tennis Gala
The Mali Vai Washington Golf &
Tennis Gala is marked for
September 12th and 13th and
includes a Tennis Pro-Am, Golf
Pro-Am and Gala Dinner. For more
information on this event call (904)
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BETputs Mo'Nique Shown on "hiatus"
BET has responded to recent reports that "The
Mo'Nique Show" has been cancelled. The net-
work is choosing to go with another term for the
sudden move: "production hiatus."
'The Mo'Nique Show' will be on production hia-
tus beginning in the Fall," said BET spokesperson
Kobe Swanson. "However, new episodes of the
show will continue to air throughout the summer.
Mo'Nique Hicks and 'The Mo'Nique Show' are
important to the BET Networks family and we
look forward to continuing our relationship with
The talk show, which Mo'Nique compared to a high-energy nightly
party, lasted two seasons and had been taped in Turner Studios, which are
now being used for BET's show "Reed Between the Lines" through
October. Rumors have it that Monique and the execs could not come to a
mutual agreement while others say the cancellation was due to low ratings.
The show debuted in October 2009.
Belafonte says president 'lacks courage'
"1 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Singer and activist
Harry Belafonte says President Barack Obama and
g his "mission" have failed because of a lack of moral
courage and vision.
The president is "not a stand-alone," Belafonte said
Thursday. Regarding the debt-ceiling crisis,
Belafonte said he would ask Congress, the president
and other U.S. institutions of power "what happened
to moral truth" and moral courage.
Belafonte made his remarks to the Television Critics Association while
discussing "Sing Your Song," a documentary about him airing this fall on
HBO. The 84-year-old singer, known as the King of Calypso, has pushed
for political and social change since the U.S. civil rights movement.
He hopes the documentary will illuminate a time when Americans faced
problems and found the resources to face them, Belafonte said. "Sing Your
Song" debuts Oct. 17.
VH1 shows leading the way
for Black female viewership
Cast of Single Ladies includes Stacy Dash and Lisa Raye
VH1 is coming up in the viewer's choice category with its distinct line
up of reality shows.
With the network's latest series, "Single Ladies," "Basketball Wives,"
Queen Latifah's new show and Shaunie O'Neal's reality shows respective-
ly, VH1 has come to a high point since October 2009.
Monday, the network premiered "Single Ladies" starring Lisa Raye
McCoy and Stacey Dash and brought back season three of "Basketball
The third season premiere of "Basketball Wives" scored high, bringing up
ratings points 36 percent from the series second season premiere and
attracted 1.8 million total viewers.
Combined with all the new things happening, the network raked in over
3.5 million viewers on just Monday night.
"Single Ladies" is definitely drawing the attention VH1 needs. The two-
hour premiere brought in 2.8 million viewers alone.
Look out television, here VH1 comes.
Akoto Afori-Atta, The Root
At Washington, D.C.'s
Constitution Hall, the crowd -- a
mix of distinguished salt-and-pep-
per goatees and shellacked updos --
awaits Charlie Wilson, former front
man for the Gap
Vogue, \ g
R&B group from the '90s, is open-
ing the show.
In true diva style they emerge --
minus Dawn Robinson -- to muted
applause. In a stage presence that is
all but extinct, they strut in unison,
dressed in matching blouses, per-
forming modified versions of the
unison choreography that once
accompanied their award-winning
singles. Time may have taken a toll
on their two-step, but it's done noth-
ing to their pipes. En Vogue sound
as good as they did 20 years ago.
They've virtually been gone off
the scene for nearly two decades
with an appearance here and there.
Now, they are back on the circuit
singing favored hits with old school
flavor, seeming poised for a come-
But could they? 2004 was the last
time an R&B group made anything
close to a comeback. That's when
Destiny's Child reunited after a
short break to release their fourth
and final studio album. Since then,
R&B groups and duos -- male and
female -- have gone the way of the
Their absence isn't easy to miss.
