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Florida A &M Alumni and spouses (L-R) Charles Buggs, Clifford Buggs, Miriam Buggs, Desire Mathew,
Karen Jenkins and Godfrey Jenkins were among many of the Jacksonville contingency at the game.
FMPowell Photo
by Vaughn Wilson University Rattlers spanked the XXIX in front of an impressive
The game never seemed to be in Bethune-Cookman University crowd of 60,712.
doubt. The Florida A&M Wildcats 58-35 in Florida Classic Continued on page 3

Underwood to Remain Zeta Phi
Beta Basileus Following Lawsuit
Comedian Sheryl Underwood gets to keep her title as president of Zeta
Phi Beta Sorority following a ruling by Washington D.C. Superior Court.
Judge Gerald I. Fisher dismissed a lawsuit filed by Kim Sawyer who,
after losing a close race in July, sought to unseat Underwood. Sawyer
claimed that she was the International Grand Basileus, the official title of
the organization's national president. She then asked the court to declare
that Underwood did not receive a majority of the votes cast at the nation-
al convention, and sought a run-off election.
However, Judge Fisher granted the sorority's motion for a summary
judgment and dismissed Sawyer's case.
"I am grateful that this matter is over and that we as an organization
can move forward in doing what we do best serving the community,"
said Underwood. "I love all of my sorority sisters and look forward to
working to advance the causes of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority."

Colorado Being Sued for Day of Prayer
The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) has
filed a lawsuit against Colorado, claiming its official 'day of prayer' vio-
lates the separation of church and state philosophy. But Mike Johnson,
senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, says separation of church
and state is not part of the United States Constitution.
"Since the time of this nation's founding, public prayer has been an
essential part of our heritage," the attorney contends. "In the tradition of
designating an official day of prayer, it actually began with the
Continental Congress in 1775, and President George Washington issued
his famous National Day of Thanksgiving proclamation."
Johnson notes the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently upheld desig-
nation of prayer events -- federal, state, and local.
"Look, it doesn't matter if someone is offended by prayer," he con-
cludes. "It doesn't mean that you can end an American tradition, and
that's what all these frivolous lawsuits are all about."

Volume 23 No. 10 Jacksonville, Florida November 27 December 3, 2008

Fear of a Black Planet Keeping Racism Alive and Well

The day after Barack Obama was that racism in America is dead.
elected president, African- Obama's election has generated a
Americans across the country heard euphoria among black Americans
that is palpable.
Barack Obama is going to be presi- For some, the
dent and Halle Berry is the most beauti- weight of his-
tory has finally
ful woman in America.. what does that beetory has finallysed
say about the changing melting pot ? after genera-
tions of strug-
a sigh of relief from their white col- gling for equality. But amid the
leagues proclaiming in some way postelection glow of racial harmony

lurks a sobering fact: Racial dispar-
ities persist in just about every
measurable form and they won't
simply melt away because the
nation has a black president.
HBCU student Lynnette Fulton,
23, was part of a group of young
black activists from across the
country who worked to register and
turn out young black voters in the
presidential election. The National
Coalition on Black Civic

Participation brought the group
together shortly after the election to
learn about converting their enthu-
siasm into ongoing political
"Election Day was just the begin-
ning," said Fulton, who lives in
Washington and works as an organ-
izer for the Environmental Justice
and Climate Change Initiative.
"People don't expect President
Obama to be a superhero. We have
to solve our own problems."
The problems are significant.
Quarter of black
Americans in poverty
About a quarter of black
Americans live in poverty nearly
three times the rate for whites at a
time when rising budget deficits
and expensive corporate bailouts
are going to leave little federal
money for anti-poverty programs.
The federal budget deficit is likely
to hit a record $1 trillion next year.
Black adults are less likely than
whites to have college degrees and
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Jacksonville Kicks Off Holiday Season of Giving

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Vinson and Jaice Wilson volunteer for Oper .Silver

As the cold weather kicked into
full gear, so did the well anticipated
"season of giving" in the
Jacksonville area. For the next two
months, citizens and organizations
will pour out their hearts for the
less fortunate.
Already with a head start are
organizations ranging from the
NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars to the
historic Clara White Mission. Other
organizations with events of notes
include the Millions More
Movement and Operation Hope
sponsored by Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church.
The Food Give-Away sponsored
by the Millions More Movement is
based solely on verbal need.
Without a lengthy application


process, those in need simply ask
and they will receive one of the
generous organization's bountiful
Operation Blessing blends a vari-
ety of community organizations
spearheaded by Bethel, that servic-
es thousands in the Springfield area
for an afternoon of giving.
Last weekend in conjunction with
other organizations, the Clara
White Mission hosted their 13th
Annual "Feed The City"
Thanksgiving Dinner & Food Drive
for the homeless and low-income
families. The multi-faceted event
fed thousands while training stu-
dents at their culinary school. In
addition, volunteers distributed
new clothing to the undeserved.

The ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority volunteer at the Feed the
City event hosted by the Clara White Mission


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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, or
call 904-240-9133.

Women's Festive
Holiday Brunch
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-
tions to or
call Kate @ 534-6784. All area
women are invited!

Mayor's Annual
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.
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
Black Nativity
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 with a retro-
spective of the last 100 years of
Gospel music. Performances will be
held at Stage Aurora's Performance
Hall inside the Gateway Mall
For more info, call 765 7372.

Holiday Jazz
and Art Cabaret
A Holiday Jazz and Art Cabaret
Benefit for HELP and ERTE pro-
will take place on December 6th, at
the Gateway Bookstore's Hughes
Gallery featuring jazz and art
together for an evening cabaret fea-

turning Laurence Walden and the
Jazz Connection with Linda Witsell
on the flute and M.C. Gene
Holloman. Doors will open at 6:30
p.m. with the Jazz Cabaret at 8:00
p.m. The bookstore is located at
5238-22 Norwood Avenue. For
advance tickets call the Gateway
Bookstore at 904-765-9582 or 386-

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
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,
December 6th.
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
Contact Kenneth Arnold at 899-
6300, ext. 4444 for more info.

Preservation Clinic
There will be a free
Homeownership Preservation
Clinic sponsored by the War on
Poverty on Saturday, December 6th
from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and will
include free homeownership preser-
vation counseling. The clinic will
be held at the Beaver Street
Enterprise Center, 1225 West

Beaver Street. For more informa-
tion, call Karen Landry at 766-

Writer Reading
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 or
by calling 904.619.6889.
Refreshments, prepared from
Marsha's new book, "An American
Beach Cookbook," will be served.

Locks for Literacy
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.

Christmas with
The Temptations
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 froml0 a.m. to
noon at 1010 N McDuff Ave. Just

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Jeannie at 387-8850.

Links Chic
Boutique Opening
The Bold City Chapter of Links
will open their Chic Boutique at
Edwards Waters College on Friday,
December 12th at 1p.m. in the
Student Union Building. Your gen-
tly used suits for males and females
are requested to help dress the
HBCU students as they dress for
success for upcoming interviews.
For more info, call 634-1993.

Holiday Gardening
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
learn how to have fun creating a
plant arrangement using material
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-
ing gift basket. Bring clippers and a
bucket of flowers, foliage and long-
stemmed twigs from your yard.
Questions call 387-8850.

