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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Colin Powell

Fires Back in

Debate Over

GOP's Future

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for Sheila

Johnson Lee
Listen and learn
from one of America's
a riches Black women
Page 2

Shell's N.Y. Trial Over
Nigerian Deaths Delayed
NEW YORK- A civil trial over the alleged involvement of giant oil
producer Royal Dutch Shell Plc in the executions of protesters in Nigeria
in the 1990s has been delayed until next week. Jury selection in the case
had been scheduled to begin this week in the U.S.
Shell is accused of human rights abuses, including violations connect-
ed with the 1995 hangings of prominent activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and
eight other protesters by Nigeria's then-military government.
Shell has denied allegations of involvement.
The case was brought by relatives of Saro-Wiwa and others under a
1789 U.S. statute, the Alien Tort Claims Act, allowing noncitizens to file
cases in U.S. courts for human rights abuses occurring overseas.
The case is Wiwa, et al v Anderson, et al 01-01909 in U.S. District Court
for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan)

NBA Charlotte Bobcats Owner Bob
Johnson Seeking Buyer for Team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. After losing tens of millions of dollars, the first
black majority owner of a major professional sports team is exploring
selling the Charlotte Bobcats.
Bob Johnson's decision could pave the way for minority investor
Michael Jordan to take control of the team if he's willing to meet
Johnson's price.
The NBA confirmed that Johnson is using a New York-based sports
financial services firm to seek additional investors. Jordan said in
February that he'd be interested in someday getting majority control of
the team. Jordan is currently Manager of Operations for the team.
Johnson's ownership of the team has been rocky since he paid the NBA
US$300 million for the expansion franchise in 2003, just over a year
after the Hornets left Charlotte for New Orleans.
The founder of Black Entertainment Television hasn't come close to
turning a profit because of poor attendance, lagging sponsorship sales
and a failed attempt to start a regional sports television network.
Finding an agreeable price may not be easy. Forbes magazine recently
valued the team at $284 million, less than Johnson's expansion fee. The
team plays in a city hard hit by the financial crisis, and the credit crunch
could hurt any deal of that magnitude.

Damage Report: Nearly 2,000 GM
and Chrysler Dealerships to Close
DETROIT The impact on minority-owned franchises is still being
sorted out. The actual damage is still being assessed.
But in what will likely go down as one of the worst weeks ever for
American car dealers, 1,100 General Motors franchises have been noti-
fied that their operations could be shut down by next year, a move some
have feared will impact minority-owned dealerships most.
The notices, issued on the heels of Chrysler's announcement that it will
close 789 dealerships by June 9, come as both automakers work aggres-
sively to streamline costs and meet stipulations made by the federal gov-
ernment's Auto Task Force after receiving additional bailout money to
stay afloat.
GM, which faces a fast approaching June 1 deadline to present its plans
for viability to the federal government to avoid bankruptcy, said the
move is part of "its longterm planning" strategy to eliminate underper-
forming and small sales volume dealers in the U.S.
In most cases, existing franchise agreements run through October 2010,
noted GM.
The automaker will also be updating about 470 Saturn, Hummer and
Saab dealers on the status of those brands as part of the company's retail
plans going forward.

Fortune 500 Company Names
First Black Female CEO
Xerox Corp.'s Ursula Bumrns, who takes the
reins at the world's largest high-speed color
printer maker in less than six weeks, has a man-
date: getting budget-cutting customers to
increase spending on office equipment.
EBums, 50, will become chief executive officer
on July 1, ending the eight-year run of Anne
Mulcahy, who will stay on as chairman.

\ Mulcahy, 56, named Burns president in 2007,
almost three decades after Burns joined Xerox
as a summer intern.
Bums, who will be the first black female CEO among Fortune 500 com-
panies, has to work on maintaining Xerox's cash flow and improving the
product line, said John Engler, president of the National Association of
Manufacturers, where Burns served as a director. Her promotion follows
two straight quarters of sales declines amid the worst economic slump in
more than 50 years.
Bums, who has a master's degree from Columbia University, joined
Norwalk, Connecticut-based Xerox in 1980 with an interest in mechani-
cal engineering. Since then, she has run different divisions including
product development and marketing.
Bums will be one of about 15 women who lead Fortune 500 companies
and her ascension will mark the first female-to-female transition, accord-
ing to Fortune. Her promotion cements her status as the most powerful
black woman in the corporate world.


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Vice president Joe Biden, left, and President Barack Obama, right,
stand with Judge Sonia Sotomayor in the East Room of the White
S House in Washington, Tuesday, May 26, 2009, where the president
announced her nomination to the Supreme Court.

WI Continues to Make History

Shown above are Hashim Nzinga (National Chief of Staff NBPP),
Kojo Kayrallah (Jax Chief of Staff), Mikhail Muhammad(State and
Local Chairman) and Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz.
Black Panther Party Refuels in Atlanta
Members of the Jacksonville Chapter of the New Black Panther Party
recently returned from Atlanta, Georgia from a national confab for the
Black Power Movement. The three day event brought educators, celebri-
ties and activists from around the nation for a host of workshops designed
to empower and invigorate members to make a change in their communi-
ties. Among the topics covered included: For Sisters Only; The Black
Nation in a Time of Hope and Trouble; a Gang Summit; Revolutionary
Hip-Hop and Poetry; Prisoners of War and a Town Hall Meeting.

President Barack Obama tapped
federal appeals judge Sonia
Sotomayor for the Supreme Court
on Tuesday, making her the first
Hispanic in history picked to wear
the robes of a justice.
If confirmed by the Senate,
Sotomayor, 54, would succeed
retiring Justice David Souter. Two
officials described Obama's deci-
sion on condition of anonymity
because no formal announcement
had been made.
Administration officials say
Sotomayor, with 17 years on the
bench, would bring more judicial
experience to the Supreme Court
than any justice confirmed in the
past 70 years.
Ending months of speculation, the
White House announced early
Saturday that U.S. President Barack
Obama intends to nominate former
space shuttle astronaut Charles
Bolden to become NASA adminis-
trator. He will be the first African-
American to head the agency.
Lori Garver, a Washington-based
aerospace consultant and former
NASA official who advised the
Obama campaign on space matters,
was named Bolden's deputy. Both
posts require Senate confirmation.

Memorial Day is a Family Affair

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Taking the day off to commemorate the country's veterans, active Post 197 member Mary Adams began
by taking her grandchildren to Jacksonville's own Memorial Wall followed by food and fellowship with
invited family and friends. Shown above are Mascelia Delp, Jamesha Kirby, Donna Hardy, Dazah
Goodwin, Kyla Hardy, Aedren Kirby, and Mary Adams on her front porch. Various events were held
around the country recognizing out country's heroes from all of the wars. Even the President visited
Arlington National Cemetery and paid tribute to all of our veterans, including those of the confederacy.
FMP Photo

Bolden, a
retired U.S.

Corps major
general, met
with Obama
at the White
House on
May 19 to
discuss the
job. Bolden
NASA's deputy assistant adminis-
trator for public affairs, Bob
Jacobs, used the microblogging
service Twitter to spread the word
about the announcement.
Reader Spotlight



the Walk

Sarah Nims Montgomery
When Sara Nims Montgomery
becomes a partof something, she
dedicates herself for life.
The daughter of educators from a
well established Tallahasee pioneer
family, Her roots are deeply rooted
in Florida Agricultural Mechanical
University (FAMU). Most recently
she has recently become a lifetime
member of the FAMU Alumni
Association. Her FAMA roots
began at the Lucy Moten Training
School at FAMC and the FAMC
Demonstration High School, con-
tinuing thru the FAMU Graduate
School. She is now a J.R.E. Lee
Alumni Chapter Lifetime Member.
In addition, she is a Life Member
of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority.
The well known local matron is
also a member of Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church. In an era
where our HBCU's are struggling,
Mrs. Montgomery not only talks
the talk of membership, she walks
the walk of dedication.

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Go Ahead And Stick Your Nose I It! -U Office Politics
Go Ahead And Stick Your Nose In It! -- Office Politics

M Webster's dic-
tionary defines
politics as
"having practical wisdom and
prudence. That definition in itself
is a revelation to those of us who
come to perceive politics as a
dirty game between competing
interest groups...something nega-
tive, then, cynical and conniving.
"Practical wisdom and pru-
dence?" Perhaps the dark side of
human nature has tarnished poli-
tics in our minds, but clearly, pol-
itics is part of our lives, not just in
government, but in the workplace.
Whenever and wherever groups
of people organize to get things
done, politics comes into play.
In a group, each person's ability to
influence decisions by demon-
strating his or her wisdom and
prudence provides that individual

with a platform from which to
assert leadership and control.
When I refer to networking and
office politics, I am not referring
to the common connotation of
back-biting and infighting. I am
simply referring to the very wise
and prudent policy of staying as
informed as possible about mat-
ters pertaining to your business
and staying in communication
with as many of your coworkers
and associates as possible, up and
down the line of authority.
Engaging in office politics as part
of networking simply means
employing these six strategies.
1. Join groups or organizations
to gain recognition for your skills.
2. Use informal meetings to net-
3. Seek mentors or sponsors to
hone your skills and expand your

access to key people.
4. Act as a mentor or sponsor in
order to build your own team and
5. Network with colleagues at
the next level.
6.Network with key sources to
make sure you are in the formal
and informal information loop.
Bottom Line: Psychologists
tell us that the three basic
human needs in any group
dynamic are structure, organi-
zation, and proper environ-
ment. Remember, politics is a
group dynamic. In other words,
politics cannot be overlooked,
even though I'm sure we have
all heard someone say, "I stay
out of office politics." If that is
truly the case, that person might
as well stay out of the office.

