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Morris Brown pays off water bill
Historically Black Morris Brown College in Atlanta has paid of the bal-
ance of an overdue water bill, rescuing the campus from closure.
The financially troubled institution is mired in debt and as late as last
month owed more than $215,000, but a flurry of last-minute fundraising
allowed the campus to submit a check to the city's water board for
64,887.32, according to station WABE.
A judge ruled that if Morris Brown did not pay the bill the city would
be allowed to turn off the water. Without water, the school would have
been forced to close.
In 2004, the campus was embroiled in a scandal, and has been reeling
ever since. Federal prosecutors charged former President Dolores Cross
and Financial Aid Director Parvesh Singh with embezzling millions in
federal aid and diverting it to ineligible college costs, such as personal
staff, instead of subsidizing the students whose names were used to
obtain the funds. All but 20 percent of the 2,500 students received finan-
cial aid, which amounted to about $8 million per year.
Morris Brown, the first educational institution in Georgia under sole
African-American patronage, was founded in 1885.

Is a D.C. area killer targeting Blacks?
Washington, DC Police in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.
say they are not out-ruling the possibility that there may be a serial killer
who is apparently targeting Black mothers and their teenage daughters.
Last week, Prince Georges County police found the bodies of mother
and daughter. Deloris and Ebony Dewitt, burning in a stolen Nissan
Maxima one in the front seat and the other in the rear.
Less than tso months ago, and less than a mile away in another double-
homicide, the bodies of mother and daughter, Karen and Karissa Lofton,
A ere found shot dead in their Largo, Md.. home. The area is close to
FedEx Field. home of the Washington Redskins.
In both cases. the bodies \\ere found dead early in the morning. And in
each crime, the mother was 40-something and the daughter was a teen.
Prince Georges County is the county with the highest concentration of
aflfluent African Americans in the United States.

Connecticut lawmakers may join

country in apologizing for slavery
H-ARTFORD, Conn. Connecticut legislators are considering making
their state the first in New England to apologize for slavery and other
racist policies of old.
A legislative committee heard testimony Monday on a resolution that
would issue a formal, general apology and express the General
Assembly's "profound contrition" for the official acts that sanctioned and
perpetuated slavery hundreds of years ago.
The state's African-American Affairs. Commission, a liaison between
black communities and the government, is urging legislators to pass the
resolution, which it has called "an exercise in reconciliation" and not an
effort to determine fault for slavery.
New Jersey last year became the first Northern state to apologize for
slavery, and at least five other states have done so.
Of Connecticut's population of 3.5 million people, about 10 percent are
black, according to U.S. Census estimates for 2007.
Among full-time workers in the state, black men earn 70 percent of
what white men earn. Black men in the state also are four times more
likely than white men to live below the federal poverty line, and black
children under 5 are seven times more likely than white children to live
in poverty, said experts citing U.S. Census data as a result of slavery.

Plea talks underway in Jena Six cases
JENA. La. Lawyers for some members of the Jena Six say prosecu-
tors and defense attorneys are discussing the possible terms of plea agree-
menrts that ~i would resolve the remaining criminal cases.
Lawyers for Jesse Ray Beard and Carwin Jones wouldn't disclose details
of Wednesday's talks. Beard, Jones, and four other black Jena High
School students were charged with attempted murder in the 2006 attack
on a white classmate. The charges spawned a massive civil rights march
through the Louisiana city in 2007.
M, chal Bell is the only member of the group whose case has been
reso- ed. He pleaded guilty in December 2007 to a misdemeanor and was
sentenced to 18 months in jail.
Jones, Beard, Robert Bailey Jr., Bryant Purvis and Theo Shaw now face
aggravated second-degree battery charges.

Multiracial students to now be counted

The federal government is abandoning its traditional one-box approach
to gathering racial and ethnic information on American students.
Next year, the Education Department will allow parents to check every
box that applies to their children in two separate questionnaires, The
Washington Post reports.
In the first survey, students will be asked whether or not they are of
Hispanic or Latino origin. Next, students will check whether they are
American Indian or Alaska native; Asian; Black or African American;
native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; or White. New students are
required to fill out the questionnaires to help the government determine
the multiracial population in U.S. schools.
Last time Te Census was taken, some 6.8 million people, or 2 percent
of the population, were counted for the first time as multiracial. The
information is essential in steering school boards' decisions about such
things as curricula, disciplinary and admissions policies and programs for
troubled or gifted youngsters, according to the Post.


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Volume 23 No. 26 Jacksonville, Florida March 26 April 1, 2009

Minorities Bearing Brunt of Recession Woes

Last hired, first fired: This gener-
ations-old cliche rings bitterly true
for millions of Latinos and blacks
who are losing jobs at a faster rate
than the general population during
this punishing recession.
Much of the disparity is due to a
concentration of Latinos and blacks
in construction, blue-collar or serv-

ice-industry jobs that have been
decimated by the economic melt-
down. And black unemployment
has been about double the rate for
whites since the government began
tracking those categories in the
early 1970s.
But this recession is cutting a
swath through the professional

classes as well, which can be devas-
tating to people who recently
arrived there.
Since the recession began in
December 2007, Latino unemploy-
ment has risen 4.7 percentage
points, to 10.9 percent, according to
the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Black unemployment has risen 4.5

points, to 13.4 percent. White
unemployment has risen 2.9 points,
to 7.3 percent.
William Darity, a professor of
economics and African-American
studies at Duke University, said that
"blacks and Latinos are relative
latecomers to the professional -
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President Obama Receives

America's Black Publishers

Shown above are Black newspaper publishers from across America
in the State Room of the White House.

Miss Delta Teen 2009 Miss Janee' Markeshia Stone, a vocal
student at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, was selected as the 2009-
2010 Miss Delta Teen last weekend at the Florida Theater. The twelfth
grader's rendition of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" set her a step above
the other ten talented contestants at the 36th annual pageant. The title will
yield her both collegiate scholarship opportunities and representation of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at events around the city. Codee Photographyv

A historic delegation of 50 Black
publishers convened at the White
House last week to present a Black
Press Week award to President
Barack Obama and his family.
Members of the National
Newspaper Publishers Association
awarded President Obama the
honor for being the first Black
President and NNPA Newsmaker of
the Year. He also received a custom
made book of front pages of Black
newspaper from his election day.
"The reason that I've been able
and Michelle has been able to do
what we're doing is because of the
extraordinary support and thought-
fulness with which you've covered

our campaigns and our activities
and so I am very thankful to you,"
President Obama told the publish-
ers during the ceremony in the State
Dining Room March 20.
"You know our story. Our jour-
ney, our path are not foreign to you.
And we are reminded of that when
we read our story in your stories. It
feels different. I often say I finally
recognize myself when I read your
papers," said Mrs. Obama.
NNPA's Newsmaker of the Year
is the highest annual honor
bestowed during Black Press Week,
starting March 16. Beginning in
1827, the birthday of the Black
Press is now in its 182nd year.