Northwestern Grand
Reunion '60 -'65
Northwestern Junior and Senior

High School Classes 1960-65 will
hold an all class Grand Reunion on
December 19-20th at the
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel. All
alumni, administrators and guests
are invited to attend. Activities will
include a welcome reception and a
reunion banquet. For more informa-
tion or tickets, call 764-3838 or

"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, Jeff Floyd, 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- or charge by phone 904-

Matthew Gilbert Sr. High School to
hold 11th Annual Grand Reunion
For 10 Years the Eastside Matthew W. Gilbert Jr.-Sr. High School's
"Mighty Panthers" have celebrated all graduating classes from 1952-70.
This 11th Annual Reunion will honor the "Class of 1959" for their 50th
Year Reunion. All alumni, teachers, attendees and guests are invited. Two
fun-filled events are planned for this successful annual event. Plan now
to attend the Welcome Reception from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, January
2nd.; the Banquet on Saturday, January 3, 2009 will begin at 6 p.m. Both
events will be held at the Hyatt Regency River Walk Hotel. Deadline for
purchasing tickets is December 20th. To reserve your tickets, please call
Lydia Jackson-Bell at (904) 765-9224.

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Danielle Gordon, Sheila Gordon and Jangle Gordon
Danielle Gordon, Sheila Gordon and Jangle Gordon

Brenda Miller, Tommy Chandler, Herman Miller, Gracie Chandler,
Betty Cody and William Cody don their orange and green. FMPPHOTOS

FAMU's Dr. Edward Oliver with Gwendolyn and Ernest Lane.

Rev. Mark Griffin, Rep. Audrey Gibson, Cynthia Roberts Griffin and
Circuit Judge Alicia L. Latino enjoy the view from the sky box.

FAMU beats B-CU 58-35 in Florida Classic XXIX

Continued from front
The Rattlers behind quarterback
Curtis Pulley, who scampered for
171 yards on 13 carries, scored
nearly a point a minute against
coach Alvin Wyatt's overmatched
Wildcats. Pulley credits the FAMU
coaches with providing a winning
atmosphere. "I'd just attribute (the
win) to the whole offensive staff
working with us and practicing,"
Pulley said. "They put us in great
position to make plays, and all we
gotta do is go out there and make
them," he added.
FAMU's "Mr. Excitement,"
LeRoy Vann, ignited the Rattler
faithful with an 83-yard kickoff
return for a touchdown in the sec-

ond quarter that broke a short
momentum swing in favor of the
FAMU head coach Joe Taylor
said, "These young men, they've
come together, they're playing
hard, and they really want to con-
tinue to play." Taylor was referring
to the Rattlers' chances of getting
into the NCAA playoffs. Finishing
with a 9-3 record, and second place
in the Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference, the Rattlers came up
just short for a birth in the champi-
onship tournament.
Although in just his first year as
Rattler head coach, Taylor sea's
promise in the program. "I would
say we're on the right track.

There's still some things we need to
get done, but we're on the right
track," Taylor said. Taylor attrib-
uted the high scoring to all three
phases of the team working in uni-
son. "When all three get involved-
offense, defense and special teams-
that's when you normally have (a
high-scoring game)," Taylor said.
The annual classic is the biggest
HBCU Classic football game. With
the downturn in the economy, many
Division I-A schools would love to
draw 60,000 for a game.
The Florida Classic is much more
than a game though; it considered
the biggest black family and class
reunion in the country. Because so
many fans have both FAMU and B-

CU bloodlines, before and after the
game is usually filled with cama-
raderie. The 60 minutes of football
between that time and the halftime
match up between the FAMU
Marching 100 and the B-CU
Marching Wildcats is an all out war.
Anything goes during the game and
The annual Florida Classic is put
on by Florida Classic Consortium,
which is run by FAMU and B-CU.
The generated funds is one of the
biggest single fundraisers for each
of the universities annually.
Additionally, bragging rights for a
year are on the line. It helps with
recruiting of top students as well.
Special thanks to the Capital Outlook

Charlene Taylor Hill
A recent Newsweek magazine published a letter an African-American
mother wrote to her 4-month old son after Barack Obama secured the
presidential victory. In an excerpt, Raina Kelley writes, "no election can
wipe awvay racism, and bigotry will show itself to you in ways subtle or not.
But it is easier today than it was yesterday to see that racism, once a bar-
rier is now more like a hurdle."
For the past 40 years, the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission (JHRC)
has worked diligently to eliminate such barriers and reduce those hurdles,
creating a community of citizens who are free from discriminatory prac-
tices. As an enforcement agency, JHRC is dedicated to eliminating preju-
dice and the practice of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion,
sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status or familial status.
I recently sat down with the Executive Director of the Human Rights
Commission to gain her perspective about the organization's work, the his-
torical election, and the progress we are making toward equitable oppor-
tunities and human rights.

Q: What is the role of the
Human Rights Commission and
the services it provides to the
Jacksonville community?
The purpose of the Jacksonville
Human Rights Commission is to:
- Promote and encourage fair treat-
ment and equal opportunity for all
persons regardless of race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age,
disability, and marital or familial
Promote mutual understanding
and respect among members of all
economic social, racial, religious
and ethnic groups; and,
- Eliminate discrimination against
and antagonism between religious,
racial and ethnic groups.
The JHRC's primary service is to
receive and investigate charges or
complaints of alleged discriminato-
ry practices in employment, hous-
ing and public accommodations.
The JHRC also conducts training
on the anti-discrimination laws it
enforces and works with other
organizations to further its mission.
The JHRC sponsors programs and
activities which help to foster
mutual understanding and respect
among the city's diverse popula-
Q: What would you say to
someone who says "there's equal-
ity in America; why do we need
an organization devoted to
human rights?"

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, as
amended and other subsequent leg-
islation established all citizens
should be free of discriminatory
practices in the workplace, in the
housing market and in the everyday
enjoyment of services made avail-
able to public. Unfortunately, we
still have individuals who are sub-
jected to disparate treatment based
on their race, gender, national ori-
gin, disability, etc.
Have you always been involved
in this type of work (background;
I discovered early in my career
that I wanted to ensure that individ-
uals were treated fairly in the work-
place. Ultimately, this led to my
pursuit of a career in human
resources, particularly focusing on
Training and Organizational
Development. So I was in a role
where I could help colleagues in an
official capacity but I also used my
knowledge to assist friends in other
organizations to analyze situations
they were facing in the workplace
that they perceived to be discrimi-
Q: Tell us about yourself/inter-
est? (college, family)
I am a native of Jacksonville and
a graduate of local public schools. I
received my Bachelor's of Arts
degree in Business Administration
& Economics from B-CC.
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It's not light that's needed, but
fire," said Frederick Douglas some
150 years ago. An old quote, but
the meaning holds true today. I
can't seem to get pass the fact that
America just elected the first
African American president.
One of the angles I do want to
explore regarding the Obama victo-
ry is its impact on young black
males. It's hard not to emphasize
its' significance when you look at
the state of many predominately
African American communities.
As I sat in the barber shop last
week, a young black male with
long dreadlocks, gold teeth and of
course baggy pants said to another
young man that anything can hap-
pen just think we have a black
president now.
And I am certainly not stereotyp-
ing folks with dreadlocks, gold
teeth and baggy pants, but it was
interesting how the Obama victory
has had a subtle change in the
mindset of urban youth.
Could it be that the campaign
message of hope actually broke
through to the demographic that is
in the most need of that kind of
I would challenge that notion and
say that the simplicity of hope is
what makes it so powerful. Imagine
living life and feeling that you have
nothing to live for. You know right
from wrong, but you get caught in a
cycle of self-hate, lack of education
and a glorified "thug" lifestyle.
Yes, it is hard to believe that
someone could live life with no
hope, no respect for others and no
fear of the repercussion of their

