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Hottest Ticket in the World
by Z. Prince
Washington, D.C., will be bursting
at the seams come January.
With President-elect Barack
Obama poised to become the first
African-American president of the
United States, and with continuing
interest in the charismatic man and
his family whose vision birthed a
movement, people from around the
world are clamoring for access to
the never-to-be-seen-again inaugu-
ration on Jan. 20.
Only a few days after Obama
trounced erstwhile rival Sen. John
McCain, R-Ariz., to win the 2008
presidential contest, demand for
tickets have already exceeded sup-
ply. Though free, inauguration tick-
ets are limited in number to240,000
- and distributed through members
Officials say with people deter-
mined to participate whether they
have tickets or not, they expect the
crowds to surpass the 1.2 million
that attended President Lyndon
Johnson's swearing-in in 1965.
Already, officials have had to deal
with fraudulent Web sites and oth-
ers exploiting the desperation of the
American public by selling them
tickets that are free.
Continued on page 3
Sen. Hill Sets Priority for Final Term
State Senator Tony Hill was sworn in again this week for his final term
in the state capital. The venerable politician known for his advocacy of
voters rights for all is shown above (clockwise) with Supreme Court
Justice Peggy Quince, Sen. Evelyn Lynn and his wife Pat inside senate
chambers as he takes his oath of office. With the most important election
in history behind us, Sen. hill has declared an increase in unemployment
compensation as his top priority. "T he payments are too low and with over
a 2.3 billion dollars trust fund the time is right and we must address it." he
said. Also sworn in were former councilwoman Mia Jones as State
America Poised to See Appointment
of First Black Attorney General
are showing for-
Eric Holder has
been offered the
post of attorney
general and has
President-elect Barack Obama's
aides have privately asked sena-
tors whether Holder would be
confirmed as the next attorney
general, according to a person
involved in the talks.
Holder served as the No. 2 offi-
cial in the Justice Department
under President Clinton. A former
U.S. attorney, Holder is among
Washington's most prominent
defense attorneys. He would be
the first black attorney general in
While the nation is still celebrating the election of the first "cool"
president, Bethel has been proud of the relaxed nature of one of it's
longtime pastors, Dr. Rudolph McKissick, Sr. for quite a long time. He
is shown above flanked by church members Adeline Cobb (left) and
Rosetta Johnson (right) enjoying a hotdog with the multitudes during
the 170th Anniversary celebration of the church. R. Silver photo
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church recently celebrated their 170th
Anniversary under the them "170 Years and Still Standing". Enjoying the
day packed with activities were church leadership in addition to its multi-
tude of members for food fun and fellowship.
With a membership that numbers in the thousands, planning the fanafre
was no small feat for an event that had something for everyone.Activities
for the day included a basketball tournament, hospitality station, picnic
buffet, senior tent, craft table, carnival games, movies, health fare, give-a-
ways, obstacle course, tours, pie baking contest, cake walk, beauty station,
and much more. Even the bookstore joined in on the fun with 40% off of
everything. The Jacksonville Free Press joins the community in congrat-
ulating the historic institution of faith.
The Battles are Just Beginning: Sudden Increase
in Hate Crimes Surges Across the Nation
From California to Maine, reports
of hate crimes have increased dra-
matically since the Nov. 4 elec-
tion of Barack Obama, the
nation's first African
Cross burnings, school-
black figures hung from
K -. nooses and racial epithets
I scrawled on homes and
cars are among the "hun-
dreds" of incidents that
have been documented
by police in the past two
The alleged crimes
also include vandalism,
vague threats and at least
one physical attack. Insults
and taunts have been deliv-
ered by adults, college stu-
dents as well as second-
O(ne incident took place in
Snellville, Ga., where Denene
Millner said a boy on the school bus
told her 9-year-old daughter the day
after the election: "I hope Obama
gets assassinated." That night,
someone trashed her sister-in-law's
front lawn, mangled the Obama
lawn signs, and left two pizza boxes
filled with human feces outside the
front door, said Millner, who is
Black high school student Barbara
Tyler of Marietta, Ga., said she
heard hateful Obama comments
from white students, and that teach-
ers cut off discussion about
Obama's victory. Tyler spoke at a
press conference by the Georgia
chapter of the NAACP calling for a
town hall meeting to address com-
plaints from across the state about
hostility and resentment.
Another student, from a
Covington middle school, said he
was suspended for wearing an
Obama shirt to school Nov. 5 after
the principal told students not to
wear political paraphernalia. The
student's mother, Eshe Riviears,
said the principal told her:
"Whether you like it or not, we're in
the South, and there are a lot of peo-
ple who are not happy with this
Other incidents include:
Four North Carolina State
University students admitted writ-
ing anti-Obama comments in a tun-
nel designated for free speech
expression, including one that said:
"Let's shoot that (N-word) in the
head." Obama has received more
threats than any other president-
elect, authorities say.
At Standish, Maine, a sign inside
the Oak Hill General Store read:
"Osama Obama Shotgun Pool."
Customers could sign up to bet $1
on a date when Obama would be
killed. "Stabbing, shooting, road-
side bombs, they all count," the sign
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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Celebrates 97th
If you see a lot of purple and around the country and, eventually, Methodist Church. Cooper was a
gold lately and hear the strains of predominantly white schools as prominent physician in
"Atomic Dog", just know that well. Philadelphia and practiced for
proud Omega Psi Phi members are Some of its more famous mem- more than 50 years. Coleman
celebrating the fraternity's 97th bers include Dr. Charles Drew, became chairman of the physics
anniversary, who perfected the use of blood department at Howard for a num-
Omega Psi Phi, Inc., was plasma; Vernon Jordan, former ber of years, and Just was an inter-
founded on Nov. 17, 1911 by president of the National Urban nationally known biologist.
Howard University undergraduate League; legendary jazz Many people
students Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. musician Count Basie; know the fraterni-
Cooper and Frank Coleman in the entertainer Bill Cosby; ty as a group of
office of their faculty adviser, Prof. Carter G Woodson, the high-stepping,
Ernest E. Just. Its name was father of what is now hard-partying
derived from a Greek phrase mean- known as Black History "Ques" who flock
ing, "friendship is essential to the Month; the Rev. Jesse to the dance floor
soul," according to the fraternity's Jackson, Sr.; the "Fly when the
Web site. It was the first fraternal Jock" Tom Joyner, and Funkadelic jam
organization to be founded at a his- his son Oscar, president blares over speak-
torically black college or universi- of Reach Media Inc., the ers, but it has an
After some initial resistance
from the Howard University
Faculty Council, Omega Psi Phi
became an incorporated organiza-
tion under the laws of the District
of Columbia on Oct. 28, 1914, and
chapters spread to other historical-
ly black colleges and universities
parent company of the Tom Joyner
Morning Show. Former NBA
superstar Michael Jordan has a tat-
too of the Greek letter 'Omega'
over his heart, representing the fra-
The founders, themselves, went
on to distinguished careers. Love
became a bishop of the United
equally strong reputation for com-
munity service and political activi-
Over the years, Omega men
have been active on a number of
fronts, politically and socially, in
the black community, from raising
money to help the NAACP, the
Urban League and the United
Negro College Fund, to participat-
ing in sit-ins and other nonviolent
demonstrations to protest inequali-
ty, to organizing voter registration
drives. The fraternity took an offi-
cial position against hazing in the
1950s, and in recent years has
strengthened its policy banning
hazing. There's even an Omega Psi
Phi Credit Union that serves mem-
bers of the fraternities, their fami-
lies and affiliated organizations.
"I joined the graduate chapter
in Boston almost 25 years ago
because it was the fraternity in the
city that seemed to be most
involved in community activism,"
Kenneth J. Cooper, a veteran jour-
nalist and editor based in Boston.
"My home chapter has a reputation
as an 'intellectual chapter' because
a large number of members have
graduate degrees. Belonging to the
fraternity has meant belonging to a
national network of achievement-
oriented, community-minded men
who share a common bond and
support each other."
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Fannie, Freddie Launch
Latest Homeowner Lifeline
The government and the mort-
gage industry have joined hands to
launch the most sweeping effort yet
to help troubled homeowners.
Mortgage giant Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac announced plans to
speed up the process for renegotiat-
ing hundreds of thousands of delin-
quent loans currently held by the
Federal Housing Finance Agency
The FHFA seized control of the
two mortgage finance companies in
The agency announced the plan
Tuesday along with officials from
the Treasury Department, Wells
Fargo, the Department of Housing
and Urban Development and Hope
Now, an alliance of mortgage com-
panies organized by the Bush
administration last year.
To qualify, borrowers would have
to be at least three months behind
on their home loans, and would
need to have home loans worth at
least 90% their house's value. The
interest rate or principal amount of
the loan would be reduced so that
borrowers would not pay more than
38% of their income on housing
Another option is for loans to be
extended from 30 years to 40 years,
and for some of the principal
amount owed to be deferred inter-
est-free. But there's a catch. The
plan focuses only on loans Fannie
and Freddie own or guarantee.
They are the dominant players in
the U.S. mortgage market but rep-
resent only 20 percent of the delin-
The approach, which goes into
effect Dec. 15., "will be standard
for the industry to quickly move
homeowners into long term sustain-
able mortgages," said Treasury
spokeswoman Neel Kashkari.
