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FAMU President Resigns
Florida A&M President James Ammons resigned
the same day parents of deceased Marching 100 drum
major Robert Champion ( vbo died after being
hazed) added the university to a wrongful death law-
suit. The lawsuit claims FAMU officials didn't take
enough action to stop hazing.
The resignation was sent in a letter to the university
governing board and became effective this week. The
Board of Directors had previously voted no confidence against
Robert Champion died in November after being beaten by fellow
band members during a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an
Orlando hotel following a football game against the school's archrival.
Eleven FAIMIU band members face felony hazing charges, while two
others face misdemeanor counts for alleged roles in the hazing. They
have pleaded not guilty.
William Raspberry Dies at 76
William Raspberry, a Pulitzer Prize-winning
columnist for The Washington Post and one of
the most widely read black journalists of his gen-
eration, died this week. He was 76.
Raspberry had prostate cancer and died at his
home in Washington, DC.'
Raspberry, who grew up in segregated
Mississippi, wrote an opinion column for the
Post for nearly 40 years. More than 200 newspa-
pers carried his column in syndication before he
retired in 2005.
He won the Pulitzer for commentary in 1994, becoming the second
black columnist to achieve the honor. His columns covered topics
including urban violence, the legacies of civil rights leaders and female
genital mutilation in Africa.
Although be considered himself a liberal. Raspberry's moderate,
nuanced positions on issues including civil rights and gun control gar-
nered criticism from both the right and the left He was especially con-
cerned with the problems of ordinary people. He told Editor &
Publisher magazine in 1994 that reporters could "care about the people
they report on and still retain the capacity to tell the story straight."
Wells Fargo Settles for $175 Million
Wells Fargo has agreed to pay the Department of Justice $175 million
dollars to settle allegations it had discruninated against qualified
African-American and Hispanic borrowers in its mortgage lending from
2004 through 2009.
The bank will pay $125 million in compensation for borrowers who
were steered into subprime mortgages or who paid higher fees and rates
than white borrowers because of their race or national origin, said the
Department of Justice. Wells Fargo will also offer $50 million in down
payment assistance to borrowers in communities around the country
where the DOJ has identified large numbers of discrimination victims
and which were hard hit b) the housing crisis.
The federal government alleges that between 2004 and 2008, Wells
Fargo steered 4,000 African-American and Hispanic borrowers into
subprime mortgages when non-Hispanic white borrowers with similar
credit profiles received prime loans. All those borrowers had qualified
for regular Wells Fargo loans according to Well Fargo's criteria.
The bank also is accused of charging about 30.000 African-American
and Hispanic borrowers higher fees and rates than non-Hispanic wohite-
borrovers based on their race or national origin instead of their credit
worthiness or other objective criteria related to borrower risk.
Wells Fargo has faced other litigation related to its banking practices
and loans. Last year the NAACP and \Vells Fargo announced they
would open a Financial Freedom Center to promote financial literacy.
Millions Spent on Upkeep of Empty
Katrina Lots in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS -- More than 3,000 lots flooded by Hurricane
Katrina and bought with federal money in an emergency bailout sit idle
across this city a multimillion-dollar drain on federal, state and cit'y
coffers that lends itself to no easy solution.
An Associated Press examination of the properties sold to the govern-
ment by homeowners abandoning New Orleans after the catastrophic
2005 flood has found that about $86 million has been spent on 5.100
abandoned parcels. And there's no end in sight to maintenance costs for
perhaps most of the 3.100 properties that remain unsold.
This portfolio of urban "asteland and blight represents part of the
storm's difficult legacy that persists nearly seen years later.
And w ith federal funding for maintenance running out, there's concern
the lots could fall into deeper neglect %when this cash-strapped city is
forced to pay for upkeep and that they could contribute to New
Orleans's staggering blight. At last count the city found an estimated
43,000 blighted properties, according to a city-sponsored analysis of
U.S. Postal Sern ice data.
Since 2007. when the first homes were bought, $34 million has been
spent on maintenance, $4.5 million on security and $9.1 million on
overhead costs in New Orleans, according to LLT. In addition, some
$38 million has been spent on demolishing 3,607 homes beyond repair
and tearing up 1.256 slabs.
V NAACPs Gay
ire and protest
Volume 25 No. 39 Jacksonville, Florida July 19-25, 2012
Black Voters Will Decide the President's Fate
by Gene Demby, HP
The number of black voters who
turn out to vote in the upcoming
elections could play a huge role in
several swing states, according to a
report released by the National
A swell of black voters was the
difference in several states in 2008,
according to the report, which
focused on North Carolina, Virginia
Shown above at the unveiling were
Doris Putnam, Mia Jones, Glorious
Brewsters Nurses Association), Sylva
Fletcher, Muriel Exson, Almetya Lod
and Ohio in particular. "Essentially,
African American voters in a num-
ber of key states hold the key to the
outcome of the 2012 election,"
Marc Morial, the Urban League's
According to the report, the voter
turnout rate among African
Americans jumped 5 percentage
points between 2004 and 2008,
from 60 percent to 65 percent. The
2008 election also saw 2.4 million
more black voters cast ballots than
in 2004 -- more than double the
pace at which the country's black
African-American voters are the
most likely group to actually vote if
they are registered, according to the
study. About 93 percent of regis-
tered blacks vote in national elec-
tions, compared to 90 percent of
whites and 84 percent of Hispanics.
Morial said that given these
trends, it's not a coincidence that
have passed voter ID laws, which
require voters to provide certain
forms of official ID in order to vote.
"We think it has a lot to do with the
fact that you had extraordinary
turnout in 2008," he said.
Brewster Hospital Honored bv City
Brewster Hospital, the health facil-
ity that served Jacksonville's
African-American community for
decades during the era of segrega-
tion, has officially been written in
the annals of our city's history.
Mayor Alvin Brown joined over a
dozen of the institution's original
nurses at the marker unveiling of the
Historic Old Brewster Hospital and
Nurse Traimng School this week.
"The nurses who trained and
worked at Brewster," said Mayor
SBrown, "deserve a special aclaknowi-
edgement for their contributions to
making Jacksonville a stronger,
The Hospital, originally located in
old LaVilla across from the present
day Shands Hospital, was the State's
first hospital for African Americans
through a partnership with the
Missionary Society of the Methodist
Episcopal Church and the Boylan-
The building on the corner of 800
W Monroe was originally construct-
Brewster Nurses and city officials: (L-R) Lemira Henson. Albertha Bevels, ed as a private residence in 1885. It
s Johnson. Tony Hill, Mayor Brown, Doretha Brown (President of the was later converted to the Old
ania Dawson and Councilman Warren Jones. (SEATED) Nanye Campbell Brewster Hospital and Nursing
i, Hellen Bargeron and Agnes Freeman. T Austin photo Training School.
Lt. Governor Under Fire for Lesbian Related Comment
lem is that when
you have these
told Tampa 10,
Jennifer Carroll "it's not just one
person you're attacking. It's an
entire family. My husband doesn't
want to hear that. He knows the
The William M. Rained class of
1977 sponsored its 1st Annual 70's
Style Basketball Tournament last
weekend at the Johnson Branch
YMCA on Cleveland Avenue. The
players were all graduates during
the 1970's and played competitive-
ly to lay claim to the champion
spot. Among the crowd in atten-
dance were former administrative
and coaching staff which included,
Coach James Day, Iris Northern;
Gayle Holley and Coach WIllie
Dorsey. Coach Dorsey was hon-
ored for his commitment to the
basketball program during the 70's
and was surprised with a plaque foi"
The class of 1976 co-sponsored
the event and it was spearheaded by
Coach Jerry Battle who along with
Joe Wood ('77) compiled teams to
represent a number of years during
the 70's. There was food, fun, fel-
lowship and family for all and a
reconnection of friends not seen for
years. See page 11 for more photos.
type of woman I am. I mean, my
kids know the type of woman I
am... Usually black women that
look like me don't engage in rela-
tionships like that."
While the allegations that Carroll
and her female travel aide were in a
"compromising position" in
Carroll's capitol office may be seen
as an attack on her family, Carroll's
defense -- that she couldn't have
engaged in homosexual acts
because she doesn't look like a les-
bian -- is being seen as an attack on
the lesbian community at large and
the black lesbian community in par-
"You have labeled lesbian gender
expression as being deviant,"
Alysia, a self-identified black femi-
nine lesbian woman wrote to the Lt.
Governor, "and have both denied
and revoked black lesbian feminin-
ity. Since I don't have a visual les-
bian identifier you have tried to
silence me." Another woman, Jaye,
wrote, "Black women who are pro-
fessional, well educated, well spo-
ken'and well dressed just might be
In response to Carroll's state-
ments, several websites have asked
lesbian women to post pictures of
themselves. Sites have been flood-
ed with pictures from contributors
wanting to show the world as one
respondent put it, that lesbians
come in "all colors, all sizes, all
ni Host '70s Style' Basketball Tournament
Wm M. Raines Basketball Coach Willie Dorsey. He is surrounded by players Kevin Sommerville-77,
Albert Hanna '76, R.B. Williams '75, Joe Wood '77, Donald "Duck" Paul '76, Coach Willie Dorsey, Coach
Jerry Battle, Carlton Burden, Lawrence Jones, Kevin Neal, Mervell Drayton and Calvin Raley.
Permit No. 662
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Buying Black Online: Harnessing Our
Buying Power to Empower Our Community
by Lawrence Watkins
Buying black has been a hot topic
on the Internet among African-Amer-
icans for years now, and has been
talked about by black leaders for
decades. The importance of buying
black has been well documented as
an avenue to strengthen the black
community economically, not only to
provide jobs, but also to keep our
nearly trillion-dollar buying power in
our hands. People like the Anderson
Family and Dr. Jeffrey Robinson
have conducted experiments and
tours centering around the concept of
buying black, to empower more of us
to do it yet it seems impractical.
But it's not impossible. How can
the average African-American con-
sumer do his or her part in supporting
It's one thing to talk in theory
about buying black; it's another thing
to actually know how to do so. There
are many companies online that
specifically target African-Ameri-
cans to help them to buy black. This
article aims to guide you to the best
of those currently available. Most fall
into one of three categories: daily
deals sites, online stores, and busi-
ness directories. Hopefully, once you
buy black, you never go back!
