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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
April 4, 2013


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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."
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N.C. Removing Confederate

Flag From Old State Capitol
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A Confederate battle flag hung inside the old
North Carolina State Capitol to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil
War is being taken down after civil rights leaders raised concerns.
The flag was part of an historical display intended to replicate how
the antebellum building appeared in 1863. The flag had been planned
to hang in the House chamber until April 2015, the 150th anniversary
of the arrival of federal troops in Raleigh.
The exhibit that includes the Confederate battle flag will be relocat-
ed, possibly across the street to the N.C. Museum of History.
The presentation of the Confederate battle flag at state government
buildings has long been an issue of debate throughout the South. For
more than a decade, the NAACP has urged its members to boycott
South Carolina because of that state's display of the flag on the State
House grounds.

Judge Denies Bond for Kilpatrick
DETROIT, MI- A federal judge has denied a request by ex-Detroit
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to be released on bond while he awaits sen-
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds made the bond denial decision
on Wednesday. She cited Kilpatrick's criminal record and history of
problems adhering to parole conditions.
A lawyer for Kilpatrick had argued that his client isn't a flight risk or
a danger to the public. Kilpatrick also has complained that he needs to
leave prison so he can receive treatment for a knee injury.
Kilpatrick's mother, former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick,
had offered her Detroit home as collateral to ensure her son shows up
to court for sentencing.
A federal jury on March 11 found Kilpatrick and his friend Bobby
Ferguson guilty on multiple counts, including racketeering conspiracy.
Former Steubenville NAACP President Blames Rape Victim

Former Steubenville NAACP

President Blames Rape Victim
The outrageous victim blaming continues in the Steubenville rape
case that shook the small Ohio town. Former Steubenville NAACP
President Royal Mayo has added himself to the list of people who
need to re-evaluate their flawed thought process on rape that excuses
the rapists' behavior.
Mayo placed blame on the 16-year-old girl who was raped by Trent
Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond and said she was drunk and willing to
partake in the incident, according to the International Business Times.
The two Steubenville High School students, Mays and Richmond,
were sentence to at least a year in juvenile jail on March 17.
Mayo also believes there were other teens involved in the incident
that got off because they were "well-connected."

Gun Violence Determined by Race
When it comes to gun violence in the United States, there are some
patterns that have emerged that are shaped by race, according to an
analysis by the Washington Post.
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indi-
cates that African-Americans are likelier to be shot by another person
and that white Americans are more likely to shoot themselves.
The data revealed that a white person is five times as likely to com-
mit suicide with a gun as to be shot with a gun. On the other hand, for
every Black American who uses a gun to commit suicide, five are
killed by other people with guns.
The analysis also reveals that gun violence in urban areas most often
results in homicide and that suicide by firearms is more common in
rural areas of the country. It also said that the states with the most guns
per capital, like Montana and Wyoming, are most likely to have high-
er suicide rates.
The analysis also revealed that there are strong differences in views
regarding gun control by race. African-Americans 75 percent of
those surveyed are more likely to support stringent gun control
measures. That compares with about 50 percent of white respondents.

Serena and Tiger are Both No. 1
Serena Williams and Tiger Woods are back in a place familiar to
them. Both Williams and Woods have reclaimed their status in their
respective worlds of tennis and golf. Both athletes have reclaimed
their No. 1 global rankings in their sports. For Woods, it's been an
uphill battle for the past few years, as he's had to carry the weight of
domestic problems.
For Williams, it was a series of injuries that took her down. But now,
both Williams and Woods are back at the top. Williams, the best ten-
nis player in the world. Woods, the best golfer in his world.
The journey back to the top was not an easy one. Woods, who has
won three tournaments this year, reached No.1 with his win at the
Arnold Palmer Invitational. Now it's on to the Masters next month at
the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
Williams reached the semi-finals at the Sony Open in Key Biscayne,
Fla. She overcame Li Na with a win as she reached the semi-finals of
a tournament she has already won five times. So as Woods continues
his preparation for the Masters, Serena will want to make sure she
doesn't duplicate the men's No. 1 in the world, Novak Djokovic, who
was stunningly upset in the fourth round.

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America's Promise: School to Prison

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Two students set off fire alarms in
the same school district. One of
them, an African-American kinder-
gartner, is suspended for five days;
the other, a white ninth-grader, is
suspended for one day.
An African-American high-
schooler is suspended for a day for
using a cellphone and an iPod in
class. In the same school, a white

student with a similar dis-
ciplinary history gets
detention for using head-
Two middle-schoolers
S push each other; the white
student receives a three-
day, in-school suspension,
S while the Native American
student is arrested and sus-
pended, for 10 days.
Civil rights groups have been
saying for years that school disci-
pline is not meted out fairly, citing
examples like these reported last
year from around the country by the
US Department of Education.
High rates of suspensions and
expulsions for certain groups par-
ticularly African-Americans,

Hispanics, and those with disabili-
ties are evident in national data
from the Department of Education's
Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
Data from 72,000 American pub-
lic schools in the 2009-10 school
year, for example, show that while
African-Americans make up 18
percent of the students in this large
sample, they account for 46 percent
of students suspended more than
once, 39 percent of students
expelled, and 36 percent of students
arrested on campus.
White students, by contrast, rep-
resent 29 percent of multiple sus-
pensions and 33 percent of expul-
sions but 51 percent of the stu-
School leaders have to maintain a

safe environment for learning, and
about 4 in 10 teachers and adminis-
trators surveyed recently by
Education Week said out-of-school
suspensions and expulsions are an
effective way to do that. Some
expulsions have even been mandat-
ed by law, particularly when a stu-
dent brings a gun to school.
Yet increasingly, "we're seeing
suspensions for things that used to
be considered typical adolescent
behavior and were dealt with in less
harsh ways within the school sys-
tem," says Jim Eichner, managing
director of programs for the
Advancement Project, a national
civil rights group in Washington.
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Author Shares Intimate Details to Help Others 'Walk Through Pain'

book details her trying story of
molestation, child abuse, love and
., family in a self help format to assist
others. Allen, a graduate of Andrew
Jackson High School takes you on
S :' an intimate journey leaving you
feeling the burden of pain that has
weighed her down while embracing
the empowering spirit that renewed
her. The up-close and personal book
signing took place at The Peak
Center on San Jose blvd. Guests
/ were feted with a dinner from Chef
Mo of One Taste Catering and a
door prize raffle. Attendees listened
to the author read excerpts from the
book and experience an interactive
atmosphere followed by supporters
and family members who spoke
regarding her journey and the
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Mentor Marie Heath remarked
from the podium, "Sheryl is a very
smart lady. I've help Sheryl in
many ways. Now it's time for
Sheryl to let go to receive her bless-
Allen stated, "I wrote down my
pain to release my past and to help
heal my future. I know by sharing
Seated is Author Sheryl Allen, 1-r Glorious Johnson, Jacqueline Wade-Donatien, Tangie McCray, Elder my life story, I will help to make
Wayne Williams, Nathan L. Devoe and Shawn Mitchell-Devoe. another person whole."
Author Sheryl Allen unveiled her new book, "Walking Through Your Pain" at a book signing dinner. The

Lawyer: Official Regrets Involvement in Baby Case

official charged with interfering
with the police investigation of a
baby's slaying in coastal Georgia
made a mistake when he tried to
help a teen suspect's mother but
believes he committed no crimes,
his defense attorney said.
The arrest of Brunswick city
commissioner James Henry Brooks
added another wrinkle to a case that
was already tough to fathom.
Authorities say a teenage gunman
and his younger accomplice on
March 21 tried to rob a woman
pushing her 13-month-old baby in a
stroller near their home. When
Sherry West refused to give them
money, police say, the gunman shot
her in the leg before shooting her
child in the face.
Brooks, who serves as mayor pro
tem on the four-member city com-
mission, was arrested last week on
charges of obstructing a police offi-
cer and interfering with a witness.

Brooks attorney Alan David
Tucker said both charges stemmed
from a single encounter. Brooks had
attended a court hearing for 17-
year-old De'Marquise Elkins, the
murder suspect accused of shooting
the baby, and was accompanying
the teen's mother.
When a police officer tried to talk
to Karimah Elkins after the hearing,
Brooks stepped in between them,
Tucker said.
"He told her, 'Don't make any
statements until you have an attor-
ney,'" Tucker said. "That's what he
did. I tell clients all the time don't
talk to the police without a lawyer
and it's not a crime."
Ajudge granted him $5,000 bond
after a night in jail.
Elkins' family rushed to the sus-
pect after he and another teen, 15-
year-old Dominique Lang, were
charged the day after the slaying.
Elkins' aunt insisted he was having
breakfast at her house when the

shooting occurred.
Tucker said the commissioner at
first believed the family that police
were rushing to prosecute Elkins
and wanted to help. That was before
the mom and De'Marquise Elkins'
older sister, Sabrina Elkins, were
charged with evidence tampering.
Prosecutors say they tried to dis-
pose of a .22-caliber revolver,
which police suspect was used to
shoot the baby, by dumping it in a
saltwater pond where investigators
found the weapon.
Elkins' mother and his aunt,
Katrina Elkins, have also been
charged with making false state-
ments to police. Prosecutors say the
women gave false and conflict-
ing alibis for the suspect.
"They're constituents of
Commissioner Brooks' and he went
to bat for them" before the women
were charged, Tucker said.
"Unfortunately he picked the wrong
ones to go to bat for."

17 year old Demarquise Elkins
The commissioner has other legal
problems that aren't connected to
the baby killing. Last week Camden
County indicted Brooks on racket-
eering and other charges saying he
abused his elected office by getting
applicants for police jobs, liquor
licenses and permits to pay him in
exchange for his help influencing
other officials. Tucker said Brooks
did nothing illegal.
Attorneys for De'Marquise
Elkins and Lang say have both said
their clients are innocent.

