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Students Given "Ghetto Names"

in High School Yearbook
COVINA, Calif. Phony "ghetto" names were printed under a year-
book photo of Black Student Union members at a suburban Los Angeles
high school, leaving some angry students and parents calling for an apol-
ogy and a reprint.
"Tay Tay Shaniqua," "Crisphy Nanos" and "Laquan White" were among
the nine names placed next to the club's photo in Charter Oak High
School's yearbook.
School ended about two weeks ago, and authorities said the names were
discovered only after the yearbooks were handed out.
But some of the BSU members and their parents want the books
recalled and reprinted. Toi Jackson told the Tribune that on the last day
of school, her daughter was given a handful of stickers and told to pass
them out to her friends.
"How humiliating," said. "The school is responsible, and they ask the
victim to pass out the stickers."
The student body at the school is about 4.5 percent black, 45 percent
Hispanic and 30 percent white.

US to Call for UN

Action Against Zimbabwe
The United States plans to introduce a U.N. resolution next week call-
ing for tough action against Zimbabwe's government, Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice said Saturday, to prevent the country's leaders from
further abusing its population.
The action is in response to the widely denounced runoff election in
which Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is accused of using vio-
lence to coerce people to vote for him.
"It is time for the international community to act," Rice said. "It is hard
to imagine that anybody could fail to act given what we're all watching
on the ground in Zimbabwe.
A proposed resolution is being drafted and officials said it would prob-
ably be circulated informally over the weekend and presented to the full
council Monday.
Rice declined to specify what will be in the proposed resolution but said
there "has to be a deterrent effect from the international community at
this point to (halt) further intimidation, further violence against the pop-

Brooklyn Lawsuit Claims

Realtors Won't Serve Blacks
New York The pattern of blatant racial discrimination the suit alleges
first came to light in April 2007, when Vanessa Lee, 43, called Bais Seller
Real Estate in Midwood looking for a $1,250 Ocean Parkway two-bed-
room rental. Lee, who is black, was told by a representative that a "nice"
listing was available, the suit alleges and then was asked if she was
Jewish. After responding "no," Lee waited for a promised call-back that
never came.
Feeling something was amiss, Lee told the Fair Housing Justice Center
about her experience. The nonprofit conducted a four-month investiga-
tion, sending African-American and white testers wearing recording
devices to the firm.
The four black testers were asked to fill out forms and told they would
be called back. The calls never came. The four white testers, on the other
hand, were given solicitous service. A Bais broker, driving one of the
white testers around Bensonhurst, allegedly remarked that it was a nice
neighborhood because it had "white people" and there were "no drugs, no
crimes, and mostly Italians and Russians and some Jewish people."
Lee returned to Bais five months later. A realtor told her about an apart
ment on Avenue O, then failed to call her back. That same day, a white
tester asking for the same type of apartment was shown two, the lawsuit

One of First Tuskegee Airmen

Charles Dryden Dies at 87
ATLANTA Lt. Col. Charles "Chuck" Dryden, one of the first of the
u pioneering black World War II pilots known
as the Tuskegee Airmen, has died. He was 87.
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Volume 23 No. 8 Jacksonville, Florida July 3-9, 2008

Will Recent Political Successes

Undercut Affirmative Action? -

Barack Obama's political success
might claim an unintended victim:
affirmative action, a much-debated
policy he supports.
Already weakened by several
court rulings and state referendums,
affirmative action now confronts a
challenge to its very reason for
existing. If Americans make a black
person the leading contender for
president, as nationwide polls sug-
gest, how can racial prejudice be so
prevalent and potent that it justifies
special efforts to place minorities in
coveted jobs and schools?
"The primary rationale for affir-
mative action is that America is
institutionally racist and institution-
ally sexist," said Ward Connerly,
the leader of state-by-state efforts
to end what he and others consider
policies of reverse discrimination.
"That rationale is undercut in a
major way when you look at the
success of Senator Clinton and
Senator Obama." Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton of New York bat-
tled Obama to the end of the

Democratic primary process.
Other critics of affirmative action
agree. "Obama is further evidence
that the great majority of
Americans reject discrimination,
reject prejudice," said Todd F.
Gaziano, a scholar at the conserva-
tive Heritage Foundation and a
member of the U.S. Commission on
Civil Rights.
Not so fast, say supporters of
affirmative action. Just because
Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and
other minorities have reached the
top of their professions does not
mean that ordinary blacks, Latinos
or women are free from day-to-day
biases that deny them equal access
to top schools or jobs, they say.
As affirmative action's power has
diminished, minority enrollment
has fallen at many prominent col-
leges, said Gary Orfield, an author-
ity on the subject at the University
of California, Los Angeles.
"If people get the impression from
Obama's success that the racial -
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Shown above is Jacksonville native and nationally renowned debate
expert Jerrell Baker giving tips. KFP photo
Great Debaters Bring Oratory Skills to Jax
The Association of Urban Debate Leagues hosted an Urban Debate
Forum last weekend at the Main Library and the Beaver Street Enterprise
Center. The two day free event included workshops and interactive train-
ing for local educators, school board members and community members,
as well as mock debate demonstrations. Continued on page 5

Local Chapter of AKA Joins 50,000 Sorors Nationally for Historic "Walk"

On Saturday, June 28, over
50,000 members of Alpha Kappa
Alpha participated in a synchro-
nized ESP 1908 Global Centennial
Walk, designed to raise awareness
about the importance of fitness.
Linking hands and stepping off at
the same time worldwide, the
members sent a strong statement
about the importance of Emotional,
Spiritual and Physical health. The
Jacksonville Chapter of Gamma
Rho Omega stepped off at 11 a.m.
on the track of Ribault High School
lead by President Bonnie C.
In setting to this historic walk,
participants all faced in the direc-
tion of Washington, DC, where
Alpha Kappa Alpha's Centennial
convention takes place later this
month. In another show of solidari-
ty, members will walk 1908 steps
to the Washington Convention
Center. Continued on page 3

Shown above are friends and family of Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority,
Inc. at the Ribault High School Trek for the simultaneous walk. T Austin photo

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causes, said Roger Neal, a spokesman for the
National Museum of Patriotism in Atlanta.
Dryden was on the museum's board of direc-
"He was not just a part of American history;
he helped to make it," museum founder Nick
Snider said Thursday.
Dryden's 21-year military career included
combat missions in Korea and assignments in
Japan, Germany and U.S. bases. He retired from the Air Force in 1962.
About 1,000 pilots trained as a segregated Army Air Corps unit at the
Tuskegee Army Flying School in Alabama during WW II.
Last year, President Bush and Congress awarded the Tuskegee Airmen
the Congressional Gold Medal. Some 300 surviving airmen -- including
Dryden -- gathered in Washington for the ceremony in March 2007.
While attending the Washington gathering, Dryden said hat he had
mixed feelings about the event, since it came so many years after the war.
But he added that the medal helped convince him that the country does
recognize the airmen's contributions.

Emmanuel Washington, Jason A. Michael, Clarissa Brown and
Tiffany Durkhart during the book signing at the Gateway Book Store.
Best Selling author Jason Michael met fans and readers at the Gateway
Bookstore last weekend to promote his new book Strength of a Woman:
The Phyllis Hyman Story. The book brings the story and struggle of singer
Phyllis Hyman to light in the biography chronicling the late singers 20-
year career. Phyllis Hyman committed suicide in 1995 after battling
depression for several years. She was buried on what would have been her
46th birthday..KFP Photo.

Keisha McKinnon with Chef G. Garvin
Over 300 Jacksonville residents celebrated Winn-Dixie's Dunn Avenue
grand opening celebration featuring TV One's Chef G. Garvin, host of TV
One's original series "Turn up the Heat with G Garvin." Customers expe-
rienced the celebrity chef's super-simple cooking demonstration followed
by book signing in the Winn-Dixie parking lot. The only African-
American chef with his own national television show did not disappoint an
audience filled with cheering fans with hungry appetites. KFP Photo.

