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Chicago Suburb of Lynwood

Makes Official Law on Sagging Pants
S LYNWOOD, Ill. Be careful if you have saggy
pants in the south Chicago suburb of Lynwood.
Village leaders have passed an ordinance that
would levy $25 fines against anyone showing
three inches or more of their underwear in public.
Eugene Williams is the mayor of Lynwood. He
says young men walk around town half-dressed,
keeping major retailers and economic develop-
ment away. He calls the new law a hot topic.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the
ordinance targets young men of color.
Young adults in the village, like 21-year-old Joe Klomes, say the new
law infringes on their personal style. He says leaders should instead
spend money on making the area look nicer.

Michelle Obama Joins Alpha Kappa

Alpha Sorority During Centennial
Michelle Obama has accepted an invitation to become an honorary
member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, ending weeks of speculation on histori-
cally black college campuses about which, if any, sorority she would
Ms. Obama did not join a sorority while a undergraduate at Princeton,
and Alpha Kappa Alpha, which was founded at Howard University in
1908, did not have a chapter on the campus at the time.
The sorority, which also counts Brown University President Ruth J.
Simmons among its honorary members, told The New York Times that
once Ms. Obama is inducted into the sorority, she cannot join any of the
other "divine nine," as black sororities and fraternities are often called.
But a spokeswoman for Ms. Obama said that her membership was non-
"She looks forward to working with all of them to help bring change to
their communities," the spokeswoman told the Times.

Marion Jones Asks Pres. Bush to

Commute Six Month Sentence
WASHINGTON Disgraced Olympic track star
Marion Jones has asked President Bush to commute
her six-month prison sentence for lying to federal
agents about her use of performance-enhancing
drugs and a check-fraud scam.
The Justice Department confirmed that Jones is
among hundreds of convicted felons who have
applied for presidential pardons or sentence com-
mutations/ A pardon is an official act of forgiveness
that removes civil liabilities stemming from a crim-
inal conviction, while a commutation reduces or
eliminates a person's sentence.
Such applications are reviewed by the Justice Department, which makes
a recommendation to the president.
After -frequently denying that she ever used performance-enhancing
drugs, Jones admitted last October she had lied to federal investigators in
November 2003. Jones also admitted lying about her knowledge of the
involvement of Tim Montgomery, the father of her older son and a for-
mer 100-meter world-record holder, in a scheme to cash millions of dol-
lars worth of stolen or forged checks.
Jones was sentenced in January to six months in prison and 400 hours
of community service in each of the two years following her release. She
was sentenced to six months on the steroids case and two months on the
check-fraud case, but is serving the sentences concurrently.

Judge Tosses Lawsuit in Case Against

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
--- DETROIT, MI The attorneys for Detroit
'" Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick convinced a Wayne
County judge last week that the Motor City's
Is 1 -! ^^ major-league money woes cannot be directly
tied to an $8.4 million settlement in the city's
.'"-- f high-profile whistle-blower case last year.
Corbett Edge O'Meara, a Detroit lawyer had
argued that residents and city employees were
out millions because of the settlement, which
included a secret side deal to keep quiet about
sordid sex-text messages volleyed between
Kilpatrick and his longtime chief of staff, Christine Beatty. Kilpatrick is
now facing perjury charges after denying that he had an extramarital
affair with Beatty.
In his lawsuit, O'Meara argues that Kilpatrick and his lover lied to the
City Council and residents by keeping the reason for the settlement under
wraps. Although O'Meara lost the first round, according to the News, the
judge has agreed to grant him another hearing on Aug. 8, to consider
more evidence of alleged harm caused his 35 clients. "We are still going
to fight this," O'Meara said. "We want to hold these government officials
accountable for their actions." Kilpatrick's attorneys, Tony Rusciano and
James Thomas, think O'Meara's lawsuit is absurd. "Taxes haven't gone

up one penny as a result of this," Thomas said in court. O'Meara wants
Kilpatrick's personal account and the assets of his $180,000 legal defense
frozen, on behalf of Detroit taxpayers, the News reports

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Florida Registration Drives Under the

Voter registration drives may be
the most convenient way to sign up
to vote, but it could also be risky.
The Florida Secretary of State is
drafting rules for stricter penalties
and deadlines for groups that host
registration drives.
"We have had times in the past

where some of these drives have
turned in the applications after
Election Day or have turned them
in with bad information," says
Jennifer Davis with the Secretary of
State's Office.
Florida's League of Women
Voters is suing, calling the new

rules unfair. League President
Marilyn Wills says a thousand dol-
lar penalty for late applications
would discourage registration
drives and keep some people from
casting ballots.
"There are some groups who are
registered mostly through third

party registration, like you're
Hispanic voters and your black vot-
ers," Wills says.
The rules come at a time when
record numbers of Floridians are
signing up to cast ballots in this
year's presidential race.
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Ms. Carrie "CeCe' Cox

Soldier Says Goodbye to Military Career

and Hello to Continued Service to God

As America continues to fight
an unpopular war, no shortage of
gratitude is felt for those that place
their lives at risk for America.
Stepping down from tat honor is
Carrie "CeCe" Cox who was feted
with a festive retirement ceremony
following twenty years of service in
the U.S. Navy.
The celebratory theme of "Fair
Winds and Following Seas" set the
tone for the Friday evening cere-
monies held in Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church. Ms. Cox, who
is active in a variety of ministries at
the church, concluded her military
career as Hospital Corpsman
Second Class (Fleet Marine Force).
"Wow! That was my first thought
of expression when I saw how
many people came to honor 'little
old me,"" said Cox of the packed
audience who filled the church's old
The occasion was just as ceremo-
nious as it was spiritual. Included of
traditional military ceremonies was
the presentation of colors, awards
and shadow box in addition to the
National Anthem.
A special highlight of the event
was the retiree's presentation of cer-
tificates to those who have made a

difference in her life. "It was very
nice in that not only was she thank-
ing God, she publicly acknowl-
edged the people who helped her
along her career and spiritual path
thus far," said Rhonda Silver.
"It's more than a notion to fight for
your country and defend the liberty
of others", said Cox. "
Nevertheless, because I put on the
whole armor of God, I found that
serving others and for others is just
what I do." R. Silver photo

Gwendolyn Earl, shown above, got a little more than she bargained
for when stopping by the Free Press offices recently. The avid reader
thought she just wanted to pick up a few extra editions for friends, but
when she found out new subscriptions also came with a new DVD of
choice, she picked out the newly released hit "College Road Trip" and
gladly paid her check. "This is the best, most informative paper out
there," said Earl, "the key to knowledge is reading."

NAACP Renews Call to Remove S.C. Confederate Flag

The NAACP is getting little sup-
port from the residents of mostly
Black South Carolina as it tries to
pressure the state to remove the
Confederate flag from a Civil War
memorial in the heart of Columbia.
Part of the reason for the seeming
complacency is that it took such a
major effort to get leaders of the
state, Black and White, to agree to
remove it from the Capitol dome
eight years ago. At the time, there
were repeated marches and protests
and boycotts involving everybody
from governors, lawmakers, com-
munity leaders, students, entertain-

ers and athletes since the case, outside pres-
flag was hoisted in 1962. sure is the only way

which many African gets anything
Americans see as a his- accomplished," said
toric symbol of slavery, Lonnie Randolph,
Jim Crow and modem-day president of the
intolerance is situated in South Carolina
an area "passed by 28,000 chapter of the
drivers each day, accord- NAACP.
ing to The Associated State Rep. Gilda
Press, the NAACP is Cobb-Hunter, an
renewing its call to rip it down. African-American Democrat from
"We are a patient organization. Orangeburg, S.C., said, "It will take
We've been working for 100 years the next generation of lawmakers to
doing this. And as is always the resolve the issue."

Controversial Josephine Baker USPS Stamp Finally Unveiled

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The US Postal Service (USPS),
which last year lost a legal battle
after refusing to mail postcards with

a topless image of US-born
chanteuse Josephine Baker, is hon-
oring the late African-American
with a stamp of her own his week.
The stamp reproduces a poster
from the 1935 French film
"Princess Tam-Tam" that featured
the sultry star -- this time with her
bosom covered -- who emigrated to
France where she took much of
Europe by storm after encountering
racism in her home country.
The image is part of a commemo-
rative series of US postage stamps
honoring vintage black cinema
unveiled this week.
They serve as "invaluable pieces
of history, preserving memories of
cultural phenomena that otherwise
might have been forgotten," said
USPS vice president Delores

Killette in a statement Tuesday.
"My adoptive mother, whose
theme song was Two loves Have I,
my Country and Paris,' would be
delighted, thrilled and deeply
moved by this wonderful tribute to
African-American culture," Baker's
adopted son Jean-Claude Baker
said in the statement.
After a protracted but eventually
triumphant free-speech battle sup-
ported by the New York Civil
Liberties Union (NYCLU), Mr.
Baker was allowed in May 2007 to
mail 15,000 postcards to patrons of
"Chez Josephine," his New York
restaurant opened 22 years ago in
honor of his adopted mother.
The USPS had refused to accept
and mail the cards, which featured a
1926 watercolor by Henry Fournier

depicting Baker as a topless Follies-
Bergere dancer, on the basis that
they were "pornographic", accord-
ing to the NYCLU.
But the Baker son held firm and
eventually prevailed in his case,
earning his right to send the cards
and an apology from the USPS.
Josephine Baker was born in 1906
in St. Louis, Missouri, where she
came face to face with discrimina-
tion, including in theaters where
blacks were barred from sitting in
the same areas as whites.
After achieving fame in Europe
she often returned to the United
States to help with the civil rights
movement, and joined the
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By Jason Alderman
You probably began 2008 with
the best intentions: lose a few
pounds, reduce debt, start sav-
ing for college or retirement.
You may have even written
New Year's resolutions and
started working on them. But
you get busy, unexpected
expenses come up, and sudden-
ly it's summer.
Don't despair. There's plenty of
time to get back on track. Here
are a few suggestions:
First, make a budget. Compare
what's going out with what's
coming in. If your expenses
exceed your income, you'll
never get ahead.
Track what you spend. For the
next few months, write down
every penny you spend on rent
or mortgage, utilities, groceries,
meals out, parking meters,
allowances, gas the works.
Don't forget to add in monthly
amounts for periodic bills like
your car and homeowner's
SReview your list for
non-essentials you can trim. A
$5-a-day coffee habit costs
$1,800 a year; buying a $10
lunch every day will run about
) $2,500. You could save a for-
tune by brewing your own cof-
fee and packing lunch a few
days a week. Put those savings
toward paying off credit cards
and you'll save even more, since
you'll reduce the amount of

interest accrued on those loans.
A few other money-saving
Consolidate errands to save
Try generic brand groceries;
Investigate using generic drugs
and ask if there's a discount for
ordering multiple-month pre-
scriptions by mail;
Raise insurance deductibles;
Pay down higher-interest
credit cards first;
Balance your checking
account regularly to avoid over-
draft charges;
Avoid using out-of-network
ATMs; take cash back on debit
card purchases to avoid foreign
ATM fees;
Quit smoking a pack a day
habit costs over $1,500 a year
Weatherproof your home and
buy energy-efficient appliances
Check out books and DVDs
from the library instead of buy-
ing them;
Start saving for retirement.
Now. Thanks to compound
earnings (where interest earned
on your savings in turn gener-
ates more earnings) the sooner
you start saving, the faster your
account will grow. Here's an
Say you're 22, earn $30,000 a
year and put aside 6 percent of
pay until age 65 at an 8 percent
average annual rate of return.
Your $77,400 investment will
grow to $619,000 by 65; but

wait until 32 to begin saving
and you'll only accumulate
$274,000 a huge difference. If
you increase the percentage of
pay saved and factor in annual
raises, your savings will sky-
Probably the easiest and most
tax-effective retirement savings
method is your employer's
401(k) or similar plan. Money
is deducted from your paycheck
before being taxed, which low-
ers your taxable income and
thus, your taxes. You aren't
taxed until the money is with-
drawn at retirement, when your
taxable income and tax rate may
be much lower.
Most companies match a por-
tion of your contributions -
commonly 50 percent of your
first 3 percent of pay saved, or
better. That's a 50 percent rate
of return, so be sure to con-
tribute at least enough to take
full advantage of the match.
Practical Money Skills for Life
features a complete guide to
401(k) plans and other employ-
er-provided benefits.
If a 401(k) plan isn't available,
try a Roth IRA. Although initial
contributions are taxed, you'll
never pay taxes on the earnings.
The earlier you contribute to a
Roth, the bigger your tax sav-
ings. Consult a financial profes-
sional regarding your personal
You've still got several months

f Be Willing to Change the Way You Work and Play

In today's global economy, it's
crucial to cultivate relationships
with people from a spectrum of
races, religions, countries, and cultures....
Being savvy about cultural differences will
make you more sensitive and appealing.
Nervous about being politically correct? Start
by taking a diversity workshop and learn from
the experts how to become more inclusive in
business and in life. You cannot single-handedly
solve racism and bigotry in America, but you can
solve it in your own life. As Norman Vincent
Peale said in The Power of Positive Thinking,
"The secret of a better and more successful life

is to cast out those old, dead, unhealthy
thoughts." I would also add "people" to that list.
Substitute for them new, vital, dynamic thoughts
and people.
We do that is through close, personal friend-
ships. When you're breaking bread and engaging
someone who does not look like you, you're
melting away the barriers and biases that divide
us. When you model that for children, you're
eradicating racism from the next generation.
Bottom Line: Peale wrote, "An open mind
can give you the power of positive living." You
can depend on it--an inflow of new thoughts and
people will remake you and your life.