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Getting it Right: Figuring Your Future Income

The more distant your retirement,
the more cautious your estimates
should be.
A generation or two ago, would-be
retirees were told to picture their fu-
ture income as a three legged stool.
One leg was employer pension and
others was Social Security, and the
third was personal saving and invest-
ments. These days with the decline of
traditional, defined benefits pension
plans, many of us have wobbly, two
legged tools at best. Others are nail-
ing on a new leg with income from
part-time work.
Regardless of how many legs your
retirement stool might have, here are
some things you'll probably want to
take into account.
Your pension: Though traditional
pensions are fading from the scene in
the U.S., reports of their death have
been greatly exaggerated. In a recent
survey of Consumer Reports Online
subscribers, 87 percent of retirees re-
ported having a traditional pension.
Among the pre-retires we surveyed,

the percentage was smaller-54-but
still pretty respectable.
Even so, given the fiscal
woes of the public sector and turbu-
lence in the private one, if you're due
a pension from almost any type of
employer, don't take it for granted.
Rick Kahler, a fee-only financial
planner in Rapid City, S.D., recently
told me that in his income projections
for clients under age 50, he includes
only 80 percent of their promised
pension benefit. If things work out
well and the get the full 100 percent,
they will simply have some extra in-
come to play with.
If you're still working and haven't
taking your pension, your employer
should be providing information on
the value of your account at least
once every three years. You can find
out more by contacting the plan's ad-
Your Social Security. As I expect
you know, the longer you wait to take
Social Security (up to age 70), the
higher your benefits will be For ex-

ample, if your so-called full retire-
ment age is 66, you'll get an extra 8
percent in benefits for each year you
delay after that. What's more, your
future cost-of-living adjustments will
also be greater, since they will be
multiplied against a bigger base
amount. That obviously argues for
delaying benefits if you're in decent
health and have enough other income
to support yourself.
Of course, now that Social
Security is tangled up in the political
wrangle over government spending,
it is possible that the program could
become stingier for future benefici-
My guess is that people already in
retirement or within, say, 10 years of
it are likely to be spared any cutbacks
unless they suddenly stop voting in

large numbers. If you're younger
than that, stay tuned. Just as Kahler
plays it safe with his pension income
estimates, he figures on 80 percent of
today's promised Social Security
Benefits for anybody under 50. To
find out what you're entitled to, at
least as things now stand, use the So-
cial Security Estimator at ssa.gov.
Your saving and investments.
Whatever money you've managed to
set aside during your years, whether
in conventional accounts or tax ad-
vantaged ones like individual retire-
ment accounts or 401 (k)s, it will be
ripe for the spending once you retire.
In fact, once you've passed age 70 /2
you'll be required to start withdraw-
ing money from any tax advantage
account (except for Roths) using the
Internal Revenue Service's official

Required Minimum Distribution
Worksheet available at irs.gov.
For some years now, financial
planners have suggested that taking
no more than 4 percent a year from
your investment accounts should
allow them to last a lifetime. More
recently, that guideline has come
under increased scrutiny, with many
planners, like Kahler, opting for more
conservative numbers, such as 3 per-
cent or even 2 V2 percent. That could
prove to be a bit tricky for those of us
who have the bulk of our wealth in
tax advantaged accounts. The current
IRS worksheet has us taking out 3.65
percent in year 1, and the percentage
only goes up from there. One option
would be to withdraw what you've
requested to be law, set aside the per-
centage you've decided on for spend-

ing and reinvest the rest.
Your work Income. Working in re-
tirement has many things going for it,
both financial and social, though ac-
tually getting a job, even a part-time
one, could be more difficult than
many of today's retirement gurus
blithely suggest. Let's assume how-
ever, that it's possible. One revealing
way to look at that income is to con-
sider how much money you'd need
to have in investments to produce the
same amount. For example, every
$1,000 of income you earn is the
equivalent of having another $25,000
invested, assuming you tapped it at
the familiar 4 percent withdrawal
rate. At a 3 percent withdraw rate, it's
like having an extra $33,333. Person-
ally, I'm already practicing my cross-
ing guard moves......just in case.

Estate Planning 101:

Don't Wait for Probate

by Marlene Cooper
I was first introduced to the court
proceeding called "probate" as a re-
sult of a frantic call I received soon
after I began practicing law. The
caller, a real estate agent, was han-
dling an escrow and found that the
sale couldn't be completed because
the seller (his client) didn't have
title to the property. Unfortunately,
the property in question was still in
the name of the seller's mother who
had died several years earlier. Be-
cause the seller didn't have title, the
escrow couldn't be completed, the
real estate agent lost his commis-
sion, and the matter had to be taken
to court before any further action
could be taken with respect to the
Many people who have inherited
real estate are surprised to learn that
they must go through probate in
order to legally transfer the prop-
erty into their name. They usually
learn of their need for probate only
after they have decided to sell the
property or borrow against it.
When they find out that the average
probate takes 15 months to com-
plete, they are disappointed that
their plans have to be put on hold.
Then, when they find out what pro-
bate costs, they are shocked. For
the average home in Los Angeles
County, now valued at $350,000,
probate costs can exceed $25,000!
Even those that are aware that
they must go through probate put it
off for various reasons primarily
the cost, time, and/or "hassle" in-
volved in a court proceeding. How-
ever, procrastination can lead to
unforeseen problems down the
road. For example, a person who
inherits a piece of property might
think that the property is worth a

certain amount and has made big
plans for the future based on the an-
ticipated inheritance. However, the
individual may not be aware of
creditors or other heirs that have a
legitimate claim to the property
until their claim is revealed through
the probate process. In one case I
know about, a person was sharing
in the rental income from the prop-
erty for years, but when the probate
was completed it revealed that the
person sharing in the rental income
had no legal claim to the property
at all.
When probate procrastination
goes on for years, it becomes a
huge problem to sort out the vari-
ous interests in the property. Many
of us have heard of instances where
a family inherited property "down
South" a long time ago, never went
through probate and now there are
so many relatives involved that it
seems hopeless and not worth any
one person's time and effort to get
the title issues resolved.
Of course the best solution to
probate problems is to avoid pro-
bate altogether through a living
trust. A forward-thinking property
owner would do well to save his or
her heirs the time, expense and
"hassle" of probate. If, on the other
hand, you are that unfortunate heir
who is faced with probate, it is best
do it sooner rather than later.
2013 by Marlene S. Cooper.
All rights reserved. (Marlene S.
Cooper, a graduate of UCLA, has
been an attorney for over 30 years.
Her practice is focused entirely on
estate planning, estate administra-
tion and probate. You may obtain
further information at www.mar-
lenecooperlaw.com, by e-mail at

Edith, in her 80's, had dementia by
the time her daughter Mildred dis-
covered a troubling fact. Edith had
never granted anyone power of attor-
ney, the legal authority to act in her
Edith's bank and brokerages re-
fused to take her instructions because
of her condition. Mildred didn't co-
own her mother's accounts, so the
banks wouldn't cooperate with her,
either. With Edith now unable to as-
sign power of attorney, Mildred had
to petition a court to appoint her
guardian of her own mother. (Their
last names have been withheld to
protect their privacy.)

"This process was costly both
emotionally and financially," says
Debra Speyer, the elder-law attorney
practicing in Philadelphia and Miami
whom Mildred enlisted for help. And
it would have been unnecessary if
Edith had acted earlier.
Granting power of attorney to the
right person could be one of the most
important decisions you make. Mis-
takes could lead to losing your
money entirely, sometimes to the
very person you trusted to protect
Why You Need It
Everyone should have a power of
attorney (POA) document as well as

a will. A POA designates someone to
make financial and life decisions on
your behalf when you can't. That
could include writing checks from
your account, authorizing brokerage
transactions, and approving the pur-
chase or sale of property. There are
different types of POA.
Without a POA, family members
might have to hire an attorney to pe-
tition the court to appoint a guardian
for you should you become incapac-
itated. That can be costly in dollars
and time. The court could end up ap-
pointing a stranger as a guardian or
"People get frightened about

power of attorney because they give
up control to someone," says Doris
Martin, a partner and chairwoman of
personal services and estate planning
at the law firm Garfunkel
Wild in Gray Neck, N.Y. "But
you're choosing who that is, not hav-
ing it chosen for you."
In order for a POA document to be
valid, you must create it while you're
still in full control of your faculties.
The average cost to prepare one
ranges from $50 to more than $1,000,
attorneys around the U.S. told us.
Your lawyer may bundle it into the
cost of preparing a will.




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Eric Holder: 'Too Big To Jail' Claim Draws 300,000

Signatures Demanding Action From Obama

(L-R) Comedians Shay Clemons, Nod Ross, Rod G,, Nick Harvey, and
Terry T. Harris.
Hometown Comics On Point

to Tickle Jacksonville's Funnybone

Last week's Good Friday Comedy
Show kicked off Easter weekend at
Zodiac Bar & Grill. The evening
included a live band and perform-
ances by independent artists fiom

Jacksonville and surrounding areas.
Hosted by Nick Harvey, a variety of
comedians graced the stage
throughout the night.

by Nick Wing, IHP
Activists will deliver petitions to
Department of Justice offices
around the country this week, call-
ing on President Barack Obama to
crack down on big banks. The move
comes after nearly a month of vocal
backlash against Attorney General
Eric Holder's admission that some
financial institutions are simply too
big to prosecute.
The petitions, organized by a
variety of liberal advocacy groups
such as MoveOn and CREDO
Action, have drawn more than
300,000 signatures, organizers
claim. A petition on MoveOn's dig-
ital platform calling for Obama to
"take immediate steps to break up
the big banks and prosecute the
criminals who used them to destroy
our economy" has gathered more

than 140,000 signatures. CREDO's
petition demanding that Holder
resign if he won't prosecute crimi-
nal bankers has drawn more than
150,000 signatures.
The campaign was sparked by
Holder's confession during testimo-
ny before the Senate Judiciary
Committee in March that the
Justice Department had declined to
press criminal charges against big
banks due to concerns that doing so
could damage the stability of the
global economy.
"I am concerned that the size of
some of these institutions becomes
so large that it does become diffi-
cult for us to prosecute them when
we are hit with indications that if
you do prosecute, if you do bring a
criminal charge, it will have a neg-
ative impact on the national econo-

my, perhaps even the world econo-
my," Holder said. "And I think that
is a function of the fact that some of
these institutions have become too
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
later summarized the concerns
expressed by many in the wake of
Holder's comments.
"It has been almost five years
since the financial crisis, but the big
banks are still too big to fail," she
said in a statement. "That means
they are subsidized by about $83
billion a year by American taxpay-
ers and are still not being held fully
accountable for breaking the law.
Attorney General Holder's testimo-
ny that the biggest banks are too-
big-to-jail shows once again that it
is past time to end too-big-to-fail."
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sub-

Eric Holder
mitted legislation last week seeking
to address "too big to jail" institu-
tions by eliminating the "too big to
fail" practice that has propped them

Tennessee Bill: Welfare Benefits Depend on Child's School Performance

A new piece of legislation, if
passed, will penalize low-income
families in Tennessee by reducing
their welfare benefits if their child
performs poorly in school.
Sponsored by Sen. Stacey
Campfield (R-Knoxville) and Rep.
Vance Dennis (R-Savannah), the
bill "requires the reduction of
Temporary Assistance to Needy
Families (TANF) payments for par-
ents or caretakers of TANF recipi-
ents whose children fail to maintain
satisfactory progress in school."
Should a low-income family's
child not meet satisfactory levels in
the subject areas of mathematics
and reading or language arts, the
family's welfare benefits will be
reduced by 20 percent.
The legislation (Senate Bill 132,
House Bill 261) applies to low-
income families, with no mention
of penalties to middle or high-
income families whose children
perform poorly in school.
Rep. Dennis told the House
Health Subcommittee the measure
applies to "parents who do noth-

ing," reports Knoxnews.com.
Dennis described the bill as "a car-
rot and stick approach."
Bill branded 'discriminatory'
Tennessee state representative
Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville) calls
the bill "discriminatory."
"It's just one more way to punish
families who have fallen on hard
times," Johnson told theGrio. "I
don't believe for a second this will
be anything to improve a child's
As a high school special educa-
tion teacher, Johnson said this bill
is not what at-risk students need.
"To add the responsibility of the
family budget on these kids, it's not
going to help these kids. It's not
going to move them forward,"
Johnson said.
"[The bill] sets up a terrible rela-
tionship between families and edu-
cators," Johnson continued. "It sets
up animosity between school and
Johnson recommends after
school or weekend programs, such
as "community schools" where par-

ents spend time with their children
and can see what they are doing and
how they are doing in school.
Representative Mike Turner (D-
Old Hickory) told theGrio this is
just one example of Tennessee leg-
islature that is "trying to set back
the working class people."
Amendments may or may not
make a difference
Amendments have been made to

the original legislation to exclude
students with learning disabilities
and those who have an individual-
ized education program (IEP) from
being penalized for not maintaining
satisfactory academic progress.
Instead, special education students
will be measured on attendance.
"There are no amendments that
will make this bill okay," Johnson
said. "There just aren't."

