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Protesters Outnumber Participants
at Georgia Ku Klux Klan Rally
DONALSONVILLE A anti-immigration rally held by about 20 mem-
bers of the KKK outside the County Courthouse drew about 100 people
who protested the event conducted under heavy police security.
Several months ago, the Georgia Knight Riders of the Ku Klux Klan
asked for a permit to rally against illegal immigrants and sexual preda-
tors at the Seminole County courthouse.
The Sheriff says since the county currently has no permitting process,
the public meeting was granted.
"Whether you like the Klan disagree with them or not, the constitution
gives them the same rights it gives any other group, to peacefully assem-
ble," said Sheriff Swanner.
The Klan spoke for nearly 30 minutes and then chose to conclude the
rally. The group was escorted out of town by police for security purpos-
es. The local NAACP chapter held a "Not In My Town" counter-rally at
a nearby Church.

Vick will Plead Guilty

win Hopes of Early Release
NORFOLK, Virginia Michael Vick will plead
SLguilty to state dogfighting charges in hopes of
Securing an early release from federal prison and
-possibly returning to American football next year.
The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, citing papers filed
in Surry County Circuit Court by Vick's lawyers, reported this week that
the former National Football League star quarterback for the Atlanta
Falcons wants to enter a halfway house. The Surry court next convenes
on November 5.
Attorneys want permission for Vick to plead guilty in a video-telecon-
ference from Leavenworth, Kansas, where he is serving a two-year
prison sentence on federal dogfighting charges.
Paperwork indicates that Vick must resolve the state charges before he
would be eligible to take part in a halfway house program.
Vick is scheduled to be released on July 20. He could enter a halfway
house program in January to prepare his way for a return to society.
Vick's release would come as National Football League clubs begin
training camps for the 2009 season.

U.S. Marshalls hit with
Discrimination Suit by Employees
WASHINGTON Black employees of the U.S. Marshals Service filed
a racial discrimination lawsuit, saying they have been denied promotions
by managers who belittled them as lazy.
The lawsuit in U.S. District Court accuses the federal law enforcement
agency of a "good old boys network" that allegedly groomed whites for
leadership positions while passing up and reprimanding blacks for "triv-
ial mistakes."
The lawsuit alleges violation of federal civil rights laws and is seeking
to represent 200 current or former black U.S. Marshals employees. It is
asking for damages of at least $300 million in lost back pay and harm that
employees suffered in a "hostile work environment."
The Marshals Service, a division of the Justice Department, has 4,700
employees and is responsible for apprehending fugitives and protecting
federal judges.

NAACP will Send Lawyers
to the Polls on Election Day
As the election draws near, the NAACP is already preparing to help
address any complaints about possible voter disenfranchisement, accord-
ing to the Associated Press. In a preemptive strike, the organization will
have volunteer lawyers targeting 750 precincts around the nation on
Election Day where there has been a repeated history of voter discrimi-
nation. In fact, some lawyers have already been addressing complaints
about voter registration problems. Benjamin Jealous, the new president
of NAACP, also said that lawyers will not be focusing only on swing
states. Jealous does hope that Democratic nominee Barack Obama's rise
to presidency will ultimately aid the organization.

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of
Death Row Inmate Despite Witnesses
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the latest
S attempt by Troy Davis, a black man convicted in
Georgia of killing a white police officer, to stop his
On Sept. 23, the court halted Davis's execution
two hours before he was scheduled to die as it con-
sidered his request for a new trial. Davis has main-
tained his innocence and several witnesses at his
Davis 1991 trial have since recanted.
Now the court refused to consider the constitutionality of executing a
person when there is new, substantial evidence to show he was not guilty
of the crime, opening the way for the state to reschedule his execution.
Civil Rights veteran, the Rev. Al Shaprton of the National Action
Network, says he is "deeply alarmed" at the Supreme Court's decision.
"It is frightening and chilling that a man could be convicted of a crime
and sentenced to execution without testimony of witnesses, no physical
evidence or DNA evidence, and after seven of the nine witnesses recant-
ed their testimony.

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Volume 23 No. 5 Jacksonville, Florida October 23-29, 2008

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Vote!

Elected officials stood alongside
registered voters in order to be one
of the first to vote during the
Supervisor of Elections early voting
period which began October 20th.
Unfortunately, machines begin to
malfunction and long lines charac-
terized Day 1 of the nation's most
historic election to date in an
already rumor plagued state.

Fortunately the problem was short
lived as the offices and machines
were up and running shortly.
As of book closing, Duval County
reported having 536,588 registered
voters and as of Tuesday, October
21, 2008, over 12,000 voters have
cast their ballot by voting early and
25,012 voters have voted by mail
which is roughly 6.9% of the regis-

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tered voters in Duval County.
The Supervisor of Elections
encourages everyone to take advan-

tage of the early voting period
which will culminate November
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Obama Opens Up Double Digit Lead

Senator Barack Obama (C) greets residents while paying a visit to
the Neighborhood Unisex Salon barber shop in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. Black voters could help to hand a massive victory to Obama
according to a recently released poll.

Democratic presidential candidate
Barack Obama has opened up a 10-

St. Phillips'Puts Money Where Their Mouth Is

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Shown above (L-R) are Dr. Roy Singleton, EWC National Alumni President Marguerite Warren,
Carlottra Guyton, EWC President Dr. Claudette Williams, Nat Glover, Board Members Dr. Orrin Mitchell
and Choir Directors Pat Black (Alvin Green Memorial) and Dr. Sam Shingles (EWC).

St. Philip's Episcopal Church put
their money where their mouth is
last weekend with the celebration of
Edward Waters College Day.
Spearheaded by the church's
Outreach Program under the aus-
pices of Carlottra Guyton, the
event raised thousands of dollars

for the historically black institution.
The celebration included musical
selections by the EWC Concert
Choir and the Alvin Green
Memorial Alumni Chorale. The
choirs presented selections that
included classical, sacred, gospel,
modern, and traditional African

American music. A highlight of the
fund raising event was a single
donation by former Sheriff Nat
Glover. The first event of it's kind
for a local church supporting the
college, EWC Day will become the
foundational event for the annual
"Fine Arts" series at St. Philip's.

point lead over Republican oppo-
nent John McCain two weeks
before the November 4 U.S. elec-
tion, according to Wall Street
Journal/NBC News poll.
The poll found 52 percent of vot-
ers favor Obama compared with 42
percent for McCain, up from a 6-
point Obama edge two weeks ago.
The 10-point lead is the largest in
the Journal/NBC poll to date and
represents a steady climb for
Obama since early September,
when the political conventions con-
cluded with the candidates in a sta-
tistical tie, the newspaper reported.
The answer to a sure victory may
be in the hands of Black voters.
"Many of the states that will be
critical to the outcome of the presi-
dential election ... have significant
black voting populations," David
Bositis, a senior researcher at the
Joint Center for Political and
Economic Studies, said as he pre-
sented the findings of a poll on
African Americans' political atti-
tudes at a news conference.
One of the states in which Bositis
predicted black voters could help
tip the balance in favor of Obama
was the southern state of Georgia,
where Republican President
George W. Bush defeated
Democratic rival John Kerry 58 to
41 percent in 2004, winning the
state's 15 electoral college votes.
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for America's

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Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press October 23-29, 2008

Riverside, Ca. -- John McCain
isn't the only one attacking Barack
Obama, a Republican women's
group has come out with a nasty ad
that's triggering outrage.
The October newsletter of the
"Chaffey Community Republican
Women, Federated" shows a picture
of Obama depicted on a phony $10
bill surrounded by a watermelon,
ribs and a bucket of fried chicken.
The newsletter was sent to about
200 club members and associates
last week by mail and e-mail.
Diane Fedele, president of the
group, said the move had no racist
"I never connected," she said. "It
was just food to me. It didn't mean
anything else."
Fedele said she had received the
illustration in e-mails and decided
to reprint it to poke fun at a previ-
ous remark by Obama that he does-
n't look like other presidents.
"It was strictly an attempt to point
out the outrageousness of his state-
ment. I really don't want to go into
it any further,"
Fedele told the newspaper. "I
absolutely apologize to anyone who
was offended. That clearly wasn't
my attempt."
Fedele said she also planned to
send an apology letter to her mem-
bers and apologize at the club's

meeting next week.
Sheila Raines of San Bernardino,
a black member of the club, com-
plained about the image to Fedele.
"This is what keeps African-
Americans from joining the
Republican Party," she said. "I'm
really hurt. I cried for 45 minutes."
California Republican Party press
secretary Hector Barajas
denounced the newsletter.
"This material I've seen inspires
nothing but divisiveness and hostil-
ity and has absolutely no place in
this election, or any public dis-
course," he said Thursday in a writ-
ten statement.
The club is a volunteer group that

is not directly responsible to the
state party, he said.
"They're an entity unto them-
selves," he said.
The image was also condemned
by Assemblyman Bill Emmerson,
R-Redlands, and state Sen. Bob
Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga.
Emmerson said he was offended
and sickened by the newsletter.
"Bias and racial comments and
even suggestions are frankly what
weakens us as a people. I think we
as Americans need to rise above
that," Dutton said.
The Obama campaign declined to
comment, saying it does not
address such attacks.