Daily Deals Sites
Most people are familiar with deal
sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, and
Scoutmob that offer consumers large
discounts with companies exchang-
ing deals for more visibility for the
sponsoring company. Following in
the footsteps of Black Biz Hookup,
many new daily deals sites are look-
ing to connect consumers and black
merchants through the same mecha-
nism. Here are four sites that you
should keep your eye on:
Ujamaa Deals: Ujamaa Deals was
founded in late 2011 by myself and
Tre Baker, our CEO. The goal is to
be a black economic investment
company that uses daily deals as an
avenue to consolidate the buying
power of the black community. Uja-
maa offers weekly deals from some
of the best black-owned businesses
that sell products online.
BlackMark-It: BlackMark-It is
doing awesome things by providing
deals from black-owned companies
in Chicago. What impresses me most
about them is their ability to find a di-
verse array of companies to run cam-
paigns through their platform.
Launched in early 2012, Black Mark-
It has quickly become a major player
in the black daily deals space.
iZania Market Deals: iZania has
used its success as a black business
community and translated it into a
black daily deals site. It's too early to
tell which types of deals iZania Mar-
ket will run on a consistent basis, but
there is a lot of promise to their or-
HBCU Daily Deals: HBCU Daily
Deals has come up with the interest-
ing concept of finding deals for col-
lege students who attend HBCUs.
This company is very niche, which
means that it could potentially have
a strong grasp on what black college
students buy while they are on or
around campus. Specialization of this
kind could help the firm properly
capitalize on this market.
Daily deals are great offers for con-
sumers and great advertising oppor-
tunities for merchants. The challenge
is that deals only last for a short pe-
riod of time. How can interested con-
sumers find a plethora of quality
black products all of the time? Enter
the black online stores. These Inter-
net venues aggregate products and
services from black merchants and
sell them all in one place. Based off
the model pioneered by
Amazon.com, online stores have the
potential to provide an outlet for
black merchants to consistently mar-
ket their products to consumers. Here
are the black online stores to watch:
Ujamaa Market: Ujamaa is really a
hybrid site that mixes the best quali-
ties of Amazon.com with those of
daily deal sites like Groupon. The
Ujamaa Market is a place where mer-
chants can upload their products and
services for purchase by consumers
who want to buy black. Ultimately,
Ujamaa Market seeks all purveyors
of quality African-American goods
as participants in their marketplace to
create a unified front of black eco-
Black Business Network: The
Black Business Network was
founded by Tag Team Marketing, a
company dedicated to to empower-
ing the black community by being a
channel for black-owned businesses
to reach black consumers all over the
world. This company is known for its
army of direct sales personnel, but it
also has an online store where you
can purchase many of their products
made by black-owned companies.
Black Business Directories
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"And
black business directories are the
tried and true way of finding where
to buy black online and in your local
community. Although African-Amer-
ican business directories have been
around for years, one innovative
company in the market uses new
technologies to breathe life into this
GPSBlack.com: I love GPS Black
because they are the first black busi-
ness directory to embrace mobile
marketing. GPS Black has thousands
of black owned businesses nation-
wide it its directory, and it is easy to
find the best fit for what you are
looking for right from your smart-
phone. As they continue to add new
businesses to their database, the pos-
sibility for expansion of their mobile
platform because enormous. Search-
ing for black-owned businesses is
easy and quick with GPS Black.
This list is meant to get consumers
started, but there are many challenges
that need to be resolved before the
general population will embrace the
concept of buying black. Examples
include overcoming negative stereo-
types about black businesses, finding
a diverse set of black products and
services to feature (how many com-
panies are needed to fill all our con-
sumer needs?), and challenges in
raising capital to keep these busi-
nesses going. As these issues are re-
solved, we will see more companies
dedicated to promoting the African-
American market space.
Women With Natural Hair
Facing Job Discrimination
The natural hair movement among dreadlocks. For Six Flags, dread-
African Americans has experienced locks, along with Mohawks, are con-
resurgence, as evidenced by the sidered "extreme hairstyles."
many YouTube videos, blogs, and Six Flags is not the only employer
products created to aid in grooming with a history of dismissing or oth-
unprocessed hair, or what is at times erwise disciplining employees be-
called nappy or virgin hair. Natural cause of dreadlocks. In May of this
hair has been constructed as radical, year, it was reported that Antonio
extreme, and unkempt, despite the Hegwood was suspended without
fact that a natural hairstyle simply pay from a St. Louis Petro Mart for
means wearing your hair the way it refusing to cut his shoulder-length
grows out of our head, without the dreadlocks. Also in May of this year,
addition of harmful chemicals. In a a flight attendant for Air France, was
market in which all must sell their forced to wear a wig to cover up his
labor for profit, this decidedly limits dreadlocks. Nieland Bynoe didn't
the options of people of color, who even make it through orientation as
at times must choose, a driver for UPS Freight in Harris-
A Six Flags theme park is under burg in 2007 before he was fired for
public scrutiny for the second time refusing to shave his beard and
in two years for its policy of denying dreadlocks, though Bynoe is a
employment to women with dread- Rastafarian, which should have
locks. In 2010, 23-year-old Janet granted him a religious exception.
Bello and 60-year-old Jackie Sherrill "In 2001 Dallas police Chief Terrell
were both denied employment be- Bolton fired Officer Gina Mosley, a
cause of their dreadlocks. seven-year veteran, for not comply-
In the most recent case, 21-year- ing with the department's hair pol-
old Markeese Warner, a senior at icy." In 1999, the San Francisco
Pennsylvania State University, ar- Chronicle reported that Darcel
rived for her interview dressed in ap- Walker sued his then-employer
propriate business attire, when she Safeway, claiming he was fired be-
was informed that she would not be cause of his dreadlocks.
eligible for employment due to her Continued on page 7
July 19 25, 2012
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Lines Long for Free Weekly Food Giveaway
The Families of Slain Children,
Inc. (FOSCI), continued their com-
munity service pledge this week by
providing free food and perishables
to all those in need. At the organi-
zation's headquarters off the corner
of Myrtle and MLK Expressway,:
participants began lining up hours
ahead of time to have first pick at
the truck load of food available
from 12:30 1:30 p.m. on
Tuesday. Shown right are Mealea
Newbill and Arthur Williams hand-
ing out food. Without much fanfare
and arduous application process,
volunteers graciously hand out the .
food simply for the asking. For
more information on FOSCI or--
their services, call 683-4986.
Citizens Gather for Free Forum to "Learn Their Rights"
Community advocate Eunice
Barnum invited citizens to the pub-
lic defender's office for a commu- -
nity forum to discuss "Know your
Rights, regarding your criminal
Jacksonville Legal Aid Attorneys ..
LaVerne Anderson and Jennifer "
Jerome were on hand to answer .b.
questions regarding felony convic-
tions, victims' rights and authority.
The information session provided
insight into discrimination, racial
disparities and stereotypes that keep
African American males institu-
tionalized at a higher rate than their
Attorney Octavius Holliday, Jr.
urged the community to get
involved and attend the forums.
"We're public servants and will Atty. LaVerne Anderson shares information with Johnetta Robinso
review these cases and make an The next forum will be held Augut Eunice Barnum at euniceba
impact in the system," she said I t .1 .,n .... .. ... i/ ..ft.... _ll
Family Pleading for Answers in Mystery Drive By Shooting
Jacksonville Student Jeron Wheeler Attends Leadership Summit in D.C.
Two Jacksonville students are among 225 national participants attending the Bank of America Student
Leadership Summit this week in Washington, D.C. While there, they are participating in interactive workshops,
such as Capitol Hill briefings and sessions on financial education and leadership development skills. Five
Jacksonville area high school students were selected to take part in the program, which awards a total of 225 high
school juniors and seniors from around the country with paid eight-week summer internships at local nonprofit
organizations. Shown above is Jerron Wheeler participating in a workshop in our nation's capital. Also in
attendance was Paxon student Brianna Jordan.
Driveby shooting victim Julius Parrish was remembered by family and friends two weeks after his.death dur-
ing a candlelight vigil sponsored by MADDADS. Parrish was killed in his driveway in a drive by shooting where
no one has emerged as the potential murderer. With tears in her eyes, the victim's wife, Debra Parrish, praised her
husband's memory, "Parrish was a man that always helped others. He touched many people." Shown above (L-
R) are Beverly McClain, Gary Bright, Johnny Robinson, Cathy Bannell (JSO Victim Advocate), wife Debra
Parrish and Donald Foy. If anyone knows anything about the shooting, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-
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Gone are the good old days when
one of the most stable jobs one
could get is a government job.
From the mailman and school
teacher, to the police and firefight-
ers,government jobs were once the
Unfortunately, those days are
gone. In fact, they are long gone. It
will probably get worse before it
gets better. On the federal, state and
local level government leaders
have to make tough decisions.
Between pension contributions,
declining real estate values (which
lead to less taxes collected), and a
host of other issues governments
are cutting jobs.
Furthermore, not only are gov-
ernments cutting jobs, they are cut-
ting down to the bone. On the fed-
eral level,agencies like the U.S.
Postal Service have been in the red
for a long time, which is seeing
The USPS is expecting to close
some 3,700 local post offices and
lay off nearly 100,000 workers.
Yes, it is shocking to think that
not only has the private sector
struggled to rebound from the
recession, but our government may
be in worse shape. The U.S. Labor
July 14-21, 2012
Cs Divided Opiniono
Public Sector Job Loss Will
Hurt the Black Middle Class
Dept. reported that state and local
governments laid off approximate-
ly 142,000 workers in 2011.
On the local front, Mayor Brown
announced this week that the city
could potentially lay off some 500
So what's the relevance? Why
the gloom and doom? It's no secret
that African Americans in many
cases aredisproportionately repre-
sented in public sector jobs. So in
essence, as jobs are cut, the affect
will be much greater on blacks.
The numbers don't lie. One-in-
five black workers are public
employees, compared with one in
six of non-black workers.
Here's another interesting statis-
tic from the Labor Dept;Blacks are
30 percent more likely than whites
to work in government, and these
jobs run the gamut. From parks and
recreation maintenance workers, to
nurses and dentist at the Health
Department; blacks have always
migrated to public sector jobs.
The simplest reason is because
there is often times a clear path for
promotion and advancement, and
more importantly- there is less bias
in the hiring process.
Black women actually are more
likely to work in the public sector
with 23 percent working for gov-
So here's the big picture half
the states in the union are strug-
gling with major budget issues.
Many cities like Jacksonville are
facing major budget deficits as
well; and the most obvious way to
cut back is to eliminate positions
And while we are on the big pic-
ture, the unemployment rate can't
be ignored. Unemployment num-
bers for blacks is always anywhere
between six to nine percentage
points higher than the overall num-
So there is cause to sound the
alarm. Historically, government
jobs help create and stabilize the
black middle class in America.