Voter Suppression
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -Arkansas legislators
passed a law Monday requiring voters to show
photo identification at the polls, overriding
Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of the bill,
which he called an expensive solution to a non-
existent problem.
The Republican-led state House voted 52-45,
largely along party lines, to complete an over-
ride that started in the GOP-controlled Senate
on a 21-12 vote last week. Only a simple major-
ity was needed in each chamber.
"We are trying to protect the integrity of one
of the most fundamental rights we have here in
America," said state Rep. Stephen Meeks, a
Republican from Greenbrier and the bill's

Further amendments also provide
four ways the reduction can be
restored once it is applied to a fam-
ily's payments. Attending two par-
ent teacher conferences, eight hours
of parenting classes, enrolling the
child in a tutoring program, or
enrolling the child in summer
school are the available options.
"There's all kinds of loopholes,"
Rep. Turner said, noting that home-

House sponsor.
Rep. John Walker, a Little Rock Democrat
and noted civil rights lawyer, warned lawmak-
ers to "not go back on history" by enacting the
requirement. Critics of such voter ID laws say
the type of in-person voter fraud they are meant
to prevent is extremely rare, and that the laws
are really designed to make it harder to vote for
certain groups that tend to back Democrats,
including minorities, students and the elderly.
Black lawmakers in Arkansas have compared
the new voter ID law to poll taxes used in the
Jim Crow era.
"I dare say you'll find any of your colleagues
in this body of my color who will support this.

schooling is addressed in the Senate
version but is not addressed in the
House bill. "No Democrats will
vote for the bill."
The House Health Committee, of
which Johnson, Dennis, and Turner
are members, is set to vote on the
bill April 3.
If passed, SB 132 will take effect
on July 1, 2013, just in time for the
2013-2014 school year.

It doesn't matter what their leanings are. What
you're doing in effect is saying we don't care
about what you think, we're going to do this
anyway," said Rep. John Walker, D-Little Rock,
who is black. "If you have the majority of
course that's what you can do, but do you real-
ly uniformly to a person by party disrespect us
so much?"
One Democrat, Rep. Fred Love of Little
Rock, was listed as voting for the override, but
he later indicated he would likely file a letter
with the House clerk stating that he intended to
vote the other way. Love chairs the legislative
black caucus.

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by Sil Lai Abrama, TG
After the closing of Women's
History Month, examining the
image of black women in media,
and how it has evolved over time,
may shed light on how black
women will continue to make his-
toric inroads in the future.
In the poem Still I Rise by Maya
Angelou, the poet writes: "You
may write me down in history/With
your bitter, twisted lies,/You may
trod me in the very dirt/But still,
like dust, I'll rise." Many of the his-
torical lies told about black women
have been wrought through nega-
tive images in media. Yet, we have
also "risen" through the same
means, through positive images
that inspire us to achieve. These
dueling images the destructive
and the empowering are
engaged in a fierce battle even
today the most powerful mecha-
nism of media dissemination TV.
The current popular depiction of
black women on television is
caught between two extremes. On
one hand, you have an emotionally
complex, intelligent and self-made
woman in the character of Olivia
Pope on the wildly popular ABC
show Scandal. (While there are
other, less sophisticated characters
on scripted shows like The Game
and Meet the Browns, they for the
most part are ignored by black
media. Meet the Browns, despite
being a Tyler Perry production, is
never a trending topic on Twitter.)
At the other end of spectrum,
there is the gimmicky, low-rent
version of Olivia Pope, mostly seen
on "reality" television. From the
perspective of superficial appear-
ances, this black woman seems to
operate from a somewhat similar
privileged segment of society. This
woman also lives in a finely
appointed home, dines at the finest
restaurants, and wears designer
clothing. However unlike the fic-
tional business woman of Ms.
Pope, the "crazy black reality show
chick" generally cobbles together
her ostentatious and opulent
lifestyle via a usually dysfunctional
relationship, whether past or pres-
ent, with a man of financial means.
Such a formulaic presentation of
black women on TV is lucrative.
The numbers are in and the people
have spoken. Married to Medicine,

for instance, the latest network
reality show to feature another slice
of Atlanta's endless supply of black
female subcultures, is a bona fide
hit. It debuted to Bravo's highest
ratings for a reality program that
wasn't spun off from an existing
show, with a solid 1.9 million peo-
ple tuning in to this newest feat of
cable programming focused on
drama and cat fights.
Attention seekers willing to
expose themselves and their fami-
lies before millions of people, cou-
pled with the low production cost
of reality shows, has led to an
explosion in the number of
"unscripted" programs featuring
black women as "leading ladies."
How did this prevalent image of
black women develop alongside
that of the elegant, accomplished
black woman, such as Pope?
Historically, the term "leading
lady" has been defined as a woman
who carries the title role in a fic-
tional, scripted series, and she is
often a role model.
In 1968, on the heels of the Civil
Rights movement, the legendary
Diahann Carroll starred in the
ground breaking series Julia as a
professional black woman, show-
ing that a new age of positive rep-
resentation of African-American
women in television seemed possi-
ble. And she was not alone. Who
can forget hardworking, earnest
Florida Evans on Good Times? Or
the rise of clean-cut, authoritative
women such as Claire Huxtable on
The Cosby Show? The entire cast
of A Different World gave the plan-
et various black women of nuance,
and characters that showed social
And Oprah Winfrey's rise to
prominence? These were all amaz-
ing examples of the rise of the
image of black women. These
women signaled that television
audiences were finally ready to
accept, and even embrace, black
women who were empowered,
strong, and proud.
Soon the '90s ushered in the "girl
power" era. Black women knew
how to get what they wanted with-
out wielding their sexuality as a
weapon. Black women were more
aggressive and vocal than they had
ever been in the past (aside from
Blaxploitation film characters in

the 1970s such as Foxy Brown and
Cleopatra Jones), yet their behavior
was directed towards something
more significant than handbags,
vacations, and shoes.
Sisterhood was the overarching
theme, and the archetypes were
more balanced. Black women were
seen as daughters, providers, fight-
ers, mothers, sisters, friends. We
had Living Single, Moesha, Sister
Sister. Some of these shows
weren't deep, but at least there was
variety and wholesome fun.
However, this was to change rap-
idly with the advent of two new
entertainment genres that initiated
a cultural shift towards the prevail-
ing image of black women as emo-
tionally damaged, hypersexual,
predatory Jezebels who are
unapologetic for their aggressive,
manipulative and occasionally vio-
lent behavior: hip hop music and
reality television, beginning with
MTV's The Real World.
Fast forward to today. Shows like
Love & Hip Hop have been instru-
mental in the warping of televi-
sion's black leading lady through
the consistent use of harmful his-
torical black female stereotypes
such as the "Jezebel" and "Tragic
Mulatto." Today, here are
Angelou's "bitter, twisted lies"
with which we are being written
into history.
Yet, "The negative portrayal of
black women has shifted away
from music to reality TV," she
recently told me in an interview.
"Young people are watching music
videos less and less, and they are
more tuned in to reality show pro-
gramming. I'm a viewer of some
of these [reality] shows, but I'm
also on the other side and see the
complete disproportion in how
black women are being portrayed
on reality TV, especially compared
to their white counterparts."
To reverse the retread of old
stereotypes, I believe audiences
need to turn off guilty pleasure pro-
gramming and vocally demand
more Olivias and Julias to represent
a positive, progressive image of
black womanhood.
You may wonder "what can we
do?" But there are women out there
thinking, planning, and working to
make sure that the image of black
women in media continues chang-

ing for the good.
Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, co-
founder and CEO of the Women in
Entertainment Empowerment
Network (WEEN), established
WEEN in 2007 as a response to the
overtly misogynistic and hypersex-
ual imagery of black women in
music videos. She saw how the
image of black women was under
assault by the media and wanted to
do something about it, as an experi-
enced television executive.
Still, not everyone agrees that
fighting the power in this way is the
answer. Some believe we must
become more empowered as image
"Black women are not one col-
lective entity; individual defini-
tions of self are what's missing
from our dialogue," Denalerie
Johnson-Faniel, PhD, an African-
American History professor and
CEO of 3D Management
Consulting, LLC, told theGrio. "If
we used our own stories and voices
to define us then they would see
diversity born from a struggle. The
worst thing black women can do is
start to refute negative images [dur-
ing] Women's History month,
because that draws attention to it;
instead we should offer the on-
going alternative focused on the
greatness of who we are despite the
Butterfield-Jones has a different
perspective on how change can
occur. "Responsibility lies with the
advertisers and producers," she
said. "There needs to be more
diversity from a talent standpoint.
Talent has to say to themselves, 'At
this moment, I'm not going to act a
fool, because 1 have a greater
responsibility than to just myself."'
It remains to be seen if the lead--
ing ladies of reality television will
willingly forgo the personal
rewards that come at the price of
their sisters' well-being.
At this moment in our culture, as
black women and girls are influ-
enced by two opposing poles repre-
senting black femininity, how black
women intervene on our own
behalf might be the factor that
determines whether there are
images that help us rise.
If we don't create or demand
them, current images will con-
tribute to our demise.

Reality TV and the Changing Image

of the African-American 'leading lady'

Dont March Backward on Gay Rights

by Clay Cane, TG
This week, the Supreme Court
heard arguments on California's
Proposition 8 and DOMA (Defense
of Marriage Act). Both set a land-
scape that could lead to marriage
equality on a federal level.
Supporters of same-sex marriage
are hoping for a clear win on both,
but it appears the justices are evenly
divided. A decision won't be
announced until late June.
But social debates about the mat-
ter are raging today.
From Twitter to the water cooler,
many do not understand the LGBT
(lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-
gender) fight for civil rights. But
look at history when are fights
for civil rights ever understood?
Women, African-Americans, Native
Americans, the poor they were
always supposed to "know their
place" before they began demand-
ing rights. History is also instructive
in another regard.

