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D.C. HIV rate surpasses Africa
At least 3 percent of D.C. residents have HIV or AIDS, which is about
3,000 people per every 100,000 in the city, according to a recent report.
Black men have the highest rate of infection at 7 percent. Black women
in the city have a 3 percent infection rate. Overall, over 4 percent of D.C.
Blacks are reportedly infected with HIV and 76 percent of the city's HIV-
infected residents are Black. Heterosexual intercourse is the leading
mode of transmission among Blacks with the disease.
An area needs just a 1 percent rate of infection for an epidemic to be
considered "generalized and severe." D.C.'s numbers are drawing com-
parisons to parts of Africa, a continent where AIDS has ravaged some
communities. "Our rates are higher than West Africa. They're on par with
Uganda and some parts of Kenya," said the city's director of HIV/AIDS
Administration, Shannon L. Hader.
The numbers shot up 22 percent since 2007's report and is the most
accurate report ever done, according to its authors.
There was one bright spot in the report: the city government's HIV test-
ing programs have increased 70 percent, and people are being diagnosed
Wilder presses for slavery museum
Richmond, Va., Mayor L. Douglas Wilder, himself the grandson of for-
mer slaves, is pushing harder than ever to see a national slavery museum
erected in the Virginia town of Fredericksburg.
Despite financial obstacles, Wilder, who in 1989 was the first African
American elected governor, has acknowledged the fundraising difficul-
ties that the U.S. National Slavery Museum is having, but rejected the
notion that the facility might be put in Shockoe Bottom, where remains
of a slave jail recently were unearthed.
Compounding the museum's money woes is a $24,093 real estate tax
bill that was due Nov. 15 for its 38-acre property on the Rappahannock
River, the Times-Dispatch reports. Over the past eight years, little has
happened to move the project forward, other than the land having been
cleared, according to the report.,
AARP appoints first Black CEO
AARP, the nation's leading advocacy group for
people age 50 and older, has appointed A. Barry
Rand, a former Xerox executive and civic leader,
to succeed William Novelli as CEO.
The 64-year-old currently serves as Chairman of
the Board of Howard University and has served as
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avis
Group Holdings, CEO of Equitant Ltd., and
Executive Vice President for Worldwide
Operations at Xerox Corporation.
During his 31 years at Xerox, he helped it become the most diverse
company in the Fortune 500. As he rose through the company, he worked
diligently to bring more minorities and females into the company and up
the corporate ladder to a position of responsibility where their voices
could change policies and help to eli Rand continues to serve on a num-
ber of boards and advisory committees. He holds a B.A. from American
University and an MBA and an M.A. in management science from
Stanford University. He and his wife, Donna, live in Stamford, CT, and
they have two adult children.minate those that slow inclusion.
Civil Rights icon Joseph Lowery
out of Atlanta hospital
ATLANTA, Ga. Civil rights icon the Rev. Joseph Lowery was
released from a hospital this week following a dizzy spell a day earlier as
he greeted parishioners at the famed Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Lowery, 88, was the keynote speaker Sunday to mark Ebenezer's 123rd
anniversary. Called "America's Freedom Church," the Rev. Martin
Luther King Jr. preached there from 1960 until his death in 1968.
He said his travel plans this week include Washington, D.C., and his
native Alabama this weekend.
"I'm off and running," he said. "People want you to help them, and I'm
a chaplain of the common good."
Lowery is a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, and is known as the "Dean of the Civil Rights Movement."
Though he is officially retired from preaching, Lowery gave the bene-
diction at President Barack Obama's inauguration in January and is still
an activist today, championing voting and human rights.
Judge rules Vick must pay own
way to bankruptcy hearing
NORFOLK, Va. Suspended NFL star Michael Vick must appear at a
bankruptcy hearing next month but should pay his own way from the
Kansas prison where he is serving time for his role in a dogfighting con-
spiracy, a judge ruled last week.
At an hourlong hearing, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank J. Santoro reject-
ed the government's suggestions that he either postpone Vick's April 2
bankruptcy confirmation hearing or allow the suspended player to testify
by video hookup from the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan.
"I'm not going to be put in a position of determining credibility or
demeanor over a television said Santoro, who has insisted since Vick
filed for bankruptcyan July that he would have to testify in person.
The U.S. attorneys office in Alexandria, Va., objected to a proposed
court order compelling federal marshals to pick up the former Atlanta
Falcons quarterback and bring him to Virginia. They cited the logistical
burdens, security risks and costs of the temporary transfer.
Volume 24 No. 25 Jacksonville, Florida March 19 -25, 2009
City Poising to Receive Hundreds of Millions from Stimulus Plan
As America's city's and states
become poised to receive the
Obama Administration's Economic
Stimulus funds, Jacksonville politi-
cos are putting our house in order to
make certain the city will benefit
from the anticipated funds.
In a collaboration that includes
everyone from the Mayor and
Congressional representatives to
City Council and community lead-
ers, the city is strategizing to outline
a structure for how the city will
administer the local elements of the
2009 American Recovery and
"Whether one agrees or disagrees
with the plan and its priorities, the
legislation has passed and been
signed into law by the President. It
is now the obligation of every local
leader to see that this money is
responsibly put toward the new pro-
grams, new projects, or new invest-
ments that will reenergize the
American economy today and
improve our communities for the
long term," said Mayor Peyton.
The city's three primary goals
that will direct the city's pursuit of
federal stimulus funds include pos-
itive longstanding community
transformational change, fueling
the community's new investments
and stimulating the local economy.
There will be billions of dollars
available to benefit from the funds
which will be awarded in three pri-
mary forms: formula based alloca-
tions, competitive grants and dis-
Through the formula-based allo-
cations contained within the act,
Continued on page 3
BET Rains its' Star Power for Jax Women's Health
What do you get when you mix a
major network, R&B stars and
health checks? Well if you were one
of a thousands women at Raines
High School last weekend, that
combinated equaled a path to a
The Duval County Health
Department and Black
Entertainment Television recently
treated over 1,000 of Jacksonville's
Black women to a free day of health
awareness and education.
"A Healthy BET: 2009 Women's
Health Symposium" made a tour
stop in the city anchored at William
M. Raines High School.
Fitness activities and discussions
with local and national health
experts on obesity, nutrition, dia-
betes, heart disease, strokes, breast
and cervical cancer, depression and
mental health and other fitness
issues highlighted the event.
The interactive sessions also
included fitness classes, healthy
cooking demonstrations, education
panel discussions and workshops,
health exhibits and health screen-
ings. If that wasn't enough, partici-
pants also received information
from local vendors, breakfast
refreshments, lunch, special door
prizes and give-a-ways. There was
Melvin Wooden of the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville talks with Gloria McNair and Brandi Williamson
during the Women's Health Symposium held at Raines High School.
even a winner of two tickets to MSHSA, Chief of Public Health live performance by Grammy
attend the 2009 BET Awards. Practice, Centers for Disease Award nominated, R&B singer
Keynote speaker for the event Control and Prevention. The day Kelly Price.
was Stephanie B.C. Bailey, M.D., concluded with a testimonial and
Annual Beautillion Introduces Young Men to Society
its' goal through various education-
al, cultural, civic, recreational,
social and service programs for
The Jacksonville Chapter was
established in 1968 and holds the
Les Beautillion Militaire biennially.
The program recognizes the accom-
plishments of African-American
young men during their junior or
senior high school year
This eleventh presentation of this
program concluded a series of
workshops, community service, and
social activities. Some of the topics
covered held at recent workshops
include "Sex, Drugs & Hip Hop
Music", "Spiritual Journey Into
Manhood" and "Your Future Starts
Now.- Discovering Who You Are".
Front row: Robert McClain, Jr, Charles Winfield, Jr., T. Cody Floyd, Philip Johnson. Back Row:
Christen Wilson, Alphonso Wilson, Cameron Venson and Matthew Hardy. T Austin photos
The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack the young men who by mainstream friendships.
& Jill of America held their llth society's standards are beating the Jack & Jill of America, Inc.,
annual "Les Beautillion Militaire" odds. For several months the founded January 24, 1938 in
last weekend presenting eight black Beaux were involved in activities Philadelphia, PA, is a national non-
young males to society on their and events designed to stimulate profit family organization designed
"journey into manhood",. their cultural awareness, encourage to improve the quality of life, espe-
Held at the University Center on their commitment, and inspire them cially that of African-American
the campus of University of North to become our future leaders. In children. Through the program-
Florida, the evening was one of cel- addition, they also had the opportu- ming activities of local chapters
ebration and decadence in honor of nity establish true and long lasting throughout the country, it achieves
Beau Tyrone Cody Floyd, escort-
ed by Belle Amme Smith, was
voted by his peers as 2009 Beau
Best All Around.
Pa2e 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press March 19-25, 2009
Are You Clueless
About Credit Scores?
Nothing sends fear through the heart of a child more than
report card day. Prepare yourself for a sense of ddji vu when
applying for a loan ... many say the situation ignites that same
blast-from-the past feeling as they await their financial fate.