actions. Sounds crazy, but there are
young men living that life style
Most of those men are African
American and are from low-
income households and in most
cases single parent households. At
least that what the national statistic
say about criminals and repeat
offenders that have served jail or
prison time.
The numbers certainly don't lie,
but forget the numbers for a
moment we see it every day. Just
drive down Moncrief Road or
Phoenix Avenue, you would see it
for yourself. And I am certainly not
stereotyping young men that are
simply walking down the street or
hanging out on the corner in these
areas. I am just saying that you can
get a good idea of the hopelessness
that some young men embrace
And typically where there's
smoke, there's fire.
There is a sense of hopelessness
that many have that must be dealt
with before our communities can
change for the better. The great
educator, Benjamin Mays, said,
"The tragedy in life doesn't lie in
not reaching your goal. The tragedy
lies in having no goal to reach."
And that quotes gets to the heart of
the matter.
Many of these young men com-
mitting crime not only have hope-
less attitudes about life, but also
have no goals or ambitions outside
of making a fast buck. A large per-
centage of them grew up with no
positive male figure in the home,
hence they their perception of

being a man is jaded.
That's why so many African
American leaders are preaching
that we have to restore our families
if our communities are going to
Of course family values are
important no matter what race you
belong, but as the African
American community continues to
struggle with high crime and alarm-
ing rates of teenage pregnancy,
black males have to be the stabiliz-
ing force of the black family.
Prayer is a powerful force, and has
to be a tool used to combat the vio-
lence happening in our streets, but
there also has to be some compre-
hensive prevention programs and
strategies put in place by the
Sheriff and State Attorney.
What's that old saying? Something
like that if you keep on doing what
you're doing you are going to keep
on getting what you're getting. And
the results we are getting from cur-
rent crime prevention efforts "ain't"
getting the job done.
We seem to be dealing with a large
number of young men who for
whatever reason have no regard for
their lives any other person's life.
At the root of this issue has to be
the lack of direction and guidance
that young men are not receiving as
they grow up in inner-city commu-
nities. You could easily argue that if
more men were involved in their
children's lives crime would be
down and more of our youth espe-
cially young men would have more
of a sense of direction.
There's an old folk saying that
says, "Mothers raise their daughters

Holder Could Be GOP Tarn

by Earl Ofari
Before nomi-
nating Eric
Holder to be his
attorney general, President Elect
Barack Obama quietly asked key
Senate Republicans if there would
be any potential confirmation prob-
lems with Holder's nomination.
Holder is his first cabinet pick and
The last thing he needs is a bitter,
partisan, and contentious scuffle
over Holder.
Holder's legal credentials, admin-
istrative experience, and accom-
plishments are impeccable. As
Clinton's Deputy Attorney General,
he got high marks for initiating
community outreach programs to
address domestic violence, hate
crimes and child abuse, devising
standards for criminal prosecution
of corporations, and handling civil
health care matters. He's also tout-
ed for encouraging greater diversi-
ty and more pro bono work by
attorneys. Holder drew loud cheers
from civil libertarians when he told
the American Constitutional
Society in a speech earlier this year
that he would restore the "rule of
law" to the Justice Department;
meaning that he'd reverse the worst
civil liberties abuses by Bush's
administration in the terrorism war.
Yet Holder's credentials are one
thing, but politics is another. A
political appointment to a top spot
is generally a pro forma affair; it
may be anything but that with
The immediate cause for some

worry is Holder's role in Clinton's
pardon of outlaw financier Mark
Rich in 2001. Holder reportedly
green lighted the pardon, but soon
regretted it. He says he never
would have said anything favorable
about Rich if he had known the full
details of the case. Prosecutors, the
GOP and even Democrats pounded
Clinton for the pardon. But
Holder's input on Rich was only
one factor in Clinton's decision to
pardon Rich, and it was ultimately
Clinton's call.
That probably alone won't assure a
smooth sail for Holder through the
Senate Judiciary Committee. The
Holder nomination gives a badly
mauled GOP a chance to show that
it still has some fight in it and that
it will not simply be a rubber stamp
for Obama. Some conservatives
indeed have said that picking a
fight over some of Obama's top
picks might be a good way to show
the troops that the party can regain
some of its political footing.
The Rich issue is not the only
skeleton that the GOP could
attempt to rattle in Holder's closet
to get that footing. One is the claim
that Holder routinely cleared
Clinton's brother Roger of any
wrongdoing when he lobbied
brother Bill to grant pardons for a
drug trafficker and other high level
crime figures. This charge will also
go nowhere. Clinton did not grant
the pardons. And Holder did not
solely make the call absolving
Roger Clinton of wrongdoing in the
pardon cases. Top FBI officials and
then independent Counsel Robert

Ray also said that Clinton did not
do anything illegal.
Another possible hit point is
Holder's lobbying on behalf of
telecom giant Global Crossing after
the company went belly up in 2002.
Global Crossing incurred millions
in debt. Back in June, the
Republican National Committee
first brought this up and claimed it
would push to make it a campaign
issue. The RNC didn't say just
what the issue was. It didn't matter.
The charge also went nowhere.
Then there is the Elian Gonzalez
case. In 1999 Cuban leaders in
Florida were furious at Clinton
Attorney General Janet Reno for
enforcing a court order requiring
that the six year-old Gonzalez be
removed from his relatives' home
in Miami and returned to Cuba. As
Deputy Attorney General, Holder
took some heat for enforcing the
court order.
The same year Holder drew more
fire for his role in approving the
clemency request for 16 members
of the radical Puerto Rican inde-
pendence group FALN convicted
of a string of terrorist bombings
and murders. The FBI, Bureau of
Prisons and U.S. state attorneys
opposed clemency for the 16.
Silence on the part of government
officials is always taken as a sign
by politically driven inquistors that
an official has something to hide or
is trying to dodge culpability for
their actions when things go wrong.
The FALN clemency issue could
prove to be even more an irritant
for Holder than the Rich case. In

and let their sons grow up." Too
many black men are heading down
the wrong path at a very young age
because they are not being raised
In fact, I keep wearing this stat
out, but today in America there
were more black men in prison than
college. Statistics say that half of
the black babies born in this coun-
try are born to single teen mothers.
That's important because of the
"economic divide" that blacks face
in this country. "This economic
divide further separates the haves
from the have-nots," says Dr.
Bryant Williams.
We cannot afford to continue to
allowing ours sons to grow up in
the streets because too many of
these young men have totally lost
touch what it means to be a man. Or
should I through in an adjective and
say that too many young black men
don't know what it means to be a
"real" man.
Hopefully Barack Obama will
continue to inspire young black
men to be strong community and
family leaders. So pull up your
pants, comb your hair and start act-
ing like you actually care about
your appearance.
I would say that enough is enough,
but we are pass that point.
I am reminded of the words of
Harriet Tubman who said, "I freed
thousands of slaves. I could have
freed thousands more, if they had
known they were slaves."
Signing off from MLK Parkway
and Myrtle Ave,
Reggie Fullwood

et June, the RNC tried to
stir up the pot on the
FALN issue when it
issued a press release urging the
FALN clemency be made a cam-
paign issue. There were no bites
and the issue quickly died.
Then Holder was not an elected
official, held no government office,
and was only one of several top
advisors to Obama. The talk of him
being Obama's pick as attorney
general was just that, talk.
However, he now is Obama's pick
and a GOP thirsting for anyone to
target to make trouble for Obama
may just see Holder as that target.