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- One of the largest-ever stud-
ies of black America was com-
pleted recently and presented
as "the most detailed snap shot
of African American life in the
United States today."
Sponsored by Radio One,
Inc., the survey identified
eleven specific segments with-
in black America today, rang-
ing from Connected Black
Teens, Digital Networkers and
Black Onliners at the younger
end, to Faith Fulfills, Broadcast
Blacks and Boomer Blacks at
the older end.
The study found that 70 per-
cent of African Americans
already have a plan for their
future; 54 percent were opti-
mistic about their future and 60
percent believe "things are get-


42 percent (who are more like-
ly to be affluent) preferring to
be called "Black" and 44 per-
cent preferring "African

ting better for me."
Blacks, according to the sur-
vey, are divided pretty evenly
on how they liked to be
described, with 42 percent
(who are more likely to be
affluent) preferring to be called
"Black" and 44 percent prefer-
ring "African American."
The poll research just under-
scores that African Americans
are not a monolithic group
inclined to think alike or have
the same opinions and beliefs.
The analysis identifies differ-
ences in black America regard-
ing everything from what it
means to be black today, per-
ceptions about African
American history and expecta-
tions for the future of blacks, to
consumer trends, media prefer-
ences and confidence in key
institutions (such as the church,
government, financial services
companies and the media).
For instance, among the
Connected Black Teens seg-
ment, 25 percent are saving to
start a business. Yet, among
Digital Networkers, the majori-
ty of whom are in their 20s, 45
percent are already saving for
"While people are less
inclined these days to think that
all Blacks are the same, they
really do not understand the
diversity within the African

Feeling Lucky?
Then don't buy a $20 scratch-off ticket for the
New Jersey Lottery's "$1,000,000 Explosion"
Your chances of winning the $1 million top
prize are Z-E-R-O.
The six top prizes were awarded months ago,
but the $20 tickets are still on sale. The best prize
available today is $10,000.
State lotteries are coming under renewed criti-
cism for selling scratch-off tickets after the top
prizes have been given away. The latest challenge
comes from a professor who says he intends to
sue Virginia for allegedly selling $20 million a
year in lottery tickets that had no top prize avail-
About half of the 42 states that have lotteries -
including Florida, New Jersey, Michigan and
Tennessee keep selling tickets after the top
prizes are gone. The states say the practice is fair
because lottery tickets and websites disclose the
practice. Also, other prizes are available.
Sales of scratch-off lottery tickets have soared
since the introduction of high-priced tickets
designed to have huge jackpots $1 million or
more is common that can be won instantly.
The "$1,000,000 Explosion" was New Jersey's

American community," said
TV One head honcho, Cathy
Hughes. "Blacks share many
commonalities regardless of
age, income and geography, but
there are also differences -- that
suggest a new understanding of
the past and a more optimistic
sense of the future. We're confi-
dent that black Americans --
and all Americans -- will find
the results of the survey useful
and in some cases surprising,
given perceptions about Black
life that are still pervasive in
our country."
The study released the fol-
lowing data:
The average household of
those surveyed has three people
in it, half of whom live in a sin-
gle family home, one-third in
apartments, one-third in the
suburbs and half in cities.
Among 29 to 74 year-olds,
one-third are married. 61 per-
cent of Black Americans are
parents, five percent of 13 to 17
year-olds are parents, and half
of all parents are single parents.
From an educational and
economic standpoint, 34 per-
cent of those surveyed who are
18 or older have some college
or a two-year degree, 21 per-
cent have a BA or higher, 40
percent have an annual income
under $25,000 (20 percent of
whom are retired), and one-
third more than $50,000.
* The digital divide has faded.
68 percent of those surveyed
are online (compared to 71 per-
cent of all Americans), and
two-thirds of them shop online.

Among black teens, over 90
percent are online. Blacks who
live in the south are least likely
to be online (63 percent).
Black identity remains
strong across all age and eco-
nomic groups. While 56 per-
cent of those surveyed have
"all" or "almost" all black
friends, only 30 percent said
they prefer being around peo-
ple of the same race.
* Black solidarity too is strong
across all groups, with 88 per-
cent saying they have enor-
mous respect for the opinions
of their elders (84 percent
among teens). While 71 percent
overall said they believe blacks

Only 29 percent agree that
the mainstream media por-
trays blacks in a positive light.
need to stick together to
achieve gains for their commu-
nity, only 54 percent of teens
Discrimination remains a
very real part of black life in
America. While 24 percent said
they had been personally dis-
criminated against in the past
three months, 82 percent said
they believe it is "important for
parents to prepare their chil-
dren for prejudice." 67 percent
overall said they believe the
history of slavery is a key way
in which blacks are different
from other groups, but one-
third also say that too much
emphasis is put on the oppres-
sion of Blacks.
* Media highlights include: 84
percent of households have
cable, 81 percent of those sur-
veyed watch black TV channels
weekly, 87 percent listen to
radio in a typical week (only 16
percent listen to Satellite
radio), 64 percent watch news

or news magazines and 50 per-
cent watch court shows (com-
pared to 41 percent for sports
and 46 percent for entertain-
* Blacks are not satisfied with
how they are portrayed by the
media. Only 29 percent agree
that the mainstream media por-
trays blacks in a positive light -
- compared to 50 percent who
do not relate to the way blacks
are portrayed on most black TV
shows. Two-thirds believe
there should be more television
shows that focus on blacks.
Forty percent think black TV is
reinforcing a negative stereo-
type of blacks.

first $20 ticket and very popular, said lottery
spokesman Dominick DeMarco. Most tickets are
gone, although the game won't end until July 21.
California, New York, Massachusetts and other
states now end scratch-off games when top prizes
are gone. The changes often followed lawsuits
that were unsuccessful but generated bad public-
ity. The lawsuits "sure changed the way lotteries
do business," says attorney Rob Carey, who filed
suits in California, Colorado, Arizona and
In August 2007, Washington and Lee University
business professor Scott Hoover bought $5 tick-
ets for a game called "Beginners Luck" in
Virginia. Later, he learned the top prize was
awarded in July. Using public records, Hoover
calculated that the state sold about $20 million
annually for three years in tickets when a top
prize wasn't available. He says the state should
compensate these players.
"They were promising $75,000 prizes that
weren't there," says John Fishwick, Hoover's
Virginia Lottery executive director Paula Otto
says the lottery as of July 2007 now ends scratch-
off games after the last top prize is awarded.

Use Your Voice to Add Value!

Radio One Survey Reveals Black

America in Black and White

- t- lJ One of the most
powerful tools in
your personal
press kit is your
voice. It is the megaphone that
you use to broadcast your authen-
ticity to the world...
However, when I say voice, I'm
not talking about the sound that
comes out of your mouth. I'm
talking about the substance of
what you say.
Each of us has a unique voice in
the world--it is tuned by genetics,
culture, health, religious beliefs,
and life experience. As a result,
our voice--the messages and
themes that we continually
express to the world--could be one
of harmony, discord, advocacy for
the powerless, outrage against
injustice, humor, etc.
To help you analyze your own
voice and assess how you can best
put it to use, Stephen Covey, the
author of The 7 Habits of Highly

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Understanding Social Security

By Jason Alderman
Since its creation in 1935, Social
Security has provided countless
Americans with a degree of finan-
cial stability through its retirement,
disability and survivor benefits.
While never intended to fully sup-
port people when they retire,
Social Security provides many
retirees with their only safety net
against poverty. So naturally, con-
cerns about its solvency make
Whether you're a boomer,
already retired, or much younger
and paying into the program, here's
a brief guide to how Social
Security retirement benefits work:
Eligibility. Generally, after
you've contributed to Social
Security for at least 10 years you
become eligible to collect a retire-
ment benefit. Those who haven't
worked sufficient years may also
qualify based on their spouse's
work record.
Spousal benefits. If you're mar-
ried and your earned benefit is less
than 50 percent of your spouse's,
you will be eligible for a benefit
typically equal to half of his or
hers. Spousal benefits also are
available if you're divorced, pro-
vided your marriage lasted at least
10 years, you remain unmarried
and are at least age 62.
Survivor benefits. If your spouse
dies and was benefits-eligible, you

(and children under age 16) may
be eligible for survivor benefits.
Benefit amounts vary depending
on your age and other factors.
Benefit calculations. Your bene-
fit is based on earnings during 40
years of work. The five
lowest-earning years are dropped
from the equation and each year
not worked counts as a zero. This
often occurs when women stopped
working to raise children or care
for ailing parents a triple wham-
my, since they also typically earn
less than men and live longer.
"Full retirement age" increases
gradually from 65 for those born
before 1938 to 67 for those born
after 1959. If you retire at 62 your
benefit will be reduced by 20 to 30
percent, depending on your birth
year. This percentage reduction
gradually lessens the closer you
approach full retirement age. In
addition, if you retire after full
retirement age, your annual benefit
increases by 6.5 to 8 percent per
year, depending on your birth year.
Annual statement. One tool to
help estimate your potential bene-
fits is the annual Social Security
Statement mailed each year about
three months before your birthday.
Check this statement for any errors
to your earnings record since that
could impact future benefits.
Tax implications. Keep in mind
that if you start receiving Social

Security benefits but continue
working, you may be taxed on a
portion of your benefit if your
combined income is over a certain
For interactive calculators to esti-
mate your retirement benefit under
different earnings and age scenar-
ios, go to "Plan Your Retirement"
on the Social Security website
( The site
also contains complete informa-
tion on how Social Security works,
eligibility issues, tax implications,
how to apply and much more.
For women weighing retirement
options, another helpful resource is
a program jointly developed by
Heinz Family Philanthropies, the
Women's Institute for a Secure
Retirement (WISER) and Visa Inc.
called the Women's Saving
Initiative (www.practical-
This free site features a book
called "What Women Need to
Know About Retirement" that
includes a detailed chapter on
Social Security. It's available in an
easily printed version, as well as
an audio file that can be played
online, in the car or on an iPod.
Start researching your Social
Security options now, while you
have time to explore your options
and beef up other retirement sav-
ings, if needed.


Effective People, has identified a
way for you to find your voice and
live a happier, more productive. In
The 8th Habit: From
Effectiveness to Greatness, Covey
breaks down our "voice" into four
Voice lies at the nexus of talent
(your natural gifts and strengths).
Passion (those things that natu-
rally energize, excite, motivate
and inspire you).
Need (including what the world
needs enough to pay you for).
Conscience (that still small
voice that assures you of what is
right and that prompts you to
actually do it).
Bottom Line: Covey says that
finding your voice is your pass-
port to your personal Promised
Land. And there, you can show-
case your talents and message in
grand style. But don't promise to
sing an opera when you've just
signed up for singing lessons.