And what to do if, ultimately, that application is stamped
"denied"? Figure that your credit score had a lot to do with it,
and start making big changes.
Now is the time to get savvy about your finances and credit
standing being clueless about any aspect of your credit health
can really cost you.
Quite simply, your credit score liens, and collections/charge-offs
summarizes your credit risk based will negatively impact your score,
on a snapshot of as will late pay-
your credit stand- e ments.
ing at a particular r2. Balances
point in time. It Carried = 30%
isn't so much a This is the actual
grade, it's more dt dollar amounts you
like a grade point owe on various
average. Think of it accounts in relation
as an overall to how much credit
assessment of your you have available.
financial responsi- You want this ratio
ability, one that as low as possible.
influences the Keep in mind, mort-
amount of credit gages and install-
available to you and the conditions ment loans are not factored into
you may have to agree to in order this as much because they are not
to get that credit. really a credit line.
One major misconception is that 3. Credit History = 15%
people often confuse credit report How long have you been credit
with credit score. A credit report is worthy? If you have a long history
an objective history of who you've of making payments as agreed, it
been as a borrower -- it passes no will help your credit score. But this
judgment. The credit score is a sub- can also hurt older people. By clos-
jective evaluation of that history. ing old accounts, you are removing
Learning the Lingo all those years of payment history
The terms "credit score," "credit from the credit-scoring model,
rating," and "FICO score" are often which is why experts urge you
used interchangeably, explains keep accounts you've managed
financial expert Ethan Ewing. efficiently open.
"This is basically correct. FICO 4. Mix of Accounts = 10%
simply refers to Fair Isaac Credit bureaus like to see a mort-
Corporation, the company that gage, an auto loan, and three to five
originally developed a 'score' credit cards. For a borrower, if you
method of rating consumers' credit have a Home Equity Line of Credit
histories." (HELOC), it will be treated as a
Today, the three major reporting revolving account unless it is
agencies (Experian, Equifax, and greater than $40,000, then its is
TransUnion) each report their own considered a mortgage.
credit scores. Though lenders use 5. Inquiries = 10%
different factors to rate your overall Each inquiry will take points off
credit worthiness, it basically of your score. Multiple inquiries
comes down to whether you pay -- for a mortgage within 45 days will
ahd'pay on -time -- and Whethbr only count as one inquiry.
.creditors hare_ reason to .belie.ve Facing the Consequeinces
you might be overextending. When it comes to mortgages, car
Factoring the Formula loans, and credit cards, what you
While you won't be quizzed on don't know can certainly hurt you.
this later, y'ou can earn some real- Your score is a reflection of your
life "'extra credit" (and lower pay- actions: choose the behavior,
ments) by studying the factors that choose the consequence.
drive your credit score. Doug 30 days late on a payment can
deBruyn, a Seattle-area loan origi- damage your credit score by at
nator and certified mortgage plan- least 50 or more points;
ning specialist with VanDyk 60 or 90 days late, or a 30-day
Mortgage, teaches a credit-scoring late payment on multiple accounts
class for realtors and consumers, can drop your score by 100+
and shares his smarts to help you points;
pass your next nerve-wracking Balances more than 40% of
credit test with flying colors. Sorry, your credit limit affects your score
there's no "cramming" come loan- by as much as 100 points;
time. If multiple credit cards are
1. Payment History = 35% maxed out or approaching maxi-
Are you paying your bills as mum balances, your credit score
agreed? The most recent six will be diminished by at least 80+
months have the greatest impact on points.
your score. The highest weight is Every financial choice you make
placed on the highest payment. can affect your credit score, says
Usually, this is your mortgage, next Clark. If you keep your credit
would be a car payment, followed report healthy and cared for, says
by student loan or credit card pay- Clark, you'll have nothing to worry
ments. Bankruptcies, judgments, about come scoring time.
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FL Gets 2nd Black Supreme Court Justice
In this picture provided by the Governor's Press Office, Gov. Charlie Crist,
left, congratulates Judge E.C. Perry, who was appointed to the Florida
Supreme Court Wednesday, March 11, 2009. Perry becomes the second
African-American to the join the seven-member high court and the third in
history. The first was Jacksonville's own Leander Shaw.
Agreement Signed Between Marlins and
Miami's Black Community Rescinded
The Florida Marlins announced that they have rescinded their deal
that promised to spend 15 percent of its stadium construction business
with black-owned companies.
Weeks before the team announced the deal, the team's attorney was
told such race-based allocations would not be legal.
Miami-Dade County commissioners, who were set to vote on the
$630 million stadium project, were never told of the deal a local sta-
tion reporter. They learned of it when county attorney Robert Cuevas
advised them that race- and gender-based county awards are illegal.
The side deal between the Marlins and the black community came as
the team worked to garner support for the long-controversial public-
private stadium project.
All four of the 13 Miami-Dade County commissioners who represent
predominantly black districts declined to comment on whether such a
set-aside agreement would earn their support for the stadium deal.
Marlins representatives met with city and county attorneys and black
community leaders ar meeting to rework an agreement that would pass
The team released a statement saying that it always believed the pri-
vate contract was legal and that it continues its commitment to provide
benefits to all members of the community from the stadium plan.
The city of Miami Commission is scheduled to vote on the stadium
plan this week and the county commission's vote is scheduled for next
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Foreclosure Filings Are Up 30 Percent
The number of U.S. households facing foreclosure shot up 30 percent last
month compared to numbers from February 2008, according to
RealtyTrac, a company that tracks foreclosures.
About 291,000 homes got at least one foreclosure notice last month. The
figure is up 6 percent from January, reports the Associated Press.
The fact that several mortgage lenders; including Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac, along with big banks like Citigroup and Bank of America,
temporarily stopped foreclosing on homes in anticipation of the president's
plan to slow the nationwide housing debacle, didn't seem to help reduce
President Obama's administration would like to save up to nine million
at-risk homeowners from foreclosure by refinancing their mortgages or
reducing their payments by changing their loans.
Florida and several western states' including Nevada, Arizona and
California are being hit the hardest by the current housing crisis.
The Federal Fair Housing Act protects your right to live where you want. In fact, in
any decision regarding rental, sales, or lending, it is against the law to consider race,
color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or family status. If you think you've
been denied housing, please call us. Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.
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SAYS T HEY
City Readying to Receive Economic Stimulus Millions
(L-R) Businessman Carlton Jones and Councilman Reggie Brown will
be key leaders in the plan along with Mayor Peyton and Cong.
Corrine Brown as announced in the recent press conference.
Miss Libby Riddick
Douglas Anderson Phenom
Selected for Alvin Ailey
Douglas Anderson School of the
Arts dance student, Libby Riddick,
has been selected amongst a nation-
al recruitment to attend a special
session at the famed Alvin Ailey
Dance Theater in New York this
summer. She will be participating
in the 2009 Junior Division
Summer Intensive Program
A student of dance art since she
was three years old, the teen's
twelve years of practice has made
her proficient in dance genres such
as modern, jazz, ballet, pointe, tap,
hip-hop and West African.
Although Miss Riddick is the
youngest chosen to participate,
other local students selected
include Meagan Barley, Ben Ellis,
Chelcee Geddes, Tamra Holloway,
Kudzaishe Jeti and Jillian
The Junior Division Summer
Intensive Program is for students
ages 12-15 who have had a mini-
mum of 3 years of consistent ballet
training. The program provides an
opportunity for intermediate and
advanced dance students to
immerse themselves in an intensive
training session. Students take daily
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ballet classes supplemented by
additional modern and jazz classes.
Students also have the opportunity
to learn repertory in special work-
shops, which culminate perform-
ances in studio in the Ailey
Citigroup Theater at the end of the
summer session. Acceptance to the
Summer Intensive Program is by
application and video, or by audi-
tion which was attended by the
Jacksonville students in Miami.
The talented fifteen year old Libby
is the daughter of Cheryl and
Raymond Riddick and also studies
at the Jacksonville Centre of the
Continued from front
Jacksonville expects to receive a
minimum of $10 to $15 million for
public safety, housing and commu-
nity development or energy related
projects. Hundreds of millions of
dollars are also expected to benefit
the Department of Transportation
and other local agencies such as the
Jacksonville Housing Authority and
Duval County Health Department.
"The opportunities for investments
through the stimulus plan are broad,
and the only limitations to our suc-
cess are the power of our creativity
and our partnerships," said Mayor
Peyton. "There is money for work-
force training, money for housing,
money for public schools, money
for colleges and universities,
money for historically black col-
leges, money for healthcare and
money for nearly every segment of
The opportunities for additional
funding from the stimulus plan are
broad and massive. Examples of
the many opportunities that the city
will pursue include:
- Money through the U.S. Justice
Department to hire and deploy new
Funds through the U.S.