In one of the oddest moments of
Tuesday's hearing on Prop 8, which
banned same-sex marriage in
California in 2008, Justice Alito
said gay marriage is newer than cell
phones and the Internet, so needs a
lot of consideration. Huh? There are
documentation of same-sex mar-
riages dating back to Jack Baker and
Michael McConnell, who tried to
marry in 1970, but were denied the
right. They are still together today.
In ancient Egypt, the male couple of
Niankhkhnum and Khnumhote -
whose joint tomb immortalized their
love in 2400 B.C. stand as anoth-
er testament. Justices ruling on gay
marriage who are uninformed about
the lengthy history of such mar-
riages is deeply troubling.
History will also show that same-
sex marriage is not solely an LGBT
issue. Marriage equality affects:
America at-large, including
African-Americans. Expanding the
conversation beyond sexual orienta-

tion is paramount to understanding a
simple fact: all marriage transcends
identities. There is much common
ground for all to benefit from same-
sex marriage, especially for those
who seek to improve society over-
all. Let's take a look at some key
issues that will affect us all in the
long run.
Making marriage equal on a fed-
eral level will have an enormous
impact on immigration. According
to Center for American Progress, 30
percent of the over 900,000 LGBT
immigrants living in America are
undocumented. The right-wing
fears the triple-threat of immigrant,
black/brown gays becoming
American citizens via same-sex
marriage and joining the left. In
addition, there is a quiet fear that
those "radical" gays might willingly
marry an immigrant just so he or she
can escape their native country and
become a voter. Same-sex marriage

is another pathway of citizenship for
West Indians, Mexicans or anyone
from the continent of Africa to
become "legal," especially for those
seeking asylum. The powers that be
in the GOP are terrified. But this
might be a boon to other parties.
The Economy:
Same-sex marriage boosted the
economy in the states where it has
passed. When marriage for all cou-
ples became legal in New York,
New York City's economy saw a
growth of $259 million in one year.
According to The Williams
Institute, same-sex marriage could
improve the economy of Maine,
Maryland and Washington by $166
million over the next three years.
Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and
other states could use a couple hun-
dred million extra dollars for educa-
tion, poverty aid and social services.
Are fanatical beliefs based on selec-
tive (and misunderstood) religious
texts reason enough to prevent com-

munities from growing through this
needed revenue? Maybe... America
once discharged valuable gay.
Arabic linguists from the military
during a critical war in the middle
east for violating the "don't ask,
don't tell" policy in effect at the
time. We can tell that was an igno-
rant move on many levels now. Will
we continue to cut out our gays to
spite our "freedom"?
Perceived Homophobia in the
African-American Community
Hurts Us:
Not all African-Americans are
homophobic, which is a myth that
has tainted perceptions of the black
community. The perception of
African-Americans as anti-gay is
damning, especially from a conmnu-
nity that is descended from slaves...
and don't think there weren't same-
sex relationships during the
Antebellum South. But since
President Barack Obama's personal
endorsement of same-sex marriage,

African-Americans are supporting
marriage equality at higher numbers
than before. In November 2012,
Edison Research, after a national
voter exit poll. reported 51 percent
of African-Americans support
same-sex marriage for their state.
Much of the credit goes to President
Obama. but the LGBT community
has always been an essential part of
the Afiican-American cultural expe-
rience we are your family mem-
bers, your friends, part of history
and, most definitely in the church.
And any failure to continue to
expand that understanding will hurt
us more than anyone else.
In August, we celebrate the 50th
year of the March on Washington. 1
vote for us to march forward, not
backward on marriage equality and
all related issues that ensure person-
al freedom.
Which will you choose? Do you
want to be on the wrong side of his-

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Why Black Americans

Follow Sharpton's Lead

There is one optimistic and one despairing way to spin the Zogby ana-
lytics poll commissioned by BET founder and mega-businessman Robert
L. Johnson on leadership among black Americans.
The poll found that the leader garnering the highest percentage of
responses was "none of the leaders listed spoke for them." Coming in at a
very significant second was Rev. Al Sharpton. One out of four blacks said
he's their voice.
The negative and despairing way to look at the poll is the one that the
usual legion of hit pieces, slams, and digs at black activists and civil rights
leaders eagerly grab at whenever the issue comes up. It goes like this: those
who purport to be black leaders are puffed up, media-created opportunists
who have woefully led blacks astray for decades. How else to explain the
hard reality that year in and year out, blacks have the highest rates of pover-
ty, joblessness incarceration, and health and educational disparities than
any other group? This despite five years of having an African-American in
the White House. And President Obama still gets off-the-charts approval
ratings from black Americans.
On the other hand, the optimistic way to look at the poll is that many
blacks identify with recognizable, definable, political and activist voices
who speak up and out on, and who fight against, the towering racial and
economic ills that plague black people. Six out of ten blacks in the poll
were willing to put their finger on someone who they believe best speaks
for their interests.
This brings us back to Sharpton. He's the "go-to" guy for many blacks
for reasons that say as much about him as about the ongoing struggle for
equity and justice in America. The long parade of Sharpton bashers still
delight in ridiculing and pounding him as an ego-driven, media hogging,
race baiting agitator and opportunist who will jump on any cause to get
some TV time. But the personal hits on him are nothing more than the rit-
ual anti-Sharpton name calling. Turn the attacks on their head, and it
becomes apparent why he's popular. He's the subject of the relentless
attacks in part because of who many perceive him to be and the influence
he has with many blacks, Latinos, the poor and community activists. This
is a constituency that no liberal or moderate Democrat, and that certainly
includes Obama, can afford to ignore or alienate.
Sharpton's long, controversial and militant activism in turn fuels his
media pull and image. And that's vital for many blacks since the lines
between the two are often blurred. Politicians have long known that a
sound bite, photo-op, rock star and Hollywood celebrity allure can mean as
much if not more in determining a candidate's political fate than what they
have to say about global warming, the deficit, the Iraq and Afghan wars,
campaign reform, or the Wall Street meltdown, or even health care reform.
Black politicians and various Democratic candidates have leaped over
themselves to get mug shots, endorsements, and a spot on the dais at the
National Action Network's confabs. At times, even some Republicans have
saber rattled fence-sitting white voters with the dread of Sharpton. But
Sharpton's media allure wouldn't work without another crucial ingredient
for leadership appeal: the possession of a big, booming voice that is not
afraid to speak out consistently when there is an injustice. Sharpton fits that
But even that's not enough to have broad leadership appeal for blacks.
He or she must be perceived as someone who is fearless enough to publicly
call racism, racism and a racist a racist. In other words they must stand
up to "the man." Those individuals, from Frederick Douglass"~o Marcus
Garvey to Malcolm X to Dr. King, had that quality. They anfd iyone like
them will always get applause and a warm spot in the hearts of a signifi-
cant number of blacks.
The fact that there that so many blacks are willing to name someone such
as Sharpton as their go-to guy, and that includes, more often than not, the
man in the White House, is something that shouldn't be ripped, ridiculed,
and certainly not ignored.
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Hazel R. O'Leary Julianne Malveaux

Two Women College Presidents

Leave Strong Legacies

Hazel O'Leary and Julianne Malveaux have left their positions as presidents of'
Black Colleges, but they built on the reputations of Fisk and Bennett, respectively

They are two powerhouse women
who had full and renowned careers
before they became college presi-
dents. And now, both of them have
stepped away from the world of
academia in just the last year, leav-
ing behind legacies of trailblazing.
Their retirement of Hazel R.
O'Leary from Fisk University and
the departure of Julianne Malveaux
from Bennett College represents an
end of an era for two larger-than-
life figures in the world of women
college presidents.
O'Leary made a name for herself
as the U.S. Secretary of Energy
from 1993 until 1997 in the admin-
istration of President Bill Clinton.
She was the first and only woman
and the only African-American to
hold that position. She went on to
serve as president of Fisk
University, the historically Black
college in Nashville, TN, in 2004.
Similarly, Malveaux developed a
national reputation as an economist,
author and political commentator
before becoming the 15th president
of Bennett College, the historically
Black college in North Carolina.
She is also president and chief
executive of Last Word
Productions, which is a multimedia
production company.
"Each of these presidents did a

great deal toward developing a new
kind of messaging about historical-
ly Black colleges and universities,"
said John S. Wilson Jr., the recently
named president of Morehouse
Wilson, who, previously as exec-
utive director of the White House
Initiative on Historically Black
Colleges and Universities, said
each of the women developed dis-
tinctive legacies during their presi-
"Hazel O'Leary got Fisk gradu-
ates to understand that stronger
alumni support was crucial to the
institution," Wilson said. "And
Julianne Malveaux, through her
background with media, got
Bennett College to get the kind of
attention that historically Black col-
leges and universities need to move
In leaving Bennett, Malveaux
indicated that she will devote much
of her energies toward her compa-
ny. "While I remain committed to
historically Black colleges and uni-
versities and the compelling cause
of access in higher education, I will
actualize that commitment, now, in
other arenas," she said upon leaving
Bennett. "I will miss Bennett
College and will remain one of its
most passionate advocates."

O'Leary, the 14th president of
Fisk, developed a strong reputation
as a manager of a school that has
seen severe financial troubles. A
president, she played a major role
in helping the university to regain
its footing in its ability to compete
for top students and for financial
support. She has also received high
marks in attracting highly regarded
"Our work with the board, stu-
dents, faculty, staff, and alumni to
transform and grow Fisk has been
rewarding," said O'Leary, who is
now 75 years old.
She said that there were some
regrets to her record as president of
the school, most prominently the
inability to increase new student
enrollment during the nation's eco-
nomic downturn.
"In spite of that challenge, the
public record indicates that Fisk has
achieved top tier performance
among liberal arts institutions in
academics, student retention and
engagement," she said. "While
much remains to be done. I am con-
fident that Fisk, the institution I
love and have led these past eight
years, is in better shape than when I
arrived, and it will continue to
enjoy a long and distinguished lega-

