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Lawyers: Nigeria, Pfizer

reach settlement outline
KANO, Nigeria Lawyers involved in Nigeria's multibillion-dollar
lawsuits against Pfizer over a 1996 drug study have announced they have
agreed on the outlines of a settlement.
The cases, brought by the state and by Nigeria's federal government,
allege that Pfizer conducted deadly meningitis-drug experiments in
Nigeria's northern Kano state. The governments contend the experiments
were illegal because, they say, the company did not follow Nigeria's laws
on advised consent. The state's $5 billion suit alleges the study resulted
in brain damage, paralysis or slurred speech in many children.
In the study, Pfizer treated 100 meningitis-infected children with an
experimental antibiotic called Trovan. An additional 100 children, who
were control patients in the study, received an approved antibiotic, the
chemical compound ceftriaxone but the dose was lower than recom-
mended, the family attorneys allege.
While Pfizer denies all charges and says its scientists acted lawfully and
in keeping with professional standards while testing the drug, a lawyer
representing both Nigeria's federal government and northern Kano State
in the negotiations, has said that he had indications the company had set-
tled on a figure near US$75 million, and that his clients would look
favorably on a such an offer if it was made official by the company.
Pfizer says no dollar figure had been agreed.

Obama Fried Chicken causing a stir
NEW YORK Two city fast-food
joints are calling themselves Obama
Fried Chicken and the new names
are ruffling some feathers.
Eateries in Brooklyn and Manhattan
Splattered the new President's last
name on their awnings recently.
Several weeks ago, S&T Fried
Chicken on St. Nicholas Ave. in
Harlem formally renamed itself after
the country's first black President.
And last week, Royal Fried Chicken on Rutland Road in Brownsville,
Brooklyn, did the same.
Staff at both eateries say the names are meant to pay homage to the new
President, not offend customers or capitalize on his popularity.
"Basically, the owner loves Obama," said Mohammad Jabbar, 33, man-
ager of the Brownsville store. "He loves him seriously. He supports him."
Customer Alphonso Brown, 52, joked that naming a business after a
politician could be problematic.
"Right now, Obama's popular, but if his ratings go down, maybe they'll
change the name again," he said.

Black unemployment remaining

steady in march considered positive
The U.S. unemployment rate jumped to 8.5 percent in March as the
economy lost 663,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department reported.
But the black unemployment rate remained relatively steady, dropping
slightly from 13.4 percent to 13.3 percent.
More than 5 million jobs have now been lost since the recession began
in December 2007, and almost two-thirds (3.3 million) of the job losses
took place in the last 5 months. The total number of unemployed persons
increased to 13.2 million, the government said last week.
The stable numbers among African American may mark a temporary
reprieve or could indicate that unemployment is already so high in the
black community that the job crisis has already caused much of the harm
before it reached the overall population.
The Labor Department estimates that the first quarter unemployment
rate for African Americans was 13.1 percent, higher than for any other
racial or ethnic group.
Last month, the government reported the black unemployment rate for
February reached the highest rate since June 1993. The Bureau of Labor
Statistics indicate that the rate reached its lowest level on record in April
2000 when it dropped to 7.0 percent, a figure still significantly higher
than the 3.8 percent overall unemployment rate at the time.

Supreme Court rejects new

trial bid by Mumia Abu-Jamal
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Mumia Abu-Jamal, a
former radio reporter and Black Panther whose
conviction for the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia
police officer sparked international controversy.
The justices, without comment, left intact a federal
appeals court ruling that upheld Abu-Jamal's con-
viction, turning away his contentions that prosecu-
tors sought to exclude blacks from the jury. He was
convicted in 1982 by a jury of 10 whites and two

The high court action doesn't affect a separate pending appeal by
Philadelphia prosecutors to reinstate Abu- Jamal's death sentence.
Abu-Jamal was convicted of shooting to death 25-year-old police offi-
cer Daniel Faulkner. The shooting occurred after the officer had pulled
Abu-Jamal's brother over in a downtown traffic stop.
Abu-Jamal, 54, became one of America's most well-known death-row
inmates, with supporters holding protests around the world and saying he
is a victim of racial injustice. The case is Abu-Jamal v. Beard, 08-8483.


Volume 23 No. 28 Jacksonville, Florida April 9 15, 2009

High Court Blunts Black Voting Power

by C. Muhammad
A recent U.S. Supreme Court rul-
ing which limits the Voting Rights
Act and prohibits redrawing district
lines to preserve Black and Latino
representation will have far-reach-

ing, negative implications for both
communities, political analysts
Previously the Voting Rights Act
of 1965 was used to maximize
Black voter strength by having

states pull together Blacks to
increase their numbers in a single
district and the likelihood of elect-
ing a Black candidate, the justices'
5-4 decision removes that mandate.
Political scientists, like Dr.

Legendary Coach Earl Kitchings Passes
athletics for decades. Most notably, of 86 wins, 27 losses and 11 ties.
as Coach of the 1958 Gilbert Among his honors is the Raines
Football Team that went undefeated H.S. Hall of Fame, 2003 Jaspers
to win the state's first Black School Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002
S: Championship. Bob Hayes Hall of Fame, Gateway
Earl Kitchings was born June Coach of the Year and many more.
12, 1926 in Jacksonville, FL. He A viewing will be held on Friday,
-, attended Stanton High School April 10th at Raines High School
(1944), Florida A&M University from 3 6 p.m. and final services
J- .: (1948) and received his Masters in will be held on Saturday, April 11th
S' Education from Columbia at Phillipian Community Church.

Earl Kitchings, Sr.
Legendary Jacksonville football
coach Earl "Pop Kitch" Kitchings
past away this week in his sleep. He
was 82 years old.
In a career that began in 1951 as
an assistant Coach at M.W. Gilbert,
he went on to influence First Coast

William Boone of Clark Atlanta
University in Georgia, say the polit-
ical landscape, from county com-
missions, to city councils, even to
the U.S. Congress, may be in for
long periods with no added Black
After the Voting Rights Act was
passed, the idea was that race was a
real factor for voting representa-
tion, but the courts began to rule
that race did not have to be a pre-
dominant factor. With this March 9
ruling, the court has moved away
from race altogether, analysts said.
"This could mean a couple of
things, for not only Blacks, but
Latinos too because they're grow-
ing in numbers.
Continued on page 3

University in 1956.
He married Elaine Fears in
1951 and together had one son,
William E. Kitchings, Sr.
Coach Kitchings was known as
not only a winning coach but a
father figure as well to the thou-
sands of men who came under his
tutelage. People say they he will be
best remembered not for the high
caliber athlete that he helped pro-
duced, but for the men he helped to
mold. His career includes a record

Sabrina Lockhart, Samuel Stansell and Robin Williams (shown above
L-R), celebrated their first annual Aries birthday celebration last week at
Moonwalks Party Center. For two months the honorees planned the cele-
bration and was feted with over 50 guests who feasted on a homemade
smorgasbord of catered delicacies as they celebrated and danced through-
out the evening. The honorees were showered with gifts and the birthday
cake was a home made velvet cake. To protect the innocent, the birthday
ladies and gentlemen would not disclose their age! LJones photo.

The world's oldest known living
person celebrated her 115th birth-
day this week.
Gertrude Baines, a former Ohio
State University employee, was
honored at Western Convalescent
Hospital with music, a letter from
the president, and two cakes.
She said little during the party as
friends sang to her and she received
a proclamation from Guinness
World Records acknowledging her
as the world's oldest person.
Born in 1894 in Shellman, Ga.,
Baines became the world's oldest
living person when a 115-year-old
woman, Maria de Jesus, died in
Portugal in January.
Baines' physician said she only
has two complaints.
"Number one, she doesn't like the
bacon. It's not crisp enough," said
Dr.Charles Witt Jr., "And the other
thing is she fusses about her ...