Department of Transportation to
improve the efficient movement of
goods into and out of JAXPORT
and, dollars from the U.S. Interior
Department for stormwater
improvements and septic tank
Each municipality is responsible
for appointing a local coordinator
which will be the city's deputy chief
administrative officer, Kerri
Stewart. Her responsibility will
include identifying available fund-
ing for Duval County and outreach
and coordination efforts.
"Allocation of this money should
not begin and end with govern-
ment," said Mayor Peyton. "On a
local level it will require partner-
Bill Offers Protection to Renters Hit by Foreclosure
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-
Minneapolis) has introduced renter
protection legislation called the
Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure
Act of 2009.
A recent report by researchers at
Credit Suisse, an international
investment bank, estimates that 16
percent of all mortgages will enter
into foreclosure within the next four
Sadly, since state and local laws
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often don't provide basic protec-
tions, many tenants in foreclosed
properties can be evicted without
notice. In fact, according to a recent
report by the National Law Center
on Homelessness and Poverty, only
17 states require that renters receive
notice in such circumstances, while
only. 12 require that tenants be
named as parties to foreclosure pro-
ceedings before their lease is termi-
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Ellison's bill would address this
problem by creating a uniform fed-
eral standard to protect tenants in
foreclosed properties. Specifically,
it would provide tenants with a 90-
day notice prior to eviction. This
coverage would also extend to ten-
ants who receive Section 8 public
ships among statehouses, city halls,
the private sector, non-profits and
Other city agencies that will be
involved in the process are JEA,
JTA, JAA, JAXPORT and WSEA -
the Duval County School Board,
community leaders, small, medium
and large businesses, neighborhood
organizations and non-profits.
The Mayor has also tapped key
leaders in Jacksonville to play a key
role. Those individuals include peo-
ple like Carlton Jones, a leader in
business and community develop-
ment; Jim McCollum, who has
experience working with independ-
ent authorities and the private sec-
tor; and Rena Coughlin, a leader in
the local non-profit community.
City Council President Ronnie
Fussell announced the appointment
of Council Member Reggie Brown
to serve as council liaison for this
effort. Brown will engage with the
work teams, help drive new partner-
ships in the effort, report back to the
City Council on the activities of the
effort and lead partnerships
between the City Council and
efforts to secure federal dollars.
Sighting accountability as para-
mount to this process, the city has
established a page on its Web site,
www.coj.net, to provide informa-
tion on the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act and
Jacksonville's ongoing efforts to
secure funding to stimulate the
In addition, Pam Markham, the
city's Inspector General, has
already begun the necessary train-
ing from the U.S. General
Accounting Office to ensure local
accountability and oversight associ-
ated with these dollars.
A Economic Stimulus Summit
will be held on March 23, from 8
a.m. to noon at the Technology
Center of FCCJ's Downtown
Campus. Individuals, businesses or
organizations interested in learning
how to apply for these federal funds
should plan to attend. The event
will be held and will feature federal
officials from the Departments of
Health and Human Services,
Transportation, Education, Energy,
Housing and Urban Development
and the U.S. Small Business
Administration to answer specific
questions regarding the distribution
of these recovery funds.
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Building, 117 WEST DUVAL STREET.
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and Community Services is seeking proposals from private 501(c)(3) not-for-
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documented experience in providing community services and community pro-
grams to surrounding neighborhoods for assuming the operation of one or
more of the following facilities:
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Mayor Looking to Stimulus Dollars to
Help with Crime and Other Local Issues
In 2007, most of us were up in
arms about the crime issues in
Jacksonville. We marched, started
gun buy back programs and had
prayer vigils. Fast forward and
today, not much as changed. The
senseless violence we were talking
about then has been replaced with
more senseless acts of violence.
Over the weekend, a woman was
shot in Hilltop Apartments, which
is near Moncrief and 45th Avenues,
while going there to pick up her
daughter. Hilltop has been notori-
ous for crime and drugs for decades
The woman that was murdered
was, Carolyn Denise McKinney,
age 37. The situation is magnified
by the fact that McKinney leaves a
husband and four children behind.
Of course everyone is in an
uproar over this meaningless death,
but what's the next step? Oh yes,
did I mention that someone was
shot and killed an hour prior to the
Mckinney shooting in the same
There has been a significant
decrease in murders as compared to
the last two years. McKinney's
death was the 15th murder this
year. By this time in 2007 and
2008, there were 29 homicides.
So we know about the crime
issues, but again, what do we do
about it? Well, the Mayor seems to
think that President Obama's stimu-
lus plan may provide an answer.
It's funny how there seems to be
a rift between the national
Republicans stance on the stimulus
program and how governors and
mayors feel about it.
In a press conference on Monday,
Mayor John Peyton,
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
and City Council President Ronnie
Fussell announced the city's inten-
tions to go after dollars from the
American Recovery and
Unless you have been in a cave
for the past several months, you
know that the country has been in
an unprecedented recession.
"The American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act is an effort to
jumpstart the economy, create or
save millions of jobs, and put a
down payment on addressing long-
neglected challenges so our coun-
try can thrive in the 21st century,"
according to Recovery.gov.
So how can this recovery act
address crime in Jacksonville?
On March 6, 2009, President
Obama and Attorney General
Holder announced the allocation of
$2 billion in funds from the
American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act to positively
effect the criminal justice system.
This initiative within the stimu-
lus programs is a direct link to the
crime issues we have been dis-
cussing here in Jacksonville.
The President's new Edward
Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance
Grant (JAG) Program allows states
and local governments to support a
broad range of activities to prevent
and control crime and improve the
criminal justice system.
About 60 percent of the funds
will go to state governments and 40
percent will go to local municipali-
ties like Jacksonville.
In an email address sent this
week, Mayor Peyton said, "This
money must provide the immediate
fuel for new investments in our
community, stimulate the local
economy in a meaningful way and
ensure transformation change for
our community the result of
which will stand the test of time."
Like many citizens, I question
whether our crime problem is relat-
ed to a lack of resources or a lack of
a strategic plan that properly uti-
lizes existing resources.
I have never been a fan of the cop
on every comer notion. I think that
good policing is bigger than putting
more officers on the streets. It's
about developing relationships in
neighborhoods, providing incen-
tives for good police work and seri-
ous consequences for bad or care-
I am certainly no law enforce-
ment expert, but just a concerned
citizen who realizes that the prob-
lem is not as concrete as some
would think. It's about education,
stabilizing families and providing
career opportunities so that individ-
uals can break the cycles of pover-
ty that are so prevalent in low-
I am amused at how politics can
make for strange bedfellows. Most
mayors and governors throughout
the nation are welcoming Obama's
stimulus funds because everyone
needs the assistance.
Mayor Peyton says, "Through
formula-based grants, Northeast
Florida already expects to receive
nearly $145 million for local trans-
portation projects and $10 to $15
million through Justice
Department, Housing and
Community Development and
In order to truly address the
crime and other socio-economic
issues in Jacksonville, the adminis-
tration, sheriffs office, elected offi-
cials and community leaders will
have to be on one accord.
In fact, Peyton added in his
address, "If we are to maximize
Jacksonville's overall funding allo-
cation, this community must speak
with one voice in Washington."
Whether you like Peyton or agree
with his past policies or not, now is
the time to rally the troops and
work together to tap into the feder-
al programs created by the Obama
Signing off from the atrium at
Selma: From Bloody Sunday to a Southern Model City
by Ron Daniels
Almost every year I make the
Pilgrimage to Selma, Alabama for
the Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee
commemorating "Bloody Sunday"
sponsored by the Voting Rights
Museum under% the leadership qof
Attorney Faya "RB'se Safiders:-
Sunday, March 7, 1965 was that
fateful day when civil rights
activists and courageous ordinary
people were brutally turned back
by the State Police as they attempt-
ed to march across the Edmund
Pettis Bridge en route to the Capital
of Montgomery to demand the right
to vote. Bloody Sunday was a mile-
stone moment, a turning point in
the history of this nation. The
whole world witnessed what
amounted to state authorized ter-
rorism as State Troopers trampled
innocent protesters with their hors-
es and bludgeoned them with Billy
Clubs. Their behavior was so
repugnant, so repulsive that the
nation and world recoiled in out-
rage, creating the political space for
President Lyndon Baines Johnson
to sign the historic Voting Rights
Act of 1965.
The Voting Rights Act put the
ballot safely in the hands of Blacks
in the south for the first time since
Reconstruction. Since then, Blacks
have marched on ballot boxes to
elect thousands of elected officials
in pursuit of justice and equality for
all. In a real sense, without Bloody
Sunday and the Voting Rights Act
which ensued, Barack Obama
would not be President of the
United States. So, it was only fit-
ting that two years ago, in the midst
of his campaign, Obama journeyed
to Selma to make the symbolic
walk across the Bridge to connect
with the history that propelled him
to the White House.
And, that's why I make the
Pilgrimage as often as possible and
encourage others to do likewise, to
keep connected to the history, the
Bridge :hat *people of African
descent and the beloved communi-
ty of people of conscience crossed
in hopes of creating a better
America. John Lewis, a leader of
the March on Bloody Sunday,
comes each year along with Rev.