67 percent overall said they believe the history of slavery is a
key way in which blacks are different from other groups, but
one-third also say that too much emphasis is put on the oppres-
sion of Blacks.

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July 3-9, 2008

FCCJ Now Offering
Bachelors Degrees
Florida Community College at
Jacksonville's new bachelor
Degree programs have officially
received accreditation.
Supervision and Management,
Computer Networking and Nursing
have been approved for the institu-
tion. The College now has full
authority to admit students imme-
diately and to launch the new pro-
grams in the Fall 2008 term.
As a result, they are extending the
application deadline for Fall Term
2008 admission to July 11.
The College's four bachelor's
programs-Nursing, Supervision
and Management, Networking and
Telecommunications, and Fire
Science Management-each have
other specific requirements for
To be selected for any FCCJ bach-
elor's degree program, applicants
must first have at least an associate
degree. For more information visit or call 904-680-


July 4th for Black America:

'A Day Late and a Dollar Short'

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Beverly Shields, Pat Sims, Norma White, Sandra Thompson and
Donna Cobb lead the walk in Jacksonville.
AKA's Join Sorors for 50,000 Historic Walk
Continued from front page
At the culmination of this event, President McKinzie will lead members
into the Center and the historic Centennial convention will officially begin.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will pump over $100 million into the
District of Columbia's economy when it holds its week long Centennial
Convention there from July 11-18 bringing over 35,000 women to the city.

American Woman Busted for

Aiding Nigerian Internet Scam

Jacksonville Jack & Jills Host 700, Make Commui

Contributions During 2008 Leadership Conferen

Shown above are J&J Jacksonville Chapter President Wanda Willis
and Service Project Chairperson, Zenja Stallworth at the presentation
of the commissioned 'Community Canvas' by artist Karin Mervis to
the Jacksonville Youth Crisis Center.
The Southeastern Region of Jack Appointed Special Advocates pro-
and Jill of America, Inc. presented gram with a monetary contribution
the Jacksonville Youth Crisis and a commissioned 'community
Center and the 4th Judicial Circuit canvas' artwork during their recent
Guardian Ad Litem Court conference. In addition, the Crisis

Center received a donation
and gently worn jeans gather
teens as part of the 'Denim D
service project.
Over 700 teens and
attended the 2008 South
Teen Leadership Conferenc
quartered at the Hyatt Hot
addition to the "Denim D
Service project, events inclu
opening ceremony with an
welcome by Mayor John Pe
Welcome Reception a
Jacksonville Museum of Sci
History, a formal banquet in
of the graduating seni
Leadership Luncheon and a
and Step Show at the Times
Center hosted by con
Contributions were given
port of both of these organi
ongoing efforts to assist area
in crisis. Jack and Jill of A
Inc is a national nonprofit or
tion serving youth.Former in
there are 218 chapters, in 35

A Washington woman was sen-
tenced last week to two years in
prison and five years of supervised
release for her role in an Internet
counterfeit check scheme.
Edna Fiedler pleaded guilty in
March to attempting to defraud
U.S. citizens in a scheme known as
a Nigerian check scam.
Fiedler helped her accomplices in
Sity Nigeria send fake checks to people
miy who had agreed to cash the checks
ce on behalf of the sender, keeping
some of the proceeds and sending
the rest back.
of new The Nigerians found people will-
ered by ing to cash the fake checks via e-
)reams" mail. They would send their names
as well as fake documents that
parents looked like Wal-Mart money
eastern orders, Bank of America checks,
e head- U.S. Postal Service checks and
tel. In American Express traveler's checks
)reams" to Fiedler. They told her how to fill
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to listen to the choreographed music
while you watch the show
Saturday, July 5
10 a.m. 5 p.m.
Ice skating and family activities
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Ice skating $2 (includes skate rental)
Noon and 3 p.m.
Red, wI itie and t3rrr Ice Show
Go to or call
1-800-733-2668 for hotel accommodations.

out the checks and where to send
The recipients most likely thought
they were helping out someone who
needed a person in the U.S. to cash
a check for them, according to the
U.S. Department of Justice. They
were able to get the money by cash-
ing the checks, and sent most of it
to either Fiedler or her Nigerian
accomplices. However, once the
checks were discovered to be fake,
the people who cashed them were
responsible for the full amount.
All told, Fiedler sent out
US$609,000 worth of phony checks
and money orders. When U.S.
Secret Service agents investigating
the case searched Fiedler's house,
they found additional fake checks
worth more than $1.1 million that
she was preparing to send out.
At a recent conference in Seattle,
a representative from the U.S.

Postal Service and Washington
State Attorney General Rob
McKenna described ways they're
working to shut down these kinds
of scams, particularly because they
often involve people who don't
realize that they're taking part in
illegal activities.
The U.S. Postal Service recently
sent 15 postal investigators to
Lagos, Nigeria, and during a three-
month period there, they helped
intercept counterfeit checks, lottery
tickets and eBay overpayment
schemes with a face value of $2.1
billion, Chris Siouris, a cyber inves-
tigator at the U.S. Postal Inspector,
said at the recent conference.
Siouris, McKenna and others are
pushing for ways to better educate
Internet users so that people don't
unwittingly help out in these kinds
of e-mail scams.

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Funny how time flies. I wrote a
column just a year ago complaining
about gas prices and who would
have ever imagined that we would
ever be faced with the prices of
today .1 was complaining about gas
costing $2.53 a gallon, now that
same 2.53 would be a welcome.
Many Americans, especially
working and middle class families
are forgoing vacations, entertain-
ment, clothing for children, etc., all
in the name of saving money to pay
for gas. I am still stuck in "I can't
believe it" mode.
How crazy is this? It is costing
more to provide fuel for a vehicle
per month than it cost to provide
the monthly insurance.
Of course, this is the time of year
where you take the kids somewhere
for a nice summer trip, but do I
really don't to drive a long distance
with gas prices being so high?
Not that Disney World or South
Beach is feeling the impact, but the
high gas prices are definitely
affecting folks in lower income
brackets and travel is normally the
first causality of a tight wallet.
According to a USA

We are Our

Biggest Deterrent
by Reece Epstein
Black America is still not free.
Despite the abolition of slavery and
passage of civil rights laws, some-
thing still holds people back them-
That's the view of psychologist Dr.
James Davidson, Jr., who says a
major problem facing black
America is an attitude of self-
defeat. He explains his views in his
new book Sweet Release: The Last
Step to Black Freedom.
Raised in a poor community him-
self, Davidson paints a bleak por-
trait of the world he escaped:
"Legions of teenagers, pregnant or
orchestrating their lives towards
pregnancy, stroll shamelessly
through our streets. Single-parent
homes dominate our neighborhoods
and typify the deficient rearing
grounds of most of our children.
Black males little more than
sperm donors wander the streets
engaged in an interminable adoles-
Davidson believes an attitude of
defeatism and hostility by blacks
toward fellow blacks who, after -
Continued on page 5

The Ripple Effects of

TODAY/Gallup poll more than a
third of Americans are rethinking
vacation plans because of record-
high gas prices.
The poll also says that of those
altering travel plans, 37% are can-
celing trips and one in four won't
go as far or stay as long.
Right now the national average
gasoline price is $4.08 a gallon. I
have an SUV and it's costing me
nearly $90 to fill up. I guess I
should be grateful I don't live on
the West Coast where the average
price of gas is around $4.46.
The ripple effects of these high
gas prices are the silent killers. For
example, shipping companies like
FedEx and UPS have adjusted the
price for sending packages because
of jet and vehicle fuel prices. Large
corporations probably don't feel the
pinch that much, but small busi-
nesses certainly do.
Airlines have also jumped on the
high gas bandwagon. They want to
charge you for every thing now.
Most airlines have started charging
you for that one free carry on that
you have been accustomed to tak-
ing on the plane with you.

