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Smithsonian to host exhibit on
Thomas Jefferson's ties to slavery
WASHINGTON The Smithsonian's National Museum of African
American History and Culture is planning an exhibit with Thomas
Jefferson's Monticello to explore the 3rd president's history with slavery.
Museum officials say "Jefferson and Slavery at Monticello: Paradox of
Liberty" will tackle the sensitive subject of slavery during the American
Revolution. Jefferson called slavery an "abominable crime" but was a
The exhibit announced Tuesday will open in January at the Smithsonian
National Museum of American History. The black history museum is
under development and is slated to open in its own building on the
National Mall in 2015.
At Monticello in Virginia, curators are beginning a long-term restora-
tion of Mulberry Row, which included 21 dwellings for enslaved and free
workers at the plantation. An exhibit on Mulberry Row opens in
Clinton, Bush fund gives
$1.4M to Haiti projects
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti An organization set up by former U.S.
Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush is providing an additional
$1.4 million to the effort to help Haiti rebuild from the January 2010
The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund says just over $1 million will go to a
Haitian company that will train engineers and general contractors to
make simple steel-frame houses.
It is also providing a grant of $225,000 for equipment at a school that
gives construction training. A third grant of $150,000 is going to a non-
profit group that loans money to help poor people pay for energy, clean
water and other basic needs.
The fund has awarded $25 million in grants to Haiti reconstruction.
Vick now Eagle's $100 million man
PHILADELPHIA Michael Vick is really back on top now.
Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a six-year contract that
again makes the Pro Bowl quarterback one of the highest-paid players in
the NFL. The deal is reportedly worth $100 million, including about $40
Vick has come a long way since spending 18 months in federal prison
on dogfighting charges. He led the Eagles to the NFC East title last year,
was the starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl and was the AP Comeback
Player of the Year.
Vick was due to earn slightly more than $16 million this season after
the Eagles designated him the franchise player in February. He'll make a
little less, possibly giving the Eagles salary cap flexibility to give Pro
Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson an extension.
Justice Department finds
Florida inmates abused
WASHINGTON -A U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the
Miami-Dade County jail system has found inmates are routinely abused,
refused mental and physical medical care and are constantly at risk for
disease. The report details the deplorable conditions within the county's
Corrections and Rehabilitation Department and claims employees will-
fully violate the constitutional rights of prisoners.
The investigation was conducted in accordance with the Civil Rights of
Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA). The extensive investigation
focused on the protection of prisoners from harm in all six jail facilities
operated by MDCR.
The Justice Department concluded that MDCR corrections facilities vio-
late the constitutional rights of prisoners through:
Inadequate medical and mental health care; improper suicide prevention;
Use of excessive force by staff on prisoners; inadequate protection from
prisoner violence; and environmental health and sanitation deficiencies
at several of the MDCR facilities.
Since 2007, thirteen deaths have happened in the facilities.
Surgeon General: Black women
jeopardize health for sake of hair
According to the United States surgeon general, Black women are
harming their health avoiding physical activity because they've invested
considerable amounts of time and money in their hair.
Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, who is Black herself, knows the issues Black
women have when it comes to "sweating out" their hair.
"Oftentimes you get women saying, 'I can't exercise today because I
don't want to sweat my hair back or get my hair wet,' Benjamin said.
But Dr. Benjamin and other researchers say that removing any barrier
to physical activity is crucial to the health of American women, and in
particular black women, a group that has a higher rate of obesity than any
other demographic. According to government figures, nearly 50 percent
of black women over age 20 are overweight or obese, compared with 33
percent of white women and 43 percent of Hispanic women.
The root of the problem, Dr. Benjamin said, is the time and money spent
on chemical relaxers and other treatments that transform naturally tight
curls into silky, straight locks. Moisture and motion can quickly undo
those efforts, with the result that many women end up avoiding physical
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Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. members stand in front of the King
Memorial for their advanced viewing before Hurricaine Irene ruined the
Descendants, civil rights groups
and fraternal organizations con-
verged on Washington D.C. last
week en masse to witness the dedi-
cation of the Martin Luther King,
While the much anticipated
opening of the Memorial was
closed to the general public, mem-
bers of his beloved fraternity, Alpha
Phi Alpha and sister sorority, Alpha
Kappa Alpha, were treated to an
"There were brothers and sisters
there from everywhere and many
brought their children," said
Jacksonvillian Norma White, a
former AKA national president.
Rev. Bernice King gave inspir-
ing remarks about "Daddy" but also
made warm comments about the
involvement of her mother in the
"When you pass the Lincoln
Memorial Abraham Lincoln is seat-
ed but when you approach the King
Memorial, Daddy is standing. I
immediately said MLK is still
standing on the promises." King
98% of welfare recipients pass Governor's drug test
Thanks to Florida Gov. Rick
Scott's insistence that people on
welfare use drugs at a higher rate
than the general population, the
state's Legislature implemented a
policy earlier this year requiring all
applicants for temporary cash assis-
tance to pass a drug test before get-
ting any help.
The results: Ninety-eight percent
passed. And the process will cost
the state $178 million.
The Tampa Tribune reports that
the Department of Children and
Families says about 2 percent of
applicants are failing the test and
another 2 percent are not complet-
ing the application process for
Here's the Tribune's assessment of
how much the state will pay:
Cost of the tests averages about
$30. Assuming that 1,000 to 1,500
applicants take the test monthly,
the state will owe about $28,800-
$43,200 monthly in reimburse-
ments to those who test drug-free.
That compares with roughly
$32,200-$48,200 the state may save
on one month's worth of rejected
Libyan leader's departure
raises new concerns for Africa
As rebel fighters tightened their
grip on Tripoli, many African lead-
ers were largely silent over the
prospect of the demise of Libya's
Col. Muammar Gaddafi.
South African broadcaster SABC
reported that Angola offered him
asylum but it was unclear how he
would get out of Tripoli with U.S.
officials declining to rule out target-
ing Gaddafi in a drone attack.
Ugandan opposition leader
Nandala Mafabi said Col.
Gaddafi's likely overthrow would
be inspirational. "It shows that
people can rise against dictatorship
and succeed if there is discontent
because of a leader overstaying in
power or suppressing citizens."
President Yoweri Museveni,
however, gave qualified support to
his one-time backer. "I have had a
lot of problems with Gaddafi but
when it comes to foreigners inter-
fering in the affairs of Africa with-
out the permission of the African
Union, I cannot support it. The
position of Africa is 'leave Libya to
the Libyans to solve'."
Friends of Gaddafi, now anxious-
ly observing his defeat, include
Zimbabwe's President Mugabe,
Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso,
South Africa and Mali. As of this
week, African recognition of the
Libyan rebels was only four coun-
tries: Senegal, Gambia, Egypt and
Concerns are growing as to who
or what will replace the ousted
African "King of Kings" as
Gaddafi once called himself.
Columnist Patrick Cockburn
observed in a piece titled "No one
doubts that Gaddafi has lost. The
question is: who has won?" "In
Iraq, the Americans dissolved the
Iraqi army and excluded former
members of the Baath party from
jobs and power... Most Iraqis were
glad to see the end of Saddam
Hussein, but the struggle to replace
him almost destroyed the country.
"In Tripoli, as in most oil states,
the government provides most jobs
and many Libyans did well under
the old regime. How will they now
pay for being on the losing side?
Net savings to the state: $3,400 to
$5,000 annually on one month's
worth of rejected applicants. Over
12 months, the money saved on all
rejected applicants would add up to
$40,800 to $60,000 for a program
that state analysts have predicted
will cost $178 million this fiscal
Maybe Florida politicians are the
ones who need to be tested to see if
they're under the influence of some-
thing (prejudice, perhaps?) that's
making them think this wasteful
program is good public policy.
Civil rights icon who
infiltrated the Klan passes
JACKSONVILLE, Fl Author
and folldorist Stetson Kennedy,
who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan
six decades ago has passed at 94.
In the late 1940s, Kennedy took
his fight against the Klan to a
national stage when, while work-
ing as a consultant to the
Superman radio show, he provided
information to producers on infor-
mation about the Klan from their
rituals to secret code words. The
episodes were titled "Clan of the
He testified before a federal
grand jury about the Klan chain of
command in the 1951 bombing
death of Florida NAACP leader
Harry Moore and bombings aimed
at black, Catholic and Jewish cen-
ters in Miami.
He presented evidence in feder-
al court of Klan bombings and
other violence aimed at preventing
blacks from voting in the 1944
and 1946 elections.
"Stetson Kennedy was a man of
integrity who led a storied life
fighting for equality and justice.
His difficult, dangerous work
exposing violence and hatred
helped to level the playing field
for millions who otherwise may
not have been able to compete
academically, economically or
politically," Mayor Alvin Brown
said. "I celebrate his accomplish-
ments and mourn his passing."
Stetson's wishes were for a party
and not a funeral. A luncheon cel-
ebrating his life will be held at
Beluthahatchee October 1st.
In the 1940s, Kennedy used the
"Superman" radio show to expose
and ridicule the Klan's rituals. In
the 1950s he wrote "I Rode with
the Ku Klux Klan," which was
later renamed- "The Klan
Unmasked," and "The Jim Crow
Kennedy continued working on
books and speeches into his 90s,
letting neither age nor the Klan
slow him down. He married in
2006 for a seventh time to Parks,
an author, former city commis-
sioner and bookstore owner in St.
"The truth of the matter is I
never aspired to be a writer.
Writing was a means to the end,"
Kennedy once said. "I can't rec-
ommend it, there's no money in
Although Irene caused some of
the activities to be postponed, the
fraternal organizations were still
able to participate in the private
viewing ceremony, the Women
Who Dare to Dream Luncheon and
the formal Gala.
Organizers behind the Memorial
expressed disappointment that
Sunday's dedication on the National
Mall has been postponed due to
Hurricane Irene, but emphasized
that the celebration will take place
in the next 60 days or so.
Located on the Tidal Basin, the
King memorial is an engaging land-
scape complete with natural ele-
ments and water, meant to convey
four themes that were fundamental
to King's legacy: democracy, jus-
tice, hope and love. The centerpiece
-- the "Stone of Hope" -- features a
30-foot likeness of King. A 450-
foot crescent-shaped granite wall is
inscribed with King's sermons and
public remarks, though not the
iconic "I Have a Dream," speech.