Critics were quick to pile on the
plan calling the initiative too little
too late for places like "foreclosure
alley", the Inland Empire. Sheila
Bair, chairman of the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp., said the
plan "falls short of what is needed
to achieve wide scale modifications
of distressed mortgages."
For the last few years the Inland
Empire in Riverside County has
been one of the fastest growing
counties in the state home to a
major housing boom. But now the
I.E. is pretty much the poster child
for the foreclosure crisis with more
than 50,000 foreclosures in the
region in 2007.
In newer developments, house
after house sits vacant either up
for sale by a bank or going for
what's called a "short sale" which is
when the owner owes more than the
house is worth.
With the government spending
billions to aid distressed banks,
"We must also devote some of that
money to fixing the front-end prob-
lem: too many unaffordable
homes," Bair said.
Citigroup said Monday it is halt-
ing foreclosures for borrowers who
live in their own homes, have
decent incomes and stand a good
chance of making lowered mort-
gage payments. JP Morgan Chase
& Co. last month expanded its
mortgage modification program to
an estimated $70 billion in loans,
which could aid as many as
Starting December 1, Bank of
America Corp. plans to modify an
estimated 400,000 loans held by
newly acquired Countrywide
Financial Corp as part of an $8.4
billion legal settlement reached
with 11 states in early October.
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ii II ~I Inauguration is the Hottest Ticket in the World
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Shown above (L-R) is Angela Spears, Nadia Cohen, guest speaker Jarik Conrad, PRIDE co-founder Felice
Franklin, Doug Williams, Debra Thompson and Melissa Morgan.
Jax's Most established African-American Book club Celebrates 15 Years
PRIDE Book Club celebrated it's 15th anniversary last week with nearly forty members gathering at the Genesis
Cafe to discuss THE FRAGILE MIND: HOW IT WAS PRODUCED AND UNWITTINGLY PERPETUATES
AMERICA'S TRAGIC DISPARITIES with the author, Jarik Conrad. Throughout it's fifteen years, PRIDE has
discussed 180 books and 150 authors from the African Diaspora. They are guided by the mission to promote lit-
eracy in the Jacksonville community with a focus on African American literature.
Lisa Daniels, Linda Price and Bill Price brought their fan spirit
to the game but it wasn't enough to save the Jaguars.
Fans Find Room to Smile Throughout Losing
Season In a game that included the team mascot catching on fire, a
packed house brought hope and prayer to the stadium on a cool Sunday
night, but even that wasn't enough to save the Jaguars from being trampled
on by their arch nemesis the Tennessee Titans. Advancing their unde-
feated record to 10-0, the Jaguars (4-6) now face the Minnesota Vikings
(5-5) next week at home.FM' Photo
Continued from front
Most remain hopeful-even
adamant-about participating in
the days-long celebration. People
have already booked airline and bus
tickets, even before inauguration
tickets became available. And hotel
rooms are filling up quick.
William Hanbury, president of
Destination DC, the District's
convention and tourism arm.
told The Washington Post,
the area's 95,000 hotel
rooms are filling up -
faster than for previous '
inaugurations. "There are
still a lot of rooms avail-
able, but people need to be
doing transactions now it f
they are serious about coming."
Hanbury said, adding that people
may soon have to resort to "innova-
"The church group from Atlanta,
the high school from Chicago --
they're all trying to find places to
stay. You're going to have people
sleeping in church basements and
high school cafeterias," Hanbury
Already, people are hitting up long
Hate crimes on the rise
Continued from page 1
said. At the bottom of the marker
board was written "Let's hope
Racist graffiti was found in
places including New York's Long
Island, where two dozen cars were
spray-painted; Kilgore, Texas,
where the local high school and
skate park were defaced; and the
Los Angeles area, where swastikas,
racial slurs and "Go Back To
Africa" were spray painted on side-
walks, houses and cars.
Second- and third-grade stu-
dents on a school bus in Rexburg,
Idaho, chanted "assassinate
Obama," a district official said.
University of Alabama profes-
sor Marsha L. Houston said a
poster of the Obama family was
ripped off her office door. A
replacement poster was defaced
with a death threat and a racial slur.
"It seems the election brought the
racist rats out of the woodwork,"
o Black figures were hanged by
nooses from trees on Mount Desert
Island, Maine, the Bangor Daily
News reported. The president of
Baylor University in Waco, Texas
said a rope found hanging from a
campus tree was apparently an
abandoned swing and not a noose.
o Crosses were burned in yards of
Obama supporters in Hardwick,
N.J., and Apolacan Township, Pa.
o A black teenager in New York
City said he was attacked with a
bat on election night by four white
men who shouted 'Obama.'
In the Pittsburgh suburb of
Forest Hills, a black man said he
found a note with a racial slur on
his car windshield, saying "now
that you voted for Obama, just
watch out for your house."
lost relatives and friends living in can provide 2 tickets to the official
the District-Northern Virginia- inaugural ball and 2 tickets to the
Maryland metro area. And they are swearing in ceremony," read anoth-
also appealing to strangers. er from someone living in
Sites like Craigslist are clogged Maryland.
with lodging commerce. The unprecedented interest in the
"Housing 56th inauguration is a testament to
the man and his message but also
l i thlie historic overtones.
S "- Celebrated under the theme, "A
New Birth of Freedom,"
,Obama's inauguration com-
memorates the 200th
Anniversary of Abraham
St. Lincoln's birth. And for
.714.. African Americans, espe-
cially, the day is equally aus-
picious since it falls on the day
aler Dr. Martin Luther King
swap: you ski in Utah, we do
Inauguration," read one ad, mirror-
ing others offering home exchanges
in Malibu, Sausalito and
Others bargained their home for
"I will provide 3 days/2 nights in
my home for free to anyone who
Sociologists said African-
Americans suffering attacks and
intimidation were essentially prox-
ies for the frustrated emotions of
"The principle is very simple,"
said BJ Gallagher, a sociologist
and co-author of the diversity book
'A Peacock in the Land of
Penguins.' "If I can't hurt the per-
son I'm angry at, then I'll vent my
anger on a substitute, i.e., someone
of the same race."
"We saw the same thing happen
after the 9-11 attacks, as a wave of
anti-Muslim violence swept the
country. We saw it happen after the
Rodney King verdict, when Los
Angeles blacks erupted in rage at
the injustice perpetrated by 'the
"It's as stupid and ineffectual as
kicking your dog when you've had
a bad day at the office," Mr
Gallagher said. "But it happens a
For updates about the 2009 pres-
idential inauguration events, visit
the official site at
EWC Faces Off
Against Legends in
Battle of the Bands
Edward Waters College has been
chosen as part of the 2009 lineup of
marching bands for the 7th Annual
Honda Battle of the Bands.
Participating schools representing
two each from various divisions
include: Virginia State University
Fayetteville State University,
FAMU, North Carolina A&T,
Tuskegee University, Kentucky
State University, Jackson State
University, Texas Southern
University and North Carolina
The actual battle is scheduled to
take place on Saturday, January 24,
2009 at the Georgia Dome in
The bands selected to appear will
be awarded $20,000 by American
Honda for their music scholarship
programs. They also will receive
an additional $1,000 grant for their
participation in the Celebration
Tour, HBOB's pre-qualifying event
series. In total, $244,000 in schol-
arship monies will be granted to
HBCU music programs through
this program for 2008-09.
INVITATION TO BID
Sealed bids will be received by the City of Jacksonville, Procurement
Division, 3rd floor, City Hall until the time and dates recorded below and
immediately thereafter publicly opened and recorded in the Conference
Room "C", 3rd Floor, St. James Building, 117 WEST DUVAL STREET.
BUYER: Ivy Posey
AGENCY : Recreation and Community Services Department
CONTACT: Nancy Kirts 904-630-2099
OPENS: WEDNESDAY, December 10, 2008 AT 2:00 P.M.
ESC-0352-09 EX-OFFENDER EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
SCOPE OF WORK:
TO PROVIDE JOB PLACEMENT SERVICES TO FORMER INMATES WHO RE-
ENTER JACKSONVILLE EACH YEAR FROM FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL
PRISONS TO PREVENT A RETURN TO A LIFE CRIME.
NOVEMBER 25, 2008 FROM 1:00 pm. To 3:00 pm., Ed Ball Building, 214 N.
Hogan Street, 8th Floor Conference Rm., Jacksonville, FL. 32202.
DECEMBER 1, 2008 FROM 9:00 am. To 11:00 am. Ed Ball Building, 214 N.
Hogan Street, 1st Floor Training Rm., Jacksonville, FL. 32202.
Please call Nancy Kirts @ 904-630-2099 if you will be attending.
BY: MICHAEL CLAPSADDLE, CHIEF
JOHN PEYTON, MAYOR
CITY OF JACKSONVILLE
INVITATION TO BID
Sealed bids will be received by the City of Jacksonville, Procurement
Division, 3rd floor, City Hall until the time and dates recorded below and
immediately thereafter publicly opened and recorded in the Conference
Room "C", 3rd Floor, St. James Building, 117 WEST DUVAL STREET.