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Mainstream media

SPutting too Much

Lipstick on that Pig

by William Reed
"Barack Obama's campaign and election has spawned a new racial narra-
tive in America. Take note that the new storyline is trickery designed to dis-
tort realities of the nation's racial landscape.
Through Obama, blacks have a sense of inclusion in America. But, beyond
the euphoria of the moment we need to access the realities and understand
that Obama is just another black face on the same old white system.
Will it be status quo in America or something new? Major media now pro-
claims "Obama's election has produced a post-racial America". Media com-
panies with dismal records of racial inclusion among their own ranks have
the guile to declare "all things are equal" and proclaim the US "a 'race-neu-
tral' society".
Mark it media "make-believe". None other than Fox News "called out"
Ralph Nader when he said of Obama: "He is our first African-American
president...But his choice, basically, is whether he's going to be Uncle Sam
for the people of this country, or Uncle Tom for the giant corporations."
Nader actually accused the Republican and Democratic parties of being too
tightly aligned with corporate interests, but media mischievously labeled it:
"Ralph Nader Ends Campaign in Disgrace, Calling Obama an Uncle Tom".
With al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri as its foil, his comments to Obama
in his "On the Parting of Bush and the Arrival of Obama" were fashioned by
America's establishment media to be "he used a racial epithet" and that he
"described the president-elect in demeaning terms that imply he does the
bidding of whites". Al-Zawahri criticized Obama's foreign policy positions
on Afghanistan and Israel and ridiculed his worldview saying Obama had
the "same criminal American mentality towards the world and Muslims" as
his predecessors. He said Obama was the "direct opposite of honorable
black Americans" like Malcolm X and "in you, and Colin Powell, Rice, and
your likes, the words of Malcolm X concerning 'House Negroes' are con-
The post-racial media, and their adherents "took offense" for Obama.
Mychal Massie, director of Project 21, a black conservative network, took to
the microphone to say: "While no fan of Barack Obama...I find this terror-
ist's be highly offensive". Another black said, "Let's see how
he feels about that 'house negro' when the 'house negro' drops a precision
munition into his living room".
People such as Mr. Massie willingly perpetuate American establishment's
flawed premise; insisting that the gap in wealth, income, health care and
education is due to an inherent culture of victimization and that "If people of
color only worked harder, they'd be fine". That's the plot mainstream media,
Massie and their ilk would like to promote. But, how can we be in an idyl-
lic post-racial America when nearly 40 percent of black children under 5 live
at or below the poverty line? Or, when the gaps in wealth, income, educa-
tion and health care have widened over the last eight years? In 2006, 20.3
percent of blacks were not covered by health insurance, compared to only
10.8 percent of whites. In 2007, the unemployment rate for blacks was twice
that for whites.
While we rightfully revel in the historical significance of Barack Obama's
election, the real racial narrative is that while some things have changed, for
the majority of African Americans nothing has changed. The media can call
those who speak ill of the American Establishment "pariahs", but be leery of
the; establishment's"post-election pabulum' an'd presentations that now "all
now equal". A change at the top does not always lead to changes at the bot-
tom. Put simply, putting lipstick on a pig does not make it a lady. Blacks
would be foolish to confuse this moment with their overall movement.
"Our union can be perfected," Obama told the multitude gathered in Grant
Park. "What we've already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must
achieve tomorrow." Barack's words toward more achievements "tomorrow"
are good, but only he can illustrate how his being at the top will be any dif-
ferent from Condi and Colin in helping all of us get there from where we are

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The local election spawned interests across the gamut of motivating
urban voters. Shown above Florida coastal Law School student (3rd
from left) organized voter education rallies in Jacksonville's urban
communities that she financed herself. Also shown areKarl Eburne,
Lauren Russell, Marilyn Rogers and Katrina Rogers at a rally at a local
barber shop. j Gray photo
Despite Perceived Gain, Racism

is Alive and Well in America

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more likely to be in prison. Blacks
are less likely than whites to have
health insurance and, on average,
they don't live as long as whites.
Homicide is the leading cause of
death among black males ages 15 to
34 and it has been for years.
The good news: Poverty and edu-
cation levels for blacks have
improved in the past two decades,
and incarceration rates for blacks
are dropping even as they increase
for whites.
Still, the income gap has barely
changed in 30 years, with a typical
black household making only 62
percent of the income of a typical
white household.
Marc Morial, president and CEO
of the National Urban League,
knows the numbers well. Each year,
the civil rights group publishes a
book called "The State of Black
America," which has chapters of
data on disparities between whites
and blacks.
"A mere election does not change
the abject conditions for African-
Americans or the 230-plus years of
racial injustice," Morial said.
The foreword of the 2007 edition
of the book was written by Obama,
then the junior senator from
Obama: 'A long way to go'
"This sad story is a stark reminder
that the long march toward true and
meaningful equality in America
isn't over," Obama wrote. "We have
a long way to go."
In his election-night victory
speech Obama talked about the his-
toric nature of his election. But he
had spent much of the campaign
soft-pedaling race; he acknowl-
edged its role in society when
asked, but he rarely brought it up on
his own.
Nevertheless, many black
Americans, who voted more than 9-
to-1 for Obama, have embraced his
victory as their own.
"You can never really measure the
symbolism of a Barack Obama vic-
tory," Morial said. "There is no sub-
stitute for this idea of role model-

Others didn't greet Obama's elec-
tion so warmly.
Hate crimes and threats
Since Election Day, authorities
across the nation have documented
numerous alleged hate crimes relat-
ed to Obama's election. More
threats have been directed toward
Obama than any previous presi-
dent-elect, including potentially
threatening writings, Internet post-
ings and other activities, authorities
Still, more than 40 million whites
voted for Obama in the presidential
election. Republican John McCain
won a majority of the white vote,
but Obama did better among white
voters than Democratic nominee
John Kerry did in 2004.
The Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.,
president and CEO of the Hip Hop
Caucus, compared Obama's elec-
tion to Jackie Robinson breaking
the Major League Baseball color
barrier in 1947.
Robinson, who played for the
Brooklyn Dodgers, was subjected
to racial slurs and taunts at ball-
parks across the nation. It took
years for other teams to integrate
and even longer for them to hire
black coaches and managers.
"When he broke the color barrier,
what happened?" asked Yearwood,
whose Washington-based organiza-
tion promotes political activism.
"The problems were still there, but
it began to create changes."
Yearwood said Obama's election
inspired a lot of young blacks to
vote and get involved in the cam-
paign. He is now encouraging
young activists to use the same
enthusiasm to lobby the govern-
ment for more jobs in poor neigh-
borhoods and better health care for
those who can't afford it.
"People in the 'hood want to be
involved in politics. They want to
know what a filibuster is," he said,
referring to a procedure used in the
Senate to block votes on legislation,
even when it is supported by a slim