Congressman Kendrick Meek
continued his quest to become the
first Floridian candidate to qualify
for the U.S. Senate by petition this
week at the River Club. He is
shown above with his first
Jacksonville signer, Joy Graydon
The petition drive launched this
week will have Meek crisscrossing
the state from Pensacola to Key
West from April 4-13 with stops in
Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville,
Tallahassee, Panama City,

Guinness World Records' gerontology consultant Robert Young, left,
presents Gertrude Baines with a certificate naming her the world's
oldest living person, as she celebrates her 115th birthday at the
Western Convalescent Hospitalin Los Angeles. At right, Free Press
columnist Earl Ofari Hutchinson, joins the celebration.
arthritis of her knees. She told me Lord, that she never did drink, she
that she owes her longevity to the never did smoke and she never did

Pensacola, Key West, Miami-Dade,
Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Subsequent petition-drive launches
in other parts of Florida will take
place in upcoming weeks.
To successfully qualify for the
ballot by petition, the campaign
will need to collect and submit to
county election supervisors
112,476 valid signatures by late
March 2010. Never before has a
U.S. Senate candidate successfully
qualified for the ballot by petition.

fool around."
Baines father, born two years
before the Civil War in 1863, was
likely a slave, Young said. Baines
has outlived her entire family. Her
only daughter died of typhoid fever
when she was a toddler.
Featured on local television
newscasts in November when she
cast her ballot for Barack Obama
for president, Baines said she
backed him "because he's for the
colored." She said she never
thought she would live to see a
black man become president.
Baines worked as a maid in Ohio
State dormitories until her retire-
ment, and has lived at the Los
Angeles convalescent hospital for
more than 10 years.
Since 1986, Young said, the
world's oldest person title has been
held by a woman for all but 44

Celebrating Aries Style

Meek Aiming for History with Petitions

World's Oldest Woman Turns 115

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agent for suspended NFL star
Michael Vick told a bankruptcy
court on Thursday that he hopes the
ex-Atlanta Falcons quarterback
could return to the league by
Joel Segal testified as part of a
hearing to assess Vick's plan to
emerge from bankruptcy, which
was designed with the goal of Vick
returning to a football career. Vick,
who left a federal prison in Kansas
last week to travel to Virginia, was
in court for the first time in the case.
To return to a team, Vick still
must apply to NFL Commissioner
Roger Goodell to be reinstated. He
hasn't yet done so, Segal said, and
plans first to finish his 23-month
sentence for bankrolling a dogfight-
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family and community, and when
he is ready, start working with
strength and quarterback coaches.
Segal said he'd try to negotiate a
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Much of the testimony Thursday
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home confinement in late May.
"You will hear from Mr. Vick his
future intentions, how he's going to
change the way he lives his life,"
his lawyer, Michael Blumenthal,
told the judge.

One of those changes will be a
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Vick has a 40-hour-a-week, $10-an-
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Lawson, 57, said in a telephone
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for more than 10 years and that they
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High court blocks votes

Continued from page 1
Let's say Black folk are concen-
trated in a district that has about 60-
80 percent Black. You don't neces-
sarily need to go forward to draw
lines and give them two representa-
tives. You could just maintain one,
if that, and go to the other districts
and maintain them White, because
given the residential pattern in this
country, they are still pretty much
racially and ethnically segregated,"
Dr. William Boone told The Final
The court's decision stems from a
lawsuit (Bartlett v. Strickland) filed
in North Carolina, which rejected
redrawing a district and dividing
four counties to give Blacks the
opportunity to elect their candidate

of choice.
For Dr. Marc Lamont Hill,
Professor of Urban Education and
American Studies at Temple
University, the decision is another
sobering reminder that America is
not a post-racial society.
Dr. Hill said, "This particular ruling
also speaks to how significant and
how influential the Bush adminis-
tration has been in engineering our
social policy for the next 20-30
years.Most importantly with regard
to the national topic, the ruling real-
ly prevents the African American
community from getting the type of
political representation that is nec-
essary for them to have a consistent
and powerful voice in Congress."




Honorable Glorious Johnson, Chairman
City council At Large Group 5

Honorable Johnny Gaffney
City Council District 7

Honorable Brenda Priestly-Jackson
School Board District 4

Honorable Nancy Broner
School Board District 2

Honorable Ray Holt
City Council District 11

The Value Adjustment Board meets each year to review complaints regarding property tax assessment and

The purpose of the board is to enhance fairness in property taxes by correcting errors when they are found to

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Number of Number of Total Number of
Type of Property Exemption Total Number of Assessments Requests for Reduction in Taxable Loss in Dollars *
Requests Exemption Reduced by Assessment Value Due to Board
Granted by Board Requests Board Reductions Action
Residential 3 3,250 36 798 $ 2,344,250.80 $ 39,165.41

Commercial 39 889 $ 61,034,399.00 $ 1,018,927.87

Industrial & Misc 45

Agricultural 3 44 $ 25,381,201.00 $ 423,597.00


Historic Comm or

Machinery &
Equipment 37 407 $ 14,410,773.00 $ 240,333.22

Vacant Lots &
Acreage 12 138 $ 2,357,118.00 $ 39,338.00
Totals 3 3,250 127 2,321 $ 105,527,741.80 $ 1,761,361.50


Questions concerning the actions taken by this Board may be addressed to the chairperson, clerk or aide at the following telephone numbers:
CHAIRPERSON: Glorious Johnson 630-1387
CLERK: Cheryl L. Brown 630-1452
ASST. CLERK: Carol L. Owens 630-1404

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Greatness in sports is often
defined by a person or teams num-
ber of wins or looses, but some-
times greatness transcends records
and becomes more about a persons
impact on a nation or on the world.
Muhammad Ali once bragged
that he was the greatest ever. It was
apart of his showmanship and per-
sona, but as we look back most
would agree that he was correct.
Ali was much bigger than the
ring or stage in which he per-
Muhammad Ali, originally know
as Clausis Clay, said what he want-
ed to say and represented the
American dream at least for black
folk. As Cassius Clay, he won a
light heavyweight gold medal at
the 1960 Olympics and began his
ascent to the heavyweight crown.
It was 1 a.m. in the morning last
week and I was flipping through
the millions of cable channels that
most of us have and of course I
couldn't find anything to watch. I
guess that I could have gone to
sleep, but I a.m. is pretty early for
us night owls.
I finally found what I was look-
ing for. I had seen this documentary
at least two or three times already,
but it is like my grandmother's
sweet potato pie I can never get
enough of it.
It was the movie/documentary
"When we Where Kings." This
documentary chronicled some of
the best years of Muhammad Ali's
career in the ring and out. As I sat
there listening to Ali's words,

by Earl Ofari
First an outfit
called Save the
Children butted in and denounced
Madonna for adopting Malawi'
orphan David Banda in 2006. Now
another bunch has jumped into the
adoption fray and branded her
a"bully" for her plans to adopt
another Malawian orphan. The
Human Rights Consultative
Committee pretty much rehashed
the same tired coniplaint as Save
the Children three years back of
Madonna is using her wealth and
star power to end around Malawi's
adoption procedures.
Madonna ignored Save the
Children UK in 2006 with their
silly bellyache and she'll likely do
the same with the Consultative
Committee. The figures tell the
grim tale of why she should.
According to UN estimates half of
the 1 million Malwaian children
with one or no parents are orphaned
by AIDS. More than 13 percent of
Malawi's 13 million are poor, dirt
poor, and not surprisingly the
majority of them are women.
Malawi is hardly an aberration.
More than 12 million children have
lost one parent or are orphans in
African nations. And given the still
rampant disease, warfare and
poverty that plague many of these
countries, the number of orphans or
near-orphans will soar to nearly 20
million next year. Apart from a
string of cramped, desperately
under-funded and in many cases
unsafe orphanages in sub-Saharan
Africa, many of these children are
doomed to live out their childhood
years in a caretaker existence.

Muhammad Ali will be

Remembered as "The Greatest"'

which were right on point in many
cases, it hit me like it hit me when
I saw Will Smith, play him in the
movie "Ali."
This man wasn't just about mak-
ing money for himself or fighting
to appease a bloated ego; he was
truly sincere about helping African
Americans. He used the boxing
ring and his successes associated
with boxing as his podium and of
course he needed no microphone to
speak his mind.
Ali would go from talking about
uplifting the Negro race to busting
a rhyme about how ugly Joe
Frazier was. He tell youth to brush
their teeth and stay away from too
much candy because he has a few
cavities then turn around and
explain how drugs were devastat-
ing the black community.
One of my favorite Ali lines was
when he told a reporter, "If Ali says
a mosquito can pull a plow, don't
ask how. Hitch him up!"
"I'm so fast I could hit you before
God gets the news," was another
one of my favorite Ali jabs he
would use to amuse fans and the
I have said it before, but Black
History Month must continue to be
a time of reflection and acknowl-
edgement of the past. Ali meant
more to blacks in America than

youth today will ever realize.
Ali was an ambassador, hero and
role model for many. He would
often say to youth, that he grew up
poor and if he could make they cer-
tainly could.
In 1964, a young Olympic gold
medalist name Cassius Clay chal-
lenged the seemingly unbeatable
heavyweight champion Sonny
Liston for his title. Ali or Clay was
a huge underdog and after surpris-
ing most boxing fans he used some
of his most infamous words, "I
shocked the world."
The Liston fight was significant
for another reason as well. After the
fight Clay announced that he con-
verted to Islam and changed his
name to Muhammad Ali.
In 1967, the after successfully
defending his heavyweight cham-
pionship several times, Ali refused
to be drafted and the US Army
because of his religious beliefs. He
was arrested, had his boxing
license suspended and then was
stripped of the heavyweight title.
Ali told government officials, ""I
don't have to be what you want me
to be; I'm free to be what I want."
Of course, he and his lawyer
would win an appeal some three
years later and Ali would return to
the ring to fight the seemingly
invincible George Foreman. The

fight was labeled the "The Rumble
in the Jungle" because it was held
in Zaire. Ali used his now famous
"Rope a Dope" strategy and
knocked Foreman out in the 8th
The Rumble in the Jungle per-
haps cemented Ali's legacy as the
best ever.
Today when you see Ali he may
look feeble and his arms may be
trembling visibly from the effects
of Parkinson's disease, but his mind
is still there. He became the not
only the boxing champion of the
world, but one of the most promi-
nent sports figures ever.
It's only fitting to end this com-
mentary with a message from Ali.
He epitomized what it meant to
have a goal and the desire it takes
to achieve his goals. If only more
youth really understood what Ali
,meant to black culture.
"Champions aren't made in
gyms," said Ali. "Champions are
made from something they have
deep inside them a desire, a
dream, a vision." He continued,
"They have to have last-minute
stamina, they have to be a little
faster, they have to have the skill
and the will. Bt the will must be
stronger than the skill."
Signing off from History 101,
Reggie Fullwood