BUYER: Ivy Posey
AGENCY : Recreation and Community Services Department
CONTACT : Nancy Kirts 904-630-2099
OPENS: WEDNESDAY, December 10, 2008 AT 2:00 P.M.
ESC-0351-09 TRAINING AND RE-ENTRY FOR EX-OFFENDERS
SCOPE OF WORK:
TO PROVIDE JOB-READINESS TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT TO
RELEASED PRISONERS BY PROVIDING A DETAILED PROGRAM DESCRIP-
TION WHICH WILL OUTLINE THE STEPS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE PRO-
NOVEMBER 25, 2008 FROM 1:00 pm. To 3:00 pm., Ed Ball Building, 214 N.
Hogan Street, 8th Floor Conference Rm., Jacksonville, FL. 32202.
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Hogan Street, 1st Floor Training Rm., Jacksonville, FL. 32202.
BY: MICHAEL CLAPSADDLE, CHIEF
JOHN PEYTON, MAYOR
CITY OF JACKSONVILLE
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If I was President of the United States ...
OK, lets get straight to the nitty
gritty. First things first since black
folk never got our 40 acres and a
mule I would like to address this
issue as president. There is no way
that my people will call me a sell
out or Uncle Tom.
I propose, well I'd better make this
an executive order since there's no
way it makes it through Congress,
but I propose that each black
household received 40 acres of land
and a Ford Focus.
I figure that since states like
Montana, the Dakotas, Idaho,
Alaska, etc. have a bunch of useless
land why not give it to black folks.
Hell, I always wanted to brag about
having property in another state or
a vacation home up north.
And why a Ford Focus you might
ask well, since the big three auto
dealers want the American people
to bail them out then the least they
could do is give black folk a fuel
efficient car. Of course I can't fit
my whole tribe of kids in a Focus,
but who needs to ride in comfort.
Since Beyonce continues to drop
hints in the media that she wants to
sing the national anthem at the
inauguration I have a better idea.
She can come the White House at
least once a week and sing to me
during breakfast or maybe during
one of the couple dozen briefings I
will have a day.
Now she may eventually get beat
down by my wife, but that should-
n't discourage her. I would still
appreciate her service to this great
I will also create a list of people
that I will invite to the White House
just so that I can pimp slap them.
That little short guy from North
Korea would be at the top of the list
right next to Rush Limbaugh.
Next, by the way, what number
am I on? Let's say that I am on
number four OK, the fourth action
I would take is to invite the entire
G8 Summit crew over to the White
House and serve some good old
The G8 is an unofficial forum
which brings together the heads of
the richest industrialized countries:
France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the
United Kingdom, the United States,
Canada, Russia the President of the
Yeah, I know that we are talking
about the high-powered French,
Italians, Japanese, etc., but they
need to know that it's a new day in
the White House. The ox tails, col-
lard green, yams, mac n' cheese,
corn bread and smothered pork
chops will be in the house.
And why not invite Chris Rock to
dinner that would really spice
things up a bit. Nothing like having
a brother there who uses the F word
in every sentence.
1 would have to hire my grand-
mother as the Secretary of White
House Food Services. I wouldn't
dare bring her out of retirement to
cook, but she's pretty good and
telling folk what to do.
I would officially allow my moth-
er in law to move in. The kids love
her to death, she's a great cook and
if I have problems with any visiting
world leaders she will quickly
straighten any of them out. Who
needs the secret service when your
mother in law will get all up in Kim
Now what were you saying about
those nuclear weapons in North
Of course, I would have to pass
out some Presidential pardons.
With half of my male cousins in jail
I have to get a few of them out.
Hey, I have to keep it real, and
besides my aunts have been aggra-
vating me for years about getting
their "innocent" babies out of jail.
But don't call me about a job and
definitely do not list me as a refer-
Just in case Hilary Clinton doesn't
accept my Secretary of State offer,
I think that Russell Simons would
be a pretty cool head of state.
Imagine him meeting with foreign
dignitaries with his Phat Farm jeans
and Yankees cap on with some Jay
Z playing in the background.
I would get rid of the annual
White House Easter egg hunt.
Yeah, that's cute and all, but I
would replace it with the annual
White House Crab Boil. I would
bring my Uncle Skeet and Cousin
Nard up to handle the cooking of
My sister would have to make gal-
lons of her special crab dipping
sauce, and please no special request
for chicken wings, neck bones or
turkey necks in the crab boil please.
Now let's get to some things more
substantial. I would immediately
end the war in Iraq and bring the
bulk of our troops home. Instead of
spending billions a month in Iraq
let's give each soldier a bonus, col-
lege scholarship dollars and rein-
vest in our own urban communities
versus rebuilding Iraqi cities.
Considering the fact that Iraq has
a budget surplus nearing $80 bil-
lion I think that they will be OK.
And the families of soldiers who
died in the war deserve special
compensation as well.
Since the economy is in such bad
shape, of course I will have to do
something drastic. How about
stimulus checks for everyone
unemployed or making less than
$100,000 a year.
And of course there will have to
be some strings attached. I am
thinking about checks being dis-
rupted on some sort of debit card
that can't be used for clothes, purs-
es, jewelry, chrome rims or at the
Yeah I know it's sort of stereotyp-
ical, but I know my black folk. I
want my presidential stimulus used
to do credible things like pay bills,
feed your children, put gas in your
car you know the essentials of
I never do well with these types
of columns how many items was
that? Oh well, you get the point.
Signing off from the Beige
House, oh yeah, that's the other
Abolishing the Death Penalty is Like Giving a Kill Again Card
by Gregory Kane
Meet Troy Davis, the new poster
boy for the anti-death penalty
For years, writer and activist
MUumiia Abu-Jamal ,.a. the poster
boy. Abu-Jamal was convicted in
1982 of murdering Philadelphia
police officer Daniel Faulkner on
Dec. 9, 1981. Abu-Jamal was sen-
tenced to die for the crime, and has
had the anti-death penalty horde
howling that he's innocent for
There was only one problem with
this: an overwhelming preponder-
ance of the evidence suggested that
Abu-Jamal did, indeed, murder
Faulkner. The pro-Abu-Jamal fer-
vor has died down in recent years.
Maybe some of his supporters real-
ized that loudly ranting about the
innocence of a guy so obviously
guilty as Abu-Jamal presented
some problems with basic logic.
Davis, like Abu-Jamal, was con-
victed of killing a cop. Savannah
police officer Mark Allen MacPhail
was fatally shot in August of 1989.
A bunch of idiots gathered to watch
an argument between two men on a
Burger King parking lot. Davis'
defense is that he was just one of
the idiots watching. Sylvester
Nathaniel Coles said Davis was not
only one of the men involved in the
argument, but also the man who
fired the fatal shots at MacPhail.
Coles and eight other witnesses
testified to that at Davis' trial.
Police found .38-caliber shell cas-
ings on the Burger King lot, the
only physical evidence connected
to the crime. Coles went to police
While Bailing Out Companies,
Let's Not Forget Our Workers
By Judge Greg Mathis
Despite what some would have us believe, America is not headed toward
a recession. It is in the throes of one.
Most of us have, at some level, been impacted by this economic down-
turn. Many live in fear downsizing as businesses look for ways to save
money. Hundreds of thousands have already lost their jobs. If they're
lucky,. they have the job skills needed to secure new employment; even
then the wait for a new job may be long, and they may be forced to take a
pay cut. Most low-skilled workers and young people, however, are not so
lucky and are having the hardest time finding even entry-level jobs. They
are hardest hit by this recession, and the U.S. government needs to step in
and offer them some relief.
Recently released statistics show that, in the last year, the number of
working 16- to 19-year-olds fell by 8 percent. That's the largest drop in
age group. The industries that usually hire them retail, for example are
struggling in this economy, and job opportunities are scarce. Add to this
the fact that many recent college graduates are now forced to take any job
-- even those that don't require a degree, just to earn a paycheck -- and you
have a situation where young unskilled Continued on page 5
and told them Davis owned a .38.
But so did Coles, according to
some news reports.
Seven of the nine witnesses who
originally testified against Davis
have either recanted or changed
their original testimony. The anti-
death penalty crowd says this
proves that Davis is innocent. It
proves nothing of the sort. What it
means is that those witnesses are
either lying now or were lying then.
But the controversy is enough for
Davis to replace Abu-Jamal as the
official anti-capital punishment
poster boy. Davis just recently got
his third stay of execution. We
should abolish capital punishment,
anti-death penalty activists argue,
because we ALMOST executed an
innocent man. Look how close
Davis came to being executed.
Some wise man once said "close"
only counts in the game of horse-
shoes and tossing hand grenades.
The fact is, Davis HASN'T been
executed. The death penalty is THE
most vetted process in the nation.
That's why Davis is still alive near-
ly 20 years after he was convicted
of killing MacPhail.
Since death penalty opponents
have made Davis their poster boy,
1, as a devoted death penalty advo-
cate, will now trot out one of my
own. His name was David
McGuinn. Unlike Davis, McGuinn
is quite dead. He received his exe-
cution on a hot summer night in
2006 when two convicted murder-
ers serving life sentences allegedly
stabbed him to death.