King Siblings Say Court Fight Necessary

The Rev. Bernice King and
Martin Luther King III haven't spo-
ken to their brother in months, and
their painful family feud has kept
Dexter King from meeting his only
niece, his two remaining siblings
The middle children of Martin
Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott
King said that the ongoing fight
may seem at odds with their par-
ents' peacemaking example accord-
ing to the Associated Press. But
they maintain their decision to face
their brother in court, though diffi-
cult, is in keeping with what they
were taught.
"No one wants to be at this place,"
Martin Luther King III said, adding
that negotiation and direct action
are part of the nonviolent strategy
espoused by his parents. "Certainly,
Bernice and I would not want to be
here, but we didn't have a choice.
We were not able to get a resolution
to the conflict we are engaged in.
My father also used the court sys-
"This was a very agonizing deci-
sion for us because we are family,"
Bernice King added.
The three surviving King children
have looked more like adversaries
than siblings in recent months as
they struggle to settle three law-
suits. This week lawyers for Dexter
King asked a judge to demand that
Bernice King as administrator of

The King siblings Dexter, Berneice, Yolanda and Martin, II at their
mother's funeral. Months later, sister Yolanda was dead.

her mother's estate turn over per-
sonal papers, including love letters
between the civil rights icons.
The case is ongoing in Atlanta
civil court, and the judge has
appointed a special master to cata-
logue dozens of boxes belonging to
Coretta Scott King.
Control of the documents is
threatening to derail a $1.4 million
book deal with New York publisher
Penguin Group for a memoir about
the civil rights matriarch. Bernice
and Martin Luther King III both say
that the book goes against their
mother's wishes. And they say it
exemplifies how her brother has
effectively shut out them out of the

corporation that controls their
father's legacy.
"It's almost like a dictatorship,"
Martin Luther King III said. "That's
how it felt to us."
Dexter King said that he was not
an instigator in the feud, which he
called "a power struggle between
siblings" that did not honor the spir-
it of his parents. However, he did
express hope that the conflict could
be resolved.
"Healing takes time. We do love
each other," Dexter King said. "We
were raised in a loving family. I
think that will prevail."
He and his sister acknowledged -
Continued on page 7

Rice Defends Administration's Middle East Policies

Secretary of
S t a t e
D Condoleezza
Rice has said
she believes
the Middle
East is a bet-
ter place for
Dr. Condoleeza Rice the policies of
George W Bush.
Asked to assess the outgoing US
administration's legacy, she said she

was especially proud of the situa-
tion in the Palestinian territories.
She insisted that what she called a
US-inspired "freedom agenda" had
taken hold in the Middle East.
Ms Rice also said Iraq had
become a "good Arab friend" of
"The Middle East is a different
place and a better place," Ms Rice
told BBC Arabic TV.
Iraq, far from being destroyed,
was fully integrated into the Arab
world, she said.

Elsewhere, Syrian forces were
out of Lebanon and women had the
vote in Kuwait, she noted.
"Democracy is finally in the
vocabulary of the Middle East in a
way it was not before," Ms Rice
'Serious' peace process
She predicted that the "democra-
cy agenda, the freedom agenda"
would continue in the Middle East
under the next US presidential
administration because, she said,
the people of the region wanted it.

Asked about what she was partic-
ularly proud of, Ms Rice responded:
"I don't think that you have had
an administration that has more
actively been seeking a Palestinian
"This president... has launched
the most active and robust negotia-
tions towards a two-state solution
that perhaps the region has ever
seen," she said.
"The Palestinians now have a
peace process that is the most seri-
ous one in many many years."

Ms Rice, speaking just weeks
before the presidential election,
added that the US remained ready
to negotiate with Iran over its
nuclear programme but had to be
"What we don't want to do is to
give Iran cover to continue improv-
ing its nuclear programmes that
could lead to a nuclear weapon,"
she said.
Iran denies it is seeking nuclear
weapons and says its programme is
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Shown above is the club's version of Obama Bucks being sent to members

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October 23-29, 2008

Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press

Florida Coastal School of Law Students Organize Urban Early Voting Rallies

Shown above are Jason Rogers (of the group Storitalerz), Silent Voices Mimes, Leslie Raby, Karl Eburne,
Lauren Russell, Josh Rogers (of the group Storitalerz white shirt), Marilyn Rogers and Katrina Rogers

with friends at the rally. Jason Gray.
Lisa Raby could easily enjoy the
entertainment outlets of the city
while advancing their education at
the Florida Coastal School of Law.
Instead, the young woman has cho-
sen to make an impact on
Jacksonville through the organiza-
tion of grass roots voting rallies.
Raby, single handedly uses her

own funds to recruit fellow students
and purchase refreshments for
activities that have been held over
the past month. The latest activity,
held last weekend at the "In Da Cut
Barber Shop & Beauty Salon" on
the Northside, included hot drinks,
sodas, a stop through b the radio
station and plenty of information.

Cold Hard Economic Times

Continued from front
even after the congressional
bailout of lending and investment
agencies last week, African
Americans must establish creative
ways to stay afloat.
"In every relevant economic
number, Black people are worse
off today than they were in 2000,"
says National Urban League
President and CEO Marc Morial,
in an interview following a Black
Leadership Forum telephone con-
ference pertaining to get out to
vote efforts as well as the econom-

ic bailout. "We've lost ground in
home ownership, we've lost
ground in employment, we've lost
ground in wage verses inflation,
we have just lost ground economi-
cally in the last eight years."
Morial says the bailout was not a
rescue but just something to help
stop the bleeding.
"The ramifications of not doing it
were worse than the ramification
of doing it. For there not to be any
credit, obviously, when it hurts big
businesses, it hurts small business
and it hurts the average consumer,

The first rally also held at the
salon, was held over three and a
half hours after it was to close due
to the widespread participation.
Citizens were encouraged to stop
by and complete registration appli-
cations, change their addresses
and/or change their party affiliation.
Information regarding the proposed

automobile loans, personal finance
loans, credit cards, that kind of
thing," said Morial. "My position
would have been that we have to
hold our noses and go forth."
Morial, who predicted the mort-
gage crisis in the spring of last
year, said the bailout will not be
enough for Black people and will
take many months to execute.
"We have taken the position con-
sistently for six months now that
the country needs a jobs stimulus
program. We have offered exten-
sive ideas for such a jobs stimulus
program to focus on infrastruc-
ture, to focus on an extension of

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Karl Eburne (93.3 The Beat), Eric Keith, Brandon Croom, Be'ijz Smith, Suete Williams, Cleopatra
Smith, DeNeka Gary and Leslie Raby.

amendments to the Florida
Constitution was also distributed
and voters were encouraged to take
advantage of early voting. A similar
event was also held at the Tru Way
Church on Edison Avenue.
Thanks to Lisa and her team, 115
voters, 35 of them ex-felons, regis-
tered to vote before the Monday

unemployment benefits, to focus
on the kinds of things like summer
jobs and youth jobs that will put
some people to work because the
underlying issue is that we lost
159,000 jobs last year."
The economic climate is hurting
Black people from the grass roots
to Wall Street.
The credit crisis came to a head
when two of Wall Street's largest
investment firms folded. As top
companies are feeling the pressure
to survive in a changing market-
place, some Black-owned invest-
ment firms are finding themselves
in the red.

October 6th deadline.
The latest rally was held to boost
voter morale and encourage people
to take advantage of the early vot-
ing opportunity which began the

following Monday.
The community at large is grateful
for the efforts of the industrious stu-
dents as we all work to make a
change in the upcoming election.

United Way
of Northeast Florida

for the November 4, 2008 GENERAL ELECTION
you may vote early
October 20 through November 2, 2008
in DUVAL COUNTY at the following sites:

The Supervisor of Elections Main Office, 105 East Monroe Street (Downtown)
The Supervisor of Elections Branch Office, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue (Gateway Mall)
Argyle Library, 7973 Old Middleburg Road, Jacksonville
Beaches Library, 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach
Bradham-Brooks Northwest, 1755 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville
Highlands Library, 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, Jacksonville
Mandarin Library, 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville
Murray Hill, 918 Edgewood Avenue South, Jacksonville
Pablo Creek, 13295 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville
Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Boulevard, Jacksonville
South Mandarin Library, 12125 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville
Southeast Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Boulevard, Jacksonville
University Park 3435, University Boulevard, Jacksonville
Webb-Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville
West Regional Library, 1425 Chaffee Road South, Jacksonville

Hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

You may request a ballot until Wednesday, October 29, 2008
(absentee ballots must be received by the Supervisor of
Elections Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on November 4, 2008).










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October 23~-29, 2008


October 23-29, 2008

Panv e -MEs Perrvs Free Pres

The Truth About Democrats and Republicans

Most of us are affiliated with one
political party or another. Even
those of us who are registered
Independents typically lean one
way or another either towards a
more liberal view of politics or a
more conservative.
Then there are those of us who
are right in the middle of the spec-
trum and consider ourselves
Moderates. Now although
Moderates are in the middle they
typically lean one way or the other
based on the issue.
Normally, the moderates are the
people who decide elections, which
also means that most Independents
identify themselves as being mod-
It's no secret that African
Americans are in large part
Democrats. Although both major
political parties have opposed
many issues affecting the lives of
blacks at some point in the past, the
Democrats seem to have made
amends even prior to the Civil
Rights era.
African Americans were once
predominately Republican, thanks
to Abraham Lincoln, but the
change started in the 1930s, and
was cemented during the Kennedy/
Lyndon B. Johnson presidential era
in the 1960s.
To sum it up in simplest terms, as
the Democratic Party adopted the
Civil Rights Movement, the
Southern racist or segregationist or
Dixiecrats who were always
"Yellow Dog Democrats," became
disenfranchised and moved over to
the Republican Party, which
became more conservative during

the 60s.
That is the simple reason in
which the South transformed from
a highly Democratic region to a
Republican stronghold. Basically,
the impact of the Civil Rights
Movement was not only seen in the
human rights gains, but also a shift-
ing of many Southern whites
An interesting turn of events, but
some have always wanted African
Americans to be independent of the
two-party system. It was W.E.B.
DuBois who said, "May God write
us down as asses if ever again we
are found putting our trust in either
Republicans or Democratic par-
But despite the past and what
may appear as bitter differences
between parties both sides really
want the same things.
Partisan politics is never about if
we support safe communities or a
better economy. It's really about
how these things get done.
I will give you a better example.
In fact, let's look at one of the most
controversial issues in American
politics: Abortion.
Here's the reality of Abortion in
very simple terms. No one likes the
concept or actions of abortions or
feel that abortions should not be
regulated. The difference is simply
that most Democrats feel that
because it's a woman's body that
woman should have the right to
choose if she has an abortion or
Most Republicans especially
those on the far right feel that under
no circumstance should abortions
be legal. These are your Pro-life