President Obama even acknowl-
edges that private sector growth has
been steady increasing, but the loss
of thousands of public sector jobs is
deflating that growth.
There is no simple or direct solu-
tions. No one wants to raise taxes,
but no one wants to layoff police,
firefighters,or librarians. Perhaps
the answer is found somewhere in
the middle renegotiate labor con-
tracts to keep jobs, small increases
to taxes and fees, or abbreviated
work schedules and hours of opera-
Again, there is no simple solu-
tion, but more public sector job
losses will certainly devastate the
black middle class.
Signing off from a somewhat
middle class neighborhood,
Big Republican Lies about Small Businesses
By George E. Curry
Two things always happen when
there is a debate about whether
Congress and the president should
extend the George W. Bush tax
cuts: 1) Republicans drag out the
tired and misleading argument that
any effort to return the tax rate to
the pre-2001 levels amounts to "a
job-killing tax hike." and 2) The
corporate media fails to cite evi-
dence that the popular GOP talking
point is, in fact, a lie.
President Obama has reignited
the debate by proposing yet again
that we return to the pre-Bush tax
rates. Individuals earning up to
$200,000 and couples making
$250,000 would be exempt from
returning to the higher rate. If
implemented, only the top 2 per-
cent of taxpayers would see a tax
But Republicans are opposing
Obama's proposal because they are
doing what they always do best -
protect the wealthy. But instead of
acknowledging the truth, they pre-
fer to use the disguise that they act-
ing on behalf of small business
owners, although we know their
main interest is protecting big busi-
There's a reason the GOP takes
this approach. As the Los Angeles
Times reported, "Polls also show
that Republicans do better when
they frame upper-income tax
increases as a threat to small busi-
nesses, a group that voters tend to
There is nothing wrong with
reporters quoting Republican talk-
ing points. But there is something
wrong with the corporate media, in
an effort to appear fair and bal-
anced, giving equal weight to duel-
ing claims when one is demonstra-
Fairness & Accuracy in
Reporting, the media watchdog
group, stated: "The corporate
media's bias toward giving cre-
dence to official claims from both
political parties means you have to
treat that question of facts as a mat-
ter of opinion which, of course, is
a problem, if you think that separat-
ing fact from misinformation is a
key part of a journalist's job."
FAIR added, "And the failure to
challenge Republican distortions
gives them no reason to stop mak-
ing them...This is especially true
when media don't tell the public
that the claim is almost entirely
Among the examples cited by
USA Today (7/10/12) -
Headline: "Obama Seeks to Extend
Tax Cuts to Middle Class; GOP
Critics Say Plan Will Hurt Small
Washington Post (7/10/12) -
Reported that Republicans
"charged that the president's plan
would raise taxes on small-busi-
ness owners." It also said, "Obama
said his plan would cover 98 per-
cent of the working public and 97
percent of small-business owners."
Los Angeles Times (7/11/12) -
Said Obama's plan "would extend
George W. Bush-era tax cuts for
those making up to $250,000 a year
but not for upper-income
Americans." As FAIR noted, "That
is incorrect; wealthy Americans
will also receive a tax cut on
income they earn up to the
As Media Matters, another media
watchdog group, pointed out, Fox
News makes a habit of letting hosts
and guests impart inaccurate infor-
mation about the plan to let the
Bush tax cuts expire on the richest
2 percent of Americans.
For example, Alex Cortes of the
Restore the Dream Foundation said
on Fox and Friends when the issue
was being debated in 2010 that
returning to the pre-Bush levels
"aren't just tax cuts for the so-
called wealthy. It'll hit 50 percent
of all small business income."
According to the Congressional
Budget Office, the two large tax.
cuts under George W. Bush result-
ed in a loss of $1.5 trillion in feder-
al revenue. Obama agreed to a deal
with Republicans to extend them
until the end of this year, which
will bring the total to $2.8 trillion.
Now, he's proposing another, more
limited extension. If the Bush tax
rates are allowed to expire, the top
two income brackets will rise from
the current levels of 33 percent and
35 percent to 36 and 39.6 percent.
The Tax Policy Center, a joint
project between the Urban Institute
and the Brookings Institution, stat-
ed, "Most small businesses report
their income on individual tax
returns, either on Section C (for
self-employment or sole propri-
etorships), Schedule E (for S cor-
porations) or schedule F (for farms.
We don't know how many of these
businesses are really small."
Approximately 36 million tax-
payers report business income on
their 1040s, the Tax Policy Center
found. And not all of them own
small businesses some receive
income from side jobs or from
rental property. "Only about
900,000, or 2.5 percent, would pay
higher rates if the Bush tax cuts
were allowed to expire for those in
the top brackets," the center found.
In addition to citing that study,
Media Matters said, "And accord-
ing to PolitiFact, the Joint
Committee on Taxation (JCT) has
projected that in 2011, 'Only 3 per-
cent of all taxpayers who reported
having positive business income
will see their taxes go up under the
proposed Democratic initiative' of
letting the Bush tax cuts for the
In its report on the small business
smokescreen, FAIR summed it up
correctly in its headline: "Smalli
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in-chief of Emerge magazine, is
editor-in-chief of the National
Newspaper Publishers Association
News Service (NNPA) and editori-
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a Divided Sudan
By William Reed
7 q Hodari Abdul-Ali, an African-American Orthodox
Muslim called it "a disaster for Africa, for the African
Diaspora and for Sudan." The separation of Sudan is perhaps the most con-.
tentious foreign policy issue among Black Americans. Some African
Americans support dismemberment of Africa's largest country, and some,
like the late Abdul-Ali believed it to be "a disaster."
When the people of South Sudan split from Africa's largest country, they
formed the world's 193rd and youngest country. South Sudan, officially the
Republic of South Sudan, marked its first anniversary on July 9. A land-,
locked country in east-central Africa, South Sudan experienced a challeng-
ing first year and several issues remain unresolved. The two countries, for-
merly one, are locked in delicate negotiations after the failure to agree on the
amount the South should pay Sudan to use its oil pipelines.
When Southern Sudan's voters broke away, it was one of the least devel-
oped countries in the world. Revenue from oil provides 98 percent of South;
Sudan's budget. The new nation's economy is heavily reliant on oil. It's not
surprising therefore that its decision to shut down production has left the.
economy in a precarious state. After South Sudan became independent,
southern and northern negotiators were not immediately able to reach an
agreement on how to split Southern oil field revenue. Approximately 80 per-
cent of the oil deposits are in South Sudan, while the pipelines flow north.
Many in government in South Sudan are imploring the U.S. to help the
new nation obtain its "economic independence." NNPA newspaper colum-
nist and former NAACP Executive Director Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., said,
"African Americans should be paying attention, reaching out to South Sudan
for humanitarian and economic reasons and see that there are significant anid
immediate economic and growth opportunities. At a time of very high unem-
ployment among African Americans, this is a great moment to develop new
business relationships with Africa, and with nations like South Sudan."
The stories you've been hearing about "helping the poor Africans" should
be discounted as a lot of hype. Whether you are of the Christian or Muslim
persuasion, Southern Sudan is a resource-rich land many want to rule. It is
ripe for agricultural development, but less than 5 per cent of the land is cur-
rently cultivated. In terms of overall income generation; South Sudan does
quite well compared to its East African neighbors. The 2010 GDP per capital
was estimated at $1,546 (U.S.) compared to $769 (U.S.) in Kenya. South
Sudan is bordered by Ethiopia to the east, Kenya to the southeast, Uganda to
the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southwest, the
Central African Republic to the west, and Sudan to the north.
Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan has fought for decades against
the Americans' designs on breaking up Sudan, but Washington, D.C.-based
businessman Malcolm Beech agrees with Chavis in that African Americans
should get a piece of the South Sudan action saying, "U.S. Agency for
International Development and State Department funds will be flowing to
that part of the world and we need to be in the deal."
South Sudan has a population of approximately 8 million and a predomi-
nantly rural, subsistence economy. This region has been negatively affected
by war for all but 10 years of the independence period, resulting in serious
neglect, lack of infrastructure development, and major destruction and dis-
placement. More than 2 million people have died, and more than 4 million
are internally displaced persons or have become refugees as a result of the
The capital of South Sudan is Juba. However, due to Juba's poor infra-
structure and lack of centrality, the South Su danese government adopted ai
resolution to study the creation of a new planned city to act as its capital seat.
This proposed project is functionally similar to those which resulted in the
construction of Abuja, Nigeria; Brasilia, Brazil; and Canberra, Australia.
This will be just a part of the building from the ground up that will be occur-
ring in South Sudan.
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Martin's Attorneys Say "Witness 9" Will Hurt Zimmerman
The lawyer for the family of
Trayvon Martin said the prosecu-
tion's case against George
Zimmerman was likely to be helped
by the testimony of a woman who
accused the teenager's shooter of
molesting her and of not liking
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Crump, the attorney
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tainly helps to paint a
The woman, who
has been identified
only as "Witness 9,"
told investigators that
molested her when
they were children. He is about two
years older than she is.
People with familiarity with the
case say the unidentified woman is
a Zimmerman cousin. On an audio
recording released on Monday,
Witness 9 said the molestation start-
ed when she was 6 years old and
continued until she was 16.
In one recording, Witness 9 said
that Zimmerman and his family dis-
cussed race frequently, and they
often disparaged African-
Americans. She said George
Zimmerman and his family often
stated that "they only like Black
people if they act like white peo-
The unidentified woman also told
investigators she did not recall spe-
cific racial remarks or any example
of racist behavior on the part of
Zimmerman. "I can't remember..."
she said. "It's just a known thing
that that's how their family feels."
Crump compared the allegations
of molestation against Zimmerman
to the recent child-molestation case
involving former Pennsylvania
State University assistant football
coach Jerry Sandusky.
"She certainly would be a rebuttal
NAACP Convention Highlights Voting Challenges
The NAACP's recently conclud-
ed national convention here saw its
share of highlights. They included
dramatic and powerful addresses by
political and civil rights leaders and
a host of workshops aimed at
empowering members for active
participation in the November pres-
The speech by Republican presi-
dential candidate Mitt Romney also
drew a lot of attention. Though
Romney received a polite reception
and a standing ovation at the end of
his speech, most of the attention
focused on the fact that he was
booed for promising to eliminate
what he called "Obamacare."
Romney began, however, by telling
NAACP members they would vote
for him if they knew his heart.
Vice President Joe Biden, who
spoke at the convention the day
after Romney, received a rousing
reception from the crowd. Biden
criticized attacks on the right to
vote in the wake of voter suppres-
sion efforts in states across the
country, and also called for an end
to racial profiling.
