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US Mint Unveils Quarter Showing

Duke Ellington Representing DC
OF Co WASHINGTON -- The nation's capital now has its
Sown quarter.
J 'The U.S. Mint on Monday released the coin fea-
SIring Washington native and jazz great Duke
Ellington at his piano. It also has an inscription of
the city's motto, "Justice for All."
Collectors can go online or to banks to buy two-roll
sets and bags of up to 1,000 quarters.
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says officials are planning an event
to celebrate the coin later this month.
Last year, the U.S. Mint rejected designs that included the slogan
"Taxation Without Representation." That refers to the long-running gripe
that D.C. residents pay federal taxes without full representation in
The Mint's state quarter program finished in November with Hawaii
and is moving on to U.S. territories.

Senate Approves Delay to

Digital Television Changeover
The Senate voted unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition
from analog to digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12
- setting the stage for Congress to pass the proposal.
The Senate vote is a big victory for the Obama administration and
Democrats in Congress, who have been pushing for a delay amid grow-
ing concerns that too many Americans won't be ready for the currently
scheduled Feb. 17 changeover.
It is estimated that more than 6.5 million U.S. households that rely on
analog television sets to pick up o\ er-the-air broadcast signals could see
their TV sets go dark next month if the transition is not postponed.
President iarack Obama earlier this month called for the transition date
to be postponed after the Commerce Department hit a $1.34 billion fund-
ing limit for government coupons that consumers may use to help pay for
digital TV converter boxes. The boxes, which generally cost between $40
and $80 each and can be purchased without a coupon, translate digital
signals back into analog ones for older TVs.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the
arm of the Commerce Department administering the program, is now
sending out new coupons only as older, unredeemed ones expire and free
up more money.

Pennsylvania Leads the

Nation in Black Homicides
The state of Pennsylvania again leads the nation in the rate of black
homicides. A recent study revealed that there were nearly 37 homicides
per 100,000 black Pennsylvania residents in 2006. Michigan was second
and Indiana was third. The report analyzed the most recent data available
from the FBI. Pennsylvania has finished first twice in the three years that
the group has conducted the study.

Kilpatrick to be Released In 2 Weeks
DETROIT Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
is expected to be a free man in less than two weeks.
Kilpatrick is to be released Feb. 3 after serving 99
days in jail.
He was sentenced Oct. 28 to 120 days in jail as part
of a plea to two separate criminal charges.
The sentence was shortened because of good
Kilpatrick admitted lying in court when he denied
having an affair with ex-Chief of Staff Christine Beatty.
She's also serving a 120-day jail sentence.
The 38 year old Kilpatrick will be on probation for five years and must
pay the city $1 million in restitution.
His law license also has been revoked.

Jamaica Approves Establishment

of Reparations Commission
KINGSTON, Jamaica The Jamaican Cabinet has approved the estab-
lishment of a National Commission on Reparations, to consider and
make recommendations on proposals seeking compensation from coun-

tries formerly engaged in the slave trade for the descendants of slaves.
The terms of reference for the Commission were broad.
These include: receiving submissions, hearing testimonies, evaluating
research and studies, engaging relevant interests groups and legal and
academic experts in dialogue, and undertaking public consultations with
the aim of these guiding a national approach to reparations.
In addition, the Commission will be charged with the task of making
recommendations on the diplomatic initiatives, security considerations,
and education and public information required; forms such reparations
should take; and provide a report of its deliberations and recommenda-
tions to the Information Minister, within 18 months of its initial meeting.
In 2001, consequent on the declaration of slavery as a crime against
humanity by the World Conference on Racism and Racial
Discrimination, reparation was recommended in South Africa as an
appropriate form of redress for the atrocities of apartheid.
Discussions on the matter locally were invigorated during the 2007 bi-
centennial celebrations of the abolition of the slave trade.

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Volume 23 No. 18 Jacksonville, Florida January 29 February 4, 2009

Endangered S

First Coast in Line to Fight t

Councilwoman Johnson


Changes to

At a live press conference held in
front of the Supervisor of Elections
Office, the city's lone Black female
elected official, Councilwoman
Glorious Johnson, announced that
she was officially switching her
party to the democratic ticket.
"I am here to announce that I am
changing parties, not principles," she
She cites as one of her reasons for
changing is the allure of the
Democratic party with the recent
presidential election.
"Due to the unprecedented leader-
ship of Barack Obama, there is a
party that has evolved, and seeks
bipartisan inclusiveness like I have
never seen in my political career."
She said at her press conference.
The only other local Republican
Black elected officials are
Councilman Art Graham represent-
ing the beaches and State Rep.
Jennifer Carroll.
The Democratic Party has a con-
siderable edge when measuring party
identification among African-
American voters, according to a
recent Pew study 72 percent identi-
fied themselves as Democratic. In
contrast, 4 percent identified them-
selves as Republican.
In 2004, African-American voters
encompassed 11 percent of the elec-
torate, according to a U.S. Census
Bureau with unprecedented numbers
this year.

by M. Latimer
With statistics indicating that
62% of Black males don't graduate
on time in Duval County Public
Schools, Frank Wilson knew that
his son's Saturday wasn't going to
spent in the streets or in front of a
television.. Wilson has cause for
concern. High dropout rates
account for increases in poverty,
crime, unemployment and incarcer-
ation amongst young African-
American men.
"John's not interested in his class-
es. I took him to the library hoping
to stimulate his interest in reading,"
said Wilson of his son.
While at the library, the father-
son duo found more than books.
Unplanned, they stopped by the
Urban Education Symposium, a
free event designed to engage the
entire community and promote

higher lev-
els of
ment for
T h e
chance visit
turned into a life-
changing experience.
Wilson said, "This was
one the best afternoons I've had
with my son. It gave me hope for
the future."
John said, "It was kind of scary
in a way. But it was cool. There are
so many great things we can do."
Dubbed "Reclaiming Young
Black Males for Jacksonville's
Future," the event brought together
hundreds of educators, legislators,
business and community leaders,

ents and youth for
dialogue about the achievement gap
and shared examples of best prac-
tices in education and mentorship.
According to Jawanza Kunjufu,
the symposium's keynote speaker,
9th graders like John are at a critical
stage in their development.
Continued on page 3

Friends and Family Join JLOC in Celebrating the Life of D.J. Woods

Shown from left to right are Bro.Jerome, Sis. Michelle and Bro.Steve at the event. Woods is in the inset.
Volunteers and members of the Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee celebrated the 2nd Memorial
Commemoration of Douglas "D.J." Woods, an 18 year old man that was killed by several JSO Officers last year.
The fatal shooting during an undercover sting marked the second shooting of a Black man by officers in an eight
day period. Motorcycle clubs from throughout the area, along with family members, friends and supporters filled
the parking lot of Pine Forest Community Park Bro.Andr'e X photo