Continued from front
While opinions differ about
whether student behavior has
become more disruptive or danger-
ous, the number of suspensions has
grown dramatically in recent
In 1976, nearly 1.8 million stu-
dents were suspended 4 percent of
all public-school students; by 2006,
the number of students suspended
had nearly doubled to 3.3 million,
about 7 percent of all students,
according to Department of
Education data.
In addition to the suspensions,
102,000 students were expelled for
the remainder of the year or longer
- in 2006.
Nearly two decades of a "zero
tolerance" mentality has con-
tributed dramatically to a spike in
exclusionary discipline that
involves racial disparities, youth
and civil rights advocates say. It has
led to what they call a "school-to-
prison pipeline," and the implica-
tions of this unfair, even draconian,
disciplinary system are enormous,
they say.
National goals to prepare more
students for college and careers
can't be met if so many students
continue to miss out on school, a
growing number of educators and
lawmakers add and society will
pay down the road for more jobless
and incarcerated young people.
A microcosm of that problem was
captured in a groundbreaking 2011
Texas study that tracked more than
1 million students for six years.
"Breaking Schools' Rules," by the
Council of State Governments
Justice Center in New York, found
that nearly 6 in 10 students in Texas
were suspended or expelled at least
once between Grades 7 and 12. But
the removals were mandated by law
in only 3 percent of those cases.
And 31 percent of students sus-
pended or expelled more than once
for discretionary reasons repeated a
grade twice the rate of similar stu-
dents not suspended or expelled. Of
the 15 percent of students suspend-

ed or expelled 11 or more times,
only 4 in 10 graduated within one to
three years of their expected gradu-
ation date.
When a lot of kids get suspended
- more than 70 percent in some
schools "we've cheapened the
deterrent," Mr. Eichner says. And
kids "don't internalize that they did
something wrong" when they feel
discipline is unfair either because
it's for minor offenses or it seems
racially biased.
Precious Brazel, for one, doesn't
think her suspension was fair, and
she offers an example of how sus-
pensions may not resolve problems
between students and authority fig-
The African-American 10th-
grader at Castlemont High School
in Oakland, Calif., acknowledges it
was against the rules to have her
kick scooter on campus. But she
says the principal saw her with it
and told her it was OK as long as
she didn't ride it. Soon after, she got
into an argument with a security
guard over the scooter.
When the guard tried to take it
away, "it hit her in the knee and she
got upset," Precious says. The secu-
rity guard also accused Precious of
"cussing her out" and Precious
admits cursing, but not at the guard.
After administrators heard both
sides, they sent Precious home for
two days. She says it didn't cause
her to think she needed to change
her behavior in the future, but
rather, "it made me disrespect [the
security guard] more, because she
was rude to me."
Discipline a civil rights viola-
In the past four years, OCR has
received more than 1,250 com-
plaints of civil rights violations
involving school discipline. It has
also launched 20 compliance
reviews broad scale investigations
of school systems to probe racial
disparities in discipline rates.
Three of those reviews have
resulted in voluntary plans to
reduce suspensions overall and dis-

proportionately high discipline
rates for certain groups most
notably a landmark effort in
California's Oakland Unified
School District. (See the Monitor's
profile of that program.)
Skeptics of OCR's focus on racial
data say it could have unintended
In the view of Hans Bader, senior
attorney at the Competitive
Enterprise Institute in Washington,
D.C., suspensions largely "reflect
actual infraction rates." So the
implication that rates for certain
groups should be reduced until they
are closer to those of other groups
sounds like racial quotas, he says.
OCR's investigation into racial
disparities isn't a problem in and of
itself, says Richard Arum, professor
of sociology and education at New
York University, but "you have to
think about how educators and
administrators are going to respond
to what they see as signals out of
the federal government.... If [they]
perceive the policy to be, 'Oh, you
just can't suspend kids, particularly
African-American kids,' that's not
the response you would want."
That could end up creating more
disruption for students of color,
who report higher rates of feeling
unsafe in school than their white
counterparts, Professor Arum says.
But if school districts rethink disci-
pline more holistically, replacing
zero tolerance with more discretion
for educators, that would be a good
outcome, he says
The goal is not to force districts
to make discipline rates proportion-
al by race, Department of
Education officials say, but the
numbers can spark a closer look to
see if a system is equitable.
"Our encouragement that schools
focus more thoughtfully on the use
of exclusionary discipline practices
is not intended to undermine appro-
priate use of discipline as a tool to
make schools safe and conducive to
learning," says Seth Galanter, act-
ing assistant secretary of Education
for civil rights.




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April 4-10. 2013

April 4-10, 2013

Bishop Green, Sr. Sets Tone for
Saint Paul AME Spring Revival
Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr., Resident Bishop of the Twelth Episcopal
District A.M.E. Church will proclaim THE WORD Of Godon Sunday April
7,2013 during the 7:30a.m. and 10:55 a.m. worship services.
The Rev. Dr. Julius McAllister,Jr.,Pastor of Bethel AME Church,
Tallahassee, Florida will be the guest lecturer for the revival, slated to be
held Monday, April 8, 2013 through Wednesday April 10, 2013. Lectures
will begin at 6:30pm each night. At 7:30 pm, the Reverend Dr. Granger
Browning, Jr, Pastor of Ebenezer AME Church-Fort Washington,
Maryland, a much sought after, anointed man of God is the revivalist Sister
churches, friends and the public are invited to share in all services. The
Rev.Dr. Marvin C. Zanders,II is the senior pastor of Saint Paul.
Call the church at (904) 764-2755 for more information.

St. Paul Lutheran Celebrating
57th Anniversary with Activities
James Wiggins, Jr., Pastor, of St. Paul Lutheran Church will be celebrat-
ing their 57th Church Anniversary, April 25th through April 28th. The
Theme is "Faith Forward: Giving things to God for 57 years of divine prov-
idence and provisions through word and sacrament ministry." Planned
activities include Wednesday, April 24th, 7 8:30 p.m. supper and bible
study. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday April 25th is the day of fasting &
prayer. On Friday, April 26th from 6 9 p.m., its family fun games night.
On Saturday April 27th from 9:30 a.m. to noon enjoy breakfast and Bible
study, and neighborhood canvassing. Sunday, April 28th service starts at 11
a.m. with worship service and anniversary meal. The speaker is Rev. Dr.
Willie Stallworth Pastor, Unity Luther Church, E. St. Louis, IL. St. Paul
Lutheran church is located at 2730 W. Edgewood Ave. For more informa-
tion call the church at 765-4219.

Sons of Allen at Saint Paul AME
Sponsors Garage Sale and Fish Fry
The Sons of Allen of Saint Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings Road
will sponsor a Super Spring Garage Sale and fantastic Fresh Fish Fry on
Saint Paul's Campus. The event will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2013
from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Brother Joseph Coppock is local president of
Sons of Allen. Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders II, is the pastor.
Call the church at (904) 765-2755 for more information.

2nd Annual Caregiver Expo
The Second Annual Caregiver Expo Saturday, April 20th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Caregiver Expo 2013 will help caregivers refresh their spirits and find ways
to better care for themselves and their loved ones. The Expo location is the
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel, 225 East Coastline Drive.
For more details call 407-6146 or visit www.communityhospice.com or
email nreed@communityhospice.com.

Kim Stratton in Concert
Chris Epps Music and WPOD FM presents Kim Stratton singing her
smash hit "Favor ain't fair!" Also featuring Minster Jeff Proctor and Just
Praze, Kirk Russell, Jr., Vickie Farrie, Christopher Williams, Isaac Brown
and G.A.N.G. This free concert will be held at Faith United Miracle Temple,
1860 W. 5th St., Friday, April 26th at 7:30 p.m. For further information
email jacksonvillegag@gmail.com or 894-6487.

Holy Land Trip
and Shopping Experience
On Saturday, May 18th enjoy the Holy Land experience in Orlando with
First Samuel M.B. Church, Alphonse Braggs, Pastor. The buses leave at
7:15 a.m. For more information call the church at 355-4801.

Zion Hope Invites all to Annual
Homecoming Celebration
Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2803 Edgewood asks that all for-
mer and present members attend their Annual Homecoming Celebration,
Saturday, April 13th at 11 a.m. Participate in blood pressure screenings,
games, food, rides for the kids and a talent show. On Sunday, April 14th at
3 p.m. worship service with speaker Reverend Willie O. Tucker of Greater
Zion Grove Baptist Church. For more information call 764-9353.

Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
Refreshing Women is looking for Christian Talent, soloist, speakers,
praise dancers and poem readers for a free service. The show will be air
Saturday mornings at 8A.M. on Comcast 29. Any Pastor wishing to come
on the show in the near future are welcome, and can have their church name
and worship service added to the Commumity Shout or Roll, by sending
their, church name, address and time of service to P.O. Box 350117
Jacksonville, Fl. 32235-0117. For more information, call Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman at 220-6400 or email CFIGCPUSH TV@Yahoo.com.
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Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

Disciples of Cbrist Cbristiao Fellowship
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A church that's on the move in

worship with prayer, praise and power!
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:dccfmbc@yahoo.com

Rev. DeVon Franklin and his wife actress Megan Good.
Bishop Paul Morton Presents Black
Love and Relationships Panel at HBCU

Meagan Good and husband
DeVon Franklin visited Morehouse
College over the weekend for
Walmart's "Black Love and
Relationships" panel discussion
along with Bishop Paul S. Morton
and his wife, Pastor Debra Morton.
The four addressed love in the
African-American community and
doled out advice on marriage and
finding a partner.
"For me, one of the biggest things
was working on myself first before I
was actually working at marriage,"
Good said. "Really seeing the areas
where I was damaged; the areas
where I was struggling; really seek-
ing a marriage with God first. And
once I did, that started to kind of
clean up my life in certain areas.
That's when I started to get confir-
mation that marriage was coming
and I started to get direct confirma-
tion about even who my husband
was...I think at that point that's
when God will give you clarity even
if it's years down the line. There's
things that have to happen before

[marriage] can happen, so focus on
those things first."
Good married Franklin in June
2012 and the two spiritual lovebirds
seem to be enjoying the newlywed
life. The Seventh-day Adventist
preacher told the men in the audi-
ence to not be afraid of commitment
and embrace the changes that will
happen when they settle down with
the right person.
"I would say on the male side,
part of it is being open to the chal-
lenge of commitment. Dating to a
certain degree is easy," he said.
"You can just hide. You can date a
number of people and never really
get serious. You can run for so long,
but it does take courage to say I'm
not going to run anymore. I'm going
to commit. And also in that commit-
ment, as a man, it really helps you to
become full because so much of
what we need to do as men is really
tied up in the partner God brings us.
I can tell you my life in eight
months has changed drastically for
the better. The marriage is amazing
when you have the right partner as a
"So in terms of dating, I would
just say date less and be more inten-
tional in your dating. Doesn't mean
everybody you're gonna date, you're
gonna marry. But really actually be
serious about that person. My boys,
who aren't married, date for sport
and treat these women like posses-
sions... If you're not serious, be
honest and say 'I'm not serious. So if
you wanna hang with me, just know
that you're getting the not serious
brother right now.' Be honest... The
other side with women, you gotta
really allow love to come to you in
the way God has it for you. And this
is hard because sometimes [you
say,] 'I want him to look like this
and he's gotta be that' and all of
these things. But listen. I told every-
body I would never date an actress.
It would never happen. And I mar-
ried one because 1 was open to
God's plan for my life...."

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.

Church school
9:30 a.m.
Bible Study
6:30 p.m.