That's only the start of Africa's
orphan misery. Africa's orphans are
still mostly unwanted in the world,
and that includes the U.S. In 2005,
more than 20,000 immigrant visas
were issued to orphan children
whom Americans adopted from
other nations. Ethiopia, with a pal-
try 441 orphans taken in by
Americans, was the only African
country that cracked the top-10 list.
Liberia and Nigeria were the only
other African nations among the
top-20 nations, with 182 and
82orphans taken in by Americans.
Madonna has raised millions
through her Raise Malawi
Organization to fight poverty and
disease in the country. She's made
plans to build a school for young
women there, and done more than
any other celebrity too raise atten-
tion to the plight of Malawian
orphans and women. She could
easily have been like the legion of
air head stars whose idea of helping
the poor is an annual photo-op mug
shoot at a high profile, star studded,
red carpet gala. Instead she put her
money and name behind tackling
one of the world's toughest prob-
lems and that's providing a better
life for Africa's dispossessed chil-
dren. For that she's piteously
ragged on, sniped at, and backbit-
ten, by every media chasing hound,
and a handful of sanctimonious
orphan relief groups. Why?
One reason for that is loudly and
publicly stated. The other is unstat-
ed, and more contemptible.
Human rights and child protec-
tion groups claim that Madonna
tossed her money and celebrity
weight around to bend Malawi's
adoption laws and fast-track the

adoption, and that the adoption is
another celebrity publicity stunt.
Both are falsehoods. She observed
the rules in 2006 with the adoption
of Banda, and Malawi's courts have
granted her an interim adoption
order. She also kicked in a lot of
dollars to boost orphanage services
in the country. As one of the
world's best-known superstars,
with legions of paparazzi jumping
at the chance to record her every
cough, Madonna hardly needs to
snatch an African child to grab
some camera action.
The unstated, and more con-
temptible, reason that certain
groups and individuals are upset
about the adoption is the archaic
notion that a white person, espe-
cially a wealthy white celebrity, is
culturally clueless when it comes to
raising a black child. Or worse, that
they'll whitewash the child's black
identity and tout white values
(whatever they are).
What makes this notion even
more dumb is that the crisis is not
just one in which African babies are
shunned in America -- African-
American orphans are too. There
are more than a half-million chil-
dren in foster care homes in
America. Nearly 40% of them are
African-Americans. They stay in
foster care homes on average a year
longer than white children.
There is absolutely no hard evi-
dence that the race of the adopting
parent has much to do with whether
an adopted child matures into a
healthy, emotionally secure adult.
The key is that the home must be
loving, nurturing and financially
stable. There is also little evidence
that black children raised by white

parents suffer permanent racial or
cultural identity amnesia. Race and
racism are still alive enough and in
enough places in American society
to insure that black children can't
and won't forget that they're black.
We need look no further than the
man who sits behind the desk in the
Oval office for proof of that.
Madonna did a huge service by
using her star power not to exploit
but to cast light on Malawi and
Africa's orphan misery. You go

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The reality is America's first black president gov-
ems in the same ways as the white ones. Since
SJanuary 20, the Obama administration has continued
the worst of his predecessor's policies. Barack Obama
is following President Bush's dour treatment of Haitians.
In line with policies put in place by Bush, the United States is set to deport
more than 30,000 Haitians to their impoverished homeland. Hundreds of
Haitians have been put in camps awaiting the return home, while others have
been put under house arrest and monitored with electronic ankle bracelets.
The deportations are to a nation reeling from poverty, repression, despair
and devastation. It's a familiar story for Haitians last in, first out for the
hemisphere's poorest, least wanted and most abused people; and black faces
in high places in the US government have done little to help them. To date,
Barack Obama has yet to deviate from America's racist practices past toward
Haiti. America's callous disregard for Haitians is legendary. Black
Secretary of State Colin Powell engineered a coup d'etat in 2004 that sent
Haiti's democratically-elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide into exile.
Known as the poorest nation in the nation in the western hemisphere,
Haiti's troubles increased significantly with the passage of four deadly back-
to-back storms in the fall of 2008. Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike killed more
than 800 persons and devastated the small, impoverished island nation by
washing away roads, bridges and crops. It was a $1.3 billion disaster. Over
80 percent of the country's population was displaced by flood damage. A
World Bank assessment determined that losses from the storms could total
15 percent of Haiti's gross national product. Insisting Haiti is still struggling
to recover from the hurricanes and cannot handle the return of citizens;
President Ren6 Pr6val urged the Bush and Obama administrations to grant
Haitians nationals in the US temporary protection status as victims of natu-
ral disasters. Numerous Haitian organizations have joined that call.
Will he, or won't he? Haitian advocates wonder if the Obama era will
bring fairer immigration practices. "One is hard-put to see why Homeland
Security would want to continue a Bush administration policy of singling
out only the Haitians for this immediate deportation" said TransAfrica
founder Randall Robinson. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the
NAACP argue TPS should be granted Haitians and Congressman Alcee
Hastings has sponsored such a bill. Rapper Wyclef Jean says: "It's impor-
tant that Haitians get the justice that our Cuban brothers and sister get". In
his slight to Obama, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez asks, "Is there a
new government in the United States or is it Bush still in power?" Chavez
accuses America of imperialism and says Obama continues the practice.
Haiti, once called The Jewel of the Antilles, was the richest colony in the
entire world. In the 1750s Haiti provided as much as 50 percent of the Gross
National Product of France. How could Haiti have once been the source of
such wealth and today be the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere?
How could land once so productive today be the hell-hole of the Caribbean?
Since it declared independence in 1804, the US has played direct roles in its
The international community has turned its focus on the impoverished
Caribbean island. A high-ranking delegation led by UN Secretary General
Ban Ki-Moon, accompanied by former US President Bill Clinton, recently
visited Haiti. Immediately after the visit, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
used his first audience at the Obama White House to address the plight of
Haitians and promote "a golden opportunity to bring in investors and create
hundreds of thousands of jobs in Haiti". The World Bank announced a $5
million donation to repair schools.
Obama could be a change agent to what has been the same old American
story: White Anglo-Saxons and most Europeans are welcome. But, for poor
blacks, Latinos (except for Cubans) and most Asians, far different standards
apply; none harsher than for Haitians despite dangers, poverty, devastation
at home, and risks they take at sea. The Haitians awaiting deportation
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Trial reveals ugly truths of a brutal

hate crime in reverse on California couple

Michael and Velma Hilliard soak in the sounds and sights of the
Springing the Blues Festival such as the "Blues Brothers", Todd lerna
(R) and Robert English (1).

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Christopher Clark Springs into the air on the "Spid
amusement ride, at the Springing The Blues Ocean Fron
Christopher attended the festival with his Grandparents, Ri
Rochelle Wilson with whom he has lived for the last t
Christopher's Mother, First Sargent, Dedra Clark, ret
months ago, from her 3rd tour of duty in Iraq.

-. .

Not to be outdone, Greg Miller wears his hat and shades,
ing with the "Blues Brothers" at the Mojo Kitchen'
Springing The Blues Festival After Party. Greg Miller Photo


Turns out that the torture-murder
of a White Marine sergeant and his
African-American wife was the
handiwork of four other Marines
who were angry over the mixed-
race relationship.
Ever since investigators found
Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his wife,
Quiana, in their California home
bound in red duct tape with gunshot
wounds to their heads in October,
police have insisted that the couple
were slain for their money. But last
week, a key prosecution witness
revealed a stunning bit of informa-
tion that racist remarks were
spray-painted on the walls of their
"N ---- Lover" was written on the
wall near the master bedroom and
on a bathroom mirror, Riverside
County Homicide Investigator
Benjamin Ramirez testified at a
preliminary hearing, according to
the News. But even more shocking,
prosecutors say, is the fact that
those responsible for the brutal
homicide of the 24-year-old Marine
and his 26-year-old wife are four
Black fellow Marines.
Prosecutors allege that the
Marines Pvt. Emrys John, 18;
Lance Cpl. Tyrone Miller, 20; Pvt.
Kesuan (Psycho) Sykes, 21 and Pvt.
Kevin Cox, 20 burst into the

DALLAS The police officer
who pulled out his gun and threat-
ened an NFL player with jail
instead of allowing him inside a
hospital where his mother-in-law
Jump" was dying resigned Wednesday.
er Jump" Officer Robert Powell had been
t Festival. placed on paid leave pending an
chard and investigation of the March 18 inci-
wo years. dent.
turned, 10 dent.
urned, 10 "I made this decision in the hope
that my resignation will allow the
Dallas Police Department, my fel-
low officers and the citizens of
Dallas to better reflect on this expe-
rience, learn from the mistakes
made, and move forward," Powell
said in a statement issued through
his attorneys.
He had stopped Houston Texans
S running back Ryan Moats' SUV
outside Baylor Regional Medical
Center in suburban Plano after the
vehicle rolled through a red light.
The officer pulled out his gun and
threatened Moats with jail as the
player and his family pleaded to be
allowed to go inside the hospital.
Powell continued writing Moats a
while pos- ticket and lecturing him even after a
s Official fellow officer confirmed that
)s Moats' mother-in-law was dying.