folks who are extremely passionate
in their beliefs.
Again, most of us totally agree
that abortions are bad; the differ-
ence is more about who controls
the right to abort.
I know that I made a very com-
plicated issue very simple, but I did
it to make my point. There are real-
ly only subtle differences between
most people's views and belief.
I have several good friends that
are Republicans, but the majority
of my friends and family are
Democrats. My Republican friends
want the same thing out of life that
my Democratic friends do suc-
cessful careers, great families,
opportunities for their children, etc.
So I think that we all can agree
that no matter what side of the
tracks you grew up we all strive to
be the best in some form or fashion.
Now here's where it gets interesting
- as some say, "The devil is in the
Now I am going to generalize a
bit, but not much. The Republican
philosophy on life is based on a bit
of Darwinism survival of the
fittest or in other words the strong
shall survive. Republicans are gen-
erally pro-business and against the
big government.
By the way, the weak become
Democrats so that they can get
handouts from the government. So
it's a very simple ideology if you
work hard and obey God despite
your environment or obstacles life
will turn out good for you.
I wish it were that easy I would
definitely switch parties. This ide-
ology assumes that all of life's fac-

tors are fairly even, and we know
that's not the case at all.
However, Democrats are or those
to the left believe that government
is in place to help people. This isn't
Reggie talking, but studies have
shown that Democrats are usually
more educated. Many Democrats
are in diverse urban communities,
which may explain why they seem
to be more realistic about the needs
of individuals and families.
A prime example of a
Democratic philosophy was in
President Roosevelt's New Deal.
He increased the size of govern-
ment in an attempt to get the coun-
try out of the Great Depression by
creating new programs and depart-
ments aimed at recharging the
economy, providing welfare for the
poorest citizens and providing for
some long term financial security
for seniors through the Social
Security System.
So again, the philosophies are
very different in many ways, but
the goals are generally the same.
It's sort of like the NFL every
team wants to win, but every team
has a different playbook.
I guess the message here is that
lets not get too caught up in party
affiliation. While I may climb the
left side of the mountain, and my
Republican brother maybe climb-
ing the right we are still friends and
family. Our children can still play
together, attend the same schools
and who knows maybe even get
married one day.
Signing off from a non-partisan
dinner on the Northside,
Reggie Fullwood

Minorities are not to Blame for the Subprime Mess

by Marc Morial
In the last few weeks, 1 have
undertaken an aggressive campaign
directed at the nation's financial
leaders to dispel the dangerous and
growing myth that minority bor-
rowers are primarily responsible
for our country's current economic
crisis. In letters to Treasury
Secretary Henry Paulson and
Federal Reserve Chairman,
Benjamin Bernanke, I have asked
that they both publicly refute
claims by some conservative pun-
dits and politicians that most of the
defaulted subprime loans at the root
of the crisis were made to African
Americans, Hispanics and other so-
called "unproductive borrowers."
As the New York Times pointed
out in an August 3rd article,

Subprime Loans' Wide Reach,
"While subprime loans deeply pen-
etrated low-income and minority
groups, a new study suggests that
more upper-income borrowers and
more whites took out such loans
than any other groups."
It is becoming clearer everyday
that a large number of people who
ended up with subprime loans
could have qualified for a prime
loan. That's where the abuse lies.
In the face of these facts, we have
heard conservatives from Fox
News commentator, Neil Cavuto to
ABC News analyst George Will to
Washington Post columnist Charles
Krauthammer say that government
efforts to increase homeownership
"put people in homes they could
not afford" and are "at the root of

our current calamity."
Rep. Michele Bachman (R-
Minn) added Congressional weight
to this myth when she quoted an
Investor's Business Daily article
from the floor of the House that
said banks made loans "on the basis
of race and little else."
In my view, this blatant scape-
goating is an ugly attempt by the
rich and powerful to shift the blame
for this crisis from Wall Street and
Washington, where it belongs, onto
middle class families on Main
Street and Martin Luther King
Boulevard who are most victimized
by their excesses.
I have taken up this issue for sev-
eral reasons. First, now more than
ever, America needs unity and real
solutions to fix the economic mess
that has engulfed our country.
Instead of having a healthy
debate on what must be done to
curb too much Wall Street greed
and too little Washington oversight,
too many are willing to waste pre-
cious time and energy blaming the
Second, history provides too
many lessons about the conse-
quences of singling out only certain
segments of the population as cul-
prits for a country's woes. On the
basis of hearsay, rumors and misin-
formation, seeds of division are
being sown all across the United
States in a volatile political envi-
ronment where Americans are terri-
fied by the economic situation.
That is why I have called on both
Secretary Paulson and Chairman
Bernanke to quell this false and

unnecessary tempest. I will take my
concerns directly to Congress on
October 16th at a special hearing
on this issue before the Senate
Banking Committee. The National
Urban League is also once again
calling on the major broadcast and
cable TV networks to increase
racial diversity in their newsrooms
as a way to prevent the dissemina-
tion of this and other dangerous
myths by certain commentators and

The Rich, The Wealthy

and The Others

by William Reed
In case you are not one, and didn't know any, the
world's richest got even richer last year. Even as
world financial markets broke down last year, per-
sonal wealth around the world grew 5 percent to $109.5 trillion. It was the
sixth consecutive year of wealth expansion around the planet.
The fastest growth rate was not on America's shores but among households
in developing regions, such as China and the Gulf States. In these regions,
the world-wide axiom applies: the families who were already rich got rich-
er. Wealth is growing among households in Asia and the Pacific Rim ris-
ing 14 percent. Wealth growth was fueled by manufacturing in Asia and
commodities in Latin America and the Middle East.
The world's wealth is increasingly concentrated among those that have the
most. The top 1 percent of the world's households owned 35 percent of its
wealth last year. Meanwhile, the top 0.001 percent, ultra-rich households
holding at least $5 million in assets, commanded $21 trillion a fifth of the
world's wealth. Forbes lists 1,125 individuals and families as billionaires.
Americans account for 42 percent of the world's billionaires and 37 percent
of their total wealth. Russia is number two with 87 billionaires. Germany
is third with 59 billionaires. Africa has two of the world's richest, South
Africa's Patrice Motsepe and Nigeria's Aliko Dangote. Mohamed "Mo"
Ibrahim is a Sudanese-born communications billionaire based in Briton.
The planet continues to mint new millionaires rapidly. The biggest jumps in
2007 of second-tier rich came from emerging countries in Asia and Latin
America. Overall, the number of millionaire households in the world grew
to 10.7 million last year.
Hampered by the mortgage crisis and credit crunch North Americans' per-
sonal wealth growth slowed to 3.8 percent last year. The number of U.S.
millionaire households is now roughly seven percent of all households 9.3
million. The number of millionaire black households in America is 110,000.
Most black millionaire households get their wealth from family businesses -
funeral homes, medical practices, real estate and construction, retail and
service sector businesses. America's two black billionaires, Oprah Winfrey
and Bob Johnson amassed their fortunes in communications and entertain-
ment, and real estate.
TNS research company reports that the median age of the head of million-
aire US households is 58 percent 45 percent are retired. Roughly 19 per-
cent own in whole or part a professional practice or privately held business.
Over 50 percent of millionaires said they had become more conservative in
their investment approach over the past year. Their wealth is the result of
long-term wealth accumulation. Although real estate is not their sole source
of wealth, it remains a staple for many American millionaires. Forty-six per-
cent own investment real estate like a second home or rental properties and
70 percent of millionaire households own stocks and bonds, and 68 percent
own mutual funds.
Reports show that while the world's rich have been making some adjust-
ments as a result of the financial crisis. This year, assets are being shifted to
more conservative investments, more money is being kept onshore in home
markets and some investments have been curtailed. The outlook for wealth
markets and the banks who serve them remains dimmed by the current
financial crisis. Banks, brokerages and money managers will have little
choice, but to expand their presence among these individuals, families and
investment programs in the world's fastest growing centers.
Personal wealth in America is expected to continue growing, but at a slow-
er pace. With Wall Street's slump, growth in assets is expected to rise less
than 1 percent. Things are expected to improve over the next five years with
personal wealth growing more than 3 percent annually well off the 8.5 per-
cent set between 2002 and 2007. While Black Americans have increased
their presence in mainstream and middle-class-status numbers, their wealth
profile remains comparatively low. The median black household income
was $33,916 (national median: $50,233). Blacks' per capital incomes was
$18,428 (national figure: $26,804). Their poverty level was 24.5 percent
(national rate: 12.5%). Blacks' rate of poverty remained statistically

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Reality Check
Whining Conservative Hypocrites
Conservatives and their neo-con cohorts in the journalistic and aca-
demic worlds get a real kick out of ridiculing those Black folks as whin-
ers who insist that this is not a post-racial society, that White suprema-
cy, if not racism, is still persuasive throughout the land.
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Black folks charge? No, it means that we acknowledge racial reality, not
racial illusions. As for the conservatives who call us whiners, they are
premier world-class whining hypocrites who, in op-ed after op-ed, in
book after book, on television and radio program after television and
radio program, most often in the same media that they are criticizing,
whine loudly about "liberal bias in the mainstream media."
This has been going on for nearly 50 years. One would think that a
group of propagandists who are backed by numerous right-wing foun-
dations, think tanks, universities, corporations, organizations and indi-
viduals with many billions of dollars on hand, would have, by now,
launched their own nation-wide media empire.
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"Recent surveys have shown only didate since 1964, he said.
a two-point difference between Bositis predicted that most blacks
John McCain and Obama in who said they were undecided in
Georgia, where around one-third of the survey would eventually cast
all voters are African American," their ballot for Obama on
Bositis said. November 4, thus giving the
Four years ago, around one-quar- Democrat 94 percent of the
ter of voters in Georgia were black, African-American vote against six
according to a CNN tally, percent for McCain.
"If Senator Obama wins Georgia, That would equal a record of sup-
he probably will end up with some- port among blacks for a Democratic
thing like 375 electoral votes and presidential candidate that has
stood since 1964, when
The poll also found that the Lyndon Johnson got 94
popularity of Alaska Gov. Sarah percent of the black vote
and Barry Goldwater,
Palin has fallen. Voters are less who like McCain is a
likely to see the vice presidential senator for the state of
nominee in a positive light, and Arizona, got six percent
The survey by the Joint
much more likely to report neg- Center -- a non-partisan
ativefeelings, the Wall Street group founded in 1970 to
empower black leaders
Journal said. and expand black politi-
cal participation -- was
the election won't be even close," conducted among African
said Bositis. Americans with a landline tele-
A candidate needs 270 electoral phone over three weeks in
votes to win the presidential race. September and October.
Among other states that could see Obama is viewed favorably by
a shift towards the Democratic 90.4 percent of African Americans
Party were Virginia, "where polls and his vice presidential pick,
suggest Obama is going to be the Senator Joseph Biden, by 68 per-
first Democrat in 44 years to win," cent, the survey showed.
Bositis said. In contrast, only 22.8 percent of
North Carolina, which last voted African-Americans viewed McCain
Democrat in a presidential election favorably and even fewer -- 18 per-
in 1976, when Jimmy Carter was cent -- had a positive view of the
elected, was also up for grabs, as Republican vice presidential candi-
was Indiana, which has been won date Sarah Palin, the survey said.