Why the Census Count is Critical

Continued from front
This is the reason that Jackson
says that the next Census, to begin
April 1, 2010, will involve a full
court press and vast strategies to
assure the maximum number of
hard-to-count individuals are
' 'We'll have 140,000 people run-
ning across the country verifying

addresses and updating our data-
base," Jackson said in an interview
with the NNPA News Service.
But, the Census Bureau can't count
who they can't find. And for a long
time racial minority groups have
shied away from giving the govern-
ment the information they needed
to get a more accurate count of the
country's population by not

Three Questions for

Sheila Johnson

How do you decide what you're going to give money to?
I would say 99 percent of it is to education. But I've given something to
stem cell research; I've given to the hospital here in
SVirginia because I'm very concerned. I'm a big
supporter of the free clinic. So it's children,
women and the arts and education, those
are my focus with a bent on health.
Since you left BET, and divorced
from co-founder Bob Johnson, it
Sl seems that you have been on a tear to
.,'- accomplish a lot. What is driving

'.- What I have learned is God puts you in
a j 's a place for maiy different reasons. I
S, look back on it now, and I'm really glad
I did go through that because I have got-
ten my power back ten-fold. I have always
had a burning desire to not only be success-
ful but to do the right things in life and to help
people and the successful part is going to come.
I'm trying to build a successful hospitality compa-
ny. People say, why hospitality? That's what I've always been about. It's
about nurturing, welcoming people, feeding them, taking care of them,
putting the best foot forward, even at BET, when I had to throw company
parties and make sure everyone was taken care of. That is the face of who
I am, and the other thing is it was important for me to learn to give back.
Now the reason that it's at the speed that I'm doing is because of my age
and I've got so much that I need to do before I can't do it anymore.
What advice do you give to people who want to support a charity or
There are just so many ways to get in and roll your sleeves up to make a
change and a difference in so many people's lives. You can mentor, which
I think is the number-one philanthropic thing you can do. It doesn't mean
belonging to an organization but just taking on a young person that you can
follow through their lives to help them. You can feed them; you can take
them with you to concerts. You can do whatever you can. Young people,
kids need to be nurtured and mentored and sometimes even a family with
both parents can't do it all. I really believe in Hillary Clintons' "it takes a
village to raise a child." I would like to see communities come back togeth-
er again where they take on a whole block of kids, watch them when they
go to school and come back and make sure that they're doing what they are
supposed to do.

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responding to mailed question-
With an estimated 310 million
people residing in the United States,
counting each person is one of the
largest, most arduous processes the
government undertakes. The
Census Bureau is making it a prior-
ity of locating "hard-to-count"
groups such as Blacks and immi-
grants. They will start by sending
145 million households a question-
naire with 10 questions that will be
available in multiple languages. The
questionnaire has been streamlined
from the previous long form version.
The questionnaires, which every cit-
izen will be required to answer by
law, will provide the Census Bureau
with a bulk of its data. According to
Census.gov, the U.S. Census Bureau
does not ask about the legal status of
respondents in any of its surveys or
Census programs.

by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Contributing Writer
Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons'
best selling book, Do You! 12
and SUCCESS is an unexpected
and compelling message. The mes-
sage is unexpected, because the
prevailing image of Hip-Hop is one
of sex, drugs, gangstas and lots of
bling, leading the pre-reader to
expect something totally different.
It's compelling because the laws
that Mr. Simmons professes are nei-
ther new nor different. In the intro-
duction, Mr. Simmons states, "I'm
not saying anything in this book
that hasn't already been said before.
These are the exact same laws that
Jesus Christ, Moses, Muhammad,
Lord Buddha, Patanjali, Mother
Teresa, and countless other inspira-
tional people all share in their own
So what's the big deal about "Do
You.....!" The message is simple,
first understand yourself, under-
stand your mission here on earth,
create a vision and a plan to accom-
plish your mission and then execute
your plan. Sounds simple, but like
most important things, the "devil"
is in the detail. The devil is in the
distractions, the temptations and
even friends and family that don't
want you to "do you" but "to do and
to serve them." How does one
breakout of the minutiae and quag-
mires of life to begin to "do
Create a Shared Vision
Begin to "Do You" by creating a
clear and compelling vision of

yourself in your desired and
changed state. As a simple exam-
ple, if your goal is to lose weight,
then place a picture of yourself,
taken when they were at your prime
size by your nightstand or dressing
area so that you can see your goal
when you wake up and before you
go to sleep. This helps to create and
sustain a mental picture that will
help to guide you as you make deci-
sions throughout the day.
Additionally, share your vision with
your family and close associates, so
that they will support you along the
Let's take "Do You" to the next
step and talk about your family.
What is your family's shared vision
for the future? Have you sat down
with your significant other and
immediate family to discuss your
future? Below are some questions
to consider:
What will your family look like
in 10, 20, 40 years?
- What type of Life Style will your
family have? Urban, suburban, for-
mal, etc.?
What are your professional and
career goals? Are they compatible?
What are your relationships and
networks? How do they interact
individually and jointly?
- What are your spiritual goals and
plans? Are they compatible?
How will you maintain your
health and fitness in the future?
A Plan for Change
Implementing a plan for change
begins by writing your plan down.
What are the keys steps that will be
taken today, a week from today, a
month from now, six months and so

on? How will you measure your
progress? Continuing the weight
loss example, what will be your
average daily calorie intake, when
will you exercise and how often
will you weigh-in? How much
weight will you lose in the first
month, second month and so on?
Making Change Last
All too often individuals have suc-
cessfully made lifestyle changes
only to revert back to their old
habits after a year or two. I know
some people that maintain two
wardrobes, one for before the diet
and the other for after losing
weight. After you have achieved
your desired goal you have to insti-
tutionalize the change into your on-
going life patterns.
What is your financial vision for
you and your family? What do you
have to change in your lifestyle to
achieve your financial vision?
Have you created a compelling
need for change and a commitment
that will sustain the change over the
long haul? Are you ready to "Do
You and Do Your Family" so that
you can achieve your financial
goals. If your financial position is
not where you want it to be, you
have to take control to make it hap-
Michael G Shinn, CFP, Registered
Representative and Advisory Associate
of and securities offered through
Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit
www.shinnfinancial.com for more
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or questions to shinnm@financialnet-
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NAACP Establishes

Diversity Job Board

The NAACP and Personnel
Strategies Inc. (PSI) are producing
a diversity job board to be featured
at www.naacp.org. The job board,
www.NAACPJobFinder.com, pro-
motes career opportunities to
NAACP members and visitors
from across America. The
www.NAACPJobFinder.com will
showcase opportunities from a
cross section of industries and
"The NAACP job board
addresses our principal objective
to ensure political, social and eco-
nomic equality for all citizens. It
also provides a more comprehen-
sive approach to providing racially
diverse, qualified job seekers
access to a range of the nation's
top employers," said NAACP
President Benjamin Jealous. "With
so many Americans out of work
we hope we can provide new
resources and opportunity."
The NAACP boasts one of the

Nation's most diverse and active
membership websites. It is antici-
pated that during the 2009
NAACP Centennial a large num-
ber of visitors will be registering
and searching the positions at
www.NAACPJobFinder.com. For
employers this represents an
exception branding opportunity to
promote their diversity initiatives
and acknowledge the NAACP
2009 marks the NAACP
Centennial Celebration. The
NAACP Headquarters, based in
Baltimore, MD, along with its
1,700 units nationwide, will host
celebrations and observances
throughout the year ending with
the Annual Convention in New
York on July 11-16. The NAACP
National Convention Centennial
Celebration Diversity Job Fair will
be sponsored as part of the
Convention on July 14-15, 2009 at
the New York Hilton.

StepWWe St 01ir A Real American Gangster

When the true history of Black
America is finally written, there
will probably be a special section
on crime.
And in that section there will
have to be a chapter on Stephanie
St. Clair easily the most "accom-
plished" or notorious Black female
organized crime figure in history.
St. Clair was born on the East
Caribbean island of Marseilles in
1886. She arrived in Harlem, New
York around the age of 26 in 1912.
By 1922, she had accumulated
$10,000 and used it to launch what
would become one of the biggest
"numbers" (illegal lottery) opera-
tions in New York City. As a result,
she became deeply involved in the
seedy gangster underworld which
influenced much of New York life.
It was in that underworld that she
met a young man who would even-
tually surpass her and become the
most powerful Black organized
crime figure in America. His name

O.K. Simpson Appeals Conviction

Attorneys for imprisoned former
football great O.J. Simpson on
Tuesday appealed his conviction to
the Nevada Supreme Court, claim-
ing his trial was "fundamentally
A jury in October 2008 convicted
Simpson, 61, on charges including
armed robbery and kidnapping.
He was sentenced in December to
serve a term of up to 33 years in
prison, with eligibility for parole
after nine years.
In the 47-page brief filed Tuesday,
Simpson's attorneys accuse Clark
County, Nevada, District Judge
Jackie Glass of judicial misconduct,
saying her behavior constituted
"cumulative error that was so egre-
gious and prejudicial that the
defense could not get a fair trial."
The judge inflicted herself into the
trial proceedings, issued improper
jury instructions, improperly admit-
ted hearsay evidence and refused to
allow defense attorneys to fully
cross-examine witnesses, the filing
In addition, she would not allow
defense counsel to ask prospective
jurors about their "known and