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Grace and Peace
.l visit www.Bethelite.org
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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship

9:30 a.m. Simday School

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
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Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
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12 noon-1 p.m.
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Southern Diet Deep with Fried

Foods, May Rise Stroke Risk

Deep fried foods may be causing
trouble in the Deep South. People
whose diets are heavy on them and
sugary drinks like sweet tea and
soda are more likely to suffer a
stroke, a new study finds.
It's the first big look at diet and
strokes, and researchers say it
might help explain why blacks in
the Southeast the Nation's "stroke
belt"- suffer more of them.
Blacks were five times more
likely than whites to have the
Southern dietary pattern linked
with the highest stroke risk. And
blacks and whites who live in the
South were more likely to eat this
way than people in dther parts of
the country were. Diet might
explain as much as two-thirds of
the excess stroke risk seen in
blacks versus whites, researchers
"We're talking about fried foods,
french fries, hamburgers,
processed meats, hot dogs, bacon,
ham, liver, gizzards and sugary
drinks," said the study's leaders,
Suzanne Judd of the University of
Alabama in Birmingham.
People who ate about six meals a

week featuring these sorts of foods
had a 41 percent higher stroke risk
than people who ate that way about
once a month, researchers found.
In contrast, people whose diets
were high in fruits, vegetables
whole grains and fish had a 29 per-
cent lower stroke risk.
"It's a very big difference," Judd
said. "The message for people in
the middle is there's a graded risk,"
- the likelihood of suffering a
stroke rises in proportion to each
Southern meal in a week.
Results were reported Thursday
at an American Stroke Association
conference in Honolulu.
The federally funded study was
launched in 2002 to explore
regional variations in stroke risks
and reasons for them. More than
20,000 people 45 or older half of
them black from all 48 mainland
states filled out food surveys and
were sorted into one of five diet
Southern: Fried foods,
processed meat (lunchmeat, jerky),
red meat, eggs, sweet drinks and
whole milk.
Convenience: Mexican and

Chinese food, pizza, pasta.
-Plant-based: Fruits, vegetables,
juice, cereal, fish, poultry, yogurt,
nuts and whole-grain bread. -----
-Sweets: Added fats, breads,
chocolate, desserts, sweet break-
fast foods.
-Alcohol: Beer, wine, liquor,
green leafy vegetables, salad dress-
ings, nuts and seeds, coffee.
"They're not mutually exclu-
sive" for example, hamburgers
fall into both convenience and
Southern diets, Judd said. Each
person got a score for each diet,
depending on how many meals
leaned that way.
Over more than five years of fol-
low-up, nearly 500 strokes
occurred. Researchers saw clear
patterns with the Southern and
plant-based diets; the other three
didn't seem to affect stroke risk.
There were 138 strokes among
the 4,977 who ate the most
Southern food, compared to 109
strokes among the 5,156 people
eating the least of it.
There were 122 strokes among
the 5,076 who ate the most plant-
based meals, compared to 135

strokes among the 5,056 people
who seldom are that way.
The trends held up after
researchers took into account other
factors such as age, income, smok-
ing, education, exercise and total
calories consumed.
Fried foods tend to be eaten with
lots of salt, which raises blood
pressure a known stroke risk fac-
tor, Judd said. And sweet drinks
can contribute to diabetes, the dis-
ease that celebrity chief Paula
Deen the queen of Southern cui-
sine revealed she had a year ago.
"This study does strongly sug-
gest that food does have an influ-
ence and people should be trying to
avoid these kinds of fatty foods and
higher sugar content," said an inde-
pendent expert, Dr. Brian Silver, a
Brown University neurologist and
stroke center director at Rhode
Island Hospital.
"I don't mean to sound like an
ogre. I know when I'm, in New
Orleans 1 certainly enjoy the food
there. But you don't have to make
a regular habit of eating all this

Keeping African-American Hair Hydrated

For those who don't know,
African-American hair can be
decidedly dehydrated. That's just
how it grows out of our heads.

When hair strand are straight, it's
easy for the natural oils to travel
down the hair shaft and keep coils
moisturized. But with curly hair, it's
a lot harder for the oils to navigate
the length of our strands, and that
causes the hair to get brittle, espe-
cially near the ends.
While this tendency toward dry-
ness doesn't necessarily indicate
unhealthy hair or even improper
hair maintenance, it does mean that
extra measures must be taken to
keep the air hydrated.
If there is any one hair rule to fol-
low, this is it: Make sure you take
care of the scalp and new growth.
"The hair bulb and follicle are
below the scalp's surface; therefore,
the scalp should be lubricated, mas-
saged and cleansed regularly to

ensure the hair growing underneath
comes through strong and healthy,"
says Toni Love, a hair loss special-
ist. "New growth is our indicator
that the hair is growing and emerg-
ing in its healthiest state."
"With thicker, coarser hair types,
it's more likely that the scalp may
not produce enough oil," says
Athena Solomon, owner of A
Beautiful Day Salon in Southfield,
Michigan. And the lack of oil on the
scalp can also cause the skin to
tighten, says Love, "so hair will
appear dry and brittle."
In addition, Solomon adds, "the
middle and ends of the hair will not
benefit from that natural oil because
it tends to settle on the scalp."
That's one of the reasons hair
ends need extra moisturizing and

conditioning-because the natural
oils of the scalp aren't distributed to
the tips. Another reason? "The dis-
tribution of oils and conditioners is
important to hair ends because of
the usage of heated tools, such as
flatirons hot rollers and blow dry-
ers," Love says. "Some consumers
use flatirons and curlers every day,
mostly on the ends of the hair.
Therefore, (this section) needs to be
protected to avoid split ends, which
can travel up the hair shaft."
One solution to the split ends
problem is to add oils and moistur-
izers to the hair. "Put the selected
product in your hands, rub together
and start application at the ends,
working upward toward the scalp to
ensure even distribution," Love

Black Men Continue to

Lead Hypertension
One to three adults in the United States will have hypertension, high
blood pressure, in their lifetimes. The condition can be a predecessor for
heart disease and stroke, the leading causes of death in the United States.
"Approximately 41 percent of African American males have nearly dou-
ble the incidence of high blood pressure, compared to their Caucasian
counterparts," said Dr. Anil Hingorani. a vascular surgeon at Maimonides
Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. "Black Americans are more likely to
have diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking issues, and high salt and
fat in their diet all risk factors for developing high blood pressure. In
addition, they develop high blood pressure at younger ages than other eth-
nic groups in the United States and are more likely to have complications
associated with high blood pressure, including stroke, kidney disease,
blindness, dementia and heart disease."
Hingorani noted that black Americans may be affected by stress due to
racism, socioeconomic status, educational level, lack of access to quality
care and insurance, and living in racially isolated neighborhoods, resulting
in a higher incidence of high blood pressure.

Anthony Anderson : "I Started Out

in Hollywood as the Fat, Funny Guy"
Anthony Anderson started out in Hollywood as a self-proclaimed "fat
funny guy," appearing alongside fellow comedic stars Jim Carrey and
Martin Lawrence. But off screen, Anderson's weight was anything but a
laughing matter: He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2002 at 32.
It took a few years, but eventually, Anderson realized he had to get seri-
ous and so he committed to changing his eating habits and lifestyle.
Around the same time, Anderson also made a conscious decision to shift
the direction of his career, focusing on darker roles in movies, such as
Hustle & Flow and Martin Scorsese's the Departed, and co-staring in tele-
vision dramas like The Shield and K-Ville.
Inspired by his family history of the disease, Anderson recently became
a spokesperson for FACE Diabetes, an initiative that focuses on educating
and empowering the African American community.
My Diagnosis: I was home in Los Angeles, close to eight years ago now.
I started feeling really lethargic and lazy, taking mid-afternoon naps, which
is something I wouldn't just do. I chalked it up to overworking. I just
thought I was running myself ragged. But the turning point was one
evening I drank, literally, a 5-gallon jug of water in the course of a couple
of hours, and there was constant urination. I knew what the symptoms of
diabetes were since my father was a diabetic, and I was like "Wow I think
I need to go to the doctor and get this checked out (okay, actually, my wife
said that)." I went the next morning and found out that I had elevated glu-
cose levels and the doctor said, "You know you're a type 2 diabetic."
My first reaction: I didn't change dramatically at first. Being a 32 year
old man stubborn and all that, I was really just stuck in my ways and I
thought, "I can beat this. I can handle this." But after a while, it wasn't get-
ting better. Now, I've really changed my lifestyle. I'm eating differently,
and I'm also incorporating exercise.
Recently I met with Bob Harper from the Biggest Loser and I said "Bob
come on, give me a quick fix on how to lose some weight." And he
laughed and said, "Anthony. you know there's no quick fix to that." Then
he said, "But I'll give you a tip: If you don't do anything else just cut your
meal portions in half and watch and see, what happens. The weight will
fall off of you." I said, "That's an easy fix," and I just cut my meals in half
and the weight did come off. This is the first time I've stuck with a regi-
men. As a result, since January 2009, I've lost close to 40 pounds and have
kept it off....and plan on keeping it off.
My turning point: I want to skydive, and one place I called told me you
can't weight more than 235 pounds, because you do it in tandem with the
instructor and all the equipment. And I said I weigh 240 pounds. What can
I do?" I was laughing over the phone, but, deadpan, the lady on the other
end said "Lose 5 pounds." I was like. "Wow. Ok." Now I'm well below
235, and I'm going to jump out of a plane!
My lifestyle: Once I talked to the nutritionists and my doctor, and they
said, "Anthony everything is fine in moderation; you can still eat certain
things, you just can't eat as much," then it was Ok. Once I wrapped my
mind around that, I said, "I can have short ribs every now and then, just
not every weekend like I was doing over the summer, and not steak every
two days like I was doing, but maybe once a month, and fried chicken once
a month." I can still satisfy my craving and urge for that. I just don't feed
it like I used to.
My treatment strategy: I test my blood sugar every day, an average of
three times a day: once in the morning, at midday, and once in the evening
before I go to bed. In terms of cutting carbs. it's hard to completely cut
them out so 1 try to cut them down. If I'm going to have a sandwich, I have
to make it only on one piece of bread not two. If I have a turkey burger or
a grilled chicken sandwich, I take off the top or bottom piece of the bun.
If I have pasta, I go whole wheat or multigrain; I don't do white pastas at

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outcomes after four years and again after eight years.
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April 4 10, 2013

Raines Mock Wedding
William M .Raines High School
will present their 26th annual Mock
Wedding and Fashion Show, Friday,
April 5th at 6:30 p.m. For more
information email

San Marco Art Festival
The 14th Annual San Marco Art
Festival takes place Saturday,
April 6th and Sunday, April 7th,
from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Support the
arts and the local community in San
Marco at 1971 San Marco
Boulevard. Free and open to the
public. For more information visit
www.artfestival.com or call 561-

Zone 6 ShadCo
Safety Fair
The Sheriffs Advisory Council
(ShAdCo), the Jacksonvilles
Sheriffs Office and the River City
Marketplace will hold thier Zone 6
ShAdCo Safety Fair, Staurday,
April 6th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
the River City Marketplace, 12884
City Center Blvd. The Sheriffs
Advisory Council will present more
than 20 Safety Awerness exhibits.
For more information call Debbie
Presgraves at 696-4355.

Fair Housing
Awareness Symposium
The City of Jacksonville Human
Rights Commission will host its
annual Fair Housing Symposium.
The free event includes continental
breakfast and lunch. The sympo-
sium takes place from April 6th, 8

a.m. 1 p.m. at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. Workshops will
be held for citizens and industry
professionals, such as home
builders, realtors, property man-
agers and homeowners. Advanced
registration is required. For more
information email jhrcrsvp@coj.net
or call 630-1212 x3020 to register.
Parking is free. Childcare for ages 4
to 12 will be available.

Domestic Violence
Awareness Walk
Hubbard House will host a
Domestic Violence Awareness
Walk, Saturday, April 6th. The
walk starts at 8 a.m. at the
Jacksonville Landing. For more
information visit www.hubbard-
housewalk.com, call Ashley
Johnson-Scott at 354-0076 ext. 212.