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THE LIST: World'S Most
Powerful Black Women
Forbes Magazine has released its' annual list of the Black women who run the world
Michele Obama, First Lady,
The first lady is the world's most
powerful black woman. Obama's
wife continually commands media
attention for her intense efforts to-
wards ending childhood obesity and
has developed a cult-like following
among world fashionistas for her
stylish inclinations. In the past year,
she has made official and non-official
trips to at least four continents, in-
cluding a visit to South Africa where
she was granted a rare audience with
former president and Apartheid hero
ters for Disease Control in 1984,
eventually became the director of the
National Center for HIV, STD and
Tuberculosis Prevention. Also served
at the Bill & Melinda Gates founda-
tion between 2001 and 2006 where
she directed the foundation's HIV,
TB and Reproductive Health Pro-
gram. In 2006, took up the position
of President and Chief Executive Of-
ficer of CARE USA, a leading hu-
manitarian organization which
actively fights global poverty in 87
countries around the world. Top Pri-
ority: Empowering girls and women
to bring lasting change to poor com-
munities. Gayle serves on the Board
of trustees for the Rockefeller foun-
of 7.8 million tons. She was ap-
pointed as CEO in 2008; took up po-
sition after managerial stints at
Vodacom Group and Alliance Capital
Management. Ms Nyembezi-Heita
serves as non-executive director on
the board of the JSE Securities Ex-
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, CEO
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Harvard grad is the president and
CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation, America's largest health
care foundation, with a $10 billion
endowment and annual disburse-
ments of $400 million. This year, the
foundation is spearheading a cam-
paign against childhood obesity and
fighting for tobacco cessation. Lav-
izzo-Mourey is the first woman and
the first African-American to head
the foundation. In 1984 she was se-
lected as a Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation Clinical Scholar at the
University of Pennsylvania. Joined
the foundation in 2001 as senior vice
president and director of the health
care group; became CEO in 2003.
Work now to improve your credit score
By Jason Alderman
Many people suffered blows to
their credit scores during the unsta-
ble economy of the last few years,
whether because they missed pay-
ments, exceeded credit limits or,
more seriously, experienced a home
foreclosure or even bankruptcy. Is
this a big deal? Absolutely.
If your credit score drops signifi-
cantly, you'll likely be charged
higher loan and credit card interest
rates and offered lower credit limits
- or perhaps be disqualified alto-
gether. And, lower scores can also
lead to higher insurance rates and
harm your ability to rent an apart-
ment or get a cell phone.
Fortunately, taking these few
steps will begin improving your
credit score almost immediately:
First, review your credit reports
from the three major credit bureaus
(Equifax, Experian and Transunion)
to see which negative actions your
creditors have reported and look for
errors or fraudulent activity. You
can order one free report per year
from each at www.annualreport.com.
You can also order a FICO credit
score (the score most commonly
used by lenders) for $19.95 from
www.myfico.com to know exactly
where you stand.
It definitely pays to have a good
FICO Score. Based on today's rates,
you could save $30,000 in interest
on a $100,000 home loan over 30
years, if your score is above 740
rather than below 620. Lenders base
their decision on many factors but
your FICO score plays a major role.
Never exceed individual credit
limits. In fact, the lower your credit
utilization ratio (the percentage of
available credit you're using), the
better. Try to keep your overall uti-
lization ratio and ratios on individ-
ual cards and lines of credit below
Even if you pay off your balance
each month, showing a high utiliza-
tion ratio at any time during the
month could conceivably hurt your
score. A few suggestions:
Spread purchases among multi-
ple cards to keep individual bal-
Make extra payments midway
through billing cycles so your out-
standing balances appear lower.
Ask lenders to reinstate higher
limits if your payment history has
Transferring balances to a new
credit card to get a lower rate dings
your credit score by a few points -
although it won't take long to re-
cover. But, say you move a $2,000
balance from a card with a $10,000
limit to one with a $4,000 limit;
you've immediately gone from a 20
percent utilization ratio to 50 per-
cent on the new card.
Credit score-improvement tips:
Make sure that credit limits re-
ported to credit bureaus are correct.
Don't automatically close older,
unused accounts; 15 percent of your
score is based on credit history. In
fact, occasionally make small
charges on them to make sure
lenders don't close them out.
Each time you open a new ac-
count there's a slight impact on your
score, so avoid doing so in the
months before a major purchase like
a home or car.
Pay off medical bills and park-
ing, traffic or library fines. Once
old, unpaid bills go into collection,
they can damage your credit.
There are many good resources
for learning what you can do to re-
pair and protect your credit scores,
including the Credit Education Cen-
ter at www.myfico.com/CreditEdu-
cation, the Credits and Loans page
www.whatsmyscore.org a financial
literacy program run by Visa Inc.
Beyonce Knowles, Entertainer,
Designer Jay-Z's wife is all grown-
up now. She turned 30 this year, and
is now taking responsibility for her
own business concerns. In March,
she relieved her father, Matthew
Knowles, as her business manager.
She's earned 16 Grammy awards in
her career, runs a fashion label,
House of Dereon, and released her
fourth solo album, "4". The album
debuted at number one on the Bill-
board 200 chart, selling 310,000
copies in its first week.
Oprah Winfrey, Media Personal-
ity In May, Oprah bade farewell to
her highly successful, syndicated talk
show, after a 25 year-stint. She set
out to achieve bigger things: In Jan-
uary, she launched her own cable
channel, the Oprah Winfrey Net-
work. It started out strong, but view-
ership is floundering. Nevertheless,
Oprah remains one of the world's
most powerful media moguls: The
Oprah brand owns media interests in
TV, Radio, the web, and the 2.5 mil-
lion circulation O Magazine. Oprah
is also the world's wealthiest black
woman. Estimated worth: $2.7 bil-
Ursula Burns, CEO, Xerox First
worked for Xerox in 1980 as a sum-
mer intern; joined the company full
time in 1981 after obtaining her Mas-
ters' Degree in Mechanical Engineer-
ing from Columbia University.
Worked through the ranks to become
Vice- president in 2000, and was
named CEO in 2009. Bums was piv-
otal in Xerox's $6.4 billion acquisi-
tion of business process outsourcing
giant, Affiliated Computer Services
(ACS) last year. Burns serves on the
board of American Express and
Boston Scientific among other com-
Helen Gayle, CEO, CARE USA
Started off her career at the U.S. Cen-
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President.
Liberia The Harvard-trained econo-
mist and Africa's first female presi-
dent is seeking to be reelected this
October during Liberia's presidential
elections, breaking a promise she
made during her 2005 campaign to
serve only for a single term if elected.
But the odds are in her favour: Suc-
cessfully negotiated for debt relief
from international creditors, includ-
ing a $4.9 billion debt waiver from
the World Bank and the International
Ngozi Okonjo-lweala, Nigerian
Finance Minister In July, Okonjo-
Iweala stepped down as Managing
Director of the World Bank to accept
an appointment as Nigeria's finance
minister. This will be the second time
she will be in charge of steering the
affairs of the Nigerian economy. Be-
tween 2003 and 2006 she served in
the same capacity during former
President Olusegun Obasanjo's ad-
ministration. She was instrumental in
negotiating for, and ultimately
achieving, an $18 billion debt write-
off from a consortium of Nigerian
CEO, ArcelorMittal South Africa
Nyembezi-Heita heads the South
African operations of the world's
largest steel company, ArcelorMittal.
ArcelorMittal South Africa is
Africa's largest producer of steel,
with an annual production capacity
If you're struggling to keep
your home, there is help.
Making Home Affordable is a free program from the
U.S. government that has already helped over a million
struggling homeowners at risk of foreclosure.
The sooner you act, the better the chance we can help you.
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
September 1-7, 2011
Hispanics surpass Blacks in college enrollment [I I
Hispanics surpassed African-
Americans in 2010 to become the
second-largest racial or ethnic
group of young adults in America's
colleges, according to a new analy-
sis of Census Bureau data.
The number of Hispanic college
students ages 18 to 24 rose by a
remarkable 24 percent in one year,
to 1.8 million. The federal Current
Population Survey found 7.7 mil-
lion white college students in that
age group, 1.7 million black stu-
dents and 800,000 Asian
Black students still outnumber
Hispanics in the overall college
population, which includes older
The population of young
Hispanic college students more
than doubled since 2000. And the
reason is not just growth in the
overall population of young
Last Friday, Lady Marissa Armstead celebrated her birthday in
grand fashion at the Skyline. Lady Marissa is a well known entertain-
er, Miss Duval Pagent owner and stylist. The theme for the queens
43rd birthday was a Masquerade.R. Silver photo
Hispanics, which grew 38 percent
in that time.
Hispanics are succeeding in U.S.
schools at unprecedented levels.
The share of young Hispanics com-
pleting high school hit 73 percent in
2010, up from 60 percent in 2000,
according to Census Bureau data.
The share of young Hispanics
attending college reached 32 per-
cent last year, up from 22 percent in
This milestone was foreshad-
owed by trends in public high
schools, where Hispanics overtook
blacks among graduates in 2008.
Black students are succeeding in
high school and college at higher
rates, as well. But the overall black
population is not rising at the same
pace as the Hispanic population.
The population of non-Hispanic
young adult white college students,
in contrast, declined by 320,000 in
2010. The overall population of
young non-Hispanic whites peaked
in 2008 and is in modest retreat.
Whites were more likely to attend
college in 2010 than in 2000, but
the gains have been comparatively
Hispanics are more likely than
other groups to enroll at two-year
community colleges. Young adult
black students still outnumber
Hispanics on four-year campuses,
the report said.
(L-R) Naseei Muhammad, Dennis Triche, Imam Urmar Sharif, Latif Abdullah, Brother Kojoe, Darius
Hunter, Anthony Smoak, Muhammad Miles Lel-Amin, Edward Jackson, and Severn Furqan. R Silver photo
Ramadan celebrated at MasjidAl-Salaam
In a spirit of brotherly love, members and friends of Masjid Al-Salaam demonstrated the true essence of com-
munity last Saturday. They reached out by feeding Jacksonville's homeless. They circulated flyers, provided
rides to and from their Temple, set the table, and prepared a feast for van after van of hungry and hurting people.
More than 30 trips were made and the table was seated to capacity. Imam Urmar Sharif was their most gracious
host, whose motto is: "Let's do all the good that we can do."
Is the Cherokee Nation cutting off its black roots?
When most Americans are
reminded of the "Trail of Tears," the
forced migration of Native
Americans from their ancient
homelands to what is now the state
of Oklahoma, they conjure up
images of thousands of downtrod-
den, defeated Cherokee suffering
and dying as they trudged into the
wilderness. Few know that also on
that slow and deadly trek were
roughly two thousand African-
American slaves, the property of
The surviving Cherokee and
slaves first settled near Tahlequah,
Oklahoma, later the capitol of the
Cherokee Nation and home to many
of the descendants of the slaves,
known as Cherokee Freedmen.
In 1863, the Freedmen were
made citizens by an act of the
Cherokee National Council, which
awarded them all the rights and
privileges afforded members of
their tribe. Three years later, the
Freedmen's standing as Cherokee
citizens was further strengthened: a
treaty solidified their rights giving
federal protection to them and their
descendants. This was meant to put
an end to any lingering discrimina-
It allowed Freedmen and their
descendants to hold positions in
tribal government and share in trib-
al resources demonstrating, in terms
of human rights, a generosity far
beyond the dreams of any newly
freed slave in the South.
Then as abrupt as the snap of a
broken arrow, it ended. Citizenship
was terminated. Last week, the
Cherokee Nation Supreme Court
ruled to uphold a tribal constitution-
al amendment to take away the citi-
zenship of 2,800 descendants of the
Reuters, in a filing from
Oklahoma City, reported the Court
agreed that a tribal vote in 2007 to
"kick the so-called 'Freedman' out
of the tribe was proper."