.. Disorderly

This undated photo provided by the
.Loudoun County Sheriffs Office
shows James L. Bevel. Bevel, 71, a
0 top lieutenant to Martin Luther King
Jr. who was instrumental in the civil
rights movement, was sentenced last
week to 15 years in prison for incest.
SHe was convicted earlier this year of
.. having sex 15 years ago with his
i' ; then-teenage daughter in Virginia.

Black Power Lives U.S. Olympic medallists Tommie Smith,
left, and John Carlos hold tip their fists at the Mexican Olympic
Committee building in Mexico City last week. Forty years ago, Smith and
Carlos, who won gold and bronze respectively in the 200 meter run at the
Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, bowed their heads and raised a
gloved fist at the winners podium as the US national anthem played, to
protest against US racial discrimination. Both were in Mexico City for the
anniversary of their famous Black Power salute.

Michigan Enrollment Up

Following Affirmative Action Ban

Nearly two years after Michigan
voters banned the use of affirmative
action in college admissions, the
University of Michigan's freshman
class shows a 12 percent increase in
the number of African Americans -
despite the fact that the university
shrank the class.
Still, other minority groups lost
ground and the number of white
freshmen from the United States
grew by 55 students -- bumping
them from 62.4percent of last year's
5,992 freshmen to 65.6 percent of
this year's 5,783 freshmen.
Targeted recruitment of underrep-
resented minorities was the key to
the increase from 334 black fresh-
men in fall 2007 to 374, said senior
vice provost Lester Monts.
"Proposal 2 doesn't prohibit tar-
geted outreach," Monts said of the
2006 measure that changed the
state constitution. Though the
change banned the use of affirma-
tive action in college admissions
decisions, it doesn't apply to the
university's outreach efforts.
"You can target high schools, you
can target neighborhoods, and you
can even target minority groups,"

Monts said.
U-M was ground zero for the
debate over the 2006 vote on affir-
mative action because the universi-
ty openly considered race in its
admissions process. The measure
went into effect in January 2007
and admissions officers had to stop
considering race as a factor.
Opponents of the affirmative-
action ban feared sharp declines in
minority enrollment, but propo-
nents countered that universities
can diversify student bodies with-
out specifically considering race
and gender.
Indeed, last year U-M officials
said they were in a good position to
search for diverse applicants
because the school's admissions
process had become increasingly
sophisticated in concentrating on
certain geographic areas and
Additionally, the university bol-
stered relationships with counselors
at high schools that have large
minority populations and U-M
President Mary Sue Coleman has
made phone calls to prospective
students herself, Monts said.

Many African-Americans destined

to have lean senior years

Ariel Investments Chairman and
CEO John W. Rogers, Jr., and
Ariel President Mellody Hobson.
In the midst of historic volatility
on Wall Street there is a continuing
trend of blacks saving and investing
less than whites, according to a sur-
vey released Wednesday. The dif-
ference is attributed to various
social and cultural reasons such as
getting less exposure to personal
finance concepts and advice.
The poll by Ariel Investments
LLC and the Charles Schwab Corp.
found that 62 percent of the blacks
surveyed own stocks or mutual
funds, lagging the 82 percent of
white respondents who said they
Executives at Chicago-based
Ariel Investments, an African-
American-owned investment man-
agement firm and mutual fund
company, said black stock owner-
ship remains a weak spot as it has
been throughout the 11 years the
company has been sponsoring the
annual survey.
"We certainly haven't seen the
kind of progress that we had hoped
for," said Mellody Hobson, Ariel's
One marked change: The survey
has shown historically that black
investors have expressed a prefer-
ence for real estate investments
over the stock market. This year
that preference fell to a new low,
with just 39 percent of blacks label-
ing real estate the "best investment
overall." Their preference stood at
61 percent at the height of the real

estate market in 2004.
Blacks are on equal footing with
whites when it comes to accessing
and enrolling in their employers'
defined contribution plans, accord-
ing to the survey, which was based
on interviews with blacks and
whites with household incomes of
at least $50,000. About nine in 10
of both blacks and white who are
working have access to a plan such
as a 401(k), and of those about 90
percent of each group contributes
But the median monthly amount
that blacks contribute to their
401(k) plan is $169, compared with
$249 contributed by whites. As a
result, the median total household
savings for retirement reported by
black respondents was $53,000.
White respondents had more than
twice as much at $114,000.
The results of the nationwide sur-
vey, were compiled from telephone
interviews with 503 blacks and 506
whites from June 11 to July 13 and
carry a margin of error of about 5
percent. The poll would have
missed investors in many lower-
income areas, since some inter-
views were conducted in areas with
median incomes of $40,000 or
more in order to bolster the
African-American sample.
The survey found that about 2/3
of blacks, versus about half of
whites, said they would increase
contributions to their retirement
plan if employers provided access
to financial advisors, seminars
about retirement investing or edu-
cation about plans.
Today's turbulent market envi-
ronment, she said, is an important
time for employers to provide their
workers with retirement-related
Advisor Kim Lore said it was
encouraging that 90 percent of
black respondents contribute regu-
larly to their contribution plans.
"Employers have an opportunity
to make a real difference," she said.
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2nd Missionary Baptist to Celebrate West Friendship Celebrates Pastor
Church and Pastor's Anniversary Richard Wilson's 55th Anniversary

Second Missionary Baptist Church, 954 Kings Road; will celebrate their
158th Anniversary of the Church, and the 22nd Anniversary of Pastor
Odell Smith Jr. with Services Nightly at 7 p.m., Sunday, November 2, 2008;
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5-7th. The Celebration will con-
clude at 7 p.m., Sunday, November 9, 2008.

Faust Temple C.O.GI.C to celebrate
67th Anniversary, Oct. 23 26
The members of Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, Bishop R. L.
Dixon, Pastor, 3328 Moncrief Road; will celebrate their 67th Church's
Anniversary, Thursday and Friday, October 23rd and 24th, Services will
begin nightly at 7:30 p.m. The Celebration will culminate with the final
Celebration Service at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, October 26, 2008.
The community is invited to join the members of Faust Temple Church
of God in Christ as they lift up the name of Jesus for the wonderful things
He has done and is doing in the body of Christ. For directions, please con-
tact Minister Emory Greenlee at 768-1079 or the church at 353-1418.

New Redeem Missionary Baptist to
celebrate Women's Day, October 26th
Women's Day will be celebrated Sunday, October 26, 2008, at the New
Redeem Missionary Baptist Church, 1614 East 30th Street, where Rev.
Willie Addison Sr. is Pastor; Rev. Dr. E. I. Norman, Pastor Emeritus. The
Women's Day Celebration will begin with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
Morning Service begins at 11 a.m. The community is invited.

Ark of the Covenant Revival 10/29-31
The Ark of the Covenant, 620 Wells Road, Orange Park; Apostle J. Q.
Lockette, Pastor; will hold Revival Services at 7 p.m. nightly, Wednesday
thru Friday, October 29 31st. The community is invited to come prepared
to receive "Word from the Lord." Pastor Lockett is from the Grace and
Peace Praise Cathedral in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mrs. Melody Patterson & The Gospel
Band in Concert at First Deliverance
The First Deliverance Church of Jacksonville, 1957 West Beaver Street,
where Elder Ernest Vining is Pastor; will present Mrs. Melody Patterson
and The Gospel Bard in concert at 5 p.m., Sunday, November 9, 2008. If
you love to praise The Lord and want to experience an evening of musical
bliss for the free event.

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

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.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.

Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

West Friendship Baptist Church will celebrate their Senior Pastor, Dr.
Richard L. Wilson, Sr., 55th years of pastoral services at the church. He
will be honored on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at the morning and afternoon
services: Morning services begin at 10:45 a.m. with Rev. Bartholomew
Banks, President of the Progressive Baptist M & E Baptist State
Convention as the speaker. Afternoon services begin at 4:00 p.m. with
Rev. James Sampson, President of the General Baptist State Convention.
For more information call 786-9420

St. Thomas to present Poets,
Authors, Musicians & Dancers
Celebrate the importance of the Written Word at the St. Thomas Family
Life Center, corner of Moncrief Road & Rowe Avenue, beginning at 11
a.m., Saturday, October 25, 2008. Be an Eyewitness to History with the
spendor of James Weldon Johnson, Margret Walker, Langston Hughes,
Rudyard Kipling, William Shakespeare and Maya Angelou, presented by
local poets, authors, musicians and dancers.
Rodney Hurst and Dorothy Mitchell will serve as Master and Mistress
of Ceremony. Among the artist performing will be Poet and Author Targela
Floyd; Musicians: Fred McClendon and Michael Lane; Orator, NayKierra
Love; Coreographer, Tonya Brown, and Author and Poet Bettye Sessions.
For more information, please call Delphenia M. Carterat (904) 765-3962.