What's next an additional fee for
windows seats or charging for
those stale peanuts they give you?
And it' s all in the name of "high
fuel prices."
Of course airline and other com-
panies are not going to eat those
rising fuel cost so it all falls back
on to the consumer. By the way,
this is the same consumer who is
being squeezed by property taxes,
high childcare cost, skyrocketing
food cost and of course healthcare.
Even Soccer Moms will have to
adjust. High gas prices mixed with
a weak economy have dealt a seri-
ous blow to vehicle sales, with big
SUVs, minivans and pickups hit
hardest. Mothers will now be trying
to stuff six kids into a Honda Civic.
The sports industry is feeling the
crunch as well. The National
Association for Stock Car Auto
Racing (NASCAR) has been one of
the fastest growing sports in the
United States, but guess what? You
have to travel a pretty good dis-
tance to see most races in person.
NASCAR is reporting that
because a vast majority of their
fans are working class Americans

High Gas
the gas crunch has caused most of
their crowds at races to shrink.
With gas prices continuing to rise
many Americans no longer have
that discretionary cash they once
One of my favorite Cornell West
quotes says, "I am prisoner of
hope." And we all have become
prisoners to hope because everyday
I drive by a gas station I am hoping
that prices begin to fall.
The oil crisis is not only hurting
us here in the United States, but
countries throughout the world.
However, because we consume so
much more gas than other large
countries, we are feeling the pain a
little more. In fact, the U.S. con-
sumes about 131 billion gallons of
gas a year.
So as I sit in my backyard I am
trying to figure out how to take a
couple of blow up pools and a Slip
n' Slide and create my own little
water park. But now that I think
about it, isn't the JEA going up on
fees too? It's a no win situation.
Signing off from Fullwood's
Backyard of Adventure,
Reggie Fullwood

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from Using Plastic
by William Reed
The convenience of having a credit card has its advan-
tages. It's much safer to use a credit card than to carry
around wads of cash, especially if you're traveling. You
can't rent a hotel room, a car or make airline reservations without a credit
card. But when African Americans use credit cards as a crutch or substitute
for cash is when they get into trouble. While credit cards provide many
households with an economic safety valve to deal with income shortfalls and
emergency expenses, this debt may often aggravate their financial distress
rather than relieve it.
Credit cards have become Americans' common form of currency.
Americans charge 1.5 trillion dollars per year on credit cards. The industry is
the most profitable one in the U.S. with
..most of the debt annual earnings in the $30 billion range.
African Americans A single credit card issuer MBNA -
accumulated is earned 1.5 times more profit than
have accumulated IS McDonalds in 2004, and Citibank's cred-
used for items that it cards earn more profit than both
depreciate in value, Microsoft and Wal-Mart.
depreciate value, Credit card debt is one explanation for
such as cars, furniture, widening gaps between African American
electronics, and families and their white counterparts.
Credit is a cornerstone of wealth creation.
appliances. Lack of access to credit for those with low
credit scores, or no credit whatsoever, is an important and growing problem.
It is almost impossible to build wealth in America without credit.
While all America is propped up on credit card debt, minorities are most at
risk of damaging their financial futures due to poor credit card management.
African American households spend larger percentages of their incomes pay-
ing credit card and other high interest rate that enriches lenders. A survey of
activities between 1998 and 2001 found that minority families added on debt
at a rate far greater than they increased their incomes, thereby reducing the
overall wealth building power of every dollar they earned. Minority families
also racked up more than twice the debt of their white counterparts.
Credit card debt has caused African American families to use critical finan-
cial resources to pay mounting monthly interest payments instead of saving or
acquiring assets such as real estate. It has also caused long-term disadvan-
tages for African Americans because of the way lenders assign interest rams
and insurance companies set premiums. Financial companies base interest
rates on credit scores that are calculated, in part, by looking at how people use
their credit and whether they pay their debt on time. The amount of debt a
person has in relation to the overall credit available to them counts toward
their credit score as well. Above-average debt means lower credit scores, for
which lenders charge higher interest rates. Carrying a lot of credit card debt
hurts scores of African Americans significantly.
Unfortunately, most of the debt African Americans have accumulated is used
for items that depreciate in value, such as cars, furniture, electronics, and
appliances. This indicates that blacks use credit inappropriately to stretch
their incomes. Historic, and pervasive, redlining by traditional banks has left
high-interest credit cards as one of the few easily accessible sources of loans
for minorities. Robert D. Manning, author of Credit Card Nation: The
Consequences of America's Addiction to Credit (Basic Books; $18), looked at
how the credit card business has grown and noted that African Americans
have been easy prey: "Lenders know that once they have you paying month-
to-month, it's hard to break free. The sooner they have people in debt, the
longer the revenue, stream persists."
The plastic in your pocket can help as well as hurt you. Check out your own
credit score. The average American credit score is around 692. If your score
is lower, borrowing gets real tough. This is an outline that explains the impact
of your score: 720-850 Excellent This represents the best score range and
best financing terms; 700-719 Very Good Qualifies for favorable financ-
ing; 675-699 Average Usually qualifies for most loans; 620-674 Sub-
prime May qualify, but will pay higher interest; 560-619 Risky Trouble
obtaining a loan; 500-559 Very Risky Work on improving your rating

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The Great Debaters Visit Jacksonville

Debaters and presenters (l-R) Christopher Randall, Jerry Baker,
Matthew Ballou andJermyn Shannon-El.

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Continued from front
problems of this country have been
solved, that would be very sad,"
Orfield said. "In some ways we
have moved backwards" in recent
years, he said.
Wade Henderson, head of the
Leadership Conference on Civil
Rights, said, "Exceptions don't
make the rule."
"By any measure, Obama and
Clinton are clearly exceptional indi-
viduals," he said. "When you really
examine the masses of Americans,
especially women and people of
color, you still find incredible dis-
parities," which justify the continu-
ation of affirmative action pro-
Obama, who asks voters neither to
support nor oppose him on the basis
of his race, has dealt gently with
affirmative action. He says his two
young daughters have enjoyed great
advantages and therefore should not
receive special consideration
because of their race.
"On the other hand," he said in an
April debate, "if there's a young
white person who has been working

Continued from page 4
earning success, are accused of
failing to "keep it real" to be at the
root of this social disaster. He finds
people falling into two categories:
"advancers," who are "industrious,
hardworking and up to freedom's
challenges" and delayerss," who
feel "entitled, negative and self-
defeated." Advancers reject myths
of an unbeatable system, avoid the
pitfalls of vice and work hard.
Delayers do the opposite, to the
extent that they even discourage
friends and family from striving to
escape poverty.
To explain why someone would
choose such a deeply flawed envi-
ronment, Davidson cites comfort
and familiarity. Believing the
game of life is stacked against
them, someone with a victim men-
tality finds an odd sense of security
by limiting their choices.
The dangerous indulgences
stereotyping some black communi-
ties are delayers' norm: "Partying
and all other forms of avoidance
serve as ego defense mechanisms -
that is, if I stop partying/having
constant sex/getting high/working
on my jump shot/being criminal,
then I must... get out there to chal-
lenge others for jobs and careers."
Staying put is an easy option.
In contrast, pursuing success
places responsibility squarely on
the advancer's shoulders, often
straining or breaking family and
community bonds.
Davidson believes the criticism
he receives comes because he
stands in direct opposition to the
tactics and ideologies of the
preachers of "separatism and non-
acceptance." His personal rise
from squalor to success discredits
their rhetoric.
While recognizing America is
imperfect, Davidson points out it is
not the nation it once was. The
black middle class is constantly
growing and successful blacks are
no longer "trailblazers" because the
trail is already blazed.
* The startling change is that it is
no longer systemic white prejudice,
but rather a systemic black preju-
dice against those who strive for
success that accounts for many of
the lingering problems plaguing
black America.

hard, struggling, and has overcome
great odds, that's something that
should be taken into account" by
people such as college admission
Tucker Bounds, spokesman for
Republican presidential candidate
John McCain, said McCain's com-
mitment to equal opportunity
"means aggressively enforcing our
nation's anti-discrimination laws."
"It also means rejecting affirmative
action plans and quotas that give
weight to one group of Americans
at the expense of another," Bounds
said. "Plans that result in quotas,
where such plans have not been
judicially created to remedy a spe-
cific, proven act of discrimination,
only result in more discrimination."
Affirmative action, a term coined
in the early 1960s, is a loosely
defined set of policies meant to help
rectify discrimination based on
race, religion, sex or national ori-
gin. It quickly proved controversial,
especially in the public arena, as
some white males alleged they were
losing government jobs and public
university admissions to less quali-
fied minorities and women.
The Supreme Court ruled 30 years
ago that universities could use race
as one factor in choosing appli-
cants, but it banned quotas.
Subsequent court decisions placed
more restrictions on affirmative
action, and Connerly and others
launched ballot initiatives that vir-
tually crippled it in some states.
In 1996, California voters passed
Proposition 209, pushed by
Connerly. It bars all government
institutions from giving preferential
treatment to people based on race or
gender, and particularly affects col-
lege admissions and government
contracts. Similar measures passed

in Michigan and Washington state.
Connerly hopes to have versions on
the ballots this fall in Colorado,
Nebraska and Arizona.
The erosion of affirmative action
is forcing colleges and other institu-
tions to seek new ways of pursuing
diversity, with mixed results.
"What had been a national policy
is being dismantled, state by state,"
University of Washington President
Mark A. Emmert wrote in the
Christian Science Monitor last year.
He said his campus has learned that
it still can "ensure diversity and
access to higher education, particu-
larly by taking socio-economic fac-
tors into account."
While Emmert laments the ero-
sion of affirmative action, others
say it is overdue. It's great if
Obama's success hastens the
process, they say, but previous
achievements by blacks in business,
government, entertainment and
other fields already have under-
mined the argument that racial dis-
crimination is rampant.
Defenders of affirmative action
cite continuing disparities between
blacks and whites in areas such as
income, education achievement,
health care and incarceration rates.
These disparities, however, "have
roots in problems that are not
addressed by affirmative action,"
said Abigail Thernstrom, a
Manhattan Institute senior fellow
and vice chair of the U.S.
Commission on Civil Rights.
They are complex, deep-seated
factors that put many minority chil-
dren behind their peers as early as
kindergarten, she said. In con-
fronting such challenges, she said,
"racial preferences don't solve any-

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then take these steps towards allow- Speaking at the podium and with Parting words from the guest
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Faust Temple COGIC to Celebrate
Pastor's Anniversary July 11-16th
The members of Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, 3328 Moncrief
Road, will celebrate the 32nd Anniversary of Bishop R. L. Dixon and First
Lady, Missionary Martha Dixon at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 11, and
Wednesday thru Friday, July 16-18th. The celebration closing will com-
mence at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, July 20th. The community is invited to all cel-
ebratory activities.