Reddi Art Spring
Sidewalk Sale
ReddiArts is having a Spring Art
Sale, Saturday April 6th from 10
a.m. 3:30 p.m. at 1037 Hendricks
Ave. Peruse art supplies, gifts,
frames and other items! Also enjoy
the "Emerging Artists for Emerging
Collections," art gallery show fea-
turing local artists. For more infor-
mation call 398-3161or visit

7th Stanton Alumni
Gala Planning Meeting
The current class leaders of Old
Stanton, New Stanton and Stanton
Vocational High Schools will meet
Monday April 8th at 6 p.m. The

meetings agenda is to discuss plans
for the 7th Stanton Alumni Gala,
June 22, 2013. Representatives
from all classes are encouraged to
attend. For more information con-
tact Chairman Kenneth Reddick at
764-8795 or email kwreddick@com-

Spring Gardening
The Duval County Extension staff
are offering a workshop on spring
gardening, Wednesday, April 10th,
10 a.m. 1 p.m. Learn about the
good, bad and ugly insects, land-
scape tips and keeping tools in
shape. This is a free program, send
pre-registration request to beck-
yd@coj.net or call 255-7450. The
workshops will be held at the
Mandarin Garden Club, 2892
Loretto Road.

HAIR the Musical
The 2009 Tony Award-Winning
Best Musical will come to
Jacksonville's Times- Union
Center's Moran Theater for one
performance only on Wednesday,
April 10th at 7:30 p.m. HAIR ener-
getically depicts the birth of a cul-
tural movement in the '60s and '70s
that changed America forever. For
more information visitwww.artist-
seriesjax.org or call 442-2929 or
email groupsales@fscj.edu.

Spring Gardening
The Duval County Extension
Offices will be offering a Spring
Gardening Workshop, Wednesday,

April 10th from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. at
the Mandarin Garden Club, 2892
Loretto Road. Topics include: the
good, bad and ugly insects, land-
scape tips and keeping tools in
shape. To pre-register call Becky at
255-7450 or email beckyd@coj.net
with your name and phone number.

Seasonal Landscape
& Gardening Tips
T he Duval County Extension
Offices will be offering a free work-
shop on Seasonal Landscape and
Gardening Tips, Thursday, April
llth at Highlands Branch Library,
1826 Dunn Ave. Workshop takes
place from 6:30 8:30 p.m. Topics
covered will be what to plant now,
latest fertilizer information, water-
ing rules and how to attract wildlife,
especially butterflies to your gar-
den. Bring your soil samples for
testing for pH for free. To pre-regis-
ter call Becky 255-7450 or email
beckyd@coj.net with your name
and phone number.

Jacksonville Branch
NAACP Meeting
The Jacksonville Branch of the
NAACP will hold their general
monthly membership meeting
Thursday, April llth at 7:15 p.m.
The meeting location is 1725
Oakhurst Avenue. For more infor-
mation email jaxnaacp@comcast.net
or call 764-7578.

Comedian Mike Epps
Comedy with Mike Epps will be at
the Times Union Center of
Performing Arts, Friday, April 12th

at 7 p.m. For more information call
the box office at 633-6110 or visit
www.mikepps.com. The theater is
located at 300 Water St.

Passing Strange at
Players by the Sea
The play Passing Strange by Stew
at the Players by the Sea, 106 6th
St., Jacksonville Beach. The play
takes place April 12th May 4th.
Passing Strange is the story of a
young musician who travels to
Amsterdam and Berlin to find ""the
real" after being raised in a church-
going middle-class Los Angeles
neighborhood. For more informa-
tion call 249-0289.

P.R.I.D.E. April
Book Club Meeting
The next P.R.I.D.E. Bookclub
meeting will be held Friday, April
13th at 7 p.m. Your host is Juanita
Powell Williams and will be held at
2867 Lorimier Terrace. The book
for discussion is Disintegration:
The Splintering of Black America
by Eugene Robinson. For more
information call 647-7767 or email

Entertainment Dinner
Party on the St. Johns
Enjoy dinner, dancing, and
comedic relief on the St. Johns
River with Akia Uwanda & Friends,
Saturday, April 13th, from 6-11
p.m. Experience a silent auction
with proceeds to benefit the Clara
White Mission at the Wyndham
Hotel, 1515 Prudential Dr. For
more information call 469-7511 or
visit www.akiauwanda.net.

2nd Annual
Caregiver Expo
The Second Annual Caregiver
Expo wil take place Saturday, April
20th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Caregiver
Expo 2013 will help caregivers
refresh their spirits and find ways to
better care for themselves and their
loved ones. The Expo location is
the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville

Riverfront Hotel, 225 East
Coastline Drive. For more details
call 407-6146 or visit www.com-

Racial Myths and DNA
On Wednesday, April 24th, part 3
of the MOSH After Dark series will
present "Racial Myths: What Does
Our DNA Say?" with Dr. Thomas
Spelsberg of the Mayo Clinic, at 6
p.m. The free forum will be held at
the Museum of Science and
History, 1025 Museum Circle. For
more information visit www.the-
mosh.org or call 396- 6674.

Ribault Class of 1983
30th Class Reunion
Ribault Sr. High School class of
1983 will kick off its 30th Class
Reunion with a 30 Shades of Blue
Party, Saturday, April 27th, at 7
p.m. at the A.L. Lewis Center, 3655
Ribault Scenic Drive. Followed by
a reunion cruise to the Bahamas,
May 2-6.. For more information
call Ms. Flanders at 764-9924.

Shrimp Festival
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp
Festival will take place May 3rd,
4th & 5th. The festival kicks off
Friday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. on the
riverfront stage and fireworks
scheduled at 9:45 p.m. On Saturday,
May 4th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and
Sunday, May 5th from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m., visitors can enjoy more than
300 award-winning artists and
craftspeople. For more info visit

P.R.I.D.E. May
Book Club Meeting
The next P.R.I.D.E. Bookclub
meeting will be held Saturday, May
4th at 3 p.m. Your host is Viola M.
Walker and will be held at 5430
Gregg St., American Beach, FL.
The book for discussion with the
author is Sweet Escape, by Viola
Walker. For more information call
313-410-4429 or email or email

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Dionne Warwick: The Golden Voice of

by Jaqui Goddard
The Telegraph
Her name is among the
brightest in recording indus-
try history, her songs provid-
ing the soundtrack for a gen-
eration and earning her a
place as one of the most suc-
cessful hit-makers of all time.
After more than five
decades of music-making that
won her five Grammy
awards, more than 60 charted
singles and global album
sales totalling more than 100

As Dionne Warwick, one o
most successful singers of th
century, declares bankruptcy
Goddard investigates how a
earning $100,000 a month c
down to her last $1,000 in ca

million copies, Dionne
Warwick might have been
assumed to have earned her-
self a comfortable retirement.
Yet her recent bankruptcy
filing reveals financial tan-
gles that belie her musical
success. At the age of 72, the
music legend who once
reaped seven-figure pay
checks is down to her last
$1,000 in cash and in $10
million of tax debt, it claims.
The 50-page document,
lodged in a New Jersey bank-
ruptcy court, provides in
humiliating detail the particu-
lars of Warwick's personal
finances, even down to her
monthly $90 bill for garbage
disposal and the fact that, on
March 17, she underwent a
debt counselling session over
the internet.
Her income exceeds her
outgoings by just $10 a
month, she owes $20,000 on
her credit card, and debts
totaling $505,737 to a former
lawyer and a former business
manager. Personal assets total
just over $25,000.
"We had no other resort
other than to file bankruptcy
so that we could get this off

her back finally," her bank-
ruptcy attorney, Daniel Stolz,
told Rolling Stone, declaring
his client an "innocent victim
of terrible mismanagement"
during the 1980s and 1990s.
Though Warwick is up to
date with her taxes, her debt
to the Internal Revenue
Service is the result of dues
accumulated on tax bills dat-
ing back to 1991.
"Before she knew it, she
owed a gazillion dollars in
taxes. She's actually paid
more than the face
f the amount of the
re 20th
e 20th taxes, but with all
V, Jacqui of the crazy inter-
star once est and penalties
would be that they add, the
ash. number kept
said Mr Stolz.
A cousin of singer Whitney
Houston, who died of a
cocaine-related drowning last
year, Warwick first performed
professionally in 1961 after
she was discovered by the
songwriting duo of Burt
Bacharach and Hal David.
She had her first hit within a
year with Don't Make Me
Over and, over the ensuing
decade, released 18 consecu-
tive Top 100 singles, includ-
ing Walk on By, Anyone Who
Had a Heart, Alfie, Say a
Little Prayer I'll Never Fall
in Love Again, and Do You
Know the Way to San Jose?
Later hits included Then
Came You and Heartbreaker.
She has had more hits in the
charts than any other female
vocalist except Aretha
In the 1990s, she became
the public face of the Psychic
Friends Network, a 1-900
service that connected callers
with clairvoyants for $3.99 a
minute. It earned her $3 mil-
lion a year before the parent
company went bankrupt.
With two children's books,
a best-selling autobiography,

a fragrance line, a new album
and a current world tour to
supplement her 50 years of
showbusiness cheques, the
question of Warwick's disap-
pearing fortune is indeed baf-
It is not the first time that
money woes have surfaced;
in 1993, she filed for so-
called "Chapter 11" protec-
tion from tax debts a case
that was resolved after she
surrendered three cars includ-
ing her BMW.
In Warwick's case, the
unnamed manager blamed for
her financial troubles was
fired years ago. Attempts
have been made over the
years to strike a deal with the
IRS, to which she owes $7
million, and the California
Franchise Tax Board, to
which she owes $3 million,
that would bring her debts
under control, but without
IQuite what she offered is
unclear. In her bankruptcy fil-
ing, Warwick who lives in a
rented detached home in the
village of South Orange, New
Jersey details monthly
expenses of $20,940 and
monthly income of $20,950,
leaving her just $10 in float.
The monthly outgoings
include $5,000 in rent, $5,000
for "housekeeping/sitting",

$4,000 for a personal assis-
tant, $1,000 for electricity,
$500 for the telephone, $500
for food and $750 for laundry
and dry cleaning.
Most of her income comes
from a $14,000 monthly pen-
sion, which is supplemented
by $2,200 a month in Social
Security benefits.
She also receives an aver-
age $6,250 a month in wages
from Star Girl Productions,
the company she lists as her
employer. Successful artists
commonly set up such enti-
ties known as "loan out cor-
porations" through which to
provide their services and
reap legal tax benefits.
Intriguingly for a woman
who only last October told an
interviewer, "My mainstay is
shopping. I love going down
to Givenchy and the bou-
tiques. I don't shop for what I
need, just what I want,"
Warwick lists her monthly
clothing expenses as zero.
She is down to her last two
fur coats and two pairs of dia-
mond earrings, collectively
worth $13,000, plus a
wardrobe of "gowns and


a Bankrupt Diva

,. 5. beds, dining room set and lap-
: top computer are together
S valued at just $1,500.
"Assorted artwork and paint-
;. ings" make up the $5,000
i remainder of her total
S$25,500 assets.
; In a poorly typed note post-
ed to her official website, she
tells fans: "i'm sure you have
been made aware via the
. enternet that i have filed
bankruptcy i am okay and
don't want any of you to
worry about this as with so
many things in our lifetime
objects that are sometimes
unavoidable will crop up just
eryday clothing" valued at keep a positive thought going
,000, her court filing around me and as i have been
veals. told on many occasions 'THIS
ler living room furniture, TOO SHALL PASS.'"