Jacksonville, Florida
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 2008/2009 Program of Projects in which federal funds are being requested
from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on a 50/50 matching basis
between federal, state, and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment on any and all projects list-
ed below.

Expansion/Replacement Vehicles
Total Program of Projects:


Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on May 11, 2009.
If a request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled and the public notified. Mail
requests to:

Notice of Public Hearing, Section 5307 Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

These projects have been coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Unified
Planning Work Program (UPWP) of the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida
TPO) for the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business displacements are expected to occur as a result of
project implementation. These projects will have no substantial 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 in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through May 11,
2009 during normal business hours. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to attend the meet-
ing should contact the JTA Connexion office at 904-265-6001, CTC TDD 636-7402. This notice will consti-
tute the final publication unless the Program of Projects is amended.
Kenneth R. Holton
(904) 630-3187
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority

A wedding photo of slain Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his wife,
Quiana, who were tortured and murdered in their California home on
Oct. 15, 2008. Racial epithets were spray painted on the walls.

Pietrzak's home in Temecula,
Calif., with shotguns, and tied up
and tortured the couple. They also
repeatedly raped Quiana, before
John shot them both in the head,
prosecutors say.
The hearing at which Ramirez
testified was held to determine
whether the Marines should stand
trial for the murders. They have all
pleaded not guilty; but if they
should be convicted, they face the

death penalty.
The investigator's testimony was
jolting. His description of the grisly
crime scene was the stuff of horror
films. Ramirez said that when he
arrived at the Pietrzaks' home,
Quiana was found leaning against a
couch with red duct tape covering
her eyes and gunshot wounds to her
head and right side. Her husband
"was found leaning against his
wife, his face, wrists and ankles

"I can screw you over," Powell,
25, can be heard saying on the
video. "I'd rather not do that. Your
attitude will dictate everything that
Jonetta Collinsworth, 45, died of
breast cancer before Powell
allowed Moats to go inside the hos-
Powell issued an apology, which
Moats' agent, Jordan Woy, said
Moats and his wife have accepted.
Dallas-Fort Worth television sta-
tion KTVT reported that a planned
meeting between Powell and the
Moatses would not happen.
Powell's attorney Bob Gorsky, told
the television station that they were

told the in-person apology would
have to be made publicly and with
the media present. He said they felt
those terms were unacceptable.
Powell had said he wanted the
meeting with the couple to "person-
ally express my deep regret, sympa-
thy, and to apologize for my poor
judgment and unprofessional con-
duct." He also said he wanted to
apologize to his fellow officers.
Dallas police said in a statement
that Powell "resigned under his own
accord." Because he resigned while
under investigation, he won't be eli-
gible for rehire with the department,
police said. An internal investiga-
tion into Powell's actions will con-


bound with red duct tape. He had
been shot in the right cheek, and
there was blood 'almost covering
his entire face,'" the News reports,
citing Ramirez. He also noted that
there were two sofa cushions that
apparently had been used to muffle
the gunshot blasts and "evidence
the killers tried to cover their tracks
by setting a small fire. They left
behind footprints that tied them to
the crime," he said.
"We're going to visit our children
at the grave," Henryka Pietrzak-
Varga of Bensonhurst said later.
"That's all we have left after this."
A preliminary hearing will con-
tinue on May 8," he said.

Marines tied to the crime include
(clockwise) Tyrone Miller, Kevin
Cox, Kesuan Sykes an Emrys John.

tinue, police said.
According to video from a dash-
board camera inside the officer's
vehicle, Moats' wife, Tamishia
Moats, and another woman disre-
garded Powell's order to get back
inside their vehicle, and they rushed
into the hospital. After Powell
yelled at Tamishia Moats to stay in
the SUV, she said, "Excuse me, my
mom is dying do you under-
Moats, 26, explained that he had
waited until there was no traffic
before continuing through the red
light. When' Powell asked for proof
of insurance, Moats grew more agi-
tated and told the officer to go find

Jacksonville, Florida
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 Urbanized Area Program of Projects under the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act of 2009 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.

Skyway Associated Capital Maintenance
Skyway Rehab/Renovate Stations
Bus Associated Capital Maintenance
BRT Design Downtown Project
Bus Fare Collection
Skyway Fare Collection
Purchase Community Buses
Facility Improvements
Purchase Security Equipment
Purchase Support Vehicle
Enhancement Projects

Total Projects:


$ 11,046,163

Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on May 11, 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 5307 Urbanized Area Formula 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 (North Florida TPO) of the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No
business displacements are expected to occur as a result of project implementation. These projects will have
no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to the elder-
ly or disabled.

Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through May 11,
2009 during normal business hours. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to attend the meet-
ing should contact the JTA Connexion office at 904-265-6001, CTC TDD 636-7402. This notice will consti-
tute the final notice if no changes occur.

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

April 9 15, 2009

Officer who stopped Moats outside hospital quits



RE: FY 2009 Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Grant



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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.

Church of the Master 1 Night Revival
The A.M.E. Church of the Master Lay Organization will be hosting a one
night revival on Friday, April 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The speaker will be
Rev. James Graham. Join in celebrating a spiritual renewal and rejoice in
His name. We look forward to fellowshipping with you in praise and wor-
ship. AME Church of the Master Pastor is Rev. Mose Thomas

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.

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.

Open Arms Christian Fellowship
Celebrates 10th Anniversary with
Charity Walk to Benefit Local Schools
The Open Arms Christian Fellowship will host a 5K Charity Walk on
Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 9 a.m. The walk will begin at the church locat-
ed at 2763 Dunn Ave. The registration fee is $5. The event is open to the
community. All registration fees and proceeds will be donated to Garden
City Elementary School and Highlands Middle School. Founded on April
13, 1999 by Pastor Leofric W. Thomas, Sr. The church will celebrate 10
years of ministry the entire month. To culminate the anniversary, the church
will celebrate by giving back to the two neighboring schools. The proceeds
will assist the schools during this financial crisis that schools are experi-
encing here in the city. For more information, contact Charis Scurry at 476-
Easter Sunrise at Emanuel
Emanuel Missionary Bpatist Church will host Easter Sunrise Services on
Sunday, April 12th at 6 a.m. followed by a Fellowship Breakfast. The spe-
cial service is free and open to the public. The churches located at 2407 Rev.
S.L. Badger Jr. Circle East (on Division St. just off Kings Road). For more
information, call 356-9371.

Special Easter Services at Bethel
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church will have their special Sunrise
Services on Sunday, April 12th at 6 a.m. followed by a Children's Program
at 8:30 a.m. Worship services will be held in both the Main and Historic
Sanctuary at 10 a.m. For more information call 354-1464.

Mt. Sinai Missionary Holiness Church
Looking for 300 Women in White
Mount Sinai Missionary Holiness Church under the direction of Dr. R.M.
Addo will be hosting a special Resurrection Event on Sunday, April 12th.
Asking all women to be attired in white and all men in red ties, this service
will affirm Jesus' decision to use women and call for equality and unity in
the body of Christ. It will take place at FCCJ North Campus, 4501 Capper
Road, from 8 a.m. 11 a.m. Host Pastors are Dr. Rhonda Addo and Rev.
Eugene Wiggins. For more information, call 524-8091.

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 printed on a space available basis
until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to

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 Steams, 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.

African Children's Choir in Concert
The beautiful voices and charming smiles of the African Children's Choir
will bring the beauty, dignity and hope of Africa to Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church on Wednesday May 13th at 7 p.m. The concert will feature
a mixture of African songs and dances, well-loved children's songs, tradi-
tional spirituals and contemporary tunes. Admission is free.
For more information, call Verdell Wells at 764-9257.