Union Progressive Baptist Church to
Celebrate 88th Church Anniversary
The Union Progressive Baptist Church, 613 Pippin Street, Pastor
Corinthian R. Morgan ; invites the community to share in the Dedication
Service of the 88th Anniversary of the Church, and the 32nd Anniversary
of Pastor Morgan the week of October 20-25, 2008.
Pre Dedication Services will be held at 7 p.m. nightly, Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday, October 20-22nd.
A Community Block event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on
Saturday, October 25th. There will be free food, information booths, games
and activities for the children.
Sunday School at 9 a.m., Sunday, October 26th will begin the day of
dedication. Morning Worship will begin at 10:15 a.m. The dedication of
the Church and Pastor's Anniversary with local churches participating will
begin at 4 p.m. The community is invited.

Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist celebrates
126 Years of "Spiritual Sacrifices"
Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, 1319 North Myrtle Avenue, Elder
Lee Harris, Pastor; is celebrating 126 years of the church providing
Christian services to the Jacksonville community. Anniversary Services
will convene each Sunday in October at 4 p.m. Each Sunday a guest pastor
and church will be on the program. The community is invited.
Sunday, October 5th, kicked off the celebration with The Honoree
Banquet held Sunday, October 5th at the Crown Plaza Hotel. The Honorees
were Mother Mary Harvey, 100 years old; Brother Charlie Burwell, 97;
Reverend S. S. Robinson, 93, who has pastured for well over 50 years; Mrs.
Emma Kilpatrick, 90; who taught tailoring for many years; Mother Sarah
Robinson, 90, who taught in the Duval County School system for over 30
years; Mrs. Inez Dubois, 80, retired City of Jacksonville employee; Mrs.
Emily Elliott, 89, who served her community and church in many ways;
and Mrs. Earthelean Crump, who served as an Aide & Foster grandparent
in Duval County Schools for many years.
Elder Benjamin Adams of St. John Primitive Baptist Church, Clearwater,
Florida will be the closing speaker,at 4 p.m., October 26, 2008. Sister
Cynthia Reed served as Chair of the 2008 Anniversary Committee; and
Sister B. V. Harris served as the Banquet Chair.

Zion Hope Senior Women's Miss.
Ministry Annual Fashion Musical
The Senior Women's Missionary Ministry of Zion Hope Baptist Church,
2803 West Edgewood Ave., Rev. Clifford J. Johnson Jr., Pastor; invites the
community to their Annual Old Fashion Musical at 3 p.m., Sunday, October
26, 2008. the H. Alvin Green Memorial Alumni Chorale, the AKA Mimes
from One Accord, and The Elite Mimes from Zion Hope Baptist Church,
will be featured.
This spirit filled program will be a living honor to our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ, and will be a memorable occasion. An old fashion dinner will
delight your taste buds.
Sister Edith Hicks, President; Sister Mary Roper, Program Chair; Sister
Mary Howard, Co-Chair.

Pack the Pews at St. Johns Missionary
Twelve Disciples will Pack the Pews at St. John Missionary Baptist
Church, 135 Brickyard Road, Middleburg; at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26th.
Everyone is invited. For directions, please call (904) 272-5100.

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

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 1stSundilaat 4:50 p.m.

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

Grace and Peace

* *A Full Gospel Baptist Church *

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.

A church

that's on the

move in

worship with

prayer, praise


Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683

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.

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 am. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

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Ii I .. -.- Min. Farrakhan Commemorates Million Man March

I i Anniversary with Dedication of "A New Beginning"

Rev. Bernice King and Martin Luther King III, smile at a interview
discussing the lawsuit between the King siblings in Atlanta.

King Siblings Explain Suit

Continued from page 2
that their rift with Dexter King
has developed over several years.
In the past, when they disagreed,
they respectfully deferred to their
mother. Coretta Scott King's death
in 2006 and the sudden death of
their sister, Yolanda, in 2007 -
failed to bring Dexter King closer
to his siblings. Instead, they have
become increasingly estranged.
Yet all three maintain hope for
"One would hope that through
tragedy, ultimately, people become
closer," Martin Luther King III
said. "That has not happened yet.
It's something we have to work
towards. But we have to resolve
these issues first."
Bernice King said she loves and
has forgiven her brother.
"I want something different
because I know who he is," she
said, adding that she has not spoken
to Dexter King in nearly a year. "I
really want my brother back ... but
the trust, for me, that's where there's
a problem."
Martin Luther King III said he
has not spoken to his brother since
June. He also said Dexter King -
who lives in Malibu, Calif. has
yet to see his niece, Yolanda.
"He's the only uncle," Martin
Luther King III said, his voice filled
with emotion at the mention of his

first child, whom he said sometimes
looks like Dexter King. "It's tough
from that standpoint."
Even as they have grown apart
from their brother, Bernice and
Martin Luther King III say the chal-
lenges of the past two years have
improved their relationship with
each other.
"Now, we talk many times every
day," Martin Luther King III said.
"This has brought us closer. That is
where we need to be with our
For now, their legal troubles
stand in the way. But they are not
trying to keep their mother's story
from being told, Bernice King said.
"We don't have a problem with
the memoir being done," she said.
"The question is how is it being
Dexter King negotiated the con-
tract with Penguin Group as chief
executive officer of King Inc. -
the corporation established to man-
age their father's estate without
his siblings, who said Coretta Scott
King decided against using author
and minister Barbara Reynolds, and
never settled on a new writer for the
"Nobody has the monopoly on
Martin and Coretta Scott King,"
Bernice King said. "This is ours,
and it should be governed that

CHICAGO Nation of Islam
Minister Louis Farrakhan stressed
unity among religions, while still
preaching a message of black
empowerment, at a rare public
event last Sunday deemed "a new
beginning" for the Chicago-based
In the nearly two-hour speech,
Min. Farrakhan covered topics
including immigration, public
schools, violence and morality. He
vaguely referred to the presidential
election but did not specifically
mention any candidates.
"We are all in a journey to become
complete human beings," the 75-
year-old Farrakhan told the crowd
of thousands gathered inside
Mosque Maryam and in white tents
outside. "Look how we have
become so divided, so hateful,
while claiming the same creator."
Farrakhan renewed a call for many

cific plans for the "new beginning,"
but he offered his opinion on many
topics and made a plea for under-
standing with immigrants south of
U.S. borders.
"Our brothers and sisters from
South America are not trying to
take your jobs. They are trying to
survive," Farrakhan said.
Noting the current economic tur-
moil, he said, "God is troubling
America because America can do
better." He noted the theme of
"change" in the presidential elec-
tion and said change must also
come through religious communi-
"The change that will feed our
hearts is not necessarily a political
change," he said. "Our mission is to
help bring in a government of
In February, Farrakhan appeared at
an annual Saviours' Day event in

The 1995 Million Man March held in Washington D.C. is recorded
as the largest gathering of Black men in history.

to get back to the basic tenets of
Islam, while still encouraging black
"Black people must stop seeing
themselves as inferior, and whites
must stop seeing themselves as
superior," he said, adding that black
Muslims "have to keep going our
own way."
Though other religious leaders and
non-Muslims were invited to the
public event, most of those in atten-
dance were Nation of Islam follow-
Farrakhan did not lay out any spe-

Chicago and called Democratic
presidential candidate Barack
Obama the "hope of the entire
world" that the U.S. will change for
the better.
The Obama campaign quickly
denounced Farrakhan's support
because he has made comments in
the past widely viewed as being
anti-Semitic. Nation of Islam offi-
cials said Farrakhan's statements
are often taken out of context.
Farrakhan ceded leadership of the
Nation in 2006 as he recuperated
from complications of prostate can-

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At the age of 75, Minister Farrakhan addressed thousands on the
Anniversary of the Million Man March.

cer, but not long afterward quietly
retook full responsibility for the
The Chicago event comes just
weeks after the death of Imam W.D.
Mohammed, the son of Nation
founder Elijah Muhammad, who
broke with the group and moved
thousands of African-Americans
toward mainstream Islam.
Farrakhan has haltingly tried to
move the Nation toward traditional
Islam, which considers the
American movement heretical
because of its view of Elijah
Muhammad as a prophet, among
other novel teachings. Orthodox

Islam teaches that there has been no
prophet after Prophet Muhammad
in the seventh century.
Sunday's event was a rededication
to the historic 1948 building. The
mosque, once a Greek Orthodox
church, has undergone major reno-
vations, including getting new mar-
ble floors, since it was bought by
the Nation in 1972.
It also wrapped up a week of com-
memoration of the 13th anniversary
of the Million Man March, a politi-
cal gathering in Washington that
encouraged the empowerment of
blacks and that Farrakhan spear-
headed in 1995.

Brewer Learning Center Seeking

Scholars Ages Six Weeks to Five

The Don Brewer Learning
Center currently has openings for
students from as young as six
weeks up to five years in age.
Now under the leadership of
FCCJ and operated by Chappell
Child Development, the Brewer
Center is focused on increasing
the literacy, numerical ability and
school-readiness skills of chil-
dren, particularly those from low-
income families.
Children attending the Brewer
Center will benefit from qualified
and experienced staff, delivering
a curriculum that has proved

effective in early childhood devel-
opment to prepare children to
learn and succeed in school. All
children are given breakfast,
lunch and an afternoon snack.
Music and physical fitness
resources are provided.
Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m.-
6:30 p.m. Costs are based on age
and other factors, but childcare
grants are available.
The Brewer Center is located at
1095 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. in
Jacksonville. For information on
eligibility or enrollment call 904-

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SReduce the emphasis of FCAT results in high school grades
Tweak FCAT waiting exam and push FCAT exam dates later in school year
SEstablish end of course exams in high school to complement the FCAT
* Strengthen Teacher ethics and penalties for misconduct
* Require middle schools to provide 30 minutes of Physical Education weekly
*Aitibullying law requires schools to ban harassment of students
-Jump-start the economy in Florida
S.5 billion ien erial revenue
S$t 1 2 billion in trust funds
SFormter St Petersburg man Alan Crotzer collects S1.25-million for 24 years in
prisonon n wrongful rape conviction
* Exonerated individuals can receive $50,000 per year for each year they spent in
prison if they have not had poor felony conviction
*Created low cost insurance plans for low-income Floridians
*Gave religious groups that provide access to health care an exemption from bemin
regulated under insurance codes
* Require insurers to cover autism in childrenn
-Allows sworn law enforcement officers, remergency service employees and certain
government employees to install, transport and use radio equipment with
special law enforcement frequencies (radios prohibited to the public)
*We passed a resolution expressing state regret for involuntary servitude of
* Removed racially offensive lyrics from the State Song Old Folks at Home and
named as state anthem Florida, Where The Sawgrass Meets the Sky