"We are not kicking out all the
African-Americans. It makes a bet-
ter sound byte to say the Cherokee
are kicking out all the African-
Americans and that's just wrong. It
doesn't matter if you are black or
white or red or spotted," explained
Cherokee Nation Attorney General
Diane Hammons. "you have to be a
Cherokee descendant to be a mem-
ber of the tribe."
But that wasn't a requirement
when citizenship was awarded over
140 years ago. As is the case when
revoking historic rights and privi-
leges, what was meant in the past is
up for interpretation. Marilyn Vann
(pictured, right), the leader of the
Freedman, is refusing to give up her
citizenship. She claims it's a racist
issue and the trouble started brew-
ing long ago with statehood.
"Things started going downhill
after Oklahoma became a state.
That brought in the idea of white
superiority. The majority of
Freedmen can trace their ancestry
tions. It's easier to distribute high
paying jobs to my supporters. When
you're screaming and making a lot
of noise you can keep people from
asking questions. You can drown us
The Freedman descendant don't
intend to be drowned out and they
are still fighting, with Vann the
plaintiff in two lawsuits before the
United States Court of Appeals
District of Columbia Circuit. "Our
legal rights are promised by law and
we want the tribe and the U.S. gov-
ernment to enforce them."
Hammons is equally adamant and
succinct. "We passed a constitution-
David Stands With Song (L) and his mother Delores Windsong of the
Cherokee Nation in New Jersey read a museum brochure in the
Smithsonian National Museum of
Mall in Washington, DC.
to a specific Indian. We just can't
prove it. There are some very white
looking Cherokees. They can't get
Caucasians out but they can get
dark people out."
Hammons denies that the vote
and the ruling are racially motivat-
ed saying that even though the
Cherokees are pursuing this as a
legal issue, it an emotional deci-
"With Indian tribes we have very
little left and the right to determine
our future is something we hold
very, very dear. And the Freedman
don't have the right to determine
our future. It's a difficult decision.
American Indian at the National
It's highly emotionally charged.
They don't understand that the
Cherokees are fighting for their
right to determine their own citizen-
Vann doesn't buy that. She says
Cherokee leaders and their families
and friends are protecting their
interests; that it was about the land
and now it's about tne money, espe-
cially casino money.
"Here are these millions of dol-
lars coming in. And I'm the chief. I
have my supporters on the council.
I have my relatives in certain
places. I don't want these people
(Freedmen) voting in these elec-
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al amendment to make Freedmen
citizens. It was the Cherokee consti-
tution that granted citizenship and
it's the Cherokee constitution that
can get these people removed."
Missionaries, who traveled with
the 17,000 dispossessed Cherokees
and slaves, documented the sick-
ness and death; that those on the
trail tried to help each other even as
they were dying. After the Civil
War there was no segregation or
animosity between the Cherokee
Indians and the Cherokee Freedman
as they lived side by side. However
the growing divide has now left
both groups feeling mistrustful and
accusatory as they stake out their
Marilyn Vann can document her
Cherokee ancestry. She graduated
at the head of her class to become a
petroleum engineer who was proud
of her citizenship. "If the Cherokee
Nation is a great nation, then the
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Is marriage as important as it used to be?
Most are accustomed to me writ- are critical to every community, but
ing about politics or social issues particularly ours because of our tur-
every week, but a few times a year bulent past. One could easily argue
I like to address issues that person- that the number one reason the
ally effect our communities, but are African American community con-
a little softer than normal. tinues to struggle is because of a
In my everyday travels I have lack of strong "traditional" family
noticed that more and more structures.
Americans, especially young pro- We know that an overwhelming
fessional minority women, are majority of the black males in jail
deciding that they want children are from single mother households.
with or without being married. In Black woman have done an out-
fact, according to federal statistics, standing job of raising children on
72 percent of black women are hav- their own, but it is and will always
ing babies out of wedlock, be critical for young men to have
It is an interesting dynamic, but it strong father figures in their lives.
touches on so many other larger Black males often grow up
issues. One in particular is how knowing how to make babies, but
people view marriage today in not comprehending the responsibil-
America. Now let me give my dis- ities associated with being a "real"
claimer I am not a relationship father. Walking around bragging
guru and certainly the perfect hus- about having a Shortyy" means
band. nothing providing and having a
So if you are looking to have the strong presence in your child's life
hard questions answered to some of is something to brag about.
the relationship related issues you But let me get off of the brothers
might be dealing with like: Why and get back to relationships. The
does it seem so easy for some and black family in America has strug-
so difficult for others? Why is it gled and there are many reasons
that some people seem to have why. Segregation and the lack of
found the right person while others economic opportunities, the drug
keep ending up with the wrong per- epidemic sent disproportionate
son? Sorry, I can't help you. numbers of black men to prison just
I am certainly no relationship to name a few.
expert, and certainly no relation- Some women simply do not want
ship saint, but I do know the impor- to marry men who cannot provide
tance of healthy relationships and for their families, and welfare laws
how they translate into healthy historically created a financial
marriages and families, incentive for poor mothers to stay
Healthy marriages and families single.
Is Black America
letting Obama down?
It has become increasing easy over the
past several months for many to
criticize President Obama's leadership.
By Noval Jones
"The solution to most of the
major problems that confront
many black people won't be found
in the political arena... there is
very little evidence anywhere on
the planet that political power is a
necessary condition for economic
power." Walter E. Williams
First it was Tavis Smiley. Then
came Dr. Cornel West. Now there
are rumblings that Congresswoman
Maxine Waters joined the party.
At first glance you might think
I'm referring to some sort of cause
involving prejudice or disparity
within some company, organization
or individual has refused to wake
up from pre Civil Rights Era think-
ing. Perhaps a fight against a move-
ment or cause determined to turn
back the clock.
Not this time.
Instead these icons have been
engaged in bringing voice to
groups of African Americans who
think President Obama is not living
up to his obligation to lead on
behalf of blacks and poor people.
They seem to think that Obama has
not been forceful enough in forging
the change that would lift blacks
out of more than 400 years of social
and economic depression.
To be honest, it's probably a little
unfair to group Congresswoman
Waters in with the same flavor of
vitriol as Smiley and West. She
actually makes a solid critique of
the president's recent actions.
"There is a growing frustration in
this country and in
minority communities because the
unemployment rates are so high,"
Waters said recently. "The presi-
dent is going to have to fight and he
is going to have to fight hard."
However, just as a flame starts
from a single spark, Waters' com-
ments could lead to an expanded
chorus of detractors to Obama's
Should Obama be critique proof?
However, his policies and leader-
ship should be observed on a more
comparative level. The question of
depth of situational analysis and
planning seemed to have produced
good policy strategies for Obama.
Yet, when the time came to support
those strategies, such as healthcare
reform, into policy many blacks
stood on the sidelines and hoped
that he would win his battle with
Republicans. In the meantime, so-
called Tea Party extremist were
able to highjack Obama's policy
efforts. As a result, Obama is still
fighting for clean legislation on
While Smiley and West criticize
Obama for not leading blacks out
of poverty, Republicans are using
their voices to show Americans that
even blacks have run out hope with
their president. The two icons
would be more helpful if they used
their energy to encourage African
Americans to participate in the pol-
icy changing process. They should
identify the portions and segments
So as we fast forward to modem
African American relationships we
find a large percentage of black
men not being responsible
providers, young black women
between the ages of 15 to 24 are the
fastest growing group being infect-
ed by HIV/AIDS, and the divorce
rate is increasing for African
OK, that's the bleak side of the
issue, but there are numerous posi-
tives surrounding black relation-
ships and family. While popular
culture and the media sometimes
portray African American relation-
ships as being unstable that's hard-
ly the case.
Blacks normally have strong
family relationships despite the
social, political and economic
stresses that affect our lives. For
example, my grandparents were
together for like a million years,
well actually over 50 years, but
those "old school" marriages cer-
tainly are rare these days.
One of the challenges that I feel
women face in relationships is
dealing with expectations and real-
ities. Sometimes you either have to
learn how to appreciate what you
have or move on. If you want a man
with a white-collar career do not
get involved with a blue-collar
brother with the attempts of chang-
ing him. And the same thing goes
Men often know what type of
woman they want, but follow the
A Droaaer perspective or our social construct.
of Obama's social and economic
agenda and build a strategy to help
martial the African American com-
munity into action for change.
On the other hand, African
Americans should stop waiting for
President Obama to "do some-
thing." The first black president is
only empowered to help African
American social and economic
issues through policy change and
leadership when the people in the
African American community
empower him to do so.
That means voicing your opin-
ions louder than the other guy.
Americans have made the mis-
take of being suckered into think-
ing that the shrill noise coming
from the so-called Tea Party is the
voice of a vocal majority. When
upon closer examination they are
just a small group of people
screaming. African Americans have
let their voices be drowned out by
these extremist who hate Obama
for who he is. Not for what he is.
So the question becomes, where
does the fight begin? Does it start
with President Obama or the people
who deserve more action from his
Fact is in politics, and in life, the
people who reap the most benefits
are those who are engaged. Those
are the people who are doing some-
thing to help their cause. Those are
the people who recognize that
someone who identifies with their
situation or issue holds a position to
chart change. Sitting around wait-
ing for someone to take up your
problem is asking for disappoint-
ment. This is true for your black
city councilperson, state legislator,
senator or governor.
And even if your president is
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wrong brain. The result is you end
up with someone who satisfies
physically, but lack little on the
emotional and mental levels.
Zora Neale Hurston wrote once,
"Ships at a distance have every
man's wish on board. For some
they come in with the tide. For oth-
ers they sail forever on the horizon,
never out of sight, never landing
until the wishers turn their eyes
away in resignation."
So we have to determine if we
are going to wait on that boat out at
sea somewhere or go ahead and
board the ship that is already at
Typically, women board the ship
that is at port, and men board as
many ships as possible until they
are ready settle down and rest their
sea legs. I hope that I didn't lose
anyone, but I am basically saying
that women look to settle down
much faster than men.
There is an old saying that
women get married when they are
asked, men get married when they
In a poll taken January of 2003,
80 percent of the people in the poll
believed they have soulmates
somewhere in this world, but were
unable to pinpoint that person. That
same study also indicated that near-
ly 80 percent of people in relation-
ships admitted that they feel that
they are not with their soulmate.
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The President's l
'White Like Me' Tour i
Before he went to Martha's Vineyard for 10 days at a
1,200-acre, $50,000 a week hobby ranch, President
Obama's three-day tour of the American heartland
illustrated his reelection plans and strategy. In the
"White Like Me Tour", Obama sought to get the attention of population
segments disillusioned with him and infuse Middle-American voters with
optimism, while convincing them that his approach offers the most ration-
al path to economic stability.
The tour allowed Obama a picture-perfect platform to strategically
define the Republicans as so unwilling to compromise they would risk
financial chaos. But, the "White Like Me" tour allowed Obama to "press
the flesh" among America's heartland and brought controversy and dis-
cussions about Obama's presidential job performance and the policies he
supports. The bus tour had the trappings of a candidate wooing voters.