In Troubled Economy, Pastor Turns
to Creative Electronic Giving
AUGUSTA, GA At Stevens Creek Church, there was one problem with
the church's collection plates. They didn't accept plastic. So with fewer peo-
ple carrying cash or checks, Dr. Marty Baker, Lead Pastor at Stevens Creek
Church, realized it was going to take a little creativity to make sure the
church could respond to the needs of the congregation and the community.
"I made calls and searched the internet," said Dr. Baker, "but there was
nothing out there to process electronic donations while a parishioner was at
church." That is, until now.
Dr. Baker decided to create a new way to give, and now his giving kiosks
have been talked about all over the world. Today Stevens Creek Church
takes in almost half a million dollars a year electronically. And with their
commitment to staying current, Stevens Creek has seen double-digit
increases in giving, while most charitable organizations are cutting comers.
Dr. Baker says it's the church's traditional theology of setting aside the
tithe, coupled with the new technology allowing bank card donations. In
fact, the pastor and his wife, Patty, started a company called SecureGive
( so that other churches and organizations could
experience the same convenience, anfd keep the cash flowing during a dif-
ficult economy.
For more information about Dr. Marty Baker and the Stevens Creek
Church, log onto

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

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

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

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

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

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

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

Bishop 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

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

Pastr Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

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

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

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

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* *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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ICT Firefighters' civil rights case

_ could reshape hiring policies

Bishop Charles Blake, Presiding
Bishop, Church of God in Christ

Bishop Vashti M. McKenzie, Dr. William J. Shaw, President,
Bishop, 13th Episcopal District National Baptist Convention, USA

Religious notables among

Faith Based Partnership

President Barack Obama today
announced additional members of
the President's Advisory Council on
Faith-Based and Neighborhood
Partnerships. The Advisory
Council is part of the White House
Office of Faith Based and
Neighborhood Partnerships and is
composed of religious and secular
leaders and scholars from different
Each member of the Council is
appointed to a one-year term. The
members of the Council are:
Diane Baillargeon, President &
CEO, Seedco, New York, NY
Anju Bhargava, Founder, Asian
Indian Women of America, New
Noel Castellanos, CEO,
Christian Community Development
Association, Chicago, IL
The Rev. Peg Chemberlin,
President-Elect, National Council
of Churches USA, Minneapolis,
Dr. Arturo Chavez, President &
CEO, Mexican American Catholic

College, San Antonio TX
Fred Davie, Senior Adviser,
Public/Private Ventures, New York
*Nathan Diament, Director of
Public Policy, Orthodox Jewish
Union, Washington, DC
Pastor Joel C. Hunter, Senior
Pastor, Northland, a Church
Distributed, Longwood, FL
Harry Knox, Director, Religion
and Faith Program, Human Rights
Campaign, Washington, DC
Dalia Mogahed, Executive
Director, Gallup Center for Muslim
Studies,Washington, DC
Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., Pastor
emeritus, Olivet Institutional
Baptist Church, Cleveland, OH
Dr. Frank S. Page, President
emeritus, Southern Baptist
Convention, Taylors, SC
Eboo S. Patel, Founder &
Executive Director, Interfaith Youth
Core, Chicago, IL
Anthony Picarello, General
Counsel, U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC

White House

Nancy Ratzan, Board Chair,
National Council of Jewish Women
Miami, FL
Melissa Rogers, Director, Wake
Forest School of Divinity Center
for Religion and Public Affairs
Winston-Salem, NC
Rabbi David N. Saperstein,
Director & Counsel, Religious
Action Center of Reform Judaism
Washington, DC
Father Larry J. Snyder,
President, Catholic Charities USA
Alexandria, VA
Richard Stearns, President,
World Vision, Bellevue WA
Judith N. Vredenburgh,
President and Chief Executive
Officer, Big Brothers / Big Sisters
of America, Philadelphia PA
Rev. Jim Wallis, President &
Executive Director, Sojourners,
Washington, DC
Dr. Sharon Watkins, General
Minister and President, Disciples of
Christ (Christian Church)
Indianapolis, IN

NEW HAVEN, CT Frank Ricci
-- a firefighter in New Haven,
Conn. -- spent months listening to
study tapes as he drove to work
and in the evenings, preparing for
a promotional test. It was a once-a-
decade chance to move up to a
command rank in the fire depart-
Ricci earned a top score but no
The city had coded the test takers
by race, and of the top 15 scorers,
14 were white and one was Latino.
Since there were only 15 vacan-
cies, it looked as though no blacks
would be promoted.
After a racially charged debate
that stretched over four hearings,
the city's civil service board reject-
ed the test scores five years ago
and promoted no one.
"To have the city throw it out
because you're white or because
you're not African American is
insulting," Ricci said when he and
19 other firefighters sued the city
for racial discrimination.
Their case, scheduled to be
argued this month, is the first to
come before the Supreme Court
under Chief Justice John G.
Roberts Jr. that broadly raises the
issue of race in the workplace. The
outcome could reshape hiring and
promotion policies for millions of
the nation's public employees --
and possibly for private employers
as well.
Roberts, leading a five-justice
majority, has made clear that he
believes it is time to forbid the use
of race as a factor in the govern-

ment's decisions.
The Obama administration, tak-
ing its first stand on race and civil
rights, sided with the city officials
and said they were justified in
dropping the test if it had "gross
exclusionary effects on minori-
ties." While blacks make up about
31% of New Haven's 221 firefight-
ers, 15% are officers -- eight of the
department's 42 lieutenants and
one of its 18 captains.
At issue in the New Haven case is
whether an employer can weigh
the racial effect of a hiring or pro-
motional standard.
Lawyers for the firefighters say
the city violated the Constitution's
guarantee of equal protection of
the laws as well as the Civil Rights
Act of 1964 when it threw out the
test scores. They say the law for-
bids employers from "discriminat-
ing against one group of individu-
als to benefit another group on
account of race." The white fire-
fighters "ask nothing more than the
basic right to be judged by who
they are and what they have
accomplished, not by the color of
their skin," the lawyers say.
But the president of the NAACP
Legal Defense Fund said the claim
ignored the history of discrimina-
tion that excluded blacks from fire
and police departments. In many
cities, including New Haven, the
"fire department was the preserve
of white males," said John Payton,
who is also counsel for the defense
fund. "African Americans were
virtually excluded." That's why
cities across the country have

fought discrimination lawsuits
involving their fire departments,
he said.
Many of the cases have stretched
over decades. In the 1970s, civil
rights lawyers sued many cities
because minorities were excluded
for city jobs. In response, cities
often signed consent decrees
promising to hire and promote
more blacks. However, in the
decades since, cities have fought
long-running lawsuits from whites
who say they were victims of
reverse discrimination.
Last month, Chicago paid a $6-
million settlement to 75 white fire-
fighters who said they lost promo-
tions when test scores were
scrapped in 1986.
These cases highlight a conflict
in federal civil rights law.
The Constitution and Title VII of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964 say
employers may not discriminate
against people because of their
race. However, employers also
have been told they may not use
hiring or promotional standards --
including tests -- that have a "dis-
parate impact" on minorities.
The court adopted this rule in a
1971 case. Congress added it to
federal law in 1991. The new pro-
vision said employers may not use
a job standard that has a "disparate
impact on the basis of race" unless
it is "required by business necessi-
ty." For example, it is not certain
that the knowledge tested by the
firefighter's exam was required to
be a lieutenant in the fire depart-

Easter hats fall victim to economy

There are many church going
things that women are willing to
forgo in these budget-conscious
times, but for many, an Easter hat
isn't one of them.
"I wouldn't consider going to
church without a hat on," said
Katrina Kittles, an African-
American retiree of a certain age
who's already planning her outfit
for Easter services at her Baptist
church in town
She's decided on a saucer-sized
number with two long pheasant
feathers for Easter morning, but in
an effort to keep costs down, she's
pairing it with an outfit that's
already in her closet.
"My hat will freshen up an old
outfit," she said. "It was more cost-
effective for me to get a new hat
than a new suit, shoes, all of that."
Kittles isn't alone-either in her
desire for a striking fashion state-
ment to greet Easter morning, or her
desire to keep costs in check, hat
retailers say. "I bought a small hat
this year," Kitt;es said. "I didn't buy
a huge, outrageous hat."
Despite the economy, a proper
lady still needs a proper topper.
That's why at Andrea's Fine Hats
here, owner Andrea Bray is spear-
heading an effort to acquire donated
"gently worn" hats that can be
refurbished or repaired for cash-
strapped patrons.
The refurbished hats will be dis-
tributed to churches and nursing
homes for Easter and Mother's Day.
Kittles is volunteering to give the

hats another go with a steam press
or fresh decorations.
"With the economy being so
tough, some of the people that may
be hardest hit by this are those who
may be in nursing homes or maybe
in the hospital or somebody at the
church who can't afford to buy a
new hat," said Kittles. "If we can
get it to look good enough, it'll look
like a brand new hat."
While Bray has made a point of
stocking more affordable options
this year, she's still selling pieces of
holiday haberdashery that costs of
hundreds of dollars.
"We don't call anything in here
cheap," Bray said. "We call it 'pop-
ular price'-anywhere from $39.50
to maybe $100."
Some hat designers, in fact, are
doing pretty well. Luke Song of
Detroit's Mr. Song Millinery says
he's been "riding the wave" ever
since Aretha Franklin wore his gray
felt and rhinestone creation to
President Obama's inauguration in
January. Sales have skyrocketed
ever since, he said.
Though Franklin's jaw-dropper
hat was an original-it has its own
Facebook page and the singer is
currently in talks to loan it to the
Smithsonian-Song's staff is busily
filling orders for $179 spring ver-
sions created with banana yellow or
baby pink satin ribbons.
Song is trying to give his cus-
tomers options-from tiny $19
"fascinators" that look like minia-
ture hats to grand $900 pieces that