"My experience, deep faith, and

unwavering commitment to Florida's

workers and families have prepared me

to continue to serve and lead the

constituents of Florida Senate District 1"

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A former assistant pastor accused
of the 2004 love-triangle killing of
a deacon in his church has pleaded
guilty to the crime.
The accused, Richard Scott
Harper, entered the plea in Floyd
County Superior Court in exchange
for prosecutors not seeking the
death penalty. Prosecutors say
Harper and Michelle Reynolds con-
spired to kill her husband, 36-year-
old Thad John Reynolds.
The report said that Harper
ambushed Reynolds in July 2004
outside the Frito-Lay distribution
center where the deacon worked
and stabbed him 19 times. The
story made national news and dev-
astated members of Hollywood
Baptist Church, where the Harper

and Reynolds families attended.
The deacon's wife, Michelle
Reynolds, is charged with helping
plot the crime. Her trial has not
been scheduled. Harper is expected
to testify against her as part of his
plea deal, he is currently awaiting
Police officials said Harper and
Thad Reynolds were close friends
when Harper and Michelle
Reynolds became lovers. The two
made phone calls and sent comput-
er messages to each other about
their plot to kill Thad Reynolds, say
Thad and Michelle have four
daughters ages one through
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Old Fashioned Church Fish Fry
Disciple of Christ Christian Fellowship will be
holding an Old Fashioned Fish Fry on Saturday,
October 25th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church,
2061 West Edgewood Avenue. For more information
call the church at 765-5683.

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History in Motion
presented by DASOTA
The Dance Department of
Douglas Anderson School of the
Arts will present "Historical
Concert", an annual celebration of
dance at 7:30 p.m., on October 23
& 24, in the schools' Theatre.
The concert will feature more than
150 dancers, many of whom have
studied with renowned dance insti-
tutions. This performance high-
lights classical ballet, various styles
of American modern dance and his-
torical genres.
Call 390-2971 for information.

Spooktacular at the Zoo
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
is holding it's 21st Spooktacular, on
October 24-26, 30-31 and
November 1st from 6:30 p.m. to
9:00 p.m. Families will be trans-
ported into the land of
Pumpkinville, which features
carved and painted pumpkins, cos-
tume characters, the Spooky
Temple, Mystic Gardens, Monster
Mash Sock Hop, Enchanted Forest,
Funny Bone Tunnel, and Troll
Village. The paths of Pumpkinville
will also be lined with candy and
treat stations all in the midst of
exotic wild animals. For more
information or to purchase tickets
online, visit the Zoo's Web site at

EnVogue, Mint
Condition and Will
Downing in Concert
The Annual Black Expo concert
will this year feature R&B acts
EnVogue, Mint Condition and Will
Downing. It will be held on Friday,
October 24th at the Times Union
Performing Arts Center starting at 8
p.m. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call 727-7451.

History Luncheon
The James Weldon Johnson
Branch of the Association for the
Study of African American Life and
History will hold its annual lunch-
eon on Saturday, October 25th at
11 a.m. inside the Multi-purpose
room of Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church. The featured speaker is
Charles Cobb, author of "On the
Road to Freedom". For more infor-
mation call 620-2866.

Caribbean Carnival
The Annual Jacksonville
Caribbean Carnival will be held on
Saturday, October 25th kicking off
with a authentic Caribbean Style
Mardi Gras Parade at lp.m.from
Bay & Market Streets to
Metropolitan Park where it will
continue with a food festival and a
full day of family fun through 10

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Dr. Ian Smith to
Keynote Urban League
Equal Opp. Luncheon
Dr. Ian Smith, fitness expert on
VHI's "Celebrity Fit Club", med-
ical expert, founder and best-selling
author of "The 50 Million Pound
Challenge" will keynote this year's
Jacksonville Urban League Equal
Opportunity Luncheon.
The League will recognize indi-
viduals and corporations for their
significant efforts in the areas of
diversity and equal opportunity on
Wednesday, October 29 at 12 Noon
at the Hyatt Hotel. Contact Linnie
Finley at 366-3461 for your seat.

Ogletree to Keynote
NAACP Dinner
Harvard Law School professor Dr.
Charles J. Ogletree will be the fea-
tured speaker for the Jacksonville
Branch NAACP 43rd Annual
Freedom Fund Awards Dinner on
Thursday, October 30, 2008, 7:00
p.m. at the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. The dinner will
recognize citizens who have sub-
scribed to various life membership
levels of the NAACP, spotlight
area civil rights leaders and honor
high school students for academic
achievement. Tickets for the event
are $50.00. For additional infor-
mation, please call Isaiah Rumlin at
904 764-1753.

Free Presentation on
Medical Care of
African-Americans in Jax
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network will present Dr. C.B.
McIntosh for a free lecture on
"Medical Care for African-
Americans in Jacksonville: A
Historical Perspective." It will be
held on Thursday, October 30,
2008, 7:00 8:30p.m. at the
Karpeles Manuscript Museum 101
W. 1st Street in Springfield. RSVP
to: JacksonvilleDiversityNetwork@gmail.COm.

Rendezvous with
Author Marsha Phelts
The Jacksonville Public Library
will present a unique opportunity to
meet and greet author Marsha
Phelts on Saturday, November 1st,
from 2 3:30 PM at the Main
Library in the Conference Level.
Phelts is the author of the American
Beach Cookbook, a cookbook and
part memoir, of one of Florida's his-
toric African American communi-
ties. For more information, call
(904) 630-2960.

Family Fest at UNF
The UNF Child Development
Research Center will host it's annu-
al rain or shine Family Fest with a
focus is on literacy and nature.
Activities for all ages include: audi-
ence participation stories in song

with Bella Voce, poetry with pro-
fessional storyteller Nile Crocodile,
local children's author Gigi Morales
David and other authors, crafts,
nature projects, canoeing, games,
nature scavenger hunt, parachute
activity, pinata, and face painting.
Snacks and drinks will be available.
It will be held on Sunday,
November 2nd from 1- 4 p.m. at
the UNF Nature Trails area near St.
Johns Bluff For more information,
call Jan Goschke at 620-2372.

Join the Jacksonville
Investment Club.
How would you like to have fun
and make money the NAIC way?
The Jacksonville Investment Club
is having an open call to member-
ship. Members invest $50 per
month and vote on how to invest the
club's account at each meeting. The
next meeting will be held on
Wednesday, November 5th at the
South East/Deerwod Branch
Library and the group meets the
first Wednesday of every month at
6:30 p.m. Call Henry at 904-395-
5622 for more information.

Pearl & Cuff
Links Gala
The Clara White Mission will
present their annual Pearls & Cuff
Links Gala celebrating their 104th
Anniversary on Friday, November
14th inside the Taliaferro Hall of
the St. Johns Cathedral, 256 East
Church Street. Festivities kick off
with a 6 p.m. VIP reception fol-
lowed by the program and perform-
ance at 7 p.m. For tickets or more
information, please call 354-4162.

Lady Trojans Host Think
Pink Basketball Game
The Lady Trojans of Jean Ribault
will be honoring Breast Cancer
Survivors at their first game of the
season. All breast cancer survivors
and their families are encouraged to
come out and support the Lady
Trojans by wearing pink. Special
Recognition will be given during
halftime of the Varsity game at 7:30
p.m. The game will be held on
Monday, November 17th at 6 p.m.
in the Ribault High School
Gymnasium. For more information,
call Shelia Seymore-Pennick
at 742-0487.

Mali Vai Washington Needs Volunteers
Halloween Party- Oct. 31
Volunteers are needed during our Halloween Party to assist with activities
that include face painting, decorations, games and our Haunted House!
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Volunteers are needed to help collect non-perishable food items, adopt one
of our many families and suppy a 'basket' of food items or help us deliver
food baskets on November 26.
If you are interested in any of the above volunteer opportunities, please
contact Ashley at or (904) 359-KIDS(5437).

Open Audition for Stage Aurora
Male and female performers that can sing and dance over the age of 18
years of age are needed for Stage Aurora Theatrical Company's presenta-
tion of Langston Hughes' "BLACK NATIVITY". Part theater, part con-
cert and part church service.
Auditioners are asked to be prepared to sing a song that will show off
your vocal range and character. AUDITION TIMES: Friday Evening
Oct. 25, 2008 5:00 8:00 p.m. and Saturday Afternoon Oct., 26, 2008
1:00- 6:00 p.m. at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall 5188 Norwood Ave.
(Inside the Gateway Town Center).

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Veteran actress Alfre Woodard Actor Justin Chambers and his
is married to writer Roderick wife, Keisha, have five children
Spencer and the couple have together. The former model and
two adopted children together. "Grey's Anatomy" star met his wife
at a modeling agency.

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"Idlewild" and "Dejai Vu"
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck actress Paula Patton was seen
got things cooking when he tied shaking her tail feather at hubby
the knot with handbag designer Robin Thicke's NYC concert this
Gelila Assefa in a fairy-tale year as he sang his rendition of
wedding in Italy in 2007. D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar."

Recently dubbed the sexiest
woman alive, Halle Berry and
her beau Gabriel Aubry wel-
comed a baby girl, Nahla, earli-
er this year.

Chris Noth, the "Sex and the
City" star we all love to hate,
once had a longtime relationship
with model Beverly Johnson.
The actor has scored "big" with
current girlfriend and mother of
his son, Tara Wilson.