Former Miss USA Stirs

Pot on "Real Housewives"

Kenya Moore's dramatic, yet ly contradicts her Miss USA legacy
hilarious, antics on the "Real as a role model, but Moore doesn't
Housewives of Atlanta" have made think so.
her a household name. "I have to disagree with that.
The former Miss USA has criti- Miss USA is about owning who you
cized for practically begging her are, being independent, being a
then boyfriend, Walter Jackson, to leader, and I think that's exactly
marry her. It was who I've been on
later report- the show."
ed that s ,i Jd

boyfriend on the show. She also
verbally assaulted and then almost
got into a physical altercation with
fellow new castmate Porsha
Stewart and she stole Phaedra
Parks' donkey booty exercise video
Moore has single-handedly
hijacked this TV show with her per-
sonal storylines, and fans tune in to
see what this diva will do next.
Some believe her behavior clear-

But when things don't go her way
her horns pop out. She had her
Moore Vision Media company pro-
duce a vengeful, yet comical, video
spoof about her nemeses, Posrsha
and Phaedra. She hired a drag
queen as Porsha and an obese
woman wearing Phaedra's infa-
mous fishnet bathing suit to portray
Phaedra. She also had a Walter
She justifies her behavior and

middle-aged women fighting on
national TV as merely a part of
everyone's everyday life.
"This is a reality show, and
you're capturing people's lives. In
anyone's life, if you follow them
around, there's going to be conflict,
there's going to be disagreements
- I don't think anyone is exempt
t'i Im those things happening in real
1ile "
Nonetheless, Moore has become
the breakout star of this season's
S"Real Housewives of Atlanta"
with her funny one-liners she
calls Porsha "dumb-dumb"
and said "she's so dumb, she
can't even make coffee,"
and twirled away from a
near-fistfight with Porsha
by saying the now popular
catch-phrase: "Gone-with-
the-Wind fabulous."
Beauty queen winners tend
to disappear once they finish
lleii reigns. Not Moore. After the
bcauity pageant and before reality
TV'. -.lie had roles in movies such as
"Tiois" and "I Know Who Killed
Perhaps Moore's gauche shenani-
gans are part of a calculated move
to become the next NeNe Leakes,
who has successfully transcended
into a sought-after Hollywood
actress with a role on the hit come-
dy "The New Normal," or get her
own spinoff show like Kim Zolciak.
"For me, being a part of main-
stream again, that is one of the
obvious benefits of being on any
television show, let alone a top-
rated reality show," said Moore.

Shown above (L-R) are FRONT: Lavern Surrency, Jasmine
Smith, Wilbert Gardner and Nancy Gardner. BACK: Willie
Patterson, Delores Fitzgerald, Russell Surrency, Elijah Smith and
Eunice Smith.
70th Birthday Party

Celebration for Wilbert Gardner
Mr. Wilbert Gardner recently held his 70th birthday celebration at
Longhorn Steakhouse with his family and friends. The proud Matthew
Gilbert Class of '62 graduate has been married for 48 years to his wife
Nancy.He is the proud father of three: Myra, Vaness and Marcus. Mr.
Gardner is a member of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church and
enjoys playing bid-whist, bar-b-qing. sports and is well traveled
throughout the U.S.


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April 4-10, 2013

Supreme Court Weighs In On Race With

Affirmative Action, Voting

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2013 Graduating Class of Urban Prep Academy

All Black All Male High School Has

3rd Year 100% Graduation, College

Chicago, Ill. Urban Prep
Academy has accomplished what
some thought would be impossi-
ble-especially in Chicago, which
has been in the national spotlight
recently for tragic news about its
youth. All the seniors from Urban
Prep's Englewood campus and the
seniors from the inaugural graduat-
ing class from its West campus, 167
African-American males, have
been accepted to a four-year college
or university. (85% of Urban Prep
students come from low-income
families, and many start Urban Prep
at least two grade levels behind.)
This student body continues to
exceed expectations in a city where
fewer than 40 percent of African
American males finish high school.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
joined Urban Prep Academies'
founder and CEO Tim King, stu-
dents, faculty and parents for a spe-
cial assembly recognizing seniors
who have received their acceptance
letters and exchanged the red uni-
form ties they have worn since their
enrollment at Urban Prep for red-
and-gold striped ties signifying
their college-bound status. In addi-

tion to the entire student body of
Urban Prep's Englewood and West
Campuses, students from Urban
Prep's Bronzeville campus attended
the assembly to honor their "broth-
"The students of the Urban Prep
Academies have not only cleared
the academic bar, they have raised
the bar for all of us," said Mayor
Rahm Emanuel "Their accom-
plishment today is a ringing exam-
ple that when you have a teacher in
the classroom that is committed, a
principal in the school who is
accountable and adults at home that
are involved, any student from any
neighborhood or background in
Chicago can achieve the dream of
graduating and going to college."
The 2013 classmates been accept-
ed to over 115 different four-year
colleges and universities, including:
Connecticut College, Cornell
University, Morehouse College,
Howard University, Dartmouth
College, Kenyon College, Notre
Dame, and The University of
Pennsylvania. and the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Students are still awaiting decisions

from many other colleges and uni-
In total, this year's seniors have
been awarded more than $6 million
in scholarships and grants to date,
and seven students are Gates
Millennium Scholar finalists (win-
ners will be named in April).
Urban Prep's Alumni Affairs
Office tracks the number of alumni
from its graduating classes who
enroll in college. Alumni from the
classes of 2010, 2011 and 2012
have a 96 percent college enroll-
ment rate-the highest of any
Chicago Public School (CPS) that
exceeds national averages. Urban
Prep alumni are also persisting or,
staying in, college at record rates:
83 percent of Urban Prep graduates
persisted in college compared to
only 70 percent for CPS and 42 per-
cent for African-American males
Urban Prep Academies was found-
ed in 2002 by Tim King and a group
of African-American education,
business and civic leaders who
wanted to improve the educational
opportunities available to urban

by H. Yen, HP
nation lived down its history of
racism and should the law become
Addressing two pivotal legal
issues, one on affirmative action
and a second on voting rights, a
divided Supreme Court is poised to
answer those questions.
In one case, the issue is whether
race preferences in university
admissions undermine equal oppor-
tunity more than they promote the
benefits of racial diversity. Just this
past week, justices signaled their
interest in scrutinizing affirmative
action very intensely, expanding
their review as well to a Michigan
law passed by voters that bars
"preferential treatment" to students
based on race. Separately in a sec-
ond case, the court must decide
whether race relations in the
South, particularly have improved
to the point that federal laws pro-
tecting minority voting rights are no
longer warranted.
The questions are apt as the
United States closes in on a demo-
graphic tipping point, when non-
whites will become a majority of
the nation's population for the first
time. That dramatic shift is expect-
ed to be reached within the next
generation, and how the Supreme
Court rules could go a long way in
determining what civil rights and
equality mean in an America long
divided by race.
The court's five conservative jus-
tices seem ready to declare a new
post-racial moment, pointing to
increased levels of voter registra-
tion and turnout among blacks to
show that the South has changed.
Lower federal courts just in the past
year had seen things differently,
blunting voter ID laws and other
election restrictions passed by
GOP-controlled legislatures in
South Carolina, Texas and Florida,
which they saw as discriminatory.
"Whenever a society adopts
racial entitlements, it is very diffi-
cult to get out of them through the
normal political processes," Justice

Antonin Scalia said in oral argu-
ments earlier this year, suggesting
that it was the high court's responsi-
bility to overturn voting protections
overwhelmingly passed by
Congress in 2006.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, part
of the court's more liberal wing,
countered that while conventional
discriminatory tactics may have
faded, new ones have emerged.
"Congress said up front: We know
that the (voter) registration is fine.
That is no longer the problem. But
the discrimination continues in
other forms," she said.
The legal meanings of "equality,"
"racism" and "discrimination" have
been in flux since at least 1883,
when justices struck down a federal
anti-discrimination law, calling it
an unfair racial advantage for for-
mer black slaves. Today, justices
face the question of whether the
nation has reached equality by a
1960s definition or some new stan-
By some demographic measures,
America has reached a new era. But
the latest census data and polling
from The Associated Press also
show race and class disparities that
President Barack Obama, the
nation's first black chief executive,
was re-elected in November despite
a historically low percentage of
white supporters. He was aided by a
growing bloc of blacks, Hispanics,
Asian-Americans and gays, and a
disproportionate share of women,
who together supported him by at
least a 2-to-1 margin.
Another sign of shifting times:
Among newborns, minorities out-
numbered whites for the first time
last year, the Census Bureau report-
ed. "The end of the world as
straight white males know it," one
newspaper headline said on the
morning after the November elec-
Still, issues linger by race, age
and class:
Jobs and income. Black poverty
has fallen by half since 1959, to
27.6 percent, buij is still nearly three

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times the poverty rate of whites.
Black and Hispanic men are twice
as likely as whites to work in the
low-paying service sector. Since the
1970s, the unemployment rate for
blacks has remained double that of
_Wealth. The wealth gap between
whites and minorities is at its
widest since 1984. Predominantly
younger minorities were hit hard
when home prices fell, while older
whites were more likely to invest in
401(k) retirement plans and stocks,
which have rebounded since the
recession. The median net worth of
white households was $113,149 in
2009, compared with $6,325 for
Hispanics and $5,677 for blacks.
Class and education. By some
measures, the gap between rich and
poor has stretched to its widest
since 1967. Globalization and
automation have eliminated many
mid-skill jobs, leaving a polarized
pool of low-wage work and high-
skill jobs requiring advanced
degrees. About 40 percent of whites
age 25-29 graduate from college,
compared with 15 percent for
Latinos and 23 percent for blacks.
Racial bias. Prejudice against
blacks worsened slightly in the four
years since Obama was first elected
in 2008, according to an AP poll. In
all, 51 percent of Americans
expressed explicit anti-black atti-
tudes, compared with 48 percent in
2008. Questions designed to ferret
out subconscious bias raised the
proportion with anti-black senti-
ments to 56 percent, and the share
of people expressing pro-black atti-
tudes fell.
Roderick Harrison, a demograph-
er who is black, says he felt pride in
Obama's re-election, which to him
reaffirmed a historic achievement
not only for black Americans but
also a broader coalition of racially
diverse groups. Still, he worries that
demographic change and Obama's
success may lead to a tipping point
in the opposite direction, where
people in the United States are led
to assume racial equality has fully

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