O.J. Simpson is appealing his
conviction for charges including
kidnapping and armed robbery.
unknown" biases, the brief said,
and allowed prosecutors to strike
the only two African-American
potential jurors eligible to be on the
"Because of the unique nature of
the case, a full and complete ques-
tioning of potential jurors needed to
take place," the appeal said. "The
District Court gave no deference to
the fact that Simpson brought a lot

of baggage into the courtroom."
Simpson's conviction came on
October 3 -- the 13th anniversary of
his controversial acquittal in the
1994 killings of his ex-wife, Nicole
Brown Simpson, and Ronald
The former Heisman Trophy win-
ner, record-setting NFL running
back and movie actor had enlisted
the help of Clarence "C.J." Stewart
and four others in an effort to get
sports memorabilia items that
Simpson claimed had belonged to
him from dealers Bruce Fromong
and Al Beardsley.
The six men confronted the deal-
ers in a room at the Palace Station
Hotel Room and Casino in Las
Vegas on September 13, 2007,
brandishing weapons but not firing
Four of the men testified against
Simpson, while Stewart stood trial
alongside him. The four received
probation in exchange for their tes-
timony; Stewart received a sentence
similar to Simpson's, but will be eli-
gible for parole in seven and a half

was tllsworthl Kaymonda "umpy"
Johnson. However, initially as her
chief enforcer Johnson would help
St. Clair become "Madame St. Clair
- the numbers queen" as her illegal
lottery came to dominate much of
New York gambling.
However, a problem soon
emerged. After Prohibition ended in
1932 and alcohol became legal
again, the Mafia lost a major source
of income from the sale of illegal
liquor. In search of new income
streams, they turned their eyes to
Harlem and St. Clair's numbers
empire. Led by the infamous Dutch
Shultz (a German-Jew known for
his brutality), Italian organized
crime figures aided by Black surro-
gates moved in to take over.
One biographer described the flu-
ent French-speaking St. Clair as
"arrogant, sophisticated and astute
to the ways of urban life." Thus,
when Shultz made his move, it
meant war. When the dust settled,
over 40 people were dead. Both St.
Clair and Johnson emerged alive
but weakened. With corrupt New
York City police frequently aiding
the Mafia, the two saw they were
waging a losing battle.
But then St. Clair launched a
highly public counter offensive.
She complained to politicians about
corruption in the police department.
She took out ads in Black newspa-
pers denouncing corrupt police,
politicians and white gangsters.
This led to her arrest several times
on what were largely trumped up
charges. St. Clair responded by tes-

tifying before the New York State
Seabury Crime Commission detail-
ing all the kickbacks she had paid
so authorities would not disrupt her
numbers operations.
She did not get any major politi-
cians but several police officers lost
their jobs because of her testimony.
Then suddenly in 1935 conflict
The haughty and sophisti-
cated Madame told people
that she was born in
"European France," and
spoke flawless French.
She could also speak
Spanish, and when she
went off on one of her
famous tirades, she spat
curses in three languages.
inside the Mafia benefited St. Clair:
Dutch Shultz was gunned down on
orders from the boss of all Mafia
bosses Charles "Lucky" Luciano.
For reasons which are not entirely
clear, Luciano and the so-called
"Commission" of Mafia crime fam-
ilies were more open to negotia-
tions than ongoing gun battles with
their Harlem counterparts. But the
negotiations would lead to the split-
ting of St. Clair from her number
one enforcer Bumpy Johnson.
Johnson worked out a deal with
Luciano in which the Mafia would
take over the bulk of Harlem num-
bers operations but he (Johnson)
would become the Mafia's chief
enforcer in Harlem. This deal led to
Johnson eclipsing St. Clair and
becoming the most powerful Black
organized crime figure in America.-
Johnson tried to convince his for-
mer boss to come in on the deal but
St. Clair refused. Eventually, how-
ever, she worked out a deal of her
own in which she continued to
"bank" numbers but she had to pay
a "tax" to the Mafia significantly
reducing her profits.
However, St. Clair had a final
revenge. As Dutch Shultz lay dying
from gunshot wounds; she sent him
a telegram that made national head-
lines. It simply read: "As ye sow, so
shall ye reap."
Stephanie St. Clair "Madame St.
Clair the numbers queen" died
quietly in New York in 1969 at the
age of 83.

Rep Mia Jones is 'among
Distinguished Alumni Honorees

Rattler Reunion

Weekend in June
Kitchings, Jones and
Greene Among Honorees
Florida A&M University (FAMU)
will host Rattler Reunion Weekend
2009 June 4 through June 7.
This year's theme is "A
Generation of Legends, a
Generation of Champions." The
Class of 1959 and classes ending in
four and nine will be honored.
There will also be a reunion
fundraising campaign for each of
these class years.
Activities for the week include a
champagne welcome reception, the
Rattler Tee-Off golf tournament,
the Rattler Reunion step show and
the Distinguished Alumni Gala.
Several Distinguished Alumni
awards will be given out including
to Jacksonville's State Rep. Mia
Jones, Arnett Green in the realm of
Business and the late Coach Earl
Kitchings for Lifetime

Docent Volunteers
Needed at Cummer
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens Docent Corps are in need
of volunteers to dedicate one morn-
ing each week to give school tours.
From monthly training lectures to
the finished tour, docents use a
combination of important historical
information and good humor to
bring works of art to life.
If you are interested in volunteer-
ing, please contact Susan Gallo at
(904) 899-6006 or at sgallo@cum-


The FDA is Clearly Overwhelmed feel the food recall process is only fair or poor, while
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed 73 percent of adults say they are just as concerned
to approve new medicines, monitor the safety of those about food safety as they are about war on terror.4

already on the market, and keep
our food safe.
But, currently the FDA is not
doing a good job. In early 2008,
a blood thinner manufactured
in China which the FDA let into
the US was contaminated by a
81 deaths.1Summer2008 brought
a salmonella outbreak, blamed
first on tomatoes and later on
t hot peppers, that infected 1,442
people and resulted in at least
286 hospitalizations in 43 states.2
Just this winter, salmonella in
peanuts killed six people, made
486 people sick and led to the
recall of more than 2,800 foods
with peanut ingredients.3

It's clear that the FDA is

already overwhelmed.

Should they be given

the authority to regulate

the $80 billion tobacco

industry, too?

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

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

FDA's role, when the

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

The FDA is Not the
Place for it
Lorillard supports additional
regulation of the tobacco
industry. But, the FDA is not
the place for it. Expanding the
ineffective food and drug safety

programs that are now in place pose an immediate
threat, is a health hazard all its own.

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


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Many of you may have read
Mary Shelly's book "Frankenstein,"
or saw the movie. If so, you know
that the monster was gentle at the
beginning and somewhat childlike.
Once exposed to real life chal-
lenges through several harsh
encounters with humans, the mon-
ster became bitter and out of con-
Frankenstein's monster can rep-
resent so many aspects of today's
society, but I want to use the crea-
ture as I reference the state of Hip
Hop music.
This may seem a little too simple
for some and a little too complicat-
ed for others, but as a long time fan
of Hip Hop, enough is enough. The
glorification of violence and drug
dealing must stop. I love listening
to all forms of Hip Hop, from up
tempo dance tunes to gospel rap
and even some hard core rap.
I have followed the music genre
since its early beginnings. The first
album I ever purchased was Doug
E Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew.
Since hearing "The Show," then
falling in love with Run DMC,
Whodini, The Fat Boys and Eric B
& Rakim, I was hooked.
In 1993, I fell in love with the
group Outkast while I was at
Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Little did I know that the local hip
hop group that everyone around the
city was talking about would
become Hip Hop giants.
I'm giving you my Hip Hop
background to frame the controver-
sial opinion that will follow. When
I say enough is enough, I am talk-
ing about the steady decline of a

music genre that was born on the
streets of New York City. Hip Hop
is as natural to African American
culture as Jazz and Blues.
But unlike Jazz and Blues, Hip
Hop's evolution has lead to a cul-
ture of young men who glorify drug
dealing and thuggin. Every other
rapper is talking about selling drugs
and violence in there rhymes. It is
one thing to come from a bad envi-
ronment and use your background
as a reference in your music, but to
constantly glorify violence, drugs
and the degradation of women is
just wrong.
Some may not be able to make
the connection, but the music that
some of our youth are listening to is
framing the way they act in our
communities. Today, too many
young men want to be a thug.
Everyone wants to be "hard."
It started with Tupac Shakur,
who glorified the thug lifestyle so
much that he had "Thug Life" tat-
tooed on his chest. This behavior is
interesting coming from a man who
grew up in private schools and even
went to a performing arts school
and studied drama.
In fact, many of the rappers who
glorify thug life have never sold a
drug in their lives. It's a business
for most of them, however many of
the youth who listen to their music
have become exactly what they
hear on the CDs they are buying.
It is hard to simply blame the
music. Shakur probably said it best,
"Before you can understand what I
mean, you have to know how I
lived or how the people I'm talking
to live." Clearly Hip Hop music is

about as real as it gets. It can be a
true reflection of the frustrations of
inner-city youth or provide insight
into the struggles that poor families
face in urban communities.
The rapper/actor Ice Cube, once
said, "Rap is the most positive
thing for black kids because it gives
information and talks about society,
about black history." Sure Hip Hop
music can be very positive and
When black-on-black crime was
at an all-time high in the lat 80s
many rappers banded together to
produce a record called "Self
Destruction" that basically attempt-
ed to motivate youth to stop the
senseless violence.
Even Shakur had positive songs
that dealt with issues like teenage
pregnancy and welfare. So Hip
Hop certainly has not fallen so far
that it is out of control, but going
back to my original statement this
glorification of drugs and violence
must stop.
Because many of our youth now
are living carelessly as "thugs" or
want to be thugs, they have little
regard for life and virtually no
respect for the law. You may recall
that when the governor instituted
this 10-20-Life initiative the
thought was that it would deter a lot
of crime in our urban communities.
That has not happened, in fact, the
murder rate in Jacksonville is
alarmingly high.
There is simply a group of folks
out there, who are predominately
young African American men who
simply have no regard for the law.
I was listening to a rap artist