It's Not Too Late To Get Your

Financial Resolutions Back on Track

FICO 08 May Change

Your Credit Score

by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Contributing Writer
FICO 08 is quickly becoming the
new formula for computing credit
scores in the U.S. "The credit
scoring formula has been periodi-
cally updated over the past 20
years, with changes in technology.
FICO 08 will make the scoring
system more sensitive to multiple
late payments and less sensitive to
isolated incidents of late payment
or those that occurred a few years
ago," states Craig Watts, Public
Affairs Manager, for Fair Isaac
Corporation, the creator of the
credit scoring system.
Fair Isaac is changing the scoring
model to help lenders be more pre-
dictive of the likelihood of borrow-
er default, while still allowing
good loans to take place. Fair
Isaac estimates that the new model
will help lenders reduce default
rates on consumer loans between 5
and 15 percent. For most borrow-
ers, the general consensus is that
those considered low risk, will see
higher credit scores and those con-
sidered high risk will see lower
credit scores.
Credit Scores
FICO Credit Scores are calculat-
ed based on information contained
within an individual's credit report.
Credit scores can range from 300
to 850, with 850 being the top
credit rating. The FICO model
scores creditworthiness based on
five weighted factors:
Payment History- 35%- Track
record of timely payment on cur-
rent and past credit accounts.
Amounts Owed- 30%- The
amount of outstanding credit in
relationship to the maximum
amount of credit available.
Length of Credit History- 15%-
In general how long your credit
accounts have been established.
New Credit- 10%- The fre-
quency of applying for new credit
in the recent past.
Types of Credit- 10%-
Considers the mix of credit cards,
retail accounts, installment loans,
mortgage loans, etc.
What's changed?
Because the FICO formulas are
proprietary, it is difficult to get a
hard read on what has changed.
However, Fair Isaac has
announced some specific changes
that will affect some borrowers:

by going to www.annualcreditre- You can also get your
credit score for a small fee.
Review your credit reports and
look for errors, inaccuracies and
negative credit items. Dispute
items that you feel are inaccurate.
- Make a list of your current cred-
itors, amounts owed, credit limits,
interest rates and payment
amounts. Develop a plan to reduce
your total debt, interest rates and
number of creditors.
Apply and open new credit
accounts only as needed. Shop for
the best credit accounts. Look at for competi-
tive rates.
(These websites are provided as
a courtesy and are not under the
control of Financial Network

segments ranging from high risk to
good credit. The number of seg-
ments has increased from 10 to 12
groups. The thinking is that more
segments will increase the accura-
cy of the scoring system overall.
Improving your credit score
There is no quick fix to improv-
ing a credit score, since your cred-
it history is collected over time.
Below are several steps that may
Get a copy of your credit
reports. You can get a free copy
from all three reporting agencies

Investment Corporation)
FICO 08 may change your credit
score, but the biggest impact will
be made by you and your family's
management of your personal
Michael G Shinn, CFP, Registered
Representative and Advisory
Associate of and securities and invest-
ment advisory services offered through
Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit for more
information or to send your comments
or questions to shinnm@fmancialnet- Michael G Shinn 2008.

About Money: From Insurance to Support,

Financial Considerations in Divorce

When thoughts of divorce ham-
mer home, you have to be careful
not to get financially nailed.
"When you divorce, you are
divorcing your spouse and not
Ij your creditors," says Steve
Rhode, president of,
a non-profit consumer debt assis-
]* tance service. "It does not matter
what it says in the separation
agreement, that document is
between you and your ex and not
you and your creditors."
-" So, be forewarned, the promises
your soon- to- be-ex makes at the
divorce negotiating table may not
- be any more lasting than the mar-
riage vows and your separation
agreement may provide very little
protection in terms of your credit
rating and potential bank repos-
sessions in the near or far future.
In the end, whatever bill has your
-" name on it belongs to you in the
eyes of the creditors and collec-
tion courts.
The goal, then, is to get your
name off the bills you aren't
agreeing to pay in the settlement.
From the beginning, ditch what-
V ever preconceptions you have
before you head to the settlement
hearing for little is as it first
appears. "For example, great care
should be taken over the home
mortgage payments since both
parties continue to be responsible
even years after the divorce,"
me warns Joe DuCanto, named by
B the Leading Lawyer Network as
one of the Top 100 Leading
Lawyers in Illinois and an Illinois
Super Lawyer.
If you "win" the home in the set-
tlement, you may lose in the end
if you can't afford regular mainte-

nance and upkeep costs, yearly
property taxes and home insur-
ance, or even the mortgage pay-
ments if your spouse can't pay the
bill months or years down the
road. Another caveat: that exist-
ing mortgage can count against
you, even if you are not the one
that "got the house," when you go
to borrow money later for another
home, a car or a business.
The same holds true of many
other so called "wins" such as
country club memberships, where
members may cold-shoulder the
newly divorced and the value
isn't cashable. If you decide to
sell the house and split the profits
now rather than wrangle with the
liability later, keep your emotions
out of the sale.
"If you tell your listing broker
that you are divorcing, that infor-
mation might be disclosed to
potential buyers -- so simply state
that you are selling 'because
we're moving,'" advises Alison
Rogers, licensed real estate agent
in New York City and author of
"Diary of a Real Estate Rookie"
(Kaplan Publishing, 2007).
"Keeping the divorce aspect of
the transaction private will help
you beat off the vulture buyers
who think they can knock ten
thousand dollars off the price just
because you are having personal
troubles," she explains.
"If you do agree to sell, hire one
attorney for the sale and let him
{or her} handle it," adds Rogers.
"Don't blow it by each dragging
your divorce lawyer to the clos-
ing." Here are five tips to help
you saw your assets in half and
prevent your financial worth from

turning to sawdust.
"Count everything his, hers,
joint assets, future expectancies,
future inheritances, insurance,
everything," says DuCanto. Not
sure if you thought of everything?
Seek professional help from the
very beginning. "Over the past
few years, my divorce mediation
clients have found tons of value
in working with a Certified
Divorce Financial Analyst, also
known as a CDFA," says Josh
Hoch, director of Mediation
Services at Mediation Works
Incorporated. "A company that I
refer clients to is New England
Divorce Solutions www.nedi- They recent-
ly began offering services nation-
ally." Be sure to ask your attorney
if you should freeze assets now.
Check with your attorney first as
timing and motive can affect the
outcome of the judge's decision
on asset allocation. "Old accounts
need to be closed, the proceeds
divided as agreed upon and new
credit established in individual --
as opposed to joint-- accounts,"
advises DuCanto. The same holds
true of checking accounts as the
bank can collect bounced check
fees, insufficient funds and over-
drafts from anyone named on the
account. It's also wise to be wary
of the other side's attempt to
"save money." "The most inter-

testing client story I ever had was
a wife that persuaded her husband
that he had lower interest rates on
his credit cards and they should
transfer her balances to his cards.
They did and the next day she
left," says Rhode.
"Vested stock options, 401(k)
plans, IRAs and the like need to
be unscrambled and possibly
there will ensue some transfers:
the IRAs directly; 401(k) and
other 'qualified plans' by way of
a Qualified Domestic Relations
Order (QDRO). The action taken
depends on the tax consequences
of the various means or modes of
asset division," says DuCanto,
who pioneered the application of
tax law to matrimonial law in the

- and T
neys to
day follow his now famous plan
to gain tax advantages for their
clients in divorce settlements.
Your share of the assets could be
substantially whittled away by
taxes and penalties. Be sure you
choose an attorney who under-
stands tax consequences and
involve your CPA in the process
early on. "There are financial
planning firms and CPA firms
that specialize in divorce plan-
ning and/or litigation support, but
the time to start that planning is as
soon as the decision is made to
divorce," says Dylan Ross, CFP
and owner of Swan Financial
Planning in New Jersey.

"Give your financial advisor
your attorney's business card and
vice-versa," advises Michael
Reid, CPA and owner of Reid
Financial Group. "Encourage
your attorney to call you before
calling your advisor, in case you
can answer questions quickly.
Only have your advisor contact
your attorney to 'briefly clarify
matters that you don't understand'
to save on legal and advisor bills.
These two professionals will pro-
vide checks and balances on each
Even if child support is
addressed in the settlement,
future events can bring the sup-
port to an abrupt halt if you don't
take precautions now. "One tip

future college costs, in the event
your ex dies or becomes disabled.
Unless you want "to death do us
part" to turn into "to death doth us
remarry," change the beneficiar-
ies on all your insurance policies.
"Review beneficiary designa-
tions- Many people don't do this
and inadvertently leave their
accounts to their ex-spouse at
death," warns Richard Krasney,
CFP, President/ Personal Chief
Financial, RJK Wealth
Management, LLC. "Make sure
to review the designations. Most
commonly, this would apply to
pension accounts, annuities, IRA',
401k's, and other retirement type
accounts, and life insurance poli-
cies." There is one more money

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before finalizing a divorce is to
mandate continuing or new life
insurance while support pay-
ments are being made," says Tony
Blasting, a CLU, ChFC, CFP,
AEP, Financial Advisor at
Northwestern Mutual Financial
Network. "I have seen cases
where this is overlooked. If your
ex dies, that will be the end of
support checks. Even when the
mandate is in place, he or she may
change beneficiaries or lapse cov-
erage. The only sure protection is
for the receiving spouse to own
the policy." Follow the same
advice on ensuring the mortgage
or other debts get paid, including

issue to consider: the cost of your
attorney. In every bitter divorce,
it's the legal beagles that get the
biggest bone. Look at mediation
rather than traditional divorce.
Divorce mediators can save you
both a lot of time and money,"
says Krasney. "A mediator is
knowledgeable about the law and
will be able to help you to deter-
mine if your request to saw the
pet dog in half will just wind up
wasting your time and money.
They know the state laws and
may be useful in situations where
there isn't bloodthirsty animosity
toward one another."

Authorized Users- In the past, an
authorized user of another person's
credit card received a credit score
"boost" if the primary cardholder
maintained a low balance and paid
their account on time. The new
scoring system eliminates the
authorized user score advantage,
as well as, a similar practice called
Delinquencies- If a borrower is
delinquent over 90 days on one
account, but has a positive pay-
ment history on their other
accounts, the system will be more
forgiving. However, if a borrower
shows delinquencies over several
accounts, they will be more nega-
tively impacted.
Population Segments- FICO
groups consumers into populations

25% of the adult population

may be credit underserved

Full Bureau Record

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July 24-30, 2008



S- Gilbert Class of '66 Celebrate 60th Birthdays
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JCCI Forward Selects New Executive
Committee Twelve young leaders were selected to serve on the
2008-2009 JCCI Forward Executive Committee.
Established in 2000, JCCI Forward is an initiative of the Jacksonville
Community Council Inc. (JCCI) that seeks to involve developing leaders
and community minded people ages of 25 to 45 with important issues fac-
ing our community.
Serving as Chair of the 2008-2009 Forward Executive Committee is
Marcus Haile. Also serving on the Executive Committee is: Chair-elect
Lee Brown with Edward Waters College; Action Plan Chair Mickee
Brown; Immediate Past Chair Michael Connolly; Marketing Chair Rudy
Jamison; Social Chair Alida Lupari; Forums Chair Jennifer Mansfield;
Recruitment Chair Katie Ross; Training Chair Tatyana Ta; and committee
members Ajani Dunn, Circe LeNoble and Rhonda Williams.

The Matthew Gilbert Class of 1966 held their 60th Birthday reunion with a festive weekend celebration with a variety of events. Activities included a
meet and greet at Carl's Restaurant in Springfield 8th, Beach Fun Day on Saturday at Little Talbot Island and church service on Sunday at Greater Payne
Chapel AME Church. Classmates also made it a family affair by being siblings, children and grand-children. Shown above in attendance at the beach
event are: Katrina Crews, Kaelyn Crews, Maurece L. Hudson, Linda Baker, James McCoy, Bo Gaines, Sam McGee, Shirley Murray, Jessae Griffin,
Sherry Cushion, Edward Green, Ella Battle Williams, John Mercer, Janine Mercer, Curtin Crews III, Jacquelyn Rivera-Rodriquez, Tyrone Townsend,
Laura Hamilton, Caine Crews, Linda Brown, Graceil Jones, Ellis Jones, Easter Waddell, Ronald Waye, Barbara Douglas, Jalan Dawson, Mary Funches-
Green, Haywood Bryant, Bruce Johnson, Hazel Hudson, Juandra Johnson, Barbara Lee Sapp, Elroy Green, Alfonso X West, Shannon W. Norman,
Hayward Bryant. FMP Photo

Fitness 4U Coming to the Free Press Be on the look
out! Coming soon to the Free Press pages will be a new fitness column but
certified trainer and fitness expert Melinda Henry. Henry, the only Black
female gym owner in the First Coast area, will break down what
Jacksonville's women need to get it right and keep it tight!