In front of an th e
audience that
included Police Superintendent
Warren Riley and Mayor Ray
Nagin, Minister Louis Farrakhan,
now 75, gave both a stem directive
and a message of hope about the
presidency of Barack Obama as the
closing speech of this week's State
of the Black World Conference.
In the past, Farrakhan, the Nation
of Islam leader, has been critical of
Jews and called the pope an
Antichrist. But the final message
was without such controversy.
Instead, it focused on how the black
community can best take advantage
of the opportunities that a black
president may have to offer.
Obama's election sends a clear
message: "God has not forsaken
us," he said.
But after the victory comes "heavy
responsibility," he said, advocating
that the black community must put
aside conflict, plan strategically and
then work hard, side by side.
Getting attention for such an
agenda won't be easy, given the
economic times, which are forcing
even corporate giants such as
General Motors, Ford and Chrysler
to disembark "from their corporate
jets in Washington, a tin cup in

w Orleans Hosts State of

Black World Conference

hand," he said.
He analyzed certain parts of
Obama's campaign. Yes, for
instance, Obama could have made
more mention of Hurricane Katrina,
he said. But the average American,
unfamiliar with Lakeview or St.
Bernard, can only see the catastro-
phe through a racial lens, he said.
"When the images of Katrina
come up, it's not white folks on the
roofs, not white bodies in the
water," he said. So Obama dared
not mention it, because he was
maneuvering "through a minefield"
-- effectively, as it turns out, he
Recently, Farrakhan said, he had
discovered that Barack Obama had
traveled to Washington, D.C., in
1995 for the Million Man March,
organized by Farrakhan. Farrakhan
said Obama had been critical, say-
ing that the march had lacked an
agenda around which the two mil-
lion men could organize.
He was right, Farrakhan said, and
now the black community must cre-
ate and organize around just such an
"We've got work to do," he said.
Another highlight od the confer-

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks at the State of the
Black World Conference in New Orleans, Sunday Nov. 23, 2008.

ence was an address by Hillary
Clinton The event featured panel
discussions about race, the
superdelegate system, health care
and the economy. Presidential can-
didates Barack Obama, John
McCain and Mike Huckabee

declined invitations to speak,
though Obama offered to send his
wife, Michelle. Louisiana elected
officials who attended included
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin,
U.S. Rep. William Jefferson and Lt.
Gov. Mitch Landrieu.



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November 27 December 3, 2008

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Christian Musical Concert Dec. 13th
There where will be a special musical at New Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church on December 13th at 6 p.m.Christian Fellowship
Inspirational Gospel Choirs under the direction of Rev. Mattie Freeman will
be performing. The program will be dedicated to all seniors.
The church is located at 1996 Mayport Road in Atlantic Beach, Rev.
Marvin Nash, Pastor.
Community Comes Together for "Put

Down the Weapons March" Nov. 29th
A new collaboration of the Jacksonville Urban League, MAD DADS,
93.3 "The Beat", The Big Apple Sports Bar & Lounge, Robert Gibson Law
Office, ABC Junk Yard, Next Level Barber Shop, Cream Entertainment,
and others will host a post Thanksgiving Rally and March at A. Phillip
Randolph Park, 12 noon, Saturday, November 29.
This Rally is dedicated to all who have lost loved ones because of the
senseless violence. Representatives from the State Attorney's Office, MAD
DADS and others will address the gathering. The Black Firefighters,
Sheriffs Crime Prevention Unit, Fire Fighters, Paramedic Units and others
will provide exhibits and information.
There will also be Free Food, music, a car show and games for the kids
will highlight the event. Everyone is invited to bring unwrapped toys to be
donated to P.A.L. and Hubbard House affiliated children. The event will
conclude with a youth-led March featuring the Andrew Jackson High
School Drum Line to encourage residents in several Eastside neighbor-
hoods to "Put down the Weapons, Break the Code of Silence and Stop the
Violence and the Killings!"
St. Gabriel's Episcopal to Celebrate
Family and Friends Day, Dec. 7
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 5325 Moncrief Road, will celebrate
Family and Friends Day at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 7th.
The celebration will feature the H. Alvin Green Memorial Alumni
Chorale, with a special featured appearance by The Heavenly Angels Youth
Choir. Both are under the direction of Ms. Patricia Black. This festive occa-
sion will fill you with joy. Come, visit St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, the
small church with the big heart.
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist to present
Handel's Messiah, Sunday, Dec. 21st
Roger D. Sears will conduct The Community Mass Choir featuring
Michelle Grant, Soprano; Francesca Scott, Alto; Marty Simmons, Tenor'
and Eland Wilson, Bass; with Michael Booker on the Harpsichord and
Henry Mack on the Organ, with the Chamber Orchestra. The Christmas
Portion of Handel's Messiah will be presented at 5 p.m., Sunday December
21, i2008 at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1118 West Beaver
Street. All are welcome.

"Our Roles Will Not Change"

The Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al
Sharpton, viewed as perhaps the
highest profiled civil rights leaders
in the nation, both say their roles
will not change as America beholds
its first Black president.
"The issues haven't gone away,"
says Sharpton. "Barack Obama said
this is the beginning of change. This
is not change itself. It's almost
insulting to act like Blacks should
now shut

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because we have a Black presi-
In an interview, Sharpton was
responding to widely held percep-
tions and debates by pundits and
TV personalities that President-
Elect Barack Obama will now
become America's new Black
Both Jackson and Sharpton, hav-
ing been presidential candidates
themselves, said in interviews that
while they are celebrating the his-
toric election, it is ridiculous to
think that a sitting president could
single-handedly eliminate the
i luminous problems in the
B Black community.
Illustrating, Jackson com-
pared the anticipation of the
S Obama to another big day in
- B lack history.
"It's the biggest day since
Dec. 31, 1862," when slaves
awaited the signing of the
Emancipation Proclamation.
"After 246 years of slavery,
n we hoped for an Emancipation
Lincoln signed the order the
ne\t day, but still they had to wait
until the 13th amendment in 1865
to get free."
Jackson explains, "This is the
beginning of a struggle. What
we want now is we want
the playing field even.
We want civil rights
laws enforced and funded
for all Americans. Just to
even the playing field
would be a massive step
toward a more perfect

Still pride in and affinity for the
nation's first Black president and
the magnanimous stride that he rep-
resents will cause traditional rights
leaders to reserve judgment and not
act hastily toward him.
"Sure we will be patient Av ith and
sensitive to President Barack
because he is our candidate and %we
are utterly fascinated with him,"
Jackson said. "There's no question
about that.
But, we must continue our quest
to address the issues of pain and cri-
Jackson says Obama will make
their jobs much easier.
"When you have a good pres-
ident who is positive, you
tend to get remedy," he
says. "When you have a
guy like Bush, who is
hostile, you tend to get
Widely seen on
national television with
tears streaking his face
at the Chicago victory cele-
bration, Jackson told what he was
thinking at that moment:
"I looked at Barack standing
there in all of the majesty...I saw
children in Kenya and Haiti and
Europe all riding on his every word.
It was a joy. But, then the journey to
get us there was what really broke
me down," he said.
He reflected on civil rights lead-
ers and activists who were killed,
beaten and bitten by dogs.
"After all these struggles, here
was this guy standing there in all of
his majesty giving leadership to the
world," he said. "It was overwhelm-

ing to me and I just wished Medgar
Evers or Dr. King could have been
there just for a minute
to see the results of
their work They
cere redeemed A
that night
T h e
marchers and .
the mnartrs and
the murdered
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were redeemed that
Among those who were there
among the civil rightsprotestors of
the 60s was the Rev. Joseph
Lowery, who co-founded the
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference alongside Dr. King. An
avid Obama supporter throughout
the entire campaign, Lowery said
after the election that civil rights
leaders must now stay the course:
"We must continue to speak truth
to power no matter what color
power is."