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Is Affirmative Action on

the Rocks at the RNC ?
The thought was that the Republican National
Committee's "Affirmative Action" would be an exam-
ple of the party retooling its image, message and appeal
to young voters and minorities. But the RNC's election

recently and actually focused on
the words of each song on the
album and was amazed that all but
two songs on the CD referenced the
selling of drugs. Think about it -
most disenfranchised youth are lis-
tening to this music and it's rein-
forcing their feelings that the way
to earn quick money and be a ghet-
to superstar is by selling drugs
and/or robbing people.
It is amazing what some artists
are rapping about. Take the rapper
50 Cent for example, one of his
most recent songs says, "I put a
hole in a N_ for f with me -
Better watch how you talk, when
you talk about me because I'll
come and take your life away."
What is even crazier than his lyrics
is the fact that he sold 1.1 million
copies of this album in the first
week it was released.
Again, like I said earlier it may
seem too simple to some and too
complicated for others, but it is
real. The music we listen to can
affect the way we dress, the way we
wear our hair and certainly influ-
ence our out look on life. I propose
to you that Frankenstein's monster
is out of control.
Maybe it is a phase that the
music is going through. If so, I will
be glad this phase as come and
gone. Some rappers like Nas are
saying that Hip Hop is dead. I dis-
agree, I think that the music is alive
and well, but is sort in those awk-
ward teenage years that most of us
had to go through.
You were trying to find yourself
and figure out what hair and cloth-
ing style really fit you the best, and
you were also dealing with acne
and a number of other issues. That's
Hip Hop stuck in the awkward
years. The good news is that nor-
mally maturity follows.
Signing off from a local record
store, Reggie Fullwood

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of Michael S. Steele as Chairman of national political operations is now
under question, and the concept of "affirmative action" given another set-
back. The nation's affirmative action incentive is to promote equal oppor-
tunity "toward maximizing diversity, along with its perceived benefits, in all
levels of society". As the 63rd chairman of the Republican National
Committee (RNC), and the first African American, Michel Steele is among
the highest levels of America's political industry.
The RNC provides the party's national leadership. The Office of the
Chairman is responsible for developing and promoting the political plat-
form, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy. The RNC
is a 168-member body comprised of the chairs of each state committee.
Michael Steele has the background regarding responsibilities of the GOP's
top job. He has been chair of a Maryland county committee and the state
committee. He headed GOPAC, a major organization focused on recruiting
Republican candidates to run races at state and local levels. But questions
now abound regarding Michael Steele's management and decision-making.
When he took over at the RNC Steele brought in his personal assistant from
other jobs. It raised eyebrows of the RNC when the body learned Steele
gave her $85,615 a year, a salary nearly three times the $29,240.88 her pred-
ecessor made. Mr. Steele hired another prior associate, Angela Sailor, to be
the party's outreach director at a salary of $180,000, more than double her
predecessor's compensation, though new responsibilities have been added to
Before mob- the job. Republican state party chairs cited
action to force "cronyism" and instigated confrontation over
who controls the party's purse strings to the point
his resignation, that Steele relinquished some controls.
it can't yet be Instead of carrying forth the banner of affirma-
officially said that tive action, Steele & Company are now "in the
weeds" fighting off questions about his manage-
teele has squan- ment style and decision making. "These salaries
dered his time in are way out of line for what staff should be paid
the seat. for working for a political party, which most of
us think of as a cause," said Hawaii Republican
Party Chairman Willis Lee. The "outreach position" has long been a cause
of consternation among the GOP. Ms. Sailor's salary is $97,000 more than
the $83,000 a-year paycheck the previous outreach director, Shannon
Reeves, another African American received. The Outreach Director is
responsible for increasing the presence of minorities in the party, but based
on results toward that goal to date, RNC members have reason to question
why Ms. Sailor's salary is more than that of the second-highest ranking
elected official on the committee, Co-Chairman Jan Larimer, who makes
about $140,000?
Before mob-action to force his resignation, it can't yet be officially said
that Steele has squandered his time in the seat. When he was elected RNC
Chairman in January, one of the major concerns in the professional political
class was whether he could raise the sort of money to keep the RNC com-
petitive. Fundraising has been Steele's strong suit. The RNC has outpaced
the DNC in campaign contributions the first four months of this year. The
RNC raised $31 million in the first third of 2009, compared to the DNC's
$22.3 million. Steele's RNC raised almost $5.8 million in April and ended
the month with $24.4 million on hand.
Whether Steele's chairmanship records as the RNC's "affirmative action
success story", or its "faux pas", remains to be seen, but it should not be per-
ceived as sufficient redress to party discrimination toward blacks. With, or
without Steele, the Republican Party is not close to serious competition with
Democrats for African American votes. Blacks are not on the GOP's A-list
and its single digit performances among African Americans in two of the last
three presidential elections are emblematic of a party with serious outreach
problems. Michael Steele's tenure has not been a boon for the black image
in the party and unlikely to bring about a change needed in Republican lead-
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Sign of

the Times?

Gay Rights

Advocates Fight

for Rights in

/ i Predominantly

01/ Black cities

Donna Payne, 46, poses for a portrait in Washington, DC last week.
Payne, who is lesbian, works with the Human Rights Campaign
reaching out to minority groups about gay rights. Washington is the
nation's first jurisdiction with a majority of African-American res-
idents to take up the gay marriage debate, an indication that the
movement is making inroads among a group that has traditionally
been reluctant to discuss the issue.

Young is just old enough to remem-
ber the era that seared his small
Mississippi town of Philadelphia on
to the national consciousness.
The infamous murders of three
civil rights activists in 1964 laid
bare the bitter racism and official
complicity in the lawlessness
underpinning segregation in the
south, and years later prompted the
film Mississippi Burning.
But the racists soon lost the strug-
gle to prevent Philadelphia's black
residents from voting and this week
it resulted in exactly what old
Mississippi had tried to prevent -
the election of Young as the town's
first African-American mayor with
white votes helping deliver him vic-
"Philadelphia has some of the
worst history and now some of the
best. This is a reversal of some of
the views that have been dominant
in the community," Young said
today. "There was a time when this
could not have happened. Now it is
accepted by everyone. There's not a
major riot in the streets because I'm
The 53 year-old Pentecostal min-

James Young, left, and supporters celebrate as his campaign claimed
the win in Philadelphia, Mississippi's mayoral election.

ister's victory was perhaps more
evolution than revolution in the
town of 7,300 people, about 40% of
them black. African Americans
have been filling elected positions
in Philadelphia and the state for
years with white support, including
Young who served on the local leg-
islature. The old racists who con-
trolled the council and police, and
won popular support by opposing
civil rights, are dying off and their
successors are marginalised.

Still, Young's election has an
important symbolism in a town that
came to represent all that was
wrong with the old south.
"It will erase the thought that
we're just a southern racist town,"
Dorothy Webb, 72, a white retired
school principal told the local
The 1964 murders of the three
civil rights workers an African-
American man from Mississippi
and two white New Yorkers, all in

their twenties shocked the country
not only because of the crime but
because of the complicity of local
officials in the killing and cover up.
As the FBI hunted for the missing
activists, the local sheriff,
Lawrence Rainey, said they had
gone into hiding to embarrass
Mississippi. The state governor,
Paul Johnson, suggested they were
in Cuba.
During the search, the FBI dis-
covered the bodies of seven other
black people who had been mur-
dered in and around Philadelphia
without inquiry by the local police.
Even after the civil rights workers
corpses were found six weeks after
they were shot, justice was slow in
coming. Mississippi officials
declined to prosecute. Seven peo-
ple, including a police deputy and a
Ku Klux Klan leader eventually
convicted on federal civil rights
charges, served only light sen-
Mississippi took action for the
first time only in 2005 when Edgar
Ray "Preacher" Killen, a KKK
organiser who is now 84, was con-
victed of the three murders and sen-
tenced to 60 years in prison.

Michael Vick arrives at federal court surrounded by the media for a
meeting with his parole officer in Norfolk, Va.
Vick Home, Begins Construction Job

NORFOLK, Va. Michael Vick
met with probation officials Friday
for the second time in the two days
he has been home from prison, and
prepared to begin a $10-an-hour
construction job after the holiday
Wearing jeans and a navy blazer,
the suspended Atlanta Falcons
quarterback looked straight ahead
as he entered the federal court-
house, escorted by his fiance and a
member of his security team. He
was joined inside by his lawyer,
Lawrence Woodward.
Vick made no statements to media
and didn't acknowledge a few
onlookers who shouted encourage-
ment. "Keep your head up, Mike,"
one yelled.

