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Sheila Johnson
gives the PGA
," Tour a different
face of color

on her own
golf course
Page 13




What to expect in
this phase of life
Page 12

Tricks of the trade
When a

. Minority
Business ISN'T

a Minority
Page 4

And Rev. Henry
Lyons wants to return
to his old office
Page 7

Too Few African-Americans
Graduating from HBCUs
The nation's historically Black institutions, often lauded for the job they
do in graduating African-American students, are doing a worse job con-
ferring degrees than their traditionally White counterparts, according to a
new survey by The Associated Press.
Black colleges and universities, most of which were founded shortly
after slavery to provide newly emancipated Negroes a leg up in a rapid-
ly advancing society, have long graduated a disproportionate number of
Black students. Black-college
At 38 HBCUs, fewer than one in four c student
men who started in 2001 had corn- h i t t a ,
pleted a bachelor's degree by 2007, nh roint environment and
the data show. At Texas Southern, nurturing environment and
Voorhees, Edward Waters and Miles emphasis on graduation and
Colleges, the figure was under 10 %. job preparation as the reason
historically Black colleges and
universities have tended to have a much higher success rate.
The news agency's analysis of the 83 federally designated four-year
HBCUs shows that just 37 percent of Black students earn a degree with-
in six years roughly 4 percent lower than national college graduation
rates. Perhaps the biggest reason for such dismal Black-college gradua-
tion statistics, reports AP, is the performance of Black male students, just
29 percent of whom complete their bachelor's within the six-year period.
While a few Black institutions such as Howard University, and at
Spelman and Morehouse colleges graduate more African-American
students than traditionally White campuses, many others are among the
worst-performing colleges in America, according to the analysis.
At 38 HBCUs, fewer than one in four men who started in 2001 had
completed a bachelor's degree by 2007, the data show. At Texas
Southern, Voorhees, Edward Waters and Miles College, the figure was
under 10 percent.

GOP Chairman Steele
says he's "done" with Obama
Michael Steele said that he's "done" reaching
out to Barack Obama, adding that the nation's
first Black president seems to have a problem
with him in his role as the first Black head of the
Republican Party.
Speaking to CNN over the weekend, Steele said
that Obama "has got a little thing about me that I
haven't quite figured out."
When asked whether he was jealous of Obama's
meteoric rise to the White House, Steele said,
"What would I be jealous of? I'm chairman of the RNC, so, what's your
point? We both have leadership responsibilities and roles. I'm not equat-
ing the two. My point is, you are on your track; I'm on my track. You do
your thing. I do my thing."
Steele has been battling for respect among the largely White base of the
conservative movement. Ironically, many of his expressed positions have
made him sound more like a Democrat than a Republican for example
his liberal stances on abortion and homosexuality and angered many of
his partymates, who have called for his resignation.
In addition, he has blasted the rhetoric of radio shock jock Rush
Limbaugh the self-proclaimed leader of the conservative movement -
as "incendiary" and "ugly," infuriating fellow Republicans. In each
instance of veering off message, he has capitulated, withdrawing his ear-
lier comments that being homosexual is like being Black and that abor-
tion should be a choice for women. He went as far as to apologize to
Limbaugh, who has tens of millions of listeners and a recently inked
$400 million radio deal.

Feds Say Michael Vick
Illegally Spent Pension Funds
RICHMOND, Va. The U.S. Department of Labor filed complaints
Wednesday accusing suspended NFL star Michael Vick of illegally
spending about $1.3 million in pension plan funds for his own benefit,
including paying restitution ordered in his dogfighting conspiracy case.
The department filed the complaints in federal district and bankruptcy
courts the same day Vick left a federal lockup in Kansas, apparently
bound for Virginia to appear at a bankruptcy hearing next week.
The Labor Department said Vick made a series of prohibited transfers
from a pension plan sponsored by MV7, a celebrity marketing company
owned by the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback. The department
alleges that Vick violated his duties as trustee of a pension plan that cov-
ered nine current or former MV7 employees.
The filing further complicates Vick's bankruptcy case, which has grad-
ually moved along in Newport News while Vick serves a 23-month
prison term in the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan. The judge
presiding over the bankruptcy case has ordered Vick to testify in person
at next week's hearing on confirmation of his Chapter 11 plan.
Vick's plan for paying his creditors is based largely on his intention to
resume his NFL career. Vick was suspended indefinitely after his 2007
indictment, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he will
review Vick's status after he is released.
The Falcons still hold the contract rights to Vick but have said they will
try to trade him. Vick's bankruptcy plan would allow him to keep the first
$750,000 of his annual pay. After that, a percentage would go to his cred-
itors based on a sliding scale.
Vick is eligible to move into home confinement no earlier than May 21
and is scheduled to be released from custody July 20.


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Hunter-Williams Nuptials

Mr. Claude Hunter wed the former Mary Williams last Saturday at
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church. The well known deacon and his bride
were surrounded by family and friends for the full formal ceremony
accented in lavender and white. For more details on the festive event, see
page 5.

Millions More provides access with dignity The Millions
More Movement held their latest clothing give-a-way last weekend
treating hundreds in Jacksonville's urban community. The bi-monthly
opportunity allows interested Jaxonians to come and select quality
clothing without any degrading questions or application process. Held
on the corner of Myrtle Ave., the Millions More Movement provides
the service in addition to haircuts for kids and food give-a-ways with
proceeds donated from within their organization.

Gospel phenom Dottie Peoples sells out crowd to benefit EWC

It was standing room only Sunday.
night in the Jacoby Hall of the
Times-Union Center for the
Performing Arts. To jazz, gospel
and classical music lovers, the .."""
large audience came as no surprise.
Grammy-nominated gospel singer
Dottie Peoples joined the Edward
Waters College (EWC) Concert
Choir and the Jacksonville
Symphony Orchestra for EWC's
8th Annual Spring Concert benefit-
ting its endowment fund.
The crowd sang along and danced
to spiritual favorites like Peoples'
number-one recording, "On Time
God." A special treat came in the
form of Kathi Williams, a former
Miss Edward Waters College,
member of the EWC Concert
Choir, and Class of 2006 alum.
Hailed by some as "this genera-
tion's Mahalia Jackson," Williams
wowed the audience with gospel
hits including "Yesterday." Said
attendee Barbara Young, "It was a Pictured (L-R) are members of the planning committee for the EWC 8th Annual Spring Concert, fea-
moving experience. I had a fabu- turning gospel star Dottie Peoples: James Washburn, James McLean, EWC President Claudette Williams,
lous time and all for a great cause." Dottie Peoples, Event Chair Brenda Bellard-Harris, Marguerite Warren, and Veronica Vickers. ML Photo

Students Losing Again in State FCAT Cutbacks

Students in Florida are in trouble.
With the introduction of the FCAT,
the entire education system's game
was changed. With budget cuts all
but eliminating electives, teachers
and programs, students are basical-
ly being taught the basics of the
standardized test in the public
school system
In 2008-09, the state cut the sys-
tem down more with the elimina-
tion of FCAT NRT, the FCAT
Parent Network, and the summer
2009 FCAT retake administration.
While the supporting FCAT facets

are being eliminated, no changes
are being made to the 2010 FCAT
Reading and Mathematics tests.
Also, no changes are being made in
the FCAT administration schedule.
The changes to the existing FCAT
programs are swift. Effective
immediately, all summer FCAT
administrations are eliminated.
Other changes are as follows:
FCAT Science: Performance tasks
(constructed-response items) for
FCAT Science will be removed
beginning with the spring 2010 test

Handscoring: Although no
changes are being made to the tests
themselves, not every response will
be scored by two readers for grades
4, 5, 8, and 10, and writing essays at
grades 4 and 8, will be scored by
one reader. All grade essays will be
scored by two readers.
FCAT Support Materials: Except
for sample test materials and test
administration manuals, all previ-
ously published support materials
will be eliminated, including Keys
to FCAT, Lessons Learned,
Understanding FCAT Reports, and

Florida Reads!, Writes!, Solves!,
and Inquires! Some previously
printed documents will be prepared
and posted on the Department's
Web site only (e.g., item specifica-
tions and sample test answer keys).
FCAT Printed Reports: School
and district reports will not be pro-
vided in print, but will be available
for download from a secure Web
site as soon as the accuracy of all
results is approved. Printed reports
will continue to be distributed for
students/parents and will be
shipped to districts for distribution.

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Less energy


Fewer jobs

Congress will soon consider massive new taxes and fees which could easily exceed $400
billion on America's oil and natural gas industry, yet this level could produce devastating
effects on our economy, all when America can least afford it.
It's a sure way to hobble our ailing economy.
These unprecedented taxes and fees would reduce investment in new energy
supplies at a time when nearly two-thirds of Americans support developing our domestic
oil and natural gas resources. That would mean less energy, and it would cost thousands
of American jobs, actually reduce local, state and federal revenue, and further erode our
energy security.
With our economy in crisis, this is no time to
burden Americans with massive new energy costs. OIL ?NO NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY

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Juliet John, Dr. Vera Goodman, Standralyn Jones, Dorothy Pittman Hughes, Ronald Hughes, Zelma
Fitzpatrick-Hughes, Sharon Fitten, Shavonnie Prescod, Zeterria Fulton, Terri Fulton, Aliza Glover and
Diana White. LJones photo
Hidden Secrets Serving up Easter Couture on a Budget

Pioneering historian John

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On Saturday, March 28 at The
Gateway Bookstore, Zelma
Fitzpatrick-Hughes, owner of
Hidden Secretes Upscale Resale
Boutique presented her first Easter
parade fashion show. The show fea-
tured all facets of fashion for men
and women including hats, shoes,
business, casual, formal wear, wed-
ding apparel, purses and more.
Models wore many of the popular
northside consignment shop's