Hollywood Actresses Take the Lead in

Crossing the Color line to Finding a Mate

Whether it be fashion trends or
dialect, Hollywood has long been
the leading example of what mir-
rors America. As the dialogue on
race continues to increase as we
anticipate the election of the coun-
try's first President of color, the
topic is hotter than ever.
Unfortunately, when it comes to
relationships, the disproportionate
amount of Black women seeking
"qualified" Black men (qualified
meaning single, employed, not in
the criminal justice system, educat-
ed without a team of children),
often leads to a discussion of race
and "crossing to the other side".
Essence Magazine, America's
leading resource for nationally
reaching Black women recently
conducted a poll to see just how
females were feeling in their con-
siderations of interracial relation-
ships. Surprisingly enough, nearly
half of respondents have been in
involved in an interracial relation-
And for those who haven't, it's
clearly not for lack of opportunities:

Seventy percent say they've been
asked out by a White guy. "One of
my friends decided that Something
New, the Sanaa Lathan movie in
which her character falls for a
White guy, was her signal to start
pursuing White men and accepting
their offers," says Aisha, 20, a jun-
ior at the University of Minnesota.
"Now, instead of looking for an
IBM-Ideal Black Man-she says
she's looking for an IWM."
Parents and friends may prefer
you to bring home a man who looks
like your dad. But these days if you
don't, they'll probably just smile
and ask him his name (instead of
calling him one). Interracial couples
are far more common than they
were a few decades ago; in fact,
they've increased fourfold since the
sixties. The U.S. census revealed
that there were 116,000 marriages
between Black women and White
men and about 279,000 marriages
between Black men and White
women in 2002. Numbers for
unmarried couples are hard to come
by, but sociologists agree there's

been a dramatic increase since
Last fall Tara, a writer in Detroit,
decided to try something new: dat-
ing a White guy. The attraction?
"He was Jon Stewart-ish, had a
sense of humor, was liberal and
smart," explains the 39-year-old.
More important, he seemed like a
viable option. "The older you get,
the more open you become to the
possibility of love," says Tara. "I
would like love to come in a certain
form or color. But at the same time
I realize that the population of eligi-
ble Black men is getting smaller. So
I'm open."
Double Standard?
A whopping 81 percent of read-
ers say they aren't fazed at all when
they see a Black woman with a
White man. Flip the script, though,
and it's a different story. Fifty-three
percent of respondents disapprove
when they see a Black man with a
White woman. "Sisters looked like
they wanted to beat me down," says
Richard, 47, a financial marketing
specialist in Pasadena, California.

"When I'm with a sister, I'm
ignored. But the second I get a
White woman on my arm, I get 'the
look.' Successful brothers like
Richard who make the choice to
"cross over" may draw additional
ire because of the perceived notion
among some sisters that Black men
who have "made it" tend to prefer
non-Black mates.
"I don't dislike white women
with our men, the problem is that
the availability quotient is differ-
ent," says Trina Haynes. Haynes, an
attorney born and bred in the south
said that as opposed to the opposite
relationship, a white man will con-
sider his family, future, job, socio-
economic status, etc. before becom-
ing involved with a Black woman.
"Black men just don't care, they
could be a millionaire and marry a
"I have White friends who date
Black women, Black friends who
date White women, Asian and
Latino. You name it," says Aaron,
31, a brother from Eagan,
Minnesota. "It's always been a mul-

Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon and hubby Mike Nilon hit the jack-
pot with twin sons Jax & Jaid Joseph, who were born in 2007.

ticultural experience between
Blacks and Whites. It's what I grew
up with."
There are also those claims that
we should all "love one another"
and "we are all God's people".
"Yeah right", says Haynes. Let

them say that next time they get fol-
lowed around a store or pulled over
for no reason." she says. "It's cool,
I'm just hoping Michelle Obama
brings Black women back in style
for our men," she says with a smile.

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You recently
4 .. revealed it was
ok to wash hair
up to 48 hours
before a relax-
er. I was wondering if I follow
your advice and wash my hair
what do I need to make sure that
my stylist or I do before the relax-
er goes on. Debbie, Baymedows
Well the first thing you should
do if you're to take this cleansing
step is to tell you stylist what you
have done. While he or she might
be able to see that your hair has
been recently washed, you don't
want them playing a guessing
game with your hair; so let them
know what's going on. Also
before you lay back in that sham-
poo bowl, be sure that she has
based your scalp well. Any good
stylist worth their salt will do
this, but if you burn easily you
should speak up. This way, they
can be sure to go over the areas
where you are most sensitive or
where you've been scratching a
lot. And don't laugh if they break

out the bottle of grease. While
this method seems old school it
still works, so if you are doing the
relaxer at home be sure to base
with grease or some type of bas-
ing product. I always let the base
stay on the scalp for three to five
minutes to allow the natural heat
from your scalp to penetrate the
oils. And all bases are not grease;
mineral oils work as well, but be
sure to ask a professional what
works best for your type of hair.
And one more note for you ladies
putting the relaxers on your-
selves; be sure not to apply the
chemicals directly to your scalp.
The relaxer product you choose
should be put at the base of the
hair and then worked through.
The relaxer will eventually touch
your scalp but it should never,
ever be put directly on. I hope
these tips help, and don't hesitate
to call me if you have any ques-
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Whether you're approaching 30
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While there is no new discovery of
the fountain of youth, there are a
few things you can do to maintain a
fresh, youthful appearance.
1. Moisturize, moisturize,
moisturize. You've heard it before,
but using a regular face lotion will
make the skin appear younger by
helping it to retain moisture, which
in turn helps to plump up fine lines
and increase circulation. When your
hands, legs or feet are dry and
cracked, they look older and worn
out. Add a little cream and the skin
is renewed. The same goes for your
face. You may not think you need
one in your 20s, 30s or even 40s,
but later on in life you will notice
the difference.
2. Keep out of the sun! Ever
notice how most celebrities manage
to look tan and young at the same
time? Their secret is not baking out
in the sun for hours at a time, it's
sunless tanning. Regular tanning,
whether it be in the sun or in tan-
ning beds, not only causes sun dam-
age and cancer, but also leads to
premature aging. What does that
mean to you? Wrinkles! So, take a
hint from the stars by wearing an
SPF daily and use a sunless tanner

indoors to keep the skin golden and
line free.
3. Drink water like it's going
out of style. This is also a no-brain-
er, but it's nice to be reminded once
in a while. Water helps our bodies
perform basic functions, and
helps keep us healthy by
providing a helpful envi-
ronment for cells to do
their duties. This also .-
leads to younger- .
looking skin. Your
skin cells will be -"'
full of water,
which, like a mois-
turizer, helps to
plump up fine lines
and reduces puffi-
ness around the eyes.
4. Don't leave the
house without a little
makeup! When we were in
our teens and 20s, we could run
out of the house without a stitch of
makeup and still look fabulous.
Unfortunately, we can't stay 18 for-
ever, and our faces need a little help
sometimes. You'd be surprised what
a little concealer, bronzer and lip-
stick can do. This routine takes less
than three minutes. Dab a little con-
cealer under the eyes and on spots
like pimples and blemishes. Next,
apply bronzer to the cheeks, nose,

Osteoporosis and African American Women

While African American women
tend to have higher bone mineral
density (BMD) than white women
throughout life, they are still at sig-
nificant risk of developing osteo-
porosis. The misperception that
osteoporosis is only a concern for
white women can delay prevention
and treatment in African American
women who do not believe they are
at risk for the disease
What Is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone
disease characterized by low bone
mass, which makes bones fragile
and susceptible to fracture.
Osteoporosis is known as a silent
disease because symptoms and pain
do not appear until a fracture
occurs. Without prevention or treat-
ment, osteoporosis can progress
painlessly until a bone breaks, typi-
cally in the hip, spine, or wrist. A
hip fracture can limit mobility and
lead to a loss of independence,
while vertebral fractures can result
in a loss of height, stooped posture,
and chronic pain
What Are the Risk Factors for
Risk factors for developing
osteoporosis include:
A thin, small-boned frame;
Previous fracture or family histo-
ry of osteoporotic fracture;
Estrogen deficiency resulting
from early menopause (before age
45), either naturally, from surgical
removal of the ovaries, or as a
result of prolonged amenorrhea
(abnormal absence of menstrua-
tion) in younger women ;
Advanced age;
A diet low in calcium ;
Caucasian and Asian ancestry
(African American and Hispanic
women are at lower but significant
Cigarette smoking;
Excessive use of alcohol and
polonged use of certain medica-
tions, such as those used to treat
diseases like lupus, asthma, thyroid
deficiencies, and seizures.
Are There Special Issues for
African American Women
Regarding Bone Health?
Many scientific studies highlight
the risk that African American
women face with regard to devel-

1-k. Deterioration of
vertebral support

Osteoporosis is a con,
.. lion characterized
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densih. thinning of bo
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Exercise and vitamin a
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oping osteoporosis and fracture
Osteoporosis is underrecog-
nized and undertreated in
African American women.
As African American women age,
their risk for hip fracture doubles
approximately every 7 years.
African American women are
more likely than white women to
die following a hip fracture.
Diseases more prevalent in the
African American population, such
as sickle-cell anemia and lupus, can
increase the risk of developing
African American women con-
sume 50 percent less calcium than
the Recommended Dietary
Allowance. Adequate intake of cal-
cium plays a crucial role in building
bone mass and preventing bone
As many as 75 percent of all
African Americans are lactose
intolerant. Lactose intolerance can
hinder optimal calcium intake.
People with lactose intolerance
often may avoid milk and other

dairy products that are excellent
sources of calcium because they
have trouble digesting lactose,
the primary sugar in milk.
How Can Osteoporosis Be
t Prevented?
Osteoporosis prevention
begins in childhood. The recom-
mendations listed below should
di- be followed throughout life to
by lower your risk of osteoporosis
ne Eat a well-balanced diet ade-
ne quate in calcium and vitamin D.
e Exercise regularly, with an
ult emphasis on weight-bearing
or activities such as walking, jog-
or going, dancing, and lifting
lar weights.
nd Live a healthy lifestyle.
an Avoid smoking, and, if your
rse drink alcohol, do so in modera-
ty. tion.
Talk to your doctor if you
have a family history of osteoporo-
sis or other risk factors that may put
you at increased risk for the disease.
Your doctor may suggest that you
have your bone density measured
through a safe and painless test that
can determine your risk for frac-
tures (broken bones), and measure
your response to osteoporosis treat-

having an x ray, but with much less
exposure to radiation. It can meas-
ure bone density at your hip and
What Treatments Are
Although there is no cure for
osteoporosis, there are treatments
available to help stop further bone
loss and reduce the risk of fractures:
Bisphosphonate drugs: alen-
dronate (Fosamaxl), alendronate
plus vitamin D (Fosamax Plus D),
risedronate (Actonel), risedronate
with calcium (Actonel with
Calcium), and ibandronate
(Boniva), calcitonin (Miacalcin)
and raloxifene (Evista), a Selective
Estrogen Receptor Modulator;
Teriparatide (Forteo), a form of
the hormone known as PTH, which
is secreted by the parathyroid
glands and estrogen therapy (also
called hormone therapy when estro-
gen and another hormone, prog-
estin, are combined).
Brand names included in this
article are provided as examples
only, and their inclusion does not
mean that these products are
endorsed by the National Institutes
of Health or any other Government