The trip, with all the presidential accessories in tow, took Obama through
rural hamlets in Minnesota, Iowa and western Illinois and allowed him to
shore up his posture in the polls and his political position with White vot-
ers. Obama went to Henry County, Ill., which has a Black population of
2.2 percent; to Winneshiek County, Iowa which is 0.6 percent African
American. In Decorah, Iowa, Obama declared he'd propose a major jobs
package to Congress in September.
Obama's not delivering for any segments of the American population
except the rich. But, a soaring jobless rate among African Americans and
a newfound comfort by Black lawmakers to criticize Obama's economic
policies should prompt White House officials to focus more directly on
Black America. Urban Blacks are experiencing 25 percent unemployment
and the White House needs more collaboration and cooperation from lead-
ers in Black America. At a jobs forum in Detroit, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-
Calif.) blasted the president's bus tour and has asserted that Obama
skipped hard-hit African Americans and their communities. Waters said
"We want to give him every opportunity but ... the unemployment is
The poverty rate in Black Caucus districts is 50 percent higher than the
national average. African American joblessness is 16.2 percent, and near-
ly 41 percent for Black teens. In spite of those numbers, a Washington
Post/ABC News poll shows Obama still enjoying rock solid support
among African Americans an 86 percent approval rating for the way he's
handled the economy. Among Whites and independent voters, Obama gets
a 26 percent rating. Waters is right saying: "it's time for us to step up and
note that our communities are not being dealt with and to make sure that
this administration understands that we cannot continue to go on this way
and ... we cannot be quiet. We have decided that not only are we going to
remind the administration about the devastation and the pain that we're
experiencing, but we want to be a part of helping to develop the solution.
Whatever the plan to be unveiled in September, we intend to be a part of
When will the administration pay attention to Black needs? What will it
take for African Americans to be a part of Obama's plans for the nation?
Obama need not go further than National Urban League President Marc
Morial's 12-Point Plan for Job Creation. The League's Plan is based on
Urban Jobs Act legislation sponsored by New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
and Brooklyn Rep. Edolphus Towns. The Urban Jobs Act provides feder-
al grant funding to non-profit organizations to offer job training, education
and support services for urban youth and young adults. Funding Urban
Jobs Act programs makes sense. It can help eliminate Black unemploy-
ment. The Obama administration needs to fund targeted programs that
connect at-risk youth to jobs and gives 18 to 24 year olds skills training,
mentoring, and GED preparation. When President Obama speaks to the
nation in September about the labor situation, he's expected to present new
and relevant initiatives to grow the economy and create jobs. It would be
gratifying to see Obama present the Urban Jobs Act to the public among
his recommendations to put Americans back to work. See the full plan at
www.nul.org/content/12-step-blueprint-jobs-plan. (William Reed is avail-
able for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)
eCvtalIh L-/M. r' r P s ae
FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 30 SEPT. 5, 2011
MEAC/SWAC Challenge logo
BRING ITON: BCSP No. 1
Bethune-Cookman vs. No.
6 Prairie View in Orlando
the highlight of 31 games
that jump start the 2011
SLEW OF NEW COACHES TAKE THE FIELD;
SIAC TV SCHEDULE; '11 VOLLEYBALL PICKS
12 0 1 1 B LA C K C 0 G E F 0 0 T B- L L.Re u t s S a n i n s n W e k y o n r s
|CIA A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
CI A ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
Eliz. City State
J. C. Smith
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
73 yds., 2 TDs (55, 16) vs. Delta State.
OB- Jerrell Washington, Jr., RB, VUU 38 car.,
150 yds., aTD vs. St. Augustine's.
DL- LarryJones,Sr., DE, ECSU-6tackles,2 solos,
1 sack for -16 yards, 2 TFL for -18 yds.
LB- Dewlt Dixon, Sr., ECSU- 17tackles, 10 solos,
1 forced fumble, 1 recovery vs. Delta Stale.
DB Derrick Manning, Jr., St. Aug's -11 tackles.
7 solos, 2 for losses vs. Va. Union.
SPECIAL- RickyJarman, So., KR, ECSU 5 punts,
39.2 yard avg., 1 inside 20 vs. Delta State.
COACH Michael Bailey, VUU Led Panthers
to win over St. Aug's with ground attack, oppor-
MEAC MiD EASTERN
M .A C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
S. Carolina State 0
Florida A&M 0
Norfolk State 0
Morgan State 0
N. Carolina A&T 0
Delaware State 0
# NC Central 0
# Savannah State 0
# Not Eligible Ior Tile
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
SIAC SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
W L W L
Albany State 1 0 1 0
Morehouse 1 0 1 0
Clark Atlanta 1 0 1 0
Fort Valley State 1 0 1 0
Stillman 0 0 0 0
Tuskegee 0 0 0 0
Kentucky State 0 1 0 1
Lane 0 1 0 1
Benedict 0 1 0 1
Miles 0 1 0 1
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
SW AC SOUTHWESTERN
S Uvf ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
E.DIVISION W L W L
AlabamaA&M 0 0 0 0
Alcom State 0 0 0 0
Jackson State 0 0 0 0
Alabama State 0 0 0 0
Miss. Valley St. 0 0 0 0
Prairie View A&M 0 0 0 0
Grambling State 0 0 0 0
Texas Southern 0 0 0 0
Southern 0 0 0 0
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 0 0 0
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Tennessee State 0
Savannah State 0
W. Va. State 0
Lincoln (Mo.) 0
Central State 0
Edward Waters 0
Texas College 0
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Delta St. 28, Eliz. City St. 21, OT
Va. Union 12, St. Augustine's 0
UNDER THE BANNER
WHATS GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
2011 SIAC FOOTBALL ON TV
Atlanta, GA-The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference has released its football television schedule for
the 2011 football season.
The schedule includes six games, highlighted by a
four game slate on Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) that
includes Benedict vs. Virginia Union on September 3rd,
Fort Valley State vs. Benedict on September 22, Clark
Atlanta vs. Morehouse on September 29th, and Clark
Atlanta vs. Stillman on November 3rd.
"We are excited about the opportunity to partner with
Comcast Sports Southeast to showcase our schools, football
programs, and student-athletes to over six million people
in thirteen states," said SIAC Commissioner Greg Moore.
"This platform will give us an opportunity to engage our
alumni and also increase the visibility of our schools as well
as promote our many initiatives including our inaugural
Football Championship in Atlanta on November 12th."
Other games on the television schedule include Miles
vs. West Georgia on September 15th (CSS) and Tuskegee
vs. Alabama State on November 24th (ESPNU).
2011 SIAC TELEVISION SCHEDULE
9/3 Virginia Union at Benedict
Comcast Sports Southeast
9/15 Miles at West Georgia
Comcast Sports Southeast delayed
9/22 Fort Valley State at Benedict
Comcast Sports Southeast
9/29 Clark Atlanta at Morehouse
Comcast Sports Southeast
11/3 Stillman at Clark Atlanta
Comcast Sports Southeast
11/24 Tuskegee at Alabama State
SIAC/SWAC VOLLEYBALL PICKS:
Atlanta, GA-The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference announced the 2011 SIAC Preseason Volleyball
All-Conference Teams and Predicted Order of Finish as
voted on by the SIAC Volleyball Coaches Association. The
2011 preseason team is led by Paine outside hitter Victoria
Claytor and Kentucky State setter Brittany Stewart.
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Sabrina Garcia, Sr., OH, Albany State; Lauren Calvin. So., OOH,
Claflin; Victoria Claytor, Jr., OH, Paine; Jamila McKinnis, Sr., OH.
Stillman; Phyllice Eubanks. Sr., MB, Stillman; Brittany Stewart, Sr.,
S, Kentucky State; Fernisha McMillan, Sr., L, Paine
2011 PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. Albany State 1. Kentucky State
2. Claflin 2. Stillman
3. Benedict 3. Tuskegee
4. Clark Atlanta 4. LeMoyne-Owen
5. Paine 5. Miles
6. Fort Valley State 6. Lane
Conference Champion: Kentucky State
BIRMINGHAM,Ala. Karensa Beckford (Alabama
A&M) and Roselande Corneille (Alabama State) were
named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
Volleyball preseason offensive and defensive players of
the year, the league announced last week. Preseason hon-
ors were voted on by the league's head coaches and sports
Alabama A&M, the defending SWAC champion and
Prairie View A&M, the 2010 western division champion,
were picked to win their respective divisions.
PRESEASON PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
(First Place Votes In Parenthesis)
Eastern Division Western Division
1.AlabamaA&M (15) 93 1. Prairie ViewA&M (12) 87
2. Jackson State (4) 79 2. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2) 59
3. Miss. Valley State 54 3. Southern 55
4. Alabama State (1) 47 4. Grambling State (4) 54
5. Alcorn State 27 5. Texas Southern (2) 47
Paige Williams, So., MB, Jackson State; Jasmine Houston, Sr.,
MB, Prairie View A&M; Karensa Beckford, Sr., RS, Alabama A&M;
Clarissa Moore, Jr., OH, Alabama A&M; Chyna Coleman, Sr., OH;
Jackson State; Roselande Corneille, Jr., L, Alabama State; Ana
Pego, Sr., S, Alabama State
New head coaches
facing new challenges
as 2011 season begins
Frazier Northern Davenport
A little of everything as 2011
gridiron season gets into full swing
There's something for everyone in the 31
games that will give a rousing send-off to the
2011 black college football season over the
four-day Labor Day weekend that runs Thursday
There will be 13 classics, seven games
shown either on television or over the internet,
match-ups against Div. I powers and intriguing
inter- and intra-conference tussles.
All 11 teams from the Mid EasternAthletic
Conference put themselves on the line over the
Two MEAC teams open on the road Thurs-
day vs. Div. I powers.
Preseason BCSP No. 2 South Carolina
State, one of three MEAC tri-champs from the
2010 season, travels to Mount Pleasant, Michi-
gan (7 p.m.) to face Central Michigan while
MEAC newcomer North Carolina Central
with new head coach Henry Frazier II goes
to Piscataway, N. J. (7:30 p.m.) to face Rutgers.
The NCCU/Rutgers game will be streamed live
Two more MEAC teams will do battle over
the weekend vs. teams from the Southwestern
On Saturday in Chicago (4 p.m.), BCSPNo.
8 Hampton takes on SWAC member Alabama
A&M in the Windy City's Chicago Classic
at historic Soldier's Field. And then Sunday
(12 noon) at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.,
MEAC co-champ and BCSP preseason No. 1
Bethune-Cookman does battle with SWAC
contender and BCSPNo. 6 Prairie View A&M
under new coach Heishma Northern at the 7th
MEAC/SWAC Challenge. The Challenge will
be carried live on ESPN.
Two more MEAC teams will take on chal-
lengers from the Southern Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference Saturday.
MEAC co-champ and preseason BCSP
No. 3 Florida A&M hosts SIAC contender
Fort Valley State in Tallahassee, Fla. at 6 p.m.