First Parents Upset Over Beanie

Babies Named After Daughters
President Barack Obama
and First Lady Michelle B AR ACK -O'BAMA iA
Obama are not happy with
new dolls that resemble[
images of their two young
Ty Inc., makers of the pop-
ular beanie baby dolls, has
created two 12-inch dolls
named "Sweet Sasha" and.
"Marvelous Malia." The
Westmont, Ill.,-based compa-
ny said, through spokes-
woman Tania Lundeen, that
the dolls' names were chosen
because they were "beautiful Beanie Baby dolls are named "Sweet
because they were "beautiful
na 11. Sasha" and "Marvelous Malia"

Sold Out Crowd Witnesses Ebony Fashion Fair
The Florida Theatre was filled to a capacity crowd of fashions on and off
the stage at the 51st annual Ebony Fashion Fair presented by Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority. While many of the top designers were on the stage,
Jacksonville attendees showcased their fashion talent. Shown above are
Anthony Mincey Emanuel Joseph, Lakeysha Joseph C.J. Wellington and
Joelle Wellington at the Florida Theatre.
For more photo highlights from the event, see page 5 KFP Photo

"There's nothing on the dolls that
refers to the Obama girls," Lundeen
said. "It would not be fair to say
they are exact replications of these
girls. They are not."
The Obamas, through a
spokesman, said it would be "inap-
propriate to use young private citi-
zens for marketing purposes."
Also in the news, Mattel Inc.
announced it will launch its first

complete line of African-American
Barbie dolls.
The line, which features three adult
dolls, was previewed one day after
America's first African-American
president, Barack Obama, took
The "So in Style" dolls, expected
to be released in fall 2009, come
with little sisters as part of a men-
torship theme.

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January 29 February 4, 2009

Just all in a Days Work for

Dr. Barbara Darby

Dr. Barbara Darby
Barbara Darby earns a living the
same way she lives her life by
inspiring others to succeed. Barbara
Darby is President of the North
Campus/Nassau Center of Florida
Community College of
Since assuming this position
more than ten years ago, Dr. Darby
has contributed to the growth and
success of a variety of diverse pro-
grams available to the 80,000 stu-
dents FCCJ serves. While FCCJ,
North is most widely known for its
state-of-the art cosmetology pro-
gram, the 29-year-old campus
offers postsecondary educational
opportunities in early childhood
management, health-related pro-
grams, funeral services, and culi-
nary offerings.
Like FCCJ itself, Dr. Darby is
constantly evolving to meet com-
munity needs while earning great
influence and respect for the high-
quality offerings and relevant
opportunities that are consistently
provided. Most recently, Dr. Darby
embarked upon an initiative that
she shares a personal commitment
to and passion for making a differ-
ence in the lives of youth.
Q: Tell us about yourself (back-
ground, native, college, employ-
Born on the Canal Zone, Panama.
My professional career began as
a Registered Professional nurse at
the Veterans Administration
Hospital in New York. I also
worked as a nurse after moving to
Jacksonville in 1972 and began
teaching at Florida Community
College as an Adjunct Professor of
Nursing in 1979, and have been
with the College ever since as a
teacher and an administrator. Her
resume includes Bachelor of
Science (Nursing Hunter College
1970), Master of Education
(FAMU 1979), Master of Science
(Nursing from the University of
Florida 1988) and the Doctor of
Education in Educational
Leadership degree from the
University of North Florida.
Q:When did your passion
for/interest in education surface?
In my junior year in college,
while sitting in one of my nursing
courses watching my Pediatric
Nursing Professor teach, I made the
decision that some day I would too
become a nursing educator.
Q: What do you most enjoy
about your job?
The opportunity to make a differ-
ence in the lives of the students
who attend the College. Through
my work, I am able to change and
to impact lives.
Q: What do you find the most
challenging for you or for educa-
tion professionals?
Students who give-up on them-
selves and teachers who give up on
Q: You are very well-known for
community advocacy and civic
involvement, specifically your
work with a Community
Engagement Group. Tell us about
that group and the recent sympo-
sium you conducted.
In October 2007, a group of 40
African Americans, came together
to consider the movement's legacy
and implications for the greater
Jacksonville community. While
several areas of concern were iden-

tified, the group elected to
focus on the educational needs
of young Black males as its
initial area of advocacy and
The Education Committee
was formed and launched its
first initiative in July of 2008.
The summer initiative, True
North Academy, provided a
rich academic and culturally
enriching program for 50
Black males in grades 7th
through 10th.
The Urban Education
Symposium: Reclaiming
Young Black Males for
Jacksonville's Future was an
outgrowth of the group's
research on the increasing dis-
parities in the educational
achievement and success of young
Black males when compared to
other population groups. A com-
munity wide plan of action was the
anticipated outcome for the
Symposium. A plan that will mobi-
lize and focus the community's
attention on initiatives that can
change the current trend for young
Black male students in
Q: Is there anything that
prompted you to pursue this issue
of serving Black males?
Some years ago, I was called for
jury duty. The case that I was
selected for involved a 14 year old
African-American male who was
charged with armed robbery. When
he walked into the courtroom he
was dressed in an oversized suit
and tennis shoes clothing that
were clearly not his. I saw his
youthfulness and vulnerability and
my heart sunk to my stomach. I
thought what an absolute waste -
how tragic!
On that day I began thinking
about an academy for African-
American males that would provide
holistic instruction and develop-
ment for young men.
What's your goal for this/the
work that you do?
Our goal is to make a significant
difference for young Black men
who simply need to catch a vision
of what they can be. We plan to do
so through advocacy and program-
ming tailored to their special needs.
For every young man that can real-
ize the promise that education pro-
vides, there is a multiplying factor
wherein several generations to
come will be positively impacted.
Finish this sentence.
People should know that...
We cannot afford to sit back and
leave the change that needs to take
place to others. There is a role for
each of us to play and we must be
willing to step-up to the plate and
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Entertainer Morris Day with festival director Treva
Johnson Marshall formerly of Jacksonville Shown above is Gene Hollomon and Ruby Brown enjoying the show.

Thousands Trek to Annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival

The Annual Zora Neale Hurston
Festival, held traditionally the last
weekend of January, lit up the
streets of Eatonville, FL for the
consecutive time.
With a myriad of food and art
vendors to choose from, a free con-



Rates Falling
Inequality in America has tradi-
tionally followed familiar patterns
of race, age and education. Those
long-standing gaps have been mag-
nified by the real estate boom and
now the historic bust, according to
an Associated Press analysis of
2007 Census Bureau data.
While minorities have made sig-
nificant gains in wealth and home-
ownership since 1990, "things are
going into reverse gear," and now
the homeownership rate for blacks
and Hispanics is falling, said
Edward Wolff, a New York
University economist who studies
income and wealth distribution.
Nearly 9.5 million households,
close to 1 in 5 of the nearly 52 mil-
lion homeowners with a mortgage,
spend 38 percent or more of their
pretax income on their mortgage
payment, property taxes and insur-
ance, the AP's analysis found.
That's the new threshold to qualify
for the loan assistance program
launched last month by Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac, the mortgage
finance companies now under gov-
ernment control.
Not surprisingly, the most finan-
cially burdened are in California,
Florida, Nevada and the Northeast,
areas hit hardest by soaring home
prices and now foreclosures.
Yet in every state, there are many
pockets of homeowners who are
just one unexpected medical bill or
car repair from falling behind on
their mortgages and setting the
foreclosure clock ticking.
Analysis reveals the enormous
scope of the U.S. housing market
bust and how unevenly the burdens
are spread, geographically and
demographically. And the situation
is worsening a record 10 percent
of U.S. homeowners with a mort-
gage are at least one payment
behind or were in foreclosure as of
last fall, compared with 7.5 percent
a year earlier and just under 6 per-
cent in 2006.