From the beginning, vocal groups
have long dominated R&B. Both
the Supremes and the Temptations
made the R&B group a mainstay of
'60s pop music. The tradition con-
tinued with the Jackson Five in the
'70s; DeBarge, New Edition and
Guy in the '80s; and Dru Hill and
the record-busting girl group TLC
in the '90s. From 1991-2001, every
month, you'd see an R&B group
hanging out at the top of the charts.
Jagged Edge, 112 and Destiny's
Child continued the popularity of
R&B groups into the new millenni-
um. But not for long.
For one thing, the music changed.
Today's version of chart-topping
R&B, hijacked by techno-club pro-
duction, overdubbed vocals and
hip-hop cadence, has sparked a
fierce debate about the state of pop-
ular soul music. So which came
first: the demise of the singing soul
group or the deterioration of R&B
Groups Are Hard to Manage
In-fighting and personality clash-
es have long been a feature of the
R&B group, from the Supremes to
Destiny's Child. Disbanding is an
inevitable reality -- one that's not
lost on the audience. Time and suc-
cess only intensify internal conflict.
It's no surprise that few groups stay
"It's harder to manage a baseball
team than it is to manage an athlete
who's playing tennis in a sin-
gles match," said
Danyel Smith, edi-
one thing to
S get one per-
son to stage
S on time. It's
thing to 70 -J
get five people
to stage on time. Groups are just
notoriously difficult to manage."
Then again, groups unofficially --
but sometimes intentionally --
groom a standout who will eventu-
ally ditch the team for solo success,
a trend dating back to Diana Ross'
departure from the Supremes.
Michael Jackson left the Jackson
Five. El DeBarge chose a solo
career over his siblings. Raphael
Saadiq moved on from Tony! Toni!
Ton6! R&B group history is clut-
tered with the exits of group mem-
bers in pursuit of solo careers.
It's the perfect catch-22, said
Shanti Das, music-business veteran
and former executive v.p. of
Motown. Record labels, Das said,
often want to know that a group has
a charismatic leader before they
commit to risky contracts.
"Labels look for leaders in
groups," Das said. "And that leader
is often the breakout star."
Music producer Michael Bivins,
a former member of Bell Biv Devoe
and New Edition, doesn't see the
pursuit of solo projects as a signifi-
cant hindrance. Citing Destiny's
Child as an example, Bivins, who is
doing a reunion tour with New
Edition, said that he believes talent-
ed group members should pursue
their personal artistic goals and
reunite respecting the other group
members as individual artists.
"Sometimes there's so much tal-
ent within the group [that] you have
to separate to let everyone live and
breathe," Bivins said.
Adds his bandmate Bobby
Brown, who broke away from New
Edition in 1988 to launch his high-
ly successful solo career, "New
Edition is built up of seven different
artists ... [but] we are a group."
Digital Killed the Group Star
Still, the difficult dynamics of
managing a group and the lure of
the solo career don't completely
explain the current drought of the
once all-powerful R&B group.
Vocal groups thrived for more than
50 years, despite their long history
of in-fighting and messy breakups.
So what's changed? What is it about
the 21st-century music industry that
keeps groups from flourishing?
Part of the problem is the industry
itself. Record sales have declined
dramatically, so major labels sign
fewer artists -- all a casualty of the
Consider, too, the cost of
bringing a pop song to
market in 2011. NPR
put a price tag on
marketing a solo
artiis to the mass-
es- One song,
ing and produc-
Iupwards of $1
Chicago Tribune. "We're experienc-
ing the ultimate ego trip."
Music in Cycles
In the late '90s, boy bands like
Backstreet Boys, N Sync and 98
Degrees re-emerged as pop music's
latest obsession -- and completely
wore out their welcome. Boy-band
fatigue may have turned the public
off to groups altogether, but Kot
also believes that the disappearance
of R&B groups is typical of the
cyclical nature of pop music.