Saturday. At the Macon, Ga. Music City Clas-
1. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (0-0)- OPENING GAME: Sunday
(9/4) vs. No. 6 Prairie View A&M in SWAC/MEAC Challenge
2. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (0-0) OPENING GAME:
Thursday (9/1) at Central Michigan.
3. FLORIDA A&M (0-0) OPENING GAME: Hosting Fort
Valley State Saturday (9/3).
4. GRAMBLING STATE (0-0) OPENING GAME: Alcorn
State at Shreveport's Port City Classic Saturday (9/3).
5. TEXAS SOUTHERN (0-0) Idle
6. PRAIRIEVIEWA&M (0-0)- OPENING GAME: In Orlando
Sunday (9/4) vs. No. 1 Bethune-Cookman.
7. NORFOLK STATE (0-0) OPENING GAME: At home
Saturday (9/3) for Labor Day Classic vs. Virginia State
8. HAMPTON (0-0)- OPENING GAME: In Chicago Classic
Saturday (9/3) vs. Alabama A&M.
9. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (0-0) OPENING GAME;
Saturday (9/3) at Elizabeth City State.
10. MOREHOUSE (0-0) OPENING GAME: Sunday (9/4)
vs. Miles in Birmingham.
THE PITCHERS: Alcorn State sophomore QB
Brandon Bridge (I.)and Grambling State fresh-
man QB D.J. Williams (r.) lead their troops into
intriguing season-opening SWAC showdown
Saturday in Shreveport, La.
sic, defending SIAC champ and 2010 black
college national champion Albany State will
face MEAC newcomer, Savannah State under
new head coach Steve Davenport.
Preseason BCSPNo. 7 Norfolk State is the
only MEAC team facing a Central Intercol-
legiate Athletic Association opponent when
the Spartans play their traditional season opener
Saturday at home vs. rival Virginia State in
Norfolk's Labor Day Classic at 6 p.m.
In other games involving MEAC teams
Saturday, Howard christens new head coach
Gary Harrell at Eastern Michigan (7 p.m.),
North Carolina A&T kicks off the Rod
Broadway era hosting Virginia University of
Lynchburg (4 p.m.), Morgan State travels to
Towson (7 p.m. on Comcast Sports Net) and
Delaware State and new head coach Kermit
Blount play at VMI (1:30 p.m.).
SIAC and CIAA teams face each other in
two games Saturday.
The SIAC's Benedict hosts Virginia
Union (1-0) at the Palmetto Kickoff Classic
in Columbia, S.C. (3:30 p.m.). Comcast Sports
Southeast will carry that game live. Later
Saturday (5 p.m.), Stillman, under new head
coach Teddy Keaton, hosts defending CIAA
champ Shaw in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
There are some key intra-conference
battles that will also kick off the season this
None is bigger than the SWAC battle Sat-
urday between BCSP No. 4 Grambling State
under returning (for his second stint) head coach
Doug Williams and Alcorn State under new
head coach Melvin Spears at Shreveport (La.'s)
Port City Classic (6 p.m.). The game will be
carried by tape delay on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m.
The classic matches Williams, a Grambling
playing and coaching legend, against Spears,
who played at Alcorn State but was Williams's
offensive coordinator during his first five-year
stay as Grambling head coach. Spears took
over as Grambling head coach when Williams
departed to take an executive position with the
NFL's Tampa Bay Bucs.
The Alcorn/Grambling matchup also
hearkens back to an earlier era when legendary
coaches Marino Casem of Alcorn State and
the late Eddie Robinson of Grambling staged
their annual battle for SWAC supremacy to
open the season.
Adding intrigue to this year's game is the
matchup of talented Alcorn State sophomore
quarterback Brandon "Air Canada" Bridges
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Chowan vs. Livingstone in Murfreesboro, NC 6p
Central Michigan Vs. SC State in Mount Pleasant, MI 7p
Rutgers vs. NC Central in Piscataway, NJ ESPN3 7:30p
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Georgia State vs. Clark Atlanta in Atlanta, GA 7:30p
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Assumption vs. Bowie State in Worcester, Mass p
Saint Augustine's vs. Catawba in Raleigh, NC 1:30p
VMI vs. Delaware State in Lexington, VA 1:30p
Lincoln (MO) vs. Avila in Jefferson City, MO 2p
Edward Waters vs. Lane in Jacksonville, FL 2p
J. C. Smith vs. W. Virginia State in Charlotte, NC 4p
NC A&T vs. Va. Univ of Lynchburg in Greensboro, NC 4p
Stillman vs. Shaw in Tuscaloosa, AL 5p
Elizabeth City State vs. Winston-Salem State in Elizabeth City, NC 6p
Florida A&M vs. Fort Valley State in Tallahassee, FL 6p
Lamar vs. Texas College in Beaumont, TX 7p
Eastern Michigan vs. Howard in Ypsilanti, MI 7p
Wade Wilson Classic
Cheyney vs. Lincoln (PA) in Cheyney, PA ip
4th WC. Gorden Classic
Jackson State vs. Concordia-Selma in Jackson, MS 1:30p
Chicago Football Classic
Hampton vs. Alabama A&M in Chicago, IL 4p
Delta Classic 4 Literacy
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Langston in Little Rock, AR 5p
Music City Classic
Albany State vs. Savannah State in Macon, GA 5p
Two Rivers Classic
Fayetteville State vs. UNC Pembroke in Fayetteville, NC 6p
Labor Day Classic
Norfolk State vs. Virginia State in Norfolk, VA 6p
TV GAMES -
Palmetto Kick-Off Classic Comcast Sports Southeast
Benedict vs. Virginia Union in Columbia, SC 3:30p
Miss Valley State vs. Alabama State in Itta Bena, MS 5p
Port City Classic ESPN3.com -> Delayed 9:30pm CT ESPNU
Alcom State vs. Grambling State in Shreveport, LA 6p
John Merritt Classic OVCSportsTV $
Tennessee State vs. Southern in Nashville, TN 6p
Towson vs. Morgan State in Towson, MD Comcast Sports Net 7p
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Central State vs. Kentucky State in Dayton, OH 5p
5th Labor Day Golden Classic
Miles vs. Morehouse in Birmingham, AL 6p
MEAC/SWAC Challenge ESPN Live
Bethune-Cookman vs. Prairie ViewA&M in Orlando, FL 12n
and Grambling freshman starting quarterback, D. J.
Williams, the son of the head coach.
Another SWAC contest Saturday has Missis-
sippi Valley State hosting defending East Division
champion Alabama State in Itta Bena, Ms. The 5
p.m. game will be streamed live on the internet at
In the CIAA, Elizabeth City State (0-1), fresh
off a heart-breaking overtime loss to NCAA Div. II
national runner-up Delta State to open the season,
hosts Winston-Salem State (6 p.m.) in what could
be a preview of the Nov. 12 CIAA Championship
game. ECSU is one of the North Division favorites
while WSSU is expected to challenge for the league's
South Division crown.
In an SIAC matchup, Morehouse, coming off its
first-ever appearance in the Div. II playoffs, kicks off
its season Sunday (6 p.m.) in Birmingham vs. Miles
in the 5th Labor Day Classic at Legion Field.
A unique game Friday pits Clark Atlanta of the
SIAC against Georgia State atAtlanta's Georgia Dome
at 7:30 p.m. It is the first meeting ever between the
downtown Atlanta schools.
MEAC to test instant replay in TV games
NORFOLK, Va., August 29, 2011 The Mid-Eastern Athletic Con-
ference (MEAC) will embark in a new phase of officiating for the 2011
football season as it kicks off the use of instant replay during its conference
sponsored television games on ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN Classic.
The instant replay process gets underway during the MEAC/SWAC
Challenge presented by Disney on Sunday, September 4 on ESPN.
"It is important that we continue to improve our football officiating
program and remain online with the advances in technology that are cur-
rently available," said MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas. "We are
proud to implement instant replay during our regular season televised games
and feel that this is the first step to adding the system to our regular season
An evaluation of the instant replay system will be performed following
the completion of the 2011 season on its effectiveness and future imple-
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6th Annual Golf "Tournament of Unity"
The (NCI) Northside Community Involvement will have their 6th Annual
Golf "Tournament of Unity", an outreach ministry of the Northside Church
of Christ. They will be teeing off September 3rd at the World Golf Village
in historic St. Augustine, Florida.
To register visit www.ncijax.org or call NCI at (904) 765-9830.
The Gospel Truth's 3rd Anniversary
The Revelation Prayer House will present The Gospel Truth's 3rd
Anniversary on Sunday, September 11th at 5 p.m. The church is located at
1725 W. 28th Street, 32209. For more information call 674-4370.
Empowerment Season at The Mount
Dr. John Allen Newman and the congregation at The Sanctuary at Mt.
Calvary on Jacksonville's northside invite the public to their 3rd annual
"Empowerment Season". The week is filled with empowering preaching
from preachers who seek to empower the congregation to become better
and stronger and more adept at doing ministry. The grand finale is the com-
munity fair which includes vendors, job fair, legal clinic, continuing edu-
cation, free haircuts and manicures, health fairs and even pre-need funeral
services. Everything is free and open to the public. Festivities kick off
September 28th October 1st. For more information, call 765-7620.
Dual Day Celebration at Mt Lebanon
Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church has been in existence for a great
number of years. As we reflect on the late Dr. Lewis N. Yarber who led the
Mount Lebanon congregation from 1976 to April 22, 2009. The celebration
of the 35th anniversary will be held at the church located at 1939 Ridge
Blvd. Pastor Freddie Summer will host the Annual "Women in White, Fruit
of the Spirit Brunch" Saturday September 10, 2011 from 10 a.m.- noon. On
Sunday September llth, Mt. Lebanon will be celebrating its Annual Dual
Day beginning with Church School at 9 a.m. Morning worship service will
begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker for the morning hour is
Minister Sharisse Bronson-Turner of Celebrate New Life Tabernacle in
Tallahassee, Fla.. The special celebration will close with a 3:30 p.m.
Service with guest speaker Pastor Stavius Powell, Philippi Missionary
Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. The theme for the event is "Men and
Women, Loving God, Loving Each Other. Leading the occasion is Dr.
Nancy Williams-Yarber, General Chairperson, Patricia Speights,
Chairperson and Yvonne Bonne Co-chairperson.
For more information, call 527-1762.
Dual Day at Mayor Alvin Brown and Pastor Jeffrey Rumlin
S1headline Greater Grant's United Effort Day Celebration
Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist
Church will celebrate Dual Day on
Sunday, September 18, 2011. The
women of the church will be
responsible for the morning service,
which start at lla.m. The featured
speaker will be Min. Saundra
Waldrop of Mt. Nebo Baptist. The
men of Mt. Bethel will be responsi-
ble for the afternoon service which
will start at 4 p.m. The speaker for
the afternoon will be Rev. Clifford
Johnson of Zion Baptist Church.
Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist
Church under the leadership of
Pastor R.E. Herring Sr., is located at
1620 Helena St. Jacksonville, Fla.
32208. The public is invited to
come and enjoy both services.