President Barack Obama
appeared in a video message that
ran before Biden spoke. "I stand on
your shoulders and at the NAACP
you have always believed in the
American promise," Obama said.
Ben Jealous, the NAACP's presi-
dent and CEO, spoke during the
convention's first plenary session.
He challenged members to fight
back against efforts to suppress
"In the past year, more states
have passed more laws pushing
more voters out of the ballot box
than at any time since the rise of
Jim Crow," Jealous said. "The right
to vote is the right upon which the
ability to defend all our other rights
is leveraged. We will ensure that
our nation continues to practice free
and fair elections even as we
approach the day when people of
color will be the majority in this
Attorney General Eric Holder
also spoke at the convention. With
the theme "NAACP: Your Power,
Your Decision Vote" serving as
the programmatic backdrop, Holder
held nothing back when discussing
Texas' new voter ID law, declaring
that the edict hurts minorities. He
said that party politics, rather than
the well-being of the nation, was
and remains the driving force
behind the Republican-led legisla-
tion many view as wanton acts of
"We will not allow political pre-
text to disenfranchise American cit-
izens of their most precious rights,"
said Holder, who identified Texas
as the "center of our national
debate" on voting rights issues.
Holder's remarks came while the
federal trial in the nation's capital
regarding Texas' 2011 voter ID law
witnessed its second day of argu-
ments and testimony. He promised
an aggressive fight from the Justice
Department to enforce and protect
That same day, the NAACP
Voting Rights Initiative hosted a
mini summit titled "Confronting the
Attack on Voting Rights: Stopping
Voter Suppression, Breaking Down
Barriers, and Expanding our
William Barber, president of the
North Carolina State Conference
and NAACP Political Action and
Legislative Committee Chair, led
panelists in a discussion on contem-
porary tactics used to restrict voting
rights and new measures needed to
combat suppressive efforts. Other
mini summit topics included eco-
nomic development, entrepreneur-
ship and HIV/AIDS in the African-
Convention participants were
also treated to a memorable keynote
address by NAACP icon and
Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond,
who added his voice to the chorus
of individuals urging active partici-
pation in the November election.
The breadth of challenges facing
Blacks were listed by Roslyn M.
Brock, chairman of the NAACP's
National Board of Directors, during
the convention's opening mass
"Today, the enemies of justice are
not lynching African Americans
and practicing Jim Crow laws of
segregation," said Brock. "They
are more sophisticated. But they are
equally sinister. They are erecting
barriers to economic viability, edu-
cational quality, health care accessi-
bility, judicial equity, and political
opportunity. The opponents of jus-
tice are more refined, but they are
Brock added that the iconic civil
rights institution's mission remains
constant to ensure the political,
educational, social, and economic
equality of rights of all persons and
to eliminate racial hatred and racial
discrimination but that the organ-
ization has developed a new game
plan, adapting new strategies to
address "this 'new normal' in
witness very similar to that in the
Sandusky trial, showing that he has
a history of violence and manipula-
tion," Crump said. "Zimmerman's
mentality is very relevant to this
Zimmerman was charged with
second-degree murder in the Feb.
26 killing of the 17-year-old
Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.
He has pleaded not guilty, saying he
shot the teenager in self-defense.
He invoked Florida's controversial
Stand Your Ground law, which
allows citizens to use deadly force
against another person if they con-
sider themselves to be in danger.
Prosecutors in the case, as well as
Trayvon's parents and their lawyers,
have contended that the teenager
was racially profiled by
Zimmerman. Trayvon was Black.
Zimmerman's father is white and
his mother is Peruvian.
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Office is mailing out 39,250 Domestic Vote by
Mail Ballots for the August 14th Primary
Election to registered Duval County Voters who
have requested a Vote by Mail Ballot.
Vote by Mail Ballots must be return to the
Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. on
Election Day. For voter convenience a prepaid
postage return envelope is included in all Vote by Mail Ballots.
Voters who choose to vote during Early Voting or on Election Dayand
who have requested a Vote by Mail Ballot will have to return their Vote
by Mail Ballot to the Early Voting site or their Election Day precinct in
order to vote a regular ballot.
Voters are encouraged to track their Vote by Mail Ballot by clicking
on the Vote by Mail tab on our website Duvalelections.com or by call-
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Last month the Election's office mailed 2,650 Vote by Mail Ballots to
UOCAVA overseas and military voters who have requested a Vote by
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Historic Mount Zion AME Celebrates
Church 146th Church Anniversary
Historic Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, under the
direction of Reverend Pearce Ewing, Sr. Pastor will celebrate their 146th
Church Anniversary beginning July 21st. Scheduled events under the
theme, "On the Right Track Engineered by the Power of the Holy Spirit,"
begins Saturday, July 21st with a Sons ofAllen Annual Barbeque and Youth
Car Wash from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Sunday, July 22nd, come wor-
ship and continue celebrating the anniversary with a kick off service at 10
a.m. (Lunch served immediately following service). Evening service begins
at 3p.m. with guest speaker Dr. Victor E. Gooden of New Life Church
Ministries in Daytona Beach, Fla. The celebration continues Saturday,
August 4th with a Church Bazaar and a 3on3 Basketball Tournament from.
8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. Worship Services is Thursday, August 9th & Friday
August 10th at 7 p.m. with worship service Sunday August 12th at 10 a.m.
For more information contact Sister Ruth Carter or Sister Vivian Toston or
Brother Allen Vining at (904) 355-9475.
Tru-Way Church Celebrates 27th Years
Pastor Elwyn W. Jenkins and the Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ
located at 2297 Edison Ave will celebrate its 27th Church and Pastor's
Anniversary, Thursday, July 19th and Friday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Nightly. Event general chairpersons Minister Kenneth McKinney, Sr. and
his wife, Wanda McKinney welcome all to attend. For more information
call Marva Salary, Anniversary Consultant at (904) 764-2150.
Southside Church of God
in Christ Celebrates 33 Years
Southside Southside: Theme A devoted Pastor
Church of Esteemed Very Highly in Love" (1
God in Thessalonians 5:12-13). Join
C h r i s t Southside Church of God in Christ
B i s h o p during this wonderful occasion.
E d w a r d Special guest church members and
Robinson, pastors throughout the City will be
Sr. and participating in this glorious cele-
L a d y bration. Southside Church of God in
C y n t hi a Christ is located at 2179 Emerson
-I Robinson Street, Jacksonville, FL 32207. The
Bishop and will be cele- services will be held on July 19, 20,
First Lady Robinson rating 33 and 22nd at 7:3 p.m.
years of service with the theme: For more information contact the
"Where There is No Side Like The church at (904) 398-1625.
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An organization of black clergy
traveled to the NAACP's annual
convention in Houston to protest the
civil rights group's recent decision
to endorse same-sex marriage.
The Coalition of African-
American Pastors (CAAP), headed
by Rev. William Owens of
Memphis, Tenn., said that the
NAACP had abandoned its core
mission by supporting same-sex
"This is supposed to be an organ-
ization for black people who were
beaten, who were mistreated and
who were enslaved," Owens told
The Huffington Post. "You're advo-
cating for something that's not nor-
mal, that's not natural. It's still out of
line, it's against moral law."
"Gay marriage is leading us down
a bad path," Owens added. "Our
young people are already hurt.
They're already damaged."
Owens said that the NAACP
should focus on issues like unem-
ployment and education, and added
that CAAP's online petition in sup-
port of "traditional marriage" had
garnered at least 5,000 signatures
since the group held an initial press
conference about its effort last
week. He said that he doubted the
civil rights group's membership
would have backed the resolution.
"If they have taken an issue where
they asked members, they would
have lost," Owens said. "They had
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to do it under cloak of darkness."
If audience reaction is any meas-
ure of rank-and-file opinion on the
matter, Mitt Romney on Wednesday
was booed for several of his state-
ments during his address to the
NAACP, but won scattered applause
for his vow to defend "traditional
Ben Jealous, the NAACP's presi-
dent, said in June that the civil rights
group's board, which has 64 mem-
bers, was overwhelmingly in favor
of the measure.
"If you go to the board, you'll see
a lot of religious leaders," Jealous
told The Huffington Post last
month. "All of the religious leaders
on our board, except for one, were
for marriage equality."
The NAACP's endorsement of
same-sex marriage came on the
heels of President Obama's own
statement of support in May. Owens
said he thought the president would
pay a "high price" for his statement
and that the president had made the
move in order to court wealthy
Owens said he did not know any
same sex couples personally.
Polls have shown that black oppo-
sition to same-sex marriage has con-
siderably softened since the presi-
dent announced his support. A
Washington Post-ABC survey
found that a majority of African
Americans support same-sex mar-
riage, and that black support had
jumped 18 percent in May alone.
Other polls taken in Ohio and North
Carolina, both swing states this fall,
have shown dramatic jumps in black
support on the issue.
Elliott Lee Jones, Jr. was born January 5,
1951 to Elliott Lee Jones and Lorraine '
Jones in New York City, N.Y., He was
raised and educated in Atlantic City, NJ,
and enlisted in the Service of the U.S.
Marine Corp (Vietnam War) in 1991 he
moved to Miami, Fl., Where
He fell in love with the people and climate,
there he sold newspapers, and formed
lasting friendships over the years, in 2000 he relocated to
Jacksonville, Fl., to live with his sister after suffering a heart attack
which was followed that same year by a stroke where he lost the
use of his left side.
He returned to Miami for 10 years, but when his health declined
he came back to Jacksonville to live out his days with family.
Anyone who knew Elliott will testify he was an ultimate fan of the
Green Bay Packers! Good friends, good times, he had them all
but when he realized the error of his ways he said: I tried to be a
better man. I love you all! He leaves cherish his memory his son
Sporty D. Jones (Faylice), daughter: Tiffany Y. Jones, sister:
Rhonda Silver, Grandchildren: Sporty, Jr. Amber, Elijah. Nieces:
Kelle Jones-Adams (Aaron), Lindsy T. Bivens (Travis), Grand
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Black church leaders have been
split on the issue. "No church or
group is monolithic," Bishop
Timothy Clarke of the First Church
of God in Columbus, Ohio, told
USA Today. "Some were powerful-
ly agitated and disappointed. Others
were curious -- Why now? Others
were hurt. And others, to be honest,
told me it's not an issue and they
don't have a problem with it."
Jealous expounded on the shift.
"What you've seen in the black
community in the wake of Obama's
decision and then ours is that people
actually stop and think about it
intensely and in clear terms about
what are the rights of religions ver-
sus the responsibilities of govern-
ment," Jealous said.