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cert was performed by Morris Day
and the Time. Participants brought
their own lawn chairs and blankets
to enjoy the show celebrating the
life of the Harlem Renaissance
artist born in Florida.
In addition to the free work-

shops and entertainment, the festi-
val culminated with a Gala featur-
ing noneother than poetic legend
Dr. Maya Angelou .
The 20th Zora Neale Hurston
Festtival of the Arts and Humanities
capped a week that saw the first

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black president inaugurated a day
after the country celebrated Martin
Luther King Jr. Day. Hurston, who
died in 1960, lived in Eatonville for
a time and is famous for books
including Their Eyes Were
Watching God.

Shown above are Cheryl Matthews, De'Asia Matthews, Martin L. King,k III, Taj Omari Matthews, Mrs.
Andrea King and Taj Matthews.
Matthews Clan Accepts National Award on Grandfather's Behalf
The late Rev. Claude Black of San Antonio; Texas grandather of loal activist Taj Matthews, was honored recent-
ly in Washington with the Testament of Hope Award by Realizing The Dream Foundation along with Sen. Edward
Kennedy,Congressman John Lewis and Human Rights activist Aung San Sun Kyi. At age 92, Black was extreme-
ly excited about the honor, but could not attend due to being gravely ill in a hospital.Mr. Matthews was invited
by the Realizing the Dream Foundation (Martin L, King III) to accept the award on his grandfather's behalf in
addition to an invitation by the Obama Inaugural Committee to attend the historical event as a special guest.

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Symposium presenter and audience members share thoughts on Shown (L-R): Florida State Senator Tony Hill, symposium presenter
"best practices" for mentoring young black males (L-R): Guest and co-principal of Chicago Urban Prep Academy Dr. Dennis
speaker and MITRE Corporation Senior Software Engineer Dr. Lacewell, and Florida Community College at Jacksonville student
Jimmie Davis, Jr., 5th grader Emilio Chrone, llth grader Sean leader and degree candidate Anthony Anderson.
Jackson, and Andrew Robinson Elementary School teacher William

Symposium shows black

males at-risk, 9th grade

critical, and mentors needed

Continued from page 1
Kunjufu, a nationally-renown
author and educator, said that we
must change our approach to teach-
ing. "9th grade often determines if
students drop out. We must help
youth develop 'school' esteem.
They need to feel good about learn-
ing," he said.
Dennis Lacewell, a principal at
Chicago Urban Prep Charter
Academy for Young Men, spoke at
the symposium about the difference
his school has made for at-risk,
African-American teens in Illinois.
"More than 90% of our freshmen
were reading at the 6th grade level
or below. Most are from single par-
ent homes. Most qualify for
reduced or free lunch. By the
spring of their 9th grade year, 79%
were on track to graduate," he said.
Lacewell believes his students'
success is due to a combination of
factors. "We focus on the social,
emotional and academic. We also
have great support from the com-
munity," he said.
Jimmie L. Davis, Jr., a
Tallahassee-based software engi-
neer, discussed community respon-
sibility and the importance of part-
nerships. He has spent years devel-
oping educational opportunities for
minorities and mentoring at-risk
"Many resources like Space
Florida are available for youth. The
most important one, however, is our

time. We need to be 'real' models
and actively support our children,"
he said.
Duval County Public Schools'
superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals
agrees. "Often public school edu-
cators feel alone. Family members
can't or won't do what they should,
and youth aren't connected to
church or community groups.
That's why we need you," he said.
Pratt-Dannals stated the school
system currently has 2,000 men-
tors, but wants 20,000 by 2020.
Some may see the school sys-
tem's goal as ambitious, but sympo-
sium co-chair Dr. Barbara Darby
said community participation is
necessary for student achievement.
As president of Florida Community
College at Jacksonville's North
Campus, she has seen increased
numbers of African-American male
students in need of remediation.
"More young Black men need aca-
demic assistance. It's time for us to
come together to insure our chil-
dren have a better future," she said.
At the close of the symposium,
some attendees asked the question,
"Where do we go from here?"
Cleve Warren, symposium co-chair
and president of Essential Capital
Finance, Inc. said, "Over the next
few weeks we'll compile our ideas
and organize committees to present
our plan. Then, we'll head back to
the community where the real
work will take place."

Symposium facilitators (L-R): Duval County Health Department
Communications Director Charles Griggs, 0 Communications CEO
Marsha Oliver, DCPS Recruitment and Customer Relations Manager
Jimminda Thompson, DCPS Deputy Superintendent Pat Willis,
United Way VP. Melanie Patz, Claud Myers of True North Academy
and Doug Brown of Operation New Hope.

TV One's "Turn Up the Heat with
G. Garvin" will be doing a special
healthy cooking demonstrations at
the Winn-Dixie located on Dunn
Audience members will join G
Garvin with playing trivia games,
and enjoying the music of D.J. A-
One. Winn-Dixie also will host a
health fair, including complimenta-
ry glucose and cholesterol screen-
ings, medication counseling, blood
pressure monitoring and face paint-
ing and balloon art for children.
Schedule of Chef Garvin events:
11:45 a.m. noon
D.J.A-One and trivia questions
Noon. 1 p.m., Healthy cooking
demonstration with Chef Garvin
1 p.m. 2 p.m., Chef Garvin book

signing and photo opportunities,
trivia contest and prizes
The event will be held on on
Saturday, Feb. 7th from 11- 2 p.m.

Divorced Nigerian Women Told

to Call Off Protest for Rights
Islamic authorities in the northern Nigerian city of Kano have told
organizers of a planned protest by divorced women to cancel the event.
The head of the Sharia police, or Hisbah, said the planned protest was
an "embarrassment", and is "un-Islamic".
According to women's rights activists, divorced women are often
thrown out of their homes, lose custody of their children, and many end
up destitute.
Local reports have ridiculed the women.
"Now they are ganging up against men and possibly will entice other
remaining happily married women to also kick their husbands to the gut-
ter and join them "the fully and truly liberated women of
Nigeria"..observed a posting in the online blog Icheoku.
Kano is one of 12 northern Muslim-majority states governed by Sharia

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Fellows pro-
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This program gives college and
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Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press January 29 February 4, 2009

Despite Recent Accomplishments:

Education Still Key for Blacks in America

"It is a peculiar sensation, this
double-consciousness, this sense of
always looking at one's self
through the eyes of others .... One
ever feels his twoness,-an
American, a Negro; two souls, two
thoughts, two unreconciled striv-
ings; two warring ideals in one
dark body, whose dogged strength
alone keeps it from being torn
These are the words of W.E.B.
Dubois, and they written over 100
years ago in his book, "The Souls
of Black Folk."
It's this "twoness" that Dubois
talks about that for many years has
made many blacks feel that we
couldn't achieve in this country. It's
that same feeling of twoness that
has discouraged so many African
Americans from following their
It is funny how that past still
speeches to us today. I continue to
say that the long term solution for
improving our communities rest in
the arena of education. If we look
at President Obama (Feels good to
say that) for example his educa-
tion is what qualified him to be
president of the most powerful
country in the world.
The first lady, Michelle Obama,
comes from very humble back-
grounds on the Southside of
Chicago, but also used education to
achieve success graduating from
Princeton and Harvard Law.
It's what Dubois and Booker T.
Washington debated about in the

late 1800s and early 1900s. How to
best educate former slaves so that
they can be self-sufficient and pro-
vide for their families. Of course
Washington wanted blacks to focus
more on trades while Dubois
favored a more formal education in
the classroom.
Regardless of their methods of
trying to help black folk, education
was at the center of the debate.
Again, that was some 100 years
ago, but it's probably even more
relevant today. How do we reverse
the cycles of poverty we see in our
communities? How do we create a
stronger black middle class? How
do get more black professionals
and business executives?
Education is still the solution
whether it's 1909 or 2009. And
black leaders have known this from
the days of slavery until now.
George Washington Carver once
said, "Education is the key to
unlock the golden door of free-
"Educate your sons and daugh-
ters, send them to school, and show
them that beside the cartridge box,
the ballot box, and the jury box,
you have also the knowledge box,"
said Frederick Douglas.
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan
said, "Education remains the key to
both economic and political
"Education is the sole and only
hope of the Negro race in
America," stated Booker T

Many viewed him as a militant,
but the Malcolm X's bio tells a
totally different story. He knew the
importance of education saying,
"Education is our passport to the
future, for tomorrow belongs to the
people who prepare for it today."
So our past has relevance even
Remember that old racist saying
that if you want to hide something
from a black man, put it in a book?
Of course that was before African
Americans were award winning
authors and poets.
Most of you know this, but it's
important that our youth under-
stand why the slave master didn't
want their slaves to know how to
read or write. A slave could be
killed if caught reading or attempt-
ing to read a book.
We have to teach our children
that knowledge is power and the
slave master knew it. They knew
that with some education slaves
would be much harder deal with.
The relevance of that information
should inspire black youth today.
I know that I am getting old
because it seems like I am loosing
more understanding with young
folk every year. I really do not
understand why more minorities,
especially black youth are not tak-
ing advantage of the educational
opportunities available for them.
Hundreds of thousands of
Americans white and black fought
and died for blacks and women to
have equal rights in this country.

How can we let those sacrifices
fade away in vain? Or better yet,
how do we let those sacrifices dry
up "Like a raisin in the sun."
So a lack of educational opportu-
nities is no longer the problem, but
I am certainly not saying that
blacks no longer face challenges in
this country. Yes, a black man is in
the White House, but there are still
many inequalities that exist in the
housing finance industry, college
admittance, Corporate America and
many other areas.
Blacks have consistently made
strides in this country. Langston
Hughes once said, "I swear to the
Lord I still can't see why
Democracy means everybody but
If only Hughes were here today
- democracy does mean African
Americans can not only achieve on
the national level, but can lead the
most powerful democracy in the
Time will certainly tell the story.
Zora Neale Hurston said, "There
are years that ask questions and
years that answer." In fact, 2008
was a year that gave answers and
the answer was simply that white
Americans are willing to support
"the right" black candidate.
But education and preparation
are the keys. There are a lot of ail-
ments that affect our community -
education continues to be the cure.
Signing off from Darnell
Cookman Middle,
Reggie Fullwood

Obama Can Start Talking About Civil Rights

by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
A recent CNN poll seems to con-
firm what a majority of African-
Americans and a significant per-
cent of whites seem to think or at
least say. And that's that President
Obama will have to be better
because he's black. Translated this
means that at Obama's first real or
perceived screw up there will be
howls that that's what you get when
you plop a black into any position
that requires a brain and skill. The
undercurrent that courses through
this warped race tinged view of
why blacks are expected to fail is
that they are plopped in an impor-
tant spot because of affirmative
action or white guilt, and they're
grossly unqualified for it.
These screwy reasons ignore the
savvy, ability to think, preparation,
or education that get African-
Americans top spots in corpora-
tions, universities, and politics.
Obama certainly had the right stuff
to bag the biggest political prize of
all, the presidency. The great what
if, though, is would former
President W. Bush have bagged the
grand prize if he had been black?
Polls don't answer that but some
have set a bar virtually nonexistent
for a mediocre white politician
ridiculously high for Obama.
Obama is well aware that the old
racial double standard rule might
apply to him too and that he will be
under torrid public glare; more tor-
rid that any presidential candidate
in campaign history. And there will
be packs of voters who hope, even
pray that he flops. Race is the only

reason many of them wish that.
Surveys during the campaign found
that even some of the most passion-
ate Obama backers did racial gym-
nastics and separated their man
from other blacks. They raved
about his political genius, hailed
him as the one to lead the country
out of the Bush morass. Yet many
still said that blacks were more
crime prone and less industrious
than whites. A month after
Obama's triumph not much had
changed. A study of racial attitudes
by the National Academy of
Sciences found that a significant
percent of Americans still saw
color as the major factor in deter-
mining who committed crime and
who was most likely to be poor.
Obama acknowledged the racial
wariness of some near the begin-
ning of the campaign when he said
that there were some who would
not vote for him because he's
African-American. He said the
same thing again albeit more subtly
in his triumphant speech on
Election Night in Chicago's Grant
Park when he said that he wanted to
reach out to those who did not vote
for him(accept him).
During the campaign the political
stars aligned for Obama as they did
for no other Democratic presiden-
tial candidate in a decade and a
half. There was massive public
fatigue from Bush policies, rage at
Republican corruption and inepti-
tude, an SNL laughingstock vice
presidential candidate, and a cata-
strophic financial meltdown and
crumbled economy. There was also

Obama's backward stretch to keep
race out of the campaign. The only
time he dealt with the issue was to
damp down public unease over the
inflammatory racial tirades of his
former pastor Reverend Jeremiah
Wright. Despite all the towering
political pluses he had, a majority
of whites and that included a nar-
row percentage of young whites did
not vote for him
But the presidential campaign is
now a fast fading memory. The big
concern for most Americans no
matter whether they backed Obama
or not is can his policies work?
This doesn't mean that racial
stereotypes, open and closeted,
have magically vanished. He's in
the bare embryonic stage of his
presidency, and few are willing to
say anything about his style or pro-
gram that can be remotely seen as
having a hidden racial animus. It's
simply politically incorrect and
crass to hint or infer that Obama is
not up to the weighty task of gover-
nance. Even GOP hard bitten con-
servative William Bennett publicly
but lightly rapped talk show king-
pin Rush Limbaugh on the knuck-
les for allegedly wishing that he
wants Obama to fail.
The true test, though, will come
when Obama makes a real or per-
ceived foreign policy or domestic
issue stumble or takes a stance on
an issue that angers his opponents.
Obama will be lambasted for that.
All presidents are. Criticism is a
part of the job; it comes with the
political turf. Presidents know that,
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come positive criticism. The differ-
ence is that America has never had
a black president who has had to
bear the brunt of criticism for mis-
steps or policy blunders. Obama is
the first. There are two kinds of
criticism Obama will get. One is
leveled based solely on whether his
policies and decision making help
or harm public interests. The other
comes with a sneaky racial motive.
Obama sadly will get both.