Rev. Jeffrey Rumlin
The Greater Grant Memorial AME
Church will celebrate their annual
United Effort Day on Sunday,
September 11, 2011 with Reverend
Jeffrey Rumlin and Mayor Alvin
Brown as the guest speakers for the
early morning and morning worship
The early morning worship at 8:00
am features the acclaimed Reverend
Jeffrey Rumlin, pastor of Dayspring
Baptist Church in Jacksonville, as
the guest preacher. Under Rumlin's
leadership, the church continues to
expand their membership, launch
new ministries and establish com-
munity involvements and programs.
The Honorable Alvin Brown,
Mayor of the City of Jacksonville,
will be the speaker for the morning
worship service beginning at 11
a.m. Brown made history as the first
African American elected to this
position. He previously served
Executive in Residence at
Jacksonville University and is the
former president and CEO of the
Willie Gary Classic Foundation.
"We're looking forward to a won-
derful celebration. Our theme,
Kingdom Building: Impacting lives,
serving humankind and bringing
souls to Christ, relates a united
effort to do good work for the Lord
and people," said event chair Mrs.
Church school will begin at 9:30
a.m. and include visiting guest
teachers. The public is invited to
Greater Grant Memorial AME
Church is located at 5533 Gilchrist
Road (Sibbald Avenue at Gilchrist
Road) and the Reverend F.D.
Richardson, Jr. is the pastor. Call
764-5992 for more information.
Eddie Long accusers plan tell-all book
If silence is golden, maybe blab-
bing is platinum.
Two of the men who received out-
of-court settlement payments for
their sexual-coercion lawsuit
against Bishop Eddie Long andhis
New Birth Missionary Baptist
Church appear willing to risk their
civil-lawsuit awards in order to
Spencer LeGrande and Jamal
Parris -- along with other men who
were formerly teens enrolled in
New Birth's Longfellows Academy
mentoring program -- sued the pros-
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perity preacher last September for
using his wealth, fame and power to
coax them into sexual acts and
devotion ceremonies while they
were teenagers. Early this summer,
the former Long prot6g6s reached a
financial agreement to drop their
case and remain silent.
But LeGrande, 23, and Parris, 24,
told Atlanta's ABC news affiliate
that they intend to co-write a mem-
oir that explicitly details how a
charismatic figure can seduce young
men while enablers look the other
Speaking exclusively to a WSB-
TV investigator in a Miami hotel
room, the men suggested that
they're more concerned about reve-
lation than financial gain.
Parris -- who recently emerged
from an arrest for drug and gun pos-
session on South Beach with a one-
year probationary sentence --
described himself as "angry" and
resentful of the way New Birth's
members still embrace an unapolo-
He glared at the camera and defied
Long to "tell me you didn't do it."
"You ain't ready for the secrets,"
said LeGrande. "I don't care if this
book sells one copy. But if it's just
for me, this is what my life looked
like; this is my voice for the first
LeGrande added that the proposed
tell-all would include "10 years of
Prayer on 9/10
Christ in Action Ministries invite
the public to a Community Prayer
on September 10th at noon. The
church is located at 2072
Commonwealth Avenue. Elder
Houston White, Pastor.
Accusers Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande in an interview.
details ... it's gonna be a book full of rent love lives in the first segment
'wow's' and 'ahh's' and 'Oh my and further jeopardize their hush
gods'." money. So far, there has been no
Spoiler alert: Both Parris and public comment about the accusers'
LeGrande make reality-show-wor- proposed book issued by spokesper-
thy pronouncements about their cur- sons for Long or his church.
Points to ponder: The
future of the
The recession has also hit the
black community disproportionate-
ly hard, shuttering hundreds of
churches across the country due to
foreclosure. But the greatest chal-
lenge may come from a shift in
As preaching focuses more on
individual prosperity than commu-
nity uplift, some scholars speculate
the decades-old power the black
church has exercised as the "soul"
of the African American community
is "dead" or on its way there,
says Black Christian News.
Sunday marked the 48th anniver-
sary of the day the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. stood before
200,000 civil rights supporters and
declared, "I Have a Dream."
Now, with 16 percent of African
Americans unemployed and 26 per-
cent living in poverty, King's
dreams of social equality are far
from realized. The question is
whether the black church will con-
tinue to play a role in the progres-
sion of the African American com-
munity, or if like so many other
churches, it will lose grip on its con-
The answer to that question will
say a lot not just about the role reli-
gion plays in the African American
community, but the future of black
community as a whole.
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When you enter your menopausal
years, you may not realize at first
what is happening to you. You won-
der if the room is getting warm. You
wonder why you are so short with
your kids or your spouse. You wake
in the night, and can't get back to
sleep. It can be a little unnerving at
times, but, just as in adolescence,
you will survive this right of pas-
sage and live to tell the tale.
There are women who have very
few symptoms or
menopause. But most have
at least some temporary symptoms,
and some struggle with problems
that really disrupt their lives.
Wherever you are on the symp-
tom continuum, here are some hints
for dealing with the most common
complaints of menopause.
Stress is a fact of life whether you
are having menopause symptoms or
not. Learning to deal with it con-
structively can make your life more
satisfying whatever you
nation. Here are some
for helping you cope:
*Meditation for 15 m
can dramatically iml
stress level and ability t
*Exercise of any sort
your stress. The impor
to do it regularly at lea
week to see results. M
*Do a life inventor
- Headaches & Hot Flashes most t(
Teeth Loosen and Gums you
Breasts Droop and Flatten beg
Weight Gain & Abdomen go
Losses Muscle Tone ha
Vaginal Dryness / Itching
Bones Lose Mass & More
women don't seem to ha
"Fight or Flight" respond
do. Women are incline
and Befriend." This is
response to stress beca
establish a social suppc
When you notice tha
stressed, get help. Call
see a counselor it wi
feel more sane.
*Medication may be
you are chronically st
Talk to your medical
you think medication
you with stress or anxie
Insomnia is very co
before and after
Sometimes it is due to n
ir age or sit- which are hot flashes. But some-
suggestions times women seem to have a hor-
mone shift that makes them wake-
inutes a day ful at the same time each night. It
prove your can be hard to turn your brain off,
:o cope. and then you will go into your day
: can reduce sleep deprived. This can be frustrat-
tant thing is ing and exhausting. Here are some
ast 3 times a things to try:
ore often is *Cool your bedroom. Try to keep
your nighttime bedroom tempera-
y. List the ture below 65 degrees.
that matter *Estrogen. A short course of
o you, and estrogen less than a year--can
)out whether sometimes help you re-establish
life supports your sleeping pattern. Check with
in doing your medical provider about your
se things. risks.
ke a plan to *Meditation just before bed can
;in pursuing put you in a calm state of mind and
least one help you fall asleep, and stay
)al that you asleep.
.ve not been *Take a bath before bed. This can
)le to regulate your temperature, and send
accomplish. you off to dreamland comfortable
Or drop and relaxed.
something -Sedatives for a short period of
that is dam- time can sometimes help you regu-
aging your late your sleep cycle. It's not a long
spirit!) term solution, so talk it over with
*Reach your medical provider.
Out. When *Antidepressants can sometimes
it comes to help with sleep. If you are on an
s t r e s s, antidepressant that makes you
ive the same wakeful, talk to your provider about
ise that men changing to one that has a more
-d to "Tend sedative effect, and take it at bed-
s a healthy time.
use it helps *CPAP. If you snore, or if you are
)rt network. having periods of not breathing in
at you are your sleep (sleep apnea) you may
a friend or need a sleep study to determine
ill help you whether you would benefit from a
continuous positive airway pressure
helpful if (CPAP) device. Sleep apnea can
ressed out. cause damage to your heart, so if
provider if your partner tells you that you are
could help snoring, or if you suspect sleep
ty. apnea, get a referral for a sleep
)mmon just Memory Problems
menopause. Memory problems are very
eight sweats, annoying and sometimes disturb-
The Men's Guide To Menopause
Home remedies for hot flashes
The classic symptom of
menopause are hot flashes, which
strike anywhere 80% of women.
One of the most effective reme-
dies for hot flashes, experts agree,
is hormone therapy, although the
treatment is controversial and cer-
tainly not right for all women. The
infamous Women's Health Initiative
study found it increased risk of
breast cancer and did not protect
against heart disease, but scientists
say short-term use is safe for non-
Quite naturally, more and more
woman are curious about the effec-
tiveness of home remedies to help
provide some hot flash relief.
What Are Hot Flashes?
Though scientists don't know the
exact cause, they suspect a drop in
estrogen may disrupt the body's
natural thermostat, resulting in a
Hot flashes can vary dramatically
from woman to woman. A single
occurrence can be a few seconds or
several minutes. Some women
experience merely a flushed face,
while others may sweat severely
and even suffer from heart palpata-
tions and chills.
Hot flashes generally last for
about 3 to 5 years, before finally
What Are The Most Effective
Hot Flash Home Remedies?
A Healthy Lifestyle. Lifestyle
measures can make a big difference
too: Regular exercise and a healthy
weight have been shown to reduce
flashes, as can avoiding triggers
like heat, spicy foods, alcohol, caf-
feine, and smoking.
Herbal Therapy. Certain herbs
and botanicals have different repu-
tations for effectively fighting dif-
ferent effects of menopause, partic-
ularly hot flashes.
Dong quai root, ginseng, kava,
and red clover have inconsistent
research and benefits. Similarly,
study results on soy are also very
slim, though there's certainly no
downside to filling your diet with
healthy soy foods, like edamame
and tofu, says David Portman, MD,
director and principal investigator
of the Columbus Center for
Women's Health Research.
Is Black Cohosh The Answer?
The most studied and recom-
mended supplement for hot flashes
is black cohosh, although data here
is mixed as well. Many women turn
to it as a natural approach if they
don't want to try other proven meth-
ods such as hormone therapy or
antidepressants.One reason that this
herb may be so helpful is that it is
one of many different types of phy-
toestrogens--plant compounds that
act like estrogen, which may help
some women get relief from
As always, it's best to seek the
advice of a doctor before beginning
any treatment program.
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Menopause is the
transition period in a
woman's life when
her ovaries stop
producing eggs, her
^ body produces less
3 estrogen and prog-
ing. frequent, eventually
Tmy stopping altogether.
begin in menopause, and women
are sometimes alarmed when they
find they are forgetful. Although
some memory loss is part of aging,
there may be some transitory loss
that comes with the dip in estrogen.
Here are some suggestions for
*Estrogen Estrogen, as with the
other symptoms listed above, can
be effective as a short course to ease
you through the wild hormone fluc-
tuations of menopause.
*Stress management. Whatever
memory lapses you may have dur-
ing this period will be much worse
if you are not coping and feel
stressed. See the suggestions above
for stress management.
*Sleep. Even youngsters have
memory problems if they don't get
enough sleep. -Good Nutrition.
Eating right will keep your brain in
good form. Get plenty of colorful
fruits and vegetable for antioxidants
and vitamins. The real memory vil-
lains are alcohol, sugar and caf-
feine. Try cutting them way down,
or out altogether and see if it
improves your ability to remember.