"It's true that for any kind of trend
on anything that gets overexposed
on radio, people will bur out on
it," Kot said. "Everything in pop
music runs in cycles, nothing is
built to last and things come back in
new form 15 years later."
So is there space for R&B groups
to re-emerge? Michael Cheung,
manager of the all-male quartet
Ahmir, is counting on it. The self-
appointed "#1 R&B group on
YouTube" has more than 45 million
YouTube video views and 40,000
Facebook "likes." This is proof,
said Cheung, of the public's desire
to see the R&B group come back.
"Labels don't believe that a
black group could make
outside of the
i ,? fan ba3e has
expensive t1 market
a song for a vocal
hesitancy to take
on that risk. .r .
"Compared to a
solo artist, mar-
keting a group
means five airline
tickets, five hotel
rooms, five outfits,
with each artist having
their own stylist," Das
said. "For female groups,
it's even more with hair
and makeup. It costs a lot of
Or maybe Facebook killed the
R&B group. After all, we're living
in the me-first era, when the indi-
vidual uses social media to star in
his or her own drama each and
every day. Solo musicians can tweet
their entire lives, immersing them-
selves in self-promotion, while fans
foam at the mouth, waiting impa-
tiently for their favorite stars' status
updates. Groups don't fit well into
this framework. After all, can a
group tweet as one?
"Society's narcissism is totally a
part of the group's decline," said
Greg Kot, music critic for the
f that again"
made a name
They mostly record covers of pop
hits, from Rihanna to Pink.
Without groups, today's R&B is
void of its most alluring quality:
harmony. The sound of voices
singing in unison is a timeless tradi-
tion that dates back centuries. Kot
believes it's only a matter of time
before fans hear that again, even if
it's with a little twist.
In other words, Kot said, "Four
Justin Beibers in one group may be
the next step."
For the sake of the R&B group,
let's hope not.
Akoto Afori-Atta is The Root's assistant
editor: Jozen Cummings also contributed to
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Archaeologists discover Black village beneath Central Park
New York City, NY-
Many New Yorkers and
visitors to America's most
famous city revel in
Central Park. Designed by
Frederick Law Olmstead
and opened in 1857, it's
considered a jewel of New
York City, located smack
dab in the middle of the
island of Manhattan. It's Excavators unearth a Black village beneath
JACKSON, Michigan Former
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
walked free from a state prison this
week after serving just over a year
for violating probation in a 2008
His brother-in-law escorted
Kilpatrick from the Southern
Michigan Prison to a vehicle wait-
ing outside the facility's gates.
In a statement issued ahead of his
release, Kilpatrick thanked all those
who prayed for him and said he
would speak openly about his time
behind bars after he spent some
time with his family.
"Detroit, I will return to speak
frankly with you about this experi-
ence because it has affected all of
us," the statement said.
The 41-year-old Kilpatrick was
released on parole but still faces a
federal corruption trial that could
send him back to prison.
Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to
obstruction of justice and resigned
from office as part of a plea deal in
2008. A judge found he had lied at
a civil trial to cover up an affair
with his chief of staff -- in a lawsuit
that cost Detroit $8.4 million.
The former mayor was impris-
oned in May 2010 for failing to dis-
close assets and surrender sufficient
funds that could have reduced his
$1 million restitution to the city.
Kilpatrick still owes Detroit more
than $800,000 and a judge recently
ordered that all profits from his new
book be placed in escrow to help
pay off the debt.
His federal trial on fraud, tax
crimes and a racketeering conspira-
cy is scheduled to start in
September 2012. In an 89-page
indictment filed in December, the
government described a pay-to-
play scheme in which Kilpatrick
and his father, Bernard, took kick-
backs and bribes to steer city busi-
ness to certain contractors.
Bernard and Kwame Kilpatrick
have pleaded not guilty. Bernard
Kilpatrick is not in custody.