Spread the
African-American lawmakers sum-
moned Federal Reserve Chairman
Ben Bemanke to Capitol Hill this
week for a dosed-door meeting
aimed at making sure minorities
and women get their share of the
billions of dollars in federal bailout
"We are not going to sit back and
allow billions of dollars to be
dumped into this economy and
watch the same old players be
advantaged by it," said.
Representative Maxine Waters, a
California Democrat and the co-
chair of the Congressional Black

designer outfits including St. John ,
Stuart Weitzman and Versace.A
stylist in her own right, Zelma
Fitzpatrick-Hughes was instrumen-
tal in making sure several Jaxonians
were dressed for several balls dur-
ing the 2009 Presidential
Inauguration. The keynote speaker
for the afternoon affair was was Dr.
Vera Goodman, First Lady of One
Accord Gospel Temple and host of
the weekly radio show, Another

Place, on WCGL.
Dr. Goodman's inspirational
presentation emphasized that "you
have to sow seeds in people and
give to people, not just talk it; you
have to live it for God to bless you."
She also signed copies of her book,
"Wanted First Lady on the Run"
which details her life story and past
relationships. Hidden Secrets is
located on Moncrief near Myrtle

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love: U.S. lawmakers press Feds for minority access to bailout

Caucus Economic Security
"We are not going to sit back and
watch some of the players who are
responsible for the economic mess
that we are in today be the recipi-
ents of these taxpayer dollars and
provide services and make even
more money despite the fact they
have mismanaged their own busi-
nesses," said Waters, who also
heads the House Financial Services
Subcommittee on Housing and
Comniiunity Opportunity.
The Los Angeles"congresswoman
told reporters at a press conference
after the meeting that the Fed chief

was receptive to their concerns, but administration has been in the past
offered no concrete promises. Many eight years.
of the 43 members of the "Having said that, even though
Congressional Black Caucus and we now have Democratic adminis-
hundreds of other leaders from var- tration to work with, we still have to
ious trade associations representing push to make sure that minority and
minorities and women in dozens of women-owned businesses are
sectors related to financial services included," she said, vowing
listened to Bernanke and other key "aggressive" policy action.
government officials at the all-day Treasury Secretary Timothy
session. Geithner did not attend the meeting,
She noted that the Obama admin- though Gary Grippo, deputy assis-
istration, headed by the first tant secretary for fiscal operations
African-American president in tihe~7inhd policy, represented Treasury at
nation's history, "has--been more-t-he meeting. Officials from the
receptive to the concerns of women Federal Housing Finance Agency
and minorities than the Bush and the Federal Deposit Insurance

Corporation were also there.
The Congressional Black Caucus
members said Monday's meeting
was just the first in a series of meet-
ings designed to keep pressure on
the administration and other key
officials as they disburse what
could be as much as $10.925 trillion
in federal money to jumpstart the
weak economy.
Rep. Gregory Meeks, a New York
Democrat who co-chairs the
Congressional Black Caucus
Economic Security Tasgf6i-e-With
Waters, said including -a -broader
array of citizens in the process is in
the country's best economic inter-

"In the end, it will make sure that
all are included in this economic
recovery and it is also the best way
to ensure the taxpayers get their
money back," Meeks said.
Rep. Gwen Moore, a Wisconsin
Democrat, called for more trans-
parency of the process of doling out
government bailout funds and buy-
ing up so-called toxic assets.
Asked why the meeting was then
closed to reporters eager to hear
Bernanke's views, Waters said some
attendees were not used to dealing
with media and she did not want
them to be misquoted.


The FDA is Clearly Overwhelmed

feel the food recall process is only fair or poor, while

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed 73 percent of adults say they are just as concerned
to aoorove new medicines, monitor the safety of those about food safety as they are about war on terror.4

already on the market, and keep
our food safe.
But, currently the FDA is not
doing a good job. In early 2008,
a blood thinner manufactured
in China which the FDA let into
the US was contaminated by a
81 deaths.1Summer2008brought
a salmonella outbreak, blamed
first on tomatoes and later on
hot peppers, that infected 1,442
people and resulted in at least
286 hospitalizations in 43 states.2
Just this winter, salmonella in
peanuts killed six people, made
486 people sick and led to the
recall of more than 2,800 foods
with peanut ingredients.3

It's clear that the FDA is

already overwhelmed.

Should they be given

the authority to regulate

the $80 billion tobacco

industry, too?

It's clear that the FDA is already overwhelmed.
Should they be given the authority to regulate the $80
billion tobacco industry, too?

Congress Wants the FDA to
Regulate Tobacco
Congress wants to add tobacco products to the
FDA's list. We think that's just wrong. The majority of
Americans are losing confidence in the FDA's ability to
protect our nation's food and drug supply. Recently, a
national survey revealed that 61 percent of U.S. adults

Before the latest FDA
blunders, a poll was conducted
which found that 82 percent
of likely voters are concerned
that a proposal in Congress to
let FDA regulate tobacco would
interfere with the agency's
core mission of regulating the
nation's food and drug supply.5
This is an issue which deserves
to be fully debated, and right
now, that isn't happening.

The FDA is Not the
Place for it
Lorillard supports additional

regulation of the tobacco
industry. But, the FDA is not
the place for it. Expanding the
FDA's role, when the ineffective food and drug safety
programs that are now in place pose an immediate
threat, is a health hazard all its own.

'Harris, Gardner. "Heparin Contamination May Have Been Deliberate, FD.A. Says." New
YorkTimes. April 30, 2008.
2"Investigation of Outbreak of Infections Caused by Salmonella Saintpaul." Center
for Disease Control and Prevention. August 28, 2008. URL:
"'Is the FDA a broken agency?" The Associated Press. March 3, 2009.
4"Food Safety: Majority of Americans Feel Industry Doesn't Do Enough." American
Society for Quality. March 11, 2009. URL:
"'Zogby Poll: 82% Fear Tobacco Regulation Mandate Puts FDA Core Mission at Risk."
Zogby International. February 26, 2008.

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When a Minority Company Really Isn't a Minority
We have all heard the analogy community because he "got it." Commerce says, "One of the sleazi- it's not a law some large
"If it looks like a duck and quacks Delaney understood that blacks est operations going on today is firms will not think twice
like a duck..." Well, looking and and other minorities weren't simply that of a Front Company." using a minority firm.
quacking don't necessarily make complaining about a lack of oppor- The organization defines a front Why use a black or His
you a duck. You could be a well- tunities, but facing serious chal- as, "A company that claims to be of company when you can take
dressed chicken with a speech lenges with competing in a Good minority ownership when actually ect manager or wife and cr
impediment. Old Boy system. it is a white company or a minority company that you control?
In 2004, the City passed a small Back to 2004, the JSEB program person falsely claiming ownership It's often very hard to police
and minority business ordinance was passed and no one really liked to an activity that is for minority companies. You can see fin
that became the JSEB program or it, but everyone agreed to give it business credit." statements and tax returns
Jacksonville Small and Emerging some time. Well, in September of It's interesting that all. of those business, but that will not giv
Business program. This program is this year, the program sunsets and companies that were up in arms a complete picture of who cc
basically race neutral, but is most minority companies would over the old minority business pro- the organization.
restricted by a person's net worth say that they have had limited suc- gram that utilized race-based per- Many times the control is
and company's annual earnings. cess as JSEBs. centage goals are as quiet as mice the ownership or shares, but i
This means that minorities and What some may find interesting these days. arate equity agreements thai
non-minorities are all in the same is that many white firms have had I would argue that most of those trol the money.
boat. tremendous success in the program. companies have either formed their The federal government is
In some cities this wouldn't be a One of the byproducts of the JSEB own JSEB companies or developed ing to put more under the
problem. In some cities diversity ordinance is the creation of numer- relationships with legitimate or rules, if a front attempts to gi
and equal opportunities are ous front companies. illegitimate JSEB firms, tified they are committing a
engrained the in political and social Many large contractors have sub- Here's the fundamental problem under the False Claims Act,
climate not Jacksonville, FL. scribed to the "If you can't beat with the JSEB program. If a city will assure them of at leas
Jacksonville is on the other end them -join them" philosophy. Why doesn't stress the importance of years in jail.
of the spectrum. Minority contrac- fight the system when you can use diversity, then you could meet all As the JSEB program suns
tors and Civil Rights groups have its weaknesses to your benefit? of your small and emerging busi- will be interesting to see the
fought for decades for equal oppor- Hence the utilization of primarily ness goals without any minority tion in which the city goes
tunities with very little progress. I white women as front companies companies receiving opportunities. here. It's funny how some are
recently spoke with several people for husbands and former employ- The fastest growing group in to talk about race-based smal
who have been fighting this battle ers. Yes, I said it. Jacksonville's JSEB program is ness programs being illegal
for some time now. It's amazing Everyone knows that these com- white males. And don't be mistak- dozens of city's around the cc
that the story hasn't changed much panies exist, but rarely do munici- en; many white companies have the still use them including Orl
over the past 20 to 30 years. palities actively go after these same issues that minority compa- As Eugene McCarthy once
Wait a minute let me rewind, fronts. nies have as it relates to getting "As long as the difference
Most would acknowledge that the Chicago is one of the few excep- access to legitimate contracting diversities of mankind
Mayor John Delaney's administra- tions. Back in 2004, the city beefed opportunities. democracy must allow for co
tion made a conscious effort to up its efforts to police and punish So no one is saying that small mise, for accommodation, a
ensure that minority firms compet- "fronts" that deprive legitimate white firms shouldn't receive work. the recognition of differences
ed on a more level playing field. minority companies of their fair Most proponents of race-based pro- Signing off from City Hall
Delaney gets consistent praises share of city contracts. grams simply want to use the law to Reggie Fullwood
from many leaders in the black The National Black Chamber of mandate diversity. Unfortunately, if