McGuinn was black and law-abid-
ing, and hence of no use to the anti-
death penalty crowd as a victim. He
was a corrections officer working
at the Maryland House of
Correction, a place so vile, violent
and corrupt that it's since been
closed down. McGuinn was a by-
the-book C.O., who took no favors
from inmates and granted none. If
they were supposed to be off the
pay phone at a certain time,
McGuinn would have them off. If
they were to be in their cells at a
certain time, McGuinn had them in
His devotion to duty made him
unpopular with the inmates.
Spokesmen for corrections offi-
cers' unions in Maryland said
McGuinn was on an .....
First Friend is
in the House
by William Reed
Before President-Elect Barack Obama and wife Michelle attended her 52nd
birthday party, Valerie Jarrett had already agreed to join Obama in the White
House as senior advisor and assistant to the president for intergovernmental
relations and public liaison. In putting Ms. Jarrett in the West Wing of the
White House, Obama has within arms length a close personal friend who has
played a key role in his quick political rise from the Illinois Senate to the
presidency in just four years.
Valerie Bowman Jarrett (born November 14, 1956) is not only a friend of
the Obamas; she is a recognized Chicago lawyer, businesswoman, and civic
leader. As Obama's First Friend, Jarrett will head up the "Chicago White
House". A long-time friend and political mentor to Barack, Jarrett has a dis-
tinguished portfolio and is one of the best-connected people in Chicago.
Born Valerie Bowman, she has been a fixture among ...
Chicago's elite for years and since the 1980s has blazed a
trail in the city's corporate, civic and social life. Jarrett was
once a summer tour guide at the Museum of Science and i
Industry is now a trustee on the museum board. A clerk at .
the University of Chicago Medical Center during her
youth, Jarrett is currently chair of the University Of
Chicago Medical Center Board Of Trustees Obama taught
at the University of Chicago law school
Not to be considered a lightweight just because she knows Jarrett
the Obamas, Jarrett has a solid background in Chicago politics and knows
the tricks of the trade. Five years his senior, Valerie Jarrett is Barack
Obama's political and financial godmother. She was the highest ranking
female and African American on the campaign. A fixture around the
Obama's kitchen table for years, Jarrett says, "The man is decent to his core.
And with ground-up organizing, he has attracted extraordinary people."
Definitely one of the "extraordinary people" in his adult life, Jarrett has sup-
ported Obama \\ ith her personal clout and raised seven-figure money for his
political campaigns at the local, state and recently, the national level. She
enters the White House battle tested as a veteran of numerous years in
Chicago's City Hall. She began her political career in 1987 and initially
n'orked for the cir es first black mayor, Harold Washington, but most of her
tenure there was under Mayor Daley where she rose to planning and devel-
opment commissioner. Between October 1995 and August 2003, she was
chairwoman of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
Like Barack, Jarrett has her own unusual biography. Light-skinned, at first
blush she might be considered as Caucasian. But Jarrett was born to an
African-American family in Shiraz, Iran, where her father, Dr. James
Bowman, ran a hospital for children as part of a program that sent American
doctors and agricultural experts to developing countries to help jump-start
their health and farming efforts. At age 5, the family moved to London for
one year, then returned to Chicago in 1963.
Her accent also betrays Jarrett's racial connections. But, she has sound
roots in her race consciousness. As a teen, she spent her summers traveling
to Ghana, Nigeria and Egypt, among other places. Her family ties illustrate
a legacy of African American achievements. Ms. Jarrett's father is a pathol-
ogist and geneticist and currently Professor Emeritus in Pathology and
Medicine, at the University of Chicago. On her mother's side, she has a sto+
ried pedigree. Her great-grandfather was the first African-American to grader,
uate from M.I.T. and Jarrett's grandfather, Robert Taylor, was a pioneering
Chicago Housing Authority chairman for whom the infamous high-rise proj-
ects were later named. Her great-uncle is Washington powerbroker Vernon
Jordan. Her mother, Barbara T. Bowman, still lives and is an African-
American early childhood education expert and co-founder of the Erikson
Institute for child development.
Divorced, Jarrett was married to Dr. William Robert Jarrett, a physician,
from 1983 to 1988. Her former father-in-law is the late Vernon Jarrett, who
was a venerated Chicago Defender and Sun-Times columnist, one of the few
highly visible African Americans in the Chicago media establishment. Their
daughter, Laura, is a 23-year-old Harvard Law student.
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Green-Jefferson, left, acknowledge the crowd at his election night
party after Jefferson beat runoff opponent Helena Moreno for the 2nd
Congressional District seat he has held for nine terms in New Orleans,
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Bribery Charges to Stand
Against Cong. Jefferson
A federal appeals court upheld
bribery and other charges against
Louisiana Democratic U.S. Rep.
William Jefferson last week, clear-
ing the way for a trial, reports the
Jefferson, who cruised to victory
in the recent primary and is
expected to easily win re-election,
had sought to dismiss a 16-count
indictment charging him with tak-
ing bribes, laundering money and
misusing his congressional office
for business dealings in Africa.
A three-judge panel of the 4th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
rejected Jefferson's claims that a
federal grand jury received evi-
dence that violated his constitution-
al right to legislative immunity.
Jefferson's attorneys argued that
three staffers should not have been
allowed to tell the grand jury about
Jefferson's relationships with
African leaders and his knowledge
about West African nations because
those activities were part of his leg-
Prosecutors contend Jefferson
used his influence as chairman of
the congressional Africa
Investment and Trade Caucus to
broker deals in Nigeria, Ghana,
Cameroon and other African
nations on behalf of those who
The 2007 indictment alleges that
Jefferson received more than
$500,000 in bribes and demanded
millions more between 2000 and
2005, including $90,000 he
received from an FBI informant
that was later found in the freezer of
his Washington home. He has
pleaded not guilty.
U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III
had refused to dismiss the indict-
ment, saying Jefferson was trying
to apply the legislative immunity
clause so broadly that it would be
virtually impossible to charge a
congressman with a crime.
Ellis "accorded Congressman
Jefferson every substantive and
procedural protection to which he
was entitled," the appeals court
Jefferson's trial had been sched-
uled to begin in December, but has
been postponed. If convicted of all
charges, he faces up to 235 years in
Don't Forget About the Workers
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workers are competing against degree applicants for low-wage jobs.
Black males in their late teens or early 20s are the hardest hit of all the
struggling young job seekers.
Labor workers are also having a hard time in the job market. Construction
workers, especially, are finding it hard to secure employment. The indus-
try has a nearly 11 percent unemployment rate, compared with 6.1 percent
just a year ago. The national unemployment rate for all workers is 6.5 per-
cent. Entry level laborers have a difficult time getting their foot in the door
in these industries as more experienced workers, mirroring the experiences
of recent college graduates, are snapping up lower paying jobs in an effort
to stay employed.
It's a given that a recession will impact some sections of society more
than others. Without the necessary assets to cushion your fall during a
volatile economy or the skills to maintain employment, an individual is
sure to feel the effects of this downward economic spiral. But some groups
are more vulnerable than others. And the American government must
throw a life line to those at risk of going under.
While Congress and the financial industry consider strategies for bailing
out mortgage owners in the midst of the U.S. housing crisis, they should
also think through ways to provide a safety net to our low-wage, unskilled
and young workers. There are a few things that can be done: Extending
unemployment benefits is one of them. Increasing food stamp benefits to
poor families is another. With some thought and effort, the U.S. can deliv-
er a plan that truly supports our struggling workers during this difficult
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Words Mean Things So Gay 'Marriage' Sim t
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Annual Thanksgiving Feast to families in need, and who are experiencing
the economic crunch; at 4 p.m. Saturday, November 22nd.
The feast, a sit-down dinner will feature a traditional Thanksgiving menu
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By David Karki of government toward every indi-
On Election Day, the people of vidual is the same one person,
Florda supported a state constitu- opposite sex. Were government to
tional amendment defining mar- allow different unions for some but
riage as between one man and one prohibit them for others, then you
woman only, reversing the state would have an equal protection
Supreme Court's attempt to order claim.
gay marriage upon the citizenry Since then, there have been
using entirely faulty reasoning. protests by those opposed to this
"Equal protection" doesn't apply. reversal, which one could make a
Marriage is the perfect example of a good case are actually counter-pro-
law that passes muster. The policy ductive to their goal, and attempts
is "one person, opposite sex" for to have courts overturn this. But as
each and every one of us. You may a constitutional amendment cannot
be interested in someone of the be unconstitutional the ACLU's
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Syndicated Talk Radio Host Draws
Serious Comparison of Slavery to Welfare
A syndicated satellite radio show host is creating quite a stir after his Nov.
6 comparison of slavery and welfare.
On The War Room with Quinn & Rose, Jim Quinn said: "You know, if
you were a slave in the old South, what did you get as a slave? You got free
room and board; you got free money; and you got rewarded for having chil-
dren because that was just, you know, tomorrow's slave.... Can I ask a ques-
tion? How's that different from welfare? You get a free house, you get free
food, and you get rewarded for. having children. Oh, wait a minute, hold on
a second. There is a difference: The slave had to work for it."
The show then aired an audio clip of a buzzer sounding and a voice repeat-
Quinn then stated: "Ah, the truth stings, does it not?" The context of the
remarks are not clear .