People charged with felonies typ-
ically aren't granted parole, but the
U.S. attorney's office did not object
to Kilpatrick's release.
The Democrat served in the
Michigan House of Representatives
from 1996 to 2001 and was minori-
ty floor leader from 1998 to 2000.
He was elected mayor of his home-
town in 2001 and served from 2002
through his September 2008 resig-
His mother, Carolyn Cheeks
Kilpatrick, was a longtime con-
gresswoman who lost her seat last
one of the only places to
go to get real greenery in New
York, and it's beloved by millions
for its peaceful gardens and placid
waters. But there's an ugly history
hiding beneath Central Park that a
new archeological dig has uncov-
ered-an ugly racist history.
In an eight-week dig led by pro-
fessors from Barnard College, City
College of New York, Columbia
University and NYU, archeology
students delved into the historical
secrets of Seneca Village. At its
height, Seneca Village was a robust
community of nearly 300 people
that existed between between the
1820s and 1850s. Though it was a
predominately Black neighbor-
hood, housing some of the first
Black property owners in the city, it
was also home to white European
immigrants, who were coexisting
peacefully with their African-
American neighbors. But then came
plans for Central Park, and Seneca
Village, and the thriving communi-
ty that lived there, was decimated.
Settled in the 1820s, residents
were comprised of working- and
A lot of people, many of them
racists, say they don't understand
how Blacks haven't been able to
find success so many years after
slavery ended. "They need to get
over it," some of them will say.
"They've had the same chances
everyone else has." Seneca
Village is a testament to the fact
that African-Americans didn't, in
New York City's famous Central Park fact, have the same chances.
middle-class property owners, the
New York Times explains. It
stretched from 82nd to 89th streets,
between what were then Seventh
and Eighth avenues.
Most people have never heard of
Seneca Village. Most people have
no idea that there were middle-class
African-Americans who owned
property living in the middle of
Manhattan 160 years ago. When
they go to Central Park, most peo-
ple have no idea they're walking
over what were once people's
Frequently throughout American
history, when Blacks started doing
things like getting property, amass-
ing wealth and building stable lives,
people would come in and whimsi-
cally snatch that stability away.
Seneca Village may have been a
great place to live, but the city
wanted it for a park, so they took it
The dig has already turned up 250
bags of items Among collected
items are things like a leather and
fabric shoe, clay pipes, bones from
animals that had been butchered.
This week, tennis star Serena
Williams is starting the week at 79.
That's a long way from the Number
1 spot she held for so long, but a lot
longer from the No. 169 she was
"I hated those triple digits. Now
I've got to get to single digits." said
Williams about her ranking.
Once upon a time referencing a
Williams sister in the winners circle
would not be quite so heavy with
meaning. After all, Williams' victo-
ry against Marion Bartoli in the
final last weekend in Stanford, CA,
was her 38th career WTA title.
However the win is not without
significance. The Bank of the West
title was her first since Wimbledon
in 2010 and only her third partici-
pation since then.
It was also her first non-major
since the year-ending WTA
Championship in 2009, and her first
title in the USA since 2008.
It comes at a good time. Williams'
health issues have been well-docu-
mented and in the world of tennis, a
soon to be 30 (next month) Serena
Serena Wiliams celebrates being back in the winners circle after defeating Marion Bartoli and winning
the Bank of the West Classic last weekend.
is ot getting any younger, claps when I walk out there are sports, I don't know if 'star' sounds
The smile of joy and relief on her moments that I truly missed," full of myself, but I've worked hard
face at the end of the tournament Williams said. "It's so awesome to for that title.
were telling, be back and to be a part of those "So, yes, I say it and I take pride
"Coming back and hearing the moments. Not everyone can be a in it."
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Kwame Kilpatrick walks out of prison escorted by his brother-in-law.
Former Detroit Mayor
freed from prison for now
Williams back in the winners circle