*Memory strategies like
acronyms to remember names or
streets, associating one thing with
another (cue words to remind you
of errands or
Menopause is a time of many
changes and of rapid hormone
shifts. When it's over you still want
to be healthy and cheerful as you
head into the next phase of your
life. Don't ignore your symptoms if
they seem to be disrupting your life
read, do research and talk to your
medical provider. Make a plan for
getting through the worst of it in
ways that will preserve your health
and your relationships. Keep your
perspective and sense of humor as
you wrestle and cope with the chal-
lenges this, too, shall pass.
What's a man to do when his
partner is going through "the
change?" Menopause is about
more than just a woman's period
stopping, and you can both sur-
vive the challenges if you know
what to expect. Many women
don't know what to expect when
the change starts and because
of this, their husbands and signifi-
cant others can be even more clue-
As a woman approaches
menopause, the stage of life
where menstrual cycles
permanently stop, hor-
mone levels in her body
can fluctuate, resulting
in mood swings, tired-
ness, and bothersome
like hot flashes. With
all of these changes, it
can be difficult to fig-
ure out what to do -
and what not to do to
keep both you and your
partner happy and bal-
News Flash: How to Survive
Her Hot Flashes
To help keep the peace at home,
consider the following tips:
*Prepare for grumpiness. Unless
you're with one of the few lucky
women who aren't bothered with
menopause symptoms, mood
swings are likely. This happens as
the female hormones estrogen and
progesterone surge and ebb in the
body. Grumpiness can also result
from poor sleep, which
menopausal women experience as
they deal with hot flashes and
night sweats. Flexibility is the key
to dealing with mood swings,
even the ones that seem to be
caused by ... nothing. If your
partner is steamed because you
brought home the wrong brand of
milk, for example, give her some
space instead of getting defensive.
Likewise, if she's sobbing at a cat
food commercial, lend her a
shoulder to cry on. And, perhaps
most importantly, don't complain
if she turns the thermostat to just a
few degrees above freezing.
I -Be patient in the bedroom. Sex
can, quite literally, be a sore spot
for a woman going through
menopause. As estrogen levels
drop, the tissue in and around the
vagina can dry out, making it
more sensitive. When women go
through menopause, it just gets
paper-thin. They can get cuts just
from using toilet paper. Many
women also tend to lose interest
in sex during menopause because
their levels of the male hormone
testosterone, which helps fuel
libido, can drop along with other
hormones. The bottom line? Be
patient. If your part-
( ner just isn't in the
mood (again), don't
O press the issue. Most
women's libidos usu-
ally revive after menopause
is complete. If she's
willing but has
A physical pain,
suggest she talk
to her doctor about vagi-
nal estrogen creams to
help relieve the dryness.
*Make her feel beauti-
ful. Many women feel
less than feminine as
they go through
menopause. Some mourn the loss
of their reproductive abilities.
Others may find their weight
creeping up, even if they're main-
taining their normal diet and exer-
cise routines. Add that to the con-
stant hot flashes, the body's
function is in overdrive and
you've got a recipe for one
sweaty, unhappy woman. To help
improve your wife's self-image,
remind her that she looks great.
You can also suggest a date night,
a leisurely dinner out over a glass
of wine, for example, or even just
an evening on the couch with
some movies or playing cards.
Know that menopause is not
forever. Menopause may seem
like the bad gift that keeps on giv-
ing, but you can take comfort in
knowing that things do get better.
The transition into menopause can
last up to eight years or so, but
most women feel their symptoms
most acutely for only about two
years. But it does get better.
Things will go back to the way
they were before. Just offer sup-
port. She'll notice that, and appre-
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Raines '81 Reunion
The Raines High School class of
1981 will celebrate their 30th class
reunion September 2 3, 2011 at
the Hyatt Riverfront Hotel.
For more information email cecil-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Ritz Amateur Night
Ritz Amateur Night is back. Come
to the Ritz Theatre in historic
LaVilla in downtown Jacksonville
on Friday, September 2nd to wit-
ness the best amateur talent in
Jacksonville Apollo style with the
audience deciding the winner.
Showtime is 7 p.m. and is always a
sell out. For more information, call
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 877-888-
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.-l:30
a.m. taking off from 1501
Riverplace (next to Charthouse
Restaurant). The evening will fea-
ture include live jazz, hors d'oeu-
vres served and TJ The DJ. For
more information call Ms. Charo at
First Sunday Comedy
Focused on Comedy presents First
Sunday Comedy on Sunday,
September 4th at 7 p.m. at the
Skyline Sports Bar and Lounge,
561 Norwood Avenue featuring
Tyler Craig and Hurricane Andrew.
Call (904) 365-8816 for more info.
Rounds at the Grounds
Dozens of doctors will step-up to
the plate for the second annual
Make Rounds at the Grounds for
Healthier Babies Celebrity softball
game to feature Jaguars' player and
Healthy Start Ambassador Eugene
Monroe, teammate Eben Britton
and Olympic gymnast Shannon
Miller. Nearly 25 area doctors will
participate in observance of
National Infant Mortality
Awareness Month on Sunday,
September 4th at 5:00 p.m. at the
Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville,
301 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. For
more information visit
www.nefhealthystart.org or call
723.5422 (ext. 120).
9/11 10th Year
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission (JHRC) will com-
memorate the 10th anniversary of
9/11, entitled: Moving Towards
Hope and Compassion. The event is
free to the public and is scheduled
for Tuesday, September 6, 2011
from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Landing, For more
information call (904) 630-4911.
Annual Pet Walk
The 6th annual Pet Walk will take
place Wednesday, September 7,
2011. The Annual Pet Walk pro-
motes pet health, pet art, pet adop-
tions and pet safety. View pet-
inspired art and visit tables. For
more information contact
P.R.I.D.E Book Club
The People Reading for
Inspiration, Discussion and
Enjoyment, (P.R.I.D.E.) will have
their September Bookclub meeting
Friday, September 9th at 7 p.m.
The meeting will be held at the
home of Calvin Jones discussing
"Things Only God Can Explain" by
Antonio Mills. For more informa-
tion contact Felice Franklin at (904)
Civil Rights Tour
of St. Augustine
The National Congress of Black
Women is sponsoring a Civil Rights
Tour of St Augustine on Saturday,
September 10th. Carpools will
meet at 8:30a.m. at Gateway Plaza
and will caravan to St. Augustine
for the first stop to the Excelsior
Museum & Cultural Center located
at 102 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Avenue. Gwendolyn Duncan and
historian David Nolan will be the
tour guides. For additional ques-
tions contact Ms. Benetta M.
Standly at (904) 353-7600.
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)
359-KIDS (5437) or email
Sesame Street Live!
All of the classic Seasme Street
characters will be in performance
for Sesame Street Live "Elmo's
Super Heroes" at Times Union
Center for Performing Arts (Moran
Theater). The show is scheduled for
Friday, Sept. 16th 18th. For more
information call (904) 630-3900.
with the Stars
Help choose Jacksonville's favorite
dancer. The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus is presenting Jacksonville's
Dancing with the Stars event on
Saturday, September 17th at 7 p.m.
at the Times-Union Center for
Performing Arts. Local 'celebri-
ties' will compete in two show
dances and your votes decide who
will get to bring home the mirror
ball trophy. Email carolyna@aso-
cialaffair.net for more information..
Erykah Badu, The O'Jays and
Ricky Smiley will be in concert
together on Saturday, September
17, 2011 at the arena. For tickets
call (800) 745-3000, or visit online
Annual Book Sale
The Bradham Brooks Northwest
library will hold their annual book
sale Thursday, September 23,
noon 8 p.m., Friday, September
24, 10 a.m. 5 p.m., and Saturday,
September 25, 10 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Visit Bradham Brooks library at
1755 Edgewood Avenue W. or call
Beta Greek Picnic
The ladies of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. invite the community
to attend their Greek Picnic, located
in Zeta Phi Beta Park, 3721 Owen
Road Jacksonville, Florid 32208. It
will be held Saturday, September
24th from 1 6 p.m. Activities
include a step show, stroll contest,
volleyball, raffle, food and more.
For more information, call Denise
Everett at 704-5181.
Dog Days in
the Park 2011
Join the Springfield Animal Care
& Rescue Club (SACARC) for Dog
Days in the Park 2011, celebrating
fun for the whole family includ-
ing the four-legged members.
Bring the kids and the dogs to
Confederate Park 956 Hubbard
Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206 on
Saturday, September 24, 2011
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for food,
beer and fun. For more information
visit www.sacarc.org or email con-
email@example.com or call 633-9308.
Ride for Justice
The 6th annual Ride for Justice
will take place on September 24,
2011 to benefit the Justice
Coalition. The ride will begin at the
Jacksonville Landing lead by
Sheriff John Rutherford and Clay
County Sheriff Rick Beseler on a 50
mile scenic route, ending at Old
Plank Baptist Church where riders
will be served a barbecue lunch.
Register by calling 783-6312 or
online at www.justicecoalition.org.
Cruise with Raines
Class of 1970
The Raines Class of 1970 is sailing
on a cruise September 22-29, 2012.
The ports of call are Port Canaveral,
Nassau Bahamas, St. Thomas, and
St. Maarten. For more information
contact Toby Byrd at (904) 879-
2605 or email tobybyrd@wind-
for Gene Hollomon
An Honorary Tribute for Eugene
(Gene) Hollomon: a fundraiser, jazz
and variety show will be held at the
Karples Manuscript Library and
Museum Saturday, October 1st, 6
9 p.m., 101 East Laura Street,
Jacksonville FL 32201.
For more information call Roxann
Hilbert at (904) 699-5952.
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
October 6th at 7 p.m. Call 632-
A Taste of Jacksonville
To celebrate the tenth anniversary
of the Florida Black Expo, there
will be a "A Taste of Jacksonville"
event showcasing area chefs, cater-
ers, bakers and restaurants to local
area and national companies. It will
held Thursday October 6, 2011.
For more information call 403-6960
or call (352) 327-1977.
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Things happened in reverse for
The 17-year-old actress landed her
first job acting alongside silver
screen heavyweights Queen
Latifah, Ice Cube and Cedric the
Entertainer in "Barbershop 2: Back
in Business." Critics then fell in
love with her in "Akeelah and the
Bee," with famed movie critic
Roger Ebert saying that after seeing
her portrayal in the film, she should
be an award contender for her lead-
ing role alongside veterans and
Oscar contenders Angela Bassett
and Laurence Fishburne. She was
11 at the time.
Clearly, her career was off to a fine
start. The problem? No one her age
was familiar with her work.
"I'd always done movies with
older people, films that we targeted
for older people," she says. "My
peers didn't really know who I was.
I would be out places and parents
and teachers would know me --
they'd come up to me and say 'Hey
baby! I know who you are!" -- and
that would be good, but I wanted
the kids to know me, too."