s | Where is the Black

by Bill Reed
As he takes office as the 44th President of the United
States Barack Obama still declines to discuss Black Reparations. But, is a
question Obama will have to address sooner or later. Claims for reparations
for being held in slavery haven't reached a US President's desk since that of
Obama's idol, Abraham Lincoln, and his successor in the 1800s.
Reparations for slavery is a proposal that some type of compensation be
provided to descendants of enslaved people in consideration of the labor
provided for free over several centuries, which has been a substantive and
influential factor in the nation's development. The prospect of payment is
not new. In 1865, General William Tecumseh Sherman issued Special Field
Orders, No. 15 granting each freed family forty acres of tillable land in the
Georgia Sea Islands and around Charleston, South Carolina for the exclusive
use of black people who had been enslaved. The army gave mules to set-
tlers. President Andrew Johnson reversed the order after Lincoln was assas-
sinated and the land was returned to its previous owners.
Black slaves built America for free, including the nation's Capitol and the
White House. It's important that the nation's 44th President do what the
17th President did not do to properly atone for the ills of slavery. A system
that gave rise to poverty, landlessness, underdevelopment, as well as to the
crushing of culture and language, loss of identity, inculcation of inferiority
among blacks, and the indoctrination of whites into a racist mindset all of
which continue to this day to affect the prospects and quality of Black
People's lives. This history of blacks' exploitation in American society
involved segregation through separate and inferior public institutions, insti-
tutionalized processes that limited access to higher education and employ-
ment, suppression of the black vote and economic benefits that normally
accrue from political participation.
For some Black Americans, the struggles and blood of our forefathers have
been validated with Obama's election. But, many more blacks believe
they're entitled to a "slavery rebate" of some kind and they're not shy about
demanding it. The idea of a "black tax credit" is held by hundreds of thou-
sands, perhaps millions, of Black Americans who believe that Congress has
passed legislation granting them financial compensation for their forebears'
enslavement. As recently as 2001, the IRS received 80,000 requests for a
"black inheritance tax refund".
America, and its companies, were "unjustly enriched" by a system that
enslaved and exploited blacks. The Wall Street banks, and its investors, that
the nation is writing checks to built America's infrastructure on the backs of
blacks. The number of legal claimants for compensation is undetermined,
but Obama could consider a $10,000 annual "slavery tax credit" to
Americans who can show themselves descendents of slaves. Some two
dozen members of Congress are co-sponsors of legislation to create a com-
mission that would study reparations that is, payments and programs to
make up for the damage done by slavery. The bill, US House of
Representative Resolution 40 "Commission to Study Reparation Proposals
for African-Americans Act" should be addressed so that such a commission
will address who, what and how much is due. The NAACP supports the leg-
islation. Cities around the country, including Obama's home of Chicago,
have endorsed the idea, and so has a major union, the American Federation
of State, County and Municipal Employees. The old dog-eared adage that
"the nation couldn't afford to pay" has been eliminated with the Wall Street
If Obama has the confidence to think, outside the box, he'll realize what
economic stimulus reparations payments would be. If $10,000 in repara-
tions were paid to African-American descendants of slaves, in contrast to
how banks and financial institutions have horded $300 billion, every cent of
"reparations money" would be back in the hands of the white and Asian
retailers inside a month through purchases of cars, clothes and electronics.
The question has always been about how America would raise money to
pay reparations, but if they can bailout the infrastructure's entrepreneurs to
save America, what about bailing out the people who built it?

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High Steppin' at the Ebony Fashion Fair


Deborah Evans and Alisa Harrell

Sanaa Hamilton and Nekia Coleman

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Jodi Mack and Barbara Battle

Veteran commentator Jada
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The 51st Annual Ebony Fashion
Fair graced the stage of the Florida
Theater last weekend benefitting
the programs of the Gamma Rho
Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority.
This year' theme,"What's
Hip.What's Hot What's
Now"included the latest trends and
unique styles that will have visited
over 170 U.S. cities when it culmi-
nated in May 2009.

Betty Howard was one of the
many recipients of a luxurious
Ebony Door Prize

Commanding the catwalk were 13
alluring models working the run-
way in designs by a host of the best
designers in the world, including
Christian Lacroix, Sarli, b. michael,
Carolina Herrera, Ruben Singer and
Jean-Louis Scherrer.
Each ticket purchase includes a
magazine and a choice of a one-
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Debra Lobin, Willetta Richie, Sharon Butron and Trina Jordan

Erica Williams, Lashonda Roberts and Shateena Brown

JET magazine.
Door prizes provided by local and
national sponsors presented during
intermission ranged from a year's
supply of hair products and two
roundtrip plane tickets to Walmart
gift cards and spa gift certificates.;
Known for its commitment to giv-
ing back to the community, the
show has donated over $55 million
to charitable organizations and
scholarship funds.

Locally, proceeds benefit the
AKA's scholarship fund with
awards that range from $1,500 to
$10,000 benefitting local students.
This year, over $20,000 was award-
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The ladies who put it all together AKA President Bonnie Atwater,
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Designs by American designer Kevin Hall (left) to the haute couture
collection of Italian designer Sarli were on the Jacksonville stage.

Robin Waddell and Isabelle Kelly

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Believers of Christ Temple Ministries Join MAD DADS to help address the ? i :

invites all to February Special Events
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries, 5318 "C:" Street, Pastor M. L.
Drinks; invites the community to join them as they celebrate special events
during the month of February. Beginning with the celebration of First Lady
Tanya Drinks' birthday with a special honor at 11:15 a.m.
A Christian Valentine's Party is set for Friday, February 13th, 7 p.m. to
10 p.m.. Please call Pastor Drinks at 765-0827 or Sister Sherry Maxwell at
534-0679, for more information.
A Black History Celebration program will be presented at 11:15 a.m. on
Sunday, February 22nd, the public is invited to all events and services at
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries.

American Legion to honor Chaplains
at Memorial Service, February 1st
J. Daniel McCarthy, Capt. USN (Ret.), JAG Corps will be the guest
speaker for the Four Chaplains Memorial Service, at 2 p.m., on Sunday,
February 1, 2009, at the Beaches Post 129, 1151 South 4th St., Jacksonville
Beach. Only 230 of the 902 young men survived on board the USAT
Dorchester on February 3, 1943; when the ship was sunk during WWII.
The Heroic Four Chaplains gave their life jackets to save four soldiers,
which left them with no means of survival. They locked arms and bowed
their heads in prayer as they went to their watery graves in the North
Atlantic, off the course of Greenland. Each chaplain received the Purple
Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously. All Military, and
the general public are invited.
The Chapel of Four Chapels, 1201 Constitution Avenue, in the
Philadelphia Navel Business Center, Bldg. 649, in Philadelphia, 19112.
Telephone (215) 218-1943, is open to visitors.