New Life Community to Present
Breakthrough Evening of Praise
The Jacksonville Chapter of the GMWA Mass Choir, Dr. Dontavies
Boatwig of Atlanta, and WCGL 1360 Victory, will be featured along with
other artists at the "Breakthrough Evening of Praise", at 6 p.m. Saturday,
July 12th, at the New Life Community Church, 11100 Wingate Road (at
Dunn Ave.), Jacksonville. The community is invited.
St. Andrew Missionary Baptist to host 27th Annual Women's Day, July 20th
"God's Promises to Virtuous Women" (Ruth 3:11) is the theme for the
27th Annual Women's Day Celebration at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2008,
at the St. Andrew Baptist Church, 2900 West 45th Street. First Lady Sandra
Waldrop will be the guest speaker. Sis. Roberta Cotton, Chair Person; Sis.
Jackie Bracelet, Co-Chair.

St. Andrew Celebrates Women's Day
St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2900 W 45th Street will
host its 27th annual Women's Day Celebration on Sunday July 20th at
11:00am. The guest speaker will be First Lady Sandra Waldrop and the
theme for the day will be: God's Promises to Virtuous Women (Ruth 3:11),
Chairpersons for the event are Roberta Cotton and Jackie Braclet.
For further information call Sister Dominique Mann at 302-2075.

Vacation Bible School at St. John MB
St. John Missionary Baptist Church will present a traditional Vacation
Bible School, July 28-31st 2008. The church is located at 135 Brickyard
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.
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Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. is Consecrated

as Full Gospel Bishop for the State of Florida

by Rhonda Silver
Jacksonville's own Dr. Rudolph W.
McKissick, Jr., Senior Pastor at
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church,
was elevated to the office of Bishop
in the Full Gospel Baptist
The Consecration ceremony was
held at the Jefferson Convention
Center in Birmingham, Alabama as
part of the Full Gospel Baptist
Church Fellowship International's
15th Annual International
Conference, under the leadership of
Bishop Paul S. Morton.
International Presiding Bishop
Bishop Paul Morton appointed Dr.
McKissick, Jr. earlier this year say-
ing, "Having been led of the Holy
Spirit, we do find him to be of good
behavior, an obedient servant of the
Lord Jesus Christ, and to the
Scriptures of the truth and fit for his
sacred office."
Dr. McKissick, Jr. is now the State
Bishop for the State of Florida with-
in the Fellowship and continues as
the Senior Pastor of the Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church.
Over 200 members from Bethel
journeyed to Birmingham to support
and witness the consecration of their
Pastor. Bishop's father, Pastor
Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. served
as his General Assistant during the
vestment service, along with several
of Bishop's closest friends including
Dr. Jamal Bryant, Dr. Freddy
Haynes, Dr. William Curtis, Dr.
Harold Carter, Pastor E. Dewey
Smith and Pastor Leofric Thomas
There will be a Consecration
Celebration held at Bethel on
Friday, July 11th at 7PM. The public

Shown above following the ceremony are (L-R) Bishop Andy Lewter
(Christian Education Consecration Catechist), Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr. (State of Florida) and Bishop Paul Morton
(International Presiding Bishop). Reuben Chandler Photo
is invited to this worship experience dation while embracing charismatic
to help celebrate this new Bishop in influences. It encompasses the
the Lord's Church. scope of the Pentecostal movement
The Full Gospel Baptist Church for its spirituality, the Baptist
Fellowship, founded in 1994 by Church for its structure, and the
Bishop Morton, builds upon the tra- Word Church for its emphasis on the
ditional Baptist Church as its foun- Word of God.

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Pastor Rudolph
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Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
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 Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.

Pastor Rudolph
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Senior Pastor

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National Gospel
Grammy Award winner
Regina Belle has announced the
"God is Good Summer Choir
Competition" open to choirs
nationwide through July 27.
Belle is also celebrating her
debut Gospel album "Love
Forever Shines." Her single
from the album, "God is Good,"
is the number two Gospel song
in America, with over 1,000
spins at Gospel Radio.
To participate in the competi-
tion, churches nationwide are
being asked to teach their choir
to sing Belle's Gospel radio hit
"God is Good"; have the choir
perform the song during
Sunday morning worship serv-
ice and then upload the video of
the performance to (a Christian
online media property to watch
and share original Christian and
Gospel videos worldwide).
Finally, the choir will need to
email a link of their perform-
ance to Pendulum Records at
tact.htm no later than August 1,
2008 for a chance to win a track
performance from Regina Belle
at their church this fall where
the choir will have the opportu-
nity to perform "God is Good"
with the award winning artist.
For additional contest details
and information on Regina
Belle, visit the my space page

Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.

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Summer Hair Battles

Q: My child is
getting ready to start summer
camp and I'm so afraid of what
the pool will do to her hair. I
know you've told us before we
must protect our hair when
we're swimming from the chlo-
rine especially if we have
perms, but I heard that if we
have color in our hair as well as
a perm it could be disaster if the
chlorine hits it. Is that true?
Nina, Southside
A: I always recommend wearing
some sort of swimming cap to try
and protect your hair from the
water. You're right chlorine is not
good for chemically treated hair.
If you have color in your hair you
maybe surprised to find that your
color isn't what it was when you
first went into the water. One
suggestion that I've been told
works pretty well is to wet your
hair and put leave in conditioner
in it. The conditioner should act
as a barrier against the chemicals
in the pool. If you don't take my
suggestion don't be surprised if
your color is less than appealing
after your swim. If that happens
your stylist should be able to give
you a clarifying treatment of
some sort to help fix the mess
(trust me it will probably be a

mess). One more thing, since
we're talking about color please
don't try it at home. You really
need to see a stylist before you
decide you're ready to go a few
shades darker or lighter for that
summer do.
Q: I'm moving in a few
months and I was wondering
what is the best way to find a
new stylist?
Trisha, Westside
A: Trish if I were you I would-
n't be shy on this one. If you see
someone who's hair that you like
don't be afraid to ask where they
get it done. Most people don't
have a problem passing along the
card or number to their stylist.
When you do finally make an
appointment make sure to take a
few minutes to communicate with
the stylist. It's important that she
knows what you like so that the
two of you will be on the same
page. It's also important to let her
know what you don't like. If the
two of you start off with good
communication that should be the
start to a good relationship where
you'll both be happy!
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July 1st is the beginning of the
first ever Bebe Moore Campbell
National Minority Mental Health
Awareness Month. Campbell, a
bestselling author and mental health
advocate, dreamed of such a month,
but it was left to family, friends and
fellow advocates to make her dream
a reality. The author, who was 56,
died nearly two years ago of com-

nications and management firm in
Washington, D.C., suggested they
get Congress to proclaim a month
as National Minority Mental Health
Awareness Month. Campbell, who
had seen firsthand the disinterest
many people have for mental ill-
ness, questioned if the idea could
become a reality.
"Claim it," said Boyd.
And Campbell

Blacks and Mental Health
Across a recent 15 year span, suicide
rates increased 233 percent among
African-Americans aged 10 to 14, com-
pared to 120 percent among white
Americans in the same age group.
African-Americans comprise 40 per-
cent of the homeless population and only
12 percent of the U.S. population. People
experiencing homelessness are at a
greater risk of developing a mental illness.
Children in foster care and the child
welfare system are more likely to develop
mental illnesses. African-American chil-
dren comprise 45 percent of the public
foster care population.

plications due to brain cancer.
In 2005, she told her good friend,
Linda Wharton Boyd, about her
frustrations regarding mental ill-
ness in the black community and
other communities of color.
Campbell knew that these commu-
nities needed to be educated about
mental illness and needed more
services and support for people suf-
fering from the disease and for their
Boyd, who runs her own commu-

She started talk-
ing about the idea
everywhere she
went, including on
her last book tour,
which was for the
novel "72-Hour
Hold," the story of
a single mom
struggling to get
help for her men-
tally ill daughter.
Campbell, who had
a loved one suffer-
ing with mental ill-
ness, knew the
anguish and
tragedy of such an
experience, and she

had seen the power of hope.
But Campbell died November 27,
2006, before her dream month
became reality. Boyd, the friend
who had plotted with her, and a
band of family, friends and advo-
cates pushed to make Campbell's
dream come true. House Resolution
134, introduced by then-
Congressman Albert Wynn (D-
Md.), was passed in May and desig-
nates July as the month of which
Campbell dreamed.