Jailed Black Panther Mumia

Abu-Jamal Demands Retrial

Black Panther-turned human -
rights campaigner Mumia
Abu-Jamal has requested a .... ....--
retrial on his conviction of
murdering a police officer,
after his death sentence was
overturned in March, his
lawyer said Sunday.
A three-member Philadelphia
appeals court on March 27
voted two-to-one to overturn

death sentence, while uphold-
ing his conviction for the 1981
murder of Daniel Faulkner.
The court said Abu-Jamal,
54, should face a new sentenc-
ing hearing or have his sen-
tence commuted to life in jail.
Abu-Jamal, 54, has always
claimed his innocence while
on death row for 25 years.
While in jail, he became a
leading campaigner against the A 1995 shows Black Panther-turned human
death penalty. rights campaigner Mumia Abu-Jamal carrying
In his request for a retrial, a box of legal documents as he arrives for his
Abu-Jamals lawyer Robertappeal hearing in Philadelphia. Abu-Jamal has
Bryan asked for a decision by a requested a retrial on his conviction of murder-
full panel of 12 judges, not a ing a police officer, after his death sentence was
three-member court like overturned in March, his lawyer said Sunday.

"Even though the federal
court granted a new trial on
the question of the death
penalty, we want a complete
reversal of the conviction,"
he said.
"If unsuccessful, we will
proceed to the United States
Supreme Court," Bryan
Abu-Jamal has argued that
he was denied a fair trial in
1982 because the prosecu-
tion barred 10 qualified
African-Americans from
sitting on the jury, which in
the end consisted of 10
whites and two blacks.
The Philadelphia appeals
court had rejected his argu-
ments on lack of evidence
of any racist intent on the
part of the prosecution.
Mumia Abu-Jamal's death
sentence in March was auto-
matically commuted to life
in jail, which could be over-
turned if he is granted a new

Voter Registration
Continued from page 1
Three hundred thousand people
registered to vote already in Florida
this year. About 200,000 of them
registered Democrat.
Some election supervisors say the
rules could kill the momentum.
"To actually chill people's first
amendment right to register people
to vote by threatening them with
erroneous fines is really nothing
more than a gambit to suppress
voter registration in Florida," says
Leon County Elections Supervisor
Ion Sancho.
Florida is already below average
when it comes to signing people up
to vote. The new rules are expected
to go into effect in August. Third
party groups say they're rushing to
collect voter applications before
the rules change.
The deadline to sign up to vote in
the August primary is July 28th.
The new rules shouldn't be in place
by then.

Black males have nation's low-

est human development index

According to a just-released study,
the American Human Development
Report, African American males
have the lowest ranking on the
report's "human development
The index is based on U.S. gov-
ernment data concerning the health,
education and income of American
citizens and is considered "a single
measure of well-being for all
The report found that Asian
males in the United States have the
highest human development score
and they were expected to live 14
years longer on average than Black
males who had the lowest score on
the human development index.
Black males were found to cur-
rently have a shorter life expectan-
cy than the average white American
had in the 1970s.

Overall, the report ranked
America 12th on a worldwide scale
for the human development of its
citizens. For example, U.S. citizens
ranked 42nd in the world for life
expectancy even though this nation
spends more per person on health
care than any other nation.
Asians had a median income of
$31,518. Whites placed second
with $30,485 and Blacks placed
third with $23.025. The healthiest
people in America were Asian
woman while Black males had the
lowest health index.
The report was published by
Columbia University Press and its
full title is "The Measure of
America: American Human
Development Report 2008-2009.
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Recently, I was walking through
a book store and saw a book enti-
tled, "They Stole Us, They Sold Us,
They Owe Us." It was a book that
outlined why blacks should receive
reparations. I was surprised
because I had not heard much talk
of reparations over the past couple
of years.
Argument for "Reparations" is
because of the government sanc-
tioned actions of the past, the U.S.
should pay reparations, in various
forms, to slave descendants for the
transatlantic slave trade. How you
figure how to identify all the
descendants of slaves is beyond
me, but that's what some radical
organizations are proposing.
Some proposals suggest a mixture
of cash payments from the federal
government and private corpora-
tions linked to the slave trade, land
distribution and social services.
According to of the proposals
introduced to Congress, "Through
reparations the government would
deed public lands in the South to
black people who can prove they
are descended from slaves." Of
proponents make the case that
"Through development of this land
they would gain pride of ownership
and a real stake in wider society,
which would cause positive socio-
logical effects throughout the
African-American community."
To simply state the question at
hand, should African American
receive reparations for slavery?
Better yet, should we even be talk-
ing about reparations in the year
The majority of blacks would
probably say yes. However, are
many blacks that will say that
while slavery has had a devastating
effect on black culture in America
we should simply move on? It's

Surprisingly, Black Folk are

Still Talking About Reparations

water under the bridge.
I tend to lean towards that faction
of African Americans that feel we
should move on. And my basic
premise is that I try to be a realist as
much as possible and expecting
blacks to receive a monetary settle-
ment from the United States gov-
ernment is not reality.
Yes, I realize the impact that slav-
ery has had and is still having on
our community. Yes, I realize that
we are still playing catch up
because of the legacy of slavery.
Yes, I realize that millions of
blacks were killed as a direct result
of slavery, but at this point I think I
would prefer some sort of public
apology from the government and a
number of much needed social pro-
grams aimed at redeveloping and
empowering blacks to become
business and property owners.
Take my 40 acres and mule and
start a college awareness program
in the inner city that introduces
youth to college and helps them to
understand that education is the
pathway to success.
Take my 40 acres and start more
housing rehab and home ownership
programs for blacks. And while
you are at it, take part of my 40
acres and provide more free credit
counseling seminars for African
I will be happy to give my 40
acres to some of the schools in our
communities that don't have the
resources that schools in other
communities have. Take my 40
acres and put a computer lab in all
of the community centers in the
inner city.

Take my 40 acres and invest in
ways to figure how to tackle the
AIDS epidemic in the African
American community.
Now let me bring it home, I say all
of this to simply say that instead of
asking for 40 acres and our mule or
a station wagon, we should be ask-
ing for more realistic initiative that
directly affects our communities.
There are legitimate programs
and economic development initia-
tive that if properly managed could
turn around some of the issues fac-
ing the black community.
"Forty acres and a mule" was the
unkept promise made to Blacks
during the Reconstruction Period,
following the Civil War. This was
a promise that will never be kept,
so it's time that we move on and
look for other options. That's just
my opinion; thousands of others
look at this issue from a different
On the other side of the coin, pro-
ponents of reparations make a very
valid agreement.
In the past, the United States has
paid reparations to other minority
groups such as Japanese Americans
after World War II. This is one of
the key premises that some site
when arguing for reparations and
insisting that America continues to
practice discrimination against
African Americans.
The lingering effects of slavery
have been a continuing issue with-
in the African-American communi-
ty for many years. All of us are
painfully aware of the damage
racism did to African Americans as
it expressed itself through slavery,

racial segregation and discrimina-
tion. Proponents say if you look at
the legacy of slavery alone it is
enough to rationalize the need for
the United States to make good on
its promises after emancipation.
Approximately four million
Africans and their descendants
were enslaved in the U.S. from
1619 to 1865. Slavery in our coun-
try was constitutionally and statu-
torily sanctioned by the govern-
ment from 1789-1865. Yet our gov-
ernment has never actively studied
the effects of that slavery and pos-
sible recompense to its victims.
It is estimated that approximately
600,000 African American lives
were lost during the Civil War,
while historical accounts place the
loss of black life directly related to
enslavement at between 10 million
and 100 million.
In Congress Representative John
Conyers has been a strong propo-
nent for reparations. Every year
without fail, Congressman Conyers
introduces H.R. 40, a bill that
would create a national commis-
sion to study the impact of slavery
and recommend measures to reme-
dy the damages done to Black peo-
ple as a consequence of slavery.
Nothing has ever happened with
the bill, but you have to respect
Conyers for his commitment and
The reparations issue is dead as
far as I am concerned. Let's focus
on more tangible goals for our
Signing off from the Freeman's
Bureau, aka The Jacksonville Free
press, Reggie Fullwood

Why So Many Black Women Are Behind Bars

by E. 0. Hutchinson
Some years ago I briefly worked
as a social worker. Occasionally I
would visit clients in jail to deter-
mine their eligibility for continued
benefits. They were all men--with
one exception. She was a young
black woman serving time for theft.
She had two small children.
She entered the visiting room
handcuffed to another woman and
dressed in drab prison garb. We
talked through a reinforced glass
window. The guards stared hard
and barked out gruff commands to
the women.
The idea of a woman in prison
then was a novelty. According to a
recent Justice Department report,
women make up about 10 percent
of the America's inmates. There are
now more women than ever serv-
ing time, and black women make
up a disproportionate number of
those women. They are twice more
likely than Hispanic, and over three
times more likely than white
women, to be jailed.
In fact, black women have almost
single-handedly expanded the
women's prison-industrial com-
plex. From 1930 to 1950 five
women's prisons were built nation-
ally. During the 1980s and 1990s
dozens more prisons were built,
and a growing number of them are
maximum-security women's pris-
ons. But the prison-building
splurge hasn't kept pace with the
swelling number of women prison-
ers. Women's prisons are under-

staffed, overcrowded, lack recre-
ation facilities, serve poor quality
food, suffer chronic shortages of
family planning counselors and
services, and gynecological spe-
cialists, drug treatment and child
care facilities, and transportation
funds for family visits.
Female prisoners face the added
peril of rape, and insensitive treat-
ment during pregnancy. A United
Nations report in 1997 found that
more than two -dozen states per-
mitted pregnant women to be
shackled while being transported to
hospitals for treatment. A report by
the National Corrections
Information Center revealed that
the U.S. is one of only a handful of
countries that allow men to guard
women, often unsupervised.
Author Donna Ann-Smith
Marshall, who served several years
at Central California Women's
Facility, California's top maximum
security prison, in her new book,
Time on the Inside, tells in shock-
ing and graphic detail the callous,
often brutal treatment many
women are subjected to in women's
maximum security jails.
Unfortunately, the tepid public
debate over the consequence of
locking up so many women is rid-
dled with misconceptions. One is
that women commit violent crimes
for the same reasons that men do.
They don't. Women are less likely
than men to assault or murder
strangers while committing crimes.
Two-thirds of the women jailed

assaulted or killed relatives or inti- ..
mates. Their victims were often-
spouses, lovers, or boyfriends. In
many cases they committed vio-
lence defending themselves against
sexual or physical abuse. Women's
groups and even the more enlight-
ened governors have recognized
that women that kill abusive hus-
bands or lovers have acted out of
fear and have loosened parole stan-
dards. The governors have granted
some women earlier release from
their sentences.
More women, and especially
black women, are behind bars as
much because of hard punishment
than their actual crimes. One out of
three crimes committed by women
are drug related. Many state and
federal sentencing laws mandate
minimum sentences for all drug
offenders. This virtually eliminates
the option of referring non-violent
first time offenders to increasingly
scarce, financially strapped drug
treatment, counseling and educa-
tion programs. Stiffer punishment
for crack cocaine use also has land-
ed more black women in prison,
and for longer sentences than white
women (and men).
Then there's the feminization of
poverty and racial stereotyping.
More than one out of three black
women jailed did not complete
high school, were unemployed, or
had incomes below the poverty
level at the time of their arrest.
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While black men are typed as vio-
lent, drug dealing "gangstas," black
women are typed as sexually loose,
conniving, untrustworthy, welfare
queens. Many of the mostly mid-
dle-class judges and jurors believe
that black women offenders are
menaces to society too.
The quantum leap in black women
behind bars has had devastating
impact on families and the quality
of life in many poor black commu-
nities. Thousands of children of
incarcerated women are raised by
grandparents, or warehoused in
foster homes and institutions. The
children are frequently denied vis-
its because the mothers are deemed
unfit. This prevents mothers from
developing parenting and nurturing
skills and deeply disrupts the par-
ent-child bond. Many children of
imprisoned women drift into delin-
quency, gangs and drug use. This
perpetuates the vicious cycle of
poverty, crime and violence. There
are many cases where parents and
even grandparents are jailed.
There is little sign that this will
change. The public and policy
makers are deeply rapped in the
damaging cycle of myths, miscon-
ceptions and crime fear hysteria
about crime-on-the-loose women.
They are loath to ramp up funds
and programs for job and skills
training, drug treatment, education,
childcare and health, and parenting
skills. Yet, this is still the best way
to keep more women from winding
up behind bars.

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Diatribes on life in the African -American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood

While we're on the subject
Jesse Jackson, anyone
who has been around
him for any length of
time probably wasn't
surprised by the coarse
language he used to
describe what he would
like to do to Obama.
where Sharpton outranks Jackson.