In the Pew vs. Online
With more churches offering wor-
ship services and sermons online,
one pastor is making the case that
actual attendance at a church is still
The debate over online churches
emerged in recent years as many
megachurches began to broadcast
their worship services live on the
Internet. In addition to growing
their flocks through multiple cam-
Spuses, many expaided-their followv-
, ing.with a vittualc ioid. .,
But that left some pastors ques-
tioning the effectiveness of online
churches and whether they're bibli-
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, president of
The Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary, argued that allowing
technology to serve as a substitute
for participation in a local church is
"The fellowship of the saints is a
vital means of grace for the disciple
of Christ," he maintained in a recent
commentary. "Believers need the
accountability found only within
the local church ... We need to con-
fess our sins and declare forgive-
ness by the blood of Christ together.
We need to be deployed for service
in Christ's name together."
"The purpose of church is so
broad. It is about corporate wor-
ship, praying and studying the Bible
together, serving one another and
reaching out in mission together.
This can't be done in isolation,"said
Pastor Asa Stevens.
The mentality of many who "go to
church" from their home and watch
the worship team and pastor on a
screen in isolation is that their pres-
ence doesn't matter, Stevens noted.
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The EEOC filed suit against FedEx for firing employees who refused to
cut their dreadlocks for religious reasons in 2001.
These are only the incidents we know about; however, given the fact that
black hair continues to be exoticized and radicalized, it is fair to assume
that being penalized for choosing to wear locs happens on a fairly regular
basis. Even though some of these cases involve religious observance, locs
were still considered in violation of appearance standards.
Locs are simply one way out of many of wearing natural hair. There is
no reason why they cannot be styled neatly in a ponytail or simply left to
hang loosely from the head. Locs are targeted specifically because the
majority of the people wearing them are black. Locs have only been
deemed radical because whiteness has declared them to be so. Wearing
one's hair in locs does not indicate a heightened political consciousness, or
a desire to engage in social protest. For many, locs simply represent a style
they have chosen to wear.
All companies have to be highly conscience of their public image in this
competitive economic market, but when they create policies that specifi-
cally target or otherwise oppress people of color, the issue is no longer
about the court of public opinion, but about enforcing standards, which
directly police and negatively impact people of color.
Lack of Sleep
Increases Stroke Risks
Thirty-percent of working adults report that they receive less than six
hour of sleep
Candace Bagwell, Black America Web
S A new study shows that 30-percent of
working adults who regularly get less
than six hours of sleep have a higher
risk of having a stroke.
The National Sleep Foundation
study is the first of its kind to research
sleep deprivation in adults who are not
overweight, have sleep apnea, or possess
other stroke risks."The public is less aware of
the impact of insufficient amounts of sleep. Sleep is
important the body is stressed when it doesn't get the right amount"
said study researcher Megan Ruiter. The results of this three year study
showed that the number of people who routinely get eight hours of sleep
has dropped from 38% to 28% since 2001. Expert recommended receiv-
ing seven to nine hours of sleep a night. "Previous research has shown
that sustained partial sleep deprivation leads to modestly increased risk
for cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks," said Reena Pande, a
cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Common fac-
tors leading to stroke are obesity, smoking and lack of exercise. Stroke
is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
want to consider enrolling in an automatic paying method if it is avail-
able, so that you do not fall behind on any bills. Auto-pay makes sure
that payments are debited from your bank account on time.
How to Improve Your Credit Score
by Mellody Hobson
How can I improve my credit
score? Big picture: there's usually
no quick fix, so the best way to
repair your credit score is to do it
responsibly over time. Still, you can
take a few simple steps to get you
headed in the right direction.
First request a free copy of your
credit report and check it for errors.
You can do this by visiting
can get one credit report from each
of the three major credit bureaus
here. This site offers a credit report,
not credit scores. If you want to
know your FICO scores, you can go
to www.myfico.com. Now check-
ing your report for errors may seem
basic, but sometimes there are mis-
takes and you can improve your
score by notifying the credit bureau
and reporting agency of errors.
Once you know your score and
decide to improve it, the best way to
do so is to reduce debt. That almost
always means paying down your
credit card debt as aggressively as
you can. Move as quickly as you
can toward having just one credit
card, lower your usage of credit
cards, and focus on reducing your
debt level rather than attempting to
spread it over multiple accounts-
which in no way helps your credit
rating and can actually hurt. The
FICO looks at the total amount of
credit you have available and how
much of it you use. The higher a
percentage of your credit you use,
the worse your score.
Most experts recommend saying
under 35%. People with average
scores are in the 40% to 50% range.
As you might imagine late pay-
ments are a big deal: A single late
payment can drop your score by 50
to nearly 200 points, depending on
where your score starts. 30 or 60
day late payments don't do lasting
bad damage. But a 90-day late pay-
ment hurts your score for 7 years.
Why would I want to focus so
much on credit cards? My mortgage
is the bigger number. Why not
reduce that first? Here's why: some
types of debt are more costly than
others. It comes down to interest
rates and taxation. Interest rates are
simple: you want to first eliminate
the debt that charges the highest
rate. Usually your highest interest
rates will be credit cards, followed
by car loans, then mortgages and
student loans. On the tax side, some
debt has tax advantages some does-
n't. Those loans that the govern-
ment sees as broadly beneficial get
tax breaks. Home ownership and
education are seen as socially good
t, so you get tax breaks on them.
Most other kinds of debt-credit card
debt and car loans, for instance,
don't offer any advantages..
So credit card debt is a double
whammy: it usually has a high
interest rate and offers no tax
advantages. Mortgages and student
loans are "good" debt: they general-
ly have lower interest rates and are
Any other advice? Yes once the
big thing are under control, a great
way to incrementally improve your
score is to set up payment
reminders. Some banks offer pay-
ment reminders that you can
receive either by email or text mes-
sage. You may also want to consid-
er enrolling in an automatic paying
method if it is available, so that you
do not fall behind on any bills.
Auto-pay makes sure that payments
are debited from your bank account
Eggs & Red Wine: 4 Food Myths To Ignore
There are a lot of healthy food
myths out there. There are a lot of
healthy food facts out there. Some
aren't necessarily true, and some
are. But which is which?
Myth: Sugar is bad for you.
Wrong. Just use the real thing to
ensure that sugar calories are far
from "empty" calories. Sugar
is essential in the kitchen.
Consider all that it does for bak-
ing, creating a tender cake crumb
and ensuring crisp cookies. Then
there's its role in creating airy
meringue or soft-textured ice
cream. Keep in mind that other
sweeteners like "natural" honey
are basically refined sugar any-
way-and they are all metabolized
by your body the same way, as 4
calories per gram. Sugar also bal-
ances the flavors in healthy foods
that might not taste so great.
Most health experts suggest that
added sugar supply no more than
10 percent of your total calories-
about 200 in a 2,000-calorie diet.
Myth: Eating eggs raises your
Wrong. Dietary cholesterol
found in eggs has little to do with
the amount of cholesterol in your
body. The confusion can be boiled
down to semantics: The same
word, "cholesterol," is used to
describe two different things.
Dietary cholesterol-the fat-like
molecules in animal-based foods
like eggs doesn't greatly affect the
amount of cholesterol circulating
in your bloodstream. Your body
makes its own cholesterol, so it
doesn't need much that you eat.
Instead, what fuels your body's
cholesterol-making machine is
certain saturated and trans fats.
Eggs contain small amounts of
saturated fat. One large egg con-
tains about 1.5 grams saturated fat,
a fraction of the amount in the
tablespoon of butter many cooks
use to cook that egg in. So, cutting
eggs out of your diet is a bad idea;
they're a rich source of 13 vita-
mins and minerals.
The kind of cholesterol found in
eggs doesn't affect the cholesterol
in your blood, so go ahead and
enjoy eggs for breakfast, lunch, or
Myth: All saturated fats raise
Wrong. New research shows
that some saturated fats do not
raise blood cholesterol. Just when
we'd all gotten comfortable with
the idea that there are good-for-
you mono- and polyunsaturated
fats (like those found in olive oil
and walnuts), along comes new
research calling into question the
one principle most health profes-
sionals thought was sacrosanct:
All saturated fat is bad.
Researchers have long known
that there are many kinds-of satu-
rated fats, and they are handled
differently by the body when con-
sumed. Stearic acid, a type of sat-
urated fat found naturally in
cocoa, dairy products, meats, and
poultry, as well as palm and
coconut oils, does not raise harm-
ful LDL cholesterol but boosts
beneficial HDL cholesterol levels.
Myth: The only heart-friendly
alcohol is red wine.
Wrong. Beer, wine, and liquors
all confer the same health benefits.
The so-called French Paradox ele-
vated red wine to health-food sta-
tus when researchers thought it
was the antioxidants in the drink
that protected the wine loving
French from heart disease.
More recent research, however,
has shown that antioxidants aren't
the answer after all. Alcohol raises
levels of protective HDL, or good
cholesterol, which help protect
against plaque buildup in the arter-
ies and reduce clotting factors that
contribute to heart attack and
stroke. Any kind of beverage that
contains alcohol, when consumed
in moderation (and that means one
to two drinks a day), helps reduce
heart disease risk
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at Comedy Zone
Comedian Sinbad is performing
his old school comedy routine at the
Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road,
beginning Thursday, July 19th -
Saturday, July 21st. For tickets
and more information email
email@example.com or call
Brides Against Breast
Cancer Gown Sale
On Thursday July 19th from 6-9
p.m., Brides Against Breast Cancer
will have a gown sale at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel. Most gown prices
range between $99 and $79 and
include hundreds of name brand
and designer gowns.All forms of
payment accepted. For more infor-
mation call 588-1234.
Jazz on American
The American Beach Property
Owners Association will present
the 4th Annual American Beach
Jazz Series on the beach featuring
musical vocalist Akia Uwanda and
friends, Saturday July 21st from 5-
6 p.m.. Bring your chair, wear your
dancing shoes, come enjoy snack
foods and beverages. For more
information contact Chair J.M.
Smith at (904) 261-7906.
Griffin in Jax
Comedian Eddie Griffin will be in
concert Saturday, July 28th at the
Times Union Center for Performing
Arts, 300 W. Water Street,. For
more information call (904)
633.6110 or visit www.ticketmas-
The 4th Annual Rhythm of Gospel
Awards will take place at the
Tuesday, July 24th July 29th, the
Omni Hotel downtown. The
Awards include a variety of excit-
ing showcases, choir competitions,
pageants and achievement galas.