21st Annual JU Gospel Extravaganza
Jacksonville University will present its 21st Annual Gospel Extravaganza,
with Praise and Worship, on Monday, February 16, 2009 at 6:45 p.m., in the
Terry Concert Hall at Jacksonville University. The community is invited to
enjoy an inspirational evening of gospel music and dance. Admission is free
and open to the public. Info: 256-7150;

Discussion with Author of "1 Drop"
The Jacksonville Human Rights Commission and Project Breakthrough
will present "ONE DROP", My Father's Hidden Life A Story of Race and
Family Secrets, "An Evening with Bliss Broyard, author of "One Drop."
The author of "One Drop", Bliss Broyard, will discuss how racial iden-
tities are defined and their impact on our society.
A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation by the
Keynote Speaker at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Rise in Young Black Male Shootings
You don't have to be a "Dad" to participate in Crime Prevention Activities
with MAD DADS, the national organization working to help prevent the
deaths of our young Black Males. that continues as we enter a new decade.
MAD DADS is continuing community organizing, neighborhood watches
and neighborhood canvasses to break "the code of silence" to aid in the pre-
vention of more deaths.
Elder Donald Foy, Chapter President is working with Bishop Vaughn
McLaughlin, Pastor of The Potter's House Christian Fellowship. These two
strong men are asking other Community Leaders, Pastors, and members of
the community to join them in the effort to save more lives from vicious,
usually unprovoked attacks in our communities. For more information,
please call (904) 781-0905.

The Willie Gary Classic to present 6th
Annual Martin Luther King Luncheon
The Willie Gary Classic will present its 6th Annual Martin Luther King
Luncheon at 12 noon, on Thursday, January 29, 2009, at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be one of Dr. King's foot sol-
diers during the Civil Rights Movement, The Honorable John Lewis,
Congressman of the state of Georgia.
A highlight of the annual affair will be the presentation of the winners of
the district-wide essay contest, as they present their essays. The winners will
be awarded a trip to the King Center in Atlanta, GA. Blue Cross Blue Shield
of Florida is this year's sponsor.
Tickets for the event are available at: Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
Bookstore, 215 Bethel Baptist Street (354-1464); Gospel World Book Store,
3000 Dunn Avenue; and Fusion Christian Book Store at Regency, 651
Commerce Center Dr. (724-0825).
If you are purchasing a table, let the ticket outlet know the name of your
party or organization and the number of seats in your party and they will
place your group on a list. Visit for
more information.

24th Women of Christ Luncheon
Women for Christ will hold their 24th Annual Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.,
Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at the Prime Osborne Convention Center.
Nationally syndicated columnist Shaunti Feldhan, will be the honored guest
speaker Ms. Shaunti Feldhaln's best-sellers include for Women Only: What
You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men and For Men Only: A
Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women, have sold more than a
million copies and have been translated into eighteen languages.
For reservations and more information, please call (904) 387-9298.

Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Richardson
The Richardsons Celebrate

52 Years of Marriage
Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Richardson celebrated their fifty-two years of mar-
riage with a recent five-day cruise to Nassau, Bahamas. The couple was
married February 1, 1957 in Jacksonville, Florida. She is the former
Barbara Baldwin.
The retired couple now devote themselves to their love for each other.
Mrs. Richardson retired from teaching after twenty-two years of dedicated
service with the Duval County School Board. Her devoted mate retired
from Jacksonville Transportation Management, after seventeen years of
The Richardsons attend Greater St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church.
They are the proud Godparents of two Goddaughters and three Godsons.

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Women can stop worrying about
pear-shaped figures fat bottoms
have been scientifically proven to
be a sign of good health.
New research, published in the

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journal Cell Metabolism, suggests
the fat responsible for producing
the pear shape flaunted by celebri-
ties such as Jennifer Lopez and
Beyonce may be active in protect-
ing women from diseases by
releasing certain hormones.
Buttock and hip fat may protect
women against type 2 diabetes,
researchers from Harvard Medical
School found.
When buttocks and hip fat from
mice was injected into other mice,
their bodies easily used the blood
sugar-regulating hormone insulin
and lost weight.
They were also able to make
better use of insulin, the main hor-
mone linked to diabetes.
People with the apple shape,
where fat is stored around the
tummy, can be more prone to type
2 diabetes and heart disease.
Those with pear-shaped bodies,
where fat is collected in the but-
tocks, are less likely to have these
Researcher Dr. Ronald Kahn
insisted that not all fat was bad for
"The surprising thing was that it
wasn't where the fat was located, it
was the kind of fat that was the

In a study that included more than 3,400 black
Americans who were interviewed and given
physical examinations, about 20 percent were
found to have chronic kidney disease, but fewer
than 15 percent (about 1 in 6) knew they had the
Currently, early stages of kidney disease are
diagnosed when protein is detected in the urine,
and later stages of the disease are diagnosed by

reductions in the glomerular filtration rate, a measure of how well the kid-
neys are filtering out waste products.
The findings also confirmed that certain factors increase the risk of kid-
ney disease, including high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular dis-
ease, a large waist size, older age and physical inactivity.
Kidney failure is four times higher among black Americans than whites,
and this has been attributed in part to lack of early detection, when treat-
ment can prevent damage from progressing to the point where dialysis or
a kidney transplant is needed.

most important variable," he said.
"Even more surprising, it wasn't
that abdominal fat was exerting
negative effects, but that subcuta-
neous fat was producing a good
I think it's an important result
because not only does it say that not
all fat is bad, but I think it points to
a special aspect of fat where we
need to do more research."
Scientists also monitored the
health of the mice given the fat
transplants. When it was inserted
into the tummy area, the mice lost
weight and their fat cells shrank.
The researchers will now try to
identify the hormones.

A Dyrinda,
I've got two
S girls that are in
L love with the
first daughters
hair Sasha and
Malia Obama. After seeing them
on television in recent weeks, they
too want all the different styles
these two are wearing.
And while I agree the girls look
beautiful, some of their styles
might be a little too mature. Both
my girls seem to want to put the
kiddy styles behind them. Now, I
don't want them to look to grown
too fast, can you offer any advice?
Summer, Northside
I agree the little Obama girls look
so cute...but the bigger question is
what to do with a young person's
hair who is entering junior high or
middle school. Students are just
starting to discover their personal
style in terms of fashion, hair
styles, and behavior. So they can
be very sensitive about the way
they look. I've seen young girls
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Community Connections will
present their 2nd Annual Mardis
Gras on January 30, 2009 from 7-
9 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum. The Museum will include
hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, music,
dancing, silent auction, raffle draw-
ings, prizes for best costume and
crowning of the King and Queen of
Mardi Gras. The museum will also
be be open for tours. For tickets or
more information call 350-9949.

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Member Glorious Johnson (At-
large, Group 5) will host the official
launch of Access Jacksonville at a
Community Hearing set for
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of the organization is to empower
minority communities and busi-
nesses through economic access,
participation and development. For
more information call 630-1387.