Vick arrived home last Thursday
after a 1,200-mile car trip from
Leavenworth, Kan., and within
hours had his first meeting with
probation officials, who fitted him
with an electronic monitor.
Vick, 28, must wear the device
during his two-month home con-
finement, which will complete his
23-month sentence for operating a
dogfighting ring.
The Friday meeting lasted nearly
an hour. He later met with attorneys
in Surry County, where the dog-
fighting operation was discovered,
before returning to his home in
Hampton, Va.
This week he is expected to begin
work for the W.M. Jordan Co.

Long past heyday, oldest black Ala. city in peril

Hobson City, Ala., resident Roderick Boyd talks about Alabama's
first black city. 'There's a lot of nice people here. It's a nice place to
live,' said Boyd, 49, who works as a handyman. 'But I fear it's gone too

Weeds choke bricks laid to honor the city of Hobson City, Ala.The
busiest place in town is a rural AIDS clinic. Hobson City doesn't have
a police officer or a fire department, and weeds have overgrown the
oldest part of the cemetery and a park.

Burned out and rundown homes are pictured Monday, May 18, 2009
in Hobson City, Ala., a city that once sported a brisk family life, but
the cafes, the school and the roller rink are long gone from Alabama's
oldest black city. Empty homes and businesses line the narrow streets;

HOBSON CITY, Ala. The cafes,
the school and the roller rink are
long gone from Alabama's oldest
black city. Empty homes and busi-

Hobson City, Ala., Mayor
Alberta McCrory looks through
old photos of the city in Hobson
City, Ala.,in a Monday, May 18,
2009 photo. The cafes, the school
and the roller rink are long gone
from Alabama's oldest black city.
Empty homes and businesses line
the narrow streets; the busiest
place in town is a rural AIDS
clinic. Hobson City doesn't have
a police officer or a fire depart-
ment, and weeds have overgrown
the oldest part of the cemetery
and a park.

nesses line the narrow streets.
Hobson City has no police or fire
department, and weeds have over-
grown the oldest part of the ceme-
tery and a park.
But this small town once thrived
as a place where black people were
in charge in the midst of the Jim
Crow South.
Now, with the town on the verge
of dying, preservationists have put
the east Alabama landmark on the
critical list. The Alabama Historical
Commission this month included
the town of 878 people on its annu-
al inventory of "Places in Peril."
The commission's list typically
includes historic structures, such as
old homes and abandoned theaters.
Hobson City is an exception: an
entire town that in recent decades
has seen its foundation collapse.
Incorporated in 1899, Hobson
City was formed 12 years after
Eatonville, Fla., which calls itself
the nation's oldest black city.
In the decades after the Civil War,
blacks formed scores of colonies
and communities as they migrated
to Kansas and Oklahoma and
sought independence in locales
around the South. Some, like
Eatonville and Hobson City, for-
mally incorporated.
"There was a lot of dissatisfaction

and alienation among blacks by the
1890s because of the refusal of
whites in the South to allow them
any real role in civic life," said
University of Tennessee history
professor Robert J. Norrell, who
has written extensively on race rela-
Blacks also were subject to dis-
crimination and abuse by law
enforcement. "Together, these cre-
ated a desire for separate munici-
palities," Norrell said.
Hobson City's residents created
"a thriving municipality, which
people at the time said couldn't be
done because blacks couldn't gov-
ern," said Dorothy Walker, public
outreach coordinator with the
Alabama Historical Commission.
"If it is someday absorbed into
another city, it will lose that historic
Roderick Boyd, a handyman and
Hobson City resident, worries about
his hometown's survival.
"I fear it's gone too far," said
Boyd, 49.
A two-mile-long sliver about 60
miles east of Birmingham, Hobson
City is as narrow as a few hundred
yards in places. Wedged between
two predominantly white cities,
Oxford and Anniston, it has a few
white residents.

During the 1800s, Walker said, it
was an all-black section of Oxford
called Mooree Quarter, a possible
reference to old slave quarters in the
area. Residents were allowed to
vote, but whites maintained control.
The racial relationship shifted in
the 1890s when the people of
Mooree Quarter swayed an elec-
tion, Walker said. The state had not
yet disenfranchised blacks that
wouldn't happen until 1901. So,
Walker said, whites petitioned state
leaders to de-annex Mooree
Kicked out of Oxford, blacks
incorporated a new city and named
it for Richmond P. Hobson, a white
Spanish-American War hero from
Alabama who was later elected to
Congress. The 1900 Census put the
new town's population at 292.
Hobson City grew to about 1,500
people by the mid-1900s, with
restaurants, laundries, stores, a skat-
ing rink and other businesses. The
town was poor, but had a vibrant
culture centered on the all-black
vocational school.
"It was never a rich town, but it
was a good place to raise children,"
said Mayor Alberta McCrory.
Federal anti-poverty money
flowed to Hobson City in the 1960s,
and federal aid helped build a mod-

ern municipal complex in the
1970s. But in an ironic twist,
McCrory said, the end of racial seg-
regation sent the city into a tailspin
around the same time.
"Sometimes I think I wouldn't
have gone out and done all that
marching if I realized how much we
were going to lose," said McCrory,
61, who participated in civil rights
protests as a young woman.
The all-black Calhoun County
Training School became an inte-
grated elementary school in 1972,
and fair housing laws meant blacks
could live elsewhere. Many who
could afford to move away did so,
costing Hobson City hundreds of
With nearly one-third of its resi-
dents living below the poverty
level, the town has only three busi-
nesses other than in-home opera-
tions: A small print shop, a barber
shop and a convenience store.
Industries in nearby towns shut
down in the 1980s, costing more
jobs. The elementary school was
moved from the center of town to
the outskirts a few years ago, leav-
ing a shell of a building where kids
used to run and play.
City offices are now housed in
the old school. The 1970s-era
municipal complex stands aban-

doned. Unable to pay for mainte-
nance, the city left it to the weeds
and weather in 2006.
The city still has a police car and
a fire truck, but it can't afford offi-
cers or firefighters. County deputies
handle police calls, and neighboring
cities help with fires.
Being tabbed a "Place in Peril"
doesn't include any special funding,
but McCrory hopes it will increase
public awareness of the town's
She dreams of a campaign to
raise $1 million in donations, which
could lead to federal and state
matching grants.
Two civic groups, the Concerned
Citizens of Hobson City and the
Hobson City Community and
Economic Development Corp., will
participate in a two-day forum start-
ing May 29 to discuss the town's
future. The meeting was spurred in
part by the state designation, but
leaders have been talking for years
about revitalizing the town with lit-
tle success.
Boyd, a lifelong resident, has a
hard time seeing past Hobson City's
problems the poverty, the crime,
abandoned buildings, dead busi-
nesses. He's just trying to keep his
grass cut and stay positive.
"Maybe all the turmoil we're

Ex Champ to return to the ring in Ethiopia
Former boxing champ Evander Holyfield appears at a press conference
in Ethiopia. Hulyfield plans to fight Ethiopian-born American fighter
Sammy Retta to raise money for Ethiopian AIDS victims.

IS Elects First Black Mayor


Swaziland May Tattoo HIV Positive
Swaziland Prime Minister Timothy Myeni has suggested making HIV
tests compulsory for every person in the southern African state and then
forcing those who were infected to be permanently marked with a warn-
ing logo on their buttovks to combat AIDS.
He claimed the scheme would help stop the spread of the killer disease
by reducing sexual activity between HIV positive people and uninfected
Speaking at a workshop for MPs on how to tackle the epidemic, he
added: "Before having sex with anyone, people will have to check their
partners' buttocks before proceeding,"
Swaziland has the highest HIV infection rate in the world, with around
43 per cent of the population believed to be living with the disease.
The tiny landlocked southern African kingdom has previously been
criticised for its failure to tackle the condition.

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St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Summer Camp Enrichment 2009
The St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, 2119 Rowe Avenue, Ernie
L. Murray Sr., Pastor; announces open registration for Summer Camp
"Enrichment 2009" Joyce A. George, Director. Camp will commence June
9, 2009 and continue thru August 14th. Camp will feature Reading,
Writing, Math Skills, Field Trips, Games, Lunch, Snacks
Registration ends June 5th, but is available Tuesday Friday 7 a.m. 6
p.m. Information: (904) 768-8800.

Ebenezer United Methodist
to hold Spring Concert
The Ebenezer United Methodist Church, and the Northeast District
of the United Methodist Women invite the entire community enjoy the
Annual Spring Musical featuring two outstanding youth, pianist Monya
Sharp and trumpeter Bryan Brooks.
Monya, 17, will graduate from Stanton College Prep this Spring and will
attend the University of Florida. She has studied and performed on the
piano for 12 years. Bryan Brooks is also beginning college this fall.
The concert will begin at 4 p.m., Sunday, June 14, 2009 in the Sanctuary
of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 9114 Norfolk Blvd., Rev. Newton
E. Williams, Pastor.

Summer Camp at Philippian
Summer Camp 2009, sponsored by Power for Developing Successful
Youth, Inc. and Philippian Community Church will begin June 8th and end
August 14th. An Extended Camp will be held during the week of August
17th. Camp hours are 6:30 am to 5:45 pm, Monday Friday for ages 3 to
15. Jacksonville Children's Commission funded seat are available. For
information visit our website PFDSY.org or call 765-7173.

Battle of the Choirs
Expanding Minds, Inc. is sponsoring a Battle of the Choirs Contest on
July 11th at 5 p.m.. A $500.00 grand prize will go to the winning choir and
they must have a minimum of 15 people in it. It will be held at the Cathedral
of Faith, 2591 West Beaver Street. For more information: www.expanding-
mindsinc.com or call 887-3309.