Jesse L. Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton,
Rev. Mark Thompson,
Congresswoman Maxine Waters,
scores of veterans of the Civil
Rights Movement and hundreds of
ordinary people yearning to stay
connected, lest we forget the blood,
suffering and sacrifice that brought
us to this moment in history.
This year Rev. Joseph Lowery,
who gave the Benediction on
Inauguration Day, was the Guest
Preacher at the historic Brown
Chapel AME Church where the
marchers gathered on Bloody
Sunday before embarking on their
journey into history. The Rev.
Jeremiah Wright, who has been
scorned by the media and some
political leaders, also came and was
warmly embraced by the citizens of
Selma. But, the highlight of this
year's commemoration was the
presence of Eric Holder, the first
African American Attorney
General, who arrived to assure the
nation that under the Obama
Administration there will be vigor-
ous defense and enforcement of the
Voting Rights Act. And, in one of
the most moving moments ever
witnessed during the
Commemoration of Bloody
Sunday, Peggy Wallace-Kennedy,
the daughter of Governor George
Wallace, introduced Attorney
General Holder prior to his
remarks. She apologized for her
father's actions and told the assem-
bled multitude that she had
.endorsed and campaigned for
Barack Obama. Then .he locked
arms with the other notables on the
front line and made the march
across the Edmund Pettis Bridge. It
waThen it was all over until anoth-
er year, the next nostalgic remem-
brance of the past and its relevance
to the present. The tragedy is that
once the commemoration is over,
we leave behind a Selma that is
now 70% African American,
afflicted by poverty, unemploy-
ment, disparities in health and edu-
cation, plagued by crime and the
ongoing reality of muted racial hos-
tilities prevalent in so many small
towns and rural locales in the
South.s an amazing moment!
What if Selma's incredible cul-
tural-historical assets like the
Voting Rights Museum, Slavery
Museum and Civil Rights
Memorial Park were marketed
nationwide and across the world on
a continuous basis to encourage
people to come to Selma year
round? What if the countless acres
of vacant lots and under utilized
farmland could become the founda-
tion for a green economy fueling
the creation of hundreds of green
collar jobs? What if each year
scores of students, retired profes-
sionals and those still practicing
their trade came to Selma to volun-
teer to implement the
blueprint/plan for a new Selma?
The possibilities would be unlim-
ited. The Bridge Crossing Jubilee
would become a time not only to
reflect on the past but a great gath-
ering committed to transforming
Selma into a new city, setting an
example of what is possible in a
New South. Crossing the Edmund
Pettis Bridge would take on new
meaning as the pathway to a new
future. 2010 will be the 45th
Anniversary of the courageous
March across the Bridge. Perhaps
this is the moment to issue the
National Call to Action. My hope is
that uttering these words will spark
a new movement that will fulfill the
fantasy of moving Selma from
Bloody Sunday to a Model City!
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Dr. Mildred McCoy Celebrates 75th Birthday
Friends and family joined in the recent 75th birthday celebration of longtime educator Dr. Mildred McCoy. Held
at the Louis Dinah Community Center, the honoree arrived by chauffeur driven limousine to the affair to be greet-
ed by hundreds of guests. "Dolly" as she is affectionately called, enjoyed warming tributes and lots of gifts. In
addition to full stomachs from the catered event, participants each went away with gift bags and door prizes.
Known throughout the community for her contributions as an educator at such schools such as R.L. Brown and
Spring Park Elementary Schools, Dr. McCoy was also joined by her AKA sorors and church family from St.
Andrew Missionary Baptist. Now retired, she volunteers at area schools where she has the opportunity to spend
time with her first love children. The party was organized by her nephew Gregory McKinnon and others.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
is currently looking for a man that
is moving across the country
romancing women, marrying them
and taking off with their money.
His most recent victims is from
Jacksonville and lost thousands of
dollars in cash and jewelry.
Douglas Ulysses Johnson was met
on the internet site blackpeople-
meet.com and had been dating her a
month and a half. She said he por-
trayed himself as being an active
Lt. Colonel in the United States
Army and served in Iraq and
Afghanistan several times. He also
claimed he was assigned to MacDill
Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.
Soon after meeting and heavy
dating, Johnson proposed to the
victim and they began making wed-
ding plans. The victim allowed him
to stay with her and when she was
gone, he stole over $12,000 worth
of jewelry while she was at work.
He simply packed his belongings
and left her apartment.
He is last known to be driving a
red four door Nissan with a Florida
On March 9, 2009 the suspect
gave the victim a check for $3,600
and told her it came from his moth-
Economic Stimulus Workshops Planned to Educate Public
The U.S. Government recently
passed the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act into law, with the
goal of saving or creating several
million jobs nationwide. With the
funs, the state of Florida will be
able to :
Create or save over 200,000
jobs in the next two years;
Provide a Make Work Pay tax
cut of up to $800 for nearly seven
million Florida workers and their
families, designed to start paying
out immediately into workers' pay-
checks, as well as tax cuts to spur
businesses large and small;
Lower health care costs and
improve care by computerizing
medical records, which will create
jobs, and help those who cannot
afford health care;
Modernize roads and bridges
and create jobs with an extra $1.3
billion in Florida, along with over
billions of dollars in critical infra-
structure, and billions of dollars for
Modernize schools and make
college more affordable with
improved Pell Grants, and a higher
education tax credit for nearly
200,000 Florida students;
Help workers hurt by the econ-
omy, including 750,000 Floridians
out of work, who have lost their
health care, and seniors; and save
the jobs of teachers, police officers
and health care workers.
To ensure that Northeast Florida
receives its fair share of the stimu-
lus dollars, Mayor Peyton and
Cong. Corrihe Brown will be hold-
ing a summit on Monday, March
23rd, to provide an overview of
competitive grant funding in the
law. The event will be held at
Florida Community College's
Technology Center from 9:00 a.m.
to 12:00 p.m. Participants will be
briefed by representatives from var-
ious federal agency officials,
including the Department of Health
and Human Services,
Transportation, Education, Energy,
and Housing and Urban
Development, who will assist them
to access funding in the law. There
will also host a summit that same
day at The Jacksonville Transit
Authority's headquarters, from 5:00
p.m. to 7:00 p.m., for minority and
women-owned business owners on
accessing stimulus funds.
For questions or more informa-
tion, call (202) 225-0123
Douglas Ulysses Johnson
er as a pre wedding gift. It was dis-
covered the check was stolen from
a prior victim he had scammed the
same way. The suspect is known to
have scammed at least three women
in Jacksonville out of thousands.
A criminal investigation revealed
Johnson had a similar incident in
Savannah, Georgia where he met
another victim over the internet.
The suspect married the woman and
he ended up taking a rental vehicle
along with $5,000 cash. He cur-
rently has theft and bigamy war-
rants out of Georgia and is an
absconder from Parole in Michigan.
He has previous arrests for extor-
tion, uttering, fleeing from police,
larceny, and receiving stolen prop-
erty. He currently has outstanding
warrants in Michigan, California,
and Georgia and has been on the
run since 2005
A warrant was issued in Duval
County last week for grand theft.
The judge has issued a $100,000
If anyone has information as to
his whereabouts, contact the
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office at 630-
0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-
845-TIPS to remain anonymous.
"Before You Tie The Knot"
Marriage Preparation Class Offered
Before You Tie The Knot, a marriage preparation class, is offered
monthly at the Duval County Cooperative Extension Office. The couple
must attend together to receive a certificate of completion. There is no fee
for the class.
The Extension classes fulfill the requirements of Florida Statute 741.0305
and 741.04, Marriage Preparation and Preservation Act, that became effec-
tive Jan. 1, 1999. A $32.50 discount on the marriage license is given to
couples who have completed approved premarital classes and the waiting
period required upon applying for a license is waived. The Extension
classes have been approved by the Circuit Court of Duval County for
licenses issued in this county.
The next class will be held March 24th and 26th, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
(Both nights are required.) To register, call Sandra at the Cooperative
Extension Office at 387-8855 or email her at email@example.com.
Please note that if a religious ceremony is planned, it is important that
the couple contact their minister, priest, or rabbi. Although the course ful-
fills the state requirement, additional classes may be required by your reli-
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THEN YOU SEE THE POWER OF COMMUNITY COALITIONS.
They help community groups like the PTA", your church, clubs, even
your employer organize resources and focus them where they're
needed most. Especially fighting to keep kids away from drugs. If
you're in a community group, ask if you can do more by teaming
up with a community coalition. It's really simple. Just go to
www.helpyourcommunity.org or call 1-877-KIDS-313 to
conta a community coalition in your area. They'll tell you exactly
how your group can help. You'll be surprised at what you have to
offer. And how much you can accomplish.