This whole notion of "Who
Speaks for the Negro?" the title
of a 1965 book by Warren Penn
Warren received a big jolt with
the release of an annual Gallup
Poll. The public opinion group
reported that 29 percent of
African-Americans cite Obama as
the leader they would choose as
their spokesperson on racial
issues. Far back in second place
was Al Sharpton at 6 percent and
Jesse Jackson with 4 percent. This
is the first known national poll

With a sample of only 608 Blacks and a margin of error of plus or minus 4
percent, I have my doubts about the validity of this Gallup Poll, especially
when it found that Bill and Hillary Clinton, with a ranking of 3 percent each,
have three times the level of support on racial issues than Minister Louis
Farrakhan, Colin Powell and Bill Cosby, all tied at 1 percent each.
More important than polls that purport to show "Who Speaks for the
Negro?" is the way Obama and John McCain are placed in context of their
public pronouncements. Earlier in this space, I wrote about journalists repeat-
ing McCain's accusation that Obama flip-flopped on whether he would accept
public financing without noting that McCain also reversed his previous posi-
tion on the issue.
Things haven't gotten any better since I pointed out the uneven coverage of
"In a July 19 Washington Post article analyzing an ad by Sen. John McCain
claiming that Sen. Barack Obama 'never held a single Senate hearing on
Afghanistan,' media reporter Howard Kurtz wrote that the ad 'is accurate in
saying that Obama, who has spent most of the past two years campaigning,
has not held a hearing on Afghanistan in the Senate Foreign Relations sub-
committee he chairs,"' reports MediaMatters for America, the media moni-
toring group. "But Kurtz failed to note that McCain is a member of the Senate
Armed Services Committee, but reportedly has not attended a single Armed
Services Committee hearing related to Afghanistan in 2007-08."
MediaMatters stated, "It turns out that presumptive Republican nominee
Sen. John McCain has attended even fewer Afghanistan-related Senate hear-
ings over the past two years than Obama's one. Which is a nice way of say-
ing, McCain, R-Ariz., the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services
Committee, has attended zero of his committee's six hearings on Afghanistan
over the last two years.
"Meanwhile, Obama attended the full Senate Foreign Relations Committee
hearing on Afghanistan in March 2007, although he used the opportunity to
ask Gen. James L. Jones, then the commander of NATO, about Pakistan.
Jones also came before the Senate Armed Services Committee that week. But
McCain was a no-show."
In addition to failing to provide proper context, some news outlets state lies
as though they were the truth.
MediaMatters found: "During the July 19 edition of Fox News' America's
Election HQ, anchor Gregg Jarrett falsely claimed that Sen. Barack Obama's
overseas trip, which includes planned stops in Iraq, Israel, and Jordan, consti-
tuted his 'first trip to the Middle East.' In fact, as Media Matters for America
has documented, Obama made a January 2006 Middle East trip that included
stops in Iraq, Israel, and Jordan."
Who says Obama is getting more favorable media attention?
George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News
Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through
his Web site,

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Jesse Jackson Not the

Only One Going Nuts

By. George E Curry
NNPA Columnist
While everyone was recently fixated on
Jesse Jackson's expressed interest in castrat-
ing Barack Obama almost overlooked was
another insult to Obama made by John
McLaughlin, host of the McLaughlin Group
McLAUGHLIN: Question: Does it frost
Jackson, Jesse Jackson, that someone like
Obama, who fits the stereotype blacks once
labeled as an Oreo -- a black on the outside,
a white on the inside -- that an Oreo should
be the beneficiary of the long civil rights
struggle which Jesse Jackson spent his life-
time fighting for?
First, calling someone an Oreo is as outdated as wearing Ivy League-pants.
Second, who is McLaughlin to reduce Obama and all that he has accom-
plished to a racial stereotype? Third, Obama is not black on the outside and
white on the inside; he's black and white inside and out. That puts him in a
unique position to help narrow the racial divide in this country. Obama has
clearly stated that he is rooted in the African-American community but not
limited by it.
While we're on the subject Jesse Jackson, anyone who has been around him
for any length of time probably wasn't surprised by the coarse language he
used to describe what he would like to do to Obama. Knowing how crude
Jackson can be, my first response was: "That's all they caught on tape?" Of
course, that's doesn't make Obama feel any better. And if he shows up at a
future campaign appearance with a jockey strap and athletic cup, we'll know
Obama has run a successful presidential campaign without any guidance
from Jesse Jackson. I suspect that irritates Jackson and, hence, the crude out-
burst. Obama frequently pays homage to civil rights warriors who have come
before him he did that again at the NAACP convention in Cincinnati but
that doesn't mean he needs to win Jackson's stamp of approval before decid-
ing on a course of action.

Delta's Convene 49th National Convention in Orlando 1 h

Dr. Louise A. Rice,
National President
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,
the single largest African-
American women's organization in
the country, will convene in
Orlando, Fla. July 24 30, 2008.
Over 15,000 women representing

more than 950 chapters in the
United States, Japan, Germany, the
republic of Korea, Bermuda,
Jamaica and the Bahamas are
expected to attend.
The theme for the organization's
biennial National Convention is
"One Mission, One Sisterhood:
Empowering Communities through
Committed Service." Delta Sigma
Theta will use this opportunity to
address issues related to the socioe-
conomic conditions impacting the
African-American community.
Also, in this historic presidential
election year, the 95 year-old pub-
lic service organization will contin-
ue its legacy of promoting political
awareness and involvement
through voter education, advocacy
and action.
"Delta Sigma Theta does not rep-
resent a traditional image many
may have of a sorority and how one
operates; however, we stand on 95
years of community service, social

action and political involvement"
explains Dr. Louise A. Rice, 23rd
National President. "Our programs
address the very real issues and
concerns of families in America."
More than 200,000 women have
been initiated into Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc. Among its
membership is Dr. Dorothy I.
Height, Chair of the National
Council of Negro Women, U.S.
Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs
Jones, former astronaut Joan
Higginbotham, former U.S. Labor
Secretary Alexis Herman,
Academy Award nominated actress
Ruby Dee, educator and civil rights
leader Mary Mcleod Bethune,
Congresswomen Barbara Jordan
and Shirley Chisholm and a multi-
tude of women representing all
professional careers.
The public may participate in the
open events being held during the
convention, including:
o The Ecumenical Worship

Service on Sunday, July 27th at
9:00 a.m.
o The Public Meeting featuring
noted lecturer and educator, Dr.
Julia Hare on Sunday, July 27th at
6:30 p.m. (no admission charge)
o The Gospel Concert featuring
gospel recording artist CeCe
Winans on Sunday, July 27th at
8:30 p.m.
o The Social Action Luncheon
featuring Michael Eric Dyson, on
Monday, July 28th at 12:30 p.m.
o The Signature Gala featuring R
& B recording artist Brian
McKnight, American Idol winner
Fantasia and teen saxophone sensa-
tion B.K. Jackson on Monday, July
28th at 8:30 p.m.
Most events will be held at the
Orange County Convention Center.
Tickets to subscription events can
be purchased at the Ticket Sales
area in the convention center
beginning Thursday, July 24.

Volunteer Jacksonville's Community Engagement Director, Jenny
O'Donnell teaches Community Connection kids about hurricane pre-
Volunteer to Educate Urban Kids About Preparedness
More volunteers are needed to teach Jacksonville children Jacksonville
about home disaster preparedness. We are currently working in partner-
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Lawsuit Exposes Growing Rift Among King Children

For years, they were the picture
of solidarity: the four children of
Martin Luther King Jr. carrying on
the legacy of the civil rights icon.
But a lawsuit over how their
father's estate is being run has left a
rift in one of the world's most
famous families. And it may now be
up to a judge to get the King chil-
dren in the same room.
"Strong parents have strong chil-
dren, and strong children have
strong opinions, and that usually
leads to conflicts that they have dif-
ficulty reconciling," said Andrew
Young, the former Congressman
and Atlanta mayor who worked
alongside Martin Luther King Jr.
during the civil rights movement
and remains close to the family.
The lawsuit filed July 10 claims
that Dexter King, administrator of
his father's estate, has failed to pro-
vide his surviving siblings with
essential documents, including
financial records and contracts.
It claims that he and the estate
"converted substantial funds from
the estate's financial account ... for
their own use" on June 20 without
notifying his sister and brother. It is

not about money, but instead is a
last-resort effort to talk to Dexter
King about the family's affairs,
even if it's through a judge, Young
"It's simply a matter of asking for
help," he said. "That's consistent
with the civil rights movement.
Everything we did, we went to
judges to reconcile the differences.
I don't think there's any animosity
or hostility involved in it."
Bernice and Martin Luther King
III both declined to be interviewed
for this story, but issued a statement
Saturday through attorney Jock
"We love our brother, yet we can-
not ignore our responsibility to
ensure that the corporation we are
all shareholders and directors of, is
properly managed," the statement
"Our right to obtain corporate
documents that we have personally
requested in the past few years, and
more recently in the lawsuit that we
have filed, have been continuously
ignored," it added. "Duty obligates
us to preserve and protect the cor-
poration and the legacy from arbi-

_ ... -

This Monday, Nov. 20, 2006 file photo shows the children of the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King from left, Martin
Luther King, Jr. III, Dexter King, Yolanda King and Bernice King as
they stand next to a new crypt dedicated to their parents in Atlanta.
For years, they were the picture of solidarity: the four children of
Martin Luther King Jr. carrying on the legacy of the civil rights icon.
But a lawsuit over how their father's estate is being run has left a rift
in one of the world's most famous families. And it may now be up to a
judge to get the King children in the same room.
trary, singular, and seemingly self- interview request placed through
serving decision-making." : : The King Center.
Dexter King did not respond to an In their joint statement, his sib-

lings also expressed their disap-
proval of Dexter King's public com-
ments regarding the case.
"We invite our brother to refrain
from using the media to air his
grievances with the lawsuit," the
statement added. "Instead of avoid-
ing being served, we hope that he
will respond to the lawsuit, to the
court, and to us with answers."
A dispute involving that center in
2005 showed some chinks in the
King children's armor. Bernice and
Martin Luther King III took sides
against the others when they
opposed the sale of the center.
They argued the deal would com-
promise the center's independent
voice. Their mother, Coretta Scott
King, founded the center shortly
after her husband's death in 1968,
and it needed more than $11 million
in repairs.
Before the issue could be
resolved, Coretta Scott King died in
January 2006 of complications
from a stroke and ovarian cancer at
age 78. As her children worked to
get her affairs in order,' Martin
Luther King III said the' siblings
were forced to talk more.

"In the past, there could be times
when we didn't talk, but now, that
can't be the case," he said in a
December 2006 interview with The
Associated Press. "We have never
been at odds, per se. We have dis-
agreed on issues."
In the year after their mother's
death, the eldest, Yolanda, held the
family together. Then she died in
May 2007 from a heart attack at age
52 in Malibu, Calif., where she and
Dexter lived and were pursuing
entertainment careers.
Dexter has since drifted further
from his older siblings. He was con-
spicuously absent from the King
holiday celebration in January and
the 40th anniversary of his father's
assassination in April.
The split is difficult for all three
grieving siblings, said the Rev.
Joseph Lowery, another King lieu-
tenant and family friend. He said
they had their differences even
when their mother was alive.
"They talk; they just don't com-
municate," Lowery said. Yolanda
King often served Tas' a bridge
between the other'three, he said.
"That bridge is no longer there."

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Vacation Bible School at St. John MB "Women United in Prayer" at First God's Treasure House of Prayer
St. John Missionary Baptist Church will present a traditional Vacation AME of Palm Coast Women's Day Anointing Service set for August 16th
Bible School, July 28-31st 2008. The church is located at 135 Brickyard

The Women of First Coast AME Church, 91 Old Kings Road North, in
Palm Coast, FL will continue their women's celebration July 30, 31, and
August 1, 7 p.m., in a Women's Revival; Saturday, August 30, a Health and
Beauty Pamper Party, accessorized by vendors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and
the culmination of Women's Day on Sunday, September 14, at the 10:45
a.m. service.
The women are wearing shades of purple for the service. A wonderful
meal has been planned, and a Women's Day Choir is underway, directed by
Sophia Booker, for making adoration at the actual event of Women's Day.
Also on schedule is their Third Annual Music Workshop and Concert
conducted by Music Direct Michael Booker. It will be held on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, August 8-10, 2008.
The Reverend Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Senior Pastor; invites old and new
friends. For directions, please call (386) 437-5142.
Plan Now to Attend Vacation Bible
School at Abyssinia Baptist Church
The Abyssinia Baptist Church, 10325 Interstate Center Dr. (off 1-95
North & Dunn Ave.) invites you for a week of nonstop action as you learn
how to live God's unshakeable truth. Explore the five Bible truths: *God is
real. *Jesus is God's Son. *Jesus is the only way. *The Bible is God's Word.
And, *My actions show what I believe.
By the end of the week you will have learned what it means to know,
speak, and live the truth. All ages from children through adults can attend,
free. This one-week adventure with Bible study, will also allow you to par-
ticipate in cool crafts, motivating music, delicious snacks, and exciting
learning opportunities.
This will be a week to remember of fun, food and learning opportuni-
ties, Monday, July 28th thru Friday, August 1st, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,
that is open to everyone. For information, call 859-6328.
Greater Grant Memorial AME to
Hold Government Aide Day July 27th
The Greater Grant Memorial AME Church, 5533 Gilchrist Road
(between US 1 North and Sibald Road; Rev. Tony Hansberry, Pastor; invites
the community to Government Aide Day at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 27th.
Greater Grant will honor City State and Federal Government Officers, and
Aides.. The Aides work dutifully behind the scene, supporting our elected
officials for the needs of Florida's First Coast and it's residents.
Rev. Stephen Michael Lewis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will deliv-
er the message.

Road in Middleburg, Florida. The church is providing free transportation
and dinner before class nightly from 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. For more informa-
tion, call 272-5100.

Sheriff to Speak at NAACP Breakfast
The NAACP will hold a Breakfast Forum at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July
26th at the St. Paul AME Church Annex, 85 Martin Luther King Avenue,
St. Augustine. Casual Dress, appropriate.To reserve your space, please call
(904) 810-5593.