That old maxim just might be
right: The way to the heart may be
through the stomach.
Breads and other carb-rich foods
could bring on a smile, while pro-
tein-filled fish and meat may help
you ace that exam, according to
research that suggests that what we
eat changes how we think and feel.
"You can manipulate your mood
and your mental acuity just by what
you eat and when, and the effects
can happen very quickly," said Dr.
Judith Wurtman, a research scien-
tist at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, and author of
Managing Your Mind and Mood
Through Food.
She and her husband, Dr. Richard
Wurtman (also of MIT), have stud-
ied the food-mood connection for
the past 30 years.
According to Wurtman, the news
that carbohydrates can lift the spir-
its first emerged about a dozen
years ago, in studies she conducted
with women suffering from pre-
menstrual syndrome.
"Eating carbohydrates had a pro-
found and dramatic effect in
improving mood," Wurtman said.
"I'm talking about anger, irritability,
depression, difficulty concentrat-
ing, mental fuzziness. We found
that you could reverse those mood
changes with carbohydrate-rich
foods, in about 30 minutes."
Carbs can do little to change seri-
ous clinical depression,but they do
seem to help battle the everyday
"blahs," she said. The reason may

Organizers say the purpose of the
month is to bring awareness of crit-
ical mental health issues affecting
minorities and to help eliminate dis-
parities that exist in mental health
treatment among racial and ethnic
populations. There was little time to
organize national events this year,
but some activities are planned,
especially in Los Angeles, where
Campbell lived. Next year, organiz-
ers promise a much larger com-
"Bebe wanted to get out word
about the disparity in treatment, the
lack of services available to minori-
ties," said Ellis Gordon Jr.,
Campbell's husband of 22 years.
"She wasn't just talking. She had a
loved one with mental illness, so
she knew what she was talking
about. She knew how this disease
affects the entire family. It is the
pink elephant in the room that no
one wants to talk about."
In addition to writing a children's
book and a novel that highlighted
mental illness issues, Campbell was
one of the co-founders of the Urban
Los Angeles chapter of the National
Alliance on Mental Illness. The
NAMI Multicultural Action Center
Web site lists barriers these com-
munities face to a greater degree
than whites, including "poverty,
lack of service and supports, perva-
sive stigma and prejudice, language
barriers and lack of cultural compe-
tence in service delivery."

be very simple, she noted: the body
uses carbohydrates to manufacture
serotonin -- the key emotion regula-
tor in the brain. "When you eat car-
bohydrates and make more sero-
tonin, mood disturbances that you
may have been suffering go away,
at least temporarily," she said.
There's one caveat, though: Eating
a fatty food along with the carbs
slows down digestion and inhibits
this feel-good response. "So, if you
really want to feel better, try carbo-
hydrates but try something like a
fat-free breakfast cereal, rather than
a slice of bread slathered with
[fatty] peanut butter," Wurtman
And what about protein? Wurtman
said the science on that is a little
"My husband discovered years
ago, however, that one of the amino
acids in protein, called tyrosine,

does increase the synthesis of two
key chemicals in the brain, norepi-
nephrine and dopamine, which we
call the 'mental alertness' chemi-
cals," she said. For this reason,
Wurtman recommends protein-
heavy diets for people facing
extended periods of mental strain,
such as preparing for an important
exam. "It'll help you replenish those
chemicals in your brain," she said.
The researcher said myths abound
when it comes to specific foods and
their effect on emotions. The No. 1
myth -- the sugar "high."
Far from making kids rambunc-
tious, sweet treats are more likely to
send them snoozing, Wurtman said.
"In studies done in the 1980s, a
National Institutes of Health
researcher, Judith Rapaport, gave
kids Kool-Aid sweetened either
with sugar or aspartame. A half-
hour later, the kids that had had the

sugar were found slumped in a cor-
ner, dozing," she said.
Another myth circulates every
Thanksgiving -- snooze-inducing,
tryptophan-laden turkey.
Again, tryptophan itself doesn't
make you sleepy. According to
Wurtman, tryptophan is an amino
acid, a molecule that's part of pro-
tein. However, it's found in exceed-
ingly small quantities and has to
compete with other, more abundant
amino acids to make it into the
brain. It's a race tryptophan usually
loses, she said.
"However, when you eat carbohy-
drates, insulin is released,"
Wurtman said. Insulin works to
push all protein amino acids except
tryptophan into the muscles and
away from the brain. The result?
Tryptophan finally gains access to
brain tissue.
So, by itself, gorging on
Thanksgiving turkey (or any other
protein-rich food) shouldn't make a
person sleepy. "But when you eat
the stuffing, the pecan pie, the but-
ter, gravy and wine -- then you get
sleepy," Wurtman explained.
And fats? So far, science hasn't
proven they affect short-term mood.
However, high-fat diets may have
longer-term consequences on men-
tal state.
"If you're obese and your health
isn't so great, your mood isn't so
great, either," Wurtman said. And
she noted that, in her work with the
very obese sometimes people will
eat high-fat foods and fall into a
kind of mental stupor, almost an
emotional coma.
Food can have much more con-
structive emotional effects, howev-
er. Wurtman believes most people
unconsciously know this, anyway.
"When people are upset, they tend
to reach for foods to make them feel
better," she said. The key, according
to Wurtman, is choosing those
foods wisely.



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activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Comedy Show at the
Florida Theater
Some of the funniest urban
comics will be performing at the
Florida Theater on Saturday, July
5th. Tooth Pic, Terry Harris,
Marvin Dixon, Bro'Man and Benji
Brown will grace the stage for the
show starting at 7:30 p.m. The $20
tickets can be purchased by calling

Auntie Rox Hip Hop
Camp for Teens
The Aunti Roz Hip Hop SHOP
(Hip Inner People Help Other
People),will bring their exciting
summer experience to tweens and
teens (ages 11-17) to three summer
locations as they build character
while discovering their innate tal-
ents The five week session will be
held from July 8 August 7.
For more information, call 713
How to Create a
Florida Friendly Yard
Staffers from the Duval County
Extension office will teach how to
plant in proper places, how to get
rid of invasive plants, poisonous
plants, new fertilizer and watering
rules and an "how-to" on cuttings
and more. It will be held on July
9th from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the
Duval Co. Extension, 1010 N
McDuff Ave. Pre-register by calling

Candidates Forum
There will be a free candidates
forum on the State Attorney and
Public Defender races, Thursday,
July 10th from 6:30 8:30 p.m. It
will be held at the FCCJ Downtown
Campus. For more information,
contact Rhonda Peoples-Waters at

Book Club Meeting
The July meeting of PRIDE Book
Club will be held on Friday, July
11th and the book for discussion
A WIFE by Naleighna Kai. For
more information call Romona
Baker at 384-3939 or 703-3428.

Genealogical Society
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will meet July 12, 2008 at
Webb-Wesconnett Library, 6887
103rd St., Jacksonville, Fl. This is
one week earlier than we usually
meet as the library has a program
scheduled for our normal meeting
time. We are very pleased to have
Mr. Louis Zelenka, now retired
from the Genealogy Department at
the Jacksonville Library, but still
working part-time. Mr. Zelenka will
present his program, "A History of
Rural Cemeteries in Northeast
Florida." For additional information
please contact Mary Chauncey at
(904) 781-9300.

Are You Ready to
Become Involved?
Are you ready to get involved
with the Jacksonville community?
JCCI will be hosting an orientation
for all of their programs on July
15th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Chairs from the forum, market-
ing, recruitment, social, training
and workshop committees will be
available to answer your questions
whether it be through advocacy or
hands on experience. RSVP your
attendance or questions to The Jacksonville
Community Council Inc. is located
at 2434 Atlantic Blvd.

How to Properly
Maintain Your Yard
Staffers from the Duval County
Extension office will teach proper
pruning, getting your trees hurri-
cane ready, how to keep down the
weeds, how to get acquainted with
the bugs in your yard, recycle ideas
and more. It will be held on
Wednesday, July 16th from 10
a.m. 2 p.m. at the Duval Co.
Extension, 1010 N McDuff Ave.
Pre-register by calling 387-8850.

Free Screening
at the JCA
The Jewish Community Alliance's
Film Series will present a free
showing of the documentary "Steal
A Pencil For Me" at 7:30 p.m. on
Thursday, July 17.

The movie is a compelling docu-
mentary about the power of love
and the ability of humankind to rise
above unimaginable suffering.
The film is about a young Dutch
Jew who is transported to a Nazi
labor camp in 1943 with his wife
and, coincidentally, the woman
with whom he has fallen in love.
The JCA is located at at 8505 San
Jose Blvd.

Southern Genealogists
Exchange Society
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society will meet at the
Argyle Branch Library, 7973 Old
Middleburg Road South on
Saturday, July 19th, at 10:15 A.M.
Guest speaker is Bob Morgan,
President of the Jacksonville
Maritime Society and Museum. Mr.
Morgan will share Jacksonville's
deep relationship with the St. John's
River. Free and open to the public.
We preserve your family history.
For additional information call
(904) 778-1000.

Kite Workshop at
Fernandina Beach
The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection's Fort
Clinch State Park will host a Kite
Workshop on July 19. The program
will begin with a short introduction
to the history and basics of kite fly-
ing. Attendees will have the oppor-
tunity to create their own kite and
fly it on the beach.

The event will take place at 10:00
a.m. on Saturday, July 19th at Fort
Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic
Avenue. Call the park to sign up as
participation is limited. For addi-
tional information, call 277-7274 or

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. The deadline to register is
Thursday, July 24th. Light refresh-
ments will be served. Pre-register
by calling 387-8850.