Gamma Rho Omega AKA's celebrates sixty years of

sisterhood and service by awarding 25K in scholarships

The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter
of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has
alot to be proud of. Over the past
sixty years, the sorority has provid-
ed everything from scholarships
and mentoring to community out-
reach and Black history tours. The
chapter even boasts a International
President to it's credit.
In honor of the women who
helped make it all possible, the
chapter recently celebrated its'
sorors who have been a part of the
chapter for the past sixty years at
the annual Founders Day
Celebration held at the Hyatt
Riverwalk. The theme of the cele-
bration, "Excellence in Service with
a Passion" was a tribute to the thir-
ty Golden Members who had given
a total of over one thousand six
hundred years of service to Alpha
Kappa Alpha.
"The Founders left a legacy that
mandates excellence in service all
that we do; therefore, excellence in
service is not an option, it's a
requirement," said 25th
International Basileus Dr. Norma
White who was also the keynote
speaker. She challenged the mem-
bers to commit to even greater serv-
ice in the next 100 years.
Bestowed honors include: 2009

Seated (L-R) are "Golden Sorors" of 50+ years: Pauline Davis, Ruth Solomon, Louise Sheffield, Ruth
Wheaton, Barbara Robinson, Johnnie Cowart, Estelle McKissick and Lavinia Mathis. STANDING: Betty
Howard, 25th Supreme Basileus Norma White, Mattie Campbell, Camilla Thompson, Alphar Thelma
Hall, Bettye Sessions, Delphenia Carter, Dorothy Monts, and Vera Dennis. Codee Photography
Golden Member Vera Dennis, Life Members Mary Brown, A highlight of the presentation
2009 Silver Star Amy Robinson, Wilhelmina Brown and Jennifer was the awarding of $25,000.00 in
2009 Life Member Saundra Butler. They were honored in trib- scholarships. The event was chaired
Brown, 2009 Pearl Member ute by Juliann Blackmon and by Naomi Briggs and Mrs. Bonnie
Phillis Varnado and 2009 Chapter Tonya Brown. Atwater is the Chapter President.

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**DEBT **


Climb out of a mountain of debt
Hi, my question is I have over $40,000 in credit
card debt. I have a steady job and have not missed
a payment, but I am unable to keep up with my
payments. I have a wife and two kids to support
and a mortgage. Should I call my credit card com-
pany to, maybe, settle my debt? -- Tim

Dear Tim,
Forty thousand dollars in credit
card debt is a mountain of debt,
but it is not an insurmountable
problem. I have helped people
with six figures worth of debt find
the right solution. I am sure we
can do the same for you. So, let's
look at your mountain and, like
any mountain climber, get you a
plan, the proper training and reli-
able tools to make you successful.
Like any mountain climber, you
will need a plan of attack. In debt
climbing, this is the creation of a
spending plan. Following a well-
thought-out plan will allow you to
make the most of your income
while eliminating unnecessary
spending. Your plan is a simple
enough matter of listing all your
sources of income, understanding.
where it all goes and then redirect-
ing some of it elsewhere that is
more in line with your goal.
Here are two quick examples.
You earn $40,000 a year. You nor-
mally get a tax refund of about
$2,000. Reduce your withholding
by $100 a month. Now you still
get a small refund, but you have

Whatever yoz

do, don't touch,

your retirement

money, n, i 0 no ti w,-
an.,etra ,$QQ0 month to speed
your ascent over your debts! You
can find the tools you will need to
create and implement your spend-
ing plan using the free education
webcasts found at I tried
the one titled Managing Income
and Expenses. It took 14 minutes
and was quite painless. Bankrate
also has a number of videos on
debt management.
As you create your spending
plan, be sure to prioritize both
your expenses and debts. Not all
obligations are created equal! For
you, my priorities, would be to
keep a roof over your head, food
on the table, and lights and trans-
portation to get to work. You may
notice premium cable-TV didn't
make my priority list. It shouldn't
be on yours either!
As you work over your spend-
ing and maximize your income,
you may find your mountain may
not be as steep as you thought.
Armed with your plan, it is now
time to review your situation and

see if you can manage on your
own or with some additional
income from a part time job. If
that doesn't work, then it's time to
contact your lender and ask for
In these dark times, there are
occasionally bright spots. One
such ray of sunshine is a new pro-
gram that has been implemented
by many of the major credit card
issuers called Help With My
Credit. For assistance, you can
visit the Web site at or call
(866) 941-1030. The person who
answers will connect you with a
user-friendly, customer-service
representative from your card
issuer, if your card issuer is partic-
ipating. If not, you will be trans-
ferred to a credit counseling
Let the representative know
how much you can afford to pay
monthly toward your debt, and
then let them determine if any of
the assistance programs available
will work for the budgeted amount
that you know you can afford. Do
not commit to anything unless you
believe you can actually
u make the payments and
get their assistance offer
h in writing.
If your lender is not par-
ticipating in the program
nt or if you are not comfort-
able dealing with your
card issuer yourself, you
can,, speak with a credit
.. ,cuaseling agency. You,,
should expect to receive a thor-
ough review of your financial sit-
uation and specific recommenda-
tions for how best to move for-
You asked about settlements. I
don't like them if they can be
avoided. In a nutshell, you are at a
tremendous disadvantage. You do
this once and the lenders do it all
the time. But they really don't like
to give up anything, so the
chances of you agreeing to a set-
tlement that comes back to haunt
you is high. If you use a debt set-
tlement company, the same logic
applies, plus they may get you in
even more trouble if they mishan-
dle your case. If you must settle,
use an attorney. They are honest,
competent, on your side and
shouldn't leave any lose ends.
Whatever you do, don't touch
your retirement money. Many
people are raiding their future
financial security to correct
today's financial mistakes. That is
an even bigger mistake.
Good luck!

What the government's stimulus bill means to you

The 2009 economic stimulus bill

Barak Obama
signed into law on February 17,
2009, is a whopper, not only in cost
($787 billion) and length (1,070
pages), but also in terms of the vast
number of spending and tax-relief
programs it touches everything

from multi-billion dollar infrastruc-
ture investments to business tax
cuts to small increases in unem-
ploy ment benefits.
Some provisions will take
ears to trickle down; others
take effect almost immedi-
ately. Here are highlights
of a few programs that
could impact you
Payroll tax cred-
it. Workers will
receive $400 tax
credits for both
.- 2009 and 2010
- ".. ($800 for married
couples, filing
jointly). Unlike
last year's tax
Rebates that were
distributed in lump
sums, these credits
will probably appear
as reduced tax with-
holding on paychecks,
starting around June.
Credits gradually phase out
for individuals with annual
adjusted gross income (AGI) over
$75,000 ($150,000 for married cou-
ples). Self-employed people can
claim their credit when filing 2009
tax returns; but in the meantime
they can reduce remaining 2009
estimated tax payments according-
Tax credit for retirees. Those

receiving Social Security, railroad
retirement benefits, veteran's bene-
fits and government retiree benefits
will get one-time $250 payments,
beginning in May.
Unemployment relief.
Unemployment insurance benefits
increase by $25 a week and eligibil-
ity is extended to 46 weeks. The
first $2,400 in 2009 benefits is not
subject to federal income tax. Also,
food stamp payments to low-
income families are increasing by
13.6 percent.
Health insurance. For those laid
off between September 1, 2008, and
December 31, 2009, who retain
their former employer's health
insurance plan through COBRA,
the government will pay 65 percent
of the cost for up to nine months.
Don't worry if you didn't elect
COBRA before the bill passed;
your former employer must notify
you of your eligibility and you'll
then have up to 60 days to enroll for
coverage that will take effect as of
March 1, 2009.
Home purchases. First-time
homebuyers qualify for a tax credit
of up to $8,000 on homes purchased
between January 1, 2009, and
December 1, 2009 (note: not
December 31), gradually phasing
out for those with AGI over
$75,000 ($150,000/married).
Unlike last year's homebuyer credit,
this one doesn't have to be repaid

over 15 years, although you will
forfeit the credit and have to pay it
back if you sell your home within
three years.
New car buyers. If you buy a
new (not used) car, light truck, RV
or motorcycle between February
17, 2009, and December 31, 2009,
you can deduct state and local sales
and excise taxes on up to the first
$49,500 of purchase price. This
"above-the-line" deduction (mean-
ing you can take it even if you don't
itemize deductions) gradually phas-
es out for AGI over $125,000
Child tax credit. The income
threshold to qualify for claiming the
child tax credit on federal income
taxes is being lowered in 2009 and
2010 from $8,500 to $3,000. This
will allow more lower-income fam-
ilies to claim the credit, which is
worth up to $1,000 per child.
Energy-efficient home
improvements. The tax credit for
making certain energy-efficient
improvements to existing homes
(such as central air conditioning,
furnaces, windows, water heaters)
increases from 10 percent to 30 per-
cent for 2009 and 2010, up to a
maximum of $1,500.
It's probably a good idea to con-
sult with your tax preparer or a
financial advisor to make sure
you're taking full advantage of
these new tax breaks.