Jax Gospel Announcers Guild to Hold
Conference & Award Celebration
The Radisson Hotel, 4700 Salisbury Road will be the headquarters for
the Jacksonville Gospel Announcers Guild Conference and Award
Celebration, Saturday, August 30th, so make your plans now to attend.
The VIP Gospel Industry Roundtable featuring Stellar Awards Board
Members, Top Gospel Labels, National Gospel Radio Announcers, man-
agers, and producers; will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, August 30, 2008..
Make your reservations now by calling (904) 766-2266.
Headliners at the conference include Bishop Bruce Allen, Twinkie Clark,
CBS-47's Dawn Lopez, Pastor Merry Racheal, V. Michael McKay, NtoU
Magazine, Dr. Yvonne Capehart, VShawn Mitchell, Ken Amaro, Destiny
Praise Atlanta, and the UNF Gospel Choir.

National Worship Beyond Measure
Retreat Kicks Off in September
Lance Williams announces the True Worship Retreat 2008: "Worship
Beyond Measure: An Intimate Experience."
The retreat kicks off Thursday, September 11th, with featured perform-
ances by Tye Tribbet, with multi-Stellar Award winning artist Dewayne
Woods & many others.
The retreat will be held at the Christian Pentecostal Church, 971 Clinton
Avenue in Irvington, NJ from Thursday September 11 Saturday,
September 13.
On Friday, September 12 "The Intimate Place" Concert will highlight
the ministries of Lance Williams & True Worship, Maurette Brown-Clark,
and JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, along with other premier Gospel artists.
Each nightly event begins at 7:30 p.m. and general admission is free
(preferred seating has a fee). For preferred seating or to registerforthe sem-,
inars/workshops logo onto www.TrueWorshipiirg.

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Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
Ist Sunday 3:45 p.m.

Lord's Supper & Baptism
P v3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

Seeking the lost for Christ e p td
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t S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
1 s9:30 a.m. Sunday School

11:00 am. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

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God's Treasure House of Prayer Ministry Inc., Apostle Ruth E. Young,
Founder; will hold an Anointing Service at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August
16th, at the Gates of Southpoint, 7035 Phillips Highway, Suite 30 (near J
TB). You are invited to bring your bottle of oil to be blessed. Come and be
Submissions Requested
for American Beach Documentary
The American Beach Home Owners Association is requesting that you and
your family submit your photographs and accounts of your "Most
Memorable Experiences" or "Special Occasions" at American Beach to add
to the chronicles of the 1950s a Documentary of American
Beach, "Back In The Days." The documentary will focus on the weekends
that were filled with sunbathers, swimmers, parties, other occasions, and
fellowship. American Beach is a place that should not be forgotten, it is
Black History! For more information on how to tell your story on video
tape, contact Ms. Camilla E. Bush, (904) 356-1402.

Final Services Set for

Mr. Frederick L. Sherard
on Friday, July 18, 2008. Visitation
will be Thursday July 24th, 4:30pm-
Sln6:30pm. Funeral Services will be
Friday, July 25th at 12 noon, Saint
Paul Lutheran Church, 2730 West
SEdgewood Ave, Friends will assem-
ble at the church at 11:30am on
Friday. The Alpha Phi Alpha
Memorial Services will be held
Thursday, July 25th,at 6:30pm
Arrangements are under the care of
Wendell Holmes Funeral Directors,
Inc. 2719 West Edgewood Ave.
Wendell P. Holmes Jr. FDIC. In lieu
flowers, the family suggest memo-
rial contributions can be made in the
name of Frederick L. Sherard to
Frederick L. Sherard Saint Paul Lutheran Church.
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Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
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3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share In Holy Communlon on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.

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Pentecostal Lady Preacher to Bring Faith to the Democratic Party

by A. Gorski
The request befuddled Leah
Daughtry. The experienced political
hand in charge of planning next
month's Democratic National
Convention a self-described
"black chick from Brooklyn" and
ordained Pentecostal minister who

group that wanted to know whether
atheists would be on the podium.
"Atheists speaking at an interfaith
service ... does that work?"
Daughtry asked this week. "I don't
quite know. But they're part of the
party, you treat them with respect.
I'll give them an answer."
On a larger scale, it's what

Daughtry and a growing number of
Democrats of faith are setting
ouit to do hold together and
gro e their party by
claiming ground on
religion and values
that Republicans
have successful-
ly mined for
The pre-
S e n .
has incor-
faith themes
and outreach
into his cam-
paign since the
primaries began.
A new political
action committee,
Matthew 25, is run-
ning pro-Obama ads on
4 "Christian radio. "People of
faith" will have a caucus of
their %- %n at the convention, just as
blacks, Hispanics and military vet-
keeps a Bible in her purse didn't erans do.
know what to tell the atheists. Such efforts come with challenges,
Daughtry, 44, was preparing for including answering nonbelievers,
an Aug. 24 interfaith service that Democrats uncomfortable with any
will open the Democrats' gathering mingling of church and state, and
here a first for a party that hasn't religious Americans at odds with
always gotten God. Before her was Democratic positions on issues.
an angry letter from a secularist "All Americans, all people, have

values," said Daughtry, a fifth-gen-
eration minister. "For some of us,
values come from faith. For others
it comes from what your parents
taught you, what your grandmother
taught you on the porch in the sum-
mertime. These are values that
make us Democrats. We all have
Daughtry, Howard Dean's chief of
staff at the Democratic National
Committee, was tapped last year as
chief executive officer of the
Democratic National Convention
Committee. More accustomed to
working behind the scenes, she has
adopted a more public role that has
taken her from speaking at a Denver
synagogue to witnessing the instal-
lation of a Mormon church presi-
dent in Salt Lake City.
"When Leah Daughtry walks in a
room, nobody needs to underesti-
mate her," said Bums Strider, who
led religious outreach for Hillary
Clinton's presidential campaign and
is now an independent consultant.
"At once she's a tough-minded
political pro and at once she is a
God-centered believer and follower
of Christ. She marries those two
personally very well and she under-
stands how they interplay in the
public square."
Growing up the oldest of four chil-
dren, Daughtry was a "quiet organ-
izer" who spent her time reading
books or developing a seating chart
for rides in the family car, said her
father, the Rev. Herbert Daughtry.
Herbert Daughtry's father had con-
verted the family to Pentecostalism,
a fast-growing growing branch of
evangelical Christianity that
emphasizes the supernatural,
including healing, prophesy and
speaking in tongues. His House of
the Lord Church, which grew into a
small denomination, was at once

Longtime AME Female Reverend

Creates the "New AME Church"

strict about things like the length of
women's skirts yet open, even in the
1930s, to ordaining women and
biracial worship.
From his Brooklyn church,
Herbert Daughtry immersed his
family in the civil rights struggle.
Responding to police violence, he
helped start the National Black
United Front, bringing together par-
ties as varied as the Black Panthers
and the Urban League. He espoused
black liberation theology, present-
ing the Gospel as deliverance for
the oppressed. It's the same belief
system held by Obama's controver-
sial former pastor, the Rev.
Jeremiah Wright.
At the same time, Herbert
Daughtry weathered criticism in the
black community for not sending
his children to all-black colleges
and for urging them to explore
Europe instead of Africa. Heeding
her father's words, Leah Daughtry
earned a government degree at
Dartmouth and studied for a semes-
ter in France.
"My argument was, 'I can and will
teach them African history,'"
Herbert Daughtry said. "They will
never have to worry about being
comfortable in their own skin. I
wanted to broaden their scope of
Leah Daughtry has married faith
and politics, holding positions in
the Clinton-era Labor Department,
working on the 1992 Democratic
National Convention and heading
her party's outreach to faith groups,
Faith In Action. And she continues
to lead her own House of the Lord
Church of 20 or 30 people in
Washington, D.C.
Daughtry considers it all "ministry
- a way to give of yourself."
Several of her party's positions,
though, put her at odds with most
evangelical Christians. That
includes her support for abortion
"Theologically, we believe that in
the greatest decision of our entire

Leah Daughtry, Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National
Convention, poses for a portrait in her office in Denver. In charge of
planning next month's Democratic convention, Daughtry is a self-
described 'black chick from Brooklyn' and ordained Pentecostal min-
ister who keeps a Bible in her purse. She is among a growing number
of Democrats of faith showing her party how to get religion.

lives whether to follow God or
not God allows us to choose,"
she said. "If God is big enough to
allow that choice, then who are we
to dictate choices to other people?
Your choices have consequences,
but you should be allowed to make
those choices."
Daughtry credited the party for
changing the way it talks about
abortion "not just in terms of a
woman's right to make her own
health-care choices, but also in
terms of our society's responsibility
to make sure women have the
resources that they need to make
appropriate decisions."
Daughtry believes the party
already is making inroads with
evangelical voters, particularly
young ones sympathetic to
Democratic positions on poverty
and the environment.
But a survey released last week
called that into question. Despite
Obama's robust religious outreach,
only about one-quarter of white
evangelicals support him, accord-
ing to the Pew Forum on Religion

and Public Life about the same
number that supported Democrat
John Kerry at this juncture four
years ago.
As for those worried that
Democrats are acting like
Republicans when it comes to reli-
gion, Daughtry said: "The differ-
ence between us and the
Republicans is, one, we don't claim
a monopoly on God. We don't try to
be dogmatic about this or make it a
litmus test. For us, values come
from different places."
That will be reflected in the inter-
faith service which may or may
not include an address from an athe-
ist but will be open to anyone
regardless of belief or political
party, Daughtry said.
"For me as person of faith who
has made God first in her life,"
Daughtry said, "it is symbolically
important that the first thing we're
doing is coming together as people
of faith to celebrate our faith tradi-
tions and to ask the blessings of
God on us as we undertake this
great civic responsibility."

by Nadra Enzi
The Right Reverend Estella
Shabazz is a life long member of
the Africanp Methodist Episcopal
Church (AME) and has always
been inspired by its origin as a safe
haven amid the religious, social and
political repression of a slave-hold-
ing America.
In what she deems as modem reli-
gious repression from within her
denomination has led her to start a
new church family.
"I want a church of inclusion,
where women can also freely
preach the Gospel and become
leaders according to their calling
and training," the founder and Chief
Bishop of the New AME Church
Less upbeat is her story of exclu-
sion to seat her and other female
pastors behind empty pulpits.
Instead, she her claims say she was
looked over for less qualified male
Once at the forefront of a social
gospel that addressed the myriad
needs of slaves and their offspring,
founding Bishop Shabazz asserts

Rev. Estella Shabazz
that, "... the traditional AME
Church has lost its way... "when it
comes to including women at its
helm and focusing upon concerns
beyond collecting sufficient
amounts of offerings to please the
highest officers of the
Bishop Shabazz has been in min-
istry since 1990. Her progress in the
AME Church has included years
spent as a lay member at the Mother
Church of African Methodism in

Savannah, Georgia's, St. Phillip
Monumental AME Church.
Her spiritual training has included
completion of all five years of
instruction tor prospective pastes'
required by the AME Board of
Examiners. She is also the first
woman to be ordained as Itinerant
Elder in the Old Georgia Annual
Conference of the AME 6th
Episcopal District with a Master of
Divinity degree obtained from
Turner Theological Seminary,
located within Atlanta's
Interdenominational Theological
Center (ITC).
She said given the opportunity,
the pulpit she would have held
would have been a public service
platform for a clergy person who is
very aware of what her parishioners
face, because she fights these same
problems on a regular basis, in a
number of effective ways.
Currently, three of the AME
church's elected twenty Bishops are
Rev. Shabazz can be contacted at
P. 0. Box 4447, Atlanta, GA 30336.