are worthy of a day at Churchill
"Every boutique tells me their
accessories are up," said Song, who
caters to about 500 boutiques. "The
clothing is struggling, but they're
doing well with their accessories,.....
which includes the hats.". : .-'..,
And besides, Song said, everyone
needs a little pick-me-up when
most economic news is all bad, all
the time. "Easter's always been
good for hats," he said. "Despite the
economy, I think it's a feel-good
Gail Lowe, senior historian at the
Anacostia Community Museum in
Washington, said Easter hat tradi-
tions run deep, especially in the
black church. There's biblical
precedent for a woman to cover her
hair, as well as the desire to greet
spring with a new, colorful look.
Lowe's museum currently features
a pink, yellow and green hat, deco-
rated with flowers and leaves, in the
Easter section of its exhibit,
"Jubilee: African American
"No matter how trying times are,
people try to ... hold onto certain
traditions," she said. "This would
definitely be a good example, and
it's a very viable example that
we're still keeping our heads up."
Photographer Michael
Cunningham, whose photos were
featured in the book, "Crowns:
Portraits of Black Women in
Church Hats," said the endurance of
Easter hats-even in tough times-

reflects the resilience of
the women who wear
Hats tend to drift in and
out of vogue, even for
many church ladies, and
.they've been onthe wane
of late. But Cheryl Hall
Lindsay, Saks Fifth Avenue
fashion director, says a sig-
nificant comeback could
bloom this spring.
"We're seeing more out-
fit dressing with matching
shoes and handbags," Hall
says. "More dresses and
more suits. And with that,
we'll see a strong return of
millinery collections in
In the last decade or so,
church hats seem to be
reserved for the heads of
women who are 30 years
or beyond. But recently,
younger women and teens
have been opting for caps,
cloches, and berets, which
may be a steppingstone to
more sophisticated cha-
"I don't think they would
ever say that things have
been smooth throughout
history," he said. "It's
always been a challenge.
Especially black
Americans, we've always
been challenged economi-
cally. I think they're going
to keep on rolling with it."

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$634 Billion Set Aside In Obama's Health Reform Plan .ALk, LDa

Healthcare could be getting the
biggest cut of the stimulus bill by
putting aside $634 billion that will
be helping the healthcare reform
over the next ten years.
The White House calls the move
a "down payment" on overhauling
the failing U.S. health care system.
The money, in the form of a
reserve fund, would go to a range of
initiatives, including health and
wellness improvements, improve-
ments in patient safety, and an
"aim" for universal health insurance
coverage, according to the White
House's budget outline,
The president proposed raising
the money from two main sources:
dialing back tax deductions for
families making more than

Three Types Of Headaches

To Watch Out For
Many people believe that if your head starts to hurt, then you have a
headache. But there are three types of headaches that you could endure.
Although a bad migraine might make you wish for the end of everything,
headaches are not usually life threatening. However, a severe headache can
signal something much more serious, requiring emergency attention such
as stroke, aneurysm, and meningitis. These are not terribly common, but
it's worth watching for a headache that feels markedly different from nor-
mal-even if normal is agonizing. Signs to watch for:
- A stiff neck and fever. This could be a sign of meningitis, an inflamma-
tion of the membranes surrounding the central nervous system, which can
quickly become critical.
Severe nausea or vomiting and any neuro-deficit (such as difficulty
speaking or walking), which could be signs of a hemorrhagic stroke.
- A headache that's far worse than anything you've ever had. It may mean
that there could have been an aneurysm in the brain that has begun to leak
a little blood, but could turn into a catastrophic full bleed. And that can be
life threatening."
If you go to the emergency room, expect the doctors to perform a CT
scan, which can reveal a bigger problem.Let the doctor decide if there's a
problem or not. I'd so much rather have people come in unnecessarily and
reassure them and send them home, than miss something that could have
helped saved their life."

How to know when your elderly

family member needs help
It's heartbreaking and over- Primary caregivers should
whelming to watch your elderly always respect a senior family
loved one decline into someone member's pride and dignity when
who needs constant care. But with discussing the need for assistance.
36 million seniors living in the Approach the topic with respect
U.S. and the population projected and understanding and express
to double, caring for an elderly concern for the family members'

loved one is a
reality most
people will
face. It's more
important than
ever to leamthe
signs your sen-
ior relative
needs assis-
"It's much
better to
arrange for help
for an elderly
family member
while they can
still be part of
the process
rather than dur-
ing a crisis
because it gives
everyone time

1. The house is cold, the telephone
is cut off.
2.Losing track in a conversation,
forgetting children's names, grand-
children, the day of the week, etc.
3. The death of a spouse.
4. The refrigerator and cupboards
are half empty even though you
know the relative can still get out.
5.Personal hygiene is poor.
6. Constantly making excuses
when asked to go somewhere or do
something, or wanting to be alone.
7. Sudden weight loss.
8. Never cleaning or delaying home
9. Failure to take prescribed med-
10. Behavior changes.

to make thoughtful decisions,"
says David Emery with Senior
Helpers in Jacksonville. "Seniors
often believe getting help means
being moved out of their house and
that's where the resistance comes
in. But many times in home care is
a better option."

safety. The
warn i ng
signs could
be indica-
tions of
many issues.
If there's a
major health
concern, it's
important to
contact a
"The best
way to keep
track of a
senior fami-
ly members
situation is
to keep in
touch with
them and
this is one

time where being nosy is justified,"
says Emery.
"Visit or call often and use one of
the warning signs as a way to
approach the topic if needed. If you
can't be there, hire an in home care-

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$250,000 per year and cutting fed-
eral subsidies for insurance compa-
nies that administer the Medicare
Advantage managed care program.
The budget is only the first step in
a months-long debate over the
entire federal budget and overall
health reform plans. But it was a
strong signal that the president
intends to place health costs and
access to care at the center of efforts
to rehabilitate the economy.
Congress will have to pass its
own budget plan, likely in the
spring. And a debate on health
reform could go on for months.
Democrats on Capitol Hill
praised the proposal, saying it sets
the stage for overdue reform.
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.,

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issued a statement calling the budg-
et "an historic commitment to the
goal of quality, affordable health
care for all Americans."
"I'm optimistic that Congress is
now ready to answer the challenge
of enacting legislation to reach that
goal, and the funds proposed in the
budget are an essential starting
point for our effort," said Kennedy,
who chairs the Senate Health,
Education, Labor, and Pensions
In addition to tax increases on
wealthier families and Medicare
Advantage cuts, the White House
plan also raises money for health
reform by:
Speeding lower-cost generic
drugs to market with regulatory
changes and making it harder for
brand-name drug manufacturers to

use legal suits to bar generics from
the market.
Reforming the way Medicare
and Medicaid pay doctors, hospi-
tals, and other health providers,
including a plan to give doctors
incentive payments for higher qual-
ity care.
Reducing hospital readmissions.
White House officials and con-
gressional Democrats have said
they intend to pass a major health
reform bill by the fall.
"We'll have a bill by 2011," said
Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., a
member of the House Ways and
Means health subcommittee, when
asked if Congress would meet the
president's call to enact health
reform this year. "I know he wants
it this year, and it will take a little
longer than that."

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CBC Members in Cuba to ease talks

HAVANA A group of US law-
makers is working at easing dia-
logue between Washington and
Havana, as President Barack
Obama's administration weighs
plans to drop its decades-old strate-
gy of isolating communist Cuba.
Most of the eight lawmakers -- all
Democrats on the US
Congressional Black Caucus --
arrived in Havana Friday, and head-
ed to a hotel to hold meetings with-
out addressing the press at length.
The group, on a five-day visit, is
led by caucus chairwoman Barbara
Lee and also includes Mel Watt,
Emanuel Cleaver, Marcia Fudge,
* Mike Honda, Bobby Rush, Laura
Richardson and Sheila Jackson-
"We don't know what our agenda
will be, but we are very pleased to
be here," Fudge told reporters. She
said Barbara Lee would offer more
information later.
Cuban authorities so far have not
reported on the visit in state-con-
trolled media. US lawmakers have
visited -- most recently in 2007 --
for meetings with Cuban authori-
But times have changed in Cuba
and in the United States. President
Raul Castro, 77, has permanently
replaced his brother Fidel Castro at

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U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush, left, and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif,
second from right, attend a ceremony in front of Martin Luther King
monument in Havana, Saturday, April 4, 2009. Seven members of the
Congressional Black Caucus arrived in Cuba last Friday to discuss
improving relations with the communist government amid speculation
that Washington could ease travel restrictions to the island.