Talkers Magazine lists Quinn & Rose on its "Heavy Hundred" list, which
it describes as a list of the "100 most important radio talk show hosts in
America." According to the show's Web site, it airs on 18 radio stations and
XM Satellite Radio.
notwithstanding it would seem
that the only way to change this is
to pass another public referendum
And that is a theme I see repeat-
edly in this debate the meaning of
words and the re-defining or ignor-
ing of them. From amendments
being unconstitutional, to twisting
and warping "equal protection," to
demanding acceptance when doing
so forcibly removes all meaning
from it, this is a common theme
Let's start with the definition of the
word "marriage." I quote Webster's
Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary:
marriage \'mar-ij\ n [ME marriage,
fr. OF, fr. marier to marry]
The institution whereby a man and
a woman are joined in a special
kind of social and legal dependence
for the purpose of founding and
maintaining a family.
So-called "gay marriage" fails
this definition on two counts. One,
marriage is by definition between a
man and a woman. Any other union,
be it same-sex or involving three or
more individuals, is not and there-
fore cannot be called marriage.
Two, the purpose is to birth and
raise children, the permanence of
the marriage ensuring that those
who create biological offspring ful-
fill their responsibility to rear them.
Two people of the same sex cannot
do this. And any union of three or
more which insofar as reproduc-
tion goes, any same-sex union must
inherently be, given the need for a
third party of the opposite sex for
use of their eggs/sperm/surrogate
womb means someone isn't a par-
ent in any biological sense of the
term. Only a male-female union has
the potential to produce children
belonging fully and totally to all
members thereof. As such, any
other union does not meet this part
of the definition and cannot accu-
rately be called marriage.
Moreover, as the above logic indi-
cates, to place same-sex unions on
the same plane as marriage is to say
that child-bearing is irrelevant to
the institution. As the definition
makes clear, however, child-bear-
ing is intrinsic to the institution.
Without a way to ensure (to the best
of our ability, at least) that children
are both produced and properly
raised, our civilization's future is
put at risk.
It may sound a bit odd not to pre-
sume this, I realize, but the demo-
graphic trends are clear: Societies
are aging (and in Europe's case,
becoming more Muslim every day)
because those who should be hav-
ing children simply are not doing
so. Therefore, our future will either
be very different from our present
(e.g. a Muslim Europe, a much
older and more Spanish-speaking
America) or won't be a future at all,
if the demographic death spiral can-
not be escaped.
If it's acceptance and recognition
that is being sought here, forcing it
upon people is no way to obtain it.
And even if it were successful, it
would be more fraudulent than real,
rendering the whole effort meaning-
So it comes down to a simple
question, really: Do words, terms
'and concepts have fixed definitions,
or are they infinitely malleable?
And if the latter, at what point do
you lose the essence of what things
are by attempting to alter them so?
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November 20 26, 2008
Churches in the nation's capital
have started extending invitations
to President-elect Barack Obama
and his family, touting their
African-American roots, their ties
to presidents past and to Obama
The choices are abundant.
Numerous, thriving congregations
are an easy walk from 1600
Pennsylvania Ave. Just across
Lafayette Square from the White
House is St. John's Church, an
Episcopal parish known as the
"Church of the Presidents," where
presidents as far back as James
Madison have worshipped. St.
John's has a standing invitation:
Pew 54 is the President's Pew,
reserved for the nation's leader.
Or he could choose, as many pres-
idents have done, not to attend serv-
ices at all. President George W.
Bush, for instance, has only infre-
quently attended services in
Washington, occasionally going to
Whatever choice the Obamas
make, it is sure to be analyzed
through the prism of Obama's rela-
tionship with the Rev. Jeremiah
Wright, who was Obama's pastor
for 20 years at Trinity United
Church of Christ in Chicago.
Obama resigned from Trinity dur-
ing the presidential campaign after
inflammatory comments by Wright
from the pulpit became a campaign
Nick Shapiro, a spokesman for
Obama's transition, declined to dis-
cuss which church the Obamas
Obama has spoken frequently
about the importance of his
Christian faith. In his 2006 book,
"The Audacity of Hope," he wrote
that "the historically black church
offered me a second insight: that
faith doesn't mean that you don't
have doubts, or that you relinquish
your hold on this world. ... You
needed to come to church precisely
because you were of this world, not
apart from it."
Despite those words, Obama has
attended church sparingly in the
past several months. Since winning
the election, he has spent Sunday
mornings at the gym. Many
Washington-area churches hope
that will change after he is inaugu-
At Metropolitan AME Church, six
blocks from the White House, sen-
ior pastor Ronald Braxton says
parishioners have been buzzing
about the possibility that the incom-
ing president, his wife, Michelle,
and their daughters, 10-year-old
Malia and 7-year-old Sasha might
attend services with them.
Braxton said it would be good if
Obama resumed worshipping at a
congregation rooted in the black
"He's familiar with African-
American worship traditions,"
Braxton said, referring to Obama's
membership at Wright's church in
Chicago. "Metropolitan AME
would be a wise a choice and a safe
haven in which to worship."
Metropolitan AME has about
2,000 members, including former
Clinton administration insider
Vernon Jordan and former
Transportation Secretary Rodney
Slater, Braxton said. The church has
a long history as well Frederick
Douglass worshipped and was eulo-
gized there. Bill Clinton attended
inaugural prayer services there in
1993 and 1997.
Braxton said the AME denomina-
tional leadership is interested in
where the Obamas will worship,
and is developing plans to extend a
Church member Michael Horton
said the congregation could provide
a base of moral support.
"Our current congregation is full
of 'agents-for-change,"' he said,
playing on one of Obama's cam-
paign themes. "I believe there is no
better place for the Obamas to wor-
ship and feel comfortable."
The Clintons regularly attended
Foundry United Methodist Church,
about a mile from the White House,
during their White House years, but
never formally became members.
Senior pastor Dean Snyder said
the congregation generally remem-
bers the Clintons' time there fondly,
with sporadic complaints about
security lines and metal detectors.
Snyder, whose congregation has
staked out a strong position sup-
porting gay rights and gay mar-
riage, said the congregation has out-
American religious history at
Columbia University who wrote
"God in the White House: How
Faith Shaped the Presidency from
Rev. Ronald E. Braxton delivers his sermon at Metropolitan AME
Church Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, in Washington. Churches in the
nation's capital have started extending invitations to President-elect
Barack Obama and his family, touting their African-American roots,
their ties to presidents past and to Obama himself.
reach plans to all new arrivals asso-
ciated with the change in adminis-
tration, including efforts to get the
word out to the First Family "that
Foundry is a welcoming church."
The United Church of Christ, the
denomination from which Obama
resigned when he left Wright's
church, issued a written invitation
to join a UCC denomination in
Washington and resume his connec-
tions to the church.
The UCC is mostly white, a
descendant of New England
Puritanism. But the denomination is
diverse racially and culturally,
stemming in part from the church's
extensive involvement in the aboli-
"It would be an honor for the
Obamas to attend a UCC church,"
said Nathan Harris, pastor at
Lincoln Congregational Temple, a
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John F. Kennedy to George W.
Bush," said there is no obvious
choice for Obama as he searches for
And while he said Americans gen-
erally like to know that their presi-
dent goes to church on Sunday, they
tend not to be concerned about the
particular denomination. He hopes
that same deference will be extend-
ed to the Obamas' choice.
"I'm sure he's going to be careful.
He got burned," Balmer said, refer-
ring to the Wright controversy. "He
probably will be a little bit cautious
with whom he associates."
Pastors at D.C. congregations said
they understand that their own
words would be scrutinized more
closely if the First Family were sit-
ting in the pews, but universally
said they wouldn't change what
"I hope that I am deliberate and
thoughtful about what I say every
Sunday," Snyder said.
DC Churches Recruiting Obamas as
America Waits to Criticize His Choice
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Georgia Law Seeks to Bar Sex
Offenders from Volunteering at Church
Critics of Georgia's sweeping new crackdown on sex offenders urged a
federal judge last week to block a provision that bans offenders from vol-
unteering at churches because they say it robs them of their right to par-
ticipate in religious worship, according to an article in the Athens Banner-
Herald (November 14, 2008).
State attorneys argued the measure's goal is to keep Georgia's children
safe from sex offenders who attempt to work at churches and other spots
where children gather.
U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper did not issue an immediate decision,
but his ruling will help resolve a growing litany of lawsuits targeting the
strict sex offender law.
The main portion of the measure bans sex offenders from living, work-
ing or loitering within 1,000 feet of just about anywhere children gather.
That includes schools, parks, gyms, swimming pools and the state's
150,000 school bus stops.
The measure, which supporters say is among the nation's toughest, was
passed in 2006 at the urging of Republican leaders who said it would help
protect Georgia's children and prevent the state from becoming a "safe
haven" for sex offenders.
The Southern Center for Human Rights and others have called the new
law far too restrictive. They contend it renders vast residential areas off-
limits and could force some offenders to elude the state's registry.
Legislators were forced to retool the law earlier this year after the
Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the measure failed to protect the prop-
erty rights of offenders.
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Use the recipes we've provided, along with this
sequence, to streamline your holiday dinner.