Online Virtual Job Fair April 1-8 offers new

dimensions for job seekers and employers

WorkSource, th First Coast
Manufacturers Assoc., (FCMA),
JAXPORT and Florida Community
College, are introducing the Virtual
Job Fair (VJF), a new means by
which qualified job seekers and
employers can match their skills
with employer need. Beginning
April 1 and continuing through
April 8, Northeast Florida will have
access to this entirely online
recruiting tool. The Web-based for-
mat makes it available 24 '7, offer-
ing unmatched convenience for
Internet-savvy job seekers and

Job seekers will find it conven-
ient to access employer job listings
in the privacy of their own homes
or anyplace Internet access is avail-
able. They can post their r6sum6s
by filling out or copying and past-
ing the information in provided text
boxes; search for jobs in a specific
industry; and learn about a variety
of jobs from entry-level to manage-
ment in numerous fields. Taking
time off from work and traveling to
another location has become unnec-
essary with 24-hour Internet access.

Once registered, applying for a par-
ticular job becomes as easy as
clicking a button to submit their
applications and r6sum6s. The
resum6 can be publicly viewed or
marked as private so the job seeker
controls who can view it. There are
no crowds, no lines, and no cost for
job seekers to participate.
Job seekers will also have access
to basic computer and Internet
training provided by Florida
Community College, for those with
limited experience, enabling them
to make the best use of the VJF. The






College also will provide informa-
tion on career counseling and train-
ing for workers needing to upgrade
their present skills. They can also
learn about courses to build new
skills such as welding, for indus-
tries in which there is a demonstrat-
ed need for employees.
Employers are provided a virtual
"booth" where they can post com-
pany profiles and job listings.
' For more information, contact
Elizabeth Cochran Brown at 798-
9229, ext 2212 or by e-mail at

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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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Throngs of students found fun
and solace in Daytona Beach
during the 2nd week of March.
What happened

to the Black

College Reunion?
Remember the Black College
reunion, or better yet, dubbed
"Black Spring Break" held in
Daytona Beach? The number of
people attending Black College
Reunion has been dropping for the
past few years, and this year's event
was was no exception.
Organizers said the reason behind
the falling numbers is racially
Thomas Copeland, one of the
event organizers, claimed city lead-
ers and private businesses have
been systematically discouraging
people and entertainment groups
from coming to an event that is pre-
dominantly African-American.
Copeland said there were serious
violations of civil and criminal
laws by those trying to undermine
the success of BCR events, and he
plans to call on the U.S. Attorney
General to investigate his concerns.
Copeland claimed he would
release the names of those partici-
pating in the conspiracy to rid the
city of BCR at a later date.
Attendance to the weekend-long
event also declined after Black
Entertainment Television stopped
coming to Daytona Beach and
moved further south to Riviera
Beach. The event, held traditional-
ly in March, had been a haven for
Black young adults since the mid

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By Shauna Allen,
Castle.Com Toastmasters Murika
Davis and Steven Robinson recent-
ly teamed up with the Jacksonville
Chapter of Jack and Jill, to serve as
judges for the organization's teen
oratorical competition. Toastmas-
ters is a non-profit organization that
teaches communication and leader-
ship skills in a fun and supportive
environment The winner from the
competition, Christopher Green,
will go on to the state competition
for a chance to go to the 2009
Southeastern Regional Ann Owen
Gordon Teen Oratorical Contest in
Memphis, TN this summer. The
oratorical contest will be held dur-
ing the Southeastern Regional Teen
Leadership Conference. Jack and
Jill of America has sponsored this
oratorical contest for its members
for over thirty years designed to

National Black


Assoc. Selects

2010 Race
The National Black Marathoners'
Association has selected the ING
Georgia Marathon, Half Marathon,
and Publix 5K Run/Walk and Kids
Run for its 2010 Event in Atlanta,
GA. This event is one of the largest
events in the Southeast and features
a full pre-race expo. There's an
event for every walker and runner.
It will be held on the weekend of
March 27, 2010.
The Association's objectives
include encouraging Black
Americans and others to pursue a
healthy life-style through long dis-
tance running and walking; serving
as a vehicle for Black distance run-
ners across the nation to meet in
mass at a single marathon and
Provide scholarships to deserving
high school distance runners.
For more information, visit or call
(214) 257-0469.

Contest Coordinator, Alice Venson along with Judges Romance
Author Brenda Jackson and Castle.Com Toastmasters Steven
Robinson, CTM and VPE Murika Davis, CC, CL.

inspire and encourage teens to
embrace and value the art of public
This year, the teens were aided in
their preparation by Toastmaster
Murika Davis. Ms. Davis conduct-
ed a workshop to help the teens
prepare for their speeches. She eas-
ily captured their attention and par-

ticipation with interactive activities,
from preparing a one minute ice
breaker speech to working in
groups to prepare a short speech.
Murika encouraged even the most
reluctant teens to speak when she
said, "everyone wants to hear what
you have to say."

Lee Student Named a Finalist

in National Speaker Contest

Patrice Frederick
Patrice Fredrick, a sophomore at
Robert E. Lee High School, was
selected as a finalist in the 2009
Summer Institute Student Speaker
Scholarship Contest.
The contest, hosted by AVID
(Advancement Via Individual
Determination), searched for
dynamic speakers with unique and
compelling stories. This year's
theme, "AVID: For Our Students,
For Our Future," requested stu-
dents speak about their personal
experiences and how AVID has

Toastmasters Teams up with Jack and

Jill for Children's Oratorical Contest

Georgia lawmakers walk out after failed resolution

to make president honorary member of Black caucus

Some members of Georgia's
Legislative Black Caucus walked
out of the State House Friday after
what they call yet another racial
snub of President Barack Obama.
The members in question were
angered that a resolution to make
President Obama an honorary
member of the Black Caucus failed
to pass the House.
"I was outraged. I was completely
shocked and blind-sided and I felt
disrespected in every way," says
State Senator Emanuel Jones of
As head of the Black Caucus,
Democrat Jones wrote the original
resolution, SR 177, which passed
the State Senate without notice. But

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he and other caucus members are
furious that an identical resolution,
HR 673, has now bogged down in
the house.
"It seems that they're not able to
accept the fact that many of us sim-
ply disagree with this President's
vision," says State Representative
Austin Scott, a Republican from
Tifton who originally objected to
the House vote, stopping it cold
since such resolutions must be
Rep. Scott says he has no problem
with making President Obama an
honorary member of the Legislative
Black Caucus. But he and some
others in the Republican-controlled
General Assembly disagree with
one particular paragraph.
The clause in question says,