For more info call (210) 745-5858.
at Comedy Zone
Comedian Tommy Davidson is
performing his infamous comedic
impersonations at the Comedy
Zone, 3130 Hartley Road,
Thursday, July 26th Saturday,
July 28th. For tickets and more
information email info@comedy-
zone.com or call (904) 292-HAHA.
The Great Pirate Party
Returns to Downtown
Downtown Jacksonville will pres-
ent their 3rd Annual Pirate Party,
Saturday, July 28th, at 5:45 p.m.
until close. Pirates and pirate fans
will revel in the bars and clubs of
downtown. For more information
sonville.org or call (904) 634.0303
x 230 or visit.
The Color Purple
The Tony Award winning musical
"The Color Purple" comes to the
Jacksonville presented by Stage
Aurora Theatrical Company. The
Color Purple will hold auditions on
Saturday, July 28th from 2-6 p.m.
and Sunday, July 29th from 3- 6
p.m. Performances of The Color
Purple will run September 28th
through October 7th, 2012, week-
Bikers Against Crime
Families of Slain Children is part-
nering with various motorcycle
clubs to increase awareness of
crime in the community. Come
enjoy food, fun and games and
speakers, Monday, July 30th from
1:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., at 3108 North
Myrtle. For more information con-
tact call 683-4986 or or email
The Ritz Theater Jazz Jamm will
feature jazz artist Marion Meadows
on Saturday, August 4th at 7 and
10 p.m. Tickets are currently on
sale. Call 632-5555.
Charlie Murphy at
Comedian Charlie Murphy of the
Dave Chappell show is performing
at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley
Road, August 16 19. For tickets
and more information email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Center Health Fair
The Deen Wellness Center is pre-
senting its 1st Annual Health
Awareness Fair, Saturday, August
18th. Healthcare vendors will be
on site providing awareness, educa-
tion, exercising and good eating
habits. There will also be music,
food, prizes, motorcycle rides, pro-
fessional sports players, vendors,
blood drive and more! The event
will be held at The Abzsolute
Fitness Center, 5290-4 Norwood
Avenue, 9:00 a.m. to -3:00 p.m.
(Near Gateway across the street
from the Norwood Flea Market).
For more information contact
Venus Darling at 207-5232 .
at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held on Friday, September 7th at
7:30 pm. $5.50. Call 632-5555.
Kevin Hart in Concert
Comedian Kevin Hart will be in
concert Friday, October 12th at the
Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets
are on sale now at Ticketmaster.
14th Annual Georgia
The annual Georgia Literary
Festival will be held November 9th
and 10th in Jekyll Island, Georgia..
Featured will be U.S. Poet
Laureate, Natasha Tretheway, as
well as the state Poet Laurette, to
the festival. Now in its 14th year,
the festival focuses on authors with
Southern links and showcases the
wide range of abilities for regional
readers and writers. For more infor-
mation, visit www.georgiacenter-
forthebook.org or contact Anna
Hall at (912) 635-4046.
Deleston Foundation Offering Free
Football Camp with Former NFL Pro
Former Dallas Cowboy and Super bowl Champion, runningback
Dominique Ross will join the Miciah Deleston Foundation for Families,
Inc. to host its first annual football camp It will be held July 27 28th from
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Christian Academy, 800 Hammond Blvd.
The camp is for kids between the ages of 8 and 18 and is free and open to
the public. Participants may register by visiting
usaffundamentals.bonzidev.com/home.php or for more information call
(904) 405-0546 or email email@example.com.
Ritz Amateur Night
Seeking New Host
The Ritz Theatre and Museum in downtown Jacksonville is searching for
a new host for their monthly Amateur Night at the Ritz.
The first round of auditions will be held on Thursday, July 26 at 5:00-
6:30pm at the Ritz. From this audition, up to three finalists will advance
to the next round where they will host the September 7 Amateur Night
show. The final winners) will be announced at the October 5 Amateur
Night show. Pre-registration online is required and audition applications
will be available to download online at www.ritzjacksonville.com starting
The ideal host will: Be energetic and have an engaging and lively per-
sonality, have a great sense of humor and comic timing love to perform,
be able to speak well in front of an audience and have strong improvisa-
tional skills. For more information, call 632-5555.
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ROSS: Former Olympian
FOOTBALL and successful head coach
named new Director of
RUNDOWN Track at NC A&T.
PRESEASON FAVORITES, TOP PLAYERS
PICKED IN CIAA, SIAC AND SWAC
UNDER THE BANNER
WHATS GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
AUTRY OFFICIALLY RETIRES:
Longtime coach and administrator and current Claflin
Athletic Director, Dr. Timothy
J. Autry, has officially retired
from his position this month.
In 2005,Autry took on perhaps
the greatest challenge of his
diverse career in transitioning
Claflin from an NAIA school
to NCAA Division II. That
goal was accomplished almost
Autry four years ago but Autry still
presided as Claflin's athletics
Among his most recent accomplishments, Claflin's
men's basketball team won conference title, the volleyball
and baseball squads won divisional crowns, members of the
track team were named all-Americans and Donald Smith
became the first Panther to be drafted by a Major League
Baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, this summer.
After a stint as a high school coach in Wilmington,
Delaware, Autry served as an assistant basketball coach at
Maryland under Lefty Driesell in 1972. He later was head
coach at South Carolina State, worked at Voorhees Col-
lege for 16 years, served as commissioner of the Eastern
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1985 to 1995
and athletic director at S:G:dState for seven years, retiring
in June 2005. ,.
"It has been a truly unbelievable career for me over
the years," said Autry. "I would like to thank Dr. (Henry)
Tisdale and our Board of Trustees for entrusting this great
responsibility upon me to lead Claflin University into the
NCAA. The time has come for me to retire and pass the
reigns along. I look forward to watching the institution's
athletics rise to even greater heights."
After serving in an interim capacity, Dr. Jerome Fitch
has been named to replace Autry.
A&T GETS NEW TRACK DIRECTOR:
GREENSBORO, North Carolina A&T has an-
nounced the appointment ofDuane Ross as the new director
of track and field programs.
Ross, a former member of the U.S. Olympic team,
will oversee and run the operations of A&T's six track and
fieldprograms, including men's and women's cross country,
men's and women's indoor track and field and men's and
women's outdoor track and field.
"I am extremely excited about this opportunity and
the future of this program," said Ross. "North Carolina
A&T State University has a heritage and history that is
unmatched. I intend to keep us on that path by building
a championship program of which the administration,
faculty and staff, student-athletes and alumni can all be
Ross has spent the past five years serving as the direc-
tor of track and field programs at Division III Methodist
University in Fayetteville, N.C. During his time there,
seven Monarchs have won individual NCAA Champion-
ships. Thirty-eight Monarchs have earned All-American
honors. On 57 occasions a Monarch hasachieved aniNCAA
qualifying mark, and Methodist has won 71 individual
Mason Dixon conference championships on his watch.
The last four Mason Dixon Athletes of the Year have been
Monarchs, and the last two Cross Country Mason Dixon
Athletes of the Year were also from Methodist.
In2011 and' 12,RossearnedconsecutiveUSTFCCCA
South/Southeast Region Coach of the Year honors.
He also earned Mason Dixon Indoor and Outdoor
Coach of the Year honors in 2011. As an athlete, Ross
earned a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. He was a
silver medalist at the 2004 Olympic Trials in the men's
110 meter hurdles. He finished ninth in the 110 hurdles at
the Games in Athens, Greece in '04. Ross is a four-time
member of the U.S. World Team.
In 1995 as a member of the Clemson track and field
team, Ross won theNCAAChampionship in the 110 hurdles.
Ross received his B.S., degree in financial management
from Clemson in 1996, and he earned his M.S., degree in
physical education and sports management in 2012 from
Aspen University (Colo.).
AZEEZ Communicailons, Inc. Vol. XVIII, No. 51
Grambling, Alabama State lead SWAC choices
BIRMINGHAM, AL Defending champion
Grambling State and Alabama State were voted
by league football coaches, sports information
directors and selected media to win the West and
East Division championships respectively Mon-
day as the Southwestern Athletic Conference
announced the 2012 Preseason predicted order of
finish and all-SWAC football teams at its annual
Media Day event at the Birmingham Marriott.
Grambling, who won last year's championship
game over Alabama A&M, 16-15, was picked to
repeat in the West garnering 20 first place votes.
Prairie View A&M was second despite just one
first-place vote. Arkansas-Pine Bluff and South-
ern received two first-place votes to finish third
and fourth. Texas Southern, who is ineligible for
postseason play because of APR issues, did not
receive a first-place vote and was fifth.
There was a much tighter race for the East
preseason honors. Alabama State led the way
with 11 first-place votes. Jackson State and
Alabama A&M followed with seven first-place
votes. Alcorn State had one to finish fourth with
Mississippi Valley State in fifth.
The Media Day event saw the introduction of
new coaches DarrellAsberry at Texas Southern
and Jay Hopson atAlcorn State and Toyota as the
new corporate title sponsor of the SWAC Football
Championship Game and the Basketball Tourna-
ment. Earlier in the .week the SWAC announced
a marketing communications relationship with
French/West/Vaughn, a public relations company
out of Raleigh, N.C.
Grambling State running back Dawarence
Roberts was chosen as the preseason Offensive
Player of the Year, while Jackson State defensive
lineman Joseph LeBeau was tabbed preseason
Defensive Player of the Year.
Roberts rushed for 1,102 yards in 2011,
averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He scored eight
touchdowns and averaged 110.2 yards per game.
Meanwhile, Lebeau was ranked in the top 10 in
the SWAC in tackles last season with 75, He led
the conference in tackles for loss and fourth in
FCS with 24.5. He was also second in the FCS in
sacks with 16. In addition to his SWAC preseason
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SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
laurels, Lebeau is aBSN 2012 Preseason 1 stTeam
All-American and is on the CFPApreseason watch
list, In 2011, he was named SWAC Newcomer
of the Year.