Cuba's helm.
And in the United States, new
President Obama has said he would
not rule out talking with Cuban
authorities in a departure from
decades of US policy aimed at
bringing down the Americas' only
communist government.
Sources close to the lawmakers

said.they would meet with National
Assembly speaker Carlos Alarcon,
Cuba's former UN envoy and a flu-
ent English speaker, on bilateral
Lee said in a statement released
Wednesday that she was hoping for
an "open and honest discussion"
about how the neighbors and long-

time foes could move forward.
The countries do not have full
diplomatic relations, and
Washington has had a punishing
economic embargo on Cuba since
Also this week a key Republican
senator on international ties urged
Obama to reach out to Cuba by
opening talks, and naming a special
envoy to the longtime US foe.
The Senate Foreign Relations
Committee's top Republican
Richard Lugar, who in February
said decades of US sanctions on
Havana had failed, wrote to Obama
in a March 30 letter that: "addition-
al (US) measures are needed... to
recast a policy that has not only
failed to promote human rights and
democracy, but also undermines our
broader security and political inter-
Lugar stressed that engagement
with Cuba now could be key to
achieving better bilateral ties.
Also last week, a group of US
senators introduced legislation that
aimed at letting most Americans
travel to Cuba, a major step toward
ending one of the quirkiest
holdovers from the Cold War era:
the effective ban on travel by most
US nationals to the island nation
next door.

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Stimulus dollars to be released for schools
The first round of school dollars from the economic stimulus law is
going to states this week.
Public schools will get an unprecedented amount of money double
the education budget under President George W. Bush from the stimu-
lus law over the next two years.
The administration is making available half of the dollars for federal
programs that fund kindergarten through 12th grade and special educa-
tion. In addition, Duncan will provide applications for states to get
money from a special fund to stabilize state and local budgets.
President Barack Obama says the stimulus will save teachers' jobs,
although there is no estimate of how many jobs will be rescued.
Nationwide, about 294,000 teachers 9 percent may face layoffs
because of state budget cuts, according to a recent study.
However, loopholes created by Congress could let states and school
districts spend the money on other things, such as playground equipment
or new construction.

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports


activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Play Date Jax
Want to meet and greet fellow
Jacksonvillians ina casual fun envi-
ronment? Then you may want to
come out for the April 10th Play
Date. Organizers call it a "sophisti-
cated nightlife option for
Jacksonville's professional". Held
in the Hyatt Hotel at 8 p.m., the
monthly event will include food,
fun, games and music. For more
information, 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

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 Youth Poetry Slam
On Saturday, April 18, 2009 the
5th Annual Jax Youth Poetry Slam
will help celebrate the city's love
for literature. This event provides a
venue for Jacksonville's young
poets to share and challenge their
prose-writing skills. Competitors
range from ages 13-18; cash and
academic prizes are rewarded for
their efforts. It will be held at the
Emmett Reed Community Center
located at 1093 W. 6th Street. The
goal and mission is to encourage
and strengthen literacy, along with
creative expression among
Jacksonville's youth. This event is
free to the public. Contact Tonya
Smart at 502-7444 or email at for
additional information.

Jax Beach Elementary
Preservation Fund
Golf Tournament
The Jacksonville Beach
Elementary Preservation Fund will
hold their annual Golf Tournament
on Monday, April 20th, 2009. The

tournament will be held at The
Jacksonville Beach Golf Club, 605
Penman Road Jacksonville, FL
32250. The tournament will begin
at 10 am. All proceeds will benefit
our after school enrichment pro-
grams for the youth. For more
information please contact Mrs.
Lillie Sullivan 904-249-2422.

Kevin Hart in Concert
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart
will be in concert at the Comedy
Zone April 23-25th. The former
BET Comic View host will bring
his stand up act to the main stage of
the Comedy Club located in the
Ramada Inn in Mandarin. For tick-
ets or more info call 292-HAHA.

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.

17th Annual World
of Nations Festival
The City of Jacksonville and our
community's multicultural commu-
nity organizations invite citizens
and visitors to join in the 17th
Annual World of Nations
Celebration. The festival will take
place May 1-3 at Metropolitan parl
Travel the world at Metropolitan
Park where a new adventure awaits
at every turn. Experience the diver-
sity of the planet and enjoy the
wonderful sights, sounds and tastes
of different nations. On Friday, May
1st, there will be an International
Party from 5- 10 p.m. with free
admission. Otherwise it is $5. For
more information, call 630-3690.

Ritz Amateur Night
Join Amateur Night at the Ritz on
Friday, May 1st 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 com-

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or jeers of the audience decide who
goes home with the cash. Tickets
are available at the Ritz Theatre and
other outlets or call 632-5555.

FunkFest 2009
On Saturday May 9th, come out
to Metropolitan Park for Funk Fest
2009. This year's artist lineup
include Fantasia, Guy, Bell Biv
Devoe, Midnight Star, Dougie
Fresh and Alexander O'Neal. Gates
open at 3 .m. and the show start at 5
p.m.For tickets, go to your local
Chicken Coop or Athletes Foot.
You can also purchase online at or by calling 1-

Humane Society Night
at the Acropolis
Tickets for the Jacksonville
Humane Society's (JHS) Fur Ball
Gala, Jacksonville's only black-tie
event for people and their pets, are
now on sale. The fundraiser will
take place May 16 from 7 p.m. to
11 p.m. at the UNF University
Center Ballroom with the theme,
"A Night at the Acropolis." Last
year, more than 350 people and 150
pets attended the Fur Ball. JHS
encourages attendees to dress cre-
atively, tying the event's theme into
their attire. Tickets are available
online at or by
calling 904-725-8766 ext. 230.

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


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Pa e 10 Ms Perry's Free s

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Geting undercove

Only three African-American
women have ever made the New
York times Best Seller List.
Notably, Toni Morrison and Terry
McMillan headline the list. But did
you know black erotica writer Zane
is also in the ranks.
Writing about all of the naughti-
ness the imagination can allow, her
fans have called her everything but
by her real name. And that's the way
she likes it. Zane, began her writing
career by posting stories on the
Internet and she quickly soared to
popularity. Publishers called her
material too "risque" for the gener-
al public, so she self-published her
first three books, selling more than
250,000 copies.
With the bottom dollar always
setting the tone, publishers soon
changed their tune and gave her
creative license. She signed on with
Simon & Schuster and garnered a
deal with the publishing giant for
her own publishing arm, Strebor
Books International. Today, the res-
ident of suburban Washington pub-
lishes her own handpicked authors,
has a Web site and a book club. Her
latest novel, Head Bangers, will be
out in June.
But books are not her only ven-
ture. Including in her repertoire is
Sex Chronicles, the cable TV series
based on the title of her first book, a
clothing line and a makeup line.
Read on for a few words from the
famous author in her own words.
Q: As single working mother,
how did you take that leap to

posting your work on
A: I never intended
ever to pub]h ll j
book and when I
first started writ-
ing the short sto-
ries on the
Internet; it was
never with
that intention.
I started writ- -
ing these -
short stories
because I was
bored. I start-
ed sending

the place where like-minded individu-
als can be free to do what
the\ ,ant to do and talk what they want
to talk about.
Q: Initially,
hen you self-
published your
first book, did
you have a
hard time get-
ting it into
There were
Some stores
Where people
were like, "Uh,

them via e- One of only 1
mail, and the female authors to
whole word-of- New York Times Bes
mouth thing just known only as "Zan
sort of caught on. publishes others.
I eventually started I / 'm not gonna sell that, which book." They eventually
is still my main private Web ended up selling my book so
site. they could keep their lights on. A lot
Q: Why did you get into social of the bookstores that were very
networking? negative, a lot of them are out of
A: When I first started eroti- business now. Not just because of
canoir, I wanted it to be a place my books, but because they were
where all writers of erotica and trying to dictate what people read.
poets of erotica could have their Q: What was the process of
work posted. Now with the ability self-publishing? What made you
to have a social network, it makes make that leap and what did you
my life so much easier. Already have to go through to do it?
there are like 41 different groups
that have formed on the site, thou- I decided to self-publish, not
sands of members, people come on because I had to, because, honestly,
and interact with the cast of the I had contracts offered to me from
show. Now I am able to do what I publishing houses. But the publish-
originally wanted to do, have a ing houses that offered me deals

Critics assert Tiger Woods just may be in denial

Continued from page 9
each and every day and helping oth-
ers. That's what life is all about. Is
golf a part of people's lives? Yes, it's
part of my life. But it's not the end
of all things in my life."
Says Payton, in response to
Woods: "He can be politically cor-
rect all he wants. But we're talking
about golf, which he can directly
influence. And the fact remains,
there's fewer people of color play-
ing golf at the highest level than
when he started."
. Starn says Woods absorbs a dis-
proportionate amount of the blame
for the fact that golf looks nothing
like America -- and perhaps not

Golf coach Eddie Payton
enough credit as an example for
golfers of color.