"Whereas, throughout his political
career, President Obama has
enjoyed an unimpeachable reputa-
tion for integrity, vision, and pas-
sion for public service, and no one
could be more worthy of special
honor and recognition by the mem-
bers of this body and the Georgia
Legislative Black Caucus than this
extraordinary leader."
Conservative Scott says he simply
wants the words, "the members of
this body and" removed because he
doesn't agree with many of the
Democratic President's views.
"If you're pro-life," says Scott, "it
is impossible to agree with his
vision. If you believe in the Second
Amendment, it's impossible to
agree with his vision for this coun-
try. If you're a Capitalist, it's impos-

sible to agree with this President's
vision for this country."
But Sen. Jones and other members
of the Black Caucus still say it's an
insult for their House colleagues to
block what are normally routine
personal privilege resolutions.
"We've recognized everything
from green tree frogs down here to
President Bush and his efforts on
Katrina, believe it or not," says
After coming up three times this
week, the resolution was re-
assigned to the House Rules
Committee by Speaker Glenn
Richardson. The State Legislature
has only a few working days left to
see if they can'iron out the wording
for the resolution to pass the House.

helped them reach for their
Patrice's story, one of personal
tragedy, provided details of how
the AVID program is allowing her
to get her life back on track. She
explains how the death of her
father took her on a downward
spiral, taking her from an A/B
honor roll student to making Ds
and Fs.
"We are so proud of Patrice and
the progress she has made since
enrolling in the AVID program,"
said Shawana Montgomery,
Keystone/Avid Elective Teacher.
"She is a great student and we cel-
ebrate in her achievement."
The AVID program targets stu-
dents in the academic middle B,
C and D students who have the
desire to go to college and the
willingness to work hard. The pro-
gram puts these students on the
college track: acceleration instead
of remediation. Currently, 11
Duval County high schools have
AVID programs.
For more information visit or contact the
district's AVID Specialist Eddie
Christian at 904-348-7788.

Town Hall Meeting

City Council District 10


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!


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What's the Real Deal about the City's Garbage

One of the byproducts of simply
living is the consumption of goods
and use of various materials and the
waste left behind. Old baby dia-
pers, mattresses and Chinese food
containers have to go somewhere.
That's where landfills come into
play. Most of us have driven by one
at some point in our lives and we
see the sea of trash being compiled
and normally that trash draws a sea
of birds and stench as well.
Jacksonville is in the midst of a
battle that involves the city-owned
Trail Ridge Landfill and no matter
what side of town you are on the
deal has a bit of a smell to it.
Mayor Peyton's plan is to award
the company Waste Management a
$750 million contract extension to
continue operating the city's land-
fill, which they have managed
since 1991. Peyton says that the
extension would save the millions.
On the surface the deal makes a
lot of sense. Opponents say that
once you dig deeper into the deal it
really starts to smell bad.
Like any major issue there are
opponents and proponents. Here's
how the sides line up. On the pro-
ponent side is the Mayor, General
Counsel, Waste Management and
their consultants/lobbyist.
I am sure that it surprises no one
that the independent General
Counsel would be on the Mayor's

side especially since he's appoint-
ed by the mayor and is apart of the
Mayor's senior staff meetings.
But that's a different story for a
different day.
On the opposing side is a ground
swell of folks from the community
who say that it's wrong not to bid
out a contract of this size, some
City Council members and
Republic Services, a Waste
Management competitor that
believes that if the contract is bid
the city could save money anyway.
Republic makes the very valid
point of how will you know the real
cost savings if you don't have any
comparable proposals to look at?
And that's the toughest part for
most opponents to swallow in this
whole landfill debate it's hard to
fathom the city simply awarding or
extending a contract that is nearly a
billion dollars in value. Cost sav-
ings or not, it's just hard for some
people to stomach the process.
The Mayor acknowledges that
hurdle as well, but sticks by his
guns that the cost savings out-
weighs the no bid concerns.
However, the Mayor is on the
ropes and we are in the 9th round of
a 12 round fight. It appears he's
down on the scorecard as well.
According to several sources, the
Mayor doesn't have the 10 votes
necessary to get the landfill deal

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passed in Council.
And being a former Council mem-
ber, I know that once the public
comments start it will really be
hard to hold on to votes if there is a
major outpouring against the deal
from citizens. At times, like many
politicians, Council members can
be quite the populists.
So a lengthy public debate may
not be good news for proponents of
the deal. The saying goes, "truth is
not determined by majority vote."
One of Peyton's critical points is
that there is a major legal issue with
the Waste Management contract.
By extending the contract, the legal
issue will essentially go away.
Waste Management feels that they
have an exclusive legal right to
manage the city's landfill until it
reaches full capacity, which the
company says is the full 900-acre
site. The debate centers on how the
contract with the company was
written in 1991.
The city has interpreted the con-
tract in a totally different manner.
The city feels that Waste
Management only has the right to
manage the landfill until the current
140-acre "cell" is complete.
The landfill is divided into vari-
ous development phases, and the
current phase or cell of develop-
ment is near capacity, hence the
importance of bringing this landfill

issue to a close soon.
Peyton says that the legal expo-
sure related to contract issues with
Waste Management is approxi-
mately $200 million, which does
not include the City's cost of litiga-
Peyton says that his staff has
negotiated a with Waste
Management for two years, after
the Delaney administration also
tried to work at a deal with the
waste company. So in other words,
this deal is as good as it gets.
Here's the problem on the legal
front it may be the proverbial
"Catch 22." If the city doesn't
extend the contract with Waste
Management then the company
may sue. If the City Council
approves the extension, then other
waste companies and citizen
groups could sue.
Either way it goes there seems to
be no way of avoiding a legal battle
with someone.
So let's do a quick summary. The
three major issues related to this
landfill deal are: the no bid contract
extension, which essentially leads
to the cost and not knowing if there
are real savings or not and potential
legal issues.
Did I mention that I am glad that I
am not on Council for this vote?
Signing off from Trail Ridge
Landfill, Reggie Fullwood

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Mortgage Burning Ceremony
at Roberts 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.

Family & Friends Day at St. Thomas
Family and Friends are invited to celebrate in Family & Friends Day at
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at both
8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. All former members and friends are invited to
be a guest at the very special worship experience. Pastor Ernie Murray, Sr.,
Rev. Ernie Murray, Jr., Bro.Victor Solomon, Bro. Richard Tyson and Bro.
Frank Scantling are chairing the event. The church is located at 5863
Moncrief Road. For more information, call 768-8800.

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.

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-
perate circumstances.
This event is open to all area ladies. Don't miss this wonderful opportu-
nity to make some new friends. Call or e-mail 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 .

Mt. Olive to Hold Big Yard President organizes
Sale & Church Bazaar
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Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, 1319 North Myrtle Avenue, located
at the corner of Kings Road, is sponsoring a major sale and church bazaar
on Saturday, March 28th, starting at 8:00 a.m. A huge variety of items, new
and used will be offered for sale. Computers, appliances, clothing, hats,
vehicles, organ, religious figurines and vases and electronics will be fea-
tured at this really big sale. Dinners and a bake sale will be available. Free
drinks, music, games, and vendors complement the daylong activities.
This event will also kick off Mt. Olive's Stop the Violence Campaign,
"Coming Together Under One Accord", that seeks faith-based groups and
churches to support a community awareness initiative to involve their
members in visibly protesting violent crimes in Jacksonville/Duval County.
Workshops on this campaign will be conducted throughout the day.
Portions of large purchases may be tax deductible. Call 355-0015 for more
details about the sale and bazaar, including how to obtain vendor space.