Greater New Mt. Moriah Anniversaries
Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the.
church's 64th Church Anniversary and the pastor's 1st Anniversary
throughout the month of May. A worship celebration will be held every
Sunday and on May 24th at 6 p.m. The church is located at 1953 West 9th
Street. All events are free and open.For more information, call 374-1672.

Baptist Ministers Conference
Holds City-Wide Revival
The Florida General Baptist Convention Inc., Rev. Dr.
James B. Sampson, President; and Pastor of the first
New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Jacksonville;
invites the community to the Annual City-Wide Revival
Services at the West Union Missionary Baptist Church,
1605 W. Beaver Street, Leroy C. Kelley, Pastor.
Services at 7 p.m. nightly, will be held Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday, May 20, 21, and 22, 2009.
Rev. Samson Rev. Dr. G. L. Sims, pastor of the Mt. Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, Mandarin; Moderator of the Emanuel Progressive
Association, will be the Lecturer Wednesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. Rev. Dr.
James B. Sampson will be the Messenger.
Rev. Dr. Herb Anderson, Pastor of the Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church will be the Lecturer, Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. Rev. Dr.
Anderson is Moderator of the Union Progressive Association. Rev. Darien
K. Bolden, Pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church, Femandina, FL
will be the Messenger.
Rev. Dr. C. Edward Preston, Pastor of the St. John Missionary Baptist
Church, Middleburg, FL, President of the Baptist Ministers Conference of
Duval and Adjacent Counties, will be the Lecturer, Friday evening at 7 p.m.
Rev. Dr. H. T. Rhim, Pastor of St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church,
Jacksonville, and Past President of the Florida Progressive M&E Baptist
Convention of Florida will be the Messenger, Friday evening.

Women of First New Zion to host
Christian Women's Conference
The Women of First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel
Drive, where Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson is Pastor; extend an invitation to
all women to join them for their Annual Christian Women's Conference at
9 a.m., on Saturday, May 30, 2009. The theme: "Christian Women Caring,
Comforting and Encouraging One Another in Christ's Spirit." For more
information, call Sis Debra Edwards at (904) 765-3111.

New Birth Covenant Ministry to
Celebrate Family & Friends Day
The New Birth Covenant Ministry, 2360 Kings Road; invites the com-
munity to "Family and Friends Day 2009" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Saturday, May 30, 2009. There will be free food, fun and games for all ages.
Family and Friends are invited to "A Day of Worship" beginning at 10
a.m., Sunday, May 31, 2009. The message: "Together We Can Make It"
Psalm '133:1 "Behold How Good It Is for Brethren to Dwell Together in
Unity." For directions or information, please call Donna Austin 765-2612.

Gospel Explosion at Summerville MBC
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church will host a Gospel Explosion on
Sunday May 31st. The event will feature many groups, soloist and per-
formers. The church is located at 2842 Mars Avenue. For more information
call 354-8186.

The Gifts Within Summer Arts Camp
The Gifts Within Summer Arts Camp under the direction of Dr. Tanya B.
Brooks will begin June 15th through August 7, 2009 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00
p.m. Monday Friday. The location of the camp is at One Accord Ministries
International, where Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman, Sr. is Pastor, 2971 Waller
Street in Jacksonville, FL. (That's at the intersection of l-10 & McDuff.)
The camp is designed to bring out the gifts your children have within
them. Whether it's singing, dancing, acting, playing instruments, etc... camp
Director Dr. Brooks has plans to bring them out.
For registration information call 904.389. 7373.

Bishop Eddie Long Releases CD
music's most notable musicians,
Long has just released his debut CD
entitled Bishop Eddie Long &
Friends: The Kingdom Vol. 1 featur-
ing GW's. The first single
"Righteous Foresaken" is Long's
personal testimony of strength as he
encourages others to walk in faith.
Featured artists who collaborated
with Long include Mary Mary, Tye
Tribbett and Dorinda Clark Cole.
Former Def Jam Records executive
James Jones, who recently became a
minister, executive produced the
Bishop Eddie Long project.
Atlanta based minister Bishop Long says he wants this CD to
Eddie Long is about to be known speak to the hearts and minds of the
for more than just his fiery sermons.avean unsesn
With the help of some of gospel available in stores now.

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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

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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

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

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

Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

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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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Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

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

Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:dccfmbc@yahoo.com

Seeking the lost for Christ
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Pastor Landon Williams

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Stroke and African-Americans: Know the Facts

Stroke is the third leading cause
of death in the United States after
coronary heart disease and cancer.
There are about 500,000 strokes
each year of which 150,00 are fatal.
Stroke is also a major cause of
physical impairment and the cost of
acute and chronic care exceeds $30
billion a year in this country. A so-

called "stroke belt" exists in the
Southeastern part of the country,
where almost 60 per cent of the
African American population
resides. Even though stroke is gen-
erally thought of as a disorder
affecting the elderly, it should be
recognized that 28 percent of the
victims are under age 65.

Haircare Tips for Beautiful

by Dirk Evans
Whether it is natural, penned,
pressed or locked, hair is an essen-
tial part of one's style and personal-
ity. Hair can accentuate one's mood
and compliment any attire. Though
it can easily be transformed into
what is trendy and fashionable, it is
often overlooked and neglected.
"As wonderful as it is to have your
hair looking great, it is even more
important to invest in keeping it
healthy," says Dirk Evans, the self-
proclaimed "Hair Care Doctor." "If
it is not healthy, it's not 'good' hair."
Evans, a licensed cosmetologist
from Detroit, Michigan recently
released Home Hair Care Help, a
book targeted to young African
American women regarding their
hair care. The 96-page book guides
women through necessary instruc-
tion for maintaining and obtaining
healthy hair.
Using his 26 years of hair care
knowledge, Evans gives advice on
such topics as how to prevent hair
breakage and how to produce new
hair growth. He acknowledges that

everyone is different in the type of
maintenance they need. According
to Evans, people with chemically
treated hair should moisturize their
mane daily because of the mixture
of heat and chemicals. Those with
natural hairstyles and fine textured
hair should moisturize as well, but
just not as much.
"Because overheating is a com-
mon problem of black hair, protein
and moisture binding products are
the best for black hair. Currently,
there is a product line available
from Soft Sheen/Carson called
Breakthru, which is enhanced with
a new technology called
"I have had a problem of consis-
tently maintaining my hair while at
school," says Courtney Battle, a
sophomore at Howard University in
Washington, D.C. "I can't always
rely on the salons in the area to do a
proficient job, so I do it myself
when I can." Tonie Stovall, a fresh-
man at Florida A&M University in
Tallahassee, agrees. "It's hard and
expensive trying to keep my hair up

African Americans have a
stroke mortality rate which is
twice that for whites. Although the
rate of decline for stroke mortality
has increased since the 1970s, there
has been a recent slowdown in this
decline. This has been especially
true for AA, and some recent
reports indicate that stroke mortali-

at school. If I did haIe
the proper haii edt-
cation, I would dou~
my own hair but
u n til th en I'll e
go the salon."
Dirk Evans, the
"Hair Care
Doctor" says he wrote Home Hair
Care Help with the college student
in mind. He suggests that students
study his tips and instructions and
work together in applying them to
one another's hair in order to cut
down on cost and products.
Many students have found alterna-
tive ways to cut down on the cost of
hair maintenance. Pearl Plumboy, a
legal communications major, also at
Howard University, says "When I
can't get my hair done, I wear corn-
row braids, which saves me money
and cuts down on the amount of
heat applied to my hair." Evans
always advises that women educate
themselves on the techniques and
products that are applied to their

Report Links Cola to Osteoporosis

According to a new research
study, Cola boosts osteoporosis risk
in women. After reading this, you
may think twice about ordering a
Coke with dinner.
"Among women, cola beverages
were associated with lower bone
mineral density," said lead
researcher Katherine Tucker, direc-
tor of the Epidemiology and
Dietary Assessment Program at the
Jean Mayer USDA Human
Nutrition Research Center on Aging
at Tufts University.
-.- There was. a pretty,:clear dose-
response, Tucker added. "Women
who drink cola daily had lower
bone mineral density than those
who drink it only once a week," she
said. "If you are worried about
osteoporosis, it is probably a good
idea to switch to another beverage
or to limit your use."
Osteoporosis is a term that means
"porous bones." Osteoporosis is a
condition in which bones have lost
minerals especially calcium -
making them weaker, more brittle,
and susceptible to fractures (broken
bones). Any bone in the body can
be affected by osteoporosis, but the
most common places where frac-
tures occur are the back (spine),
hips and wrists.
According to HealthDay News,
during the study, Tucker's team col-
lected data on more than 2,500 par-
ticipants averaging just below 60
years of age. The researchers
looked at bone mineral density at
three different hip sites, as well as
the spine.
They found that in women, drink-
ing cola was associated with lower
bone mineral density at all three hip
sites, regardless of age, menopause,
total calcium and vitamin D intake,

or smoking or drinking alcohol.
Women reported drinking an aver-
age of five carbonated drinks a
week, four of which were cola.
Bone density among women who
drank cola daily was almost 4 per-
cent less, compared with women
who didn't drink cola, Tucker said.
"This is quite significant when you
are talking about the density of the
skeleton," she said.
Other risk factors for
Osteoporosis, include:
Being female and post-
menopausal, and- over the age-.of50