Atlantic Beach
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February 4th from 9:30-11:00a.m.
at the Selva Marina Country Club,
1600 Selva Marina Drive in
Atlantic Beach. This months pro-
gram will be "A Sweetheart of a
Brunch" with the topic, Cakes Can't
Bounce, but People Can. All area
women are invited. Come and
bring a friend! Complimentary
child care with reservation. Call
Kate at 534-6784 for more info.

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Cummer Presents
Art Workshops
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens will present three painting
and printmaking workshops on
Saturday January 31st, Feb. 22nd
and March 7th from 10 a.m. 4
p.m. The workshops are for artists
of all levels and will emphasize
individual attention. Professional
artists will guide participants
through explorations of themes in
20th century American Modernism
in one-day painting and printmak-
ing workshops. To register or for
more information, call 355-0630.

Grammy Winner John
Legend in Concert
Grammy award winning artist will
be in concert at the Florida Theater
on Monday, February 2 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $50. Call 355-2787
for tickets or more information.

Author Naomi Zack
to Lecture on
Ethics at UNF
Dr. Naomi Zack will discuss
"Ethics of Disaster" at 7:30 p.m. on
Monday, Feb. 2, at the University
Center on the University of North
Florida campus.
Zack has spoken widely and writ-
ten numerous articles on the issues
of race, gender and 17th century
philosophy. She has also authored
several books, including,

"Philosophy of Science and Race,"
"Bachelors of Science: Seventeenth
Century Identity, Then and Now,"
"Race and Mixed Race" and the
short textbook "Thinking about
Race." Tickets for this free lecture
can be ordered online at

Enjoy Free Jazz
at the Landing
In conjunction with the monthly
Art walk, the Jacksonville Landing
will present trumpeteer Teddy
Washington on Wednesday,
February 4th, from 5:30 -9:30
p.m. The event is free and open to
the public.

History Detective
at the Ritz Theater
The Ritz Theater will present an
evening with television History
Detective Tukufu Zuberi, taking a
look back at Negro League
Baseball on the First Coast. The
Black History Month event will
take place on Thursday, February
5th with a reception from 6 7
p.m., followed by the presentation
from 7 8: 30 p.m. at the Ritz. The
event is free and open to the public
but seating is limited. RSVP your
attendance to 358-6314.

Valentines Dance
The Royal Vagabonds will host
their annual Valentine Sweetheart
Ball on Saturday, February 7,2009

at the Southside Women's Club -
2560 Club Terrace from 7:00 p.m.
until midnight. For further infor-
mation please call 866-0477.

Club Meeting
Author Tina McElroy Ana will be
the guest speaker for the February
PRIDE Book Club meeting. Held
at the main Library Downtown, the
free meeting will be held on
Saturday, February 7th at 3:00
p.m. She will be discussing her
book "Taking After Mudear". For
more information call 630-2665.

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 Coliseum stage. Tickets
can be purchased at 904-353-3309.

Study Circle Kicks
Off on Race Relations
Author Bliss Boyard will kick of
the jacksonville HuCoalitiom's
Study Circle Series with "ONE
DROP My Father's Hidden Life"
a story of race and family secrets.
It will be held on Thursday, Feb.
12th at the Channel 7 Studios, 100
Festival Park Ave. The evening will
begin with a 6 p.m. reception fol-
lowed by the keynote speaker at 7
p.m. Admission is free. For more
information call 630-4620.

Menopause the Musical
Menopause the Musical will be
performed at the Times-Union
Center for the Performing Arts
February 13-22. Inspired by a hot
flash and a bottle of wine,
writer/producer Jeanie Linders cre-
ated the show as a celebration of
women who are on the brink of, in
the middle of, or have survived The
Change. Call 632-3228 for tickets.

Valentine's Day Dance
for Teens and Children
Stage Aurora is presenting teens a
chance to treat their special guy or
girl, Mom or Dad, or any other fam-
ily member or friend to an evening
of dancing, food, and fun! There
will be music, dancing and socializ-
ing for the under 18 crowd only.
The dance will take place on Friday,
February 13th from 5 9 p.m. at
the Stage Aurora Performance Hall

in the Gateway Town Center. For
more information or tickets, please
call Stage Aurora at 904 765-7372.

Stage Aurora Presents
Colours of Courage
In celebration of Black History
month, Stage Aurora will present a
contemporary dance program enti-
tled "Colors of Courage" chroni-
cling the African-American experi-
ence in the Americas.It will be per-
formed on February 14, at 7:00
P.M. at the Stage Aurora Theatrical
Company Performance Hall, 5188
Norwood Avenue which is located
inside the Gateway Town Center
near Foot Locker. For additional
information, call 765-7372.

Genealogy Meeting
On Saturday, Feb. 14th, The
Southern Genealogist's Exchange
Society, Inc. will host guest speaker
Mrs. Shannon Palmer at 10:15 a.m.
at the Mandarin Regional Library,
3330 Kori Road The topic will be
"Tales of Working with the Silent."
The meeting is free & open to the
public. For more information call
778-1000 or email:

Fort Mose Living
History Program
Fort Mose Historic State Park will
commemorate Black History
Month on Saturday February 21st,
from 10 a.m. 3 p.m., by celebrat-
ing the first free black community
in the United States. Re-enactors in
period clothing will tell the story of
Fort Mose in "Flight to Freedom" a
living history event. In addition,
food, drumming, and the St.
Augustine Garrison will perform
along with demonstrations of mus-
ket firing. Festivities will be held.
The park is located at 15 Fort Mose
Trail in St. Augustine. For more
information, call 904-823-2232.

Betsch to Keynote
Kingsley Celebration
The llth Annual Kingsley
Heritage Celebration will be held
on Saturday, February 21st at 2:00
p.m., the event also features a musi-
cal presentation by the EWC Choir.
The guest speaker will be Dr.
Johnnetta Betch Cole Kingsley
descendant and former president of
Spelman College. The Kingsley
Heritage Celebration recognizes the
culture that evolved amongst slave
communities despite the oppression
of slavery and celebrates their
determination and strength. For
more information, call 904-251-