It's quite the quandary -- especial-
ly in 2011 and beyond -- because
landing a kid-friendly TV show, the
type that you can build a brand off,
is almost a surefire recipe for super-
sized tween-idol success. Both
cable outlets Nickelodeon and
Disney know how to build brands -
- and in the last few years have
developed some of the world's
biggest rock stars, most of whom
aren't even old enough to buy a lot-
tery ticket -- some barely have their
Palmer got a taste of what that life
would be like back in 2007, when
she co-starred in Disney's TV
movie "Jump In!" It wasn't until
that film started airing on the outlet
that she began getting attention
from people in her age group. It did
something for her. When
Nickelodeon came calling to offer
her a starring vehicle, it was a no-
Now, Palmer is one of the top five
highest paid tween actors on televi-
sion, and commands $20,000 per
episode for "True Jackson, VP," the
show that airs on Nickelodeon on
Saturday nights. This weekend, the
network is stepping it up and debut-
ing the franchise's first TV movie,
"Trapped in Paris," on Saturday.
The show has outperformed for the
network; it's the No. 2 program on
Saturday nights for the tween mar-
ket and the series also is in the top
three shows with kids 2-11 and kids
6-11 on Saturday nights, exactly the
market Palmer wanted to tap into.
The first season of the show did so
well that it was branded and mer-
chandise went on sale in Wal-Mart.
Because the show is about a 16-
year-old fashion company whiz-
kid, a test run of a "True Jackson"
clothing line was released and sold
out quicker than anticipated.
Manufacturers had to rush to get
more product in the stores.
Now the show is in its second sea-
son and has featured guest stars
including Justin Bieber, Natasha
Bedingfield and Willow Smith.
Earlier this year, Palmer won an
NAACP Image Award for outstand-
ing performance in a youth/chil-
Winning that award was a high for
her. She says the image she puts out
is extremely important to her, espe-
cially because she knows she repre-
sents young African-American
girls. First lady Michelle Obama
(her daughters are fans) even told
Palmer how proud she
was of her at a youth
"There are not many
American women on
TV. I want young girls
to see that it's normal,
that it's natural to see a
young black girl on
TV. If they see it
enough times, if they
see more people like
me on TV, then they'll
know it's possible,"
she says. "I haven't
been nude in anything
in my whole life. I
haven't done anything
that's extremely out of
my character, some-
thing that I would feel
bad about later. You
don't have to do any-
thing crazy to make
your dreams come
true. That's a big part
of what I do. I try to
make it known to peo-
ple that look like me
that it can happen."
talizing on the success
of the show, the mer-
chandising line and
the recent award by
releasing an album in August. Her
plan is to make music that stays on
par with her wholesome, age-
appropriate brand, but she hopes it
still comes across as mature, so
older people buy into it as well.
"I'm just trying to make sure that
I'm not talking about things that I
shouldn't be talking about. I'm try-
ing to make sure they are mature
beats and hooks, but I'm not talking
about anything sexual or about
drinking or getting drunk," she
says. "There is a way to camouflage
the music to make it sound older,
with beats and hooks. I can do
songs about having fun and not talk
about anything crazy. The beats can
be so fierce that it sounds like I'm
talking about something older. It
can make older people attracted to
it and it's not illegal for someone
my age to be doing it."
That's a smart move, says Ashley
Dos Santos, a pop culture and mar-
keting expert. Teen stars like
Palmer and her contemporaries like
Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato
are so hot right now because of
their accessibility and seemingly
wholesome demeanor in a world
where sex, drugs and violence have
dominated the culture for some
time, she says.
"Go back a decade to the year
2000 -- 11 years ago we saw such a
shift in the exact opposite direction.
Parents were shaking their heads.
They were worried about what their
kids were watching and paying
attention to," Dos Santos says. "
'Cruel Intentions' was out and it was
rated R, yet 13-year-old girls were
clamoring to see it. It was all about
sex, all about stabbing people in the
back, the exact opposite of what
parents wanted to teach their kids.
So it's a breath of fresh air to have
the Selena Gomez's and the Keke
Palmers out there -- they at least
seem to be squeaky clean."
Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon's
president, development and original
programming, says Palmer really
embodies her generation.
"She's just so positive and bubbly
and natural. She's incredibly relat-
able and she feels like a real person
-- that's why kids respond to her,"
Cohn says. "She'd been mostly in.
dramatic roles. But she's able to
show off her versatility. She's a
great physical comedian ... and she
does this live in front of a studio
audience, and seeing the affirma-
tion and getting it right there in the
moment has been unbelievably ful-
filling for her. And she understands
Palmer says she hopes this is a
banner year for her. When she looks
back on 2010, she's hoping she can
tick off a couple of high-profile
"In the next year, I want to have
the No. 1 album. That's what I'm
reaching for. And then I want to
have a teen movie coming out," she
says. "I do want to go to college,
too. I want to go to Howard
University. But if my career is still
going fast and full speed, it'll be
really hard. And I don't know if I
should take time off if I've got a No.
1 album and doing movies. It's just
so crazy because everything is
moving so fast right now."
New Hill Harper book links health and wealth
In his new book "The Wealth
Cure: Putting Money in its Place,"
New York Times bestselling author
and actor Hill Harper helps readers
discover how to put money in its
place and use wealth-building as a
tool for joy and fulfillment.
As he began the project, Harper
was blindsided with a diagnosis of
thyroid cancer. He soon learned that
curing one's relationship with
money and conquering a grave ill-
ness had some parallels, according
to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"Today, if we believe the doctors,
I am doing pretty well," Harper told
the publication. Early detection
worked in his favor, he said, as did
extensive research and second and
third opinions. He also retained a
positive attitude. "There were times
when I was down, but a positive
attitude goes a long way toward
healing," Harper said.
According to his publisher, The
Wealth Cure, "presents a revolu-
tionary new definition of wealth,
motivating readers to not only build
financial security but to also
achieve wealth in every aspect of
Using his own journey as a para-
ble, Harper inspires the reader to
evaluate their values while explain-
ing the importance of laying a
sound financial foundation and how
to recognize the worth of your rela-
tionships and increase the value of
your interactions with the people in
your life. He also helps readers
begin to see money not as a goal but
as a tool that provides freedom for
following their passions. The keys
include investing in yourself, tap-
ping the resources you need, and
taking responsibility for how those
resources are used."
In a recent interview, Hill shared
a few of his thoughts on how we
can all start healing our wealth.
Q: Your last book was about
romantic relationships. What are
some links between romantic
relationships and money?
A: As I was doing research for the
book "The Conversation," what I
found out is what a lot of people
don't talk about. The number one
thing couples argue about is money.
Dealing with the issue of money
can be transformative in terms of
our own personal relationships and
our own lives.
Q: What is the biggest financial
mistake people make?
A: The number one biggest finan-
cial mistake people make is carry-
ing any type of credit card debt. It is
a crippling type of debt. It locks you
up in ways that are catastrophic.
Sometimes it gets to a point where
you can't get yourself out from
under it and you pay the minimum
from month to month. Credit cards
were invented for convenience and
then they became a profit tool once
we started spending money we did-
n't have and started carrying a bal-
ance. The folks who gave you that
card want you to pay the minimum.
They don't have the incentive to
help you get out from under that
Q: What is one key thing any-
one can do in this economy,
regardless of the amount of his or
her finances, to put themselves in
a better financial position?
A: Even if you are living check-
to-check, make a budget, a very
clear concise budget, where you lay
everything out in its own individual
category. Once you do that, you can
start to move things around. Even
given the same amount of money,
you can begin to move around your
spending. There is a way to be
strategic about it.
The making of the latest tween star
Beyonce holds her belly at the MTV VMA Awards last weekend.
Beyonce Knowles made a big
announcement on the red carpet at
the MTV Video Music Awards:
She's pregnant with what will be
the first child for her and husband
Though no official confirmation or
statement has been made to EW, the
singer flaunted her bump for pho-
tographers, telling them "I have a
surprise for you guys," before pos-
ing for them. MTV also tweeted the
news, writing "OMG Beyonce just
made a huge announcement on the
#vma carpet! #baby!!!!"
Beyonce and Jay-Z have been
married since 2008.
As she began her performance of
"Love on Top" on the VMAs,
Beyonce said to the crowd, "I want
you to feel the love that's growing
inside me." After her performance,
she dropped her mic, unbuttoned
her coat, and rubbed her belly,
while Kanye West congratulated a
beaming Jay-Z in the audience.
Yolanda makes 50 looks good
Fifty never looked good!
Gospel (and every once and a while R&B) singer
Yolanda Adams celebrated 50 years of life recent-
ly (Aug 27), but she's telling the world she's not
getting old, she's getting busy.
Adams' latest album "Becoming" reached No. 5
on the Billboard charts and she's currently touring
the country on a health & wellness tour. The event
will feature free health screenings and seminars.
But that's not all, of course.
The singer is also host of Radio One's "The
Yolanda Adam's Morning Show" and is getting to
work on her own fashion line, which will debut next month.
Barry Bonds conviction sticks
He tried to fight it, but the judgment is just
going to have to stick.
Barry Bonds attempted to get his conviction
on obstruction of justice overturned, but the
judge just wasn't hearing it.
According to CNN, San Francisco Judge
Susan Illston issued a 20-page order denying a
In 2003, the slugger got caught up in lies with
the Feds during a grand jury appearance in a
case regarding alleged use of steroids. So they
threw the book at him with charges of perjury
and misleading statements.
"It is clear from the language of the indictment, as well as from the man-
ner in which the government has proceeded prosecuting this case, that
defendant was at risk of being convicted of obstruction of justice on the
basis of any and all statements that he made to the grand jury that were
evasive, false, or misleading," wrote Illston, in rejecting Bonds' request for
dismissal of the conviction.
But Bonds continues to stand his ground, denying the allegations.
Holly Robinson-Peete offers
Holly Robinson-Peete is one of those
women in the industry many certainly
admire. And in the midst of the rumors
about Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
have swarmed and essentially were shut
down, the actress, who has been married
to former football player Rodney Peete '.
for 17 years, offers a bit of marital advice.
"We've had our ups, our downs; we've
had lots of things happen in our life we didn't expect," Holly told Essence.
"We had these great twins and this great love story and then autism came
and kicked us in the gut. Rodney retired from football, which was another
transition. Some players retired to the golf course, but he retired right to
the carpool lane and proud of it."
In regard to how they have made it work despite the various changes in
their lives, the former 21 Jump Street star explained:
"I think that as a couple, our priorities are different than some of the other
celebrities in town. Are our kids happy? Do we have a house to live in?
How's our charity going? Those are the things we look at to gage success."
iF Terrell Owens pondering acting career
While Terrell Owens waits for an NFL team to
contact him, the 15-year veteran wide receiver
J^ *has focused his attention toward an acting
Owens, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament
and had surgery in early April, was filming an
episode of the USA sitcom "Necessary
Roughness" on Wednesday at the Georgia
Dome. He says his knee is a couple months
away from being completely healed and though
no team has contacted him, he still expects to
play this season.
The 37-year-old Owens says he is not worried about the skeptics who
wonder if can still be a major NFL contributor. He says he is capable of
making plays on the field, pointing out the 983 yards and nine touchdowns
he had with the Cincimnati Bengals last season.
Beyonce stuns and excites
with pregnancy news
September 1-7, 2011
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