Being thin or having a small
Having a family history of osteo-
porosis or fracture
Having certain health conditions,
such as low bone mass; anorexia;
estrogen deficiency related to
menopause; or an abnormal
absence of menstrual periods
Use of certain medications, such
as oral corticosteroids and anticon-
Lifestyle choices such as lack of
exercise; cigarette smoking;, or
excessive consumption of alcohol

ty in this group may actually be
Since it is very difficult to treat
stroke once the process has been
initiated, much of the focus has
been on primary prevention.
Hypertension is the most powerful
predictor of stroke (NEJM
11/23/95), and is found to be a fac-
tor in 70 per cent of the cases.
Control of hypertension therefore
represents the best strategy to pre-
vent stroke, and in fact a meta-
analysis showed that in all studies
combined of the association
between treating to lower blood
pressure and stroke, there was a 42
per cent reduction in the incidence
of stroke and a 45 per cent reduc-
tion in fatal stroke when diastolic
blood pressure was reduced by 5-6
mmHg. This meta-analysis is par-
ticularly important because it con-
tains studies of mild-to-moderate
hypertension as well as studies
involving higher levels of blood
pressure; it showed that any treat-
ment is likely to be beneficial.
In addition, the Systolic
Hypertension in the Elderly
Program (SHEP) demonstrated that
a 36 per cent decrease in stroke risk
resulted from mean blood pressure
reductions of 11/3.4 mm. Hg. This
benefit was seen at all ages studied
and in both sexes. This evidence
and other data, e.g., from the HOT
Study, support the need for vigor-
ous drug therapy of hypertension
for the primary prevention of stroke
at all levels of blood pressure, at all
ages, in both sexes,and especially in
African American patients.
Another approach to prevention
of stroke is through carotid
endarterectomy (CE) in patients
with high-grade carotid artery
stenosis, which often leads to
ischemic stroke. Although the latter
condition occurs more commonly
in African Americans than in
whites, African Americans are one-
third to one-fourth less likely than
whites to receive CE to detect
stenosis. This is an area which qual-
ifies as denial of access based on
race. It deserves further study and a
change in selection patterns for CE
procedures may result in a lowering
of the stroke rate among blacks.



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progression of Alzheimer's.
Please consider joining the study if you are between 55 and 90 and:
* are in good general health with no memory problems, OR
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25 Ways to

100 Calories

1. Get off the couch 33 times to
change the channel.
2. Go to the beach with your
kids and fly a kite for 20 minutes.
3. Play beach volleyball for 13
4. Fish for 41 minutes.
5. Go to the pool and dog-pad-
die for 17 minutes. ,
6. Go to the pool and do 250
breast strokes (approximately 10
7. Walk up and down 33 flights
of stairs.
8. Strap on 4-inch stilettos and
climb 25 flights of stairs.
9. Hit the stair climber for 11 /
10. Push a grocery cart for 45 Emailing for 68 minutes burns
minutes. a shocking 100 calories.
11. Carry five grocery bags
from the car to the kitchen and put them away, take out the trash,
wash the dishes and wipe down the kitchen counter.
12. Chew calorie-free gum for 30 minutes.
13. Eat chili for a couple of days. Research shows that chili pep-
pers boost your metabolic rate, burning 50 more cals a day.
14. Eat four meals with chop sticks instead of a fork. Slowing
down can help you consume 25 fewer calories per meal.
15.Take a leisurely walk in the park for 51 minutes.
16. Walk backwards in the park for 43 minutes. For every 8 calo-
ries burned walking forward, walking backwards burns 10.
17. Hit the shower for 15 minutes, then spend 7 minutes shaving,
3 minutes toweling off, 4 minutes moisturizing and 20 minutes
blow-drying and styling your hair.
18. Shop during your lunch break while carrying a 7 pound bag.
19. Twirl in your chair at work 123 times, but don't let your boss
see you.
20. E-mail for 68 minutes.
21. Drink 3 cups of green tea in 24 hours.
22. Chug a 12 8-ounce glasses of ice water a day.
23. Go 20 mph on your bike for 6 V minutes.
24. Walk at 3.5 mph for 23 minutes.
25. Jump rope as fast as you can for 8 minutes.

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports


activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Girls Night the Musical
Girls Night the Musical will be on
stage May 26-31st at the Wilson
Center for the Arts. The show is on
the U.S. premier tour of the UK hit
play. It has been described as
"Desperate Housewives meets
Mamma Mia!". It follows five
friends in their 30s and 40s during a
wild and outrageous girls night out
at a karaoke bar. For tickets to one
of the eight performances, call
(904) 632-3228.

Downtown Blood Drive
There will be a Blood Drive hosted
by Downtown Vision at Hemming
Plaza Market, Downtown. It will be
held on Friday, May 29, 2009 from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Appointments are scheduled every
20 minutes. Walk-ins are welcome.
A photo ID is required to donate.
Donors will be entered in a raffle to
win one of two Nintendo Wii Fit
gaming systems. To schedule an
appointment, please contact Tasha
Tucker at 904-634-0303 ext. 225.

Free Youth
Explosion at EWC
The Youth Explosion, a risk
reduction intervention conference
that brings youth, ages 8-18, togeth-
er for a twenty-four hour intensive
health education experience on sub-
stance abuse, HIV/AIDS, violence
elimination, and nutrition and fit-
ness, will be held at Edward Waters
College on May 29th and 30th.
The event is free but space is limit-
ed. For more information, call 899-
6300, ext. 4600. It is sponsored by
River Region Human Services.

JABJ Meeting
The Jacksonville Association of

BlacK Journalists will meet on
Saturday, May 30th at 10 a.m. at
the Channel 4 Studios. Agenda
items include industry employment
resources, NABJ national confer-
ence and the recent JABJ forum fol-
low up. For more information, call
Tia Mitchell at 359-4425.

NFL 101
Workshop for Women
PRI Productions brings NFL 101 -
Workshop for Women to the com-
munity. Designed especially for
females to teach you everything
you need to know about football.
The attendees will be taught direct-
ly from NFL players, coaches, ref-
erees and analysts. Classes will be
held on Tuesdays throughout June
and July in various areas around
the city. These two hour workshops
will be held from 7- 9:00pm.
Attendees will receive a NFL 101
Workbook, a special gift and a tick-
et to a Jacksonville Jaguars 2009
home game. For more informa-
tion, call Lori Pugh at 904-398-

Family Night with
Gee's Bend Quilts
The Cummer Museum of Art
invites the community to come out
for their Family Night highlighting
the Gee's Bend Quilt collection. It
will be held on Tuesday, June 2nd
from 4 9 p.m. The free evening
will include live music from the
Ritz Voices, a community quilting
bee, arts and crafts and more .It is
open to the public.

First Wednesday
Art Walk
Art Walk is a free, self-guided
tour of Downtown galleries and

museums, as well as cultural ven-
ues, restaurants and businesses on
the first Wednesday of every month,
rain or shine. The next one will be
on June 3rd from 5-9 p.m. Choose
your own route, or begin at
Headquarters at 100 N. Laura St.

Rocky Horror Show
Live at the Limelight
Limelight Theatre will be doing
the Time Warp when Richard
O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show
takes the stage, live, June 4 20.
The show has been seen on stages
and in theatres since 1973. It will
run Thursdays, Fridays and
Saturday at 7:30. There is a spe-
cial 11 pm show on Saturday, June
20. For reservations call 904-825-
1164. The Limelight Theatre is
located at 11 Old Mission Avenue
in uptown St. Augustine.

Rep. Mia Jones
Community Meetings
On June 4th and June 11th, State
Representative Mia Jones will be
holding a District 14 Legislative
Session Update, where we will
share a recap of the 2009
Legislative Session and hear from
the community about issues and
concerns that they may have.
Additionally representatives from
several state departments/agencies
will be available to answer ques-
tions and give information and
insight about the resources that are
available to the residents in the
community. For times and loca-
tions, call 924-1615.

Book Club Meeting
The June Book Club Meeting will
be held on Friday, June 5, 2009 at

7:00 p.m. The book for discussion
is "Life is Short but Wide" by J.
Calfornia Cooper. It will be held in
the Kindgom Plaza Mall's Life
Cafe, 5310 Lenox Ave. For more
information on Jacksonville's oldest
book club of color, call Romona
Baker at 703-3428.

Ms. Senior
Jacksonville Pageant
The Times-Union Center of
Performing Arts will be the site of
the 2009 Ms. Senior Jacksonville
Pageant. The one of a kind event
will be held on June 6th at 2:00
p.m. Pageant contestants age 60 and
above are invites to participate. For
more information, call 887-8156 or
email kdemps@aseasonedaffair.com.

The Jean Ribault
Class of 1979 Reunion
The Jean Ribault Class of 1979
will have their 30th Anniversary
Gala, "An Affair to Remember" on
Saturday, June 6, 2009 at the
Omni Hotel starting at 6 p.m.
Formal attire is requested. For more
information, call 322-7338.

Trot for Tots
On Saturday June 6, 2009 from
8:30- 12:00 p.m., Trot for Tots
2009: Walking for Jacksonville's
Bab ies will be held in Downtown
Jacksonville at the Municipal
Stadium Lot N. The goal is to raise
funds for and awareness of the
infant mortality problem facing
Jacksonville. To register, e-mail

Journey Into
Womanhood Banquet
Journey Into Womanhood will

have their Fifth Annual Scholarship
Banquet on Saturday, June 6th
from 1-4 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Mariott on Salisbury Road. The
evening will include food, enter-
tainment, inspirational speakers and
more. For more information on the
rites of passage program for young
woman or the banquet, call (904)

Clown School 2009
Learn the art of clowning and get
involved with Jacksonville's #1 vol-
unteer clown club clown school is
open to adults and minors accompa-
nied by adult/parent and is a great
way to earn an extra income or vol-
unteer your time and good nature.
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on Thursday, June 11th at 7:00
p.m. for the eight class series. For
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The William Raines Class of
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reunion throughout the weekend of
June 12th. For information on
activities, call 904-803-5569.