The Truth about Trickle Down Economics

This week, -the G-20, the 20
countries with the largest Gross
Domestic Product, will meet to dis-
c.sJoth impligati9rp, of the ,,eco-
nomic crisisBoth-Iin the suitesand>-,
on. thestreets,. certaintyy and
downright skepticism loom over
the talks. President Lula of Brazil
has already stated that the financial
crisis has been caused by greedy
profiteers from the U.S. and
Last Thursday, the Guardian
reported him saying, "This crisis
was caused by no black man or
woman or by no indigenous person
or by no poor person...this crisis
was fostered and boosted by irra-
tional behaviour of some people
that are white, blue-eyed. Before
the crisis they looked like they
knew everything about economics,
and they have demonstrated they
know nothing about economics."
If that is true, it is ironic to me
that those that have the least will
suffer the greatest. Those countries
whose businesses do not even trade
on the stock market will reap the
* devastation of the market collapse
even more harshly than those coun-
tries who have allowed the market
to go unregulated for years.
Haiti is the perfect example of
this paternalism and poor judg-
ment. For decades, the U.S. and
Europe have meddled in Haitian
political and economic affairs.
None of that meddling has resulted
in prosperity for any sector of the
- society, and has only put basic
necessities out of the reach of the
world's poorest people. Eighty per-
cent of Haiti's people are forced to
live on $2 a day, 50 percent survive

on a $1 a day or less. One in four
children is chronically malnour-
ished. Despite these grim statistics,
lHaiti is sill forced to pa\ the World
Bank, an institution that was sup- .
posedk founded for poverty alleyi-
ation, one million dollars per week
in debt payments. These debts were
incurred because Haiti was forced
to adopt many neo-liberal pro-
grams, programs designed to liber-
alize trade and put basic services
(e.g., water, utilities) into the hands
of big business. Like many coun-
tries, the loans to Haiti were put
into the hands of dictators who sup-
ported the interests of big business
and had no interest in servicing the
Dr. Paul Farmer, who lived in
Haiti for over twenty years provid-
ing healthcare to the poorest of the
poor stated clearly, "Haiti's debt is
both onerous and odious...[t]he
payments are literally killing peo-
ple,' as every dollar sent to
Washington is a dollar Haiti could
spend on healthcare, nutrition and
feeding programs, desperately
needed infrastructure and clean
water. Half of the loans were given
to the Duvaliers and other dictator-
ships, and spent on Presidential
luxuries, not development pro-
grams for the poor."
Other countries have also suf-
fered from the double speak and the
purely ideological embrace of rabid
unregulated capitalism. Around the
world, the markets have been used
to keep poor countries poor.
Vulture Funds, a term coined to
describe hedge funds that buy the
debt of poor countries in Africa and
Latin America, are feasting from

the inequalities of the world finan-
cial system. Simply put, Vulture
Funds are extortionists who prey on
the vulnerabilities of economically
deprived,countries who; want to be
ab.,e.o ,qqer" diw te'ild market.
Vulture Funds have sued coun-
tries like Zambia for the full value
of the debt plus ballooned interest
and penalty payments. Like
unscrupulous mortgage brokers,
Vulture Funds have used both legal
and illegal methods to coerce poor
countries into payments that for
many countries decimate their
entire budgets for healthcare, sani-

By Earl Ofari
Hutchinson (ai
Maybe Dallas
Police Chief David Kunkle forg
this: Texas Code of Crimin
Procedure, Article 2.131,
"A peace officer may not enga
in racial profiling. Law enforce
ment-initiated action based on
individual's race, ethnicity,
national origin rather than on t
individual's behavior or on inf(
mation identifying the individual
having engaged in criminal acti
After the ordeal straight out
Hell that Houston Texans runni
back Ryan Moats went through t
chief may have had a memo
lapse. Moats who is Africa
American gets word that his wifi
mother is near death at Bayl
Regional Medical Center in Plar
Texas (a Dallas suburb). He and 1
wife rush to the hospital to be at h
side in her final hours. But Dal]
police officer Robert Pow

station and water.
While Lula's comments may be
politically incorrect, they embody
the frustration of so many countries
who have been intimidated into fol-
lowing the neo-liberal model, only
to see it crumble at their feet.
Instead of distracting from the fail-
ures of predictable paternalistic
approaches, the West would be
wise to listen to the voices from
Brazil, South Africa, and beyond
just the G-20, to find a solution
with global recovery and benefits.
Nicole C Lee is the Executive Director of
TransAfi-ica Forum

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got (white) has other ideas. He corrals
oal Moats, his wife and another female
passenger in the medical center
parking lot and in what can only be
e- described as a surreal scene, pulls
an his gun on them, waves it around at
or Moats, his wife, and orders them to
he stand down. He then turns two tone
deaf ears to Moats's frantic efforts
as to explain that his mother-in-law is
vi- inside dying. Instead he mouths off
at him. Moats won't say it he's got
of too much class for that, but no mat-
ng ter how profusely the Dallas chief
the apologizes, which to his credit he
did, Moats and his wife were
n- racially profiled.
e's The bone head stop of Moat's did
or more than give Dallas police a
black eye and cause city official to
his scramble for damage control. It
her also cast suspicion on just how seri-
las ous police agencies are in' wiping
ell out racial profiling. They all swear

to the heavens that their officers
don't profile. They have to; they've
taken to much heat for it. In fact,
the Texas statute that forbids racial
profiling mandates that all Texas
police departments file annual stats
on motorist stops-by race. Dallas
patted itself on the back in a city
report in 2008 for seriously
addressing all areas of concern
about racial profiling and evaluat-
ing department procedures to
insure that it doesn't happen. But
the Moats stop proves that what the
department puts on paper and what
happens in the streets means it still
has a long way to go to achieve its
stated goal of providing "public
service that is effective and fair."
Powell in his weak kneed half
hearted defense, wailed that he
thought he was following proce-
dure, and just doing his job. In a
twisted way he's probably right,

and that's even more reason to
doubt that Dallas and indeed other
departments are really doing all
they say they are to root out racial
Even by the jaded and dumb
action of far too many cops who
still think good law enforcement is
pulling every twenty something
young black male that they eyeball
on the streets over, Moats's ordeal
was extreme.
Moats should slap the Dallas and
its police department with Mt.
Everest dollar size lawsuit. That
won't bring back his mother-in-law
or erase the pain of knowing that
the moments he spent being hec-
tored by Powell were moments that
he should have been at his mother-
in-law's bedside. But Dallas still
must pay, and pay dearly for that.
An apology for what he went
through is simply not enough.

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Obama's first two months plagued s

by questions of race and stereotypes

In a world
where Martin
Luther King's
dream was for a
.W J man to be
judged by the
content of his
character rather
then the color
of his skin,
Obama is having a rough time.
ThePresident argues that Americans
generally have been colorblind in
judging him. Yet old racial stereo-
types and Internet-fueled false-
hoods flourish about the first black
In Obama's first two months in
office, a New York tabloid took
heat over a cartoon appearing to
portray the president as a monkey; a
California mayor resigned after dis-
tributing a picture of watermelons
on the White House lawn; and an e-
mail making the rounds refers to
Obama as "the magic mulatto,"
with exaggerated ears and nose.
Disproved and disputed claims
about his religion and citizenship,
namely untruths that Obama is a
Muslim and isn't U.S.-born, zip
across chat rooms and dominate the
blogosphere. Fringe critics largely
are responsible for perpetuating the
lies, but even elected officials have
raised them.


Annual CBC
Through their local representa-
tives, the Congressional Black
Caucus Foundation (CBCF), has
currently opened the application
process for several types of schol-
arships offered by the Foundation.
Funds are available for students
entering the health fields of medi-
cine and the sciences, liberal arts
and general studies, and the per-
forming arts. All information
regarding qualifications and the
application process are located on
the CBCF Website at
The deadline is April 28, 2009.

All that underscores how the
accomplishment of one man who
broke the highest racial barrier has-
n't entirely changed the dynamic of
a country founded by slave owners.
It also shows how far the nation has
to go to bridge its centuries-old
racial divide.
In truth, Obama probably will
continue to be dogged to some
degree by entrenched stereotypes
and viral fallacies.
"There's certainly no lessening of
racially charged barbs aimed at the
president," said Anita L. Allen, a
University of Pennsylvania law
school professor who has studied
race relations.. "In fact there may be
more, some vicious and cruel by his
enemies and some distasteful and
playful by his friends."
The reason, she said, is that "our
legal culture says it's OK and our
ethical culture is disparate."
Obama argues that Americans are
assessing him by his efforts to
reverse the recession and not by
his skin color.
"Right now the American people
are judging me exactly the way I
should be judged, and that is are we
taking the steps to improve liquidi-
ty in the financial markets, create
jobs, get businesses to reopen, keep
America safe," Obama said.
Overt and subtle attacks on
Obama's race, religion and patriot-

Sought for

Students must be graduating
high school seniors, current
undergraduate or pursuing gradu-
ate studies. All requested materi-
als should be enclosed, especially
the original transcripts from the
graduating high school or current
university and letters of accept-
ance. Mail all applications to:
Attn. Roshan Hodge, CBCF
Scholarships, 3109 River Bend
Ct., #D-102, Laurel, MD, 20724.
Ms. Hodge. from Congress-
woman Brown's office is the staff
contact for scholarships and
internships. She can be reached at

ism true or not are certain. Some
opponents on the far right try to
undercut his presidency, much as
the ultra left attempted with George
W. Bush.
Exit polls from the election
between Obama and Republican
John McCain, found that 19 per-
cent of all voters and 17 percent of
white voters said the race of the
candidates was a factor in how they
voted. Of those whites, nearly two
in three voted for McCain.
In an argument popular on the
Internet, Obama's critics claim he is
ineligible to be president because
he is not a "natural-born citizen," as
the Constitution requires. Critics
assert that his Hawaiian birth cer-
tificate, which Obama's campaign
posted online last summer, isn't
authentic and that Obama was actu-
ally born in Kenya..
A federal judge threw out a law-
suit questioning Obama's citizen-
ship and said the case was a waste
of the court's time. But that hasn't
stopped such allegations.
Florida Rep. Bill Posey, a
Republican, has drafted legislation
that would require presidential can-
didates to submit their birth certifi-
cates, a move Democrats say is
intended to question Obama's citi-
zenship. Posey's measure led the
Florida Democratic Party chair-
woman, Karen Thurman, to send a
fundraising e-mail accusing
Republicans of "smearing" Obama.