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For an 8-12 Ib turkey (6-8 servings), preheat oven,
prepare turkey following our recipe
(or package instructions); and begin to roast about
3 1/2 hours before you would like to serve.
About forty-five minutes before your
turkey is done roasting, prepare green beans,
mashed potatoes, or other family-favorite
side dishes. Prepare Apple Sage Dressing
(recipe included) for baking.
EVEN WITH TURKEY TO ROAST AND A PARTY TO HOST,
THANKSGIVING CAN BE ENJOYABLE.
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APPLE SAGE DRESSING
Prep and Cook: 40 minutes (Makes 8 servings)
1 Ib ground pork sausage with sage
8 oz trinity mix (fresh diced onions,
1/2 cup dried berry medley
(berries and raisins)
1 large Granny Smith apple (rinsed)
1 tablespoon flour
1 (14-oz) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 (6-oz) box or 2 cups cornbread stuffing mix
1. Preheat oven to 4500F. Preheat large saut6
pan on medium-high 2-3 minutes. Crumble
sausage into pan (wash hands); stir in trinity
mix and berries. Cook 5-7 minutes, stirring
often, until meat is browned and vegetables
are tender. Meanwhile, peel apple; cut into
2. Stir flour into sausage mixture; cook 2 min-
utes, stirring often, until flour is hot and well
blended into mixture.
3. Stir in apple, broth, and stuffing mix. Coat
2-quart baking dish with cooking spray; add
stuffing mixture. Bake 20-25 minutes or until
internal temperature reaches 165'F. Use a
meat thermometer to accurately ensure done-
ness. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
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When your turkey is done,
remove it from the oven, cover with foil,
and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before
placing on a clean cutting surface.
Separate the drumsticks from the
thighs by holding the tip of each
drumstick and cutting through the
joint where it meets the thighbone.
Hold each drumstick by the tip,
resting the larger ends on the cutting
board. Slice parallel to the bones until
all meat is sliced.
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Remove your turkey from the oven when your
meat thermometer-inserted into the thickest part
of inner thigh and breast (not touching bone)-
reaches 1650F. After you've removed your turkey,
let it stand 15-20 minutes before carving.
Increase oven temperature to 4500F and
bake dressing. Put the final touches on your
side dishes and carve the turkey.
Remove dressing from oven and
use the residual heat in the oven
to warm potato rolls for dinner
and pie for dessert. Serve.
With help from Publix, your wish for an exceptional holiday can come true.
From meal planning to cooking and carving, we promise simple steps for a
spectacular feast that everyone will be thankful for-especially the chef.
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ONE-PAN TURKEY, VEGETABLES, AND GRAVY Prep and Cook: 3 1/2 hours (Makes 8 servings)
3 medium parsnips (rinsed) 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
5 medium carrots (rinsed) 4 oz unsalted butter (1 stick)
4 celery ribs (rinsed) 1/2 cup flour
2 large onions (rinsed) 2 (14-oz) cans reduced-sodium
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Peel parsnips and
carrots. Cut parsnips, carrots, and celery into
1-inch-long pieces. Remove ends and peel skin from
onions; cut both into quarters. Place vegetables,
bay leaves, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt into turkey
2. Place butter in microwave-safe bowl; cover and
microwave on HIGH 30 seconds or until melted.
Whisk in flour and 1 can of the chicken broth until
blended. Pour into pan over vegetables. Place wire
roasting rack in pan over vegetables.
3. Remove turkey from packaging (remove giblets
and neck for another use). Sprinkle turkey evenly
with poultry seasoning, pepper, and remaining 1/2
teaspoon salt. Place on roasting rack, breast side
up; (wash hands). Roast turkey about 2 hours.
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1 (12-ib) turkey (thawed, following
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4. When turkey is golden brown, cover loosely
with foil. Roast 1 more hour or just until internal
temperature reaches 1650F. Use a meat
thermometer to accurately ensure doneness. (Ovens
and size of turkeys vary; adjust time, as much
as 30 minutes, as needed. Refer to packaging to
determine time for larger turkey.) Transfer turkey
to carving board; let stand 15-20 minutes before
carving. Transfer vegetables to serving dish; remove
and discard bay leaves (cover to keep warm).
5. Thin the reserved gravy in the roasting pan,
if needed, by heating the remaining chicken
broth (up to 1 can) in microwave or on stovetop.
Gradually whisk heated broth into gravy until desired
consistency. Transfer gravy to serving dish. Carve
turkey and serve.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Women in Politics:
A Panel Discussion
JCCI invitesthe public to join
them for a "Lunch and Learn" panel
discussion. Join Dr. Gwen
Chandler, Rep. Audrey Gibson,
Former Councilwomen Alberta
Hipps and Ginger Soud at FCCJ
Martin Center Boardroom, 501 W.
State Street, from noon to 1p.m. on
Thursday, November 20th. It is
free and open to the public. Call
396-3052 x20 for more informa-
Amateur Night Semi
Finals at the Ritz
The Ritz Theater will present the
semi-finals of Amateur Night at the
Ritz at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
November 21st. Like the Apollo's
show in Harlem, contestants com-
pete for cash prizes and the cheers
or jeers of the audience decide who
goes home with the cash. Tickets
are available at the Ritz. Call 632-
5555 for more information.
Comedia Nephew Tommy and
friends will light up the stage of the
Florida Theater on Friday,
November 28th at 8 p.m. You've
heard him on the Steve Harvey
Morning Show, now see him live.
For tickets or more information,
The Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee for the
Millions More Movement will give
away food boxes on Saturday,
November 22nd from 11:00 a.m. til
5:00 p.m.'The location is 916 N.
Myrtle Avenue., between Kings
Road. and Beaver Street. Interested
recipients must contact JLOC at
240-9133 between 9 a.m. -5 p.m. to
become eligible to get a box.
JLOC Open Meeting
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.,for the Millions
More Movement will have an
Open Meeting on Sunday,
November 30, 2008 from 6:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m. at 916 N. Myrtle
Avenue. The public is invited to
attend. If you are concerned, and
really want to improve the quality
of living conditions in your com-
munity come join JLOC as they
work to make positive changes. If
you have questions or need more
information visit Jaxloc.com, or
The Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection will present "A Festive
Holiday Brunch" featuring holiday
gift ideas followed by vocalist,
author and speaker Tamra
Nashman. It will be held on Wed.
Dec. 3rd from 9:30-11:00am. at
the Selva Marina Country Club,
1600 Selva Marina Drive at the
beach. Complimentary child care
with reservations. E-mail reserva-
call Kate @ 534-6784. All area
women are invited!
Senior Holiday Party
Tickets for the Mayor's Annual
Holiday Festival for Senior Citizens
are now on sale for $5.00 each at
the Mary Singleton Senior Center
and the Special Events Office in
City Hall. 1 .. ,
The event will be held Saturday,
December 6, 2008 at the Prime
Osborn Center, from 2 5 p.m.
This event allows seniors 60+ a
chance to mingle and spend time
with one another. Festivities
include a traditional holiday dinner,
a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus,
door prizes, drawings, and dancing.
Volunteers are needed for decorat-
ing and set up and to assist and
serve seniors. If you are interested
in volunteering, call 630-7392.
For more information on this
event call 630-3690.
World Golf Village
Nutcracker Home Tour
The Neighborhoods of World Golf
Village presents its eighth annual
Nutcracker Tour of Homes on
Friday, Nov. 28 through Sunday,
Dec. 7, 2008. The free holiday
home tour will feature model
homes elegantly decorated in
themes inspired by The Nutcracker
ballet. During the tour, the homes
will be open daily from 12-4 p.m.
For information, call 940-5000.
Stage Aurora Presents
Jacksonville's Stage Aurora
Theatrical Co. Inc. will present the
Black Nativity weekends only
December 5 14th.
The musical by the legendary
Langston Hughes puts a spin on an
all-new variation of the holiday
show that has sold out houses all
across the country. Performers from
all across the first coast will present
the traditional nativity from an
African American perspective with
a retrospective of the last 100 years
of Gospel music.
Performances will be held at Stage
Aurora's Performance Hall inside
the Gateway Mall
For more information, call 765
Stedman Graham at
the Florida Theater
The National Council of Negro
Women will present author and
entrepreneur Stedman Graham on
Saturday, December 6th at 10 AM
at the Florida Theatre. He will be
speaking on, "You Can Make It
happen". Tickets are on sale now at
Project MALE Men Advocating
and Leading by Example will pres-
ent their annual "A Man for All
Seasons Conference" from 9:00
a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday,
The conference is a program
specifically designed for men who
care about their children and fami-
lies, with bonding activities,
groups, and individual sessions.
It will be held at teh Brentwood
Lakes Community Center, 3465
Village Circle Drive Bldg. 28
For further information, contact
Kenneth Arnold at 899-6300, ext.
at American Beach
A Greet-Meet-Read event will be
held at the home of Marsha Dean
Phelts featuring author Marc Curtis
Little who will be reading excerpts
from his novel, "Don't Blink When
God Calls." It will be held on sun-
day, December 7th at 3p.m. The
Phelts live at 5400 Ocean
Boulevard at American Beach.