Enjoy Gospel with Marc Little
Veteran broadcaster and author Marc Little will be hosting a late night
gospel show from 2 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, featuring cross gen-
erational gospel music, daily prayerand music by request at 766-9285. The
show can be heard online at and WCGL AM.
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
loved one. They will be held throughout the month of April.
The workshop will help attendees: Recognize the loss and begin to accept
the accompanying paid; Identify physical and emotional reactions to the
loss and 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.
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.

After the Jeremiah Wright contro-
versy that threatened to derail
Barack Obama's presidential cam-
paign, there was word that he will
be cautious and careful in becom-
ing closely identified with any par-
ticular religious leader.
Last week the president selected a
close knit group of select pastors to
join him in a quiet prayer session
and share with him their views and
perspectives on the role of religion
in politics.
Since his is election questions have
swirled around what church he
would join once he moved to
Washington, DC. Now we know the
The group of ministers is a diverse
group and includes Dr. Otis Moss,
Pastor Kirkjohn Caldwell, Bishop
T.D. Jakes, Rev. Jim Wallis and
Rev. Joel Hunter. The group is not
associated with any particular
denomination or reformation while
all of them have their own affilia-
tions with Christian groups.
"Every time that we have come
together it has been initiated by the

No stranger to old school prayer,
President Obama has hands of
prayer played on him.
president," said Rev. Hunter of the
All of the participants are main-
taining the privacy and contents of
the sessions, but all are impressed
with the authentic seriousness that
the new president has about his
faith, his intellectualism and impact
that he has on the weighty decisions
that he, the president, has to make.

Group wants more Black marriages and vow renewals
- The Wedded Bliss Foundation, Inc. held its Seventh Annual Black
Marriage Day celebration ast Sunday with the theme of renewing and hon-
oring Our Sacred Vows.
The Foundation had couples across the country renew their wedding vows
with the theme: Getting Married is Good; Staying Married is Better; A
Healthy Marriage is Best.
Activists in more than 300 cities around the country highlighted the ben-
efits of married life and offered celebrations to strengthen and promote mar-
riage in the Black community.
Organizations offered youth, singles and couples workshops; receptions
and the opportunity to get married at a Black Marriage Day event.
Additional information about Black Marriage Day is available online at

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

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

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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

Grace and Peace

Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.

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

Bible Study 7:00 p.m..

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

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Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.

A church

that's on the

move in

worship with

prayer, praise

and power!

Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

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

Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

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

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Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance
to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at

St. Thomas I Missionarv Baptist Church

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

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Shown above receiving his certificate is Torlorf L. Finley and
Commander Douglas Thompson.
Naval retirement ceremony held
for Azi Torlorf Lamar Finley
A retirement ceremony attended by a host of family and friends was held
last weekend for Petty Officer First Class Torlorf Lamar Finley. Held at
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, the ceremony honored his twenty
years of service to the United States Navy. With a career that begin in 1988
in Great Lakes, Ill. and included posts in California, Japan and Tennessee
retiring with the rank of First Class in 2008. Following his retirement, he
will continue to pursue his studies in Professional Aeronautics at Embry
Riddle Aeronautical University and songwriting in addition to spending
more time with his wife Natalie and children Kevin, Adriauna and Laila.
R. Silver Photo.

Controversy Dogs Pope

on His First Africa Trip

As Pope Benedict XVI touches
down in Cameroon on his first
sojourn to Africa, a new translation
of the Roman Catholic Mass is get-
ting a trial run in South Africa,
where some parishioners say it's too
hard to understand.
Critics say the new translation is
meant to more closely follow the
original Latin text. Before
Communion, for example, the
prayer "Lord, I am not worthy to
receive you" becomes "Lord, I am
not worthy that you should enter
under my roof." "One in being with
the Father" becomes "consubstan-
tial with the Father".

And the congregation's response
to the greeting "The Lord be with
you," changes from "And also with
you" to "And with your spirit."
Although mainstream Christian
churches, evangelical churches, and
Muslim faiths all appear to be
expanding rapidly, there are only
430 bishops and some 27,000
priests for 187 million Catholics -
20 percent of the continent's popu-
After Cameroon, the pope will go
to Angola site of the first African
mission, where Portuguese priests
began to convert people 500 years

King David Tolen
Have you ever wondered who
wrote Matthew Gilbert's school
song? Could it be a local noted
composer such as James Weldon
Johnson or perhaps Charlie
Singleton? The answer is no.
The school song was penned over
fifty years ago by then student
King David Tolen. While Tolen
began and ended his musical career
with the song written to the tune of
"Danny Boy", he went on to attend
New Stantion Sr. High School and
EWC followed by a successful
career as a longshoreman from
which he is now retired.
Thanks to the creativity arid
ingenuity of this young man, the
school song is still sung today with
pride by the students of Matthew
W. Gilbert.

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The Ties that Align: Make sure you know

the women of the Obama administration


Desiree Rogers:
The White House social secretary has a
hand in the planning of every ceremony and
event that takes place at the residence. She
comes to Washington from Chicago after a
career in business.

ambassador is a

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plans for universal
improving public ed
Mona Sutphen,
deputy chief of staff
affairs expert, has be
for loosening the
Cuban embargo. He
law last week when
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ness, there are time
when her old friend

Cassandra Butts:
A deputy White House counsel with a focus
on domestic policy and ethics, she's a Harvard
grad and a Washington veteran who directed
policy for former House Minority Leader
Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.).
'help shepherd her in the hallway and dwell for a
health care and second on the import of their expe-
lucation. rience as African American women
the president's in the top echelons of the White
f and a foreign House.
een an advocate Women earn about two-thirds of
long-standing the associate and bachelor's
-r ideas became degrees awarded to black students,
less restrictive according to the National Center
s were added to for Education Statistics, and
ed by Congress. Bureau of Labor data show that
social Secretary more than 2.6 million black women
ordinates guest were employed in management and
shapes the professional jobs last year. The
file and orches- women working for Obama have
)n dance of din- helped run Chicago city govern-
cs are served ment, led nonprofit organizations,
all of the busy- held top jobs at think tanks and
-s, Rogers said, influential positions on Capitol Hill
Jarrett will stop now they will help run our world.

Susan Rice:
President Obama's U.N.

native Washingtonian and was President Bill
Clinton's assistant secretary of state for
African affairs. She was also a senior fellow
at the Brookings Institute.