Shown above are the wedding party (L-R) Elliott and Mary Armstrong, Princella Carter, Mr. and Mrs.
Claude Hunter, Yvette Wiliams, Carlton Hunter, Dale Hunter, Deborah Armstrong and junior members
Lakeysha Carter and Josiah Carter.
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Hunter Celebrate Wedding at Woodlawn

On March 28th, Claude and Mary
Hunter celebrated the most impor-
tant day of the rest of their lives -
their wedding. Held at Woodlawn
Presbyterian Church, the nuptials
were a celebration of life and love.
Surrounded by a host of family and
friends, highlights of the double
ring ceremony included the song
"Faithfulness" by K&A Ministries
and a tribute to their sisters. The

service was officiated by Rev. John
DeVoe, Jr. and Rev. Eric Lee.
the bride and groom spoke about
the start of their relationship and the
importance of faith in their mar-
riage. "We met by chance at the
post office on Lem Turner," shared
the new Mrs. Hunter. "But we
believe in putting God first and feel
grateful for the many blessings He
has given us." Mr. Hunter added,

"God doesn't make mistakes. I
knew she was the one after a trip to
Miami in July 2008."
The festive reception held in the
church hall included the customary
toast and loads of well wishes from
loved ones.
Following a honeymoon trip to
Miami, the happy couple will con-
tinue to live in Jacksonville, FL.

Black America 2009 Unchanged and Slightly Worse

continued from front page
likely as Whites to be unem-
ployed and three times more likely
to live in poverty; and with the gap
in homeownership rates widening
from 64 to 63 percent, economics
remained the area with the greatest
degree of inequality and worsened
from 57.6 percent in 2008 to 57.4
percent in 2009.
With Blacks six times more likely
than Whites to be incarcerated,
equality in social justice also
remained elusive, declining from
62.1 to 60.4 percent.
Education (78.6 percent to 78.5 per-
cent) and civic engagement (100.3
percent to 96.3) also demonstrated

growing rather than diminishing
Health care was the only area that
showed progress, with parity
increasing from 73.3 percent to
74.4 percent. Of special note, the
overall health insurance gap closed
by 2 percentage points and by 3
percentage points for children, an
improvement seen mostly among
uninsured African-American chil-
dren, the number of which
decreased from 14 percent to 12
In addition to a statistical analysis
of the state of the Black communi-
ty, the report also features essays
from a range of experts, including
Washington legislators and econo-
mists that offer recommendations
for improvement.
"We think we can't be just diag-
nostic but prescriptive, then try to
put muscle and whatever advocacy
we have behind the implementation

[of those ideas]," Morial said.
Among the recommendations:
mandatory, universal early child-
hood education; longer school days;
a thorough examination of the crim-
inal justice system as it relates to
treatment and rehabilitation of
African-American males; directing
funds towards training Blacks for
green industry jobs so a "green
divide" doesn't take place of the
"digital divide"; creating a HUD
task force to investigate and prose-
cute violations of fair-housing laws
and more.
The recommendations, as part of
the 2009 report, will be delivered to
the White House with the hope that
the president will "embrace" the
ideas and "direct" his senior staff to
explore their implementation as
policy, Morial said.
Referring to the subtitle of the
report, Stephanie Jones, executive
director of the National Urban

League Policy Institute and editor
of the document, added, "We look
at this as more than a message to the
president, but a road map for the
new president to get us back on
Morial said he is confident about
the administration's reception of the
report. Not only did the president
endorse similar policy guidelines in
the past and include the National
Urban League in policy discussions
in an unprecedented way, but the
,president's policy outlines already
reflect some of those"ideas.
"To hear the president talk boiut
it, it was if he endorsed those rec-
ommendations," Morial said.
Still, given the budget and policy
battles looming over the White
House and Capitol Hill, Morial
added, policy victories that benefit
the Black community will come
from hard-fought battles.

The freshest family meals start here.
With spring in full bloom, it's the perfect time to head outdoors to enjoy a family picnic or cookout. At Winn-Dixie, you'll always find everything you
need to make your outing memorable. From the largest variety of colorful, local produce to fresh cut flowers, Winn-Dixie will help you set the scene for
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Getting better all the time.



RE: FY 2009 Section 5309 Fixed Guideway Modernization Grant

URBANIZED AREA: Jacksonville, Florida
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an opportunity for a
public hearing to consider its FY 2009 Fixed Guideway Modernization Project under the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act in which federal funds are being requested from the Federal Transit Administration
(FTA). Funding will be available on a 100 percent basis from federal sources. The public is encouraged to
comment on any and all projects listed below.

Rehab/Renovate Line Equipment/Structural Miscellaneous: $ 36,559

Total Program of Projects:

$ 36,559

Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5 p.m. on April 25, 2009. If a
request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled and the public notified.

Mail requests to:

Public Hearing, Section 5309 Fixed Guideway Modernization Grant
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of the North
Florida Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) of the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business dis-
placements are expected to occur as a result of project implementation. These projects will have no substan-
tial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to the elderly or disabled.

Details of the Program of Projects are posted at the JTA Administration Building at 100 North Myrtle Avenue
through April 25, 2009 during normal business hours. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to
attend the meeting should contact the JTA Connexion office at 904-265-6001, CTC TDD 636-7402. This
notice will constitute the final notice if no changes occur.

Kenneth R. Holton
(904) 630-3187
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

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Atlantic Beach Women's Economic Woes: Gospel Today Magazine Suspends Printing

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 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 .

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.

Free 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.

Mt. Lebanon hosts three-night revival
Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to join
them for a 3-night revival Monday, April 6 April 8th. Services will begin
each night at 7:00 p.m. Guest speaker is Rev. Richard Curry, St Joseph
Missionary Baptist Church. The church is located at 9319 Ridge Blvd (off
Soutel Dr). For further information call the church at 527-1762. Rev.
Lewis N. Yarber, Pastor and Rev. Freddie Sumner, Interim Pastor.

On the heals of stories that maga-
zines like Vibe and Ebony are
restructuring to cut back costs,
America's top African-American
Christian publication Gospel Today
has decided to "suspend printing
The Christian lifestyle glossy,
which has featured a who's who of
ministers, gospel luminaries and
celebrities like Star Jones, Michelle
Williams of Destiny's Child, Denzel
Washington and Rev. Run on its
cover, has been in business 20 years.
In Sept. 2008, Gospel Today
made headlines for their controver-
sial cover story 'Female Pastors:
Breaking the Glass Ceiling.' (See:
'Southern Baptist Bigots: 'Gospel
Today' Gets Backlash For Featuring
Female Pastors' for details.)
Apparently the national media blitz
still did not help increase revenue

for the magazine.
"At first, we were sad to see the
printed magazine go away.
However, it was a decision we had
to make due to the economy; but I
believe that this will ultimately help
us offer increased services," Dr.
Teresa Hairston, the magazine's
founder, said in a statement.
Hairston is optimistic that the
legacy of the Gospel Today will
continue with the company's new
emphasis on "going digital."
"Our goal is to share news, infor-
mation, products and services
regarding the urban Christian com-
munity with the 'global community.'
The world is moving to Internet, and
many of our advertisers and sub-
scribers are already there," she con-
The Atlanta-based business is
now offering online subscriptions

St. Andrew AME Hosts 6th Annual
Mother's Day Breakfast
St Andrew A.M.E. Church will present their 6th Annual Mother's Day
Breakfast at the Village Inn Restaurant, 200 3rd St. in Neptune Beach, FL.
It will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 7 to 9 a.m. For more informa-
tion, call 249-7624 for tickets.

Anointing and Healing

Sacrament at Greater Macedonia
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will have Anointing and Healing
Sacrament on Good Friday, April 10th at 7 p.m. The church is located at
1880 W. Edgewood Avenue, For more information, call 764-9257.

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

only for its E- ..
mag, however they're 9
likely to quickly learn
that in the land of digital h
content, people don't
pay when there is so
much out there for free.
As an additional con-
solation to their dilem-
ma, Hairston declared T Gospe
they are currently nego- t l
tiating for a print partner i We
to assume service of its.i
subscribers who do not p
prefer the internet e-
Gospel Today was i 9 aJm
originally launched in J.l
1989 by Hairston, a
divorced mother of
three small children
who was able to raise a te
meager investment of
$300 to start the then-four-page reached an international audience of
newsletter. more than 250,000 people.
Known then as Gospel SCORE, In 1996, after a successful Gospel
the small magazine was distributed Today anniversary celebration,
to about 500 gospel industry types. Hairston founded The Gospel
The magazine later became Heritage Foundation, which will
Gospel Today and at the time of sus- continue to host its annual Praise &
pending publication last week, it Worship Conference in various

Jax Pastors' Prayer Fellowship
The Fifth Annual Greater Jacksonville Prayer Breakfast will be held on
Thursday, April 9, 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
It will be held in the new Fellowship Center of the North Jacksonville
Baptist Church, 8531 North Main Street.
Breakfast is provided courtesy of First Coast Christian Outreach. The
speaker will be Richard Stearns, President of World Vision and Bishop
Vaughn McLaughlin, Prayer for the Peace of the City. Other hosting pastors
include Dr. Mac Brunson, Pastor Mark Griffin, Pastor Spike Hogan, Pastor
Elwyn Jenkins, Rev. Neil Lebhar, Pastor Cedric Matthews, Dr. Rudolph
McKissick Sr., Pastor Nick Phoenix, Pastor David Thomas, Pastor Garry
Wiggins, Pastor Ken Williams and Interim Facilitator Father Peter Church.
For more information call 545-4854.

S: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 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

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.
Ist 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.

I T e C u r c T a t e a c e s U p o. G d. a d u t oeM n-

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 Ist Sunday at 4:50p.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

* *A Full Gospel Baptist Church *

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.

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and power!

Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

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Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

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African Catholics March in Support of Vatican AIDS Policy Patrni

Faithful from various African coun-
tries during Pope Benedict XVI's
Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's
Square, at the Vaticanlast weekend.