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Georgia Law Deprives Former Sex

Offenders from Church Service

Critics of Georgia's sweeping
new crackdown on sex offenders
urged a federal judge last week to
block a provision that bans
offenders from volunteering at
churches because they say it robs
them of their right to participate
in religious worship, according to
an article in the Athens Banner-
Herald (November 14, 2008).
State attorneys argued the mea-
sure's goal is to keep Georgia's
children safe from sex offenders
who attempt to work at churches
and other spots where children
U.S. District Judge Clarence
Cooper did not issue an immedi-
ate decision, but his ruling will
help resolve a growing litany of
lawsuits targeting the strict sex
offender law.
The main portion of the meas-
ure bans sex offenders from liv-
ing, working 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 tough-
est, was passed in 2006 at the urg-
ing 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
Legislators were forced to retool
the law earlier this year after the
Georgia Supreme Court ruled that
the measure failed to protect the
property rights of offenders.
Attorney Gerry Weber said
some sex offenders have been
told it's illegal to sing in a church
choir, set up religious events, lead
a Bible study and even sing in an
adult choir. One sex offender was
prosecuted for playing piano at a
church function, he said.
These are acts required by their
faiths," said Weber. "All of these
folks need and want as a matter of
their faith to participate in these
activities. And they can't."
The state's attorneys contended
the measure helps churches
remain a "place of safety and
refuge," and suggested that critics
had little hard evidence that the
new rules threatened any protect-
ed religious activities.

"Vengance is mine" said the Lord,
but somewhere. somplace,
Prophetess Juanita Bynum must be
having a small chuckle.
Last week her ex-husband, the
same one who battered her in a
hotel parking lot, was evicted from
his church. Bishop Thomas Weeks
III, the leader of Global Destiny
International Ministries, [who was
last in the news for seeking a new
wife via the Internet] held his recent
worship services off site after his
renowned Duluth, Ga. church was
evicted from its campus.
According to Stephanie Friese,
attorney for Grimes-Square
Executive, Inc., "He hasn't made
any payments at all since July of
this year. The landlord did try to
work out something with him."
Friese said the bishop owes more
than $400,000 in rent and fees.
Eviction proceedings were initiat-
ed against Weeks in early October.
According to court documents,
Weeks tried unsuccessfully to delay
the eviction. A sheriffs deputy
came to the church campus last
Friday to carry out the eviction. The
campus includes business offices
and a sanctuary.
Church officials said Weeks will
continue holding worship services
elsewhere, currently at a Norcross,
Ga. Holiday Inn.
Weeks has long battled financial

On March 11, 2008 Weeks pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for
attacking Bynum and avoided jail time with her blessing. She stood by
him at the courthouse steps.

problems since the demise of his
stormy marriage to national evan-
gelist Juanita Bynum. It was report-
ed that he faced several civil law-
suits for past-due accounts --
including possible eviction from
his church.
In February Weeks said that
Global Destiny Church had lost
1,600 of its 3,400 members after he
attacked Bynum in an Atlanta hotel
parking lot in 2007, but member-
ship was on the rebound.
According to Gwinnett County

Civil Court records, Friese filed an
eviction notice Aug. 23, 2007.
Court records show Weeks owed

$50,555 in back rent for his church.
That case was later dropped after a
payment arrangement was reached.
This time, the landlord and Weeks
could not come to an agreement.
"He never offered a set amount of

money," Friese said. "The posses-
sion is now with the Gwinnett
County Sheriffs Office."
"People do not understand the
cost of running a worldwide min-
istry," Weeks said.
When he spoke to the congrega-
tion, Weeks said, "It's been a diffi-
cult journey the last 17 months." He
thanked worshipers for their
prayers the past two days. The
sound system was weak, making it
a challenge to hear in the back
rows, where people were standing.
He told his congregation he wants
to pay off debt and only worry
about utilities, "and pay those off
too, in advance."
A long line of church members
stood up and offered donations at
the pulpit.
After introductory remarks,
Weeks turned the service over to
guest pastor Medina Pullings, who
gave the main sermon.
Church usher Eric Duffy said he

loves Bishop Weeks and doesn't
intend to stop coming. "This is just
a block in the road," Duffy said of
the church's eviction. "We just got
to move the block and keep going."

Did You Know: Slaves Helped Build the White House

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Who's Talking

Charlene Taylor Hill
Continued from page 3
I moved to Miami and worked for
the largest bank holding company
in Florida (at the time). I returned
to Jacksonville in 1991, during a
meltdown in the banking industry
similar to what we're experiencing
now to work with Wachovia/Wells
Fargo. In 1995, I was appointed to
my current position by former
Mayor John Delaney and was reap-
pointed to the position by Mayor

John Peyton in 2003.
Q: What interests you most
about your job? What frustrates
you most about your job?
I am passionate about my work
and my interest in seeing that resi-
dents are treated fairly and have an
equal opportunity to benefits avail-
able. What frustrates me is the fact
that we still have people who expe-
rience discrimination in 2008.
Q: I have heard folks say that
Barack Obama's election as pres-
ident serves as proof that all is
well when it comes to equal
opportunities/race relations in
America. What are your
I am very proud of the historic
election of President-elect Barack
Obama. His election speaks vol-
umes about how far we have come
in America that an African
American can and was elected to
the presidency of the United States.
Without a doubt, it is an awesome
accomplishment but it is a personal

what is still considered today as
America's finest 18th-century stone
According to the White House
Historical Association, commis-
sioners charged by Congress to
build the White House and the
newly created District of Columbia
under the direction of the president
hoped to import workers from
Europe. But the recruitment efforts
were dismal, according to the asso-
ciation, and they turned to slaves to
provide the bulk of the labor.
Free African Americans and immi-
grant Scots also participated in the
construction. Skilled slaves from
quarrymen to carpenters and brick
makers to sawyers turned raw
materials into the lumber, stone,
brick and nails that ultimately

S achievement that does not
necessarily signify an end to
discriminatory practices or acts of
bias or prejudice.
Unfortunately, there are still indi-
viduals in our community and in the
country, who will continue to expe-
rience some form of discrimination
or prejudice in the workplace, while
looking for a residence or shopping
in the mall.
My hope is that, as a result of the
election, we will have more people
willing to engage in conversations
about our perceived differences.
Q: What can people do to sup-
port the work/efforts of the
Jacksonville Human Rights
First of all, if an individual feels
that he or she has been discriminat-
ed against, they should call us. We
have staff available who will listen
to the individual's situation and
answer questions. Specifically,
they can help the individual deter-
mine if his/her complaint fits with
the legal definition of discrimina-

became the home at 1600
Pennsylvania Ave. Slaves quarried
and cut the rough stone from the
government's quarry at Aquia, in
Northern Virginia.
They also turned out bricks used
for the temporary worker huts that
were built on the grounds. Much of
the lumber came from a slave-man-
aged mill at White Oak Swamp near
Richmond. Many of the slaves were
rented out by their owners to help
construct the landmark, documents
from the period show.
The owners were paid $5 a month.
Slaves "handled carpentry, cleared
the grounds, worked in the quarries
and lumber mills and poured con-
crete," according to a 2005 article
in "The Crisis," the national
NAACP's magazine. "Fed corn-

bread, beef and pork and living in
huts on the Capitol grounds, the
slaves were also given medical
attention. The cost of clothing and
inoculations were docked from the
slaveowners' rent," the article stat-
When the White House was near-
ly finished in late 1800s, President
John Adams of Massachusetts was
its first occupant. The second occu-
pant, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia,
started a tradition that continued
with other slave-holding presidents
- they brought their personal
slaves to help staff the White
In'1801, President Jefferson took
about a dozen slaves from
Monticello with him as he set up
occupancy in the White House.