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the history Obama made but also of
the history she is making. Black
women make up about 192,000 of
the more than 1.7 million members
of the federal workforce, according
to the Office of Management and
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is reminded. So many people want
to stop and talk that her receiving
line at the end of service is often as
long as the pastor's.
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behind the passage of the $787 bil-
lion stimulus package, held. inter-
views with the media and called on
allies in Congress -- where she
worked for many years as chief
counsel for Sen. Edward Kennedy
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Trailblazing Soprano Anne Wiggins Brown Passes
A Sept. 10, 1951 photo shows opera singer Anne Brown with Einar
Norby, Danish opera star, at Copenhagen's exclusive Ambassadeur restau-
rant. Anne Wiggins Brown, the African-American soprano who starred as
the original Bess in George Gershwin's landmark folk opera 'Porgy and
Bess' but saw her career limited by racial discrimination, died Friday,
March 13, 2009 in Olso, Norway, where she had lived since 1968. She was

Rev. Sharpton greets fellow award-winners Rev. Joseph Lowery and Xernona
Clayton. NNPA Chairman John B. Smith Sr. joint the conversation.
Honorees remind Black Press

to keep leadership accountable

National Newspaper Publishers
Association Foundation, giving
four top awards during its annual
Newsmaker of the Year Awards
Gala, was told by those same hon-
orees that its contributions to jus-
tice in America is yet untold.
"We have not adequately evaluat-
ed the stature of the Black Press
and what it has meant to this coun-
try," said civil rights dean the Rev.
Joseph Lowery, who was honored
as the Black Press of America's
Lifetime Achievement Award
recipient in the March 19 gala.
He recalled how "immediately fol-
lowing the 1963 march on
Washington, the White press' initial
report was that we had about
50,000 people. But Black radio and
other Black media personalities
challenged that and talked about a
half million people. And then the
White Press then came back with
250,000 people," he recounted.
"But, had it not been for Black
media, I'm certain they never
would have reported the truth. We
have yet to uncover all the ways
that we have been served all the
ways that we have been positively
impacted by the Black Press."
Lowery was introduced by Harry
Alford, president of the National
Black Chamber of Commerce as a
"giant" among giants, who during
the pains of Jim Crow and segrega-
tion, "didn't kneel to Pharaoh; they
didn't bend over to Caesar, they
made the world change for the bet-

ter." Furthermore, because of the
election of President Barack
Obama as a result of the work of
those like Lowery, "Today, African-
Americans are the envy of the
world," he said. Lowery received
a standing ovation as he made his
way to the podiuml.
Like Lowery,-the Rev. Al Sharpton
and Xernona Clayton, also
responded to their NorthStar
Community Service Awards with
praise and encouragement for the
Black Press.
The threat is now beyond the civil
rights movement as some claim
America is now in a "post racial"
society after the election of
President Barack Obama, Sharpton
pointed out.
"If they can make us buy into this
whole rhetoric of 'post-racial
America', they will say we no
longer need civil rights or even the
Black Press."
Clayton, founder, president and
CEO of the Trumpet Awards, says
her respect for the Black Press is
entrenched in the every day running
of her business and personal life.
"Every time I go into the airport
or I go into the news store, I ask for
the Black paper of that communi-
ty," she told the audience. "And I
do it because I kind of know they
don't have it, but I have to do it for
me ... I want to let them know that
I'm expecting to see the Black
paper. I have enormous respect,
indescribable respect for the Black
Press," said Clayton.

Community Advocate Madeline Scales-Taylor has eyes

set on Life Part II following upcoming Mayo departure

Madeline Scales-Taylor is a community champion that "walks the talk".
For nearly 18 years, Madeline Scales-Taylor has enjoyed serving as a commu-
nity advocate for Mayo Clinic, the first and largest integrated not-for-profit group .
practice in the world, employing 3,300 physicians, scientists, and researchers.
Next month, her journey with Mayo will end upon retirement from her role as
Community Affairs Administrator. However, Scales-Taylor plans to continue to '
walk the talk of community service, goodwill and philanthropy. ,
Earlier this week, I had an opportunity to visit with Mrs. Scales-Taylor during a .;
meeting of one of her many community associations and affiliations Jack and '
Jill ofAmerica, Inc. Jacksonville Chapter. Here's what she had to say about her IW

job, and her journey. M.O.
What has been the most enjoy-
able part of your job at Mayo?
I have been very fortunate to have
the opportunity to serve Mayo.
There is so much that I have
enjoyed over the past few decades.
However, the single most enjoyable
thing has been the privilege that
I've had to interact with so many
agencies throughout our area on
Mayo's behalf. There are some phe-
nomenal things that are happening
in our community, and to work to
identify the ways in which Mayo
can help build and enrich those
things has been incredibly reward-
What surprised you most about
your job?
The thing that has been the
biggest surprise for me is the com-
passion and spirituality of the Mayo
physicians. To see our physicians at
work is amazing to me. Mayo is an
educational institution so there is a
great deal being emphasized as it
relates to health science and tech-
nology. However, in addition to
promoting the healing power of
medicine, Mayo physicians also
promote the healing power of the
human self...a greater power.
What has perhaps disappointed

I have and will always remain
concerned about the needs of the
community. They are so great.
In recognition of Women's
History Month, what woman
would you say has most inspired
I'd have to say my godmother
Bessie Franklin, the sister-in-law of
John Hope Franklin. [John Hope
Franklin, U.S. historian, is author of
the best-selling book, From Slavery
to Freedom.] Bessie was a very
strong woman, a widow, well-trav-
eled, strong, and independent. I
remember she bought me my very
first set of personalized stationery.
It was the perfect gift from her
because I always saw her as a true
professional. She remains an inspi-
ration to me today because of the
lessons she instilled I can do any-
thing I want for myself and by
What is the greatest thing
about being a woman?
Everything. I can be soft, strong,
kind, smart, compassionate, profes-
sional...all at the same time.
There's no need for women to emu-
late men. Women, be you.
Be you is such a great message;

what else would you
like to share with
women who may be
starting a career?
Work hard! Don't be
afraid of hard work.
Connect with others.
And develop alliances
in all communities.
What's next for
Madeline Scales-
First and foremost -
I get to sleep in a bit
more. But also, there
will be more frequent
flyer miles for me and
husband Howard as we
travel a lot more. And
we plan to take on
ballroom dancing.
Ballroom dancing?
Can we expect to see
you on Dancing with
the Stars?
Perhaps...But my
life has been incredible
- great family, great
friends, great job, and
great community. I'm already danc-
ing with the stars.
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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,
call 765-7372.

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)
Outdoor Experience
and Fish Fry
On Saturday March 28th from
noon to 6 p.m., bring your bikes,
kayaks & or walking shoes & spend
the day exploring Pumpkin Hill
located off of Hecksher Drive. For
more on the area, visit www.north- or call Janet
Stanko at cell 904 208-1341 or 904

Wakaguzi Forum
On Monday, March 30th from
7:00 p.m to 9:00pm, the Wakaguzi
Forum of Edward Waters College
will present Prof. Kenneth Nunn
from the FAMU College of Law.
His lecture will center around
"What Next for Zimbawa?: An
Economic & Political Analysis of a
Nation in Peril" It will be held in
the Schell-Sweet Bldg on EWC's
campus. It is free and open to the

Free Clothing Giveaway
The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee,for the Millions More
Movement Inc.,a non-profit organization will Give-A-Way Clothes on
Saturday, March 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The location is 916
N. Myrtle Ave., between Kings Road. and Beaver Street.
If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the
Millions More Movement visit our website,or call

public. For more information con-
tact Professor Baruti Katembo at

Legal Art Walk Show
On Wednesday, April 1st from
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

Comic Lavell
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.

Springing the
Blues Festival
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-

2nd Annual Sickle Cell
Disease Charity Ride
The Wide Open Ryderz of
Jacksonville will host a Sickle Cell
Disease Charity Motorcycle Ride
on April 4th starting with 8 a.m.
registration and kickstands up at 9
a.m. for a one hour ride. Festivities
will start at the Sickle Cell
Foundation Office located at 4519
Brentwood Ave. Refreshments will
be served before and after the ride
and a block party with free sickle
Cell screenings, a bouncer and
clown for the kids, vendors and a
DJ. For more information please
call (904) 861-5772 or 612-3073.