ROME A group of African
Catholics gathered last Sunday in
Saint Peter's Square in support of
Pope Benedict XVI's opposition to
using condoms to combat AIDS.
About 100 African Catholics were
in Saint Peter's Square waving flags
and banners that read "Africa Loves
the Pope"following his first visit to
the African continent, visiting
Cameroon and Angola.
The pope prayed for Africa and
urged the faithful to join him again
for the customary general audience
on Wednesday. He said he would

have more to say then about his
recent trip to Africa.
The Africans in the square turned
out to listen to the pope's words and
show their support for what
Benedict said against the use of
condoms to combat AIDS. Among
the crowd was a Nigerian Catholic,
Benedict Ahamiogie.
"The condom promotes promiscu-
ity, and also gives a kind of illusive
assurance to those who use con-
doms, in the sense that 'Oh, I am
using condoms. So I am keeping
myself safe from AIDS'. It is not

absolutely true," said Benedict
Speaking on the plane traveling to
Africa, Pope Benedict commented
that the distribution of condoms
does not help combat AIDS, but
increases the problem.
He said the Catholic Church teach-
ing of abstinence and fidelity is the
only way to combat the AIDS prob-
lem. His comments have ignited a
firestorm of criticism from health
officials and activists who said his
words were unrealistic and unscien-

Lyons Running Again for Head National Baptist Convention Office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. The oust-
ed former president of a national
organization of black Baptist
churches is running for the position
again, a decade after he was sent to
prison for stealing millions of dol-
lars from the group. The Rev. Henry
J. Lyons was forced out as leader of
the National Baptist Convention
USA in 1999 after an investigation
revealed he abused his power in the
convention to steal about $4 mil-
lion. He used the money to buy lux-
ury homes and jewelry, and to sup-
port his mistresses.
Lyons currently serves as pastor
of New Salem Missionary Baptist
Church in Tampa, Fla., and lost a
bid to become president of the con-
vention's Florida chapter in 2007.
Lyons is running against one
other candidate, the Rev. Julius R.
Scruggs, pastor of First Missionary
Baptist Church, in Huntsville, Ala.,
who also serves as vice president at
large for the convention. The elec-
tion takes place in September.

Rev. Henry Lyons
Aldon Morris, a professor of
sociology at Northwestern
University, who's written extensive-
ly about the convention, says Lyons
faces an uphill battle and he doesn't
expect him to win.
"I think there's significant num-
bers of leaders in the group across
the county who feel it's fine to for-
give, but why have a leader with

this sort of baggage?" Morris said.
"The organization was very embar-
rassed by the charges against him.
He certainly left it in bad shape."
But Lyons isn't without support-
ers. The Rev. Darin Freeman, pastor
of Metropolitan Baptist Church in
Charleston, W.Va., praised Lyons
for reducing the convention's debt
by two-thirds in four years and
skillfully handling divisions
between churches of different sizes.
"Smaller churches around the
country felt like they were equal
with megachurches," Freeman said.
"A local pastor of 300 is equal to a
pastor of 30 or a pastor of 3,000. All
of us have a say."
Lyons told The Tennessean news-
paper in Nashville that while he
damaged the convention's reputa-
tion, he's a changed man who
deserves a second chance as presi-
"The shame of it I don't believe it
will ever go away. There's nothing I
can do about it," he said.

Current president the Rev. Dr.
William J. Shaw can't seek a third
five-year term under convention
Lyons' downfall came after his
wife Deborah set fire to a $700,000
waterfront home he co-owned with
a mistress, and the resulting investi-
gation revealed he'd stolen money
from the organization. The Lyonses
have since divorced.
Lyons was convicted of racket-
eering and grand theft in 1999. He
resigned as president of the
National Baptist Convention and
pleaded guilty to federal charges of
tax evasion, fraud and making false
Scruggs, who hopes to increase
church participation in convention
activities if elected, declined to say
much about Lyons' candidacy.
"I prefer building on the present
and the future and being as positive
as possible and really don't want to
go back to that era and talk about
those negatives," he said.

New York Pastor Suing Church After Being Voted Out

The congregants of Southampton
Village, NY's First Baptist Church
have ousted their pastor, whose
methods, they say, stirred unrest
and drove away some church mem-
The Reverend Andre Mosley was
removed by a majority vote about
two months ago ... a move he
claims was made in violation of
church bylaws and done in a "kan-
garoo court." Now, the deposed rev-
erend said he plans to sue the

Last week he accused the head of
the church's deacon board of circu-
lating a letter to undermine his
authority and said lies about him
were spread.
"He basically got mad because he
couldn't control me," Rev. Mosley
said of the deacon, Archie Seymore.
When reached and asked specif-
ically about the threat of a lawsuit,
Mr. Seymore refused to comment,
saying only that "we at First Baptist

are doing fine," and that Rev.
Mosley's potential lawsuit is Rev.
Mosley's business.
When Rev. Mosley was First
Baptist's pastor, it was he who was
accused of violating bylaws. He
was also accused of failing to dis-
close details about church finances,
refusing to hold church meeting's
and firing the church's longtime
organist, Louise Barnard, who died
soon after, and then refusing to
allow Ms. Barnard's brother-in-law,

who is also ordained, to conduct the
funeral at First Baptist.
Today, First Baptist is without a
pastor and is relying on visiting
Gerald Martin, a deacon at First
Baptist and an outspoken critic of
Rev. Mosley, said finding a new
pastor won't happen right away.:,- -
"It's going to take some time," he -
said, "because things like that are
guided by the Holy Spirit."

December 6, 2007, for an inves-
tigation it was launching. Many
argue these renowned ministers'
lavish lifestyles and prosperity
teachings made them prime tar-
gets. Grammy-winning gospel
great Donnie McClurkin, who
also serves as pastor of the
Perfecting Faith Church in Long
Island, New York, shares his
thoughts on the role of today's
Black churches and its pastors in
this dwindling economy.
As pastors, we have to link arms
and have bipartisanships. The
[Black] church has always been the
face of the community. Now we
have to'take on the responsibility
of becoming true servants to the
people from all walks of life. I get
so mad when I see these pimpin'
preachers driving Rolls-Royces,
Bentleys, flying around in their pri-
vate jets, and making it seem like
prosperity and money is the way of
God when 90 percent of your con-
gregation is on Section 8 or can't
figure out how they are going to
keep their lights on or feed their
kids. I'm big on perception, and
what would it look like for me to
live so lavishly if the people in my
church are struggling?
I've done great in gospel music,
and only a few of us have accom-
plished what I have, and guess
what? I live in the 'hood, not some
place on the outskirts of the 'hood.
There ain't no gate around my
house; I have a white fence
because the people I pastor live in
that community. I have one vehicle
and it's not a Mercedes, it's a
Lincoln Navigator. I don't receive a
dime-not an Abraham Lincoln cop-
per coin-and haven't for the last
seven-and-a-half years because I'm

okay. W W
I've even had members ask me
why I choose to live in the same
neighborhood, and it's because I
have to be able to relate. Do you
think if Jesus was here on earth
he'd be spending all his time in the
church? No, he'd be out with the
people who need him the most on
the streets. People tell me how they
want their pastor to be prosperous
and I tell them I want the people to
be prosperous. I've realized that
just because you can go out and do
something it doesn't mean it's the
best thing to do.
If I wanted to buy a Phantom or
Bentley I could and not hurt my
pockets, but I'm okay with what I
have. I can sing and work and I let
all that money go back into the
church so we can buy the deli-
catessen on the comer, or the house
next door to make it state-of-the-art
low-income housing. We've trained
our people to put their leaders on
pedestals, and some people want to
live vicariously through their pas-
tor and say, "My pastor has this and
he's on television and so on," but
then what do you have? How have
you prospered and grown? So
when I hear other pastors say, "My
people take care of me," I'm think-
ing, But you're supposed to be tak-
ing care of the people. I don't get it.
I don't have a church, but I do
have a church that I pastor. I can't
name something the Donnie
McClurkin Temple because the
people do not belong to me and if
they did that would mean I have
slaves. I am simply a vessel to
deliver God's word. At the end of
the day, it's God's church, not mine.

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

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.

Ritz Amateur Night
Join Amateur Night at the Ritz on
Friday, April 3rd at 7:30 p.m.
Some of the hottest talent in
Jacksonville will be on the stage
like the Apollo's show in Harlem.
Contestants compete for cash prizes
and the cheers or jeers of the audi-
ence decide who goes home with
the cash. Tickets are available at the
Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum
and all Ticketmaster outlets or call

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 renown blues per-
formers 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 tell
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.

Audition for Tempest
The Limelight Theatre will hold a
second round of auditions for
William Shakespeare's The
Tempest on Saturday, April 4th at
11:00 a.m. Roles are avalailable for
male and female actors of all ages.
Auditionees should prepare and
memorize a one to two minute
monologue by Shakespeare.
Rehearsals will begin on April 14
and the run dates are May 8 through
May 31. For more information or
audition requirements, call 866-
682-6400 or visit www.Limelight-

JLOC Open Meeting
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5th from 6:00 8:00 p.m. at 916
N.Myrtle Avenue. This meeting is
free and open to the public. If you
are sincerely concerned, and really
want to improve the quality of liv-
ing conditions in your community
come to this meeting. For questions
or more information visit, or call 240-9133.

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.
The next book for discussion will
be "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid"
by Jimmy Carter. For directions or
more information, call 886-2071.

Ritz Chamber Players
Spring Concert
The Ritz Chamber Players Spring
Concert will be held on Wednesday,
April 8th at 7:30 p.m. in the Jacoby
Symphony Hall of the Times Union
Center. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call 354-5547.