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-

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, or online at

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.

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

Annual Southern
Women's Show
Satisfy your cravings at the
Southern Women's Show! Don't
miss savvy shopping, creative
cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips,
trendy fashion shows, great celebri-
ty guests, and fabulous prizes. The
show will be held October 16-19,
2008. For information call (800)

Preseason NBA
Basketball in Jax
Local residents will be able to
check out professional basketball
right in our own backyard with an
NBA pre-season basketball game
between the Orlando Magic vs. the
Miami Heat. Tickets go on sale
June 9th for the game that will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,
October 18, 2008 at the
Jacksonville Memorial Arena. For
tickets or more information, call

Appeal For Your Excess Clothes
The Millions More Movement Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., a non-profit organization is
now in the process of gathering clothes for it's next
'Clothes Give-A-Way.
Due to the extended cold winter weather Jacksonville is
experiencing if you have extra jackets, gloves, caps,
sweaters, coats, blankets 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
For more information, vist their website at : or call 904-240-9133.

Volunteers Needed
Looking for a rewarding opportunity to reach out and help in your com-
munity? Haven Hospice is looking for volunteers for the Jacksonville/St.
Augustine area. Volunteers are matched based on time, interest and skills.
Opportunities include areas of patient/family care, administrative assis-
tance, fund raising, pastoral care, bereavement, speaker's bureau and com-
munity events. Join Haven's volunteers and make a difference!
For more information, call Sandra Francis at (904) 733-9818 or (904)

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your public service announcements and coming
events free of charge. news deadline is Monday at
6 p.m. by the week you would like your informa-
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Mr. andMrs. Reuben Studdard
The Velevet Teddy Bear Takes a Wife

Former "American Idol" Ruben
Studdard has married Surata Zurt
McCants at a church in a suburb of
Birniinehani. Alabaman
But there %as no Singing during
the 31.1-minute cerenonin -- ILui an
exchange of '.o, s, prateris and
music b\ a sIrinn ensemble
The groom, nicknamed the "'elert
Tedd% Bear" -on "Idol" for his big
frame and sonorous \oice. \\ore a

black tuxedo with white bow tie for
the ceremony. His bride wore a
white and ivory wedding gown.
Alabama will be their home as the

29-year-olo-sminger gets set to
release a new album later this year.
Studdard won "American Idol" in
2003, closely beating out runner-up
Clay Aiken.

Hollywood Paves Way for Black President

A slew of African-American pres-
idents portrayed in film and televi-
sion has helped US voters get used
to the idea of electing the country's
first black commander-in-chief,
analysts say.
Whether it's a seven-year-old
Sammy Davis Jr. in the 1933 come-
dy "Rufus Jones for President" or
Morgan Freeman in 1998's "Deep
Impact," Hollywood has been
installing blacks in the Oval Office
before anyone had heard of Barack
But academics believe the increas-
ingly frequent portrayal of black
presidents in blockbuster films or
hit television shows has helped to
make the electorate more receptive
towards Obama than they otherwise
might have been.
John W. Matviko, author of "The
American President in Popular
Culture," believes that Obama's
overwhelming popularity amongst
young voters may be partially
explained by the Hollywood factor.
"One of the functions of popular
culture is that it introduces ideas
that are a just a little bit on the edge
of what we traditionally find
acceptable, so that after a while, it
becomes acceptable," Matviko told
AFP. "It's a very subtle form of per-
"Part of Obama's popularity
amongst the younger demographic
might be because there have been
some very positive portrayals of
black presidents. So the idea of it

has become commonplace, and not
really an issue anymore," he said.
Since 1972's "The Man," starring
James Earl Jones as what is viewed
as the first major screen portrayal of
a black president, only a handful of
films and television series have had
similar roles.
Yet actor Dennis Haysbert, who
played one of the most high-profile
black presidents during two seasons
on the hit television show "24"
before his character was assassinat-
ed, believes they have been influen-
Haysbert said in a recent inter-
view that he was in no doubt his
character had helped change main-
stream attitudes.
"Frankly and honestly, what my
role did and the way I was able to
play it and the way the writers
wrote it opened the eyes of the
American public that a black presi-
dent was viable and could happen,"
Haysbert told the paper.
But Todd Boyd, an expert in
African American cinema and cul-
ture at the University of Southern
California's School of Cinematic
Arts, said he was skeptical of the
influence Hollywood may have on
the 2008 election race.
"I'm a bit hesitant to say that
because James Earl Jones or
Morgan Freeman or Dennis
Haysbert played a president on a
TV show or in a movie, it means
Barack Obama can be president,"
Boyd told National Public Radio.

Actor Dennis Haysbert portrays US President David Palmer in the Fox tel-
evision series "24"
"I think that's a bit of a stretch."
However Boyd concedes that the
portrayals "may have unconscious-
ly made some things in society
seem less troubling."
Robert Thompson, a professor of
popular culture at Syracuse
University, echoed Boyd's caution.
While Hollywood had probably
played some part in shaping atti-
tudes towards Obama, Thompson
said it was more likely that the
Illinois senator's popularity was
rooted in the civil rights movement
and his own personality. Morgan Freeman portrayed the
"I certainly don't think we can dis- President in "Deep Impact".
miss it. It's part of the recipe, and on here. "To give Morgan Freemar
fiction often practices things before or Dennis Haysbert significant
they become real life," Thompson credit for Barack Obama is to truly
said. under-estimate how significant the

"However we have to be careful
not to over-estimate what is going



civil rights movement has been, and
how charismatic Barack Obama is."

Former Wife of Actor Mos Def Latest to Pen Tell All of Hip Hop Lifestyle

attended Fashion Week in New
York, the MTV Video Music
Awards, purchased a $850,000
house in Caledon and separated.
She said she filed for divorce in
October following what she
claimed was a loud argument that
got out of control while they were
in Brazil.
"I don't believe that his intent was
to hurt me, I believe that he was try-
ing to prove a point," she said. "But
I had shared and cried with him
many nights about my past .(abu-
sive) situation and I asked of him
not to do that, because it brings
back memories; so I found it to be
more disrespectful, because he

knew what I had been through."
She said there were several
attempts at reconciliation, but that
Mos Def, who has six children with
four different women, has a
demanding though not abusive
demeanour that she found difficult
to abide. They have not been
together since October 2006, but
despite a $115,000 financial settle-
ment are not officially divorced and
she still wears her wedding ring.
"He won't sign the papers," she
said. "He told my:lawyer if he can't,
have me, nobody else will." .
"To keep the guys away, honest-
ly," she said about the diamond.
Canadian born of Italian and

Jamaican parentage, Wyatt-Smith
reveals a hard knocks start that
found her on her own at 13 and
sucked into a fast lifestyle for sur-
vival. She said she supports herself
now with "odd jobs here and there,
hosting," but is taking a writing
course in hope of reinventing her-
self as an author and journalist. She
also fancies herself a motivational
speaker with a story she believes is
tailor-made for Oprah Winfrey,
Tyra Banks and her holy grail -
Dr...Phil, despite Internet na\ savers.
who-brand her a gold-digger.-
"You have the girl out there that's
35, 36, still carrying around the fact
that her uncle molested her when

she was 7 years old and hasn't told
nobody. That is a horrible thing to
walk around with, I've done it.
"Then there's the woman out there
who doesn't know the difference
between 'Is he my lover? Is he my
pimp?;' I've been there. Or, 'I'm
dating this NBA player, he flies me
to 13 cities straight out of 82 games,
I think he's in love with me, but
does he really like me?' Then he
never called me after we slept
together;' I've been there. I saw
death: Iwound up-on bed
for three months because of my first
"If you have a question, I can
answer it," she insists.