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March 19-25, 2009
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Church and Pastor's Anniversary
Set for St. John Missionary Baptist
St John's Missionary Baptist Church, located at 135 Brickyard Rd. in
Middleburg, Fla., will celebrate the church's 128th and Pastor's 19th
anniversaries. The church promises a a dynamic evening for everyone to
enjoy March 22nd at 4PM. Everyone is welcome.
Mortgage Burning Ceremony
at Mount Pisgah AME
The Right Rev. McKinley Young, Presiding AME Bishop will keynote the
Mortgage Burning Ceremony of Roberts Mount Pisgah AME Church.
The church, located at 1915 Jordan Road in Atlantic Beach, will celebrate
this occasion on Sunday, March 29th at 4 p.m. The public is invited to
attend, Rev. Ruby Lowe, Pastor.
For more information, call 246-4475.
Masons to hold 139th Grand Lodge
Communication March 27th
Bishop Lorenzo Hall Sr. & The Anointed Voices, Dr. Charles Green &
Singers, Brother Joseph Tolbert and a host of other performers will kick off
the 139th Grand Lodge Communication Friday, March 27th at the Masonic
Annual Gospel Concert. The free event is open to the public and will be
held at the Historic Masonic Temple, 410 Broad Street. Rev. Dr. Michael
Moore, 33rd Degree, KYCH, is the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the
Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, Florida,
Belize, Central America, St. John, U. S. Virgin Islands Inc., Prince Hall
Affiliated. For directions or information, call (904) 710-1586.
Pretty in Pink Presented
by Souls in the Kingdom
Souls For The Kingdom Outreach Ministry (Formerly Deliverance Center
For All People), located at 2039 Thomas Court, will be presenting "Pretty
In Pink" on Sunday March 22, 2009 at 4:00 P.M. The church is requesting
all women to come and fellowship in their pink attire men are welcome
also. Minister L. Bennett is Chairperson.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge.
Information must be received in the Free Press offices no
later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run.
Information received prior to the event date will be print-
ed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to
765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
Daughters of Christ United in
Concert at 1st Love Outreach
God's Treasure House of Prayer Ministry will present Daughters of Christ
United at First Love Outreach Ministry, 1427 Gandy Street. The special
presentation will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, March 28th. For addi-
tional information, contact Apostle Ruth Young at 887-5188.
Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection Monthly Meeting
Atlantic Beach Women's Connection will meet on Wed. April 8th from
9:30-11:00 a.m. Ladies grab a friend and join the Atlantic Beach Women's
Connections Spring Fashion Show and Brunch with Micki Wallace of
Patchington in Ponte Vedra. Trish McCrary will give blessings in song and
guest speaker, Sandi Harrell will share her journey through some very des-
This event is open to all area ladies. Don't miss this wonderful opportu-
nity to make some new friends. Call or email now for reservations."
Complimentary child care with reservation. Selva Marina Country Club
1600 Selva Marina Drive Atlantic Beach. For more information call Kate at
534-6784 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Fathers urged to educate their
daughters on domestic violence
"Fathers should use the Chris a women. This is one of those old
Brown/Rihanna incident as a school teachings we must contin-
chance to teach their daughters that ue," says Gordon.
a man should never lay a hand on "Since we started Daddy's
you EVER!" says Ed Gordon. Promise, our initiative has promot-
As the numbers of domestic vio- ed the idea of the invaluable role
lence cases rise, Gordon says, fathers play in building the expecta-
fathers should stand up and teach tions and self-esteem of our daugh-
some "ol' school" lessons to make ters. The number of battered
sure young women stay safe. In women would surely decrease if
2008, journalist Gordon created more fathers took an active role in
"Daddy's Promise," a national showing their daughters what they
father/daughter initiative that high- should expect from other men."
lights the special relationship Gordon, who has a 15-year old
between a father and daughter. daughter, is asking all fathers to take
Gordon feels fathers have to teach time to talk with their kids about the
their girls that violence is NOT a problem of domestic violence.
way a man shows you love. "Men need to speak to each other
"We also need to'teach young men and say out loud this is a cowardly
the lesson that many of us got at a way of dealing with a woman and is
young age, never lay your hands on a show of misguided manhood."
Kappas host 2009 Spring Cluster
The Jacksonville Almni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity recently
hosted thr 2009 FL Spring Cluster Banquet last weekend at Wilber Holsey
Hall at All People International Church. Serving as keynote speaker was
Rev. John Guns. Shown above at the event (L-R) are: Southern Province
Sr. Vice Polemarch Linnes Finney, Esq., 7th Southern Province Polemarch
Dr. Frank S. Emanuel, current Southern Province Polemarch Ronald E.
Range with Dr. John E. Guns .
Grief Workshops Sponsored by
Community Hospice of N.E. Florida
"New Grief: Good Grief' is a program designed to help individuals iden-
tify common grief reactions and to learn that healing is possible after the
loss of a loved one. This one-hour group workshop provides healthy and
effective ways to cope and achieve a balance in life after the death of a
The workshop will help attendees: Recognize the loss and begin to accept
the accompanying paid; Identify physical and emotional reactions to the
loss ; Learn ways to help alleviate bereavement-related stress and become
familiar with the healing process
To be eligible, attendees must be 18 years of age or older and the death
must have occurred within the last 90 days.
To reserve your space and find locations, call Roxanne C. Miller, LCSW,
Manager of Bereavement and Community Grief, at 407-6330.
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Matthew 28:19 20
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The Word from the Sons
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Wednesday Noon Service
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Modern Day Slavery Child sex trafficking is closer than you think
by Jessica Gibson land of opportunity, victims agree
Slavery as Blacks know it is per- and follow the offender. Once in the
meated with images of Africans states, victims are moved around to
stuffed in ships, whipped and beat- different locations, forced to sell
en beyond recognition, hung on their bodies and turn over all of the
trees and picking cotton. Slavery money to their male or female
now has a new face known as pimp.
human trafficking. Helart states that due to the glori-
Human trafficking is often con- fled lifestyle of the pimp/whore cul-
fused with smuggling, extortion or ture, human trafficking isn't taken
simple prostitution. When a person as seriously as it should be. Victims
is a victim of human trafficking are in grave danger as many suffer
they are mandated to work under violent acts, or are simply threat-
specific conditions by force. The ened to be abused. To the trafficker,
U.S. is one of the top "destination" victims are disposable and very lit-
countries for human trafficking. tle care is taken for their wellbeing.
"I don't want to devalue the lega- The control the desire to "pay
cy of slavery in this country with off their debt" to the pimp, or the
real shackles. For people to under- need to help families in their native
stand the kind of control someone is country keeps victims selling
under, it's useful to think of this as a their bodies. Victims' families also
modern day form of slavery," said may have taken out loans to send
their child to the
Jacksonville was recently apart of a U.S. or must pay
nationwide child trafficking sting that back a wavering
found at least one man guilty in a recent smuggling fee.
trial of bringing two teenage girls from "What keeps vic-
Virginia to Jacksonville for prostitution. tims staying is the
promise of some-
He faces 10 years to life in prison, thing better, the car-
The teens were forced to have sex at vari- rot in front of their
ous Jacksonville hotels with men who face," said Helart.
answered ads on Craig's List and paid "Human trafficking
$150 for 30-minute sessions. According to is all about the 'work
here, under these
court records, he lured the girls to Florida c itions, or else.
last year with promises of a lucrative drug The issue of
deal and a glamorous vacation, human trafficking
goes even deeper
Mark Lagon, executive director of being that young girls are often
Polaris.Project. The Polaris Project affected by labor but mostly sex.
is a national organization aimed at Black girls are a large part of this
ending human trafficking. growing trend. Girls constantly
Forced labor continues to be a move around to human sex traffick-
substantial portion of human traf- ing hubs most notably Atlanta and
picking yet commercial sex domi- Dayton, Ohio. Truth is, it could be
nates. According to Gayle Helart, in any neighborhood.
Assistant United States Attorney, "This crime could literally be
U.S. Department of Justice, anywhere and we wouldn't know it.
Southern District of Indiana, the I'm not saying it's not here (in
crime isn't about the violence or the Indianapolis); I don't know. We do
labor itself, but the money espe- get a lot of leads and that's good,"
cially commercial sex. said Helart. "For some reason a lot
Unlike African slaves, victims of of offenders let their victims go to
human trafficking oftentimes come church to subdue and keep them
to the U.S. on their own will. They from getting rebellious. We try to
are promised lucrative opportuni- get with faith-based communities
ties such as a job in a hotel or edu- and leaders on this."
cation. Seduced by American cul- Lagon states human trafficking
ture and the idea of the U.S. as a sounds 'like it requires someone
Nykita Hurt holds a photo of her daughter Brandi who became a
child prostitute at the age of 14. Experts say more than 300,000 chil-
dren are being sexually exploited in the United States.
crossing a border yet there are
increasing trends among American-
born victims of human trafficking.