E-mail requests for directions and
RSVP at email@example.com or
by calling 904.619.6889.
Refreshments, prepared from
Marsha's new book, "An American
Beach Cookbook,", will! be served.;
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Episcopal Services will host
"Locks for Literacy" on Sunday,
December 7th from 1 -7 p.m. at the
Spa at Tre Salon, 14333-30 Beach
Boulevard. Featured activities
include services for reduced prices,
drawings for prizes, kid friendly
activities, special appearances and
more. For more information, con-
tact Eve Apel at 726-1500.
The classic Temptations will pres-
ent "A Temptations Christmas" on
Sunday, December 7 at 8 p.m. at
the Florida Theater.
Contact the box office at 355-2787
for tickets or more information.
Make and Take
The Duval County Extension
Office will have "Make and Take"
Workshop on Thursday,
December 11th fromlO a.m. to
noon at 1010 N McDuffAve. Just
in time for the holidays. You will
take home your own strawberry pot
with herbs and/or hanging basket
with strawberry plants. The cost is
$15 for each pot or $25 for both; $5
to attend the lecture only. RSVP to
Jeannie at 387-8850
On Tuesday, December 16th,
from 10 1 p.m., the Duval County
Extension Office located at 1010 N.
McDuff Ave. will present a holiday
gardening program where you will
Workshop at The Cummer
The Cummer Museum will present a landscape painting workshop on
Saturday, November 22nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Allison Watson.
The workshop is for painters of all levels from beginners to advanced stu-
dents and will emphasize individual attention. Artist Allison Watson will
guide participants through explorations of the Florida landscape and the
work of the Florida Highwaymen in a one-day painting workshop. The
workshop is inspired by the Florida Highwaymen Paintings and Prison
Murals: Al Black and the Florida Highwaymen exhibition.
For more information or to register, please call (904) 355-0630.
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learn how to have fun creating a
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from your yard, learn how to care
for traditional Christmas plants and
find out what's hot for gardening
gifts. Find out how to make a water
hose wreath and decorate a garden-
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Questions call 387-8850.
"A Night of Hope"
with Joel Osteen
"A Night of Hope" with Joel and
Victoria Osteen will be an evening
of praise and worship where atten-
dees will hear an inspirational mes-
sage fro internationally known pas-
tor and his wife and music of Cindy
Cruse Ratcliff and the Lakewood
Band and Ensemble. Osteen is the
pastor of America's largest church -
the 45,000 strong Lakewood
Church in Houston, Texas. It will
be held on Friday, January 2nd at
7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial
Arena. Call 353-3309 for tickets.
Legends to Highlight
Jax Blues Festival
On February 8th 2009,
Jacksonville will get a major case of
the BLUES! Playing the Veteran's
Memorial Coliseum at 6 p.m., will
be Mel Waiters, JeffFloyd, Theodis
Ealey, Bobby "Blue" Bland,
Clarence Carter, Latimore, Marvin
Sease and Sir Charles Jones all
sharing the Veteran's Memorial
stage! Tickets can be purchased at
all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmas-
ter.com or charge by phone 904-
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BAHRAIN SHEIK SUES MIJAC FOR
ALBUM ADVANCE: Breach-of-contract
case filed at London's Royal Courts of Justice
A $7 million breach-of-contract lawsuit was
filed against Michael Jackson by the king of
Bahrain's son over an album that was promised
by the entertainer, but never delivered.
The Bell Pottinger Group says Sheik Abdulla
bin Hamad Al Khalifa filed the case against
Jackson at London's Royal Courts of Justice.
In 2006, Jackson announced the release of a
new album for Khalifa's record label 2 Seas Records. Media reports say
Khalifa has yet to see a completed album.
The lawsuit comes a week after Jackson gave up the title to his
Neverland ranch in California.
DON CORNELIUS ORDERED TO
SURRENDER GUNS: Judge issued request
Monday in the wake of spousal battery charges.
A judge has ordered Don Cornelius to give up all
of his guns following charges in connection with
two domestic incidents involving his wife.
The former "Soul Train" host was charged with
spousal battery, assault with a deadly weapon and '
dissuading a witness from making a police report.
The 72-year-old was arrested and jailed last month after police were called
to his Hollywood Hills home following a report of domestic dispute.
He's currently free on $50,000 bail, but faces up to one year in prison for
each of the five misdemeanor charges. He's due back in court in Dec.
'MUNSTERS' SET FOR WAYANS TWIST: Film based on
50s sitcom is 'almost ready to be shot," says Shawn.
MTV News is reporting that the long gestating "Munsters" remake from
the Wayans Bros is finally close to seeing daylight.
Shawn Wayans and the team behind "Scary Movie" and "Little Man" are
currently finalizing work on their third draft of the script.
"I'm almost ready. It's almost ready to be shot," Wayans said during a
late night shoot on his newest film,
the musical spoof "Dance Flick."
"We had to finish this movie and now
we're going through our third polish c b -
on 'The Munsters."'
The Wayans first announced their
involvement in the project four years
ago, but Shawn says the film's basic
format hasn't really changed all that
much in the four years since: they are
still placing the family in modern times and won't star in it.
"If we do anything, maybe we'll do a cameo, but we're not gonna make
The Munsters black all of a sudden," Wayans laughed. "They're gonna be
green, white people just like they were in the TV show. Their characters
are still who they were in the '50s. It's just in modern day."
BEYONCE "AMAZED" AT OFFERS FOR PICS
Beyonce says she was offered a ton of money by magazines looking for
exclusive rights to photos from her not-so-secret April wedding in New
"Now, they offer crazy money that's just ridiculous," she said in an inter-
view with the Associated Press. "But in the end...it's so not worth it. If
anything, if you wanna put something out, then put it out, not for
The singer and rap star Jay-Z exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony
that they refused to admit publically for months afterward.
WHOOPI TO PRODUCE SISTER ACT MUSICAL
Whoopi Goldberg has announced that she is mounting a stage produc-
tion of her 1992 blockbuster film "Sister Act" to take place in London.
The Oscar winner and co-host of ABC's "The View" says she will not
star in the theater version, which mirrors the
movie that starred Goldberg as an on-the-lam
lounge singer who hides out in a convent.
The musical will open June 2, 2009, at the
London Palladium, with preview performances
beginning May 6, she announced Thursday on
Goldberg will team with Stage Entertainment,
one of Europe's largest theatrical producers, in
presenting the show.
Vick wants to return,
but will someone take him?
by T. Dalberg
Michael Vick lives in a prison in
Kansas, making 12 cents an hour
while plotting his return to the NFL.
His houses and farms will soon be
gone, the two
yachts are history, and he's down to
his last couple of Range Rovers.
A race horse he bought for
$60,000 died of colic, the Atlanta
Falcons are still trying to hit him up
for millions they paid him, and the
IRS and the state of Georgia want
nearly $1 million in back taxes.
In 2006 he made nearly $15 mil-
lion. Recently he reported total
income of $12.89 for an entire
That's $12.89 as in 12 dollars and
89 cents. This from someone who,
before things went terribly bad, cat-
egorized a $1,000 check to his
mother as "chump change."
The numbers are cold, but they
have to warm the heart of any ani-
mal lover sickened by what once
went on at Vick's Bad Newz
Kennels. To many, seeing Vick
stripped of the material things he
and his fellow millionaire athletes
like to enjoy is almost as good as
watching him go to prison in the
Best of all, the dogs who survived
the terror of Vick's dogfighting ring
are having the last laugh.
They're the stars of a
k vision spe-
Yes, there's Meryl, looking any-
thing but ferocious on a bottle of
Syrah. And there's Lewis, peeking
out from the front of another
Victory Dog bottle.
Maybe Vick can pick up a $40
bottle when he gets out of prison
next July, assuming things go as
planned. If he's careful about not
spending his prison earnings in the
commissary, he could be paroled
with enough to buy a couple of
He shouldn't drink too much,
though. Because he's still got some
football to play.
Buried in the hundreds of pages
of paper detailing Vick's financial
woes the other day in federal bank-
ruptcy court was the declaration
that not only does Vick expect to be
reinstated in the NFL upon his
release but also believes he will "be
able to earn a substantial living"
playing quarterback once again.
Good luck with that.
Just what team will employ him
to do so wasn't mentioned, but the
Falcons are out. They severed
their ties with the quarterback
they once were sure would lead
them to a Super Bowl and are now
being led by a quarterback who
has been so good in his rookie sea-
son that he just might.
Vick is supposed to be released
July 20, so he could be out just in
time for the opening of preseason
camps. But how many teams are so
desperate for a quarterback that
they would risk the ire of PETA-
types and other animal activists to
sign an ex-con who admitted to
doing some heinous things?
The other question is how much
would they risk for a quarterback
who has a career passing rating of
75.7, fumbles the ball once every
10 times he carries it, and hasn't
played a down in two years.