SWAC PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. Grambling State (20) 119 points
2. Prairie View A&M (1) 82 points
3. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2) 69 points
4. Southern (2) 54 points
5. Texas Southern 51 points
1. Alabama State (11) 108 points
2. Jackson State (7) 95 points
3. Alabama A&M (7) 94 points
4. Alcorn State (1)42 points
5. Mississippi Valley 36 points
2012 PRESEASON ALL-SWAC
QB Deaunte Mason, SR, Alabama A&M
RB Kaderious Lacey, SR, Alabama A&M
RB Dawrence Roberts, Grambling State
WR Rico Richardson, SR, Jackson State
WR Spencer Nelson, SR, Prairie View
TE E.J. Drewery, SR, Jackson State
OL Jamal Johnson-Webb, SR, Alabama A&M
OL Terren Jones, SR, Alabama State
OL Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
OL Sanford Banks, Grambling State
OL Zion Pyatt, SR, Jackson State
DL Joseph LeBeau, SR, Jackson State
DL Carlton Jones, JR, Alabama State
DL Ryan Love, SR, Prairie View
DL Devon Carter, Grambling State
LB Todd Wilcher, Jackson State
LB Raheem Cardwell, Prairie View
LB Jacarde Carter, Grambling State
DB Kejuan Riley, ALST
DB Qua Cox, Jackson State
DB Saeed Lee, Alabama State
DB Vernon Marshall, Alabama A&M
PK Chance Wilson, Alabama A&M
Photo by Edison Hogan
FRESH BLOOD: Texas Southern head coach Dar-
rellAsberry (above) andAlcorn State's Jay Hopson
are the two new head men in the SWAC.
P Bobby Wenzig, Alabama State
RET Terrance Lewis, Alcorn State
QB Greg Jenkins, SR, Alabama State
RB Arnold Walker, JR, Alcorn State
RB Trey Bateaste, SR, Mississippi Valley State
WR G'Alonzo Milton, SR, Alabama A&M
WR T.C. McWilliams, SR, Alabama State
TE Mike Berry, Southern
OL Clint Marsh, Grambling
OL Stephen Capler, SR, Jackson State
OL Tre Glover, SO, Prairie View
OL Chris Browne, Southern
OL Justin Goodrich, JR, Alabama A&M
DL Leployer Franklin, JR, Mississippi Valley St.
DL Johnathan Billups, SR, Jackson State
DL Jarvis Wilson, Prairie View A&M
DL Tim Tillman, Alabama A&M
LB Bill Ross, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
LB Brandon Slater, Alabama State
LB Jer-ryan Harris, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
DB Naquan Smith, Grambling State
DB Virgil Williams, Southern
DB Casey Freeman, Alcom State
DB Tyree Hollins, Grambling State
PK Carlos Sanchez, Mississippi Valley State
P Fabian Carter, Grambling State
RET B.J. Lee, Jackson State
Defending SIAC champion Miles, led by first
team quarterback David Thomas and first team
running back Jordan Lewis, has been picked by
conference coaches in the preseason to win the
West Division and face East Division favorite
Morehouse in the Nov. 10 SIAC Championsjhip
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The conference unveiled preseason selections
for the 2012 football season Tuesday afternoon in
Atlanta at the Occasions Event Center, the second
of four black college conference preseason football
events held this week.
Miles was picked ahead of Tuskegee and
Stillman in the West, garnering five first-place
votes. Tuskegee got three votes for the top spot
and Stillman had one.
Miles, who was 7-4 overall a year ago, finished
last year as the top team in the West and defeated
East Division champion Albany State, 20-17, in
the first SIAC Championship Game.
Morehouse finished behind Albany State in
the East last season but was picked to dethrone
the Golden Rams on the strength of an attack led
by first team running back David Carter.
The Maroon Tigers, led by head coach Rich
Freeman, polled five first-place votes. Albany
State had four with Clark Atlanta getting the
final vote for the top spot.
Miles leads with nine players selected to the
first and second team all-SIAC preseason squad.
Morehouse andAlbany State placed eight players
on the team.
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. Morehouse 1. Miles.
2. Albany State 2. Tuskegee
3. Fort Valley State 3. Stillman
4. Clark Atlanta 4. Kentucky State
5. Benedict. ,.8,.- Lva '. .
1st Team OFFENSE
SR Ft. Valley State
SR Albany State
SR Albany State
SR Albany State
SR Kentucky State
SO Albany State
SR Kentucky State
1st Team SPECIAL TEAMS
Orian Ponder SO Albany State
Mark Hughes SR Tuskegee
Alej. Perez-Huerta SR Stillman
Gene Moody JR Tuskegee
2nd Team OFFENSE
SR Albany State
SO Fort Valley State
SO Albany State
SO Clark Atlanta
SR Fort Valley State
JR Fort Valley State
JR Kentucky State
2nd Team DEFENSE
Adontavius Turner SR Tuskegee
Vauchard Goodridge SR Clark Atlanta
Aaron Bennett JR Tuskegee
Dyrell Porcha SO Benedict
Terry Horton JR. Kentucky State
Elijah Anderson JR Morehouse
JacQuan Persley JR Kentucky State
Grandson Brown SR Kentucky State
ustin Farrell SO Miles
Ronrico Dunn SO Stillman
Martin Epps JR Benedict
2nd Team SPECIAL TEAMS
Adrian Alexander SO Albany State
Travis Richmond SO Fort Valley State
Cade Berryman SO Kentucky State
Kemuel Lawrence JR Clark Atlanta
Duncan Pope SO Kentucky State
WSSU, Elizabeth City pegged for CIAA honors
Winston-Salem State and Elizabeth City
State, who won the CIAA South and North Divi-
sion football titles respectively a year ago were
chosen by league coaches to meet again for the
championship in the 2012 season.
The conference released the results Thursday
during its annual Kickoff Luncheon at Virginia
State University dubbed "CIAA Football: One
Last season, WSSU beat ECSU 22-17 in the
regular season and again in the league title game,
38-18, enroute to winning 13 straight games before
falling in the NCAA Div. II national semifinals to
Connell Maynor's WSSU Rams were
the faraway leader placing seven players on the
preseason all-conference team led by senior quar-
terback Kameron Smith on offense and junior
linebacker Carlos Fields on defense.
ECSU, under head coach Waverly Tillar,
placed only three players on the preseason team.
The Vikings selections were led by senior running
back Daronte McNeill, who rushed for over 1,600
yards and scored 23 touchdowns a year ago and
defensive lineman Brad Davis.
Bowie State, who placed two players on
the all-CIAA team, was picked to finish behind
ECSU in the North. Virginia State, Virginia Union,
Chowan and Lincoln filled out the North roster.
St. Augustine's, Fayetteville State, Shaw,
Johnson C. Smith and Livingstone were picked
behind WSSU in the South.
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PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
Elizabeth City State
Johnson C. Smith
Elizabeth City State
Johnson C. Smith
ALL-CIAA FOOTBALL TEAM
TE Khari Lee
OL OgheneMaro Erhie
OL Rico Arellano
OL Kyle Catterton
OL Markus Lawrence
OL Daven Gray
WR Robert Holland
WR Tyron Laughinghouse
QB Kameron Smith
RB Daronte McNeill
RB Jerell Washington
PK Alejandro Suarez
KR Terry Anderson
DL Brad Davis
DL Derrick Johnson, III.
DL Tim Green
DL Shonquez Nelson
LB Tyheim Pitt
LB Chaz Robinson
LB Carlos Fields, II.
DB Nigel Rios
DB Joshua Scales
DB Darnell Evans
DB Malcolm Rowe
P Landen Thayer
PR Tyron Laughinghouse
0 FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 17 23, 2012
Miles, Morehouse atop SIAC preseason picks
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time to time We continue to share with you some of the many memories that have shaped our publication.
Pastor John Guns with former JSO police officer Ken
Jefferson marching for justice with supporters through the
northside to bring awareness to violence.
Former City Councilwoman Gwen Yates
and Hazel Yates enjoying a celebration.
Carol Alexander celebrating the Ritz Theatre restoration at
the theater's grand opening as Michael Munz looks on.
Blacksonville.com business partners Michael Jones and
Jermyn Shannon-El making their rounds promoting websites
and the entrepreneurial spirit in Jacksonville.
Philanthropists Barbara and Carlton Jones
Rev. Newton and Derya Williams
Elreese and Gloria Peterson
Jacksonville Jaguar Tony Brackens and Aleizha Batson
Mrs. Ernestine Bivens shares a moment with
her pastor, Dr. Landon Williams.
TPC Champion Calvin Peete with his wife Pepper Peete
Pastor Rudolph McKissick, Sr. with speaker Alvin Brown
and Dr. Orrin Mitchell at an EWC graduation.
Charles Scantling "making it happen" while promoting
his Introtainment magazine at a Black Expo.
Negroe League Baseball great Buck O'Neil with Charles
Griggs at the Trumpet Awards in Atlanta, Georgia.
Shown above at a YMCA Black Achievers event in a
circa 2001 photo are (L-R) Dr. and Mrs. Ezekiel Bryant,
Dr. Emma Moran and Pop Alexander.
July 19-25, 2012
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Shown above(L-R) are Collette Baker, twin educators and TV actresses Leslie Ousley and Lauren Ousley
and entrepreneur Jeremiah D. Young, of 3Elements Concierge Services.
New Talk Show to Debut on the First Coast
Sitting on the set with her guests is Collete Baker, host of the new daytime talk show River City Today. On
Friday, July 13th Collette and her co-host Michelle Miller taped their "pilot" episode at Bahama Breeze restau-
rant at the St. Johns Town Center. The show focuses on information, conversation, fashion and fun around the river
city.The show is also locally produced by RSVP Productions in conjunction with Krystal Faye Productions. For
updates on the show and the next studio audience taping, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook/rivercityto-
day.com or call 738-7487.
How Did Blacks Travel During Segregation?
The Negro Motorist Green Book was helpful for navigating Jim
by Nsenga Burton
In 1936 a Harlem postal worker
and activist named Victor H. Green
decided to develop a guide that
would help African Americans trav-
el throughout the country in a safe
and comfortable manner. The
Negro Motorist Green Book (also
called The Negro Travelers' Green
Book), often simply known as The
Green Book, identified places that
welcomed black people during an
era when Jim Crow laws and de
facto segregation made it difficult
for them to travel domestically
without fear of racial backlash.
The Green Book listed businesses
and places of interest such as night-
clubs, beauty salons, barbershops,
gas stations and garages that
catered to black road-trippers. For
almost three decades, travelers
could request (for just 10 cents"
postage) and receive a guide from
Green. Eventually the guide
expanded to encompass informa-
tion about Canada and Mexico.