PRIDE Book Club
April Meeting
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

National Start!
Walking Day Rally
The American Heart Association is
calling on First Coast residents and
community leaders to walk for 30

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National Start! Walking Day.
Companies and communities are
encouraged to take the stairs, take a
walk at lunch and eat heart healthy.
A Downtown Rally will kick off the
national event starting at 11 AM in
Hemming Plaza. Call 739-0197
for more information. To see a list
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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.

2009 Fair
Housing Symposium
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,
disability/accessibility, affordable
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

Jax Beach Elementary
Preservation Fund
Golf Tournament
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 info call 292-HAHA.

Stage Aurora
On Saturday April 25th, Stage
Aurora will present a step off from
7-9 p.m. The show is about spirited
team work that sends a message of
self pride in one self and one's
schools. Prizes will be awarded. It
will be held at the Stage Aurora
Performance Hall located inside the
Gateway Mall. For tickets or more
information, call 765-7372.

Mal Washington
Kids Carnival
The 8th Annual Kids 4 Kids
Carnival hosted by the MaliVai
Washington Kids Foundation will
feature arts & crafts, games, prizes,
a live DJ, tennis clinics, bounce
houses & inflatables in addition to
over 30 community organizations
providing helpful information on
health & social services. It will be
held Saturday, May 16th from
10a.m.-2 p.m. at the MaliVai
Washington Youth Center located at
1096 W. 6th Street. It is free and
open to the public. For more infor-
mation, call 359-KIDS.

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The Times-Union Center of
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the 2009 Ms. Senior Jacksonville
Pageant. The one of a kind event
will be held on June 6th at 2:00
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WHILE IN LONDON? Singer reportedly
wants to do research during residency at 02.
In the down time preceding his 50-date residency
at London's 02 arena this summer, Michael Jackson
will reportedly look into adopting a child.
A source tells British newspaper the Sunday
Express that Jackson wants a sibling for his three
children Prince, 11, Paris Katherine, 10, and Prince
Michael II, five. The eldest two are from a brief mar-
riage to his former dermatology nurse Deborah Rowe and it is not known
who gave birth to Prince Michael II, a.k.a. Blanket.
"Before his concerts he has said he wants to spend at least three weeks
in Britain, getting used to the time zone and exploring the country. It is
during this period that he wants to have meetings about adoption," the
source claimed. "He has not said if he wants a boy or girl, just that it would
be good for the family to have another brother or sister."
BIOPIC: Singer said producers were looking
for more 'tragedy.'
Lionel Richie admits being disappointed when pro- -
ducers for a proposed film about his life opted not to
move forward with the project because his personal
journey was deemed too ordinary.
"I've been approached in the past by Hollywood
about a book or a movie about my life but you know
it never happens," he said, according to WENN.
"They said to me, 'Let's talk about your ghetto expe-
riences,' and I said, 'Well, I lived on the college campus so I didn't really
have any.'
"So then they asked: 'Ok, let's talk about your father and mother break-
ing up...' and I said: 'That never happened, my mother, who was a school
principal, and my father, who was a systems analyst, were fine...'
"So then they asked, 'Let's talk about the struggle within your group The
Commodores.' And I said, 'Excuse me but I had (a) hit record in my senior
year in college.' Then the producer turned round to me and replied.
Former Soul Train host Don Cornelius was sentenced to three years' pro-
bation after pleading no contest to one count of corporeal injury resulting
in traumatic condition of a spouse stemming from his October arrest.
He was also fined $1,000; ordered to perform 300 hours of community
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If you happened to buy a ticket to
Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail
without knowing what you were
getting into, you might think you'd
stumbled onto a cheery comedy
about an overgrown granny with
anger-management issues. A black
Mrs. Doubtfire, say, with car chases
and reefer jokes. You'd never sus-
pect that you had strayed into the
midst of a culture war one that's
been simmering inside the African-
American community since before
blackface. "I loved working with
Tyler Perry, but he's a controversial,
complicated figure," says Viola
Davis, who costarred in Madea
Goes to Jail and recently snagged

"When a white person
dresses up as Madea,
somebody will be
ready to fight"
an Oscar nomination for Doubt.
"People feel the images [in his
movies] are very stereotypical, and
black people are frustrated because
they feel we should be more
evolved. But there are very few
black images in Hollywood, so
black people are going to his
movies. That's the dichotomy. Tyler
Perry is making money."
Jail has already earned more than
$75 million, making it Perry's high-
est-grossing film to date. And his
seven movies starting with his
2005 big-screen drag debut as
Madea in Diary of a Mad Black
Woman have grossed more than
$350 million combined, putting
him on track to join John Singleton
and Keenen Ivory Wayans as one of
the most successful black filmmak-
ers ever. He may already be the
most divisive. At a time when
Barack Obama is presenting the
world with a bold new image of
black America, Perry is being
slammed for filling his films with
regressive, do%%n-niarket arche-.-.
types. In man) of his films there's a
junkie prostitute, a malaprop-drop-
ping uncle, and Madea, a tough-
talking grandma the size of a line-
backer ("Jemima the Hutt," one
character calls her). "Tyler keeps

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Members of the Motown group,'The Miracles' are honored with a
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Friday, March
20, 2009. From left: William 'Smokey' Robinson, Warren 'Pete'
Moore, Claudette Robinson, and Robert 'Bobby' Roberts.
Miracles Receive Hollywood Star

Smokey Robinson now has two
stars representing him on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame one for
his career as a solo artist, and a
brand new star for his run as lead
singer of the famed Motown group,
The Miracles.
The crooner was on hand Friday as
his former band was honored in a
ceremony that included one-time
labelmates Stevie Wonder and
Mary Wilson of the original
Supremes, as well as Motown
founder Berry Gordy.
"I've had a star for the last 20 years
or so, and it is way, way, way, way
overdue" for The Miracles,
Robinson told the crowd.

A number of events this year mark
the 50th anniversary of the leg-
endary Motown record label. Last
week in Detroit, Gordy and
Robinson joined the "American
Idol" finalists to tape a segment set
to air on Wednesday.
"Idol's" Motown Week will cul-
minate with a duet between
Robinson and the show's season 2
winner Ruben Studdard. The pair
will perform on the results show,
which moves from Wednesday to
Thursday this week to accommo-
date President Obama's Tuesday
press conference. "Idol's" perform-
ance show moves from Tuesday to
Wednesday night.

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saying that Madea is based on black reflecting the
women he's known, and maybe so," thinking of a lot i
says Donald Bogle, acclaimed of uneducated, A -j -
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American Films. "But Madea does Boyd says. r-: -
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type. She's mammy-like. If a white Goes to Jail, for .
director put out this product, the instance, the ambi-
black audience would be appalled." tious
Perry and his supporters disagree,
to say the least. "These stories have
come out of my own pain and
everything I've been through," the
director says, referring to his six
years of struggle, including three
months living in his car in Atlanta, k-
before his plays became such '
huge hits in Southern black the-
aters (a.k.a. the chitlin circuit)
that even Hollywood couldn't
ignore him. "These charactieis are
simply tools to make people" "
laugh," Perry says. "And I kno%
for a fact that they have helped.
inspired, and encouraged nil-
lions of people." In truth, the;
films are laced with moral '
lessons trumpeting forgive- "
ness and personal responsibill- '
ty. "He's not out there promoting
gangster culture," says Vicangelo
Bulluck, executive director of the
NAACP's Hollywood bureau. "If
anything, he's trying to make
us think about family val- '
ues." Nor is every African- -
American cultural critic "
up in arms over Perry's
caricatures. "Comedy "
and stereotypes go '
hand in hand," notes .
Nelson George, n 1
author of Blackface Perry's now infamous character and movies are no stranger to
to Ebonics, gun toting Grandmas, drug dealing, out of wedlock children "Tyler Perry
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and the Movies and his audience is
the memoir City Kid. "That's why light-skinned female district African-American women the
intellectuals have a hard time with attorney (Ion Overman) who puts most .ignored group in Hollywood
humor." Madea behind bars is not only a so, he's doing movies that speak
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detractors. It's also what they con-
sider to be his plantation-era atti-
tudes about class. "All of his pro-
ductions demonize educated, suc-
cessful African-Americans," says
Todd Boyd, professor of critical
studies at USC School of Cinematic
Arts. "It's a demonization that has
long existed in certain segments of
the black community." The schism
reaches back to the days of "house"
and "field" slaves when the first
African-Americans were segregat-
ed even from one another and
persists today in distinctions
between light- and dark-skinned
blacks. "Tyler Perry is simply