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Summer Gardening
Duval County Extension Office
staffers will present a Summer
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Mandarin Garden Club
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Loretto Rd. It will be held on
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12:30 p.m. Find out how to save
money in the landscape, techniques
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NAACP Dinner
Featuring Dr. West
In celebration of the 100th
Anniversary of the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People Dr. Cornel West,
professor of religion and African-
American studies at Princeton
University, will speak at the ack-
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Freedom Fund Dinner on Tuesday,
June 23, 2009 at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. The dinner
begins at 7:00 p.m. Call 764-1753.

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Black Romance Writers Come Into a World of Their Own

by P. Hugenin, DNSW
Another slow summer season is
knocking on the door and the pub-
lublishin industry is flooded with
African-American authors. It seems

Author Brenda Jackson is the
first Black romance writer on the
NY Times Best Seller List.
over the past year, new efforts have
been made to identify and promote
the most popular and steamiest -
page-turners by authors of color.
Until recently, mass-market
books with romantic or sexual con-
tent by black writers have been
lumped together under the label
"African-American romance." A
look at the titles under that heading
on Amazon.com reveals everything
from suspense to erotica to family
But as works under the "black
romance" umbrella gain popularity,
the book world has become more
interested in collecting accurate
sales data by subgenre, and promot-
ing the works and writers that can
bring in the bucks.
For the most popular authors of
traditional romance, such as
Jacksonville's own Brenda Jackson
and Rochelle Alers, this means
lucrative new book deals. For oth-
ers, such as Mary B. Morrison and
Carl Weber, it's about taking their
tales to Hollywood.
Perhaps most important, though
least visible, the new attention
means taking pains to specify the
types of books within a category
that still seems like a jumble to
some publishers and book sellers.
The changes are easiest to see
within the realm of the genre accu-
rately called romance the one
comprised of love stories that lead
to a happy, monogamous ending.
Jackson reigns as the top-selling
black romance author, according to
Nielsen Bookscan. She was the first
African-American writer to make
the New York Times best-seller list
with a romance.
Over a three-decade career, she
has published 67 books while main-
taining a career in management at
State Farm Insurance. It is not
unusual for romance authors of
any race to continue to work what

some might call "day jobs." What is
unusual is the exclusive offer from
Harlequin that convinced Jackson
to write full time.
"Harlequin offered me a five-
year book deal that was
phenomenal," she says
of the contract that con-
vinced her to leave State
Farm last June. "I mean,
when I say 'phenomenal,'
it made me blink and say,
She's not alone. Long
Island-based Alers, who
has 55 books in print,
signed a contract for anoth-
er 12 with Harlequin this
"It's not a new move within the
romance industry," Alers says of the
exclusive agreements, "but it is a
new move for us."
The deals have propelled produc-
tion into overdrive. Already prolif-
ic, Jackson and Alers will publish
books at a rate of almost
one-per-month this
Meanwhile, at
Kensington, another
major publisher of
romance and pop fic-
tion, groundwork is
being laid to take the
biggest sellers to
Adam Zacharius, the
head of the company's
media branch, said
recently that he intends
to pursue collaborations with both
Weber and Morrison.
While they are often lumped into
the category, neither author accepts
the label "romance" for their works.
Morrison's super-steamy books lack
monogamous happy endings (she
also writes erotica under the pen
name HoneyB). Weber's can more
properly be classified as the brand
of commercial fiction sometimes
called "street lit."
That said, they have been able to
ride the wave of black best sellers
that has traditional romances at its
"The publishers are looking at
what African-American authors are
topping the list, making more
money, have higher numbers," says
Morrison, "and it appears that they
are focusing their energy in that
direction and putting more money
behind those authors."
Considering the box-office suc-
cess of Tyler Perry's moral
romances and of the sex-tinged
thriller "Obsessed," that money
can't be spent fast enough.
Kensington Media is slated to
release its first film, "The Company
We Keep," in the fall. It's a love
story that plays out in the board-
room (and bedrooms) of a hot L.A.
record company.

One of the label's star authors,
Mary Monroe, used the screenplay
as the basis for a novel version of
the tale, of the same title, which
K ensington
released in March.
It still ranks in the
top 25 "African-

romance" best
sellers on
Finally, in the
last six months,
major leaps
have been
made to define
the variety that
exists within black pop
Just before Christmas, the Book
Industry Study Group, the organiza-
tion that assigns genre codes used
by publishers and book sellers,
approved specific codes for
African-American erotica, mystery,
contemporary o
women's writing,
faith-based writing
and "urban life."
This summer,
Nielsen Bookscan,
which monitors
70% of the sales
data in the book
world, will begin
tracking African-
American -
auth ored d
romances as a
specific sub-seg-
ment of the romance genre.
The behind-the-scenes changes
are a sign that the book business has
caught on to the popularity of
African-American writing, and
wants to keep up.
"The success of Terry McMillan
in the late '80s kind of opened the
door for commercial African-
American writers," says
Kensington editor Selena James,
"and in the years that followed,
authors began to publish into sub-
genres that are just beginning to be
recognized. ... Nobody is writing
exactly the same thing where the
formula is sex and suspense.
Everyoqqe puts tleir ow n spin on-it .
The ultimate goal, say the
authors, is to broaden the audience.
The most stunning sales numbers
will roll in only when the books
once listed under "African-
American romance" lose their niche
connotations. The writers hope that
when it comes to love and lust -
readers will soon be color-blind.
"We're not just writing for an
African-American audience," says
Alers. "I go to the movie theater and
see Brad Pitt and say, 'He's lus-
cious.' You read what the character
looks like and then it's no longer
their color and their ethnicity, it's
the person." u



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Terry McMillan is credited for
breaking down barriers for
Black writers.
Brenda Jackson's "Temperatures
Rising" and a collection of her pre-
vious works entitled "Some Like It
Hot" are in stores now. "Intimate
Seduction" comes out July 1.
Rochelle Alers' "Secret Agenda"
is on sale now. The three books in
her "Best Men" trilogy appear on
June 1, July 1 and August 1.
Mary B. Morrison's "Maneater,"
which pairs one of her novellas
with a novella by Noire, just came
out. "Unconditionally Single" goes
on sale July 28. "Single Husbands,"
by HoneyB, is out now.

Actress being sued for $292,000.
With her first marriage to boxer Mike Tyson lasting justI ...
one year and a second marriage falling apart in less than
one day, actress Robin Givens has been unlucky in love.
She's now also unlucky in taxes.
The U.S. government has sued the 44-year-old actress ]
over what it says is $292,000 of unpaid federal taxes, interest and penal-
ties as far back as 1996.
In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, the feds asked the federal court in
Tampa, Fla. to enter a formal judgment against Givens on 39 separate
assessments covering eight of the 12 calendar years through 2007. Such a
court finding would make it easier for the Internal Revenue Service to try
to collect the allegedly unpaid amounts through garnishing her earnings or
levying her assets, such as bank accounts.
The government's petition states that Givens resides in Bradenton, near
Tampa. News media reports say at least one of her two children has attend-
ed a school there, while other accounts say she shuttles between New York
City and Florida.
DreamWorks' recently-announced plan to film a Martin Luther King Jr.
biopic may be stalled if the icon's children can't work out their differences.
Bernice King and Martin Luther King III are threatening legal action
against their brother Dexter, the overseer of their father's estate, for sign-
ing off on the movie deal without their involvement in the negotiations.
The studio said it still wants to make a movie about Martin Luther King
Jr. "provided that there is unity" among his kids.
The studio touted the project as the first big-screen portrayal of the
1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner that would be authorized by the estate and
use King's intellectual property, including copyrighted speeches and other
works, as the basis for the film. Steven Spielberg was listed as a co-pro-

WJCT Channel 7 will
broadcast Freedom
Songs The Music of
the Civil Rights
Alovement, a new docu-
mentary that explores
how music helped sus-
tain the most important
movement in the 20th
century and was in turn
inspired by its struggle
for equality and human
This 60 minute docu-
mnentary is filled with
many of the greatest
artists and musicians'
from the Soul music era
and beyond and the
story is told through
performance, interview,
historical footage and
newly shot footage all
tied together by the
undeniable and emo-
tionally charged link
between the movement
and the music. The

documentary also includes exclu-
sive interview footage shot with
music icon Chuck D and actor
Louis Gossett Jr and will air on
May 30th at 10:00pm and May 31st
at 7:00pm.
Freedom Songs includes inter-
views with musicians, civil rights
activists, music industry execu-
tives, historians and others involved
in the movement, including Chuck
D, former U.N. Ambassador
Andrew Young, actress Ruby Dee,
influential musicians Pete Seeger,
Gladys Knight, Jimmy Carter and
the Blind Boys of Alabama, Ruth
Brown, Jerry Bu{er (once a Soul
music pioneer, now a Cook County
Board commissioner), Isaac Hayes
and Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
co-founder Dr. Bernard Lafayette.
One of the songs profiled in the
documentary is Sam Cooke's "A
Change Is Gonna Come," the words
of which were hauntingly para-
phrased by Barack Obama in his
victory night Grant Park speech.

Freedom Songs the Music of the Civil

Rights Movement to Air on May 30th


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