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Beyonce's Amazing Diet

Beyonce the sultry songstress
and curvaceous movie starlet has
wowed admires with her amazing
voice and her dynamic perform-
ances on the stage and on the
screen, but her most discussed
accomplishment is her transition
from pleasantly plump to tiny and
titillating for her role of Deena in
the Academy Award winning
movie Dream Girls.
As soon as Beyonce premiered
her new slender figure, the buzz of
her body outshined the initial buzz
of the movie. The world was
intrigued. Everybody wanted to
know how she did it.
The truth is, Beyonce followed
the Master Cleanse Diet to shed
those extra pounds. Also known as
the Lemonade Diet, this diet plan
was created by Stanley Burroughs
over 50 years ago. Designed to
cleanse the body by ridding it of
toxins, a happy side effect of this
now popular diet includes losing
weight, though this was not its

original intention. And while some
diets curb your sugar and fat
intake, and others advise you to
stay away from carbs, the
Lemonade Diet requires abstaining
from food altogether. That's right.
A complete fast is the key factor in
this ten to forty day diet. In fact,
the only thing followers are
allowed to put in their bodies is
water but not just any old water -
it has to be spiked with lemon,
maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
Burroughs' diet has picked up
many devotees over the years,
despite skepticism from the med-
ical community. Fans of the unique
cleansing experience claim that it
can also help to cure a number of
ailments. This includes those clas-
sified as mucus diseases, such as
allergies, asthma and the flu. Skin
disorders and cholesterol are also
wiped away by this not-so-typical
fast. But it's not as simple as it
sounds. A whole host of problems
can accompany this diet, including

dizziness and, in severe cases, even
vomiting. But the diet claims that
this is not due to any lack of vita-
mins, as the lemonade provides
everything that the body needs. It
is simply a matter of all the poisons
now circulating in the blood-
stream. To counter feelings of sick-
ness, the diet recommends drink-
ing a laxative tea, which helps to
stimulate bowel movements.
Once you've completed your fast,

don't expect to go on a food binge
the very next day. Easing back into
whole food is a slow process. The
first two days after the fast, dieters
are restricted to orange juice. The
third day includes more orange
juice, as well as a bit of raw fruit
for lunch and some raw fruit and
vegetables for dinner. After the
third day, you're ready to eat nor-
mally again, but the diet recom-
mends continuing on with the con-
coction for breakfast and limiting
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Today there are 41 million people ages 41-70 have pre-diabetes. The
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diabetes does not mean that you are destined to develop diabetes.
Through exercise and proper management of blood glucose with the
help of a primary care physician and registered dietitian, it is possible
to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Most people have heard of dia-
betes and may even know someone
who has the disease. The American
Diabetes Association reports that
20.8 million children and adults
have diabetes, and almost one third
of these people don't even know
they have it. So how do we know if

we have diabetes and what can we
do to prevent it?
First, there are two types of dia-
betes, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1
diabetes, once known as juvenile
diabetes, is a chronic condition
where the pancreas produces little
or no insulin, a hormone needed to

convert sugar and starches into
Type 2 diabetes is a condition
where the body becomes resistant
to the effects of insulin or the body
produces some, but not enough
insulin to maintain a normal blood
sugar level. Type 2 diabetes is often
preventable, but the condition is on
the rise because of the current obe-
sity epidemic.
The first step is to know your fam-
ily history. Ask your family mem-
bers if anyone had or developed
diabetes such as your mother,
father, aunts, uncles, grandparents
or siblings. A family history of dia-
betes may mean that you are at a
higher risk for developing the ill-
The second step is to identify the
symptoms of diabetes. Symptoms
associated with diabetes are com-
mon and usually go unnoticed. Ask
yourself these questions:
Do you use the restroom fre-
-Are you thirsty most of the time?
Do you feel extreme hunger?
Do you experience unusual
weight loss?
Are you tired most of the time?
Are you irritable?
Do you experience blurry vision?
Do you have tingling or numb-
ness in your hands, legs or feet?
If you experience more than one of
the symptoms above, visit your
doctor right away.
Your doctor will be able to test the
amount of sugar in your blood to
determine if you have diabetes, are
pre-diabetic or simply need to
change your lifestyle habits.
To reduce your risk of developing
diabetes by 58 percent, the
American Diabetes Association rec-
ommends that you lose five to 10
percent of your weight and take part
in 30 minutes of moderate physical
activity each day. Moderate physi-

cal activity is anything that raises
the heart rate and includes walking,
vacuuming, cleaning, washing the
car or playing with the kids.
Planning a healthy family meal
can also be an easy preventive
measure by using the helpful tips
Set aside a few minutes each
week to plan a weekly menu.
Create a list of low fat/low sugar
substitute ingredients such as vine-
gar, mustards, lemon and lime juice
as well as canola oil.
Make a grocery list based off of
your weekly menu and healthy
ingredient substitute list.
Choose recipes with no more
than five ingredients.
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healthy diet, will keep people with
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Acid Attacks on the Rise in Uganda

KAMPALA Uganda's Mulago
Hospitalhas witnessed a steady
increase in the number of victim-
sof acid attacks in the past year.
Whereas before the bum cases
were generally accidental, many
now are deliberate.
Regina Nannono may have sur-
vived a brutal acid attack, but her
skin did not. Her face and body
were turned into pink, rotting flesh
and the 25-year-old is only one of
a growing number of acid victims
in Uganda.
White gauze covers most of
Nannono's upper body, chasing
bums down her breasts, arms and
stomach. Her face is raw and,
exposed, with one eye swollen
Next to her sits her two-year-old
daughter, massive bandages
wrapped around the girl's head.
"I first thought the acid was hot
water, but the pain went on for too
long. All I could feel at the time
was fear," Nannono said, sitting on
a bed in the bum unit of Karipala's
Mulago Hospital.
"The pain is no longer as bad as it
was but it's still there."
One evening last April, the young
mother -- '-ho has three other chil-
dren '- was at home with her chil-
dren jand brother-in-law. Their
door was kicked in by a man who
splashed her brother-in-law with
acid. He, however, escaped with
minor injuries. .
* The assailant then followed
Nannono, who had run into the
room of her youngest child, Aleni,

Regina Nannono (R), 25, covered with gauze rests next her daugh-
ter Aleni, 2, at the burn unit of Kampala's Mulago Hospital.

to put her down. He poured lethal
acid onto them both.
If the skin is not doused with
water, the acid can go on killing
skin cells for up to six weeks.
Nannono, like most victims in
Uganda, did not know this, and so
a black, hardened layer of burnt
skin formed, preventing immedi-
ate treatment.
She never saw her attacker.
"I was very scared and distressed
for my child. She was innocent in
all of this," Nannono said.
She thinks her assailant was a
spurned' suitor, but she cannot
prove it. --
Mulago Hospital says that three
to five patients typically have
come into its burn unit each month
since 2007, compared to one or
two every quarter previously.
"We are now hearing of pre-

planned attacks where victims are
waylaid on their way home or even
at home. Sometimes the assailants
are known, but many times, for
fear of retribution, the victims do
not see' their attackers," said
Christina Naminatovu, a doctor in
Mulago's bum unit.
The most common motives for
the disfiguring crime? "Love and
property," she said. i
Ex-spouses, romantic rivals and
competitors for inheritance of
property are often the culprits in
attacks of which women mainly
bear the brunt
"'We have noticed an increasing
number of attacks with acid,
notably with the uWe of concentrat-
ed hydrochloric acid," said police
commissioner ,Afan Kasingye.
"Unfortunately, people think they,
can sort out their domestic and

social relationship problems by
disfiguring their victims."
Sarah Nabwami, 32, had not even
heard of acid attacks until she was
assaulted in her own restaurant.
"I was in my restaurant doing the
dishes when someone walked past
me and called my name. When I
turned, he threw acid into my
face," Nabwami said.
Her eyes are burned shut, and
tears flow constantly.
"The people who do this should
be punished. Something has to be
Nabwami's assailant, who turned
out to be acting on behalfofajeal-
ous rival, was set free from jail for
400,000 Ugandan shillings (250
dollars, 160 euros). The fine %%as
the extent of his punishment. ',
He is not alone. Many attackers,
escape capture due to lack of evi-
dence or, if they are detained,
leave witli little punishment.
Containers of acid are readily
available for sale at car garages in
Uganda, where up to now no ques- ...
tions are asked.
Kasingye, however, said his com-
mittee is attempting to change this
and push for controls on the import
and sale of acid in Uganda as well
as for changes in the law. So far, a
registry has been opened to record
who is buying acid -- and in what
concentration -- from dealers at
pletrol stations and car garages.
But until punitive measures are
strengthened, he said the bid to
prevent acid attacks is an uphill
battle. .,,

Zimbabwe introduces

100-billion-dollar note

A Zimbabwean man holds on May 16, 2008
a new five hundred million dollar note in
Harare. May 2008. Zimbabwe, grappling
with a record 2.2 million percent inflation,
has introduced a new 100-billion-dollar
bank note in a bid to tackle rampant cash

ILkARARE Zimbabwe, grap-
pling %with a record 2.2 million
percent inflation, has introduced
a new" 100-billion-dollar bank
note inma bid to tackle rampant
cash shortages. \
The new note will go into cir-
culation this week, the bank-paid
in a statement cited b\ state.
inedia, joining about half a dozen

new high denomina-
tion notes already
issued this year.
In January, a 10-
million-dollar note
was issued, then a
note in April. In
May, notes for 100
million and 250 mil-
lion dollars were
issued, swiftly fol-
lowed by those for
five billion, 25 bil-
lion and 50 billion.
The southern
African nation, cur-
rently gripped by a
post-election crisis,
has been ravaged by
hyperinflation which
shot up from
165,000 percent in
February to 2.2 mil-
lion in June.
Independent econo-
mists however
believe the official
inflation figure is
grossly understated,

estimating it could be running
between 10 million and 15 mil-
lion percent.
Zimbabwe's chronic economic
crisis has left at least 80 percent
of the population living below
the poverty threshold and mass
shortages 'of basic goods in

Africans in Beijing Harassed as Olympics Approach

BEIJING -- Chinese police offi-
cials have forced some Beijing bar
owners to sign secret pledges
promising to prohibit blacks from
entering their bars during the
Olympics next month, a Hong
Kong newspaper says.
The police have denied the
reports, and most bars denied any

knowledge of the pledges. But
many African residents of Beijing
say they are facing harassment
from police and discrimination
from bars as the Olympics
"Bar owners near the Workers
Stadium in central Beijing say
they have been forced by Public

Security Bureau officials to sign
pledges agreeing not to let black
people enter their premises," the
South China Morning Post report-
It quoted the co-owner of a bar
who said that a group of police
had recently visited his establish-
ment to order it "not to serve black

Dignitaries attend grand party for Mandela's 90th

Former South Africa's President Nelson Mandela, center, with
wife Graca Machel, right, and granddaughter Tukwini Mandela,
left, toast during his 90th birthday celebrations at his house in
Qunu, South Africa, this weekend. Mandela, the anti-apartheid
icon with his family, and the whole village is celebrating.

QUNU, South Africa-- Songs,
laughter, teasing and tender words
marked Nelson Mandela's 90th
birthday celebration Saturday as
presidents, village elders and
African royalty joined him for a
festive luncheon on his rural
The Nobel Peace Prize winner
celebrated privately with his fami-
ly in this rural southeastern village
Friday, the day he turned 90.
Saturday was a grand occasion,
held in a tent outside his home-
stead in Qunu, 600 miles south of
Johannesburg, where as a boy he
herded cattle in the hills.
The anti-apartheid icon walked
into the tent with his successor to
the South African presidency,
Thabo Mbeki, and African
National Congress leader Jacob
Zuma, stopping to personally greet
some of the 500 guests as he made
his way to the head table.

The guests, many dressed in tradi-
tional beaded cloths, animals skins
and feather headdresses, stood and
cheered while a Xhosa choir sang:
"Here is our hope!"
Wearing, an intricately patterned
shirt in shades of brown, Mandela
looked relaxed and cheerful as he
listened attentively to the acco-
lades being heaped on him.
Mbeki called Mandela a "great
liberator." Zuma said the gathering
was a celebration of "a life and
legacy of a father, grandfather,
comrade, warrior, soldier, nation
builder and statesman."
Former Zambian President
Kenneth Kaunda caught the festive
mood with a tuneful solo of
"Happy Birthday," followed by a
teasing verse: "How old are you?
State secret!" Then the 84-year-old
Kaunda jogged over to shake
Mandela's hand.

The event also marked the 10th
anniversary of his marriage to
child rights activist Graca Machel
and despite the large number of
guests had a feeling of an inti-
mate family affair.
Flowers at the head table were
arranged in vases of tin, a tradi-
tional material for 10th anniver-
sary gifts, and the couple sat close
together, nodding and clapping
appreciatively as family members
gave moving tributes.
"This birthday celebration is one
of the very small ways that we as
your family can show our love,
respect and appreciation for all
you have done," said one of
Mandela's granddaughters, Nandi
Machel's daughter Josina said the
couple symbolized hope. "The two
of you have taught us a lot about
the virtues of love," she said.

people or Mongolians."

In the famed Sanlitun bar district
of Beijing, some bar owners have
been required to sign pledges
agreeing to ban a variety of activi-,
ties, including dancing and serv-
ing black customers, the newspa-
per said.
Africans and Mongolians are
often perceived as criminals in
Beijing. Until this year, a number
of young African men were open-
ly selling drugs in the Sanlitm4 dis-
trict. and many Mongolian women
were working as prostitutes in the-
Both groups are among the tar-
gets of China's securih crack-
down in the lead-up to the
Olympics, along with thousands.,
of Tibetans, Uyghurs, -migrant
workers, petitioners and social
activists who are seen as potential,
troublemakers or protesters. i
In a notorious incident last
September, dozens of black people
were detained by police in a raid
on bars in the Sanlitun district..
Witnesses said the police round-
ed up all the black people they
could find, up to three dozen in
total, and beat some of them with
rubber truncheons.
Grenada's ambassador to China
filed a complaint to the-Foreign

, "Mihistry, saying that hiS son su'-

fered a concussion and,,fieeded
hospital treatment after jhe was
clubbed on the head by police dur-
ing the raid.
Africans have been coming to
Beijing for decades as university
students or traders. But mniny were
forced to leaves China this year
because of new "isa restrictions
that made it difficult to renew their
In interviews yesterday, a number
of Africans said they are facing
discriminatory rules from
Beijing's bars and nightclubs as
1 the bOlympics approach.
SA woman' from Liberia, who is
co-owner of a hqir salon in
Beijing, said she Was outraged
when she visited a popular Beijing
nightclub and found that the
entrance fee for black people was
twice as high'as for other foreign-
Even if they managed to 'enter
the club, the black patrons Were
prohibited from sitting at the
tables, she said. ,
In another incident, she said, an
African-owned bar was raided this
week by police with dogs; and the
customers were required to pro-
vide urine samples for drug tests.
"When the police come, you

have to run," she said. "I've lived
in HolJand and the United States
and it was never like this. There's
noi human rights here. It's racist
and it makes me feel very bad."
If the police are now ordering
bars to prohibit black people from
entering, it is highly unfair, she
said. "Every race has good people
and bad people. You can't blame
all blacks for drugs. If a person is
not causing a problem, you
shouldn't bother them."
Two Nigerian businessmen said
they were required to show their
passports before being allowed to
enter a Beijing nightclub last
weekend. Black people who could
not produce their passports were
barred fr6m entering the club, but
other foreigners were not required
to,,show their passports, they said.
'"This had ne% er happened before
to me," one of the Nigerians said.
"I was very angry. This is racism."
The Africans spoke on condition
of anonymity, fearing more
harassment from the police if they
are identified. The Nigerians,
interviewed at a bar, asked that the
bar not be identified because they
were worried that it could be raid-
ed if the police learned that
Africans congregate there.