National Start!
Walking Day Rally
The American Heart Association is
calling on First Coast residents and
community leaders to walk for 30
minutes on April 8, 2009 -
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
of paths nationwide or to map a cus-
tom walking route in your neigh-
borhood, visit

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

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Unveiling of Marvyne
Betsch Marker
The American Beach Property
Owners' Association will unveil an
historical marker in commemora-
tion of the preservation efforts of
the late Marvyne "Beach Lady"
Betsch It will be held at noon,
Saturday, April 18, 2009 on
American Beach across from the
former Evans' Ocean Rendezvous
in the 5500 block of Ocean
Boulevard at the base of the dune so
dubbed "NaNa" by the Beach Lady
years ago. For additional informa-
tion, please contact: Marsha Dean
Phelts at 904-261-0175.

Wing & Rock Fest
Drop your ear buds and get ready
for your taste buds to be tickled,
The New 96.9 The Eagle Wing &
Rock Fest is bringing live classic
rock tribute bands and tasty chicken
wings to the grounds of the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena on Saturday, April 18th.
From 12 noon to 8 pm, festival-
goers of all ages will enjoy hot
wings, cold beer and great music.
This FREE all-day outdoor festival
will be held on Duval Street and the
grounds surrounding the arena. For
more details, please visit or call

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.

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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.

Jazzville featuring
FAMU Jazz Ensemble
The FAMU Jazz Ensemble will be
at the Ritz Theater April 25, 2009
at 7pm. Tickets are available at
Ticketmaster. The PM Xperience,
Jacksonville's own youth jazz
ensemble will also be performing
along with Lindsey B. Sarjeant and
Longineu Parsons. Proceeds will
benefit students of the jazz pro-
gram. For more information call

Stage Aurora Step Off
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
pride in one's 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.

Lito Sheppard's
Dancing with the Stars
Charity Competition
& Golf Classic
On Friday, April 24 and
Saturday, 25, 2009, Lito Sheppard
and the Good Sheppard Foundation,
( will
host a weekend of events including
a "Dancing with the Stars" charity
competition on Friday, April 24,
2009 at the Omini Hotel and a char-
ity golf classic on Saturday, April
25, 2009 at the Cimarrone Golf
Course. Proceeds will benefit The
Mitchell Center, a safe environ-
ments for teens. For tickets or more
information, call 260-446-2208.



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Sheila Johnson's Course Gives PGA Tour a Different View

Sheila Johnson golfed her first 18 hole on her own course this year.

TAMPA You wouldn't figure
Sheila Johnson for a golf mogul.
She made her money from a cable-
TV network that targeted African-
Americans, her first love is the vio-
lin, she produces films about
women's issues, and beforethis year
she had never played 18 holes. Yet
Johnson may be one of the game's
most important new players.
For the second year in a row, the
60-year-old owner and CEO of
Salamander Hospitality welcomed
the PGA Tour's Transitions
Championship to her 900-acre, 72-
hole Innisbrook Resort and Golf
Club in Tampa. "I'm the hostess
with the mostest," Johnson says of
her role, which included giving
tours, presiding at barbecues for the
players and their families and
screening her new documentary

sure Sheila's Select specialty coffee
is available at Market Salamander.
"We're building a brand, the
Salamander Brand, on my name
because I stand for excellence,
integrity, fine taste," Johnson said.
Not bad for a woman who got
into the golf business by accident.
In 1979 Sheila and her then hus-
band, Bob Johnson, used a $15,000
loan to start Black Entertainment
Television. When the couple sold
BET to Viacom in 2000 for $2.3 bil-
lion in stock, their personal net
worth rose to more than $1 billion.
Shortly after ending their 33-year
marriage, in 2001, Sheila started
buying up Washington, D.C.,
teams: She owns the WNBA's
Mystics and has stakes in the NHL's
Capitals and the NBA's Wizards.
(Bob Johnson is majority owner of

resort and to make the tournament
one of the best on Tour," she says.
To that end Johnson hired
Rodney Green from Disney to be
her new director of golf. Green has
been giving her lessons since he
arrived in January, building on her
skills as a violinist to teach her the
rhythms of the golf swing.
Over the years golf has produced
a number of powerful and influen-
tial businesswomen. The list
includes LPGA commissioner
Carolyn Bivens; Cindy Davis, the
president of Nike Golf; Mary Lou
Bohn, head of advertising and com-
munications at Titleist; Jan Beljan,
one of the main architects at Fazio
Design; and WNBA boss Donna
Orender, who previously negotiated
unprecedented TV deals for the
PGA Tour. Johnson appreciates that
history and also longs to bring
greater attention to women in
sports. "My dream is to get an
LPGA event," says Johnson, who
has become close friends with

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Johnson, shown above in her office, doesn't spend her time "making
the rounds". Instead, she focuses on keeping- and making money.

film, A Powerful Noise, for Tour
Johnson has said she named her
businesses after the salamander
because in mythology, it has the
power to withstand fire. Besides,
she said, she plans to play a hands-
on role throughout the enterprise.
She talks about selecting fabric and
cocktails at Woodlands, going over
the menu and furniture choices at
the Salamander Spa, and making

the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.)
In 2005 Sheila jumped into the
resort business. Johnson bought
two nongolf facilities and wanted
more. "Innisbrook just happened to
be a golf property," she says. In
2007 Johnson bought the financial-
ly reeling and neglected resort for
$35 million from Golf Trust of
America and undertook a $25 mil-
lion renovation. "My goal is to
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More important, in a golf-resort
business dominated by corporations
and tycoons such as Donald Trump
and Herb Kohler, African-
Americans are practically nonexist-
ent. To have a black woman run-
ning a major golf resort, when there
are only a handful of African-
American-owned golf courses in
the country, is more than a symbol-
ic advancement. As the economic
crisis ravages the banking and
finance companies that have
become the bedrock of golf,
Johnson and Salamander provide
proof that there is an alternative to
the hegemony and homogeneity of
corporations that want to be in the
golf business.
For her part Johnson dismisses
any talk of being a pioneer. "I real-
ly never thought about being the
only woman in the business," she
says. "I've simply tried to be Sheila
Johnson and do the best job that I

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Mailman to bring UF

home decorating course
The Extension Family and Consumer Science Office will sponsor a
home decorating course through the mail beginning in early June. The
eight-lesson study course will run for two months with a set of four les-
sons being sent each month. A completion certificate from the
University og Florida will be given upon completion of the course.
The course is geared to provide basic decorating information on a
range of topics. Each lesson will contain literature to completely cover
each topic plus a test on the lesson content for those persons desiring the
completion certificate the following eight-lesson topics are:
Design in Home Furnishings; Decorating with Color and light ;
Furniture Arrangement; Selection and use of Accessories; Window
Treatment; Selection of Carpets and Rugs; Selection of Furniture and
Fabrics; History of Furniture and the Art of Combing Furniture Styles.
The fee for the course is $7.00 and will cover partial printing cost or
the course Those interested may Register by sending check or money
order to; Family and Consumer Service Advisory Committee, 100 N
Mc Duff Ave. Jacksonville, F1 32254-2083.
Each person registering for the course should include their full name
address including zip code and Telephone number Registration will be
limited and registration must be received by May 28, 2009
The first set of four lessons will be mailed in early June. The last set
of four lessons will be mailed in August
For further questions, call 904 387-8855.

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You've heard the jokes and the
horror stories and I'm sure you've
seen the notorious episode of The
Cosby Show where Claire exagger-
ated her menopause symptoms. But
often, faced with the onset of
menopause, most of us don't know

your heart and
bones, avoiding
or minimizing

weight gain, improving your mood
and sense of overall well-being. It
also reduces the duration and inten-
sity of those infamous hot flashes.

What to Expect






whether to laugh or cry. Luckily, if
you're determined to stay fit-or
get fit- there's no time like peri-
menopause to begin a sensible
physical regimen.
Physical activity, the most effec-
tive alternative therapy available
for women suffering menopausal
symptoms, allows women to man-
age both their bodies and emotions.
When you exercise, your adrenal
glands are stimulated to convert the
male hormone androstenedione
into estrogen. Just four 30-minute
exercise sessions per week are
enough to keep you "topped off"
with estrogen.
Regular exercise can benefit you
in a number of ways as you pass
through menopause: strengthening







In a recent Swedish study,
researchers found that post-
menopausal women who exercised
were able to handle menopause
without Hormone Replacement
Therapy (HRT); in fact, some of
them did not experience hot flashes
at all. Other studies have found
similar beneficial results, including
mood elevation in pre-, peri-, and
postmenopausal women. Indeed,
studies have shown that regular
physical activity benefits not only
women going through natural
menopause but also those on HRT.
On the other hand, being seden-
tary as you approach menopause
opens you up to a host of potential
problems. Sedentary women are far
more prone to heart disease, high

blood pressure, diabetes, and obesi-
ty; they're also more likely to suf-
fer stiffness and chronic back pain,
irregularity, poor circulation, short-
ness of breath, weak muscles,
depression, and sleep disturbances.
Walking, jogging, dancing, swim-
ming, biking, and other aerobic
activities help circumvent these
problems. Studies have shown that
women engaging in aerobic activi-
ty or strength training have reduced
mortality from cancer.
Being active will also help you
keep osteoporosis at bay-thus
lowering the risk of bone fractures
in your later years since bones
diminish in size and strength if
you're inactive. Exercise stimulates
the cells that help generate new
bone tissue, bone mass lost through
disuse can be re-built with weight-
bearing activity. Even post-
menopausal women can help pre-
serve bone mass in their spine with
regular exercise.
Physical activity also raises the
level of endorphins in the blood,
enhancing your mood and allowing
you to respond positively in the
face of stress. Partly the result of
estrogen in a woman's body, these
"feel-good" biochemicals also help
regulate body temperature-which
in turn can diminish the frequency
and intensity of hot flashes. In one
study of postmenopausal women
who were physically active, severe
hot flashes and night sweats were
only half as common.
Last, but certainly not least, reg-
ular exercise may allow you to
maintain better mental agility by
increasing the amount of oxygen
delivered to the brain. A study com-
paring older women who were
sedentary with older women who
exercised regularly for four
months, found that the active group
processed information faster when
tested. In addition, exercise may
slow down the loss of dopamine, a
neurotransmitter which helps pre-

vent shaking and stiffness that
come with old age.
What type of exercise routine
should you plan if you're gearing
up for (or going through)
menopause? Generally there are
three components to a healthy rou-
tine: appropriate stretching exercis-
es to improve and maintain flexibil-
ity, resistance training to delay loss
of bone and muscle tissue, and aer-
obic activity that will strengthen
your overall health and help you
maintain a sensible weight.
The bottom line is that whether
you crave solitude and independ-
ence on an early morning walk or
an exercise class that's always a
social occasion, you'll be much
better prepared to soar through
menopause if you're taking care of
the body you're in. You may still
have those flashes- but they may
be warm rather than hot, and a lot
easier to endure!