Law enforcement believes when it
comes to juveniles, there's not real-
ly a juvenile out there by them-
selves; a pimp will almost always
"Studies have indicated that chil-
dren who are runaways or throw-
aways, when they try to make their
own life on the streets, a huge pro-
portion of them within 48-72 hours
fall under the control of pimps,"
To curb this trend authorities state
it's not enough to say "where have
you been for the last few weeks"
when runaways return. Parents
should probe further asking ques-
tions such as how old is your
boyfriend and are there other girls
there at his home. If the offender is
of an inappropriate age and/or has
multiple girls in his home, it's
almost certain to be trafficking.
Parents should also be on the
lookout for expensive gifts she can't
afford and should watch for the
adults in their lives who are show-
ering attention and affection on
their kids. Talking to kids and teens
about healthy relationships and sex-
ual behavior will further reduce
Furthermore, authorities are tak-
ing actions on the financial worth of
human trafficking. Because human
trafficking is difficult to detect and
often rely on the testimonies of the
victims, authorities are taking down
pimps and Johns. They have also
found a few unofficial victories.
"In the blackjack case in Florida,
the John would be given a playing
card after payment. They'd turn that
over to the girl so she'd know serv-
ices had been paid. In this case, men
would wear condoms so the girls
were keeping track with condom
wrappers. They were told that $20
would get taken off their debt with
every sex act," explained Helart.
Citizens are asked to be observant
in their neighborhoods, jobs and
places of worship for suspicious
behavior, homes and businesses
appearing to keep individuals
inside, and individuals who are
always accompanied by someone.
For more information, call or
visit Polaris Project at (888) 373-
7888; the Federal Bureau of
Investigation's Innocence Lost ini-
tiative at (317) 639-3301; or Gayle
Helart at (317) 226-6333.
Free Undoing Racism Workshop
The Jacksonville Diversity Network and the People's Institute for
Survival and Beyond (www.pisab.org) will host a free workshop on undo-
ing racism, May 5th 6th, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. It will be a fol-
low up meeting on May 7th,from 8:30 11:30a.m. as a planning meeting.
The sessions will take place at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225
W. Beaver Street.
Applicants should be individuals in positions to take knowledge gained
in the workshop back to their colleagues, institutions and wider communi-
ties. The goal is to foster local work groups that will continue the conver-
sation and work toward institutional change. Participants must commit to
attending the workshop for the two full days (May 5th & 6th).
Participation on May 7th is for those who would like to plan for follow-
The workshop is free and open to the public and limited to 40 partici-
pants. For more information, call Annie Rodriguez at 270-8774.
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Republican Senator Chuck
Grassley, on the Senate
Committee of Finance, had called
out six televangelists for suspect-
ed opulent spending and possible
abuse of their nonprofit status.
One mega-church leader has
gone to great lengths to clear her
name while one still refuses to
turn over information, according
to the latest update.
"My staff and I continue to
review the information we've
received from the ministries that
cooperated, and we continue to
weigh our options for the min-
istries that have not cooperated,"
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa stat-
ed recently regarding the probe of
the Joyce Meyer Ministries,
World Healing Center Church,
New Birth Missionary Baptist
Church Eddie L. Long Ministries,
Kenneth Copeland Ministries,
and World Changers Church
Since Grassley first requested
that the six ministry leaders pro-
vide financial statements and
records back in November 2007,
Joyce Meyer Ministries has been
the most cooperative, posting
audited financial reports from
2003 to 2006 on its website and
being one of only two organiza-
tions that had turned over finan-
cial documents for the probe
ahead of the Dec. 6, 2007, dead-
line. Kenneth Copeland
Ministries also turn his state-
Critics have said the preaching
of the "Prosperity Gospel" is a
teaching of materialism masquer-
aded as theology. Some also
argue that the major hallmark of
the "Prosperity" movement is the
accumulation of wealth and mate-
rial goods and not the work of the
Gospel, which is marked by sacri-
fice and selflessness.
Town Hall Meeting
City Council District 10
COUNCILMAN REGINALD "REGGIE" BROWN
Council District 10 Town Hall Meeting Notices
1. Westside Precincts:
(10C, 10D, 10L, 10N, 10P, 10Q, 10S, 10T and 10V)
Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Edward H. White High School
1700 Old Middleburg Road
Jacksonville, FL 32210
2. Northside Precincts:
(10, 10A, 10B, 10E, 10F, 10G, 10H, 10J, 10L and 10R)
Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: William M. Raines High School
3663 Raines Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Please come to discuss various issues and projects going on in
your neighborhoods. Representatives from various City
Departments and Agencies will be available to provide updates
on projects or to address any questions you.
For additional information, call 630-1684.
Bring a neighbor with you!
MEETING DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CONFLICTS
March 19 25, 2009
Page 7 Ms. Perry's Free Press
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Frat House the Play
Frat House, the original play by
Stage Aurora's Darryl Reuben Hall,
centers around Thomas, the son of a
pastor, leaves home to attend col-
lege and joins a fraternity against
his father's advice. The play will be
performed on stage in March at the
Theater's Main Stage located at
inside Gateway Mall. For tickets,
showtimes or more information,
May in Concert
The comic larger than life,
Ralphie May, will be in concert at
the Comedy Zone March 19-22nd.
The Last Comic Standing winner
will bring his stand up act to the
main stage of the Comedy Club
located in the Ramada Inn in
Mandarin. For tickets or more
information, call 292-HAHA.
Sinbad in Concert
Clean cut family comedian Sinbad
will be returning to Jacksonville for
one performance only on Friday
March 20th at 8 p.m. at the Florida
Theatre. Call 355-2787 for more
Doo Wop Reunion
The Times Union Center for
Performing Arts Moran Theater
will present the Doo Wop Reunion
featuring Little Anthony & the
Imperials, the Duke of Earl himself,
Gene Chandler, the Flamingos, the
Marcels and Kathy Young. on
Saturday, March 21st at 8:00 p.m.
For more info, call 353-3309.
Girls Inc. Daddy
Girls Inc. will present it's second
annual Daddy Daughter Dance -
affectionately called the Daddy
Daughter Golf Ball. It will be held
from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March
21st at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront. The evening will
include a full dinner and dancing.
Cost to attend the event is $75 per
couple and $25 per additional
daughter. Dressy attire is suggested
and space is limited.
To make reservations, go to
www.girlsincjax.org. For more
information, call (904) 731-9933.
for River Cleanup
Volunteers are needed for the 14th
Annual St. Johns River Celebration
cleanup event. Participants will
spend the morning collecting litter
and debris from more than 20 pre-
selected riverfront and inland sites
around the city. It will be held on
Saturday, March 21 from 8 11:30
a.m. followed by a volunteer appre-
ciation event at Metropolitan Park.
This event provides an opportunity
for students to satisfy community
service requirements. For more
information or to register call (904)
Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation
Jacksonville and the Jacksonville
Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha
Psi Fraternity, will be hosting their
15th Annual Charity Golf
Tournament on March 21, 2009 at
the Golf Club at South Hampton in
St. Augustine. The Golf
Tournament has a 1:45pm Shotgun
Start with Check in at 11:00 am.
There will be prizes awarded for the
Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin
and Hole-in-One Prizes for all Par
3's. For more information or to reg-
ister for the tournament forms can
be downloaded at www.jack-
Lawn Care Workshop
The Duval Co. Extension Office is
offering a Lawn Care Workshop on
the selection, establishment and
maintenance of your lawn. You will
also learn about other Spring
Gardening Chores. The free pro-
gram will be held on Thursday,
March 26th from 6- 8 p.m. at the
West Branch Library,1425
Chaffee Road S. Pre-register by
calling Ms. Davidson at 387-8850.
Art After Dark
The Florida Theatre will host Art
After Dark on Friday, March 27,
2009 from 7-10 PM. Tickets are
priced at $25 for an evening show-
casing the community's most
exceptional visual artists. It also
includes a silent auction, live music
and food. For tickets or perform-
ance information please call the
Florida Theatre Box Office at (904)
Legal Art Walk Show
On Wednesday, April 1st from
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Appeal For Your Excess Clothes
The Millions More Movement Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., a non-profit organi-
zation is now in the process of gathering clothes
for it's next 'Clothes Give-A-Way.
Please bring them to 916 N.Myrtle Avenue from
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
JLOC will also come pick up your donation.
For more information, vist their website at :
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5:30 8:30 p.m., there will be a
Legal Art Walk Show at the Zodiac
Grill. (corner of Adams & Hogan).
Original artwork created lawyers,
judges and other members of the
legal community will be on display
and for sale. The event is free and
open to the public. For more infor-
mation, please contact Deborah R.
Reid, Esquire at 904-996-1100 or
by e-mail at Reid@rumrelllaw.com.
Crawford in Concert
Comedian Lavell Crawford will be
in concert at the Comedy Zone
April 2 4th. The former BET
Comic View host will bring his
stand up act to the main stage of the
Comedy Club located in the
Ramada Inn in Mandarin. For more
information, call 292-HAHA.