Many lived in quarters on the White
House's first floor, while others
slept on the second floor in the first
family's quarters. While largely
overlooked, the role of slaves in
building the president's home has
drawn some attention in recent
In 2005, Congress created a task
force to recognize the role of slaves
in the construction of the White
House, the Capitol and other gov-
ernment buildings in the nation's
capital. A proposal to build a
memorial to slaves later was intro-
duced in Congress, but not
However, Congress has authorized
the Smithsonian to develop the
National Museum of African-
American History and Culture.



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Is Cheating the Norm? New Study Suggests

Infidelity is More Common than Monogamy

A new study suggests between 40
to 70 percent of partners cheat on
their spouses, making infidelity the
new norm in a relationship. "It's
very high," according to University
of Montreal researcher Genevieve
According to information collect-
ed from about 500 people, those
with avoidant-attachment styles,
who had inadequate parenting as
children, were more likely to have
affairs because they're afraid of inti-
macy. Often, they committed adul-
tery to distance themselves from
their partner and to convince them-
selves they had the freedom to do as
they wanted, even if they were in a
"These numbers indicate that
even if we get married with the best
of intentions things don't always
turn out the way we plan. What
interests me about infidelity is why
people are willing to conduct them-
selves in ways that could be very
damaging to them and to their rela-
The results don't surprise Dr. Tina
B. Tessina, a psychotherapist and
author of a number of books,
including "The Commuter

Marriage ."a g
"Contrary to what
we'd like to
believe, I think
there's always
been more infi-
delity than faith-
fulness," Tessina
said. "America has
a huge prostitution
industry, for one
thing, that few
people ever talk about. Who's keep-
ing it going? Add to that the one-
night stands when people are on
business trips, affairs at the office,
and all the other sexual encounters
married people can have. It is not a
new phenomenon. It has been going
on for all of history."
"Even when sexual infidelity is
punishable by death, it still hap-
pens," Tessina said. "The sex drive
is powerful, and if you add a little
alcohol to reduce inhibitions, it
becomes even more irresistible.
The illicit nature of an affair adds to
the excitement. Staying faithful is
not easy, and requires the kind of
marital connection that makes your
partner more attractive and easier to
be intimate with than the attractive

- stranger, their fun, but they are choosing
S" instead to be obligated to another
person and lie and humiliate them?"
Contrary Why is that? According to Della
to what Casa: "We live in a 'me-focused'
Sm o s t society where many people view
p e o p 1 e themselves as their own personal
t h i n k, brand and as the center of their own
the num- universe," Della Casa said.
ber of "A selfish and self-serving indi-
m a I e vidual is going to do what they
commit- want to do when they want to do it,
ment-phobic cheaters isn't any and it doesn't matter how anyone
worse than women, the study else feels about it," she said.
shows. "...Infidelity isn't more "Cheating is an almost inevitable
prevalent in men," Beaulieu- consequence of narcissism, because
Pelletier said. a narcissist believes they should
Regardless of the statistics, have what they want, when they
Brenda Della Casa, author of the want it. They also tend to want to
relationship book, "Cinderella was prove the rules do not apply to them
a Liar," said people need to focus so if society or a partner is telling
on the bigger picture. "Selfishness them they cannot have outside rela-
and cheating may be the norm but it tionships, they could very well take
doesn't make it right," she said. an, 'I'll show you' approach."
"Let's think about this for a Her answer to the cultural problem
moment: divorce is common, being is simple. "Instead of glorifying the
single at a later age doesn't earn you mystery and independence an affair
a Scarlet Letter and many women offers, we should be highlighting
are earning a good living-even out the stories of the cheaters who were
earning-their male counterparts... caught and how many of them wish
People can stay single and sleep they could go back in time and
with whomever they'd like and have change it," she said.


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One of the most common myths is
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HILL HARPER: Actor, Author, Activist on his friend

Barack Obama, new book, and 'CSI New York'

COUPLE: Beyonce and Jay-Z beat Will &
Jada; the Beckhams and Brangelina.
The collective bank account of Jay-Z and his
wife Beyonce Knowles is bigger than any other
celebrity couple in the entertainment industry,
according to Forbes magazine's new list of
Hollywood's 20 Top-Earning Couples.
"BeyonJay" earned a total of $162 million
between June 1, 2007 and June 1, 2008, which
puts them on a perch overlooking second-place finishers Will and Jada
Pinkett Smith, who pulled $85 million in the same time frame.
David Beckham and his wife Victoria come in third with $58 million, fol-
lowed by country music couple, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill with $35 mil-
lion, and non-married couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, banking $34
million together.
'BOXING NEEDS ME': Boxer says he will
come out of retirement for the right price.
"" It's going to take $100 million for retired boxer
SLennox Lewis to step back into the ring again.
After former foe Vitali Klitschko called for a re-
match of their 2007 fight, Lewis said on Sunday he
would be tempted to return only if he was offered the
$100 million sum, and nothing less.
"If someone wants to pay me serious money,
$100 million or so, then I will fight again," said Lewis, according to AFP.
"I don't have to do this, I don't need the money and my legacy speaks for
itself. But boxing needs me the heavyweight game is so boring now. All
the characters are gone. I would like to save my sport."
"The fights have been so dull and one-sided. I couldn't believe what I
was watching," added the former heavyweight champ after seeing the
Klitschko-Peter fight from Berlin last month.
"Boxers usually come back or continue fighting for two reasons," he
said. "Either the atmosphere of the crowd or the money. Me? I don't need
either, I'm happy as I am. But I think the sport needs me and I love my
sport. And I don't like seeing it the way it is."
So far Lewis has only received offers of $40 million to return.
"It would have to be nearer $100 million to make me say yes, but
there are people out there who can get that kind of money together," he
said. "There are a lot of people who would pay to see me fight again. It
would be exciting, for the sport and for me. And if I come back, it will be
to win, not play."
Lewis quit in June 2003 after he won a technical knock-out victory over
Klitschko when the referee had to intervene in the sixth round with the
Ukrainian suffering a badly cut eye.