Payton wonders if not Woods,
then who?
"It's a shame that the person who
can do the most to bridge the gap
says, 'I made it. Now you make it,'"
Payton says. "Instead he could say,
'Well this is what my daddy taught
me. These are the drills.'
"There are people that can be
motivated to be Tiger Woods with a
little help and encouragement from
him. The people you idolize and
emulate can have the greatest influ-
ence on what you're doing.
"1 can't make him do what I feel I
would do, but at some point he'll
look and see no other blacks out

wanted me to change my writing
style, and the ironic thing was I
never went to them; they came to
me because they had heard about
me and went on my site. Self-pub-
lishing for me, I love challenges, so
I spent a lot of time researching
how to do it. The easiest part was
publishing the book. The difficult
part was everything else.
I sold a lot of books, but it really
wasn't that hard for me, because I
already had the following. I gave
away my work literally for three
years on the Internet. So when the
Sex Chronicles came out, it wasn't
like I busted the pavement. ... My
three Black biggest issue was trying
grace the to print books fast
st Seller List, enough. However, I did
e", she now learn a lot about the busi-
ness, but it just wasn't the
same journey that a lot of other self-
published writers have had.
Q: What kinds of books do you
r My biggest reads are murder mys-
teries and science fiction and horror
books. I don't read a lot of relation-
ship books, either. I read murder
mysteries as a kid. V.C. Andrews.
Q:What do your children and
your husband think about your
A: My children know what I
write about, but to my knowledge,
they do not read my books. And I
am actually happily divorced. My
kids, they know what I do. ... I am
open with my children when it
comes to sex. I don't want them to
go and learn from someone else.
Q: What is your romantic fan-
A: My fantasy is to find a man
that can appreciate me, who mirrors
me in many ways and who is not
intimidated by me and who is as
uninhibited as I am.

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TYLER PERRY: Marvin Winans also joins film-
maker's upcoming movie.
Tyler Perry has added veteran entertainer Gladys
Knight and gospel singer Marvin Winans to the cast of
his latest film "I Can Do Bad All by Myself," an adap-
tation of his early stage play.
In the story, Perry's iconic Madea character discov-
ers a 16-year-old girl (Hope Olaide Wilson) and her brothers looting her
home and sends them to live with their Aunt April, a hard-drinking night-
club singer played by Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson.
Knight will play Wilma, a matriarch of the neighborhood and singer at
Marshall Baptist Church, where Madea also frequents. Knight, Winans and
Blige will sing in the film, with Blige performing an original song penned
by Ne-Yo, according to the Hollywood
MIJAC AUCTION: Sale of singer's
possessions still on -for now.
A judge has denied an attempt by Michael
Jackson's production company to halt the
April 22 auction of his memorabilia, however,
they return to court on April 15 with a motion to stop the sale.
Among the items slated fro auction are a collection of art, MTV Video
Music Awards, crystal-encrusted gloves and nearly 2,000 other items
removed from Jackson's Neveraland Ranch.
Julien's Auction House, has spent more than $2 million arranging the
sale of Jackson's items and could go bankrupt if the sale is stopped.
Wanda Sykes is about to finalize a deal for an
hour-long late-night talk show to air Saturday
nights on Fox.
The program, slated to premiere in the fall, will
succeed the recently canceled sketch comedy
show "MadTV." The format will feature Sykes
a. and a panel of recurring guests sparring over
issues concerning politics as well as pop culture.
S Sykes will appear in field segments as well.
Sykes's deal brings a rare female presence to
late-night television, which is dominated by white
male hosts. The actress, who co-stars on CBS' "The New Adventures of
Old Christine," previously headlined the sitcom "Wanda at Large" on Fox.
Sykes will also host the upcoming 2009 White House Correspondents'
Association dinner on May 9 at the Washington Hilton.

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DNA Test Reveals the Other Side of Haley's "Roots"

US Sen. John McCain (L) speaks as Dorothy Cross (2R), great niece
of the first African American heavyweight boxing champion John
Arthur "Jack" Johnson, Cross's daughter Constance Hines (R) and
documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (2L) listen during a news confer-
ence in Washington, DC. Johnson, the would receive a pardon from
Obama, under a resolution introduced by lawmakers.
McCain Introduces Bill to Pardon Johnson

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and
Representative Peter King (R-NY)
have introduced a resolution to par-
don the first African American
heavyweight boxing champion,
John Arthur "Jack" Johnson. The
legislation calls on the President to
posthumously pardon the boxing
legend, who was wronged with a
racially motivated conviction in
1913 under the Mann Act, which

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Johnson is shown above with one of
his wives that ended his career.
prohibited taking women across
state lines for "immoral purposes."
The bill is introduced in celebration
of the heavyweight's birthday,
which was yesterday March 31st.
"This resolution to pardon Jack
Johnson would not right this injus-
tice, but it would recognize it, and
shed light on the achievements of
an athlete who was forced into the.

shadows of bigotry and prejudice,"
said Senator John McCain. "Taking
such actions would allow future
generations to grasp fully what Jack
Johnson accomplished against great
odds and appreciate his contribu-
tions to society unencumbered by
the taint of his criminal convic-
Jack Johnson was born in
Galveston, Texas on March 31,
1878. In 1908, Jack Johnson
became the first African American
World Heavyweight Boxing
Champion after defeating Tommy
Burns in Australia a title Johnson
held until 1915. Prompted by his
success in the boxing ring and his
relationship with a white woman,
Jack Johnson was wrongly convict-
ed under the Mann Act when he
brought the woman he was dating
across state lines.
The intent of the Mann Act was to
prevent human trafficking of
women for the purpose of prostitu-
tion. However, racially motivated
convictions imprisoned Jack
Johnson for a year in 1913. The
convictions ruined his career and
destroyed his reputation.
McCain and King are both life-
long boxing fans, and King trains at
a boxing gym on Long Island
where he spars at least once a week.
Both have been introducing legisla-
tion to pardon Jack Johnson since


"Through the
writing of Roots,
'.. my uncle Alex
Haley sparked a
_fascination in
researching the
past. DNA testing
is a continuation
"of that and is
another way of
A emboldening
yourself with
pride. To be able
to find out that
Chris Haley, nephew of Roots author Alex Haley, met you are from
newfound cousin June Baff Black for the first time in another part of the

Thanks to,
descendants of Alex Haley, the
famed author of "Roots" which
inspired so many to look into their
ancestry, have learned they are the
direct descendent of a Scottish
ancestor. The discovery came
through an DNA test taken by Alex
Haley's nephew Chris Haley in
2007, where his results were added
to a growing database of others who
had taken DNA tests.
In February 2009, Chris Haley
received an e-mail from a Scottish
woman in the database, June Baff
Black, whose father's DNA very
closely matched his. According to
the DNA results, an ancestor who
likely lived in the 1600 or 1700s in
Scotland connects Mr. Haley with
Ms. Black, making them distant
cousins. Mr. Haley and Ms. Black
recently met for the first time in
London, England.
Until the confirmation by, Mr. Haley had only
word-of-mouth history to prove that
his great-grandfather had been born
of a slave mother and a white father,

world, and to meet
a person who
shares your heritage, is an amazing
experience," said Chris Haley, who
is currently the director of the Study
of the Legacy of Slavery at the
Maryland State Archives.
"The match between Mr. Haley
and Ms. Black is a perfect example
of how DNA testing can prove
exceptionally useful in advancing
family history, especially in cases
of African-American research in

Powell to Appear on Extreme Makeover

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, left, meets with disabled
Gulf War veteran U.S. Army Combat Medic Jeff Cooper, in
Washington on March 20, 2009. Powell met with Cooper to thank him
for his service as part of an episode for the ABC series "Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition," which will air on Sunday, May 3
Former U.S. Secretary of State with former Army combat medic
Colin Powell will appear on prime Jeff Cooper and his family as part
time to thank a disabled Gulf War of an episode of "Extreme
veteran for his service. Makeover: Home Edition" airing in
Powell will be shown meeting May.

Cooper, of Jamesville, N.C. suf-
fers from multiple sclerosis,
immune disorders, a collection of
symptoms commonly called Gulf
War illness and is confined to a
Despite his pain, Cooper devotes
his time to making sure veterans are
recognized and has lobbied to have
all vets who served in the Gulf War
get a special license plate of recog-
The Cooper family is shown liv-
ing in a decaying mobile home with
bad electrical wiring, a sinking
roof, and a rotting wheelchair ramp.
"Extreme Makeover: Home
Edition" decides to rebuild their
home in just a week.
The Coopers are then sent on
vacation to Washington, D.C.,
where they meet with Powell, who
presents Cooper with a gift.
The Cooper family episode,
which was taped in March, will air
on ABC on May 3.

Well, that didn't last long. Just
days after it was made available in
stores after only being sold online,
the Barack Obama Chia Head has
been pulled from some Walgreen's
stores, MyFox Tampa Bay reports .
According to MyFox Tampa Bay,
stores in Tampa, Fla., were asked to
remove the Chia Obama from their
shelves because the item "is not
appropriate for the company's cor-
porate image."
The Chia Obama is part of the
Chia Pet line of ceramic chia seed
planters, with the seeds sprouting
from where the pet or person would
grow hair. Chia Obama caused con-
troversy even before it hit stores,
inspiring debate on blogs and
Amazon customer reviews about
the appropriateness of a Chia pres-
ident and whether or not the prod-
uct is racist.

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from mother to son and daughter).
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London in February 2009.
both of whom lived and worked on
an Alabama slave plantation. This
scientific finding adds weight to
research conducted by Mr. Haley's
uncle, Alex Haley, in which he
traced his ancestry back to Baugh
(variation of Baff) an overseer of
an Alabama slave plantation who
was thought to have fathered Mr.
Haley's great-grandfather with a
female slave. The story is cited in
Alex Haley's book Queen.

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