Bring the entire family to cele-
brate blues music and the arts at
George's Music Springing the
Blues, April 3-5. The three-day
oceanfront event is free and fea-
tures a number of renowned blues
performers as well as numerous dis-
plays and activities geared for the
entire family. The annual event is
held at the Sea Walk Pavilion in
Jacksonville Beach. www.spring-
PRIDE Book Club
PRIDE Book Club will hold their
next meeting on Friday April 6th
at 7:00 p.m. hosted by Gloria &
Hezron Omawali discussing Like
Trees Walking By Ravi Howard. For
directions or more information, call
Comic David Alan
Grier in Concert
Actor and comedian David Alan
Grier will be in concert at the
Comedy Zone April 16-18th. The
actor rose to fame in "In Living
Color" and other films will bring
his stand up act to the main stage of
the Comedy Club located in the
Ramada Inn in Mandarin. For tick-
ets call 292-HAHA.
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission will have their 2009
Fair Housing Symposium on
Saturday, April 18th 2009. Get the
latest information from vendors and
attend workshops on foreclosure,
housing, and more. There will also
be a continental breakfast & awards
luncheon. This is a FREE event for
citizens of Duval County. For more
info or to RSVP call 904-630-4620
or email JHRCRSVP@coj.net
Jax Beach Elementary
The Jacksonville Beach
Elementary Preservation Fund will
hold their annual Golf Tournament
on Monday, April 20th, 2009. The
tournament will be held at The
Jacksonville Beach Golf Club, 605
Penman Road Jacksonville, FL
32250. The tournament will begin
at 10 am. All proceeds will benefit
our after school enrichment pro-
grams for the youth. For more
information please contact Mrs.
Lillie Sullivan 904-249-2422.
Kevin Hart in Concert
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart
will be in concert at the Comedy
Zone April 23-25th. The former
BET Comic View host will bring
his stand up act to the main stage of
the Comedy Club located in the
Ramada Inn in Mandarin. For tick-
ets or more information, call 292-
March 19-25, 2009
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S.. A | Mandisa 75 Pounds Lighter and More Focused
BEBE WINANS RELEASED ON BOND:
Gospel singer says domestic assault allegations are
'inconsistent with my character.'
Gospel great BeBe Winans was released from the
Nashville jail last week after posting $1,000 bond in his
domestic assault case involving ex-wife, Debra Winans.
According to the arrest warrant, Benjamin "BeBe"
Winans, 46, went to pick up his children from Debra's Nashville home on
Feb. 13. An argument about the kids ensued in the driveway, and Mrs.
Winans told authorities that he pushed her to the ground.
Winans, a judge on BET's television show "Sunday Best," was charged
with misdemeanor domestic assault. He released a statement saying "the
allegations are inconsistent with my character."
The former couple divorced six years ago following 16 years of mar-
riage. They have two children a 13-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old
Winans has recorded gospel albums with his sister CeCe and as part of
the family act The Winans. He has won four Grammy awards.
'DWTS' I.R.S. CURSE HITS KIM,
GRIER IN POCKETS: Uncle Sam wants to
tango with both contestants over delinquent taxes.
Lil Kim and David Alan Grier could very well have
cha-cha-cha'd and waltzed their way into America's
hearts on "Dancing with the Stars" results show, but
the celebs can not dance out of their obligations to
Lil Kim owes $979,090 in delinquent federal taxes,
as well as state taxes in New York, California and
New Jersey. Comedian Grier, according to public
records, owes $49,931 in late state taxes.
Grier's camp said they are investigating California's tax lien against the
entertainer, which was filed on Dec. 11, 2007. "The amounts in dispute
now appear to be less than $40k and Mr. Grier is meeting all of his obli-
gations in connection with same," the comedian's manager, Jordan Tilzer
wrote in an e-mail to the Detroit News.
MC HAMMER SUED OVER UNFIN-
ISHED BOOK: Publisher says rapper needs
to return advance money.
MC Hammer was sued by publishing house
Simon & Schuster earlier this month over claims
S B that he never finished an inspirational book for
which he received advance money to write.
k .The company's lawsuit seeks return of the
$61,000 paid for the book "Enemies of the Father:
Messages from the Heart on Being a Family Man."
Hammer's 2002 contract with Simon & Schuster called for the book
to be released the following year, but according to the one-page lawsuit,
Hammer born Stanley Kirk Burrell never turned in the manuscript.
Meanwhile, the 46-year-old rapper will star in a new A&E reality series
titled "Hammertime," which will focus on his career and family life.
PRINCE TO PERFORM 5 NIGHTS ON LENO
On the heels of U2's five-night run on CBS' "Late Show with David
Letterman" to plug their new album, NBC has
announced that Prince will promote his two new
releases across four nights on "The Tonight
'Show With ay Leno."
The artist will perform on three consecutive g
shows from March 25-27, then, return on May .
28 for Leno's next-to-last night as host of the L '
long-running talk show. No word on whether the
notoriously press-shy musician also will sit
down for a chat.
DICK GREGORY, DIDDY BEGIN SEPARATE FASTS:
Economy and spiritual quest sighted as motivation
Activist Dick Gregory and entertainer Sean "Diddy" Combs have both
begun separate fasts for vastly different reasons one is to protest the
world's economic crisis, the other is a search for deeper spirituality.
Gregory vowed to continue a daily prayer vigil for the "humanity and
dignity of the American people who are suffering from this tragic eco-
Diddy, on the other hand, has embarked on a 48-hour fast in order to
take his mind and spirit "to the next level."
Life is good and lighter for Mandisa now (left) after losing 75 pounds
as an American idol finalist.
Former "American Idol" contest- Cowell, sports a slimmed down
ant Mandisa, whose audition was physique and a more confident tone
pockmarked with crude jokes about for her upcoming album
her weight from judge Simon "Freedom."
"I've come into my own," she
tells Billboard.com. "This album is
more personal. I've identified my
style and I'm not working with as
many producers, which I think
brought more focus to this album."
The new album's emancipation
theme stems from Mandisa's past
relationship with food. "I really
believe food is a substance addic-
tion like alcohol and drugs," says
the singer, who has shed 75 pounds
since last August. "I would turn to
food in order to fill a void and I
would turn to it for comfort."
Due March 24 on Sparrow
Records, "Freedom" follows the
success of her record-setting first
album, 2007's "True Beauty, which
marked the first time a debut set by
a female solo artist opened at No. 1
on Billboard's Top Christian
Albums chart. The new album's
first single, "My Deliverer," is cur-
rently No. 18 on the Christian Adult
As for her physical transforma-
tion, she credits God and her per-
sonal trainer. "I couldn't tell every-
body else that God could set them
free and still deal with the same
issues that had been plaguing me
my entire life,"
she says. "The Lord was saying,
'OK, you are going to be an exam-
ple of how I can set somebody
Mandisa's world premiere came
during auditions for "Idol's" 5th
season. When Cowell first saw her,
he said are we "going to have a big-
ger stage this year?" Later, when
Paula Abdul commented that
Mandisa had a "Frenchie" growl to
her voice, Cowell responded that a
more apt comparison would be to
When Mandisa presented herself
to the judges prior to the final cut-
down to the season's 24 semi-final-
ists, she told Cowell: "What I want
to say to you is that, yes, you hurt
me and I cried and it was painful, it
really was. But I want you to know
that I've forgiven you and that you
don't need someone to apologize in
order to forgive somebody. I figure
that if Jesus could die so that all of
my wrongs could be forgiven, I can
certainly extend that same grace to
Cowell told Mandisa that he was
"humbled" and apologized to her
immediately. She went on to
become the ninth-place finalist in
Friends Set Up Fund to Free Q
LAS VEGAS Claiming O.J.
Simpson was dealt an injustice, the
brother of the football star's former
girlfriend is soliciting money to
appeal Simpson's conviction and
prison sentence on kidnapping and
armed robbery charges.
Barrett Prody, 35, has created a
nonprofit corporation and an
Internet Web site, the Society
Against Legal Injustice Inc., to
raise money for Simpson.
"I hope to help out someone who
has gotten to be a good friend,"
Prody said by telephone from his
home in Fargo, N.D.
But Simpson lawyers Yale
Galanter in Miami and Gabriel
Grasso in Las Vegas said they don't
think the fund is needed. Galanter
said Simpson's trial fees and costs
were fully paid and his appellate
fees and costs were "basically
paid." He declined to provide
amounts, citing attorney-client con-
"It seems that Barrett has the best
of intentions," Galanter said. "But
whatever he's doing is on a separate
track with what we're doing."
The lawyers said they expected to
file an appeal in the next six weeks
with the Nevada Supreme Court
over Simpson's conviction for the
armed robbery and kidnapping of
two sports memorabilia dealers in a
Las Vegas casino hotel room.
Simpson's daughter, Arnelle
Simpson, and a Simpson friend,
Tom Scotto, said they support
Prody's effort and that they expect-
ed any money Prody raises would
help pay the 61-year-old former
football star and television actor's
"It's legit," Arnelle Simpson said.