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forehead and chin. Lastly, swipe a
little lipstick on, and you're ready to
go. If you have time, use a lipliner
first. See, wasn't that easy? Now
that we know makeup is our friend,
it's also good to remember that...
5. Too much makeup
can make you look
older. Before you
pile on that founda-
tion, get into
some natural
sunlight, or a
well-lit area of
your home. If
you take a
minute between
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Natural-yet-polished make-
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enhancing your best assets and
camouflaging your flaws. Too
much makeup will draw attention to
lines and wrinkles.
6. Use an eye cream regularly.
The skin around the eyes is the first
place to show signs of aging, so it's
important to take extra care of this
area, even if you don't yet have any
lines. When applying eye creams,
use a small amount (that's why they
come in those teeny jars) and use
your ring finger to dab and spread
the product around. It's OK if the
area is a little shiny, but if it feels
heavy to you, switch to a lighter
texture or reserve it for nighttime/
7. Try a luminizing product,
but use caution. Many cosmetic
lines have come out with founda-
tions, lotions and concealers that
give a gentle, highlighting effect.

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some kind of luminescent particle,
which helps to blur imperfections
and fine lines. While these products
are fun and help the skin to glow,
remember they can also have the
reverse effect if not applied correct-
ly. If you like the idea of a founda-
tion that has this property, use it
sparingly, and only if you have fine
lines. Deep-set wrinkles will not
benefit from any kind of shimmer
as they only enhance and empha-
size the texture in the skin.
8. Make sure your hair looks
young. Even if you've had a face-
lift, you won't look young if your
hair is damaged, out of control or
doesn't have a style. If you're start-
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or refresh your color. A few face-
framing highlights will also help to
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"Dolemite," and its sequel,
"The Human Tornado."
a FThe persona was devel-
oped during his earlier
stand-up comedy
Rudy Ray Moore
was part of the hey-
7 day of black "party

sonality featured blunt
sex routines but, unlike
S contemporaries Redd Foxx
and Richard Pryor, he never
crossed over to mainstream white
The Washington Post said in a
1992 profile that Moore was "an
astounding renderer of 'toasts,' -
elaborately boastful, profane and
scatological tales of life in the old-
style urban subculture of pimps,
prostitutes, gamblers and badmen.
His husky, down-home voice is
ideal for it."
Nevertheless, he cultivated an
enduring fan base and influenced a
brand new generation of rappers.
His repertois included everything
from Big Daddy Kane and Snoop

Don Cornelius Arrested for Beating
on his Wife It looks like there might not be
enough love, peace and soul in Don Cornelius'
life at home these days.
That's because the venerable creator and one-
time host of "Soul Train" was arrested on
domestic violence charges Friday night, accord-
ing to the Los Angeles Police Department. .
Police said they responded to a radio call for
domestic abuse at his Mulholland Drive home I '
at 7:15 p.m. and arrested the 72-year-old
He was released from a LAPD jail Saturday morning after posting
$50,000 bail and faces felony domestic violence charges, police said.
LAPD didn't release the name of the victim or the nature of the injuries
but Cornelius is married. His wife's name is Victoria.
According to TMZ, the victim, whose identity has not been released, was
not taken to a hospital and injuries are unknown.
l ~ Tavis Sells Joyner Commentaries
Tavis Smiley is releasing a four-CD collection of
.* gi his most memorable commentaries made during
S his four-year run on Tom Joyner's nationally-syn-
dicated radio program.
During the commentary for his final show on
June 26, 2008, Smiley explained: "My role has
been one of challenging us to re-examine the
assumptions we hold, helping us to expand our
inventory of ideas, and hopefully empowering us with information that can
help us live better lives."
O.J. Attending Prison Church
Las Vegas gossip guru Norm Clarke is reporting
that O.J. Simpson "was allowed out of his cramped
cell to attend worship services" at his new address
in the Clark County Detention Center. His co-
defendant, CJ Stewart, also attended the same serv-
ice. Blogger Janet Charlton added: "O.J. was so
confident he'd have a hung jury that he had an
acquittal party planned." He was found guilty of
kidnapping and armed robbery, and is due for sentencing on Dec. 5.

Dogg to The 2 Live Crew who
used Rudy Ray Moore's records as
scratch samples on their early work;
most notably tunes that brought
them worldwide notoriety thanks to
a anti profanity lyric campaign lead
by Tipper Gore.
Moore also starred in "Big
Money Hustlas," a movie created
by and starring the Insane Clown
Posse, in which he played Dolemite
for the first time in over 20 years.
In 2008 Rudy Ray Moore reprised

Rudy Ray Moore continued to
perform his special brand of
comedylive well into his 70s.
the character Petey Wheatstraw for
the song "I live for the Funk"
Featuring Blowfly and Daniel
Jordan. This marked the first time
Blowfly and Rudy have collaborat-
ed on the same record together, and
the 30 year anniversary since the
movie was filmed.
"The man, the myth, the legend,
Rudy Ray Moore ... without him
there would be no rap community,"
Snoop Dogg said in a recent inter-
view with Moore.
Moore began his entertainment
career as an R&B singer and con-
tinued singing through his comedy
career. He developed an interest in
comedy in the Army after expand-
ing on a singing performance for
other servicemen.Moore said he
developed the style, later a feature
of rap music, by listening to men
sitting outside joints "drinking beer
and lying and talking (expletive)."
Moore also produced and starred
in seven films during Hollywood's
"Blaxploitation" era of the 1970s,
including "Human Tornado,"
"Monkey Hustle," "Petey
Wheatstraw," "Disco Godfather,"
"Penitentiary," "Rude," and most
notably, "Dolemite."
Besides his daughter, Moore also
leaves behind his 98 year-old moth-
er Lucille. Funeral services will be
in Akron, Ohio as well as Spokane,
Washington where his mother and
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lovin. Some say it's a sign of weakness for a man guest singer on a
to beg, but weak I'd rather be, if it means having show with
you to keep. Baby I Need Your Lovin' L u c k y
"Sugar pie honey bun.. you know that I love Millinder's band.
I knew he could
you. I can 't help myself I love you and nobody run faster than
else" Can't Help Myself everybody, but I
"I'll be there, with a love that will shelter you, didn't know he
I'll be there with a love that will see you through.. could sing. One
When youfeel lost and about to give up..." hundred fifty-
I'll be There five pounds,
"Ain 't no woman like the woman I got, no faster than
woman can come better. make her happy it don't greased light-
take alot" Ain't No Woman ning. 1 saw him
outrun the 100-
"It's the same old song, but with a different otrun thec100-
meaning since you been gone" Same Old Song pion once up in
Churning out the familiar lyrics I d 1 e w i 1 d,
that were remained hits for Michigan. I won $20 on that!"
decades were part of the Four Tops Fakir says with a laugh.
legacy brought to life by it's late The two friends attended Detroit's
lead singer, Levi Stubbs. Pershing High School together,
Motown's Four Tops were closer with Stubbs even living in Fakir's
than most groups, going 44 years
before their lineup changed, so
original member Duke Fakir
was knocked back by his long-
time friend Levi Stubbs' death.
The Tops' lead singer, retired
from the road since 2000, died
early Friday. Fakir, now the only
survivor of the original group,
was in Nevada doing shows
Friday and Saturday with the
Four Tops.
"It seemed like the world really
loved him," Fakir. "He had one
of the best voices, ever. He could
take any kind of song and take
you with him. He had that kind
of power and love for the lyrics."
Led by Stubbs' emotional bari-
tone, the Four Tops had one of
Motown's most identifiable The original Four Tops: Oti:
sounds. "Levi was the voice, Obie Fakir iand lead singer Levi Stub
was the spirit, Lawrence was the basement during senior year. Then
harmony, somebody said I was the they met Northern High students
sound because of my tenor, the Obie Benson and Lawrence
way it would carry some things." Payton at a party.
Stubbs was confined to a wheel- "Everybody knew Levi could
chair since suffering a series of sing, I knew the other guys could
strokes earlier in the decade. sing, so I said let's just back him
Fakir first saw Stubbs while both up," Fakir relates. "We started to
were playing street baseball in sing, and then we said, 'Wow, this
Detroit's north end. Fakir didn't is a group.' We won a couple of
realize he could sing until he saw amateur shows, and then after we
him at the Paradise Theater one graduated (high school) in January
night. (1953), this guy had said he could

In an April 1997, original mem-
bers of the Four Tops, left to
right, Levi Stubbs, Renaldo
'Obie' Benson and Abdul 'Duke'
Fakir are shown as their star was
unveiled on the Hollywood Walk
of Fame in the Hollywood section
of Los Angeles.

s Benson, Lawrence Peyton, Duke
)bs (inset also) in the early days.
called him up and he booked us in
Eddie's Lounge, in Flint. And that
was the beginning of our
world.""Levi could also have been
one of the greatest comedians. If
he never sang a note, he could
have been as good as Richard
Pryor or Eddie Murphy ... he was a
character. But he was also a very
Simple man, all he wanted to do
was sing, and take care of his fam-
ily. He did both of those to the ulti-

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After an extended illness, seminal
comedian Rudy Ray Moore, better
known as Dolemite, has died in
Akron, Ohio. He was 81.
Moore, whose actual name was
Rudolph Frank Moore, passed
away from complications of dia-
betes according to his only child
and daughter, Yvette "Rusty"
Moore is perhaps best known as
Dolemite, the uniquely articulate
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