Quarterbacks who could run were
once the rage in the NFL, but most
teams today look for the traditional
If a team did take a chance on
Vick, it would likely be for little or
no guaranteed money with incen-
tives kicking in only if he pro-
duces-something that can never
be certain in the NFL, where
injuries and age can quickly take
their toll. Even then, Vick won't
keep all his salary because under
his bankruptcy plan he must pay
part of any future earnings to credi-
Indeed, Vick's financial mess is
as much a cautionary tale to his fel-
low athletes as his criminal woes
He has assets of $16 million but
owes creditors $20.3 million. His
attorneys had to hire forensic
accountants to find out where the
money went, $18 million of it over
the last two years alone as Vick
bounced from one business deal to
another and seemed to hire finan-
cial advisers he met standing in line
at the supermarket.
Flush with bonus money from the
Falcons, Vick bought houses by the
handful, invested in a rental car
franchise in Atlanta and poured
money into a liquor store and
restaurant. He hired friends, gave
away money and cars, and could
never say no to his mother, who got
$700 for an Easter Egg hunt one
year and $317,000 for a new church
building the next.
Now he sits in a prison in Kansas
after a staggering and quick fall
from the top. Once a favorite of
fans who couldn't buy enough of
his No. 7 jerseys he's now vilified
and hated by millions who will
never forgive the despicable things
he and his buddies did to their dogs.
A comeback is still possible, but
my guess is that this story will not
end well. Upon his release from
prison, the odds are Vick will spend
more time dodging creditors than
The dogs are a different story.
Those that survived will live in
comfort the rest of their lives.
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Zimbabwe in a State of Humanitarian Food Crisis
Nyasha Chinake, right and his
two sisters, Rebeca, left and
Janet, centre enjoy a meal
including crickets in Mutoko
about 250 kilometres, (155
miles) north east of Harare,
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008.
Grazing land has been razed by
poachers burning the bush to "4
scare rock rabbits, rodents and
small animals for the cooking
pot into traps and nets as people
look for food..Jackals, baboons
and goats also compete with vil-
lagers for roots and wild fruits
according to witness accounts.
The United Nations has fore-
cast a full scale humanitarian cri-
sis and estimates more than 5 million people, about half the population will need food aid by the beginning
of next year. Inflation in Zimbabwe, the highest in the world, pegged at over 213 million percent has spi-
raled out of control at a time when health and education services have collapsed.
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Serena Williams joins, a computer class at a school named af
Matooni, south-east of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, November
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slower growth in the number of
al residents of cities, a new report
from the United Nations Human
Settlements Programme (UN-
The report shows that there will
be about 759 million urban
inhabitants across Africa by
2030, compared to an estimated
nis player 373 million last year, according
ter her in to a press release issued by UN-
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)r Hewlett Nairobi headquarters. That year
is also projected to be when the
number of Africans living in
cities matches the number living
in rural areas.
The continent is undergoing a
broader demographic change, the
report noted, as the number of
city dwellers rises steadily and
the greatest growth occurs not in
Africa's largest urban agglomer-
I" nations, but in the so-called "inter-
mediate cities," which have
fewer than 500,000 inhabitants
UN-HABITAT said the implica-
tions of this swift urban growth
within intermediate cities should
be clear to policymakers.
"African governments should
start strengthening the gover-
,^ rmccaopacitie; of their interme-
diate and smaller cities so that
these fast-growing towns will be
d ^ prepared for [a] rapid increase in
new and additional demand for
urban spatial planning, urban
housing, urban services and
urban livelihoods," the agency
Across the continent, the popu-
lation distribution is uneven.
East Africa remains the least
urbanized region of the world,
but its rates are growing rapidly
than in any other part of Africa.
But everywhere the number of
people is rising, including in the
biggest cities. In 1950,
Alexandria and Cairo, both in
Egypt, were the only African
cities with more than 1 million
inhabitants. Today there are at
least 43 such cities.
Meanwhile, in Bangkok, a UN
official told a regional gathering
on air quali t. management today
that ,Asia-Pacific policymakers
need to tak a more integrated
approach ti managing urban
growth Io ensure that the region's
rapidly e\panding cities are eco-
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No Justice No Peace Jacquline McClelland, center,
mother of Brandon McClelland, is supported by Nation of Islam members
during a rally in front to the Lamar County Courthouse in Paris, Texas,
Monday, Nov. 17, 2008. Supporters of McClelland whose 24-year-old son
was run over and dragged beneath a pickup truck in East Texas in
September, rallied with members of the New Black Panther Party and the
Nation of Islam in an organized event to speak out against a justice system
they consider racist. The death came 10 years after James Byrd was killed
in Jasper, another East Texas town.
Legal Fight Continues to Keep
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photograph of reputed Ku
Klux Klansman James Ford
Seale taken in Jackson, Miss.,
prior to sentencing in his role
in the deadly abductions of
two black teenagers in 1964.
A federal appeals court
agreed Friday to hear argu-
ments that a reputed Ku Klux
Klansman's conviction in the
abductions of two black
teenagers found slain in 1964
should not have been over-
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Merele Yarborough says she
finds The Real Housewives of
by Corilyn Shropshire, HC
Watching The Real Housewives
of Atlanta, you might think it's easy
to get wealthy African-Americans
to talk about money.
Concluding its maiden season
this week, the reality program
chronicles the conspicuous con-
sumption of five well-off women
who have ordained themselves
among Atlanta's elite. Four of the
Housewives are African-American.
But the show has hit a raw nerve
within the black community -
lighting up the Internet and the air-
waves with charges that it perpetu-
ates negative stereotypes with its
focus on catfighting women who
shamelessly lord their wealth and
generally misbehave. A particular
sore point is the consistently egre-
gious grammar the Housewives
Housewife Phyllis Williams,
well-known for her philanthropic
work, recalled flipping channels on
her television on Election Night -
from the historic speech of
President-Elect Barack Obama to a
Real Housewives episode in which
This seasons cast includes Lisa Hartwell, Shereee Whitfield, NeNe
Leakes, Deshawn Show and Kim Zolciak. Only three of the profiled
women are married.
two wealthy women learn to let
loose on a stripper pole.
"I was appalled," she said. "This
is not what elite women are about."
The women on the show, she
said, are shallow, graceless and
"They eat and breathe money and
clothing," Williams said. In one
episode, queen of mean Sheree
Whitfield drops $6,000 on a private
shoe-shopping spree in her living
room; in another, Kim Zolciak, the
show's only white cast member,
calls her sugar daddy "Big Poppa"
to request $68,000 cash so she can
buy a Cadillac Escalade on the spot.
Despite or perhaps because of
- the furor surrounding the show,
few Houston women were willing
to talk about it with the Chronicle.
When a reporter struck out to get a
peek into what life is really like for
the city's black elite, she was met
with polite no-thank-yous and
snarky voicemails but mostly unre-
turned phone calls.
Merele Yarborough, another
prominent woman in charitable
fund-raising circles who has been
featured on Best Dressed lists,
politely declined to throw open her
closet doors for public inspection.
She found what she saw on
Housewives troubling and hopes it
reflects the slant of the producers.
"I was disappointed by the way
these characters were portrayed,"
she said. "I'm praying they are not
CONCEPT: The reality
franchise about leisured
ladies heads South.
THE SCOOP: No shy
Southern belles here. "I'm
like a black, female Simon
Cowell," says star NeNe. "I
tell it like it is." Okay, NeNe
- tell us about your fellow
Housewives: "Lisa's the hus-
tler; DeShawn is the peace-
maker; Kim is an impulse
shopper and a backstab-
ber; Sheree is a fashionista
and a bitch."
BOTTOM LINE : NeNe
swears they aren't just drama
queens. "We're all mothers."
Plus, "You'll see us do chari-
ty work." We expect nothing
less from hustlers, backstab-
bers, and b&^*#).."
like that. They are like children in a
candy store. They've been given all
this money. It's almost like the
blind leading the blind."
Money is a touchy subject for
most people, but for some affluent
African-Americans there's an
added layer of self-consciousness
about how the black community is
portrayed. They worry that too
much bling reinforces the public's
"I'm just hoping that most people
don't look at this show and think
that every wealthy black woman is
like this," said Williams.
Like their old-money counter-
parts in the Anglo community, the
black elite are quiet about their
wealth and would rather die than
parade themselves showing off
"ridiculous homes that resemble
Potemkin villages," said Lawrence
Otis Graham, author of Our Kind of
People: Inside America's Black
He labeled The Real Housewives
as the "P. Diddy crowd," who are
The black upper class, he said,
doesn't want the likes of them liv-
ing in their neighborhoods, going to
school with their kids and certainly
not marrying into their ranks.
"These are not people who value
education and true philanthropy,"
said Graham, who lives with his
wife and children in an apartment
on Park Avenue in Manhattan and
on an estate in Chappaqua, near the
home of former President Bill and
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. "We
don't know people like them."
Like the women on the show,
Williams admits to a love for fine
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fabulous handbags. She even plans
to launch her own line of women's
golf clothing next year.
But there's more to life than
shopping and parties, she said.
Williams said she prefers to be
known for her work sitting on the
boards of such child-focused non-
profits as Chuck Norris' Kickstart
"I don't like talking about
money," she said.
Two of the shows more liked
stars Lisa Hartwell (ex wife of
r&b crooner Keith Sweat) and
Deshawn "Shawnie" Snow, have
attempted lives of their own
including establishing a jewelry
line and a foundation for young
"We just feel blessed, At the end
of the day, we're just regular peo-
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