"It was established and created for
my dad. Of course I approve of it
and will support it."
Prody's younger sister, Christine
Prody, was Simpson's girlfriend for
more than a decade after the NFL
Hall of Famer was acquitted in the
1994 slaying of his ex-wife, Nicole
Brown Simpson, and her friend,
Ron Goldman, in Los Angeles. But
Christine Prody and Simpson are no
longer a couple, Simpson's daugh-
ter and friends said.
Barrett Prody said his 33-year-old
sister, who lives in Fergus Falls,
Minn., had no connection with the
Web fundraising effort.
Barrett Prody;, who'runs an auto-
mobile marketing company in
North Dakota, said he talks several
times a week by telephone with
Simpson, who is serving nine to 33
years at Lovelock State Prison
in northern Nevada after
being convicted of leading
five other men into a Las
Vegas hotel room to
retrieve what he said
were personal items and
family mementos from it
two sports collectibles
Simpson and co-defen-
dant Clarence "C.J."
Stewart were convicted on
all 12 charges, and Stewart
was sentenced to 7 1/2 years to
27 years. The four other men who
accompanied Simpson were sen-
tenced to probation after they took
plea deals and testified for the pros-
Prody's Web site blames the hotel
room confrontation on Thomas
Riccio, the memorabilia dealer who
arranged the meeting, and criticizes
prosecutors and Judge Jackie Glass
for their handling of the case.
Prody estimated he spent about
$6,000 filing incorporation papers
Dakota and applying to the Internal
Revenue Service for tax-exempt
He said he did not intend to- take
a salary from donations, at least a't
the start, and intended to use any
money not needed for Simpson's
case to fund other causes he
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List of Artists Growing for 15th Essence Fest
Lionel Richie, Frankie Beverly Thicke, Salt-N- Pepa, Ne-Yo, one night only event will feature a
and Maze, Ryan Leslie, Melanie Raphael Saadiq, En VOOUe, Eric Cyatherin- of stars of R&B and soul
Fiona, Charlie Wilson and Little Benet, Sierra Leone Refugee All music who will honor the band's
Freddie Kina havejUst been added Stars and Teena Marie. legacy. A full list of talent for this
to the line-up for this year's This year, the weekend-long 15th special performancewill be
Essence Music Festival, set for this Anniversary celebration of music announced in the coming weeks.
July 3, 4 and 5 in New Orleans. and empowerment will Conclude For additional information about
These acts join the previously- with a special to Frankie Beverly ticket sales, accommodations and
announced line-up of Beyonc6, and Maze, the group who have the latest news about the festival,
Maxwell, Anita Baker, Al Green, closed the annual New Orleans fes- visit essencernusicfestival.corn or
John Legend, Keri Hilson, Robin tival since its 1995 inception. This call 800-277-1700.
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Banking While Black? NAACP Says Lending Institutions
got lower rates.
Class-action lawsuits were filed
against the banks on Friday Mar. 13
in federal court in Los Angeles, said
Black Health Magazine Launches a
"$1.00 Subscription Campaign" for
Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day"
Black Health Magazine has
announced that it will offer a l
$1.00 subscription campaign .
starting Monday, March 9, 2009
and ending on Monday, April 9, 1" 2
2009. The $1.00 subscription
campaign allows consumers to
take advantage of health infor- -
mation that can be archived for, "
months and even years ahead.
"We are experiencing difficult
economic times in this country,. '
and our purchasing power has
declined, but our message of J .
health and prevention must '
remain a priority. Therefore, we j
are committed to keeping our
message affordable to every-
one," said Marcus Oaks, Publisher and CEO. The announcement was
announced live on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
The April 2009 issue also features Celebrity Chef G Garvin, articles on
high blood pressure, allergies, diabetes, chronic back pain and a host of
other health related topics, issues, and concerns that are unique to the
African- American community.
April 2009 subscription costs are $1.00 plus shipping and can be pur-
chased online at www.blackhealthmag.com
Jackson sells 500,000 tickets in hours
Michael Jackson announced his
comeback concerts at the 02
Arena in London last week
Tickets for 50 of the concerts by
the pop megastar sold out within
hours of going on sale Friday.
Tickets sold at a rate of 11 per
second, 657 per minute and near-
ly 40,000 an hour.
Jackson, who has returned to the
US for rehearsals, was said to be
S "ecstatic" about the way the
shows had been received.
The singer, who has won 13
Grammy awards, has said this
will be the last time he will per-
Michael Jackson form in London.
President Barack Obama signed
an executive order Wednesday to
establish a White House Council on
Women and Girls that will be
chaired by Valerie Jarrett, his senior
advisor and longtime confidant,
according to reports.
Jarrett, a veteran of Chicago poli-
tics, once worked for Harold
Washington, the city's first black
mayor, and her grandfather was the
head of the Chicago Housing
Authority in the 1940s. She has a
long personal relationship with both
the president and Michelle Obama -
and is known in political circles as
"the other side of Barack Obama's
"I trust her completely," Obama
told The Chicago Tribune last year.
"She's always very insistent on me
trusting my instincts."
Jarrett told black journalists that
Obama's economic policies will
soon benefit thousands of blacks
who are suffering disproportionate-
ly from the worst financial crisis in
Unemployment continues to rise,
along with home foreclosures for
African-Americans, who have seen
.the unemployment rate jump from
8.9 percent in December 2007 to
12.6 percent in 2009.
Jarrett said Obama is working
diligently with "a diverse cabinet"
to restructure the economy and fun-
nel federal funds into cities and
local communities with large black
Federal funds are now be directed
to cities and states and will directly
impact African-American commu-
nities through a range of construc-
tion projects that will also create
jobs, Jarrett said.
"I think by all measures, [Obama]
is taking on more than any presi-
dent in the history of this country,"
Critics, she said, have accused
Obama of trying to do too much too
soon, but Jarrett maintained the
president has a mission.
"We have no choice," Jarrett said.
"We have to tackle everything."
Last week's conference call with
black media was an effort by the
White House to "get the word out"
that the Obama administration is
working on behalf of African-
Americans who Jarrett said over-
whelmingly supported Obama in
his quest for the presidency.
The initiatives offered by Jarrett
and Emanuel are part of Obama's
White House Office of Urban
Policy, "which is designed to devel-
op a strategy for metropolitan
America and to ensure that all fed-
eral dollars targeted to urban areas
are effectively spent on the highest-
Since January, according to the
White House, "President Obama
has offered policies designed to sta-
bilize the economy, keep families in
their homes and improve the
nation's healthcare system all of
which directly impact the African-
Blacks Into Subprime Mortgages
Austin Tighe, co-lead counsel for income and down payment were thousands" of blacks had been
the National Association for the equal to those of White homebuy- forced into bad loans, but said it
Advancement of Colored People. A ers." was difficult to gauge the scope of
statement released by the civil Both Wells Fargo & Co. and the problem because banks keep
rights organization says, "These HSBC are receiving federal bailout much of their internal data private.
lawsuits allege systematic, institu- funds. The lawsuits could force banks to
tionalized racism in sub-prime Similar NAACP lawsuits are divulge closely guarded informa-
home mortgage lending."Says pending against a dozen other sub- tion, such as how banks can deter-
Tighe, "Black homebuyers have prime lenders. mine the race of a loan applicant
been 3 1/2 times more likely to "This is systematic, institutional- and how federal bailout funds are
receive a subprime loan than white ized racism," Tighe said. "Once you being spent.
borrowers, and six times more like- take out factors relative to income The NAACP is seeking reforms
ly to get a subprime rate when refi- and credit risk, the only difference from the banks such as increased
nancing...Blacks still were dispro- between the borrowers is the color transparency in the loan process,
portionately steered into subprime of their skin." educational outreach and internal
loans when their credit scores, Tighe estimated that "tens of training.
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own comic book
Unlike the superheroes and char-
acters that normally grace comic
books, First Lady Michelle Obama
is poised to become a superhero
next month when a biographical
comic book hits the stands.
The limited edition book chroni-
cles Obama's path from South Side
schoolgirl to White House occu-
pant. The comic is part of the
"Female Force" series which show-
cases female leaders. Past issues
have included Alaska Gov. Sarah
Palin and Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton which both sold out imme-
diately upon their release.
Obama does not possess any
superpowers in the comic, but the
cover depicts her sleeveless sleeve-
less top that highlights the most
famous arms in Washington.
In keeping with the upbeat tone of
the series, the Obama edition does
not mention any controversial
speeches or fist bumps.
The 22-page comic also avoids any
illustrations of Malia or Sasha
Obama, a decision the publisher
made to steer clear of the contro-
versy surrounding the Ty Girlz
dolls created in the sisters' image
earlier this year.
"We wanted to be respectful to all
the women in the series," Davis
said. "They've really done amazing
things in their lives."
The Obama comic will be offi-
,cially released April 25 and will
sell for $3.99.
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