Aszk Dyinda

Htair an skin tips for todays womavInA

The rain is killing my hair

Ok I really
need help. I
just moved to
Florida and
I"m told it
rains almost everyday in the sum-
mer. My hair can't handle that. It
frizzes really bad. Any sugges-
tions? I don't want to wear a pony-
tail everyday.
Thanks -K Arlington
Most women experience prob-
lems with frizzing on humid days,
and African-American women can
have even more problems given
the average texture of African-
American hair. In order to fight
frizz, you need to use products that
will seal the hair and prevent the
penetration of the hair shaft by the
moisture in the hair.

Look for products containing sil-
icone or using wax bases. Anti-
frizz serums can be applied to
damp hair after towel drying and
worked through the hair using a
wide-tooth comb prior to drying
with a blow-dryer. You can then
use additional serum to add extra
protection, or use styling wax or
pomade to define the style and
keep the hair smooth and resistant
to humidity.
During the day, do not brush the
hair. Instead, use a wide-tooth
comb if necessary, or preferably
use your fingers to adjust your
Also keep an umbrella with you at
all times.
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St. Vincents Hosng Free Prostate Cancer Screening

St. Vincent's Cancer Committee
and Medical Staff are offering a
free prostate screening at St.
Vincent's Family Medicine Center
on Saturday April 25. The screen-
ing is open to all men aged 50 and
African American men are
diagnosed at a rate 60% high,
and die at a rate 150% higher
than all other men in the
US from prostate cancer.

older who have not had a prostate
screening in the past year and to
men over aged 40 and older who
are in a high-risk category.
The screening will include a
prostate specific antigen (PSA)
blood test and digital rectal exam
(DRE), the main screening tools for
prostate cancer. The DRE is less
effective than the PSA blood test in
finding prostate cancer, but it can
sometimes find cancers in men with

normal PSA levels.
Prostate cancer is the most com-
mon type of cancer found in
American men, other than skin can-
cer. The American Cancer Society
estimates that 186,320 men will be
diagnosed this year with
r prostate cancer in the U.S. and
that 28,660 men will die from
the disease. Prostate cancer
occurs when cells in the prostate
gland grow out of control.
While some men have urinary
symptoms and discomfort, there are
often no early prostate cancer
Risk factors for prostate cancer
include age, race and family histo-
ry. African American men are more
at risk than white men, who are
more at risk than Asian men. Men
with a relative who had prostate
cancer, especially at an early age,
are also more at risk. Prostate can-
cer treatment options are surgery,

chemotherapy, cryotherapy, hor-
monal therapy, and/or radiation. In
some instances, doctors recom-
mend "watchful waiting."
There is no charge for the
prostate screening, but men who
want to participate are asked to call
St. Vincent's HealthLink at 308-
LINK to register and be given an
appointment time. The screening
will take place on April 25 from
8:30 a.m. to Noon at St. Vincent's
Family Medicine Center at 2627
Riverside Avenue.
Men who participate will speak
briefly with the physicians on the
morning of the screening. St.
Vincent's Cancer Data Services will
mail results of both screening tests
approximately two to three weeks
after the screening. If the results
indicate further tests are recom-
mended, registered nurses from St.
Vincent's HealthLink will also con-
tact those men by phone.

Alopecia Losing your hair is more common than you think

Alopecia, (pronounced al-low-
pesha) is defined as the complete or
partial loss of hair. Central
Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia
(CCC Alopecia) is the most com-
mon type of scarring alopecia found
in African-American women that
usually begins at the central scalp,
gets increasingly worse and is ulti-
mately permanent. Early research
indicates that an estimated 15 to 19
percent of all African-American
women in the U.S. more than 36.6
million women have a history of
hair loss, and more than half are
concerned with thinning hair/hair
loss as a top hair care problem.
Although CCC Alopecia affects
so many women of color, little
research exists on the disease and
its causes, and no effective treat-
ments have been identified to help
with this disfiguring hair loss.
While various hair grooming tech-
niques such as the use of hot combs
and chemical relaxers have been
blamed for this condition, the link
has never been proven.
Women living with alopecia use
comb-over techniques, hair weaves
and wigs to disguise the problem. In
fact, few seek treatment or admit to
their partners or close friends and

family that they suffer from hair excess heat, tight braids or cotton
loss. "Some stylists even cover up scarves. In fact, early studies reveal
hair loss patches without talking to that hair loss and CCC Alopecia in
their clients about it," says Tippi particular may be the result of sev-
Shorter, celebrity hair stylist and eral combined factors. Hopefully
Pantene Relaxed & Natural future study will provide more
spokesperson. "There is so much helpful information and direction in
education still needed at the salon early identification and potential
level to help treatment of
stylists better hair loss.
identify early If you're
signs of alope- concerned
cia, understand about hair
what really caus- loss, you're
es it and have not alone,
productive con- 51% of all
versations with A fr ic an
clients about ":' American
how they can women cite
seek treatment." thinning hair
While current- and hair loss
ly there is little ras their top
de f i n i t i v e hair problem.
research on Good news!
either a cause or The right
cure for hair loss or Central hairstylist and/or dermatologist can
Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia be a trusted partner in finding hair
(CCC Alopecia) experts agree that care/styling solutions. Don't be
it is nobody's fault. Despite myths afraid to seek out expert advic.
to the contrary, there's no definitive Step 1: Ask for a Referral
evidence that CCC Alopecia is a Ask your physician and/or stylist
result of any one thing, like over to refer you to a dermatologist who
styling, repeated processing, stress, specializes in treating African

Americans. Dermatologists are
experts in skin and hair care .and
can help identify if you are suffer-
ing from Alopecia and what form.
There are several.
Step 2: Find a Specialized
Ask your dermatologist if he/she
knows any stylists in the area that
specialize in styling women who
suffer from Alopecia or thinning
hair. Ask your friends to speak with
their stylists or just hit the phones.
Call salons in your area and ask for
a stylist who specializes in styling
thinning hair. Discuss your con-
cerns. If privacy is important for
you perhaps she'll agree to an in-
home consultation or you can
arrange a time that is the least busy
in the salon. Talk to the stylists
about their experience with thin-
ning or hair loss patterns similar to
yours. Make sure you establish a
rapport and feel comfortable during
the consultation. source
If you have a serious concern
about hair loss,consider a hair trans-
plant from reputable companies
such as The Hair Club for Men and
Women. They are private and they
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2,000+ Attend Most Worshipful Grand Lodge 139th Communication in Jacksonville

The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons held their 139th Annual Grand Lodge Communication last weekend headquartered at The Historic Masonic Temple located at 410 Broad Street and
at the Wyndham Hotel. Over 2,000 attendees participated throughout the week that included gospel and comedy concerts, worship services and banquets in addition to their official meetings. Shown abovein atten-
dance (not in order) are Dorothy Coleman, Doris Grant, Carole Ware, Julie M. Boynton, Denise Mathis, S. Dianne Roberson, Rhoda Bethe, WM Betty Baker, Thelma Lewis, Isabelle Odon-Ford, Macia Diggins,
Carolyn Liggins-Wade, Muriel Nelson, Sylvia Morrison Hicks, Annie Brynton, T. Saunders, Pandora Cartel Taylor, Fannye Faye Johnson, Delores W Davis, Paulette Jones, Daelonarda Tippens, Mary Ann Smith WM
Angela A Smith, Lillie Vereen, Neil Ann Jones, WM Joy Scarlett, Vivian James, Karen Stringer, Yvonne Minus, Patsy Hudson, Lucille Melende, Maude Nealy, Karen Igbinoba, Delores H. Whitehead, Carolyn B Dubos,
Cherlyn Hemingway, Ira Latimer, MSP-Dorothy Green-Donna, R. Thomas, Tyra Ross, Johnnie Witherspoon, Joyce Fields Redding, Bazine Macdonald, Ruby Richburg, Petrice Hall, Batty Maull, Lucy Adkins Grand
Chaplin Dr. Charlie Albany, DGM-Yvonne Minus, GACMary Caldwell Williams, GC Joyce Trobridge, GT Paula Roberts, GSLeander Harvey, GWPAlma Cornish, GWM Dr. Michael Moore, GM Dr Tracy Thomas,
GAM Anthony Stafford, GSW-Renetta Saunders, DGM Dorothy Kater, DGN Lillian Carter, DD Dr. Elvin Parker III, GAP Jeanette Boss, Geneva Mangrum, Luella McBride, Elizabeth Bartley, Darlene Porter,
Abbe Smith, Angie McKenzie, Carlene Jones, Debra Thomas, Patricia Gee Jone, -John Corker, Jared Smith, Kyria Thomas, Natalie Clark, Daisy King, Ann Blackshear-Florence Jiles, Faye Diamond and Alpha
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I I I Kwame Kilpatrick housed a million dollar art collection

Wakaguzi Forum enlightens on Zimbabwe
The Wakaguzi Forum of Edward Waters College presented Prof.Kenneth
Nunn, Associate Research Dean at Florida A and M University College of
Law this month. His lecture centered around the country of Zimbabwe and
covered the question, "What Next for Zimbabwe?: An Economic &
Political Analysis of a Nation in Peril". Shown above is Wakaguzi Forum
Director Baruti Katembo (left) and the speaker, Prof Kenneth Nunn,
(right). Held in the campus Schell-Sweet Building, the forum was free and
open to the public.If you need more information contact Wakaguzi Forum
Director, Professor Baruti Katembo at 904-634-1561 .ANealphoto