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Rihanna as an Angel?
Will Rihanna be considered to join Drew
Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu as a
fourth member of "Charlie's Angels" when and if
the franchise returns for a third film?
Barrymore's Flower Films producing partner
Nancy Juvonen said if another sequel is made,
she would love to have another Angel on board.
"I'm really into that when the [TV] show had the
four Angels on for a while, and Farrah
Facert]'s linle sister, Cheryl Ladd, came in," she told Sci-Fi Wire. When
asked if actresses should start pitching themselves for the fourth Angel,
Juvonen said: "They should. I'm having a Rihanna fixation myself. What
are you going to do?"
Oprah Enjoys Post Inaugural Obama Time
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Oprah Winfrey spent some pri-
vate time with the Obamas after the nation's First Couple left the last inau-
guradll ball at 12:45 a.m. After arriving at the White House, the president
and his wife enjoyed a champagne toast with a select group of people,
including the talk show host, the paper reported.
First Lady's Hairdresser Books a Reality Show
Michelle Obama's hairstylist -
has landed a development deal
to star in a reality television
Former Chicagoan Johnny
Wright styled the first lady's .
hair for the Democratic .
National Convention, her
upcoming appearance on the
cover of Vogue magazine and 4
other occasions. .
He has signed a deal with 44
Blue, which produces such reality shows as Style Network's "Split Ends"
and A&E's "L.A. Gang Unit."
Wright moved to Los Angeles recently and has actors Vivica A. Fox,
Rebecca Gayheart and Lauren London among his clients.
Left Eye Brought Back to Life in new Biopic
The life story of late TLC rapper Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes
is coming to the big screen in a new biopic by director
Lauren Lazin.
Lopes died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002, but
seven years on, she is to be brought back to life in a new
film by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker. Lazin is the
woman behind the Tupac Shakur movie Tupac
The Last Days of Left Eye will debut at the Atlanta Film Festival in
Georgia on April 19th.
Six Firms File Liens Against Tyler Perry
ATLANTA Six construction companies have filed liens against actor-
screenwriter Tyler Perry's home and movie studio, claiming they are owed
thousands of dollars in unpaid bills.
Fulton County court documents show the companies claim they are
owed nearly $200,000 for work on Perry's 30,000-square-foot home and
'productiorfstudio in. Atlanta' :
Perry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he withheld payment
from the companies for undocumented charges or sloppy work. He told the
newspaper he is being treated unfairly because he is a celebrity.
"There's a Tyler Perry tax put on things," he said.

Will the Obama Effect Finally Bring

I Quality
Barack Obama brought change to
Washington. Now, can the question
is out if we can finally see a change
to our television sets?
Members of the entertainment
community cling to the hope that an
"Obama effect" eventually will lead
to richer and more varied depictions
of black Americans on the small
screen and more opportunities in
front of, and behind, the camera.
"The fact that we now have peo-
ple who we traditionally haven't
seen in these kinds of roles should
open Hollywood's minds to all
kinds of possibilities," says comedi-
an D.L. Hughley. "Hopefully we'll
see a case of art imitating life."
Hughley, who dabbles in political
humor as the host of CNN's "D.L.
Hughley Breaks the News," head-
lined a family sitcom ("The
Hughleys") on ABC and UPN from
1998-2002. It has the distinction of
being among the last wave of pre-
dominantly black TV shows before
the current drought hit prime time.
This fall, even as Obama was
becoming the biggest TV star on the
planet, the out-of-step broadcasters
unveiled a roster of new shows
stocked with casts that were alarm-
ingly pale. The drop-off came after
a period in which the networks
seemed to making a move toward
more diversity a move spurred
by harsh public criticism in 1999 by
the NAACP.
"I was shocked to see that not a
single pilot had an African-
American family or protagonist,"
says Elvis
Mitchell, a pop-culture critic and
film producer. "It just seemed obvi-
ous. Why not? It's what everybody
was talking about. On the other
hand, there was no shortage of
shows about the travails of rich
white kids."
In 1997, the broadcast networks
offered 15 black comedies, albeit
mostly on the now-defunct WB and
UPN, which relied on the genre to
carve out an audience. Today, that
*number is doir n to two:
"Everybody Hates Chris" and "The
Game." They air on the smallest
network The CW where they
have been banished to the dead

Black Programming to TV

Currently the CW's "The Game", based on the lives of a fictional pro-
fessional football team, is the only network television show with a pre-

dominantly cast of color.
zone known as Friday nights. In
addition, basic-cable station TBS
offers a pair of black sitcoms -
"House of Payne" and "Meet the
Browns," both from Tyler Perry.
When it comes to black dramas,
television's track record is even
more abysmal. The most recent pre-
dominantly black network drama
was Steven Bochco's short-lived
"City of Angels," which aired on
CBS in 2000. These days, the only
black actors who headline a net-
work drama are Dennis Haysbert on
"The Unit"; and Laurence
Fishburne, who just took over "CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation." Both
shows air on CBS.
Mara Brock Akil, the creator and
executive producer of "The Game"
and the recently departed
"Girlfriends," deplores the trend.
"I have a theory: Everyone wants
to see themselves in storytelling,
whether it be TV, stage, movies or
books," she says. "It's like a valida-
tion of their humanity. And black
people really haven't had that on
television at a high-profile level
- since 'The Cosby Show.'"
"The Cosby Show," starring Bill
Cosby as pediatrician Cliff
Huxtable, aired on NBC from 1984
to '92 and can still be seen in syndi-
cation. One of the most poplar
programs in television history, it
was a warmhearted sitcom free

of street conflicts and ghetto stereo-
types that broke ground for its
depiction of an upwardly mobile
black family. In the weeks follow-
ing Obama's election, the "Huxtable
effect" was cited by some as a fac-
tor in his victory.
And Cosby himself?
Cosby, for one, downplays the
show's influence on the election ("It
was, perhaps, one of many spokes
in the wheel," he says). Moreover,
he's not all that optimistic that
Obama's presidency will make a
major difference in terms of
onscreen diversity.
"No, because these people are
stupid," he says, referring to net-
work bosses. "Look at how NBC is
struggling. You would think they
would make some changes and be
talking about trying to get another
'Cosby' kind of show. But they
would probably die before putting
another show on about a black fam-
ily and black pride."
Brock Akil, however, has a bit
more hope for the network that also
aired the groundbreaking show
"Julia" (1968-71), with Diahann
Carroll; and "Fresh Prince of Bel-
Air" (1990-96), with Will Smith.
NBC recently bought from her a
script .based on a book .by, Nick
Adams called "Making Friends
With Black People." It's a buddy
comedy that focuses on the state of

race relations in the U.S.
"In our pitch to NBC, we refer-
enced Obama," says Brock Akil,
who is awaiting word on whether
the project will be turned into a
pilot. "We talked about how he has
gotten us to the table to talk about
race in a meaningful way and it's
time to continue the discussion. So
our new president has already had
an impact."
Some believe that impact will
take on additional power as the
nation including Hollywood -
is exposed to countless images of
Obama along with wife Michelle
and daughters Malia and Sasha as
they hold court in the White House.
"You would like to think that will
make a difference," says Bishop
T.D. Jakes, a prominent pastor,
writer and film producer ("Not
Easily Broken"). "I think some-
times the only images we see of
people of color are the images that
Hollywood projects: the hip-hop,
the gangs, the street life. Now, it
would be wonderful for them to
recognize what has always existed
in the African-American communi-
ty and what Obama's presidency
suggests: middle-class African-
Americans who are articulate, intel-
ligent and thoughtful."
Brock Akil believes the Obama
effect might even go beyond bol-
stering the presence of blacks on
television and actually bring about
a tonal change in programming.
During the fear-plagued post-Sept.
11 years, she says, prime time was
riddled with dark, paranoid dramas,
and also with shows that wallowed
in excess.
"When there's fear, you either
completely shut down or you live
life with abandon, figuring it does-
n't matter anyway," she says. "But
now at least, there's a sense of hope
and optimism with this administra-
tion. And we also have a president
'talking about buckling down and
making sacrifices for the good."
"I'd like to think that the decadent
shows 'will be replaced with some-
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