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darker-skinned, strung-out prosti-
tute (Keshia Knight Pulliam). The
upscale African-Americans who
rent a ski cabin together in the
drama Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get
Married? aren't all amoral elitists,
but the pattern recurs in Perry's
comedies: In Diary of a Mad Black
Woman, the successful black busi-
nessman (Steve Harris) is a wife
abuser, and in Tyler Perry's Madea's
Family Reunion, the social-climb-
ing mother-in-law (Lynn Whitfield)
gets sneered at by Madea for com-
mitting the ultimate sin of trying to
look "bourgie," as in bourgeois.

see these films as parables or fables.
There's a black prince figure who
shows up for black women who've
been frustrated, unhappy, or
abused." That's the real reason crit-
ics don't like Perry's movies, says
Nelson George: They're made for
churchgoing, working-class black
women, not urban hipsters (or
tenured professors). "Tyler Perry
speaks to a constituency that is not
cool," George says. "There's noth-
ing cutting-edge about the people
who like Tyler Perry. So, for a lot of
other people, it's like, 'What is this
thing that's representing black peo-
ple all over the world? I don't like it.

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dazzling on
Lil' Kim's favorite show is
Dancing with the Stars, but the real
reason she wanted to be in the ABC
dance-off? To make mom proud.
"My mom loves the show, and
with me going to prison and every-
thing, I feel like my mom has been
through so much," says Kim, taking
a break during a recent rehearsal.
"I've seen her cry a million and one
times. I've seen her look at me like,
'I know my daughter has potential. I
know this is not what God wanted
her career and her life to be.' So I
look at her now, and if she has tears
of joy, that makes me happy."
After her opening with a sultry
cha-cha-cha and landing among the
night's high scorers, Kim and her
dance partner, Derek Hough, are in
the dance studio constantly to take
on the next dance which so far has
worked in their favor.
"I don't think anybody's ever seen
her do something like this," he says,
"because it's all..."
"Elegant and refined," says Kim,
finishing his sentence. "I get to be
very Marilyn Monroe-ish, very Old
Hollywood, so I'm looking forward

'Dancing with the stars "for her A

Lil' Kim, right, rehearses with dance partner Derek Hough for
'Dancing With The Stars,' at 3rd Street Dance in Los Angeles.

to that part."
Actually, she's been looking for-
ward to the whole Dancing with the
Stars experience for years.
Producers first invited her to appear
on the show a couple of years ago.
"But we all know, a couple years
ago, my life was very, very hectic,"
she says.
Kim was facing a yearlong prison
sentence then for lying to a federal

grand jury about a 2001 gun battle
outside a New York radio station.
She served nearly 10 months and
was released in June, 2006.
"I prayed that the opportunity
would come back around. Then
they came and asked again this sea-
son," she says.
Now the timing couldn't be better.
Kim has a new single out, an album
pn the way, a clothing company in

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slated for release a
she's got her mom
for her in her nati
"I can't believe
taking it on," she s
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that comes with a
of TV's top sh
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dancing for an aud
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... so they are necessarily the most
"We don't have those older roots to
anchor us in the professional
world," Darity said. "We don't have
the same nexus of contacts, the
same kind of seniority."
There are no recent government
statistics that measure jobs lost by
race and income. But Darity and
others believe that professional
Latinos and blacks are more likely
to lose their jobs in the recession.
"Many times blacks and Latinos
are the last to be hired, so naturally
S they are first to be fired," said Jerry
sMedley, who has been in the execu-
tive search business for 30 years.
"Not saying that it's racism,"
Medley said, "but if a manager or a
senior executive is looking at a
slate of individuals and has to let
one of them go, chances are he or
gantluy she will not let the person go that
they spend a lot of time with at the
4lom country club or similar places."
d m ~The less wealth you have, the
an autobiography harder unemployment hits. Darity
at year's end. Plus cited 2002 data that showed black
rustling up votes households with a median net
ve New York. worth of $6,000, Latino households
how my 'hood is with a median of $8,000, and white
says. "All of these households with a median of
id stuff, and they $90,000.
you believe that? Philip Salter was creative director
and they were for a Chicago advertising firm
proud." where about 75 percent of the rev-
)ares to learn her enue came from a contract with a
joy the popularity Fortune 500 company to create ads
appearing on one targeted at minorities. When the
ows, she's also firm lost that contract plus two gen-
tax liens. Kim, eral-market accounts, Salter's job
Kimberly Jones, evaporated.
nd state govern- "When companies cut back their
;900,000 in taxes, ad dollars, minority budgets are
een paying off her where they start," said Salter, 62,
continue to do so," who is black. "Unfortunately in this
Lisa Perkins. business, most clients just view
, she's focused on (minority advertising) as an overlay
tience of millions. or meeting an obligation that social
get over that ini- organizations might place on
says. "Now I'm them."
d to my 20-plus His last day was in January 2008.
With alimony payments and two
e she knows her kids in college, Salter moved from
min. his four-bedroom house into an
apartment' and has scraped by on

consulting gigs.
Salter's mother worked as a house-
keeper, and his father was a custo-
dian. Before his divorce, Salter's
stepdaughter and her four children
lived with him for many years.
Professional blacks "don't usually
start out with an inheritance," he
said. "On top of that, quite often
things happen in our families to
cause us stress. An unexpected
child or grandchild, drug problems.
When you try to set aside money to
put your kids through college, all of
a sudden you have to say, 'I can't let
this family member fall and
become homeless.'
Then there are those clinging to
the bottom of the ladder, laid off
from lower-paying jobs.
For them, "once the primary
breadwinner loses his or her job,
there isn't much backup," said
Harry Holzer, former chief econo-
mist for the Department of Labor
who now is a professor at
Georgetown University and the
Urban Institute.
The Great Depression ended after
the government created a "safety
net" of wide-ranging social-assis-
tance programs. Since then, the
overall unemployment rate peaked
in 1981-1982, at 10.8 percent on a
monthly basis, Holzer said.
Economists believe we could
reach that level in the current reces-
sion, Holzer said but he added that
unlike in the 1980s, today the safe-
ty net has been largely dismantled
by restrictions placed on welfare
and unemployment eligibility.
As racism wanes and blacks and
Latinos advance up the economic
ladder, many cite this progress as
proof that it would be unfair to offer
race-based remedies to those left
behind. Even many minorities have
embraced themes of self-help and
personal responsibility.
Others, like the Duke professor
Darity, say that America "has never
come to terms with racial economic
"The current situation," Darity
said, "is reinforcing and widening
those inequalities."

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