Haiti on Way to First Female Prime Minister

Haiti, July 18, 2008 -
Haiti's lower house of
Parliament has backed
President Ren- Pr6val's
plan to put a woman in
With a vote of 61-1,
with 20 abstentions, the
r chamber of deputies, as
it's called, on Thursday
ratified the nomination
of Michble Pierre-Louis
Mr Prdval's third
Michele Pierre-Louis, 61, is known internation- M.
ally for her work on behalf of the poor and choice for prime minis-
youth in Haiti. She heads the independent edu- ter.
national and cultural organization, Ms Pierre-Louis, 61,
Foundation for Knowledge and Liberty. whose name was put for-
ward three and a half

weeks ago, must still get the
endorsement of the 18-member
Senate which is expected to vote
next week.
Observers have already predicted
that the latest nominee will get the
Senate's nod, bringing three
months of political deadlock that
resulted after the ousting of the last
prime minister, Jacques Edouard
Alexis. He was fired by the Senate
on April 12th on the heels of riots
over skyrocketing food prices.
Two previous nominees to fill his
post Inter-American Develop-
ment Bank (IDB) economist, Ericq
Pierre, and security expert and
presidential adviser, Robert
Manuel were both rejected by

Ms Pierre-Louis is known inter-
nationally for her work on behalf
of the poor and youth in Haiti and
heads the independent educational
and cultural organisation,
Foundation for Knowledge and
Liberty (FOKAL), which aims to
support the development of chil-
dren, .youth organizations, youth
civil society associations, peasants
and women's organizations.
If she secures the vote of confi-
dence of legislators, Ms Pierre-
Louis would be the second woman
to serve in that position, following
Claudette Werleigh who served
from November in 1995 to
February in 1996.


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Executive Circle
The Executive Circle will present
a free Networking Reception at
Bourbon Bayou in the Jacksonville
Landing on Thursday, July 24th
from 5:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Networking minded individuals are
welcome to the free event to enjoy
meeting similar like minded indi-

Frankie Beverly and
Maze in Concert.
Join veteran soul crooner Frankie
Beverly and Maze along with Keith
Sweat, Trey Sonz and Carl Thomas
at the Veterans Memorial Arena on
Friday, July 25th for the first
annual Back to Camp Concert.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Call 355-3309
for tickets.
Save on Your
Water Bill Class
Staffers from the Duval County
Extension office will present a
workshop on how to save money by
fine tuning your own irrigation sys-
tem plus low volume and drip irri-
gation. They will also go over the
new fertilizer rules for homeown-
ers. The seminar will be held on
Saturday, July 26, 2008, from
10:00 a.m. 2:00 PM, at the Duval
Co. Extension, 1010 N. McDuff
Ave. Light refreshments will be
Pre-register by calling 387-8850.

Unyfyed Social Club
All White Party
The Unyfyed Social Club will
have an All White Party on
Saturday, July 26th at the Knights
of Columbus Hall,1501 Hendricks
Avenue from 8:00 p.m.- 2:00 a.m.
Ticket priced includes appetizers
and door prizes. There will also be a
Bachelor/Bachelorette Charity
Raffle!Everyone is welcome.

Candidates Forum
The Perkins Bar Association and
the NAACP are sponsoring a
Candidates Forum on Tuesday,
July 29th and Saturday, August
5th featuring the judicial races in
July and the house of representa-
tives, city council and school board
in August. All will occur at FCCJ
downtown starting at 6:30 p.m.
Email your questions to

Mary B. Morrison
Book Signing
Best selling author Mary B.
Morrison will be signing books at
the Wal-Mart Lem Turner store
located at 12100 Lem Turner Rd.
The signing and author meet and
greet will be held on Tuesday July
29th at 6 p.m.. For more informa-
tion or times, call 764-2855.

Horsin' Around
The City of Jacksonville will pres-

ent "Horsin' Around", an educa-
tional seminar for youth and adults.
The free forum will be held on
Thursday July 31st from 5:30 -
9:15 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Equestrian Center, 13611
Normandy Blvd. Topics covered:
Stretching your hay supply, emer-
gency preparedness for horses,
guide to basic vet care, riding trails
in Florida and Composting 101.Call
Brad Burbaugh at 387-8850 to pre-

Forum on Being "P.C."
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network will present a one evening
seminar on "Beyond PC".
Examining the role of political cor-
rectness in our society, nationally
recognized diversity advocate and
author Phillip Milano says, go
ahead. Ask! The free event will
take place on Thursday, July 31st
from 7 8:30 p.m. at the Karpeles
Manuscript Museum, 101 West 1st
Street. For more information call

PRIDE Book Club
August Meeting
P.R.I.D.E. Book Club, the city's
oldest African-American book club,
will have their next meeting on
Saturday, August 2nd from 4:00 -
6:30 PM at the home of Marsha
Phelts in American Beach, Fl. The
book for discussion will be My
Face is Black is True: Callie House
& The Struggle for Ex-Slave

Reparations by Mary Francis Berry.
For directions or more information,
call 904-261-0175.

Satisfactions Saturdays
Jacksonville, get ready! Saturday,
August 2nd starts the first of many
sophisticated Saturday nights.
Come and enjoy hip hop and R&B
with the mature crowd at Arielles
on Arlington Expressway. Doors
open at 9, ladies free before 11lp.m.,
Drink specials, and military dis-
count at the door. Advance tickets
on sale now call 272-7782 for more

HobNob '08
The Annual Jacksonville Chamber
Hob Nob will be held Thursday,
August 7 from 4:30 7:30 at
Metropolitan Park Park. This year's
event will include the always antic-
ipated Presidential Straw Poll.The
free event is a non-partisan political
venue to meet the candidates run-
ning for office in our upcoming
elections. Food and beverages will
be provided. For more information
call 366-6646.

Aaron Bing in Concert
Jacksonville's own saxophonist
Aaron Bing will be in concert on
Friday, August 8th at 7:30 p.m.
and 10:30 p.m. at the Times Union
Center Terry Theater. For tickets
call 353-3309.

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Stage Aurora Black Arts Festival

This Weekend at Norwood Plaza
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, Inc. will present the 1st Annual Aurora
Jacksonville Black Arts Festival July 24 -30, 2008, at their new
Performance Space located at 5188 Norwood Avenue. The Festival invites
African American performers and creative artists of all kinds to participate
in the free activities of the Festival, which will be held on three different
stages. Celebrity guests include Bob Devin Jones as 'LANGSTON
HUGHES', Ella Joyce (TV's Roc) in 'A ROSE AMONG THORNS'
T'Keyah Crystal Keymah (TV's Cosby and In Living Color), encore per-
formance of 'DREAMGIRLS' and much more. All events and entertain-
ment are for the sole purpose of providing opportunities for participation
and exposure to quality entertainment and Stage Aurora's goal of produc-
ing "theatre that enlightens."
For more information, please call Stage Aurora Theatrical Company at

10th Annual
Toast to the Animals
Tickets are now available to the
Jacksonville Humane Society's
10th annual "Toast to the Animals."
The wine tasting event is Aug. 15 at
the Florida Theatre from 6- 9 p.m.
This year's event will feature
gourmet hors d'oeuvres, desserts
and more than 200 varieties of wine
in addition to a live and silent auc-
tion. Tickets are available at or by calling

Ribault Class of 1978
The Ribault class of 1978 will
have it's 30th social social gathering
on Saturday, August 16,2008 at the
Commonwealth Holiday Inn start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. Call 651-0567 for
more info or to stay connected.

How to Grow Your
Own Vegetables
Is your grocery bill out of control?
Want to learn some ways to reduce
that bill? Try growing your own
vegetables. The Duval County
Extension Office is offering a
hands-on workshop on how to start
your own vegetables from seeds.
The class will be held on Saturday,
August 16th, from 10 a.m. noon
at the Extension Office, 1010 N.
McDuff Ave. You will take home
your own planted seed try and light
refreshments will be served. Call
387-8850 to pre-register. .

Reggae Legend Beres
Hammond in Concert
Reggae legend Beres Hammond
will be in concert for one show only
at the Plush Nightclub. The show
will be on Thursday, August 21st.
For tickets or more information,
call 353-3309.

An Afternoon with
Charles Cobb, Jr.
The Jacksonville Public Library's
African American Collection
Author Series will feature author
Charles Cobb, Jr. on Saturday,
August 23rd at 2:00 PM. Cobb is
the author of On the Road to
Freedom : A Guided Tour of the
Civil Rights Trail.
For more information, call 630-

FCCJ Family Literacy
Fair at North Campus
The Sixth Annual FCCJ Family
Literacy Fair will be held on
Saturday August 23, 2008 from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. It is free and open to the
public. The annual event includes
live performances by celebrity
readers, storytelling, age-appropri-
ate reading activities and lists, free
books, face painting, prizes, sur-
prises and free lunch. For reserva-

tions (appreciated) or more infor-
mation call 904-766-6553.FCCJ's
North Campus is located at 4501
Capper Road.

Gospel Artists Sought
for Talent Showcase
The Jacksonville Gospel
Announcers Guild is looking for
soloists & groups to take part in
their upcoming Gospel Industry
Showcase, Aug. 30th in
Jacksonville. Showcase your talent
to industry professionals, record
company execs, national radio
announcers, Stellar Award board
members and more. For details,
call (904)766-2266 or log onto

Sickle Cell
The time is now to get your teams
together to walk for sickle cell. The
Annual Sickle Cell Walk-A-thon
will be held on Saturday,
September 6, 2008 at Florida
Community College Jacksonville
(FCCJ) Downtown Campus loca-
tion. Registration begins at 8:00
am, the run begins at 9:00 am and
the walk will begin promptly at
9:15 am. If you have any questions,
please call (904) 244-4472 or (904)
353-5737 or email me at

on Consolidation
Viewing at the Library
The Main Library will host a pro-
gram entitled: "Government by
Gaslight" on Thursday, Oct. 2,
2008. The event will include a
viewing of a documentary that first
aired on Channel 4 in 1966 and
encouraged support for the
Consolidation movement in
Jacksonville. After the viewing,
Harry Reagan and Norm Davis, for-
merly of WJXT-TV4, will discuss
the role of the media in creating
support for Consolidation. It will
begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Hicks
Auditorium Main Library, 303 N.
Laura Street. Call 630-BOOK for
more information.

Panel Discussion
on Consolidation
The Main Library will host a pro-
gram entitled: "A Bold New
Revolution: 40 years later" on
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. A modera-
tor and three distinguished scholars
will discuss how Jacksonville has
fared under Consolidated govern-
ment in the 40 years since it was
implemented. The forum will kick
off at 11 a.m. in the Main Library,
Hicks Auditorium, Conference
Level, 303 N. Laura Street. For
more information call 630-BOOK.

Appeal For Your Excess Clothes
The Millions More Movement Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., a non-profit organi-
zation is now in the process of gathering clothes
for it's next 'Clothes Give-A-Way.
Please bring them to 916 N.Myrtle Avenue from
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
JLOC will also come pick up your donation.
For more information, vist their website at : or call 904-240-9133.

July 24-30, 2008

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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 11

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Agent says home run king hasn't received a single offer.
Things aren't looking very good for Barry Bonds The
home run king, a free agent who turns 44 ili ,%eek. liis not
received a single offer to join another teanim. I aent ciiid
"l'm an optimistic guy by nature and I ha\e told Barr\
that the prospects look bleak," said Jeff Borries. iti repre-
sents the former San Francisco Giants slugger
Bonds has been without a team since filing for free agency last Oct. 30.
There were rumors that the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Mets
were interested, and he worked out with the Boston Red Sox.
ics immediately chargedter Disney with oneracial stereotypinghe drinbord
"Maddy" was said to have sounded too much lie "mammy," a st.\ner.eotype
of a black woman, depicted as rotund, homely, and bematcronly. Critics said
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ly finds hedrately charged Disney with racial stereoypin Also, she's now
Maddy" was said to have aftsoundedr" with aoo much like "of Midday," a stereotype
of a black woman, depicted as rotund, homely, and matronly. Critics said
Maddy was given a clich6d subservient role with echoes of slavery.
Bheritagded by called Narges of racism of the filmlainset in th1920s New Orleans-
scrapped its origm inat the rybo200rdswpped the name Madd fr Tiana and
changed itsDenverame to "The Frog Princess" (which some in Fance had inter-
praneted as ay MTV and Rockslur)
In morThe reconvent chan, whTiaa is ow a 19-yea5 r-at old princess who sudden
ly finds herself in a country that has never had a monarchy. Also, she's now
slated to live "happily ever after" with a tioan saidma to hre of Middle Eastern
heritage and called Naveen. The race of the villain in the cartoon is report-
ed to have also bee Chrevised.
Kanye West, Wyclef Jean and N.E.R.D. have been
tapped to perform at the 2008 Democratic Convention
in Denver to support the presidential nomination of
Sen. Barack Obama.
According to Billb debuting Saturdoard West is rumored to e per
forming on Messenehaf of Bono's combines footae Campaign, which
landed the rapper in conjunction with the RIAA. Jean

Vote. The convention, which egins Aug. 25 at Invesco Field in Denver
will culminate with the party's nominplace thation of Obama three days later
Chris Rock brings his stand up backlto HBO this fall
with a new special shot from three different perform-

Debuting Saturday, Sept. 27, "Chris Rock: Kill the
Messenger" combines footage shot at South Africa's
Carnival City Casino, New York's legendary Apollo
Theatre and the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in
"Itwanted to do the type of stand-up special thattI've
never seen before, andithe only place that I could see doing that is at HBO,"
says Rock. "I love HBO because they want to take chances."