Alana Wyatt-Smith wrote about her three-day courtship and subsequent mar-
riage to hip-hop artist and actor Mos Def in 2005. Mos Def is in the inset.
While kiss-and-tell books have and did what, and this and that; I
been a staple of rock 'n'roll, it's could have put some stuff in there
early days for the genre in hip hop. that would have made it a No. 1
Bestowed with the industry nick- seller within days. I use nicknames,
name Superhead, former music initials, that myself and the gentle-
video performer and Virgin Islands man would know; the ones named I
native Karrine Steffans got the ball got permission from."
rolling in 2005 with her New York Except, of course, for the biggest
Times bestseller, "Confessions of a fish, Mos Def, legally named Dante
Video Vixen", which explicitly Smith. Highly rated for his socio-
detailed rendezvous with entertain- political stance and distinctively
ers, such as Sean "Diddy" Combs, mumbling flow, Mos Def, also
Jay-Z and Dr. Dre. fronts a hip-hop-jazz big band
Carmen Bryan followed with which recently played Carnegie
2006's, "It's No Secret," which out- Hall and is a bur-
lined her relationship \ithl lier geori ing actor who
daughter's father, appeared in
rapper Nas, whom acclaimed films
she two-timed for such as "Monster's
five years with his Ball" and "Be
rival Jay-Z, and on Kind Rewind."
occasion with bas- --, In her book,
ketball star Allan W:, att-Smith, a
Iverson. 7th grade
Now a Canadian "I t dropout who
woman in getting in previously sup-
on the action. ported herself
One-time stripper as an exotic
Alana Wyatt-Smith, "dancer, model
has penned, "Breakm-,. and video
the Code of Silence". a music per-
memoir examining her former
2005 marriage to MNC- recalls theii
turned-actor-Mos Def. tirst public outing,
three days after they met, two days after they met in Toronto,
as well as encounters with various Canada.
professional athletes and celebs. "He had asked me if I would
She also recounts a rough-and- attend a MuchMusic performance
tumble upbringing that included featuring Kanye West. Now, that
childhood sexual abuse by a rela- was a little awkward because a year
tive and being beaten into a coma prior I had met Kanye in Vegas and
by a violent boyfriend as a teenager, we had a moment! She adds:
Wyatt-Smith would prefer to dis- "Much to my surprise, Mos intro-
tance her book from that of Steffans duced me as his wife."
and Bryan, insisting that it's not an The next day, August 17, 2005, the
expos, because she disguises the pair were married at Toronto City
identities of the bulk of her lovers. Hall. The wedding photos are
"I disagree with putting names of included in the book.
people in there, just out of respect "There were stories that we may
for their wives and children," said have been on drugs when we gc
Wyatt-Smith in an interview. "If married..... it was true honest love ai
this was about making money, get- first sight; although it took me a
ting rich, I could have wrote a tell- while to get to know him, and I
all book, 10 times better than think it was more in his heart than ii
Karrine Steffens. People want to was in mine. I kind of went along
know about the biggest names in with it."
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Independent Nader Accuses Obama of "Talking White" to Secure Nomination


Independent US presidential
candidate Ralph Nader accused
Democratic contender Barack
Obama of touting "corporate"
interests that benefit the wealthy
to the detriment of ordinary
Americans. He is often credited
with costing Al Gore the election.
Sen. Barack Obama may be "half
African American," but he's steer-
ing clear of the notion that "Black is
beautiful," or "Black is powerful"
because he doesn't want to send
potential White voters scurrying to
White Republican Sen. John
McCain, Independent presidential
candidate Ralph Nader said in a
shocking statement Wednesday.

"There's only one thing different
about Barack Obama when it comes
to being a Democratic presidential
candidate. He's half African-
American," Nader told Colorado's
Rocky Mountain News in com-
ments published Tuesday. "Whether
that will make any difference, I
don't know. I haven't heard him
have a strong crackdown on eco-
nomic exploitation in the ghettos.
Payday loans, predatory lending,
asbestos, lead. What's keeping him
from doing that? Is it because he
wants to talk White? He doesn't
want to appear like Jesse Jackson?
We'll see all that play out in the next
few months and if he gets elected
Nader, at one time a darling of the
Democratic Party and perhaps the
most respected consumer advocate
in America until he spoiled the
presidential aspirations of Vice
President Al Gore in the 2000 gen-
eral election formally entered the
presidential race last spring. He has

blasted both Sen. Hillary Clinton
and Obama, saying that they are
cow-towing to corporate interests.
"They are both enthralled to the
corporate powers," he told CNN.
"They've completely ignored the
presidential pattern of illegality and
accountability; they've ignored the
out-of-control waste-fraud military
expenditures; they hardly ever men-
tion the diversion of hundreds of
billions of dollars to corporate sub-
sidies, handouts, and giveaways;
and they don't talk about a living
Nader, who abandoned the Green
Party this time around to run as an
Independent, said that Obama's
alleged reticence hurting poor
Blacks "especially in the inner
cities and the rural areas ..." and
that he has failed to proffer "a very
detailed platform about how the
poor is going to be defended by the
law, is going to be protected by the
law, and is going to be liberated by
the law." That's because Obama

doesn't want to be "another politi-
cally threatening African-American
politician," Nader said. "He wants
to appeal to White guilt. You appeal
to White guilt not by coming on as
Black is beautiful, Black is power-
ful. Basically he's coming on as
someone who is not going to threat-
en the white power structure,
whether it's corporate or whether
it's simply oligarchic. And they love
it. Whites just eat it up."
Black leaders and commentators
were quick to respond.
"I don't know how one 'talks
Black or White,'" the Rev. Al
Sharpton said in an email sent to
members of the press. "There are
clearly different styles and speech
cadences in every community." He
went on to say that Nader's com-
ments are "beneath the respect
many have had for you and more
importantly below the level of
political discourse we need at this
point in history. Those of us that
deal with real people in real pain in

Florida A&M Gets Probation Lifted

Florida A&M University is back
on firm academic ground after
receiving news last week that its
accreditation has been restored.
The Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools took FAMU
off probation, a status the universi-
ty has held for the past year.
SACS officials determined that
FAMU progressed beyond the
financial troubles that have dogged
the university for years. Just a year
ago, the accrediting group noted
"significant problems" in FAMU's
finances and administration.
The prospect of losing accredita-
tion jeopardized its students'
chances to receive federal financial
aid as well as their ability to trans-
fer FAMU credits to other schools.
"Accreditation is a lifeline of a uni-
versity," FAMU president James
Ammons said in an interview. "As
an indication of academic quality,
to have accreditation without pro-
bation, without any stipulations, is
simply huge."
It wasn't easy to get there.
Ammons took over as president one
week after SACS placed the univer-
sity on probation.
He didn't waste time. He replaced

eight senior administrators, with the
blessing of FAMU's board of
The new team then went about
correcting the issues SACS had
raised. The accrediting group found
that the university failed to comply
with 10 standards for financial con-
trols and administration.
With every corrective plan the
university put in place, a SACS
committee of financial experts and
administrators would later check its
Meanwhile, the university and
alumni groups worked to maintain
interest from prospective students
and gifts from donors.
"It did affect our recruiting," said
Ted Taylor, spokesman for the
Tampa chapter of the university's
alumni association. "It kind of hin-
dered our swagger; now we have
our swagger back."
Last week's announcement came
one day after a state task force ruled
that FAMU "satisfactorily
addressed" most of its concerns
about financial controls and admin-
The task force, whose members
come from law, finance and higher

education, began monitoring the
school last year after a state audit
uncovered problems in its finances
and management, which have been
documented for years.
The National Science Foundation
threatened in 2005 to stop all its
federal grants to FAMU if the
school didn't quickly solve its
financial problems. The school
eventually reached a settlement.
Other problems arose from state
audits that pointed to university
financial records that could not be
verified, questionable contracting
and FAMU's inability to account for
millions of dollars in inventory.
Probation from SACS was the
most serious blow. Accrediting
about 800 colleges and universities
in 11 Southern states and some in

Latin America. it place- 16 to 18
schools on warning or probation
every year.
SACS initially placed FAMU on
probation for six months, and uni-
versity officials thought they had
made progress when the probation
was up in December. SACS offi-
cials, however, decided to extend
the probation another six months.
State university system
Chancellor Mark Rosenberg said
that "President Ammons and the
FAMU community have restored
the university's good standing."
Ammons added, "For our commu-
nity and for our corporate partners,
everyone wants to be associated
with a place of quality, and accredi-
tation is an indicator that you do
meet certain standards."

the Black community every day
need real answers and real change,
and that is more important than the
volume or style in which it is pre-
University of Pennsylvania
Professor Michael Eric Dyson,
speaking on MSNBC's "Morning
Joe" television news show this
morning, said too that the issue is a
"matter of style." Said Dyson, "The
reality is you can't win for losing."
If Obama were to use "vernacular
associated with African-American
ghetto-speak," he'd be criticized,
Dyson said. But now that he's
"speaking the queen's English to
the queen's taste ... all of a sudden
he's speaking White."
Obama, said that it is apparent that
Nader has never heard his speeches
on the campaign trail.

Will Smith and Wife

to Open Private School

Actors Will and Jada Smith
Will Smith 's soon-to-open pri-
vate school is not a Scientology
facility, as some reports have sug-
gested, the academy's director
Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett
Smith, have founded the New
Village Academy, scheduled to
open in September.
The school will use instructional
methods developed by
Scientology founder L. Ron
Hubbard called study technology.
And a few teachers belong to the
But the couple say they are not
In a statement, Will Smith said of
the school: "About 10 years ago,

Jada and I started dreaming about
the possibility of creating an ideal
educational environment, where
children could feel happy, positive
and excited about learning.
"New Village Academy was born
of a simple question, 'Is it possible
to create an educational environ-
ment in which children have fun
learning?' Jada and I believe the
answer is 'Yes.'"
The academy's director insists the
facility has no religious affiliation.
"We are a secular school, and just
like all nonreligious independent
schools, faculty and staff do not
promote their own religions at
school or pass on the beliefs of
their particular faith to children,"
New Village Academy director
Jacqueline Olivier told the Los
Angeles Times.
Oliver said some of the school's
staffers are Scientologists,
Muslim, Christian or Jewish.
Study technology "focuses on
students gaining hands-on experi-
ence, mastering subject matter
before moving to the next level,
and being taught not to read past
words they don't understand."
In addition to reading and math,
the school offers classes on yoga,
robotics and etiquette.


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Annual Gay Pride Parade -
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partner Shidiva Black-White par-
ticipates in San Francisco's 38th
annual gay pride parade on Sunday,
June 29, 2008.