AIDS Awareness at EWC Charles Griggs, author Marvelyn
Brown, Rod Brown, Max Wilson, Derya Williams and Esmin Master
(shown above L-R) were on hand last weekend to lend their expertise to
the Women's AIDS Summit hosted by EWC. Throughout the day, women
could receive first hand information about the powerful disease the con-
tinue to plague the African-American community. FMP Photo

Kwame Kilpatrick just can't stay
out of the hot seat. The former
Detroit, MI mayor loved custom-
tailored suits, black Escalades, lux-
ury spas and parties.
But did you about Kilpatrick's love
of fine art? Or at least his love of
having it for free?
According to records recently
obtained by the City Hall Insider,
when Kilpatrick left the Mayoral
home in disgrace last September, he
had to account for paintings that
had been on loan in the house from
the Richard and Jane Manoogian
Foundation. On Sept. 9, Kilpatrick

Tennessee bill

would apologize

for slavery
,,Tennessee could join the list of
Southern states. that have apolo-
gized for slavery and racial dis-
crimination under a resolution
introduced by a Nashville lawmak-
The General Assembly has started
debate on a resolution that would
express "profound regret" for
enslaving African-Americans and
setting up the Jim Crow segrega-
tion system. The resolution is
meant to draw attention to the lega-
cy of racism in Tennessee.
Five former slave states -
Maryland, Virginia, North
Carolina, Alabama and Florida -
have passed legislation in recent
years apologizing for slavery. New
Jersey has also passed legislation
apologizing for its role in the slave

The donated mansion above was where the Mayor and his family lived.
shipped back to the foundation -- Pippin with a value of $500,000,
the Manoogian family donated the and "The Walls," by Hughie Lee-
riverfront home to the city in 1966 Smith, worth $85,000. Other paint-
- four paintings. ings the foundation had loaned the
.They iiicided 'Bi nminpglan Kilpatricks over the years included
Meeting House III," by Horae "Letter from Home, T947," by

Jacob Lawrencem with an insured
value of $450,000, and "Sunrise,
1987," a 30 inch by 36 inch oil
painting by Don Jacot worth
Andrea Carroll, the onetime per-
sonal assistant of Kilpatrick's wife,
hit up the head of the Detroit
Institute of Arts, Graham Beal, for
more. The request noted that the
Kilpatricks wanted "artwork, arti-
facts and additional accessories to
accent the spectacular new and con-
temporary decor." She asked for
"selected works from your African
and African American Art collec-
tions to be displayed in the
Manoogian Mansion during the
Kilpatrick administration."
Beal turned down the offer. The
DIA stopped lending art to the city
years, ago, worried about damage, a
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New York is really working it.
Tiffany Pollard who got her first taste of fame on
two seasons of Flavor of Love and then went on to star
in her own spin-offs, I Love New York and New York
Goes to Hollywood is coming back to VH1 on a new
show called New York Goes to Work.
The New York Post reports that cameras will follow
New York as she goes to a new job each week, listing possible positions at
a sewer plant, a fast-food restaurant and a mortuary.
Viewers will vote by sending a text message to determine which job
she'll take. And if she sticks with it for a week without quitting or getting
fired, she'll earn $5,000.
A makeup artist and a fashion stylist claim in
coordinated lawsuits that they got ugly treatment
from Queen Latifah when she cheated them out of
$1 million.
Celebrity cosmetology consultant Roxanna Floyd '
says she lost $700,000 when the rapper-actress
failed to pay her for work she did between July
2005 and February 2008.
In a separate lawsuit, celebrity fashion stylist
Susan Moses said she was cheated of $300,000 during the same period.
The lawsuits were filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan.
wouldn't mind siblings for Nahla, just not too many.
Halle Berry says she's mentally prepared to take on some more children,
but not as many as the Octomom, Nadya Suleman.
During an appearance on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" Monday, Berry
confirmed that she wants another child, but says she
would stop way before it reached double digits.
"I hope I don't have like 14 more," quips Berry, who
is mom to 1-year-old Nahla Ariela.
Still, the Oscar winner isn't ruling out that a brother
or sister could be in the future for her daughter with
model Gabriel Aubry. "My mind says yes," she tells
DeGeneres, "but the rest isn't up to me so we'll see."
Ben Vereen is suing a toothpaste company claiming it
used unauthorized footage of him to promote the prod-
uct without his permission.
According to a lawsuit filed Friday, the actor visited a
gift suite at the TV Land Awards in 2007 and was hand-
ed some Supersmile toothpaste. Vereen says he then had
a quick conversation with a company spokesmodel that
was videotaped.
Vereen says he had no idea that the video footage
would be used on their Web site and on YouTube as a
product endorsement. He is seeking damages in excess of $450,000.
The life story of singer Lou Rawls is coming to the big
screen with Isaiah Washington secured for the lead role.
Pathway Entertainment has acquired the script
"Through the Eyes of a Son," described as an uncen-
sored take on the singer written by his son Lou Rawls Jr.
Born in Chicago in 1933, Rawls sang in a range of
styles that included blues, soul, funk and R&B, selling
millions of albums and earning legions of fans, as well
as the accolades of Frank Sinatra.
But according to the script, he had a traumatic personal life, enduring a
poverty-stricken childhood and, in adulthood, intense marital strife. Rawls,
who died in 2006, also had a side career in Hollywood, lending his voice
to such cartoons as "Garfield" and "Hey Arnold!" and making appearances
in movies like "Blues Brothers 2000."

Oprah's Boarding School Rocked by Second Scandal

Oprah Winfrey's elite
boarding school for girls in
South Africa has been rocked
by its second sex scandal in
fewer than two years.
Seven students were sus-
pended last week for sexually
harassing their schoolmates,
the "Afrikaans on Sunday"
newspaper reported.
One 15-year-old was
accused of preying on anoth-
er pupil and forcing other
girls to lie to investigators
about it, the paper reported.
"You have been found guilty

of physical contact of a sexual
nature with another pupil on cam-
pus, harassment, bullying other
girls on campus and of being dis-
honest by not telling investigators
the whole truth," a letter to her par-
ents read.
Other girls were caught fondling
each other or trying to get other
girls to join them in lesbian liasons,
the paper reported.
The girls have been suspended
from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership
Academy School for Girls.
Winfrey called it the proudest

Oprah opened the school with much fanfare in 1997.

moment of her life when she
opened the $46 million school near
Johannesburg in January 2007 to
help high achieving but poor South
African girls.
The school, which aims to house
450 girls in grades 7 through 12 by
2011, offered free tuition, books
and uniforms, as well as room and
In return, the girls were required
to follow the rules.
Ten months later, Winfrey sobbed
uncontrollably after 15 girls reported
they had been sexually abused by a

matron who was
supposed to be
watching over
The talk show
queen said the sex
abuse charges hit
her especially
hard because she
was raped and
molested by a
cousin, uncle and
family friend
when she was 9.
Dorm matron
Virginia Tiny

Makgobo, 27, was charged with
indecent assault, common assault,
soliciting a minor to perform an
indecent act and verbal abuse of
girls at the school. She denies the
charges and is due back in court on
June 1.
Vowing to "clean house,"
Winfrey also fired the school's
headmistress and announced she
would hand out cell phones with
her number to each student.
It was not clear if any students
used their phones to report the latest

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Queen of Soul Celebrates 68th Birthday
The Queen of Soul recently celebrated her birthday at a party held at Seldom Blues, a premier jazz restaurant
overlooking a breathtaking view of the Detroit River and Canadian skyline. To help celebrate, Franklin was pre-
sented with a specialty birthday cake in the shape of her now infamous grey-bowed Inaugural Hat. Created for
the music icon by world-renowned "cake designer to the stars" Sylvia Weinstock, the two-tiered lemon cake with
fresh raspberry filling was topped with an exact replica of the hat and flown in from New York City especially for
the event. Those in attendance were also treated to a full evening of entertainment including performances by
R&B crooner Kenny Lattimore, neo-soul artist Raheem Devaughn, President Barack Obama impersonator Iman
Crosson (who performed a rap/dance routine as the president) and plus-sized Washington, DC based trio Secret
Trois (who performed fun a spinoff dance to Beyonce's "Single Ladies"). Following an evening of fine dining,
performances and dancing to the music of the H.B. Barnum band, the 200 party guests received smaller replicas
of the hat cake in a 6-inch box with pink bow as a party favor.

T.I. sentenced

to a year in jail

Grammy-winning rapper T.I. was
sentenced to a year and a day in
prison last week for illegally pos-
sessing machine guns and
silencers, as prosecutors lauded his
anti-violence advocacy since his
T.I., whose real name is Clifford
Harris, originally faced up to 20
years in prison and the effective
end of his career but performing
community service as part of his
plea agreement with prosecutors
reduced his sentence.
The twenty-eight year old who
was sentenced at a federal court in
Atlanta, toured the United States in
recent months speaking to tens of
thousands of young people about
the dangers of drugs and gangs, as
he completed more than 1,000
hours of community service.
His anti-crime advocacy has
been chronicled on cable channel
MTV's reality show "T.I.'s Road to
Redemption." He posted $3 million
bail after his arrest.
The Atlanta-born rapper, whose
hit songs include "Whatever You
Like" and "Live Your Life," could
have his one year and one day sen-
tence further reduced by 15 percent
with good behavior.
The rapper, who has a 1998 crack
cocaine conviction that made it
illegal for him to own guns, plead-
ed guilty to unlawfully possessing
machine guns and silencers and
possession of firearms by a con-
victed felon.
The charges stemmed from T.I.'s
October 13, 2007 arrest by federal
agents after the rapper had a body-
guard buy machine guns and
silencers for him, prosecutors said.
T.I.recently released his third
consecutive No. 1 album, "Paper
Trail." in October.
The father of six also starred
alongside Denzel Washington and
Russell Crowe in the 2007 movie
"American Gangster."

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