Smiley Stil
Tavis Smiley is all wound up. His
voice is rough from too much
vocalizing, but the host of public
television's "Tavi SSmiley" talk
show and public radio's "The Tavis
Smiley Show" is on an oratorical
roll about race, politics, and his fel-
low African-American, presump-
tive Democratic presidential nomi-
nee Barack Obama.
"There is no such thing in America
as race transcendence, and Obama's
going to find that out real soon,"
says Smiley, leaning into his words.
As he sermonizes, he sheds suit
jacket, tie and belt in succession,
getting comfy in his spacious suite
at KCET in Los Angeles after tap-
ing two installments of PBS's the
"Tavis Smiley".
Despite the peaceful vibe inside
his sanctuary, with its African
masks and scented candle, Smniley
frowns. "There's no such thing as
'post-racial' in America, because if
you push the envelope too far,
you're going to hear about it."
Smiley should know. For months
he has been the object of an Internet
firestorm for his perceived negative
comments about Obama on com-
mercial radio's syndicated "Tlhe
Tom Joyner Morning Show."
Smiley found himself between
race and a hard place when he criti-

cized Obama on-air for choosing
not to appear on Smiley's annual
State of the Black Union cablecast
on C-SPAN in February. Smiley's
remarks sparked a blaze of invec-
tive by African-American bloggers,
who questioned Smiley's loyalty,
motives and ego.
After 12 years as a fixture on
Joyner's show, Smiley delivered his
final commentary on June 26.
Smiley insists his departure was not
a reaction to the flak, but rather a
decision that he had been on
Joyner's show long enough.
"Just because Barack Obama is
black, doesn't mean he gets a pass
on being held accountable on issues
that matter to black people," Smiley
says. "I'm not an Obamia critic or a
McCain critic. The term itself is
dismissive and irnulting."
For Smiley a multimedia entre-
preneur who is an important voice
in the African-American communi-
ty, who owns his TV and radio
shows, who has authored 11 books
and created the nonprofit Tavis
Smiley Foundation to empower
youth the disparagement by
black bloggers still stings.
His dilemma is also emblematic of
the media conundrum of the
moment for black and white jour-
nalists alike: how to responsibly

and sensitively address the issue of
race and couch coverage of the like-
ly first-ever run for the White
House by a major-party nominee
who is black.
"We have an awkward history
about how to talk about race in the
nation and in newsrooms," says
Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent for
PBS' "The NewsHour with Jim
Lehrer" and author of "The
Breakthrough: Politics and Race in
the Age of Obama," slated for pub-
lication early next year.

DMX Facing Hard Times at

the Bank and With the Law
Rapper DMX was arrested at a recent run-ins with the law, includ-
Phoenix mall Saturday on suspicion ing an arrest at Phoenix Sky Harbor
that he gave a gave a false name International Airport earlier this
and Social Security number to a month on outstanding warrants
hospital to get out of paying for after he failed to appear in court.
medical expenses. Thne week before, hie was arrested
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe in Miami on charges of attempting
Arpaio said that when DMX, whose 'to purchase cocaine and marijuana.
real name is Earl Simmons, went to "He's back m jail again," Arpaio
Scottsdale's Mayo Clinic in April, said. "I don't know why judges keep
he used the name "Troy Jones" and letting this guy out. Every time ihe
failed to pay a $7,500 bill. goes in there, he gets out on bond.
DMX's Scottsdale attorney, "I'm hoping this is the one time
Cameron Morgan, declined to con- he's going to pay the penalty for his
ment. '_ offense," he added.
Arpaio said his office began inves- Arpaio said the bond had not been
tigating tihe charge following an Rapper DMX l le i l :1
animal neglect investigation last ,,' Rapper.DMXi th'I\ ei, iiijrled, the,
I h asoaClHOwouI\ beisolated from
year at the 37-year-old rapper's seizTe mi"i n/ he l ,. d,, a "'l ithe ilf saidci ihe would be isolated from
north Phoenix home. DMX was seized I 'll1 li nil Jdi- LP the rest of the inate for his own
arrested in that case on felony drug the remains of three others. safety. "They may not like his
o ad m o The miusician/actor has had other s.
possession and misdemeanor am music," he said.

"I don't see any hesitancy about
addressing it," Ifill says. "But I do
think we are all searching for the
David Bohrman, CNN's
Washington bureau chief, agrees.
"It's still a sensitive topic, but I
think the door's been opened to the
conversation ."
Smiley will broadcast his talk
show live to select markets from the
Democratic convention in Denver
Aug. 25-28 and the Republican
convention in St. Paul, Minn.
"1 want to do what I always try to
do, which is to be authentic in my
coverage," Smiley says. "I'm an
advocacy journalist, not a journalist
in the traditional sense. I believe my
role in the media is to get people to
re-examine the assumptions they
That challenge is not always obvi-
ous on Smiley's talk show. In its
five-year run "Tavis Smiley" has
included a stew of both stars and
politicos, from Obama, last fall, and
Hillary Clinton in February, to
Harrison Ford, Dustin Hoffman,
and hip, young-skewing musical
guests such as Ne-Yo.
But it is Smiley's role as vigilant
media inquisitor and never mind
political correctness that he
seems to relish most.
"This is what I do asking criti-
cal questions," Smiley says. "Now
some t, o,',u leg rd it as'keepingn.
broitli od i.'. i h,,.itg aj brother '
back. Because you regard it that
way, you don't understand that this
is the role that I've always played."

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Tavis Smileyand the Obama subject became a hot topic during the
recent Democratic primaries. Many say Obama drew the talk show
hist's ire after he didn't attend his annual "State of the Black Union
symnposium as Hillary Clinton did (above).


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James Brown Auction Banks $857k -

In a controversial auction of the
Godfather of soul's goods, music
fans picked over the remains of
James Brown's estate Thursday,
raising more than $857,000 for his
creditors and the US taxman pos-
Earlier this week a South Carolina
judge says an auction of Brown's
belongings in New York can go for-
ward as planned this week.
South Carolina Court of Appeals
Judge Jasper Cureton lifted a tem-
porary stay this week that could
have held up the sale of the late soul
singer's belongings.
Christie's auction house in New
York held the auction. Among the
320 items for sale were a red jump-
suit and blue satin cape. The auc-
tion was expected to raise up to $2
The singer's former business man-
agers, Buddy Dallas and Alfred
Bradley, had argued the auction
should be stopped. They claimed

Stage costumes worn by James Brown on display at Christie's in New
York.. Fans and collectors spent more than 800,000 dollars on belong-
ings of the US soul legend -- including a medical bracelet that fetched
32,500 dollars -- that Christie's put on the auction block.
the court should not have been able Brown died on Christmas Day in
to appoint new trustees to handle 2006 of heart failure. He was 73.
Brown's estate. Most items brought in less than

$1,000. But others, a denim number
he wore for the 1974 "Rumble in
the Jungle" concert in Zaire fetched
$25,000 and a blue satin cape
embroidered with "Thy Name Is
Godfather of Soul" was sold for
A hand-tinted photograph of
Brown at 9 years old, listed at $500,
piqued Kramer's interest. The photo
would have been expensive for
Brown, who grew up poor.
"That's a beautiful piece," Howard
Kramer, director of curatorial
affairs at the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in Cleveland said. "He made
a point of keeping that."
The Brown auction comes at a
time when pop-music collectibles
are popular. A few weeks ago at
Christie's in London, the drumhead
featured on the cover of The
Beatles' 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's
Lonely Hearts Club Band" sold for
$1.1 million.

Who's the Boss!

A familiar pair around the Marietta neighborhood, "Jock" and his
dog, "Prince" can frequently be seen as they take their rides through
the Bull Bay Highway area. But, it looks like Jock is doing all the
work, and Prince is just enjoying the ride. They often stop in a shady
spot for a cool drink of water which they carry with them. Incidently
Jock customized his bike when Prince was just a few weeks old so that
he could ride with him.

Artwork of 112 Year Old Mentally Disabled Man in Hot Demand

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama Bent
over or sitting at a table, gripping a
ballpoint pen, marker or crayon,
Frank Calloway spends his days
turning visions from his youth into
lively murals -- and at 112 years
old, the images of his childhood are
a window to another time.
Drawn on sheets of butcher paper
and sometimes stretching to more
than 30 feet long, the works mostly
show rural agricultural scenes, with
buildings, trains and vehicles out of
the early 20th century.
And his colorful creations are
gaining more attention in the art
The works by a man who has lived
about half his life in state mental
health centers will be part of an
exhibit this fall at the American
Visionary Art Museum in
Baltimore, Maryland.
His caretakers have suspended
sales of his artwork until after the
show after finding out that some of
his drawings could sell for thou-
sands of dollars.
"They are unique in that they are

of a rural, agrarian South, and they
speak to a time gone by," said Sara
Anne Gibson, executive director of
the Kentuck Museum in Northport,
Alabama, which hosted a month-
long exhibition of Calloway's
works two years ago.
Calloway views art as his job and
sits at a table by a window drawing
for seven to nine hours a day, usual-
ly wearing blue denim overalls and
a crisp dress shirt, said Nedra
Moncrief-Craig, director of Alice
M. Kidd Nursing Facility, a state
home where Calloway lives.
He was born July 2, 1896, and has
lived in mental health centers since
1952, when he was diagnosed with
schizophrenia. Moncrief-Craig said
patient confidentiality prevents her
from discussing his condition in
depth but did say he shows signs of
dementia. He lives in the geriatric
division of the home on the Bryce
Hospital campus in Tuscaloosa.
Details about Calloway's youth are
few. He says he remembers grow-
ing up with brothers and, as a "little,
bitty, little boy," playing under the

quilts his mother made as if they
were tents. He has no known fami-
ly left, and there is no record of his
ever being married.
He talks frequently about working
hard and mentions laying railroad
rails, cutting lumber, farming and
working for a blacksmith, but there
are no records of his life before he
entered the Alabama Department of
Mental Health and Mental
Retardation system.
"I couldn't get time to go to school
much, stopped in the third grade
reader, that's all I could get, third
grade reader," Calloway said. "A
school teacher put me to drawing a
long time ago, drawing pictures."
But aside from the occasional
drawing, his talent lay dormant
until he took an art class in the
1980s and began to draw again,
which has continued to this day.
Calloway still has a full head of
closely cropped white hair, gets
around on his own and goes on
excursions and restaurant outings
organized by the nursing home,
Moncrief-Craig said.

Calloway's circle of admirers
extends outside Alabama.
"There's a presence with him, I'm
telling you, that feels angelic," said
Rebecca Hoffberger, founder and
director of the American Visionary
Art Museum in Baltimore, which
will borrow 18 scrolls from
Calloway for an exhibit in October
called "The Marriage of Art,
Science and Philosophy."
She said Calloway's work is a per-
fect fit for her museum whose mis-
sion statement describes visionary
art as that "produced by self-taught
individuals, usually without formal
training, whose works arise from an
innate personal vision that revels
foremost in the creative act itself."
When people started showing
interest in buying his art a few years
ago, Moncrief-Craig decided he
needed a guardian. Since 2006,
Zondra Taylor Hutto has filled that
role. The attorney is the Tuscaloosa
County guardian, conservator and
administrator for several residents,
including Calloway.
Calloway used to give away some

of his creations or sell them
for $50, but Moncrief-Craig
and Hutto have stopped
dealing the work since an
appraiser said they could be
worth thousands. They hope
to have more of an idea how
much the art should go for
after the Baltimore show.
Calloway has few expenses
that aren't covered by
Medicaid, so any profits will
go into a special needs trust
in his name so he won't lose
his benefits. The money can
be used for items such as art
supplies that aren't covered
by the government. When he
dies, the remaining money
will go to the state or to the
state Medicaid agency, which
has provided his care all these
Plans are for Calloway to attend
the opening of the Baltimore show.
It will be his first trip on an airplane
and likely the first time he's left
Alabama. Hutto said she looks for-
ward to sharing his work with a

Frank Calloway
wider audience.
"His art overcomes boundaries,"
she said. "People may say, 'Well,
he's a folk artist. I don't like folk
art.' But if you ever meet him, there
is such life in what he creates, and
you can't look at one of his paint-
ings without seeing that smile,
without seeing that gentle man."


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