Like users of today's popular rec-
ommendation sites such as
TripAdvisor, travelers collected
information during their journeys,
which they shared with Green and
his team of editors. The data were
then incorporated into future edi-
tions. "Historically, The Green
Book falls in line with the underre-
ported activism of black postal
workers and the heightened aware-
ness of driving while black in cer-
tain regions of the country," says
Robert Smith, associate professor
of African-American and civil
rights history at the University of
many think of this book in histori-
cal terms, the challenges facing
black travelers then resonate with
black travelers now, particularly as
it relates to racial profiling and
The Green Book has recently
been rediscovered in popular cul-
ture. Atlanta playwright Calvin
Alexander Ramsey wrote a play
entitled The Green Book, in which
a black military officer and his wife
stay in a "tourist home" (private
homes identified as safe places for
travel) with a Holocaust survivor on
the eve of a speech being given by
W.E.B. Du Bois in Jefferson City,
Mo. Ramsey also published a chil-
dren's book, Ruth and the Green
Book, illustrated by legendary artist
Floyd Cooper that follows a young
girl's journey with her family in an
expensive car from Chicago to
In a New York Times article,
Ramsey recalled having to pack a
big lunch when his family traveled
from Baltimore to Roxboro, N.C.,
so they would-
n't have to
stop along the .. .
way. Food Af
historian R 'OA nOW
Book in a
Soul .- .
Food Junkies. .
Harris shared that the guide high-
lighted not only safe places but also
the best places to eat and to find
soul food while traveling. Some of
the locations mentioned in the
books are still standing today. But
not surprisingly, many, if not most,
of the businesses no longer exist.
As expected, in many cities the
YWCA and YMCA allowed blacks
to stay there during travel, business
and college matriculation, but what
was unexpected was the drop in the
number of businesses identified as
safe in some cities from the 1949
version to the 1956 version. For
example, Columbia, S.C., had 35
businesses listed in the 1949 ver-
sion of the guide but only 12 in the
For the 1956 edition, Green and
his editorial staff may have decided
to be more discerning in the places
that they identified as "safe," pay-
ing closer attention to the quality of
the accommodations available. A
number of other factors could also
explain the lower number, includ-
ing post-World War II industrializa-
tion, increased costs associated
with retail merchants associations,
the Great Migration and fallout
over the continued struggle over
civil rights in the U.S.
Most of the businesses in The
Green Book don't include captions,
so in 2012 the book
S raises many more
questions than it
Wa/y answers -- making
]i tracing the locales a
W worthwhile pursuit,
f- ^particularly along
famous routes (i.e.,
Route 66, the Pacific
Coast Highway and the
Blue Ridge Parkway)
but also on some lesser-
known ones (such as the
Lincoln Highway and
the Blue and Gray Trail).
If tourists and history
buffs are willing to re-cre-
ate Civil War battles or
trace the Trail of Tears,
then it would also seem worthwhile
to spend some time finding out
which locales in The Green Book
are still standing or which establish-
ments have taken their place. With
the help of augmented-reality apps
and the forthcoming Google
Goggles, a lot of passion and a
strong interest in black history,
plotting a Green Book path during
your summer travels is now much
easier than Victor Green could
probably ever have imagined.
Nsenga Burton also writes for
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The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention announced a new
national campaign Monday to
remove the stigma associated with
HIV and AIDS and to end compla-
cency about the epidemic.
"In the fight against HIV, stigma
and complacency are among our
most insidious opponents," said
Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of
CDC's National Center for
HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD
and TB Prevention. "This cam-
paign reminds us that HIV
affects every comer of soci-
ety, and that it will take
every one of us regardless
of HIV status, gender, race
or sexual orientation work-
The "Let's Stop HIV
Together" campaign is being
kicked off with outdoor and
transit advertising in six
cities heavily impacted by
HIV: Atlanta, Dallas, Los
Angeles, New Orleans, New
York City and Washington,
D.C. Another 21 cities are
scheduled to be added
before the end of the year,
CDC officials said.
The initiative, announced
a week before delegates to
the International AIDS
Conference assemble in the
nation's capital, is part of a
CDC's Act Against AIDS
project, a 5-year national .-.
designed to raise awareness -
of the HIV crisis in the U.S.
"Stigma remains a major barrier
to HIV testing, condom use and
other preventive strategies,"
explained Dr. Jonathan Mermin,
director of CDC's Division of
HIV/AIDS Prevention. "It also
discourages those living with HIV
from seeking the care and treat-
ment they need to stay healthy and
avoid transmitting HIV to others."
According to the CDC, there are
approximately 1.1 million
-Americans-living with HIV/AIDS
in the United States, including
approximately 510,000 African-
Americans. Blacks are dispropor-
tionately affected by HIV/AIDS, a
pattern that has deepened over
*Although Blacks represent only
12 percent or the U.S. population,
they accounted for 44 percent of
all new HIV infections in 2009
and are 44 percent of all people
living with HIV;
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*The rate of new AIDS diag-
noses per 100,000 among Black
adults was about 10 times that of
Whites in 2010. The rate for Black
men (75.6) was the highest of any
group, followed by African-
American women (33.7). The rate
among White men was only 9.1;
*Black women accounted for 57
percent of all new HIV infections
among women in 2009 and 64 per-
cent of all new AIDS diagnoses
among.women. In 200, .85 per-
cent of Black women were infect-
ed through heterosexual activities
*Although Black teenagers rep-
resented only 15 percent of U.S.
teens in 2010, they accounted for
70 percent of all new AIDS diag-
noses among teens.
A survey by the Kaiser Family
Foundation in 2009 found that
Blacks were six times more likely
to be very concerned about
becoming infected with HIV than
Whites (38 percent to 6 per-
artist, cent). That same survey
SHIV showed than many miscon-
ceptions about HIV still
For example, 27 percent
of those interviewed
thought HIV could be trans-
- mitted by sharing a drink-
ing glass, 17 percent though
the virus could be transmit-
ted by touching a toilet seat
and 14 percent believed
they could become infected
by being in the same swim-
ming poor with someone
HIV-positive. Of course,
I none of this is true.
The new campaign fea-
tures people living with
AIDS standing with friends
and relatives as they urge
* Americans to join the fight
against the disease.
In one ad, Jamar Rogers,
a semifinalist on NBC's
singing competition, "The
Voice," who disclosed that
he is HIV-positive. He is
pictured with his mother, Danielle
proclaiming, "I am a devoted son,
a singer, and an artist. And I am
living with HIV. In large, red ink is
the inscription, "Let's stop HIV
In the video version, Jamar says,
"I'm healthy today because of the
love and support of my mother,
family and friends, who gave me
the courage to get the care and
treatment that will keep me
singing for decades to come."
Consumers Being Duped With Utility Scams
Claiming Government Grant Will Pay Your Bills
National Campaign Launched
to End the Stigma of HIV
As much as President Barack
Obama wants your vote, he's not
actually offering to pay your
But thousands of Americans have
been persuaded otherwise, falling
victim to a fast-moving scam that
claims to be part of an Obama
administration program to help pay
utility bills in the midst of a scorch-
The scheme spread quickly
across the nation in recent weeks
with help from victims who unwit-
tingly shared it on social media
sites before realizing they had been
conned out of personal information
such as Social Security, credit card
and checking account numbers.
"No one knows who is behind
this," said Katherine Hutt, spokes-
woman for the Council of Better
Business Bureaus in Arlington, Va.
"We're pretty concerned. It seems to
have really taken off."
People from all comers of the
country report being duped, from
New Jersey to California,
Wisconsin to Florida and all parts in
The scam benefits from being
cleverly executed and comes at a
time when air conditioners in much
of the country are running around
the clock to tame record-high tem-
Here's how it works: Victims
receive an automated phone call
informing them of the nonexistent
utility program that will supposedly
pay up to $1,000. There have also
been reports of the hoax spreading
by text message, flyers left at
homes and even personal visits.
Victims are told that all they have
to do is provide their personal infor-
mation. In exchange, they are given
a bank routing number and check-
ing account number to provide their
utility company when making a
The swindle works because the
payments with the fake bank
account number are initially accept-
ed. Only when the payments are
processed hours or days later is the
fake number caught and rejected.
But by then, victims have told
friends about the offer, posted it
online and, most important, turned
over personal information that
could allow con artists to dip into
their bank accounts or steal their
There's no way to accurately
measure how many people have
been affected, "but this one feels
like it's pretty widespread," Hutt
Taneisha Morris' sister was
drawn into the hoax after a friend
received a text promising federal
assistance with her bills. The sister
sent the information to Morris, a
Detroit woman who is unemployed
after losing her job as a manager at
a KFC restaurant.
Morris quickly took advantage,
providing her Social Security num-
ber and asking for $187 toward her
DirecTV bill and $800 toward what
she owed DTE Energy, a Michigan
"It was very disappointing to
me," Morris said Thursday after
learning she had been deceived.
"They shouldn't do that to people. I
just lost my job in February, so it's
very hard for me to come up with
It wasn't clear whether law
enforcement agencies were investi-
gating. A message left with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation in
Washington was not immediately
The first reports of the hoax sur-
faced in the spring and spiked in
May and early July. Utilities and
Better Business Bureau offices
swiftly issued warnings.
"We see a lot of door-to-door
scams," Hutt said. "It is somewhat
unusual to see one that's so well
tied-together. There could be copy-
cats in there. We're not entirely
sure. At this point it's probably
more than one scammer."
Victims appear to be concentrat-
ed in New Jersey, where about
10,000 customers of Public Service
Electric & Gas were conned. The
first complaints arrived in May, but
the bulk of them came over a six-
day period in late May and early
June, company spokeswoman
Bonnie Sheppard said.
The scam quickly grew as vic-
tims shared the word on social
media, "thinking it was a legitimate
federally sponsored program,"
Sheppard said. "And of course, that
can become confusing because
there are legitimate federally spon-
There have been numerous other
Entergy Corp. said in May that
about 2,000 of its customers had
been affected, mainly in Louisiana
but also in Texas.
Another 2,000 people, cus-
tomers of TECO Energy, which
covers the Tampa area, fell victim
earlier this month.
About 1,500 Duke Energy
customers in the Carolinas and a
few in its Midwestern states were
duped, company spokeswoman
Paige Layne said.
Atmos Energy, one of the
country's largest natural gas distrib-
utors, issued a warning in May to its
3.2 million customers in 12 states
after about 300 customers in
Mississippi reported being conned,
company spokeswoman Jennifer
Ryan said. Atmos sent out a second
warning in July.
"It's gaining some ground," Ryan
said of the ruse.
Between 90 and 100 bogus
payments came into Alliant Energy
Corp., which serves about 1 million
people in southern Wisconsin, most
of Iowa and southern Minnesota,
spokesman Scott Reigstad said.
The Better Business Bureau and
others are warning people not to
share personal information unless
they have initiated the contact and
are confident in other person.
"We try to make this as easy and
quick to grasp for anyone," said
Janet Hart with the BBB in the
Carolinas. "Never give out your
personal information to someone
who calls you."
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