by K Yarbrough
AAA is not just a reference to the
Auto Club; it also is a nod to Hill
Harper, the actor, author, and
While his most recent foray into
the public eye is through his role as
Sheldon Hawkes on the television
show "CSI: New York," but he's
been acting since he was just 7
years old.
Since then, he's locked in memo-
rable performances in Spike Lee's
1996 film "Get on the Bus" and
2000's "The Visit." He's also writ-
ten two critically acclaimed books
"Letters to a Young Brother" and
"Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE
Your Destiny."
Harper led the United Negro
College Fund's HBCU Empower
Me Tour, serves as a Big Brothers
Big Sisters mentor, and has also
launched a social network called, and estab-
lished the MANifest Your Destiny
foundation, a non-profit youth
organization. Whew.
But Hill Harper is not looking to
slow down. The ivy-leaguer is
preparing his third book, filming
the CSI series -- fresh off the cam-
paign of his Harvard schoolmate
Barack Obama, where he served as
a member of the Obama for
America National Finance
"It's become famous now, but he's
been community organizing for
years; doing a lot of work in the
community in Chicago, helping out
steelworkers that have been laid off
in the Southside and in Gary,
Indiana, doing voter registration
work, working out of the basement
a church on the Southside for about
$13,000 a year," Harper told EUR's

Lee Bailey of his good friend,
President-elect Barack Obama. "So,
he came with a great deal of life
experience, whereas a number of
us, myself included, came straight
from undergrad to grad school. So I
was younger and still trying to fig-
ure out what I was going to do with
my life. Was I going to go on the
artistic side, or into government?
There were a lot of intelligent,
super smart, super committed peo-
ple at Harvard Law School at that
Harper continued that he and a
number of Harvard Alums helped
work on the campaign and are cur-
rently apart of Obama's transition
"It's just wonderful to look back
and see that so many people were
so committed to wanting to change
the world have been able to work
together in ways to support and
help facilitate hopefully over the
course of the next eight years there
can be real substantive change in
terms of the US and policy. We're
going to see some shifts," he said.
"There's a great transition team
working extremely hard to make
sure they hit the ground running
come January 21st and really focus
on that first hundred days. There are
big elements of this campaign that
he talked about that I think are
going to be the initial focus; cer-
tainly getting the economy back on
track to a place where people are
less fearful about their jobs and
about losing their homes."
Harper shared that the Obama he
knows today is not so different of
the Obama of his Harvard days.
"It's very interesting. There's not
much difference between the per-
son he is now and the person he was

then. He's fundamentally the same
person. At Harvard Law School, he
was extremely committed to public
service and working to improve the
lot of life of people. Period," he
said. "And this is a really important
part. When we graduated there are
four classes of students,
as far as honors there's
Suma Cum Laude,
Magna Cum Laude,
Cum Laude, and, I like
to joke, Thank-you-
Lawdy. No one had
been Suma Cum Laude
in 30 years and no one
was our year. Barack
was one of three or four
that was Magna Cum
Laude. I was in the Cum
Laude, which was about
20-30 people, and then
there was everybody
else. So even if you
were in the everybody
else category; even if
you were the lowest
graduate from Harvard
Law School, you had
the opportunity to clerk
for amazing level
courts, you have the
opportunity to work in
six-figure salary paying
jobs, let alone being the
top graduate and also
the president of the
Harvard Law Review,
which he was. He
could've clerked for the
Supreme Court, he could've
clerked for the Appellate Court, he
could've taken any number of
amazing high-paying jobs."
He also reminded that Obama, as
well as most law students, graduat-
ed with student debt, so the attrac-

Sister Souljah Returns to Literary World with a Prequel to her
by Karen Hunter, BV prison at 33, will her story still be complete form -- a would want to know about this though violence, drugs and sex
Sister Souljah wants to make it hot? Would she hase the same con- beginning. middle, character. Midnight, who had avery while maintaining his dignity and
clear that her latest book, fidence? Her mom s and an end." limited role in 'The Coldest Winter devotion to his family, his religion
Ever' but seemed to be and to himself.
sequel (noun) A published, broadcast 4. so vivid and jcal foi so, W1ilc-also.ightirig off.ithel aa..g_
or recorded work that continues the story many. m omen \ ho seem ato -tr'
or develops the theme of an earlier one. "I had women and sele at him at e' eri turn,
prequel (noun) A story or movie girls telling me how Midnight becomes a man, falls in
much they loved him love and tries to do the right thing
containing events that precede those dead, and they wanted to meet by all of the women in his life-his
of an existing work. h e r him. I even had one mother, his sister, and eventually
'Midnight,' is not a sequel to 'The father is doing liife woman tell me that she his wife.
Coldest Winter Ever.' It's a prequel. These are real thing had actually met him on "I thought, 'wouldn't it be some-
And for those who have been that happened. She ; a highway one night. thing to speak in a male voice?'And
writing her and calling her hotline doesn't have the same And I kept telling them wouldn't it be something else to
for the last ten years, urging her to resources. Do you really that he wasn't real. He speak in an Islamic voice? Once I
hurry up and write the sequel to her hold the same position \ was just a character I realized I had to go deep into my
smash success, 'The Coldest Winter when you're 33? Can r\ou0 .Author Sister Souiljah made up. But so many imagination and that the manhood
Ever,' they may be waiting for a talk all of that shi :,u women wanted him to had to stay in the tone and that I
very long time. talked when you 'eAre a The o\ er\\helmmin be real They knew nothing, couldn't slip into a Souljah or femi-
"I wrote 'The Coldest Winter teenager? No! So what makes reaction to 'The Coldest Winter absolutely nothing about him, but nine voice, I got excited about it. As
Ever' as a complete work. If I were that so hot? Ever' and people's connection to the they were in love with him. a writer you have to be excited
to do a sequel, let's look at the story: "I loved 'The Coldest Winter characters was what sparked the So she brought him to life in about what you're writing about. If
At the end of the book, Winter went Ever,' I would be a fool not to love creation of Midnight. Souljah said Midnight. It is the story of a young you're not excited, you can't excite
to jail and was sentenced to 15 it. I wrote it. I imagined it. I put it she would be on lecture tours for man, born into wealth in the Sudan. the reader."
years. When Winter comes out of into circulation. But I wrote it in a the book and invariably women Just a boy, he had to leave his father The readers seem pretty excited
and his wealth behind and flee his about 'Midnight' -- even those
FI I country with his pregnant mother expecting a sequel to 'The Coldest
and make a life on the mean streets Winter Ever.' 'Midnight' will debut
of New York. He has to navigate in the top 10 of the New York Times

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would be even greater.
"What did he do?" Harper asked,
"he went back Chicago, to continue
doing work for people that he cer-
tainly could have done without hav-
ing attended Harvard Law School.

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Just like they said I was crazy, too,
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And while Sister Souljah was
hoping for the slow, steady success
that she had with 'The Coldest
WinterEver,' this ekaeseemsd to be
an instant star. "
There has been some push back,
however. In addition to disappoint-
ment over there not being a Winter
Santiago sighting, some question
why Midnight's love interest had to
be Japanese. And why are the black
girls in the books leaving much to
be desired?
"I wanted to show African
American girls that you have to
have more than pussy and attitude,"
she said. "Now that we're in this
global society, these girls are going
to have to compete with women
that they've never had to compete
with before. Here's this beautiful
girl (Akemi). She speaks five dif-
ferent languages, is an artist. She
chose Midnight and she worked to
get him-not through sex. She pre-
sented a package that was different
from all of the other packages he
was exposed to."

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Brother Senator Edward W. Brooke
and his wife Anne Brooke in the
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This donation is to go to the Alpha
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and used to provide resources
including scholarships for young
African American males who seek
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